Kaloy: Election is one of the answers to problems in government, society KALOY Manlupig, the low-profile founder, president and chairman emeritus of Balay Mindanaw, has urged peacemakers, peacebuilders and all peace-loving Filipinos of voting-age to fully exercise their right to suffrage to help “open the doors” to justice, peace and […]
I come from the most war-ravaged region of the Philippines – Mindanaw. I work with a small NGO, Balay Mindanaw, doing modest community-based peacebuilding trying to help create spaces for dialogue in areas directly affected by violent conflicts. I am also mediating a peace process between the Philippine government and the communist Revolutionary Workers Party of Mindanao.
Is this something new? Definitely not. For instance, USA has a long legislative history that dates to the first years of the republic. This advocacy started as early as 1793 when Dr. Benjamin Rush, considered as a Founding Father of USA, being a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, wrote an essay calling for the establishment of a Peace Office with equal footing with the Department of War.
The small development and peacebuilding non-government organization (NGO) Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by giving due recognition to its partner barangays through the Balay Mindanaw Awards.
Balay Mindanaw Group (BMG) is launching its first-ever Balay Mindanaw Awards to celebrate its 20th year of existence by recognizing and acknowledging outstanding partner barangays.