Balay Mindanaw

GWG to monitor IPSP implementation

COTABATO CITY – “This initiative of gathering us to a dialogue by Good Wednesday Group for Peace is commendable especially in providing the Army a third eye, looking into our programs under the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) that needs to be improved. But at the same time, I see this as very challenging because the AFP is only one part of the whole structure of IPSP.”

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Civil Society: A Resource for Peace

In this presentation and subsequent panel discussion, I shall refer to the term “role of civil societies” as the function or responsibility of the other stakeholders outside government and business.’s 21st Century Lexicon defines civil society as 1) the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens or 2) individuals and organizations in a society which are independent of the government. It is also referred to as a “third sector,” distinct from government and business.

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Belgian group helps Sendong survivors to deal with disasters

11-11-11. Hanneke van Eklik Thieme, regional office coordinator, and Kris Vanslambrouck, partner relations coordinator, both of the Belgian group 11-11-11, talk with Sendong survivors at a camp in Barangay Indahag. (Photo by Pinky Fabe)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Belgian visitors belonging to an international organization calling itself 11-11-11 visited Balay Mindanaw early in June and sat with some Sendong survivors and their support groups from civil society organizations to map out plans and programs on how to further help the survivors as well as make the communities resilient to the impact of climate change-induced and man-made disasters.

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5 Sendong barangays undergo disaster management workshop

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Five barangays hit by Tropical Storm Washi (local name: Sendong) underwent a workshop on disaster risk reduction and resiliency management in the last week of May organized by the Balay Mindanao Group (BMG) of NGOs in an effort to train the barangay folks how to respond to natural disasters induced by climate change.

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Disaster response, risk reduction management and resiliency building (DRRRMRB) Updates

Fetching water from the deep well.

Another set of blankets and kitchenware from the Rotary Club of Taree, Australia were distributed to tent communities: Tent 1 (near Indahag Elementary School): 3 boxes of kitchenware, shoes, books, and 62 blankets; Tent 2 (Lowboy, Indahag): 3 boxes of kitchenware, educational materials, and 67 blankets; Tent 3 (Regional Science High School): 2 boxes of kitchenware, used clothing and 37 blankets. Around 350 blankets were distributed to the first 350 families transferred to their permanent shelters on 25 April 2012.

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BMG’s role in attaining peace in MisOr cited

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Far from taking pride in its achievements, especially in “winning” peace in Misamis Oriental, Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) executive director Teddy Sabuga-a Jr. has readily pointed to its partner civil society organization for leading the charge for peace in the province. Misamis Oriental, […]

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Here are latest updates on our continuing assistance to five barangays – Bonbon, Carmen, Gusa, Indahag and Iponan – either badly hit by Typhoon Sendong or accommodated flood survivors after the evacuees (or internally displaced persons) were moved out of the congested evacuation centers inside school premises and covered courts. Also included in this update are results of major activities being conducted by the Multi-sectoral Group headed by Archbishop Ledesma and the regional director of DSWD, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo.

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