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Bangko sa Balay Opens Villanueva Branch

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental—Nine years since its establishment in Gingoog City, Bangko sa Balay opened another branch in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental to help Misamisnons contribute their share to the economic development of the province, Mindanao, the Philippines and the world. Marina Javier and Jita Getalada, Barangay Health Workers (BHW) of Barangay Katipunan who were among the […]

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Twenty barangays across Vis-Min shortlisted for Balay Mindanaw Awards

For outstanding community initiatives, land rights advocacy, resiliency projects, and peace dialogues, twenty barangays from across the Visayas and Mindanaw have been shortlisted for the very first Balay Mindanaw Awards. Three barangays were shortlisted for the Kaangayan Award (Equity): Barangay Mimbuahan, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental; Barangay San Vicente, Sumilao, Bukidnon; Barangay Tubo-Tubo, Cagwait, Surigao Sur. For […]

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Christians in Politics – A Right and a Responsibility

Christians in Politics – A Right and a Responsibility Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro This year, the Easter season coincides with the official start of the electoral campaign period for local candidates. We are also approaching the final month before national and local elections. Christians once more are challenged to exercise their […]

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Kaloy: Election is one of the answers to problems in government, society

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 equality in Mindanao. Speaking before […]

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Is Peace Possible? [Peace Stalk on Video]

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.

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Revisiting an old advocacy: Establishment of the Department of Peace in PH

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.

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