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Mindanao Bridging Leadership Fellows

Posted: 2011-07-11
Category: Bridging Thoughts



Noraida A. Abdullah Karim

Position and Organizations: Mindanao Operations Coordinator, Community and Family Services International (CFSI)

Divide: Human Rights and humanitarian needs of IDPs


Mindanao Protection Project: This project intends to provide protection to returned families displaced in 2008 by facilitating early recovery and implementation of quick impact projects as entry point for identifying and addressing more protection issues. The intervention as a project is aligned with OPAPP, and key stakeholder interests.


Yusop T. Alano

Position and Organization: Provincial Board Member, Basilan Local Government Unit

Divide: Interfaith understanding ("ever-widening gap between erstwhile good neighbours from different cultural, educational, economic and social backgrounds")


Young Tri-Peoples' Assemblies (YTA): The project aims to facilitate the establishment of this local organization composed of young legislators and college student governments to meet as a Local Youth Parliament. This new approach is tapping the youth to help create or generate awareness of interfaith understanding. The staff can exist from a certain core team from the same organization pool, yet the mobilization will be undertaken and channelled through the larger network.


Ruby A. Andong

Position and Organization: Sr. TESD Specialist/Training Officer, TESDA-ARMM Shariff Kabunsuan, First District of Maguindanao

Divide: Governance towards peace


Community-Based Skills Training Program for the First District of Maguindanao: This project will involve advocacy and skills training. The project affects 5,000 men, women and out-of-school youth who are indigent. Of all these, over 2,000 have been assisted by TESDA with limited funding and mostly through multi-sectoral stakeholder mobilization done by the candidate and her team, wherein she has partnered with NGOs to realize the target


Yusoph S. Lumambas

Position and Organization: Secretary on Da'wah and Education, United Youth for Peace and Development, Incorporated (UNYPAD)

Divide: Rido and the role of the youth


Youth Advocacy for Peace: This project is primarily a training program on youth and empowerment which is a replicated project of the United Youth for Peace and Development implemented in Barangays Sapad, Matamog, Maguindanao and Cabpangi, Pagcawayan, North Cotabato. By end of project, it is hoped that a Youth Peace Watch will be formed with youth leaders trained in community organizing, leadership and management, conflict management and resolution and mediation. The project also aims to generate increased community awareness on the GRP-MNLP peace agreement, the GRP-MILF ongoing peace negotiations and the causes of RIDO and its negative impact to the society.


Margarita Auxtero

Position and Organization: Area Manager, Isabela Foundation Incorporated

Divide: Access to sustainable education


Neighbourhood Reading Enhancement Ability Development Program (July 2011-July 2013): This project expects to empower children and to create a sustainability plan in 3 key areas namely Punukhubong, Maluso, and Inspiracion delos Pobres.  Replication and expansion of the project is rooted in an alternative approach to education and in various approaches to mobilizing teachers to teach. Collaboration with local government units for sustainability will be an essential part of the project.


Fred Basino

Position and Organization: Co-Organizer/Adviser, Sarangani Provincial Tribal Council and Indigenous Peoples Professionals Association

Divide: IP involvement in governance and development in Saranggani


Indigenous People Development Agenda in Sarangani: This project would involve the Saranggani Professional Peoples' Organization and the Provincial Tribal Council. This should be a pilot to help push for an IP National Development Agenda or improvements on the NCIP/IPRA acts. B'laan comprise 40% of the IPs in Sarangani, which comprises 60% of the population of the said locality. As a matter of fact, there is an estimated 18 million IPs in the country. The involvement in decision-making of IPs in local development will also be intrinsic to the project, i.e., mining and development.


Ernesto Cajigas Casiple, Jr.

Position and Organization: Provincial Officer, RUMEPP, DTI South Cotabato Office,General Santos

Divide: Poverty and communal enterprise development


Upscaling Barangay-Level Processing Project: This project involves communal micro-enterprise promotion for poverty alleviation towards peace and development. The project  shall be implemented in three phases with phase 1 to be implemented under the MBLP focused on at least 50 Maguindanaons and other women entrepreneurs in Koronadal proper and Sumbakil, Polomolok (peace and development communities). The project is meant to help them enhance local products and their markets by linking them to micro-financing opportunities towards community self-reliance.  150 volunteers from the Tri-Youth Movement will help in implementing the project.


Maria Luz V. Go

Position and Organization: Chairman/Planning and Development Head, Mindanao Tri-People Consultancy Services Cooperative/Kapayapaan Kapatid Council

Divide: Economic development among tri-people


Saravia Economic Development: Tri-People understanding and peace and development through business is a 3-year project wherein its first phase will be implemented under the MBLP. The outputs of the project are the establishment of a barangay chamber of commerce and a central food processing for Saravia’s local product: vinegar. The project hopes to contribute to a significant increase in monthly household income of the community.


Sitti Djalia Hataman

Position and Organization: Executive Director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos/ Founding Chairperson of Pinay Kilos! (PNK)

Divide: Awareness on the role of Muslim women in peace and development


21 Young Women's Stories: Good stories of seven young women, aged 18-35, from each of the provinces of Basilan and Sulu, and Zamboanga City will be generated in this 3-year project. The first phase of the project will be implemented under the MBLP with the hope of generating women peace cadres through capacity building, education, training and exposure. The project’s 2nd phase shall involve the development of a local PAYAPA peace agenda and peace projects for approval of PINK and its funding partner while the last phase of the rpoject will focus on implementation and evaluation.


Shirlyn Macasarte

Position and Organization: Provincial Board Member, Provincial Government of Cotabato

Divide: Person with disability (PWD) access to basic services


Saklay: Punla ng Pag-asa Para sa Parehong Karapatan, Kakayahan, at Pagkakataon Project: This is an ongoing project which began on December 15, 2010. PWDs are oftentimes addressed as differently-abled or people with special needs. Their rights are fully enshrined in our National Constitution backed by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons, and the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons.  The rights-based approach to disability essentially means viewing a person with disabilities as subjects of law. Its final aim is to empower and ensure their active participation in political, economic, social, and cultural life in a way that is respectful and accommodating of their difference. Saklay is a project that aims to involve (1) database gathering on PWDs in the province; (2) mobilization of liaison officers in each barangay to facilitate implementation of key PWD laws; (3) reiterate, with supporting legislation, the needs of PWDs in Cotabato province.


Analiza Flores Malayang

Position and Organization: Incorporator/Auditor of Balik-Islam National Consultative Assembly

Divide: Redistribution of justice and the role of Muslim women inmates in the diaspora


Muslim Women in Diaspora: Toward Economic Empowerment and Peace Advocacy: The idea behind the project is to realize a cooperative system in jail in the correctional facilities of both Quezon and Mandaluyong cities for Muslim women inmates. This is a new idea to most Muslims and is slowly gaining support. Cooperative systems will necessarily include livelihood projects, but, more than this, advocacy within the correctional facilities and outside – in diasporas.


Zahria M. Mapandi

Position and Organization: Project Director, Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation, Inc.

Divide: Gender Justice: Women empowerment with men as partners in empowerment


Phased Enterprise-Bulding for Enahnced Islam and Gender Mainstreaming in Communities Working towards Peace and Sustainable Development: This is an advocacy program, which expects to generate baseline data for key barangays, capacity building for the project team and advocacy to arrest trafficking. The latter shall involve roundtable discussions with barangays and the capacity building of people’s organizations in four (4) communities. These activities shall be geared towards women involvement in decision-making regarding the use of any economic or social gain of their communities. Qualitative assessment of behavior change will be done as part of the project in terms of relationships within households (decision-making) and outside the home (practice, work). The project will complement the natural farming technology system (NFTS) started by AMDFI in 2008. By the end of the project, representatives of local partners should have also gained better understanding of Islam, gender issues, and tools for advocacy.


Gov. Oscar Moreno

Position and Organization: Governor, Misamis Oriental

Divide: Indigenous people's right to land


The Continuing Challenge of Peace and Development in Lantad: The project showcases community for peace and development., that has been on-going for the past 4 years. The project will attempt to achieve mobilization of IPs in the area of Lantag for social transformation. At the end of the fellowship, it is expected that a clear unified effort at peace and development in the area would be seen and would serve as a showcase for the province of Misamis Oriental. Also, this is also a means to process the Higaonon Tribe's CADT claim of Mt. Balatucan; and to produce a review of the NIPAS and IPRA acts based on Lantad's experience with recommendatory changes by the province for policy change.


Nacianceno M. Pacalioga, Jr.

Position and Organization: Mayor, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur

Divide: Access to a community development-centered education for Dumingag


Transformative Education for Dumingag: This project aims to be able to create an encompassing education program/plan for the municipality that would cover the various forms of education available (integrative or complementing informal, formal and vocational education). The local government aims to have a clear and unified approach to the municipality's development starting with education that is anchored onto its economic goals. The project has started with preliminary talks among key stakeholders.


Jasper S. Que

Position and Organization: Mayor, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

Divide: Access to and delivery of education to communities within Bongao


Education for Bongao: The project expects to hold a municipal education summit as part of the fellowship. Also, the said project will complement Brigada Eskwela currently being implemented by the local school board. Part of the education program will be sanitation/hygiene awareness with infrastructure for select local schools. A consultative approach shall be adopted in generating new interventions to enhance the delivery of basic education to communities within Bongao.


Romulo D. Quemado II

Position and Organization: Operations Officer of the Sulu Island Command and Exec. Officer of the 9th Marine Batallion, Philippine Marine Corps

Divide: Addressing clan engagement in Sulu: Localizing peace


Transformative Peace Actions for Clan Engagement in Sulu: This is a project that hopes to contribute to broad transformative social, political and cultural actions. A large part of the project involves multistakeholder orientations, dialogues and advocacy of shared positive values among key clans in Sulu. This project emphasizes the basic values behind Islamic leadership and moves towards development and reforms with consideration of shared values across communities.


Mr. Musa Sanguila

Position and Organization: Director, Pakigdait Alana sa Pag-Amoma sa Kalinaw Incorporated

Divide: Land Conflict in Inudaran, Lanao del Norte


Bridging the Interfaith Leaders in Land Conflict Resolution in Inudaran, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte: This project facilitates the creation of an interfaith council for the 24-hectare disputed land through the exploration of various approaches to interfaith cooperation. It is hoped that through interfaith cooperation, the land conflict over the 24-hectare land area will be addressed within the fellowship period. The project aims to involve imams, the sultan within the conflict area, pastors of 7th day Adventists, the parish priest of Kauswagan and representatives from conflicting parties. Government and members of the military are also actors in this project.


Victorino Saway a.k.a. Datu Migketay

Position and Organization: President and Founder, Apu Agbibilin Community Incorporated

Divide: Bridging tradition and the new world towards peace and development


Reaffirming the Traditional Peace Pacts in Mindanao: This project aims to gain support from individual leaders of the tribe for GPH-MILF peace agreement by threading ideas and opinion based on elements and principles of traditional peace pacts. It will involve second-liners/youth leaders in the process and looks forward to having a symbolic conference/celebration sealing the pact with the MILF on covered territories. Involving the youth will help mainstream tribal/traditional philosophies and approaches to peace.


Frederick Wee Siao

Position and Organization: City Councilor (Chairman for Committees on Trade, Commerce and Industry; and Sports, Games and Amusement), Iligan City

Divide: Bridging the private sector and government towards development


Business Capability through Private Entities Partnership: This project hopes to implement key activities towards helping rebuild Iligan City as the “Pittsburgh of the South.” The project hopes to realize the creation of an Iligan Business Awards, the facilitation of paper presentations by Young Entrepreneurs, the presentation of Young HR manager of the Year Award, the Sari-Sari Store owners' summit, the presentation of best business plan awards, and the Iligan Business Congress.


Romeo P. Tiongco

Position and Organization: Municipal Mayor, Damulog, Bukidnon

Divide: Peace through the delivery of basic services on health and livelihood (agriculture) in the Muleta-Pulangi Triangle


Winning the Peace and the Delivery of the Two Basic Services: This project focuses on addressing the situation of the Muleta-Pulangi Triangle as the "pugad ng mga rebelde" (nest of the rebels). It will impact on the Local Government Unit of Carmen, President Roxas, and Damulog. During the project, the aforementioned LGUs would have taken major steps in recognizing the issues and addressing the needs for Muleta-Pulangi Triangle. Also, government services would have been accessible to the people of the triangle who have, so far, been deprived of such services. The project intends to hold a quarterly medical and agricultural extension (plant now, pay later)  mission to be conducted, with at least 1 barangay health worker per 20 families.


Nena Undag-Lumandong

Position and Organization: Consultant, Building Bridges for Peace (BBP) - NCIP Provincial Office

Divide: Participation of indigenous peoples in traditional and state-created structures to address issues on land and ancestral domain rights; food security and livelihood; and basic social service delivery


Hastening the Unified Ancestral Domain Claims of Tatrico-Odliba: This is an expansion of BBP’s programs for the Higaonons. The project aims to cover selected barangays of Misamis Oriental and Gingoog City. Under the MBLP, the project shall focus on social preparation including funds mobilization. Part of the social preparation is strengthening livelihood opportunities for the communities as well as mainstreaming ancestral domain claims for the Tatrico-Odliba Higaonon through the Provincial Peace and Order Council. Central to the project is the development of a Higaonon Indigenous Knowledge System and Practices (IKSP) database.





you have a strong team
and doing a very good team work



What a great team! Congratulate!

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