History

History

Integrated Mindanaons Association for the Natives (IMAN) – was organized in 1985 as Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative with 25 members based in Layog, Pagalungan, Maguindanao.  It was formally registered with the Cooperative Development Authority last 1997 and with Securities and Exchange Commission last January 2005 with SEC No. CN2005-25-039.    Iman came from the arabic word which means “faith”.

For 12 years, the organization worked with the people in the community as volunteers for peace and development.  Since then it has expanded with members coming from the municipalities of Kabacan, Carmen, Matalam and Pikit in the Province of North Cotabato; Pagalungan,  Pagagawan, Datu Odin Sinsuat and Sultan Kudarat in the Province of Maguindanao.  In its initial years, the cooperative was able to access funds from Land Bank of the Philippines and the GOP-UNDP Multi Donors for the implementation of post harvest facilities under the SZOPAD project.  IMAN established partnership with the Diocese of Kidapawan in promoting peace and organizing dialogues in the communities.   When the “all-out war” broke out in Central Mindanao in 2000, IMAN was able to strengthen its role as peace advocate during that time.  IMAN worked with the disaster team in Pikit.  It participated in the distribution of relief operations to evacuation centers and in interfaith dialogues and in networking with other peace workers in Mindanao. It has established alliances with Ustadzes Priests Pastors Imams Forum (UPPIF) Inter Religious Dialogue (IRD), Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) and with other Peace Advocates in Mindanao.   The group together with the Diocese of Kidapawan, started the inter-religious dialogue and peace advocacy program and since then, has been recognized as a credible organization in these areas when it comes to peace building works.

 

IMAN have been actively involved in organizing communities, facilitating disaster response program in the areas affected by conflict, mobilize different organizations and pledges from concerned Moro families for assistance to evacuees.  Peace education and advocacy is a major part of IMAN’s approach in community organizing, linkages, and networking in the Moro communities.  Aside from peace advocacy, IMAN focus on Values and Leadership Formation Training at the community level, Culture of Peace approaches and inter-religious dialogues.

 

Currently it operates in the province of Maguindanao and North Cotabato.