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Partnership Launching program between IMAN and ACTI

November 10, 2015 at 3:08 am

The Asian Colleges and Technological School launches its partnership with the Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives at ACTI Social Hall, 8am last November 6, 2015.

The said event was attended by Executive director of IMAN, Dr. Mike Alon, School Head and Founder of ACTI, Madam Luzviminda J. Tan, teachers and students of the said school together with IMAN staffs. The highlight of the program is the signing of partnership certificate between the two parties.

One of the activities to be conducted is the feeding program that will benefit four schools in Kabacan Municipality. The goal of this activity is to improve the health of the children’s and to lessen the morbidity of malnourish pupils thus helping communities rebuild education and equip children’s with much needed resources.

According to Madame Luz Tan, Partnership with IMAN is the best accomplishment in the school this month. The feeding program will truly benefit the children. The food that will be serve is arrozcaldo which is healthy and will help improve the performance of children in school. It will also serve as motivation, she added.

Executive Director of IMAN, Dr. Mike Alon addresses the support of IMAN with this program stating that IMAN Inc. is really grateful to ACTI for choosing the organization as a partner in implementing this program. The organization committed to support the program at all cost.

The school beneficiaries of this feeding program are Aringay Elementary School, Malanduague Elementary School, Salapungan Elementary School and Sangadong Elementary School.

IMAN – CRS leads turn over Ceremony of 3 stand fan and Printer with Scanner in Barangay Pagagawan, Datu Montawal Maguindanao

October 1, 2015 at 5:41 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association in strong partnership with the Catholic Relief Services pave way for Brgy. Kagawad Tony Mangadad to have his  request granted from group of external evaluators. According to Maam Dolly, These group of evaluators were inspired by the conversation they had with Brgy. Kagawad and as a result they made a good quality assessment which in return make way for this blessing. The 3 stand fan and Printer with scanner was turn over on October 1, 2015 in Barangay Pagagawan, Datu Montawal.

Maam Dolly also described ” Barangay Pagagawan as one of Model Barangay because of the visibility of support in every activity and project given to them” .The Brgy. Officials expresses their gratitude by thanking them stating “we will take good care of these items very well”.

Caritas Norway visits IMAN and Pagagawan footbridge

July 6, 2015 at 5:31 am

Aaron Halfen, the Project Coordinator of Caritas Norway together with the representatives of the Catholic Relief Services visited the IMAN Office and the footbridge of Barangay Pagagawan, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao on Wednesday, June 23, 2015. The Caritas Norway is a major partner of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in peace building program. The visit is very important in sustaining its support to the implementation of the PGTM project. The visit serves as a venue of opportunity to share accomplishments, project stories, challenges and learnings from the past implementation of PGTM.


Respect Education Program Launching

June 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

IMAN, along with the dignitaries from DEPED Division of North Cotabato, District Supervisors and the teachers from Maguindanao and North Cotabato officially launch in May 22, 2015 the Respect Education Program. This series of pilot project aims to promote “Better Grades, Better Behavior”.

This project is executed by Ministries of Respect Education Foundation, CORDAID Netherlands in collaboration with other relevant national partners in Philippines such as the DEPED (Department of Education) and PASALI Philippines.  The child friendly approach of this project will significantly contribute to the development of our pupils thus, boosting his/her self confidence.

This global project addresses a wide range of improve quality education by creating a learning environment where every child feels safe, accepted and able to fully develop him/her, with a special focus on dealing with traumatized pupils in daily teaching. The program is based on the concepts of Adaptive learning, Cooperative learning and Multiple Intelligence and contributes to the child centered approach of the K to 12 education curriculum. It promotes the development of 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Children from different ethnic groups and backgrounds learn to understand and respect each other which contribute to peace. It also includes psycho-social component called PREPARE that will address possible trauma’s affecting the children due to the conflict.

The Respect Education program will pilot on 6 Elementary Schools, 4 from North Cotabato and 2 from Maguindanao. The schools in North Cotabato includes Buluan, Siento Trenta, Pedtad and Nangaan Elementary School while Batungkayo and Pagagawan Elementary School in Maguindanao respectively.


Respect Education in Mindanao: Teachers Training

April 29, 2015 at 7:37 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives with the invitation of the MinCoNSP (Mindanao Convergence on Social Protection) participated in the Teacher’s training last April 20-25, 2014 at the Mountain Lake Eco Resort in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The training was conducted by the Respect Education Foundation of the Netherlands in collaboration with the Department of Education Region XII and Cordaid Netherlands.

The IMAN participants includes the IMAN facilitators and Staffs, District Supervisor of Maguindanao, Hon. Delia e. Daniel, Kabacan West District Supervisor, Hon. Efrin Mantawil, School Principals, Teachers in charge and respected Grade 4 and Grade 5 teachers of Pedtad, Buluan, Siento trenta, Batungkayo, Pagagawan and Nangaan Elementary School.

The Respect Education programme aims to improve quality of education by creating a learning environment where every child feels safe, accepted and is able to fully develop him/herself. The program is based on the concepts of Adaptive learning, Cooperative learning and Multiple Intelligences and contributes to the child centered approach of the K to 12 education curriculum. It promotes the development of 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Children from different ethnic groups and backgrounds learn to understand and respect each other which contribute to peace. The also include psycho-social component called PREPARE that will address possible trauma’s affecting the children due to the conflict.

The trainers were Mr. Dolf Hautvast, Mrs. Femke van der Ster form the Respect Education Netherlands and Prof. Rogier van’t Rood of the University of Maastrich Netherlands. They deliver the topics in a very relax way wherein participants can relate well. Moreover, the training focuses more on personal experiences, understanding and professional attitude towards different children behaviors.


Graduation on Carpentry and Masonry

April 15, 2015 at 4:23 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) held its Closing Ceremony of the 10 day training course titled “Basic Skills in Carpentry and Masonry” in University of Southern Mindanao Hostel, Kabacan North Cotabato on April 10, 2015. In this course, students from different areas of North Cotabato and Maguindanao completed their Training course.
This course was designed to improve the basic skills of the participants and be familiar with the different carpentry and masonry tools. The speaker during the session of the training course emphasized the knowledge and skills as the key to build a better future.

Executive Director of IMAN, Dr. Mike P. Alon welcomed guests and students of the course. He said that this training course is designed to help those carpenters improved and certify their skills. Our objective is to provide them with the necessary information and training they need to improve their self. He expressed the hope that this course will fruitful to help enhance the capabilities of the participants and they will contribute more effectively for building a better future, he added.

Sir Bobby Mangelen, TESDA Director was the guest speaker of the occasion. Chief Guest said in his speech that he is very happy to see the participants very much willing to hold such informative course of TESDA. He said that outside world is excelling because of training courses and refreshing knowledge through such trainings. He also presented the different TESDA opportunities such as National Certificate and its benefits. He also highlights the importance of this   training as integral part of service which not only improves knowledge but also enhances their working capabilities. He also appreciated the initiative of Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives for providing people with this opportunity.

IMAN leads turn-over ceremony

March 5, 2015 at 1:42 am

Spearheaded by the Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives, the turn over ceremony for instructional books in Balugo Primary School was successfully conducted and given to the children of the said school last March 2, 2015. The activity adhered to one of the main aims of the project “Strengthening Access to Pre-school and Primary Education in the Ligawasan Marsh” which was funded by the Terres des Hommes (TDH) German Embassy in partnership with the Department of Education (Maguindanao).

Also, the project was expected to benefit  pupils of Balugo Primary School by providing them a conducive and encouraging learning environment where they could fully exercise their right for education. Further, the new books would boost the pupil’s interest to seek out for knowledge, better understanding, and more awareness of the necessary information they need to acquire.


Livelihood Goat Project Distribution

February 22, 2015 at 5:27 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives spearheaded the distribution of goats in the selected schools of North Cotabato and Maguindanao. The selected schools are Kitulaan Elementary School School, Manarapan Elementary School, Buluan Elementary School, Pedtad Elementary School, Pagagawan Elementary School and Langkuno Primary School.

The distribution also includes a presentation of the rules for membership and care of the goats as well as the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the IMAN, BLGU, PTCA President and the School Principal of every school. The contact was made to follow up on the progress of the project.

The project aims to help the parents in their economic situation as well as their commitment to seeing the project continue. The goats will serve as an important source of additional income for the parents.  The project is under the dedication and compassion of the CORDAID Netherlands.

IMAN joins the peace rally in support to BBL

February 17, 2015 at 2:29 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives Inc (IMAN) staffs joined the peace rally to show full support to the Bangsamoro Basic law in Municipal Plaza Poblacion, Pikit Cotabato last February 10, 2015.

The mass action was dubbed, “SIMULTANEOUS PEACE RALLIES IN SUPPORT OF THE BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW AS THE SOLUTION TO THE MINDANAO CONFLICT” and was led by the Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP) and allied Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

The objective of the mass actions is to show support to the call of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for congress to fast track the passage of the BBL without further delay, while conducting investigations on the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident are underway.

In a statement released by MAP, Dr. Abdulmanan Gayak said that “While we condemn in the highest form the unfortunate Mamasapano incident that led to the death of 44 SAF members, the martyrdom of 18 members of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), wounding 12 others, and the killing of 4 innocent civilians, we sincerely address this appeal to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to once and for all, pass the BBL to avoid another Mamasapano incident in the future”.

”To all peace loving individuals and groups, locales and nationals, please unite with us, and help us realize our dream for a sustainable and lasting peace in the Bangsamoro as soon as possible. For it is always our conviction that prolonging this uncertain situation will always open opportunities for spoilers of peace to strengthen their ranks. We are afraid they might succeed in derailing the peace talks that will further aggravate the living conditions of both the Muslim and the Non-Muslim inhabitants of Bangsamoro”, Dr. Gayak supplementar statement..

Addressing his call to both Houses of congress, Dr. Gayak continued, “To reiterate, these peaceful mass actions are an appeal, “For the sake of sustainable peace and progress, pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law without undue delay. Please do not make peace, the BBL, and the future of the people here in Mindanao, as hostages of Mamasapano incident”.

A total of 56,563 Bangsamoro Basic law supporters answer the call of rally in Poblacion Pikit North Cotabato. Participants in the protests were tri-people in North Cotabato composed of the Islamized Bangsamoro, the non-Islamized Bangsamoro or sometimes called Indigenous Peoples or Lumads, and the settlers or those whose ancestors originated from Luzon and the Visayas. They carried banners with bold statements supporting the BBL such as “Don’t give up on BBL”  “If you fail BBL, we all fail.” “All out peace is killing, All Out War is Life” and “We support BBL”. “Mamasapano encounter, Walang kinalaman ang BBL”.

The North Cotabato Board Member Dulia Sultan said in her speech in the early part of the program, “The lack of coordination is the main reason of the killings, hence the people should not be one sided in the Mamasapano incident for there were both government troopers and MILF troopers killed, Pikit Vice Mayor Mangansakan also added: “I have experienced all out wars under late President Ferdinand Marcos and President Joseph Estrada. So, let us not quarrel, nor blame each other”.

Representatives from different sectoral groups such as, youth, professionals, farmers, women’s, tribal and religious also send their grief to the incident but all appeal to the immediate passage of BBL to the congress. The proposed Bangsamoro Government when well-established is an initial step towards peace, harmony and development in Mindanao region”.  It is not all-out-war, not impeachment of PNoy but passage of the BBL is the solution to the crisis. They appealed to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to reconsider their decisions.

IMAN conducts a six-day seminar workshop on “Do no harm and Advance Community Organizing

February 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm

A six-day seminar workshop on “Do no harm and Advance Community Organizing” was organized and conducted by the Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives Incorporated Inc. (IMAN) for its staffs on January 21, 2015 to January 24, 2015 in the 8th Avenue travelling Inn, Kabacan, North Cotabato. Mr. Edwin Antipuesto served as the resource person. The said seminar was attended by twenty (20) old and new staffs of IMAN.

The activity was organized for Community Organizers and Project Officers who wanted to improve their skills or get familiar with the techniques and effective tools in working in conflict environments. It gave opportunities for the new members to get familiar with the principles of community development by gaining introductory knowledge on the Do No Harm framework and finally widen and deepen their understanding on community organizing.

The activity helped the staffs consolidated theories and experiences about community organizing and its significant contribution to community development, meaningful participation and empowerment processes. It also explored on the processes of community engagement to become authentic, meaningful, and responsive to community needs and explore ways in tapping resource opportunities in the community level.

During the seminar workshop, Mr. Edwin Antipuesto emphasized that “A good organizer is a good listener. We have one mouth to talk and two ears to listen”. He also added that the difference between being effective and being efficient was “Being effective is doing the right thing while being efficient is doing things right”.