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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”.


IMAN leads a Consultation and Needs Assessment in the selected Schools of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao

February 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives (IMAN) Incorporated in coordination with the Municipal and Barangay local government unit of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao conducted and spearheaded a consultation and initial assessment in the selected schools of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao. The selected schools included Batungkayo Elementary School, Baya Elementary School, Balogo Elementary School, and Maridigao Elementary School.

The purpose of the activity was to gather data and identify the needs of the pupils in the course of education through consultative sessions. The consultation and needs assessment session of every school was attended by the Barangay Local Government Unit Personnel, representatives of the different community sectors, School Principals, and school teachers.

In Maridigao Elementary School, the Lack of school building, school supplies, comfort room, sports facilities, and source of potable water occurred to be the main concerns and necessity of the pupils. However, the entire body unanimously pointed out the lack of source of potable water system as the urgent need of the pupils in their school.

In Balogo Elementary School, the major problems identified were the lack of classrooms, arm chairs, comfort rooms, source of potable water, and blackboards. They also pointed out the necessity of classroom renovations and the need of seminars and workshops in teaching methods skills and strategies for the teachers. Among the problems mentioned, the need for school building was the major concern and priority.

In Baya Elementary School, the same problems were determined and identified by the attendees. The lack of classrooms, arm chairs, comfort rooms, source of potable water and blackboards. Classroom renovations, seminars and workshops in teaching methods skills and strategy for the teachers were also a necessity. Just like in Balogo Elementary School, school building was their major concern.

In Batungkayo Elementary School, the need of classroom facilities, stage, concrete pathways, bulletin boards, and visual aids were their main concerns.  Renovation of classrooms and construction of stage were determined as their priority.

The result of the assessment would be the basis for the appropriate and precise project to be implemented.



Catholic Relief Service thru WASH Program conducts a Week-long Data gathering and Initial Assessment in Selected Barangays of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao

February 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

The Catholic Relief Service representative, Mrs. Dolores Corro, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program Project Manager, Ms. Lucille Isnani, WASH Engineer, Stephen Silvestre and WASH Project Staff Ms. Bai Ibrahim together with the IMAN Staff in coordination with the Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao held a week-long data gathering, initial assessment and evaluation on the selected Barangays of Datu Montawal Maguindanao. The selected Barangays were Pagagawan, Batungkayo, Dungguan, Maridagao, and Talapas. The visit took place from January 13, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

The overall purpose of the visit was to gather data through consultative sessions, identify the needs that would complement the programs of the Local Government Unit, clarify the role of CRS which was to facilitate the process inclusion, developmental initiative of the people of the community technically in relation to WASH, and actual evaluation of water system, personal hygiene, and solid waste management practices of the communities.

The consultative sessions were attended by the Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit Personnel, representatives of the different community sectors, and residences of the mentioned communities.

 The results of the assessment  would be of great help in designing and implementing appropriate projects needed in every barangay with regards to their water, sanitation, and health problems and concerns.

Aquino submits draft Bangsamoro law to Congress

September 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

LEGISLATIVE MILL. President Benigno Aquino III submits the Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress September 10, 2014. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – This is the main “antidote to radicalization” in Mindanao.

This, according to, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, who also heads the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, as President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday, September 10, submitted the proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao to Congress leaders.

In a ceremony attended by close to 200 guests, Aquino personally handed over the Bangsamoro basic law draft to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

The Bangsamoro bill provides a legal framework for the final peace accord signed by the government and MILF in March after 17 years of negotiations aimed at ending 4 decades of war in Mindanao.


Bangsamoro Basic Law done; BTC commissioners sign transmittal letter

September 11, 2014 at 4:08 am

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  (BBL) is finally done.

All 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, signed at 4:40 p.m. Sunday the transmittal letter for submission of the final draft to President Aquino, Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the BTC and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel said.

Iqbal told MindaNews at the end of the BTC session that President Aquino, who will certify the bill as urgent, will hand over the final draft to Congress during ceremonies in Malacanang on Wednesday, September 10, that will be attended by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, and members of the BTC.  (To be updated shortly)

Read morehttp://www.mindanews.com/peace-process/2014/09/07/bangsamoro-basic-law-done-btc-commissioners-sign-transmittal-letter/