2 from Bukidnon among ‘Mindanao Bridging Leaders’

SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (Bukidnon News Dispatch/14 to 16 October) –
Talaandig Datu Migketay Victorino Saway and Damulog mayor Romeo
Tiongco have been selected among 21 fellows of the Asian Institute of
Management’s  Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program (MBLP) this year.

Saway and Tiongco, among four from Northern Mindanao in the group,
started their fellowship in July 2011 after being chosen from about
128 applicants.

According to the center’s website the overall objective of the program
“is to build a cadre of Bridging Leaders in Mindanao, who can address
issues like peace, education, health, land conflicts, poverty, and
poor local governance, among others.  It has two key components:
Leadership Formation and Institutional Development.”

The MBLP, a program of the AIM Center for
Bridging Leadership, runs until April 2013 through the assistance of the World
Bank under the State- and Peace-Building Fund coordinated through the
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

Each fellow will choose a specific issue or “divide” to address during
the whole program.

Saway, president and founder of the Apu Agbibilin Community
Incorporated based in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon, choose “bridging
tradition and the new world towards peace and development.”

According to the brief description of his project Reaffirming the
Traditional Peace Pacts in Mindanao, it aims to gain support from
individual leaders of the tribe for the Government of the Philippines
and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) peace agreement “by
threading ideas and opinion based on elements and principles of
traditional peace pacts.”

He said it will involve second-liners or youth leaders in the process
and looks forward to having a symbolic conference or celebration
sealing the pact with the MILF on covered territories.
“Involving the youth will help mainstream tribal/traditional
philosophies and approaches to peace,” he added.

Saway told Bukidnon News in the sidelines of the celebration of the
Talaandig Days last week that he has made the issue of traditional
peace pacts among Moro and non-Islamized Lumad as his study as land is
very important to their life as indigenous peoples

Damulog mayor Romeo P. Tiongco, previously appointive Maramag mayor in
the post EDSA period and from the civil society prior to election as
mayor in 2007, has chosen “peace through the delivery of basic
services on health and agriculture livelihood  in the Muleta-Pulangi
Triangle.”

Tiongco’s project will focus on addressing the situation of the
Muleta-Pulangi Triangle as the “rebel’s lair”.

He said in his project description that it will impact on the local
government units of Carmen, President Roxas, both in North Cotabato
and Damulog in Bukidnon.

Tiongco said that the LGUs would take major steps in recognizing the
issues and addressing the needs for Muleta-Pulangi Triangle.

The government services, he said, would have been accessible to the people of
the triangle who have, so far, been deprived of such services.

Specifically, Tiongco intends to hold a quarterly medical and
agricultural extension (plant now, pay later) mission to be conducted,
with at least a barangay health worker per 20 families.

In an earlier interview, Tiongco said villagers in the triangle are
among those least reached by the government in the province.

The other fellows are: Noraida A. Abdullah Karim, Community and Family
Services International (CFSI);  Yusop T. Alano, Provincial Board
Member, Basilan Local Government Unit; Ruby A. Andong. TESDA-ARMM
Shariff Kabunsuan, First District of Maguindanao;  Yusoph S. Lumambas,
United Youth for Peace and Development, Incorporated (UNYPAD) ;
Margarita Auxtero, Area Manager, Isabela Foundation Incorporated; Fred
Basino, Co-Organizer/Adviser, Sarangani Provincial Tribal Council and
Indigenous Peoples Professionals Association; Ernesto Cajigas Casiple
Jr, provincial officer, RUMEPP, DTI South Cotabato Office,General
Santos; Maria Luz V. Go,chairman/planning and development head,
Mindanao Tri-People Consultancy Services Cooperative/Kapayapaan
Kapatid Council;  Sitti Hataman,executive Director of the National
Commission on Muslim Filipinos/ Founding Chairperson of Pinay Kilos!
(PNK) Shirlyn Macasarte, Provincial Board Member, Provincial
Government of Cotabato; Aisha Malayang, Incorporator/Auditor of
Balik-Islam National Consultative Assembly; Zahria M. Mapandi, project
director, Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation, Inc; Misamis Oriental
Gov. Oscar Moreno; Nacianceno M. Pacalioga, Jr, Mayor, Dumingag,
Zamboanga del Sur; Jasper Que,  Mayor, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; Romulo D.
Quemado II, Operations Officer of the Sulu Island Command and
Executive Officer of the 9th Marine Batallion, Philippine Marine
Corps; Musa Sanguila, Director, Pakigdait Alana sa Pag-Amoma sa
Kalinaw Incorporated; Iligan City councilor Frederick Siao, and Nena
Undag-Lumandong, Consultant, Building Bridges for Peace (BBP) – NCIP
Provincial Office. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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