11th MINCODE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
27 October 2006 ● Grand Men Seng Hotel, Magallanes St., Davao City
“Kahiusahan, Kapadayunan, Kalambuan ug Kalinaw”
The business meeting of the 11th MINCODE General Assembly started at 9:00 PM as. Sylvia Paraguya,
MINCODE Chairperson, called the meeting in order.
A. DECLARATION OF QUORUM
All MINCODE members were present thus a quorum was declared. Below is a list of the networks
who were their delegates:
Network Representative Sex
Agri-Aqua Development Coalition Ismael Polinar M
(AADC-Mindanao) Nap Reymunde M
Virgilio D. Tagnipez M
Agnes S. Bolaños F
Pedminito S. Zapatos M
Reynato O. Alverio M
Bonifacio C. Caniban M
Geroncio T. Ohayas M
Association of Foundations Evelyn Baldoza F
(AF-Mindanao) Sister Virgeen Healey F
Nathan B. Insung M
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Mokamad Q. Kusain M
Society Sammy P. Maulana M
(CBCS) William B. Banzali M
Abdul Nasser M. Akmad M
Renato Mocsui M
Danilo Mocsui M
Council of Organized Social Service Maria L. Gandam F
Agencies in Mindanao Ana Maria G. Balayon F
Coalition of Social Development Arjay Neville Repollo M
Organizations, Inc.- South Cotabato Ramero S. Sustento M
(CSDO-SC) Martiniano Magdolot M
Ma. Ena N. Olmedo F
Kahugpongan sa Mindanao Cresencia C. Luayon F
(KAMI) Vilma C. Nadala F
Rudy P. Dewara M
Nerio D. Navarro M
Hermes Vergara F
Ann Nelespobio F
Jessica Jose-Teves F
Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Maximiano P. De Asis M
Societies- Southern Philippines Rolando E. Aceberos M
Educational Cooperative Center Ziela Camporedondo F
(MASS-SPECC) Mike Caoile M
Jose O. Procianos, Jr. M
Benjamin M. Togonon, Sr. M
Dominador C. Dizo M
Felicito P. Osorio M
Sylvia O. Paraguya F
Mindanao Congress of Development Evangeline P. Carillo F
NGOs and NGIs Julie D. Navalta F
(MINCON) Luz T. Rodriguez F
Jessica Jose-Teves F
Nemesia M. Camingawan F
Teresita S. Camiguing F
Lydio R. Sullano M
Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Louise Lampon F
Magsasaka Elena H. Jaticon F
(PAKISAMA) Vicente T. Paglinawan M
Edenlita M. Lorenzana F
Dominga O. Tanglis F
Michael M. Saguisihan M
Prudencio E. Geronimo, Jr. M
Philippine Business for Social Vangie Torralba F
Progress- Mindanao Regional Office Salic Ibrahim M
(PBSP-MRO) Rollie dela Cruz M
Philippine Partnership for the Asuncion F.P. Garcia F
Development of Human Resources Rufa T. Concha F
in Rural Areas Ann Patricia P. Felicio F
(PhilDHRRA) Adelina P. Inting F
Luzminda B. Salcedo F
Florante Villas M
Ruth T. Montojo F
Radigundo E. Rivas M
Rolando Abando M
Partnership of Philippine Support Aniceto Casepe M
Services Agencies Lito Sarayno M
(PHILSSA) Espie N. Gamutin F
Edelyn C. Academia F
Gloria N. Peñera F
Emma Linda D. Ocampo F
Ma. Theresa B. Isidor F
Mindanao Coalition of Development Dolly S. Corro F
NGO Networks Nancy J. Catulong F
(MINCODE) Erlinda B. Loreto F
Secretariat Ian C. Digal M
Paul M. Natad M
John Mark P. Dionson M
B. PRESENTATION OF AGENDA
The agenda of the meeting was presented as follows:
Declaration of Quorum
Presentation and Approval of the Agenda
Formal Approval of the Minutes of the Previous General Assembly/Confirmation of Council
Actions FY 2005-2206
Business Arising from the Minutes/Council Actions FY 2005-2006
- Networks Report
- Chairperson’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Consensus on the Perspective and Concept of Social Enterprise
- Confirmation of Network Representative to the Council
Nerio D. Navarro of KAMI moved to approve the agenda. The motion was severally seconded.
APPROVED. THE AGENDA OF THE 11th MINCODE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
C. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE 10th MINCODE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (April 28-29,
The minutes of the previous assembly were given in advance to the delegates with instructions to
send comments and corrections to the Secretariat so that these comments and corrections will be
integrated in the minutes prior to the GA. Further instruction was given that should there be no
correction/comment the minutes will be deemed approved. Review and reading will be dispensed of in
the GA but a motion for formal approval will be entertained. There being no corrections/comments
the minutes of the previous GA was deemed approved.
Mr. Jose O. Procianos of MASS-SPECC moved to approve the minutes of the previous general
assembly. The motion was severally seconded.
APPROVED. THE MINUTES OF THE 10th MINCODE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
D. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES.
There was silence when the Chairperson asked the members of the body if there were concerns from
the previous minutes they wanted to bring up. Such silence was taken to mean NONE.
E. CONFIRMATION OF COUNCIL ACTIONS FOR 2005-2006
The MINCODE Summary of Council Actions (2005-2006) was presented for confirmation.
Mr. Hermes Vergara of KAMI moved to confirm the Summary of Council Actions. The motion was
APPROVED. THE SUMMARY OF COUNCIL ACTIONS FOR 2005-2006
At this juncture, Mr. Virgilio Tagnipez of AADC raised a question regarding the launching of the Davao
Access Center earlier in the day. In particular, he inquired if the 5 million was a donation and how
much is the total project cost of the access center.
It was clarified that the provincial access center is an anti-poverty program of the Peace and Equity
Foundation (PEF) In the case of the Davao City Partnership and Access Center Project, MINCODE
proposed a 22 million-peso project for 3 years to cover the 15 million pesos loan fund and 7 million
grant fund for the cost of institutional development and capacity building. The project was proposed
for 3 years. It was approved for one year with a total project cost of about 5 million to cover the loan
fund of 1.1 million and the balance as grant funds.
The following are the highlights of each of the member networks’ reports
AADC (Agnes S. Bolaños)
AADC’s local coalitions have increased from 10-13; member POs 164 plus 4 member
federations. For its business portfolio for this year, it has 61 enterprises= 57 core and 4
Ancillary. The POs involved in the enterprises were 41 lead coops and 20 satellites. With
regards to the classification of its business, 33 enterprises are into raw materials production,
17 value added, 5 in the health and organic products and 4 in services.
It already has actual data on the income of its farmers who are into cassava production. On
business development services provided, it did coop re-organization, had industry research,
did supply value chain analysis, conducted business planning, installed management
operating systems, held CED best practices fora and had regular business clinic sessions.
Conduct of trainings on technology, ICT and natural farming is ongoing. It maintains its
partnership building on market, capital and technology through business opportunity
workshop, business negotiations and contract clinching.
Considered as its major accomplishment for this year is the establishment of eleven (11)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centers in PO trading areas in partnership
with local government units, PO members, private sector and academe.
AF- No report
CBCS (Sammy Maulana)
The bulk of CBCS’ efforts in 2005 were devoted to its restructuring. It regionalized resulting
in the formation of seven (7) regional CBCS. Alongside with this, it expanded the
membership of its council from 9 to15. Each region has its own plan of implementation in the
areas covered. CBCS has three (3) major programs which are the human rights and justice,
good governance and peace building. Each of the seven (7) regions is implementing these
programs. CBCS has undergone strengthening of its network members per region. It has
administered TNA and had to conceptualize schemes to address the needs of its network
members. It has done its summing up in Basilan identifying further the actual needs of the
network members per region. Based on assessments, among its 150 members, only 97 are
The Seven (7) regions were clustered into three (3) – Advocacy on human rights and justice,
peace building, and good governance are being sustained. The latest addition to the CBCS
concern is the continuing advocacy for the resumption of the formal peace talk between the
GRP and MILF.
CBCS has developed its three (3) years strategic plan which was sent to its partners for
support. It maintains its partnerships with funding agencies like CRS, MISEREOR, the Asia
Foundation, among others.
It held a forum with other religious leaders from various sects including the IPs and Moros
and formed the Interfaith Coalition of Human Rights which is currently making efforts to prod
the GRP and MILF panels to issue an official statement dispelling the rumors of a possible
outbreak of war to pacify the people on the ground.
COSSA (Ana Maria Balayon)
At present COSSA has 21 members. Most of whom provide direct services to communities.
Direct beneficiaries of the majority of its communities are children. It has 4 applicant
organizations anticipated to substantially change the landscape for COSSA because these are
organizations of differently-abled persons.
Its direction remains the same- participation in local governance, adequate social services
and transformative governance with focus on the judiciary. Among the challenges for COSSA
is that it never had a discussion on social enterprise on the network level. There is also a
need to look at the concept of a coop among NGOs and it has been trying to encourage its
members in Bansalan to take the lead in this. Another issue that COSSA still has to reach a
consensus about is institution-building leading to certification with PCNC. Most of its member
organizations still have to be convinced that certification is a need for them.
It has yet to reach a consensus on federalism. In general, the opinion of members is that
greater study has to be devoted specially to providing detailed information on how several
aspects of governance can work out.
COSSA’s General Assembly is scheduled for January 2007
CSDO-SC (Mayen N. Olmedo)
CSDO-SC has been accredited by PCNC as of December 2005 and PCNC has approved a five-
year certification. Its asset growth for 2004-2005 did not increase much. It got a score of
91% in PEF’s performance indicators. Its 5 million loan was converted to a grant and has
been approved last July 2005. For its ongoing programs and projects under the geographic-
focused, it already has 14 million at the individual organization level. Around 14.6 of its
individual members have a total of ten (10) projects. At the cluster level, it has around 10.2
million plus the assistance to the secretariat. In its cut across program, it has moved to the
second phase of its assistance to the Lutheran World Relief. For the next three (3) years, it is
looking at 4.1 million and is on to the second phase of its potable system project with the
Partnership and Access Center under PEF. Around 26.189 million has been approved for the
next 2 years. Overall total for its geographic-focused and cut across programs is around
Wanting to scale up its interventions to its organizations, CSDO is now trying to negotiate
with CORD-AID for a 26 million loan and 6million grant
KAMI (Nerio D. Navarro)
For Security of Land Tenure, 20 projects were approved for take-out under community
mortgage program (CMP) with an aggregate number of 2,845 beneficiaries. There are six (6)
NGOs operating in seven (7) cities undertaking a total of 58 direct purchase projects. Some of
them also assist in presidential proclamations. There were three (3) NGOs which have
assisted 11 Presidential Proclamations. Consummation of which is still being worked out as
there are some problems in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). KAMI assisted in
the drafting of the IRR but the document sent back to them for final drafting did not include
the inputs of the Urban Poor Alliance. Its partner NGO in Cagayan de Oro has assisted in the
relocation of 5,441 informal settlers beneficiaries
One advocacy which it has gained so much is on the creation of the Social Housing Financing
Corporation (SHFC). CMP was lodged under National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation
(NHMFC) but it was found out after several years that NHMFC is incompetent in managing
CMP so KAMI advocated for the creation of a subsidiary corporation which is the SHFC. KAMI
is currently advocating for the localization of the SHFC funds and engaging with local
government units. KAMI is encouraging LGUs to be prepared so that once this localization
program is implemented, they will be ready to access the funds. Part of the preparation is the
establishment of the Local Housing Board.
Its initiatives on PO formation are ongoing. It is working with POs for them to be properly
represented in the Local Housing Board and other special bodies in the LGU. It also has
efforts toward capability building of POs, NGO and LGUs.
MINCON – No report
PhilDHRRA (Rolando Abando)
Programs of PhilDHRRA are Advocacy Support, Program Support for SIAD, Sustainability and
Network Management. It is concentrating on the strengthening of its data base system. On
a quarterly basis, it conducts monitoring to track the members’ participation in network
activities and to assess their contribution to poverty reduction. It has standard poverty
reduction indicators nationwide. It has been laying the foundation towards making a web
page for the said monitoring by next year.
At present, it has 27 members in Mindanao distributed in 5 clusters corresponding to the six
(6) political regions. Three (3) of these clusters have their own consortium projects. On
membership development, PhilDHRRA is focusing on developing e-learning courses making
possible the idea of putting trainings on a web page format.
PhilDHRRA National is involved actively in anti-mining initiatives. Meanwhile, PhilDHRRA
Mindanao’s role in such advocacy has been the providing of ―experiential base modeling
initiatives‖. It is working with IP communities in potential mining areas trying to address
poverty issues providing models and experiences as an alternative to mining.
Right now, it has 16 CADC areas in Northern Mindanao and will start in another 12 areas in
CARAGA by February. It is working at present in 17 peace and development communities in
Davao del Sur
It held a workshop during which it drafted a network sustainability concentrating on 3G=
grant-making, resource generation and gains-making. Social enterprise is very relevant in
PhilDHRRA’s pursuit for sustainability as it is a mechanism in the gains-making strategy of the
network under its sustainability plan.
PHILSSA (Lito Sarayno)
It has 48 members nationwide- in Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon, particularly Metro Manila.
Eight (8) NGO members are in Mindanao. PHILSSA’s program is divided into four clusters-
microfinance, local governance, gender and development and the newly formed, children and
youth which is being implemented this year. On social enterprise activities, the network is
participating in Partnership Access Center in Quezon City. In Mindanao, KPS, a member of
PHILSSA, is practicing social enterprise as with its two other members in Davao City.
PHILSSA will have annual convention for its cluster.
PBSP – No report
PAKISAMA (Louise Lampon)
It held a congress last August. It has a new set of council and execom members whose
terms will end by 2008. It conducted assessment and planning two weeks ago. Its mission
and vision are still the same except that concerns on IPs were added. Its core programs and
services like membership, gender and development, sustainable agriculture, legal and public
advocacy, resource building and livelihood development (RBLD) were affirmed. Of which, the
realization of RBLD poses greater challenge to PAKISAMA.
Since PAKISAMA’s main thrust centers on ARRD, it is pushing for the fast tracking of the
implementation of CARP. It also supports the bill filed in congress seeking the CARP extension
It maintains its position on the coco levy fund issue which is ―no to compromise deal‖ which
means the full recovery of the 27% and 20% coconut levy shares in San Miguel Corporation.
Since the network is a member of the Asian Farmers Association (AFA), there are some
advocacy efforts related to globalization/WTO while considering other alternatives. It has
engagements concerning the upcoming ASEAN Summit to be held in Cebu through AFA.
PAKISAMA is planning to hold the gathering of its council in Cebu next year.
MASS-SPECC (Sylvia Paraguya)
It will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. Based on its 2005 data, it has released
3.5 billion. The assets of its 64 cooperatives are placed at 4 billion, deposits are 1.2 billion
and the share capital is also 1.2 billion. The number of its members is estimated at 3
thousand. 2005-2006 was the launching of Pinoy Coop, the first in the country.
MASS-SPECC is looking at connecting its system to Megalink by next year. Technically, it is
possible but the network just needs some investments to support it. It has conducted its
strategic planning and it targets 200 million at the end of the year. On a longer term, it hopes
to attain its aim of its assets reaching 1 billion by 2011. It is hoped that its ATM system,
along with other systems, would already be running by then.
It is currently inviting other NGOs to also look at how they can become associate members of
MASSPEC since it intends to build a central fund to become the Mindanao Central Finance
After the reporting, Mr. Virgilio Tagnipez of AADC shared his observation that only four (4) member
networks provided a written summary of their reports. He moved that for the next general assembly,
each member network attach a summary to its report to be included in the kit to be distributed to
participants. This was severally seconded.
APPROVED. TO ACCEPT THE REPORT OF THE MEMBERS WITH APRECIATION
APPROVED. FOR NETWORKS TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT TO THE GA WHICH SHOULD
BE INCLUDED IN THE KIT
Ms. Ruth Montojo, treasurer of the MINCODE Council, presented the 2005 Audited Report of the
network. Very briefly, she directed the attention of the body to the power point presentation of the
report indicating the percentage of grants and donations, the admin and the program costs as
reflected in the financial statements.
Nathan B. Insung moved to approve the 2005 Audited Report. The motion was seconded by Evelyn
APPROVED. THE 2005 AUDITED REPORT.
To understand the report, the Chair requested for further elaboration why MINCODE incurred a
deficit. The Secretariat through the Coordinator and the Finance Officer informed the body that in
2005 when MINCODE engaged ADB as Consultant of the project, INFRES-SLPPSP, the project was
done and ended on that same year but ADB paid the consultancy fee only the following year.
Updates on GRP-MILF Talks
Ms. Paraguya shared some updates on the peace process. Below are the highlights of her sharing:
Based on feedback from the ground, the GRP-MILF panels are still talking although there are
some difference of opinions regarding the issue on ancestral domain and territory.
The talk centered mainly on three (3) aspects: (i) security (ii) humanitarian rehabilitation
and development, and (iii) ancestral domain. On the security aspect, parties are receptive to
the ceasefire agreement. The discussion on ancestral domain also follows the framework on
BDA is currently conducting some activities and it is hoped that these can be sustained.
In terms of international support, Malaysia continues its role as third party. Japan will come
in as part of the international monitoring team and will be focusing on socio-economic aspect.
Sweden is also interested in participating.
The establishment of Bangsa Moro Leadership and Management Institute, to be assisted by
the Development Academy of the Philippines is being considered.
There was an approval of a joint advocacy of GRP-MILF. There is a new GRP CCH Chairman.
MINCODE, collectively or through its member networks, may come up with initiatives or
explore other approaches in support of the peace process
There is a growing pressure from various groups for the panels to go back to the negotiating
table. The GRP side is being asked to submit a new proposal on the peace talk. Notably, no
tentative dates have been set yet for another exploratory talks.
The Chairperson’s report was presented in an audio-video format. Milestones of MINCODE programs
and projects were presented. Below are the highlights of the report:
Under the guidance of the four Commissions of MINCODE, the Coalition implemented four major
programs covering its advocacy themes on economic, gender and development, local governance
and tripeople concerns.
In addressing the economic conditions of the poorest of the poor in deprived communities in
Mindanao, MINCODE assisted the Asian Development Bank through the Department of Agriculture
(DA) in reducing poverty in the countryside by providing capacity-building interventions for NGOs
and POs in their livelihood activities.
The intervention, which employed a participatory approach in developing a livelihood The The
37 local NGOs and POs in 29 municipalities and cities including the 4 core subproject sites were
provided with capacity building activities, specifically, trainings on participatory poverty
assessment, designing livelihood projects, project proposal writeshop, financial management, and
progress monitoring analysis and reporting
intervention, which employed a participatory approach in developing a livelihood opportunity for
the community able to mobilize about 69.6M funds that poorest among the poor households have
MINCODE in partnership with the Peace and Equity Foundation established the Davao City Access
Center. Planned interventions such as provision of livelihood opportunities and basic social
services were directed to twenty urban and rural barangays in the city. The prioritization was
based on results of poverty mapping conducted in 2004. Likewise, The initiative has solicited the
commitment of the City Government to support the project.
The coalition is an active partner of the Asia Foundation in its Transparent Accountable
Governance (TAG) project in Mindanao covering the 16 key cities in the region. As of the
moment, the project seeks to institutionalize reforms in the local government’s transparency
initiatives by mobilizing the participation of civil society organizations in identifying achievable
reforms in government performance. Parallel with the city-level intervention, MINCODE also
assists the national government in implementing the Government Procurement Reform Act
(GPRA) which aims to check corruption in the procurement process by widening the participation
of NGOs in the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of government procuring entities. Other
projects related to local governance advocacy included among others PDAF watch project and
campaign on federalism with MINCON as the lead network.
MINCODE is implementing a three-year Tri-people Grassroots Peacebuilding Program in Banisilan,
Cotabato and Talakag, Bukidnon. The project was a continuation of MINCODE’s advocacy program
on tripeople’s concerns in Mindanao. It seeks to intensify the coalition’s advocacy work of
promoting peace by effecting development policy changes on tripeople’s economic, social,
cultural, environment and political conditions. Among the many accomplishments of the project
are the following: (1) vonducted COP training in eight communities in Talakag and Banisilan,
which imparted learnings to the participants on who they are as a people, distinct and with clear
identity and a rich culture; facilitated the rebuilding of trust and confidence of the peoples
towards each other; (2)organized the Adhoc Tripeople Council that will emphasize/shape the
direction of the communities towards declaration of peace sanctuary; (3) conducted inter-
community dialogue and outlined strategies for intervention on the warring clans; and (4)
established mediation groups composed of youth professional that assist in community campaign
Complementing the initiative is the on-going Mindanao history project. It seeks to put into
writings the history of Minadanao from the perspective of the Mindanawons and integrate the
Mindanao history in the school curriculum at all levels.
The Coalition outlined the details in addressing the concerns of women, children and other
disadvantaged in its GAD Plan. It included impact driven programs such as the network and
coalition level gender assessment designed to assess the member networks and coalition’s level
of responsiveness in mainstreaming gender and children issues and concerns.
Mr. Martiniano Magdolot of CSDO-SC moved to approve the Chairperson’s Report with appreciation.
The motion was severally seconded.
APPROVED. THE CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT WITH APPROCIATION
G. NEW BUSINESS
Consensus on the Concept of Social Enterprise and the Role of the Coalition
Due to time constraints, Ms. Agnes Bolaños of AADC moved to mandate the Council to review the
results of the networks’ caucuses on social enterprise for deliberation and final action. The motion
was severally seconded.
APPROVED. TO GIVE MANDATE TO THE COUNCIL TO REVIEW THE RESULTS OF THE
CAUCUSES ON SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FOR DELIBERATION AND FINAL ACTION.
Ms. Agnes Bolaños of AADC moved for MINCODE to provide support to EPRA and push for reforms in
the DA. The motion was severally seconded.
APPROVED. MINCODE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO EPRA and PUSH FOR REFORMS IN THE DA
Civil society organizations were undertaking initiatives to engage the ASEAN at the national level.
Parallel to this effort, CSOs in Mindanao were independently exploring possible processes for
engagement with the ASEAN. This is in consideration of the peculiar and strategic position of
Mindanao in the ASEAN. She disclosed that Caloy Manlupig was unanimously chosen to represent
MINCODE in the CSO group which will engage in the ASEAN.
KAMI moved for MINCODE to continue its participation and involvement with other CSOs in their
engagement in the ASEAN. The motion was severally.
APPROVED. MINCODE TO CONTINUE ITS PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT IN
UNDERTAKINGS RELATED TO CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS’ ENGAGEMENT IN THE
The Chairperson reiterated MINCODE’s position on Federalism, Cha-Cha, Con-Con and No Election
(NoEl). She asked the body if there are other issues they want to raise. There was no answer from
On GRP-MILF Talks
CBCS moved for the GA to adopt a resolution calling for the unconditional support to the peace
process between the GRP and MILF and initiate activities on the ground for such purpose. The motion
was severally seconded.
APPROVED. FOR THE GA TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL
SUPPORT TO THE PEACE PROCESS BETWEEN THE GRP AND MILF
On the Anti-Terrorism Bill
CBCS has strong perception that the Anti-Terrorism Bill is biased against the Bangsamoro. As a
concern, they proposed for MINCODE to undertake information and study about the bill to which the
Chairperson requested the secretariat to gather documents in connection with the bill for distribution
to the members and for them to undertake their own study.
Having tackled all the items in the agenda, Mr. Virgilio D. Tagnipez of AADC moved to adjourn the
meeting. This motion was severally seconded.
APPROVED. THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE 11th MINCODE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Ms. Paraguya thanked the secretariat and lauded its preparations for the assembly. The meeting
concluded at 10:30 in the evening.
IAN C. DIGAL
Program Officer , MINCODE
ANA MARIA BALAYON
Secretary, MINCODE Council
Chairperson, MINCODE Council
SUMMARY OF COUNCIL ACTIONS
First Quarter Council Meeting
16 February 2007 ● Lispher Inn ● Davao City
1. Electoral Reform Program
In response to the call of Asia Foundation for proposals, MINCODE to submit an
omnibus proposal to The Asia Foundation on electoral reform which was open to
all interested member network/NGO but without prejudice to individual NGO
member who wish to submit their own.
All interested member NGOs to submit to the Secretariat their proposed
programs and activities on electoral reform that will be incorporated in the
proposal on or before the deadline.
For MINCODE to undertake sharing session on election monitoring experiences of
the recent election and planning for future engagement of the same program.
2. Resolution of Issues for the CODE-NGO National Congress
Caring for NGO/PO development workers (concern on standardization of benefits
among NGO workers) – MINCODE to conduct an orientation on labor laws.
On Federalism and ConCon – MINCODE to participate and get involve in any
intervention related to Constitutional Convention (ConCon) and to include in its
strategies the information/education campaign on federalism and preparation of
delegates for the ConCon.
On Engagement viz May 2007 Election
- To propose the basic criteria in the selection of candidates for the May
2007 election as follows: He/she must (1) be a federalist (in favor of
federalism) and (2) support Constitutional Convention.
- MINCODE to encourage its members to engage in white list strategy
of supporting candidates in May 2007 election
- To propose to include in the ―black list‖ the following senatorial
candidates: Angara, Oreta, Sotto, Magsaysay, Revilla, Singson,
Kiram, Pichay, Defensor, Coseteng, Osmeña, Lacson, Gomez,
Honasan and Trillanes.
- To support the following party-list groups: (1) ABA-AKO; (2) ABANSE
PINAY; (3) AKBAYAN; (4) AMIN; (5) COOP
3. MINCODE Annual Plan
To approve the MINCODE Annual Plan and Budget for 2007.
To reset the General Assembly on April 4 to April 20-27, 2007
4. MINCODE Social Enterprise Program
To hire an expert/consultant to conceptualize the MINCODE social enterprise
program taking into consideration the result of the network caucuses.
5. Other Matters
To identify two representatives each of the seven Mindanao-based member-
networks as – MINCODE delegates to the National NGO Congress.
Second Quarter Council Meeting
10 July 2007 ● Balay Mindanaw PEACE Center ● Cagayan de Oro City
1. Network Updates
To include in the Network updates GAD initiatives of each member network
starting the next Council meeting
2. Targets on PCNC accreditation
Member-networks to submit the list of member-organizations wiling to apply for
PCNC accreditation (PCNC targets) to MINCODE Secretariat on July 18, 2007.
3. Issue to Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc
MINCODE representatives (Nap and Ibing) to FSSI to seek resolution from FSSI
the issue on overlapping of priority area/target beneficiaries/project and to
clarify their policy and guidelines on project assessment/evaluation.
4. VSO-Bahaginan Proposal
To approve MINCODE engagement with VSO-Bahaginan particularly its proposal
on Asian Youth Exchange Program (AYEP).
5. Proposal to Bread for the World (BftW)
To approve the submission of MINCODE proposal on sustaining the gains of
peace-building efforts and addressing the economic activities of the communities
of Talakag and Banisilan to Bread for the World and Lutheran World Relief.
6. Davao City Partnership and Access Center (DCPAC) Development Framework and Priority
To approve DCPAC Development Framework and Priority Investments
7. Proposal on Constitutional Reform of CODE-NGO
To approve MINCODE engagement with CODE-NGO particularly its project on
Constitutional Reform and to subject this to detailed discussion with members of
Third Quarter Council Meeting
10 October 2007 ● Mindanao PO Complex ● Davao City
1. General Assembly and proposed labor law forum
MINCODE to explore partnership with IPHC and SALIGAN-Mindanao for the
venue and resource persons of the proposed labor law forum
For the MINCODE Secretariat to explore PEF’s development support fund for the
MINCODE General Assembly
For the Secretariat to identify interested member organizations who will join the
To reset the 2007 MINCODE General Assembly to December 13-14 in Davao City
back-to-back with the forum on labor law
2. Performance Monitoring Tool of Members
For the Secretariat to come up with a draft Performance Monitoring Tool (PMT)
of the members for presentation to the Council
3. Membership Profile Database
To set October 31, 2007 as the deadline of all networks for submission of
completed membership profile form to the MINCODE Secretariat
For the Secretariat to email each network as their reference for subsequent
action the list of their members and status in accomplishing the profile form
(submitted, not yet submitted, lacking information).
4. CODE-NGOs Network Strengthening Fund
For the MINCODE representatives to the Board of CODE-NGO to bring the matter
on multi-network and multi-region structure of MINCODE membership for
consideration in the appropriation of financial support to its members.
5. MINCODE representative to CODE-NGO
To endorse the representative of Coalition of Social Development Organizations
in South Cotabato (CSDO-SC) as MINCODE’s representative to the Board of
CODE-NGO replacing Ms. Ana Balayon of COSSA.
6. CODE-NGOs Scholarship Program
To endorse John Mark Dionson, MINCODE Secretariat who will take IT-related
course to avail of the CODE-NGOs scholarship program for this year 2007. This
is in line with the secretariat’s need for MIS and IT person.
7. Multi-Sectoral Regional Anti-Poverty Partnership Program (M-RAPP)
MINCODE to urge CODE-NGO to include the Mindanao region in the MRAPP
To propose to CODE-NGO the inclusion of Caraga region as among the four pilot
regions of MRAPP in the Philippines
8. MINCODEs positions to various issues
MINCODE to affirm the positions of CODE-NGO as outlined in its resolutions
specifically: (1) to oppose the membership of Sen. Enrile in the Senate
Committee on Appointment; (2)to oppose for the appointment of Atienza as
DENR Secretary; and (3) to oppose the Human Security Act of 2007.
9. Other Matters
MINCODE Bank Signatory –To designate Ms. Pat Sarenas (MINCON) as one of
the bank signatories of MINCODE.
MINDANAO COALITION OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS [MINCODE]
ANNUAL REPORT 2007
WHAT IS MINCODE MINCODE envisions a Mindanao
society where the people—
Lumads, Moro and Christian
MINCODE is a coalition of twelve (12) networks of
NGOs based in Mindanao. It was organized in 1991 settlers are free to live
and registered with the Securities and Exchange responsibly in abundance and
Commission (SEC) in 1992. related in harmony with nature,
with other people and their
MINCODE was established as a coalition in 1991 with
11 participating development NGO networks. Its
formation was facilitated by the Mindanao Regional To realize its vision, MINCODE will
Committee (MRC) of the PCJC-HRD. Having drawn endeavor to harness the
inspiration from the emerging coalition of the national capacities and full potential of its
networks, the PCJC-MRD organized series of members as they work with the
exploratory conferences and consultations which marginalized sectors in their
involved other networks of Mindanao NGOs. The struggle to:
process became the venue for dialogues and
discussions of Mindanao issues and concerns. It
1. Rise above the situation of
confirmed and validated the sentiment and the need
for collaboration and consolidation earlier expressed by
the representatives of the networks. powerlessness;
2. Actively participate in the
The coalition was formed by Mindanao NGOs and development process; and
POs in response to the need to unify on a 3. Willfully obtain
common perspective after two decades of opportunities towards
working for people’s development. Through its building Mindanao that is
activities, the members found common ground to truly progressive, people-
address the issues affecting the people centered, egalitarian and
particularly the poor in Mindanao. free.
NATURE OF THE COALITION Promote Mindanao
consciousness and tripeople
The Coalition serves as the forum for discussion, awareness
dialogue and coordination among Mindanao networks
Peace and mutual
and NGOs concerning development programs and its
understanding of tripeople
impact to the Mindanao community. It also serves as
advocacy center of NGOs in Mindanao on issues Influence policy along
related to development of tripeoples - Lumad, Moro tripeople program lines
and Christian settlers. It facilitates and promotes Partnership with other
Mindanao consciousness and greater tripeople development players
awareness among Mindanawons and Mindanao NGOs. Mainstreaming provincial
-Research and Advocacy
Skills & Sustainability
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks
In 2007, MINCODE has made significant actions in actualizing its
strategic direction in strengthening the Mindanao civil society,
promoting of tripeople issues and affecting peace and
development in the island regions. These actions were outlined in
the general programs that focused on the four-fold aspects of
tripeople development, politics and governance, economic
development and gender.
On tripeople and peace-building concern, the Coalition with the
communities in Banisilan and Talakag sustained the program
which started in 2003 and together proposed to mobilize
resources that will support development programs while their
peace-building efforts are sustained. As this community-based
peace processes continued, MINCODE strongly supports the on-
going GRP-MILF peace talk.
In politics and governance program, MINCODE sustained its
promotion of participatory and good governance in 16 cities in
Mindanao; coordinated with CODE-NGO in monitoring the
utilization of ―pork barrel‖ funds of Mindanao legislators; engaged
in the 2007 national election through the bantay canvas in
selected cities and provinces of Mindanao; and facilitated
provincial consultations in Mindanao on charter change.
On the economic aspect, the Coalition was able to mobilize P5M
for community enterprise and social services in priority
barangays in Davao City. It coordinated the CODE-NGO project
in undertaking a study in Region 9 and ARMM that will lead to the
development of a multisectoral regional anti-poverty partnership
program. At the homefront, 2007 marked the 2nd year of
MINCODE’s bbq enterprise the proceeds of which greatly
supported its operation.
Organizationally, efforts to consolidate data base of its general
membership have been pursued continuously as mainstreaming
gender in all its programs have been done relentlessly.
Sustaining Peace-Building and Supporting Development Efforts
MINCODE started its community-based peace-building efforts in 2003 in eight communities
of Banisilan, Cotabato and Talakag, Bukidnon. The project has ended in 2006 but the
communities which benefited from the promotion of the culture of peace and tripeople
understanding continued its peace making and peace building efforts by sustaining
harmonious relationship among the triepoples in the area and strengthening their peace
Peoples organizations in these communities further expanded their program to support
economic activities while sustaining their peace building program. Participatory planning
process was done involving representatives of the 8 communities, area coordinators and
MINCODE secretariat to address development issues which were mostly economic
surrounding these communities.
Two community consultations each were conducted separately in Banisilan and Talakag in
the months of March and April. PO leaders of the eight communities of Indulang, Lantud,
Basak and Dagumbaan in Talakag, Bukidnon and Kiaring, Pigcalinlangan, Tinimbacan and
Busaon in Banisilan, Cotabato . The first round of consultation involved focused group
discussions and workshops in identifying community issues and setting of major goals and
objectives. The second round of consultation focused on determining specific and
appropriate economic activities. The series of consultations culminated in a workshop on
logical framework on June 13-14.
To date the proposed program entitled, “Supporting Development Activities and Sustaining
Grassroots Peace-building Initiatives in Tripeople Communities in Mindanao”, is now in the final stage
of approval from Bread for World with a commitment to support the project at a total cost of P1.6M.
The project hopes to address the end goal of increasing the income of farmers by 1) minimizing
conflict, 2) reducing production expenses and (3) practicing diversified farming methods through
inter-cropping of cash and long term crops.
Advocacy for Good Governance, Electoral Reform
and Campaign for Charter Change
Transparent Accountable Governance (TAG) Project. Transparent and Accountable Governance
(TAG) is a continuing project of the Asia Foundation with funding support from the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID). Accountability and Transparency Now! Mindanao
(ACT Now! Mindanao) is the civil society component of the project which MINCODE implemented for a
period of one (1) year starting October 16, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
The TAG project of TAF expanded from seven (7) to sixteen (16) cities in Mindanao with
the addition of nine (9) new cities. The initial seven (7) cities included Cotabato, Dapitan,
Iligan, Island Garden City of Samal, General Santos, Marawi, and Surigao. The additional
nine (9) cities were: Butuan, Dipolog, Koronadal, Tacurong, Malaybalay, Ozamiz,
Oroquieta, Panabo and Zamboanga.
ACT Now! Mindanao covered primarily the nine (9) cities. It has four project components.
These were: 1) city (Transparent and Accountable Network) TAN formation and
institutionalization, 2) policy advocacy, 3) capacity building and 4) project monitoring. It
included monitoring TAG projects in the seven (7) cities.
The first seven (7) cities were covered in the project monitoring component as a follow-
through activity of the previous TAG project. The expanded nine (9) cities were covered in
the four components of this project. MINCODE members in all of the 16 cities were
mobilized as area coordinators of the project. Below were the cities in Mindanao covered by
the project and the corresponding CSO Project Area Coordinators:
Initial Seven (7) Cities Expanded Nine (9) Cities
Cotabato – Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. Butuan - Educational Discipline in Culture and
Area-based Development Services, Inc.
Dapitan - Resource Center for Empowerment and Dipolog - Center for Social Concerns and
Development, Inc. Development, Inc.
Marawi - Maranao People Development Center, Koronadal - South Cotabato Foundation, Inc.
Malaybalay - Agri-Aqua Development Coalition
Iligan - PAILIG Development Foundation, Inc.
Oroquieta - PAGLAUM Multi-Purpose
Gen. Santos - MAHINTANA Foundation, Inc. Cooperative
IGACOS - LAWIG Development Foundation, Inc. Ozamiz - Misamis Occidental Federation of
Surigao - REACH Foundation, Inc. Panabo - Institute of Primary Health Care
Tacurong - Notre Dame of Tacurong College –
Community Extension Services
Zamboanga - Zamboanga Human Resource
The ACT Now!-Mindanao project contributed to the achievement of the project objectives through the
following: 1) actualization of participatory governance; (2) integration of transparency and
accountability aspects in governance agenda of LGU; (3) review and influence local policies; (4)
consolidation of CSOs reform agenda through the city TAN; (5) institutionalization of TAG in LGU and
CSOs programs and activities; and (6) expanded the campaign on good governance in 16 cities in
The establishment of city TAN/TAG core group has strengthened the existence of civil society groups
in the city, thereby, making them relevant and may be influential in their cause. The mechanism also
facilitated the consolidation of reform agenda of various sectors and enhanced the campaign on anti-
corruption. Likewise, the CSOs involvement such as in local policy review and formulation has
widened the promotion of democratic governance; and encouraged/enhanced participation of local
citizenry in community processes that affects the delivery of public services.
With the project, the concern for good governance was brought to public concern although still at a
limited scale of civil society organizations participation but this time more organized and
conscientious involvement. The deliberate manner by which citizens participation were strongly urged
in the project, also provided pressure both to the CSOs and the LGUs to provide this opportunity and
Though this TAG project partnership established with the civil society organizations and local resource
institutions have increased the effectiveness and accountability of city government and increased
their interaction with the citizenry as can be noted in the various activities and the results of these
activities. Notably, we can mention the common local governance agenda as a concrete output of this
project which can be pursued by CSOs in cooperation with the LGU. The openness of the LGU to
support the agenda with budget is one step ahead in the partnership engagement and LGU-citizenry
The TAG project in general has considerably impact on the processes of the LGUs. On the one hand,
the ACT Now!-Mindanao project though it was implemented for only twelve months, can claim its
impact on civil society organizations and their participation in the affairs of the local government unit.
The involvement of various CSOs in the project and the influence that CSOs have in the communities
cannot be overemphasized as they continue to play a lead role in exacting accountabilities from the
leaders of the LGU. It may not be conclusive to say for now that the project has influenced conduct of
the LGUs towards transparent and accountable governance but the coming together of CSOs in
pursuit of a common local governance agenda can be a step ahead. Having influenced the moral
consciousness of the people through EHEM training and consciously adopting the principles is itself a
big impact on the individual beneficiary of the project.
PDAF Watch (Phase II) Project. PDAF Watch is an initiative of CODE-NGO in partnership with the
Coalition Against Corruption. The initiative was aimed at promoting greater transparency and
accountability in the implementation of PDAF/CA funded projects, as well as greater efficiency and
effectiveness in the utilization of the PDAF/CA. Specifically, it was expected to: (1) develop standard
tools for monitoring government service delivery; (2) develop IT-based monitoring infrastructure; (3)
identify, mobilize and train volunteer monitors from NGOs, POs and other CSOs; (4) use the findings
of the monitoring for evidence-based advocacy to better influence relevant national policies towards
more transparent and responsible utilization of the PDAF and the CA; and (5) institutionalize the civil
society monitoring system.
MINCODE acted as the regional coordinating network of PDAF monitoring project in Mindanao which
facilitated the regional training of monitors and assisted the volunteers in the actual monitoring of
PDAF projects, in gathering data, actual project inspection, conduct of focused group discussion and
key informant interview.
The PDAF Watch (II) monitoring covered the entire congressional districts in the country. In
Mindanao, 17 congressional districts were covered in the monitoring activities for a period of four
months from January to April 2007. Among the congressional districts covered were: Davao City
(Dist. 1,2,3), Davao Norte (1), Compostela Valley (1), Lanao Sur (1 & 2), Zamboanga Sibugay,
Bukidnon (3), Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao Norte (1 & 2), Sarangani, South
Cotabato (1), Davao Oriental (2), Surigao Sur (1), Zamboanga Sur (1) and Camiguin.
MINCODE conducted three activities of the project - the regional training of PDAF watch volunteer
monitors, consolidated monitoring reports from 17 congressional districts and facilitated linkage with
various government agencies for support to the project.
Of the 20 volunteer monitors about 85% or 17 volunteers who attended the training have submitted
their monitoring reports of the various projects like roads and highways (22 reports), information
technology (2 reports) and financial assistance (17 reports ) to LGUs. A total of 41 monitoring reports
from volunteers were consolidated by MINCODE and submitted to CODE-NGO for analysis.
The project helped in providing information and feedback to citizenry on utilization of ―pork barrel‖
funds as it encouraged citizen and community participation in monitoring government funds and
projects. On the other hand, the initiative earned the attention of some government agencies to
implement the PDAF-funded projects.
Meanwhile, government leaders have varied reactions on the activity. The monitors experienced some
leaders who were not open and apathetic to the project. There were some who were supportive of the
project and showed cooperation by providing the necessary information and data.
On the part of the civil society organizations (CSOs), the project opened spaces of CSOs engagement
with the government as it encouraged active participation of the CSOs in the bids and awards
committee and other development activities. Foremost, it has opened the eyes of the volunteer-
monitors of the big role which CSOs can contribute in assuring a transparent and accountable
government transactions and processes.
Bantay Canvass. The May 2007 elections more than ever challenged civil society organizations to
actively participate in this electoral process as it was perceived as an exercise of a stamp of approval
for GMA. Following the most controversial, fraud ridden presidential election in 2004, the ―Garci
scandal‖ haunted GMA as calls for her impeachment refused to die.
As part of its advocacy for electoral reforms, CODE-NGO and MINCODE coordinated the Bantay
Canvass project in some parts of Mindanao with the aims of undertaking transparent, credible and
free elections. As opposed to the previous electoral exercises where monitoring activities were
focused at the precinct level, civil society organizations in the bantay canvass project monitored
election returns (ERs) at the city/provincial level. Cheating at this level is believed to be large scale
than at the precinct/poll level.
The project generally was aimed at achieving transparent and credible election process through the
attainment of the specific objectives: (1) to involve civil society organizations, mostly NGOs and POs
in the actual electoral process by way of observation and reporting the general conduct of election;
(2) to create a mechanism of cross-checking the election results from the precinct municipal/city level
up to the provincial level; and (3) to increase the level of consciousness and awareness of the people
on the election process and provide them an opportunity to cast a meaningful vote.
Here in Mindanao, the project covered four cities and one province – Davao City, Panabo City,
IGACOS, Tagum City and the province of Davao del Norte. Monitoring activities included primarily the
observation and documentation of election-related issues and concerns as well as canvassing results
of the senatorial and party list candidates.
The Bantay Canvass Project was implemented also in coordination with other national organizations
such as LENTE and NAMFREL/PPCRV.
MINCODE recruited a total of twenty-two (22) volunteers coming from 2 NGO members in Davao
City. SALORSED (San Lorenzo Ruiz Socio-Economic Development Foundation) volunteered 9
members who were assigned to monitor the election process in IGACOS and Davao City;and MPI
(Maginhawang Pabahay, Inc) who also volunteered 10 members who were assigned in Tagum City,
Panabo City and Davao del Norte. Three (3) were student volunteers from the Summer of Service
Program of CODE-NGO.
MINCODE consolidated the ERs from a total of 4,780 merged/consolidated precincts by mobilizing
eighteen (18) field volunteers, two (2) regional coordinators and three (3) student volunteers of SOS
program. Coordination mechanism was established to facilitate feedforward and feedbacking from
among the volunteers in the field to MINCODE and from MINCODE to CODE-NGO. Part of the
coordination was setting common time for reporting of results to MINCODE and for MINCODE to
CODE-NGO. The established mechanism of reporting and coordination facilitated smooth
implementation of the project.
Sharing Session of the experiences of volunteers was conducted and aimed at deriving insights and
lessons which can be develop into a learning material for reflection in future related activity. Most
volunteers were of the opinion that their presence can really curb any anomalies or irregularities to
happen during the canvassing. It has caught the attention of the Board of Canvassers to better
perform its duties and functions and in the most transparent manner because there were watchers
The Bantay Canvass project encouraged active participation of the CSOs in various electoral reform
processes as it encouraged the spirit of volunteerism. Their involvement in this election has also
made the general citizenry realized their role in assuring transparent, honest and credible election
and thus showed that there is still hope in this democratic exercise.
The modest gains achieved by the project were guided by the following lessons:
The proper coordination between MINCODE and the volunteers from the NGOs helped ensure the
success of the project. Specifically, the coordination facilitated smooth monitoring during
canvassing and ensured recognition and support of the members of the Board of Canvassers to
The appointment paper aside from the identification card (ID) was among the very important
document that volunteers must possess during their appearance at time of canvassing to ensure
recognition and attention of the members of the BOC.
The absence of systematic coordination among other groups such as LENTE, NASSA and PPCRV
has triggered the area coordinators and volunteers to initiate simple yet effective strategies to
ensure the success of monitoring.
The appropriate attitude and rightful manners shown by the volunteers has gained the respect of
members of BOC.
The commitment and willingness of the volunteers enable them to deliver their tasks – monitor
the processes in canvassing of votes and submit on time the daily reports.
The copy of the number of precincts and registered voters per city/precinct obtained by the
regional coordinator from the COMELEC facilitated their monitoring activity.
Constitutional Reform. MINCODE’s advocacy for federalism through Constitutional Change spelled
out the need for Constitutional Convention as the only viable process. This advocacy is reflected in
the ―Mindanao Tripeoples Socio-Cultural Development Framework‖ of the organization.
MINCODE and the Citizens for Charter Change (C4CC) had a common position to stop any initiative of
the GMA administration to undermine the Concon for Charter Change. This position paved the way for
a joint activity on provincial/city and regional consultations on Constitutional reform.
The project was aimed at achieving the following objectives: (1) to block the possible resurgence of
People’s Initiative (PI) and/or Con Ass to push for charter change through public education and
mobilization ; to establish a network of leader advocates in eleven provinces and two cities in
Mindanao;(2) to help draft a set of proposals or a new basic sector-oriented Constitution by creating
venues and other processes for people (especially the poor sectors of society) to freely and
intelligently participate in planned conferences/fora; (3) to build effective linkage and coordination
among NGOs, POs, Academe, Media and Churches in the provinces covered and with national
formations and initiatives to bring the local inputs to the national level; (4) to help train C4CC
provincial coordinators/point persons to deal more effectively with media; and (5) to engage LGUs,
Legislators and other sectors in critical constitutional reform issues.
Provincial consultations were conducted in the target areas - 11 provinces and 2 major cities namely:
Compostella Valley, Agusan del Sur, Davao City, Zamboanga del Sur, Davao del Norte, Agusan del
Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del
Norte and Sarangani. The consultations were done in the month of October until the first week of
December. It involved the following organizations as provincial coordinators in the target area:
Province/City Partner Organization
Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Urban Poor, Inc.
Lanao del Sur Maranao People’s Development Center, Inc.
Lanao del Norte PAILIG Development Foundation, Inc.
Maguindanao Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society
Bukidnon Agri-Aqua Development Coalition, Inc.
Davao City Hugpong Davao
Davao del Norte Gawasnong Pagbalay, Inc.
Compostella Valley & Agusan del Sur Pambansang Kuilusan ng Samahang Magbubukid
Educational Discipline in Culture and Area-based
Agusan del Norte Development Services, Inc.
Sarangani Katotohanan, Paglilingkod at Serbisyo, Inc.
In the consultation Discussion Papers presented during the sectoral Round Table Discussions
conducted by the C4CC national secretariat was the main document. A workshop was conducted per
sector to enhance the paper and to give recommendations. The two thematic issues on federalism
and national patrimony were also discussed.
The highlights of the workshop output were as follows:
All sectors from the 11 provinces and 2 cities commented that the provisions stated in the
1987 Constitution are all pro-people and pro-poor but were not implemented through its
Most enabling laws do not reflect the true sentiments and interests of the people
especially the poor since the lawmakers are coming from the ruling and the elite class of
Enabling laws were not properly implemented and most often violated by the local
government units (CARP, LGC, UDHA, Fisheries Code, IPRA, etc.)
Most of the sectors suggested amendments only and not revision of the 1987 Constitution
is needed since it already embodies the aspirations of the people
Majority of the sectors recommended that there is no need for a charter change especially
within GMAs term.
If GMA will push for a Cha-Cha under her term, it must be through a Constitutional
Convention – elected by the people
Federalism and Parliamentarism issues need more widespread and intensive education
and information dissemination
Nationalist provisions in the Constitution must be protected and strengthened.
Multi-Sectoral Regional Anti-Poverty Partnership Program (MRAPP). MRAPP is an attempt of
CODE-NGO to explore regional anti-poverty partnership program. As a project, it highlighted the
presentation of the national poverty mapping undertaken by Peace and Equity Foundation; and how
the map could be utilized by multi-stakeholders in various development interventions to affect
benefits to poor communities.
CODE-NGO expected two outputs in this activities. These were: (1) National Anti-Poverty Map
presented to NGOs/POs and other key stakeholders; and (2) Multi-sectoral and inter-network anti-
poverty partnerships in at least 3 identified priority regions supported, with the framework of
partnership at the regions agreed by the initial partners, key issues of the region identified and
situationer prepared, on-going initiatives mapped and gaps identified and possible interventions
In Mindanao, the project targeted two regions-Region IX and ARMM. This was undertaken in
partnership with MINCODE, which facilitated the initial study in determining the baseline data of the
two regions. MINCODE conducted two major activities namely: regional consultation among key
stakeholders and the conduct of study of current development perspective and interventions in two
regions. The consultation was conducted in November 7 & 10, 2007 among MINCODE members and
other partner NGOs in Zamboanga Peninsula and ARMM area. The activity facilitated the formation of
regional working group acting as an advisory committee of the project. The consultation was followed
up with a regional consultation among various development stakeholders such as the LGU,
government agencies and civil society organizations in two regions. The initial results of the study in
the two regions were presented during the consultation.
MINCODE commissioned Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and Mindanao Integrated
Network Development Center, Inc (MIND Center) to undertake the study. WMSU undertook the study
for Western Mindanao ( Region 9 and the island provinces regions of ARMM Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi
(BaSulTa). MIND Center took charge of the study in the mainland provinces of ARMM (Maguindanao
and Lanao Sur). The working paper highlighting the result of the study in each region was presented
during the forum on national poverty map and regional anti-poverty partnerships in Manila last
December 5, 2007.
Mobilizing Resources for Anti-Poverty Initiatives
Davao City Partnership and Access Center. MINCODE became an access center of the PEF in
2007 by localizing its anti-poverty programs in Davao City. Through the Davao City Partnership and
Access Center Project, it has made accessible to NGOs and POs in Davao City resources for its anti-
poverty program in the city. The project has mobilized PhP 5,044,500.00- from PEF around 4M of
which is grant while the 1.1M is loan subject to specific terms and conditions.
This year DCPAC established the center and installed its system including the drawing up of strategic
plans, outlining priority investments and setting in place systems and operational guidelines. A series
of consultations with various stakeholders and poverty mapping exercises have led to the
identification of twenty (20) communities in Davao City as the Center’s priority areas.
As of October of 2007, MINCODE, through the Center, has already approved funding assistance of
P1,475,000.00 under the loan component (for 3 NGOs, 1 Cooperative and 1 PO) and P 2,345,750.54
under the grant component (for 3 NGOs) for various projects such as community marketing of bakery
products, swine production, microfinance, production of handicrafts, and provision of community
water system. About 14 barangays were covered by the different projects. The funding assistance
was able to leverage counterpart funds of almost 2M from proponents and partners
communities/BLGUs [992T under the grant fund and 1.066M under the loan fund].
Strengthening Membership and Expanding Linkages and Networks
MINCODEs existence for the past 16 years is largely due to its strengthened membership. The
Coalition ensures vibrant participation of members in its various programs and activities. Regular
Council and Commissions meetings were conducted as a venue for exchange and sharing of
information among member-networks, building consensus on concerns and issues affecting Mindanao
peace and development,
MINCODE also attempted to update its membership database. To date, it has updated 30% of it total
440 members in Mindanao. Together with CODE-NGO, this attempt was made to establish links of
data-based system of all its members.
MINCODE is (1) a member of Kusog-Mindanaw; (2) FSSI; and (3) CODE-NGO; and has close working
coordination with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Mindanao, Mindanao Economic
Development Council (MEDCO), Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), Basic Education Assistance for
Mindanao (BEAM) Project Team of the Department of Education and the city government of Davao
City through its anti-poverty program. It also sits as BAC member of the DAR-IFAD project -
Northern Mindanao Community Initiative on Resources and Environmental Management (NMCIREMP)
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks [MINCODE]
2008 MINCODE Annual Plan
Programs/ Activities Timetable
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
I. Peace-Building Program
A. Supporting Development Activities and Sustaining
Grassroots Peace Building Initiatives in Tripeople
Communities in Mindanao Project
1. Increasing Agricultural Productivity/ Reducing Production
1.1 Setting up of Agricultural Support Fund
2. Minimizing Conflict in Communities
2.1 Enhance relationship of conflicting parties involve in
2.2 Consultation/dialogue among community members or
inter community dialogue
2.3 Training on COP for common understanding of the
tripeoples on land issue
2.4 Training on conflict negotiation in understanding the
claim for ancestral domain of the IPs in the area
II. Politics and Governance Program
A. Citizens for Constitutional Convention (C4CC) Provincial
Campaigns and Chapter Strengthening Project
1. Consolidation of provincial/city reports and submission of
narrative and finance progress report to CODE-NGO
2. Participation in the National Forum and Planning
Programs/ Activities Timetable
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
II. Politics and Governance Program
3. 2nd Round - Provincial and City Consultation on Charter
B. Advocacy Program for Mindanao History and Support for
MILF –GRP Peace Talk
III. Economic Program
A. Davao City Partnership and Access Center (DCPAC)
1. DCPAC Executive Committee Meetings
2. Strengthening/Development of HINIMO (People’s
Organization) as an institution (crafting of VMGO,
registration with DOLE, setting up of FMS)
3. Preparation/Submission of DCPAC Reports to PEF
4. Firming up Partnership with the Department of Health/
City Health Office on the Program on the Elimination of
Lymphatic Filariasis (LF)
5. Preparation/Submission of Proposal for the 2nd Phase of
the DCPAC Project to PEF
6. Participation in the Financial Records keeping and Audit
Compliance Training of PEF
7. Processing and Release of New Loans to Other
8. Site validation visits as part of the procedure in the
appraisal of project proposals submitted to DCPAC
Programs/ Activities Timetable
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
III. Economic Program
9. Review and Approval of Proposals in the Pipeline
10. Monitoring of Ongoing DCPAC Projects
11. Inputting of Information on Projects (both ongoing and
those that are still on the proposal stage) Into the Newly-
Installed Database Software of PEF
12. Facilitate the Conduct of PEF’s Product Development
Trainings for DCPAC Member/Partner Orgs which are into
enterprise (e.g. preparation of proposal to access Dev’t
Support Fund (DSF) to cover the cost of the activities,
administration and retrieval of questionnaires/training needs
assessment forms, etc.)
13. Coordination and Building/Strengthening Partnerships
with Various Institutions (re: leveraging funds, sustaining
efforts, exploring possible areas for collaboration, etc.)
14. Continuing Networking and Linkaging with Other
Organizations Which May Be Interested in Accessing Funds
from DCPAC for Projects on Poverty Alleviation
15. Final Stage of Negotiation on the Approval of the Project
Proposal for the 2nd Phase of DCPAC (includes making
necessary revisions to the proposal, submission of
supplementary documents, meetings etc.)
16. Implementation of approved activities covered in the 2 nd
phase of DCPAC
B. Multi-Sectoral Regional Anti-Poverty Partnership Program
1. Regional Consultation (key stakeholders in ARMM & Reg
9) and outlining of priority sectors and possible interventions
Programs/ Activities Timetable
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
III. Economic Program
B. Multi-Sectoral Regional Anti-Poverty Partnership Program
2. Participation in MRAPP national meeting
3. Drafting/preparation of revise results of MRAPP Regional
study on current development perspective & initiatives
4. Preparation and submission of completion report to
IV. Gender and Development Program
1. Mainstreaming of GAD Concerns in all programs and
V. Network Strengthening
1. MINCODE Council and Commissions Meeting
2. MINCODE 12th General Assembly
3. Continuing collection/collation of membership profile
datasheets from networks and updating of membership
4. Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for MINCODE Network
Members (re: Enhancing CS in Mindanao to Promote
Mindanao History, Tripeople Culture, Peace & Development