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MINDANAO COALITION OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS
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MINCODE Statement on the Banisilan Incident
posted: 24October2011
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Building and Strengthening Local CSO-LGU-NGA
Partnerships for Poverty Reduction
Moving Towards Decentralized and
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posted: 5September2012
STATEMENT OF THE MINDANAO COALITION OF
DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS (MINCODE)

Welcoming the Framework Agreement and Committing to Continue
our Work for Peace in Mindanao

The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks
((MINCODE), made up of twelve CSO networks of close to 500
member NGOs, peoples organizations and cooperatives operating in
various communities in Mindanao, commends President Simeon
Benigno Aquino III, the members of the GPH and MILF panels and
their respective technical working groups,  OPAPP Sec. Teresita
Quintos Deles and all those responsible for the forging of the
historic “Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” at the closing
of the 32nd Formal Exploratory Talks held in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

We join the rest of our brothers and sisters in Mindanao, as well in in
other parts of the country and the world, in celebrating this
landmark  framework agreement that will pave the way for a final
resolution of many decades of intermittent conflict and pernicious
and dehumanizing poverty in many parts of Mindanao  that has
been exacerbated by weak governance,  rampant corruption,
degraded environment and the political exclusions of peoples.

We, representatives of  civil society organizations in Mindanao,
commit to supporting all processes that will be undertaken to ensure
the full implementation of  the Framework Agreement, including the
work of the Transition Commission leading up to the establishment
of  the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that will
replace the ARMM.

We call on political and religious leaders as well our grassroots
leaders to support processes that will ensure a broad information
dissemination about the details of the Agreement even as they must
endeavor to participate in processes that will put flesh to the many
provisions in the Agreement.

We will remain vigilant so that this Framework Agreement and
related processes will not be undermined and its full implementation
will not be sabotaged by individuals and groups who don’t share the
dream of every Mindanaoan for a just and lasting peace in our
land.   We will also take steps in forging broad CSO support for the
Framework Agreement all over the country, through the Caucus of
Development NGO Networks, the national CSO platform, of which
MINCODE is a member.

In solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as with our
indigenous communities in Mindanao, we, the members of
MINCODE,  once again renew our commitment  to build - through
our various programs and projects - social cohesion and harness
the productive potential of the culturally-diverse population of
Mindanao and create an atmosphere of trust and caring for one
another, the very essence of any work for peace.  All these we
commit to doing so that that all the peoples of Mindanao will enjoy
the benefits of freedom, justice and peace.

10 October 2012
CODE-NGO 5TH Congress

Breaking Barriers in Civil Society’s Constructive Engagement
for Development

November 20 to 22, 2012, Quezon City

CODE-NGO convenes on November 20-22, 2012 nearly a thousand
delegates from among its 12 member networks from all over the
Philippines for its 5th Congress, the largest gathering of civil society
leaders in the country. The event serves as the culmination of
CODE-NGO's celebration of its 20th year in influencing public policy
and contributing to increasing the effectiveness of civil society's
social development in the country. CODE-NGO holds its Congress
every 5 years, to evaluate its work for the past years and set its
direction in the coming years. The CODE-NGO Congress is set to
approve its Strategic Plan for 2013-2017.
The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) will convene nearly
a thousand delegates from among its 12 member networks from all over the
Philippines for its 5th Congress, the largest gathering of civil society leaders in
the country, on November 20-22, 2012.  

The event also serves as the culmination of CODE-NGO’s celebration of its 20
years of influencing public policy and contributing to increasing the
effectiveness of civil society’s social development work in the country.  

CODE-NGO holds its Congress every 5 years, to evaluate its work for the past
years and set its directions for the future. The CODE-NGO Congress is set to
approve the coalition's Strategic Plan for 2013-2017.
"Dalawang Dekada ng Samahan at
Saya!” 5th Congress Cultural  Night

Nov. 20, 2012, 4:30pm - 8pm, Institute
of Social Order, Social Development
Complex, Ateneo de Manila University,
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(for invited participants and guests
only)
The 5th Congress opens with a fun-filled night of cultural performances.  CODE-
NGO’s 12 member networks will demonstrate their “hidden” talents for singing,
dancing and other forms of performing arts, by celebrating and interpreting
various Philippine festivities.
Simultaneous Learning Sessions on
Breaking Barriers in Civil Society’s
Constructive Engagement for Development
Nov. 21, 2012, 8am - 5pm
Institute of Social Order, Social Development
Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola
Heights, Quezon City (Open to the public, prior
registration is required. Registration fee: P500.
Civil society takes a step further into engaging the government for development
both at the national and local levels.  CODE-NGO’s members and partner
organizations are organizing simultaneous learning sessions to surface the
issues in Constructive Engagement and share innovative solutions to address
these.   Multi-sectoral (government-CSO-private sector) partnerships related to
“Advancing Participatory Local Governance”, “Responding to Climate Change
and Mitigating Risks” and “Developing the Local Economy” will be featured in
these sessions.
5th Congress - Plenary Session
Nov. 22, 2012, 7:30am – 5pm
SkyDome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
(for invited participants and guests only)
CODE-NGO and its member networks will
report on the coalition’s accomplishments
for the past 5 years and present its
directions for the next years.  Together with
our member base organizations, we are
renewing our commitment to the Code of
Conduct for Development NGOs as a response to the greater demand for
accountability of CSOs.  We will launch our 20th year coffee table book that will
feature the best practices of our members on good governance.   
3
Secretariat Meeting
5
Peace and Multiculturalism Commission
Meeting
7
Council Meeting
18
Learning Session on the Framework
Agreement on the Bangsamoro in
Malaybalay, Bukidnon
19
Learning Session on the Framework
Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Wao,
Lanao del Sur
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR DSWD

The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE),
with its twelve (12) member networks, representing close to 500 non-
government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations in
Mindanao, is deeply concerned with the current situation at the
Regional Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD) Region XI.

We condemn the manner by which some groups express their
sentiments against the government. As the largest coalition of
Mindanao-based civil society organizations, we uphold the principle of
constructive engagement with the government. We strongly call for
respecting legal processes and non-disruption of public service. Just
as we acknowledge the need for strengthening local governance to
effectively and efficiently address the needs of the community, we
recognize this administration’s call for transparent, accountable and
people-centered governance. There is no need to go to the extent of
blocking the Regional Office and hampering the delivery of public
service.

Along with the 12 CSO networks and almost 500 NGOs and POs in
Mindanao, we call for the immediate halt of the blockage and mob rule
to allow resumption of public office at DSWD Region XI and facilitate
delivery of basic services for the general public. We also express
strong support for Sec. Dinky Soliman who is embodying genuine
leadership and care for the people, especially during the relief and
rehabilitation efforts in Pablo-affected communities. DSWD Secretary
Dinky Soliman has been consistent with her genuine engagement and
dialogue with the civil society.

MINCODE will remain vigilant so this issue will not dampen the good
relationship established by the CSO community with the government.
We will continue to strengthen our advocacies on good governance
through constructive engagement with government as we commit to
facilitate dialogues between CSOs and government.

posted: 27 FEBRUARY 2013
27-28
Mindanao Conference on CCA-DRRM and
MINCODE 15th General Assembly
“Reclaiming the Mindanao Promise!

The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), the
“network of networks” in Mindanao, composed of the twelve (12) major
civil society organizations (CSOs) operating in Mindanao, with close to
600 base member organizations is a 2-day meeting with the title
“Reclaiming the Mindanao Promise!. A Mindanao Conference on Climate
Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CCA-
DRRM) will be held back-to-back with its 15th General Assembly on June
27-28, 2013 at Brokenshire Resort and Convention Center, Madapo
Hills, Davao City. The Conference and GA is expected to convene close
to a hundred CSO leaders from all regions of Mindanao.
       
The theme for the Mindanao Conference on Climate Change Adaptation
and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CCA-DRRM) is
“Reclaiming the Mindanao Promise! CSOs on CCA and DRRM:
Increasing Capabilities and Reducing Vulnerabilities of Mindanao
Communities”. As MINCODE Chairperson, Patricia M. Sarenas, stresses
that the conference is timely in the light of the increasing involvement of
Mindanao CSOs in assisting the communities that they serve in adapting
to climate change and managing the risks of disasters due to extreme
climate conditions. Typhoons Sendong and Pablo and other
environmental disasters in Mindanao highlighted the need for concerted
efforts among the key development players in Mindanao to respond to
the negative impacts of these conditions to the lives and livelihoods of
the urban and rural poor communities. MINCODE, through their member
networks, is able to integrate CCA and DRRM in programs and projects
and assist their members and partner communities to sharpen their
understanding of the links between the development issues of peace,
poverty reduction, environmental protection and governance.
       
The CCA-DRRM Conference is part of a MINCODE project entitled
“Strengthening Mindanao CSO Response in Climate Change Adaptation
and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” which aims to raise
consciousness and improve capabilities of MINCODE’s 12 member
networks and their base organizations to enable them to respond to
issues and concerns related to CCA and DRRM. The project is
supported by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF).
       
The keynote speaker for the conference is a fellow Mindanaoan, Sec.
Nereus O. Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection.
There will also be a panel of experts who will share their thoughts about
CCA and DRRM concerns. Some MINCODE member organizations shall
also be presenting their community-based actions on CCA and DRRM.
       The 15th General Assembly of MINCODE on June 28 has the sub-
theme: “Reclaiming the Mindanao Promise!  CSOs on Peace and
Development: Increasing Capabilities and Reducing Vulnerabilities of
Mindanao Communities.” During the General Assembly there shall be a
CSO Learning Session on the Framework Agreement on the
Bangsamoro as a follow-up to the plenary session during the CODE-
NGO 5th National Congress held last November 2012 in Manila.
MINCODE continues to conduct learning sessions on the FAB and the
peace talks for CSOs and other sectoral groups all over Mindanao as
contribution to the work of “Reclaiming the Mindanao Promise” with the
support of OXFAM.
       For further information, please contact the MINCODE Secretariat at
+63 82 299-0625 or +63 919 523-1459 or email at
mincodesecretariat@gmail.comand look for Mr. Joel Accion Jr.