Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFIRM), Inc.
AFRIM has established itself as a reliable social research, advocacy, community development, and communications institution, providing information and analyses so necessary towards forging a sound development framework for Mindanao. Without abandoning its acknowledged bias for the marginalized sectors, AFRIM likewise engages in mainstream policy debate, influencing media and policymakers in and out of government towards the promotion of the genuine development for Mindanao.
Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation (AMDF)
AMDF is a Lanao-based women’s organization for social development committed to promote women’s rights, good governance and peace building towards gender-fair, humane and sustainable communities. In the pursuit and attainment of this mission, AMDF members, serving as Allah’s Vicegerents (Khalifah), are guided by the principle of Tawhid (Unity of Creation).
Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (AKKAPKA)
Since 2007 up to the present, AKKAPKA as an organization and with its 3-fold program on Formation, Information and Transformation had conducted several seminars on Gender-Sensitive Active Nonviolence Seminars and Inclusion of the values of UNSCRs 1325and 1820 for women who are affected by war and conflict. In Mindanao, 200 women from local government units and tribal leaders went thru the trainings. The women participants were helped and healed from the trauma of war conflicts and consciousness raising of the equal dignity of both men and women. In one municipality in South Upi, Maguindanao, as a support to the Philippine National Action Plan (NAP) for UNSCRs 1325/1820 – a resolution was passed by the Local Municipal Council in 2013 to promote and support NAP. These program initiatives were supported and funded by the Office and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the WE ACT 1325 (Women Engaged in UNSCR 1325). AKKAPKA is also a member of the network of International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and Women’s Peacemakers Program (WPP).
Asia-Pacific Centre on the Responsibility to Protect (APCR2P)
The mission of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect is to deepen knowledge and advance policy on the Responsibility to Protect principle and mass atrocities prevention and response in the Asia Pacific region.
Asian Circle 1325
Since its formation in 2007, the Asian Circle 1325 has conducted information-dissemination and awareness-raising seminars/trainings on UNSCR 1325 and related instruments with partners and member organizations in Mindanao (Philippines), Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Burma. In 2012 Asian Circle 1325 made a submission of a policy brief to ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) for the inclusion of women, peace and security in the ASEAN agenda.
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI)
Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI) is a Filipino Mindanao-based and Mindanao-focused non-stock, non-profit organization. BMFI’s work and its people articulate a sense of fierce pride for Mindanao and a passion for transforming this poorest and most conflict-torn of the country’s region into a “balay”, a true home for its peoples – Christians, Muslims and Lumads, indigenous peoples of Mindanao.
Its peace-building and development work in the rural areas of Mindanao are pursued through principled partnerships with the people’s organizations, non-governmental organizations, local government units, government agencies and other sectors towards the building of a Mindanao which is truly a home (“balay” and “banay”) for its tripeople – the Moros, the Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) and the settlers.
Balay Rehabilitation Center
The BALAY Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is an organization that practices psychosocial rehabilitation and is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights. It particularly provides psychosocial services and advocacy support to persons deprived of liberty due to political circumstances, survivors of torture and other forms of organized political violence. This includes political prisoners and individuals and communities displaced by wars and armed conflicts. It also provides services to survivors of massacres and extra-judicial killings and their families.
BALAY supports young people at risks, particularly children in situations of armed conflicts and those who have encountered torture and other forms of state violence. It lends humanitarian assistance to those displaced and stricken by natural disasters as well, subjects to its capacities and resources.
Center for Peace Education (CPE) Miriam College
The Center’s mission is to help advance a culture of peace through education and advocacy. Inside Miriam College, the Center works to institutionalize and strengthen the peace education thrust of the school through faculty training, curriculum development, research, and student development programs. Outside of Miriam College, the CPE has conducted teacher-training and student workshops for other schools throughout the country as well as training for other groups such as urban poor women, out-of-school youth, local government officers and police/military officers. It has also organized regional and international events such as the Asia-Pacific Youth Conference on the Culture of Peace and the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE). As Chair of the Justice and Peace Education Committee of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, the Center also helps capacitates CEAP member-schools in integrating peace education via a Whole School Approach: the curriculum, school policy, extra and co-curricular activities, research and other facets of the school life.
Coalition of Mindanao Indigenous Peoples for Peace Advocacy (COMIPPA)
Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG)
CCAGG is a civic organization that works in the remote, rural province of Abra in the northern
Philippines. Established in 1987, CCAGG specializes in monitoring the implementation
of infrastructure projects in the province. Their community-based approach relies on
the voluntary efforts of area residents who verify whether bridges, roads, and other
infrastructure projects are executed according to contract regulations. These citizen
audits are then verified by civil engineers working with CCAGG and turned into evidence-based
reports that aim to disclose potential corruption in the implementation of public
Gaston Zabala Ortigas Peace Institute (GZO) (current secretariat)
The Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute commits to provide, nurture and shelter citizens’ peace constituencies in the search for, creation of, and insistence on the peaceful settlement and transformation of conflicts, even as it continuously organizes a constituency committed to freedom and social justice.
GZO Peace Institute also seeks to institutionalize the work of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, thus placing it within the mainstream of the efforts for social justice and development in the Philippines.
Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
Generation Peace is a network of organizations and individuals engaging a youth-led advocacy towards a just and sustainable peace. Its inception can be traced back to the Waging Peace Conference 2005 where a proposal was made to gather the next generation to continue the work of building a society grounded on the culture of peace.
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity. IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.
Isis International is a feminist advocacy organisation. We are activists who engage in research and analysis of the issues affecting women globally; amplify the voices, advocacies and analyses of feminist and social movement activists; build women’s capacity to use media and communications for advocacy, social change and women’s rights; engage with media and help shape a more engendered mass media; and link and strengthen the impact of feminist and social movement activists around the globe to transform society. We also hold an historic collection of materials from the international feminist movement dating from the 1970s. Our main focus is on grassroots women and activists on the ground in the global South.
Kutawato Council for Justice and Peace (KCPJ)
Kutawato Council for Justice and Peace Inc. is a non-government human rights service institution that extends services and contributes to the efforts of empowerment and conflict resolution among the tri-people in Mindanao.
Lupah Sug Bangsamoro Women
The organization is locally based in Sulu and is involved in advocacies on women’s rights and human rights. It also partners with other organizations on community health projects particularly on the control of contagious diseases.
Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC)
MPC is a grassroots network of indigenous peoples, Bangsamoro and Christian communities and leaders who have common vision for peace in Mindanao. MPC is known to have stood up for the struggle to finally resolve the age-old armed conflict in Mindanao through a negotiated political settlement that contains the essentials acceptable to both negotiating parties and that addresses the historical oppression and forced marginalization of the native inhabitants and indigenous peoples of this island.
As such, MPC is actively working for the strengthening of the participation and engagement of tri-peoples’ grassroots constituency in the Mindanao peace process so as to allow their recognition as self-determining peoples who can develop and govern themselves in the economic, political, social and spiritual spheres of development.
Mothers for Peace (M4P)
The Mothers for Peace movement rests on three pillars: values, skills and food security. Values and the 10 guiding principles of the movement are emphasized in sessions on personal peace and self-management. Skills training in conflict prevention, resolution and containment of violence is given using the Third Sider training modules developed by the Harvard Global Negotiation Project. The food security component is addressed through the Mothers for Peace Fund. It provides micro-credit assistance for entrepreneurial activities under a program for “Health and Wellness”. Gardens for Peace are also promoted to grow vegetables for consumption and income.
Nisa Ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro
Nisa Ul Haqq is a Bangsamoro women’s group that uses Islamic teaching as a framework for women’s and men´s empowerment towards engagement in international, national, regional and local levels, for the promotion of women’s human rights, sustainable development, and peaceful co-existence of tribes, of religions, of nations, and of women and men. Some of their members are actively engaged in the peace negotiations in Mindanao.
Paghiliusa sa Paghidaet Negros (PSPN)
PsPN is a non-stock, non-profit organization organized in October 1988 and registered* with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1991. It is a group of concerned citizens belonging to various sectors in the province of Negros Occidental who decided to formally bond together in response to the 1990 call of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for the people to initiate peacebuilding actions in the wake of continued and increasing violence taking place in the country.
Peacebuilders Community-Kalinga is a network of Peace and Reconciliation communities — peace building operatives, conflict transformation specialists, and restorative justice practitioners — in Cordillera who are dreaming and working together for a just, radical, and active non-violent transformation of our beautiful land. The network operates in partnership with religious institutions, tribal councils, civil society organizations, political fronts, educational institutions, business corporations, and government agencies.
Philippine Coalition for International Criminal Court (PCICC)
The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) was established in November 2000, following two national workshops on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The PCICC believes that individual perpetrators of the most heinous crimes – genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – must be brought to justice. It played a crucial role in the Philippine signing of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in December 2000. Since then, it has conducted various activities nationwide to achieve its objectives. It has also assisted some Asian countries in disseminating information about the ICC. It has published the first primer on the ICC in the Philippines which was later reproduced and used in various parts of Asia.
PILIPINA vows to work for women’s full participation in leadership and governance, which stress on public office and social movements. Feminist exercise of power and leadership is: people centered, enabling and nurturing and nurturing; consensual, collective; inclusive; and effective, i.e., having one’s say and actualizing one’s will in every significant discourse. While PILIPINA’s mission focuses on women and public power as the key sphere of intervention, it does encompass the entire range of women’s concerns.
Pinay Kilos (PinK)
Pinay Kilos (PinK) is an organization based in Zamboanga City and works on the areas of peace, health, and women’s rights in the provinces of Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
SLCB Cultural Heritage and Research Center
The SLCB Cultural Heritage and Research Center helps to promote peace in the province of Kalinga by strengthening the population and reviving traditional rituals, in particular the indigenous “Bodong” judicial system. The organization was founded in 2004 by an Apostolic Vicariate in Tabuk. Among other things, the CHRC promotes cooperation between governmental and non-governmental organizations and other groups that are committed to the promotion of peace
SALIGAN is a legal resource non-governmental organization doing developmental legal work with women, farmers, workers, the urban poor, the indigenous peoples and local communities. SALIGAN seeks to effect societal change by working towards the empowerment of women, the basic sectors, and local communities through the creative use of the law and legal resources.
SALIGAN’s partnerships with the marginalized sectors and local communities are vast and deep. It has more than one hundred (100) partner-organizations all over the country, from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Founded in 1987, SALIGAN is one of the oldest member of the Alternative Law Groups, Inc. (ALG), a coalition of law groups in the Philippines engaged in the practice of alternative or developmental law. It operates in different areas throughout the Philippines. It has two branches – one branch operates in the Bicol Region (Naga City), one of the biggest and poorest regions in the country, and the other branch operates in Mindanao (Davao City).
SWAN (Samar Island Women Action Network) for Peace and Development
SWAN (Samar Island Women Action Network) for Peace and Development is a group of women leaders coming from the 3 provinces of Samar Island committed to enable women and girls to fully develop their potentials and be protected in an environment where respect to gender equality and women’s rights is clearly uphold and sustained.
This is a proactive organization of empowered women advocates that passionately address the issues on gender equality and women’s rights at all level of peace and development processes.
Sulong CARHRIHL is a network that monitors the Government’s and the Maoist rebels’ compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), which the two parties signed in 1998. The primary activities are education and advocacy. Sulong also hopes to support and sustain the peace process, and provide additional avenues for constructive dialogue, including Philippine civil society.
Teach Peace Build Peace
Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM) is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that aims to make every Filipino child and youth a peace builder. It is composed of an expanding network of active and empowered young generations of different faiths, cultures and ethnic groups who are working together as prime movers in building a Culture of Peace. Its guiding principle is derived from the belief that every child has an innate quality of tolerance and unbiased- ness and that prejudice is subsequently learned later in life. It is vital that we develop their ability to foster peace in this critical period by using an intergenerational approach on peace education, servant leadership and on the implementation of innovative and creative strategies: Music, Arts, Games, Sports and Community Service.
The activities of the Movement provide interfaith and intercultural dialogues and are designed to develop the values of compassion, service to others, empowerment, equality, respect and understanding – the very foundation of a just and peaceful society where every individual practices peace as a way of life. The approach of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement is: we have to “Teach Peace to build a Culture of Peace. We have to build a Culture of Peace to create different generations of peace builders toward our goal of a just and peaceful society.”
Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization, Inc. (TLWO)
TLWOI is a federation of 35 community-based women’s organizations of indigenous peoples in the province of Maguindanao. TLWOI aims to support Téduray and Lambangian women in attaining their sustainable and environmental development, while respecting their indigenous cultures and the promotion of basic development rights as tribal women, including the right to decision making processes, community development projects, and justice and peace.
Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)
WAGÎ means ‘win’ in Filipino and “sister” in Ibanag, a Philippine language. The term epitomizes the long term objective of the Women and Gender Institute, which is to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality in society as this will, in the end, result in a win-win situation for both women and men.
The Women and Gender Institute is Miriam College’s center for research, training and advocacy on women’s rights, gender equality and non-sexist learning in support of the leadership of young women and students. It offers a cross-disciplinal perspective on women’s empowerment that is interlinked with democracy, human rights, social justice and value formation. WAGÎ forges links with other sectors, organizations and institutions at the national, regional and international levels.
United Youth of the Philippines Women (UNYPHIL Women)
United Youth of the Philippines-Women, Inc. is a non-stock and non-profit women-youth organization duly registered to SEC in 2004. After its creation in 1990, UnYPhil developed chapters both in Luzon and Mindanao. It was only in 2004 that a separate chapter in Mindanao was registered under the name of UnYPhil-Women based in Cotabato City.
The primary goal of UnYPhil-Women is to provide assistance to women who are subjected to violence, sexual and physical abuses, trafficking and other forms of discrimination.
Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN)
The Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-partisan organization, composed of young Moros, whose primary purpose is to serve the common interests of the Bangsamoro people.
The Young Moro Professionals Network was founded in 2000 during the administration of former Philippine president Joseph “Erap” Estrada. A group of young Moro professionals initially organized themselves as part of the popular protest at EDSA against the alleged corruptions of Erap. As a result of these protests, Erap was ousted from the presidency.
Since its founding, the YMPN has been active in encouraging young Moros to adopt peaceful means to uplift themselves. The YMPN has stressed the practice of Islam as a peaceful and modest way of life. The core members have designed and implemented leadership training program, using an Islamic framework, aimed at the next generation of YMPN members. In most engagements, these core members are the lecturers and readily provide a role model to their audience for their advocacy for peaceful means.