Action Points

1. Forming Leaders for Mindanao and the
Common Good
Create values-based leadership formation programs for Mindanawons that provide probing critical analyses of the complex issues of peace, using inclusive, integrative and exploratory multidisciplinary approaches. Form conscientious leaders both for the Church and society who possess a healthy faith-inspired understanding of the exercise of power that puts the common good over and above personal interests.
  • Evolve consensus on the profile of ‘Leader for Mindanao’.
  • Ateneos and parishes must articulate how they are forming leaders for Mindanao, attending to the essential inter-relation of spirituality, leadership, and the common good as a religious/ethical imperative.
  • Establish in each Ateneo and parish a leadership center, or equivalent.
  • Regular annual congress of faith-based leaders for Mindanao led by schools and parishes/communities/ummahs on the ground
  • Each institution must include the common good as an overriding theme in the discussions on peace, economics, environment, spirituality and leadership in Mindanao. Commitment to the common good as a religious/ethical imperative.
  • Inventory of formal and informal leaders that the Ateneos are working with. The list may be shared among the schools. A cadre of leaders for common good may be filtered from that list. Leadership formation sessions and spiritual development may be focused on these leaders. The cadre may include a pool of speakers, writers, leaders on the ground. Institutional support will be given.
  • Develop a leadership institute for indigenous peoples that provides appropriate formation of tribal leaders, empowering them to better address socio-cultural and political issues affecting their respective communities, and capacitating them with technical know-how in dealing with complex issues such as ancestral domain, environmental protection, cultural preservation, among others.
    •        Partner with existing institutions in working for IP Leadership formation i.e. Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education and the Assisi Development Foundation. [Work with Ben Abadiano]
    • Articulate the profile of ‘IP leader for Mindanao’.
    • Work on modules and training programs that address “complex issues such as ancestral domain, environmental protection, cultural preservation, among others.”
    • Develop culturally-responsive IP curricula. Pilot community is Lake Sebu among the T’boli and the Obo-Manobo. The process of creating the curriculum may be replicated for other IP groups such as the Iranun.
    • Effective networking for power and its efficient use.
2. Jesuit Universities and Institutions in Mindanao as Convenors and Consensus Builders
That Jesuit universities and institutions act as convenors and consensus builders among diverse stakeholders, including principal and informal leaders, facilitating and providing thereby more avenues for inclusive discussion, dialogue, collaboration, and consultation on crucial issues such as peace, environment, wealth creation and equitable distribution, spirituality, leadership, social justice and the common good.
  • More Pakighinabi or Pakighinabi-like sessions that include people from different disciplines, faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Session topics will address the action points of the Mindanao Conversations with an overall objective for social transformation. Sessions will have to be well documented and well-disseminated in the social media.
  • Support the forthcoming Muslim Intellectuals Conference whose main objective includes the drive towards dialogue.
  • Support peace initiatives by discussing the various peace processes (between the Government and the MILF, MNLF and the CPP-NPA) in classrooms, and university-wide discussions.
  • Activate and involve the network of Mindanao universities and colleges like the Mindanao Higher Education Institutions Serving Society (MindaHEISS) in this pursuit.

 

 

 

3. Dialoguing for Peace through Intra- and Inter-faith Initiatives
While strengthening existing programs of inter-faith dialogue that build peace, engage in appropriate intra-faith dialogue.
  • Develop robust program to deepen the religious identity of diverse Mindanawons.
  • Share the Spiritual Exercises (SpEx) with Christians and non-Christians through our Ignatian Spirituality Centers. Collaboration between Muslim Institutes (e.g. Al Qalam) with Formation Centers in making SpEx modules applicable to peoples of different faiths.
  • Support multi-level inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue like the trainers’training of peace advocates in the ARMM area that may be replicated in other areas.
4. Rejecting an Economy that Excludes and Developing Initiatives for the Creation of Wealth and its Equitable Distribution to Mindanawons
Reject old paradigms of wealth creation in Mindanao that have been motivated by the private gain of individual Filipinos or foreigners or the tax benefits of the Manila-based state, excluding the vast majority of Mindanawons from the benefits of the economy and destroying or yet threatening to destroy more devastatingly the vulnerable island ecosystem, and develop a new economy that eradicates poverty, humanizes society, and respects the environment.
  • Universities to support studies and researches on the market that provide the basis for the creation of a new economic system anchored on the principles of accountability, transparency, good governance, social justice, environmental responsibility, and the ultimate aspiration for the common good.
  • Develop a new economy that is both gender-responsive and rights-based, that excludes none and responds to the needs of an increasingly just and humane society.
  • Promote an economy that creates wealth and equitably distributes it, beginning with real communities on the ground.
  • Propagate best practices and initiatives in entrepreneurship e.g. Lake Sebu Indigenous Women Weavers Association, Inc.
  • Institutional support for the vision of the Mindanao 2020 by integrating it in the curriculum and by using the document in leadership trainings.
  • Promote micro-finance to support socially just wealth creation; Harmonize it with Sharia-compliant finance progams.
  • Review the thrusts of our Colleges of Business, Management, and Governance. They must support the Action Points of the Mindanao Conversations and the Mindanao 2020.
  • We must develop a group of young economists who are experts on the Mindanao economy; ADMU School of Economics through ADDU will help train young economists for service in Mindanao in the long term.
  • Support relevant research on the economy of Mindanao.

 

5. Appropriating and Integrating Ignatian Spirituality for Social Transformation
Create new, ingenious ways of appropriating Ignatian Spirituality that embrace various aspects and ways of life –applicable in diverse religious contexts –as a privileged means of conscientious social formation and of nurturing, supporting and sustaining social engagements and advocacy.
  • Vigorously promote the SpEx in its original, directed form.
  • Promote the SpEx adapted to the needs of diverse religious groups. Begin with Muslims in our schools/parishes.
  • Use the St. Ignatius Spirituality Center in Samal (beginning April, 2014) for both these purposes (also as part of the observance of the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus).
  • Promote depth understanding of one’s own faith.
  • Promote inter- and intra-faith dialogue on various levels, including on the level of communities on the ground, based on personal experience of God and insight into the dignity of the human individual and human society. Promote immersions in the religious communities of other faiths.
  • Develop a phalanx of spiritual directors who can guide various forms of the encounters with God, esp. the SpEx, and accompany leaders as they seek God and labor for peace and social transformation in Mindanao.
  • Offer ongoing series of lectures or conversations on spirituality and/or the SpEx as it is relevant to the historical challenges of Mindanao.
  • Sensitize people not only to the richness of religious doctrine but to imperatives of conscience based on social justice and the common good.
6. Supporting Social Movements and Advocacies for Social Justice and the Common Good
Provide greater institutional support for social movements and advocacies that actively lobby for the enactment of laws that better promote social justice and the common good, as well as offer university support for local churches, communities and organizations that support such advocacies.
  • Include work for legal and structural reform in the explicit research and outreach agendas of ADZU, XU and ADDU.
  • Align law schools of ADZU, XU and ADDU to this purpose.
  • Review laws relevant to social and economic reform in Mindanao: E.g. Comprehensive Agrarian Refrom Program with Extension and Reforms (RA 9700), Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (RA 8371), Urban Development and Housing Act (RA 7279), Fisheries Code (RA 8550), Kasambahay Law (RA 10361), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (RA 9262), Family Courts (RA 8369), Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation (RA 8425).
  • Support pending laws that support the action points: Alternative Minerals Management Bill (SB 43 and HB 984), etc.
  • Institutionalize school’s dealings with NGOs and other agencies. Creating protocols for external collaborations.
  • Shared collaborative researches or studies on one area e.g. Ligawasan Marsh Study on the environment, peoples, economics, etc. Partner as well with Urios University and willing SUCs (like MSU-IIT).
  • Humanities and Media departments of schools must involve themselves in communicating peace, interreligious and intercultural dialogues.
  • Appoint offices or councils that will watch over the bills being filed in congress and initiate calls for appropriate and necessary lobbies.
  • Outreach and Advocacy components of the Mindanao Ateneos to meet and work on collaborative efforts.
7. Advocating for Cultural Transformation and Regeneration in Mindanao
Craft programs and initiatives geared toward cultural transformation and regeneration, providing opportunities for shifting of paradigms and value systems, and offering meaningful appreciation for positive Filipino traits.
  • Establish Universities and Colleges Athletics Association of Mindanao (UCAAM) for values and leadership formation for peace. [already ongoing…]
  • Push paradigm shift to make environmental responsibility a cultural imperative.
  • Support Madrasah schools in support of Filipino Muslim education, dialogue and leadership formation.
  • Support the newly formed National Association for Bangsamoro Education, Inc. [This is a powerful symbol for solidarity and peace. Collaborative projects may proceed from this.]
  • Support Mindanawon arts that inspire a culture of peace and hope.
  • Prepare teachers for Madrasah schools through ADDU Islamic Studies Program.
  • Promotion of collaboration in projects for the people such as Gawad Kalinga (GK) which promotes inter-cultural contact, friendship, understanding, reconciliation and shared action for peace.
General Tasks
  • Fr. Provincial appoints a Province Committee on Mindanao mandated to implement the Action Points of the Mindanao Conversations
  • Let Jesuit universities, seminary, and parishes in Mindanao “work” for the implementation of the Mindanao Conversation Action Points [which may yet be simplified by the Committee on Implementation]. Incorporate networks and areas of influences of parishes and networks. Program for Self-Assessment of the Mindanao Ateneos and parishes based on the Action Points. Create and agree on appropriate instruments of self-evaluation.
  • Create matrix containing the Action Points, Specific Objectives (both short term and long term), Activities, Point Persons/Institutions, Time frame.
  • Create a process of monitoring progress of each school or parish. A quality assurance mechanism for schools and parishes.
  • Identify point persons in the institutions/parishes that will take charge of planning, implementation, assessment and monitoring.
  • Inventory of researchers and their fields of specialization. This will be made available so that research collaboration between schools is possible.
  • Inventory of external partners.
  • Inventory of leaders.
  • Provide effective IT and staff support.
  • Create capacity for effective advocacy: organization for power on the base and among decision makers to influence policy reform, structural change and cultural transformation for a more just, peaceful and humane Mindanao.
  • Support efforts with necessary budgets coming from the Province or the works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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