Forming Leaders for Mindanao and the Common Good

What must be done?

  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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.

What’s ongoing?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Articulate the profile of ‘IP leader for Mindanao’.

What has been done?

  • Evolve consensus on the profile of ‘Leader for Mindanao’.
    (APRIL 14, 2014 – EXECOM Resolution)
    rofile of the Leaders for Mindanao
    The Leader for Mindanao …
    • is an advocate for the development of Mindanao and its peoples.
    • promotes religious diversity and has knowledge of the pluralism in Mindanao
    • knows how to dialogue with the diverse peoples of Mindanao.
    • is one of integrity, truthfulness, and credibility.
    • is one who works for peace, and is committed to peace.
    • has in-depth knowledge of the issues in Mindanao. S/he has a major knowledge in
    the different undercurrents in Mindanao.
    • has a general desire for changes in Mindanao. The Leader for Mindanao is open
    for collaborations for change and is characterized by an openness to learn more
    and to embrace the differences in cultures and peoples in Mindanao.
    • is committed to common good and social justice.
    • promotes social justice, gender equality, good governance, wealth creation and its
    equitable distribution.
    • is a defender of the environment and preserver of biodiversity.
    • has a lived experience in Mindanao.
    • is aware of his/her own prejudices and biases.
    • is characterized by an “attitude of discernment”.
    • is characterized by a Faith-based leadership. He/she cultivates a personal

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