The MPI Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program Midterm Workshop brought together a dynamic group of mentors for an immersive three-day experience. Held at the serene Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City from October 23 to October 25, 2023, the workshop aimed to foster deep connections, stimulate innovation, and generate transformative project proposals. Facilitated by the dynamic duo, Ashok and Florina Xavier, and Ambrosio “Brosh” Amper, a mentor from Phase 2 Batch 1 of the program, this workshop marked a pivotal moment in the mentorship journey of the participants.
The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) is inviting passionate young peacebuilders to join us as volunteers for the MPI 2024 Annual Peacebuilding Training!
MPI will hold its 24th Annual Peacebuilding Training from May 13 – 31, 2024, at the seaside Mergrande Ocean Resort in Davao City, Philippines. You will be in the company of a diverse group of individuals committed to fostering peace and understanding. This is an opportunity to be a part of a global community dedicated to peacebuilding.
My time in the Philippines and as a member of the MPI team is ending soon. I will be returning home to Germany in December. I look forward to a new chapter in my life with family and friends in Germany, different seasons, traveling by bicycle and train, and enjoying more free time.
The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI) expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims, as well as their families, relatives, and friends, following the tragic incident that unfolded on the morning of December 3, 2023, at Mindanao State University Main Campus Marawi (MSU Marawi).
MPI strongly condemns the act of terror that resulted in the loss of innocent lives as a result of the bomb explosion while a Catholic mass service was taking place in the MSU Marawi Gym. Such heinous acts starkly contradict the principles of peace, harmony, and respect for human life, causing profound pain and suffering to individuals and communities affected by this tragedy.
In times of crisis, misinformation and rumors can spread rapidly, leading to unnecessary panic and confusion. It is crucial to rely on credible news outlets, official statements, and trusted authorities to stay informed and make well-informed decisions. Maintaining calm, seeking accurate information, and taking proactive measures are imperative in navigating these challenging times.
As peacebuilders, let us stand together, offer support, and promote understanding to demonstrate resilience and unity in the face of adversity. The strength of our collective response can serve as a beacon of hope and healing for our communities.
In November 2023, MPI organized a special training on the Fundamentals of Peacebuilding for the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI) and its partners. MPI long-term facilitator Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento led the training on November 8 and 9, 2023, at Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City. The event brought together 25 people from Mahintana Foundation staff and partnering organizations in South Cotabato, Davao Region, and Manila, Philippines.
This training went beyond just learning for those involved. It held deep meaning for community and development workers representing the Tripartite People of the Philippines—Lumad, Muslims, and Christians. Together, under the auspices of the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (MFI), Kasilak Development Foundation, Inc., OND Hessed Foundation, Inc., Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, Inc., Maguindanaon Development Foundation, Inc., and Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, they shared common goals, relationships, and conversations.