Phase 1 Graduation
On February 28, 2014, tribal leaders, advocates, government officials and friends from Northwestern Mindanao, Philippines, celebrated a sign of hope upon completing a two-year Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Incorporated (MPI). 50 tribal leader and advocates, including 26 Subanen and 23 Higaonon men and women leaders gathered together for a graduation ceremony of this two-year program. The commencement exercise was held at the Plaza Alemania Hotel, Iligan City.
Tito Fiel, Resource-Based Program Assistant, was the emcee for the graduation. Seated from left to right are Pinky Grace Pabelic, Regional Director of NCIP Region X; Salong M. Sunggod, Regional Director of NCIP Region IX; Chris Vertucci, Director of MPI; Carino V. Antequisa, CAFOD Accompanier and Chair of MPI's Board of Trustees; Regina S. Antequisa, Executive Director of EcoWEB; and Vicky M. Cajandig, Executive Officer of PDSI.