The Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding (RBCP) Training Program is one of MPI's current projects focused on building Indigenous Peoples' capacities in conflict transformation through collaborative decision-making, and enabling them to engage on an equal footing with other stakeholders for the development of their Ancestral Domains.
In July of 2014, the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute began the second phase of the Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program. Phase One, which began in 2012 and went through early 2014, focused on building Indigenous Peoples' capacities in conflict transformation through collaborative decision-making, and enabling them to engage on an equal footing with other stakeholders for the development of their Ancestral Domains (ADs).
Phase Two of the project, Strengthening Indigenous Leadership & Governance in Mindanao, aims to increase the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Ancestral Domain Councils’ control over the resources in their Ancestral Domains as guaranteed by law under the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) of the Philippines and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
The project will continue to work with the six Higaunon and Subanen Ancestral Domain Councils (ADCs) in Northwestern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula. These Ancestral Domains include the Subanen ADs of Bayog, Kumalarang, Lakewood and Sindangan-Godod in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Higaunon ADs of Bayug-Iligan and Dulangan in Misamis Oriental (see a map of the area).
This project aims to capacitate 130 AD council members with the help and support of the IP scholars of the previous project in the six Ancestral Domains. They will receive training in the following areas:
In addition to the above activities, MPI plans to develop and reproduce a practical guide on the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the local dialect.
Through these activities, MPI is making every effort to assure that the project contributes to the realization of Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination. The training's primary objective is that by June of 2017, the capacity of 130 men and women members of the six Ancestral Domain Councils in the provinces of Northwestern Mindanao to effectively govern is strengthened.
On September 8, 2015, Datu Diamla Rolando So-ong, an MPI scholar and member of the Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program Project Management Committee, formally took his seat as the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR), equivalent to a city councilor, for Iligan City, Philippines.Read more: Datu Diamla Rolando So-ong as IPMR
During Phase One of the Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program, MPI trained and accompanied Subanen and Higaunon tribal leaders in resolving and transforming resource-based conflict through non-violent, just and participatory processes. Originally, the project consisted of five training modules with corresponding follow-through activities in Indigenous People's Ancestral Domain sites of Northern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula in the Philippines. However, during the implementation of the project, a pressing need for providing knowledge on the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent was emphasized by the tribal scholars who attended the trainings. Hence, a new module was added to the project to answer the concerns of the indigenous leaders on the process.Read more: Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program Phase One Completed