Who We Are
MedNet for Sustainable Peace
The Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc. (MedNet) is a network of individuals and professionals from non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), Church and government that uphold and promote the principle of Empowering Dispute Resolution/Dispute Management Processes or EDRMP in conflicts on land tenure, natural resource and inter and intra-organizational disputes involving or affecting marginalized sectors and other key stakeholders. MedNet envisions itself as a resource center of consensus builders who are committed to community empowerment, gender equity, justice, democracy and ecological balance towards the attainment of a peaceful nation.
Mednet’s members are based in different parts of the country and are actively involved in mediation of community disputes, often involving multi-parties aside from actual mediation, MedNet also offers the following services to members, non-members, individuals, groups, institutions and organizations:
To promote empowering dispute resolution/management processes (EDR/MP) to different sectors of our country with due consideration to the existing dispute resolution practices of indigenous communities.
MedNet envisions itself as an institution that contributes to the forging of a peaceful nation: where justice and peace exist and democracy and ecological balance reign in the community; where gender-sensitive and competent conflict managers are proactive in the resolution of disputes; where a stable network of support and EDR/MP practitioners collectively work towards sustainable peace.
To mainstream EDR/MP as a viable approach to resolving community disputes.
History of MedNet
MedNet has worked and continues to forge partnership with other non-government organizations, government agencies, church-based institutions, and people's organizations in the pursuit of its goal to promote EDR/MP.
The formal approach of resolving conflicts, meaning through the judiciary and quasi-courts, is often viewed as constricting and elitist due to the great imbalance of power and resources that favor the few. Community mediation presents an alternative to this traditional approach because it is transformative and empowering as both parties determine the outcome and gain mutually from the process.
Mednet was born out of two initiatives that were supported by the Asia Foundation. The first engagement was in 1995-1996 when the community organizers multiversity (formerly known as Co-Train) coordinated with the department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and successfully implemented a training project on mediation as an alternative means of resolving agrarian disputes. The second initiative was a partnership engagement in 1997-1998 between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Tanggol Kalikasan (Save the Natural Resources) to explore the application of appropriate dispute resolution processes in conflicts related to environmental and natural resource use. Keyplayers of both initiative have since then worked together in providing training and mediation services to a variety of clients, mostly belonging to sectoral groups. In May 1999, they consolidated their experiences and learning in dispute resolution and this led to the founding of MedNet in November 26 of the same year.
Board Of Trustees
MARIDES V. GARDIOLA
PRESIDENT OF MEDNET
• Preside in all meetings of the GA, the Board and the ExeCom;
• Sign in all papers, documents and contracts that are related to the general interests and concerns of the Network as approved by the Board;
• Present the Network in all meetings and linkages with other people, groups or institutions as mandated by the BOT;
• Call for a special meeting of the BOT and ExeCom when the need arises;
• And duly delegate her or his functions whenever necessary.
VP FOR SPECIAL AFFAIRS
• Ensure the implementation of the project “Creating and Enhancing Spaces for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Processes in the Three Regions in the Philippines”, a project being funded by Katholische Zentralstelle fur Entwicklungshilfe e.V. (KZE).
• Act as Executive Director and Project Coordinator of other MedNet projects unless the Board of Trustees opts to assign a different project coordinator;
• Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
RODOLFO FERDINAND N. QUICHO JR.
• Ensure the documentation of the proceedings and all decisions made by the Board during their regular and special meetings;
• Be responsible for the safe-keeping of all records, minutes and documents of the Network;
• Present to the Board and/or ExeCom certified minutes, resolutions and proceedings of its previous meetings; and,