Catholic Lay Missionary | Part-Time Trainer

Experience on Mediation

Handle coaching sessions for peace workers as they apply acquired competence in dispute resolution;
Provide onsite advice for peace workers in actual resolution of disputes, particularly land dispute
between Tedurays and settlers in South Upi and clan dispute between Moros in Balabagan, Lanao
del Sur;

Lead conflict assessment research on the issues related to the construction of a hydroelectric power
plant in Bukidnon, in coordination with the diocese of the Catholic Church and local government
units in four municipalities of Bukidnon and one municipality in Cotabato;

Write case documentation and conflict maps for presentation to appointed publics; and,

Assist in the facilitation of appropriate actions to resolve conflicts affecting communities.

Participation in Mednet-led Research Activities:

2014 March – July | Field Researcher, Conflict Mapping of Balabac, Palawan – Tasks included conducting data gathering, collaborating with the team in the analysis and report-writing of the study which covered conflicts in the use and management of coastal and marine resources in the island municipality of Balabac. The study was funded by the GIZ.

2012 December – 2014 May | Field Data Gathering Supervisor, Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice (KAP) of Children Affected by Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) within MILF Base Commands.

Peace and Conflict Analysis (PCA) in Seven LGUs in the ARMM.
The task was to oversee the field data gathering and processing activities. For the KAP Study, the job involved leading team during key informant interviews of MILF child and parent respondents, coordination with MILF officials and communities, facilitation of team debriefing to ensure quality of data and appropriate demeanor for children-participants, and review of team output. For the PCA, the supervisory function was similar to that of the KAP. The study was supported by UNICEF.

Training on Mediation

Mednet Refresher Training on Mediators in a Changing and Challenging Context, August 10 to 14, 2020 | Various in-house capacity building on managing organizations, educating communities in interpersonal relationships and practicing peace-loving lives, 2009 up to present.
Mednet Trainers Training on New Approaches to Conflict Resolution, September, 2013, Manila. | Results-based Project Management and Disability Advocacy and Management given by Handicap International, Manila 2012.
Participant-Documenter, Seminar on Positioning Theory: Its Applications in Analyzing Conflicts, March 16-18, 2010, Davao City.
Joint Paper Presenter, Peace Building in Asia Pacific: The Role of Third Parties, Khon Kaen, Thailand, July 1-3,2006.
Participant-Resource Person, Enhancement of Trainers’ Training Manual on Empowering Dispute Resolution/Management Processes of Mediator’s Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet), May 2006 Shari’a, Indigenous and Local Justice System conducted by the Philippine Judicial Academy, Supreme Court, in partnership with the European Commission, Mindanao Economic Development Council, the United Nations Development Programmed, and the Program Management Office Supreme Court, December 2005.
Gender Workshop on Gender and Development Advocacy, Tools for Analysis and Implementation Methods, conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), November 2005.
Proposal Writing for Top Level Managers conducted by the Association of Foundations, August 2005.
Multi-Track Diplomacy for Conflict Transformation conducted by Dr. John Davies, PhD., a consulting expert of USAID on conflict management, Sept. 2004.
Conflict Assessment conducted by Dr. David Fairman, PhD, an international mediation expert, May 2004.
Transportation Planning and Management, given by the National center for Transportation Studies of the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning, October 2001.
Entrepreneurial Government Seminar: Enhancing People’s Participation and Resource Mobilization (sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila School of Government and the Agri-Aqua Development Coalition Mindanao), March 1999.
Trainers’ Training on Mediation Based on Mutual Gains Approach, January 1999.
Trainer and researcher on Conflict Resolution and other approaches of empowering dispute resolution/management processes in Mindanao (contracted by Mediators Network, Philippines). Lead Researcher, GRF’s in-house Baseline research on awareness and availment of community justice delivery systems of 548 barangays, conducted in 2004.

Professional Experiences

Current Involvement:
2020 January – Present
Part-time Trainer – Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc. (Mednet), an network of conflict management and resolution service providers across the country. It promotes pursuit of enduring peace that is based on empowering principles. As member of the network, I was tapped to join the team to conduct an enhanced training program for Mindanao participants. The four-course capacity building/enhancing program covers conflict mapping, mediation and post-settlement healing and reconciliation processes based on area culture and other sensitivities.

2016 January - Present
Catholic Lay Missionary – Leader of itinerant team for the Neocatechumenal Way, a Catholic parish-based community of young and old people, undergoing formation towards maturity in the Faith. Implementing a catechetical program being used all over the world, under the patronage of the local diocesan bishop, the team is takes care of the communities in Iligan City, Balabagan, Lanao del Sur and Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. The team’s activities mostly occur during evenings and weekends.

Recent Involvement:
2015 July - October
Assistant Evaluator – Project Evaluation of a national network supported by Misereor. Tasks included field data gathering such as conducting key informant interviews and observation of local network members’ activities throughout the country, and participation in team data analysis and report writing.

2008 November – 2011 August; 2012 December – 2015 June
Mindanao Project Coordinator
Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (Mednet), Inc.

Rm 313-315, 3/F Llanar Building, Xavierville Avenue., Quezon City | Mednet is a network of practicing mediators in the Philippines. It is involved in the efforts at resolving disputes on poverty-related issues involving communities and marginalized sectors. It also caters to the development of community mediators as peace resolution agents. Its members come from government and private sectors---all involved in poverty reduction, environment resource use, gender sensitivity and other development pursuits.

As Mindanao Project Coordinator, work covered but not limited to the following:

Coordinate implementation of activities meant to achieve program outcomes;

Design and implement monitoring activities to track progress towards project results;

Conduct training activities for peace workers in Muslim Mindanao, especially in conflict research and analysis, communication, negotiation and mediation;

Immediate Past Employment

2011 September – 2012 September | Project Manager, Umwad Project | Handicap International Philippines Program 12/F Valero Towers,122 Valero St., Salcedo Vill., Makati, Philippines | Tel .: 02-519-3341 | Handicap International is an independent international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups throughout the world, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. Handicap International is implementing The UMWAD Project in anay. The project aims to increase the capacities of Disabled People’s Organizations towards becoming integral actors in local development.

As Project Manager, the responsibilities cover the following:

Manage project by
Designing the project and the strategies with the project team, in collaboration with the partners. Determining the methodology to be used in the project.

Planning the different stages and tasks involved in realizing this project and draw up project actions plan.

Directing the implementation of the project and project monitoring procedures. managing the
project’s financial, logistical and material resources.
Communicating the project’s activities and results to all the partners.

Direct the project team by:

Recruit, structure job description, do capacity building for staff members.
Planning and facilitating team meetings and processes. maintaining effective communication within the team.
Ensure the project’s technical framework by:
Directing the project’s quality approach in terms of realization and impact.
Collecting and developing the tools and methods within the project framework.
Represent the organization before stakeholders and field partners.

Manage lesson learning and documentation by:

Identifying topic areas for documentation of lessons learned
Defining documentation method and implementing data collection and analysis write report and communicate the result to the project partners.

Educational Background

Post Graduate
Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning | University of the Philippines Mindanao | Davao City 2002

AB Philosophy (18 units) | Ateneo de Davao University | Davao City 1992

Undergraduate | BS Commerce (Accountancy) | University of Mindanao | Davao City 1988

Relevant Geographic Experience:
Mindanao (ARMM, Central Mindanao, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Davao Regions); Visayas (Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas)

Language Proficiency| English (excellent), Filipino (good), Cebuano (excellent), Hiligaynon (good) and Waray-waray (good)


2002 October – 2008 November | Program Manager | USAID Barangay Justice Service Systems (BJSS) Project | The Gerry Roxas Foundation | 3/F Philamlife Bldg., Rizal St., Davao City | Tel: 082-225-634 (TeleFax); | Website:

The Gerry Roxas Foundation is one of the oldest non-government organizations in the Philippines. In 1998, it implemented the BJSS Project, a package of community justice services interventions. In Mindanao, under my leadership and management, the BJSS has been replicated in more than 1,000 communities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas. The replication activities were integrated into the distinct local culture and existing systems of conflict resolution and management processes of the predominantly Muslim beneficiaries. Cross-cutting thrust of the project is gender and development, with special focus on women and children.

As Program Manager, work in the BJSS Project includes setting strategic directions in program implementation, including but not limited to the following:

Developing gender-sensitive and child-friendly work plans and managing project activities;
Facilitation in workshops using consensus-building approach;
Networking with resource partners and local stakeholders, especially Moro Groups like the Bangsamoro Development Authority;
Formulation of documentation system of performance of Barangay Justice Advocates; and,
Managing multi-sectoral fora and inter-agency dialogues to promote policy advocacy and good practice in dispute resolution systems.
Designing and implementing organizational and program communication strategy before target audiences such as local government officials, beneficiaries, partners and general public;
Reporting of project accomplishments to Management; in certain instances, for GRF during USAID Meeting for COP (Chiefs of Party);
Developing training modules and implementing training programs to support capacity building components of program;
Training trainers for mediation and alternative dispute resolution and management approaches;
Conducting training and module development on Empowering Dispute Resolution/Management Process of Effective Communication, Principled Negotiations and Mediation;
Monitoring and evaluation of activities based on project logical framework;
Designing and managing research activities to evaluate project impact;
In recent project impact evaluation study by an independent team of consultants, the BJSS has been found to have achieved its goals in terms of reduction of disputes, prevention of violence resulting from disputes, empowerment of women and increasing opportunities for economic development.

Jul 2001-Sep 2002 | Project Manager | Mindanao Land Foundation, Inc. | Dumanlas Road, Bajada, Davao City | Tel: 082-225-1434
Mindanao Land Foundation (MLF) is one of the pioneers in urban housing and development work in Mindanao. Its main niche is the facilitation and provision of shelter for the urban poor. For MLF, shelter not only comprises the physical structure and the space on which the house stands; it also includes the provision of social infrastructure that ensures economic and spiritual sustenance of families and the community to which these belong. Hence, MLF’s work ranges from extending underwriting assistance for community associations in acquiring land tenure security, to provision of economic empowerment for households and the community.

In 2001, MLF opened a consultancy unit within the organization to cater to countless requests for assistance in shelter-related needs. The clients of MLF, among others, include the Asian Development Bank (Shelter Planning Exercise of Davao City); the World Bank (Mindanao Social Assessment) and the Local Government Support Program (Shelter Planning for five local government units in Caraga Region in Mindanao).

As head of LGSP Shelter Planning Project, work included management of the LGSP Project, direction-setting for field implementers and support staff during shelter planning exercise in the cities of Butuan and Surigao and the municipalities of San Fancisco, Tandag and Magallanes---all in Caraga Region, Mindanao, Philippines. Work also included presentation of project plans before LGU officials.

1998-2000 | Head, Programs Development Unit, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition Mindanao La Trinidad Village, Maa Davao City | Tel.: 082-244-0297
Agri-Aqua Mindanao is a regional grouping that organizes municipal coalition of farmers, fishers, rural women and lumads (Indigenous Peoples) towards building sustainable communities. At present, Agri- Aqua harnesses the participation of over 110 people’s organizations (POs) in separate collective actions in nine towns and five provinces (Zamobanga del Sur, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Agusan del Norte) in Mindanao, Philippines. Its programs are coalition building, advocacy, model building, politics and governance and CBO leadership formation.

As head of Programs Development Department, work responsibilities included: (1) coordination of the direction and activities of office and field-based personnel for the current projects using extensively Kepner and Tregoe’s principles in project management; (2) coordination and administration of capability-building activities for member POs and other constituents; (3) facilitation of negotiations and workshops among local government units and other development stakeholders; (4) building of dynamism in barangay governance; and, (5) writing and packaging of report requirements of funding partners.