3rd PMPI was held in Eco-Tech, Lahug, Cebu City, March 9-12, 2009.
Theme: “Affirming the Past, Celebrating the Present, Engaging the Future”.
Objectives: 1) self-assessment to identify organizational strengths and weaknesses; 2) determine and define priority challenges; 3) resolutions relevant to present global, national and local problems; 4) integration of faith in development work.
Partnership between Misereor (German bishops) and Philippine bishops and NGOs was conceptualized in the first National Consultation at Bayview, Manila, on 17-20 April, 1999, First National Consultation.
On April 5-7 2000, 2nd National Consultation. Bayview, Manila, these decisions were made: principles of partnership, priority concerns and regional plans for partnership.
1st National Assembly, 13-15 March 2003. Olongapo City. 2nd, 14-16 March 2006, Searsolin, Cagayan de Oro City.
1) Fair of Ideas – success stories on global financial crisis, peace and human rights, family life and gender, urban livability, environment (climate change, renewable energy, disaster management, alternative energy), food security and sustainable agriculture, mining.
2) Fair of Exhibits (focusing on materials for development work).
3) Fair of Products (focusing on products of POs and NGOs.
4) Passing of National Assembly Resolutions. Areas of resolutions: 1) Organizational (including website and additional Technical Working Groups); 2) Good governance (including elections 2010); 3) Peace and Human Rights; 4) Poverty, sustainable agriculture, environment; 5) Urban livability; 6) global financial crisis.
Fr. Romeo Catedral was elected co-convener representing Mindanao and chair of co-conveners. ECSA-JP/NASSA and Misereor are permanent co-conveners.
Participants: around 200 from 315 partner organizations. There were more Peoples’ Organizations (POs) this time. From Marbel: Fr. Roming, Sr. Susan, OND, Mr. Edwin Duyo (MBBRC) and Bishop Dinualdo.
2. PMPI RESOLUTION NO , SERIES 2009
RESOLUTION STRONGLY CONDEMNING THE VIOLENT KILLING OF MR. ELIEZER “BOY” BILLANES LAST MARCH 9, 2009 AT THE PUBLIC MARKET OF KORONADAL CITY AND TO CALL ON THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE AND THE LOCAL AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY APPREHEND THE KILLER AND ADMINISTER THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW TO THE PERPETRATORS.
WHEREAS, The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Incorporated (PMPI) is an active partnership of the church, the civil society, and Misereor in the Philippines. This partnership intends to strengthen the coordination and implementation of development interventions for the marginalized sector in the country. The partnership started in 1999 and has reached a substantial degree of development initiatives consolidation and mutual trust among the more than 315 partners.
WHEREAS, PMPI has been actively working on critical development concerns in the Philippines. These issues are very critical with the marginalized sector of Philippine Society. One of these issues is on Mining. PMPI strongly believes that Mining should immediately be addressed in the context of Environmental Development and Climate Change. PMPI established the Mining Advocacy Campaign (MAC) to effectively make strategic moves in relation to the stoppage of existing Mining Operations that endanger the geological landscape and human rights of the people.
WHEREAS, The Kidapawan, Marbel, Cotabato (KIDMACO) is a strong member of the PMPI. It had strongly worked on the Mining Campaign through Tampakan Site of Struggle (SOS). It had organized a strong coalition called Coalition Against Mining Movement (CAMM – South Cotabato). This coalition had been a strong advocacy group in the area. The champions of the coalition are organic leaders of the community like Mr. Eliezer “Boy” Billanes.
WHEREAS, Mr. Eliezer “Boy” Billanes was 47 years old, married and has three children. He became the chairperson of CAMM and was a staunched campaigner on development aggressions like Mining, Indigenous Peoples Rights, and Environment Protection. He was also the Secretary General of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Timog Kotawato (SAMATIKO). He has served as board member of the Coalition of Social Development Organizations (CSDO) and was active in the Provincial Development Council of South Cotabato. And he had been an active member of Bayan in the area.
WHEREAS, last March 9,2009 Boy was shot at about 3:30 PM in the public market of Koronadal City. He died on the spot due to bullet wounds.
WHEREAS, PMPI strongly believes in the active and non-violent mode of struggle to free the people from the bondage of poverty and marginalization. It also believes on the rule of law as a basic principle of the governance of our society. PMPI strongly abhors in the strongest sense, the use of violence as a means to threaten and silence the champions for peoples empowerment and freedom from destitution.
NOW THEREFORE, RESOLVE AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, THAT PMPI STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE VIOLENT KILLING OF MR. ELIEZER “BOY” BILLANES LAST MARCH 9,2009 AT THE PUBLIC MARKET OF KORONADAL CITY AND TO CALL ON THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE AND THE LOCAL AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY APPREHEND THE KILLER AND ADMINISTER THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW TO THE PERPETRATORS.
FURTHER RESOLVED THAT PMPI MOBILIZE RESOURCES TO ASSIST THE BEREAVED FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS. (Unanimously adopted by the 3rd PMPI National Assembly)
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 524, 16 March 2009)