The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) is the largest coalition of Mindanao-based civil society organizations in Mindanao. It is composed of 12 CSO networks with 1025 base organizations. Six of the member networks are Mindanao affiliates of national networks, namely Association of Foundations, Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies-Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASS-SPECC), Partnership for Philippine Support Service Agencies (PhilSSA), Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in the Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA), Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) and six are homegrown Mindanao networks, namely Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC), Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), Council of Organized Social Service Agencies in Mindanao (COSSA-Mindanao), Coalition of Social Development Organizations – South Cotabato (CSDO-SC), Kahugpungan sa Mindanaw (KAMI) and the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs and NGIs (MINCON).
As the largest coalition of Mindanao-based CSOs, MINCODE influences public policy, provides leadership in civil society and increases the effectiveness of social development work in Mindanao. MINCODE serves as a forum for discussion, dialogue and coordination among Mindanao CSO networks concerning development programs and their impact to the Mindanao community. It also serves as advocacy center for development NGOs and facilitates greater Mindanao consciousness. Today, the vital role of MINCODE as the largest coalition of NGOs, POs and cooperatives in Mindanao has been to effectively consolidate and direct support and interventions for poverty reduction and peace and development work in Mindanao.
Increasing the capacity of the coalition on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) is considered by MINCODE as one of its key accomplishments this year. It was able to build the capacity of more than 80 members on CCA and DRRM and deepened their appreciation of basic concepts of DRRM, ecosystem management and restoration, community-managed DRR and rights-based approach to DRRM and CCA. Trainings on CCA and DRRM were conducted for all regions in Mindanao and these were run by tapping experts within the coalition. Sharing of actual experiences and various learning from Typhoons Sendong and Pablo enriched the discourse and made it more meaningful.
MINCODE has also drafted a Mindanao CSO Framework on CCA and DRRM which will guide its members in developing their DRRM and CCA programs. The framework takes into consideration the current realities in Mindanao, such as presence of multiple hazards, increasing degree, coverage and number of disasters, low capacity of CSOs, communities and LGUs, high incidence of poverty and safety and security concerns. Discussions on the framework helped determine the direction of the coalition on disaster and climate resiliency.
True to its principle of evidence-based program development, MINCODE ensured that the interventions were based on findings from a baseline study conducted before the capacity building activities. The study found out that 70% of members are involved in DRRM, particularly on disaster prevention and mitigation, and 58% are involved in knowledge management and capacity building on CCA. The study also showed that people’s organizations exhibited low level of awareness and that the general feeling on disasters and climate change was fearful but hopeful. Succeeding programs of the coalition on CCA and DRRM shall take these findings into account.
These accomplishments were made possible with the support of the Peace and Equity Foundation through the “Strengthening Mindanao CSO Response in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Project”.