organizations in agrarian reform, urban poor rights to shelter and
housing, ancestral domain claims of the indigenous peoples, community
based child labor elimination work,
community based women workers union organizing, development NGOs
“successor generation program”, documentation of the stories of
context of peace and development initiatives in Mindanao,
post-conflict community organizing and community development
activities., including mediation and conflict transformation.
structure of the organization is
lean and flat that
was approved in the last Board of Trustees meeting in February 2000
(the new structure is being
discussed as of the present). The changes are focused on the streamlining
of functions and personnel due to expansion. The CO Multiversity has a
pool of trainors that is intergenerational in character. There are people
who have been in the work for 25 years and there are trainors who were
trained by the institution itself.
Multiversity also serves as the secretariat of PHILCOS,
therefore, there is a pool
of resources of community organizers that the training programs of the
institution can mobilize. They are also co-learners and co-trainors
since the cycle of action-reflection-action continues to be the main
pedagogy of the modules project team will be composed of the project
coordinator, project assistant, 3 trainors and 2 members of the Board of
Trustees. They will be the
policy makers as well as assist in strategizing for the project. They will
also serve as the group responsible for
monitoring and evaluation of the undertaking..
and social movements involved:
following groups will be involved in the project : farmers, sugar workers,
fisherfolk, women, youth, persons with disabilities, the elderly, labor,
the informal sector and urban poor who are networked with the Philippine
Community Organizers Society (PhilCOS), the National Peace Conference
(NPC), National Federation of Labor
Agrarian Reform Desk, AR NOW and AGRIAQUA Development Coalition (AADC).
and Development Advocates, a loose formation of former MNLF combatants who
are engaged in peace processes at the community level, will also be
involved. Their counterpart
from the women’s sector is the Bangsamoro Women’s Federation, who also
comprise a significant percentage of the population in the Peace and
Development Communities (PDCs) in SZOPAD.
the whole month of April 1999, three batches of PO training were conducted
with the support of OXFAM U.K. A
fourth batch was organized since there were more people requesting for the
training and there were resources still left from the grant. All of the
trainings were accomplished by August
1999. A total of 81
participants co-trained and co-learned in the training workshop.
The theme of the training was on “Building the Capacity of POs
for Local Advocacy”.
of the recommendations of the evaluation of the training was the need for regular and sustained learning interactions of
the PO leaders between and among themselves. The participants said that
the training was very enriching, since they come from various sectors and
they learned a lot from the experiences of co-participants.
They could not rely on the NGOs assisting them to organize this
kind of training because they do not have the funds and they also have a limited number of
staff. An NGO like CO
Multiversity is more in a position to organize a national PO training
because they are more in contact with the various NGOs and POs all over