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Roadmap to Mindanao

The island of Mindanao has been the focus of Jesuit apostolic engagements and ministry since the early foundation and mission of the Jesuits in the Philippines in 1596. The three major Jesuit universities there (Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Ateneo de Davao University) have integrated their social outreach programs for the marginalized communities in Bukidnon. Following the apostolic orientations of the General Congregations of the Society of Jesus and the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, the Philippine Jesuit Province has “created” the “Roadmap to Mindanao” as its strategic response to various challenges in the region. Working with the Bukidnon mission schools among indigenous peoples (also known as Lumad in the local dialect) is one of the priorities of this roadmap. 

At the core of the Province Roadmap are specific conditions and communities in Mindanao that the Philippine Jesuits have focused on: 

  • The poverty and marginalization of peoples in Mindanao, specifically the most impoverished among the indigenous peoples and Muslim communities; 
  • The pervasive military conflicts between government and rebel forces which inflict violence on the IPs, cause massive displacement and generate threats of extremist involvement; 
  • The threatened ecology due to the degradation of its natural environment and the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources; and, 
  • The struggle for lasting peace in Mindanao and reconciliation based on authentic and inclusive human development, rectifying historical injustice and promoting inter-faith dialogue.
Photo: Talaandig community elders in Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon
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