[POSTPONED] Forum Series • Mindanao: Fractured Promises, Continuing Challenges

EVENT ADVISORY: This event is postponed indefinitely. Please stand by for further announcements.

The University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) is organizing the two-day forum series Mindanao: Fractured Promises, Continuing Challenges. The first installment of the forum series will be held on February 20, 2020 (Thursday), while the second forum will happen on March 13, 2020 (Friday). Both forums will be from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

About the Forum Series

The forum series aims to harness the research of the various UP CIDS programs conducting policy-oriented studies to examine some of the issues and concerns that define the Mindanao conundrum and arrive at recommendations addressed to the country’s decision-makers and other stakeholders.

The first forum will feature presentations on the political economy of Mindanao, agricultural value chains, ancestral domain and resource use, and the indigenous peoples’ struggle for land and education rights. The second forum will tackle political, historical, and educational issues with specific focus on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Panels and Speakers

1:15 to 2:45 PM
Moderator: Jose Monfred C. Sy (UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development)

  • Going Against the Grain: The Unifrutti Transformational Business Partnership Model
    Annette O. Pelkmans-Balaoing, Ph.D. (Co-Convenor, UP CIDS Program on Escaping the Middle-Income Trap: Chains for Change)
    Victor Adrian Pabilona (Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, Inc.)
  • Resource-based Conflicts and the Politics of Identity in Eastern Mindanao
    Francisco J. Lara, Jr., Ph.D. (Project Leader, UP CIDS Political Economy Program)
  • Development and Distress in Mindanao: A Political Economy Overview
    Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D. (Convenor, UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development)

3:15 to 4:45 PM
Moderator: Rowena Laguilles-Timog (UP College of Social Work and Community Development)

  • Experiences of EJK, Marawi Siege, and Martial Law in Mindanao
    Gil I. Espenido (UP College of Social Work and Community Development)
    Community Partners
  • The Struggle for Land of our Ancestors
    Merlina Dumotan (Baclig Farmerworkers’ Association)
    Amelita Aslag (Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association)
  • The Lumad School as a Struggle for Land, Life, and Liberation
    Jose Monfred C. Sy (UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development)
    Save Our Schools Network

1:15 to 2:45 PM
Moderator: Aaron Abel T. Mallari (UP CIDS Decolonial Studies Program)

  • From ARMM to BARMM: Transition Plan and Implication
    Julkipli M. Wadi (Professor, UP Institute of Islamic Studies)
  • Decolonizing Polity Based on Muslim Thoughts: Reflections on BARMM
    Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Ph.D. (Project Leader, UP CIDS Decolonial Studies Program)
  • National Workshop and Conference on Philippine Muslim History (PMH)
    Darwin J. Absari (Assistant Professor, UP Institute of Islamic Studies)

3:15 to 4:45 PM
Moderator: Darwin J. Absari (UP Institute of Islamic Studies)

  • Sustainability Concerns of the Madrasah Education Program:
    Basis for Philippine Islamic and Madrasah Education Policy Review

    Arlyne C. Marasigan, Ph.D. (Senior Researcher, UP CIDS Islamic Studies Program)
  • Proposed Policy Review on BARMM Madaris Education
    Yassen Ala (Co-founder, Youth Peace Hub and Philippine Collaboration for Inclusive Economies)
  • Alternative Delivery Modes of Education in the BARMM
    Marie Therese A. P. Bustos, Ph.D. (Convenor, UP CIDS Assessment, Curriculum, and Technology Research Program)

Download the full concept note and schedule of the forums here.


The forum is free and open to the public, but pre-registration via bit.ly/cidsmindanao is required. (Note: The registration form is both for the February 20 and March 13 forums.)


For inquiries, kindly contact Ms. Liza Villanueva (Administrative Officer, UP CIDS Assessment, Curriculum, and Technology Research Program) at [email protected] or at (02) 8981-8500 loc. 8682.