Category Peacebuilding

Reaching out to Displaced Families from Marawi through Non-Food Items

On May 23, 2017, violent conflict erupted between government military troops and the Maute group, a militant faction sympathizing with ISIS, forcing over 70 thousand families[1] to flee their homes and seek refuge in adjacent towns. Evacuation centers were opened in Iligan City and other towns in the provinces of Lanao Del Norte and Lanao […]

CRS provides new home, new hope to families affected by Zamboanga siege

Asna is a single parent to her son named Chikoy. Asna and her family used to live in a small room for rent in Rio Hondo. There were six of them in the room then, including her mother, sisters and son. “Our house, though too small, was enough,” Asna said. Even though a single parent, […]

CRS promotes solidarity

Barangay development planning has been this meaningful when Catholic Relief Services’ solidarity projects have been decided through the participation of representatives of various sectors coming from the Barangay Local Government unit (BLGU), non-government organizations, women, elderly, youth and Indigenous Peoples (IPs). The solidarity projects are part of the Barangay Development Planning process which is a […]

Zamboanga Shelter Durable Solutions



Last February 10, during the Learning Conference in Davao, CRS/Philippines released the study on Local Solutions to Land Conflict in Mindanao. The paper on LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO LAND CONFLICT IN MINDANAO presents a land conflict typology and key policy-related lessons from the Applying the 3 Bs (Binding, Bonding, Bridging) to Land Conflict (A3B) project implemented over a 3-year period […]

USAID visits CRS A3B Project in Magpet

by Alexandra Medina Lee Forsythe, Mindanao Program Manager for Economic Development and Governance, had visited many U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – supported projects in the past, but his visit to Magpet last August 24 and 25, 2015 was the first for the Applying Binding, Bonding and Bridging to Land Conflict in Mindanao (A3B) […]

CRS’ Ate Deng is the newest Peacemaker in Action

From Tanenbaum Website: Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento – Philippines The soldiers’ automatic weapons pressed into her body from different angles, as Deng shielded the priest from a group of inebriated soldiers. Taking in the situation, Deng saw that the soldiers’ name patches had been hastily ripped off, leaving the threads exposed.[i]  Composed, she began to negotiate […]