GITIB, I NC. A Resource Center for Sustainable Development
P ROFILE & H I S TOR Y GITIB, Inc. was officially registered as a non-stock, non-profit and non-governmental organization on October 2001 to support the many exceptional efforts of indigenous peoples and marginalized communities, to bring improvement in their lives, families, environment and communities. The driving force behind the establishment and existence of GITIB are the struggles of the indigenous people for survival, continuing marginalization, exploitation, and loss of culture and tradition in Northwestern Mindanao and the Philippines in general. Yet, parallel to these struggles is the rapidly deteriorating ecological balance caused by neglect, unsustainable resource utilization practices, abuse and pressure from outside users pose great threat to the life and existence of indigenous and local communities that we seek to serve.
GITIB, Inc. has established track of experience in providing alternative ecology and culture education to Indigenous Peoples and Non-Indigenous Peoples, trainings and awareness campaign on environment and sustainable development, policy advocacy, relief and rehabilitation programs and linkages with different foreign agencies, national and local NGOs, LGUs and institutions. GITIB draws its strengths from its solid experience on alternative education, advocacy, community development, environmental management, and grassroots organizing. Most of its members are former staff members of various local NGOs with at least ten (10) years who made significant progress in their respective fields of expertise.
GITIB, Inc. is affiliated to a number of linkages and networks; Philippine Education Theater Arts-Children Theater Program (PETA- CTP) for theater, Mindanao Action Group for Child Rights and Protection (MAGCRP), NGO-Impact on Development, Empowerment and Actions (NGO-IDEAs) for participatory impact monitoring, Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issues (DCMI), KALITAWHAN Working Group on Biodiversity, Mt. Malindang Protected Area Management Board and Mindanao Lumad Educators Forum.
VISION GITIB envisions a developing community based on the human and children’s rights and taking into account the environment as basic right for development and existence of the children and the humankind in general. GITIB affirms that humans are integral part of the web of life that are conscious of their dependence upon the natural world and are working for healthy and sustainable habitat.
MISSION GITIB is committed to work with the various people, the Moro, Lumad and Christian settlers initially in Mindanao in order to develop a sustainable lifestyle, promote and protect human and children’s rights; defend, conserve and rehabilitate Mindanao’s vanishing natural habitat.
G OALS AND P ROGRAMS To adopt the process of formulating goals and programs which includes assessment and strategic planning. GOALS Over the next ten (10) years, GITIB Inc. engenders to: Become a widely recognized resource center for ecological alternative education and RDPI (Research, Documentation, Publication & Information, Research, Development Information knowledge-based) in Northwestern Mindanao. Have established integrated Area Development projects within three (3) areas (or Municipalities) in Northwestern Mindanao as models of community empowerment and sustainable development. Become self-reliant, having the human, material and financial resources to support its administration. Have actively participated in the campaigns and in the lobbying of environmental issues, laws and policies in Northwestern Mindanao. Have designed, set-up and sustained a comprehensive education program that caters the need of the indigenous people of Northwestern Mindanao supported by an established Subanen Heritage School.
PROGRAMS Awareness Building for Sustainable Development Program The environment demands for immediate protection, conservation and rehabilitation. The unending environmental exploitation like ongoing deforestation, unsustainable farming methods, extreme extraction of river and sea resources by destructive means, increasing water and air pollutions by smoke and smug, production of immense waste and ozone depletion threaten the environment and the lives of all life forms. This program specializes on the conducting of seminars, workshops, fora, group discussions and many other means of popular education on ecology, health and sustainable development. A research and publication component will be conceptualized to provide data for the education and advocacy.
Oases Building Today’s development is bearing aggression and unsustainable in general. So, this program caters sustainable development through serving small communities with special focus on sustainable integrated area development projects which will be strategized and implemented as a model for its sustainable development framework. This includes sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, community health development, setting the foundation for a sustainable rural enterprises and rural industries, gender relations, community organizing, livelihood enhancement and food self-sufficiency. This program enables the community to contribute effectively in the task of protecting and conserving the natural ecosystems and at the same time enhancing their livelihood and enterprise livelihood.
Advocacy Works Advocacy efforts on policies regarding environmental and alternative education issues to the local and national government will be the focus of this program. The program will assist the advocates in the campaigns through symposia, fora, mass mobilizations and lobbying. The program aims to create theater and arts groups and task forces that will spearhead action for environmental protection and conservation.
Indigenous People’s Education Program It is about 25% of Indigenous Peoples in Northwestern Mindanao continually marginalized because of the introduction of mainstream education without safeguarding their culture and tradition. Christian settlers or lowlanders considered their culture and tradition as fanatics and superstitious. The Indigenous People Tribes broken into pieces and to the extent forgetting their identity. Consequently, the general objective of the program is to establish and operationalized Alternative Education among Indigenous People of Northern Mindanao with tailored-fit alternative and culture base curriculum as a process of attaining their struggle for self- determination. The empowerment of the Indigenous people assures the people’s participation in environmental protection, against bio-diversity piracy and other efforts for sustainable development.
P A S T & O NGOING P ROJECTS EEAD - ECOLOGY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY FOR ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT This project was being assisted by Terres Des Hommes (TDH) and implemented successfully. This project ended last March 2011. Ecological Awareness and Capability Building Component – This component launch trainings and seminars on ecology awareness and organizational and skills development for parents and community members. Cultural and Ecological Values Education through Theater and Arts – it develops the cultural and artistic skills of children through trainings and launched cultural productions relaying historical and environmental messages. Livelihood Component – developing alternative livelihood scheme for community members.
MAGCRP - Mindanao Action Group for Children's Rights and Protection This is a network of a Non- Government Organizations in four (4) major cities of Mindanao, namely Davao, General Santos, Ozamiz and Zamboanga that is working together to full the rights of children and young people. Presently, it is spearheading the campaign to end all forms of violence against children (VAC) particularly on corporal punishment and advocacy on UNCRC and its monitoring and reporting process. This is funded and supported by Save the Children
CAIRD -Community Action for the Integrated Rural Development This project aims to contribute for the creation of the condition for sustainable development within the three (3) integrated rural communities in Ozamiz City. ( Brgy. Capucao Proper, Trigos and Guingona ). This is supported and funded by Miserior.
B OARD OF TRUSTEES REV. DIOSDADO E. MARQUEZ HON. LUDIE G. MONTEMOR HON. JULIETA D. SAGARIO RICO C. ABARCO President Vice President Secretary Treasurer
ARTHUR A. ACA-AC ROLDAN R. GONZALES HON. JOVENCITO GALLETO FR. RIOLITO R. RAMOS Auditor Ex-Officio Member Member
O FFICERS AND S TAFF NAOME O. MEDINA Admin/Finance Officer NAOME O. MEDINA Admin/Finance Officer ROLDAN R. GONZALES Executive Director RIC VINCENT M. DUMAOG Bookkeeper ANILYN T. ESTREBILLO Secretary/Cahier LEONY A. DIMAANO Admin Staff
ALLAN C. RAMIREZ Policy Advocacy Officer ALLAN C. RAMIREZ Policy Advocacy Officer NILO B. TABUDLONG Project Coordinator NORMA M. ESLIT Community Development Staff JANICE B. NARONA Agriculturist JOVENCIO P. LARANJO Project Staff