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Pamulaan 2015 graduates in ...
Pamulaan 2015 graduates in their respective tribal attires celebrating with Pamulaan President and Founder, Mr. Benjamin Abadiano (leftmost standing, 3rd row from the front), CFI Team members, and other partners
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Mr. Benjamin Abadiano
Assisi Development Foundation, Inc. (ADFI)
Benjamin D. Abadiano
Benjamin D. Abadiano
Benjamin Abadiano is presently the President of Assisi Development Foundation.
A Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership (2004), he
has had over twenty years of experience in social development work, including 6 years in peace building initiatives.
He established an Integrated Development Program for the indigenous communities in Mindoro and Mindanao and developed alternative and culture-based educational programs (elementary, secondary, and tertiary) for indigenous peoples all over the Philippines.
Mr. Abadiano is the founder of two unique schools committed to bringing education that is culturally appropriate and relevant to indigenous youth: TUGDAAN Center for Human and Environmental Development in Mindoro in 1988 and PAMULAAN Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in Davao in 2006.
Apart from his dedication to indigenous peoples' education and training, he has also been involved in rehabilitation and peace advocacy for war affected communities, assisting 72 tri-people communities in Mindanao in establishing "Peace Sanctuaries".
He also founded the ILAWAN Center for Peace and Sustainable Development.
other awards include the Fr. William Masterson, S.J. Award for Peace and Development (2005), Outstanding Literacy Program for the Indigenous Peoples and Outstanding Literacy Worker by DECS (1992).
has helmed include "Panaw sa Kalinaw", "Kalamayan" (Mangyan-Tagalog Dictionary), "Bistoy Te" (Manual for Indigenous Peoples Education Program).
Mangyan Heritage Center * Current Events
These two Filipinos -- Haydee Yorac, chair of the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG), and Benjamin Abadiano, president of the Ilawan Center for Peace and Sustainable Development -- are among the seven recipients this year of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Yorac has been elected to receive the RMA for government service and Abadiano
, for emergent leadership.
, 41, helped the Alangan Mangyan people of Mindoro island-province build their dream school in the nine years that he
worked with them, starting in 1988.True to form, he
has announced that he
is not taking a single cent of the cash award for himself.
told the Inquirer that he
was giving all of his
cash prize "to the community -- $30,000 to a scholarship grant for indigenous college students.The first two years will have the Alangan Mangyans as beneficiaries, then it will [be extended] to other tribes and communities all over the Philippines."
With the rest of the money, Abadiano
would start a center for volunteerism, side by side with a center for grass-roots leadership and with special focus on the IPs (indigenous peoples), particularly the Alangan Mangyans.
"This is a recognition not for myself but more for the community leaders who have shared with me their dreams and visions for their communities and for the children," he
stressed."Their vision became my guide in setting up the Tugdaan program (a Mangyan school in Mindoro, now called the Tugdaan Center for Human and Environmental Development).It is they who should be recognized."Abadiano
, a native of Cagayan de Oro City, also cited the commitment of Sister Victricia Pascasio of the Holy Spirit Mission."She
didn't belong to the community, but she
was [always] there to support the initiatives."
The nun trusted him with the work "immediately," he
said, though he
did not have the necessary experience."Until now, no one has asked for my credentials."(He has a degree in sociology from the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro).
In 1997, he
left Mindoro to enter a Jesuit seminary in Manila.He
also left the seminary eventually to work with Tabang Mindanao
, coordinating programs for Christian, Muslim and Manobo war victims.But he has remained a consultant of the Tugdaan center.
The people with whom Abadiano
has worked have one thing to say: He
deserves the award."He
has a unique leadership style.
Benjamin D. Abadiano