MindaNOW

Mindanao, which is home to the poorest regions in the country, is the geographical focus of Oxfam’s development work. Through the Joint Oxfam Mindanao Programme or JOMP, Oxfam works with civil society and the private sector to help build poor men and women’s capacity as economic leaders.

What is the Joint Oxfam Mindanao Programme or JOMP?

In the next five to 10 years, the Joint Oxfam Mindanao programme will work with partners to achieve sustainable livelihoods and greater protection for the Lumad, Bangsamoro, small asset-holders and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in CARAGA, Central Mindanao (CM) and the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

At the heart of JOMP’s operations is the vision of women free from armed conflict, violence and discrimination, thus able to realize their right to a secure livelihood.   

What does JOMP want to achieve?  

  • To secure access of men and women to productive assets, markets and economic resources for food security and improved income
  • To increase resilience of men, women and children to conflict and disasters and restore inter-ethnic trust and confidence
  • To make duty-bearers, especially state actors, accountable in conflict and disaster prevention and protection
  • To increase the participation and capacity of women in leadership and decision-making and be free from discrimination and violence

What has JOMP achieved so far?

In its first year, the joint Oxfam programme in Mindanao has worked with smallholders with some form of land tenure security and with fairly some access to non-land assets like credit and extension services.  This relative control over assets is a critical element for this smallholder agriculture (SHA) group.        

The other SHA group is composed of farmers who engage informal and domestic markets, and compared to those with land and non-land assets, are considered more vulnerable to be able to engage, and eventually gain power in, both domestic and international markets. 

In JOMP’s various projects, smallholder farmers are being organized by partner-NGOs to build their capacity and ensure their sustained participation in rubber, moringa, abaca, cassava and organic red rice value chains under fair and just terms.      

JOMP has not sealed yet a partnership to focus on the fisheries sector, but plans are underway in FY 2010.  Similarly, there is an ongoing feasibility study to see if vegetable farmers (and possibly, coconut farmers) may be linked to Unilever’s global supply chains. Specifically, affirmative action is being undertaken to make these enterprise development initiatives more inclusive of women-smallholders. Thus, the women’s economic leadership (WEL) framework is applied.  The formation of multi-stakeholder partnerships has been the chosen track, following an approach that is both evolutionary and multi-phased.  Under this set-up, Oxfam takes on the role of a facilitator, instead of being responsible for actual service delivery.

 

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessan  |  July 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I’m so proud and excited to be a part of JOMP =)

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  • 2. oxfamphilippines  |  September 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Way to go, Jessan!

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  • 3. Oda S. Beltran  |  March 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    is bukidnon a target area of MindaNOW. how could we part of MindaNOW. more power. best regards.

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    • 4. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  March 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

      The areas we’re working on are CMR and CARAGA, they being the poorest. But our Mindanao program partners work with other areas from time to time, too. Please get in touch with our Mindanao programme manager, Jessan Catre at jcatre@oxfam.org.uk. Salamat!

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  • 5. Nurhad  |  April 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

    magandang hapon po…I realy like the mission and goals activities of oxfam..I want to apply in your organization as your volunteer.pls give me chance to be apart of your organization.thanks..

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    • 6. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  April 19, 2010 at 3:46 am

      Thanks, Nurhad! For volunteering, please write a letter for our HR Manager at etadeo@oxfam.org.uk. Good luck!

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  • 7. Nurhad  |  April 16, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Im from Cotabato city..more power and God bless you!

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  • 8. Janoz Laquihon  |  May 27, 2010 at 4:07 am

    How can I take part of JOMP? I’m interested to help being from Mindanao.

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    • 9. Oxfam Pilipinas  |  June 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

      Hi Janoz! I’ll patch you through to our Mindanao office. I’m sure there’ll be something you can do to help. Pls wait for an email from them. Cheers, Glenn

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