Key aspects that make a difference in the manner in which we work:
Building Relationships with Patience & Perseverance – To harness the immense potential of Mindanao and build relationships with communities, we believe, necessarily requires closely listening to the voices of the communities, harnessing meaningful partnerships and equitably sharing the fruits of collective labor. It also requires the sensibility for dealing with historical grievances as well as the sensitivity to spiritual and cultural values, while appreciating the beauty in the diversity of century-old traditions and customary practices of all inhabitants of Mindanao.
Shared Values and Leadership Program – We exert enormous efforts in learning from our IP partners, doing our best in understanding the unique perspectives of the IP communities. We have regular values sessions and leadership programs where members of IP communities can undergo technical training while sharing values. At the corporate level, our group also has a Values Reconciliation Board. We assist in identifying future leaders and inculcate environmental stewardship, interfaith tolerance, ethics, and morality. All of this is in pursuit of truthful and genuine dialogue among our partner communities.
The Spirit of Sacred Compact – Hineleban Foundation has been blessed to have a wonderful relationship with the Indigenous People and the Bangsamoro that has been built over many decades on TRUST, MUTUAL RESPECT and a SHARED VISION. As a result of our strengthened relationship, the group signed with the Leaders of the Seven Indigenous Tribes of Bukidnon the “Sacred Customary Compact” which defines the essential principals of our partnership. Hineleban is looking forward to establishing a similar relationship with indigenous tribes in other provinces of Mindanao where the foundation might also get involved in the future.
Dedication and Commitment to Transforming Communities – We raise the quality of life through livelihood opportunities, we enter into Transformational Business Partnerships for bringing to the communities what the private sector does best – from fallow to finish – from production to harvesting technologies of food and other crops – and all the way to the market. In doing so, we help provide, in addition to food security, a descent proportion of disposable income to the poor who desperately need the extra cash for taking care of basic human needs of housing, health and education. Hineleban Coffee has demonstrated a success and serves as a model for partnership with communities for expanding and scaling up and diversifying the crops as well.
Providing Sustainable Solutions for Ecosystem Conservation – We have pioneered the methodology for rainforestation which has been demonstrated to be successful on our model farms and is now being replicated in the mountain ranges. We have also developed our own approaches to organic farming that are proving to be useful for applications among our partner communities. The Province of Bukidnon has recognized the hard work and commitment of the Foundation and, together with its municipalities and partner communities, formulated the Mindanao Rainforestation Initiative which was adopted by the Province as its own program and recommended for implementation under the title of, Program for Equitable Advancement of Rural Livelihood (or PEARL).
Nurturing the Power of Partnerships – we are able to harness the power of partnerships as we network with the private sector, academe, civic society and People’s Organizations, drawing substantial technical and management force to help us to implement our projects and programs in Mindanao.
Trusted Adviser for Bukidnon and the Bangsamoro – Our knowledge and experience has earned the Foundation and its Chairman the senior advisory positions on environment and watershed conservation, and development management for the Province of Bukidnon and the Bangsamoro Development Agency, respectively. In this capacity we work at both the policy and operational levels to assist the province and the region in project management and supervision.
Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary, “Paradise that sprung out of nothing, by God” – this demo farm has been the stewardship of our Chairman Emeritus some four decades ago, transformed from cogonal lands and reforested with indigenous tree species, returning precious biodiversity and wildlife. Tuminugan has served the foundation and is used for training and demonstration, research and development, quality control, processing and marketing for the livelihood agricultural crops dispersed to the IP partners.