February 23rd, 2017 Balaod Mindanaw

Through its works and partnerships with the basic sectors, BALAOD Mindanaw is able to identify gaps and obstacles in our justice system that make it difficult, if not impossible, for the poor and the marginalized to have equitable access to justice and resources. Hence, apart from building the knowledge and […]


February 15th, 2017 Balaod Mindanaw

Although Mindanao is blessed with an expansive territory, fertile land and abundant natural resources, many of the people live below poverty line and are unable to benefit from the resources and wealth of the land inspite of the various social legislations that address inequities in resource distribution. BALAOD works with […]


February 15th, 2017 Balaod Mindanaw

In its pursuit to fight for and defend human rights, BALAOD Mindanaw sees the urgency of addressing the problem on human trafficking which has become a very pervasive and lucrative business not only in the country but globally. This concern for urgency is especially so since Cagayan de Oro has […]


February 9th, 2017 Balaod Mindanaw

“Legal empowerment as a tool for disaster risk reduction & environment protection.” The increasing frequency of natural calamities in the country and their growing destructive effects to the people especially the vulnerable have led BALAOD Mindanaw to create and develop community programs addressing the people’s preparedness and capabilities in responding […]

5000 Surigaonons shouts “NO TO MINING IN SURIGAO DEL SUR”: protest against DENR’s grant of mining companies’ permits within Carac-an Watershed

February 13th, 2016 Balaod Mindanaw

Cantilan, Surigao del Sur– Amidst the refusal of DENR to cancel the Mineral Production Sharing Agreements MPSAs of Marc Ventures Development Corporation (MMDC) and Carac-an Development Corporation (CDC), over 5,000 residents of Surigao del Sur attended the symposium yesterday morning (January 21, 2013) at the Municipal Gymnasium of Cantilan, Surigao […]

Coming Back

February 13th, 2016 Balaod Mindanaw

In August 2010, I joined Balaod Mindanaw as a new member of its litigation team which handles cases in defense of the rights of farmers, indigenous peoples and those for environmental protection. It had already been quite a while since I last breathed the air of the NGO environment. It […]


February 13th, 2016 Balaod Mindanaw

11 Agosto 2011, BALAOD… ISANG DEKADA NA! —  Napakahalagang araw sa lahat ng mga taong nagmamahal, nagmamalasakit at naniniwala sa BALAOD Mindanaw. Parang kailan lang naaalala ko pa, limang taon na ang nakalipas noong una akong pumasok sa institusyong ito, at ngayon ay bahagi ako sa sampung taong saya, lungkot, […]


February 13th, 2016 Balaod Mindanaw

Many Filipinos, if not all, believe that number 8 is a lucky number. That is why many Filipinos hold their significant events such as house transfer, office transfer, wedding, planting, opening of a business venture, etc, either on the 8th, 18th or on the 28th  of the month. And if […]

A Decade of Walking the Dream

February 13th, 2016 Balaod Mindanaw

When I was reminded for the nth time to submit my personal story for the second half of 2010, I sat down and looked back on the significant occurrences of the past year.  Actually, my recollection was overwhelming, and I was a bit confused on what to write about.   […]

10 Stories, 10 Triumphs, 10 Years of Wonderful Choices

February 13th, 2016 Balaod Mindanaw

Keynote address of Congw. Kaka J. Bag-ao during the BALAOD 10th year anniversary celebration Chali Beach Resort, 11 August 2010   Last night I stood up in the halls of Congress to deliver my first privilege speech and spoke of the atrocities that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo committed against agrarian reform.  I  […]