• BoT Chairwoman
    Marlina C. Lacuesta

  • BoT Secretary
    Romeo L. Lagahit

  • BoT Treasurer
    Cirila Lilibeth A. Panes

  • BoT Member
    Ruth U. Gamboa

  • BoT Member
    Titus C. Padua

  • BoT Member
    Nancy C. Caporedondo

  • President
    Alex M. Rendon

  • Executive Director
    Damaso C. Vertido

Mindanao Land Foundation (MinLand) was created to respond to the complex development problems of poor communities in the Philippines. Incorporated in 1989, MinLand believes that housing is not simply land and structures but should be a continuing process of building relationships among families within a community and between the community and its environment.


Enabling Communities Achieve Better Quality of Life.


After six (6) years, the assisted and selected poor communities are living demonstrations to other poor communities in overcoming poverty, disaster risk and displacement affectation.

Core Values


Technical Assistance & Advisory Services

  • Community Driven Development
  • Community-Based Disaster Risk
  • Reduction & Management
  • Participatory Community Governance
  • Community Infra Development
  • Participatory Social Assessment
  • Social Cohesion Building
  • Post Conflict Community Development
  • Community Land Tenure Security
  • Voluntary Resettlement
  • Social Housing Delivery
  • Comprehensive Shelter Planning for LGU, and
  • Financial Management for NGOs and POs


Scaling Up Governance and Resiliency (SUGAR) in the Urban and Rural areas along the Davao River Watershed. SUGAR aims using community governance and resilience, the settled poor settlements within the Davao River Watershed, particularly those located in high risk areas along the river system, are able to mitigate and act with appropriate measures on their conditions of poverty, conflict and disaster vulnerability to natural and man- made hazards.


The German Catholic Bishops Organization for Development Cooperation. For over 50 years, Misereor has been committed to fighting poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Misereor’s support is available to any human being in need - regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender.

Christian Aid
The official relief and development agency of the 40 British and Irish Churches and works to support sustainable development, alleviate poverty, support civil society and support disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor. Christian Aid has fought poverty for more than 65 years.

MinLand provides capacity building and implementation support to the Mindanao Trust Fund - Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF-RDP) and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on Financial Management and Project Implementation.

The MTF-RDP features intensive participation of Bangsamoro stakeholders in planning, management and implementation of reconstruction and development initiatives. The MTF-RDP undertakes capacity-building, networking and community development activities in conflict-affected communities. The MTFRDP is implemented by the BDA. The MTF Secretariat of the World Bank oversees the Program.

The BDA is the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and derives its authority and legitimacy from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)-MILF Tripoli Agreement on Peace of June 22, 2001. The BDA is mandated to determine, lead and manage relief, rehabilitation and development programs in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.


Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF)Facility
The MTF is a mechanism through which development partners pool and coordinate official development assistance in conflict-affected communities in Mindanao. The MTF finances the operations of the MTF-RDP.

The MTF is supported by the European Union (EU), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank, USAID, AusAID and the government of New Zealand.

The Interim Steering Committee of the MTF is co-chaired by the BDA, the World Bank and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The EPG-PROGRESS program aims to uplift the lives of people living in poverty in the Municipalities of Antipas, Arakan, Magpet, Matalam, and Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato through improved and responsive local governance and strong participation of the community. Specifically, it aims to strengthen the capacities of local government units (LGUs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to effectively collaborate in development planning, project implementation and policy making, and to strengthen CSOs in their the role as governance “watchdogs” aimed at making LGUs aware of their accountabilities to the communities and ensure transparency in their performance of their duties.

EPG-PROGRESS’s Main Activities are as follows:

  • Capacity-building of LGUs at barangay and municipal levels to integrate good governance principles such as accountability, transparency, participation and others.
  • Capacity-building of CSOs on social accountability that includes constructive engagement and performance monitoring of LGUs.
  • Advocacy and networking among CSOs to support engagement with LGUs and to share governance best practices.
  • Installation in local CSOs the M&E tools for LGU performance monitoring and for objectively verifying the results of LGUs’ self-assessment in LGPMS


European Union
The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. The European Commission is the EU's executive body.

Action Against Hunger
ACF international | Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger and malnutrition. ACF responds to help vulnerable populations around the world through programs that empower communities to overcome the barriers standing in their way.

In the Philippines, ACF tackles the root causes of hunger, prevents outbreaks of life-threatening acute malnutrition, and helps the most vulnerable communities regain self- sufficiency through integrated programs in health and nutrition, care practices and psychosocial and care practices, food security and livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk management; good governance and advocacy while incorporating crosscutting issues such as gender, care for the environment, climate change adaptation and cultural sensitivity.

ACF programs save lives and provide communities with long-term solutions to hunger and its underlying causes. We work in more than 45 countries and reach approximately eight million people annually.

Jessie M. Robredo Institute of Governance
For the EPG project, JRIG developed and implemented the capacity building for LGU Officials and CSOs in the communities. Early this year, 25 February 2015, the contract between ACF International and DLSU-JRIG officially ended.

Department of Interior and Local Government-Associate Partner
The Republic Act No. 6975, otherwise known as the Department of Interior Local Government Act of 1990, designates DILG as the executive department responsible for promoting peace and order, ensuring public safety and strengthening local government capability aimed towards the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry. In terms of its oversight functions among LGUs, one of the agency’s key goals is to “improve the performance of local governments in governance, administration and economic development and environmental management”.