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CATHOLIC MISSION TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (CMIP) - Assumption Mission

VISION

Faced with the concrete realities of the times which confront the Indigenous People of South Cotabato, Sarangani Province and General Santos City (SOCSARGEN), the Catholic Mission to the Indigenous People (CMIP – Assumption Mission) envisions to bring fullness of life to the IPs (having organized themselves, enjoying relevant education and good health, economically sufficient, culturally enhanced, inherent right respected, spiritually nourished in an ecologically balance community) which befits their dignity as children of God.

MISSION

In order to realize our vision, we commit ourselves to proclaim and witness the Good News of total Liberation and Salvation geared towards a transformed community which is MAKADIOS, MAKATAO, MAKABANSA, MAKATARUNGAN, MAKABUHAY and MAKAKALIKASAN.

CMIP workers & staff of SPCPC went on a 2-day joint retreat held at Holy Cross Retreat Center on August 31 - Sept. 1, 2015. Mission & novitiate workers were grateful for the opportunity to be able to take a breather from work and just be in communion with each other and the Almighty Father.

Our heartfelt gratitude to Fr. Marito for suggesting the retreat and thankful to the mission priests for allowing us to have the much needed communal break. Thank you also to Bros. Nelson, Leo, Elmer and Fr. Edwin for always supporting the mission especially the workers. Thank you! God bless! (Chariz)

Installation of Fr. Mark Reagan Tobias, CP by the Most Rev. Dinualdo Gutierrez DD, as the new Director of CMIP during the fiesta Mass this morning, August 15, 2015, at Barangay Assumption, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Congratulations, Fr. Mark!

Happy fiesta greetings to all CP missionaries both lay and religious of the Catholic Mission to the Indigenous People (CMIP) as well as to all the residents of barangay Assumption (Bulol) as you celebrate the feast of your patron, mother Mary in her assumption. May she always be your guide and inspiration. God bless!

CMIP is committed to support indigenous people's initiative for self-determination and empowerment.This diocesan IP apostolate is being run by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of the Province of the Passion of Christ.  Its main office is located at St. Paul of the Cross Pastoral Center, Lagao, Gen Santos City, Philippines. 

It was in February of 1958 when a nine-man delegation of American Passionist missionaries arrived in this southern part of the Philippines.  At that time, the high migration influx of settlers from the northern and central parts of the country gradually drove the indigenous people away from the lowlands.  Responding then to the latter's plea "to come and help our people" these Passionist pioneers, pretty soon, chose IP ministry as one of their treasured apostolates.

Presently, the Filipino Passionists continue to carry on what the original missionaries had begun.  And the scope of this apostolate has even expanded quite significantly through the years - from the original two IP communities in the early 1960's to the more than fifty (50) mission communities scattered all over the mountains of South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces.

Together with its mission partner,HANDS (Health Assistance and Neighborhood Development Support), Assumption Mission has been engaged in the following concerns in one way or another:

  • evangelization
  • IPs education both formal (thru its mission schools) and non-formal
  • livelihood programs
  • provision of potable drinking water
  • medical and health programs
  • promotion of sustainable agricultural practices
  • environmental protection
  • preservation of IP culture
  • scholarship program for deserving IP students - elementary, high school and college levels

    Recent retreat's afterglow effect on CMIP's Weng and Cha

    Former CMIP-HANDS educational beneficiaries Arlene, Francis and Agnes are now successful public school teachers.

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