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.
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
YOU'RE A RIVER BEFORE YOU BECAME A SEA
By: Gualberto B. Lumauig
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:18 am | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Having descended from an indigenous race, I am often asked, "How did you do it, carve a career that saw you hobnobbing with the high and the mighty?"
I cringe a little when asked this question. It makes me feel as though I had been asked by some uppity Westerner, when and how did you climb down from the trees? READ MORE
PATRONAL FIESTA, LUTAY, MALUNGON, SARANGANI PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES - DECEMBER 12, 2011 BISHOP'S HISTORIC VISIT IN KIAME, MALAPATAN CMIP-HANDS EDUCATIONAL BENEFICIARY PASSED THE L.E.T. EXAM
PATRONAL FIESTA, LUTAY, MALUNGON, SARANGANI PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES - DECEMBER 12, 2011
BISHOP'S HISTORIC VISIT IN KIAME, MALAPATAN
CMIP-HANDS EDUCATIONAL BENEFICIARY PASSED THE L.E.T. EXAM
CMIP-HANDS EDUCATIONAL BENEFICIARY PASSED CPA LICENSURE EXAM
October 17, 2011. We congratulate Chris, one of our CMIP & HANDS educational beneficiaries, who made it in the very recent board examination for Certified Public Accountants. Considering that there were only 4,066 board passers out of 8,525 who passed the said Licensure Examination, (which was given just a couple of days ago),it is indeed a great achievement for Chris! And together with your beloved parents, brothers and sisters, friendS and relatives, and your very own school, we say joyfully and gratefully - WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
MISSION IN ACTION - SARANGANI PROVINCE - MAY 31-JUNE 1 2011
BAYANING FILIPINO AWARDEE 2003
This is a portion of that special two-hour ABS-CBN documentary "Bayaning Pilipino: Ako ang Simula ng Pagbabago" which was aired last Feb 28, 2010. Erlinda Cabañal, who works with the Catholic Mission to the Indigenous People (CMIP), is the Bayaning Pilipino Awardee for 2003. She has been working tirelessly and selflessly for the indigenous people of Southern Mindanao, particularly, the B'laans.
Assumption Mission (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 Novitiate, Lagao, Gen Santos City, Philippines. DAD BULOL in the B'laan dialect literally means "the mountains" These are the places where most of the indigenous people under this apostolate live.
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: