Tri-People Concern for Peace, Progress and Development of Mindanao (TRICOM), Incorporated is a duly registered non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental development organization with Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) registration number D1997-00702, signed on July 3, 1997 in Davao City, Philippines. Its office is located at Consolacion Building, 219 Corner Ponce-Aurora Quezon Sts., 8000, Davao City, Philippines. Seven (7) individual members of the Board of Trustees govern it. The purposes of the incorporation are:
- To contribute to the development of the marginalized peoples of Mindanao towards the attainment of their cultural integrity and control over their resources;
- To develop an appropriate area development plan that will protect and enhance the communities’ culture and traditions and maximize utilization of community resources without endangering the environment;
- To foster cooperation among various people’s organizations and non-governmental organizations involved in conducting research, advocacy, organizing, education, and area development work;
- To protect and preserve environmental sustainability;
- To improve agricultural productivity and ensure food security;
- To recognize, respect, promote, protect, and strengthen the people’s right to self-determination and local governance in the pursuit of their political, economic, social, and cultural development;
- To promote and pursue the development of local enterprises and ecological friendly industries;
- To promote coordinative efforts with government agencies and local government units at various levels for project and program implementation; and
- To institutionalize men and women’s participation in decision-making process at all levels.
TRICOM Inc. started in 1996 as a consortium of non-government and peoples’ organizations trying to respond to the issue of agrarian reform in the context of Lumad, Moro, and settlers of Mindanao. The group commissioned a study on the effect of agrarian reform and found that the comprehensive agrarian reform program of the government did not benefit the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) or Lumads.
In an effort to serve the most marginalized sector of society, TRICOM, Inc. piloted the claiming of the ancestral domains in North and South Upi, Maguindanao and Brgy. Sta. Fe, Titay, Zamboanga del Sur using Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order No. 2, series of 1993 that provided for the identification, delineation, and recognition of ancestral domains by awarding Certificates of Ancestral Domain Claim (CADC). The result was good and replicated in 1997 in fourteen (14) Lumad and Moro areas, namely; 1. Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat; 2. Brgy. Poloypoloy, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; 3. Brgy. Bintangan, Carmen, North Cotabato; 4. Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; 5. Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat; 6. Bianan, Tboli, South Cotabato; 7. Malapatan, Saranggani; 8. Brgy. Pawak, Salvador, Lanao del Norte; 9. Pualas, Lanao del Sur; 10. Sultan Gumander, Lanao del Sur; 11. Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur; 12. Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur; 13.Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur; and 14. Datal Bukay, Glan, Saranggani under the Mindanao Ancestral Domain Claim Project 1 or MADC 1. In 1998, TRICOM Inc. implemented the MADC 2 project based on the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) or Republic Act No. 8371 focusing on four (4) Lumad and Moro areas, namely; Kulaman, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Bagumbayan in Sultan Kudarat; Lake Sebu and Surallah, South Cotabato; and Datal Bukay, Glan, Saranggani. The priority programs were governance, agriculture and environment, women and children under the Ancestral Domain Management Plan.
In 1999, TRICOM Inc. was organized into a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization governed by the Board of Trustees as it was difficult to sustain the group as a consortium. The reorganization helped in further clarifying more its structure, direction, programs, and services.
The indigenous peoples and communities of Mindanao are in possession and in control of their respective domains and self-determining their own political economic, social and cultural development in the light of present realities, and working in synergy with tri-people of Mindanao towards the realization of lasting peace in the island.
For TRICOM to be among the leading Institutions in effectively working for the recognition, respect, promotion and protection of the tri-people’s right to self-determination and in harnessing broad unities towards the attainment of peace in Mindanao.
- Secured the ownership and effective control over land and other productive resources for the IP communities of Mindanao.
- Strengthened indigenous governance structures and mechanisms sensitive to the tri-people context of Mindanao.
- Created synergies among the tri-peoples and communities in various spheres of development and democratization.
- Provided the necessary space for the economic development of marginalized IP communities by installing sustainable livelihood mechanisms.
- Provided an enabling environment for the continuous practice and recognition of indigenous cultures and traditions.
- Contributed to the restoration of social trust and the strengthening of social cohesion between and among the tri-people of Mindanao.
Peace Building through Democratization and Asset Development in Tri-People Communities. This agenda responds to the visions of achieving adequate spaces for economic and political participation and social-cultural expression to the multi-layered governance systems and property regimes in rural areas and managing and transforming the prevailing conflicts.