Jobelyn Palo Basas is our new local intern. We call her “Jobey.” She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Development from Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Cotabato. Prior to coming to PBCI, she served as a psycho-social worker in an organization advocating and working for children’s rights. She has good working skills in dealing with various kinds of situations, proficient in working with computers, works effectively with PBCI office and field teams, and flexible in adapting changes in new settings.
When asked about her experience working with PBCI staff, she said: “Working with PeaceBuilders is an opportunity to learn new things and also having this unique experience of working with people I consider as family and friends. My co-workers at PeaceBuilders are family that love me, appreciate me, and motivate me; they are also friends that accept and respect me. I am happy that I belong to this community.”
Last 08-10 September 2015, we sent Jobey to officially represent the PeaceBuilders Community at the 1st Mamalu-Tabunaway-Putri Sarabanun Descendants’ Reunion. Tabunaway is known to be the ancestor of the Muslim brothers and sisters, while Mamalu and Putri Sarabanun were forebears of Manobo, Tidurays and other ethnic tribes in mainland Mindanao. It was also a time to affirm partnership and to generate agenda through mutual listening. The theme of the event was: “Gearing toward self- sustained development among the natives of Mindanao through cherished brotherhood and cooperation.” The event was held at Sitio Minara, Barangay Salat, President Roxas Municipality, Province of North Cotabato.
More and more, Jobelyn will be representing our Davao office among our partners in Mindanao, working under Tyron Ortiz, who is the Davao office team leader. This is a part of PBCI program to train local and national leaders.
PBCI is also training the next generation of national leaders.