Mindanao Climate Justice



Founded by a dedicated group of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and organizations, hailing from various regions in Mindanao, the Mindanao Climate Justice Resource Facility, Inc. (MCJ) was established in April 2022 in response to the compounded socioeconomic, environmental, and climate crises faced by the marginalized and indigenous peoples (IPs) of Mindanao.

MCJ is a nonprofit organization committed to facilitating genuine transformation and sustainable development in Mindanao by advocating for community-led climate and social justice. Through a rights-based approach, community initiatives and sustainable development efforts, and with the help of strategic partnerships and collaborations, MCJ supports and empowers marginalized and IP communities, with special focus on the Lumad and Bangsamoro, to build resilience, and protect and uphold their dignity and rights amid the global climate crisis.


A world based in equity and climate justice in which all, particularly indigenous and marginalized peoples, advance environmental protection as they champion, safeguard, and enjoy their rights


To facilitate genuine transformation and sustainable development in Mindanao through community-led climate and social justice by partnering with communities and organizations to build resilience, and to protect and uphold dignity and rights of all peoples amid the global environmental crisis

Board of Trustees

Prof. Mae Fe Templa-Ancheta

Prof. Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa

Mae Fe Templa-Ancheta is a social worker and a professor at the Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila. She served as undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development from 2016 to 2018.

Bp. Jose Cabantan

Abp. Jose Cabantan

Jose Cabantan is the archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. He serves as the president of the Episcopal Commission of Basic Communities at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Prof. Rufa Cagoco-Guiam

Prof. Rufa Cagoco-Guiam

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam is an anthropologist and sociologist. A former professor, she also served as the director at the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, Mindanao State University-General Santos.

Sr. Flora Secuya

Sr. Flora Secuya

Flora Secuya is the director of Paglaum Philanthropic Development Office of the Missionaries of the Assumption after serving as their superior. She is currently the Director for Finance of the Assumption College of Davao.

Dr Michael Tan

Dr. Michael Tan

Michael Tan is a medical anthropologist and professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where he served as chancellor from 2014 to 2020. He writes the bi-weekly column, “Pinoy Kasi,” on the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Victoria Nolasco

Ms. Victoria Nolasco

Victoria Nolasco is a teacher and environmentalist. After being involved in the environmental justice movement in the country for about a decade, she served as administrator of more than 50 indigenous community schools in 2018.

Meet Our Team

3 (1)


Administrative Officer
Indigenous woman community development worker



Kinaiyahan Program Head
Moro youth leader, social worker



Panalipod Program Head
IP school volunteer teacher
4 (1)


Duyog Program Head
Queer writer, researcher, archivist


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Peace worker,community engagement specialist

2 (1)


Administrative Assistant
Community development worker, choreographer

6 (1)


Communication Officer
Writer, film and media critic

5 (1)


Graphic Artist
Queer cultural worker, writer

7 (1)


Web Developer
IT expert, mountaineer, cyclist

1 (1)


Advocacy  Officer
Licensed teacher, researcher, writer