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CBCS-UNICEF Support GPH-MILF Peace Process: “NOW, WE KNOW” Communities in ARMM shared their thoughts on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB)

Posted on 09 September 2014 by Musa

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CBCS in partnership with UNICEF hones the skills of community leaders of the two barangays of South Upi Maguindanao

Posted on 03 September 2014 by cbcs_mike

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CBCS through Darussalam Project conducted a two day Governance: Leadership Skills and Development Training on September 2-3, 2014 held at KFI Training Center, Cotabato City actively participated by the community leaders of Barangay Romongaob and Barangay Pandan, South Upi, Maguindanao. Fifteen (15) participants from Barangay Romongaob and Thirteen (13) from Barangay Pandan attended the training composed of BLGU Leaders, IP Leaders, Religious Leaders, Youth Leaders, Women Leaders, Teachers and Day care workers.

The primary aim of this activity is to develop the skills of the leaders and to improve their ability to lead the community especially in the different facets of barangay governance. The word “leadership” is not new to the context of barangay’s lexicon but through this training the community leaders were enabled to understand the true meaning of a leader, how to lead and why lead.

Robert M. Apadan, Project Officer of Darussalam Project facilitated the activity and explained the meaning and value of good governance the principles underlying good governance, the process and some of the tools for applying principles of good governance to the work of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and local authorities persuade the participants to reflect on the strengths and shortcomings of good governance practices in their own communities and asked participants to identify the institutional bodies in their communities and create sustainable linkages.

This participatory activity is an avenue for the participants to air their concerns regarding their barangay. Each one committed to apply all the skills and new learning they have obtained from this training and impart this to their respective communities thanking CBCS for this initiative to improve their own abilities in governance so as to achieve a peaceful community.

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DARUSSALAM: A PLATFORM FOR PEACE-BUILDING

Posted on 01 September 2014 by Musa

The bottom-up process of building peace constituency particularly in ARMM is a crucial process especially in the context of the current developments in the peace process between the GPH and MILF. The Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) offers an array of hope where transgenerational issues affecting women and children can be elevated and form part of the substance of the annexes of the framework.  This however is a challenging task. Marginalization and deprivation coupled with recurring incidents of displacements due to protracted conflict have so silenced Bangsamoro communities and blindly accept whatever leaders  may decide on their behalf. Because of this situation, the only thing left for families in Bangsamoro communities to decide is their own survival. To turn this ebb to rise, the Bangsamoro communities need the force of the CSOs and other agencies like UNICEF so that its voice will be considered in the ongoing peace process.

This cooperation between the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) and UNICEF hopes to facilitate two important strands in building peace constituency in bangsamoro communities. First, the cooperation shall facilitate generation of community peace agenda centered on the issues affecting women and children and elevate these as input of the community to the annexes of the framework agreement. Second is to facilitate the modeling of ‘darussalam’  (abode of peace) in Bangsamoro communities- a community that is able to articulate its own aspirations and ensure enjoyment of rights particularly those of women and children.

The Darussalam project intends to provide an avenue or a process where Bangsamoro communities design, plan and work together towards the establishment of Darussalam (Abode of Peace)- one that is anchored on the law of God and guided by the traditions of the Prophet. Apparently, this is the most reliable option and natural direction for Bangsamoro communities to experience peace and development- a community that gives paramount concern on the welfare of children and women. 

The project is now being implemented in fourteen (14) selected barangays within the seven (7) pre-identified Municipalities in ARMM namely Upi, South Upi, Parang, Mamasapano in Maguindanao; Languyan in Tawi-tawi; Siasi and Parang in Sulu.  The project is targeting to engage at least 7,000 persons (with a ratio of  1:500 persons per Barangay) of which 3,570 are girls and women and 1,558 are children and young adolescents aged 6-15.

 

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