By: UNYPAD ComTeam
COTABATO CITY/ October 1, 2018 – Dialogue on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was organized by Community Security Working Groups (CSWG) in the municipalities of Pagalunagan and Parang, Maguindanao respectively last September facilitated by the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD).
This project is supported by the European Union (EU) aimed at empowering communities in the Bangsamoro to resolve local conflicts and improve local governance in collaboration with government authorities.
The program is an action build on the results of a previous EU-funded “Promoting Public Participation in the Peace Process” which included the pilot-testing of CSWG in two locations in Central Mindanao.
The 3rd dialogue series was conducted in Pagalungan particularly in Barangay Damalasak, Galakit and Layog and Barangay Campo Islam, Moropoint and Cabuan in Parang Maguindanao conducted on September 18, 19, 20; 25, 26 and 27 this year.
Yuspoh Lumambas, Project Officer this endeavour said, “The dialogue was attended by Barangay officials, community leaders and different sectors representatives.”
Lumambas said that the highlight of the said dialogue was the discussion on Bangsamoro Organic Law and Community Security Working Group planning for the future workshop on conflict transformation and peacebuilding in municipal level this October 2018.
“The CSWG officers were able to meet Municipal Mayor Datu Salik Mamasabulod and we give him updates on the progress of the project both local, regional, national and international level,” Lumambas disclosed.
Mamasabulod had appreciated the initiatives of CSWG on its regular updating. Lumambas said that Mayor Mamasabulod is committed to support peace initiatives and even encourage the CSWG officers to have partnership for the campaign on winning the ‘yes’ in favour of the BOL.
The project is implemented by UNYPAD, TLWOI and Conciliation Resources across 12 different barangays within the municipalities of Pagalungan, Parang, North Upi and South Upi in the province of Maguindanao. Working alongside with this project were the grassroots commuity, local and regional government and civil society organisations.
The aims of this project are to increase the capacities of communities as well as local government bodies to identify, articulate and take responsibility and action to address issues of concern that cut across conflict divides. These issues typically relate to human security and development needs. Create inclusive spaces for dialogue and joint action between communities; between communities and local authorities; and between local, regional and national levels.
It also involves local, regional and national government bodies in the implementation of the project, document the learning of this experience, and reflect on the learning comparing it with other similar national and international initiatives. This will contribute to institutionalising and replicating the experience beyond the 12 target communities.