By: UNYPAD ComTeam
PASAY CITY, MANILA/September 24 — The delegates from Mindanao coming from Kutawato Multimedia Network (KuMuNet) member-organizations represented by the ForumZfd, Balay Mindanao and the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) have actively participated in the ASEAN Conference on Peace and the Prevention of Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia held on September 22-23 at the PICC, Pasay City, Manila.
The conference is envisioned to elicit perspectives on the challenges posed by the evolving Islamic radicalization, and the extent of influence of violent extremist groups in the Philippines and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
It also aimed at establishing national action plans for member states, as well as a regional Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) plan for ASEAN, to address radicalization of Muslims, particularly women and youth.
It was organized by the ASEAN Society of the Philippines, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
Bobet Dimaukom of the ForumZFD said he was inspired by the initiatives of southeast Asian countries to have a unified stand, and formulated strategies on how to solve the problems on violent extremism.
“Nakaka inspire din pong marinig ang mga efforts at mga initiatives ng ibang organizations sa ibang bansa,” Bobet said in vernacular.
Bobet said he would want to propose those viable initiatives learned by the team from the conference to every KuMuNet member organizations to adopt it and implement to its respective communities.
The participants from the KuMuNet are Tu Alid Alfonso of the UNYPAD, Ms. Elizabeth Laurico from Balay Mindanao and Mr. Danny Ong also from ForumZFD-Cotabato.
Meantime, the ASEAN leaders shade light on violent extremism in the region are Fidel V. Ramos, former Philippine President and chair emeritus of the ASEAN Society of the Philippines; Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, executive deputy chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and other resource persons and speakers from the ASEAN member-states.
Various groups from political leaders, government officials, security analysts, peace advocates, academe, CSO and religious leaders, women, youth including media also attended the conference.
KuMuNet is a loose network of CSOs, NGOs, academe, and practicing media formed in Central Mindanao. ForumZFD centralizes the secretariat work with at least 10 active member networks.