Save the Children, UNYPAD kickoff research on Context and Risk assessment for Mindanao

By:  UNYPAD ComTeam

COTABATO CITY/October 19 – The Save the Children – Philippines had partnered the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in a research on the context and risk assessment for Mindanao in the conflict-affected communities of Maguindanao, Lanao and Zamboanga City.

Morsidin Husain, deputy director of the Development Management Center (DMC) of the UNYPAD said that the program’s objectives are to present research findings of contexts and risks for priority areas of Mindanao and identify general needs and gaps for the sectors based on country strategic plan priorities.

On his update during the Children’s Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) Orientation conducted by the Save the Children on Tuesday, October 17, for the UNYPAD staff involved in the research, Husain said that they already obtained online secondary data and had asked data in some agencies of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) such as Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health and the ARMM HEART.

However, he said that it is somehow difficult to acquire other data needed in the research from some offices.

“This is because of availability of their head, other were out of town and they cannot provide documents without the consent of their head of office,” said Husain.

Husain is hopeful that they can be provided with the documents necessary in the research.

UNYPAD key staff from Zamboanga City who attended the orientation program on Children’s MIRA were Zulficar Samsaraji, Macarthur Jamsuri, Jamaica Centi and Dina Gani.

Also present during the orientation were Lanao-based team members namely Bae Raizah Mimbantas, Junaina Madid, Mohammad Exan Cabugatan and Camilo Bangcola.

Comprising Cotabato City and Maguindanao team who attended the orientation were Nasrullah Abdullah, Abdulrayan Jameel, and Saidamen Lawan.

“Children’s MIRA is risk assessment tool for humanitarian intervention,” said Sheila Carreon of the Save the Children who facilitated the workshop. She also introduced other humanitarian tools for Children.

The DMC deputy director also said that they are now preparing the Program of Works for the community research work to start.

This include the identification of municipalities and its barangays in the two target provinces and one city.

Focus group discussions and key informant interview including the CMIRA are the methodology and tools to be used in the research.

It is expected that the program will culminate by the end of November this year after the hand-over of the research output to Save the Children.

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