Student organizations in Central Mindanao convene to establish federation for peace

By: UNYPAD ComTeam

COTABATO CITY/October 4 – Several student leaders coming from different provinces in Central Mindanao gathered at the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Office on Monday (October 2) to finalize the creation of federation as one of the output of peace education summit organized by the Commission on Higher Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CHED-ARMM) in partnership with the League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO) conducted last September this year at Pagana Native Restaurant, Cotabato City.

Yusoph Lumambas, Vice President for Internal Affairs of LBO, presides the said meeting.

Student leaders who participated in the meeting are Sultan Kudarat State University, Parang Foundation College, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, and Notre Dame University of Cotabato City.

The Datu Paglas Memorial College and Upi Agriculture School also confirmed their membership and support to said initiative despite their absence.

“In principle, they have agreed to establish student federation. However, they requested to consult their organization before they will make a final decision,” Lumambas said.

Lumambas disclosed that the proposed name of the federation is Mindanao Tri-people Students Federation or MTSF.

The objectives of the MTSF, Lumambas said are: To strengthen the student organizations in Central Mindanao; to raise spiritual and political awareness and combat extremist ideology; to enhance awareness on the current local and global political situation; to promote unity and solidarity among Christian, Muslims and Indigenous People (IP) students, and to strengthen respect among and between tri-people students through conducting intra and inter-religious dialogue.

Hashim Manticayan, LBO President, discussed the significance of building federation of student leaders.

He said that the creation of federation among the student leaders is “very helpful in promoting peace, harmony and unity among different faith and belief.”

The structure, mission, vision, objectives, programs and services of the federation were adopted during the meeting, said Manticayan.

The core group will meet again on October 28, which will be again hosted by UNYPAD and will be facilitated by LBO.  Student leaders from other colleges and universities in Central Mindanao are also invited.

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