By Tu Alid Alfonso
COTABATO City (November 20, 2013) — Under the project called “Building peace in Mindanao through Public Participation in Governance” in partnership with the Conciliation Resources (CR), the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) will lead the implementation of consultations for youth in Central, Western, and Northern Mindanao.
Datuan Magon, UNYPAD Deputy Secretary General for Administration, disclosed that the results of the said consultations will be handed over to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to serve as an input in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
“The UNYPAD will also lead and manage the establishment of the Bantay Security Network (BSN) as among of project’s components,” Magon, also the Coordinator-General of the BSN, said.
“BSN is a grassroots local monitoring team that is tasked to monitor the implementation of policing in particular and normalization annex in general of the would-be GPH-MILF Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA),” he explained.
“In order for the project to take off, we conducted workshop on the formulation of guide questions through participatory approach on November 15 -16 at the Em Manor Hotel, Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City.
He also disclosed that national secretaries and provincial Presidents and two experts on Research Work (Dr Norodin Salam of the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College and Dr Sulug Bra of the Mindanao State University) were invited by UNYPAD to ensure that satisfactory output will be attained.
Magon also elucidated that the target participants for consultations are youth in the core areas of the Bangsamoro territory defined in the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB).
The project has three years duration, and it has three expected results, such as: first, The Basic Law of the Bangsamoro is endorsed by a vast majority of men and women across all ethno-linguistic, religious and other sectors of society; second, trusted, accountable and community-responsive regional security force; and third, The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) is implemented responding to the needs and priorities of conflict-affected communities.
The CR’s partner-organizations are Bangsamoro Leadership Institute (BLMI), Nisa Ul Haq, Pambasang Kongreso ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK )/ Teduray Lambangian Women Organisation (TLWOI), Mindanews, Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) – Zamboanga, Basilan, Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), Philippine Association of State Colleges and Universities (PASUC), Mindanao Business Council, and the The Asia Foundation, which serves as associate.