By: UNYPAD ComTeam
DAVAO City/ February 11 – “United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Davao City recently installed Muhajer Gawan as its new Chapter Chairman,” Gabriel Palma, the Regional Coordinator of Davao Region, said on Saturday after the special meeting called to the officers of the region on February 4 at Ecoland, Davao City.
Palma said Muhajer is among his most trusted colleagues when they were together in their former organization, United Youth of the Philippines (UnYPhil), sometimes in 1999.
Gawan replaced his predecessor Ustadz Abdulmajed Macacua who is now concentrating on the Da’wah (call to Islam) activities of Davao City Chapter.
Muhajer has took his oath of loyalty to the UNYPAD with the facilitation of Tu Alid Alfonso, Vice President for Internal Affairs, and the Vice President for External Affairs Ansary Diamaoden.
Ansary said that the appointment of Muhajer would further strengthen the camaraderie and implementation of peace and development programs and services of the UNYPAD especially to Moro communities of Davao City.
He encouraged the officers and members of UNYPAD in Davao Region to work for the realization of the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the organization.
On the other hand, Alfonso reminded his colleagues to be more wary on the threats of violent extremism.
He said the youth sector is the target of the propaganda activities of the extremist groups and that there is a need to protect the Muslim youth “because of their vulnerability of being recruited.”
“We should be mindful of their strategies, we don’t want to see that your community will become the next Marawi. The devastation of Marawi is enough,” Alfonso stressed.
The UNYPAD is doing its utmost capacity to work for propagation of peace among the Moro, Christian settlers and with the Indigenous Peoples (IP) particularly on awareness drive on the negative effects of twisted ideology being espoused by the violent radical groups.
“It is not only our community that will be destroyed but also the peace infrastructures that we do treasure most and these are the fruits of almost forty decades of peace process between the government and the Moro fronts,” Alfonso said.
He added that the best option in order to stop the spread-out of extremist group in the Philippines and the conflict in Mindanao is to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that adheres to the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people for the right to self-determination.
Various peace advocacy groups have been calling the Philippine Congress to pass a Bangsamoro law that is compliant with Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), a peace deal signed between the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2014.
If passed into law and approved through a plebiscite, the CAB-compliant legislation will establish an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity with more fiscal and political powers. It will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).