COTABATO City (May 13, 2015) — At least 30 persons attended the 5-day activity on ‘Review of UNYPAD mediation practices, Conflict Management Seminar-Workshop and Planning for Rido intervensions’ organized by the United Youth for peace and Development (UNYPAD) in partnership with the Conciliation Resources (C-R) funded by the European Union (EU) held at the EM Manor Convention Center, RH – 10, Cotabato City on April 27 to May 01, 2015.
Participants in this activity were the organized Quick Response Team (QRT) members from Central and Northern Mindanao regions who would act as local mediators for interventions in all identified ridos in these areas.
Community Organizer for Central of Mindanao Bangsamoro Security Network (BSN), Badrudin Mamendig, disclosed that the first day of the program was allotted for levelling-off and looking back to the UNYPAD experiences.
Mamendig said that Datuan Magon, BSN General Coordinator, presented the topic entitled ‘Mediation: the GPH – MILF experience,” and the UNYPAD National President Dr Rahib Kudto shared the UNYPAD’s conflict mitigation experiences.
“Dr Kudto highlighted the role of UNYPAD as well as those challenges they encountered and how they were addressed which led to the success of their conflict mitigation interventions,” he said.
The UNYPAD national Secretary on Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Nash Binasing, acted as the main facilitator of the whole activity.
“Binasing’s mode of facilitation was a combination of lecture and workshop. He gave case studies which served as guide for participants for the roleplaying during the workshop and simulation proper,” said Mamendig.
Tais Palasana, Deputy commander of 110th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the MILF and QRT North Cotabato, thanked the organizer for choosing him as one of the participants because the training has increased his knowledge.
“I am now eager to implement the new knowledge I acquired in this training, and this increased my commitment to work as peace advocate in my Area of Responsibility (AOR),” he stressed.
BSN Regional Coordinator for Northern Mindanao Umair Saripada, pointed out that rido does not only affect the social and political activities of the people but also impacts on the larger GPH-MILF peace process.
“This is the reason why we are prioritizing the settlement of selected ridos in the Conflict Affected Areas (CAAs),” he stressed.
The activity was funded by the EU, and the Conciliation Resources (C-R). EU and CR have been very active in supporting the peace process in Mindanao. It is currently in an implementation of the project dubbed as ‘Building Peace in Mindanao through Public Participation in Governance” in partnership with various local non-government organizations in the Mindanao that include UNYPAD. (UNYPAD news)