By: UNYPAD ComTeam
COTABATO CITY/Dec 14 – A representative of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) joined 45 other Bangsamoro individuals from different Civil Society Organizations in Bangsamoro area in a 3-day Training of Trainors on Active Democratic Leadership (DELACSE Bangsamoro) on December 4-6, 2017 held at I’M Hotel in Makati City.
UNYPAD was represented by Nasrullah M. Abdullah, UNYPAD Campaign and Advocacy Staff. He said that the training paved a way for his deeper understanding on the role of the civil society in educating and informing the different stakeholders in the Bangsamoro and particularly the members of the grassroots in the communities.
The activity was conducted by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) with full financial assistance from the European Union.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Benedikt Seeman, Country Representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Philippines and the Project Director of DELACSE Bangsamoro, conveyed his conviction that the Civil Society Organizations have a big role in reshaping the future Bangsamoro government.
Atty. Benedicto Bacani, Executive Director of Institute for Autonomy and Governance, reiterated on his topic “The need for Sustainable Political and Civic Education in Bangsamoro” that whatever agreements or laws passed and signed by any administration but not implemented will just raise high expectations from different stake holders.
Atty. Hamid Barra of the Islamic Studies Department of the Mindanao State University in Marawi gave a lecture linking democratic governance and Islamic leadership, a cornerstone of democratic leadership of the future Bangsamoro political entity.
Dr. Gidon Windecker of the Rootsfactory Consulting Network was the resource speaker for the lecture on the opportunities and challenges of the CSO’s participation in policy-making.
He enumerated and elaborated the five points on the importance of public participation in governance.
Windecker pointed out that public participation encourages transparency in policy-making.
Mr. Reynald Trillana of the ABS-CBN University gave a lecture on political participation. He emphasized that despite the common negative perception on politics, civil society leaders must work on cultivating the necessary knowledge and skills that would equip them to better participate in political processes.
To delve deeper and discover the CSO role in political processes, the participants underwent a workshop entitled “Tree of Change” where they enumerated what they can do to make political processes in the country more democratic.
The second day of the training was fun-filled and meaningful for the participants, resource persons, and DELACSE Bangsamoro staff. Every lesson learned and insight shared is a step closer to a more active democratic leadership civil society organization.
On the third day of the training, a challenge on the participants was thrown by the facilitator Mr. Narciso Jover Jr., a training expert of IAG, as he asked the participants to formulate their action plan as they go back their organizations and their respective community.
The activity opened an avenue for the CSO leaders to know one another and collaborate for whatever undertaking they can do to engage their respective community members in the democratic processes of the country.
The participants, coming from all over Mindanao, were grateful to the organizers for the opportunity of being invited to the training, a kind which was seldom offered to them.