By: UNYPAD ComTeam
COTABATO CITY/September 9, 2017 – The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) through its Development Management Center (DMC), organization’s development wing leading the implementation of all organization’s peace and development projects, discussed the organization’s new projects to assure their smooth implementation on Wednesday, September 9 at Pagana Kutawato, Cotabato City.
Dr Anwar Z. Saluwang, Development Managment Center (DMC) Director said the project includes the “Restoring Mutual Trust in Mindanao through People-to-People Engagement Program or P2P” in partnership with the The Asia Foundation (TAF) and “Supporting the Transition to Bangsamoro: Assisting the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) to monitor and report on the peace process” in partnership with Non-violent Peace Peaceforce – Philippines (NP-Philippines).
The P2P is aimed at increasing trust and mutual understanding between religious and community leaders and youth across religious communities and their more effective engagement in promoting inter-group harmony and the peace process in Mindanao.
Saluwang said that the areas being covered by the program include Cotabato City, Maguindanao and North Cotabato.
He added that the UNYPAD project supporting the TPMT monitoring work is a sub-grant which is part of the funds extended by the European Union (EU) to the TPMT.
“The activities undertaken by UNYPAD under this project is mainly in support to the work of the TPMT, and it is not under TPMT management,” Anwar, also the organization’s deputy Secretary General for Budget and Allocation, clarified.
He said that the role of the NP-Philippines in this project is only on fund management.
“The project focuses on gauging the level of support as well as the level of disagreement of the communities that will be affected by the would-be Bangsamoro Government,” Anwar said.