Cognizant to its commitment for the formulation of an effective and sustainable regional peacebuilding and development framework and agenda in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Interior and Local Government in the region, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted an orientation on gender, cultural, peace and conflict sensitivity for the members of the regional technical working group (TWG).
The activity served as the training of trainors for the members of the TWG who will conduct the Peace and Conflict Analysis (PCA) in the five provinces of Northern Mindanao and assist in the formulation of framework and agenda.
Further, the orientation was conducted in preparation for the crafting of a new development plan for the region that shall be consistent with the priorities of the present administration.
Northern Mindanao is identified as one of the expansion regions of the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) program.
The COSERAM, a German development cooperation program jointly implemented by the Philippine and German Governments, aims to strengthen the capacities of organizations in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to conflicts of interests over the use and management of land and natural resources with the participation of the marginalized groups.
Among the priorities include ensuring attractiveness and enhancing the country’s competitiveness by reducing crime and increasing security of businessmen and other stakeholders; and addressing bottlenecks in land administration and management system, among others.
The regional peacebuilding and development agenda under the COSERAM program shall form part of the new development plan for the region.
Arnel M. Agabe, DILG 10 regional director, underscored the importance to revisit the tools and approaches and come up with the appropriate diagnosis and recommendations to ensure peace in the region with preference to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), whose majority of them, Agabe said are influenced by the NPA to join their ranks.
He also gave emphasis on the convergence efforts of stakeholders in addressing the plight of IPs and achieving peace.
Meanwhile, DILG 10 has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GIZ, a company duly incorporated under the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, for technical assistance to support the department and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the formulation of regional and provincial peacebuilding and development agenda.
The project aims to articulate a regional framework and peace and development agenda anchored on a comprehensive contextual peace and conflict assessment to foster understanding, synchronize efforts, and consolidate resources in the planning and implementation of interventions in conflict-affected communities and other areas in the region.
Hazel P. Lozada, peacebuilding practitioner discussed understanding the concepts, principles, types and levels of peace and conflict while Eric N. Bruno, Central Mindanao University faculty member, and Musa Mohamad Sanguila, director, PAKIGDAIT, presented cultural sensitivity for indigenous peoples (IPs) and understanding Islam, Muslims and Bangsamoro respectively.
Anita Sescion, Iligan Commission for Women director, discusses Gender Sensitivity. (EOR/PIA10)