Makati City, Philippines: An Inception Workshop for a new project has been launched to bring Mindanao closer to peace.
The Australian Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has funded a project titled “Promoting Political Climate and Stability for Peace in the Bangsamoro” or “Pro PolitiCS for Peace”.
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The project will engage the players and major stakeholders in the ongoing peace process between the GPH and the MILF particularly the BTC, OPAPP, Muslim religious leaders, women, indigenous peoples, the local government units and their peace and order councils, and the BTA and the Bangsamoro Government when it assumes office.
The Project is implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), a Cotabato City-based think tank that has been very engaged in the peace process, together with partners composed of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), and the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF).
In the inception workshop conducted in February 3-4, 2015, the stakeholders are of the belief that despite the controversial Mamasapano misfortune and the volatility of the peace process, the Project’s participation and success is still foreseen due to responsive mechanisms installed.
The Project will take part in the bigger peace process and will not limit itself to the fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). It will empower the local government units on the framework of good local governance with peacebuilding approach and will engage the peace and order councils in the normalization process which is a very critical matter.
Mr. Warren Hoye, First Secretary - Political of DFAT Australia commended the project as being much attuned to the changing situations on the ground and is positive of the project’s success.