IPDM Conducts study session and action planning with CSO on the GPH-MILF Peace Process

By: Juvanni A. Caballero and Mark Anthony Torres, IPDM for OC-OPI

The Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) of MSU-IIT, in collaboration with Pailig Development Foundation, Inc. and the Mindanao CSO Platform for Peace, organized a study and action planning session last June 4, 2014 at the MSU-IIT Boardroom.

The said event was attended by 21 representatives from 10 Civil Society Organizations, namely: PDFI, Ecoweb, Kapamagogopa Inc., CSO-FP, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lanao Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, JCI, MCSOPP, Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus and one labor union.

The aim of the activity was to update partners from the CSOs about the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the salient features of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft. The CSOs were asked to suggest programs and activities that could help sustain the gains of the peace process.

By organizing the said event, IPDM hoped to revitalize the seemingly lost momentum of the CSOs in accompanying the peace process.

After the study session, the CSO representatives unanimously agreed to embark on three major activities:

  1. IEC Development on CAB and BBL – this comprises of writing a primer and development of IEC materials for the CAB and BBL to be used in the information and education drive.
  2. Constituency Building – this comprises of education and information drive about the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with various sectors of society (e.g. academe, grassroots communities, Local Government Units, youth, media, etc.).
  3. Sentiment Mapping – this comprises of surveying/determining the sentiments of various sectors regarding the CAB and the BBL.

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