COTABATO CITY—About 20 youth leaders from several youth organizations representing Indigenous People Communities and Settler Communities from Maguindanao, Cotabato City and Special Geographic Areas participated in the four-day Community Peace Initiative Designing Workshop on November 19–22 in Paraiso Verde, Koronadal City.
The program was organized by the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) under the Support to Conflict Transformation toward Effective Peacebuilding in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (STEP BARMM) Project.
STEP BARMM Project aims to support peacebuilding initiatives to sustain the gains of the peace process and peacebuilding during the pandemic by strengthening the the participation of sectorial leaders – including the youth and indigenous peoples – on community-based safety and security mechanisms in conflict-affected areas in BARMM.
Participants were oriented with Basic Conflict Sensitivity and Peace Promotions (CSPP) Concepts, Bangsamoro Transition Priority Agenda (BYTPA) 2020-2022, United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250, Project Management and Project Proposal Writing, among others.
The participants were also given the opportunity to draft policy agenda and design community-based peace initiatives in line with the Regional Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security (RAP-YPS) and the UNSCR 2250. (BYC PR Section)