SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao—A peace advocacy Seminar on “Communicating for Peace” was held at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Leadership Institute (BTC) Training center, Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao from August 24-26, 2016 with the theme: “Bangsamoro Quest for Right-to-Self-Determination”.
The program was sponsored and funded by the International Children’s Action Network (ICAN) in partnership with Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and BLMI.
The participants comprising both male and female were representatives from BTC Communication Group, Committee on Information of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and affiliate agencies of the MILF.
Mr. Abdullah Cusain, Head of the BTC Communication Group expressed his gratitude to ICAN for their initiatives in sponsorship the program and hoping that the participants optimize their time in acquiring knowledge that will enable them to educate and inform the people on the significance of peace-building.
Ms. Akiko Matsuda, a Japanese Peace Builder and ICAN Foundation Project Manager presented the organization’s programs. She related the ICAN active involvements in Peace-Building Education, Conflict resolution and other Humanitarian Affairs interventions in Mindanao and other parts of the country.
Mr. Edwin Antipuesto, ICAN team leader presented the course overview and its objectives. He cited them as technical knowledge on peace advocacy initiatives, planning, techniques and their corresponding applications.
Mr. Antipuesto presented the definition of advocacy, concept and principles and stressed its significant dynamics.
After the presentations of the participants’ workshop outputs, Antipuesto wrapped up the groups’ presentations, synthesized the ideas, issues and concerns in raised in each groups’ outputs.
Antipuesto also presented the context analysis on the influential stakeholders which are directly or indirectly involved in decision making on issues specifically the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)
“Identification of problems and analysis are very important in coming up with calibrating mechanisms responsive to the problems, he said. To address the concrete problems must be first solved the root causes of the problem, hence, the problem must be viewed in a broader perspective”, Mr. Antipuesto further said.
The participants expressed their profoundest gratitude to officials and Staff of ICAN, Japan-Bangsamoro Initiative Reconstruction Development (J-BIRD) and BLMI for the opportunity and knowledge imparted to them.
Sheikh Mahmod S. Ahmad, BLMI Executive Director in his closing message appealed to the participants to impart and apply the knowledge they acquired to the Bangsamoro cause and share it to their fellowmen.
Mr. Antipuesto expressed his appreciations to participants for their active participations and their desire to enhance their respective expertise; to BTC and BLMI. He is looking forward to have more engagements with BTC and BLMI.
I C.A.N Foundation is an International Non-Government Organization based in Japan and has been operating in Philippines since 1994. Its programs are mostly concentrated on Peace Building Education but also actively involved in relief operations and other humanitarian affairs throughout the country.