Seventy youths attend community immersion, interfaith camp

June 28, 2019 // Leave a Comment

(Updated) Fifty Muslim and twenty Christian youths joined the interfaith camp on July-24-29, 2019 held at Garden of Malasag Ecotourism-village of Cagayan de Oro after undergoing community immersions in Lanao provinces to understand their diverse contexts and unique socio-cultural lives. The youth camp was designed in dialogical and interactive processes to learn from their experiences, beliefs, adopted social norms, way-of-life, culture, and faiths. A number of participants were internally displaced youths from the most affected areas of Marawi city. They drew arts and formed symbolic ideas to explicate their experiential realizations from the immersion during their debriefing sessions. Dr. Moctar…

Increasing social services delivery & child rights protection in five towns needed

June 19, 2019 // Leave a Comment

There is a need to increase the delivery of social services and children rights protection in five municipalities of Lanao del Sur. This is an overarching findings following the series of community dialogues and focus group discussions (FGDs) conducted in the towns of Bubong, Ditsaan Ramain, Marantao, Piagapo, and Tamparan of Lanao del Sur with local officials and key persons. The “Community Engagement for Child’s Rights through Dialogues” was a series of consultative meetings which discussed children’s rights, specially in conflict areas, and the gaps in realizing these. They also tackled availability and access of children, adolescents, and youths to basic services such as education, health, nutrition,…

Repairing the invisible part of Marawi siege’s destruction (2nd part)

June 18, 2019 // Leave a Comment

(Second part) Maranao women. They are the most vulnerable sector among peoples in Marawi’s displacement. Next to children, they constituted more than a third part of the statistics at the height of diaspora in 2017. Beyond their veiled images and worn colorful malongs are complex interweaving roles and identities as wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, neighbors, and friends helping each other balance their lives as partner in decision-makings of every home — or more appropriately, in every temporal shelter. Albeit the conservative culture of Maranao society, women comparably held revered social designation in their communities. They are mediators, comforters, first aid healthcare…

Repairing the invisible part of Marawi siege’s destruction (1st part)

June 14, 2019 // Leave a Comment

(First Part) In violent circumstances and in massive displacement, the most vulnerable are children and women. They are emphatically associated with each other, are defenseless, and emotions are easily injured by panic and fears. Looking back, the Marawi siege refract a historic reality of 534,127 displaced persons or 117,875 families based on July 21, 2017 report of the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Monitoring Center (NDRRMC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The subsequent lock-down following martial law declaration and the siege’s impact to provincial economy uncontrollably increased the figures of evacuees. Of that figures, 49% were children forced to…

Youth camp, forum to counter violent extremism & produce peace agenda

June 12, 2019 // Leave a Comment

A number of Maranao youths from the five barangays of Marawi underwent series of training, youth camp, and reflective sessions to address the conditions that spice up violent extremism, learn peaceful conflict resolution, and bridge youths in crafting their community peace agenda. These activities were targeted to increase youth’s knowledge; redefine their significant roles in the community; enhance their leadership skill; and, transform them into responsible citizens of the community. Peace Camp A 2-day youth peace camp was organized by Maradeca for 24 in-school and out-of- school youths to reflect on their experiences  and identify their roles under the current context of Marawi…

Interfaith dialogues continue to see Marawi rebuilt

June 11, 2019 // Leave a Comment

The interfaith dialogue among Christian and Muslim religious leaders continue and became a sort of “in-depth kamustahan after Marawi siege.” Religious leaders wore smiles on their faces when they met, despite the heavy issues to delve “to see Marawi rebuilt.” They sorted all updates on the impact of anti-terrorism offensive action on civilian lives and properties within the 24-barangays of the city. They leveled-off understanding and were updated on government efforts and private or civil society sectors doing humanitarian action to outline a collective agenda from the religious sector’s perspective. They also shared their respective reflections. “This must unite the Muslims and non-Muslim leaders  in helping the affected families.…