Maradeca Inc. trained community leaders in early warning response for disaster management and helped create local mechanisms to empower residents in conflict transformation.
Participants of the “Training on Monitoring Mechanism Response” were from barangays Diolangan and Salipungan in Bubong, barangay Langi Talub of Masiu, and barangay Moriatau Datu “Wago” of Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur.
There are 149 attendees of which 61 were males and 88 were females. These participants were either stakeholders or members of community children protection teams (CCPT), conflict transformers (CT), barangay peace action team (BPAT) and officers of local peoples’ organizations.
The training aimed to improve the community’s knowledge and capacity to prevent, mitigate, and respond 24-hours to both man-made and natural disasters, including violence from clan feud and human rights violations (HRVs).
Among the mechanisms set-up to protect vulnerable sectors are Conflict Transformers (CT) whose role is to mediate and resolve community conflicts, and the Community Children Protection Task Force (CCPTF) aiming to monitor, document, and report issues on women and children against all forms of violence and abuses.
Olingki Sundig, chairperson of CCPT in barangay Salipongan, pointed that at most, there are human resources at the community level who can respond to incidences immediately.
Sundig also said that the understanding and commitment to encourage members to pursue women and children’s protection from abuses can help prevent violence in our community, whether verbal and physical abuses.
“Its great to know that we are taking part in a worldwide advocacy for women and children’s protection,” said Mahdi Malituba, CT officer in barangay Diolangan.
The series of training were conducted from March 8-11, 2019 in the respective communities of beneficiaries.
These efforts were supported by Caritas-Austrialia. (Sophia R. Dimalog & Saimah U. Baulo)