Community fora on peace and security; anti-violent extremism held

July 28, 2019 // Leave a Comment

Series of fora on peace security led to the crafting of  community-based peace and security plans.

These were attended by 140 multisectoral participants from barangays Salipongan and Diolangan, Bubong; Langi Talub,  Masiu; and Moriatao a Datu, Lumbayanaque. These were from peoples’ organizations like  OBAERA, OTR, Moro Youth for Peace and Development (MYPD), Conflict Transformers (CT), and Community Children Protection Team (CCPT).

Municipal officials from the committee on peace and order graced their slated forum and presented their respective peace and order situation as well as their programs.

Prior coordination meetings were conducted with municipal and barangay officials, traditional leaders and religious groups to realize this activity.

The fora were conducted from April 10-13, 2019 in their respective barangays.

In January, these constituents also held series of fora to address concerns on violent extremism attended by 130 participants that were either youths, parents, members of peoples organizations, and from religious sector.

The forum discussed the roles of parents, educators, and community leaders on alleged youth’s participation in extremists activities.

Walid Amerol, resource person and a youth leader, underscored stakeholders’ vigilance and monitoring of young adults because those frustrated by government and the prevailing social conditions can easily take extreme positions and may use religious verses to justify violent tendencies without proper context.

Amerol said that these were reflective of experiences in the areas of Butig, Piagapo, Marawi, Tubaran and Sultan Domalondong in Lanao del Sur.

 “Allah will punish those who will be using Islam for their own benefits. They are destroying the image of Muslim and the Islam as a religion. Extremism can destroy our place, hence we should be united,” another youth participant commented.

Jalal Marangit suggested that parents should get to know their children’s colleagues or friends, increase family bonding activities thru mashuara, and motivate their children to focus on constructive activities.

Participants of the fora made plans to prevent violent extremism in their respective community.

It was conducted with the theme  “So Manga Kangodaan I Panginam Ago Radiawan O Ingud. 

This series of fora were conducted at barangays Salipongan and Diolangan, Bubong; Langi Talub,  Masiu; and Moriatao a Datu, Lumbayanaque from January 12-15, 2019.

These series of fora were supported by Caritas-Australia. (Sophia R. Dimalog)