A series of peace and conflict mapping analyses were undertaken in eight barangays of Marawi city to systematically identify the common problems and help deescalate conflicts within the local communities.
Local leaders involved in this seminar are from barangays Bito Buadi Parba, Bito Buadi Itowa, Somiorang, Mipantao Gadongan, Timbangalan, Sugod Proper, Patani and Pugaan.
Each of these barangays underwent serious focus group discussions to substantiate issues including the local community political concerns.
Experiential narratives were taken into account to document the process “how resolutions were done and what are the mechanisms when problems need to be elevated to higher offices for resolution in case the barangay chairman, traditional, and religious leaders cannot solve them with efficient dispatch,” said Noroden Batara from barangay Patani.
“We submitted some of our problems to the city mediation body,” he added.
Among the controversies they tackled was an election-related feud where a woman was mauled after she reported to military officers a man involved in vote-buying in favor of a political opponent. The male was held under the custody of the army and was released only after three days, narrated a barangay officer who requested for anonymity.
“The succeeding day was unfortunate because three relatives of the man attacked and mauled the woman while she was attending a humanitarian activity until she lost her consciousness. She landed in a hospital for medication,” he added.
The mediating barangay officers said they have asked the male offender to pay the medical expenses of the victim. The barangay chairman also helped put up the money needed for the woman’s recuperation.
“The payment was considered as part of the traditional amicable settlement to pay for the damages suffered by the victim and as an offer for reconciliation,” the officer explained.
Participants of the seminar also tackled a number of serious problems besetting the community and their corresponding (proposed) actions for dispute resolution.
This seminar was initiated by Maradeca Inc. and supported by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) and the United Nations Development Programme.
These were held on November 20-28, 2018.