POSITION AND AFFILIATION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Professor, Mindanao State University-Jolo
Head, Waqaf Foundation
ARTICULATED VISION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Promotion of peace & order based on Sadaqah in Sulu
“Peace-building in Sulu is my highest priority, and I intend to spend the rest of my life for it.”
Dr. Bara’s main concern is the promotion of peace in Sulu. Poverty alleviation for the Muslim people, he asserts, will only succeed if there is stable peace in the communities, as it is peace which will provide space for the healing of displaced families and children, as well as spur economic growth and bring forth livelihoods for the people.
In the recent years he has been involved actively in peace advocacy by organizing peace dialogues, conferences and summits of the Ulama, academe and local public officials, and by writing numerous articles on peace, which have been subsequently published by the Mindanao State University (MSU) Hangad-Hulat Student Publication, Mindanao Chronicle, and the Peninsula Journal. Through his work with the Waqaf Foundation, he was also involved with the rehabilitation of Muslims who have been victimized and displaced by war. There, he also initiated efforts on implementing education programs that give his people access to quality education.
Dr. Bara holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies and a Doctorate in Philippine Studies (Major in Bureaucracy) from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He is a professor and lecturer of Islamic Administration and Bangsamoro History and Culture in the Mindanao State University in Sulu.