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Platforms for Action

Posted: 2013-03-28

More than a year ago, the second cohort of fellows*[1] of the Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program began their “change” journey. Between “workshops”, they worked to understand the challenges of social “divides” and how their interventions addressed these “divides”, build and co-create with their multi-stakeholder networks new “arrangements”, prototypes for peace-building in communities made fragile by conflict and violence. The Bridging Leadership technology enables a response adequate to meet the complex challenge framed by deep “divides” and repeated cycles of conflict and violence.

The Program fellows’ prototypes come at a most opportune time as the details of a framework agreement for the Bangsamoro is close at hand. Restoring confidence and transforming security, justice, and economic institutions is possible even within a generation in Mindanao.  Transforming institutions that can deliver jobs, justice and security start with “building blocks” of multi-stakeholder communities working together to address “divides”, building adequate confidence for sustainable peace-building.

Through this link, you will be able to access the presentations of the fellows for each platform during their recent convocation, held at the Asian Institute of Management, on March 21, 2013. The presentations are categorized according to four (4) Platforms for Action.

Platforms for Action

The Fellows’ stories are grouped according to four (4) key “platforms” or themes that address the areas of “vulnerability” of communities in a “fragile” situation as Mindanao:

  1. assurance of security and protection of human rights;
  2. improving the Delivery of Basic Services;
  3. provision of livelihood and economic opportunities;
  4. strengthening of social capital/social cohesion

The platforms are NOT exclusive of one another. Many of the projects actually deliver on more than two of these platforms. Bridging leadership and its processes serve as “backbone” to enhance, accelerate and deepen the interventions.  In some cases, fellows changed the direction and the scope of their initial proposals. Good governance and the creation of inclusive-enough coalitions anchor all FOUR platforms towards addressing the repeated cycles of political and criminal violence, compromised economic growth and stagnant human indicators typical of conflict-affected communities. Restoration of confidence in collective action towards helping restore confidence in legitimate institutions and governance to ensure citizen security, justice, and sources of income are made available

Ensuring a coalition based on confidence in improved justice and shared economic prospects is seen to help sustain Mindanao’s momentum for change – creating the necessary break from past gestures and practices. These “acts of leadership” become indispensable ingredients in making development more responsive towards addressing – even in pockets or in phases – the cycle of violence and the fragility that has beset Mindanao for years.

Platform 1: ASSURANCE OF SECURITY AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

  1. Maj. Franco Raphael H. Alano: “Constituency Building with the Security Forces in Lantawan, Basilan”
  2. Mrs. Myra M. Alih: “Access to Economic Opportunity and Empowerment of Farmers in Lantawan”
  3. Maj. Gen. Ariel B. Bernardo: “Winning and Sustaining Peace and Development in the province of Davao Oriental: Human Security through Human Development”
  4. Lt. Col. Benjamin D. Hao: “Cotabato: Understanding How to Sustainably Address Rido”
  5. Jennifer Pia Sibug-Las: “Protecting Women Manobos’ Rights Against Violence and Abuse”

Platform 2: IMPROVEMENT IN THE DELIVERY OF BASIC SERVICES

  1. Mr. Rollie P. Dela Cruz: “Improving Maguindanao Peoples’ Access to Quality Education”
  2. Dr. Sherjan P. Kalim: “Institutionalizing the Inclusion of Islamic Teachings in
  3. Health Education: Tools on Voluntary Blood Donation”
  4. Ms. Zenaida T. Masong: “Giving Voice to Jolo: Sharing Good Governance by Transforming Media”
  5. Dr. Jeffrey Yasin A. Noor: “Tabaang Raayat: Empowering the Sama Dilaut Towards Peace and Development”
  6. Mr. Edwin To: “Transformative Education in Multi-Cultural Zamboanga: The Case of St. Joseph School”

Platform 3: PROVISION OF LIVELIHOOD OR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Mr. Susano B. Balais III: “Mixing Arabica (Muslims)-Robusta (Christians): Bringing People Together for Socio-Economic Development in Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur”
  2. Michael Kelly P. Tiu Lim: “Committing to Patikul’s and Tawi-Tawi’s Development: The Private Sector’s Challenge”
  3. Engr. Marites Maguindra: “Sustainable Youth Entrepreneurship Development for Peace and Security in the Province of Maguindanao”
  4. Mrs. Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri: “Working with the Community to Re-Establish Marawi City as a Key Tourist Destination”
  5. Mrs. Sittie Jehanne U. Mutin-Mapupuno: “Awareness on the Bangsamoro Culture: Bridging Peace, Security, and Development In The ARMM”

Platform 4: STRENGTHENING OF SOCIAL CAPITAL/SOCIAL COHESION

  1. Mr. Dante B. Eleuterio: “Increase Capacity, Reduce Misery: Strengthening Community Resilience to Disasters”
  2. Brig. Gen. Daniel A. Lucero: “Electoral Reform: The First Building Block for Good Governance in Marawi City”
  3. Mrs. Dipunudun D. Marohom: “Strengthening the Role of the Mindanao State University in Restoring Peace in Marawi City”
  4. Mr. Abdul Hamidullah T. Atar: “Bridging Maranao Elders and the Youth: Strengthening the Maranao Traditional Justice System”
  5. Atty. Abdul Gaffur Madki Howard M. Alonto II: “The Mushwara Kalilintad: A Way to Synergize Maranao Customary Laws and Traditions with the Philippine Justice System”

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