15 barangays in pilot peace and governance project PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:34

Interior and Local Government OIC-City Director Moh. Taha S. Arakama has issued a directive calling on 15 barangays to attend the 1st ever Peace and Governance Program Orientation to the Culture of Peace and Barangay Governance and Management on June 27, 2011 at the Solidarity Center, RT Lim Boulevard.

The directive is the DILG’s commitment and immediate response to the memorandum of agreement signed by the institution in partnership with civil society organizations, of which the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) and Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) spearheading the pilot project for peace and governance on the first 15 barangays for 2011.

Last June 7, 2011, IRSMP Executive Committee held meeting where consultation and partnership were established with Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s leading centers — Ateneo Peace and Culture Institute and Ateneo Center for Peace and Governance as well as Western Mindanao State University- Center for Peace and Development.

The meeting focused on establishing a great foundation on peace and governance through the series of cluster orientations on the culture of peace and good governance and human rights. The following barangays serve as the pilot group (Cluster 1)—  Ayala, La Paz and Recodo; (Cluster 2) — Sta. Catalina, Rio Hondo and Mariki, (Cluster 3) — Sangali, Manicahan, Bunguiao; (Cluster 4) Calarian, Sinunuc and Maasin; (Cluster 5) — Tumaga, Tetuan and Tugbungan.

With the objective of developing clearly good processes and mechanisms to help local peace councils and Barangay justice systems adopt a culture of peace and integrate community peace, the IRSMP, PAZ and DILG and peace partners will operate a series of peace courses from July to October before the celebration of the Mindanao Week of peace.

IRSMP Lead Convenor Fr. Angel Calvo, CMF, disclosed that “the project focuses on the analysis of conflict and violence that is creating barriers for good relationships for peace and development’. It will also include two phases of training namely peace and development, governance and leadership.

Phase 1 will help the barangay officials and community leaders enable themselves to imbibe the culture of peace as against to the culture of violence. Eventually, it will help them understand the dimensions of peace and create better mechanisms for conflict transformation. Meanwhile, Phase 2 enhances the skills of the officials to handle and manage community peace through good governance and uses bridging leadership as a medium to address societal divides.

The Peace and Governance Project is a three-year project that targets the 98 barangays. Through the partnership with ADZU and WMSU, IRSMP will serve as the pool of resource speakers who are leading peace advocates in the city. — Aldrin B. Abdurahim