In line with the current priorities of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on preventing violent extremism (PVE), the agency organized consultation workshop with stakeholders on January 22, 2018 at Cotabato City.
Representatives from attached agencies of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) such as the Da’awah, Tarbiyyah, and Social Welfare Committee (SWC) and from Bangsamoro youth groups participated to said workshop.
The activity conducted with the support from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) was intended to consult the participants on coming up with a comprehensive approach on PVE.
This was specifically on the identified pillars for an effective PVE program, which were among the results of the 4-day workshop in Davao City on 7-10 November 2017.
Each of the sector among the participants was asked to share their current PVE programs followed by presentation on the Framework for a Community-driven PVE Program in Bangsamoro by Rene Grotenhui, Dutch Expert from CHD.
Through working tables, participants worked together to define the approach for the four pillars such as: religious narrative pillar, political pillar, social pillar and economic pillar.
“BDA believes that in PVE, all sectors should join hands in this process. With its history in community-driven development projects, BDA has a track- record in mobilizing communities for the benefit of society. BDA wants to build on this experience in designing a community-driven PVE program”, BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob said.