Following the successful forum on Bangsamoro Socio-economic Program with donor partners on March 20, 2018, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) with support from the Dutch Mission thru the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) once again gathered development partners on March 21 at the Astoria Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center in Pasay City, Philippines to present the Proposed Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) Strategy developed by the agency.
In his opening remarks, BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob stressed that proliferation of extremism in the areas of Bangsamoro is the most serious problems nowadays affecting the security sector of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA deputy executive director presented to the participants the Proposed PVE Program in the Bangsamoro.
The Marawi siege in 2017 was cited as clear manifestation of ongoing threat of extremism in Mindanao that might derail the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF.
Engr. Diangcalan emphasized the four pillars of PVE which are political, religious, social and economic.
He also presented the key messages of PVE based on the consultation with the MILF agencies and youth sector on January 2018.
Sam Chittick, country representative of The Asia Foundation (TAF) to the Philippines in his message related the PVE Program Proposal with the Mindanao context and linked it with the global issues of violent extremism.
He commended BDA for formulating the PVE Program and that it is very timely to implement.
Chittick ended by inviting co- development partners to support the BDA programs on PVE.
During the open forum, participating partners from Australian Embassy, International Monitoring Team (IMT), International Organization on Migration (IOM), National Economic Development Agency (NEDA), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) and, International Alert shared their inputs to the proposed PVE program.
Among the highlights is the recommendation on the inclusion of religious sector, security, the youth and the women.
There was also a suggestion for BDA to consider the urban areas for their PVE program.
Support to linking BDA with other partners was also expressed by other participants.
Representatives from the government shared that the Philippine Development Plan (PDP0 includes priority on the crafting of National Framework on PVE.
In the closing remarks by Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BDA chairman, he emphasized the importance of talking and working together in confronting violent extremism which accordingly poses a clear and present danger in our communities.