Research and Extension Office presents Regional Peace-building Framework and Agenda to Provincial Peace and Order Councils

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By Lilian C de la Peña on March 14, 2018

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This photo shows Dr Imelda Pagtulon-an, Research Director of CUREXO, presenting the Province of Bukidnon’s Peace-building and Development Framework and Agenda to members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council chaired by Hon Governor Jose Miguel Zubiri and co-chaired by the provincial commanding officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police, 27 February 2018 at the Malaybalay City Hall

In 2016, the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 10 chose Capitol University to handle a technical assistance project for the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC). The RPOC currently chaired by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Hon Oscar Moreno wanted a project that would assist communities to economic improvement but specifically by eliminating conflicts. Capitol University’s Research and Extension Office (CUREXO) took charge of the project in close collaboration with DILG 10 and GIZ, a German agency that assisted the project.

            CUREXO worked with the region’s academe, government agencies, and civil service organizations in all phases of the technical assistance project, that is, from data-gathering, writing, revision of the peace framework and agenda, and presentation to provincial peace and order councils that comprise the RPOC. These members compose the technical working group and they are divided per province for the purpose of mentoring and provincial data treatment to CUREXO consultants, specifically, Lilian de la Peña for Bukidnon, Dr.Aldrich Palarca for Lanao del Norte, LovellaNaces for Camiquin, QuividoOrigines for Misamis Oriental, and DrEdwin Du for Misamis Occidental. Conceptualization of the project’s design and activities was managed by the senior consultants, specifically Dr Imelda Pagtulon-an, Rachel Polestico, and Dr Amor de Torres.

            The Regional Peace-building Framework and Agenda contains provincial data on demography and socio-economics, forms of conflict and major groups and individuals involved, and peace-building strategies gathered from secondary materials and interviews using key informant interview and focus group discussion. Interviews were made by the TWG and CUREXO with various sectors of each province in the region, namely, women, youth, farmers/fishers, indigenous peoples, government agencies, local government units, and the addition of urban poor, the business sector, and uniformed personnel for the highly urbanized cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

            This first quarter of 2018, the Regional Peace-building Framework and Agenda is up for presentation in different schedules to the five Provincial Peace and Order Councils of Region 10.

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