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Peace Initiatives in SOCSARGEN-Philippines
an article by dasoy

Kalinaw Sarangani, in collaboration with Kapayapaan Kapatid Council (a Peace Network) conducted an intercultural & faith dialogue for peace named as KADSISINABUTE (Maguindanaon term for Understanding) in Datu Dani, Kiamba. The intercultural & faith dialogue was complimented with side activities such as Kids Arts for Peace Workshop, Medical & Dental Mission, milk feeding for the children and a community lunch. The expected output includes (1) the promotion and establishment of harmonious relationships among barangay leaders, elders, and the community, (2) working on a common goal: Peace Maintenance & Promotion; and (3) respected cultures of the ethnoliguistic tribes.

The Kapayapaan Kapatid Council (KKC) is composed of religious leaders from Muslim, Catholic and Protestant Churches in SOKSARGEN. It also invited as partners the Military (1002nd Brigade) and the PNP in the area. The Local Government Units have been actively participating too in the activities and programs of the Kapayapaan Kapatid Council (KKC).

An illustration from the KKC website
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Starting its inception, the Kapayapaan Kapatid Council has been very active in the peace dialogue between Muslim and Christian in the area. There have been on-going fruitful collaborative efforts during important religious feast on both Muslims and Christians (like Eidel Fiter, Ramadan, All Saints and All Souls Day, Christmas) celebrations that have promoted religious understanding, harmony, tolerance and respect on both sides. Many of these noble projects are among the first in Mindanao's and the country's religious history.

DXCP –CMN 585 khz, the Radio Station of the Diocese of Marbel, has been the secretariat of the Kapayapaan Kapatid Council (KKC). The station has been the prime mover and main promoter of BUC's and KKC's peace and development advocacy campaign in local and national levels.

The Kapayapaan Kapatid Council (KKC) has indeed opened the path of dialogue between Muslims and Christians in the SOKSARGEN AREA. Thru its various programs and projects it made possible the exchange of ideas, beliefs, appreciation of each culture and religion. Moreover, it made possible the active on-going dialogue between Muslims and Christians. KKC has promoted the culture of respect and peace.

For further information see the website of the KKC .


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What is the latest update on the peace situation in Mindanao?,

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The agreement of October 15 2012 has given rise to optimism, but many problems remain.  For a typical analysis see that of The Economist.

The Philippines' Southern Insurgency

It could be peace

Hopes grow for an end to a bloody and long-running insurgency

AFTER 16 years of on-and-off negotiations, the Philippines government and the main Muslim rebel group in the southern region of Mindanao, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, agreed to the outlines of a peace deal on October 6th. The two sides are due to sign it formally on October 15th. If it works, which is far from guaranteed, it could bring an end to more than four decades of fighting by armed Muslims seeking independence from the mainly Christian archipelago nation. The Mindanao conflict has killed perhaps 120,000 people and displaced 2m more. Mindanao is home to most of the country’s Muslims, who make up about 5% of the population of about 100m.

The agreement is not a final peace deal, but rather what President Benigno Aquino describes as “a framework agreement” and the front calls a “road map”. Yet both sides believe that it paves the way for what Mr Aquino hopes will prove “a final, enduring peace” in Mindanao.

The peace plan envisages the establishment of an autonomous Muslim area in Mindanao, called Bangsamoro, subject to a plebiscite there. The proposed Bangsamoro will have budgetary autonomy and a just share of revenues from the extraction of southern resources; its own police force; and sharia law for Muslims only. . ...more.

This report was posted on April 10, 2008.