Young Moro writers undergo training Workshop on Strategic Communication for Peace

Cotabato City – Some 24 Young Moro Writers representing peace advocacy groups in Mindanao, Homeland Media Agency (HMA) and the Communication Group of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) underwent training workshop on Strategic Communication for Peace sponsored by Centre for Humanitarian Development (CHD) and the European Union (EU) from March 8-11 at Tower Inn, Davao City. 

The program was jointly initiated by the BTC CommGroup and the CHD.

The training workshop aims to enhance the knowledge and capability of the participants in news and feature writing in broad sheet or online publication.  

In his lecture, Mr. Abdullah ‘Dong’ Cusain, Head of the BTC CommGroup discussed how communications strategy help in packaging peace work particularly in the conflict-affected Mindanao region.

When asked days after the training workshop by this writer about the nature of work of the participants, Yusoph  S. Lumambas, a novice writer and Secretary General of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said “Either they (participants) write news stories on peace or engage in peace advocacy work”.

Based on his monitoring of his co-participants, Lumambas added that they published articles for their agency and initiated advocacy campaign on peace in the community. 

A Moro writer of the Manila Times, Mohammad ‘Moh’ Saaduddin shared his experienced in writing news story that is worth publishing. Another Moro writer from Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) Nash B. Maulana focused on knowledge on process and techniques in writing feature story.

The issue on radicalism and its negative affects to peace and security in Mindanao was also discussed.

The 3-day extensive activity on journalism was concluded with plans that similar training workshop shall be conducted more frequently.