Zambasulta peace advocates undergo mediation and dialogue skills training

In a bid to enhance their capacity in resolving conflicts, peace advocates from Western Mindanao underwent Training-Seminar on Mediation and Dialogue Skills at Marcian Hotel in Zamboanga City on April 19-22, 2016.

Peace advocates from Zamboanga City and provinces of Zamboangay Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi participated in the activity organized by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue with the support of the European Union. 

Cris Guialal, Executive Assistant II from the BTC and the lead facilitator of the said training, underscored the important role of mediators in resolving conflicts through dialogue and mediation processes for it strengthen harmonious relationship of the people in the communities.

He discussed conflict analysis, causes of conflict, violence, peace-making, peace-building, peace-keeping and the Islamic perspective in conflict resolution.

Guialal said unlike in arbitration where the arbitrator decides for the resolution of the conflict, in mediation process, the two parties come up with a resolve both of them agreed upon. “Mediation is a win-win solution,” Guialal pointed out.

Langcap Quraysh, a veteran peace advocate and Provincial Executive Officer of United Bangsamoro People Justice Party (UBJP)-Sultan Kudarat Chapter, discussed the basic steps in facilitation and how to handle dialogue. 

The facilitator also handled workshop where the participants simulated resolving conflict using dialogue and mediation. 

The participants were very thankful for such kind of training which they said very important considering that conflict occurs anytime in their communities. They said conflict must be contained at early stage for it shall end in violence.

Domestic conflict and Rido or clan feuds are among the peace and order issues in the Bangsamoro communities.

Resolving Rido engages the participation of traditional, local and religious leaders in the conflict resolution through mediation.