TAF,UNYPAD Commence Program on Restoring Mutual Trust in Mindanao

COTABATO City – The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) is conducting dialogues between and among Muslims and Christians in Cotabato City and other areas in Maguindanao and North Cotabato. The program aimed at increasing trust and mutual understanding between religious and community leaders and youth across religious communities and their more effective engagement in promoting inter-group harmony and the peace process in Mindanao.

Dr Anwar Saluwang, Director of Development Management Center (DMC) of the UNYPAD said that this is part of the project of the The Asia Foundation (TAF) entitled “Restoring Mutual Trust in Mindanao through People-to-People Engagement Program (P2P).”

“For the program to start, our activity include Inception Mapping and Research through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key Informants Interview (KII) at which religious, youth, students, academe, women, traditional leaders, CSO leaders and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) are the primary targets,” Saluwang said. 

“Through this process, key actors and platforms for dialogues with a focus on religious and youth organizations across all target areas will be identified,” he elaborated.

The TAF is a longest partner of the UNYPAD on community peace and conflict mitigation program, among other. The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.