CBCS holds intercultural leaders community visioning towards developing people’s agenda in Gensan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY --The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) held an activity entitled “Intercultural Leaders Community Visioning towards Developing People’s Agenda” held on Sunday (Jan 10) at Raadz Place in General Santos City participated by select Muslim, Christians and Lumad leaders.
The activity was aimed at building a scenario-based visioning process bringing together communities and leaders from across different sectors and cultural groups and stakeholders to articulate potential futures.

Is was further aimed at strengthening trust, and a common understanding of needs, constraints, risks, and opportunities of the people in the communities.

The event was facilitated by Mike Kulat, CBCS Senior Program Officer, and Ustadz Ebrahim D. Sandigan, Area Coordinator for Socsksargen.

Kulat related briefly the history of conflict in Southern Philippines and the role played by CBCS in the peace processes between the Philippine government and the Moro fronts.

He said, “Visioning generates a common goal, hope, and encouragement; offers a possibility for fundamental change; gives people a sense of control; gives a group something to move toward; and generates creative thinking and passion.”

Kulat encouraged the participants to look into the welfare of their communities and act upon on pressing issues affecting them. 

Sandigan said the identified issues and concerns shall be addressed by the collaborative efforts of stakeholders with the concerned government agencies and other institutions that support peace and development of the communities.

Among the identified issues and concerns during the workshop included unemployment, less livelihood opportunity, tribalism, less awareness towards other culture and tradition, discrimination towards Muslims, clan feud, unresolved killings, absence of Shari’a court in Sarangani and Gensan and non-representation of Muslims in local and of IPs in the national legislative bodies.

Of the important concerns that were mentioned by the participants, the spate of killings in Polomolok, South Cotabato and in the city of General Santos was highlighted and for them needs appropriate action.

The activity ended with the creation of a network called Interfaith Platform for Convergence that will facilitate continuous engagement among the participants where they can discuss and plan undertakings that will help address the pressing issues and concerns affecting them.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – SarGen Provincial Office, represented by the OIC-Provincial Director Aida Seddic and the City Mayor’s Office – Indigenous Cultural Communities Affairs Division supported the activity. (Photo courtesy of Elyn Ingkong)