Bangsamoro Youth participates on peace and security consultation

Cotabato City — At least 40 youth leaders coming from Maguindanao, Cotabato City and 63 barangays of North Cotabato participated in the three-day Regional and Provincial Youth, Peace and Security Consultations in Koronadal City organized by the Bangsamoro Youth Commission of BARMM and the 
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The consultation started Tuesday, Oct. 19, and ends on Thursday, Oct. 21. The data gathered in the consultation will be included in the formulation of National and Regional Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security (NAP-YPS and RAP-YPS).
BYC Chairperson Marjanie Macasalong has urged the participants to exert their efforts in laying down their meaningful recommendations and insights in order to provide contextualized contribution to the YPS formulation.
“Peacebuilding and Security is one of Bangsamoro Government’s youth priority area with the goal to capture the BARMM [Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao] youth to participate in promoting human security, inclusive disengagement and reintegration programs, and prevention from association with armed groups,” Chairperson Macasalong added.
The youth of Sulu and Basilan underwent similar consultation in August this year. Last week, the youth from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City attended their provincial consultation. Later this month, the youth of Tawi-Tawi will participate in a similar gathering that will complete the five-province cycle of consultation in the region.
On December 9, 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 (UNSCR 2250), a ground-breaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security which recognizes that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”.
This landmark resolution urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels and to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes.
Being a member of the UN, the Philippines through the OPPAP will lead in formulating the NAP-YPS.
BYC Commissioner Nasserudin Dunding for Maguindanao, Cotabato City and 63 barangays of North Cotabato has emphasized that the youth’s localized perspective of peace and security is crucial in the government’s formulation of NAP-YPS.
Commissioner Dunding added the NAP-YPS will outline the country’s YPS agenda based on the recommendations from consultations, which serve as a platform for young peace advocates to further strengthen their capacities in building a culture of peace and conflict sensitivity and mobilize a youth constituency to support the peace processes.
The NAP-YPS also aims to guide both policymakers and service-providers in integrating and adopting the action points in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs that will address or contribute to addressing the needs articulated by the youth.