MPOS reveals peace-building programs for the Bangsamoro Region

COTABATO CITY (Nov. 17, 2021) — An executive of the Ministry on Public Order and Safety (MPOS) revealed the agency’s peace-building program for the Bangsamoro region during the talk show hosted by the Bangsamoro Multimedia Network last Thursday.
MPOS Project Officer III Jamal M. Ali said the ministry is responsible for public safety of the Bangsamoro and it is mandated to perform functions relating to peace-building, reconciliation and unification of all the people in the region.
He said MPOS, one of the 15 ministries of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), is indeed unique.
According to Ali, aside from improving public order mechanism towards peace and order, the ministry have many programs and campaigns that they work on actively and some of these are campaign on illegal drugs, peace building towards normalization and capacity building for both youth and widows of MILF combatants.
“The ministry has no police power,” he explained, “But it has coordinative mechanism with other Law Enforcement Agency like PNP, AFP, BJMP, BFP and coast guards to ensure the safety, security and public order with BARMM region as what their mandate stated.”
He further elaborated that they really ought to help vulnerable former combatants specially those who are not included in the decommissioning program of the National Government to uplift their status in the society as well.
“Just recently they have augmented 180 former combatants including 45 widows of local insurgents groups,” Ali related.
He added that their operations are still on going. “Part of it is distributing cash assistance amounting to ten thousand pesos (10,000) to MILF combatants that are identified and profiled through needs-based assistance,” the talk show guest said.
“Apart from giving aids and having capacity building trainings to widows of local insurgents groups from Lanao del Sur and Tawi-tawi as part of their needs-based intervention and capacitating women, the ministry gives importance and attention in terms of training widows of militant combatants to become peace-builders and front liners on safeguarding their communities” Ali disclosed further.  
He also cited the need to capacitate the local mediators for they are the frontliners in the communities in terms of peace and security.
Ali emphasized that women have important roles in having a peaceful community.
“Women play vital roles in peace-building,” he said. “We respect the role of women in peace and development.”
Ali described women as silent heroes who contribute in their own ways on peace initiatives and security of their communities.”
He said further that MPOS also focuses on family feud settlement and stressed that they are aiming to end conflicts among disputing parties in the Bangsamoro areas.
“The process is not easy,” he underscored and further explained that their office is determined to take action in partnership with local enforcement agencies, local government units and local mediators from different communities where rido (family feuds) exist.
He said that Rido Settlement Program is one of the major programs of MPOS aimed at addressing the different kinds of conflict in the BARMM.