North Cotabato Composite Team conducts Training Workshop on Unarmed Civilian Protection

Davao City- The North Cotabato Composite Team (NCCT) conducted a Training Workshop on Unarmed Civilian Protection participated by its members’ organizations namely: The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD)-North Cotabato Cluster 1,2 and 3 Provincial Chapters  from January 9-12, 2017 at Mergrande Ocean Resort, Davao City. 

The training was hosted by the Non-Violence Peace Force (NP) member of the Civilian Protection Component under the peace process of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) by which it happened to be also one of the active members of the NCCT. 

“This training was designed to have coherent programs and services of the NCCT with the general objectives of helping and engaging civilian protection by addressing and implementing peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding along with the areas fall under NCCT”, said Bhenhar Ayob of NP, who facilitated the workshop.

Gutierrez Lumenda, Chairman of the UNYPAD Cluster-3 Chapter, said that the discussions on the Unarmed Civilian Protection or UCP gave more emphasis on the technicalities of the programs to the participants on how they monitor cases of human rights violations, conflicts, and rido (clan feud) that may occur in the community. 

“There are series of workshops and role playing portraying on how to address the different conflicts existing in the communities including conflict and conflict analysis, relationship buildings, conflict resolution and mediations”, Lumenda elaborated.

“The training will be looking forward for the strong joint working relationships and joint initiative activities of the different organizations under the NCCT in sustaining peace and protecting the safety and security of the civilians”, said Elaysa Latiban of Non-Violence Peaceforce.

The training was participated by 40 selected participants from different active organizations of the NCCT  that include Balay Mindanao, Balay Rehab, Bantay Ceasefire, Cotabato Center for Peace and Development Inc., EWER, GAP HUNGER, IMAN, Local Initiatives for Peace and Development (LIPAD Mindanao), Suara Kalilintad, PUSAKA and OMI IRD.