Local peacebuilding from our Local Correspondent: introducing Rey Ty
Together, we are working to profile more of the inspiring work taking place across the Philippines, which is now the 8th region we cover in Asia. This includes, for example, the work of Reconciliatory Initiatives for Development Opportunities, which has successfully implemented several programmes in Mindanao and elsewhere.
We feature the initiatives of the Cordillera Youth Centre, a non-profit youth network that provides education and training for indigenous and non-indigenous young people in a wide variety of areas: strengthening skills in writing and public speaking, as well as organising cultural exchanges, networking sessions and other events.
And there are also groups such as Adad-Betad Inc which works with marginalised people including Muslim and Indigenous Filipinos. With a hundred volunteers and staff, Adad-Betad ensures that these people have access to basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education.
Armed violence, miscommunication and mistrust: hinders peace
In the wake of these developments, Rey also cautions against losing sight of other issues, notably with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and its affiliated organisations. In December 2014, the Philippine National Police arrested alleged members of the groups. Human rights groups have claimed that evidence leading to the arrests were planted. These events highlight the mistrust and miscommunication between different rebel groups and the government.
We are delighted to be working with Rey, and look forward to publishing more of his insight. Civil society has a key role to play in Filipino peace processes, and we will work to expand our coverage of the groups involved. Check back soon for updates on peacebuilding in the Philippines, and across the 31 other regions we cover.