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 Peace panel chairpersons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) have formally met with United Nations Assistant Secretary General Miroslav Jenka in Makati City on April 22.

DAVAO CITY -- Proponents of the 11-year-old Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF), a multi-donor grant facility, have agreed to extend its duration by two more years, or until 2019, to sustain ongoing projects and to serve as a bridge between now and the planned launching of a bigger funding program.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he was planning to certify as urgent a harmonized version of the Bangsamoro law proposed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction under Nur Misuari, and the draft document to be crafted by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in a bid to end the decades-long Moro armed struggle in Mindanao, a report by Manila Bulletin said on April 10.

In a statement issued recently by the leadership of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (BIAF-MILF), Sammy Al Mansour, BIAF Chief of Staff viewed with grave concern and alarm the recent spate of operations conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against legitimate officers and members of the BIAF in various places in the Bangsamoro Homeland.

 A group of Arabic School Teachers and Administrators from various madaris of North Cotabato Provincial Committee participated in the follow-through presentation of the First Bangsamoro Strategic Plan on Education and Culture Development held at the Ma’had Kabacan on April 18, 2017. 

 Cotabato City- A Moro Doctor, Dr. Shahid Sinolinding who is serving as a barrio doctor and his security aide were shot to death today, April 18 inside his clinic located at the 2nd floor of Cotabato Doctors Clinic, along Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City.

 With a conviction that establishing the envisioned autonomous government would address the Bangsamoro issues, 32 Moro women leaders urged the Philippine government to pass the Bangsamoro Enabling Law (BEL) first before the state will be shifting into federalism.

A Moro woman leader and peace advocate cited the importance of educating both the Bangsamoro and Filipino people on Bangsamoro history to gain massive support for the success of the peace process.

The Tarbiyyah Committee presented the First Strategic Plan on Bangsamoro Education and Culture Development to Asatidz (Madrasah teachers) of Southern Mindanao on March 19, 2017 at the Audio-Visual Room of Mindanao State University in General Santos City.

DAVAO CITY (March 8, 2017) –Practitioners of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including  potential mediators from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are undergoing Basic Mediation Training being held at Brokenshire Resort and Convention Center in this city from March 6 to 10. The activity aims to capacitate potential and practicing mediators who will work for the reduction of the number of Rido (clan feuds) in the target communities in the ARMM.

The Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) is set to launch a new Training Manual on Mediation and Conflict Resolution at 3PM on March 27, 2017 at Pagana Kutawato Restaurant, Cotabato City. More than a hundred personalities were invited including representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and representative of non-government organizations.

During the launch of the Pathways Education Project at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City on Friday, March 17, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that her government is giving the Philippines some A$40 million for the peace efforts in Mindanao and another A$90 million for education development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, an online report by Mindanews said.

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