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 The governments of Japan and South Korea are keen on importing Cavendish banana from the Philippines provided that it would come from acknowledged areas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has named the 21 members of the reconstituted Bangsamoro Transition Commission according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza in a statement released on Friday (Feb 10).

MANILA—Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza vowed Tuesday the government is duty- bound to fulfill its commitments to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB ) signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) by implementating the components of the agreements.

 Conciliation Resources (CR) and United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) project team paid a courtesy call to the Office of the Pagalungan Mayor Datu Salik Mamasabulod on March 22, 2017 to strengthen their partnership in establishing local platform to deal and assist in addressing local security concerns.

A team composed of Matt Stephens, Ms. Pia Peeters both from World Bank-Mindanao Trust Fund, Steven Muncy of Community and Services International (CFSI),    Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BDA Board Chair together with their respective staff presented in a meeting with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front leadership the Status Report of the “Camps Project” Assistance.  

 The Provincial Government of Maguindanao celebrated Bangsamoro Week of Peace by conducting a Forum on Bangsamoro History and Struggle with the theme: "Revisiting the past, continuing the Cause”, participated by student leaders from different schools, Out-of-School Youth representatives from different municipalities in Maguindanao Province last March 18, 2017 at Women Center, Buluan, Maguindanao.

Forty-eight (48) Asatidz (Madrasah teachers) and Moro professionals from South-Central Mindanao completed the Second Series Philippine Shari’ah (Islamic Jurisprudence) Training Seminar hosted by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos- Socsargen Field Office.

Delegates of the Young Muslim Leaders Congress-Philippines from Mindanao and the island provinces convened to discuss issues affecting the Bangsamoro youth and the challenges and opportunities as the Bangsamoro people embark in the peace process with the current administration.

Three Moro organizations implementing Islamic microfinance planned how they can help strengthen local Shari’ah advisory board in their will to help develop Shari’ah compliant financing in Mindanao.

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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