- KALINAW SARANGANI- The Peace and Development Program of Sarangani Province.
Kalinaw Sarangani is a Program that motivates the different ethno linguistic groups in Sarangani to co-exist peacefully and harmoniously by fostering community dialogues, introducing community-owned projects and creating communities of peace. The program became fully operational after the governor issued Executive Order No. 16, Series of 2007 on August 24, 2007.
It aims to Institutionalize peace and development efforts by enjoining the citizens in peace building, development planning, decision making, governance and formation of 50 Peace and Development Communities or PDCs: 18 are UNDP assisted and the 32 are funded by the provincial government. It entails culture sensitivity practices and activities through Culture of Peace trainings , sustainable livelihood assistance, skills development, infrastructure and other social services.
The program has three main components: Peace though Alliance Building and Community Empowerment (PEACE); Madaris for peace (MaP); and, special Project with partners(SPP). All the projects and activities are packaged and implemented with the participation and input of the community members. Thus, skills in managing peace building initiatives are imparted at the grassroots level. The community and beneficiaries also have direct ownership of the projects and activities.
The Peace project component institutionalizes and promotes culture of peace among the 50 PDCs. The communities are involved in all the local peace processes in partnership with the barangay officials, influential community leaders, former Moro National Liberation Front combatants and the GRP-MILF Local Monitoring Team as well as the International Monitoring Team.
The MaP components embeds Islamic values education in the curriculum of 46 Madrasah or Islamic schools of the province. This would help mold the students into enlightened, responsible, and peace loving citizens and leaders. Madaris is the Plural term for Madrasah.Currently, the MaP project is assisting 110 asatidz with more than 3,600 pupils. the Culture of Peace is integrated in the Madaris curriculum.
The SPP component is carried out in Partnership with the United Nations-Action for Conflict Transformation for Peace Programme, Growth with Equity in Mindanao of the USAID, Barangay Justice for Peace Project(BJPP) by the Gerry Roxas Foundation funded by the USAID, and some local non-government organizations such as Alcantara Foundation, SPECTRUM, Brokenshire , etc.. The BJPP partnership covers 101 barangays of the province . This Special Project provides community enterprise development assistance, Brangay Infrastructure Projects, Basic Services as well as capability building on mediation, counseling and peaceful approaches in conflict resolution. The projects are assessed on whether these bring more conflict or peace to the community members provides recommendations on how to improve the delivery and impact of the projects.
Kalinaw Sarangani replicates and also builds on the UN Multi-Donor Programme on Peace and development. Among the innovations introduced was putting up of the Tindahan Para sa Kalinaw (TPSK), a small cooperative store. The TPSK is designed so that the women in the community could gather and discuss community while at the same time help in running a small enterprise.
The local peace consultations and dialogues are conducted in an innovative way as it blends the traditional way settling conflict with the concepts of peace dialogues. They refer to this process as the Kadsisinabute or kadsisinabuta. This method is appropriate for the large communities as it enables a whole barangay to discuss peace and development issues as well as other community concerns. The kadsisinabute is facilitated and managed by the community members themselves.Skills in community dialogue using traditionally accepted means are practiced by peace advocates to promote a more peaceful community.
Peace Champions of Barangay Peace Advocates are produced by training barangay officials and key leaders on mediation, negotiation, and dialogue. These tools are employed at the community level to resolve conflicts. Local disputes are primarily resolved through discussions among elders and other key leaders in the community. While the Lupong Tagapamayapa settles local conflict and disputes according to the Local Government Code, the BPAs are in –charge of settling the conflicts before it escalates. Constant dialogues at the community level encouraged by the BPAs rather than immediately resorting to filing of formal complaints with the Lupong Tagapamayapa.
Previously, Culture of Peace Trainings at the community level was carried out by program implementers called Kalinaw (peace) Coordinators. As part of the innovation, we have included soldiers, police, former rebels, and teachers as COP training facilitators. Starting in 2009, all COP trainings are conducted by a composite team composed of graduates of the training.
Presently, the provincial government of Sarangani is one of the few LGUs who have a clear program focused on Peace and Development. By all indications, the Kalinaw Sarangani program is proving to be a promising way to peace and development that other LGUs will do well to replicate the program.
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