/ 23 February 2021

THE MINDANAO State University-Iligan Institute of Technology held a peace building training-workshop for personnel of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Division of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos In Northern Mindanao.

The five-day virtual activity was led by the university’s Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao.

“The training-workshop aimed to capacitate the participants in designing and implementing programs that are conflict-sensitive and that promote peace,” the university said.

The topics included self-transformation relevant to peacebuilding; skills, models, and theories on conflict-resolution and peacebuilding; and basic tools in preparing a conflict assessment.

Chancellor Sukarno Tanggol expressed hope that peace initiatives will address issues that promoted misunderstanding of Islam.

Tanggol bared plans to pursue sustainable academic programs for peace and development.

The PCRD takes the lead role in advocating peace and resolving conflict in Muslim Filipino communities in the region through community-based programs and projects.

Dr. Abdulnasser Masorong, Regional Director of NCMF-10, conveyed his gratitude for the conduct of the training-workshop.

Masorong recognized the need to capacitate NCMF employees on peace education and conflict settlement to make them more effective and competent in carrying their mandate.

“Among the tasks they have been doing are activities on preventing and countering violent extremism, networking with peace advocates and organizations such as IPDM,” he said.

“I hope for more engagements through collaboration between NCMF and MSU-IIT, not only on peace promotion but on other aspects and programs that will help promote the well-being of Muslim Filipinos in Northern Mindanao,” Masorong added.