Commendation for Peace Initiatives

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Mouhammad Camal Sharief

Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, MSU Main Campus, Marawi

The Mindanao State University System received a recognition on its meritorious contributions in the implementation of the National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (NAP PCVE) during the Talaghay 2022, at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City held on November 8, 2022. The theme of the National Summit is “Sariling Lakas sa Pag-iwas sa Karahasan at Pagpapanatili ng Kaligtasang Pampubliko.” Our Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (MSU-IPDM Marawi) received the Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the MSU System.

Only two academic institutions in the country received such commendation from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG): the Mindanao State University System for their seminal studies on preventing and countering violent extremism, sustainable peace, and other peace and development initiatives in Mindanao, especially in the Bangsamoro Region and the Miriam College for their pioneering works on Peace Education. The IPDM Network (all offices of the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao in various campuses and units) led by the MSU-IPDM Marawi contribute in the formulation of the National Action Plan by sharing their expertise, studies, experiences on PCVE, and other peace related initiatives. Moreover, the MSU-IPDM Marawi also helped the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur in the formulation of the Kalilintad Road (A Plan and Guide to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in Lanao del Sur).

DILG in partnership with UNDP Philippines and various stakeholders hosted the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) National Summit dubbed as “TALAGHAY 2022” which serves as the platform of the PCVE implementers to showcase their accomplishments and provide ways forward that will contribute to the institutionalization of the PCVE across the country.

The event shows the dedication of the MSU System through efforts of the various academic units and support institutions as well as peace and development initiatives of the IPDM Network throughout the system. Such commendation from the National Government reinforce the endeavor of the MSU System in becoming the National Peace University.

About the author

The institute for peace and development in Mindanao (IPDM) was created by the MSU Board of Regents during its 182nd Meeting on December 7, 2001. The institute assumed the functions of two defunct units: the Muslim Christian Center for Peace Studies and the Muslim Mindanao Development Institute. It is now the central coordinating unit for all existing peace and development programs of the campuses of the University. MSU was established on September 1, 1961 as one of the government responses to the so-called “Mindanao problem.” The problem includes a violent struggle of segments of the Filipino Muslim population to redress long-standing grievances and assert Muslim selfhood and identity in the face of real and imagined threats of cultural and spiritual assimilation by the majority Filipino Christian population. The University was mandated to accelerate the “integration” of the cultural communities in Mindanao into the mainstream body politic and to accelerate the development of its service areas through instruction, research, and extension. In the pursuit of these objectives, the University also seeks to infuse spiritual and moral values, national consciousness and solidarity, and mutual understanding among Filipinos, which are necessary for peaceful coexistence and sustainable development. IPDM was therefore, created with the expectation that it would contribute to the easing of tensions and the promotion of justice and peace between Filipino Muslims and Christian by expanding knowledge, improving understanding and heightening sensitivity in relations between the peoples of Mindanao in particular, and the Philippines in general.