By Teng Lauban Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao — More than 100 youth leaders from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Barmm) converged here over the weekend and crafted a five-point youth peace and security agenda to ensure that their interests are well-reflected in the policies of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, as well as incorporated into the National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security.
In a Youth Peace and Security Consultation organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Barmm youth leaders were given an avenue to discuss key concerns and submit recommendations to promote the youth sector’s agenda relative to the ongoing transition of the Bangsamoro interim government and the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
Hamida Paglas, a participant and a member of My Peace Boses ng Kabataan, said through this activity, the various narratives on the youth will be highlighted.
“Yong mga negative narrative tungkol sa kabataan mawawala na po, ngayon po mabibigyan na kami ng boses, malaya na po naming maipapahayag ang mga opinyon at beliefs as an individual, as youth,” she said.
The consultation-workshop sessions focused on the role of the youth in governance and their representation in institutions; the promotion and protection of human rights; youth’s participation in the implementation of transitional justice and reconciliation initiatives; prevention of violence, promotion of a culture of peace; and rehabilitation efforts, among others. (with reports from opapp)