Peace Advocacy

Building a Culture of Peace in Zamboanga del Sur

The Government continues to empower and nurture Muslim Communities through the conduct of Peace Building Forums and Islamic Symposiums on December 5 and 6, 2020 in the Municipalities of Dinas and Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur.

Aimed in preventing and countering violent extremism, the Peace Building Forum and Islamic Symposium intends to inspire different stakeholders and members of the community to promote socio-cultural equality, empower vulnerable communities, stop radicalization and terroristic activities, and be advocates of Peace and Development.

The Peace Forum and Symposium also aimed to increase the understanding of the whole community on the ill effects of Radicalism and Violent Extremism to humanity, promote nation-building, and empower them to become advocates of peace and development not just in Dinas and Dimataling, but in the entire province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Both postured as coastal municipalities, Dinas and Dimataling are known to be occassional “playgrounds” of lawless and criminal groups maximizing the coastal waters for their terroristic activities. One objective of the said Peace Building Forum and Symposium is to address the recruitment of the radical organizations under the different Terrorist groups.

Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas said the active participation of the community is necessary in peace building and sustainment.

“Peace building and sustainment, conflict resolution, as well as preventing and countering violent extremism, entails end requires the active participation of all of us— no more, no less,” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.

In the past months, the Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) in partnership with the local government units (LGUs) and its PNP counterparts has been successful in conducting Peace Building Forums and Islamic Symposiums in the Muslim communities of Pagadian City and the Municipalities of Tukuran, Labangan, Dumalinao, Lapuyan, and San Pablo.

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