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Peace monument unveiled in Maguindanao

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Local officials and Korean peace activists on Monday unveiled in Buluan town a monument depicting the cooperation on peace advocacy initiatives between the province and foreign partners. John UnsonMAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Local officials and Korean peace activists on Monday unveiled in Buluan town a monument depicting the cooperation on peace advocacy initiatives between Maguindanao and foreign partners.

The event capped off a day-long multi-sectoral peace summit in the same town, where participants renewed support to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), jointly drafted by representatives from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.


Officials settle another clan war in Maguindanao

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Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu (center) explain to Sharia expert Ustadz Kalifa Nando (seated, 2nd from left) the details of the peace covenant between the feuding Abao and Abdul clans. John UnsonMAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Representatives of two feuding Moro groups on Monday signed a covenant resolving amicably a bloody clan war that has claimed the lives of dozens from both sides.

The reconciliation of the Abdul and Abao clans, whose members are residing in Maguindanao’s adjoining Buluan, Datu Paglas, Gen. S.K. Pendatun, Pandag, Mangudadatu, Paglat and Sultan sa Barongis towns, was brokered by local officials led by Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.

Mangudadatu is chair of the Maguindanao Task Force on Reconciliation and Unification.

The clan war involving the Abao and Abdul clans, led by Moro guerilla commanders Mundas Abao and Manubakan Abdul, respectively, was the 48th family feud the task force had settled in the past three years.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:41 ) Read more...

Maguindanao youth groups launch province-wide network

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Representatives of 188 youth groups pledging support en masse to the humanitarian ideals of the newly-formed Maguindanao Youth Network. Philstar/John UnsonMAGUINDANAO, Philippines — At least 188 youth organizations, mostly led by Moro students, on Tuesday pledged support to the Mindanao peace process and vowed to help push the socio-economic agenda of the provincial government forward.

Most members of the youth groups are beneficiaries of the provincial government's Maguindanao Program for Education and Empowerment (MagPEACE), which bankrolls the schooling of more than 5,000 students from across the 36 towns in the province.

Provincial Administrator Wahab Tunga said the officials of different youth organizations gathered in Buluan town, the new provincial capital, where they committed support to diplomatic means of fostering cultural and religious solidarity among the local Muslim, Christian and lumad communities.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:53 ) Read more...

Maguindanao guv cited for good governance

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Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu (left) receives a good governance award from ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman in recognition of the peace and reconciliation programs of the Maguindanao provincial government.COTABATO CITY - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Friday gave the provincial government of Maguindanao an award with a grand citation for good practices in addressing domestic security problems.

The awarding rite was one of the highlights of the ARMM’s observance of the Shariff Kabunsuan Day and the culmination of the  month-long celebration of the region’s 25th founding anniversary, which started last November 17.

The Kabunsuan Day marks the arrival in Central Mindanao in the 14th century of Sharif Mohammad Kabunsuan, a Malay-Arab preacher from Johore (now Malaysia), to spread Islam among local pagan communities.


Maguindanao execs pledge support to UN drive

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MAGUINDANAO - Stakeholders on Thursday pledged support to a pioneering water and sanitation thrust of the now partners United Nations Children’s Fund, the A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW) and the office of the provincial governor.

Local officials from Maguindanao’s 36 towns and representatives of different civil society organizations signed a manifesto committing unanimous support to the provincial Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) initiative of the three cooperating outfits during a summit in Buluan town.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 December 2014 01:12 ) Read more...
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