ISABELA CITY | The Ministry of Public Order and Safety in partnership with The Asia Foundation conducted a two-day Consultative Assembly on Alternative Dispute Resolution on March 29-30, 2021 at Farmland Resort Isabela City, Basilan.

The said consultation was attended by 44 participants representing various sectors, groups, and offices in the Province of Basilan. The main objective of the activity was to consult the participants on the possible institutionalization of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism in the region as mandated by RA 11054 or the Organic Law for Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

More specifically, it is intended to apprise the participants on topics relating to ADR and enable them appreciate its significance, advantage and usefulness in the case of the Bangsamoro people which most of them do not usually resort to courts of justice in addressing their grievances.

Atty. Al-Rashid L. Balt, Political Affairs Officer VI of the Member of the Parliament Hussein P. Munoz, discussed a topic entitled, “Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution”. He emphasized that the BOL recognized the peculiarities of the Bangsamoro people and indigenous peoples in the region and thereby mandated the Parliament to legislate an ADR mechanism.

Workshops were facilitated by representatives from The Asia Foundation represented by Dr. Rahib Nando, Capacity Development Specialist, and Engr. Misuari Abdullah, Project Manager.

The activity was also graced by the Office of the Provincial Government of Basilan through the representation of Ms. Nulkaisa E. Alidain, Chief Administrative Officer of the Office of the Provincial Administrator.

Hussein P. Munoz, the Minster of the Ministry of Public Order and Safety was also present and delivered his closing message. He invited the participants to work together and be united to advance and sustain the gains of peace. “Peacebuilding responsibilities is everybody’s business” he further stressed.

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