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Mothers of Marawi sharing their hopes and aspirations for the rehabilitation of the City during the workshop facilitated by the BWSC and IAG on May 8-10, 2018 at Cagayan de Oro City. 


The event was a project organized by the EnPolD (Enhancing Political Dialogue for Inclusive Peace) Bangsamoro, a project implemented by the Institiute of Autonomy and Governance (IAG) in partnership with Bangsamoro Women Services Center Inc. (BWSC), Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Institute for Bangsamoro Strudies (IBS), Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference (OTLAC) and Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA).

The workshop was formally opened by Ms. Adelaida Ditucalan, PCT, EnPolD, and Ms. Tarhata Maglangit, PMT, EnPolD, Executive Director, BWSC. Then Sir Rey Danilo Lacson, project manager of the information drive of EnPolD, presented a research entitled “Youth Vulnerability to Violent Extremism in ARMM” which also sparked an active discussion on what the UMMI viewed as the root causes of the terrorism in Marawi and the possible ways to stop it.

A video presentation followed regarding the siege and the plea of the people of Marawi to PRRD for inclusive rehabilitation. Then the group discussed about UMMI’s objectives and suggestions for its programs. After the noon break, the afternoon session was filled with group activities and discussions regarding UMMI’s insights regarding the Marawi rehabilitation and if they did or did not view it as one that nurtured the people’s true aspirations.

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The next activity then entailed coming up with a timely and substantial mission and vision for the UMMI to serve as their guide.

Day 1 of the workshop then ended in the evening with the group’s mapping of the city in which they mapped out the city’s prominent streets and landmarks the way they remembered it before the Siege as well as comparing it with another map that showed the places which would become the proposed military areas and eco zone.

On the other hand, Day 2 of the workshop commenced with a recap of Day 1’s activities and more active group sharing and discussions on what was the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the UMMI and what made it unique. Also discussed were the possible challenges UMMI would face and the opportunities it would have.


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The group’s mission and vision was further discussed and improved, and proposed activities based on its objectives and how and when to carry them out. The afternoon session was a continuation of these and a plenary on the organizational structure of UMMI was held.

The 2-day workshop was far from dull as the lively facilitator, Ms. Nelia B. Agbon, as well as her daughter, Aliah, incorporated several lesson and fun filled activities and ice breakers throughout the event. These activities gave the UMMI many realizations and helped to build their resolve for the group that aided in their planning. One such activity involved having participants draw and write on envelopes why they loved Marawi and why they chose to be a part of the workshop. Another activity made them draw and talk about what place or scenery in Marawi they remembered the most. Group discussions were made livelier with the use of colored papers wherein each group would write down their outputs and had them stuck on the wall.

UMMI’s workshop was not just uniquely fun and educational, but it filled the group’s members with the sense of purpose that they required in order to make steps towards rebuilding Marawi. A stronger, more faithful Marawi reflecting the people’s cultural and religious aspirations towards prosperity.