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Peace Workers in ZamPen, BaSulTa Rally for Collective Action Against Crime and Violent Extremism

May 13, 2024

In a significant move towards peace and security, over 40 peace agents from Western Mindanao convened to evaluate the status of peace and security in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the island provinces of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

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Ancestral Domains, Uncertain Future: Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples Fight for Recognition in Bangsamoro IP Law

May 10, 2024

The future of the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples in the BARMM remains uncertain. The public consultations on Bill No. 273 offer a glimmer of hope, but the concerns raised by the NMIP leaders highlight the complexities of achieving genuine peace and lasting recognition within the Bangsamoro.

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Non-Moro Indigenous Leaders Fear Ancestral Land Loss in Proposed Bangsamoro Law

May 10, 2024

The fight for ancestral domain rights and recognition for NMIPs in the BARMM is complex and ongoing. Whether Bill No. 273 is revised to address their concerns and how the broader challenges of displacement and delayed titling are resolved will be crucial in determining the true inclusivity of the Bangsamoro peace process.

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2024 IAG Indigenous Youth Camp Series so far

Apr 24, 2024

In an era dominated by Facebook and TikTok, how can we ignite the interest of young people in community and political issues? This question serves as the backdrop for our 2024 capacity-building activities for Indigenous youth, supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. As of April 2024, this initiative has already led to three youth camps focused on cultural enrichment.

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IAG Conducts Learning Visit to Deepen Understanding of Cordillera's Push for Autonomy

Apr 11, 2024

The visit aimed to engage with local and regional officials, as well as civil society, to deepen understanding of the nuances of the region’s pursuit for autonomy. The 2-day itinerary was packed with insightful engagements, offering a window into the region's journey towards self-governance and empowerment.

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New IAG Research Offers Insights on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in BARMM

Apr 02, 2024

Both studies were funded by the Australian Government and are now available on the IAG website, with limited printed copies available at the IAG offices in Manila and Cotabato City.  

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IAG, Notre Dame of Midsayap College Collaborate to Advance Civic Education and Research in BARMM's SGA

Mar 11, 2024

IAG and Notre Dame of Midsayap College (NDMC) have forged a strategic partnership to bolster civic education and research efforts within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's Special Geographic Area (SGA). Signed on March 22, 2024, by IAG Executive Director Atty. Benedicto Bacani and NDMC President Fr. Ramon Maria Bernabe, this agreement signifies a joint commitment to pooling resources...

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IAG to unveil new research on preventing and countering violent extremism in BARMM

Mar 07, 2024

A limited number of free copies of the reports will be available at the IAG offices in Cotabato City and Manila following the launch on March 21st. Individuals outside these areas can obtain a copy by contacting IAG for information on shipping.

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THINK PIECES

Protecting Identity and Ancestral Domain: The Urgent Need for Safeguards for Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples in the BARMM

Benedicto Bacani I May 08, 2024

IAG is of the belief that considering the current context by which the IP Code is legislated, it is not the MILF-led BTA, but the national government and to a certain extent the international community that supports the peace process, that hold the key to ensuring that the NMIP does not end up as the sacrificial lambs to attain “peace”... Read more

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Four Rebel Group Amnesties: Win Some, Lose Some

Soliman M. Santos, Jr. I Apr 17, 2024

Four amnesty proclamations (Nos. 403, 404, 405, and 406) for various rebel groups, dated 22 November 2023, have been approved by both Houses of Congress. This approval puts them into effect and allows the National Amnesty Commission to start processing amnesty applications. Read more

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LEGAL REVIEW: BTA Bill No. 273, the Bangsamoro Indigenous Peoples Development Act of 2024

IAG Philippines I Apr 16, 2024

Earlier this year, the Bangsamoro Government introduced BTA Parliament Bill No. 237, also known as the Bangsamoro Indigenous Peoples Development Act of 2024. This legislation aims to recognize, develop, and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.  Read more

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The Greatest Challenge in the Implementation of the Political Track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)

IAG Philippines I Mar 22, 2024

Remarks given in the Panel on Domestic Resilience and Meaningful Autonomy in the BARMM, on the occasion of Public Forum on the 10th Anniversary of the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), 22 March, 2024, UP School of Statistics Auditorium, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City Read more

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Empowering Madaris in the BARMM through Public Policy and Regional Autonomy to Help Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism

IAG Philippines I Jan 31, 2024

This brief navigates the challenges and opportunities presented by public policy accommodation, emphasizing the potential flexibility that regional autonomy can offer for the development of madaris.  Read more

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Research on the Local Implementation of the National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (NAP P/CVE) in BARMM

IAG Philippines I Nov 16, 2023

IAG's latest research urges stakeholders to ensure the success of P/CVE initiatives in BARMM through ongoing support for LGU-level programs, cultural tailoring, and transparent funding mechanisms. Addressing suspicions of unfair beneficiary selection requires crucial implementation of accountability measures. Emphasizing role clarification and activating a robust MEAL mechanism at the regional level is essential for effective oversight, contributing to the region's... Read more

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Paglalakbay sa Partidong Politikal sa Bangsamoro

IAG Philippines I Oct 16, 2023

This document was published with funding support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The views expressed in this publication are those of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance and not necessarily endorsed by National Democratic Institute Read more

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Towards Regional Autonomy: Lessons and Recommendations for the Establishment of the Cordillera Autonomous Region

IAG Philippines I Mar 04, 2023

This roundtable discussion is part of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and IAG's efforts to promote regional autonomy and good governance in the Philippines. It brought together key stakeholders to exchange ideas and highlights the need for collaborative efforts towards the future Cordillera Autonomous Region. Read more

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Position Paper on Bill No. 29 or the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code

IAG Philippines I Jan 18, 2023

This position paper was submitted by the Independent Panel of Experts from the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), the Mindanao State University System (MSUS) and the Local Government Development Institute (LGDI) to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority for consideration. Read more

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#KusogMindanaw2022: The state of civil society organizations

IAG Philippines I Nov 11, 2022

We just have to continue pursuing not just our mission but also our advocacy for a better state of CSOs especially in Mindanao. We must continually remind ourselves about respect for local initiatives and local knowledge. As local CSOs we must also insist on building partnerships among equals. We must not allow ourselves to be treated as second class development... Read more

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