Cotabato City, Philippines – March 7, 2024 – The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) will present the findings and recommendations of two new research studies focusing on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on March 21st, 2024, in Manila.


First Report: Assessing the National Action Plan on P/CVE in BARMM

  • The study explores the implementation of the National Action Plan on P/CVE in BARMM, highlighting both positive aspects and challenges.
  • While the plan is seen favorably by national agencies, the BARMM regional government, and civil society organizations, issues with monitoring, evaluation, and funding hinder its effectiveness.
  • The report recommends establishing a robust monitoring system, designing culturally sensitive programs, securing sustainable funding, and promoting transparency in beneficiary selection.


Second Report: Examining Madrasah Education for P/CVE in BARMM

  • This research examines the current state of madrasah education in BARMM, including traditional and integrated madaris, and the new public madrasah system proposed in the Bangsamoro Education Code.
  • The study assesses the vulnerability of madaris to violent extremism and explores factors contributing to their resilience.
  • Recommendations include accelerating madrasah education improvements, adopting best practices from overseas institutions, and providing financial support to traditional madaris to bolster their resilience against violent extremism.


Both studies utilized surveys, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions to gather data and insights.


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