MSU-Maguindanao, PCID, BWC, British Embassy, and UNDP-Philippines Collaborate for the Crafting of the Modules for the Diploma Program on Women, Peace and Security

On March 12-14, 2024, MSU-Maguindanao through the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao and the Committee on the Development of the Diploma Program on Women, Peace, and Security, partnered with the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and Bangsamoro Women Commission, with funding from the British Embassy and UNDP-Philippines. They organized a three-day writeshop to develop WPS modules.

In his opening message, Director Grant Warren D. Lu, who also chairs the committee, emphasized that the module writeshop signifies progress for the WPS Diploma program. He recalled the initial expert consultation in April 2022 that laid the groundwork for the program and highlighted ongoing initiatives to create learning materials. On behalf of Chancellor Limbona, he expressed gratitude to partnering institutions for their support. Director Lu also commended the committee for working on curriculum enrichment, securing scholarships, and seeking program approval from the board of regents.

Prof. Princess Sheryn Mamucao provided updates on the Diploma program’s milestones, citing achievements since January 2024. Atty. Nurfatma Lakim, representing Chair Bainon Karon of the Bangsamoro Women Commission, delivered a supportive message, stressing universities’ roles in realizing the Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. Dr. Judith de Guzman of UNDP-Philippines emphasized the need for a community of practice to promote WPS programs in BARMM. Hon. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and an MSU Regent, delivered a meaningful message during the National Womenโ€™s Month celebration, highlighting the importance of networking among women leaders and activists in BARMM.

โ€œMoreover, the training program will serve as a platform for networking and collaboration among women leaders and activists in BARMM. By fostering solidarity and cooperation, it will amplify the voices of women and enable them to advocate more effectively for their rights and interests. However, while the training program represents a significant step forward, it is essential to recognize that much remains to be done. We must continue to address the systemic barriers that hinder women’s full participation in peacebuilding and decision-making processes. We must strive to create an enabling environment where women can exercise their rights and contribute meaningfully to shaping the future of BARMM.โ€

Subject leaders presented case studies for inclusion in the learning materials: Prof. Juriebel Bagundang for Introduction to WPS, Prof. Bai Putri Morayah Amil for Human Rights focusing on Women and Childrenโ€™s Rights, Prof. Rasul Gulo for Bangsamoro Herstory, Prof. Lakmodin Abdulhadi for Gender, Justice, and Security, Dr. Laniel Ryan P. Untong for Gender, Peace, and Development, and Prof. Asgar Mamidted representing Dr. Margie Fiesta for Fundamentals of Policy/Program Formulation.

The writeshop, facilitated by Dr. Diane Mae Ulanday-Lozano, Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Women Studies of MSU-General Santos City, aimed to anchor the learning materials to immersive, practical, and transformative education for DWPS. On the final day, Dir. Lu outlined the committee’s next steps, and Dr. Margie Fiesta, University Guidance Counselor, conducted a debriefing and purpose-finding activity for committee members.

The Diploma program on WPS is scheduled to launch in August 2024, In Shaa Allah.