The 2nd BYC was convened on July 5, 2018 at the Ateneo de Davao University as a means to gather the sentiments of the youth in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Moreover, this was an avenue to showcase the peacebuilding efforts and advocacy of each represented area. Representatives from Davao, Gensan, Cotabato, Marawi, and Zamboanga were present.
The session started with Atty. Faye Risonar-Bello’s account of the focus group discussions of key people in the university about the BBL. This was important as it helped the youth to gain an understanding of the future of their regions, and how they would be affected by the said laws.
These youth were then able to share their sentiments on whether this law would significantly impact P/CVE efforts in their communities. They agreed that the proposed bill needed to be compliant with the sentiments of the people, especially in regards to their economic well-being. Without these provisions, conflict will arise.
Afterwards, breakout sessions were held. They were tasked to create communication plans that would help to promote peace and prosperity in their communities. This included using social media as a tool to help reach these far-flung communities, as well to as educate others on the proposed bill.
These communication materials and collateral plans were intended to promote their communities, sentiments, and advocacies. They insisted on a bill that is not “watered down” in any way. The majority of the youth present believed that more legislation and communication was needed to those on the ground, to help bring awareness on historical injustices and bring peace and order to a decades-long struggle for self-determination in their own communities.