Ateneo de Davao University

Ateneo de Davao


The three-day trainers’ training aimed to foster among participants a better understanding of their common history, values and principles, to harmonize their efforts in working for peace in Mindanao. Through intrafaith and interfaith dialogue, program aimed to draw out distinct cultural and historical issues within Muslim communities in Muslim Mindanao, as well as strengthen the partnership of indigenous groups, local Muslim and Christian stakeholders in their pursuit of sustainable peace and development.

In addition, the training aimed to establish a network which facilitates a wider organization of women and youth, each having their particular niche in community development.

Furthermore, the program aimed to enhance participants’ skills in planning, community organization, and networking, particularly in establishing, maintaining and optimizing linkages with local and international nongovernment organizations, peoples’ organizations, universities and civil society groups.

At its core, the training aimed to foster greater intrafaith and interfaith dialogue as a means to establish open communication channels among Mindanao stakeholders, promoting a culture of sensitivity and mutual respect, as well as producing a new generation of young leaders with a clear vision for Mindanao.

The trainer’s training had five (5) specific objectives:

  1. To identify and tap peace advocate volunteers in the different provinces of ARMM
    A summary of the program is as follows. For full details regarding the program, refer to the appendices of this document.
  2. To conduct trainers’ training for community-based intrafaith and interfaith dialogue
  3. To raise community awareness among the participants in terms of the Moro/Muslim history and culture as a way of healing the past and moving forward in building peace and sustainable development
  4. To train participants in drawing up community plans and programs promoting self-reliance and community intra- and inter-faith dialogue
  5. To train participants in terms of community organizing and network- or alliance-building with POs, NGOs, and CSOs for continuous intra- and inter-faith dialogue within their communities

The camp strove for relative diversity. Of the respondents, 30 were identified as Islam, 5 were identified as Catholic, 1 as Protestant. 28 were identified as male, while 9 were identified as female.

The program is designed as follows:

Module Theme Speaker
Module 1 History of Mindanao and its People Professor Magsaysay S. WerbleDeanIslamic Institute
Mindanao State University
Module 2 Current Issues and Realities in Mindanao Dr. Mucha Shim-QuilingExecutive DirectorLumah Ma Dilaut
Module 3 Appreciative Inquiry, a Tool Bailallie S. Limbona-LidasanExecutive DirectorI-SPEAR
Module 4 Gender and Development in Islam Dr. Mucha Shim-QuilingExecutive DirectorLumah Ma Dilaut
Module 5 Conflict Transformation Dr. Yusuf Roque MoralesBoard of AdviserAl Qalam Institute