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Streamlining the Bantay Bayanihan Assessment

Bantay Bayanihan is a network of more than 150 civil society organizations in 16 conflict-affected provinces in the country. The network advocates for security sector reform and is the officially recognized third party oversight body in the Philippine military’s implementation of its Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan. The IPSP Bayanihan’s timeframe ends in June 2016.
It is therefore incumbent upon Bantay Bayanihan to come up with a terminal assessment of the AFP’s implementation of the plan as well as recommendations for the next AFP Campaign Plan. In order to do so, the network must look back and assess the data it has.
Last July 13 to 14, 2015, the Bantay Bayanihan conducted a 2-day workshop in lieu to the crafting of a Bantay Bayanihan terminal assessment report of the AFP’s implementation of IPSP Bayanihan. As part of the priming session, Miss Tolosa presented the Bantay Bayanihan Institutional documents (BB History, Manifesto, Mission and Vision, and the BB Assessment Tools). Commander Thomas Boehlke pointed out that in order to streamline its assessments, the network must properly define what it is looking for.
On October 15 to 16, a 2-day writeshop was held to further define and nuance the Analysis Objectives identified in the workshop as well as formalize how the assessments are to be reported.
Necessary follow up activities would be the cascading and actual refining of Bantay Bayanihan assessments. This would entail closer coordination between the National Secretariat, TWG, and local Bantay Bayanihan chapters.
The activities were made possible by the funding support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Philippines (FES).

“We Support Community Policing” Video


The Bantay Bayanihan Network supports the Community Policing project. In this video, the participants of the project’s Post-Activity Assessment last November 5, 2015 stated their support in the project.





Elements of the Community Policing Project


Community Policing exists in many countries of the world. It is not only important for police to understand the principles of community policing but also for the community to understand their role in community policing. Community policing is a method of policing based on the joint effort of the citizen and the police who work together towards alleviating neighborhood problems. Together they also attempt to satisfy the expressed need of citizens in order to enhance community resident’s quality of life.

The British Council is currently implementing a community policing project in seven conflict-affected provinces in Mindanao. The project will contribute to building a culture of community driven policing and by so doing complement the peace building efforts and the transition process. It will prepare communities for the introduction of community policing by increasing their awareness on the topic and enhancing their meaningful participation as to how this can look like such that it will benefit them.

Although community policing may differ from country to country there are a few basic principles that are the same. These are: Service Delivery, Partnerships, Problem solving, Empowerment and Accountability.


Peace in Mindanao Video Message

This video message was shot during the Bangsamoro Basic Law Forum in Tarlac. Together with the Bantay Bayanihan (BB) National Secretariat, Security Reform Initiative (SRI), BB-Tarlac, the forum resource persons, the participants of the said forum screamed, “Peace in Mindanao, now na! Now na, peace in Mindanao!”


Bantay Bayanihan participates in the Operational Law Course

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), in partnership with the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) organized the third batch training on Operational Law Course: The Legal Dimensions of Military Operations held last July 6 to 10, 2015 at Club Balai Isabel in Batangas.

It aimed at familiarizing the participants with fundamentals of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (HR) Law as it applies to International (IAC) and Non-International Armed Conflicts (NIAC). The said activity is also part of the goal to institutionalize democratic control of the security sector. (Source:

The training was participated by Bantay Bayanihan participants from Sulu, Cotabato-Maguindanao, Dumaguete and from the National Secretariat, Security Reform Initiative, together with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers, and government officials from OPAPP, CHR, NSC.


Policies in Action: Locating the Intersection of Peace, Security and Governance

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Bantay Bayanihan, in cooperation with Security Reform Initiative (SRI), the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Local Government Supervision (DILG-BLGS), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), is conducting a Participatory Governance Forum entitled “Policies in Action: Locating the Intersection of Peace, Security and Governance” tomorrow, June 25, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the BSA Twin Towers (Tower A), Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

The forum brings to the fore civil society’s participation and key role at the local and national levels in the areas of peace, security and governance. It likewise serves as a venue for a sharing of technical inputs and actual experiences from the ground on how peace, security, and governance policies are translated into practice.

In addition, the morning session will zoom in on the local government level in relation to the Peace and Order Council, the proposed Peace and Order Public Safety Plan, and the Comprehensive Local Integration Program. Technical inputs from the DILG will be followed by the sharing of lessons and experiences harvested from initiatives from the ground. In the afternoon, Bantay Bayanihan conveners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will present their assessment of AFP’s implementation of IPSP-Bayanihan as well as their operational and policy recommendations to address local issues on peace and security.

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ADDU CEAC honors Bantay Bayanihan

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On 22 June, the Ateneo de Davao University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council honors Bantay Bayanihan as a “trusted institutional partner in promoting and advocating the common good through social justice intended for the empowerment of the poor, the oppressed, the marginized, and the excluded by way of collaborative, sustainable, and purposive initiatives with utmost respect of human dignity leading to the reconciliation with the Creator, creation and the human society.”

The award was conferred during the opening of the University Festival Recognition Ceremony held at the Xaier Hall of the new Community Center of the First Companions together with the select partners of Ateneo de Davao University (AdDu).

Source: Mr Hadji Balajadia of BB Davao

BBL Forum Series – GenSan Leg


Bantay Bayanihan-Davao’s Ateneo de Davao University-COPERS convenes multi-stakeholders of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saragani Provinces and General Santos City for Bantay Bayanihan Network and Security Reform Initiative (SRI) the Bangsamoro Basic Law Forum Series Gensan leg. The BBL Forum was held at the Green Leaf Hotel in General Santos City on June 9, 2015 and was sponsored by the Mindanao Trust Fund thru MinLand.

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Local chief executives, the religious, the media, academicians, development workers, city councilors, students and youth, security sector officers, and IPs and the Royal House of the Sultanate of Maguindanao, engage the Peace Council members,  Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman and Atty. Jaymie Ann R. Reyes and OPPAP’s Asec. Jennifer Santiago Oreta in a candid discourse on the cultural, social, economic, and legal implications of the draft BBL.


ADDU-COPERS is an active partner of the SRI and the lead convenor of the Bantay Bayanihan-Davao Network in expanding democratic spaces for open society, promoting circles of peace and dialogue thru trust-building and multi-stakeholdership.

The BB-SRI-MinLand BBL Forum Series Gensan Leg was facilitated by ADDU COPERS Assistant Director for External Affairs, Mr. Hadji A. Balajadia.



Forum on Bangsamoro Basic Law (NCR)

PASIG CITY – With the goal of mainstreaming the discourse on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Bantay Bayanihan and Security Reform Initiative, with funding support from Mindanao Land Foundation, Inc., held a forum on May 28, 2015 at the Chardonnay by Astoria.

The BBL Forum, which is the first in the series of BBL Fora to be conducted in various and strategic places in the country, was attended by 70 people. Participants are composed of students, academe members, peace advocates, professionals, government employees and other interested parties.

Miss Kathline Tolosa, Convenor of the Bantay Bayanihan National Secretariat – the Security Reform Initiative, formally opened the event. She noted that the Mamasapano Incident shaped the consciousness of the public about the peace process that is 17 years in the making. Said incident brought out negative comments and opinion from the public. She then challenged the attendees to have informed discussions on the BBL that is deeply rooted in its real discourse, taking into account its intricacies and context. Moreover, she enjoined everyone to be part of the efforts of the government and various groups in the civil society to provide information to the public especially to those who are not directly affected by the BBL.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process Undersecretary Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval shared the key provisions and recent highlights on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Her discussion focused on points that are most likely to be misunderstood by the general public: the relationship of the National Government to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR), the form of the government of the BAR, the true meaning behind fiscal autonomy, and the police and security structure of the BAR, among others. She also reported on some of the changes made by the ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives, which involved the addition of words and the change of some important terms, for example, the usage of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region rather than Bangsamoro Government and National Government rather than Central Government.

The main part of the forum is the discussion among the attendees and the panel. Resource persons composing the panel are Marie Cleofe Gettie Sandoval, Undersecretary for Programs of the Office of the Presidential Advises on the Peace Process; Amina Rasul-Bernarndo, lead convener and founding member of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy and trustee of Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc.; Sister Arnold Maria Noel of Balay Rehabilitation Center, Sulong CARHRIHL, and the Mindanao Solidarity Network, among others; and Paul Paraguya of CODE-NGO.

BBL Forum in Leyte (Leg 2)


The Leyte Bantay Bayanihan in partnership with the Security Reform Initiative has conducted a BBL Forum on June 3, 2015 at VSU, Baybay City through its development partner JICA.

The forum intends to get the facts straight especially the technical inputs, encourage everyone to have a “say” thru conversation and become part of the broader constituency for peace, said SRI Convenor Kathline Tolosa.

Participants of said activity were composed of the following:
1. 78IB, 8ID-PA through LTC JOSE ALLAN TAGUBA – Commanding Officer
2. Baybay City Police Office through PSUPT CARLITO DE GUZMAN
3. Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte through BM Emmanuel L. Gaces
4. VSU Legal Department
5. 43rd IB Retirees Association
6. Hilongos PNP Retirees Association
7. Ormoc PNP Retirees Association
8. LUBAS (Lungsod Batuk Salaud Inc.)
9. Barangay Matapay Awong Association
10. 4Ps (Hilongos)
11. Transport Group (Hilongos)
12. RAM Youth
13. RAM through Rey Enales
14. Leyte Muslim Federation
16. Ecological Farmers Cooperators
17. Humanist Alliance of the Philippines, Inc.
18. FORESI – Free Organization for Reconstruction of Ecological System, Inc.
19. PGBI – Hilongos
20. Bugho Farmers Association
21. Katarungan Visayas
22. Samar Sunday Star – Francisco “Ike” Macasa
23. Visayas Weekly Bulletin – Maximilian Daquilanea
24. Tacloban Media – print and broadcast

Source: Gina Ragudo of BB-Leyte


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