The project's main thrust is to enable the Bangamoro youth in mounting a website where all their development projects and citizen-led initiatives could be documented, monitored, and seen by the Filipino people and donor agencies. A media production & citizen journalism training will held involving at least 100 Bangsamoro youth, along with a social accountability course to enable them to monitor key development projects in the Bangsamoro region.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Datu Liwa Candao St., RH- 3 Shariff Kabunsuan 9600 Cotabato City, Philippines
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The Bangsamoro people has long experienced historical injustice and neglect since the inception of the Philippines. As a result, not only a protracted war ensued – which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Mindanao – but also pushed a group of Filipino people on the historical-social sidelines. I want to work to with them because I want correct these historical wrongs by enabling them in making their presence felt through the Internet.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The overarching theme of the content will be on peace and development, particularly on projects and citizen-led initiatives in line with the ongoing peace process as well as those that help monitor development projects of the Philippine government and donor agencies, as well as the concrete strides their taking towards long-lasting peace and development in Mindanao. Blogs, photos, videos, & write-ups that could help source help will be there.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Through my work at the Development Academy of the Philippines, I have trained key officers of the MILF, the group currently negotiating with the Philippine government, under the Management Development Program for Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA). Thus, I now have connections with the MILF, BDA, & the Bangsamoro Leadership & Management Institute. My org, Philippine Society for Public Administration, will partner with them and with Rappler
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The project will seek the participation of the Bangsamoro Youth with the help of the MILF, BDA, and the Bangsamoro Leadership & Management Institute. The projected number of participants is around 100 youth deeply committed and passionate in furthering the gains of the ongoing peace process and making their presence felt to the rest of the Filipino people and donor agencies through the website. We'll constantly follow-up through our proj partners
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices can be of great help if it can publicize the project and help in linking up the Bangsamoro youth with donor agencies, which in turn, would deepen their involvement in peace and development in the Bangsamoro region. Mentoring and online courses on media production, social accountability, and citizen monitoring of development projects, resource mobilization, can also be of help since all these will be part of the thrust of the site
Mark Joseph Tajo Solis
Philippine Society for Public Administration
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