On August 2, 2018, USAID-ENGAGE and the Marawi-based NGOs namely MARADECA, Inc. (Maranao People Development Center, as lead implementing agency, MuCAARD, Inc. (Muslim-Christian Agency for Advocacy, Relief and Development) and CMYM, Inc. (Coalition of Moro Youth Movements) as both co-implementing partners had forged a grant agreement at Celadon Pensionne House in Iligan City on its project entitled “Improving Public Service Delivery through Participatory Local Governance in Internally-Displaced Peoples Host Communities in SHAKBA and LUMBATAN Clusters.”
The project goal is to improve peace and stability in Mindanao by promoting good governance and public engagement. With this in mind, the project is expected to strengthen local governance, to enable host communities to respond to the needs of home-based IDPs and for a civic engagement for peace and development has increased, to enable home-based IDPs and host communities to participate in decision-making.
MuCAARD attends a training-workshop on policy advocacy through constructive engagement with governments and private sector at Palm Grass (The Cebu Heritage Hotel) in Cebu City. This activity is organized and sponsored by PhilDHRRA in partnership with ReCOERDO, AsiaDHRRA, EU and the ASEAN.
Last July 17, 2018, MuCAARD POM and RIAP gathered in Balindong, Lanao del Norte to discuss and formalise the Technical Working Group of both member teams that would enable to manage and implement the on-going and upcoming projects and activities related to Marawi recovery and rehabilitation program.
As one, steadfast and inspired, POM and RIAP had develop a functional core team with the help and facilitation of Ben Ramiso and Imee Manginsay.
With this, both member teams were very hopeful that they will continue promoting peace and development in their communities especially to those who are most affected by the Marawi siege.