9 Cotabato towns beneficiaries of UN program

The program, which aims to improve conflict transformation competencies of
institutions and local government units, strengthen peace responsiveness and
provide enabling mechanisms to support stakeholders' initiatives will be
implemented in Alamada, Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Magpet, Matalam, Midsayap,
Pigcawayan, Pikit and Tulunan.

The Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCO) has tapped the Research
Institute for Mindanao Cultures (RIMCU) of Xavier University in Cagayan de
Oro City to conduct the baseline study that will look into the levels of
capacities and needs of LGUs and civil society organizations.

RIMCU will train the assessment team that will conduct the focus group
interview with LGUs and other stakeholders.

The assessment team will also assist in collecting data regarding the needs
and capacities of stakeholders.

In yesterday's courtesy call to Provincial Administrator Berrnardo F. Piñol,
Jr. at the Governor's Office, RIMCU Director Isaias Sealza said his team
will be staying in the province until the last week of September for the
assessment activities.

A 2-day seminar-workshop for the stakeholders started today at the
Provincial Planning and Delopment Office here. Among the participants are
representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government
provincial office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial
Governor's Office, Provincial HealthOffice, Provincial Social Welfare
Office, Department of Education, military and police who comprise the
assessment team.

After the workshop, the team will visit the municipalities to conduct the
focus group interview.

The other provinces included in the Act for Peace Programme are Basilan,
Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay,
Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Palawan and Magundanao.