ARMM to construct six women peace and training center
COTABATO CITY (19 December 2014) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will set up a total of six women peace and training centers, one in each of the region’s five component provinces and at its seat in this city.
The centers are intended to cater to all the women in the region especially those affected by conflict and other related issues. It will provide various materials on gender and development and can serve as safe house for victims of violence against women.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the women peace center is aimed not only to provide capacity building on gender and development but to also to train women to be economically empowered.
“We need to capacitate and train women to go beyond poverty level,” Alamia said.
All six centers will be funded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) with other forms of assistance from ARMM’s Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) and Department of Public Works and Highways.
It is in line with the government’s Localizing the National Action Plan (LNAP) on women, peace and security program in the ARMM, which targets to bring national programs to grassroots level, especially in conflict-affected areas.
Sittie Jehan Mutin, RCBW-ARMM chairperson, said that by 2015 the six women peace centers will be completed and operational.
Earlier today, officials from ARMM led by Regional Vice-Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia, DPWH Secretary Emil Sadain and Chairperson Mutin conducted an ocular inspection of the ongoing construction of the P11 million-worth peace and training center at the ARMM compound in Cotabato City. (Bureau of Public Information)