Sarangani Ronda Probinsya to collab with Equal Access International


Sarangani Ronda Probinsya to collab with Equal Access International

ALABEL, Sarangani -- Equal Access International (EAI) and Sarangani’s Ronda Probinsya (RP) information advocates convened for a workshop on Thursday, July 21, to identify priority issues that they can partner to work on co-creating solutions for issues confronting communities in the province.

Sarangani Ronda Probinsya is the flagship program of Governor Rogelio “Ruel” D. Pacquiao anchored on a seven-point agenda which is geared towards a resilient and progressive Sarangani.

According to Jehanna T. Pelima, program manager of RP Kalinaw and RP Sarangani Bangsamoro Affairs Program, the different platforms EAI presented would aid them in addressing issues and gaps identified on the ground through research conducted for the province’s previous Sulong Kapayapaan program.

From the gaps identified, Pelima said the Kalinaw Program, a special program of RP, would focus on the development of capacity of community members to sustain peace at the household level through the Culture of Peace and values formation approaches.

Joel D. Dizon, EAI program manager, said they partnered with the previous Sulong Kapayapaan Program on the different campaigns like “delving into different issues on violent extremism, peace, conflict, as well as women empowerment.”

Pelima, however, said the partnership that they would forge soon with EAI through a memorandum of understanding would not be limited only to Kalinaw Program but would cover all the special programs of RP.

Dizon said the messaging hub is the most effective platform for RP “kasi ‘yung messaging hub is very flexible and wider ang reach when it comes to the different issues in the community.”

Messaging hub is a convergence platform for social change movements in Mindanao with Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) and Maguindanaon Development Foundation as co-hosts.

Dizon highlighted the significance of co-creating of solutions “kasi si EAI naniniwala sa local engagements at sa contextualized na mga responses sa mga issues natin. Hindi po nag-iimpose si EAI kung ano ‘yung dapat na solusyon, rather we discuss together.” (Beverly C. Paoyon and photo by Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)