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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Community projects seen to prevent, counter violent extremism

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–The Association of Lady Shari’ah Counselors-at-Law of the Philippines (ALSCALP) Inc. and the Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU- IIT) envisioned that community projects will help prevent and counter violent extremism (PCVE). 

Participants of the webinar spearheaded by ALSCALP Inc and MSU-IIT were encouraged to craft their project proposals for PCVE programs for their communities. 

Dubbed “Philippines in Focus: Co-creating Communities Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism,” the webinar is a component of the “Examining Current Trends of Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia” an initiative directly aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action, supported by the US Embassy Philippines. 

“As we continue the conversations on countering and preventing violent extremism, we focus on the Philippines. We look at existing practices that can be adopted towards creating more communities preventing and countering violent extremism,” said project manager Sittie Noffaisah B. Pasandalan. 

Pasandalan also said they hope participants of the two-day webinar will be able to design concrete action plans on PCVE. 

Topics for the webinar were Incorporating PCVE in the training of police officers, Incorporating PCVE in the education of students, Citizen’s journalism, The Power of Social media, Survival Communication Analysis of Filipinos Captives Narratives, Reporting PCVE in Government Media, Cyber-security: protecting my digital identity and Lanao Youth on PCVE. 

Launched in March 2021, various webinars were held focusing on PCVE. (LELA/PIA Lanao del Norte)