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Mindanao province to build army of 'peace builders'

Authorities in North Cotabato aims to 'instill importance of peace and respect for religion' in youth

Mindanao province to build army of 'peace builders'

Residents flash the 'peace sign' during a gathering in the province of North Cotabato. (Photo by Bong Sarmiento)

July 17, 2017

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Local authorities in North Cotabato province in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao are building an army of young Christians, Muslims, and tribal "peace builders in communities."

Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza announced on July 13 the holding of a "peace builders camp" for the youth starting July 19.

The activity will "instill the importance of peace and respect for religion" in the minds of young people, said the governor. 

"The three-day peace camp aims to make young people appreciate the importance of peace, and their role in building and advocating for a peaceful community," said Talino-Mendoza.

The governor appealed to parents to allow their children to join the peace camp.

The province of North Cotabato hosts Christians, Muslims, and tribal communities that have suffered from decades of war waged by Moro rebel groups in the region.

Terrorist gunmen claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State are also believed to operate in the province.

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