<p> Philippine Youth Leadership
Engaging a New Generation in the Southern Philippines in Inter-Ethnic Dialogue and
Sample Project Proposals
Susan Russell, Lina Davide Ong, & Rey Ty, Editors
2010 International Training Office
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.A.
Philippine Youth Ladership Program:
Engaging a New Generation in the Southern Philippines
in Inter-Ethnic Dialogue and Conflict Resolution
(PYLP Year 6)
CHAPTER 4: PROJECT PROPOSALS
"PAZ for SMILE (Shaping Missions Integrating Life's Experiences)":
Grassroots' Holistic Formation through Inter-Ethnic & Intergenerational Dialogue and
Aldrin B. Abdurahim
Through the years, peace building and various community projects have been very functional in
the various conflict affected areas manifested in educational awareness through seminars and
training, rehabilitation and reconciliation process and other relief operation. Discerning on the
present conflict struggle of Mindanao specifically in Zamboanga City with various groups from
Muslims, Christian and Indigenous people specifically Subanons, youth and children plays a very
important role in inspiring leaders and elders to actively take part in building a better society.
Presently, Zamboanga City and nearby provinces of Basilan and Jolo, Sulu were branded as the
"kidnapping Capitals of the Philippines". The said label generalizes the people of the community.
Yes, kidnapping incidents happen due to economic incapacities to earn a living and support
extended families. Thereby, allow more access to incidences of Kidnapping for ransom from
separatist group and unidentified network link to the Abu Sayyaf.
Due to this conflict, innocent Muslims face discrimination and generalizations from various
cultural identities and social and religious groups being the minority from a dominant cat