About DELACSE

Introduction to the Project

While the proposed Bangsamoro Law has been shelved and it is not yet clear when the promised Bangsamoro Autonomous Region or a new Federal Region (replacing the current dysfunctional Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) will come into place, the new government of the Philippines seems committed to the Peace Process. However, the delays threaten the progress and stability in the region and its future remains uncertain.

To ensure that the transition, when it happens, will be peaceful and constructive, it is essential to work with both political decision-makers and democratic forces in civil society at this point in time, so that trained and informed leaders are in place to manage the transition in a peaceful and democratic way and help prevent a crisis from erupting in the Bangsamoro political entity.

Both target groups – decision-makers and civil society leaders in the Bangsamoro political entity – are expected to hit the ground running once the new political framework in the region becomes a reality. To ensure a smooth transition from the current system, politicians and civil society representatives need to be better prepared than they are currently and need exposure to federal systems outside the Philippines to learn from and be inspired by.

Civil society plays a crucial role in the functioning of a democratic society, often operating as a watchdog to keep governments to account and to advocate for the interests of different sectors of society. For civil society leaders to be able to carry out their role effectively and efficiently, to give policy input and work together with local administrations, it is vital that a good understanding of democratic decision-making processes exists and that mechanisms are becoming established to cooperate with democratically elected politicians on moving the Bangsamoro region forward either as an Autonomous Region or a Federal State.

It is in this light that the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Philippines together with its institutional partner, the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), initiated the project Democratic Leadership and Active Civil Society Empowerment in the Bangsamoro (DELACSE Bangsamoro) to help prepare the future leaders of either an autonomous or a Federal State of Bangsamoro by enhancing their leadership capacities.

Funded by the European Union, DELACSE Bangsamoro project aims to achieve the following results/outcomes:

Result 1: Trained politicians and civil society leaders are able to assess, plan, adapt and update the policies and mechanisms needed for a Federal (or Autonomous) Bangsamoro region, considering any transitions from the newly-established Philippine government.

Result 2: Members of the target group are capacitated to formulate and articulate comprehensive policy inputs vis-à-vis the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and actors that shape current reform efforts.

Currently, there is a lack of political knowledge within the political elite and civil society leaders in the region on how best to achieve a smooth transition from the current Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to a new framework of a Federal or Autonomous Bangsamoro region. Capacity building and knowledge transfer on how to operate in a federal system, how to develop policies, introduce strategy papers and use political mechanisms is urgently needed to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are prepared and have the knowledge to contribute to a smooth transition from the current system to a new one.

Our Stakeholders and Local Partners:

Decision-makers, political leaders and multipliers from civil society organizations; women and members of the indigenous population will be particularly targeted.

Our stakeholders and partners are the citizens of the Bangsamoro who will profit from educated and knowledgeable political and civil society leaders who have the skills for ensuring a smooth transition from the current system to the new federal or autonomous one.

Decision-makers, political leaders and multipliers from civil society organizations; women and members of the indigenous population will be particularly targeted.

Our stakeholders and partners are the citizens of the Bangsamoro who will profit from educated and knowledgeable political and civil society leaders who have the skills for ensuring a smooth transition from the current system to the new federal or autonomous one.

Specific Project Timeline of Activities

Phase 1: Inception Phase (month 1)

  • Strategy planning with partners and target groups
  • Orientation seminars

Phase 2: Implementation Phase (months 2 – 12)

  • Conduct of Basic Leadership Seminars in Mindanao
  • Conduct of Advanced Leadership Seminars and Workshops in Mindanao
  • Conduct of Trainers’ Training Seminars in Manila
  • Facilitation of Lecture Series in Mindanao and Manila
  • A Study Trip to Europe
  • Production of publication materials and knowledge resources

Phase 3: Concluding phase (month 13)

  • Final public workshop/conference to develop a post-project sustainability strategy
  • The final evaluation
  • Reporting on the project’s results
  • Project audit

Project Team

KAS (Makati City)

Mr. Benedikt Seemann
Resident Representative and Project Director

Miss April De la Cruz
Project Manager

Mrs. Reyna Sarsalijo-Almonte
Finance Manager

Miss Janelle Stephanie Giango
Finance Assistant

IAG (Cotabato City)

Atty. Benedicto Bacani
Executive Director

Ms. Mary Jacqueline Fernandez
Deputy Executive Director/Finance and Administrative Manager

Mr. Narciso Jover, Jr.
Training Expert

Miss Charline Jane Tan
Project Assistant

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ADDRESS

5/F Cambridge Center Bldg., 108 Tordesillas cor. Gallardo Sts., Salcedo Village,
Makati City, Philippines
Phone: +632-894-3737; 3427;3796
Fax: +632-893-6199
Email: Info.Manila@kas.de
Website: http://www.delacse.com
Email: delacse@gmail.com

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