‘Education is the lasting solution to Mindanao war’



ILIGAN CITY—A negotiated political settlement to the long-running Moro rebellion in Mindanao is only a short-term solution, conceded government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.

The government is banking on the education of the youth as the long-term remedy to the problems in Mindanao, she said at a recent forum hosted by the Lanao del Norte peace and order council.

Ferrer was responding to fears expressed by some political leaders that after a peace agreement is signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), new rebel groups would emerge and make new demands.

Ferrer said the Aquino government, which signed a framework agreement with the MILF late last year, sees a combination of peace deals and the promotion of education as the way to build lasting peace in communities torn by years of armed conflict.

While the government is trying to finalize the peace deal, which includes the establishment of a Bangsamoro government, it has also been exerting efforts to improve the youth’s access to education, she explained.

Ferrer said the government was aware that the peace deal with the MILF would not guarantee that similar uprisings would not erupt in the future.

It needs to be complemented by education as the long-term solution to make the youth “feel that they have a future, hence to see no need to be involved with armed groups,” she said.

Among the efforts to make education accessible to all are the construction of more school buildings and hiring of more teachers, she said.

Ferrer believes that with schools built in as many communities as possible, the youth will spend more time learning from teachers rather than listening to the ideals of antigovernment armed groups.

Ferrer is a political science teacher at the University of the Philippines, a traditional hotbed of activism and suspected recruitment ground for revolutionary causes, including Moro separatism.

Ferrer added the government also expects to achieve a turnaround in the situation in the five-province Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with various reforms being instituted by the interim regional administration and the continued commitment of more sources to bankroll development efforts.

Ferrer asserted that by changing the situation in the five provinces that comprise the ARMM, future revolutionaries would no longer be able to point to government neglect in convincing people to join them.

For years, these provinces were referred to by Moro revolutionaries as the hallmarks of prolonged government neglect.

The provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, and Sulu are among the country’s most impoverished areas. Social development projects were lacking.

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  • Commentator

    Safe answer, but education for what? Most young people I know in Mindanao is pursuing higher education to go abroad. I think the real solution is the industrialization of the island which will provide good jobs to everybody.

    • catmanjohn

      Realistically, foreign investment is the key, therefore it is crucial to change the laws which would allow foreign owners to control majority stakes so that they don’t helplessly  watch their investments squandered off by corrupt Pinoy partners. Also lax the import and export laws which presently favors the monopolistic Oligarchies that practice a mafia mentality, who would be forced to pay completive wages and pay for talents that free enterprise would challenge them with. 

  • boybakal

    Education is the lasting solution to Mindanao war….I agree, K12 is the answer.

  • monlue65

    katanga naman ng Mirriam Ferrer n to. Nu ba root cause ng rebellion? Hanggang di maresolba ang mga un, walang katahimikan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SQ7VCB6LJTNAPTXH4WCZQQVAUI Aye

    The Philippine Government should focus on the growth and development of cities and towns in Mindanao. With this, there will be more jobs available, and having an education degree will be fruitful since you can find a stable job in Mindanao and you do not have to go to Manila, Cebu, or abroad. Most Filipinos from Luzon and Visayas are scared of Mindanao because they think its dangerous there because of all the terrorists. But this mindset should be removed in order to boost the well-being of those who live in Mindanao.

    Mindanao is huge and does not have a large population. So it seems the solution of the population density problem in NCR and Luzon is there, but is not realized. 

  • bogli_anakdami

    ang itinuturo jan sa bangsamorons (silent n) madrassa eh puro allahu akbar kaboooom… 72 virgins ang premio…

    yun lang…

  • Chloroform

    ‘Education is the lasting solution to Mindanao war’ versus “University of the Philippines, a traditional hotbed of activism and suspected recruitment ground for revolutionary causes, including Moro separatism.”… hehehe quite contradicting statements… but I agree that education can broaden the perspective of the youth in making future decisions…

    • wakats

      Agree.  Education can somewhat gives a semblance of hope instead of growing up in the company of gun-totting elders who advocate fierce resistance to the central government. 

  • catmanjohn

    It ultimately comes down to economics. Realistically, foreign investment is the key, therefore it is crucial to change the laws which would allow foreign owners to control majority stakes so that they don’t helplessly watch their investments squandered off by corrupt Pinoy partners. Also lax the import and export laws which presently favors the monopolistic Oligarchies, who practice a mafia mentality, which would force them to pay completive wages and hire talents that free enterprise would challenge them with. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ABKEQRYMU4BTEA522M7AL7UKHM Jose Lorde

    NO SIR, NO MA’AM, education is not the solution to Mindanao problem. It is political dynasty. We have free basic education. We have hundreds of colleges and universities. It is governance. Education has to some become a passport to institutionalize and perpetuate corruption in government.

    • wakats

      Agree. There are supposed to be schools with teachers in all parts of the ARRM but they’re on papers only and the unscrupulous characters collect the allocated resources. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    EDUCATION?  MEANING SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES?  bakit halos lahat ng mga opportunities ay nasa maynila? bakit ang tawag sa mindanao ay land of promise?  puro na lang promise?  promise ha? and then – PROMISES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN! down to pieces…

  • regd

    There’s no such thing as lasting solution! Sample mo lang ang senado, they are all highly educated. What did they solve? NOTHING! The only thing they can resolved & agree on is their hatred for each other!

    • wakats

      Agree.  Another is agreeing among themselves to liquidate billions of public funds by mere certifications only as authorized (kuno) by their self-serving Resolution No. 10 – a questionable document crafted by the senatongs to enrich themselves out of the taxpayers’ blood and tears.

  • Palparan

    yes! this is true…Start with educating these muslim pigs that killing an infidels will only land them a ticket straight to he.ll instead of the 72 virgins promised by the great co.ckscking Muhammad..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BXBYZ5EB467UVJRXK4IOM5BX4Y Todd

    Educate Muslims with this:   
    1 Timothy 2:5King James Version (KJV)
    5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

  • jmc49

    Agree. Education must be given importance in mindanao & provide more investment so that people have source of income. young graduates pursuing to work abroad because no available jobs in the area, but if the government will put more investment in mindanao I think nobody will go abroad to seek for better life.

  • Guest

    As long as the Buwayas are still in the government offices, budget for education is minimum.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ABKEQRYMU4BTEA522M7AL7UKHM Jose Lorde

    People must be prepared to select their leaders as a matter of exercising their right, that is, the right to determine governance.

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    Education is the solution but it depends on the curriculum and religious tolerance is one of them.

    Let our Muslim boys and girls understand that there are other religions that mean no harm to them and that our country is a democratic one that guarantees free choice of religion and practice it in whatever way they want except killing infidels. This kind of education is also applicable to other religions.

    The concept of madrasses teachings must be supervised by true Muslim teachers who believe in democratic principles and fair play. The country of Turkey is the best model in Muslim Mindanao.

  • DannyGane

    Muslims in wealthy countries like Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Kuwait live relatively peaceful life. Muslims that live in poor countries like Indonesia, Iraq, Philippines are troublesome. Education as solution??? Tell that to the Marines…

  • 1Fz20

    agree. but we need to colonize parts of mindanao as there is an ongoing matrix of hatred, uncivilized behavior, disorder among the various groups and among all other groups, ex. muslims – maranao’s, tausog’s, badyao’s, bogobo’s, etc(mahigit 1dozen groups ito)all disagreeing and killing one another(although they have a common hatred trait based on religion-like hatred/killing their own families)and probably each have their own military rebellious army and all of them against thier usual nemesis -the christians, catholics, evangelists,baptists,etc(also disgusted w/each other, but no killing)…and then you have the evil/corrupt politicians-feudalists, political/business dynasties, miltary/police adventurists, communists, foreigners..what a mix recipe for self-destruction…this area is like the mountain province before – those igorots would just hack each others heads at once just because of a perceived miscommunication… were now in the 21st century? but htis place still lives in the 15th century, people still mimic animalistic behavior.now we ask why theres no peace in mindanao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIVN4C2Q5DOBDD7HJMNU7RZBD4 Eagle from Davao

    Not education .It is the religion that is the root cause.Islam calls for conversion of all non-believers and to kill all who don’t want conversion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu


    It’s either you buy more books. or buy more bullets. build classrooms or build jailhouses.

    I only disagree to education is the solution to Mindanao ONLY. There are people in Visayas and Luzon that needs to be educated as well about tolerance, citizenship, and social responsibilties.

    We hate Moros for their intolerance, but many from Luzons and Viasayas are as intolerant as the the people in Mindanao. Just read the comments here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    People do not listen to reasons or lessons when they are hungry. Economy and prosperity of the region is the solution; when people are happy and contented they will understand and accept the system.

  • Platypus09

    I agree.

    Education encompasses not just knowing how to read and write, but teaches people self-discipline, how to assess problems or issues and come up with practical, effective and realistic goals for ourselves and our communities, how to keep and safeguard peace, order, and harmonious living with all people from all walks of life, and most importantly how to improve our own lives, our financial status through LEGAL means, and economic progress of our communities by working together and learning things from each other.

    Education teaches UNITY, not divisions and definitely NOT self-rule.

    • http://www.facebook.com/IAmKenz Kim Lañada

      Platypus 09 sir are you a filipino?

      • opinyonlangpo

        Thats a good one.

  • kilabot

    the threats to peace are: 
    fascism, communism, extremism, terrorism, and perversion; 
    the most dangerous is perversion. 

    do something against perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert. 
    No to perversion!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Jobs will have faster effects while education may as well be used for disinformation.

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