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The Role of Religious and Traditional Leaders in Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Mindanao, Philippines

Although the Philippines has a majority Christian population, it also boasts a sizable Muslim minority. It is home to over 22 million inhabitants who constitute a society divided into three dominant ethnoreligious groupings: the Christian majority (60 percent), the Muslim minority (20 percent), and the un-Islamized and un-Christianized indigenous minority – the indigenous peoples (40 percent) (5 percent). According to the author's research, people who are experiencing a crisis first turn to their religious leaders before seeking assistance from government agencies. FBOs provide a variety of community services, including alternative health care, education, sustainable agriculture, and the prevention of violent extremism, among other things. The RAM's mission is to assist in the progressive eradication of the culture of violence and the dismantling of the structure (of violence) that allows or supports the culture of violence. This approach has three components: interfaith discussion, the revitalization of common cultural history, and the dismantling of stereotypes.


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