British Council in the Philippines Country Director Pilar Aramayo-Prudencio (left sitting) and Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) President Dr. Ricardo de Leon (right sitting), signed a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes Institutional Partnerships on Community Security and Justice Solutions for Social Cohesion in Bangsamoro communities.

“Through long-term partnership with the Philippine Public Safety College to create and deliver collaborative academic and training activities, we contribute to the creation of alternative pathways to access justice, resolve conflict and counter extremist narratives in Bangsamoro communities,” said Aramayo-Prudencio.

“This partnership with the British Council seeks to achieve integrated responses to safety and security concerns, and suggest tools of analysis to ensure sustainable and resilient communities,” de Leon said.

The MoU was signed during the High-Level Forum on the Relevance of Community Policing in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism yesterday.

With inputs from Pieter Cronje, our Community Policing Expert, participants from the different police academy and training institutions in the Philippines shared local practices, challenges and ways forward during the forum.

The activity was organised through our Safe, Cohesive and Just Communities project.

We have operated in the Philippines since 1978 and have had projects in Mindanao since 2002, establishing Philippines-UK connections in the areas of peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, interfaith dialogues, and youth citizenship.