Muslim & Business Leaders Start Training Program for Muslims

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Byline: EDD K. USMAN

A group of Muslim professionals from the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) has linked up with the Philippine Business Leaders Forum (PBLF) for "an equal opportunity program" for young Moros from various ethnic groups in Mindanao.

PCID, headed by lead convenor Amina Rasul-Bernardo, and PBLF, led by its president Dr. Michael Clancy, signed a memorandum of agreement on March 22 to carry out the program.

"The new PBLF/PCID Moro Youth Mentoring Program is an affirmative action program. First and foremost, it is aimed to provide opportunities in life and work experience for young Muslims from the various tribes of Mindanao and out of their home environment," Clancy said.

"It is an equal opportunity program in that it aims to provide equal places for young men and women," the PBLF president said.

He said the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) has laid the foundation for the mentoring program, adding that the PBLF role is to manage it.

Clancy noted that the Philippines has a pressing need for dialogue and communication to further the peace process, saying understanding and acceptance are the expected results.

"This communication has two aspects: it brings young Muslims into dialogue with non-Muslims thereby enhancing the inter-faith dialogue at the most basic level. …