The International Alert (IA), an international non-government organization working to end violence, and TASBIKKA Inc., a Mindanao-based community-based dedicated to strengthening sustainable development in the island region, with the support of the Human Development Network, organized a round table discussion on informal land markets and inequality in the Bangsamoro Region. This was undertaken last September 10 at the Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant, Cotabato City.

During the forum, the initial findings of a survey on informal land market transactions in several communities in the Maguindanao province were presented. This forum served to provide an update to the 2005 Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) on human security on the socio-economic costs of conflict. It also seeks to provide inputs to the next PHDR which will examine the issue of land, inequality and socio-economic mobility.

Judy Gulane , IA communications specialist, providing an overview of the findings

Ces Rodriguez, TASBIKKA research consultant, identifying the areas where the study was conducted


Photo courtesy of Judy Gulane, International Alert communications specialist