DUYOG MARAWI is a youth-led, faith-based organization that is an interfaith dialogical response to the Marawi Crisis, the sustainable development and peace in the Lanao provinces, and the growth of the Bangsamoro region.


Marawi City and the Ranao communities are models of sustainable development and genuine peace through the collaboration among Meranaw of all ages, gender, classes, and clans and peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians.


Inspired by the principles of integral evangelization, the Catholic Social Teachings, the teachings of Islam, and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, Duyog Marawi works to be a reconciling presence and catalyst of interfaith dialogue in Marawi and Ranao, and to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians towards genuine peace and sustainable development in the region.


  • Duyog Marawi will be a contributing voice that tells the real stories, the struggles, and the successes of the Meranaw people in their search for peace. We will utilize our capacities and networks in letting their voices be heard to the Christian world.
  • Duyog Marawi will serve as a third party monitor of the incidence of abuses from all sides as has always been the role of the Prelature from the beginning.
  • Duyog Marawi will act as a convener and supporter of initiatives for interfaith and interreligious dialogues for peace, good governance, promotion of Halal social entrepreneurship, and alternative dispute resolutions.
  • Duyog Marawi will serve as bridge that connects the mercy and compassion, translated as financial and technical resoruces, of the Christians around the world to the affected communities in Marawi and around the Lake Lanao.



  1. The Youth as the Most Vulnerable and the Most Capable Sector

    Next to Lanao Lake, the biggest source of power in the region are the youth. They remain untapped. The young Meranaw are voiceless in the conversations about their community and their future.

    The youth of Lanao del Sur, Philippines (estimated at 200,000 persons) are survivors of four different wars: decades of armed conflict, the war against poverty; the struggles against government neglect; and the fight against Islamophobia. To survive all that require resilience and inner strength. However, the situation also results to hopelessness. They have been displaced to areas in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.

    Armed conflicts have been traumatic; it also perpetuates a culture of violence. Recently, these young people are targeted for radicalization and violent extremism.  The war against poverty (Lanao del Sur is the poorest province in the country with poverty incidence at 71.9%) and government neglect have reduced the youth’s access to quality education and social services.   Lastly, Islamophobia marginalizes young Meranaw and hinders equal access to employment opportunities in Christian-dominated cities, even among professionals.

    All these perpetuate a cycle of exclusion and poverty. Recently, these have become driving forces towards radicalization and violent extremism, particularly among the most vulnerable – the orphaned or abandoned youth. To break these cycles of exclusion and poverty require innovative approaches that build their confidence and competence, bridge gaps between Christians and Muslims, bring personal and communal healing of trauma, and generate a culture of solidarity and dialogue

  2. The Role of Women in the Rehabilitation and Peacebuilding

    From the beginning of the Marawi crisis, the Maranao women played significant leadership roles in the search and rescue, in the management of dead bodies and missing persons, in the relief operations, and in the promotion and protection of IDP rights.  These mothers, who were businesswomen and traders prior to the siege, utilized their skills and instincts in sourcing for supplies, bargaining for goods, negotiating with government agencies and military personnel, to ensure the dignified survival of their families.  One of the best things that happen in this crisis is the growing awareness of women of their roles beyond nurturing and protecting their families and they have united into a stronger force. Early in the April, local CSOs launched the United Mothers of Marawi Inc. to provide a more forceful impact to the voice and the role of women. Maximizing this momentum, this Duyog Marawi focuses its direction towards the participation, capacity-building, and sustained support to the Meranaw women particularly the mothers.




A gender-sensitive, youth-led, inclusive peace process and sustainable development in post-conflict Muslim Mindanao is the overarching agenda in the next three years. Through this, we assert that both Muslims and Christians have a role in the reconstruction, development and peacebuilding of the Bangsamoro (Muslim Nation in Mindanao) while honoring their faith and cultural traditions. We engage with the young people of Marawi on the principles of Do No Harm, Nothing About Us Without Us, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  1. YOUTH-LED, YOUTH-FOCUSED CO-CREATED INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINED PEACE IN THE BANGASAMOROImplementing Unit: Peacebuilding and Social CohesionPartners: Development and Peace, MISSIO, DLSP, Arnold Jansen Catholic FoundationAs a youth-led, youth focused FBO, Duyog Marawi will focus on our SEVEN PATHWAYS TO PEACE as our venue to capacitate young people in various life situations, to become advocates of peace and dialogue to their generation in Lanao and around the country. The goal is to prevent radicalization and violent extremism as well as reduce Islamophobia among young Christians around the country.


    Targets Mission Year 1 Year 2

    Year 3

    Duyog Marawi Schools of Hope Adolescent and Adult learners in Evacuation centers (an alternative learning system with psychosocial and peacebuilding component for displaced adult learners, as well as technical-vocational schools.

    7 Schools of Hope


    1 PACEM Training Center

    500 graduates 500 graduates
    Duyog Marawi Youth Build Community-based out of school youth in conflict zones Capacity building to become peace guardians and local builders 200 Youth Builders 200 Youth Builders 200 Youth Builders
    Duyog Marawi Mobile Madrasah Children in conflict zones Promote the teaching of Islam that values peace and dialogue, and prevent violent extremism

    4 Madrasah

    200 students


    8 Madrasah

    400 students

    12 Madrasah

    600 students

    Dalit Kalinaw Young students and professionals Capacity building towards communications and peace journalism and literature

    30 fellows

    5 magazines

    1 film

    30 fellows

    5 magazines

    1 film

    30 fellows

    5 magazines

    1 film

    Duyog Marawi Peace Theater Ensemble University students Use of theater as medium for peace education and healing of trauma

    15 volunteers

    20,000 young audience

    15 volunteers

    20,000 young audience

    15 volunteers

    20,000 young audience

    Torogan Space for Healing and Dialogue University students Organizing interfaith communities 200 students 200 students 200 student
    Kuris Café and Arts Gallery Young professionals An open space for sharing and healing and promotion of memories of the Old Marawi



    5000 5000
  2. MODEL BUILDING FOR AN INTEGRATED, INCLUSIVE RECOVERY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF MARAWI CITY AND THE LANAO PROVINCESImplementing Unit: Reconstruction and Rehabilitation UnitDonor Partners: Caritas Philippines, Development and Peace, Pondo ng Pinoy, TYFTo build back better is to create model resilient communities that combine an integrated rehabilitation and risk management.  The strategy is to create Caritas Villages in conflict zones and evacuation sites that have the elements of a DREAM PLACE.Disaster Risk Reduction plan includes natural and human-made calamities.Resilient houses against natural calamities.Education and participation of children and youth.

    Access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

    Management training of local government officials and people’s organizations.

    Peace culture involves alternative dispute resolutions and peace tables

    Livelihoods for the basic sectors towards sustainable agriculture and savings mobilization

    Advocacies in protection of human rights and rights of nature, gender equality, and protection

    against sexual exploitation and abuse are integrated

    Community health and wellness services are provided by local health providers.

    Emergency responders are trained and capacitated.


      Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
    Caritas Villages 6 6 7
    Number of Households 1500 1500 3000


    Implementing Unit: ISERVE

    Partners: Catholic Relief Services, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen in the Philippines, De LaSalle Schools Philippines, Caritas Philippines Social Entrepreneurship Program


    The economy that was damaged by the siege was robust because of the traders, the artisans, and the weavers, as well as the products of farmers and fisherfolks. However, the economy was also tainted with allegations of being haram – against the principles of Islam because of the drugs, guns, and illegal trade that were going on. The rehabilitation provides an opportunity to build back better the economy that builds on the natural productivity of the Meranaw and on the Islamic principles.




    Year 1

    Year 2

    Year 3

    Sharia-compliant Savings and Lending Groups of Women

    Women entrepreneurs

    1200 members

    1200 new members

    Meranaw Women’s Bank with 5000 members

    Center for Islamic Entrepreneurship

    (business management training)

    Capacity Building of microentrepreneurs




    Young Meranaw Entrepreneurial Experiments

    Youth-led product development, innovation and marketing

    2 products

    (homemade Meranaw flavored icecream) 

    Silk-screen shirts

    3 new products are developed, tested, branded, and mass-

    5 new products are developed, tested, branded, and mass-marketed

    Tugaya to Tiyangge

    Value chain, branding, and marketing of Tugaya products

    National Bazaars (2)

    Sewing Center in Angoyao

    National Bazaars (2)

    National Bazaars (2)

    Community-based Social Entrepreneurship

    Cooperatives and people’s organizations

    7 barangays

    10 barangays



    Support to Rice Farmers

    Rice producers associations

    2 rice mills

    1 farm school

    2 rice mills

    1 farm school


    2 rice mills

    1 farm school

    1 feed production



    Implementing Unit: GRADE

    Donor Partners: Catholic Relief Services, SSC Institute of Women Studies, Philippine Misereor Partnerships, NASSA


    These advocacies and interventions provide strong backbone to all of the other strategies of Duyog Marawi. These are based on Core Humanitarian Standards as well as the Code of Ethics of Caritas organizations. These shall be an ongoing journey from Year 1 to Year 3.



    Child Safeguarding

    Staff awareness and Commitment Making

    Manualization of Policies, Documentation of Cases Handled

    Gender and Development

    Staff Orientation

    Community Piloting

    Good Governance

    Barangay LGU

    Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

    Staff orientation

    Management Commitment


    Community Integration

    Environmental Advocacy

    Rights of Nature

    Climate Change and Laudato Si

    Community-Based campaigns


    The Board of Trustees decided to establish three subsidiary organizations so that these teams can focus on their mission, develop their competency, and define their procedures as necessary in their operations. Duyog Marawi will focus on its core business in the formation and training of volunteers towards deployment. In the next three years, the three subsidiary organizations will work towards their financial, human, and technological sustainability.




    Year 1 -2

    Year 3

    Duyog Marawi Main

    Human Resource Development


    Financial Management and Business Development

    Sustain the training program with graduate courses and international exposure

    DMVM will be financial sustained by the Business Development Projects


    Development of their Peacebuilding approaches.

    Build its own PEACE Center

    Offers courses at the Interfaith Peace Center


    Piloting the Caritas Village DREAM PLACE strategies

    Develop a Model Farm for Sustainable Agriculture

    Become a contractor in the Human Settlements project of TFBM and BARMM


    Establish its own training center , production centers, and women’s bank

    Launch national bazaars

    Launch mass production of YUMEE products

    Establish a Women’s Savings Bank and Credit Cooperative