Left to Right: Dr. Rosalie Arcala-Hall, Dr. Gail Tan Ilagan, and Ms. Milet Mendoza. Photo by Hadji A. Balajadia

The Asia Foundation launched the book entitled Local Security in the Contested Bangsamoro Zone: Informality, Hybridity and Pragmatic Imperatives at the Balay Kalinaw in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines last 29 March 2017. The book is published by the UPV Foundation, Inc.

Edited by University of the Philippines-Visayas Political Science professor Dr. Rosalie Arcala-Hall, the book is a collection of case studies on Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte, the Liguasan Marsh area in North Cotabato, Sulu and Basilan that examines the plural and diverse security arrangements between co-located state and non-state armed actors in the Bangsamoro area..

Included in this book are chapters written by Dr. Hall, ADDU Psychology professor Dr. Gail Tan Ilagan, humanitarian worker Milet Mendoza, and Dr. Hall. Ilagan wrote the chapter on Perceptions of Military Actors on Engaging Civil Society Stakeholders in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao.

The launch was graced by the presence of former chair of the government’s negotiating panel in the GRP-MILF peace negotiations Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, some Bangsamoro Transition Commission members, academics, students, and representatives of the security sector, as well as foreign defense officials and security analysts.