Bantay Bayanihan

The Bantay Bayanihan, also called BB, is a civil society-led initiative creating an oversight body over the armed forces, including defense and security policies (strategic, tactical, and operational levels).

The Bantay Bayanihan is envisioned to be a dialogue space that brings together civil society organizations (CSOs), the academe, civilian government units with direct bearing on conflict formation and peace building, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Roles and Functions

  • Serve as a venue or direct channel to raise issues regarding the IPSP-Bayanihan implementation, including Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, as well as peace and security concerns of local communities
  • Conduct and validate periodic evaluations about the implementation of the IPSP-Bayanihan
  • Provide recommendations to the Chief of Staff (national level) and Commanding General (unified command/ division/ brigade level) on the implementation of the IPSP-Bayanihan
  • Generate concise policy recommendations on security reforms together with peace and conflict dynamics, to be submitted and presented to respective peace and order councils (local executive) and sanggunian (local legislative), all the way to national-level Cabinet security cluster (executive) and Congress (legislative)
  • Promote BB to other potential partner stakeholders
  • To catalyze, facilitate, and most importantly, institutionalize the active partnership of government and civil society

Areas of Concern

  • Human Rights / International Humanitarian Law / Rule Of Law
    • Performance of AFP troops in HR / IHL / ROL areas
  • Transparency and Accountability
    • Monitoring the processes and systems to ensure that violators are punished and good deeds are rewarded
  • Participation
    • AFP engagement with civilian units/organizations
    • Treatment and management of “surrenderees”
    • Peace and Conflict Dynamics
      • “Fuels” and “Drivers” of conflict
      • Spoilers of peace
  • SSR and Development
    • Address institutional and policy gaps to create a legal and social atmosphere that can contribute in the peace negotiations and mitigate the cycle of insurgency, impunity, and underdevelopment


Visit BB Website in this link: Bantay Bayanihan


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