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Bantay Ceasefire and Humanitarian Protection

The Bantay Ceasefire was an initiative of communities in Mindanao to prevent a resumption of war and protect the safety and security of civilian populations. As an independent ceasefire mechanism known as the “Bantay Ceasefire” which gained recognition and respect among the formal ceasefire mechanisms of both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Bantay Ceasefire is composed of more than 600 volunteers, from Basilan, Lanao provinces, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Compostela Valley and Sulu, who are actively monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.
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