In 2002, three Muslim leaders got together, concerned that the voices of the majority of Muslims had been silenced.
The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) was the result of concerned discussions on the compatibility of Islam and democracy among young Muslim intellectuals that included Ms. Amina Rasul, a former Cabinet member under Pres. Fidel Ramos, Atty. Nasser Marohomsalic, former Human Rights Commissioner,and the late Abraham Iribani, a former spokesperson of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and former Assistant Secretary for Local Government.Their concern on the future of democracy in Muslim Mindanao stemmed from the growing discourse that somehow Islam and democracy are not compatible originating from a vocal minority.
Their mission took shape: To help Muslims in the country find their voice.
What We Are
Established in 2002, the Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the study of Islamic and democratic political thought and the search for peace, democracy and equitable and sustainable development in Muslim communities.
2010: From Council to Center
PCID made the transition from Council to Center in June 2010, an independent think tank grounded on the belief that any attempt to address the problems of Muslim Mindanao should include and should occur within the context of democracy.
Today, PCID is seen as an objective, and independent party with a track record of bringing together all sectors in the democratic dialogue for peace and development.
PCID has become an important platform for the articulation of the Moro voices through its various publications and forums focusing on the issues of the peace process, Islam and democracy, autonomy, the role of media, federalism and development. PCID has also helped influence debate and public policy through the briefings given to policy and opinion makers, multilateral agencies, the international community and donor institutions. PCID has also been invited to present Philippines and Filipino Muslim’s perspectives in many international venues.