Conflict Alert has data on violent conflict incidents from 2011 to 2015 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Davao Region (except Davao City). Data from Caraga are currently being added to the database. The ARMM includes the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-tawi. Incidents in Cotabato City are subsumed under Maguindanao, while incidents in Isabela City are included under Basilan. In the Davao Region, the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur are covered.
Sources of data
The main sources of data are blotter reports from regional and provincial police offices in the ARMM and Davao Region. The police reports are supplemented by reports from 15 local and national newspapers.
The Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines also provides declassified data under a memorandum of agreement with International Alert Philippines.
Some conflict incidents have undetermined causes or incomplete information. This has led to the creation of multi-stakeholder validation groups (MSVGs). The MSVGs are assembled to provide depth to the data. They provide details to the conflict incidents or add conflict incidents not reported to the police or by the media or covered by the EastMinCom reports. They are composed of experts in the fields of investigative journalism, peacebuilding, conflict research, crime monitoring, local governance, policy formulation, and grassroots knowledge. Some MSVG participants serve as regular members, while others are individuals who serve as specialized resource persons especially when local knowledge is required.