One Year being an Executive Director – A Challenging Yet Fulfilling Journey

(April 2020). 2019 WAS A KEY MILESTONE FOR THE BANGSAMORO DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (BDA Inc.). It was historic as we transitioned into a new Bangsamoro political landscape when the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was established in March 2019 and some of our senior leaders had to vacate their post to serve in BARMM as part of cabinet members and as members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). While we assumed office in April, we immediately call for the formulation of our new Strategic Plan (2020-2025) – a plan that is holistically responsive to the current political environment in the Bangsamoro. It was in this year we successfully obtained registration from the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission and be able to possess juridical personality as a non-government organization. It was also in this same year that the organization had become member of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP). And finally, it was also in this year we got a “Low Risk” rating from UNICEF based on Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) instrument. Truly, what we have achieved for the past 12 months were tremendous.

We optimistically encourage our key development partners and other aid agencies, both locally and internationally and including the new Bangsamoro government, to continuously walk with us. By supporting BDA Inc., you have, in effect, delivering assistance to indigent communities who have been overlooked, left behind and most affected by decades of conflict in the Bangsamoro.

At the core of our development work is clear:  to empower Bangsamoro people through our capacity building and participatory engagement interventions and to rebuild and transform local communities by providing livelihood interventions in a sustainable manner. This is our twin top mission.

The Values Transformation Training (VTT) alongside the Community-Driven Development (CDD) and Program for Local Economic Development through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment (PLEDGE) have, as in the BDA Inc, become foundational and proven to be effective methods of promoting community participations in the implementation of the livelihood projects, whether such implementations be within the influence of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-Based Camps, the Six Acknowledged MILF Camps in support to Camps Transformation, or in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao as a whole. Using the same strategic approaches, we want to continue and sustain our development efforts while building the gains that we have significantly achieved for several years, and even step up or propel it to greater heights.

At present, the whole world is battling against this so-called unseen enemy – the corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As a development agency, working for the conflict affected areas in Mindanao for the past 17 years particularly the underserved communities, we clearly understand the situation of our people, and to do our share to respond and do something, in our own little way, in support to the ongoing effort of the Government and other humanitarian organizations particularly on the provision of emergency food packs to the most needy families while under enhanced community quarantine .  Further, the agency is now developing a Post COVID-19 Crisis Strategic Intervention dubbed as “Get Up and Resume Development in Areas of the Needy (GUARDIAN Project)”.

As a new Executive Director, I am cognizant of the fact that there will be huge challenges ahead of us. We need stable and flexible support from you to carry out this ambitious strategy. Together, in behalf of the BDA Inc., I am convinced that we can effectively accelerate our collective efforts and make a great impact on the communities we serve.

 

Engr. Windel P. Diangcalan

Executive Director, BDA Inc.