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Officials from the University of Health Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey are now on a mission for health assessment in the Bangsamoro. This medical group arrived in Bangsamoro on August 2, 2019. The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) welcomed and received them with gratitude at the agency’s central management office in Cotabato City.

Part of the mission of was a courtesy visit to BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim on Aug. 4. The UHS team also visited a rural health unit (RHU) in Brgy. Libungan, Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

To further have the understanding of health system in the region, the group likewise went to Cotabato City Regional and Medical Center (CRMC), the largest hospital in the region on Aug. 6.

They also visited Sanitarium Hospital in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and also to the BARMM Ministry of Health.

On Aug. 7, the Turkish delegate facilitated a forum on public health to a hundred of participants coming from various sectors in Cotabato City and Maguindanao such health services personnel from CRMC, Sanitarium Hospital, Doctors de Barrio, volunteers from BDA and Bangsamoro Emergency Action Team (BEAT) including medical in professionals.

Minister Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan of the BARMM Ministry of Health together with his staff also graced the forum.

Team from BDA led by Dr. Rizaldy Piang, Dr. Sherjan Kalim, Carolyn Biruar and Hairanna Daud together with Bangsamoro scholars (who helped in translation) Abdulshattar Zailon, Norhudda Bansil and Nasrudin Kusain accompanied the UHS officials during this mission.

Today, Aug. 8, the team will be at BDA-CMO to present the initial output of their mission before they will leave for Turkey the following day.

LOOK: A PO in Sarangani, still active, functional and going stronger after many years.  Members of Sapu Masla Association for Peace and Unity of Bgry. Sapu Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani recently convened for their annual assembly to present accomplishments and ways froward. Their organization manifest relevance of sustainability to make the project more beneficial for many- indeed a story of community empowerment and development.

The organization is a recipient of Water System Project from the Mindanao Trust Fund Phase I particularly Program Partnership Agreement 3 (PPA3) in 2010. And again selected in 2016 to receive rental facility project. 

BDA was the implementing agency of the MTF Phase I. 

 

 

 

The Bangsamoro Development Agency in close collaboration with its Camps Project Support Team (CPST) deployed across the six camps, organized simultaneous visits to the areas where development projects have been previously implemented this September 17-19, 2018 in Magnaga, Pantukan, Compostela Valley, Dinas Zamboanga del Sur and Brgy. Cabpangi, Pigcawayan in North Cotabato with potable water system, road-related and post-harvest facility sub-project.

According to Rhadzni M. Taalim, Project Coordinator and concurrent head of the Planning and Operations Division, the activity is aimed towards enhancing the capacity of the implementers like the Peoples Organizations, CPSTs and the Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation (JTFCT) about operation and maintenance of the sub-projects leading to its sustainability.

He also disclosed that more than 100 individuals will be participating in the said experiential learning activity.

Participants will be composed of the concerned PO members, CPSTs, JTFCT and key staff from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) being the trust fund recipient for the MTFRDP/2.

Further, Taalim noted that this special area visitation will help the POs acquire lessons from the site visited which they could possibly use for the sustainability of the organization and the sub-project.

The activity, based on a document shared by the agency, will allow the participants to listen to the success stories which may be replicated by the POs, learn from the challenges encountered and the ways in managing it in order to move forward.

A total of three teams will go down the areas to cull out necessary learnings for the PO implementers and other partners.

MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.

MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.

The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.

 

 

 

Monday, 28 October 2019 06:26

Joining the fight against polio

One with the fight against polio, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) gathered 196 social mobilizers on October 25, 2019 at agency's regional management office (RMO) in Marawi City.

Social mobilizers are tasked to conduct mapping of children aged 5 years below subject for vaccination against (poliomyelitis/polio). 

Those social mobilizers are distributed in 39 municipalities in Lanao del Sur to disseminate information about the importance of polio vaccination. Polio vaccination is being advocated by the national government since outbreak has been recently declared in the country. 

BDA is working with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) for this undertaking. 

 

After long years of fetching water from the mountain, community members of Brgy. Datalpandan in Guindulungan, Maguindanao will no longer need to climb higher to get clean water for drinking now that project on water system was completed and formally turned over to them on February 11, 2019.

The project is under the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2), a program partnership signed between the BDA and CFSI, which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

During the turn-over ceremony, project stakeholders rejoiced and expressed gratitude to the donors and implementers of the project.

Sheikh Bashir Abdulbayan, co-chairman of the JTFCT was thankful and said that “we are indeed grateful for this project, people cannot believe that there is this kind of project in up in the mountain”.

“We thank BDA and CFSI”, he ended.

Representative from the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) stated that “there have been projects that came here in our community but this one is incomparable”.

This water system project was built with seven tap stands distributed in every Sitio of the barangay to ensure equal access of the seventy-five households who will benefit from the project.

 

 

 

As part of the social preparation activities for Quick Response Project (QRP), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) hosted an orientation for the members of the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JTFCT) on July 6, 2018 at Cotabato City.

 

QRP is a project under BDA, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnership, which will be implemented across the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

 

Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA Executive Director said that this undertaking is part of the Government of the Philippines (GPH’s) commitment to the peace process in line with the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro of 2014.

 

“This is GPH’s commitment in pursuing peace and development in Mindanao”, Yacob noted.

 

He added: “unlike other BDA-administered projects, this BDA-OPAPP-UNDP intervention is a show of readiness on the part of government to fulfill its promises towards the Bangsamoro”.

Further, Yacob sought guidance from the JTFCT in the project implementation especially in its Social Preparation stage in which BDA is particularly charged to lead.

 

He urged them to stand tall and show their people that “you are not only in command during battles, but also leaders in the development efforts for the less-privileged Bangsamoro in your respective areas of jurisdiction”.

 

Meanwhile, Ranee Sinsuat, OPAPP Project Development Officer III expressed all-out support to the program as she hopes successful turn-out of activities in the ground level.

 

Mohaimen Usman, BDA Project Coordinator presented key inputs to the attending JTFCT members including project overview, key messaging strategies and work plans among others.

 

He also sought guidance from the group in identifying specific schedules to be followed in the coming days that would aid smooth implementation in the ground.

 

Mohamad Salih, Project Board member who gave key message in support to the program urging everyone to do their part to make the initiative fruitful was also in attendance.

 

Abdulmaguid Salidatan, Head of the Administrative Division, Sarah Panglima, Human Resource Officer and other staff from the Central Office also attended the event.

 

Delivery of projects to conflict communities has been the primary mandate of BDA like the QRP and other similar initiatives as part of the continuing effort to sustain the gains and build the confidence of the Bangsamoro.

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Beneficiaries in camp communities for the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) shared stories of development and hopes during the 2nd Implementation Support Mission (ISM) that started on April 23, 2019.

In Brgy. Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao, the group of indigenous people told that they really benefited from the alternative learning system (ALS) component of the project.

“We learned the basic of reading and writing, and we hope that there will be another class so that we can learn more”, the group stated.

They are grateful also of the tribal hall they received from the project, which accordingly will be useful for their group.

Abdulmuin Ampatuan, Tuayan barangay chairman expressed thanks to the project team and partners.

“We are honored and privileged for choosing our community because it is an opportunity for us to become a better one. We are indeed supportive of whatever that will benefit and towards the betterment of everyone”, he stated.

Abdul Makakena, member of the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) shared stories of involvement in the project implementation, which accordingly is gradually transforming him to become a better person.

“As a rebel, I am transforming to be a responsible citizen. Before, I cannot walk alone by myself even in this community because of the situation those days where you cannot entrust yourself to anyone. Because of this development, we will forget the past, but still we will continue our struggle for genuine peace”, JTFCT member said.

PO President Abdullah Ibrahim affirmed that indeed, the road project and post-harvest facility they received from MTFRDP/2 is a big help to the farmers for easy transport of products, drying and storage.

Project recipients in Brgy. Kinibeka, DOS, Maguindanao likewise shared their stories and experience.

The IP group told that the solar dryer they chose as sub-project really helped in processing their crops from farming where they get source of living.

JTFCT member under Camp Badre, covering Brgy. Kinibeka related about how they came up in identifying priority projects in the camp and the benefits it brought to the people in the community.

ALS completers also shared stories of being able to get education for free.

ISM is a regular activity conducted with overall objective of looking into the progress of the MTFRDP/2.

For the 2nd ISM for the current project phase, there were two teams who are assigned to visit project sites and do community interactions in different project sites until April 25, 2019.

MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.

MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.

The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.

 

Thursday, 20 June 2019 06:08

Blood donors convene for 41st MBD

 

Blood donors from all walks of life recently convened for the common goal to share life during the 41st Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) on June 16, 2019 at City Mall in Cotabato City.

NazneenBiruar, program coordinator reported that there were 270 of blood units collected from said bloodlettingactivity.

MBD is a regular program of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) since 2008, which aims to contribute to the continuing blood necessity in Central Mindanao.

The program has received various awards and recognitions for the past years for the accomplishments it gained in advocating the importance of blood donation.

The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in partnership with the United Nations – Food and Agriculture (UN-FAO) turned-over a total of 160 bags of farm inputs to Cabpangi farmers in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on June 5, 2018.

The farm assistance consisted of one hundred fifteen (115) bags of complete (14-14-14), forty (40) bags of Urea (46-0-0) and five (5) bags of muriate of potash (0-0-60) were given to Cabpangi Integrated Farmers Association, who will use it within three applications during the entire growth stages of their rice plants.

In a message, Focal Person of the BDA-UNFAO Program Rhadzni Taalim said that any follow through activity relative to the program will largely depend on how the association manages the farm inputs provided to them.

He also appealed to said farmers to include in their prayers the success of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as “this will also mean another success of the part of the Bangsamoro”.

This project is piloted in two municipalities namely: Sultan Mastura targeting Barangay Boliok for vegetable seeds with fertilizers and the municipality of Pigcawayan  with Barangay Cabpangi as target for rice production.

The People’s Organization through its president Langan Bitale thanked the visitors for the received items as he noted that this is a big help for them given their dilemma in reaching out to a middleman just to proceed with their planting.

Also present during the turn-over were Livelihood Officer Guiamaludin A. Sampulna, Community Facilitator Macmodin A. Ali and Admin Assistant Abdul Basir Bukua. Cesar Galvan of UNFAO also attended the activity.

The project is part of the development and piloting of socio-economic model for durable solution in transforming Bangsamoro communities into productive economic areas with BDA and UNFAO as key partners in the implementation.

 

 

 

With the common objective to deliver, socio-economic projects for improved access to basic services of conflict communities, moreover towards the confidence building in Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined hands for the implementation of the Quick Response Project (QRP) in selected barangays within the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The project is expected to kick-off next month, July 2018 through social preparation activities that will include courtesy call and coordination with local government units (LGUs) and community-wide orientation.

Under the QRP, there will be eighteen (18) types of socio-economic infrastructure (SEI) projects to be constructed in eighteen barangays across the MILF camps namely Camp Omar, Camp Abubakar As-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badre, Camp Bilal and Camp Bushra.

“This project is being funded by the Government of the Philippines (GPH)  through the OPAPP as their commitment for the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)”, BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob said.

He further stated noted that the implementation of this project is fruit of the on-going peace process between the GPH and the MILF.

BDA is tasked for the social preparation phase of this project for the camps.