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BDA Communications

Monday, 28 October 2019 06:48

Serving communities living outside BARMM

The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) facilitated a workshop for Barangay Development Planning (BDP) in Panikian, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental on October 26, 2019. 

According to Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA executive director, this effort is part of the agency's commitment to provide services for the communities outside BARMM areas. 

"The agency isvery pleased to share our expertise and learning from the previous engagement most particularly in the formulation of Bangsamoro Development Plan in 2015, which serves as main reference in the crafting of the Development Road Map of the newly established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

To note, the BDA had worked with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the formulation of the masterplan for the Economy and Infrastructure thematic areas of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) in 2016.

In 2017-2018, the BDA collaborated with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on the Mindanao Development Corridors-Joint Planning and Programming, particularly on the Bangsamoro Economic Development Corridors.

For an agency tasked of the development projects for conflict-affected communities, along with other mission for the Bangsamoro, sustaining the spirit of its workforce is essential for effective and efficient delivery of services.

“We organized this simple team building activity for all of us at BDA to have some time to enjoy together away from our daily work even for a day only”, Sarah Panglima said.

Sarah is the human resource management officer (HRMO) of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).

Officers and staff of the agency had fun together during the team building event on September 3, 2018 at Amaya Resort, Kusiong Beach in Datu Odin Sinsuat Maguindanao.

 

During the activity, various games such as sack race, tug of war, balloon bursting pinoy henyo and others were prepared and joined by active staff of BDA that made the event more fun and memorable.

“In this activity, you are to obey rules in playing the games prepared for you”, BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob told staff.

He also added that this fun-filled activity proves that we can be active players without compromising our religion. This is a ‘guided happiness’ we are undertaking, he noted referring to the delight that can be derived from this team building effort.

“This activity is very helpful in relieving stress”, one staff said.

Another staff shared that some physical games gave him body pain which made him realized the need to have stretching some times for stronger and healthier body.

After the games, BDA family all together join the “boodle fight” and savor the foods prepared by the beach.

Swimming at the sea followed where everyone enjoyed the cool water while some went banana-boat riding.

There were BDA members also who satisfied themselves by just watching the scenes and breathing the fresh air from the sea.

For the BDA Management, this team building activity is important in promoting and strengthening teamwork among staff.

“As one saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work!”

It also builds and develop further the established working relationship between and among employees especially from top to bottom.

BDA is a development agency mandated of the relief and rehabilitation in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao and of building the capacity of the Bangsamoro for long-aspired future governance role.

At present, the agency has over one hundred number of staff working together in managing various programs and projects all intended for the development of underserved communities.

With an end to improve management of the orphanage for the children they are taking of, staff of the Moro Orphanage Complex worked together recently for evaluation and planning on January 2-3, 2019 at the said institution located at Tamontaka 1, Cotabato City.

According to Ustadza Anisa Taha, orphanage director, the purpose of the activity was for every staff to learn and develop further their capacities in managing the orphanage for the welfare of the children.

“I wish for them to learn more, I let them share their stories of their childhood, the way they were raised so that they can compare and apply as they perform their tasks in looking after the orphans”, Ustadza Taha said.

During the activity, participants were grouped based on their designated roles e.g. laundry worker, cook, in-house officer, distant orphan officer, health officer and among others.

Each group were asked to evaluate their current practice of performing their duties, and determine what they think can improve their works.

Omer Kesmen of the Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), the organization sponsoring the orphanage also graced the activity and spoke about the history of their foundation.

 Accordingly, IHH is supporting orphans worldwide because they believe that it is the children losing their parents who are the most affected in times of difficulties e.g. war.

 Also during the activity, Ustadza Anisa shared that they presented awards to outstanding employees who were Ustadz Buhari Lintang, Judith Adam and Aisa Kanakan.

 At present, there are 120 female orphans housed at the Moro Orphanage Complex.

 The institution is run and managed with the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) as local partner and the IHH as donor partner.

Orientation on Admin and Finance Procedures for Tahderiyyah Expansion on April 17 and 19, 2019 at BDA Training Center in Cotabato City. 

BDA is be the implementing partner with the IMBPI to facilitate the implementation with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and with fund assistance from Embassy of Japan (EOJ).

The program which will run for 18 months aims to provide early learning program to 40, 000 Bangsamoro children through expansion of Madrasah delivering early learning programme.

It will include strengthening governance and management of Tahderiyyah, improving the quality of Tahderiyyah and strengthening program monitoring and supervision.

 

 

 

In a meeting hosted by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on July 18 here at Cotabato City, key official from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) told the agency of the significance of proper information to communities for massive support for the incoming ratification and plebiscite among others.

It’s up to us now how are we going to make our communities properly informed about the things that matter to them”, OPAPP Assistant Secretary Rolando Asuncion stated.

He added: “we are now in the tail end towards a new beginning and it’s up to us on how we work out things so that our communities – especially those who are not yet very supportive of our endeavors – to provide their support for the coming Bangsamoro government referring to the need for massive support for the incoming ratification and plebiscite among others.

Further, Asec Asuncion recognized the fact that the battle is not yet over in the BBL approval for the fight is yet to be fought still in that plebiscite aspect.

He reiterated support to the efforts towards progress in Mindanao and described the situation as having ‘reached the tail end towards a new beginning’ now the Bangsamoro Basic Law made its way to the approval of the Bicameral Conference.

The JTFCT meeting is part of BDA strategies to cull out learnings, polish related concerns and resolve pressing issues regarding the on-going implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project attended by representatives from key partners such as the JTFCT, BDA CPST and office staff and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).

MTF-RDP/2 is part of the continuing effort of BDA together with partners to help uplift the living condition of its people thru access to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

MTFRDP/2 targets selected communities in the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) namely Camp Bushra, Camp Bilal, Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badre and Camp Omar.

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 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

BDA is the project-implementing unit (PIU) while the CFSI is the trust fund recipient.

Funds for the projects come from 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 Agency for International Cooperation in the Philippines (AECID) is also supporting the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the on-going initiative of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Office (UNFAO) on “developing and piloting socio-economic model durable solution in transforming Bangsamoro communities into productive agro-economic areas” is the conduct of Strategic Management Planning and Development Training, which was realized recently on July 13, 2018 at the Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City, Inc. (BDCCI) in Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.

Participants to the said activity were BDA management team, staff and volunteers led by executive director Mohammad S. Yacob and members of the People’s Organizations (POs) from Brgy. Buliok, Sultan Mastura in Maguindanao and Brgy. Cabpangi, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato where this project is being piloted.

According to Engr. Windel Diangcalan, deputy executive director of BDA who facilitated the training, outputs from the workshops will be inputs for the socio-econ model that this project shall develop once completed.

“The outputs of this project will provide inputs to develop the socioeconomic model and will contribute to the piloting of the socioeconomic model,” he said.

Sessions during the training were presentation about BDA and the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), inputs on strategic thinking and management, and the role of communication.

Facilitated also during the activity were workshops on formulation of vision, mission and strategies for each group of the POs and of the BDA, Strength, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results (SOAR) Analysis and among others.

Participants shared their stories of involvement and understaning of BDA.

Lengan Bitali, PO president in Brgy. Cabpangi accounted that “the coming of BDA in our place indeed brought good things. The Values Transformation Training (VTT) is the best part of it. As an Imam (religious leader), I am sharing to our people the learning I gained from VTT”.

“What is I understand about BDA is that it is created for the development of Bangsamoro communities who have been left behind for many years. For us at community level, BDA is an opportunity for learning and for recovery from poverty”, he added.

BDA and UNFAO signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) in January this year for this project which objective is to open opportunities and link farmers to market to ensure sustainability of their livelihood and establish value chain. There will be also various training for the beneficiaries such as farm preparation through modern methods, Values Enhancement Training (VET), book keeping and recording, project planning and among others.

 

 

 

Men and women of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) convened recently with high spirit, dedication and commitment to plan together forward actions with the intention to continue serving the Bangsamoro.

The BDA Strategic Planning was conducted on May 1-4, 2019 at the Eden Resort in Davao City with support and facilitation from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).

In the activity, BDA worked together to revisit the previous strategic plan and assessed the performance of the agency for the past years. From there, participants joined hands in identifying ways forward, BDA identity given the current landscape in the Bangsamoro with the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) ratification and Bangsamoro Government establishment.

Output of the workshops were presented and discussed and will be finalized and subject for the approval of the BDA Board of Directors and then the MILF Central Committee.

BDA was created in 2002 by the virtue of GPH-MILF Tripoli Agreement of 2001 and for the past seventeen years, the agency was able to deliver its mandate of relief, rehabilitation and development in the CAAM while building the capacity of the Bangsamoro on various fields of admin and finance, project planning, management and monitoring, data management, reporting and documentation, community mobilization and organizing and among others.

 

 

 

In a meeting hosted by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), a senior officer of the Moro Islamic Liberation Joint Front – Task Force for Camps Transformation has urged the agency’s development workers to perform their responsibilities as expected of them in a message delivered last July 18 here at Cotabato City.

Uz. Zacaria Guma, Chairman of the JTFCT at Camp Omar also told the Camp Project Support Team (CPST) of BDA and their partners to exert extra effort in order to fulfill their duties required of them as catalysts of change towards peace and development in the Bangsamoro communities while striving to be as efficient and sincere as possible in their given tasks.

“What we are doing now is just a small portion of what we need to undertake in the future as we face another stage of the Bangsamoro journey towards peace and development in our respective areas”, Guma articulated in his closing message addressing the co-members of the JTFCT, BDA CPST and key staff of the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) and BDA – Central Management Office.

The JTFCT meeting is part of BDA strategies to cull out learnings, polish related concerns and resolve pressing issues regarding the on-going implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) attended by representatives from key partners such as the JTFCT, BDA CPST and office staff and the CFSI.

MTF-RDP/2 is part of the continuing effort of BDA together with partners to help uplift the living condition of its people thru access to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

MTFRDP/2 targets selected communities in the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) namely Camp Bushra, Camp Bilal, Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badre and Camp Omar.

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 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

BDA is the project-implementing unit (PIU) while the CFSI is the trust fund recipient.

Funds for the projects come from the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as 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 Agency for International Cooperation in the Philippines (AECID) is also supporting the project.

 

 

 

A group of Bangsamoro professionals from the Kapalawan Province of Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Central Mindanao Region is attending a three-day training on Islamic Leadership, which started today March 22, 2019 at Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City, Inc. located at Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.

The activity is organized by the development catalysts of BDA Kapalawan Province.

Hashim Manticayan, head of BDA human resource division is the lead facilitator/resource person of the training with assistance from other trainers of BDA CenMin Region.

Over a hundred of interested youth flocked to attend the orientation about the Turkiye Scholarship on January 24, 2019 at the Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City (BDCCCI).

Officials from Turkey Foreign Scholarship spearheaded the activity by informing the participants of the rules and regulations, processes, requirements and among others.

It was informed that the said scholarship program offers free education sponsorship for undergraduate, masteral and doctorate.

Interested applicants may visit https://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/ for more details and information.

Prior to the said orientation, Ebubekir Kadri Biskinter and Hale Karaismailoglu of the Turkey Foreign Scholarship met with BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob for a courtesy meeting.

The visitors said that they visited the Bangsamoro to learn about education needs in the region.

It was further informed that accordingly, the Turkey Government considers the education as the 2nd among their priorities for areas for assistance in the Bangsamoro.

Three Bangsamoro Alumni to the Turkey Scholarship were also in attendance during the activity.