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Key staff for the implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) convened recently on August 1, 2019 at Em Manor, Cotabato City for the story sharing and communication session facilitated by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Central Management Office (CMO).

The activity was intended to discuss to the participants the importance of communication in project management.

The session was interactive wherein the participants shared their own understanding of communication in project implementation based on their experience of the MTFRDP/2.

For the facilitator, the activity was very fruitful to the objectives of the session because it helped defined clearly the definition and importance of communication in the operation of the project.

From the discussion, the project staff mentioned about top to bottom flow of communication, analysis of the individual different level of understanding of each stakeholder even of the same group, and knowing the right approach for each member to better communicate the key information about the project.

Part also of the activity was story sharing session where each staff wrote their accomplishments for the previous month as part of documentation and in line with the objective of improving their writing skills.

 

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 08:08

For unified messaging, BDA learns BOL

 

 

 

Towards unified messaging on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL),  the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) organised orientation for its staff and volunteers on August 14, 2018 at the Bangsamoro Development Centre in Cotabato City, Inc.

BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob urged everyone that as Bangsamoro let us accept and welcome the BOL as product of the decades-long struggle of the Bangsamoro.

Hashim Manticayan, BDA head for human resource development discussed and presented in details the BOL especially those provisions related to development efforts which has been carried out by the agency for past fifteen years.

Highlight of the presentation was the Article XIV of the BOL which is about Rehabilitation and Development.

Part also of this one day gathering is the key messaging of BDA for BOL to ensure consistent and strong messaging.

“As development agency of the MILF, it is a must that we have to equip ourselves of proper information about BOL that our stakeholders will expectedly be interested about especially those communities longing for new political system that will address their needs”, Dir.Yacob stated.

He added that for BDA, BOL will enhance development projects in the Bangsamoro.

“We at BDA shall go on with our current projects and programs and we shall continue perform our duties as mandated” he ended.

 

 

 

In an effort to push for the smooth sail of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project II (MTF-RDP/2), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in close coordination with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) conducted the 2nd Planning Workshop for the Alternative Learning System last 18 June at Em Manor Hotel in Cotabato City.

The activity was conducted in order to present the key inputs related to the ALS as a component of the MTF-RDP/2, which concerns about education and literacy of the target communities.

In his words of wisdom, Learning and Development Assistant Uz Mokamad Alon quoted that education is a cultural process by which successive generation takes their places in the history adding that ‘educating the masses should be given priority by those in authority and have the capacity to undertake the educational reform agenda’ for the younger generation to benefit from.

Mohamad Salih, who serves as Project Board member and a Task Force for Camps Transformation member supported the call for educating the Bangsamoro youth in particular as he pointed out that learning is a continuous process, which does not end.

Salih also asserted that this initiative (MTF-RDP/2) is part of confidence-building which means that this is a follow-through activity of the previous engagements relative to the MTF-RDP.

Meanwhile, messages of support were also given by DepED-ARMM and other key partners’ representatives.

Thelma Artil of DepEd-ARMM committed to fully support the program in their area. Aside from Artil, Julkipli Arsad and Armando Patagan also represented the agency.

Hashim Manticayan expressed thanks to all partners who pushed themselves to join and realize the program.

CFSI Team headed by Engr. Nasser Sinarimbo, Project Coordinator were also present in the activity.

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.

 

 

 

Towards a healthier and productive workforce, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Medical Unit conducted a blood testing activity for the staff of the agency on July 1, 2018 at its Central Management Office (CMO) in Cotabato City.

According to Nazneen Biruar-Piang, focal person of BDA medical unit, the activity is intended to promote health consciousness among staff.

“Through this activity, we can help our colleagues check their health status which are often neglected due to workloads at the office.

She added “it is a common practice of many to seek for medical consultation only when they feel ill or as required. But ideally, one should have regular check-up to see his/her health condition so that it can be prevented earlier”.

Piang reported that there were twenty (20) staff who participated during the first leg of this program.

She disclosed that their team is looking forward for the regular conduct of this similar initiative every first Sunday of the month.

 

 

 

Capacity building for self-reliance is one of the components of the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction Development Project Phase II (MTFRD/2) - a program partnership signed between the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).

In line with this, the BDA as the project implementing unit of the MTFRDP/2 is currently conducting Financial Management and Literacy Training, which started on June 24, 2019 at Pagana Hotel and Restaurant, Cotabato City until June 27.

The training is intended for the people’s organizations (POs) created under the project to manage the operation of the sub-projects turned over to them. There are 20 participants from each of the barangay-recipient of each camp namely Camp Omar, Badre, Rajamuda, and Abubakar.

 

Same activity for the POs of the barangays under the other two camps in Lanao provinces namely Camp Bushra and Bilal will also be organized on July 2-5, 2019 in Iligan City.

Purpose of the training is to educate the PO members on financial management that will help them manage the operational maintenance for them to be able to properly utilize the income of the sub projects given to them towards sustainability.

Facilitator to the activity is the finance team of the BDA headed by Julhaina Cadon with Almira Danda, Mariam Balimbingan, Nor-ayn Abdullah, Bashet Dumadalog and Abdulbasir Bukua.

Topics discussed are basic costing, budgeting, forecasting, procurement process, bookkeeping and financial reporting and among others.

Part of the session are workshops and role play to ensure understanding of the participants.

The participants were able to learn how to create a work plan and a financial plan, the procurement process, and the abilities they must have, the bookkeeping, how to record, asset management and others.

MTFRDP/2 aims 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.

Pool of professional trainers and writers of the values transformation training (VTT) convened recently for the second time on August 18, 2019 at Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City to work together for the review and enhancement of the module in support to the call for moral governance in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

According to Hashim Manticayan, deputy executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and one of the strong advocates of value-based leadership and management, this initiative is a major response and commitment of the agency to help in the promotion of change with newly established Bangsamoro government.

To note, BDA as major bearer of the VTT has been instructed and expected to facilitate values training for the leaders and employees of the BARMM; thus a need to enhance the module in order to fit to the profiles, level of education and understanding of the targeted participants.

“The BDA has been carrying VTT as foundation for any other programs or projects; however the module we have is designed for community-based approach so this time, we need to upgrade it given the higher level of target participants and objectives”, Manticayan stated.

Values Transformation Training or VTT was conceptualized during the early days of BDA in 2003 in line with the agreed principle of the agency on self-change first before overall development.

It is organized before other major activities or training in a program or project can proceed to ensure that necessary values of a development catalyst is learned and comprehended by the person involved.

The VTT has become of the major programs of the BDA and is integrated as key components of all other projects. The objective is to develop a pool of catalyst with enhanced knowledge, appreciation and practice of Universals values that will help them in serving the most marginalized and indigent communities in Mindanao.

 

Development catalysts of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) from the eleven provinces of Central Mindanao Region convened on January 5-6, 2019 for the first quarterly meeting for this year at the Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City.

Highlights of the event included presentation of accomplishments of each province for the last quarter based on the major program thrusts of the BDA.

The role and becoming of BDA as development arm of the MILF was discussed by Dr. Abdus Sameh R.L. Piang, vice chairman of the agency’s board of directors.

Dr. Piang also talked about the present changes and situation related to the campaign on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the schedules of plebiscite for said law, and the responsibility of each other to work together to be able to contribute to the establishment of the Bangsamoro Government.

Hashim Manticayan, head of BDA human resource division further shared updates on the BOL campaign in Cotabato City and the current advocacy activities of the MILF in the island provinces.

Quarterly meeting has been the tradition of the BDA Central Mindanao to gather all development catalysts who are organized at the community level as local counterpart and coordinating body during field works.

They are volunteers who are mobilized to co-facilitate community-based activities and trainings and in coordinating with local partners and stakeholders to ensure proper completion of any project or program.

Volunteerism has been the primary capital of the BDA in managing and enriching its human resources that is contributory to the success and sustainability of the agency operating for sixteen years already for rehabilitation and development of the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao with the principle of learning by doing in building the capacity of the Bangsamoro.

Members of the camp project support team (CPST), field workers employed under the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) learned digital data sharing through the 2-day activity on April 1-2, 2019 at BDA Training Center in Cotabato City.

The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Division of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) organized and facilitated this activity, which objective was to introduce the tool and orient the CPST of the proper usage of which.

According to Engr. Rahima Hassan, monitoring and evaluation officer, the tool is a mobile application fitted in todays’ generation of android phones.  The features of the app is very usable for data gathering and updating, which is an essential part of project monitoring, management and implementation.

“Our CPST members will use this app in sending us data to ensure regular updating of our database thus will help in producing efficient reports on weekly basis”, Hassan told.  

Members of the camp project support team (CPST) of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) responsible for implementation of the MTFRDP/2 recently convened on June 29-30, 2019 at Pagana Resto Cotabato City for the Internal Reflection and Writeshop that aimed to collect and consolidate narratives, data and information from the team for the development of the quarter and completion report of the project.

Signed in April 2018 between BDA and CFSI, MTFRDP/2 is expected to end in August 2019.

“We did this activity as part of our preparation for the writing of the project completion report”, Rhadzni Taalim, BDA program coordinator said.

He said that the participation of the CPST is very relevant in the completion of the report because they were directly involved in the implementation of the project.

“They were those who worked at the community level, meeting the stakeholders from different sectors and facilitated activities in line with project execution, so they can better tell how it went and performed,” Taalim stated.

Part of the activity was essay writing for the internal reflection, identification of best stories, best photos and among others.

“Through this workshop and sharing, we were able to determine success stories that would be essential part of the whole project report. It is our objective to really give justice to all the efforts of our CPST in delivering all the activities intended for the project”, Taalim told.

The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Team of BDA also presented and discussed to the participants the data and information needed to be updated and complied for the completion report.

Key staff of BDA for the MTFRDP/2 also joined the activity like Julhaina Cadon, finance head; Engr. Rahib Labay, PME head; Rhadzni Taalim, project coordinator; rural infrastructure engineers (RIE-II) who were Engr. Amil Kali, Engr. Mohammad Saud Alon, and Engr. Cosain Batuampar; learning and development staff Swaib Mohammad and Mohammad Alon; and personnel from admin division.

MTFRDP/2 aims 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.

In an effort to support the project implementation in the ground, the Bangsamoro Development Agency in close collaboration with the Community and Family Services International conudcted a joint reflection session on June 27-28 at the CFSI’s Center for Excellence and Humanitarian Service in Cotabato City.

This reflection workshop is intended towards assessing the activities undertaken in the ground through the Camps Project Support Team and the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation as relayed by CFSI Project Coordinator Engr. Nasser Sinarimbo who gave the overview of the activity.

Sinarimbo also said that together “we will move as one” being partners in this intervention.

The Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project II (MTF-RDP/2) is an initiative jointly undertaken by BDA and the CFSI with an end in view of contributing to the gains of the peace process and improving access of communities to basic socio-economic services and Alternative Learning System which began early April this year until April 2019.

In his inspirational talk delivered during the session, BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob urged everyone to be courageous enough to recognize and admit mistakes straightly rather than pinpoint blame to others, in case there is anything.

“We hope that those who may commit mistakes (i.e did not follow instruction as agreed in the guidelines) would admit and tell it straight”, Yacob said.

He also reminded the team particularly those working in the ground to be guided by the standard procedures and stick to it.

“Normally, we are not wrong in doing things; it’s not following the instructions that let’s slip from the correct process” whereby he stressed on understanding and internalizing the project objectives to stay focus.

Through the BDA Operations Head and Project Coordinator Rhadzni Taalim, the approved sites for the six major camps namely Badr, Omar, Rajamuda, Abubakar, Bilal and Bushra had been presented and concurred by the team.

Further, the team were also guided by the discussion on the terms of reference of each staff as well as the deliverables to be met along the way.

Pool of presenters included also M & E Head and Planning Officer Engr. Rahib Labay for the step 2 output and project deliverables and Work Plan Preparation for Step 3; Community Development Officer/Manager Abdulrasheed Ambil for the SPP dossier, Capacity Development Specialist Ms. Basila Siago for the TORs and wrap up notes, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Ms Emaleeh Pequit on revisiting the processes involved in the step 2 activities among others.

Engr. Jandatu Salik presented an item by which to easily cope with the pressing demands of work in the ground.

Meanwhile, Engr.. Sinarimbo also shared notes on how to improve the partnership and make things flow smoothly for both partners to achieve desired goal.

BDA key officers namely Abdulmaguid Salidatan, Administrative Division Head, Julhaina Cadon, Finance Head together with the CPST among the six camps operated by the MTF-RDP/2 and other CMO staff attended the event.

CFSI on the other hand was also represented by men and women who are doing much effort in order to realize the project objective.