With the common commitment on education for Bangsamoro children, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) together with key partners from Tarbiyyah Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bureau of Madaris-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed Nelson Ireland, Education Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT-Australia) on June 7, 2018 at the agency’s central office located at Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.
The parties discussed about the issue on educating the Bangsamoro children with concerns on the use of the Tahderiyah curriculum as well as plan of action of both institutions in responding to the urgent need in educating the Bangsamoro communities.
BDA Deputy Executive Director Engr. Windel P. Diangcalan gave insights on the state of education in the Bangsamoro based on the agency’s expereince of program implementation and as informed by the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP).
Program on education is among the priorities of the BDA. The agency has implemented the Tahderiyyah Curriculum Program from 2006- 2018 which aim was to provide balanced and culture-senstitive education for Bangsamoro children.
The program was supported by the DFAT Australia with partners from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Officials of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) welcomed partners from agricultural sectors on September 7, 2018 at the agency’s Central Management Office (CMO) in Cotabato City.
Accordingly, the meeting was aimed at discussing possible collaborations for the development of comprehensive plan related to agricultural development in the Bangsamoro.
“This is an initial effort from concerned groups on agri in Bangsamoro which is very welcome for BDA to talk about. To note, agri is also one of our priorities under the economy and livelihood program thrust of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP)”, Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director said.
Dir. Yacob was joined by deputy executive director Engr. Windel Diangcalan, division heads such as Rhadzni Taalin for program operations, Abdulmaguid Salidatan, admin, Hashim Manticayan, human resource development and Macmodin Ali.
Visitors were Mao Baraguir of Tabun Halal, Nanding Sayutin of Department of Agriculture of the Local Government Unit of Datu Saudi in Maguindanao, Dr. Panda of City LGU of Cotabato and Bedo Enggel, a retired DA employee.
BDA has been the donor and development coordination unit of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as per directives issued in November 2014.
With the common objective for the Bangsamoro youth, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) welcomed visitors from Office of the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs headed by BTA-Parliament Member and Focal Head of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission Atty. Marjanie Mimbantas on May 17, 2019 at BDA-Training Center in Cotabato City.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA executive director with Hashim Manticayan, deputy executive director sat with the guests for the focus group discussion participated by some youth organization like Union of Muslim Youth Organization (UMYO) and the Moro International Students Association (composed of Moro scholars from Turkey).
Accordingly, this FGD aimed to strategically identify several necessary trainings for the Bangsamoro youth that is beneficial during the transition period and the succeeding regular election of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and will be submitted to Turkey as they expressed their commitment in uplifting the Bangsamoro through education assistance.
Engr. Diangcalan expressed his gratitude as he welcomed the participants.
‘’BDA as you may know is focusing on socio-economic development plan and part of that is youth development. The youth are very vital to define Bangsamoro government in the future, we hope that we are able to make a good result in this discussion.’’ Engr. Diangcalan said.
Atty. Marjanie Mimbantas in his statement, stressed the general challenges of the BARMM and one of this is the higher expectation of the people especially the organic member of the MILF.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency through Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob joined in the recently concluded Leaders’ Summit-cum-Peace Initiative Forum on May 30, 2018 at Davao City.
According to Yacob, BDA’s presence in the event is part of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) sincerity in pursuit of peace and development in the countryside. He represented Chairman Murad Ebrahim during the event.
Dir. Yacob delivered the MILF’s message, which highlighted the current peace situation and challenges in Bangsamoro, specifically the threat of the violent extremism.
“Violent extremism may likely remain a threat to the Bangsamoro and the entire country. More than anyone outside Bangsamoro, the people of Bangsamoro are aware of this threat and are committed to counter such situation”, he quoted.
He added, “the MILF has proposal for this campaign facilitated by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) which is among the responses of the MILF to this reality. By preparing a Bangsamoro wide campaign to prevent violent extremism, the MILF wants to create a momentum of awareness in the communities of Bangsamoro on the threat of Violent Extremism”.
The message ended by stating that “every sector of our society must have a role to push peace process move forward and play to prevent this serious societal problem, that hamper economic development growth in all aspects”
Yacob also noted that different leaders in the country have gathered and participated the grand occasion in a show of promoting global peace.
BDA, as a development arm of the MILF, is tasked to determine, lead and manage the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the conflict-affected communities in Mindanao coupled with its added task of being the donor-coordinating unit of the MILF.
The forum was organized by the Jose Maria College and led by its College of Law.
Another milestone complementing the flourishing hope in the Bangsamoro happened today March 26, 2019 as the Program Partnership Agreement (PPA) was signed between the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the Ittihadun Madrasah Bil Philippines, Inc. (IMBPI) for the STRENGTHENING CAPACITIES FOR DELIVERY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN THE CAAM.
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.
For this program, BDA will 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).
IMBPI is an organization duly registered to Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) mandated by the Tarbiyyah (MILF Education Committee) to implement educational interventions and accreditation of implementing balanced-education (SMC) and traditional madrasah curriculum.
In a message, BDA referred to education as one of the main priorities of the BARMM.
“We were with you and we will be with you in producing future Bangsamoro leaders equipped with balanced education”, Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA executive director stated.
IMBPI president Dr. Ismail Abdullah thanked partners for supporting the mission towards developing future leaders who are professionals and with fear of the Allah s.w.t.
“We hope that our future leaders in the Bangsamoro have those qualities. Tahderiyyah is very important because it is the foundation, the early education that develops our children”, Dr. Abdullah said.
For UNICEF, working together will bring good changes and results for the children education despite the challenges ahead.
“If we want sustainable peace and development in BARMM and Mindanao, we must work together to invest in quality early learning programs like the Tahderiyyah”, Dr. Rosalia Batacalan of UNICEF stated.
Meeting with BARMM Member of the Parliament Eddie Alih and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chief Abdul Jalil Umngan, with BDA executive driector Engr. Windel Diangcalan and Program & Operation Head Rhadzni Taalim at BDA- CMO Cotabato City on September 24, 2019.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) was grateful receive brothers and valued partners from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Philippine office, Country Director Mustapha and Deputy Director Enes at the agency’s office in Cotabato City on May 27, 2019.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA executive director together with deputy executive director Hashim Manticayan welcomed the visitors.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) welcomed its new chairman of the board of directors (BOD) Ustada Abusaliha Macacuna.
Macacuna officially took the seat of chairmanship on August 26, 2019 replacing Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan, who is now a minister to the Ministry of Health- BARMM.
Macacuna was a member of BDA- BOD in 2011 and was appointed as the second regional manager for the agency’s regional management office in Ranaw.
“Being the new BDA Chairman is a big challenge because we all know that it involves many things like decision-making, leadership, and money. But since it is the decision of the Central Committee, we can’t do anything but to accept the new assignment”, he stated
“I am asking for the support of other BOD member, staffs from CMO, regional, provincial offices of BDA. I am encouraging them not just to maintain but strengthen the unity within the organization”, Macacuna told.
“I look forward how to manage this (BDA) more better in the future especially that we are now in the Bangsamoro government (BARMM)”, the new BDA chair ended.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) welcomed Dr. Mevlit Yurtseen of Alliance of International Doctors, based in Turkey, and party today October 28, 2019 at agency's office in Cotabato City
According to Engr. Diangcalan, BDA discussed with the visitors about health priority program and projects of the agency with possible partnership with BARMM.
He expressed thanks to the visitors and with the company and support Ömer Kesmen.
BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob together with key staff and volunteers of the agency welcomed brothers from Turkey for the Qurbani Program 20018 on August 20, 2018 at BDCCCI, Cotabato City.
Visitors are in the city to monitor the implementation of the program in line with the Eid’l Adha Celebration.
Bangsamoro-scholars who finished schooling in Turkey also joined the meeting and acted as translators between BDA and Turkey officials to better promote understanding on the topics discussed.
Eid’l Adha (feast of sacrifice) is an annual event observed by Muslim Ummah worldwide to commemorate the act of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as act of worship to Allah s.w.t.
Over 200 cows are purchased for this year to sacrifice and be distributed to identified beneficiaries who are the poorest of the poor in Cotabato City, provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
Deniz Feneri Dernegi, Turkiye Dyanet Vakfi, Insani Yardim Vakfi and Sadaqatasi are humanitarian organizations based in Turkey that are supporting the Qurbani Program 2018.