(AUGUST 18, 2021). Just before the all-out-war in 2000, Teng Kalidtuag, 44, of Brgy. Buldon, Barira Maguindanao already joined the armed forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
He is one of the decommissioned combatants of the MILF chosen to undergo support such as capability building towards the overall goal of transformation from conflict to productive and progressive community, as informed by the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
As a father to four children, Teng believes that moving forward from the past will be helpful for his family. He is glad to be part of the decommissioned combatants. Various assistance like livelihood support await for these combatants in line with the intention to assist them transition into civilian lives.
Teng was one of the 30 participants for the first batch of Values Transformation Training (VTT), which is among the capacity building support included in the socio-economic packages for the former combatants.
The training was on June 29 to July 1, 2021 at Molina Munoz Riverpool Resort in Parang, Maguindanao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
VTT teaches the significance of values and faith for personality development, self- change and understanding one’s behavior.
"The content of this training is not a joke, at my age I do not think that my knowledge can be further expanded and develop through values transformation training," Teng said.
He was very thankful because despite the challenges they experienced he is proud to say that he was one of those who did Jihad and fought for Bangsamoro cause.
During the training, his son informed him about the death of his mother-in-law, but in the desire to learn and finish the VTT, he did not go home.
"We will all go there (hereafter) too. Instead of going home I stayed, I just want to continue and I still want to know things about values and faith. While we are still alive, study and expand our knowledge," he added.
Through VTT, the majority of the participants were able to know their fellows better, and so far, have become closer and have bonded. All of them have only one desire and that is to learn and expand knowledge to strengthen their faith.
Another participant was Saidali Akmad who stated that “having faith-based practices will help the application of the so-called moral governance".
Saidali and Teng were among the 450 decommissioned combatants who joined the VTT.
VTT comes with the concept of moral governance, being adopted by the current Bangsamoro Government in propagating change in the region.
At present, there are already four batches of VTT organized for the decommissioned combatants. The training is jointly organized by the Nonviolent Peace Force and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) with the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) as facilitator of the training.