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October 26, 2020. It is when you are discussing a topic to the group of participants of the training you are facilitating and someone was just walking in the middle carrying a weapon, as if showing off power and disrespect.

Another scene is when a village leader did not welcome your team to the place, and whenever there is activity, he will send a group of armed men circling around the venue.

What would you do as the team leader of the project?

For Alimuddin Hadjinor, community development officer of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.), such incident was part of the dynamics in camp communities that a development worker must know and understand. For him, patience is the best thing that one should possess to be able to manage such situation and realities.

“I and my team had let them do such disrespectful act and we just went on with our activity”, Hadjinor said.

He added that even they were ignored by the village leader despite the various attempts to pay respect to their office, his team would still go down for a while to greet and update them about the activity they are conducting for the day in the community.

“We just let them with that manner, no words from us. We only told them that our team is here in the village to conduct training as important component of the project that shall provide benefit of the people”, Hadjinor stated.

His team carried out all the activities in line with the project implementation and maintained harmonious relationship among the community members in the camp.

Hadjinor has been leading the team of Camp Project Support Team (CPST) in Camp Omar Ib’n Al-Khattab, who is the first team to complete the implementation of the socio-economic infrastructure (SEI) sub-project under the MTF-RDP/2 Stage 2 and officially turned over the facility to the rightful beneficiary in Brgy. Talibadok, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao.

The agri-facility building with solar dryer and corn sheller sub-project shall benefit the farmers and the residents of the community who have no access to post-harvest facilities- thus affecting their income to sustain their families. Brgy. Talibadok is an agricultural land, and farming is one major source of income.

This sub-project is funded by the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTF-RDP/2)- implemented in support to the confidence-building measures on Camps Transformation under the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

MTF-RDP/2 covers eight villages in the six acknowledged camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) namely: Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Badre, Camp Bilal bin Rabbah Darul Shuhada, Camp Busrah Somiorang, Camp Omar Ib’n Al-Kattab, and Camp Rajamuda.
MTF-RDP/2 focused its support to the Joint Task Forces on Camps Transformation (JTFCT) towards transforming their outlook from conflict to development. There is also a component on Alternative Learning System (ALS) that cater the needs of the vulnerable groups like the out-of-school youth, women, elderlies, person with disabilities, and others who were not able to complete education due to war and poverty.
Teamwork and respect
CPST Camp Omar is composed of Alimuddin Hadjinor (Community Development Officer), Nasser Masandag (community organizer), Engr. Abdulgaffar Sundang (rural infrastructure engineer), and Walid Maliga (driver).
When asked what is their best practice as a team that enabled them to be the first CPST to complete and successfully turned over one of two sub-projects in the said camp, these hardworking development workers said, “It’s the respect.”
“We respect each other. We recognize the role of each member of the team. We do consultation, we listen to everyone’s idea and then we come up with an informed and collective decision”, Engr. Sundang stated.

”Teamwork is also a winning practice”, Masandag stressed.

“We help one another. While we do our own job, based on our position, we also help each other if anyone of us cannot do his task because of some valid reasons”, Masandag added.

Meanwhile, Walid Maliga, the team driver, is appreciative to the team for considering his thoughts whenever they have activities to conduct.

Now, the team is happy to share that those individuals who have disbelief in them and to the project are their friends already. In fact, those people have asked for forgiveness from the team and since then, those enemies are now friends.
CPST Camp Omar told that these friends have become supportive of the project, generous to them, offering them food and warm welcome whenever they are in the community, for monitoring and supervision of the project implementation.

“The most important is the intention. As long as you know your goal, and why are you doing the project, and that it is for the benefit of people, not of a single individual, you will succeed” the team ended. (BDAInc.2020)

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 07:08

Road opens for remote community in MILF camp

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"We are on the road to recovery...
"We will do our best to take care of this project...
"All-out-war in 2000, this is now the blessing..
"This is a big honor for us....
"This road project will result to high productivity and low losses of Bangsamoro farmers....
"Bangsamoro Gov.t supports development projects that benefit the Bangsamoro constituents...

These were the words and statements of various stakeholders who attended the Turnover Ceremony of One-lane Concrete Road on November 23, 2020 in Brgy. Nabalawag, Barira, Maguindanao (CAMP ABUBAKAR).

The project was funded through the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTF-RDP/2)- implemented in support to the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

#Bangsamoro Development Agency (#BDA Inc.)
#Bangsamoro Planning and Development Agency (BPDA-#BARMM)
- Task Force on Camps Transformation- Camp Abubakar
- Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation (JTFCT-MILF)
- Community and Family Services International
- Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (#MAFAR-#BARMM)
- Municipal Local Government Unit of Barira, Maguindanao
- Barangay Local Government Unit of Nabalawag, Barira, Maguindanao
- International Monitoring Team
- People's Organization
- Community members
- Stoneline Construction

Saturday, 28 November 2020 07:02

Continuing Assistance to Camp Communities

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Partners and stakeholders at the community level express full support to the continuing development assistance coming for camp communities through the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase Three (MTF-RDP/3). Recently, BDA Camp Project Support Team across the six major camps paid courtesy call to partner local government units (municipal and barangay level) and to MILF Political Committee as part of the coordination and communication strategy to inform stakeholders of the key information about the project, guided by the values of transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability.

MTF-RDP/3 is a project implemented in continuing support to the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB); and in desire to aid the Bangsamoro transition taking into account the current global pandemic towards an inclusive collaborative and complementary peace and development approach for all.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:27

You help us develop our community

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Message of thanks flows in camp communities as clean water runs especially for those who received water project recently turned over through the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2).

The people organization in Brgy. Sadangen, Gen. SKP in Maguindanao formally received the project that was solar-powered water system level II during the turnover ceremony on August 18, 2019.

“For the longer time, we never expect that development would reach us here in the mountains. There were organizations also who came here but did not pursue the project because of the distance.”

These were the words of people in the barangays of Kinebeka in Datu Odin Sinsuat and Datalpandan in Guindulungan all the province of Maguindanao as they formally received development projects on August 18, 2019.

Community members, key officials and leaders of Brgy. Inug-ug in Pikit, North Cotabato are grateful for being part of the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2)- a development project implemented in the six major camps of the MILF.

During the community-wide orientation in the said village, participants expressed thanks to BDA, CFSI and partners for bringing development project to their community.

““For the long time, development projects were only passing by in our community. We are happy that now the project is coming and we are supportive”, BIAF member told.

The Bangsamoro Development Agency headed by Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob recently hosted the Values Transformation Training in Barangay Saniag in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in Camp Omar as part of the social preparation for the communities engaged in the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase (MTF-RDP/2).

In an update given by Hashim Manticayan, Head of the Human Resource Division of BDA, he reported that Maguindanaon and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) were trained on the values needed to be promoted and applied as individual human beings.

Manticayan also relayed that the residents were vocally happy about the training and that one IP participant even went on suggesting to send her kids to learn about the values being inculcated by the organization to its workforce with added Islamic knowledge in general.

A celebration of history, identity and unity; and of the common aspirations towards better life- is the story to tell to describe the turnover ceremony of tribal hall to Teduray community in Brgy. Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao on August 15, 2019.

The project was funded through the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2), a program partnership signed between BDA and CFSI that aims to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

During the turnover ceremony, the people’s organization received certificate of turnover that signals the formal acceptance of the project and the responsibility on operation, maintenance and sustainability.

The turnover ceremony became a gathering of all sectors in the community that speaks of the unity and common aspirations for development of everyone.

In a courtesy meeting to the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on August 21, 2018 in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, delegations from Turkey expressed continued support to Bangsamoro.

“We will help you the best that we can”, a Turkey official stated.

The meeting transpired after the Eid’l Adha prayer in celebration of the Eid’l Adha (feast of sacrifice), an annual event observed by Muslim Ummah worldwide to commemorate the act of prophet Ibrahim who was about to willingly sacrifice his son as worship to the Allah s.w.t.

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