Latest News

News and Stories

News and Stories (113)

September 2023- COTABATO CITY-BARMM. One significant component of the on-going implementation of the project SUBATRA-ECSO: Enhancing CSOs Capacities for Inclusive Development Interventions in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition is the alternative learning system (ALS) in camp communities.

Under this mission, 360 learners (60 from each of the six major camps of the MILF) are mapped and identified to avail the basic education program through the ALS.

  • Tabuan, Kapatagan, LDS- Camp Abubakar
  • Datalpandan, Guindulungan, Maguindanao- Camp Badre
  • Tamparan, Munai, LDN- Camp Bilal
  • Sandab, Butig, LDS- Camp Bushra
  • Saniag, Ampatuan, Maguindanao- Camp Omar
  • Inug-ug, Pikit, SGA-BARMM- Camp Rajamuda

The implementation of ALS in the camps is well-coordinated with the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE-BARMM) through its Bureau of ALS Office.

In August 2023, of the 360, there were 342 who completed the ALS sessions receiving a certificate testifying their survival and completion of basic education that shall qualify them to proceed to secondary education.

With the ALS, vulnerable groups (women, solo parents, elderlies, out-of-school youth, PWDs, indigenous people, others) in the camp communities were given the chance to feel and avail education that has been elusive for them, due to the war in the past years. Classes were managed and facilitated by contracted instructional managers, two for each camp.

ALS implementation does not end with the completion of classes in August 2023, the support continues with skills training that is about helping the groups identify and establish local enterprise based on the needs and potential of their communities.

The community-based enterprise planning technique (CEPT) workshop has already been conducted and finalization of the list of trainings is being worked out to proceed with this intervention.

ALS in camp communities is managed by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) in collaboration with partner CSO, the Kapagawida Development Services Association, Inc. (KDSAI) and with the support and guidance of the Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation (JTFCT).

Through the ALS and the anticipated skills trainings, people feel the attention and development assistance they need to help uplift their living conditions, which is one intention in implementing projects like the SUBATRA-ECSO.

SUBATRA-ECSO is funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.


Completion Ceremonies

Post-Assessment with MBHTE-BALS

As the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) enters into another project dubbed as Bangsamoro Camps Transformation Project (BCTP), a project orientation was conducted last August 26-28, 2023 at Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.
The activity included presentations about BDA, project overview, communications strategies, admin and finance guidelines, environmental and social safeguards policies and the introduction of new set of staff to support the project.
Present as well are the members of Joint Task Forces on Camps Transformation (JTFCT) from the six (6) previously acknowledged camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) namely Camp Abubakar, Camp Badre, Camp Bilal, Camp Bushra, Camp Omar and Camp Rajahmuda. They play vital role as project partners and as the main mechanism committed to support the project implementation.
“We are steadfast to support the project and will ensure the security of everyone from BDA and CFSI every time you enter the camps”, said member of JTFCT in Camp Bilal.
In addition, Member of the Parliament and at the same time JTFCT-MILF Coordinator, Hon. Ali O. Salik, also expressed his continued commitment for the success of the project implementation.
“As the Coordinator of JTFCT, I acknowledge the indispensable role that I bear in ensuring the seamless and efficient implementation of the project”, Salik said.
He further stated, “Our vision is clear: to transform our conflict-affected communities into thriving, peaceful havens.”
Hon. Salik urged the JTFCT camp level to embrace their responsibilities for the BCTP with passion and determination.
On the other hand, BDA Executive Director Rhadzni Taalim highlighted the importance of the orientation.
“With this, we have laid the foundation for collaboration, transparency and accountability in the careful operation of the BCTP”.
Officials from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) were also in attendance headed by Noraida Abdullah Karim, BCTP Project Coordinator and Director for Mindanao Programme.
In her message, Karim expressed her appreciation to BDA for the successful and smooth execution of the activity.
Part also of this 3-day orientation is the planning workshop for the next steps.
BCTP has three (3) main components: community development assistance, capacity and institutional strengthening and project administration and quality assurance.
It contributes to the normalization commitments of the MILF and the Government of the Philippines (GPH), particularly the transformation of camp communities into peaceful, productive, and resilient communities.
Furthermore, BCTP is implemented by BDA Inc. in partnership with CFSI - Community and Family Services International . It is funded through Bangsamoro Normalization Trust Fund (BNTF) administered by the World Bank.

August 31, 2023/ COTABATO CITY-BARMM. The island provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is known for its rich and potentials of seafood products, beautiful beaches, and generous people, among others.

With the support of development partners, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) expands its wings for a new project that works to support aquaculture in the said islands of the Bangsamoro.

The project is dubbed as Building Resilient Livelihoods and Communities through Climate-Smart Aquaculture Value Chain in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu Archipelago under the program Strengthening the implementation of regional and local peace and development agendas in Mindanao (SPADe). It is funded by the German Cooperation (GIZ) and the European Union (EU) and implemented in partnership with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

It aims to promote inclusive socio-economic development and contribute to peacebuilding, food security, and environmental conservation through climate-resilient and sustainable livelihood interventions in aquaculture value chain in the Tawi-Tawi and Sulu Archipelago.

Fresh from those islands are the project team of BDA Inc. who went to pay courtesy meeting with local government units (LGUs) of Buan in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi and Socuban in Omar, Sulu. 

BDA Inc. introduced the agency and the project to partners and stakeholders through the said meetings and community-wide orientations at the barangay level.


The team also took the chance to visit the target aqua farms of seaweeds and lobster and was able to talk to farmers and community members regarding the status, challenges and needs of their livelihood related to seaweed and lobster farming.

Through this mission, BDA Inc. has established coordination and linkage to the key partners from LGUs, community leaders, members and other stakeholders at the local level, which is relevant for inclusivity, transparency and ownership of the project.

The project has four components; (1) organization/ strengthening of cooperatives/ fisherfolks associations; (2) value chain development and livelihood resilience building; (3) upgrading value chain post-harvest facilities; and (4) monitoring & evaluation and knowledge management.

AUGUST 25, 2023/ COTABATO CITY-BARMM. A pregnant mother in Cotabato City was diagnosed with a dengue fever. Due to low blood platelet count, six bags of blood were needed to help her fight the effect of the dengue virus in her body.

A 40 year-old mother in Maguindanao, has to undergo operation due to cyst in her reproductive organ and she needed bags of blood for this medical procedure.

A young mother delivered twins in her first pregnancy. She was transfused with six bags of blood during the process.

These cases of patients were some of the stories that actually happened. The necessity of blood is a daily reality. In 2019, the recorded demand for blood related to health procedures is 1,500/1,750 bags per month over 750-900 supply of blood bags.

With this reality that the Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) was born in 2008 driven by the spirit of volunteerism and the will to serve and help.

MBD is a regular program of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) that aims to help contribute to the continuing necessity of blood in Central Mindanao and its neighboring places.

Every year, BDA Inc. holds MBD on a quarterly basis in partnership with the Cotabato City Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Cotabato City Chapter. Donors are coming from partner organizations of BDA Inc., private individuals, volunteers and development catalysts from the agency.  

With volunteerism as it foundation and life as a program, MBD has been recognized and been awarded by national blood donation programs at the regional level.

MBD program team has recently received individual awards during the Regional Sandugo Awarding on August 24, 2023 in General Santos City by the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) of the Department of Health (DOH).

There were twenty-nine awardees from the pool of blood donors through the MBD: 4 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze.

One awardee expressed in his social media post, that he prays for good health and more strengthen to continuously perform this noble act to save more lives.

Among the gold awardees is the minister of the BARMM’s health ministry Dr. Rizaldy Piang, whose honor was handed by Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, secretary of the DOH with Undersecretary Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr.

In July this year, the NBVS of DOH awarded the BDA Inc. as Top 1 NGO partner for 2022 with 300 blood units collected.

With this recognition and awards, MBD program hopes to invite more volunteers and blood donors to join this noble cause to help save lives.

It announces its 58th MBD on September 10, 2023 at Brgy. Rosary Heights Covered Court in Cotabato City- BARMM.

Be a healthy Muslim, share your life, donate blood.

(Below is the awardees during the National Sandugo Awarding August 2023)

COTABATO CITY-BARMM/ August 14, 2023. People’s Organizations from the eighteen barangays across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) came together for a common goal to celebrate their progress and hopes as a people. This was through a Product Expo on August 10, 2023 2023 at Robinsons Mall of Al-Nor, Cotabato City.

In the event, the POs displayed and marketed their own-made products that represents their identity, culture, needs and life as a people.

They were able to sell their products to development partners from international organizations and to the different ministries and offices of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) reported that with this activity, development partners and the Bangsamoro Government see and learn about the existence of these POs determined to improve their organizations and their locally established businesses.

Participating POs from the said event went home with high hopes, smiles on their faces and the unforgettable memories they experienced from this one-day celebration of common hopes to peace and development.

This Product Expo is in relevance to the project SUBATRA-ECSO: Enhancing CSOs Capacities for Inclusive Development Interventions in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition- funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.


COTABATO CITY-BARMM/ August 14, 2023. According to the data presented, 68% of the total priority projects in camp communities remains overlooked. The data is based on the Camps Transformation Plan (CTP) of 2021.

The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) reported this fact to the audience of international organizations and to the different ministries and offices of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the Donors’ Forum conducted on August 10, 2023 at Robinsons Mall of Al-Nor, Cotabato City.

In the said event, development partners expressed continuing commitment to peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region. Officials and representatives from the Bangsamoro Government and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) likewise articulated their disposition to support initiatives in the camps and for the communities in need of assistance.

This Donors’ Forum on Camps Transformation and Development in Support to Bangsamoro Transition is in relevance to the project SUBATRA-ECSO: Enhancing CSOs Capacities for Inclusive Development Interventions in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition- funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

COTABATO CITY-BARMM/ August 14, 2023. Information about access to and how to were some of the key points elucidated to and between the members of the people’s organizations (PO), the civil society organizations (CSO) and the ministries and offices of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the CSOs Mainstreaming in Support to Bangsamoro Transition on August 10, 2023 2023 at Robinsons Mall of Al-Nor, Cotabato City.

With the facilitation of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.), PO members and the CSOs were able to communicate directly their concerns and queries to the officials and representatives of the BARMM and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) regarding the services they needed at the community level to help improve their living conditions.

BARMM and BTA openly responded to their concerns, which was significant to bridge the gaps and helped in managing the expectations from the grassroots level.

This CSOs Mainstreaming is in relevance to the project SUBATRA-ECSO: Enhancing CSOs Capacities for Inclusive Development Interventions in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition- funded by the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

July 29, 2023/MAGUINDANAO-BARMM. In the Philippines, July is a Nutrition Month with this year's theme "healthy diet, gawing affordable for all". Relevance to this theme is the inclusive provision of social services to indigenous people (IP) communities and other vulnerable groups in the six barangays in four municipalities of Maguindanao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

This is through distribution of nutritious food packs to 480 beneficiaries coming from various sectors such as indigenous people, women and widows, solo parents, person with disabilities, orphans and elderlies.

For some we have talked to, the food pack received is beneficial to their daily meals, especially that they remain displaced due to unstable peace and order in their remote village in the uphill of the barangay.

"We often have two instead of three meals in a day because of little income. We do farming to sustain our daily needs. Right now, we are still at the temporary shelters provided by the BLGU because there is still a threat of armed conflict in our homes. We hope to have permanent homes because the condition is difficult."

The provision of food packs to vulnerable groups is in relevance to the SUBATRA-ECSO: Enhancing CSOs Capacities for Inclusive Development Interventions in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition, specifically for Output 4.4 "access to basic social services and social protection projects of vulnerable/marginalized groups is improved".

The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) facilitated the distribution on July 29, 2023 for the first two barangays in Datu Hoffer. This was in partnership with the Raja Mamalo Descendants of Southern Philippines, Inc., Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUS) of Tuayan and Talibadok all in Datu Hoffer Maguindanao and in coordination with the Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation (JTFCT).

Partners from the BARMM and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the Municipal LGU of Datu Hoffer and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) joined the distribution.

The Ministry of Indigenous People's Affair (MIPA-BARMM) representatives from Offices of MP Froilyn Mendoza and MP Ramon Piang of BTA provided short information about the programs and services of their offices that the people may access and avail.

SUBATRA-ECSO as a project is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

JULY 2023/ COTABATO CITY-BARMM. For the employees in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Values Transformation Training (VTT) strengthens their faith, developed their attitude, character and behavior as public servant.

Some remarked that the facilitation of the VTT is fair and inclusive, where there is more understanding, no judgements and there is respect regardless of religious affiliation of the participants.

VTT is a three-day activity that teaches the importance of self-reflection for self-change and personality development.

It helps the individual assess one’s self based on the teachings of Universal values. VTT motivates the participant understand how faith becomes the foundation of good values for a person to grow and develop and become an effective and productive member of the society.

Further, it supports the principle that change must begin with one’s self.

Since 2019, numerous employees in the BARMM were illuminated by the influence of the VTT and this has helped them be reminded of the relevance of faith-based values guiding them to become a better public servant.

Data shows that in 2022, there were 660 employees in the BARMM who underwent VTT. They are coming from various ministries/ offices such as the Office of the Chief Minister, Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Finance and Budget Management (MFBM), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), and from the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

290 personnel from the Bangsamoro Government completed VTT in year 2021.

In 2019, employees from MAFAR, Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) and the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA, then RPDO) learned about the iconic VTT.

For some of the participants, the training promotes inclusivity in diversity. “Indeed, religion is not hindrance in public service”, one participant told.

Other participant was amazed by the visual presentation of the training materials. “It is my first time to see visuals about Islami Values. I am happy that there is now a promotion of moral governance”, he stated.

The implementation of the VTT in BARMM is being worked out by the BDA Inc. as official facilitator in coordination with the Development Academy of the Bangsamoro (DAB-BARMM).

Aside from the workforce of the BARMM, VTT has also become enlightening for other sectors in the Bangsamoro Region.

In 2019, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) through its Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Office in agreement to integrate the Values Transformation Training (VTT) in the Bangsamoro Scholarship Program that provides short courses to identified trainees in the Bangsamoro Region.

7, 700 trainees underwent VTT in 2020. Two thousand eight hundred sixty in 2021 and 3, 394 in 2022.

One hundred five health professionals learned about VTT in year 2020. For them, the training reminded them of the importance of value-based healthcare service.

VTT was also integrated to the program for the decommissioned combatants (DCs) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). There were 357 DCs who completed values training in 2020.

Members of cooperatives supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) are also being required of VTT. In 2021, there were 605 members completing the values training and in 2022, 640 cooperative members were able to finish the values transformation course.

“VTT is significant for the social and spiritual development of our clients at MOST who are members of the cooperatives we are supporting”, MOST stated.

In 2022, there were 390 beneficiaries of the project SUBATRA-ECSO: Enhancing CSOs Capacities for Inclusive Development Intervention in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition who completed the VTT.

VTT has been a strong foundation of the BDA Inc. since inception. It has become its essential tool to organize, mobilize, and sustain its volunteers within and outside BARMM.

JUNE 30, 2023. / MAGUINDANAO-BARMM. In rural communities in the Bangsamoro Region, sharing of meals among neighbors is a common practice that speaks of the generosity and compassion of communities to each other. This tradition has been observed since the time of our ancestors and has been passed on from generation to generation, up until now.

With the recent celebration of the Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), the spirit of sharing has been felt further by hundreds of families in some communities in the Bangsamoro who received free Qurban meat.

Qurban meat are from the sacrificed animals (goat, sheep or cow) that were offered in honor of the divine act of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) who was willing to sacrifice his son in obedience and faith to Allah s.w.t.

Every year, this act of worship is performed by Muslims around the world who has the capacity to provide for any of the said animals, which meat are distributed to poor families.

This deed has become relevant to sustain the teaching on the importance of sacrifice and sharing in the name of faith.

The family of Tima Mispil Engkas, 29, a mother of eight in Barangay Kedati, Talayan, Maguindanao Del Sur, is among the beneficiaries of the Qurban Program where they received free meat.

Farming is the source of income of the family to survive the day-to-day life.

Tima was not able to attend school so there is no permanent job for her. She is a full-time housewife taking care of her eight children.

Her husband cultivates corn and rice. While waiting for harvest season, the husband drives a pedicab to earn income.  

In receiving Qurban meat, Tima expressed gratitude being delighted of having something special to serve for the family during this time of the year.

According to her, the family usually celebrates Eid Adha with “tapay”, a traditionally prepared fermented rice common in the province of Maguindanao in BARMM.  This is consumed and shared together after the Eid prayer.

This Eid, Tima prays for forgiveness of their sins and asked Allah for the blessings to the family.

Despite the challenges in life, Tima remains hopeful for a better future for her children.

She hopes for assistance from the Bangsamoro Government and for the development of their community.

Also, from Maguindanao, is a mother named Fatima Uyag of Brgy. Upper Taviran, Kabuntalan.

She has three children whom she looks after since they are still young and small.

The husband is a fisherman and sometimes works as a construction worker.

The family struggle to have enough food on daily basis.

"It is painful to see our children in this state, but we are used to this life condition”, Fatima said.

They can only eat depends on what is earned for a day. There are even times where there is none at all.

However, Fatima is still thankful because her family is happy being together.

The family is also a recipient of free Qurban meat on Eid’l Adha.

Fatima was very happy saying that they only get beef when there is Qurban on the neighborhood or as sponsored by some organizations.

"We are happy and excited every Eid'l Adha because this is the only time, we can eat beef." Fatima stated.

She added that “if not for this free Qurban meat, we could have not spent our Eid with any special food because we cannot afford it”.

She sends thanks to the donors who give Qurban meat.

“May Allah reward you all and increase your wealth so that you can help more poor people like us”, Fatima conveyed.

The distribution of Qurban meat to thousands of families in selected communities in the provinces of Maguindanao (del Sur and Norte) and Lanao del Sur was facilitated by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.), as part of the implementation of Qurban Program 2023 from June 25-30.

This year, the program is sponsored by partners from Turkey like Turkiye Dyanet Vakfi (TDV), Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH) and Weltweiter Einsatz für Arme (WEFA.

Page 1 of 9