Signing of PCA between BDA and UNICEF for Institutionalization and Expansion of Tahderiyyah Early Learning Program in MindanaoWritten by BDA Communications
March 25, 2019. BDA signed Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the implementation of the “Institutionalization and Expansion of Tahderiyyah Early Learning Program in Mindanao”.
In the agreement, both parties pledged to work together in a spirit of cooperation and partnership; with the responsibilities and accountabilities set out for this project.
To note, BDA and UNICEF has been partners for the past years in promoting balanced education for Bangsamoro children.
As development wing of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) is among the key actors expected to become source of information and updates about the recently signed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
In doing so, Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director has met with one of its partner, the SMART Communications on August 5, 2018 in Manila to discuss about the BOL.
Dir. Yacob said that SMART requested a meeting to get updates on the BOL, which the BDA has responded accordingly.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) thru Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director together with partners from the Ittihadun Madaris Bil Philppines, Inc. (IMBPI) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) met with Mohagher Iqbal, minister of the Ministry of Education of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on April 18, 2019 at the latter’s office in Cotabato City.
Local government units (LGUs) of the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao welcome development projects in their respective areas of jurisdiction as they expressed support during the courtesy call conducted by team from Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in line with the social preparation component of the Quick Response Project (QRP).
QRP is a project being implemented in six major camps of the MILF supported by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
During the activity, staff from BDA presented about the BDA, which highlights included history, accomplishments and future directions of BDA.
As to the QRP, the team stressed that the project is a product of the GPH-MILF Peace Process, it is in line with the government’s commitment and counterpart to the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The local chief executive of Kapatagan, Lanao Sur expressed strong support to the project and said; “you are very welcome in our province because I know that what you are bringing is a project for the development of our community”.
Mayor Salik Mamsabulod of Pagalungan in Maguindanao likewise responded positively to the project by stating that his administration is even willing to share counterpart to the project if needed.
Representatives from the OPAPP and officials from the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) also joined the BDA during the coordination meetings with the LGUs.
Under the QRP, there will be eighteen (18) types of socio-economic infrastructure (SEI) projects to be constructed in eighteen barangays across the MILF camps namely Camp Omar, Camp Abubakar As-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badre, Camp Bilal and Camp Bushra.
At present, BDA team is simultaneously conducting community-wide orientation to barangay-recipients of the project for proper understanding and appreciation of the beneficiaries to the QRP.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) joined the rest of the Bangsamoro on the call for the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as demonstrated during the recent Bangsamoro People Peace Rally “The Final Push for an Acceptable BBL” on July 6, 2018 at Cotabato City Plaza.
Thousands of Bangsamoro consisted of men, women, the youth along with other sectors convened on the said date to plead collectively for the fast passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that will create new political entity in Mindanao.
Mustafa KERÍMOĞLU, the new country director of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) to the Philippines visited the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) together with M.Enes HANCIOĞLU, deputy country director on February 28, 2019 at the latter office in Cotabato City
BDA key staff Rhadzni Taalim, Engr. Amil Kali, Engr. Abdulgaffar Sundang and Hairanna Z. Daud welcomed and accommodated the officials.
In a short meeting at BDA Office, BDA presented updates regarding the progress of the on-going TIKA supported infrastructure projects in various communities in Bangsamoro.
BDA also accompanied the TIKA officials to the project sites for direct inspection and monitoring of the progressing infra projects.
TIKA is supporting the construction of five units of school building and three units of birthing clinic in the Bangsamoro.
The visitors also gained updates about the Mobile Operating Clinic that they have donated to Bangsamoro as well as the status of medicines they purchased for distribution during medical mission in the region.
March 26, 2019. Donor partners of the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF), a fund facility administered by the World Bank and the Spanish Agency International Cooperation and Development (AECID) met today BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim in Cotabato City.
MTF has various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank.
They have been supporting socio-economic programs in the Bangsamoro since 2006 through the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Program (MTFRDP), which is now on its Phase II (covering MILF six major camps) with the BDA as the main implementing partner.
July 30, 2019. Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency met with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Team, headed by Director Rey Tan, at the BDA office in Cotabato City on July 30, 2019. The two parties discussed concerns on the ways forward on the Bangsamoro Economic Corridors and concerns about development outside BARMM.
With the common spirit of love to Bangsamoro, officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met recently to discuss convergence of development plans for Bangsamoro on August 28-29, 2018 at Microtel, Hotel Damosa, Davao City.
MILF was represented by officials from the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) headed by Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BOD chairman and Mohammad S. Yacob, executive director together with Engr. Windel Diangcalan, deputy executive director and Rhadzni Taalim, head of programs operations division.
From the MNLF was Romeo Diocolano along with other members of the organization.
During the event, MILF and MNLF presented their development plans.
Engr. Diangcalan discussed about the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) formulated in 2014.
Diocolano discussed about the Bangsamoro Development Framewrok (BDF).
It was informed that the participants expressed desire in the spirit of a genuine partnership between the BDA-MILF and MNLF to continue working together towards the formulation of a common agenda enumerating a set of socio-economic priorities to be jointly proposed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
From the discussions, MILF and MNLF agreed to complement the ideals, principles, and plans of BDP and BDF.
Accordingly, these development perspectives shall be designed to benefit all inhabitants of the Bangsamoro, as well as Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
It was added that the common agenda will include a detailed and joint implementation plan.
Both parties also believed to have unified voice in communicating the common development agenda to its beneficiaries and the public at large.
MILF and MNLF further agreed the need for sustained cooperation and unity, and see socio-economic development as viable areas for such convergence.
For the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), this meeting is not only viable but important as a shared vision for development would be useful for generating public support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), and enabling the BTA to immediately deliver the dividends of peace to the Bangsamoro.
CHD expressed commitment to provide logistic and secretariat support for the next meeting and hoped for finding other potential partners who are also interested in supporting this endeavor.
MILF and MNLF decided to meet again in line with this convergence on October 2018.
The two expects that concrete output can be produced before the eventual assumption of the BTA.
Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the MILF welcomed medical professionals from Turkey who are currently in the Bangsamoro to provide health services and trainings in the region.
He likewise expressed gratitude to the Turkey Government for their help to the Bangsamoro.
“We thank the people and the government of Turkey for all the assistance extended for Bangsamoro”, Chair Murad stated.
He also mentioned about the victory of the Bangsamoro plebiscite in January 21, 2019 and the other poll on February 6.
The Chair further talked about the challenges ahead in managing the upcoming Bangsamoro Government.
He pointed out that health is among the top priorities of the Bangsamoro Government.
Chair Murad together with other key officials of the MILF greeted the visitors from Turkey on Saturday February 2, 2019 at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim welcomed officials from the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) in the Philippines and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on September 5, 2018 at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
Delegates from EOJ were Takehiro Kano, EOJ minister and deputy chief of mission; Ryusuke Ikeda, first secretary for political section, and Yosuke Tamabayashi, first secretary and Advisor for socio-econ assistance component of the International Monitoring Team (IMT).
Officials from JICA Philippine Office were Wada Yoshio, chief representative, Masuko Etsuko, representative for Mindanao Section and Hiroshi Takeuchi, chief advisor, JICA Cotabato Office.
The visit was intended for the EOJ and JICA to get updates on the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and hear from the MILF priorities and future plans.
Chairman Murad firstly expressed thanks to the visitors for the continuing full support to Bangsamoro.
He told visitors of the continuing struggle over the BOL and disclosed challenges on the upcoming plebiscite, how to manage expectations of the people and to win the support of the anti-BOL groups.
Meanwhile, Mohammad S. Yacob, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the development arm of the MILF spoke about priority programs on health and education and the need for quick and immediate implementation of such projects to help sustain the momentum for the massive support to Bangsamoro.
Yacob stressed the need for international assistance for such objectives.
EOJ and JICA have been long-term partners of the BDA for numerous development projects since early years, which accomplishments have greatly helped uplift the living conditions of underserved communities in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Key officials from the MILF who joined the meeting were Muhammad Ameen, secretary, and Mohammad Salih, member of central committee.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency – Central Management Office recently met with the officers of Metro Bank Cotabato led by Manager Amilbahar Amilasan on 31 May 2018 at the Office of the Executive Director to discuss important matters regarding bank transactions.
“The meeting was intended to orient/apprise as well as update us (BDA) on the new policies and guidelines that we need to follow in matters relating to bank transactions”, Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob said.
Yacob noted that Metrobank was courteous enough to provide BDA the latest updates about the rules that they use which their clients, including BDA, need to comply with.
The meeting had been fruitful and helpful for constant collaboration and monitoring in terms of dealing with bank partners.
Joining Dir. Yacob during the meeting were Julhaina Cadon, finance division head, Abdulmaguid Salidatan, admin div. head and other staff of the agency.
Today at BDA. July 9, 2019. Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) met with UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Deputy Regional Representative Julien Garsany and National Programme Officer Amielle del Rosario, and UN Women National Programme Officer Marlon Viejo at BDA Central Management Office in Cotabato City.
JULY 23, 2019. Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) together with Julhaina Cadon, finance head welcomed Ben Sawabi from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to the agency's office in Cotabato City. The two discussed about possible collaboration for peace and development works in the region.