As part of the social preparation activities for Quick Response Project (QRP), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) hosted an orientation for the members of the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JTFCT) on July 6, 2018 at Cotabato City.

 

QRP is a project under BDA, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnership, which will be implemented across the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

 

Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA Executive Director said that this undertaking is part of the Government of the Philippines (GPH’s) commitment to the peace process in line with the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro of 2014.

 

“This is GPH’s commitment in pursuing peace and development in Mindanao”, Yacob noted.

 

He added: “unlike other BDA-administered projects, this BDA-OPAPP-UNDP intervention is a show of readiness on the part of government to fulfill its promises towards the Bangsamoro”.

Further, Yacob sought guidance from the JTFCT in the project implementation especially in its Social Preparation stage in which BDA is particularly charged to lead.

 

He urged them to stand tall and show their people that “you are not only in command during battles, but also leaders in the development efforts for the less-privileged Bangsamoro in your respective areas of jurisdiction”.

 

Meanwhile, Ranee Sinsuat, OPAPP Project Development Officer III expressed all-out support to the program as she hopes successful turn-out of activities in the ground level.

 

Mohaimen Usman, BDA Project Coordinator presented key inputs to the attending JTFCT members including project overview, key messaging strategies and work plans among others.

 

He also sought guidance from the group in identifying specific schedules to be followed in the coming days that would aid smooth implementation in the ground.

 

Mohamad Salih, Project Board member who gave key message in support to the program urging everyone to do their part to make the initiative fruitful was also in attendance.

 

Abdulmaguid Salidatan, Head of the Administrative Division, Sarah Panglima, Human Resource Officer and other staff from the Central Office also attended the event.

 

Delivery of projects to conflict communities has been the primary mandate of BDA like the QRP and other similar initiatives as part of the continuing effort to sustain the gains and build the confidence of the Bangsamoro.

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Beneficiaries in camp communities for the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) shared stories of development and hopes during the 2nd Implementation Support Mission (ISM) that started on April 23, 2019.

In Brgy. Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao, the group of indigenous people told that they really benefited from the alternative learning system (ALS) component of the project.

“We learned the basic of reading and writing, and we hope that there will be another class so that we can learn more”, the group stated.

They are grateful also of the tribal hall they received from the project, which accordingly will be useful for their group.

Abdulmuin Ampatuan, Tuayan barangay chairman expressed thanks to the project team and partners.

“We are honored and privileged for choosing our community because it is an opportunity for us to become a better one. We are indeed supportive of whatever that will benefit and towards the betterment of everyone”, he stated.

Abdul Makakena, member of the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) shared stories of involvement in the project implementation, which accordingly is gradually transforming him to become a better person.

“As a rebel, I am transforming to be a responsible citizen. Before, I cannot walk alone by myself even in this community because of the situation those days where you cannot entrust yourself to anyone. Because of this development, we will forget the past, but still we will continue our struggle for genuine peace”, JTFCT member said.

PO President Abdullah Ibrahim affirmed that indeed, the road project and post-harvest facility they received from MTFRDP/2 is a big help to the farmers for easy transport of products, drying and storage.

Project recipients in Brgy. Kinibeka, DOS, Maguindanao likewise shared their stories and experience.

The IP group told that the solar dryer they chose as sub-project really helped in processing their crops from farming where they get source of living.

JTFCT member under Camp Badre, covering Brgy. Kinibeka related about how they came up in identifying priority projects in the camp and the benefits it brought to the people in the community.

ALS completers also shared stories of being able to get education for free.

ISM is a regular activity conducted with overall objective of looking into the progress of the MTFRDP/2.

For the 2nd ISM for the current project phase, there were two teams who are assigned to visit project sites and do community interactions in different project sites until April 25, 2019.

MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.

MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.

The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.

 

Thursday, 20 June 2019 06:08

Blood donors convene for 41st MBD

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Blood donors from all walks of life recently convened for the common goal to share life during the 41st Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) on June 16, 2019 at City Mall in Cotabato City.

NazneenBiruar, program coordinator reported that there were 270 of blood units collected from said bloodlettingactivity.

MBD is a regular program of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) since 2008, which aims to contribute to the continuing blood necessity in Central Mindanao.

The program has received various awards and recognitions for the past years for the accomplishments it gained in advocating the importance of blood donation.

The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in partnership with the United Nations – Food and Agriculture (UN-FAO) turned-over a total of 160 bags of farm inputs to Cabpangi farmers in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on June 5, 2018.

The farm assistance consisted of one hundred fifteen (115) bags of complete (14-14-14), forty (40) bags of Urea (46-0-0) and five (5) bags of muriate of potash (0-0-60) were given to Cabpangi Integrated Farmers Association, who will use it within three applications during the entire growth stages of their rice plants.

In a message, Focal Person of the BDA-UNFAO Program Rhadzni Taalim said that any follow through activity relative to the program will largely depend on how the association manages the farm inputs provided to them.

He also appealed to said farmers to include in their prayers the success of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as “this will also mean another success of the part of the Bangsamoro”.

This project is piloted in two municipalities namely: Sultan Mastura targeting Barangay Boliok for vegetable seeds with fertilizers and the municipality of Pigcawayan  with Barangay Cabpangi as target for rice production.

The People’s Organization through its president Langan Bitale thanked the visitors for the received items as he noted that this is a big help for them given their dilemma in reaching out to a middleman just to proceed with their planting.

Also present during the turn-over were Livelihood Officer Guiamaludin A. Sampulna, Community Facilitator Macmodin A. Ali and Admin Assistant Abdul Basir Bukua. Cesar Galvan of UNFAO also attended the activity.

The project is part of the development and piloting of socio-economic model for durable solution in transforming Bangsamoro communities into productive economic areas with BDA and UNFAO as key partners in the implementation.

 

 

 

With the common objective to deliver, socio-economic projects for improved access to basic services of conflict communities, moreover towards the confidence building in Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined hands for the implementation of the Quick Response Project (QRP) in selected barangays within the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The project is expected to kick-off next month, July 2018 through social preparation activities that will include courtesy call and coordination with local government units (LGUs) and community-wide orientation.

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.

“This project is being funded by the Government of the Philippines (GPH)  through the OPAPP as their commitment for the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)”, BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob said.

He further stated noted that the implementation of this project is fruit of the on-going peace process between the GPH and the MILF.

BDA is tasked for the social preparation phase of this project for the camps.

 

 

 

In the recent development forum on Shari’ah compliant community-based microfinancing in BARMM, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) shared experiences on local economic development as one successful story of the said subject.

The event was held on July 4-5, 2019 in Cotabato City organized by the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) with Rudy Baldemor as the resource person and facilitator.

Julhaina Cadon from BDA who was the coordinator on the Programme for Local Economic Development through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment (PLEDGE), shared their story of the program implementation where community members in the selected areas in the CAAM were organized and assisted of necessary skills, knowledge, tools and strategies to develop into local enterprise entities.

BDA implemented PLEDGE in 2013-2016 with the aim to contribute to confidence and peace building efforts at various levels through local economic development and sustainable livelihood creation in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

On the said development forum, BDA also participated to simulation workshops that introduced and taught participants from various civil society groups in the BARMM on the tools that are needed to facilitate community-based microfinancing.

Engr. Rahima Hassan of BDA also joined the activity particularly during the workshop where she was again acquainted with the process based on experience at the agency in implementing the PLEDGE as one of the staff under the latter.

Community-based microfinancing based on Shari’ah is one of the future plans of BDA to further expand assistance to the people’s organizations and the communities towards moving forward for better life.

 

 

 

Health unit of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) organized a blood typing activity for staff and volunteers of the agency in close collaboration with the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) and PAMET Cotabato Office on September 14, 2018 at BDCCCI, Cotabato City.

The event was graced by key officials of the BDA led by Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob where he delivered opening remarks.

A simple workshop followed by a short lecture about blood typing was facilitated first before the actual procedure.

Carolyn Biruar, RN, focal person of BDA health unit expressed joy over the positive turn-out of the activity which was made possible by the support and participation of everyone.

“This is again part of our advocacy on the importance of health in our life, and blood typing is just one of the good practices that one should undergo”, she stated.

 

 

 

Reminisce the past and telling old time stories, Minister Melanio Ulama of the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MIPA) of the BARMM spoke before the Teduray community in Brgy. Saniag, Ampatuan in Maguindanao today June 21, 2019 during the turn-over ceremony of the Tribal Justice Hall from the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) - a project being implemented in support to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Minister Ulama spoke of the decade-long struggle of the Bangsamoro which fruit includes this establishment of the tribal justice hall for the IP community in Saniag.

“We agree that this is just a small project and just a beginning of more development for you”, he added.

He urged the community members to take care of the project in honor for the blood and life of those slayed by the war in Mindanao and for the next generation to benefit from it.

Spoke in Teduray language, Minister Ulama reminded the beneficiaries of the situation in the land in the old days and compared it to the current setting where development is happening already.

His talk was informative and deep yet illuminating as he also threw funny quotes and stories that got the attention and interest of the community.

The said turnover ceremony marked the official ownership and management of the people’s organization of the tribal justice hall that is expected to benefit not only the Teduray populace in the barangay but also other members of the community.

It was attended by various stakeholders and partners from the local government unit, the Task Force on Camp Transformation (TFCT), MILF Political Committee, Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and Community and Family Services International (CFSI).

This tribal justice hall is a project in line with inclusive principle of the MTFRDP/2 that includes a component for IP support.

MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.

MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.

The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.

 

Stories of people sharing sympathy on the call for the long-aspired sustainable peace and development in the Bangsamoro are all over the social media and internet.

Coming from different countries around the globe, Muslim or not, they joined the call for the (Bangsamoro Organic Law) BOL Win that will allow the establishment of the Bangsamoro Government.

They are among the thousands who joined the Grand Caravan for Peace on January 13, 2019 calling for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), came and journeyed together from Cotabato City passing through municipalities of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

At the local level, you can also find the same people with same concern over the Bangsamoro.

Luqman Haron, a Kagan from Mati, Davao Oriental is amongst the participants of the Grand Caravan for BOL on January 13, 2019.

For him, he may not be a resident of the Bangsamoro Government being a local of Mati and may not have the privilege to join the upcoming plebiscite, but as Moro, Luqman is dedicated to serve and help.

“I joined the caravan and other related activities for peace because I want to show my support. I may not be voting and our place is not part of the Bangsamoro Government but I will help in any way I can because I am a Bangsamoro”, Luqman stated.

Luqman is the regional manager of the BDA Davao Region and a community development officer for the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) - a camp development project implemented by the BDA in accordance with the Normalization of the CAB.  

Sarah Panglima was born and raised in Iligan, a pre-dominantly Christian City.

With her origin, she knew nothing about the Bangsamoro. But it was her fate that brought her to the Bangsamoro world.

“I was tired of my life studying and working in Iligan, so I went to Cotabato City for new environment, to meditate, to rest”, Sarah said.

Then her aunt, asked to join her at the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to render voluntary service.

“I said yes though I was not really here at Cotabato for work”, Sarah told.

 

 

 

“Attack against illiteracy” has been a motto of the Bangsamoro Development Agency-Human Resource Development (BDA-HRD) Team in a mission to conduct orientation and mapping of beneficiaries for the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Component of the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2).

The said activity was simultaneously conducted on July 31 to August 9, 2018 together with partners from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI), Department of Education (DepED), Instructional Managers (IMs) and the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) across the twenty one communities under the six major camps of the MILF where MTFRDP/2 is being implemented.

According to Hashim Manticayan, learning and development officer and head of BDA-HRD, the act was intended to orient target beneficiaries about the ALS and validate pre-identified learners to determine who are qualified for each of the ALS categories.

“We conducted orientation and Functional Literacy Test (FLT) to target beneficiaries to see who will qualify for basic literacy program e.g. those who cannot read and write, elementary level and secondary”, Manticayan disclosed.

He added that there were 1,477 number of participants who underwent the said validation of 1,011 took FLT and 466 for Basic Literacy Program (BLP).

The team is expected to meet this week to consolidate results of the validation to finalize the list of learners for each category.

Manticayan also reported that aside from the orientation and validation, the team also introduced to the communities the instructional managers (IMs) who were hired to facilitate the learning session for the ALS in the barangay.

“We went there together with the IMs to introduce them to the community and at the same time identify learning centers where ALS classes will take place”, he added.

To note, the IMs have underwent one-week training on July 21-28, 2018 to equip them of necessary knowledge and skills related to ALS teaching.

Manticayan likewise shared the struggle of the team in reaching the remote areas which were not accessible due to road absence, heavy rains and among others.

“Rain or shine, by modern vehicle or carabao-riding, pump boat or even hiking we went on to fulfill our mission of catering educational needs of our people in those communities” he narrated.

Manticayan quoted one DepED official in Marawi City who said that “in ALS there is hope.

ALS, a component of the MTFRDP/2 aims to cater education needs of vulnerable groups, particularly out of school youth, women, orphans and indigenous people.

MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.

This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.

MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.

The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.