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The mobile teachers or instructional managers whom the Bangsamoro Development Agency has recently deployed to cater to the educational needs of the underprivileged communities within the six acknowledged camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have expressed commitment to help the agency towards the goal of making education accessible to all.

In a feed backing activity conducted on September 7, 2018 in Cotabato City, the IMs shared experiences and the different activities they have accomplished in the ground.

Aisah Acob, one of the 24 IMs who hails from Marawi City at Camp Bilal, shared that her students would simply sit in the grassy areas just to ensure they gain knowledge and skills from the learnings being imparted by the teacher.

“We have no proper place or venue to conduct sessions or building to hold our classes”, she said.

Yet, we are determined to make the learning process as fruitful as we can, she confided.

Similar concerns were also voiced out by other IMs from other camps.

Moreover, the distance traveled by the IMs are quite far to reach their students as in the case of Zukarno Guiaman of Camp Badr, Said Madag and Suraida Ampatuan of Camp Omar and Amera Anta of Camp Rajamuda among others.

According to them, the communities are reached either by modern vehicle or carabao-riding, pump boat or even hiking.

For Saida Madag, assigned in Brgy. Limpongo, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao under Camp Omar, that this challenge does not hamper her determination to serve the Bangsamoro.

“When I got the chance to be hired as one of BDA- ALS mobile teachers, I thought to myself, I’m going to use this opportunity to help people to the best of my ability”, Saida recalls.

She added that now that this rare chance to serve the Bangsamoro is in my hands once again, I would waste no time to make others’ dreams to earn knowledge become a reality, insha’Allah”, she stressed.

During this feed backing session, all of the ALS IMs have provided inputs/reports to the BDA, CFSI and World Bank representatives.

Rhadzni M. Taalim, Project Coordinator, Hashim  Manticayan, Learning and Development Officer and his staff attended and facilitated the activity.

The Community and Family Services International was also part of the activity, being the project management unit who constantly provides guidance and support to the team.

Nelia Agbon, on the other hand, represented the World Bank.

BDA Camps Project Support Team – Community Development Officers were also present to listen to the IMs feed backs. CDOs like Luqman Tandalong (Camp Rajamuda), Alimuddin Hadjinor (Camp Omar), Tawab Kararon (Camp Abubakar) and other CPST representatives attended.

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.

To date, mapping of learners and giving of functional literacy tests have been conducted earlier last month prior to the proper start of the classes.

 

 

 

The Alliance of Int'l Doctors from Turkey led by Dr. Mevlit Yurtseen visited health institutions in Bangsamoro with facilitation of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).

The team went to Buluan District Hospital, Maguindanao Provincial Hospital and Rural Health Unit all in the province of Maguindanao on October 29, 2019 and met with key officials of said institutions to discuss about management, operation and health services in the province. 

On October 31, 2019, the doctors visited Amanah Birthing Clinic in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and the newly constructed birthing clinic supported by the TIKA. 

 

August 2, 2019. For a flood-prone communities like Brgy. Buliok, Pikit, North Cotabato and Brgy. Kudal in Pagalungan, Maguindanao, water is not a problem only that it is not potable for drinking. People have to buy water to ensure safety for their health, which is quite expensive.

Now, the long-awaited moment for both barangays has finally came when they received solar-powered water system project (level II) that respond to one of their basic needs in their communities.

In Brgy. Buliok, the community formally received the project on August 3, 2019 through a ceremonial turn-over organized for this event.The project was funded by various donors (through the Mindanao Trust Fund) 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.

In Brgy. Kudal, the turnover of the project was on Aug. 2, 2019 witnessed by various stakeholders in the community like municipal and local government units, people’s organization, community members, women, youth, and the elderly and BDA and CFSI. 

JTFCT chairman told the community that “this project is yours, so take care of it to benefit everyone”.

The project in Brgy. Kudal is funded by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID).

Both conflict-affected communities, the people of Brgy. Kudal and Buliok are grateful for this kind of assistance extended to them through the MTFRDP/2 with BDA and CFSI.

For them, such project is a big step to a journey in moving on from conflict to productive, progressive and   peaceful community.

Woman-board member of the Kudal Farmers and Fisher Folks Association, believes that the water system project is very significant for the development of their community.

Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) is 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). 

With support from key stakeholders for the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project II (MTF-RDP/2), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) vowed to give their best effort in working together as one team to ensure that project deliverables are met and properly implemented.

“As one family, we are bound to work as one team so that our beneficiaries receive the services they really deserve”, said Engr. Nasser Sinarimbo, CFSI-based Project Coordinator.

Should there be any concern, we have to discuss it as gentlemen, he added as he addressed both BDA and CFSI colleagues in a gathering last week at the Center for Excellence and Humanitarian Service.

Meanwhile, Tawab Kararon, BDA Community Development Officer under MTF-RDP/2 and concurrent Regional Manager of RMO – Basilan reminded his colleagues on the importance of a meaningful assessment which can serve as guiding light towards the improvement of the concerned groups.

As what our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) told us: “We also need to take account of what we do and be guided thereby before somebody else makes an assessment of us”, Kararon stated.

Lucman Tandalong, also a CDO and concurrent RMO Davao – Regional Manager said that they are enlightened as a result of this activity which provides them learnings and guidance as they move along the path of developing the target communities.

Mohammad Saud Alon, BDA Rural Infrastructure Engineer II, expressed strong support to the team saying that ”we get the chance to reflect and act thru this reflection session” thus guided by those reflections generated, he added they will make it God willing through despite some challenges that may arise particularly on the technical engineering works. He attributed any success to ‘because we are working together’.

BDA and CFSI conduct regular partners’ meeting as well as reflection workshops at the end of every month for the MTF-RDP/2 to ensure that work schedules, project deliverables among others are within specified timeline as agreed.

Inspired by the current momentum in the peace process, and joining the rest of the Bangsamoro in the call for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), hundreds of volunteers of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Regional Management Office Central Mindanao gathered on January 10, 2019 at Camp Darapanan Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao for the 2nd General Assembly.

 

Values Transformation Training (VTT) for development catalysts of Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in Daguma Province on March 10-12,2019 at Kangkong Islamic institute Inc. Brgy.Kangkong,Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.

Facilitators were municipal and barangay political committee chairpersons led by Victor Mopak Prov.Chairman of Daguma Prov. under the Central Mindanao Region of BDA. 

Report by: Alex Balukol-BDA Central Mindanao

“Capacity building has no limit. In order to catch-up with the changing world, we should continue learning and capacitating ourselves”.

This statement was shared by Mohammad S. Yacob, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to the more 50 participants of the Project Management Training held on September 8-10, 2018 at Alnor Hotel in Cotabato City.

The training was part of the capacity building interventions intended for the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JTFCT) officers and members and the BDA Camps Project Support Team across the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front where the Agency is currently operating.

Yacob added:capacitating you in this activity doesn’t mean that you are not good or you know less.

“In fact, viewing it from an Islamic perspective, if you learn more and more, you have the capacity to teach humanity”, he pointed out.

Moreover, he noted that the objective is to ‘modernize the skills and knowledge of the participants in order to face the challenges’ along the way as they move the path of development through the implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project for Phase II (MTF-RDP/2) in partnership with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).

Studying abroad opens doors of learning and growing. The opportunity to learn at the international context, exposures and experiences, modern technology, and among others are some of good things to acquire for those who decided schooling outside country land.

Along with those benefits is the journey of growing personally and professionally that accompanied by life’s challenges; new environment, people, culture, food, weather, language, etc.

For the group of Bangsamoro scholars studying in Turkey, this reality is what pushed them to organize themselves into one towards unity.

“We formed our group and named it as Moro International Students Association (MISA) in July 2015 to unite Bangsamoro students abroad”, Ashrap Omar disclosed.

Ashrap is taking masters in education in Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey.

Community-recipients of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project for Phase II (MTF-RDP/2), a project being implemented in line with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) are located in the six previously acknowledged camps of the MILF.

These are remote areas, hard to reach and accessible only by strong will and determination.

Recognizing this reality, implementing partners of the MTFRDP/2 like the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) agreed to provide support for easier transportation of the members of the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JTFCT).

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 07:23

Training of teachers across camps on-going

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For the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Component of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTF-RDP/2), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) is currently conducting the Training for Instructional Managers, which started on July 21 and will be until July 28 at the Al-Nor Hotel in Cotabato City.

According to Hashim Manticayan of BDA Human Resource Division, the first part of the training workshop was intended to discuss about BDA, understanding of the MTF-RDP/2; and a glimpse of what Islamic Values in promoting a wholesome personality of ALS implementers, demonstrate and appreciate it in planning and implementation process.

Moreover, it is also designed to expose the participants on management of ALS learning sessions on Basic Literacy, Accreditation and Equivalency, IP education and Infed Program, as well as the Usage of Functional Literacy Test, Weekly Log Lesson, Organizing the Individual Learning Agreement and portfolio assessment among others.

In his message, Abdulmaguid K. Salidatan, BDA Administrative Division Head, said that being one of the mobile teachers is not merely a post but more of a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

“We have trust in you to deliver and perform your tasks/duties as expected”, he urged.