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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:10

IMT official visits BDA for exit meeting

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Hiroyuki Kawamoto, member of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) Socio-economic Component visited at the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) for an exit meeting on June 4, 2018.

BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob welcomed Kawamoto and presented the Certificate of Appreciation to the official in gratitude for his invaluable support and dedication in the promotion of peace and development in the Bangsamoro.

Hiroyuki expressed thanks over the present and told that his support to Bangsamoro will remain.

Meanwhile, the new official who will replace Kawamoto also came over for introduction and brief meeting with BDA exec.

BDA and IMT are both notable institutions, which works are towards the advancement of peace and development in the Bangsamoro.

 

 

 

The Implementation Support Mission (ISM), a monitoring activity of partners for the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) officially kicked off today October 1, 2018 at Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.

Partners from the World Bank, Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECID), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Community and Family Services International (CFSI), Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT), members of the Project Board, officials and staff of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) convened for this meeting where mission objectives, itinerary, project progress and among others are presented and discussed.

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.

 

 

 

IN PHOTO: Prof. Yoshida Osamu of Hiroshima University and Mr. Asada Shinji, President of Association of Educational Information for International Communication dropped by at the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on June 25, 2019 after the successful painting workshop with BDA-IHH orphanage center-Tomantaka grade school pupils.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 07:56

Hiroshima Univ.visit to BDA

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BDA Executive Director Engr. Windel Diangcalan thanked Prof. Yoshida Osamu of Hiroshima University and Kamiya Shihomi of HiPeC-BM for visiting the BDA office once again.
 
Engr. Diangcalan welcomed the visitors with Rhadzni Taalim, BDA Program & Operation Head. 
 
He said that the meeting was about exploring possible continuation of Bangsamoro Human Resources Development Program in support of Bangsamoro Transition and beyond. 
 
Saturday, 03 August 2019 12:34

Health professionals from Turkey visit BDA

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Delegation from Health Science University based in Istanbul, Turkey visited the BDA Central Management Office on August 2, 2019. Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA executive director welcomed them and expressed thanks for the continuing support of the Turkey people to the Bangsamoro. 

 

 

 

As development agency of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) has been involved in various meetings and activities in discussing possible partnerships and support in anticipation of the transition period for Bangsamoro.

Recently, BDA Executive Director met with the officials from the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) in the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in exploring areas of intervention for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

According to Dir. Yacob, there were three areas discussed such as the capacity building, provision of facilities and possible international partnerships or pooling of multi-donor funds.

“On our part at BDA, we presented the existing programs and projects we have based on the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) I and II”, Dir. Yacob related.

He specifically stressed the priority projects on education like provision of facilities e.g. school building and on health, which is also on delivery of facilities.

“As development agency of the MILF, BDA should always be ready to present development gaps in Bangsamoro communities”, Dir. Yacob ended.

BDA is established in 2002 with primary mandate of relief and rehabilitation in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

In 2014, the agency received its added mandate of being the donor and coordination unit of the MILF thus the agency has been dealing with various partners in talking about development projects, programs and planning in the Bangsamoro.

 

 

 

Friday, 15 March 2019 06:10

EU, UNICEF meet BDA for courtesy visit

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Diana Daele - Head of European Union (EU) Development Cooperation in Manila, and Andrew Morris, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Chief of Mindanao Field Office visited and met with Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director on March 08, 2019 in Cotabato City.

It was informed that all parties expressed willingness to continue working together towards the common goal to help in the Bangsamoro.

Both EU and UNICEF are long partners of BDA in promoting peace and development in the region through various projects/programs that benefited communities in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

 

 

 

 

With the common aspiration for the future of Bangsamoro children, education sector in the Bangsamoro met recently on on September 6, 2018 at Pagana Resto in Cotabato City.

The body were composed of Bangsamoro leaders led by Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the GPH-MILF Peace Panel together with Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) executive director Mohammad S. Yacob, Ustadz Mohammad Alon, officials from Tarbiyyah Committee of the MILF and Department of Education-ARMM and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Accordingly, the meeting was about discussing plans on education in the Bangsamoro especially now that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is signed.

Iqbal told partners that education is one of the priorities in the Bangsamoro and the framework of learning system is still based on the Philippine Standard.

Meanwhile, Dir. Yacob said that the BOL is an opportunity to realize education suitable for Bangsamoro.

During the meeting, UNICEF officials expressed that this meeting is an initial support to BOL from their part.

“We are supportive for the Bangsamoro children; we will help the best that we can”.

From the UNICEF were Julia Rees, deputy country representative, Andrew Morris, chief of field office, Fransisco Benavides, education regional advisor, Roshni Basu, adolescent regional advisor and other staff.

To note, UNICEF has been supporting the implementation of the Tahderiyyah Program, which promotes a culture-sensitive curriculum design to cater educational needs of the Bangsamoro children.

The program was implemented by the BDA in close collaboration with the Tarbiyyah Committee and the DepED-ARMM.

 

 

 

Development planners in Bangsamoro composed of key officials from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) reconvened recently on January 29-31, 2019 at Cagayan de Oro City to continue working together for the crafting and completion of the Unified Bangsamoro Development Plan (UBDP).

Accordingly, the UBDP is part of the preparation for the Bangsamoro Transition that will help guide for development planning and initiatives for the upcoming Bangsamoro Government.

In a joint statement, the BDP Team composed of members from MILF and MNLF expressed that the deemed ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), motivated them more to continue working to contribute to the development of Bangsamoro communities through the UBDP, a recommendatory plan for the BTA.

Officials and representatives from the agencies of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) also joined the said activity.

The BDPT likewise thanked the Australian Government, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for the continuing support to this endeavor for Bangsamoro.

Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:52

Consistent blood donors receive awards

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Fifteen bronze awardees ((18-24 donations) and six silver awardees (25-39 donations) who are volunteer blood donors to the Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) received their respective awards in recognition of their life-saving commitment and deed on September 19, 2019 at Koronadal City.