In the recent 1st Bangsamoro Global Economic Summit, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through Executive Director, Engr. Windel Diangcalan presented the Unified Bangsamoro Development Plan (UBDP) as the Socio-economic Development Agenda of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on August 19, 2019 at Manila Hotel.
Engr. Diangcalan told that the BDA as development arm of the MILF presented the plan with the guidance of the BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim, who was one of the main speakers of the event.
ICM welcomed investors to the BARMM; assured that the region will protect the safety of their investment and also commit to provide tax holidays and incentives.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was also invited but was not able to come.
Accordingly, this first summit was organized by the Bangsamoro Federal Business Council, Inc. (BFBCI) with the aim to call attention of foreign and local dignitaries to the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the Marawi City, the Philippine’s only Islamic City.
IN PHOTO: Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director and Hashim Manticayan, deputy exec.dir. of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) met with the officials from the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) on April 15, 2019 at Cotabato City to share knowledge in enhancing proposed program of support to the Bangsamoro region.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) joined the SMART in receiving an Excellence Award on development communication at the 17th Philippine Quill Awards on August 31, 2019.
SMART bagged 1st Runner Up citation as Agency of the Year.
BDA was invited as partner of Smart for the development Tahderiyyah Apps- a digital application featuring balance education for kindergarten.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) joined partners and stakeholders to the Consultation Meeting for the Development of BARMM's 10-Year Master Plan for Agriculture and Fisheries on July 10-12, 2019 at Apo View Hotel, Davao City.
Key officials of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) headed by Executive Director Engr. Windel Diangcalan together with Deputy Exec. Dir. Hashim Manticayan joined with the officials and technical personnel of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and selected civil society partners of the region during the series of experience-sharing activities on July 1-3, 2019 at Banda Aceh and Sabang, Aceh Province, Indonesia.
The activity entitled Technical Cooperation and Continuing Institutional Development of BARMM on Political Transition and Transition Management which was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Country Office as requested by the Interim Chief Minister Al Hajj Murad Ibrahim of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority as part of the continuing human resource and institutional capacity-building of the BTA/BARMM.
“It’s a learning mission of MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) team. In this time, we (BDA) is part of MILF team composed of: the Office of Wali, Normalization committee, and the Ministry of Health”, Engr. Diangcalan said.
Baitulmal system for zakat-waqf (an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law) management to complement government service delivery and Islamic banking and financing in support to community-driven development were among the topics learned during the three-day trip.
“We learned from their experiences, we share experiences then we interact and later on we compare it with our own entity”, he added.
Engr. Diangcalan also shared, “we learned about Shari’ah Compliant microfinance and Islamic financing which are part of our socio-economic development framework. In fact there was a dates (khurma) palm thrives in tropical areas there. There’s a 16-hectare land which is waqf and the operation cost (including seedlings, input, management cost, among others) are all waqf.”
“In the BDA, hopefully and we want to implement instantly the Shari’ah Compliant microfinance because it’s already part of our strategic plan and part of our operation in which we had already the PLEDGE program”, he ended.
It was reported that the activity was conducted as part of the UNDP’s ongoing support to strengthening an enabling environment for peace and stability in the Muslim Mindanao region of the Philippine (the Bangsamoro) areas relative to political transition and its overall management.
BARMM was established this year in replacement of the ARMM. It comes after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) that reflects the common aspirations of Bangsamoro of the ideal governance that responds to their own way of life as people. This experience-sharing mission is part of the continuing initiative to get learning from other countries who has the same story of transitioning and transforming from conflict to productive and peaceful society.
Mohammad S. Yacob, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency attended to the Bangsamoro Normalisation Trust Fund Meeting on July 25,2018 in Quezon City.
According to Dr. Yacob, the tivity was designed to come up with Project List and identify activities potential for funding by the BNTF.
BNTF is created to provide support to the implementation of the Normalisation in the Bangsamoro.
Key stakeholders and donor partners gathered for this workshop towards the common goal of peace and development.
Dir. Yacob is appointed to the BNTF as co-chair.
For his part, the involvement of BDA in the BNTF is very significant as development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been tasked of executing development projects in conflict affected communities.
March 31, 2019, the turn-over ceremony of responsibility for executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) at the agency’s grounds in Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.
Outgoing exec. dir. Mohammad S. Yacob recalled how he started at the BDA from member of the board of directors to becoming the director.
He said that he was intimidated at first knowing that key officials of BDA holds significant titles while he considered himself as not well educated in terms of acquired knowledge.
“Because of that, I worked hard to learn and develop myself”, Yacob stated.
Yacob thanked partners for trusting BDA under his leadership from 2010 to 2019.
Incoming exec. dir. Engr. Windel Diangcalan who was with BDA since inception also recollected memories of his beginning at the agency from volunteers to youngest BOD secretary then other various positions at the office.
“Recalling those humble beginnings, I never expected to reach this far, of becoming executive director of BDA”, he expressed.
Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BOD chair spoke of relevant knowledge, experience and skills gained from working with the BDA that accordingly will be useful for the outgoing Yacob and the rest of other officials who are now part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
He also told that BDA would be a partner of BARMM in providing services to the Bangsamoro.
During the event, Yacob handed over to Engr. Diangcalan BDA Annual Report 2018 including data and financial report and in return received a token as symbol of gratitude for his service with the agency.
Partners from various agencies graced this turnover ceremony, which manifested their continuing trust and support to BDA.
The BDA Board of Directors were also present to witness this event.
Staff and volunteers worked together in accommodating the visitors and guests and in facilitating the activity with supervision of the BDA’s management.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) expressed gratitude to the Minister of Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) and PATHWAYS for inviting the agency to the Joint Education Policy Coordination Committee and Pathways Steering Committee Meeting on July 17, 2019 at Davao City.
Joining the momentum brought about by recent milestone in history of the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) attended the ceremonial signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on August 6, 2018 at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.
BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob told that the event was indeed historical and “happy”.
“It was a happy moment, we at BDA joins the rest of the Bangsamoro who are celebrating for the signing of the BOL”, Dir. Yacob stated.
He expressed congratulations to the whole Bangsamoro and of appreciation to development and donor partners from the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, JICA and among others for sharing the joy by attending the said ceremonial signing.
“We again reiterate that as development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we believe that the BOL will further enhance our development efforts to communities needing of assistance towards better life”, Dir. Yacob stressed.
Geneva-based Liam Foran and country director Lona Jalijali of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) visited the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on May 22, 2019 at BDA Central Management Office in Cotabato City to discuss mediation and immediate impact development intervention in support of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). They were received by the BDA new executive director Engr. Windel Diangcalan.
The CHD Centre is an independent mediation organisation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated to improving the global response to armed conflict. Since establishing a country programme in the Philippines in 2004, HD has supported the implementation of existing peace agreements in Mindanao, south of the Philippines, between the Government and various armed groups, mediated in local clan conflicts, and helped the Government reach a landmark peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“Since 2009, HD has been a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) which helped shepherd the parties towards these landmark agreements that aim to end decades of conflict that has cost more than 100,000 lives. The two milestone accords, which were facilitated by Malaysia, serve as a road map to political and structural reforms in Muslim Mindanao, such as the creation of a new autonomous political entity which will be known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region”, director Jalijali said.
The BDA, on the hand, is on the transition process as relevant and strategic development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the post conflict situation.
Director Diangcalan shared that “in this current landscape, the BDA aims to actively engage in crafting and implementing development services within and outside BARMM”.
He further shared, “BDA had developed itself as part of MILF and as a registered juridical entity in the coming days, it will remain faithful to the agenda of autonomy and development”.
“The agency develops its strategy in close coordination with the other agencies within MILF social movement to keep the spirit of the MILF alive and the source of inspiration for the future of Bangsamoro. BDA believes in strong coordination of its activities with the ministries of the BARMM government that are involved in economy & livelihood activities and BDA is looking for a partnership with the BARMM government as a long term mutual commitment”, Diangcalan added.
“We are here to explore areas of partnership and collaboration with key stakeholders in BARMM to carry mediation, as core mandate of CHD, in post conflict context to sustain their support to the Bangsamoro after the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the establishment of BARMM”, Foran stressed.
Asked on how mediation in the post conflict situation can take place in Bangsamoro, Engr. Diangcalan underscores that in this current political landscape we can look at bridging the BARMM ministries and the Bangsamoro communities with regard to the delivery of basic goods and services in timely fashion and at the same come up with strategic messaging to manage high expectation at the ground.
The CHD facilitated the formulation of the Unified Bangsamoro Development Plan (UBDP) through the Bangsamoro Development Planning Team composed of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and MILF representatives. BOD Chair Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan and former executive director Dr. Mohammad Yacob led the MILF core team.
The UBDP has just submitted to the BARMM interim chief minister Hadji Murad Ebrahim on May 20.
Joining the mass of the Bangsamoro who convened recently on July 29,2018 at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat Maguindanao for the Bangsamoro Consultative Assembly, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) expressed support and optimism to the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) previously known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
“First we congratulate the whole Bangsamoro for this historic achievement”, BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob said.
He stated that the signing of the BOL is a welcome development for BDA and that it will enhance further the development projects and initiatives for conflict communities.
BDA is the development wing of the MILF, carrying out various programs to vulnerable areas in Mind since 2002.
“Through this BOL, we are optimistic that more people will be served for better and quality life long been aspired by many especially of those who wanted to move on from the effects of conflict,” Yacob ended.
Officers from the Al-Amanah Islamic Bank visited the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) for an orientation of their products and services on January 11, 2019 corresponding to the weekly meeting of the agency.
Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director welcomed the visitors together with the key officers and staff of the agency.
During the activity, Nasor Abdullatif presented about Al-Amanah Islamic Bank, discussed its products and services, which accordingly are Shari’ah compliant.
In his session, Abdulgafor also spoke about the relevance of promoting Islamic Banking as one way for one to have halal living.
Atty. Imelda Tarhata Macarambon, talked about brief story of the Al-Amanah Islamic Bank and how it has evolved realizing its role in the promotion of Islamic banking among Muslims.
“From our system before, we have enhanced and simplified some of our requirements for instance, our micro finance service” Atty. Macarambon stated.
She clarified that Amanah Bank shall comply with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the bank does not made the decisions and requirements by itself.
She likewise mentioned about good stories of some of their clients who availed their services and became a successful entrepreneur.
Atty. Macarambon expressed hope for the support of fellow Muslims for the Amanah Bank, which at present is strengthening its advocacy on the promotion of Islamic Banking.
The Amanah Bank Team also mentioned about their possible role once the Bangsamoro Government is established.
“Let us help one another. For every deposit, think that you are helping your fellow Muslims. And when we help each other, we are helping the Ummah”, she said.
Julhaina Cadon, BDA head for finance division facilitated the open forum where BDA staff raised some questions like microfinancing, car loan, hajj (pilgrimage) and among others.
The visitors responded accordingly the queries from participants and told that whoever interested may come to their Cotabato City Branch for further information and assistance.
Reina Madonna Gayak, Amanah Bank- Cotabato City Branch Manager and Lady Asrea Usman were other officer from the bank attended the activity.
IN PHOTO: Prof. Yoshida of Hiroshima University visited the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on April 19, 2019.
BDA executive director Windel Diangcalan, welcomed the vistor.