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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:27

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Message of thanks flows in camp communities as clean water runs especially for those who received water project recently turned over through the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2).

The people organization in Brgy. Sadangen, Gen. SKP in Maguindanao formally received the project that was solar-powered water system level II during the turnover ceremony on August 18, 2019.

“For the longer time, we never expect that development would reach us here in the mountains. There were organizations also who came here but did not pursue the project because of the distance.”

These were the words of people in the barangays of Kinebeka in Datu Odin Sinsuat and Datalpandan in Guindulungan all the province of Maguindanao as they formally received development projects on August 18, 2019.

Community members, key officials and leaders of Brgy. Inug-ug in Pikit, North Cotabato are grateful for being part of the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2)- a development project implemented in the six major camps of the MILF.

During the community-wide orientation in the said village, participants expressed thanks to BDA, CFSI and partners for bringing development project to their community.

““For the long time, development projects were only passing by in our community. We are happy that now the project is coming and we are supportive”, BIAF member told.

The Bangsamoro Development Agency headed by Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob recently hosted the Values Transformation Training in Barangay Saniag in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in Camp Omar as part of the social preparation for the communities engaged in the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase (MTF-RDP/2).

In an update given by Hashim Manticayan, Head of the Human Resource Division of BDA, he reported that Maguindanaon and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) were trained on the values needed to be promoted and applied as individual human beings.

Manticayan also relayed that the residents were vocally happy about the training and that one IP participant even went on suggesting to send her kids to learn about the values being inculcated by the organization to its workforce with added Islamic knowledge in general.

A celebration of history, identity and unity; and of the common aspirations towards better life- is the story to tell to describe the turnover ceremony of tribal hall to Teduray community in Brgy. Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao on August 15, 2019.

The project was funded through the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2), a 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).

During the turnover ceremony, the people’s organization received certificate of turnover that signals the formal acceptance of the project and the responsibility on operation, maintenance and sustainability.

The turnover ceremony became a gathering of all sectors in the community that speaks of the unity and common aspirations for development of everyone.

In a courtesy meeting to the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on August 21, 2018 in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, delegations from Turkey expressed continued support to Bangsamoro.

“We will help you the best that we can”, a Turkey official stated.

The meeting transpired after the Eid’l Adha prayer in celebration of the Eid’l Adha (feast of sacrifice), an annual event observed by Muslim Ummah worldwide to commemorate the act of prophet Ibrahim who was about to willingly sacrifice his son as worship to the Allah s.w.t.

Towards sustainability of the project, members of the camp project support team (CPST) of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) facilitated the updating of the operation and maintenance (O&M) for the people’s organizations (POs) in the community-recipients of the project this week of April 15, 2019.

The activity aims to strengthen further the understanding of the POs on the relevance of O&M for project sustainability and to review the document for enhancement if needed.

Staff from the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Central Management Office (CMO) and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) also joined the CPST in conducting the said activity.

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.

May 10, 2019. In the holy month of Ramadhan, the values transformation training, a peace building mechanism employed by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the development arm of the MILF in organizing and developing pool of catalysts to serve the Bangsamoro communities takes off for the employees of the Regional Planning and Development Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPDO-BARMM).

Emran Mohammad and Swaib Mohammad, both professional trainers of the VTT facilitated the said activity.

VTT is a major program of the BDA integrated as major component of all its major programs, and serves as foundation of learning and training for all its officials, staff, volunteers, partners and stakeholders.

It is line with the guiding principle of the agency that “change must begin with one’s self” emphasizing the significance of values in developing an individual with enhanced knowledge, appreciation and practice of Universal Values that will help them in serving the most marginalized and indigent communities in Mindanao.

"We are grateful that the VTT is very align to what the BARMM-Interim Chief Minister is promoting on moral governance”, Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA executive director said.

Hashim Manticayan, BDA deputy executive director told that the piloting of the VTT in the BARMM was complementary to the values restoration program of the Civil Service Commission, which has the same goal of transformation through values.

BDA has been informed to facilitate the VTT for all BARMM employees, which the agency accepted as an opportunity to help in serving the Bangsamoro.

In a recent meeting between Engr. Windel Diangcalan, executive director of Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and Steven Muncy, executive director of Community and Family Services International (CFSI) on July 31, 2019 in Cotabato City, the two organizations agreed "to the finish line, together" referring to the completion of the implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2). 

MTFRDP/2 is program partnership agreement signed between the BDA and CFSI, which aim is to 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). 

Expected completion of the project will be on August 31, 2019 and so both BDA and CFSI agreed and committed to work together to deliver the community development assistance accordingly and achieve the project objectives for the welfare of the people in need. 

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.