MWDECC, BCJP Conduct Community Forum on the Peace Process

Posted on July 29, 2015


Community Orientation on the Peace Process was conducted yesterday (August 27, 2015) at Brgy. Mapayag, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao to educate the residents of the barangay on the narrative and status of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The more than one hundred residents of the said barangay that attended the activity coming from different sectors such as women, youth, farmers, elders and others.

Ms. Jehan A. Usop, Project Officer of MWDECC, said that the activity was organized and facilitated by Bangsamoro Center for Justpeace in the Philippines, Inc. (BCJP) and Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc. (MWDECC) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Datu Anggal Midtimbang.

“This is one of the series of activities under the “Popularizing the Peace Process” component of the B-BANGON Project we are currently implementing in the different municipalities of Maguindanao,” she said.

Topics on the History of the Peace Process, Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) were discussed by the different resource persons invited by the facilitators. After the discussion, there was an Open Forum to let the participants ask questions and clarify things that are not clear to them.

Mr. Tungko B. Tadtagan, Executive Director of BCJP, said that the leadership of the municipality expressed their appreciation to the organizers of the activity for their efforts in educating their constituents regarding the status of the peace process especially the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“This is an opportunity for them to understand the real situation regarding the peace process between the GPH and MILF and the ongoing deliberations on the BBL. Most of the participants expressed their hope that the Philippine legislators such as House of Representatives and Senate will pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will be acceptable to the Bangsamoro,” he said.

“The B-BANGON or Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities for Bangsamoro Advancement through National-level and Grassroots Organizations and Networks is a project that aimed to ensure that the peace process is more credible and widely supported, and the local mechanisms for averting the escalation of violence is strengthened,” he added.

Author: A’shadieeyah Faizeen