Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao – A Community Orientation on the Peace Process was conducted by Kadtabanga Foundation on December 13, 2015 at Sitio Sawa Madrasah, Barangay Tuka, Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao to educate residents on the gains of the peace process.
Kadtabanga Foundation Executive Director Giobay S. Diocolano said in her Opening Message that the orientation is part of the activities of a project they are currently implementing in selected municipalities of Maguindanao entitled “Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities for Bangsamoro Advancement through National-level and Grassroots Organizations and Networks or B-BANGON.”
“Generally, this project seeks to ensure that the peace process is more credible and widely supported by all stakeholders, and strengthens local mechanisms for averting the escalation of violence that could affect the progress of the peace process. It was implemented by four local CSOs, such as Kadtabanga Foundation, Moro Women Development and Cultural Center (MWDECC), Mindanao Action for Peace and Development Initiatives (MAPAD), and Bangsamoro Center for Justpeace in the Philippines (BCJP) in partnership with Australian Government and The Asia Foundation (TAF),” she elaborated.
“This project is being implemented in the 23 municipalities of Maguindanao with Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) and/or those areas where settlers and indigenous peoples (IPs) are predominant,” she added.
Prof. Raby Angkal briefly discussed Bangsamoro History and some salient provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Open Forum followed to give chance to the participants to share views and ask questions.
Most of the questions raised by the participants were about the status of the BBL. They articulated their hope that Congress, both the Senate and House of Representatives will pass a BBL acceptable to the Bangsamoro people.
The Local Government Units of Barangay Tuka expressed their full support to the peace process and all peace-related undertakings of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Kadtabanga Foundation is a NGO organized after the signing of the peace accord between the GPH and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). It was organized to provide an avenue for the members of the Front and peace and development advocates to develop their vision, organization and program, and becomes more responsive partners in the development of the Bangsamoro.
Author: A’shadieeyah Faizeen