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Two Moro youth finish post-graduate program in Japan

Posted on September 20, 2016

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Morsidin Husain, a senior member of the United Youth for Peace and Development, and Anisa U. Matula from the Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, graduated last Wednesday (Sept 14) at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) together with 195 students from about 50 countries including 16 others from the Philippines.

The program which is under the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS).

Husain and Matula both took the program Master in Public Policy with concentration on International Development Studies and International Relations respectively.

Husain related that the program was initially intended to government officials, however after the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed in 2013, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) changed the framework to accommodate more Bangsamoro applicants.

“JICA officials are asking why not many Moros are applying. Through Facebook, somehow, we are also trying to help in promoting the program,” Husain said.

Husain, a peace advocate, added, “We can only hope that this time there will be more applicants.”

Applicants coming from NGOs should seek endorsement from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission or Bangsamoro Development Agency.

Aside from Japan, other countries providing scholarship to the Bangsamoro youth are Turkey and Australia.

Some Moro youth are currently enrolled in universities in Turkey taking their respective bachelor’s degrees while more than fifty are taking master’s degree in partner universities in the country funded by the Australian government.

Author:  Gandhi Kinjiyo

Source: Luwaran (http://www.luwaran.net/home/index.php/news/76-international/883-two-moro-youth-finish-post-graduate-program-in-japan)

This entry was posted on September 26, 2016, in News.

Kadtabanga Foundation facilitates Community Orientation on the Peace Process

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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. Continue reading

Maguindanao Political Leaders call for passage of CAB-Compliant BBL for National Unity and Reconciliation

Posted on November 17, 2015

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Buluan, Maguindanao – Despite the uncertainty of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) being passed by congress, Maguindanao political leaders gathered in a peace dialogue on November 10, 2015 at BBGM Restaurant, Buluan, Maguindanao where they issued a manifesto calling for the passage of a BBL that faithfully complies with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and not the one that will reduce the powers and authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“We are all living witnesses to how our people – men, women, children and the elderly – lost lives and properties, experienced disruption of economic activities and suffered indignity in the evacuation centers brought about by the conflict in Mindanao”, the leaders said in their manifesto.

“We strongly believe that the BBL submitted by the Office of the President (OP) to the Lower House and the Senate on September 10 last year, can address various forms of injustices committed against the Bangsamoro and, thus, can bring forth dignified peace, meaningful development, unity and reconciliation in the entire country,” they said in their statement.

The peace dialogue was participated by local government units from the provincial level to the municipal level.

Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chair of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel, representatives from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were invited to the said dialogue.

The Asia Foundation (TAF) Senior Program Officer Noraida Chio challenged the local government units of Maguindanao to be part of the solution and urged them to work together and unite to make the successful peace process a legacy and gift to the future generation of Bangsamoro.

“Wala pong isang Bangsamoro ang hindi nananaginip na sana anytime of the day, makakalakad tayo sa daan ng walang takot. Na sana makita natin ng lahat ng bata ay makapag-aral. Na sana lahat ng mga kabatang Bangsamoro ay makakapagtapos ng pag-aaral. Na sana lahat tayo sa Bangsamoro ay uunlad at walang maiiwan,” she said.

Ferrer explained that all efforts had been made and are still being done to successfully pursue the GPH-MILF peace process. She also urged the local government unit leaders in Maguindanao to show everyone what the Bangsamoro can do.

“Ayaw nating magkamali kase kelangan nating ipakita sa buong mundo na ang Bangsamoro ay may kakayahan basta mabigyan ng sapat na political autonomy at sapat na resources. Na kaya nyang paunlarin ang Bangsamoro, kaya nyang paunlarin ang buong Pilipinas dahil ang kaunlaran ng Bangsamoro ay kaunlaran ng buong Pilipinas. Ang tagumpay ng Bangsamoro ay tagumpay ng bawat Pilipino,” Ferrer said.

“BBL or No BBL or Bad BBL, we need to be strong. We need to consolidate the Bangsamoro people. We should rely on our strength and unity of our people. We need to build on the political capacity of our people. We, as a Bangsamoro, we need to strengthen our movement towards self-determination,” said BTC Chair Mohagher Iqbal in a statement read on his behalf by BTC Legal Consultant Atty. Sha Elijah Dumama Alba. Continue reading

Security Sectors in Maguindanao express full support to GPH-MILF Peace Process

Written by Baina T. Samayatin

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Camp Siongco, DOS, Maguindanao – Some 90 officers and men of the Maguindano Provincial Police Office (PPO) of PNP PRO-ARMM and that of the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army participated in the Peace Dialogue with Security Sector conducted on October 29, 2015 at Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

The dialogue was organized and facilitated by a cluster of four local civil society organizations (CSOs) spearheaded by the Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc. (MWDECC), Mindanao Action for Peace and Development (MAPAD) Initiatives, Inc. Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates, Inc. (KFPDAI) and the Bangsamoro Center for Justpeace in the Philippines, Inc. (BCJP).

Mr. Samsodin C. Amella, MAPAD Executive Director, said in his opening remarks that the said dialogue was aimed at raising the awareness of the participants on the progress of the peace process particularly on the Normalization Component and gathering their commitment to continuously support all peace-related undertakings of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“It is one of the series of activities we are currently implementing under the “Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities for Bangsamoro Advancement through National-level and Grassroots Organizations and Networks (B-BANGON)” project in partnership with the Australian Government and The Asia Foundation (TAF),” Amella said. Continue reading

MWDECC, BCJP Conduct Community Forum on the Peace Process

Posted on July 29, 2015

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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

Source:  http://www.luwaran.com/index.php/new/item/547-mwdecc-bcjp-conduct-community-forum-on-the-peace-process

MWDECC participates the Workshop on Advance Newswriting

20150816_094856General Santos – The Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc. (MWDECC) participated the Workshop on Advanced Newswriting for Peace Correspondents conducted by Kutawatu Multimedia Network (KuMuNet) on August 15-17, 2015 at Sarangani Highlands, General Santos to enhance the skills and knowledge of its member organizations in newswriting.

The workshop was participated by the member organizations of KuMuNet composed of Tri-people such as Bangsamoro, Indigenous People and Settlers. It is aimed to strengthen the capacities of their news writers in developing an effective material that is factual, transparent and non-partisan using the lens of conflict transformation and peace journalism.

KuMuNet is an open network existing since 2010 that brings together communications and advocacy components of member organizations through strategic communication skills sharing and development. Its focus activities is to strengthen each organizations advocacy work; develop collaborative advocacy/media strategy, and effective civil society organizations-media engagement.

MWDECC is one of the active radio anchors of the Radio Program of KuMuNet, “Bangsamoro Ngayon: Tinig ng Kapayapaan (Bangsamoro Today: The Voice of Peace)” from 2012 to present. It is a one-hour weekly radio program in the radio stations in the cities of Cotabato City and Kidapawan City as well as in the Province of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi aimed in addressing and advocating issues related to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the Annexes, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the Peace Process in general.

This entry was posted on August 19, 2015, in News.

13th Batch of JDS Fellows to be Sent Off to Japan

Posted on August 7, 2015

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Send-Off Ceremony for the 13th Batch of JDS fellows

The Send-Off Ceremony for the 13th Batch of fellows of the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship Project or JDS Project was held on 6 August 2015 at Astoria Plaza in Pasig City. First Secretary, Hiroyuki Enoki attended the ceremony. Also in attendance were Deputy Director General of National Economic and Development Authority, Mr. Rolando G. Tungpalan, Director General of Foreign Service Institute of Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Claro S. Cristobal, and officials of Philippine Government agencies.

The JDS project is a scholarship project financed by the Government of Japan through its Official Development Assistance – Grant Aid Program. The aim of the project is to enhance the JDS Fellows’ expertise in their respective fields, such as “Financial Reform, Investment and SME Promotion Policy”, “Capacity Development of Government officials”, “Transportation infrastructure”, and “Regional development administrative in Mindanao / Support for establishment of Bangsamoro autonomous government”. The project also aims to help build a pool of future Filipino leaders from various governmental institutions as well as non-government organizations located in Mindanao region. JDS Fellows are expected to contribute to the country’s overall socio-economic development by returning to and working in the Philippines.

A total of 20 persons comprise the 13th Batch of JDS Fellows from the Philippines*. Including 13th Batch Fellows, the Philippines have a total of 279 JDS Fellows up to this date.

* Organizations of 13th Batch of JDS Fellows

– National Economic and Development Authority (including regional offices)

– Philippine Statistic Authority

– Civil Service Commission

– Department of Public Works and Highways (including regional offices and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao)

– Department of Agriculture (including attached agency)

– Office of the Ombudsman (including regional offices) – Local Government Unit (General Santos City)

– Bangsamoro Development Agency

Moro Women Development and Culture Center (NGO)

– United Youth for Peace and Development (NGO)

* Accepting Universities Continue reading