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

Posted on November 17, 2015


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

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

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

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

Posted on August 7, 2015


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)

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