In an effort to sustain the gains of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF), the Bangsamoro Development Agency vowed to deliver the dividends of peace in the conflict-stricken communities in Mindanao.
“We are duty-bound to carry out our mandate in delivering the much needed socio-economic interventions in our areas”, BDA Executive Director, Dr. Mohammad S. Yacob said.
He further declared that this is one way of showing that ‘we are struggling to establish a Bangsamoro government’, a dream that is being worked for in the decade-old existence of the agency.
Recently, the BDA and its counterpart in the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) as the trust fund recipient signed a partnership agreement on 10 April signaling the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project (MTF-RDP/2) to start in its project implementation.
The project aims to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.
MTF-RDP is a project that is supported by the World Bank as the trust fund administrator and secretariat with funds also coming from the European Union and the governments of Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In this phase, the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) forms part of the donor agencies which provide support to the project.
The MTF-RDP2 has an estimated budget worth US$ 4.5 million for the duration of the project implementation.
On May 1 and 2, BDA held its general staff orientation to give proper guidance as well as familiarize the staff on the direction that is going to be trailed to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the project deliverables.