The Bangsamoro Development Agency had expressed deep appreciation to all the development partners for the successful conduct of the implementation support mission held on October 1-5 with site visits in the areas of Maguindanao and North Cotabato wherein the four camps are currently located.
Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan, BDA chairman relayed his gratefulness that that ‘this engagement (under the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II) had generated a steady progress towards achieving our primordial objective of improving access of our conflict-affected communities to basic socio-economic infrastructures and alternative learning system’.
Dipatuan also shared his joy over what the World Bank and other partners have coined as ‘blockbuster’ implementation of the ALS in such a way that the community acceptance of the program has been relatively high and their hopes and enthusiasm are manifest.
“We are happy to learn of the term ‘blockbuster’ in terms of the ALS implementation that community acceptance of it is strong enough”.
Though he acknowledged some challenges along the way, he said that they are making sure that in surmounting these challenges, they learn their lessons very hard.
The ISM, whose 1st day (October 1) was primarily intended for the kick-off meeting while day 5 (October 5) was purposely held to present the summary of findings and recommendations generated from the three-day community visits, is a monitoring mechanism of the project partners to assess and evaluate the progress of the project against the plan.
It was participated by officials from the World Bank, Spanish Cooperation Agency, DFAT Australia, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Department of Education – ARMM, Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation, Community and Family Services International and the BDA.
MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.
This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.
MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.
The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.