The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through its Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob attended the International Conference in Hiroshima on November 13-14, 2017.
Dir. Yacob lectured topic on Education in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding to the students of the Graduate School of International Cooperation in Hiroshima University in Japan.
He likewise presented Socio-economic Development for Peace Building in the Bangsamoro to the peace and development advocates coming from other countries like Indonesia and India where he first mentioned about the history of conflict in Bangsamoro and the effects it caused to the economic growth and social system in the region.
Also in the topic were the peace negotiations and peace agreements between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), then the development approaches initiated through the BDA as development arm of the MILF.
He mentioned about the Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) of 2005 as basis of the development framework of BDA during a conflict setting then the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) of 2014 as development blueprint of BDA at present as it shifted to post-conflict scenario.
Part also of Dir. Yacob’s trip to Japan is him being one of the members of the Screening Committee for the 3rd Batch of Mindanao-Hiroshima Skill-up Training.
Yacob also had the chance to meet the Dean of Graduate School for Social Science in Hiroshima University for possible human resource development collaboration.
BDA and the Japan Government through the GGP and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been partners for numerous programs and projects since early days of BDA. Some of these were the Socio-economic Reconstruction and Development for Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (SERD-CAAM) and the Community Development in the CAAM (CD-CAAM).