In his message during the General Staff Orientation on May 1-2, 2018 at Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City, Mohammad S. Yacob, executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) told staff of the value of respect in delivering services to communities.
“Be always respectful as you go to communities in implementing project”, he said.
He reminded BDA staff especially that the agency is now delivering project to the major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which according to Yacob has a different environment compare to those communities previously reached by BDA under the other programs.
Dir. Yacob added that being respectful to all stakeholders would help BDA to implement the project successfully and fulfill its mandate as development arm of the MILF.
BDA has employed seventy number of people tasked to deliver the project, which aims to contribute to sustain the gains of the peace process on Bangsamoro, by supporting access to basic services and building institutional capacity in conflict-affected communities in Mindanao.
For this project, the BDA will be working with the camp commanders of the MILF and the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT).
The project targets selected communities in the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) namely Camp Bushra, Camp Bilal, Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badar and Camp Omar.
It is in accordance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) of March 2014 intends to identify priority actions that will intensify socio-economic development in conflict-affected areas, including transforming the six major MILF camps into peaceful and productive communities.
BDA is managing the project implementation in partnership with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).
The Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) supports this program 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 Development Cooperation in the Philippines (AECID) is also a donor-partner of the program.