BDA on gearing up for Bangsamoro Transition

In anticipation of its relevant role to play during the transition period for the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), being the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continues to undertake initiatives especially in terms of capacity building and linking with various partners for better collaboration.

Recently, key officers of the agency participated in to the three-day training on Capacity Development in Project- Formulation and Management for Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on February 28-March 2, 2018 at Davao City.

Organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the said event was aimed at enhancing the capacity of MinDA and BDA in reviewing the feasibility studies and evaluating development projects.

BDA and MinDA are both part of the Bangsamoro Development Corridors, a platform to project prioritization and resource mobilization taking the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) as reference.

BDA established in 2002 is primarily mandated for relief and rehabilitation of conflict affected areas in Mindanao and has been managing various development projects through community driven development (CDD) approach.

MinDA on the other hand is mandated to be the lead agency that coordinates and integrates the formulation and implementation of various Mindanao-wide and interregional development plans, programs, and projects that will help facilitate inclusive growth.

Accordingly the training consisted of learning the basics and concepts of feasibility studies and project evaluation, and learning with case studies.

Participants from both MinDA and BDA engaged in a lively and interactive discussion using the two cases presented. It was also an initial attempt to establish harmonious working relationship between the two agencies towards the Bangsamoro Transition.

Trainees from BDA were Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob, Deputy Exec. Dir. Engr. Windel Diangcalan, Head for Program and Operations Rhadzni Taalim, Engr. Rahib Labay, Engr. Mohammad Saud Alon, and Engr. Amil Kali.

From MinDA were Dir. Reyzalde Tan, Yvette Valderia and other key officers of the agency.

Training facilitators were Dr. Enrico Basilio (Professor of UNP National College of Public Administration, Governance and Professor of Economics at University of Asia & Pacific); with Dr. Hussien Sinsuat Lidasan (Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at UP Diliman).

Also in the training were Maki Yamagishi, Iya Pennaroyo and Samrah Karon from JICA and Yosuke Tamabayashi from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

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