The Bangsamoro Development Agency as the project implementing unit of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project for Phase II (MTF-RDP/2) spearheaded the project implementation support mission (ISM) that kicked-off in a meeting held yesterday, October 1 at Em Manor Hotel in Cotabato City.
The mission, which comprised of two teams, would push through until October 5 with a wrap-up meeting to consolidate shared inputs from the ground.
BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob hoped that this ISM would be as enriching as possible as he appealed to those who are going down the different target areas to share the things that they will see in the ground in order to deliver better services to the communities.
“We need to focus more on important issues at hand for us to manage challenges more effectively”, he reminded the team.
He also thanked the MTF partners for their decision ‘to complement the government in this undertaking’ as he pointed out that the result of this mission would lead to re-aligning whatever needs to be realigned.
Moreover, Project Board member Mohammad B. Salih, representing BDA Chairman Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan shared insights regarding the project implementation. He said that this intervention that we do in the camps is geared towards confidence-building which necessitates that we continue to improve in delivering our tasks.
In his message, World Bank MTF Manager Marcelo Fabre reiterated WB’s continued support to the program now that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which he described as something that the Bangsamoro people have waited for long and now ‘offers big events to open’ as a result.
Roberto Tordecilla, WB Task Team Leader further noted that this ISM is also intended to assess the over-all progress of the project against what is planned while he asserted that ‘we are not here to find faults but to provide support and continue the good work that we have established’.
BDA Project Coordinator Rhadzni M. Taalim and CFSI Project Coordinator Nasser G. Sinarimbo both presented the over-all updates of the project.
Learning and Development Officer Hashim B. Manticayan offered insights on the significance of honesty when he was asked to deliver words of wisdom.
Planning Officer Engr. Rahib A. Labay presented to the team the travel arrangements among others.
Key personalities and staff from partner agencies such as the Spanish Agency (AECID), Community and Family Services International, Joint Task Force on Camps Transformation (JTFCT), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) have also attended the meeting and will likewise join the mission.
From the CFSI: Executive Director Steven C. Muncy led his team, Maria Bella Fernandez Asurminde, Senior Program Manager of the AECID, Deputy Executive Director Windel P. Diangcalan and other key officers from BDA were also in attendance.
ISM is a monitoring activity of partners for the MTFRDP/2 that aims to assess the over-all progress of the project against what is planned.
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.