As the Bangsamoro landscape gradually changes from conflict to a peaceful productive community, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and key partners committed to share the dividends of peace to the deserving stakeholders in the Bangsamoro.
“BDA is a product of the peace process whose dividends must be shared to all”, Jun Mantawil said, MILF Central Committee member and currently the co-chair of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) Project Board.
MTF-RDP/2, signed on April 2018 between BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI), is another opportunity for the BDA and its partners to show its commitment to serve the marginalized sector in the countryside.
Mantawil reiterated that the peace process is a mechanism used by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in order to find a way to a peaceful political solution to the Bangsamoro problem.
He also pointed out that this agreement (referring to the peace process) is a social contract which serves not only political but works as well for the social and economic benefits of the Bangsamoro populace.
Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA Executive Director stressed that they see this opportunity “for us to develop our homeland”. He offered their agency’s unwavering commitment towards developing their communities into peaceful, productive and active members of the society.
BDA has been working for years in catering the needs of the communities adversely affected by the decades-long conflict in Mindanao.
Now, with the agreed Normalization Aspect, it intensifies its effort to reaching more needy communities given its mandate as the development arm of the MILF.
Meanwhile, CFSI also pledged towards making the project journey successful as “we strive to implement the project in a bid to benefit the communities who suffer from the effects of conflict throughout the years”, Nasser Sinarimbo, Project Coordinator, noted.
Recently, a preparatory training workshop intended to orient its main partner in the ground – the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JFTCT) – on the necessary steps and actions for the implementation of the MTF-RDP/2 was held on May 25-26 here in Cotabato City.
MTFRDP/2 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 Badre and Camp Omar.
The project aims 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.
BDA is the project-implementing unit (PIU) while CFSI is the trust fund recipient.
Funds for the projects come from the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as 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 Agency for International Cooperation in the Philippines (AECID) is also supporting the project.