Beneficiaries of the Programme for Local Economic Development through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment (PLEDGE) implemented by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) underwent training on Environment and Social Safeguards with Gender Sensitivity on November 17, 2015 at Barangay Pigcalagan, Sultan Kudarat and 23, 2015 at Barangay North Binangga, Talayan both in the province of Maguindanao.
According to Tunggal Benito, BDA Central Mindanao Region community enterprise development officer (CEDO) for PLEDGE reported that participants were active which manifested their warm welcome and strong support to the project.
Benito also said, “This kind of support shown by the community marks the sign of success of project implementation in the barangay.”
“Because the community stakeholders where the project is located play a vital role in ensuring and making the success of project,” Benito added.
Nov.17 in Brgy. Pigcalagan
According to the chairman of this barangay “This kind of training is a very welcome development in our community for it is a plus factor for our project brought to us by BDA.”
“With the kind of strategies in development intervention shown to us by BDA, our commitment of support to the project of BDA is strengthened because this is a unique approach that covers environment and social safeguards which includes gender sensitivity”, he emphasized.
He added that “This is a people-centered development where concerned personalities are appropriately developed which is in the end has also direct implication not only to the surrounding environment and social concern but to the greater majority of the general public.
Nov.23 in Brgy. North Binangga
One of the most active personalities who participated in the training was Samsudin Agkong, chairman of Barangay North Binangga.
“We joined the training because we want to learn considering the fact that the environment and social safeguards with gender sensitivity are very important in our daily engagement in life and not only because of our project but they are interconnected with the community development particularly in our locality”, Agkong stated.
He stressed that the knowledge acquired from the training serves as instrument in supporting the full and correct implementation of the project.
Badrudin Sendad, one of the training facilitators said, “Environment and social safeguards are inseparable things which are very important for the stakeholders of any community to be aware of especially in the field of aspiring for true peace and holistic development.”
Sendad emphasized that this training sharpens the consciousness of the participants to successfully implement the project as among the very important development intervention to showcase that Bangsamoro is environment friendly and deserves to be given the chance to run their own government.
Hasim Iskak, Program Director of Suara Mindanao, a local radio program heard over DXMY in Cotabato City and one of the training facilitators said, “Gender sensitivity is also among the important things that community stakeholders should be aware of specially taking into considering that this barangay is dominated by majority Muslims.”
“Because, it is a standing principle of Islam that there is equal protection of the rights of men and women”, Iskak added.
North Binangga and Pigcalagan are the two sites in Central Mindanao for the PLEDGE project.
The local enterprises are Fish Processing, Banana Processing, Furniture Making and Coconut Processing.
PLEDGE is the economic and livelihood component of Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) supported by various donors such as the European Union; the Swedish International Development Agency; the Australian Embassy in the Philippines; Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada; the United States Agency for International Development; the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the World Bank, which also serves as the Trust Fund Secretariat.
The program aims to contribute to confidence and peace building efforts through local economic development and sustainable livelihood creation in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.