As the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) sees another opportunity to help develop its people while making strides in doing development works in the conflict-affected communities, preparatory planning sessions relative to the phase II implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project were held on May 6-7, this year at the Bangsamoro Development Cotabato City Center, Incorporated (BDCCCI).
“This planning process is needed to apprise the staff before they actually go down the areas on the required steps or strategies they should follow when they face the communities to be served”, Mr. Rhadzni M. Taalim, BDA Planning and Operations Head disclosed in a message. Taalim also acts as the Project Coordinator for the current project.
He also said that this activity is designed to specifically orient the staff about the use of different forms and tools, present the detailed Work and Financial Plan (WFP), among other things.
The MTF-RDP/2-AECID is a project, which will be implemented in the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) involved in a peace process with the Government of the Philippines (GPH).
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 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) of 2014.
As an output, the team is expected to get acquainted and properly equipped on needed strategies along with their individual development plans per camp to get prepared in the field with the lead supervision of Dr. Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA Executive Director.
During the event, Engr. Windel P. Diangcalan, Deputy Executive Director presented the Operations Manual to reinforce the staff knowledge and provide further understanding on the different cycles that the Project undergoes from inception to acceptance period.
Other key actors present during the activity includes the Monitoring and Evaluation Head/Planning Officer Engr. Rahib A. Labay, Administrative Head Abdulmaguid K. Salidatan, Finance Head Julhaina E. Cadon and Human Resource Head Hashim Manticayan together with all the concerned staff for deployment as the project starts implementing.
Also in the workshop was the session on proper messaging regarding the project to ensure consistent dissemination of information to stakeholders, which shall contribute to the project’s success.
This project on camp development and transformation 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.
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.