In an aim to consult potential partners for feedback and possible collaborations, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) organized a Conference on Bangsamoro Livelihood Model on January 19, 2018 at Davao City.
Participants to the activity were coming from Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Mindanao State University-MSU Marawi, government agencies, development partners, Local Government Unit (LGU) and other sectors.
BDA officials also attended the consultation headed by Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan (chairman), Mohammad S. Yacob (executive director) together with Engr. Windel Diangcalan (deputy executive director) and the agency’s division heads.
Topics presented and discussed were Macro and Micro Socio-Economic Development, Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), Mindanao Development Agenda, Challenges on Shari’ah Compliant, and International Perspective on Livelihood in Bangsamoro.
BDA also showed its Livelihood Program Approach during the activity.
Part also of the consultation was the workshop on various topics discussed and panel discussion on Livelihood in Bangsamoro as facilitated by Rene Grotenhuis, Dutch Expert from CHD.
“BDA over the last few months has developed a livelihood model that could be the basis of a livelihood strategy and through this activity, we were expecting that we together with our partners understand the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) Priorities as the framework for the BDA Program and understand the Bangsamoro challenges within the wider Mindanao development strategy”, Dr. Dipatuan stated.
He added that BDA as development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is pushing for livelihood improvement in Bangsamoro since the region has the lowest in terms of social and economic development.
“This reality is also indicated in the BDP, which became our basis for priority program thrusts at BDA”, Chair Dipatuan said.
In terms of livelihood programs and projects, BDA has already experience and expertise through the implementation the Programme for Local Economic Development Through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment (PLEDGE) and Community Development in Conflict Affected Areas in Mindanao (CD-CAAM).
This Conference on Bangsamoro Livelihood Model was supported by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD).