Dev’t.catalysts in Central Mindanao convene for 2019 1st quarterly meeting

Development catalysts of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) from the eleven provinces of Central Mindanao Region convened on January 5-6, 2019 for the first quarterly meeting for this year at the Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City.

Highlights of the event included presentation of accomplishments of each province for the last quarter based on the major program thrusts of the BDA.

The role and becoming of BDA as development arm of the MILF was discussed by Dr. Abdus Sameh R.L. Piang, vice chairman of the agency’s board of directors.

Dr. Piang also talked about the present changes and situation related to the campaign on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the schedules of plebiscite for said law, and the responsibility of each other to work together to be able to contribute to the establishment of the Bangsamoro Government.

Hashim Manticayan, head of BDA human resource division further shared updates on the BOL campaign in Cotabato City and the current advocacy activities of the MILF in the island provinces.

Carolyn Biruar, program focal person on health presented accomplishments about Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) and related activities on health with highlights on the mobilization of the Mobile Operating Clinic during massive rally on the BOL.

Quarterly meeting has been the tradition of the BDA Central Mindanao to gather all development catalysts who are organized at the community level as local counterpart and coordinating body during field works.

They are volunteers who are mobilized to co-facilitate community-based activities and trainings and in coordinating with local partners and stakeholders to ensure proper completion of any project or program.

Volunteerism has been the primary capital of the BDA in managing and enriching its human resources that is contributory to the success and sustainability of the agency operating for sixteen years already for rehabilitation and development of the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao with the principle of learning by doing in building the capacity of the Bangsamoro.

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