“Capacity building has no limit. In order to catch-up with the changing world, we should continue learning and capacitating ourselves”.
This statement was shared by Mohammad S. Yacob, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to the more 50 participants of the Project Management Training held on September 8-10, 2018 at Alnor Hotel in Cotabato City.
The training was part of the capacity building interventions intended for the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JTFCT) officers and members and the BDA Camps Project Support Team across the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front where the Agency is currently operating.
Yacob added:capacitating you in this activity doesn’t mean that you are not good or you know less.
“In fact, viewing it from an Islamic perspective, if you learn more and more, you have the capacity to teach humanity”, he pointed out.
Moreover, he noted that the objective is to ‘modernize the skills and knowledge of the participants in order to face the challenges’ along the way as they move the path of development through the implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project for Phase II (MTF-RDP/2) in partnership with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).
Further, Nasser G. Sinarimbo, CFSI Project Coordinator corroborated ED Yacob’s statement.
“We are all here to add more knowledge for everyone’, Sinarimbo stated in his opening message delivered during the activity.
Different topics discussed during the training workshop include: Inputs on the Basics of Project Development and Management, Essence of Organizing, Planning as an essential part of project management, Essential aspect on Leadership in the execution/implementation of various activities in the ground, Procurement Modalities of sub-projects, Inputs on Project Monitoring, Project Financial Management, Essence of Environmental Social Safeguards Framework/ IP participation, Prevention of Social Exploitation and Abuse and Child Protection, Simple Business Plan and Operations and Manual and Sustainability Plan among others.
The sessions were jointly facilitated by the BDA and CFSI as partner agencies.
MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is 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.
MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) 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 Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.