As part of the social preparation activities for Quick Response Project (QRP), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) hosted an orientation for the members of the Joint Task Force for Camps Transformation (JTFCT) on July 6, 2018 at Cotabato City.
QRP is a project under BDA, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnership, which will be implemented across the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA Executive Director said that this undertaking is part of the Government of the Philippines (GPH’s) commitment to the peace process in line with the Normalization Aspect of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro of 2014.
“This is GPH’s commitment in pursuing peace and development in Mindanao”, Yacob noted.
He added: “unlike other BDA-administered projects, this BDA-OPAPP-UNDP intervention is a show of readiness on the part of government to fulfill its promises towards the Bangsamoro”.
Further, Yacob sought guidance from the JTFCT in the project implementation especially in its Social Preparation stage in which BDA is particularly charged to lead.
He urged them to stand tall and show their people that “you are not only in command during battles, but also leaders in the development efforts for the less-privileged Bangsamoro in your respective areas of jurisdiction”.
Meanwhile, Ranee Sinsuat, OPAPP Project Development Officer III expressed all-out support to the program as she hopes successful turn-out of activities in the ground level.
Mohaimen Usman, BDA Project Coordinator presented key inputs to the attending JTFCT members including project overview, key messaging strategies and work plans among others.
He also sought guidance from the group in identifying specific schedules to be followed in the coming days that would aid smooth implementation in the ground.
Mohamad Salih, Project Board member who gave key message in support to the program urging everyone to do their part to make the initiative fruitful was also in attendance.
Abdulmaguid Salidatan, Head of the Administrative Division, Sarah Panglima, Human Resource Officer and other staff from the Central Office also attended the event.
Delivery of projects to conflict communities has been the primary mandate of BDA like the QRP and other similar initiatives as part of the continuing effort to sustain the gains and build the confidence of the Bangsamoro.