Camp communities share stories of development, hopes during the 2nd ISM

Beneficiaries in camp communities for the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) shared stories of development and hopes during the 2nd Implementation Support Mission (ISM) that started on April 23, 2019.

In Brgy. Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao, the group of indigenous people told that they really benefited from the alternative learning system (ALS) component of the project.

“We learned the basic of reading and writing, and we hope that there will be another class so that we can learn more”, the group stated.

They are grateful also of the tribal hall they received from the project, which accordingly will be useful for their group.

Abdulmuin Ampatuan, Tuayan barangay chairman expressed thanks to the project team and partners.

“We are honored and privileged for choosing our community because it is an opportunity for us to become a better one. We are indeed supportive of whatever that will benefit and towards the betterment of everyone”, he stated.

Abdul Makakena, member of the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) shared stories of involvement in the project implementation, which accordingly is gradually transforming him to become a better person.

“As a rebel, I am transforming to be a responsible citizen. Before, I cannot walk alone by myself even in this community because of the situation those days where you cannot entrust yourself to anyone. Because of this development, we will forget the past, but still we will continue our struggle for genuine peace”, JTFCT member said.

PO President Abdullah Ibrahim affirmed that indeed, the road project and post-harvest facility they received from MTFRDP/2 is a big help to the farmers for easy transport of products, drying and storage.

Project recipients in Brgy. Kinibeka, DOS, Maguindanao likewise shared their stories and experience.

The IP group told that the solar dryer they chose as sub-project really helped in processing their crops from farming where they get source of living.

JTFCT member under Camp Badre, covering Brgy. Kinibeka related about how they came up in identifying priority projects in the camp and the benefits it brought to the people in the community.

ALS completers also shared stories of being able to get education for free.

ISM is a regular activity conducted with overall objective of looking into the progress of the MTFRDP/2.

For the 2nd ISM for the current project phase, there were two teams who are assigned to visit project sites and do community interactions in different project sites until April 25, 2019.

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.