The recent visit of the donor agencies from the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) in camp communities particularly in the barangays of Tabuan, Kapatagan, Barit,Balindong, Sawir,Masiu and Lalapung,Lumbatan all in Lanao Del Sur province; and in Tamparan,Munai of Lanao del Norte boosted the confidence and faith of the people on peace and development.
Bella Fernandez of the AECID went to these areas on June 17-19, 2019 for the Joint Monitoring Mission (JMM) organized by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) for the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2).
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Rhadzni Taalim, BDA program coordinator for MTFRDP/2 related that the Lanao people was really happy in welcoming the visitors saying that the coming of foreigners in their communities really means big for them and attributed this development to the current peace situation in the Bangsamoro region.
Taalim added that the projects being implemented to the camp communities are indeed helpful as shared by the beneficiaries during the JMM.
“We saw their positive energy during the activity and they are really hopeful of the continuing development assistance for them especially on education specifically livelihood skills trainings and socio-economic infrastructure.
Projects being implemented are: construction of 1.013km concrete pathway in Barit, construction of agricultural facility in Tamparan, construction of hanging bridge with 200m pathway in Sawir, construction of warehouse with solar drier and post-harvest equipment and 150m pathway in Lalapung and construction of 1.10km one lane concrete road in Tabuan.
All these projects are among the twenty-eight other sub-projects supported by the MTFRDP/2.
MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the 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.