KICK-MEETING FOR THE MTFRDP/2 2ND ISM, REUNION OF FORMER AND MEETING OF NEW FACES/PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT

The kick-off meeting for the 2nd Implementation Support Mission (ISM) for the Mindanao Trust Fund- Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) became a gathering for old and new faces of partners for peace and development on April 22, 2019 at Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.

Engr. Windel Diangcalan spoke as the new executive director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA). He took the seat of the position officially on April 1, 2019.

Roberto Tordecillas, task team leader of the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) disclosed his leaving of the effective April 30, 2019. He expressed thanks of the learning and experience gained with BDA, CFSI for the MTFRDP.

Malou Padua was introduced as the new task team leader for the MTF beginning May 1, 2019.

Other participants to the meeting were also composed of old and new faces. Team from the World Bank brought former and new personalities. The BDA Team, though with same faces but with different positions given the new management. Team from the CFSI likewise carried some new with the old faces.

Partners from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Kick-off meeting signaled the official start of the 2nd ISM, a regular mission conducted with the overall objective of looking into the overall progress of the project.

In the said meeting, BDA as the implementing agency presented updates on the project operation including sub-projects construction, financial status, itinerary of travel, team composition, and logistics arrangement and among others.

This gathering was also an opportunity for the partners to discuss about areas for improvement.

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.

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