The Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Barangay Kinebaka in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao have shared strong hopes that development efforts in their areas would pave way for a brighter future now that the Bangsamoro Development Agency began on bringing in development interventions in the locality.
BDA led the ground breaking ceremony at Kinebaka on 18 October 2018 signaling for the construction of a one-lane road from sitio Puti to sitio Mabolo that costs around 7 million in worth.
In a message delivered by Roger Usman, Jr. Peoples Organization president (Mamalo Tabunaway Descendants Organization – MaTaDo), he pointed that this development that is poured in their village is hopefully ‘a green light that signals for the start of a new beginning for a change’.
He prayed that similar interventions will be received again by his co-villagers in Kinebaka as BDA and its partners in the development work continue to exert efforts to improve the living condition and quality of education among its people – the Bangsamoro.
Abdulaziz Atong, chairman of the barangay gave his brief yet meaningful message to his constituents.
“Tabangan tanu silan umengka kailay tanu lun na makagkapiya inya gu tatabanga tanu kanu nyaba (Let’s help them (BDA and its partner agencies) if we see that this is good for us and let’s help one another towards the betterment of our community).
Prior to the ground breaking event was the conduct of a meeting with the community people to discuss concerns about the project.
The event was attended by members of the community, BLGU representatives, CFSI staff, BDA Central Management Office staff, JTFCT members, Tamontaka Builders Construction (sub-project contractor) and other sectors.
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.