MILF-MNLF merge dev’t plans for Bangsamoro

With the common spirit of love to Bangsamoro, officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met recently to discuss convergence of development plans for Bangsamoro on August 28-29, 2018 at Microtel, Hotel Damosa, Davao City.

MILF was represented by officials from the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) headed by Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BOD chairman and Mohammad S. Yacob, executive director together with Engr. Windel Diangcalan, deputy executive director and Rhadzni Taalim, head of programs operations division.

From the MNLF was Romeo Diocolano along with other members of the organization.

During the event, MILF and MNLF presented their development plans.

Engr. Diangcalan discussed about the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) formulated in 2014.

Diocolano discussed about the Bangsamoro Development Framewrok (BDF).

It was informed that the participants expressed desire in the spirit of a genuine partnership between the BDA-MILF and MNLF to continue working together towards the formulation of a common agenda enumerating a set of socio-economic priorities to be jointly proposed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

From the discussions, MILF and MNLF agreed to complement the ideals, principles, and plans of BDP and BDF.

Accordingly, these development perspectives shall be designed to benefit all inhabitants of the Bangsamoro, as well as Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

It was added that the common agenda will include a detailed and joint implementation plan.

Both parties also believed to have unified voice in communicating the common development agenda to its beneficiaries and the public at large.

MILF and MNLF further agreed the need for sustained cooperation and unity, and see socio-economic development as viable areas for such convergence.

For the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), this meeting is not only viable but important as a shared vision for development would be useful for generating public support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), and enabling the BTA to immediately deliver the dividends of peace to the Bangsamoro.

CHD expressed commitment to provide logistic and secretariat support for the next meeting and hoped for finding other potential partners who are also interested in supporting this endeavor.

MILF and MNLF decided to meet again in line with this convergence on October 2018.

The two expects that concrete output can be produced before the eventual assumption of the BTA.

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