More students taking their internship at the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) have underwent Values Transformation Training (VTT), a peace building approach of the agency in line with its objective of promoting self-change and personality development among its people and stakeholders based on its guiding principle that change must begin with one’s self.
There were eight (8) senior high students from Nahda Central Academy and fifteen (15) Business and Public Administration students from Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) who participated in to the recent three-day VTT on February 20-22, 2018 at the Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City, Inc. (BDCCCI) located beside at the BDA-Central Management Office (CMO) in Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.
The senior high students are currently taking their work immersion while those from CCSPC are doing their on-the-job training at BDA.
According to Hashim Manticayan, BDA division head for human resource development, the VTT has become one of the activities required for the students taking their internship or work immersion at the agency since the program is very helpful in molding the personality of these youth who are expected to be future leaders of the nation.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, BDA deputy executive director in his opening remarks shared that the VTT is an approach to prepare BDA staff and volunteers who responded to the call towards serving the Bangsamoro communities.
“Hence, we invite you to be one of us through this VTT and that you are welcome to BDA even after your internship,” Engr. Diangcalan remarked.
One participant, Junair Saad expressed that they are very proud and he will share their experience of VTT to their colleagues who are in other agency.
Another student, Bai Norjannah Tamama`is amazed by the VTT and that through it, BDA gave them a chance to realize their selves and to improve from their shortcomings.
The students requested the BDA-HRD to conduct for them study circle every Thursday of the week during their remaining internship days at BDA which according to Manticayan is an indicator of their willingness towards change.
In VTT, participants are taught of the importance of Universal Values that one must possess to become a good and effective agent of change and development.
In his closing message, BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob thanked the students participating and completing the 3-day VTT as well as the two schools for choosing BDA as their partner for the education of their students.
VTT has been a very significant approach for BDA not only in developing a pool of volunteers and staff with knowledge and appreciation of good values moreover, in promoting harmonious relationship between and among diversed groups, from all sectors, beliefs and religions which helped towards the successful implementation of BDA’s projects and programs.
To note, there were already numerous students from different schools, colleges and universities who took their internship at BDA and have also undergone VTT.