Local government units (LGUs) of the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao welcome development projects in their respective areas of jurisdiction as they expressed support during the courtesy call conducted by team from Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in line with the social preparation component of the Quick Response Project (QRP).
QRP is a project being implemented in six major camps of the MILF supported by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
During the activity, staff from BDA presented about the BDA, which highlights included history, accomplishments and future directions of BDA.
As to the QRP, the team stressed that the project is a product of the GPH-MILF Peace Process, it is in line with the government’s commitment and counterpart to the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The local chief executive of Kapatagan, Lanao Sur expressed strong support to the project and said; “you are very welcome in our province because I know that what you are bringing is a project for the development of our community”.
Mayor Salik Mamsabulod of Pagalungan in Maguindanao likewise responded positively to the project by stating that his administration is even willing to share counterpart to the project if needed.
Representatives from the OPAPP and officials from the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) also joined the BDA during the coordination meetings with the LGUs.
Under the QRP, there will be eighteen (18) types of socio-economic infrastructure (SEI) projects to be constructed in eighteen barangays across the MILF camps namely Camp Omar, Camp Abubakar As-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badre, Camp Bilal and Camp Bushra.
At present, BDA team is simultaneously conducting community-wide orientation to barangay-recipients of the project for proper understanding and appreciation of the beneficiaries to the QRP.