Program stakeholders of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) share their personal experiences on project involvement through the Bangsamoro Essay Write Shop that kicked off on February 6, 2016 at Bangsamoro Development Centre of Cotabato City Incorporated (BDCCI) beside the agency’s Central Management Office (CMO) located at Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.
The said participants were divided into three batches: first was on Feb. 6-7; second on Feb. 7-9 and third will be on 10-12.
According to Soraya Ututalum, World Bank communication specialist, the activity was about sharing of stories of the beneficiaries, community organizers and stakeholders under the programs supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) such as Bangsamoro Assistance for Development and Community Empowerment, Bangsamoro Solidarity, Programme for Local Economic Development through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment (PLEDGE) and also the Sajahatra Bangsamoro and Camps.
“We are doing a write shop to develop the Bangsamoro Essays”, she said.
“It’s a collection of a 31 personal story of beneficiaries, community organizers, all the partners involve in the MTF that includes the BDA, Community and Family Services International (CFSI), Mindanao Land Foundation (MinLand), even local government unit (LGU) representatives”, Ututalum added.
Ututalum also said that, “Because the MTF has now been running for eleven years so the books serve as the documentation of what was the best about these programs from the perspective of the beneficiaries, People’s Organization (PO), community organizers and even the BDA leadership.”
During the activity, each participant presented their stories.
“These personal stories underline all of those intangible achievements”, she added.
Ramil Casio, 32 years old, PO president of Sambulawan People’s Organization, resident of Brgy. Sambulawan, Zamboanga del Sur also shared his story during the writeshop.
The said barangay was a beneficiary of 500 meters of tire path under the BM Solidarity program of BDA.
“The project really helped the community of not only the Brgy. Sambulawan but also the adjacent barangay.We can now easily transport our products to market”, Casio shared.
For this write shop, the MTF has contracted two prolific and well experienced journalist from MindaNews in the persons of Marcos Mordeno and Bobby Timonera who served as resource persons.
“It’s the beneficiaries who are writing the stories, it’s not the facilitators. They were just guiding in the structuring of the stories”, Ututalum said.
“What we are doing is, we are highlighting what the challenges were, what the achievements are, and perhaps based on their experience, what could be done in the next run to better services to the communities”, she added.
BDA helps in the admin and logistical arrangement for the activity. The agency has been implementing programs that are supported by the MTF since 2006.