Self-change has been one of the values that the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) is promoting ever since it was created. This is in line with its guiding principle that “change must begin with one’s self”.
Towards this end, the Values Transformation Training (VTT) is conceived as major approach with an aim to develop agents of change who have well understanding and appreciation of Universal Values that will guide them as they perform their tasks in pursuit of peace and development.
For its current program on support to farmers in partnership with the United Nations- Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), the BDA has conducted the follow through activity of the VTT which is the Values Enhancement Training (VET) for the beneficiaries of the project who are all farmers.
Thirty two farmers in Brgy. Buliok, Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao completed the said training on March 4, 2018 while another thirty eight beneficiaries in Brgy. Cabpangi, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato fulfilled the course on March 15-16, 2018.
This VET was conducted through the Human Resource Development (HRD) Division of the BDA headed by Hashim Manticayan.
Omar Mamokan, a trainer in BDA-Central Mindanao Region was the resource person of the training for the topics on “The Role of Faith in Crop Management and Culture”, Ïslamic Ibaadah and Crop Management” and “The Role of Islamic Ibaadah in Developing Islamic Values”.
Accordingly, the farmer beneficiaries were recipients of previous BDA projects who have already underwent VTT that is why VET was the training conducted for them.
They were selected again to benefit for this current project with UNFAO which aims to provide support to farmers through capacity building, value chain and linking to direct market for their products.
BDA and UNFAO signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) in January this year for this project which objective is to open opportunities and link farmers to market to ensure sustainability of their livelihood and establish value chain.