Values at work are guiding principles of an organization towards achieving targeted goals. It dictates the do’s and don’ts at work and also helps in decision-making.
For the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), promoting values at work and among its staff is a vital foundation. Established in the context of development, BDA’s principle is “change must begin with one’s self”, thus the Values Transformation Training (VTT) is integrated as major component of all its programs and projects.
Recently, the WAVES or the Work Attitude and Values Enhancement Seminar was conducted on May 8-11, 2018 at Cotabato City which design is derived from the concept of the VTT.
“This seminar, same as the VTT, is intended to reinforce the values upheld by the staff by engaging them in exercises as well as lectures that expose them and eventually turn them into development workers who are effective and efficient in delivering their duties and functions”, Prof. Hashim B. Manticayan, BDA head for human resource division said.
Now named as WAVES, the VTT has been very relevant in the capacity building objectives of the BDA and in developing Bangsamoro professionals who are committed to work and serve the Bangsamoro.
One of them is Sailani Alauya who joined BDA in 2005. He started working at the agency as volunteer. Up until now, Sailani opted to stay at BDA sharing the “ups and downs” of the office where he believes he can “hit two birds with one stone”.
“At BDA, I can sustain my family without leaving my duty as Bangsamoro”, Sailani stated.
He shared that he can have better income given that his family, all his siblings are into business. His brother is offering him business to manage but he refuses in fear that he might not fulfill his commitment to help in the development of the Bangsamoro.
More than his will to join in the Bangsamoro cause, Sailani expressed that the values instilled in him by the BDA through the Values Transformation Training (VTT) is another reason why he remains at the agency.
“The value of piety is the most important for me because it encompasses all other values which binds me to stay. The VTT of BDA is as if refueling me every now and then as it reminds me of good values that I should practice as a staff and a Bangsamoro”, Sailani noted.
Like him, Abdulrasheed Ambil also believes of the influence of the VTT in his life as pioneering staff and volunteer of BDA.
“The VTT develops us to be a role model of development worker, it triggers me to work more, it is a vehicle towards determination”, Ambil expressed.
From the armed group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Ambil transformed into development worker through BDA in 2004.
He is among of those who responded to the call of BDA who was then looking for volunteers to join the agency in delivering development projects to the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao (CAAM).
“My educational background was both in Islamic and secular which is one of the qualifications that BDA was seeking those time, so I was one of the chosen which I willingly acted upon because I believe that I can still serve the Bangsamoro and help in the struggle”, Abdulrasheed said.
This VTT of BDA is not only effective for the pioneering staff of BDA, but also for the new employees.
Maehara Pangunotan just joined BDA in April 2018. She is employed as civil engineer for the recent project of BDA on camp development.
This brave young woman who says of no fear in going into camps, rather feels excited shared that she was indeed impressed of the VTT.
“I thought it was only about BDA but I learned that it teaches us to apply good attitude at work”, Maehara said.
For her, time management is one of the most important values at work “especially that the present millennial period do not observe this much due to the demand in the social media”, Maehara says.
She added that honesty and transparency are also relevant values for a staff to observe to get away from corruption.
The WAVES was conducted as part of the preparatory activity of the BDA for the implementation of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project (MTF-RDP/2) that targets selected communities in the six major camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) namely Camp Bushra, Camp Bilal, Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Rajamuda, Camp Badar and Camp Omar.
It is in accordance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) of March 2014 intends to identify priority actions that will intensify socio-economic development in conflict-affected areas, including transforming the six major MILF camps into peaceful and productive communities.
BDA is managing the project implementation in partnership with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI).
The Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) supports this program with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.
The Spanish Development Cooperation in the Philippines (AECID) is also a donor-partner of the program.