The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through its Regional Management Office (RMO) in Zamboanga-Peninsula (Zambopen) formally turned over the 2 million-peso worth of water system project to the community of Brgy. Mucas, Salug in Zamboanga del Norte Province on March 5, 2017.
According to BDA Zambopen Regional Manager Ali Butongkay, the project will benefit 140 households in the barangay.
The turn-over ceremony was attended by stakeholders of the program: the local government unit, MILF Political Committee, people’s organizations and community members.
Brgy. Mucas has 2, 450 total population composed of Moro, Christian and Indigenous People (IP).
The water system project is implemented by BDA under the Bangsamoro SOLIDARITY Component of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Program (MTFRDP).
Bangsamoro Solidarity is conceptualized to demonstrate inclusivity. It targeted mixed communities.
“The Bangsamoro Solidarity is really intended for communities with mixed populace in line with our principle of inclusiveness, and also because we are operating in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, reaching out communities even outside the proposed Bangsamoro Core Territories”, BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob said.
It is a program conceptualized in support to confidence building measures of the GPH- MILF as provided in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB). This was also in respond to the clamour from the communities especially on the implementation of basic services including livelihood opportunities.
“This project demonstrates the continuing commitment of both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in pursuing peace and development in the Bangsamoro, and in Mindanao in general”, Dir. Yacob said.
“It also demonstrates the enduring support of donors in helping the BDA promote socioeconomic recovery in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao”, Yacob added.
Bangsamoro SOLIDARITY is implemented in partnership with the Mindanao Lanao Foundation as trust fund recipient.
It is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) 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.