The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) welcomed visitors from Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) led by Ateeq Rehman, Head of Region on December 6, 2016 at Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City, Inc. (BDCCCI) which objective is in line with the latter’s Country Strategy for 2017-2021 that is accordingly focused in Mindanao.
Engr. Windel Diangcalan, deputy executive director, headed the BDA team in welcoming the Islamic Relief Worldwide delegation in behalf of the Executive Director. He then presented to the visitors the current BDA strategic direction to prime the discussion and sharing of ideas leading to the possible collaboration with two parties.
He highlighted that 14 years after the establishment of the agency, the landscape has changed with signing of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2014. The situation is shifting from conflict to post-conflict situation.
“As an agency established in accordance with Humanitarian, Rehabilitation and Development Aspect of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Tripoli Agreement on Peace of 2001, the BDA shall align its strategic direction given the changing landscape in the Bangsamoro”, Engr. Diangcalan shared.
Engr. Diangcalan highlighted that the current BDA’s focus now to pursue economic development and sustainability in the areas it served, currently serving and areas it will served with emphasis on convergence within the MILF agencies, with government agencies and local government units and development partners.
Meanwhile, Rehman also shared that IRW is an organization that provides assistance people in need regardless of race and religion.
“We are there where people are in need”, he remarked.
“We are working for both humanitarian and development because it will build peace”, Rehman told.
He further related various projects of IRW in the Philippines such as the projects for Typhoon Yolanda victims and survivors in Visayas region and Ramadhan program in Mindanao.
“We are here to understand the Bangsamoro situation and explore any possibilities of collaboration among stakeholders in the Bangsamoro particularly on humanitarian and Islamic finance”, Rehman ended.
Engr. Diangcalan enjoined IRW to consider the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) in their planning and programming in the Bangsamoro.
Also present were Hashim Manticayan, BDA head for program and operations division, Rhadzni Taalim, head for human resource development division and Abdulmaguid K. Salidatan, head for administrative division.
Together with Rehman were Sumayya Sajjad, head of mission and two other staff of IRW.
It was noted that IRW visited the agency on August 30, 2016.