A partners’ meeting between Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), Bangsamoro Medical Society (BMS) and Bangsamoro Leadership Management Institute (BLMI) happened on August 25, 2015, at BDA training Center in Cotabato City.
The activity served as welcome meeting to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) led by its country representative Klaus Beck.
UNFPA is supporting the program on strengthening capacities for RH delivery and advocacy in the Bangsamoro where BDA is the implementing agency together with BMS and BLMI.
Aliuddin Haron, program coordinator added that the meeting was conducted to familiarize the Team Leaders of UNFPA on the Bangsamoro situation and identify initial UNFPA program of assistance.
Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BDA Chairman led BDA in welcoming the UNFPA visitors together with Dr. Danda Juanday of BMS and Ustadz Mahmod Sumilalao of BLMI.
He expressed delight of the increased support and partnership with UN agencies.
Other UN agencies supporting BDA are United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
“We really value our engagement with different UN agencies and I’m very happy that now, we will be starting on another new engagement with other new agency, the UNFPA”, Dipatuan stated.
In the meeting, Haron, presented the overview or what is BDA and the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP).
An open forum was also part of the activity were a participant from UNFPA asked what would happened in case the BBL will not passed.
“For us in BDA, our commitment is whatever happens, we will still be on tract, we will still deliver our commitment and deliver our mandate which is to lead, manage and determine relief and rehabilitation and development in conflict-affected areas for as long as we can”, Dipatuan answered.
Meanwhile, Beck expressed commitment of support to Bangsamoro.
“Our commitment to help improve the lives of the people in Bangsamoro is everlasting commitment despite or regardless of insecurities and uncertainties, new challenges that would be thrown in our way. Continuous commitment is our commitment”, Beck said.
Beck also added that they want to work with anyone who wants to improve the lives of women and girls in their areas.
UNFPA works in 120 countries around the world including Muslims countries.
Beck expressed appreciation for the warm welcome of BDA for partnership.
He also hoped for open dialogue with BDA and partners.
Signing of letter of undersatnding
Following the meeting at BDA was signing of letter of understanding between BDA and UNFPA on August 26, 2015 witnessed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ibrahim at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat Maguindanao.
From BDA were Mohammad S. Yacob, executive director and Klaus Beck from the UNFPA.