Why is cooperation important towards organization’s sustainability?

“It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived.” (Ralph Chavell)

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” (John C. Maxwell)

These are some of the famous quotes about the importance of cooperation in an organization. As mentioned in one online reading, cooperation is not always an easy thing to achieve in the workplace, but it is worth the effort because it leads to a more harmonious and productive operation. Some of its benefits are increased productivity, improved job satisfaction and reduction of misunderstanding.

For an organization like the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the value cooperation among its members is very relevant for its survival. With an identity of neither a government nor non-government organization, sustainability is indeed a colossal challenge for the agency to surmount.

“Your cooperation is our strength”, a statement from Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director in his closing message during the sharing-workshop among BDA staff, officials and volunteers on December 25, 2017 at Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City located beside the agency’s Central Management Office (CMO) in Brgy. Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City.

The one-day activity served as meeting and sharing session among members of BDA family of their individual thoughts, understanding and plans about their respective purpose of remaining as volunteers at the agency.

“It is almost a year since our donor-supported programs and projects have concluded which means lack of financial sustenance for our staff which we recognize necessary for supporting their families. We are very happy that despite that fact, they still stayed at BDA, rendering services as we continue also to operate as an organization especially being the development agency working in the context and along with quest of peace in Mindanao”, Dir. Yacob said.

Referring to this one-day activity, he expressed thanks to everyone for their unity and support that made the session successful, achieving its intended goal which is the an action plan on the priority activities of the BDA based on the series of workshops conducted for the day.

Workshop 1: Why are you here at BDA? What can you help?

Workshop 2: Mind mapping (What’s on your mind about BDA?)

Staff,volunteers and officials of Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA)now working together to respond to the question “WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND ABOUT BDA?”,a mind-mapping workshop of the on-going activity for Updating and Assessment of BDA’s Strategic Direction..

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The session helps the BDA management get the understanding of its staff and volunteers about the agency which is helpful for the drafting and developing of BDA messaging and its current directions.

Workshop 3: SWOT Analysis

SWOT ANALYSIS:Men and women of the Bangsamoro Development Agency are grouped for the Strength,Weaknesses,Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis Workshop of tge ongoing Updating and Assessmentnof BDA’s Strategic Direction.

Engr. Windel Diangcalan, who facilitated the activity, synthesized the outputs from the workshops. He explained that indeed the sessions were very helpful for BDA to identify its weakness so that solution can also be worked out.

“Just like in medicine, we need to diagnose what is the disease for us to know also the proper dosage to take”, Engr. Diangcalan stated.

In wrapping up the one-day activity, Dir. Yacob again reiterated his deep thanks to everyone for the cooperation and support.

He urged BDA staff and volunteers to focus and strive more to perform their jobs.

He mentioned about one Islamic quote which states that everyone is a leader, position or level of designation is just a test; the important is how one perform his/her tasks and that one is rewarded based on intention, sincerity and delivery of respective assignment.

“Again, our commitment and patience are our strength to overcome this challenge ahead of us at BDA”, Dir. Yacob ended.

Forging Ahead

As development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the BDA remains to its commitment on pursuing development in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao. At present, it shifts its direction from conflict to post-conflict setting. This connotes that from operation on a conflict setting, e.g. delivery of humanitarian services to the affected families of both war (including natural calamities), the BDA will alter its approach into a post-conflict set up. BDA will then enter into programs that are intended for the recovery and normalization of the conflict communities, which have been in low progress due to the long-term effect of the conflict in the region.


The BDA has to continue working for the development along with the quest for peace in the region through initiating projects that are sustainable in building a better community for all. BDA has to be strong and malleable in whatever the status and scenario in the on-going peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF.


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