In a meeting held recently, the World Bank – a long time partner of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) commented that the agency had managed to stand the test of time through the years of persistent and continued work in the realm of development in the conflict-affected communities in Mindanao.
The statement was issued by Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) Manager Marcelo Fabre who is now in Cotabato City to join the implementation support mission for the MTF-Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTF-RDP/2) together with other delegates from the World Bank, Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), Community and Family Services International (CFSI).
BDA key staff will be accompanying the team during the site visitations in the pre-identified communities across the camps such as Rajamuda, Omar, Abubakar and Badr except for Bilal and Bushra.
Fabre also his expressed joy for the opportunity to be part of the journey in making the Bangsamoro dream for a prosperous and peaceful communities become a reality calling the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as something that may unfold big events.
Further, he noted that they hope and expect to continue the work in terms of supporting the development programs, which have been started.
The team is currently undertaking the ISM as a monitoring mechanism of the MTF-RDP/2 partners to assess the over-all progress against what is planned ahead.
BDA, as the project implementing unit of the MTF-RDP/2 spearheaded the project implementation support mission that kicked-off on October 1 at Em Manor Hotel in Cotabato City.
World Bank is the trust fund administrator of the MTF, a multi-donor fund facility supporting the MTFRDP/2.
MTFRDP/2 is the phase two of the MTFRDP, a program that started in 2006 and concluded in March 2017.
MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.
This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.
MTFRDP/2 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.
The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.