Bangsamoro Youth Caucus holds write-shop on BBL

COTABATO City – The Bangsamoro Youth Caucus (BYC) purposely organized to strengthen the participation of the Bangsamoro youth all over Mindanao had conducted write-shop on the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at Pagana Restaurant, Cotabato City on October 29-30, 2017.

The organizer said that it is the continuation of the piloted 1st Bangsamoro Youth Caucus organized by the Salaam Movement held at Ateneo de Davao University last September 15.

The Write-shop was also supported by some members of the Muslim Youth Leaders Congress-Philippines Alumnus. The said activity was attended by youth representatives from Lanao del Sur, Northc Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province, General Santos City and Cotabato City. The youth leaders’ representative from the Island Province was not able to grace the activity due to some unavoidable circumstances, the organizer disclosed. 

 The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the Bangsamoro youth who are advocators of the BBL. 

The participants of the BYC digested the situation of the BBL and analysed the participation of the youth in advocating it in their level. 

Kaharudin Dalaten, a Moro youth peace advocate said that among of the major factors identified, for the lack of Bangsamoro youth participation in the process, is the lack of awareness with regard to the improvements and legalities of the enhanced BBL especially it provisions. 

“This vital information are very needed to be introduced and deeply understood by the people, especially the youth,” said Dalaten.

As they went along in the process, they were able to formulate a module for the Training of Trainers on BBL for the sustainability of their program. They also identified key audiences in Universities, State Colleges, Youth organizations and Communities where they can facilitate and engage the young individuals as primary participants.

The target participants shall become advocates of the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process, particularly the new BBL. 

BYC said that they are assuring the Moro elders that their efforts will bring common message in the ground that is in line with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) messaging in call for the passage of the HB no. 6475 Bangsamoro Basic Law.