Moro youth conducts school-based advocacy on peace process and Bangsamoro Government in Lanao del Sur

A Moro youth group held a school-based information drive on the Government of the Philippines (GPH)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Lanao del Sur Province.

The Lanao-based Coalition of Moro Youth Movement (CMYM), held the symposium at Lanao del Sur province: Kapatagan National High School at Poblacion, Kapatagan, last Tuesday (Jan. 26); Madamba National High Shool at Upper Madamba on Jan. 17; Tubaran Proper national High School in Tubaran, Tangkal on Jan. 13; Datu Mohamad Ali Cahar National High Schoolat the municipality of Bayang on Jan. 11;  and Nanagun High School in Brgy. Nanagun, Lumbayanague on Jan. 10.

Aside from the peace process and the proposed Bangsamoro Government, the audiences comprised of students, teachers and community members also learned the history of the Bangsamoro people and Human Rights.

Atty. Arol Alam Padati, and Atty Najib Taib explained the BBL and clarified issues on constitutionality of the proposed law. Among the speakers were Ariel Amerol, Esmael Elopa and Cairodin Unda.

CMYM President Marjanie M. Mimbantas explained the purpose of the advocacy and the goals of the youth organization.

It has been the strategy of the youth group to cluster teachers and students from neighbouring schools in one venue. CMYM expect the teachers to re-echo the learnings they get from the advocacy.

Active youth volunteers namely Jawad, Saad, Lunch, Roxie Johar Khalid, Areej, Naj, Haynee have been supportive on the advocacy. 

The Coalition of Moro Youth Movement aims to have CHANGE for the betterment of the society at large. It gives greater role to the YOUTH.

Saalica Macadatar, a teacher at Kapatagan National High School, commended the efforts of the organizers saying the knowledge they learned from the advocacy is important. 

“There is a need for more people to learn about the Bangsamoro government, so that more people will help in building a brighter future of the Bangsamoro youth,” she said.

The organizers and the audiences hope that the 17 years GPH-MILF peace talks will not be wasted. They call on the Philippine Congress to put the promise of the government in its peace agreement with the Bangsamoro people into reality by passing the BBL without dilution.

In 2014, the Philippine Government and MILF signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a peace deal that provides the creation of autonomous Bangsamoro government through the passage of proposed law.