IAG, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung conduct Training on Political Party Development

A 3-day training on Political Party Development was conducted by Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung through the Democratic Party Development (DEPAdev) Bangsamoro with the support from the European Union (EU) from February 22-24, 2016 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.

United Bangsamoro Justice Party Women members who came all the way from Island Provinces of Sulu and Palawan and from mainland Mindanao actively participated in the program. 

Widows of pioneering members and organizers of the Front (then MNLF) were also in attendance.

Welcome messages were delivered by Atty Benedicto Bacani, IAG Executive Director,  Mr. Benedikt Seemann, KAS Country Representative, and Sammy Al-Mansour, UBJP Interim Secretary General. DEPAdev Project Overview-Hendrik Mollenhauer, DEPAdev Project Manager gave DEPAdev Project Overview. Ms. Irene Santiago on Women in Politics.  Ustadz Abdulkadir Abdullah on Women and Politics. 

Resource speakers presented varied subject/areas related to party formation, its development; the challenges facing the movement on its transformation from a revolutionary movement to a political party.

Mr. Lambert Ramirez lectured on “From Movement to Party”: Creating the Political Party Structure and Organization, Ms. Jobelle Joan Domingo gave lecture on Crafting Political Party's Platform, while Ms April De la Cruz lectured on Political Party, Membership, Recruitment, Party Financing. 

Ustadz Abdulkadir Abdullah on Women and Politics: Islamic Perspective

Haja Juckra Abdulmalik shared about Women's Participation and Role in Politics, citing Malaysia's United Malays National Organization (UMNO)-Women Wing. 

On his part, Dr. Parido Pigkaulan touched on contextual discussion on “Bangsamoro Attempt on Political Party Building”.

Narciso Jover Jr, DEPAdev Training Expert acted as facilitator.

Comm. Raisa Jajurie gave the closing remarks and also updated the participants on BBL, gave inspiring thoughts on pushing the peace process.

The Secretary General himself Sammy Al Mansour was there thru out the duration of the training, giving his support, and sharing his ideas and knowledge about the subjects being discussed/ presented.

The UBJP is a political party formed by the MILF that will participate in regional elections once a new Bangsamoro Region is in place.