BLMI, BDA hold Seminar-Workshop on Reproductive Health Integration with Islamic Perspectives

The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in partnership with Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA conducted a three-day Seminar-Workshop on Reproductive Health integration with Islamic perspective at Salwa Hotel, Zamboanga City on April 16-18. 2016. The theme of the program was “Strengthening Capacities for Reproductive Health (RH) Services Delivery and Advocacy in the Bangsamoro”. It is also a part of Values Transformation Training (VTT) on Reproductive Health in Islamic perspective.


The participants comprising both male and female came from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces who are Medical practitioners and Islamic Scholars that objectively shared their respective critical opinions on the RH Module developed by BLMI in conjunction with BDA.

In his welcome message, Mr. Aliuddin U. Haron, a BDA Officer and overall coordinator on RH program thanked the participants for their responsiveness and participation towards establishing a prosperous Bangsamoro Society that both BLMI and BDA have been undertaking for its fulfillment. 

Sheikh Abdulsalam Alabat, BLMI Officer and Program Coordinator presented the overview and emphasized its concepts and the manner of integration between secular and Islamic perspective that suit to the Bangsamoro understanding, cultural sensitivities and accepted norms in the Bangsamoro area. 

During day one session, the “Concept of society” was presented by Mr. Emran G. Mohammad. He said that prosperous society in Islam is based on “Moral foundations” that is in line with one’s commitment and obligations as ordained by Allah. 

He also touched on the concept of “good spouse” that plays very important role in attaining an ideal family. Other related components in building a family such as marriage proposal and pre marriage counseling were thoroughly discussed and emphasized. 

Topics on the Concept of Marriage and Family planning were tackled on day-two. The Resource person elucidated various Islamic contexts and guidelines as inscribed in the Noble Qur’an and Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that are related to the topics. 

Topics related to Reproductive Health (RH) like Pregnancy and Delivery, and the nature of Breastfeeding as well as the rights of child since inception was lectured by Ms. Oswalda Usman and Ms. Samera Bangahan both registered Nurses and are educated in Arabic. 

In day-three session, topics on Child Care and Protection were presented and discussed by Ms. Usman that she enumerated and emphasized vividly. 

Alabat, who is a Shari’ah graduate tackled “Comprehensive Gender and Health Education for Youth” and presented the reality of the problems that has been facing the Bangsamoro youth nowadays. He discussed its corresponding causes and effects as well as its preventions in Islamic contexts. 

The participants in their culmination messages expressed their profoundest gratitude to BLMI and BDA management and staff for their unprecedented efforts; to the resource persons and facilitators for imparting valuable knowledge in both secular and Islamic perspective. They pledged to apply and share the knowledge they acquired upon their return to their respective communities.

The participants also expressed their heartfelt gratitude to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for its unwavering support to RH program and to the Bangsamoro people. 

In their closing messages, BLMI and BDA Officers thanked the participants for their eagerness to develop their level of understanding on RH issues.

Mr. Tirso S. Tahir, BLMI Officer and Peace Advocate facilitated the program.  He is currently engage in “Frustration Management” activities in the Bangsamoro grassroots communities after the non-passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress.