UBJP SouthMin undergoes training on Strategic Thinking

To further strengthen their organization through capability-building of party members, the key officers of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) – Southern Mindanao (SouthMin) underwent Strategic Thinking Training held at T’boli Hotel in General Santos City on April 7-10, 2016.

The training was realized through the efforts of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). It was funded by the European Union.

The participants acquired the strategic mechanisms to be employed to make a better plan towards achieving their organizational goals.

Lawyer Bong Montessa, CHD Country Director, handled the lectures and workshops. He introduced the TEC PISCO (Target, Expand, Contract, Purpose, Input, Strategy, Code, Incentive and Perception) approach.

He said that “the essence of power is politics and the essence of politics is power.” 

“Many of us want change,” Montessa said and he cited the importance of having appropriate strategy to gain power.

The main facilitator also taught the participants the PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) approach in making plan of action for whatever endeavour the group may pursue.

BTC Chair Mohagher Iqbal who shared some inputs during the training said the Bangsamoro people should also think of “the long run and not only for today.”

He related the challenges faced by the peace process particularly the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Philippine Congress.

Citing the importance to stay in the course of the peace process, Chairman Iqbal explained that the BBL is just one aspect of the path to attain lasting peace and development in Mindanao. 

He also urged the participants to learn how to manage their emotions.

In 2014, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and MILF inked the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a peace truce that provides the passage of the BBL. 

Once passed by the Philippine Congress, BBL will pave way for the establishment of autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The peace agreement also provides the creation of Bangsamoro Transition Authority to facilitate the transition from ARMM to Bangsamoro with a parliamentary system of governance.

In a recent training for UBJP SouthMin in the same town, UBJP Secretary-General, Sammy Almansoor, urged the party members to strive hard to develop their organization to become a political party that is “different” from the existing political parties in the country.

He reminded the party members that UBJP wants to be a genuine and principled political party.