BDA staff underwent Resource Mobilization and Procurement Training at UP Diliman

In a bid to broaden the skills and knowledge of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) workforce to provide better services to the Bangsamoro people, four staff of BDA Central Management Office (CMO) underwent an intensive Resource Mobilization and Procurement Training at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City on May 23-27, 2016.

The 5-day capability-building training was handled by experts from the Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED), National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) at UP, the country’s premier university.

The four BDA-CMO staff who joined the training were Hamodi Lao Tiboron, Finance Head, Marifa M. Agar, Admin Head, Rauf Ali Sabdula, Internal Control Officer and Procurement Officer Warda Mohamad.

Grateful for the inputs acquired, Tiboron said the knowledge from the training can be shared with fellow Bangsamoro in advancing the Muslim society in the country.

 “May the Almighty make us more useful for our agency, homeland and Muslim Ummah,” the BDA finance chief said.

 “This (training) was timely because BDA is gearing up to strengthen its system with the overarching goal of institutionalization,” Agar said.

“The resource mobilization strategies taught to us are very relevant because it triggered us to think about sustainability mechanisms for grassroots development interventions in the conflict affected areas,” she explained.

The BDA Admin chief said, “We are hoping that even small interventions will create ripples and produce greater impact in setting an enabling environment for the peace process.”

She also disclosed their plan to re-echo the said training at the regional level starting July this year.

BDA Chairman Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan said during a recognition of Bangsamoro scholars at Davao last Friday underscored the importance of education in the empowerment of the Bangsamoro people.

When asked by development partners about the agency’s priority needs Dipatuan said, “We always say that our number one need is education.”

BDA is the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The Front represent the Bangsamoro in peace negotiation with the Philippine Government.

Since its creation in 2002, BDA has been in the frontline in bringing capability-building initiatives and development projects to the conflict affected communities of Mindanao and the island provinces.

Various international development partners like United Nations agencies, World Bank, Australia, Japan and European Union have been engaged with BDA in implementing projects that provide the basic needs and helping in the socio-economic development of the target poor communities.

BDA workforce from the CMO and Regional Management Offices facilitate various capability-building trainings for the People’s Organizations at the grassroots which are capacitated and strengthened to handle project management.