Development Catalysts of BDA-GSKP strengthen Team Building 

The Development Catalysts (DCs) of Bangsamoro Development Agency-General Salipada K. Pendatun Municipality (BDA-GSKP) through it’s Youth Development Program (YDP) started to strengthen its Team Building Program last July 28, 2016 at Amaya Beach Resort, Kusiong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. 

Abdulrahim Abdullah, Municipal DCs of GSKP said that “the activity was joined by over 100 participants composed of DCs and YDP members.”

Abdullah explained, “The activity while it aims to strengthen not just the camaraderie and teamwork of the DCs but mainly brotherhood and sisterhood as Muslims. It simultaneously enhanced the Youth Development Program (YDP) of the agency in the municipality.”

Abdullah also said, “The activity is composed of lectures and games that were all related to the BDA and its mandate – ‘to determine, lead and manage relief, rehabilitation and development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao (CAAM),’ with direct bearing on the mantra of the agency –‘building people who will build the nation,’ as fruit negotiation pursuant to the Humanitarian, Rehabilitation and Development aspect of Government of Republic of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GRP-MILF) Peace Agreement of 22 June 2001.”  

“YDP is among the 8 major programs of BDA that focuses on developing the youth with priority focus on their personalities and values transformations in order to better prepare them as real agents of sustainable change for true peace and holistic development despite the centuries of colonization, oppression and all other forms of injustices in this originally Muslims-dominated island of Mindanao”, he further said.

“This activity gradually builds the moral and spiritual inclination and ascendancy of the youth more than our DCs which ensures a better, if not, best change for the Bangsamoro”, Abdullah pointed out.

Hashim Manticayan, BDA Program Operations Head (POH) lectured about YDP. He encouraged the participants to exert their utmost efforts to help the BDA in its development interventions in accordance with its mandate.

Manticayan also discussed in detail the vision, mission, objectives and work plan of YDP and thoroughly discussed the rationale behind the inclusion of YPD in the major program of BDA.   

As part of rationale of YDP, he reminded the participants that the legitimate struggle of the Bangsamoro for freedom and self-determination is a long process, a generation-to-generation struggle, because the oppressors are bent to accelerate their evil motives that include the destabilization plot against the weak, minority and marginalized Muslims.

“Their worst motive is so evident in Mindanao which is proven by the divide and rule tactics which also include the usurpation of our lands and the wanton exploitation of natural resources of the Bangsamoro”, Manticayan stressed. 

“Thus, it justifies the need to continuously strengthen the youth at the same time enhance our DCs in support to the development intervention of the agency in order to ensure the sustainability and further strengthen the legitimate struggle of the Bangsamoro in the most diplomatic and civilized way”, Manticayan pointed out.    

Guiamaludin Sampulna, BDA Provincial DC in Ligawasen area emphasized the importance of sustaining the activity taking into account its effectiveness and uniqueness in the sense that it gains the full participation and cooperation of the participants. 

Sampulna also explained that “holding similar activity is among the major plans of BDA in Ligawasan considering that GSKPP is also part of the area”.

Abdulrasheed Ambil, BDA-CenMin Regional Manager (RM), expressed his deep thanks and gratitude to the leadership of BDA-GSKP for conducting the activity.

RM Ambil also emphasized the strong support of the BDA-CenMin Regional Office in the conduct of the activity.

The participants who were inspired by RM Ambil’s message expressed their thanks and gratitude to the organizers and the BDA officials who were on hand to lend support to the activity.

Development Catalysts are pool of volunteers of BDA that are tasked to undertake development interventions and other related activities of the agency in accordance with its mandates.