BLMI, UNYPAD conduct Community Orientations on Sustaining the Gains of the Peace Process

The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in partnership with the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD)-Western Mindanao recently held community orientations in some parts of Zamboanga Peninsula and Zamboanga City to provide updates and encourage residents to sustain the gains of the GPH-MILF Peace Process.

Aside from its inherent tasks to capacitate and enhance the potentials of Bangsamoro leaders, the BLMI is also responsive to the desire of the Moro people to be apprised of the latest development pertaining to the peace process and encourage them to participate in peace building endeavors.

Mr. Tirso Tahir, Chief of Research Unit of the BLMI together with Officers of UNYPAD and some peace advocates in Zamboanga Peninsula visited various Moro remote villages in a bid to update them with the new peace track after the ascendancy of President Rodrigo Duterte who assured the MILF to continue the peace process and correct the ‘historical injustices’ committed against the Bangsamoro people brought about by centuries of colonialism.

During the course of conversations, many issues and concerns were brought out such as the fate of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) under Duterte Administration, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the proposal by Pres. Duterte to shift from unitary form to Federal form of government.

After a thorough discussions, many if not all of the community leaders expressed their optimism that the new administration will succeed in it peace and development agenda for Mindanao.

“Political will, sincerity and continuity of the peace process were among the key factors identified to succeed in putting closure to the Moro Question”, one community leader said. 

“Changing the negotiation landscape is imprudent”, he also said.  

The outreach activities were initiated to reach out remote Moro villages so that the people can be enlightened and empowered accordingly.