Orientation dialogue held in Carmen, Cotabato

Another orientation-dialogue on Federalism and BBL was held in Barangay Manarapan, Carmen, North Cotabato last September 18 through the joint efforts of Al Guiabaliyah Islamic Foundation (Al-GIF), Manarapan Coconut Planters Association, Inc. and Damuling Bangsamoro Fishermen Association.

The said people’s organizations are members of Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (FBCSO) operating in Mindanao which was in its sixth leg of giving orientations to the communities about the concept of federalism and the significance of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the Bangsamoro peoples.

Mr. Nas Pulindao, vice president of FBCSO, gave an overview of the program. He stressed that this series of activities is setting the stage for the next larger advocacy to be made in the future in order to strengthen support to the GPH-MILF peace process.

The activity was attended by MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal who explained the advantages of federalism, the comparison between unitary and federal forms of government, and the importance of the BBL to the struggle of the Bangsamoro. He also gave updates on the status of the implementation stage of the peace process between the GPH and MILF.

Officers of FBCSO led by Abdullah Salik, Jr. were also present in the event. They participated during the input sharing and answered some issues and concerns from the participants who attended the said event.

Barangay Chairman Engko Dalid of Manarapan, Carmen, Cotabato welcomed the guests and participants. Datuan Panolimba, an officer of Committee on Information based in Kapalawan Provincial Office, delivered his word of wisdom while Engr. Toto Laguialot of Community Halal Producer Cooperative (CHAPC) acknowledged and recognized the participants from different sectors of society.

The event was realized through the initiative of Mr. Bansilan and facilitated by Alih Anso.  Ms. Maria Riihela of Non Violent Peace Force (NP) North Cotabato Field Operation also attended as an observer of the very successful event.