Peace and anti-illegal drugs forum held in Z. Sibugay town

A peace and anti-illegal drugs advocacy was held on September 13 at Sitio, Tantawan, Gulayon Alicia in Zamboanga-Sibugay Province through the efforts of the MILF and civil society organizations.

Dubbed as “Peace Advocacy on GPH-MILF Implementing Peace Process and Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign,” the half-day activity was organized and sponsored by MILF Provincial Political Committee, local BIAF officers and CSO.

Local government officials and residents from different barangays and nearby municipalities attended the activity to get fresh information and updates related to the GPH-MILF Peace agreement and the government’s program on anti-Illegal drugs in which the MILF agrees to assist per the July 12, 2016 “Agreement of Cooperation and Coordination between the GPH and MILF CCCH and AHJAG on the Campaign against illegal drugs in MILF Affected Areas.”

The invited resource speakers were from MILF CCCH (Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities), Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) and religious sector.

Tirso Tahir from BLMI discussed the concepts and practices of leadership and management in Islamic perspective in line with the Bangsamoro issues and problems that are being faced nowadays.

“The Moro leaders and managers should pattern their implementing style from Islamic principles and updating themselves through revolutionary trends and norms to suit the needs and demands of their constituents without compromising their integrity and faith,” Tahir said.

He also provided updates on GPH-MILF peace agreement and encouraged the Moros to share their part in sustaining the gains of peace agreement through active participation in peace-building endeavor.

Islamic Scholar Alim Ali Baguinda explained the Islamic view concerning the use and proliferation of illegal drugs.

He emphasized that it is haram (forbidden) because it can intoxicate one’s mind and destroy wellbeing, the basic foundation of happiness, tranquility and hampers social development in both family and society as a whole.

The program was facilitated by Ustadz Ismael Mamiscal and Mr. Darwin Matindo, officers of Sibugay Bangsamoro Association for Development (SBMAD), a non-government organization affiliated to the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (FBCSO).