Moro organizations meet to address community issues

Moro community leaders, peace advocates and members of peoples organizations held their regular meeting on August 21 at the Moro Asta Madrasa in Tulungatung, Zamboanga City inorder to stand up to the organizational challenges they face in their communities.

Attended by professionals, religious sector, fisher folks and laymen from nearby Moro communities, the meeting centered on organizational assessment, member-performance evaluation and operational planning of activities on peace advocacy and capacity-enhancement of members in order for them to cope with the growing social challenges in their respective communities.   

Three personalities from different local non-government organizations (NGOs) and peace advocates team were invited to discuss relevant issues on Moro struggle, Bangsamoro signed agreements as well as the principles and practices on Islamic leadership and management. 

Mr. Maksu Magang, spokesperson of Southern Islamic Action for Prosperity and Harmony Network (SIAPAHAN), gave a summarized narrative of Moro history and their legitimate quest for the Right to Self-Determination (RSD)  

Magang stressed that through active engagement and peace advocacy, “we can openly relate to the people on the worthiness of Moro history and how they defended their rights and identity not only in Mindanao but also in Luzon and Visayas.” 

Comprehensive updates on the peace process between Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other Moro Fronts was given by Bother Phix from the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD). He categorically emphasized the prospective Bangsamoro enabling law and the concept of inclusivity and convergence of other Moro fronts and other stakeholders in the implementing phase. 

Mr. Tirso Tahir from Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) talked on the principles and practices on Islamic Leadership and Management in consonance with their current task and entrusted obligations. He encouraged the Moro community leaders to be always participative in peace-building effort and responsive in dispensing their obligations accordingly. He also excerpted a verse from Noble Qur’an which reads as:

“And We made them leaders guiding men by Our command and We sent inspiration to do good deeds,  to  establish  regular prayers,  and  to  practice  regular  charity; and  they  constantly  served  Us only”  (Surat Al-'Anby?', Ayat 73) 

At the end of the meeting, the participants were motivated and enlightened on related issues and intensify their advocacy on peace-building endeavor in their respective communities.