NEWS




18December

TAF Country Representative Rood bids farewell to MILF Leadership

Dr. Steven A. Rood, The Asia Foundation (TAF) Representative to the Philippines is retiring soon after seventeen years with the TAF. 

In a visit to the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in its Administrative Base at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last December 17, Dr. Rood with a heavy heart informed MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of his decision to retire from the TAF. 

Dr. Rood represents TAF as a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) for the Mindanao Peace Process established in 2009 by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. 

Dr. Rood is also a member of the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) formally established in 2013.  

Al Haj Murad and Dr. Rood in their brief meeting have also taken up some issues on how and why the BBL failed to pass the congress during the 16th Congress.

A friendly end-up meeting and a cheerful conversation occurred between MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad and Dr.Rood. The MILF Leadership expressed thanks and gratitude to The Asia Foundation and to Dr. Rood who had been a reliable partner in the peace-making.

During his stint in the country as Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, the Foundation had funded countless of projects and programs in Mindanao, some of them were capacity and competency programs for MILF members and local inhabitants who are affiliated with the Moro Front.

A great number of these capacity and competency programs were either held in the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao,  Cotabato City and  in other parts of Mindanao.