BDA Damakling catalysts hold peace advocacy

DATU PAGLAS, MAGUINDANAO (January 16, 2018) --- The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Catalysts Damakling Chapter held peace advocacy with the theme: “Understanding and Supporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law 2017.”

Samer Mamalaguia, one of the organizers, said peace advocacy is one way of reaching out to the grassroots level, to enlightened them on how sustainable peace, and development can be achieved in the community.

“Parents should inculcate to their children the importance of peace so that they can internalize it until they grow older,” he emphasized.

Abdulaziz Talib, KPI staff, said peace building should start in the communities as it will redound to lasting peace in Mindanao.

“Participating in peace advocacyies can help us understand our role to make the GPH-MILF Peace Process succeed,” Talib added.

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) and BLMI Training Officer, explained to the participants the importance of knowing the history of the Moro legitimate struggle in Mindanao to pave the way for the establishment of Bangsamoro Region, and end the decade-long armed conflict.

“Addressing the Moro historical injustices through the passage of the BTC-Crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law is solving the Bangsamoro Problem, and ultimately achieving lasting peace in Mindanao”, Abdula emphasized.

Abdula added that “The MILF democratic struggle by engaging the GPH in peace process is bloodless, painless, and uncostly. Its success will end decades-long animosity, and conflict among Filipinos.”

Abdula said that the passage of a CAB-Compliant BBL will prevent the rise of violent extremism in Mindanao.

The parents, students, religious members, women sector, Social Welfare Committee and academic professionals attended the peace advocacy.