IN PHOTO- Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga, member of MILF Peace Implementing Panel, and Executive Director of Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) delivering his topic during the peace dialogue at BLMI, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao

BLMI conducts Peace Dialogue for SWC

CROSSING SIMUAY, SULTAN KUDARAT - The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) conducted a Dialogue for Peace in Mindanao for officers and members of the Social Welfare Committee (SWC) on July 14-15, 2018 at the BLMI Training Centre, Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

The activity was attended by thirty SWC officers and members representing the nine different sub-committees headed by the Executive Committee. Other sub-committees represented included Economics, Health and Sanitation, Widow and Orphans, Census and Survey, Relief and Rehabilitation, Human Resource Development, Da’wah, and Tarbiyah. 

Professor Abhoud Syed Lingga of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panel (MILF-PIP) provided the participants with an update on the current status of the Peace Process, and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) specifically on the recently concluded Bicameral Conference Committee.

The Bicameral Conference Committee is composed of legislators from the House of Representatives and the Senate. It aims to reconcile the conflicting provisions of the different versions of the BBL passed by the Upper and Lower Houses. The Bicam sessions started on July 9, 2018 and ended on July 13, 2018. 

In his discussion, Prof. Lingga reminded the participants to wait for the official statement of the MILF Central Committee regarding the output of the Bicameral Conference and to help in disseminating the official stance of the MILF to the communities.

The group also reviewed the SWOT analysis of the organization in relation to the current context of the peace process. Result of the review showed that the SWC needs to prioritize strategies on improving the systems and management of the organization. On the other hand, their biggest strengths included strategies anchored in Islamization, committed members, and the prevailing culture of volunteerism in the organization. 

The participants also discussed the possible ways forward relative to the establishment of a Bangsamoro government. They expressed their strong commitment to strengthen the organization in order to contribute more to the on-going struggle and in preparation for the future direction of the SWC.