Tumpukan Bangsa Sama President Al - Trekee Dayan presiding a meeting

Tumpukan Bangsa Sama conducts series of FGD - Consultations on BOL with Sama Elders in Tawi - Tawi

Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. October 8, 2018 - The Tumpukan Sama Organization that advocates for One Tawi - Tawi for Bangsamoro conducted series of consultations and Focus Group Discussions (FGD) on Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in different Municipalities and Barangays of the Province.

On October 6, they held another FGD at Tourda Pangasinan , Simunul , Tawi – Tawi.

Among others, they also tackled about their representations to the Bangsamoro Parliament once it is established. 

The Tumpukan Bangsa Sama Organization is a confederation of different Sama organizations organized in 2012 headed by Al Trekee Dayan who facilitates the advocacies on Understanding the Salient features of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, its implications, opportunities and challenges.

Their advocacies centered on Sama representation in the Bangsamoro Parliament considering that in the previous, and current composition of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), Sama is not represented.

Dayan in his message clarified that, " This is not about our tribe or pride but our assertion that we are part of the Bangsamoro. Thus, we the Sama people want to be assured of our representation in the Bangsamoro Parliament anchored on the inclusivity provisions in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL)."

" We, the Sama people have been clamoring for over a decade for our participation in all aspect of governance even in the national government but sad to say, it is only in our dreams." he lamented.

" I hope, this time when the Bangsamoro Government comes, we will not be neglected and the principles of inclusivity is for real. We are counting for the wisdom of our Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leaders, and the government itself." he added.

In the advocacies they conducted, they overwhelmingly agreed to support the BOL, and vowed to vote, and campaign for a Yes vote during plebiscite on January 21 next year.

Those attended in the recent consultation were ABC President, MLGOO Simunul, Municipal Councilors, Brgy. Chairmen, Sama Professionals and Municipal Employees. 

To recall, in the previous composition of Bangsamoro Transition Commission, then Commissioner Abdullah Camlian said that he represents the Sama people, rather than the Tao Sug tribe.