LBO presents milestone accomplishment during 3rd General Assembly

COTABATO City - The League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO), a conglomeration of Moro civil society organizations, and non-government organizations highlighted a milestone accomplishment specially the actual engagement with policy makers on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) saga during their 3rd General Assembly with a theme “Unity in Action Beyond Words” on Saturday, October 20 held at Cotabato City.

“Our unity is not through the basis of material thing, we become united because of pushing our cause,” Hashim Manticayan, President of the LBO said on his opening message.

Manticayan presented major accomplishments for the one-year operation of LBO, and among of other activities undertaken by the league in connection with the passing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) by both Chamber of Congress.

“We have done our lobby mission to the Senate and House of Representatives through the facilitation of SIGN BBL, and these have remarkable outcome,” he said.

Manticayan also said that another factor that also contributed to the passing of the BOL were the efforts of civil society organizations through holding of mass peace mobilizations in support to the BBL like those undertaken in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, Zamboanga, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur in Marawi City, Davao, General Santos City, Cotabato City, and Metro Manila that paved the way for the passage of R.A. No. 11054 or better known as the Organic Law for Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) signed on August 6 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacañang Palace.

“On July 6, 2018 in Cotabato City, this one was among the biggest rally for the last push on BBL where more than 60 resolutions were gathered and submitted to the bi-cameral conference committee on BBL,” he said.

The LBO had also launched the “Piso for Peace” and during the Bangsamoro Peoples’ Peace Rally: The Final Push for the CAB-compliant BBL, the organization have collected PhP43,300.00 from tens of thousands of participants who attended the gathering.

LBO said that the amount collected from the donations was used for the peace initiatives of the League.

Manticayan said there were 32 activities set under the plan, however there were at least 18 implemented because of some challenges faced by the LBO, such as weak financial resources, and mobilization, lack of support and cooperation, and inactiveness of other member-organizations.

According to the LBO secretariat there are 28 organizations that pledged to attend but only 23 were in attendance.

Some issues discussed were the reactivation of “Piso for Peace” but the body has amended the term “Piso” to “Peso” upon the motion of MAPEA’s representative Bai Bing Bacar who clarified that since individuals who are giving their sadaqa (charity) are sometime more than one peso, meaning some will also share hundreds of pesos. 

The management of this program is channeled to the fund holder of the LBO, the BM SEED that is duly registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) chaired by Engr. Mlang Madal of ABDAS. 

Also included in the agenda were the launching of Y4B presented by Emran Mohamamad of the BCN; the LBO role during the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), and beyond, raised by a member of the LBO Supreme Council Tu Alfonso of the UNYPAD.

Others were the proposed registration of LBO with the (SEC) sponsored by NABEI President and Chairman of LBO Supreme Council Prof. Ombra Imam, however the chair of the body said that since it has been agreed by the league before its inception that the organization should not be registered, it was agreed that the council will set another meeting and discuss about the matter.