North Cotabato professionals hold 2nd General Assembly with advocacy on BOL

Kabacan, North Cotabato- The North Cotabato Professionals held its 2nd General Assembly with Advocacy on R.A. No. 11054 or the Bangsamaoro Organic Law at the Function Room of Barangay Magatos, Kabacan, North Cotabato on January 6, 2019.

The Dean of College of Education of Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology-Pikit Extension, Dr. Ali Dilanggalen gave message of wisdom and expressed his support to the ratification of the BOL. He urged non-Bangsamoro Professionals to do so. 

He says that he is dismay of some professionals in other states universities and colleges (SUC) who are silent on their position about BOL.

North Cotabato MILF Provincial Director of Information Mads Timpolok acknowledged the professionals who attended in the program. He lauded the professionals for their support to the BOL. 

He said that the professionals can be of great help in enlightening non- Bangsamoro professionals by explaining to them the benefits of the Organic Law.

The Head of the Local Monitoring Team, Jabib Guiabar announced various programs before the conduct of the plebiscites. 

The programs are: Meeting of the members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), assembly of MILF political sector of North Cotabato on January 12, 2019 to be held at the Provincial Capitol, and a mass rally at the University of Southern Mindanao USM), Kabacan, North Cotabato on January 19, 2019. 

The Head of the USM Research and Extension, Dr. Alimen Sencil said, “We should strengthen the campaign on BOL to be able to convince non-Bangsamoro professionals to support the law by explaining the various resources on how to develop the Bangsamoro Government as contained in the BOL.

Resource Speaker Prof. Raby Angkal urged the participants to strengthen the mobilization campaign in North Cotabato. 

“Bangsamoro Government shall be administered well, but what is lacking for now are people who will cast the yes vote for BOL, “Angkal said.

He mentioned the importance of the R.A 11054. The BOL is inclusive, and no single group can say they owns it, it is for all, the Moro people, Christians or migrant settlers, and the Indigenous People (IPs) 

“Let us recognize Dr. Susana S. Anayatin, a Christian who is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), that means all are equal, no discrimination,” Angkal also said.

In terms of governance, there are reserved seats for the Christians and IPs in the Bangsamoro Parliament.

“The migrant settlers can also participate in regional elections for members of the parliament”.

The traditional rights of the IPs are also respected as contained in the Provision on Basic Human Rights, “Angkal stressed. 

Prof Angkal also explained the developmental good governance that refers to the exercise of authority in managing the resources of certain place, and making sure that this exercise of power can help improve the quality of life of all residents of BARMM. 

The essence of good governance is on the provision on infrastructures which will ensure sustainable growth and development of Bangsamoro.

‘’ Christians, IP’s and Bangsamoro all equal under the law,” Angkal told the participants.

Angkal also explained fiscal autonomy, the sharing of percentage of power of Bangsamoro Government and the national government. The block grant is known as a Muslim “BARAKAT” which is a gift from Allah (SWT).

He urged all the professionals to fully support the advocacies on the plebiscite on BOL. 

"No single provision on BOL is discriminatory to non-Muslims. Their culture and their religion are respected under the BOL", he added.

The Bangsamoro professionals was also advised to educate the students. ‘’ if you are a teacher in college explain to the students’’.

Angkal ended his message by telling the participants, “Your yes vote means lasting peace. Yes for the next generation.”