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FBCSO conducts orientation in North Cotabato

Matalam, North Cotabato (July 25, 2020)- To strengthen its goal of capacitating community organizations, the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (FBCSO) conducted an orientation among its new members in North Cotabato on July 25, 2020 at Barangay Dungguan, Mlang, North Cotabato.
A total of one hundred twenty eight (128) participants from different civil society organizations in North Cotabato, frontliners from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Central Committee  on  Information, and Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education- BARMM, leaders from North Cotabato-Political Committee, members of North Cotabato-Information Committee, and other special guests were officially welcomed by the Barangay Local Government Unit of Dungguan, Mlang, North Cotabato through Hon. Brgy. Captain Patutin Sagadan.

On his speech, Nasser Pulindao, Deputy President of FBCSO explained the role of the organization as facilitator of the new Bangsamoro government towards development and watchdog in the implementation of programs and projects in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Also, Pulindao got emotional as he commemorated the long years of hard work and genuine service for the Bangsamoro of the late Akmad “Madz”Timpolok Agao, Provincial Director-MILF Committee on Information, at the same time the Provincial Coordinator of FBCSO-North Cotabato who passed away on June 29, 2020 due to illness.

In addition, Dr. Ismael Abdullah, President of Regional Madrasah Academy, also a member of the MILF-Central Committee on Information emphasized the essence of continuous hard work saying “Our Struggle does not end on BOL”. 

Abdullah was tasked by the MILF-Central Committee on Information to present the three nominees in which one will be appointed as the new Director for Information in North Cotabato after due process of selection. Among the nominees were Motawali Agao, son of the late Madz Timpolok Agao,  Abdullah Angkil and Ali Eman, all are members of Information Committee and FBCSO-North Cotabato.

As per instructions from the MILF-Central Committee on Information, the three nominees shall undergo proper selection in which each has a chance to serve as OIC-Provincial Director for three months to further assess and validate their capacity to handle the duties and responsibilities set for the position. Abdullah added that final selection shall be made after all the three nominees have rendered their service as OIC-Director.

Meanwhile, Ustadz Mahmoud Ahmad, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) challenged the new members of the federation to revisit the purpose of creating their organization to assess the needs and ask assistance from FBCSO. He reiterated that BLMI as the second product of the negotiation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front  shapes Bangsamoro future leaders. He also emphasized that BLMI promotes 5-6 halal, that is—5 Pillars of Islam and Six articles of Faith as the key factors to attaining moral governance.

Abdulwahab “Kris” Guialal, Secretary of the Central Committee on Information and MBHTE Staff also delivered his message which centered on MILF as a social movement which adheres to the rules of decommissioning.  According to Guialal, it is a must to strengthen BARMM as a product of our struggle. Islamization, self-reliance and strengthening the organization are primary concerns.   

Among the other key personalities in attendance were Atty. Abdullah Salik Jr. Al-haj, President of FBCSO, who led the awarding of certificate of membership to the fifteen (15) civil society organizations which are new members of the federation,  Alih Anso from the Central Committee on Information and MBHTE Staff, Ustadz Moidjoddin Talusob, Secretary General of FBCSO, Mr. Abdul Aziz Talib, Director of Information-Damakling Province, and Mr. Mike Alon, Executive Director of Integrated Mindanaoans Association for Natives  who also shared his knowledge in the Importance of Community Organizing.