IN PHOTO: CSO core officers holding consultative meeting with Officers from BCOBAR Federation, Zamboanga City Chapter in Tumaga, Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City CSO core officers conduct consultative meeting

ZAMBOANGA CITY (December 8, 2020)- Civil society organizations’ in the city held their consultative meeting Thursday, December 7 at Barangay Tumaga to discuss ways on how to sustain the gains of the GPG-MILF Peace Process.

The Bangsamoro CSOs’ leaders were one in supporting the call for BTA Extension to 2025 based on cognitive commonsense after the group thoroughly assessed and reviewed the status of the implemented programs under the normalization mechanisms as stipulated in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and other provisions provided in R.A. 11054 known as Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The activity was spearheaded and facilitated by Ustadz Taha G. Daranda, head of CSO core group, and Deputy Coordinator for Bangsamoro Communities outside of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BCOBAR Federation) in Zambaoanga City chapter.

“A large number of Bangsamoro people as well as the settlers here in Zamboanga city and other parts of the region will gradually enjoy the peace dividends once the programs under the peace Agreement are fully implemented, hence, the BTA period should be extended as it needs ample time to roll out the socio-economic provisions in the CAB and in the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” the CSOs said.

According to the CSO leaders, the call for BTA extension period to 2025 is not just sustaining the gains of Peace Agreements but also to realize the doable implementation of  programs urgently needed by Bangsamoro people who have been longing for peace and development.   

The Bangsamoro CSOs along with BCOBAR Federation chapters and peace advocates have been intensifying various peace-building advocacies and information-drive in the grass root communities.

Mr. Tirso S. Tahir, officer from Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), also a peace advocate assisted the CSOs officers in their undertakings that work for the greater cause of the Bangsamoro people.