IN PHOTO: CSO Officers, Community leaders and Women sector posted for souvenir photo after their Consultative Meeting @ Sokah Bulan, Simunul, Tawi Tawi, December 31. 202

Simunul cooperative holds consultative meeting on BTA extension

SOKAH BULAN, SIMUNUL TAWI-TAWI (January 1, 2021)-  The Simunul Livelihood Cooperative, and community leaders from different barangays of Simunul Municipality had convened to consolidate their collective support for Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) extension to 2025 held in Barangay Sokah Bulan, Thursday, December 31. 2020. Mr. Gabra Abdurahman, a CSO leader in Simunul along with other officers spearheaded the activity in an effort to consolidate a unified stand with the community leaders in support to the appeal of different CSOs, and the BTA-BARMM resolution for the extension of BTA to 2025.

Shariff Jailang, Imam of Central Mosque, Tamapakan delivered the welcome message. He enumerated a number of reasons why the extension of BTA to 2025 is imperative, and should be considered.

“The salient provisions stated both in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BOL) cannot be implemented completely in just a span of three years,” Imam Jailang said.

Hji Ramli Maing, a retired teacher and community organizer delivered a Narrative on Bangsamoro and its corresponding achievements after a long years of protracted peace negotiations.  

“The gains of peace agreement should not be sidelined. The lives of our martyred Bangsamoro Mujahidin and the worthy efforts of our current Bangsamoro leaders should not be in vain, and those are our foundation in our collective appeal to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and to Congress,” Mr. Maing said.   

Mr. Alkareem Hussain, and Engr. Alawi Amin along with MILF organic members and officers of Simunul Livelihood Cooperative have facilitated the said activity that aims to enlighten their fellowmen on various issues related to peace agreement, and BARMM governance.
Mr. Tirso S. Tahir, from the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) a Non-Government Organization (NGO) has also assisted the CSOs in the province in the conduct of series of activities in various areas in Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga City.