IN PHOTO: Resource Speakers along with MILF-BIAF Combatants during the Info-Drive program at Dapantis, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao on January 12. 202.

CSO, cooperative officers hold information drive on BTA extension, BARMM moral Governance

RAJAH BUAYAN, MAGUINDANAO (January 14, 2021- A Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (CSO) in partnership with different livelihood cooperatives conducted information drive campaign, Tuesday, January 12 2021 for the extension of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to 2025 activity held at Barangay Dapantis, Rajah Buayan Maguindanao. The 106th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF-BIAF) along with different cooperative officers, and Committee on Da’wah of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) organized the activity participated in by BIAF combatants, women sector, and residents who came all the way from adjacent barangays.

Among the objective of the said activity was to give updates to the Bangsamoro in the grassroot communities on the current programs of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and disseminate the advocacy of BARMM leadership on Moral Governance,

Hadji Basher Ampat, BIAF Officer from 9th Brigade of Exp. M-NGF, also a CSO Officer has been facilitating series of activities in the Bangsamoro communities in a bid to sustain the gains of Peace Agreement through active participation in peacebuilding and join with the call of various CSOs and other peace advocates for the extension of BTA until 2025.

Tirso S. Tahir, an Officer from Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) explained the reasons why the BTA term should be extended, and enlightened the attendees on the significance of moral governance to get rid of malpractices and other illegal acts.  

“The most doable approach to sustain the gains of peace agreement is to extend the BTA tenure until all provisions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) are implemented by the GPH-MILF Peace Implementing Panels,” Tahir said.

For his part, Mr. Nas Pulindao, Vice President of Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (FBCSO) elucidated on the Bangsamoro narratives and gave in depth emphasis on the peace agreements signed by GPH and the MILF.

The concept of establishing sustainable livelihood programs through cooperative was also emphasized as an integral part in peace and development to uplift the economic condition of the Bangsamoro people.

Related issues and concerns were also raised by BIAF Combatants and other participants during the open forum and were thoroughly clarified by the resource speakers.