BDA leads project on enhancing CSO capacities for inclusive development interventions in BARMM in support to Bangsamoro transition

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Development Agency, Inc. (BDA) will lead the project that will enhance the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for inclusive development interventions in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in Support to Bangsamoro Transition (SuBaTra).
SuBaTra aims to contribute for smooth and timely undertaking of the Bangsamoro transition through capacity building of the Bangsamoro Government and civil society organizations for 5 years.
The project is funded by the European Union, and co-financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), through an Agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.
Last September 30, 2021, the BDA has successfully launched the SuBaTra Justice and Security Project's Enhancing CSO Capacities for Inclusive Development (ECSO-CID) aired via live stream at Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) Inc.
The launching program was attended via online by BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines Christoph Wagner, and BDA Executive Director Rhadzni Taalim and other members of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), and heads of partner CSOs.
On the evening of that day, the BMN Kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro talk-show program arranged an interview with BDA OIC Director Taalim, Marbawi Edza, Program Coordinator of BDA and Norhana Kabagani, BDA Communication Officer where they discussed the SuBaTra project.

Edza said that the engagement of BDA in the project will focus on strengthening and enhancement of CSOs capacities in the Bangsamoro region in planning, networking, and advocacy. The project enables CSOs to formulate innovative ways to support the BARMM transition while promoting a culture of peace and dialogue.
“The Bangsamoro Development Agency is part of that component which is ‘Enhancing the Capacities of CSO’. The deliverables of the Bangsamoro Development Agency are focused when it comes to the CSO issue. If we look at the SuBaTra program, it has four result areas and of those four, number four is the focus of the Bangsamoro Development Agency and we have CBCS with us here where we will work together with them to deliver the expected outputs and outcomes in the result areas of this SuBaTra,” Edza explained.
The four programme components output area of SuBaTra are:  1.  Enhanced capacity of the BTA’s executive branch to efficiently formulate and implement transitional policies, 2.  Enhanced capacity of the Bansgamoro parliament to exercise its law-making, oversight and representation functions, 3: Enhanced capacity of the multifaceted Bangsamoro justice system to adjudicate litigation, 4:  Enhanced capacity of the civil society organizations contribute to peaceful transition to BARMM.
He added that Project SuBaTra focuses on how Civil Society Organizations will contribute to the peaceful transition within the BARMM and on how to achieve its overall objective and “this is to contribute to a peaceful, cohesive, secure and inclusively developed Mindanao,” he explained.

“According to Edza, under the project partnership, the SuBaTra will be implemented by BDA for 3 years, “Based on the project document signed by BDA this project will take 36 months or 3 years and we will implement the project in 5 provinces of BARMM including Special Geographic Area.”
Edza also said that the beneficiaries of this Project are the CSO partner organizations that will help BDA to reach out the target communities such as the Joint Task Forces on Camps Transformation (JTFCT) for areas within the MILF camps, the People’s Organization, ALS, tribal leaders, local government unit and the BARMM agency.
Kabagani, on the other hand said that there are nine (9) CSO partners organizations in the implementation of SuBaTra. “We have nine partner orranizations, the Kapagawida Development Services Association, Inc., Rajah Mamalo Descendants of Southern Philippines, Inc., League of Bangsamoro Organizations (aka LBO), The Moropreneur Inc., Busikong Greenland Cooperative, Concerned Alliance of Professionals and Students, Inc., Tagah Youth Concern Association, Ittihadun-Nisa Foundation, Kabalikat Civicom and CBCS.”
Kabagani clarified that their task in the specific program is the Justice and Society programs of SuBaTra together with CBCS, “the entire SuBaTra program has four components, we are the fourth there, the Justice and Society or what we call Enhancing CSO Capacities for Inclusive Development Interventions in BARMM in Support to Bangsamoro Transition.
The BDA said that the budget for this SuBaTra project to be led by their agency is 35 million for the first year of implementation and the overall project cost for three years is more than 90 million.
The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) is created by virtue of the GRP-MILF Tripoli Agreement on Peace of June 22, 2001. As agreed by both parties, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) through a Central Committee Resolution on June 2, 2002, created the Bangsamoro Development Agency and asked the officers of the Bangsamoro Development Council, a civil society organization to run it. It is mandated to determine, lead and manage relief, rehabilitation and development in the conflict-affected areas in the Mindanao.