UNYPAD, Catholic Relief Services organize Learning Summit for 6 towns of Maguindanao, North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY— The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have organized a Learning Summit  participated by six (6) municipalities or Cotabato Province namely Pigcawayan, Kabacan, Carmen, and the municipities of South Upi, Upi, Datu Blah. Sinsuat of Maguindanao last February 17-18, 2022.
The activity, Advancing Inclusion and Political Participation of Women in the Bangsamoro (AIPPWB) Maguindanao Learning Summit, was held at Pagana Kutawato Hotel and Restaurant, this town. 

The program was led by UNYPAD President Rahib L. Kudto, Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) Chairperson MP Bainon Karon, UNYPAD Director of Development Management Center Morsidin A. Husain, UNYPAD Project Coordinator for AIPPWB Melia S. Ukom, CRS Senior Project Officer Jehan Usop and CRS Technical Advisor II for Social Cohesion Myla J. Leguro.

Melia S. Ukom shared the three objectives of the program such as reviewing laws and faith perspectives for women's leadership, sharing in AIPPWB women's learning and practices and political participation in the local government units and support and maintaining the women's participation in Bangsamoro political structures and governance.

In his message, Morsidin A. Husain, said the program is a priority of UNYPAD in recognizing the important role of women. It was also part of their effort to provide knowledge to women in identifying the problems of their respective community.

In an interview, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator and Gender and Development Focal Person of Upi, Maguindanao Engr. Paulo D. Cagara, shared the important contribution of UNYPAD and CRS’ program in their area.

CRS Technical Adviser II, Myla Leguro, said that they are happy with the number of women participating in the program and hoped that it will pave the way for BARMM's moral governance’s goal to strengthen the participation of every sector to achieve peace in the region.

About four hundred and eighteen (418) including ninety -four (94) women organizations participated in the Learning Summit including other senior officials of the Bangsamoro Government.