UBJP-Sarangani facilitates consultation with key Moro leaders in MaKiMa area

The United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) Sarangani Chapter facilitated the consultative meeting of the Moro key leaders from the MaKiMa (Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum) area of Sarangani on October 5, 2022 at Lagundi, Kiamba, regarding the proposal of creating the Bangsamoro Affairs Office in local government units and the passage of legislation for the creation of Bangsamoro Mandatory Representative in the local legislative bodies.
Jamil Udda, lead organizer, related that there was a positive response from the participants and they appreciated the idea of having an office that will take care of the concerns of the Muslim constituents in the local government units.

"Alhamdulillah for the very fruitful consultation of different Bangsamoro leaders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), traditional and religious leaders, and women of the MAKIMA area to discuss the proposed institutionalization of government programs for the Bangsamoro through the establishment of an Office of the Bangsamoro Affairs and a Bangsamoro mandatory representative in the Local Legislative Body," he said.

Udda noted that there are some LGUs with customized programs for the Bangsamoro communities, but there are those that do not have any.

"It is important that this initiative be legislated so that the local government unit will be obliged to comply on its implementation," he said.

He said programs like support for Madrasah education, traditional conflict resolution mechanism, scholarship, Muslim cemetery establishment, preservation of culture and tradition, Halal industry development, and hajj are some of the component projects that may be implemented that benefit the Bangsamoro people.

Present in the gathering was Tommy Nawa, the Deputy Minister of Labor and Employment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, who gave an inspirational message.

Nawa urged Moro leaders to support initiatives that will improve the Bangsamoro people's situation outside the BARMM's core territory.

Sarangani Board Member Gwynn L. Singcoy was also present to show support for the activity.

Kiamba Mayor Jong-Jong Falgui provided logistics that contributed to the success of the consultation. The Sigay Kababaiyan Association and the Barangay Council of Lagundi also shared their resources for activity.