BLMI, UNYPAD conduct Seminar-Workshop on Community Organizing and Anti-Corruption Initiatives 

Through the collaborative efforts of peace advocates, the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) and United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) with the support of community leaders in Zamboanga City conducted a two-day Seminar-Workshop on Community Organizing and Anti- Corruption Initiatives in Balisawan, Zamboanga City on February 18-19, 2016. 

The activity was aimed to enhance the participants’ skills in community organizing and raising their awareness and understanding of Anti-Corruption Initiatives in both secular and Islamic perspective. 

The UNYPAD Regional Coordinator for Western Mindanao who was one of the resource persons touched on the history of Moro struggle and their legitimate assertion for the Right to Self-Determination (RSD).

“Educating the People on the history of Bangsamoro people in the grassroots communities is one way of promoting peace by sustaining the gains of the peace process between Philippine Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by both parties on March 27, 2014 have drawn international support and must be sustained for the realization of the Bangsamoro aspiration”, he said.   

 The following day, Tirso Tahir of BLMI lectured on community organizing. He elucidated its fundamental principles and applications consistent with the current situation.

“It is imperative upon us to be participative, responsive and organized in our Peace-building endeavor. Peace is everybody’s concern. Our legitimate grievances can be articulated properly and addressed swiftly if we are well-organized”, Tahir stressed. 

Tahir also lectured on Anti- Corruption Initiatives and its preventions. He emphasized its various facets both secular and in Islamic perspective. 

“Corruption is menace that discredits a person’s face-value and will impoverish the society. Optimizing one’s integrity and strong faith can shun corruption” Tahir added. 

Updates on the non-passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and other related matters were also highlighted by the resource persons. They urged the participants not to be swayed by their emotion but share their part in promoting peace in their communities instead through involvement in peace-building activities. 

At the end of the program, the participants expressed their profoundest gratitude to the resource persons for the knowledge imparted, to the BLMI, UNYPAD, the organizers and all those behind the undertaking in the pursuit of peace in Mindanao.