FBCSO, UMCCI hold Orientation-Dialogue on Federalism, BBL and CSO

The United Moro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (UMCCI) spearheaded the Public Orientation Dialogue on the Prospects of Federalism, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and Civil Society Organizations held at the USM Gymnasium, Kabacan, North Cotabato on November 5, 2016. 

CSO’s that attended the program were Community Halal Producers Cooperative (CHaPC), North Cotabato Development Services Association (NOCODESA), Tuladan Development Center, (TDCI), Al-Guiabaliyah Foundation, Inc., UNYPAD-North Cotabato Chapter, USM Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (USMTODA), and other groups such as USM Students, academicians, LGU Officials, Women, Farmers and Moro Religious Leaders (MRL’s).

The public dialogue aims to inform the participants on the government’s plan for a shift to a federal form of government, and its relevance to the proposed Bangsamoro Region. 

The activity also aims to apprise the participants on the role of CSO’s and the benefits that maybe derived from a collaborative socio-economic development endeavors among CSO’s.

Dr. Alimen W. Sencil, USM Vice President for Resource Generation and Entrepreneurial Services opened the program and expressed his appreciation and support to the program and other endeavors that will be undertaken in the days to come. He said that the undertaking will enhance the understanding of stakeholders about federalism and its relevance the proposed Moro region once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is enacted into law by congress.

 Ustadz Kamarudin Pedatamanan gave words of wisdom while Abdulgani Yusop led the invocation.    

Ustadz Moidjoddin S. Talusob, FBCSO Corporate Secretary presented the overview of the activity, while Toto Laguialaot, UMCCI President & Lead Convenor of the program acknowledged the participants and thanked them for their involvement in the program.

Ustadz Mubarak D. Tiboron delivered message of support and asked participants to relay to the people how federalism relates to the Bangsamoro Region that is ministerial in form. He said that the proposed new autonomous region cannot be in place without an enabling law.

 Nasser Pulindao, FBCSO Deputy President explained that the proposed type of federalism for the country is not yet certain but the passage of a CAB-Compliant BBL would resolve the conflict in Southern Mindanao. 

Pulindao stressed that in the past, agreements signed between the government and the Moro Fronts were not implemented. A Bangsamoro government being a new entity with its rich natural resources such as oil-reserved and other minerals can stand on its own without relying much to the central government. 

Full implementation of the CAB through the passage of the BBL will redound to peace and development in the region, Pulindao added.

Zahra Zumbaga, well-known peace advocate reminded the participants especially students to scrutinize what kind organizations they want to joins because nowadays some individuals or groups continue recruiting people without making clear of their objectives, vision, mission. 

USM Professor Badrodin S. Abdulkadir, Dean of the Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies (IMEAS) shared his personal observations on the Bangsamoro peace process noting that it is always back to square one especially every time there is a change of administration. The executive order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) should be sign first and amend the Philippine Constitution to avoid waste of time, efforts and money for peace negotiations. 

Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte proves his strong political will and desire to put an end to the Mindanao conflict when he signed the executive order reconstituting the BTC that is more inclusive.

 The new MILF-led BTC will be composed of MILF, MNLF-Mus Sema Faction, the ARMM, Indigenous Peoples (IP”s) and other sectors.  

The program ended with the induction of UMCCI officers by Pulindao and witnessed by FBCSO Project Management Team and selected CSO leaders including Businessman Habib Guiabar of the Local Monitoring Team (LMT) and Hon. Councilor Manny Pedtamanan. 

UMCCI is a group of young Moro Entrepreneurs based in Kabacan, North Cotabato, Philippine.