CBCS convenes Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CBCS) convened the Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit for Unity and Solidarity with120 participants from Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, and Davao Region at the Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao City on December 5-9, 2016.

Guiamel M. Alim said that there were 10 provincial consultations conducted in Davao City, General Santos City, Cotabato City, Pagadian City, Iligan Ciity, Provinces of Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Zambaonga City and 4 regional assemblies. “We have conducted those consultations and assemblies prior to this multi-sectoral summit in Davao”, Alim said.

The theme for this event is “Towards Creating a Platform for Consensus-Building among Bangsamoro Stakeholders.

 “We invited the OPAPP, MILF, MNLFs, CSO leaders and academe so that they share updates on the peace processes and what are their prospects on Bangsamoro Basic Law and Federalism”, Alim told Luwaran in an interview.

Alim said that the summit issued a unity and solidarity declaration as one of the highlights of the program. He also disclosed that they will be sending official letter to MILF and MNLF leadership, to the Office of the Philippine President, and a letter of appeal to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The participants said in their declaration that, they COLLECTIVELY COMMIT TO:

1. Relentlessly pursue the call for unity and solidarity among our leaders;

2. Reach out to the different stakeholders and communities to build constituencies to support the peace process;

3. Engage in sustained intra-Moro dialogue and consultations with the various stakeholders in the Bangsamoro;

4. Support the Bangsamoro Fronts in coordinating their efforts towards a draft law that will create/ strengthen self-governance of the Bangsamoro as part of our exercise of the right of self-determination; and

5. Directly engage the government, the Moro Fronts, the Philippine Congress, and local government units to appeal for their support to lead the peace process to a successful end.

Other concerns presented and agreed upon during the summit Mindanao is the creation of the BM-PUSH or Bangsamoro Platform for Unity, Solidarity, and Harmony towards consensus building that serves as mediators-insiders  in the peace processes.