ZAMBOANGA City—The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted Seminar-Workshop for Moro Religious Leaders (MRL’s) on June 24-26, 2015 at Hotel Salwa, Zamboanga City.
The three-day activity was attended by forty MRL’s and community Leaders from the provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan and the City Zamboanga of Western Mindanao.
The main objective of the program is to mobilize Moro Religious Leaders in popularizing and supporting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in grassroots communities. It is one way of optimizing their efforts in raising public awareness and support to the proposed Bangsamoro Law in their respective religious institutions and communities and in intensifying people’s participation in peace-building efforts especially in the far-flung areas where advocacy and information seldom reaches them.
This writer, Mr. Tirso S. Tahir, BLMI Research Officer and Acting Training Officer who is a native of Tandubas Tawi-Tawi Province welcomed the participants and stressed the important role of Moro Religious and Community Leaders in disseminating the benefits and advantage of the proposed BBL to the Bangsamoro that was crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).
Sheikh Abdulsalam D. Alabat, BLMI Extension Service Officer and Project Coordinator presented the BLMI-UNDP overview, program objectives and similar activities that were successfully conducted by the institution in the past.
A fundamental inputs and sharing of Islamic views on various human aspects was presented and elucidated by Sheikh Mahmod S. Ahmad, BLMI Executive Director who together with his personnel and staff have been going around in Mindanao to conduct advocacy and consultation programs since the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in 2012.
He shared to the program participants some valuable knowledge on mind-set change by stressing its crucial aspects that every individual and leaders must have the readiness to change one’s behavior if he/she thinks and feel that he/she is shying away from the right path. ED Ahmad considered that kind of attitude as destructive to oneself, family and community if tolerated.
Commissioner Pedrito Eisma, of the BTC focused his lecture on BBL and gave updates on the current status of the BBL which is still in congress for deliberation and enactment.
Mr. Joseph Rodriguez of the Kingsmaker Training Solutions, a private consultancy firm based in Davao City lectured on the basics of political campaign. Mr. Rodriguez presented categorically various aspects of campaign strategies, techniques and approaches.
During the open forum, the participants aired their concerns on the BBL but hoped for the collective wisdom of congress by passing an undiluted BBL that reflects the aspiration of the Bangsamoro in conformity with the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), a fundamental peace deal signed between the GPH and the MILF Peace panels.
In the last day of activity the participants also engaged in workshop sessions by a group of facilitators headed by Mr. Darwin Matindo.
In their messages, the participants expressed their profoundest gratitude to BLMI Management, UNDP and to the resource persons for their informative and enlightening presentations. They considered the knowledge imparted to them as very important to relieve doubts and misconceptions being spread in their communities.
The participants also pledged to do their best as an Agents of Peace to broaden people’s understanding and wider acceptability of the proposed BBL in their respective institutions and communities.
The BLMI Outreach Advocacy Programs are supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Facility for Advisory Support for Transition Capacities (FASTRAC) region.