Friday, December 27, 2013

BDA meets line agencies for Bangsamoro Development Plan

From the Website of MILF

BDA meets line agencies for Bangsamoro Development Plan

  • Thursday, Dec 26 2013
  • Written by  Gandhi Kinjiyo & Benjie Ubpon
In a bid to draw more support for the formulation of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) met with the representatives of line agencies of the Philippine Government (GPH) on December 17, 2013 in Manila. BDA presented the concept notes in the formulation of the BDP.

Initiated by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) with OPAPP Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo spearheading the activity, the meeting was attended by representatives from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Speaking in behalf of the BDA, Dr Saffrullah Dipatuan, BDA Chair, said, “The Bangsamoro Development Plan process will depart from traditional sectoral planning as it considers peace lens.”

He explained, “What makes this process unique is that based on the BDP development framework, it will focus on thematic areas that leads to peace and institution building in accordance with universal Islamic values to create security, social justice and jobs for sustainable human development.”

Relating the legal mandates of the BDA in drafting this BDP, Dipatuan pointed out the GRP-MILF Tripoli Agreement of Peace on June 22, 2001, Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed last October 15, 2012, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Central Committee directive to the BDA Chairman on March 22, 2013.

He thanked the participants for responding the call of OPAPP in convening GPH counterparts who are key stakeholders in the formulation of Bangsamoro Development Plan.

The BDA has mobilized its regional staff to help in gathering data from the regional offices of line agencies that can contribute comprehensively in the BDP formulation.

Among the data being gathered include agriculture, agri-business, fisheries, trading, and various support of line agencies to production.

Secretary Senen Bacani of the GPH Peace Panel presented highlights of the recently signed Annex on Power Sharing of the FAB.

He discussed the main features of the said Annex that includes nine (9) Reserved Powers, 14 Concurrent Powers and 58 Exclusive Powers.

Bacani said the FAB Annex on Normalization is yet to be signed between GPH and MILF Peace Panels before the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will finally start the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The Annex on Power Sharing was signed on December 8, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Different civil society groups and politicians lauded the two panels for surmounting the challenges in the making of the power sharing annex.

Other agendum that was laid on the table during the meeting was the discussion on the proposed concept note for the On-the-Job Training (OJT) or Placement Program for the Bangsamoro scholars and young future bureaucrats to the different GPH line agencies.

The meeting generated support from the participants. Specific commitment from the GPH end will be determined after they received advice from their respective heads of office.

 OPAPP commits to lead the effort in ensuring that GPH participation to make this BDP process inclusive and owned by all stakeholders.

Also present during the meeting were GPH Peace Panel Chairperson Ms. Miriam Ferrer; GPH Peace Panel Member Yasmin Lao and representing the World Bank was Dr. Fermin Adriano.

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