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Public consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law to be increased

From the Website of MILF

Public consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law to be increased

  • Wednesday, Dec 04 2013
  • Written by  Abdullah Cusain, Head BTC CommGroup

More consultations with the people are set to be conducted as another memorandum of agreement was inked November 30 by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and the Conciliation Resources, a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) for the GPH-MILF peace negotiations.
Around 160 public consultations targeting 7280 persons would be spearheaded by 8 organizations which have partnered for the project formally named Building Peace in Mindanao through Public Participation in Governance.

BTC Chairman Mohagher Iqbal, who signed the agreement in behalf of the Commission, expressed hopes that the planned dialogues and advocacy activities would lead to a deeper understanding of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the drafting of which is the primary function of the BTC. And as coordinating and conducting public consultations is also another major function of the commission, he stressed that the agreed public engagements would be in furtherance of the said function of the commission.

Before the formal signing rites, several commissioners made queries into the details of the proposed consultations --- its goals, coverage, methodology and feedback mechanism. Each of the 8 project partners presented its designated tasks in the overall design of the project.

The project partners include MindaNews, Bangsamoro Leadership & Management Institute (BLMI), United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), Mindanao Business Council, Mindanao Association of State Colleges & Universities (MASCUF), Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization (TLWOI), Nisaa ul Haqq Fii Bangsamoro and The Asia Foundation (TAF) as associate partner.

Chairman Iqbal noted that the conduct of public engagements presents a challenge to the Commission considering the timeline and resources. He therefore expressed appreciation to the Conciliation Resources for extending assistance in reaching out the grassroots of Bangsamoro and even non-Bangsamoro communities. 

The other commissioners who witnessed the signing were Froilyn Mendoza, Akmad Sakkam, Asani Tammang, Pedrito Eisma, Abdulla Camlian, Said Sheik, Raissa Jajurie, Ebrahim Ali and Melanio Ulama.

Kristian Herbolzheimer, Director of Philippine Program, signed the instrument in behalf of Conciliation Resources. Based in the United Kingdom, it is an independent organization that provides practical support to help people living in the midst of conflict, prevent violence and build peace.

Last October 17, a similar agreement was entered into by and between the BTC and the Mindanao Civil Society Organization Platform for Peace (MCSOPP), a grouping of at least 120 organizations and networks which also aim to generate massive public support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

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