Friday, November 20, 2015

NON-PASSAGE OF BBL DOES NOT HINDER US TO PURSUE DEVELOPMENT: BDA




NON-PASSAGE OF BBL DOES NOT HINDER US TO PURSUE DEVELOPMENT: BDA
Photo courtesy of BDA

“The passage of the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) is very important for the Bangsamoro, but non passage of the BBL doesn’t hinder us to pursue the development,” said Ustadz Mohammad S. Yacob, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).

“Because in BDA, whether there is BBL or none, we should proceed the development aspect because we need it,” he continued. 

Yacob gave this message during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between BDA and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on November 12, 2015 at the Bangsamoro Development Center in Cotabato City.

BDA and TIKA inked the MoU to formalize their partnership to establish sustainable livelihood projects in target Bangsamoro communities.

The MoU covers goat raising, Tilapia farming and chicken farming in through partnership with respective Bangsamoro cooperation and people’s organization.

In his message, Burak Saritarla, TIKA Country Program Coordinator, said the Turkish Prime Minister has decided to set-up an office in Manila seeing the necessity through to have working relation with the government of the Philippines.

He conveyed they are now working with some potential partners to develop sustainable development projects all over the country.

“We are here today to kick-off three projects which we believe it trigger socio-economic development within the region becauce these projects are sustainable, income-generated and employment generating”, Saritarla added.

“These projects mean more than just socio-economic. It is also a preservation of culture and religion”, the Turkish official said.

The projects will be implemented with consideration of the preserving the socio-religious sensitivity of the region.

Yacob expressed gratitude for the partnership saying, “This is very significant and blessing for us and it is also a manifestation of being assertive to have many programs for the Bangsamoro”

For few years now, Turkey have been extending support to the Bangsamoro people through BDA. It has provided relief goods, Qurbani meat and Iftar. It also sponsors college scholarship for Moro youth and funds an orphanage program. (Info Source: BDA)


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