Friday, June 24, 2016

GPH Peace Panel Chair Ferrer visits Basilan

From the Website of MILF

GPH Peace Panel Chair Ferrer visits Basilan 

GPH Peace Panel Chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer visited Isabela and Lamitan City, Basilan on May 16, 2016 for a turn-over of a Day Care Center at Baas, Lamitan City and One Unit of Ambulance at Ediborah P. Yap Memorial Hospital, all in Lamitan City.  Both are under the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program.  He also met with recipients of Sajahatra Bangsamoro Scholarship Program at Basilan State College (BSC) in Isabela City.

At 10AM, Prof. Ferrer led the cutting of ribbon for the turn-over of a Day Care Center to the People’s Organization in Barangay Baas in the presence of community leaders and residents as well as members of her delegation.

In her key note message, Prof. Ferrer reminded the residents about the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB)  in 2012 and said, “After the signing of the agreement dapat maramdaman ang mamayan lalong lalo na ang mamamayang Bangsamoro ang dividends of peace kung saan nailunsad na rin ang Sajahatra Bangsamoro”.

“Ang ibig sabihin kung bakit tayo mag peace negotiation para naman maiba ang kabuhayan at mabawasan ang kahirapan, hindi na dumaan sa giyera at maiba naman ang kabuhayan ng mamamayan. Itong Day Care center hindi lang para sa MILF, para naman sa lahat ng kabataang Bangsamoro. Tapos na ang termino ni PNoy.  Ang ating layunin ay tuloy-tuloy ang kapayapaan at marating ang kaginhawaan. Madali ang mag giyera kay sa kapayapaan dapat hindi mainip, lahat tayo ay mahinahon at dapat mag usap-usap”, Ferrer also said in Tagalog.

After the turn-over of the day care center, the convoy of Prof. Ferrer proceeded to Ediborah P. Yap Memorial Hospital in the city proper for the ceremonial turn-over of one unit of ambulance. According to Dr. Alfonso L. Bravo Jr., Chief of Ediborah P. Yap Memorial Hospital, “Unfortunately we cannot conduct actual turn-over as the ambulance is still in Manila for a processing of its registration and I do not want to have it transported unless the registration documents are complete”.

At 1:00PM, the group of Prof. Ferrer proceeded to BSC to meet with recipients of Sajahatra Bangsamoro Scholarship Program. There are more or less 80 recipients enrolled at BSC, half of them attended the short program.

Prof. Ferrer’s message in the three activities centered on the peace process and encouraged the audience to ask questions about the peace process.

Alnur Ambula, one of the students asked, “Patapos napos na ang termino ni PNoy at si Mayor Duterte na ang papalit, tuloy pa ba ang negosasyon? Prof. Ferrer replied in a positive saying that Mr. Jess Dureza sent a message when they were in Kuala Lumpur last May 29-30 that the new administration will continue the peace process at malayo na ang narating na dapat itutuloy”.

At around 3PM, Prof. Ferrer and her entourage departed for Zamboanga City.

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