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UNYPAD MAGUINDANAO Cluster-3 joins explosive ordnance risk education, UXO disposal activity in CenMin

By: Almaida Pagalad and Norhana Bayangan

MAGUINDANAO, BARMM (February 5, 2020) – United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Maguindanao Cluster-3 Registered Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) Providers joined in a series of Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) campaign and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) disposal activity in Central Mindanao.

“On the very start of year 2020, our team started deploying personnel for EORE sessions in Central Mindanao,” Mr. Moctar Edzla, Non-technical Survey Officer of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), divulged.

Edzla, founding chair of Maguindanao Youth for Chance (MYC) in Datu Paglas which is a local partner of UNYPAD was trained by FSD in 2018 as competent EORE provider.

He was later on hired as full-time FSD staff for his dedication and sincerity in doing a great job.

The municipal mayor of the General Salipada K. Pendatun (GSKP), Hon. Rafsanjani Pendatun Ali, gave his approval on the re-survey activities and EORE sessions knowing that some of his villagers were badly affected by armed conflict.

“This series of EORE sessions for different villagers of the town is needed to finally clear all UXOs in the villages affected by armed-conflicts,” the town mayor said.
Meanwhile, Howkin Dakman, the Vice Chair for Internal Affairs, said that they were thankful for the leadership of UNYPAD for allowing them to be part of selected individuals trained by the International Non-government Organization, the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), on mine action activities that would detect the extent of problems caused by Unexploded Ordnances left by both parties during the armed encounters in a Bangsamoro dominated territories.

Mr. Bobby Abdullah, Deputy Chairman of Maguindanao Cluster-3 expressed his full support on the program and informed his village chapters in assisting the FSD team.
“Kung kailangan natin ang mga kasama natin sa ground para magtulong sa FSD ay pwede natin sila ipatulong para ma-gather ang mga tao (If we need our chapters in the ground to help FSD in gathering the people just tell us so that we could help),” he said in vernacular language.

“Our friends in different barangays can assist the village captain for audience gathering”, he added.

Members of UNYPAD also facilitated the disposal of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) for the affected villagers of this town by requesting the help from 40 Infantry Brigade of Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP).

It has been actively engaged in peace advocacy and various youth-serving activities with the support of local and foreign partners.

UNYPAD is a well-known youth organization in the Bangsamoro Homeland with nationwide operation in the Philippines.