BANGSAMORO YOUTH DECLARATION
April 18, 2014
The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Inc. gathered 350 youth leaders from its provincial chapters all over Philippines in its 5th National Assembly held in Poblacion, Pikit, North Cotabato on April 15 – 18, 2014.
With the theme, “Youth Empowerment Towards Establishment of Bangsamoro,” delegates from as far as the National Capital Region, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Basilan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bukidnon, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos (SOCSARGEN), Davao Region, Maguindanao, Ranaw Region, North Cotabato and Cotabato City were convened together primarily to re-assess the relevance of the organization’s programs and thrusts with the upcoming Bangsamoro Government.
As a youth organization, UNYPAD is cognizant of its important role in the new political entity. Thus, the Assembly unanimously approved a motion for the organization to support the product of the 17-year old peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The four decades of hostilities in Mindanao left not only bloodshed and death. Rather, it pushed the Bangsamoro people farther away from attaining much needed development. The limited number of educated youth of today is an offshoot of oppression done against our ancestors who started our struggle for our right to self-determination (RSD).
As advocate of peace and nonviolent conflict transformation, the UNYPAD believes that the full implementation of the CAB will not only stop the killings but will also correct the injustices perpetrated against the Bangsamoro. And it will also pave the way toward economic recovery and nation-building. By then, the Bangsamoro can start realizing their legitimate and long overdue demand for a genuine and meaningful autonomy.
With this, the UNYPAD appeals to and call upon all the stakeholders of peace in Mindanao as well as the international community to join hands and support the full implementation of CAB both in letter and spirit.
Particularly, we call upon the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to do its best in helping facilitate the early submission of the full draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the Office of the President for the President to submit it to Congress as an urgent bill. So, that, hopefully, by the time the Congress resumes its session in May, it can act upon the same bill immediately.
LET US SUPPORT THE GPH – MILF PEACE PROCESS! LET US SUPPORT CAB! LET US SUPPORT THE BANGSAMORO!
Reference Person:DATUAN “DATS” MAGON Vice President for External Affairs UNYPAD Mobile no.: 0906-2485192 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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BANGSAMORO YOUTH DECLARATION