By: UNYPAD ComTeam
MARAWI CITY/April 26, 2018 – Hundreds of Meranao youth in Munai, Lanao del Norte, had pledged their loyalty to the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in a massive oath taking ceremony held at Barangay Panggao on April 21, 2018.
It was a fruitful community immersion when the UNYPAD team headed by the two vice presidents of the organization, Tu Alid Alfonso and Ansary Diamaoden, have successfully organized the Provincial Chapter of Lanao del Norte and Municipal Chapter of Munai.
Alfonso said their two-hour travel from Cotabato City to Marawi City which included hiking just to reach the community was tapered off by the warm welcome of the young Meranao and their huge number of attendance.
“Your presence to this gathering with good intention to help realize the goals and objectives of UNYPAD is indeed priceless,” he said.
The team was delighted when the local government unit of Munai warmly accepted the delegation with smile, cultural presentation, and foods.
The officials of Munai also expressed their appreciation to the efforts of UNYPAD in reaching more Moro youth to become part in the nation building.
“We are happy that you included our community in your priorities and we hope that our youth here will be able to enjoy some opportunities brought by UNYPAD,” Councilor Noronisa Panda said.
Diamaoden, the Vice President for External Affairs, responded by saying, “That is why we are here because since 2004 only Lanao del Sur and Marawi City chapters were organized and have availed some of the exposure activities abroad.”
He said that Munai is also close to the people of Butig, Lanao del Sur where Moro struggle for the right to self-determination has been observed since the Moro revolution started.
“Your people until now is part of that struggle,” Diamaoden said in recognition to their contribution and sacrifices to attain peaceful resolutions on Bangsamoro question.
The UNYPAD also gave credit to Ainah Arsanih for facilitating the organizing works in Munai. She was appointed as Chairwoman of UNYPAD-Munai Municipal Chapter.
Munai town is among the six (6) municipalities in Lanao del Norte which voted for inclusion during the ARMM 2001 plebiscite.
The community leaders of Munai said they will again opt to vote for “Yes” to be part of Bangsamoro territory when a plebiscite would come in November or December this year.
The Dimaporos have strong opposition in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) particularly the inclusion of the six Moro-dominated areas in Lanao del Norte such as Balo-i, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal.