March 11, 2013: The Maguindanao Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) organized a two-day Seminar-Workshop on Community Organizing which was participated by the Muslim Students Organizations (MSO) of the Mindanao State University (MSU) Maguindanao such as Muslim Youth Religious Organization (MYRO), Mindanao Islamic Youth Movement (MIYM), United Youth of the Philippines – Women (UnYPhil-Women) and Muslim Women Organization (MWO).
The activity was held at the Arts and Science Building, MSU-Maguindanao, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Magindanao on 16-17 February 2013.
The seminar-workshop, which was dubbed a “4Ps: A Fruit to Community Organizing; Peace, Power, Prosperity, and Progress” was aimed at preparing the Muslim students in dealing with development challenges in the community.
Tu Alid Alfonso, the UNYPAD National Vice President for Internal Affairs who was among the invited lecturers of the activity, recognized and commended the MSO student leaders of MSU-Maguindanao, namely: Esmael T. Dalanda, MSO President; Morsid Talib, the UNYPAD President; Abdulnaser Ebrahim, MYRO President; Alimama Bagkao, MIYM President, and MWO President Saada Guiamblang for advancing their common goal of helping their respective officers and members to gain knowledge on various fields like the community organizing, among others, which is not taught in the courses taken by the student-participants.
“The module used in the seminar is a compilation of various materials from the formal classes of senior officers of UNYPAD who have completed degree in Community Social and Development Courses, lectures in other seminars, Secondary Sources, and from actual experiences of the UNYPAD in its emersion in the community,” Alfonso stressed.
To ensure that there will be a balance on gender representations in the lecturers, the UNYPAD Secretary General’s office assigned the Women Affairs Committee, Basanie J. Macabuat, UNYPAD National Chair, to facilitate the program in the morning session on the first day.
The program in the afternoon session was enthusiastically facilitated by Anwar A. Upahm, the National Vice President for External Affairs of UNYPAD and, at the same time, Executive Director of the Youth Affairs of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Upahm discussed community organizing and its processes, methodology, qualities of a good community organizer, among others.
“Having the sense of humor, Upahm successfully won over the attention of the participants”, one of the participants said.
In the last day of program, there were three significant action plans crafted by the participants that are expected to be implemented in the university and to the community such as the advocacy on Frame Work Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), Islamic Symposium, and Seminar on Wearing Hijab for the Muslim women.
Baisanie disclosed that the Muslim students, who participated in the training, promised to do their best to contribute their knowledge that they gained during the two day seminar-workshop on community organizing.
In his closing of remarks, Talib said “this seminar-workshop became successful through the collaborative efforts, good leadership, and hard-working of student leaders – everyone in the organization participated, shared ideas and other resources.”
The UNYPAD Maguindanao cluster-3 provincial chapter, headed by Mahmod M. Tulino and his co-officers, has also extended strong support to the program.
Alfonso also clarified that the school-based chapter of UNYPAD in MSU-Maguindanao is under the direct supervision of Maguindanao cluster-3.