April 5, 2013: The 6th UNYPAD National Assembly was set on May 25-26 this year. The decision was arrived at during a two-day special meeting on March 16-17 of the organization held at the Kadtuntaya Foundation’s Training Center in Cotabato City.
Aside from the schedule of the 6th National Assembly, Reports on accomplishments of respective provincial chapters of the organization (based on the organization’s five core programs such as: Organizing; Capacity Building; Research and Information; Campaign and Advocacy, and Health and Disaster Action), Updates on the GPH-MILF peace talks, the Sabah issue, Scheduling of UNYPAD Strategic Planning, Presentation of Administrative Policy, and Financial Guidelines and Procedures were taken up in the two-day meeting.
The meeting was attended by the organization’s provincial Presidents, Secretaries of the Committee on Da’wah and Education, Research and Information, Campaign and Advocacy, Health and Disaster Action, and Women’s Affairs Committee, Personnel of the Development Management Center (DMC), and the National Executive Officers.
Various activities like Islamic Symposia, Advocacy on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, Trainings/seminars on different topics, Responses to Emergency Situations brought about by both Man-made and natural calamities, Peace-building related activities like Conflict Mitigation, among others, and Human Rights Documentation were highlighted in the Provincial Presidents’ reports.
The UNYPAD provincial officers who were sent by the organization to Thailand, Japan, and East Timor to take short courses and advocacy purpose ware also heighted as part of the Capacity Building Program of the organization.
In attendance were: Cotabato City chapter President Mohamiden Solaiman, the President of Maguindanao cluster 1 provincial chapter Abedin Tago, President of Maguindanao cluster 2 Mahmod Tulino, President of Maguindanao cluster 3 Akmad Musa, President of North Cotabato Chapter- Hamsa Landayan, President of Ranao- Ansary Diamaodin, President of Ranao Coastal – Omair Saripada, President of Davao City Chapter Gabriel Palma, South Cotabato/ Sarangani/ General Santos City (SocSarGen) Chapter and Mindanao State University-Gen San school-based Chapter -Gringo Maquiling. The Compostela Valley Provincial Chapter was represented by Vice President for External Affairs Habib Ranain.
The chapter presidents who failed to attend but had made their respective reports via phone conversations were: Muhmin Lamla of Basilan, Zulfhikar Samsaraji of Zamboanga City, and Kamim Macmod of National Capital Region (NCR).
The Sulu and Davao Oriental chapters also failed to attend the special meeting.
The National Vice President on External Affairs, Anwar Upahm, and the Deputy Secretary General for Administration, Datuan Magon, were tasked to participate in the 45th Commemoration of the Jabidah Massacre at Corregidor, Bataan along with the NCR President. (ddl)