UNYPAD Chapters Intensify Community Peace Advocacy

By Rudy S. Lumapinet

DATU PAGLAS, Maguindanao (February 14, 2014) – The Municipal Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Datu Paglas, Maguindanao Cluster 3 Provincial Chapter, in partnership with the 6th Brigade of 109th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) conducted a Peace Symposium and Advocacy highlighting the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) with a theme ”Empowering Bangsamoro Potential Leaders and Communities through understanding Ministerial Form of Government and the Bangsamoro History” held at Datu Paglas, Maguindanao on January 18, 2014.

The activity was attended by some 200 participants from the BIAF under 6th Brigade, 109th Base Command, Barangay and Municipal Local Government Units of Datu Paglas, and the UNYPAD officers and members.

The first part of the program was allotted for the UNYPAD national officers to discuss ‘all-about UNYPAD, Bangsamoro History, and Da’wah Islamiya.’ The last part was about the FAB and the latest updates on the GPH-MILF negotiations discussed by Esmael “Mike” Abdullah of the MILF Information Committee.

The UNYPAD National representatives stressed the importance of Islamic foundation for every organization because it could serve as a feather of the struggle for a genuine peace.

Abdulnasser Binasing, a UNYPAD National Officer, talked about the Bangsamoro History giving emphasis on the relationship of Islamized and non-Islamized Bangsamoro.

Along with Binasing are Yusoph Lumambas, Secretary General of UNYPAD, and Ustadz Nasrudin Musa, Staff of the National Committee on Da’wah and Education of the organization (UNYPAD).

“FAB is the door for resolving the political, religious and social problems of the Bangsamoro,” Abdullah said.

Asked by the participants on what will happen to LGUs when the Bangsamoro government takes off, he said, “they would finish first their terms in 2015, because the transitional authority is only one year.”

“Let us be united and active in pursuing the Bangsamoro Struggle for Right to Self-Determination,” said Maula Kamag of the MILF.

The program was successfully conducted through the consolidated efforts of the community leaders of Datu Paglas municipality.

The UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster 3 Provincial Chapter has been operating in six municipalities in Maguindanao Province namely; Datu Paglas, Buluan, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun, Paglat, Pandag and Mangudadatu.