UNYPAD conducts dialogue sessions on GPH-MILF Peace Process, Normalization Track in Zamboanga Sibugay

UNYPAD conducts dialogue sessions on GPH-MILF Peace Process, Normalization Track in Zamboanga Sibugay

By: Jordan L. Talusob

COTABATO City (February 10, 2016)—The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) conducted its last and final dialogue session at Camp Salman Al-Farisie, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay on February 3-4, 2016.

Anwar Z. Saluwang, PhD, the Director of the Development Management Center (DMC) of UNYPAD in his welcome and opening statements presented the background and objectives of the program.

“As these series has to be concluded today in your Camp, we’ve reached at least 31 base commands from the 7 Front Commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces,” he said.

“This is to deliver essential inputs on the current status of the GPH-MILF peace process where the planned Normalization is leading,” said Saluwang.

Saluwang said that the major task given to UNYPAD for this project is only to facilitate the dialogue sessions in different camps of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF).

On the other hand, the General Staff of MILF together with the personnel from Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) as well as representatives of Joint Normalization Committee (JNC) delivered their topics to orient selected MILF-BIAF Base Commanders.

Toks Ibrahim, head of the General Staff of the MILF-BIAF told the participants, “We invited you for the purpose of strengthening your conviction and adherence to the JIHAD as the fundamental purpose of existence among our ranks”.

The UNYPAD and The Asia Foundation (TAF) agreed to maximize existing resources to support advocacy on the popularization of the status of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the Normalization track with members of the BIAF-MILF.

UNYPAD is an active partner of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in educating members of the Moro Front especially the BIAF on the current situation of BBL and the Bangsamoro as a whole.

This endeavor is being supported by TAF with an original aim to train selected Base Commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces on Conflict Management and Transformation, thus tapped UNYPAD as an implementer.