By: UNYPAD ComTeam
COTABATO CITY/ June 30, 2018 – In a bid to increase understanding and awareness among Filipino youth leaders on the struggle, sentiments and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people, the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) shared the Bangsamoro history and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the youth leaders of Luzon during a learning session held at Brentwood Suites, Quezon City, on June 23 2018.
More than 40 youth leaders coming from different schools, colleges, universities and communities in Luzon joined the learning activity organized by Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute (GZOPI) in collaboration with Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) and co-organized by MYPEACE, Inc., United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD), Women Affairs Committee of the UNYPAD, and Young Advocates of Peace and Development Network, Inc. (YAPDN).
The organizers said the objectives of the session are “to increase their understanding on the Bangsamoro struggle and BBL, create school and community-based plan of actions for peacebuilding, and identify possible support from their communities and schools in the promotion of the Bangsamoro law drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).”
Ms. Janin from UN Women Speaker Bureau) and Dr. Anwar Z. Saluwang, Deputy Secretary General for Budget and Allocation at the same time Development Management Center Director (DMC Director) presented and discussed proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law draft by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission(BTC) and Bangsamoro History and Bangsamoro Struggle to Right to Self Determination (RSD).
The participants are young leaders from Bicol University, Unibersidad de Sta. Isabel, Moreh School, Regis Grace School, Taguig National High School, Taguig City University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines and youth organizations from CEDAW Miriam College, Philippine Normal University, UNESCO Club, ACP3 Peace TAYO FEU.
UNYPAD Regional Officers and members from Metro Manila also joined in the said learning session. Officers of the UNYPAD look forward for collaboration with the participating youth leaders to re-echo the same activity to schools and communities in order to educate more Filipino youth leaders about the Bangsamoro history and BBL as the solution to Mindanao problem.
TheBBL is a piece of legislation which embodies the peace accord signed between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that aims solve the conflict in southern Philippines.
If passed into law and approved through a plebiscite, the BBL will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region with more political and fiscal powers.
The BBL was drafted by the 21 members of the expanded BTC which included representatives from the Moro National Liberation Front, Indigenous Peoples and Settlers.