UNYPAD, Forum ZFD Meet

COTABATO City (June 23, 2014) – The forum ZFD took visit to the office of the President of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) on June 17, 2014 at Purok Pennin,  Rosales Street, RH-6, Cotabato City.

The meeting was started in discussing the sustainability of the Kutawato Multimedia Network (KuMuNet), a loose coalition of different Civil Society Organizations in Central Mindanao, organized by the Forum ZFD.

Wolfgang Doerner, Program manager of the Forum ZFD, solicited ideas for KuMuNet to have smoother operation to achieve its vision.

Yusoph Lumambas, United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Secretary General, suggested that KuMuNet must be transformed into a solid organization by having a working structure to make every member-organization’s responsibility clear.

“There must be full time staff including permanent anchorman that can focus in its radio program,” Lumambas said.

He stressed that the KuMuNet has important role to play in the GPH-MILF peace process in terms of information drive.

Anwar Upahm, Executive Director of Bangsamoro Youth Affairs of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) shared his experience in anchoring radio program.

He advised that permanent and focused anchorman is very important for the continuity of the issues being discussed.

“Radio Anchoring is not an easy task,” he pointed out.

Asked about the status of the GPH-MILF peace process, Rahib Kudto, President of the UNYPAD, said: “Generally, it has been moving although experiencing some difficulties.”

“Having signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), and having drafted the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) are milestones achieved by the GPH-MILF peace process,” he added.

Kudto said that peace and war are now at the hands of the congress.

“The issue of constitutionality and unconstitutionality are not a big deal considering that the Bangsamoro question is a political one; it is never a legal issue,” he pointed out.

“Our constitution must be the one to adjust to the agreement, not the agreement to adjust to the constitution; otherwise we can’t address this political problem of the Bangsamoro,” he added.

“If one can’t be found anymore in the constitution, you can use international law…it is just a matter of political will and sincerity to consider the collective interest of the oppressed,” he furthered.

The UNYPAD and Forum ZFD both expressed commitment to continue all efforts in support to the GPH and MILF efforts for achieving meaningful peace in Mindanao.  (UNYPAD News)