By: Saidona A. Lawan
LIBUTAN, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (November 26, 2015) — The Maguindanao Cluster-2 Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) conducted orientations in its newly organized members in Libutan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on November 15, 2015.
The activity was actively participated by 53 young men and women.
Musalik Indal, a community leader said in his welcome remarks, “UNYPAD is very welcome in this place and he encouraged participants to listen to know more about UNYPAD.”
The orientation was led by the acting Provincial Chairman Mr. Khadaffy S. Esmail while Atty. Mahmod M. Tulino was in Istanbul, Turkey for a training program on Office Management and Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Esmail discussed in details the UNYPAD all about. He stressed that UNYPAD covers the entire country for its organizing activity that comprise (a rough estimate) members of 15,000 Moro youth.
“The UNYPAD programs and services are aimed at moulding the youth to become more productive citizens and competent leaders for the future,” he said.
“Working hand and hand is very important in organizing people and it is one of the instructions of Islam,” he stressed.
According to the Holy Qur’an as stressed by Ustadz Zuharto Mamengkog, staff on Da’wah and Education Committee of UNYPAD National, said: “Wa’tasimuu be hablillaahi jamiy’an walaa tafaraquo” which means “Hold on the rope of Allah SWT and do not be separated” (Qur’an).
“On our young age, we have to develop ourselves in all aspects because time will come we might become the next leaders of tomorrow, Inshaa Allah (if Allah wills)”, said Ustadz Mamengkog.
Abdulnasser Binasing, the Secretary on Committee on Rehabilitation and Development of the organization, gave inputs on the Bangsamoro history.
In his lecture he mentioned the series of massacres happened in Mindanao perpetrated by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and their ILAGA cohorts during the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law regime. He also elaborated the series of government policies from American occupation to the neo-colonial Philippines government that resulted to marginalization of the Bangsamoro People.
The acting Chairman of the UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-2 facilitated the appointment of UNYPAD officers.
Mr. Sammy Ali was appointed as the UNYPAD Libutan – Mamasapano Cluster-2 Municipal Chapter Chairman. Other appointed officers are: Mr. Mahdie Eskar, Vice Chairman for Internal Affairs; Mr. Mosalik Indal, Vice Chairman for External Affairs; and Mr. Salik Esmail, as Municipal Chapter Secretary.