By Yusoph S. Lumambas
COTABATO City (December 4, 2013) – The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) conducted 2nd Phase of Focus Group Discussion (FGD) for the Bangsamoro Transition Plan held at the Glamour Restaurant, Gonzalo Street, Cotabato City on Thursday, November 28.
The BDA said the main purpose of the FGD is to identify issues and concerns faced by the invited government line agencies and other non-government organizations in implementing their respective projects whether it is in the agriculture, infrastructure, and among other. The solution adopted on identified challenges running of agencies programs have led in framing the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) for its medium and long term strategic direction.
According to the BDA Central Mindanao Manager, Hashim Manticayan, the result of the consolidated BDP will be submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to be used for the would-be new Bangsamoro government that will replace Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Manticayan said that this project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“JICA has hired expert consultants on development plan such as the PHILKOI International to facilitate the BDP by ensuring that there is a good quality project output,” he said.
During the FGD, representatives of Department of Agriculture (DA) Maguindanao have actively participated in the discussions and shared their experiences, encountered challenges in managing the day-to day operation of their office as well as on implementing their programs. They were optimistic that the future Bangsamoro government can address real needs of the Bangsamoro people.
The participants were coming from the different offices of Maguindanao provincial government including Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), TESDA, Port Management of both in ARMM and Maguindanao province. The Metro Cotabato Water District (MCWD) and other civil society organizations like UNYPAD and institutions have sent representatives to the said FGD.