By Thoe Bin Abdullah
COTABATO City (May 25, 2016) – The United Youth for Peace and Development participated in a 1-day Job Creation Scoping Workshop held at the Pagana Restaurant in Cotabato City on May 22, 2016 facilitated by European Union (EU).
The Said workshop was aimed at having an in-depth understanding on (what are) the present jobs of Bangsamoro and how the European Union can help in sustaining them as well as creating new jobs for the Bangsamoro.
The Participants in the said workshop were Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) that include Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), People’s Organizations (PO’s) and Cooperatives from the Bangsamoro provinces, which include Maguindanao (1st and 2nd District), Lanao and North Cotabato provinces, among others.
The workshop enabled the participants to articulate what they believed can be of help to the Bangsamoro communities through this program.
At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed their hope that the commitment of the EU in the peace process will pave the way for their strong partnership in creating jobs for the Bangsamoro communities even if the BBL has not yet been adopted.
Executive Director of Tripartite Solidarity forum (TSF), Diamadel E. Dumagay MPA, CESO VI, expressed his commitment in packaging a project proposal to be submitted to the EU as part of the workshop output.
The identified needs through this scoping process were agricultural development, livelihood, peace building, farm to market road, education and skills development of the Bangsamoro.