Youth in Western Mindanao conduct consultations on BBL

Youth in Western Mindanao conduct consultations on BBL

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (January 5, 2015) – The Basilan Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD conducted a consultation on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at  the Silsilah Dialogue Center in Isabela City, Basilan on December 06, 2014.

The said activity was facilitated by Mr. Sulaiman A. Pagaruan, consultation coordinator for Western and Mr. Muhmin Lamla, research coordinator of the same area.

Mr. Lamla, also a Basilan provincial chairman of the UNYPAD, disclosed that the consultation was participated by the civil society organizations, academes, law enforcement officers, women sector and religious groups.

Ms. Cynthia G. Cervantes, one of the Christian representatives of Lamitan City said, “there is a need to explain to the people the provisions of the BBL and its advantages to the Bangsamoro.”

“Before the plebiscite takes place, it is very important that people living in the core and adjacent territory of the Bangsamoro will be well-informed about the BBL,” she added.

According to Basilan State College instructress Ms. Norsielyn Sali, the parties in talks should develop a good communication strategy so that people will be well-informed of what have been agreed in the peace process.

“Conducting advocacy activities from public to private schools and universities is one way that is of help in the information dissemination,” she added.

“NGOs and LGUs especially barangays should jointly exert effort in informing the public,” Ms. Sali furthered.

The groups of youth in Basilan foresee that if the congress will not pass the BBL (that is acceptable to the Bangsamoro) it will lead to the eruption of another war. (UNYPAD News)