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UNYPAD Datu Paglas conducts GenPeace-supported youth forum on good governance

By: Abu Al-Fajar Edzla

Datu Paglas, Maguindanao (December 3, 2020) — The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) Datu Paglas Chapter successfully conducted Youth Forum on Moral Governance held at Floating Resto, Brgy. Katil, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, on November 21, 2020. This was funded by Generation Peace Youth Network, Incorporated (GenPeace) in partnership with Young Advocates for Peace and Development Network, Inc. (YAPDN)

Representatives of Bangsamoro United Brotherhood, Muslim Youth Brotherhood, Al-Islahq, United Kabalikat, Bangsamoro Communication Network, Inc. UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster III, Muslim Women Action Group, and Women Affairs Committee of UNYPAD Datu Paglas Chapter attended the activity.

Project Coordinator of UNYPAD – Development Management Center, Morsidin Husain, facilitated the morning activity. He emphasized the role of the youth on moral governance.

Husain said the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao leadership espouses moral governance.

He defined the Bangsamoro region as a community of conflict or community with peace agreement. “We are not an Islamic state,” he pointed out.

Moctar Edzla, president of Maguindanao Youth for Change Association (MYC) said, “There were group of students who realized the real undemocratic way of their government. They organized several CSOs who suffered the same way and established coalition to voice out their conditions, urging the government to recognize them as human people with inherent human or civil rights. With that, their voices were heard and that made changes to the condition of that communities,” he related.

Meanwhile, Rudy Lumapinet, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of UNYPAD National Chapter, presented the statistical data to give updates on the status of the youth in the Bangsamoro region on his very informative part.

Tahir Plang of Bangsamoro Communication Network said the activity conducted was the first ever from the municipality and he found it so worthy it because it has immensely help them to realize the current status of the BARMM government and gave an opportunity to start forming a coalition.

Saguira Saptula, MWAG representative, said the BARMM government should address the concern of the Arabic teachers which has a very essential part in sustaining the advocacy on moral governance of the BARMM today.

On the other hand, Chairperson Esmael U. Sema of Local Youth Development Office of Datu Paglas municipality urged participants to seek accreditation from LGU for legalization of their programs and services.

The body agreed to have another meeting with the participants to form a coalition and manifest their support to the calls for the extension of the transition period of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority until the priority codes will be done.

The activity was successfully ended with the closing prayer by Raf-Raf A. Zacaria, Secretary of Da’wah and Education of UNYPAD Datu Paglas Chapter.