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UNYPAD SecGen, NCR Executive Officers plan for advocacy on Bangsamoro transition period extension

By: UNYPAD ComsTeam

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (December 3, 2020) – UNYPAD Secretary General Yusoph S. Lumambas had organized a meeting attended by National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter Executive Officers on Wednesday (December 2, 2020) held at Taguig City to layout the plan of advocacy works in support to the call for extension of transition period of Bangsamoro Transition Authority until 2025.
Lumambas said the UNYPAD NCR Chapter came up with a plan that they will be holding a forum and dialogue with peace stakeholders in Manila.
They also planned to write an official letter to Philippine Congress and Senate requesting the two chamber to amend some provisions in the Bangsamoro Organic Law to pave the way for the extension period of BTA.
Kamim Macmod, Chairman of UNYPAD NCR Chapter, commented that this endeavour is a challenging task in this time that there is health crisis.
“Kung mag move ang team sa mga coordinations and actual conduct of program ay need natin ma-observe ang minimum standard ng health protocol (Once our team move for coordinations and actual conduct of program, we need to observe minimum standard of health protocols),” he pointed out. 
Macmod said they will plan to organize 15-20 leaders of various Civil Society Organizations in Metro Manila to explain why the Bangsamoro and the Filipino people need to support the transition period.
“Plano namin mag-ipon ng nasa 15-20 leaders ng ibat-ibang CSOs para maipaliwanag namin sa kanila kung bakit kailangang sumuporta ang Bangsamoro at Filipino sa transition period (We’re planning to organize 15-20 leaders from different CSOs so we can explain to them why the Bangsamoro and Filipino people need to support the Bangsamoro transition period),” he said.
The leadership of Macmod in Metro Manila committed to support the Moral Governance campaign of Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim even they are outside the BARMM.
“Kung sumuporta man tayo noong time wala pang gobyerno, mas paigtingin pa natin ito ngayong may gobyerno na dahil nagsama-sama rin tayo sa pagluklok sa kanila sa gobyerno, kailangan samahan din natin sila hanggang sa dulo ng ating struggle (If we gave them support the time when there is no Bangsamoro government yet, we need to intensify our support now that there is regional government because we altogether installed them in the government),” he said.
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez said President Duterte backs the proposal to extend the Bangsamoro transition period up to 2025 after it lapses by 2022.
Last November 17, 2020, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) adopted proposed Resolution No. 332 urging the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to extend the Bangsamoro transition period from year 2022 to 2025.