By Abu Jalil Aiman
The UNYPAD Midsayap Chapter and the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Barangay Mudseng, Midsayap, North Cotabato jointly conducted Islamic symposium and peace advocacy at Barangay Mudseng, Midsayap, North Cotabato on August 16, 2014.
Participants of the activity came from different sectors in the communities adjacent to Barangay Mudseng.
Ahmad Kumayog, the chairman of the UNYPAD Midsayap Chapter, said that the program included raising people’s awareness specifically on the current GPH-MILF peace process and on the spiritual development of the communities.
“The victory of the Muslim Community will only depend on the strength of the faith,” Kumayog added.
Wahab Namil, the barangay chairman of Mudseng expressed his strong commitment to support the activity.
“I encourage everybody to continue conducting the Islamic symposia and related activities as our institution of learning in our barangay,” Namil said.
UNYPAD Secretary-General Yusoph Lumambas, on his part, said “wisdom is a combination of knowledge, perceptions, understanding and positive attitude, and habits and characteristics.”
Lumambas recalled the experiences of the UNYPAD during its early stages that was full of challenges but which made its members earn wisdom.
“More importantly, we do things according to what pleases the Almighty Allah,” Lumambas said.
“We do our best; the Almighty Allah does the rest,” he said.
Abdulnasser Binasing, secretary of Committee on Relief and Rehabilitation of UNYPAD National gave updates on the status of the GPH-MILF peace negotiation.
Binasing said the UNYPAD’s positions on the current peace talks are that “it’s better not to have any peace agreement at all than having a peace agreement that will not solve the Moro Question and that “spiritual advancement among our people will be a big help toward attaining just peace in Mindanao.”
Sarato Pasante, the chairperson of the UNYPAD North Cotabato Provincial Chapter Committee on Campaign and Advocacy, extended his thanks to the participants and the organizer “for making the activity successful.
More than 500 men and women attended the activity. – UNYPAD News