Written by Nousha Mahtab
The Ranao Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) conducted a forum on Human Resource Mapping (HRM) on August 2 and 3 at the Ayala Resort, Marawi City
Ansary Diamaodin, UNYPAD Regional Cluster Chairman of Ranao, disclosed that the activity is part of the ongoing Human Resource Inventory of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in partnership with the Japan Technical Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“The UNYPAD is one of the service providers in the BTC-JICA partnership in conducting human resource inventory in preparation to the upcoming establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA),” he said.
“Preparing human resources who will be voluntarily taking part in the would-be Bangsamoro Government is indispensable considering the fact that running a government requires different fields of expertise, skills and knowledge, otherwise the Bangsamoro will fail,” he added.
Rahib Kudto, UNYPAD President, explained thoroughly that HRM is not a job-hiring activity but it is to identify individuals or professionals that are willing to voluntarily serve the Bangsamoro future government.
“There was an overwhelming response of the professionals in Lanao; they exceeded from expectation,” Rahib, also a member of the Third Party Monitoring Team, said.
Asked about the development of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiations, he said, “It is moving despite difficulties they have been encountering after the comments made on Bangsamoro Basic Law by the Office of the President through it legal team, which made some frustrations among MILF leaders.”
“…but what’s important the parties are still talking peace and finding ways to come up with an agreed version of the BBL,” he added.
Responding to the question whether war will still be an option should peace panels will fail to arrive at an agreed version of the BBL, Rahib said, “I have never heard from both Government and MILF that war is an option.”
“No one will agree that war will still be a best option as it will only beget another round of displacements, and will claim lives of both Filipino and Bangsamoro peoples,” he pointed out.
“I am just afraid that it is the situation that will dictate them that war will still be an option at which both parties can’t control considering the fact that the MILF is still a revolutionary organization that is still having capability to engage in battle, and there is this information that there are MILF commanders in the ground that have already been getting restive after having known that the Office of the President diluted the BBL,” Nasser Binasing, National Secretary of the UNYPAD on Rehabilitation and Development Committee, said.
“I think academics, CSOs and Local Government Units (LGUs) have a very important role to play in pushing the two parties to really conclude this already more than 15 years old negotiation and to call on government to comply faithfully with its commitments, and also on MILF to be more patient amidst these difficulties confronting them along the way,” he added.
One of the participants said that the ball is now at the hands of the government as the peace panels have been able to forge a Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamaoro (CAB) and the BTC has already been done with drafting the BBL.
Nasser said that UNYPAD has already been done with conducting forums in Central Mindanao region that covers Cotabato City, Maguindanao and North Cotabato. He discoursed that Mindanao Action for Peace and Development Initiatives (MAPAD) and the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) are presently in Island Provinces conducting the same activity.
“UNYPAD and MAPAD have been assigned to conduct information drive with Bangsamoro CSOs and LGUs while BLMI has been targeting MILF political committees and military commands in Central, Northern and Western Mindanao regions,” he disclosed.