Reminisce the past and telling old time stories, Minister Melanio Ulama of the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MIPA) of the BARMM spoke before the Teduray community in Brgy. Saniag, Ampatuan in Maguindanao today June 21, 2019 during the turn-over ceremony of the Tribal Justice Hall from the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2) - a project being implemented in support to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
Minister Ulama spoke of the decade-long struggle of the Bangsamoro which fruit includes this establishment of the tribal justice hall for the IP community in Saniag.
“We agree that this is just a small project and just a beginning of more development for you”, he added.
He urged the community members to take care of the project in honor for the blood and life of those slayed by the war in Mindanao and for the next generation to benefit from it.
Spoke in Teduray language, Minister Ulama reminded the beneficiaries of the situation in the land in the old days and compared it to the current setting where development is happening already.
His talk was informative and deep yet illuminating as he also threw funny quotes and stories that got the attention and interest of the community.
The said turnover ceremony marked the official ownership and management of the people’s organization of the tribal justice hall that is expected to benefit not only the Teduray populace in the barangay but also other members of the community.
It was attended by various stakeholders and partners from the local government unit, the Task Force on Camp Transformation (TFCT), MILF Political Committee, Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and Community and Family Services International (CFSI).
This tribal justice hall is a project in line with inclusive principle of the MTFRDP/2 that includes a component for IP support.
MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.
This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.
MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.
The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.