Key officials of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) headed by Executive Director Engr. Windel Diangcalan together with Deputy Exec. Dir. Hashim Manticayan joined with the officials and technical personnel of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and selected civil society partners of the region during the series of experience-sharing activities on July 1-3, 2019 at Banda Aceh and Sabang, Aceh Province, Indonesia.
The activity entitled Technical Cooperation and Continuing Institutional Development of BARMM on Political Transition and Transition Management which was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Country Office as requested by the Interim Chief Minister Al Hajj Murad Ibrahim of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority as part of the continuing human resource and institutional capacity-building of the BTA/BARMM.
“It’s a learning mission of MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) team. In this time, we (BDA) is part of MILF team composed of: the Office of Wali, Normalization committee, and the Ministry of Health”, Engr. Diangcalan said.
Baitulmal system for zakat-waqf (an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law) management to complement government service delivery and Islamic banking and financing in support to community-driven development were among the topics learned during the three-day trip.
“We learned from their experiences, we share experiences then we interact and later on we compare it with our own entity”, he added.
Engr. Diangcalan also shared, “we learned about Shari’ah Compliant microfinance and Islamic financing which are part of our socio-economic development framework. In fact there was a dates (khurma) palm thrives in tropical areas there. There’s a 16-hectare land which is waqf and the operation cost (including seedlings, input, management cost, among others) are all waqf.”
“In the BDA, hopefully and we want to implement instantly the Shari’ah Compliant microfinance because it’s already part of our strategic plan and part of our operation in which we had already the PLEDGE program”, he ended.
It was reported that the activity was conducted as part of the UNDP’s ongoing support to strengthening an enabling environment for peace and stability in the Muslim Mindanao region of the Philippine (the Bangsamoro) areas relative to political transition and its overall management.
BARMM was established this year in replacement of the ARMM. It comes after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) that reflects the common aspirations of Bangsamoro of the ideal governance that responds to their own way of life as people. This experience-sharing mission is part of the continuing initiative to get learning from other countries who has the same story of transitioning and transforming from conflict to productive and peaceful society.