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The Call of the Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders Regional Assembly for Western Mindanao Cluster

Posted on 29 November 2016 by cbcs_mike

We, the participants of the ZamBaSulTa CSO Leaders Assembly held in Zamboanga City from November 7 – 9, 2016, coming from the various Bangsamoro Sectors and Organizations – the Sutanates, youth, women, academe and communities from the provinces of Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and the City of Zamboanga, hereby declare our appreciation of the following:

  1. The uniting efforts of the Bangsamoro masses to end violence and work for peace in the Bangsamoro Homeland;
  2. The support of the local and international NGOs in the task fo uniting the Bangsamoro leaders towards achieving a common aspration that is acceptable to all;
  3. The assistance being extended by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in bringing together the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) towards forging a joint effort in addressing the general welfare of the Bangsamoro people;
  4. The effort of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to allow MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari to participate in the peace process;
  5. The signing of the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to include other importan stakeholders; and
  6. The important role played by the Sultanates in resisting colonial aggression and maintaining the identity and sovereignty of the Bangsamaoro people.

We also declare our support to:

  • The continuation of the peace processes in the Bangsamoro between the Bangsamoro fronts and the new administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte; and
  • The ongoing call of the Bangsamoro civil society groups for unity and solidarity among the Bangsamoro leaders towards working for a unified and enhanced political proposal for the Bangsamoro.

We Call:

  • For a quadripartite meeting MNLF-MILF-GPH and OIC to help fast tract the unity of the Bangsamoro fronts towards a unified Bangsamoro enabling law;
  • For the MNLF and the MILF to religiously abide with the solidarity framework enunciated by the OIC through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) in order to achieve the long-term goal of MNLF-MILF agreement;
  • Urge President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to bring the Bangsamoro fronts together for a dialogue towards forging a consolidated enabling law;
  • Enjoin all the Bangsamoro to rise above tribal differences towards helping unify the MNLF and MILF to synergize their efforts to achieve the peace and development that the Bangsamoro rightfully deserve;
  • The implementation of the recommendations of the Transitional justice and Reconciliation (TJRC) in addressing the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro, correcting the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro and other indigenous peoples, and addressing human rights violations and marginalization of the Bangsamoro due to land dispositions; and
  • The leaderships of the MNLF and the MILF to refrain from issuing statements detrimental to the Unity and Cooperation of the Bangsamoro.

We affirm:

  • We affirm the importance of the gains of the past peace agreements from the Tripoli Agreement of 1976, the Final Peace Agreement of 1996 and the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) of 2014;
  • For the betterment of the Bangsamoro, we collectively commit ourselves to:
  1. Relentlessly pursue our call for unity and solidarity among our leaders;
  2. Raise the consciousness of the different sectors and organizations of the Bangsamoro society on the importance of unity and the ongoing peace processes;
  3. Reach-out to different stakeholders and communities of the Bagsamoro to build constituencies for unity and solidarity and support to the peace processes; and
  4. Engage in a sustained intra-Moro dialogues and consultations with the various stakeholders of the Bangsamoro on important issues that directly or indirectly affects their lives.

Done and signed in Zamboanag City, Philippines on November 9, 2016.

NOTE: Signed by 84 CSOs and Sectoral Leaders coming from Island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga City.

By CBCS Secretariat

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DECLARATION AND CALL FOR SUPPORT BY NORTHERN MINDANAO CSOs AND SECTORAL LEADERS

Posted on 29 November 2016 by cbcs_mike

We, the conveners and participants to the “Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders’ General Regional Assembly – Northern Mindanao Cluster” last October 22 -23, 2016 in Pagadian City, including a delegation of the heirs of the Sultanates of Maguindanano and Sibugay area, hereby manifest grave concern over the following unfolding realities in relation to the peace processes and the Bangsamoro struggle for right to self-determination:The never ending negotiation between the GPH and MILF/MNLF without final resolution has brought about skepticism and doubt to growing numbers of our constituents of the effectivity of the negotiation as path to attain peace;

  • More and more people are growing impatient with the negotiation in view of the failure of the congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) despite of the overwhelming support if not unanimous of the Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders;
  • More and more people are growing impatient with the negotiation in view of the failure of the congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) despite of the overwhelming support if not unanimous of the Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders;
  • The sentiments of pursuing other, but extreme, alternative means can gain ground if the negotiation continues to be inconclusive;
  • Despite the negotiation and the ceasefire, certain places in ARMM, such as Butig in Lanao del Sur, are experiencing armed conflicts where there is military bombings done on a daily basis, displacing thousands of civilians – contrarily creating favorable conditions for extremism.

However, despite these growing and alarming developments, we reaffirm our commitments to support the ongoing peace processes. We are extending our appreciation, recognition and gratitude to the contribution, help and aid of the different local and international non-government organizations in the work to attain a lasting peace, unity and sustainable developments in the Bangsamoro. We likewise extend the same to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for bringing together the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) towards forging a joint effort in addressing the general welfare of the Bangsamoro people.

In view of the renewed and strengthened peace negotiations between the GPH and the Bangsamoro fronts, we are declaring our strong support to the following:

  • The call for unity and solidarity of the two Moro fronts, MILF and MNLF, the Bangsamoro tribes in supporting and implementing the peace negotiation;
  • The immediate passage of the BBL (consistent with FAB and CAB) and the full implementation of the agreements already signed between the Bagsamoro people and the GPH;
  • The convergence of all the final agreements between the GPH and the MNLF and MILF;
  • The immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) by the newly constituted Peace Implementing Panels, majority of which do not need congressional approval or new legislation.

In support of our declaration, we are collectively committing ourselves to:

  1. Strengthen our campaign and pursue the call for unity and solidarity among our leaders and people;
  2. Strengthen our efforts in the campaign and education of our constituents on the importance of the peace processes, its gains and the value of unity in achieving its goals;
  3. Conduct intra-Moro and inter-ethnic dialogues and consultations with the various stakeholders of the Bangsamoro on important issues that directly or indirectly affect their lives;
  4. Broadly disseminate the findings of the TJRC and its recommendations to the different stakeholders of the Bangsamoro;
  5. Actively participate in the ongoing peace processes by monitoring, responding to and advocating vital issues affecting our constituents.

We further reassert the fact that we are among the right-bearers in the peace processes. As such we will be participating in the process, in all appropriate forms, to attain its success.

Signed by the different CSOs and Sectoral Leaders in Pagadian City, this 23rd Day of October 2016.

CBCS Secretariat

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MAGUINDANAO CSO CONSULTATIVE MEETING SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED

Posted on 29 November 2016 by cbcs_mike

The Maguindanao Civil Society Organizations Consultative Meeting which was participated by sixty seven (67) leaders was held last November 24, 2016 at Pagana Native Restaurant, Cotabato City and organized by three major CSO Networks operating in the province of Maguindanao such as the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (CBCS), Peoples CART (P-CART) and League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO).

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Basically, the consultation aimed to draw the line of relationship between CSO’s and ARMM government. It was also held to build an enabling environment for the CSOs to lay down their sentiments and plans for the betterment of governance of the region.

The activity was composed of five (5) major sessions held. The first session aimed at understanding the concept of CSO – Government Relation on the context of Cotabato City Government Experiences through the inputs of Dr. Danda Juanday, the City administrator of Cotabato City.

The second session was a workshop where the participants identified different issues pertaining to the eight thematic issues/areas – Poverty Alleviation, Health, Education, peace & Security, Human Rights, Gender and Development, Disaster Risk Reduction/ Crisis Management and Governance and provided recommendations to the identified issues.

The third session was an open forum where the participants free flowing added some other significant issues not mentioned among the pressing issues that also needs further focus and attention by the Government and CSO partnership:

a. A need of capacity building to the CSOs especially those that are envisioning to handle multi-million pesos projects;
b. A need for the CSOs to participate meaningfully in governance of the local governments;
c. A need to cleanse the list of 4Ps beneficiaries through geo-tagging of their respective houses;
d. A need to mechanized the rice farming in the province and provision of farm inputs and post-harvest facilities;
e. Tahiriya Curriculum was recommended to balance the education and integration of Islamic Values in K to 12;
f. A need to strengthen the RA 9003 in the local levels and establishment MRF (Material Recovery Facilities) at the Barangay;
g. Support to “Backyard refrigerator” project (Backyard gardening) and introduction of “floating rice” to the flooded areas of the province;
h. A need to strengthen the Local Child Protection Program at the barangay and municipal level;
i. A need to address the uncomfortable truth that mostly the LGU organized CSOs were accredited and can accessed programs and projects at the municipal level, not the legitimate and mobilized CSOs;
j. A need to support for the farmers affected by series of Armed conflict and El Nino through finding proper financing instructions for capitalization;
k. A need to proper staffing, right salaries and balanced curriculum in the Madrasahs; and
l. A need to submit this consultation output to the Office of the Regional Governor through the ARMM Regional Summit.

The fourth session was a synthesis given by Mr. Emran Mohammad from Bangsamoro Communication Network (BCN) where he agreed that all observations were true and that there is a need to capacitate every CSO that deals with ARMM; Express everyone’s sentiments, issues and needs to the regional government through this plan and elevate it during the ARMM Regional Summit; plan to advocate and wait for the response of the regional governor.

Finally, there were eight thematic issues identified as Poverty Alleviation, Health, Education, Peace & Security, Human Rights, Gender and Development, Disaster Risk Reduction/ Crisis Management and governance.

After discussion of thematic issues, CSO/stakeholders recommends steps and mechanisms that will ensure the sustainability of ARMM Regional Government and CSOs and also sustainability of all interventions of the regional government aimed at reducing poverty incidence, alleviation the poor living conditions of the Bangsamoro people in ARMM. Many Hoped this summit will open the direction and interest of the CSOs partnership with ARG.

The fifth session was a closing program given by Mr. Abdullah “Evhoy” Villaruel of the CO Multiversity sa Mindanaw (COM) followed by closing prayer led by Ustads Jaafar.

By Mark Hussain

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DECLARATION OF SUPPORT BY SOUTHEAST-CENTRAL MINDANAO CSO LEADERS

Posted on 18 November 2016 by cbcs_mike

Declaration of Support

We, the regional conveners of the Bangsamoro Platform for Unity, Solidarity and Harmony (BM-PUSH), representing the various Bangsamoro sectors and organizations– the sultanates, Moro fronts, religious, civil society organizations, youth, women, academe and communities coming from the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Sarangani, South Cotabato and the cities of Cotabato, General Santos, Digos, Mati, Tagum and Davao, who participated in a three-day consultation/workshop on Unity and Solidarity in Davao city, hereby express our appreciation of the following:

1. The contribution of local and international non-government organizations in the work towards the realization of peace, unity and       development in the Bangsamoro;
2. The assistance being extended by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in bringing together the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) towards forging a joint effort in addressing the general welfare of the Bangsamoro people;
3. The effort of our religious leaders on educating our people about Islamic values and spiritual enlightenment which is the bedrock of the agenda for unity and solidarity.

We likewise declare our support to:

1. The continuation of the peace processes in the Bangsamoro between the Bangsamoro Fronts and the new administration of President Rodrigo RoaDuterte;
2. The enhancement of the draftBangsamoro Basic Law by the reconstitutedand expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC);
3. The on-going call by the Bangsamoro civil society groups for the unity and solidarity among the Bangsamoro leaders towards working for a unified and enhanced political proposal for the Bangsamoro;
4. The implementation of the recommendations of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) in addressing the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro, correcting the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro and other indigenous peoples, and addressing human rights violations and marginalization of the Bangsamoro due to land dispossession;

We recognize the important role played by the Sultanate in maintaining the identity and sovereignty of the Bangsamoro People;
We affirm the importance of the gains of the past peace agreements from the Tripoli Agreement of 1976, the Final Peace agreement of 1996 and the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro (CAB) of 2015;

For the betterment of the Bangsamoro, we collectively commit ourselves to:

1. Relentlessly pursue the call for unity and solidarity among our leaders;
2. Raise the social consciousness of the different sectors and organizations of the Bangsamoro society on the importance of unity and the on-going peace processes;
3. Reach-out to the different stakeholders and communities of the Bangsamoro to build constituencies for unity and solidarity and support to the peace processes;
4. Engage in sustained intra-Moro dialogues and consultations with the various stakeholders of the Bangsamoro on important issues that directly or indirectly affect their lives;

Signed by the sixty six (66) conveners of the Central Mindanao Regional Bangsamoro Platform for Unity, Solidarity and Harmony (BM-PUSH)in Davao City this 7th day of October, 2016.

 

CBCS Secretariat

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Sama People of Tawi-Tawi Decries Lack of Representation in the Peace Processes

Posted on 04 November 2016 by cbcs_mike

An intra-Moro provincial consultation composed of leaders of the Moro Fronts, Traditional Leaders, civil society organizations, Religious, Moro Political Leaders and other sectors converged to level off in responding to the current political challenges to their lives as Bangsamoro.
The activity attended by seventy two (72) leaders of the above Bangsamoro groupings was held on October 28, 2016 at the Beachside Hotel, in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The leaders are coming from different island municipalities and the activity was sponsored by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) in cooperation with the Oxfam Philippines.

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In the whole day affair was started with an input on the challenges posed by the present Duterte administration in the pursuance of the peace process for the Bangsamoro. In particular point it focused on the Six Point Roadmap for Peace and Development and the Two Tracks for the Bangsamoro peace process. This involves; (1) legislative track and (2) the federalism track which the Bangsamoro themselves needs to decide on which route to follow.

Mike Kulat who was the main resource person stressed the importance of the consultation and forging of the unity and solidarity among the Bangsamoro in order to correspondingly respond to the call of the present administration. “The paradigm shift in the peace process set by president Duterte lies on the principle of Inclusivity and Convergence as a condition for the continuance of the GPH and MILF Peace Process”, Mr. Kulat said. In short, “the above principles can be gleaned and realized by reconstitution and expansion of the members of the new Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which will be tasked to draft the new Bangsamoro Enabling Law (BEL).” This he said is manifestation of “inclusivity” since the BTC memberships increased from fifteen (15) to twenty one (21) to include representation from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), ARMM, the Sultanate, Non-Islamized Indigenous People (IP), the Settler Leaders and other major groupings and sectors.

On the other hand, the “convergence” norm can be best understood to mean that the new BTC’s main sources in drafting a Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) compliant BEL are Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, ARMM Law, the IPRA Law, the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and those that will be supplied by the representatives of the new sectors. This he said: “both issues of inclusivity and convergence process are most difficult to attain considering that the Bangsamoro today had been deeply divided from ethnical and tribal divides to organizationally disfranchised” and therefore the Bangsamoro had no option than to solidify and unify their ranks.
During the plenary session where every participant was given ample time to say their piece and they were unanimous and committed to support and work for the unity and solidarity of the Bangsamoro. One aspect which is obviously not heard in the other provincial consultations were the sentiments of the Sama tribes of Tawi-Tawi of being neglected in many aspects both in government programs and the peace process itself.

One participant manifested: “Why are Sama always being left behind? During MNLF peace talks no Sama tribes were involved. Now the MILF is talking peace for 17 years but Sama tribes were never represented.” The participant continues to expound that even BTC composition under the Aquino administration, Sama tribes were never represented and their biggest fear is that when the new expanded BTC will be formed and they will again be forgotten.

The provincial consultation on unity and solidarity ended with the body through motions and duly approved consensus to issue their position paper embodying the major suggestions as discussed in the plenary session and which will be submitted to sboth GPH, MILF, MNLF and other concerned entities.

By Mina Cambri

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