October 23, 2015 – The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Inc (CBCS) represented by Sammy Maulana, Noraisa Sally and Lolita Uka attended the Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights at Sardonyx Plaza, Cotabato City.
The forum provides venue to discuss and share information for additional inputs and case updates mentioned on the Philippine Government’s Periodic Report on the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights which has been transmitted to the UN Economic and Social Council.
During the forum each participating organization shared their accomplishments in terms of social, economic, and cultural aspect. Mr. Sammy Maulana, an old time human rights defender and Secretary General of CBCS had briefly discussed and shared the accomplishments of CBCS from 2002 to present. Here are the gists of what Mr. Maulana shared. CBCS has been in charge of empowering the people in the Bangsamoro area in order for them to rise up and defend for their own rights, aside from that CBCS also is promoting the human rights and monitoring HR violations in the help of the local volunteers the Tiyakap Kalilintad. In addition, he added that CBCS was primarily involve in the Good Governance and Responsive Leadership as the watchdog in the ARMM reform agenda, monitors the election with other election stakeholders, and monitors the ARMM infrastructure. Further, aside from the Good Governance CBCS has been active in accompanying the GPH-MILF Peace process and did some consultations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the Western Provinces. In terms of Economic aspects, CBCS has been involved in the relief goods operation and emergency response which started during the MOA-AD in 2008 until the recently armed conflict brought by the Mamasapano siege in 2015. On the cultural aspect CBCS has been actively engaging the MORO-IP kinship and involve in bridging the gap between the tri-people in Mindanao. Lastly, CBCS has also been active in Peace building by means of conflict management, resolution and transformation.
Thus, he also appeal to the CSOs and NGOs present in that gathering to help in empowering the people in ARMM so that even without the intervention from agencies they can stand on their own. Further, he challenged the people from the Commission on Human Rights to delete the names of the fake claimant of the Martial Law victims.