Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) held Focus Group Discussion at Pagana Kutawato Restaurant,
The program started with the reading of some verses of the Holy Qur’an by Sheikh Abusama Abad. Prof Salik Abdullah, KPI Chief Operating Officer, said in his opening and welcome address that, “Kalilintad means working hand-in-hand for peace that starts within us.”
He also acknowledged the presence of important guests, Mr. Richard D. Arceño, Muslim Aid-Philippine Branch Country Programme Manager; Atty. Haron S. Meling, BTC Chief Executive Assistant; and Marlon Peter F. Dedomo, Director of Media Bureau, OPAPP-Cotabato, Mr. Akmad T. Agao, KPI Assistant to the Executive Director, and participants.
KPI Executive Director Prof Esmael A. Abdula presented and discussed the vision, mission and objectives of KPI. “We need to work together to establish genuine peaceful community and achieve equitable peace, justice and development for all people throughout country”, said Abdula.
Abdula explained the mechanics of the Focus Group Discussion. “There would be three possible scenarios on the fate of BBL in congress that need to be included in designing program of activities: first, Congress may pass a good and acceptable BBL for MILF and Bangsamoro people; second, they will pass a diluted BBL; and third, there might be no legislated BBL. Should anyone of these happen, let us be ready and maximize our collaborative efforts in building peace in our communities”, he emphasized.
BTC Chief Executive Assistant Atty Haron Meling gave updates on GPH-MILF Peace Process through Power Point Presentation. He presented the Background of the GPH-MILF Peace Process, Signing of FAB, CAB, the BBL Agreed Version, Major Changes Introduced in House Bill 5811, the unfulfilled commitment of legislators to pass the BBL agreed version on December 16, 2015, Plan B on BBL, Back channeling and the MILF stand on the BBL.
Meling said that, “Whether there is an approved BBL or not, MILF must continue seeking peace. MILF will no longer fight with the Philippine Government through arms; provided, the signed agreements would be implemented. But the MILF must continue asserting its to ‘right to self-determination’ by all means”.
“A good Bangsamoro inhabitant is empowered. Before he decides, he must first understand the situation. Therefore, there is no substitute for empowered Bangsamoro”, Atty Meling emphasized.
The community and CSO representatives presented their 1 Year Action Plan on Peace Forum and
Capacity Building covering the provinces of Maguindanao, North
Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat and in Tacurong
City and ,
where future activities will be conducted. Cotabato City
OPPAP Cotabao Media Bureau Director Marlon Peter Dedomo, “I would like to congratulate you for this noble peace initiatives and peace gains we have achieved throughout our undying efforts in the quest for lasting peace.”
Dedomo told participants to continue advocating peace. “We should not be convinced of those warmongers living outside Mindanao where they do not know and experience the real situation here in
Muslim Aid-Philippine Branch Country Programme Manager Arceño introduced the birth of Muslim Aid and its programs on Education, Livelihood and Health.” This program prioritizes the orphans, impoverished people, women, persons with disability and victims of calamities”, he said. He told participants that he found prospective NGO partner in helping people. He was thankful for having been invited in the group discussion.