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KCC Mall de Zamboanga – the biggest mall in Zamboanga Peninsula

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The biggest shopping, dining and entertainment hub in Zamboanga Peninsula is set to open very soon! KCC Mall de Zamboanga will soon rise along Gov. Camins Avenue, Canelar, Zamboanga City (adjacent to the Zamboanga airport). This new Zamboanga City shopping destination is part of the KCC Malls family which includes …

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KFI, CBCS launch consultations on CAB in Zamboanga del Sur

 

Sultan Maguid Maruhom of Ummah Fi Salaam (center) warns participants that the CAB signing is not yet the establishment of Bangsamoro government.

Sultan Maguid Maruhom of Ummah Fi Salaam (center) warns participants that the CAB signing is not yet the establishment of Bangsamoro government.

As part of their advocacy in support of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), KFI and the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) launched a series of public consultations on the recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur in April this year.

With funding assistance from Bread for the World-Civil Peace Service Program, the first of these consultations was held in Pagadian City on April 8-9 with 30 participants from leaders of Moro, Subanen and settler communities of the province. CBCS chairman and KFI executive director Guiamel Alim was the main resource person the said activity.

 In his input, Ali explained the rationale for the consultation: the costs of war, the failure of earlier peace deals with the Moro fronts and the failure of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to meet the basic peace, security and development needs of its constituents. Thus the CAB, which was signed by the GPH and MILF on March 27, 2014, he said, must be supported.

Without massive public support, any formula will not succeed,” he stressed.

Sultan Maguid Maruhom, director of interfaith organization Ummah Fi Salaam, however, reminded the participants in his welcome address that the signing of the CAB is not yet the installation of Bangsamoro government. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), he said, must still be passed and approved by the Philippine congress.

Consultation with the Subanen

In response to the recommendation in the first consultation, a special consultation on CAB with the Subanen tribal leaders was also conducted in Pagadian City on April 23-24 with retired historian and peace activist Prof. Rudy Rodil as resource person. A total of 23 tribal leaders from Zamboanga Sibuguey took part in the activity.

Using historical facts, maps and figures, Rodil outlined the evolution of CAB from the 17 years of peace negotiations before explaining the pact’s contents and answering the basic questions raised by the participants.

Most of the questions raised by the tribal leaders focused on the implications of CAB to the IPs within the core and adjacent territory of the Bangsamoro, particularly as to their rights to their ancestral domain, justice and governance system as well as representation in the to-be-established Bangsamoro government.

Prof. Rudy Rodil (center, standing) explains the significance of CAB in addressing historical and social injustices in Mindanao.

Prof. Rudy Rodil (center, standing) explains the significance of CAB in addressing historical and social injustices in Mindanao.

 

Rodil, who also sat as member of the government panel in talks with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1993-96 and with the MILF in 2003-2008, framed CAB within the context of Mindanao’s tri-people population and the armed insurgencies confronting the Philippine government. He cited the then National Unification and Conciliation Commission’s findings on the main causes of insurgency in the country: the exploitation and marginalization of indigenous cultural communities, including the lack of respect and recognition of their ancestral domain and indigenous legal and political systems.

The Bangsamoro and the Lumads or IPs are concrete examples of this marginalization,” he stressed in his presentation.

Challenges and ways forward

The biggest challenge, according to Alim in his Pagadian talk, is the passage or approval of the BBL in the Philippine congress. Thus educational campaign and information dissemination, especially at the community level, “must strengthen and empower” the people, he said.

Further, he challenged the participants to “strengthen our institutional support” to CAB and to “be part of history.”

Meanwhile, Rodil, in the consultation with the Subanon, stressed the need for a tri-people dialogue and understanding.

We must dream as Mindanawon and together try to create a new generation,” he said.

 

PEACETALK: Give peace a chance. Or so we thought

By Robert Maulana Alonto MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) — “Give peace a chance.” This is the oft repeated statement that we hear from all quarters. It almost sounds as if we were the cause of “unpeace” in our land. It almost sounds as if we were the “enemies of peace” that brought the

Ramadhan International Bazaar 2014

Ramadhan, the fasting month anticipated by Muslims worldwide, is here again.

Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Metro Manila are invited to experience Ramadhan in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.

Ramadhan International Bazaar

Ramadhan International Bazaar

The first Ramadhan International Bazaar is a 38-day dusk to midnight food and culture showcase of the East-Mid-West from June 27th to August 3rd.

Have a taste of authentic halal international cuisine cooked on-site with the first ever butlerized halal buffet as Muslim Filipinos and foreign Muslims break their 12-hour fasting daily.

Imported halal food and non-food products will be featured in the unique exhibits.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar 2014 will be formally launched on Saturday, June 28th 6:00 p.m. at Mercato Centrale located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 34th Street in BGC.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar, to be held annually henceforth, is spearheaded by Halal & Toyyiba Holdings, Inc., a joint venture corporation between Muslim Filipinos and Malaysian entrepreneurs, in collaboration with L’Opera Group, owner of the top Italian restaurants in the country that are now going halal, and Mercato Centrale Group, the premiere organizer of night & day food market in the metro.

The event is supported by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Five percent of the sales of food and non-food special selections will proceed to the less privileged and orphans through the feeding and charity programs of the organizers in partnership with Islamic Embassies.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar is first of its kind experience not to be missed!

UNYPAD North Cotabato Holds Planning Session for Ramadhan Activities

By Abubakar S. Balabagan PIKIT, North Cotabato (July 4, 2014) – Six municipal chapters such as Midsayap, Pikit, Carmen, Kabacan, all of North Cotabato, Pagalungan and Datu Montawal, all of Maguindanao province, attended the 1-day planning session conducted by the North Cotabato provincial chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) at the

MSU students undergo Islamic Leadership and Management Training

By Saidona A. Lawan MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (July 01, 2014) – A seminar-workshop on Islamic Leadership and Management was organized by the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Maguindanao cluster-2 chapter on June 21-22, 2014 held at the Arts and Sciences Building of the Mindanao State University (MSU), Datu Odin

Students deployed in UNYPAD for internship

By Abubakar S. Balabagan COTABATO City (June 27, 2014) – Another batch of Community Development students of the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) were deployed in the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) for internship on June 16, 2014. “The ffifteen Community Development students from CCSPC have been required to undergo orientation on

KFI takes part in mine risk training course

Bainot K. Andao (center, on stage) explains to the  students of Darapanan Elementary School the risks posed by UXO.

Bainot K. Andao (center, on stage) explains to the students of Darapanan Elementary School the risks posed by UXO.

Bainot K. Andao, a project staff of Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. (KFI) on children’s rights, was one of the 12 selected members of Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) who participated in the week-long Mine Risk Education Trainer’s Course conducted by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) in partnership with Philippine Campaign to Ban Landmine on April 19-25, 2014.

The training course was held at the office of Community Family Services, Inc. (CFSI) in Cotabato City as part of a signed peace accord between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), particularly in accordance with the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro’s Annex on Normalization.

The 12 selected participants were trained as volunteers to conduct an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk education in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao. According to Wikipedia, UXOs, sometimes acronymized as UXO, are explosive weapons (bullets, shells, bombs, grenades, land mines, naval mines, etc.) that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation, potentially many decades after they were used or discarded.

Highlight of the training was the actual conduct by participants of an UXO risk education in Barangay Darapanan Elementary and Secondary School covering four sessions: for children in Grade 1-3; Grade 4-6; high school students; and community adults.

The awarding of certificates of completion to the 12 mine risk educators was witnessed by ambassadors from the European Union.

 

 

Coffee farmers in Sultan Kudarat recieve post-harvest facilities

(L-R) FARM project staff, MAEF Julie Parcon and Valeriano Villarta Jr., Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Officer (MELO) during the turnover of solar dyer in Tinalon, SNA last March 10, 2014 together with Igmedio Necicito, Farmer’s Association President, Barangay Chairman Generoso Gacad and Remy Niquit, Over-all cluster leader.

(L-R) FARM project staff, MAEF Julie Parcon and Valeriano Villarta Jr., Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Officer (MELO) during the turnover of solar dyer in Tinalon, SNA last March 10, 2014 together with Igmedio Necicito, Farmer’s Association President, Barangay Chairman Generoso Gacad and Remy Niquit, Over-all cluster leader.

Through the FARM – Infrastructure Project Fund of Catholic Relief Services (CRS ) and Kadtuntaya Foundation Inc. (KFI) in coordination with the Local Government Unit of Senator Ninoy Aquino (SNA), Sultan Kudarat Province, three 450 square meter solar dyers have been properly turned over within the months of March and April for the barangays of Tinalon, Kadi and Kuden.

This project entitled “Improving Product Quality of Coffee Farmers for Better Market Opportunity,” is particularly in support to post harvest facilities for the coffee farming communities of the said town. The management and custody of the project will be under the control and supervision of farmer’s associations with strong and active participation of members based on the agreed utilization and sustainability plan.

The Municipality of Sen. Ninoy Aquino is not only known as the progressive supplier of coffee beans in the region; it also boasts as being the number one coffee producer in the Philippines and coffee production has been increasing each year with the assistance of the Local Governments and other support agencies like Nestle, Tricom and COINDECO.

The main objective of this latest CRS-KFI joint project is to provide accessible and readily available drying facility for the farmers in SNA for them to produce good quality green coffee beans, increase their income, reduce post-harvest expenses, and produce good quality dry coffee beans.

To ensure that the project will be sustained, the Barangay Council of each three beneficiary barangays allocated local counterparts during the acquisition of materials, actual construction, monitoring and maintenance.

During the operation stage, the main proponents and clusters will formulate policies to ensure proper recording of income and expenses for monitoring purposes. Cluster meetings will be also called regularly to update the members on the status of the project. At the project end, KFI and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist as well as the BLGUs will conduct continuous advocacy and monitoring.

Reported by: Lo Ivan Castillon

UNYPAD, Forum ZFD Meet

COTABATO City (June 23, 2014) – The forum ZFD took visit to the office of the President of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) on June 17, 2014 at Purok Pennin,  Rosales Street, RH-6, Cotabato City. The meeting was started in discussing the sustainability of the Kutawato Multimedia Network (KuMuNet), a loose coalition