Civil society organizations (CSOs) launched “PISO FOR BANGSAMORO”, a charity project for peace in Bangsamoro on April 04, 2017 at Al Nor Complex.
The CSO’s that participated in the project launch are committed peace partners and stakeholders who have been innovative and resourceful in their ways and means to demonstrate unrelenting support to the on-going peace efforts in Mindanao.
The launch is a showcase of commitment in support to the current peace process between the national government and the Moro Fronts. It officially started with a symbolic banging of a gong and culminated in a ceremonial dropping of coins by those in attendance, including distinguished guests and visitors as well as individuals from the public sector, CSOs and representative of the general management of the mall.
The project is in line with the complementary peace advocacy programs of the proponent organizations, the League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO) through its special organ, the Bangsamoro Social Enterprise and Environmental Development (BM-SEED) Inc. and the Coalition for Moro Youth Movement, Inc. (CMYM).
Both are forerunners of the advocacy for the establishment of Bangsamoro consistent with the current peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“Piso” (for Bangsamoro) is chosen as the endorsement label of the project with the intent to cause no burden to donors, benefactors or even ordinary supporters, and to accord inclusive ownership, therefore in such a fashion that everyone can confidently identify with the project and own it.
Among others, the project constitutes placing of labeled donation boxes in sizes at conspicuous areas inside malls, department stores and other commercial establishments, public and private offices, masajids (mosques) and other places of worship, as well as public transport terminals.
The Cotabato City-based BM-SEED, Inc, is a special organ of the LBO and a non-government organization newly established and duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission that aims for an inclusive advocacy, rehabilitative and development works toward peace and harmony as well as economic growth and social development of the Bangsamoro.
LBO, on the other hand, is a non-profit union of Bangsamoro organizations established with more than sixty (60) organization-members based in Cotabato City as well as in the neighboring the provinces of North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.
It envisions a “One Society of Bangsamoro Organizations by 2024” with the mission of uniting all Bangsamoro organizations into a single organized body upholding the common cause and interest towards an enlightened, just, peaceful and progressive Bangsamoro.
Apart from launching the “Piso for Bangsamoro”, they also manifested that the League of the Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO) and the Coalition of Moro Youth Movements (CMYM), Inc., a duly registered non-profit organization, have come to an agreement to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in order to strengthen the partnership between the parties with the goal of continuing the projects, programs and activities they have been conducting in support to the call for the immediate passage of a CAB-based BBL and for the recognition of other binding agreements between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).
It is also part of the commitment of the groups to exert greater efforts in pursuing their projects, programs and activities, as maybe agreed upon by them.