Through the active involvement of community leaders and peace advocates in Zamboanga City West Coast area, the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) and United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted a two-day Seminar Workshop on Community Organizing and Leadership in Islamic perspective .The activity was held at Asta Moro Madrasa, Tulungatung, Zamboanga City on February 8-9. 2016
The program was aimed to enhance Bangsamoro Women skills in community organizing, and their knowledge on the history of Bangsamoro struggle towards the Rights to Self-Determination (RSD).
The program was part of BLMI and UNYPAD viable approach in sustaining and promoting the gains of GPH-MILF Peace agreements in grassroots communities.
A leading Moro woman and one of the organizers in her welcome address encouraged the participants who were mostly women to do their part in peace building efforts through community organizing and other productive activities in their respective communities. “The best way is to enhance yourselves through education both secular and religious education as well as knowing the Bangsamoro narratives on RSD”, she said.
Resource person from UNYPAD who is the Regional Coordinator for Western Mindanao presented his topics entitled “The Bangsamoro shall continue the Struggle”. He underlined the causes and effects of Moro armed conflict in Mindanao and the plight of the Bangsamoro people as an offshoot of their legitimate assertion for RSD.
“The non-passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) had caused restlessness to all of us but our efforts in pursuing our legitimate cause through peaceful means must continue. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by Philippine Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 27. 2014 after a seventeen-year conscientious negotiations will always serve as a blueprint for peaceful settlement of Bangsamoro Question”, he said.
Topics on Community Organizing was lectured by Tirso S. Tahir, a BLMI Officer, He underscored its fundamental principles and applications as well as its rallying points that inspire people to organize.
“Community organizing- is a process where people who live in proximity to each other come together into an organization that acts in their “shared self-interest and for their common good”, Tahir said.
“By having enough knowledge and skills in community organizing, we can manifest to optimal level our legitimate grievances on issues such as the issue of injustices committed by neo-colonialists to the Bangsamoro people in their homeland”, Tahir added.
The following day, Tahir gave lectures on Leadership in Islamic perspective. He emphasized the different concepts of Women empowerment in secular and in Islamic perspective.
As Muslims, We have all the guidelines and patterns from the Noble Qur’an and the Practices of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) as well as rulings of Islamic Scholars on issues that confront us nowadays. We are only lacking in seriousness on how to apply them, and we need more appropriate knowledge in order to become competitive and productive in this fast-changing world, Tahir said.
Topics on understanding Conflict was lectured by a UNYPAD Officer and emphasized it in layman’s term. He said that conflict is integral part of human life even for animals when two conflicting ideas arise. But this can be avoided through proper understanding of ones right and having a sense of altruism.
On GPH-MILF Peace process updates, Tahir focused on the CAB and the sad plight of the BBL that lawmakers failed to pass.
In their closing messages, the participants expressed their profound gratitude to the organizers, the BLMI, UNYPAD and the peace advocates for having actively participated in the program.