A decisive act now!

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Friday, December 6, 2013


WHEN our perspectives become so narrow that we can only see ourselves, our pain, our concerns and sorrows, and we actually predict our “doomsday,” it may be a sign that we are in need of help, and that we should seek out assistance to balance our senses. It has been proven by psychologists that people who are suffering with some kind of “myopia” are vulnerable to all sorts of risk, may it be real or imaginary.

But what if the whole nation suffers with this kind of debilitating disability in the national consciousness? What if we, the sovereign people in this land have become so fragmented, so divide, such that we would have become isolated in our own community?

Is this not happening to us already? We are Filipinos, we are united, so we proclaim. But sadly, in reality, we are nothing but a broken people who do not have the same lens in which to peer into the problems that our dismemberment creates.

However, when we have started to think about how our fellow humans think and feel just like we do in our dire moments, we become aware that indeed, we need each other to grow and to flourish.

It is certainly on this note that civil societies, or the so-called non-government organizations, the local government units, the private sectors, the cooperatives, and many other stakeholders working for peace advocacy have poured much of their endeavors in our most beloved island of Mindanao.

In the next few days, a momentous event is in the offing as different sectors and peace advocates in Mindanao are coming together in a gathering dubbed as Mindanao Summit on Inclusive Economic Development of the Bangsamoro. The activity is slated for the whole day on December 12, 2013 at Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City.

The summit will showcase the results and findings of a research study launched by Sustainable Cooperation For Equitable Enterprise Development (Succeed) Inc., an independent non-government organization that has been existing for nine (9) years already. Funded by CORDAID, the study is hoped to contribute to the ongoing crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with the findings and recommendations that are culled from 14 case studies involving randomly selected local government units, private sectors, cooperatives and civil societies.

Moreover, about a hundred different stakeholders of peace and development in Mindanao are participating in the summit as this is expected to be attended by important personalities from the government and the Bangsamoro, particularly Mr. Mohagher Iqbal, the chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Committee (BTC) who will provide feedback on the summit’s recommendations.

According to Succeed chief executive officer Joselito Libres, the summit hopes to raise the chances of inclusivity in the economic development of the Bangsamoro, which is also contained in a commitment which it had earlier entered into for public consultations on the BBL, in a memorandum of understanding signed between the Mindanao Civil Society Peace Platform (MCSOPP) and the BTC.

This is a positive development for us Mindanaoans to show that we are all trying to speed up especially the signing of the Annexes that were initially expected to be done even before this month of December, as it seems the deadlines set in the signed Framework Agreement with the Bangsamoro (FAB) are far from met. The people are wondering why the signing of the Annexes seems to be taking so long.

The clock is ticking, and it is imperative that a decisive action must be done now!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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