THE NATIONAL government, through Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), released 30 units of mobile rice mill equipment worth P30 million to provide livelihood to decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants.
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said that the initial units of equipment were turned over to the intended recipients Thursday, June 10, at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The project will benefit the identified major camps of the MILF combatants, their families, and immediate relatives.
OPAPP and DTI are the funding and implementing agencies of the socio-economic project called Inter Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization–Peaceful Return and Aggressive Inclusion Social Entrepreneurship (ICCMN-PRAISE).
The projected fund was reflected on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) both parties agreed and signed on September 11, 2020 that aims to promote the meaningful implementation of the Annex on Normalization of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
Minister Abu Amri Taddik of BARMM’s ministry of trade, investment, and tourism, expressed his gratitude to the initiative of the national government to fulfill its commitment under the CAB.
“This project is one of the ways to integrate our former combatants into [the] society by giving them sustainable livelihood that could improve their way of life,” Taddik said.
Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman of BARMM’s Department of Trade and Industry (BARMM-DTI), said that significant programs are set to benefit the decommissioned MILF combatants as phase two is approaching.
Ariel Hernandez of the Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization stressed that agriculture is “one of the biggest hopes for the country's economy to recover because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said that the transition period is not just centered on establishing the regional bureaucracy in the autonomous region.
“The other half of the process is the normalization track which aims to transform our combatants as productive civilian members of the society and reform their respective communities from decades-long of unrest and conflict,” Ebrahim said.
“The socio-economic aspect of the normalization process enables the MILF combatants and their families to utilize equipment that can provide a livelihood for them,” he added. (SunStar Zamboanga)