Pre-peace agreement fund raised but eyes still on talks
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Apr) – The government announced actual development work going on in Mindanao’s conflict areas as the Canadian government added P40 million to the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) made available prior to the signing of a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The World Bank announced that the fund, opened last year, had since been raised to $3.6 million.
But the Bangsamoro Development Authority (BDA), the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said it is nothing compared to what can be done if the final peace agreement is signed.
BDA is the development agency established in accordance with the humanitarian, rehabilitation and development aspect of GRP-MILF peace agreement in 2001.
Dr. Danda Juanday, BDA executive director, told MindaNews whatever they can achieve at the BDA would be useless without the final peace agreement even if they will be “learning by doing” in the effort.
“Peace or no peace (agreement), we have no choice but to develop our communities,” he said.
He said they have ongoing pilot projects in only six communities out of the 3,875 conflict affected barangays in 150 municipalities around Mindanao. Read full MIndaNews story here.