Qatar-based NGO visits BDA project sites; sees possible partnership



Qatar-based non-government organization visited Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) project sites in Maguindanao on May 22, 2014 as part of their plan to extend humanitarian and development assistance in Bangsamoro areas.

Raf Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) is led by Mohsin Obad AL-Agey, Adviser for Cultural Affairs. RAF is a non-government organization based in Qatar. The mission is part of their commitment to provide assistance in the development of the Bangsamoro after the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

RAF paid courtesy call with Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA Executive Director.  Director Yacob briefed the visitor about the agency’s mandate and strategic program thrusts. The visit was covered by Qatar-based television network.

The Qatar-based NGO went to the BDA project sites in Brgy. Macabiso and Brgy. Tambo, Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao.

Brgy. Macabiso  is a beneficiary of the project on Community Development in Conflict Affected Areas in Mindanao (CD-CAAM) vegetable production while Brgy. Tambo is a beneficiary of fishery production of the said project. Local farmers in the former project site are already generating income from their vegetable farming while fisherfolks in latter project site are already managing their fish pond adopting Tilapia culture.

CD CAAM is implemented by the BDA in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and ICNet Limited, International.

Visit in other target sites for humanitarian assistance

Qatar-based NGO also visited some project sites Cotabato City. They went to Moro Orphanage Centre in Brgy. Tamontaka to document the current situation of the project and identify possible area of cooperation soon.

This visit of the target humanitarian and development partner is a welcome development from the BDA. The agency is looking forward for further partnership with our development partners who are willing to help uplift the condition of the peoples in the Bangsamoro.

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