THE International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) recently signed the amended Cooperation Agreement aimed to support the normalization process as part of Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) peace negotiation.
This amended agreement focused on IOM’s commitment to support the Bangsamoro people.
The amendment reinforced the first cooperation agreement that IOM and BDA had signed in 2013.
It stated that IOM would provide various technical assistance, such as: advice on gender and youth aspects of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), deployment of IOM technical staff to BDA to conduct community-based assessment on the impact of BDA assistance to conflictaffected areas of Mindanao, and the roll-out of BDA Humanitarian Strategic Plan.
During the signing ceremony held at the BDA Conference Center in Cotabato City, Marco Boasso, IOM Manila Global Administrative Center (MAC) Director and Chief of Mission of IOM Philippines, said that IOM‘s commitment to the Bangsamoro remains steadfast and unwavering, and that the Bangsamoro Peace Process remains one of the top programmatic priorities for IOM.
In response, Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BDA Chairman, expressed his appreciation for IOM’s continuous support to the Bangsamoro people through the BDA.