Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who are middle executives providing support to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will be undergoing training on public policy, governance, and management with European Union support.
The actual training will be conducted by Centre for Peace and Conflict studies and the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute.
According to European Delegation to the Philippines, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is a Cambodian NGO working in the field of peace building and conflict transformation in Asia while the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute is a product of the Mindanao Peace negotiations and is run by MILF and offers training to its military and political cadres to adjust to the challenges of transitioning from an armed revolutionary movement to the formal political arena.
“Starting this summer, 41 middle executives from the MILF will be trained on public policy, governance, and management, by the Centre for Peace and Conflict studies, and the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute,” EU Delegation in the Philippines said.
Six of the 41 to be trained are coming from the MILF central committee.
It noted that it is expected that the middle managers will be the gatekeepers for the BTA members and therefore will play a crucial role in providing technical support to the BTA members.
“Part of the technical support is a seven-day study tour to a country or countries where peace processes allowed for revolutionary organisation’s transition to political organisation,” EU Delegation in the Philippines said.
It explained that a consultation is set between the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute, and the MILF Peace Implementing Panel to align the design, content and timeline of the activities including the training programme. The two organisations will jointly implement this initiative in close coordination with MILF Peace Implementing Panel.
EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said that the upcoming transition is definitely critical but that this transition presents an opportunity for all actors to work in a harmonious spirit to lay down a solid foundation for political, economic and social stability in Mindanao.
“The EU remains committed to support the need for a better future for Bangsamoro and its people- the aspirations and visions for the future of every well-meaning citizen, not only of Bangsamoro but outside of Bangsamoro,” Jessen said.
“While there will be challenges along the way, there is so much hope and dynamism in the Bangsamoro region. This is extremely important because any peace process cannot be successful, if not supported by economic success, growing prosperity and inclusive growth,” he added.