To discuss the implications of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), member schools of the Davao
Association of Catholic Schools, Inc. (DACS) gathered together at the F213, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University earlier today.
“This is our little contribution to the cultivation of peace here in Mindanao,” said Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Chairperson of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council.
Before the actual workshop, Datu Mussolini Lidasan, Director of the Al Qalam Institute, showed a presentation entitled “The Bangsamoro Struggle.” This was followed by Ms. Iona Jalijali, Secretariat Head of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel, who discussed the basic anatomy of the BBL.
Attending schools sent representatives from their National Service Training Program (NSTP), Extensions, Theology, Social Studies, Peace Institutions, and Student Government offices to the forum. These representatives were divided into groups during the workshop, where each group had to answer questions regarding the Bangsamoro Basic Law and DACS’s role in its agenda.
Their outputs were then reported during the Plenary Presentation to the whole assembly.
“Mostly, I think we need to educate ourselves more about it (BBL). We need to know more, yang parang if you have a stand, if you want something cleared or heard, ilabas mo lang siya,” Natalya de Castro, 2nd year BS-Tourism Management student of the Philippine Women’s College said when asked about what the students should do pertaining to the BBL.
The forum-workshop was launched by the DACS in collaboration with the Ateneo de Davao University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC). The event aimed to articulate the roles of the Catholic Insitutions in the Bangsamoro Agenda, to express their appreciations regarding the BBL, and to look at the provisions that need clarifications for them to put forward their recommendations.