Australia helps upskill more Bangsamoro project managers for peace and development

A training program supported by the Australian Government has given vital skills to the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) officers as they prepare to foster peace and development in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

Thirty (30) BDA officers, mostly project managers, attended a four-day intensive training on project development and management held on 15 to 18 February 2016 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. The program focused on enabling project managers implement their peace and development projects effectively. Representatives from Queensland University of Technology and the University of Mindanao facilitated the training.

“Australia has been a long-term supporter of peace in Mindanao. The Australian Government is glad to partner with BDA during the transition period and beyond,” said Milalin Javellana, Facility Director of Philippines-Australian Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF), during the closing ceremony. 

“This training a response to a priority need identified in the human resource development plan of BDA and is hoped to enhance projects in the communities they serve,” she explained.

The Australian Government, through PAHRODF, is supporting BDA’s capacity development process as part of its commitment to support the peace and development agenda in Mindanao.

This is the second batch of trainees from the BDA. The first training run produced a Guidebook for Project Development and Management which contain tips, tools and templates to help BDA staff improve their project development and management practices.

BDA is the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with primary mandate of determining, leading and managing relief, rehabilitation and development projects in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao (CAAM).

In addition to this mandate, the MILF-Central Committee (MILF-CC) issued a resolution in 2014 stating that the BDA shall also be the development manager and coordinator of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP). The BDP maps out the short and medium-term vision and strategy for the recovery and development of the Bangsamoro including the delivery and upgrade of basic services in their communities. The plan was developed by the BDA together with the support and assistance of other development partners.