Multi-donor facility enables recovery of conflict-affected villages in Mindanao (Published: May 27, 2015)

Cotabato City,  May 27, 2015 – The Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF), a multi-donor facility administered by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the World Bank (WB) has facilitated the implementation of socio-economic programs and projects in various villages in Mindanao that have been disturbed by armed conflicts.

The MTF was launched in 2006 with a fund of R1.3 billion intended to support the basic needs of conflict-affected communities such as roads, water supply systems, sanitation facilities and farming equipment.

Funding of the MTF, as administered by WB is being supported by the governments of Sweden, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Since 2006, the MTF through BDA has implemented community-based programs and projects in 214 barangays within 75 municipalities across 12 provinces in Mindanao. Most of these villages are inhabited a mixture of Moros, Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Christian settlers.

Recently, representatives from OPAPP, BDA and WB visited two areas in Maguindanao where implemented socio-economic projects have started to impact on the lives of beneficiaries.

“Ang mga proyektong ito ay tugma sa kalagayan namin bilang mga magsasaka (These projects correspond to our situation as farmers),” said Isidra Batitao, a member of Romongaob Tri-People Organization (RTPO) in Sitio Iking, Barangay Romongaob, South Upi, Maguindanao.

Sitio Iking, populated with 60 percent IPs belonging to Teduray tribe, 20 percent Muslims and 20 percent Christian settlers, is among the villages in South Upi town that received a traveling corn sheller and a warehouse with solar dryer.

Alexander D. Lopez

Date Published: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015