In 2007, the ceasefire between the GRP and the MILF continues to hold despite the impasse over ancestral domain. This has boosted investor confidence in Mindanao but growth remains elusive for conflict affected regions in the Island, which languish among the poorest regions in the Philippines.
The on-going ceasefire provided space for capacity building of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to continue and intensify. Enhanced capacity allowed BDA to expand the geographical scope of the program from 6 to 47 barangays in 43 municipalities and to supervise the implementation of the functional literacy and livelihood activities in addition to community-based infrastructure. The expansion meant developing partnerships with more LGUs and greater collaboration with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) that facilitated the LGU consultation with the MTF Secretariat. BDA is also learning to network with civil society organizations in conflict-affected areas through the Program’s Grant Facility on Peace and Development that awarded small grants to qualified proposals.
Donor members in the Mindanao Trust Fund increased with the addition of the European Commission and the United States Agency for Inter national Development to the existing five partners—Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Swed en and the World Bank. Despite the impasse, donor support remains strong to the peace process and to the MTF-RDP.
|Source Institution||World Bank|
|Place of Publication||Pasig City|
|Original Publication Date||January 1, 2008|