COTABATO CITY—Bangsamoro Population and Development Office (BPDO), an attached office to Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) and its partners convened Tuesday, Dec. 7, to create the Bangsamoro Pre-Marriage Orientation and Counseling (PMOC) Technical Working Group (TWG) held at Em-Manor Hotel, Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City.
Together with the Bangsamoro Population and Development Office (BPDO) and other BARMM ministries and offices, this first consultative meeting aimed to examine the Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 s. 2018 as the basis in contextualizing the Bangsamoro PMOC program in the region.
BPDA Director-General Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali thanked and acknowledged the positive response of the attendees in their invitation for the meeting.
“We are here today to thoroughly discuss and provide recommendations on how [best] we could promote the PMOC, which will eventually ensure that every couple planning to get married could understand deeply what marriage is, and their crucial role in establishing a family,” Engr. Ali, also the Regional Population and Development Program director, said.
“We in the BPDO are envisioned to have an empowered Bangsamoro family that collectively strengthen the BARMM as a whole,” he added.
The created TWG shall meet in a series of meetings and consultations to craft a viable Bangsamoro PMOC which will be anchored based on the context of Bangsamoro traditions and religious beliefs.
The consultation was attended by officials or representatives from ministries and offices of BPDA/BPDO, Ministry of Interior Local Government (MILG), Ministry Social Services and Development (MSSD), Ministry of Health (MOH), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Bangsamoro Darul Ifta (BDI), Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC), Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO), and partner Non-Government Organizations such as Mindanao Organization for Social and Economic Progress, Inc. (MOSEP), and Zuelig Family Foundation (ZFF). (Bangsamoro Information Office)