COTABATO CITY—Cooperative and Social Enterprise Authority (CSEA) and Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their partnership in launching a peace initiative for the youth of Bangsamoro, as part of the BYC’s second phase of Positive Peace Project (3Peace) on May 3.
BYC Chairperson Marjanie Mimbantas Macasalong and CSEA Executive Director Samcia Ibrahim signed the agreement which will develop policy papers to safeguard the rights and well-being of young combatants and establish their significant position as collaborators in the Bangsamoro Government’s aspirations.
Ibrahim said the CSEA will work towards empowering the children of the combatants by organizing them into cooperatives and providing them with appropriate training related to their selected business operations, enabling them to improve their living conditions.
“CSEA will do its mandate and that is to help empower the Bangsamoro youths especially the children of the combatants by organizing them into cooperatives and providing them with the right training related to their selected business operation that may serve as an instrument for them to uplift their living conditions,” Ibrahim said.
BYC Maguindanao-Cotabato-Special Geographic Areas Commissioner Nasserudin Dunding and CSEA Cooperative Development Division Chief Hayat Pilas were also present at the signing.
Accordingly, this partnership is a significant step forward in promoting positive peace and social stability in Bangsamoro, which will have a positive impact on the region’s young people. (Kasan Usop, Jr./BIO with reports from CSEA-BARMM)