By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Academic institutions in Mindanao should contribute to the development of the Bangsamoro area once the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) gets ratified, according to Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) President Fr. Joel S. Tabora SJ.
In an interview after the “PossiBOL: Prayer for Peace” along Roxas Avenue here on Monday, Tabora, who is also president of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), said private institutions and state universities should come together and make a shared contribution to the Bangsamoro.
“We would very much like to be able to contribute to development of the Bangsamoro in a way that the Bangsamoro people themselves wish us to help. We have certain strengths, we have certain things that we think that we can offer but we would like the Bangsmaoro people themselves through its representatives to invite us to participate here,” he said.
He said they can help develop the Bangsamoro area through education, creation of a civil service arm, and development of the business and entrepreneurship skills of the young Moro people.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has scheduled two separate dates for the plebiscite of OLBARMM.
The January 21 would be for the voters in the six provinces and two cities in the ARMM as well as Cotabato City and Isabela City in Basilan while February 6 for the province of Lanao del Norte, except Iligan City; the municipalities of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pikit, and Pigkawayan in the province of North Cotabato; and all other areas that asked for inclusion in the future BARMM.
Tabora said he hopes the ratification of the BOL will result in forging unity among the Moro communities in Mindanao.
“The hope of the youth here in Ateneo de Davao is that our tomorrows bring us peace and not violence and bring end to war and bring prosperity to all and this is possible only with the acceptance of diversity with the acceptance that we have to begin to recognize and respect one another as different and yet come together as one nation,” he said.