24 former young combatants in BaSulTa undergo cooperative management training

COTABATO CITY (July 2, 2024) – A total of 24 former young combatants from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa), underwent mandatory training on cooperative governance and management from June 25–28, 2024, in Zamboanga City.

Conducted by the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) together with the Cooperative and Social Enterprises Authority (CSEA), the training aimed to equip participants with essential skills through an enhanced understanding of cooperative principles, governance, and operations.

The four-day training is part of the Positive Peace Project, or 3Peace, an initiative by BYC under its Special Development Fund, which aims to foster the meaningful reintegration and transformation of former young combatants and children of Mujahideen.

BYC Commissioners Hamdie Tanjil of Basilan with Lamitan City, Mohammad Faizal Alih of Sulu, and Pratima Sabal Samsaraji of Tawi-Tawi emphasized their support in their statements and encouraged the recipients to actively apply the knowledge gained from the training to drive positive change in their communities.

CSEA Cooperative Development Division Chief Hayat M. Pilas and Cooperative Development Specialist Jessica R. Zaragoza significantly contributed by covering topics such as good governance and management, financial management, and the basics of cooperative fundamentals.

Meanwhile, the Commission’s continuous efforts serve as a guide and support for former young combatants, enabling them to become productive members of society and help promote peace in the BaSulTa region.

Last month, the same intensive cooperative training was held for beneficiaries in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. (BYC PR Unit/SAMN)