(Photo courtesy: League of Bangsamoro Organizations)

COTABATO CITY (February 10, 2024) – The League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO) conducted a two-day Workshop on CSO Engagement Strategy in BARMM held at Cren’s Cuisine, Cotabato City on Thursday participated by more than thirty CSO leaders under the “FORWARD BANGSAMORO” with support from the Asia Foundation (TAF).

The said workshop is one of the follow-up activities in the “Strengthening CSO Capacity Engagement in BARMM” participated mainly by the members of the League of Bangsamoro Organizations.

LBO said that this is a one-year program implemented by the league. “The Mapping Study on the Status of more than ninety CSOs Engagement with BARMM that started last year. The result of the study was already presented to the stakeholders last month,” LBO Information and Communication head Abdulbasit “Bobby” Benito said.

“The workshop is the first approach. The next activity will be the Module development to capacitate the CSOs with their engagement with the regional government. There will be at least 3 Roll-out trainings for selected CSOs in the said module,” said Professor Ombra A. Imam, Ph.D., the lead researcher.

The LBO also said that the core component of the project will bring together BARMM CSOs and social movements from different provinces and sectors to identify and discuss the different causes (roots) and determine the factors that result in the limited spaces of CSOs’ engagements with the BARMM government; to expand the collaboration spaces between the Demand Side and the Supply side of the governance.

Among its components are to formulate a set of demands and recommendations to improve CSO spaces in the BARMM, and develop strategies to improve policy advocacy on CSO space engagement for meaningful collaborations and partnerships. (Tu Alid Alfonso, BMN/BangsamoroToday)

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