Last October 2-5, 2013,  the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) a German-based foundation in partnership with Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) jointly conducted the 3 ½ day Seminar Workshops on Political Party Building at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) Training Center, Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

The workshops were consistent and cognizant with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed last October 15, 2012 in Manila where a ministerial form of government shall be adopted by the Bangsamoro Region once it replaces the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).  

This batch of trainees was attended by 46 Participants from the different provinces in the proposed Bangsamoro Regions while the first batch was attended by 42 participants held last September 16 – 19, 2013 at the same Venue. 

The activities focused on political party formation, political platform and management relevant to a ministerial form of government. 

Atty. Benedicto Bacani, IAG - Executive Director and his Staff, Professor Abhoud Shayed Lingga, IBS-Executive Director facilitated the program activities while BLMI staff assisted. 

Hon. Mohagher Iqbal, Chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and MILF Peace Panel Chair welcome the participants and expressed his profound gratitude to Dr. Peter Koeppinger, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Country Representative – Philippines; Atty. Bacani and Prof. Lingga for infusing knowledge on political party building and facilitating the program. He stressed the importance of acquiring knowledge by the Bangsamoro so that they can prepare for the birth of the new region.

On day one, Prof. Lingga talked on the Bangsamoro attempts in Political Party Building. He mentioned various political parties established by Muslim Moros but which failed to change the tainted political landscape in the ARMM. 

Mr. Ramon Casiple, Executive Director of Institute for Political & Electoral Reforms (IPER), a nationally-known political analyst lectured on the Philippines Party System, political parties, definition, criteria & its rationales. He accentuated his topic comprehensively.

On the second day, Dr. Koeppinger discussed how to craft a political party platform and other related topics on political party formation. Atty. While Atty. Bacani simplified and summarized Dr. Koeppinger’s presentations into layman’s term using the Tagalog (Filipino) dialect to enable the participants to comprehend Dr. Koeppinger’s presentations vividly.

Mr. Aaron de Leon, the Program Manager of Konrad Adenauer Foundation – Philippines presented on the third day the salient aspects of political party communication, finance and administrative elements.

At the end of the activities, the participants expressed their propound gratitude to Dr. Peter Koeppinger, Atty. Benedicto Bacani, Prof. Lingga and to the BLMI for the fruitful undertakings that provided them inspirations and enhanced their knowledge on political party formation, among others. 

“Similar training workshops shall be conducted in the near future”, said Prof. Lingga in his closing remarks. Thereafter, awarding of certificates followed. The program ended with new challenges and hopes saddled on the participants in succeeding engagements.

The activities proved that the Moro Front is keen and serious in joining the political exercise by 2016. -- Tirso S. Tahir & Cocoy Paradan/