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ZABIDA 2012: Sustaining Partnership for Human Security


The Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), four partner organization formed in one alliance in Zamboanga City and Basilan Province seeking to address issues of  Human Security anchored on Economic and Peace and Development in Mindanao conducted its Annual Assessment at Euntes Asian Center, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City last January 5-7, 2012.

The objectives of the assessment envisions a clearer projection on how to carry the various programs of the partners aligned in one common vision of sustaining the alliances vision and missions. 

In the opening ceremony, Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, the Regional Manager of ZABIDA shared how the partners had been strongly influencing the marginalized communities and institutions to be actively involved in peace and development.

With the realizations of sustaining the partnership which played significant role in the progress of the alliance, the staff working for the best of the programs shared enlightenments and expresses proud moments across all levels of involvement.

Responsibility had marked as a great challenge in the performance of yielding impacts as outcomes of the many interventions made in various communities. The commitment for service was again considered as a common ground, the ultimate ingredient for a dedicated passion for work. Lastly, strong desire of HOPE should reign in the hearts and minds of the development workers.

ZABIDA as an alliance has a vision to work together to uplift the quality of life of the disadvantaged sectors in Zamboanga city and Basilan province through program services that shall effect more positive changes towards increasing human security for the marginalized sectors.

Nagdilaab Foundation Inc. (NFI) based in Isabela City, Basilan Province with programs that covers the island province under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) ventures into peace and governance in the three year program with ZABIDA.

On the other hand, NFI together with Western Mindanao State University-Reach Out to Others Foundation (WMSU-ROOF) and Katilingban Para sa Kalambuan Inc. (KKI) heightens programs on economic security.

ZABIDA invited significant individuals as resource speakers to better facilitate conceptual frameworks and program implementation which includes Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF for Poverty and Human Security, Atty. Mohammad Taha S. Arakama, City Director of Department of Interior and Local Government for Good Governance, Ms. Alphi Santiago, Professor, School of Management and Accountancy of Ateneo de Zamboanga University for Human Resource Management and Ms. Dedette Suacito, Executive Director of NFI, Bridging Leadership Fellow Cohort 1 for Bridging Leadership, Stakeholders and Multi-stakeholders engagement.

The various sessions shared correlates to the program vision of the alliance in adapting mechanisms and processes to better provide services to the marginalized sectors or communities without sacrificing as well the internal resource team.

One of the interventions of ZABIDA is to effectively promote gender in  peace and  good governance and institutionalize community based economic interventions in targeted communities in the city and nearby island province.

Ms. Espie Hupida, Regional technical Coordinator added major opportunities for the alliance in preparation for the full implementation for the three year program until 2013. It includes conduct of continuous seminars and trainings, assessments, combined interfaith dialogue and consultations, summer peace building course and the ground breaking of the ZABIDA Office and Peace and Development Center.

Fr. Angel Calvo disclosed at the end of the assessment “to check interventions that yields more security at all levels cut across economic, social and peace and governance components”. It is indeed a need to focus and expand lenses of Human Security to operationalize impacts in various communities.

Partnership with significant stakeholders with critical emphasis on Human Security should be taken more attention in order to collaboratively and effectively strengthen our efforts. “The best way to measure the impact is to see how we can influence in terms of Barangay development plan” added Fr. Calvo.

With 2012 sustained partnership for Human Security, ZABIDA is better prepared now not just to reach its targets but doubles yielding impact results that could help transform our communities into a compassionate and secured place for everybody.

By Aldrin Bucoy- Abdurahim

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