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1st Marine Brigade Commander Col. Eric Dimaambac of Camp Abubakar presents a token of appreciation to MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Acosta during her visit in the Camp Headquarter at Sitio Bombaran,
Barangay Tugaig, Barira, Maguindanao yesterday, 28 June 2022.

CAMP ABUBAKAR –With the goal of sustaining gains of peace in Camp Abubakar, Commander Col. Eric Dimaambac expressed interest to revive the Zone of Peace and Development programs in the area with focus on generating more livelihood and economic opportunities.

This was among the highlights of the security briefing and site visit of Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Maria Belen at the 1st Marine Brigade Headquarter in Sitio Bombaran, Barangay Tugaig, Barira, Maguindanao.

During the security briefing, Col. Dimaambac presented the current status of Camp Abubakar and the ongoing initiatives being implemented to maintain the peace and order in the area, and the whole Barira.

“Currently, we would like to revive the Zone of Peace and Development or ZOPAD programs in Camp Abubakar because we pea ace and development efforts should also translate into livelihood and economic opportunities for the people and communities here,” Dimaambac said.

Apart from this multi-sectoral initiative, MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Acosta also suggested to establish an educational peace museum in the camp as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of men and women of both government and MILF who died during the wars, and to educate visitors about the rich history of the Camp and Barira.

“Aside from ZOPAD programs, we can also build a peace museum here to commemorate our fallen heroes. We need to see beyond political and geographical differences when it comes to peace and development,” Acosta stressed.

Meanwhile, BARMM Transportation and Communications Minister Dickson Hermoso also said that local government and agencies of the government should lead to work together to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao.

“Peace is not a problem, conflict is never a solution. We have to build seaports and airports so that people and goods can move faster. This is what will spur economic development in the Bangsamoro region,” Hermoso added.

Camp Abubakar together with Bilal (Lanao del Sur and del Norte), Bushra (Lanao del Sur), Rajamuda (North Cotabato & Maguindanao), Badre (Maguindanao), and Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (Maguindanao), are the 6 former MILF base communities in Mindanao that is now under the Camp Transformation Plans (CTP) of the national government.

CTP aims to transform these former war-torn areas into livable, peaceful, and economically-sustainable communities.

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