We think the Framework Agreement will give an opportunity for the Bangsamoro people to practice self-governance in accordance with Islamic ways of life as taught by the Qur-an and Hadith. This was the answer of the urban Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Barangay Narra when inquired by Malaysian press people on their expectations of the signed Framework Agreement (FA) between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Barangay Narra in Sultan Kudarat Municipality, a host community to IDPs, was visited by the Malaysian nationals from New Straits Times and UnyPhil-Women staff, Rasol Panansaran and Sittie Suad Esmael, last Sunday, October 14.

Malaysian Press and UnYPhil-Women discussing Framework Agreement with IDPs

The visit was part of the effort of the Malaysian Government to monitor theimpact of the signing of the FA on communities.  The Malaysian nationals, upon observing the dismal situation of the IDPs, pledged that they will bring humanitarian assistance whenever they can go back to our country during the implementation of the FA, and also they will support the construction of a Madrasah (Islamic school) in the community.

The People’s Organization of Barangay Narra, headed by its President Yusof Kahar, prepared snacks for the visitors which they graciously accepted. To show appreciation to the hospitality of the IDPs, the Malaysians gave them P7,000.00 that they can utilize for their organization’s activities. The Malaysians also sent them an envelope containing cash last Monday, October 15, that they will use for the Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) this month, more specifically, for the Qurban (sacrifice) of the organization.

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