THE QATAR Fund for Development is looking into the possible funding of a P200 million project that will help develop Bangsamoro communities in the town of Tulungan. The project, called the People Economic Advancement and Community (Peace) Villages, was among the proposals presented by the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) to a Qatari delegation of business, private, and government representatives that visited the country last week. The Peace Villages “is a viable and self- sustaining socio-economic development program intended for the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) elements outside of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and which can be replicated in the areas controlled by the elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),” SPDA Administrator Abdulghani A. Salapuddin said in a statement. Tulungan is located in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, which is not part of BARMM. Mr. Salapuddin, a former top MNLF commander, said the “project speaks for itself and for what it means and stands for. This is what SPDA exactly wants to achieve in this pilot project.” The Peace Villages will provide beneficiaries with homes and livelihood programs such as commercial agriculture and aquaculture. — Carmelito Q. Francisco
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