BOP and NBT
Phase 1. Two (2) years . Bangsamoro Outreach Project (BOP)*
Phase 2. Ten (10) years. Implementation of New Bangsamoro Township Projects (NBT)*
*The MNLF Director for Special Economic Development Projects is currently looking for sponsor nations to invest in this vision.
The Bangsamoro are people who were born in Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan, regardless of religion and race. The Bangsamoro volunteerism and self-determination is the key to a sustainable Mindanao economic development. (John Petalcorin, MNLF Director for Advocacy Communication, Charity Projects, and Special Economic Development Projects, December 2010)
Bangsamoro Outreach Project (BOP)
The Bangsamoro Outreach Project (BOP) is an advocacy communication mission, a humanitarianization project for the armed units, an appetizer charity project, and soft-launcher of the NBT Projects of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
The BOP and the Millennium Development Goals
The world leaders, including Bangsamoro MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari, put development as the primary global agenda with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations. The MDG defines clear targets for reducing poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by 2015.
While Mindanao is rich in natural resources and culture, it is homeland of the seven out of ten poorest provinces in the Philippines as evidence of neglect by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).
After 46 years of armed struggle, the MNLF will, for the first time, participate to achieve the MDGs in the Bangsamoro territories. Under the principle of self-determination, the MNLF will be implementing the Bangsamoro Outreach Project (BOP) and the New Bangsamoro Townships (NBT) Project.
BOP Target Beneficiaries
The target beneficiaries of BOP-MNLF are the poor population of the top forty-eight (48) poorest and extremely isolated and impoverished villages in the Bangsamoro land. These places are so remote and are considered to be unreachable by the social services of the GRP.
The main activity of the BOP is a series of 48 camp tours for a period of two (2) years. Each tour is composed of local medical professionals, photojournalists, solar power specialists, infrastructure project identification specialists, township planning specialist, conditional cash transfer specialist, and firearm registry specialist who will conduct an outreach mission to serve the poor people.
Below are the objectives that will be accomplished for each of the 48 target beneficiary areas.
(1) Conduct medical and dental mission.
(2) Photojournalism on biodiversity, cultural diversity, poverty, and armed struggle.
(3) Install radio/television signal towers sustainably powered by solar energy.
(4) To conduct seminar on Bill of Rights, Firearm Ownership, and Gun-Carry Ethics.
(5) Identify a 50+hectares land to become the location of the NBT.
(6) Gather all data needed for a smooth implementation of the NBT.
The BOP-MNLF is a two (2) year project that will cost P500 Million. Pre-funding mobilization cost is yet to be sourced from philanthropist partner organizations. Proposed funder will be the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). This BOP-MNLF is a necessary precursur of the successful implementation of the NBT-MNLF.
The BOP-MNLF have forty-one (41) project personnel. The Director for Advocacy Communication is the project implementor and the decision-maker in the recruitment, selection, training, and compensation of project personnel.
(1) Executive Director
(6) Project Directors and Team Leaders
(1) Writer/Photo Editor
(2) Secretaries (Manila and Mindanao)
(1) Events Photojournalists
(1) Speaking Engagement Coordinator
(1) Tour Events and Logistics Coordinator
(3) Administrative Staff (Accountant, Purchaser, HR)
(6) Drivers cum Security
(1) Firearms Registration Specialist
(2) Project Identification and Planning Engineers
(3) Solar Power Installation Technicians
(1) Medical Doctor / Surgeon
(1) Nurse Anesthesiologist
(1) Dentist Assistant
(1) Security Intelligence Officer
(4) HQ Janitors, Utility-men, Errands, Messengers, Cook
Detailed NBT Implementation Plan
NBT Township Architectural Scale Models
NBT Beneficiary Benchmark Statistics
Annual Financial and Accomplishment Report
Quarterly Photojournalism Coffee-table Book with CD
Quarterly Photojournalism Exhibit
Quarterly Recognition Ceremonies
Bi-monthly One-Page Publication in a Major National Newspaper
Firearm Registration and Seminar Report
The New Bangsamoro Township (NBT) Project is a network of several well-planned, efficiently managed, brand-new communities staffed with self-reliant professional volunteers whose primary mission is to provide effective sanctuary and complete rehabilitation for its residents who are primarily victims of poverty.
There will be fifty (50) NBTs to be built in various places in Mindanao.
Each NBT will have a land area of at least 200 hectares. It will cost at least around Ten Billion Pesos (P10B or US$250M) to acquire land and develop the construction of a single fully-functional NBT. NBT real estate assets and businesses are privately owned and operated by a non-government, non-profit entity called The Bangsamoro Corporation.
Each NBT is a secured, sustainable, resort-quality human settlement with around 3,500 residential houses that can accommodate a population between 15-20 thousand including men, women, and children of all ages.
Around ten percent (10%) of the houses in each NBT will provide residence to the volunteers and administrators, the seventy-five percent (75%) is allocated for Mindanao-born poor beneficiary families, the ten percent (10%) is allocated as sanctuary to accommodate international refugees, and five percent (5%) is for tourists staying over-night.
Each fully operating NBT will be self-reliant as it is designed to have at least 100 medium-sized complete wide-range, complementing, and non-overlapping businesses. These businesses are managed by expert entrepreneur volunteers and are operated for hands-on training to the beneficiaries.
Each NBT will also have at least one specialized factory that can employ over around 10,000-20,000 individuals. The product of the factory will be consumed in over one million population of the 50 NBTs and will also be exported 56 member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
The NBT-MNLF Project is a GIFT/GRANT of the OIC-members to the poor people of the Bangsamoro land. In a tripartite meeting betwen the MNLF-GRP-OIC, this grant will be called a Bangsamoro Development Assistance Fund (BDAF).
LEGALITY OF NBT IN SHARI'A LAW
The legality of the NBT is based on Hijra of the Shari'a Law. Hijra is best explained by authors Patricia S. Maloof, Ph.D & Fariyal Ross-Sheriff, Ph.D. in chapter one of their book titled Muslim Refugees in the United States: A Guide for Service Providers (URL is at http://www.cal.org/co/muslims/mc1.html ). Let me show below the exerpts from this book.
"In early 2002, there were 19.8 million people of concern to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, the equivalent of one out of every 300 people on earth (UNHCR, 2002, p. 2). Approximately nine million of those refugees and internally displaced persons were Muslim..."
"Muslim refugees share a fundamental understanding of hijra, or migration, which includes migration in search of refuge and protection. The Islamic calendar begins, not at the time of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth or the first revelation from Allah, but at the time of hijra when he migrated from Mecca to Medina to avoid persecution."
"According to the Islamic concept of hijra, all Muslims who are not free to exercise their basic rights within their state have a duty to flee elsewhere if it is impossible for them to resist oppression. The concept of hijra has two components, a practical component related to hijra as a movement from one location to another (either by choice or under duress), and a philosophical component of al-hijra as an internal migration from the land of humans to the presence of Allah, as practiced by the Sufi traditions."
"In Islam, asylum is a right of anyone seeking protection. The Prophet Muhammad stressed the need to grant protection and to have humanitarian attitudes towards both forced and voluntary migrants. Asylum for forced migrants is supported by the Qur’an, and shari‘a law (revealed law) affirms the practice of providing sanctuary to persecuted persons and the sacredness of some places, such as Al-Kaaba (the house of God in Mecca that Muslims face in prayer). Anyone who sought refuge in a mosque or in the home of a companion of the Prophet was safe and secure. However, asylum according to shari‘a law is not confined only to sacred places, religious people, or followers of Islam. Asylum is also granted in homes and designated communal places under the protection of Islam, and should be respected by outsiders. Asylum should be provided without discriminating between free persons and those who are enslaved, rich and poor, men and women, or Muslims and non-Muslims. The medieval theologian Ibn al Arabi suggests that asylum is obligatory from states where there is injustice, intolerance, physical persecution, disease, and financial insecurity (Eickelman & Piscatiri, 1990)."
"Asylum is also a duty of the political leaders of Islamic communities. As a Muslim and a religious leader, one is obliged to provide protection to anyone who seeks it indiscriminately and unconditionally. Islam provides protection to asylum seekers because of its belief that this is their right."
"Shari‘a law counsels that when an Islamic community finds it difficult or impossible to grant protection to an asylum seeker at the place where he or she seeks refuge, another refuge should be found in another Islamic community. A person who has been granted protection cannot be attacked after asylum is granted. His or her life, property, and freedom should be safeguarded. He or she is not obliged to follow Islamic rites and rituals or become a Muslim. He or she is free to follow his or her religious practices during the period of temporary asylum or refuge. Islamic laws also call for extension of asylum to family members for family reunification. Protection may also be granted to a tribe. Excluded from protection are warriors (even though they may be family members) and criminals who, if under protection, should be made to surrender and then be brought to justice."
"The protection status is temporary. Historically, refuge was granted for a period of one year. After that, the refugees were expected to leave their place of refuge, seek another place of refuge, return home, or become permanent members of the Islamic community."
"An understanding of migration as an essential part of the life experience of the Prophet Muhammad, and the perception of asylum as a right and an obligation, underlie some Muslim refugees’ understanding of their own migration experiences. Recognizing this larger perspective can help service providers identify opportunities and address concerns in ways that cohere with Muslim refugees’ worldview."
LEGALITY OF THE NBT UNDER THE PHILIPPINE LAW
I am a licensed real estate broker since 1998 and I should know this aspect because this is my line of professional expertise. The NBT is a titled-land privately-owned by the Bangsamoro Corporation or its subsidiary companies or individuals. The Philippine Law grants the owners of the real estate the following rights.
1. Jus Utendi (The Right to Use). Jus Utendi means the right to use property, without destroying its substance. The real estate owner has the right to utilize the property for whatever purpose it may serve him best.
2. Jus-Fruendi (The Right to the Fruits). Jus Fruenti means the right to the yield of the property, the product of the trees or the soil, the increase in value of the property, and the payments of the rent. The real estate owner has the right to enjoy the production of goods and services on his property. This includes the right to natural, industrial and civil fruits.
3. Jus-Disponendi (The Right to Dispose). The real estate owner has the right to transfer the ownership to another, provided that there is no prior agreement or law that specifically regulates the exercise of the right. This includes the right to donate, to sell, or to mortgage.
4. Jus-Abutendi (The Right to Abuse). Since the real estate owner has full access to a real estate he owns, he has all the opportunity to do whatever he wants to the property. However, this is the right that is regulated by law to prevent the owner from abusing his property that may lead to destruction of environment or disturbance of social order.
5. Jus-Vindicandi (The Right to Recover). Real estate owners have the right to recover his property. However, the law provides that the owner must use judicial process to recover a property comes into the unlawful possession of another -- he should not take the law into his own hands.
6. Jus Possidendi (The Right to Possess). Real estate owners have the right to possess his property and exclude others from enjoying the rights of owning it. This includes the right to exclude any person from the enjoyment and disposal of the property. For this purpose, the owner may use such force as may be reasonably necessary to repel or prevent an actual or threatened unlawful physical invasion or usurpation of the property. The property owner however, cannot use it in such a manner as to injure the right of others.
Locations of NBTs
Location of the NBTs will be spread across the Bangsamoro Land (Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan). The NBTs will be constructed in poor areas. Some of these NBTs will be in the rural areas and some in the coastal areas.
The location identification process will be determined during the two-year (2011-2013) implementation of the Bangsamoro Outreach Project (BOP-MNLF), a special field camp-tour operation team of 41 MNLF technical personnel led by the MNLF Director for Special Economic Development Projects.
Purpose of NBTs
NBTs are created to function as helping hand communities for people who are victims of poverty. It is the place where they are given sanctuary and emergency treatment through fully subsidized basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing. After being freshly-rescued, the NBT is also an area for recovery and rehabilitation for the poor who will be incubated for integration back to society.
All throughout the existence of civilizations of mankind, the NBT is the first holistic approach to volunteerism and institutionalized poverty eradication program.
If the victims of poverty are likened into a fully-damaged aircraft, the NBT is the total repair shop, test flight area, and the final launch pad of the newly refurbished plane.
Two Kinds of Residents in NBTs
The two kinds of residents in the NBTs are: (A) Administrators and (B) Beneficiaries. These two work together to achieve a holistic solution to poverty. In terms of numbers, there will be around one (1) Administrator for every ten (10) Beneficiaries in the Townships.
Administrators are volunteers and they are in the townships to give help. The Administrators live in the township with their families. They manage the planning, organizing, staffing, directing, securing, maintaining, and controlling the operation of the Township. The administrators are professional business mentors, public managers, engineers, teachers, social workers, doctors, dentists, psychologists, bankers, seasoned business operators, humanitarian experts, trainors, cooks, drivers, etc.
The Administrators are volunteers from all parts of the world. At the end of the day, the Administrators get satisfaction for helping other people in need.
Beneficiaries are victims of poverty. Although they were searched, screened, identified, and invited by the BOP-MNLF, they must sign a statement that they are voluntarily entering the NBT to cooperate and to accept help. Beneficiaries, while they are enrolled in the NBTs, get free housing, food, medical and dental care, education, counseling, business and livelihood mentoring, and even complete financial assistance in setting up their normal lives immediately after they finish the Township's anti-poverty program.
For their own benefit, they will cooperate in the Poverty Recovery Program (PRP) of the NBT that would last around three (3) to five (5) years. At the end of the day, the beneficiary is grateful of the help and will work hard to learn the ways of a normal life.
Beneficiaries of New Bangsamoro Township Project
Out of the twenty-one (21) million population of Mindanao, there are around two (2) million impoverished families in Mindanao. This 2 million poor families would translate to about 10 million children who need education subsidy and one (1) million worker/parent who need stable employment/income.
It may cost as much as around five-hundred (500) billion pesos to construct and start-up the operation of the 50 NBTs, but the synergy is expected to create new and stable employment to around one (1) million workers.
In this NBT Project, it will cost us forty-five (45) thousand pesos to uplift the lives of each of the eleven (11) million poor people in the Bangsamoro Land. The best part is that the money that we will spend in the NBT Project will not disappear in the air because it will be translated into creation of private companies, productions, and income that will sustain the beneficiaries in the long run. The NBT will also enable us to accommodate a cycle of new beneficiary set every five years.
This NBT Project is our best shot to meet the one (1) million jobs that we need to create to uplift the lives of the poor.
Mindanao is home to seven (7) out of ten (10) poorest provinces in the 80-province Philippines. The extraordinary high poverty incidence in Mindanao is brought about by many factors but the heaviest reason is neglect and exploitation by the corrupt and imperialistic leaders, manipulators, and cronies GRP.
Looking at the Bangsamoro civilization in the rural poor areas, I can categorically say that they are still living close to the "hunting-and-gathering" stage of mankind.
I would say that poor people are victims of unfortunate circumstances. Poverty makes them feel hopeless and helpless. It reduces their self-esteem to very low levels, thus causing alienation. It makes them hungry, thus forcing them to grab any illegal money-generating activities. It makes them loose their opportunity to afford education, thus making them ignorant and easily exploited.
They have experienced some sort of physical, mental, and emotional violence, pain, suffocation, and abuse that makes run away to live in far-away places that are impossible for social development to reach. The difficulties and insecurities they experience as poor people makes them angry and bitter to governments, thus making easily recruited by terrorists that destroy the peace of society.
Profile of the Poorest of the Poor
The poorest of the poor have almost common profile. They have casual work with average daily income of around 16 Pesos ($ 0.40 US). They feed five to eight children who does not go to school, lives in a house made of bamboo twigs and grass leaves, children have no slippers, the father who wears dead soldier's boots is carrying a rifle while tilling the farm, manually cultivates untitled agricultural land since the time of their ancestors, casual members of armed groups, they themselves or they have relatives who were victims of land-grabbing, rape and murder by the various hostile groups who encroach and steal their original settlements.
Some of these potential Bangsamoro beneficiaries can be found in remote rural areas in Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan. Some have been forced to move to urban areas to get away from the armed conflict. We can even find some of them in Metro Manila living under the bridge and makeshift shanties begging for food. The BOP-MNLF will find them, trace their roots, and save them by bringing them back home to the NBT for sanctuary and rehabilitation.
I envision the NBTs as sanctuary settlements of the poor people in the Bangsamoro land. The high-priority beneficiaries who will be given residency in these NBTs will be the poorest of the poor among the Bangsamoro people. The NBTs will implement a holistic approach to combatting poverty by providing security, housing, stable business, employment, education, and social services for the beneficiaries.
Funding of NBTs
With the help of the member-countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) around fifty (50) brand-new NBTs will be constructed within the ten (10) years from 2013-2023.
Each OIC-member country will sponsor one NBT, and the NBT will be named after the capital city of the sponsor-country.
The construction of each single NBT will cost around 10-15 Billion Pesos (around US$ 250 Million), depending on the grandeur desired by the sponsor.
With the help of the brick factories of the Bangsamoro Corporation, the construction of one NBT can be completed in around twenty-four (24) months and will start operating before the 36th month.
The first stage bulk of the NBT construction expenditure will be the capital outlay acquisitions needed for the clearing of the lands, setting up of the brick factories, and trucking fleets.
The MNLF have sufficient workforce to build NBTs. If the funds are ready, the available MNLF soldiers we have now would probably allow us to simultaneously build ten (10) NBTs at a time.
OIC Grant for NBT is a Well-Targeted Stimulus Package
In economic terms, the OIC grant for this NBT Project can be classified as a Well-Targeted Stimulus Package that is focused to the poorest of the poor as it provides infrastructure, direct social welfare subsidy, and stable livelihood that will eradicate poverty.
The NBT-MNLF Project is a GIFT/GRANT of the OIC-members to the poor people of the Bangsamoro land. In a tripartite meeting betwen the MNLF-GRP-OIC, this grant will be called a Bangsamoro Development Assistance Fund (BDAF).
As appointed Negotiator for Special Economic Development Projects, my position on the BDAF will be very clear that the Bangsamoro Outreach Project (BOP-MNLF) will identify the projects and the Bangsamoro Corporation will implement the projects. Under the principle of Bangsamoro self-determination, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) of GRP will merely act as observer and monitor from project identification stage up to post-project evaluation stage. The most I can give is an observer seat for NEDA in the BOP-MNLF and Bangsamoro Corporation.
Sanctuary, Healing, Transition Place
The NBT is only a temporary sanctuary, a healing place, a transition place from poverty to normal life. The complete PRP that beneficaries will enjoy will have a period of around five (5) years. Lands, houses, and businesses in the Townships are not for sale, they cannot be owned by the residents. Therefore the residents cannot lease out, resell, transfer, or reassign the units. Once the household beneficiary is already operating well with the business, they will be called "finishers".
For the finishers of the PRP-MNLF, the NBT Administration will facilitate their household's transfer to other places outside the NBT. On the outside, the NBT Administration will provide the finishers with house, livelihood, specialty shop, and some money so they can restart smoothly as they live independent lives outside the NBT.
The finishers are also given the privilege to become backyard growers of agricultural products or livestocks that are consumed/processed by the NBTs and/or exported to OIC-member countries. If they want to go back to their lands in the deep rural areas, yes they can.
Start-up Assistance to NBT Finishers
The beneficiaries will learn in the NBT. They will learn through hands-on livelihood business operation. After they finish their livelihood training in the NBT, I think it is worth helping them set-up a complete modernized agriculture or fishery system in the original place where they lived or somewhere else wherever they want.
NBTs Can Accomodate International Refugees
The Bangsamoro uphold the principle of Open Society. Each NBT shall have 350 houses reserved as temporary sanctuary for international refugees. The NBTs are not only serving its humanitarian purpose for the people of Mindanao. The Bangsamoro Corporation may recommend sanctuary residency to "qualified" international refugees who were displaced due to effects of climate change, wars, and other calamities. Each NBT shall reserve some lots/houses to accommodate these international refugees.
MNLF Armed Forces Humanitarianization Program
We will talk factories instead of firearms. We will talk bricks instead of bullets. Our soldiers will be rewarded for the lives they save instead of the lives they take.
The NBTs will be constructed using the Bangsamoro Special Forces (BSF) as workforce. The BSF will become employees of the Bangsamoro Corporation and will be entitled to salaries plus all the benefits as resident in the NBT.
The BSF is a private organization because is a security department under the umbrella of the Bangsamoro Corporation which is a private organization. The Bangsamoro Corporation will give priority accommodation to MNLF, MILF, NPA, and other armed groups and individuals to become members of the BSF. The armed individuals will be required to present their guns as peace offer to the Bangsamoro Corporation. The gun is their voluntary proof of good faith to cooperate in the vision of the Bangsamoro Corporation to rebuild of Mindanao. The guns will not be confiscated by the Bangsamoro Corporation, nor will the corporation accept them as donations. The BSF member will remain the registered owner of the gun, however, all guns that are not needed in the NBT construction operation will be deposited for safe-keeping in the Armory of the BSF Headquarters.
All qualified and accepted applicants of the BSF undergoes a month-long Integration Training on (1) Human Rights, (2) Firearms Registration and Ethics, (3) Basic Course in Township Construction, and (4) Basic Guidelines in International Humanitarian Mission. This training will be a special project of the Bangsamoro Corporation that will involve Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) such as International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) of the United Nations.
The BSF is tightly supervised because it has a heirarchy of command. Officer positions in the BSF are mostly held by professional Engineers.
The families of BSF are given the highest privilege to choose the location of their houses inside the NBTs. They will also be given the privilege to choose the work in the NBT that they want to be trained and get involved with.
There is more than enough number of work for BSF during the construction of the NBTs. The NBT construction teams will be managed by professional engineers. The labor force needed for the construction of the NBTs, the brick factories, and the security will be provided by the BSF.
Food, water, sleeping tent maintenance, and care for the construction teams will be managed by the wives and working-age women of the BSF.
The Bangsamoro Corporation will implement the BOP and NBT Projects. The Bangsamoro Corporation is a non-profit and self-help organization. It should be tax-free. The Bangsamoro Corporation is a private entity.
As much as possible, the New bangsamoro Townships (NBT) will produce (manufacture or assemble) everything that it consumes.
The Bangsamoro Corporation will be a conglomerate that shall form the following subsidiary corporations. These companies will produce and supply goods and services to the one (1) million population inside the fifty (50) NBTs and exports its surplus to the 56 member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
- Bangsamoro Job Placement Company
- Bangsamoro Professional Exam Company
- Bangsamoro Language Training Company
- Bangsamoro Brick Factory Company
- Bangsamoro Trucking Fleet Company
- Bangsamoro Telecommunication Company
- Bangsamoro Construction Company
- Bangsamoro Landscaping Company
- Bangsamoro Tourism and Resorts Company
- Bangsamoro Water Company
- Bangsamoro Solar Panels Company
- Bangsamoro Light Bulbs Company
- Bangsamoro Cellphone Company
- Bangsamoro Computer and Laptop Company
- Bangsamoro Organic Vegetables Company
- Bangsamoro Organic Fruits Company
- Bangsamoro Organic Fish Company
- Bangsamoro Organic Poultry Company
- Bangsamoro Organic Meat Company
- Bangsamoro Restaurant Company
- Bangsamoro Electrical Appliances Company
- Bangsamoro Barbers and Parlors Company
- Bangsamoro Spa and Massage Company
- Bangsamoro Gas Company
- Bangsamoro Petroleum Company
- Bangsamoro Fixtures and Furniture Company
- Bangsamoro Fruit Juice Company
- Bangsamoro Food Canning and Packing Company
- Bangsamoro Passenger Bus Company
- Bangsamoro Garments Company
- Bangsamoro Shoes Company
- Bangsamoro Janitorial Services Company
- Bangsamoro Pest Control Company
- Bangsamoro Garbage Management Company
- Bangsamoro Identity Registration Company
- Bangsamoro Banking and Card System Company
- Bangsamoro Dental Services Company
- Bangsamoro Home for Elderly Company
- Bangsamoro Children Nursery Company
- Bangsamoro Medical Hospital Company
- bangsamoro Pharmaceutical Company
- Bangsamoro Sports Company
- Bangsamoro Arts Presentation Company
- Bangsamoro Tram Company
- Bangsamoro Laundry Company
- Bangsamoro Signage Company
- Bangsamoro Multimedia Education Company
- Bangsamoro Boat Making Company
- Bangsamoro Arabic Call Center Company
- Bangsamoro Halal Certification Board
- Bangsamoro Special Forces
- Bangsamoro Radio and TV Media Company
- Bangsamoro Elementary Education System
- Bangsamoro High School Education System
- Bangsamoro University
- etc. etc. etc.
Recruitment and Hiring
I envision a Bangsamoro Nation wherein farm laborers, factory workers, housemaids, porters, soldier, jeepney drivers, and construction workers live a life of a MIDDLE CLASS wherein they can afford ammortization of a decent house, good quality education for their children, nutritious food on the table, choices in medical care, and retirement insurance.
The Bangsamoro Corporation and all Bangsamoro Subsidiary Companies Each will have a working 7-Member Board of Directors to hold the following positions:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Chief Personnel Officer (CPO)
Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO)
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Hiring of employees for the Bangsamoro companies will prioritize and prefer the following:
1. Recognized Bangsamoro Armed Freedom Fighters (including individual integrees from other armed groups)
2. MNLF Political Party Activists
3. MinSuPala-born Bangsamoro Citizens and their spouses and children
4. Professional Volunteers with experience in humanitarian missions abroad
5. Professors, Scientists, Engineers, and Technical Experts with Post-Graduate Degrees
6. Graduates of Business-relevand Courses like Economics, Business Administration, Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Banking and Finance, and Industrial Design.
Industrial Trade Support
To support the NBTs, the Bangsamoro Corporation will build and operate its own Special Economic Zone, Airport, Seaport, Telecommunication Network, Importation Warehouses, Brick Factories, Trucking Fleet, Security Company, Banking System, and various Companies that will supply goods to the NBTs and market goods produced by the NBTs.
Almost all consumable products that will enter the NBTs would be be distributed only by the Bangsamoro Corporation and its subsidiary companies. Food items in the NBTs require HALAL Certification, except of course some pork-based products that will be sold separately in properly controlled special shops inside the NBTs.
Turn-over of Management
As soon as construction is completed and the beneficiaries are moved-in the NBT, the Central Board of Directors of the Bangsamoro Corporation will then transfer the management and supervision to the local Board of NBT Administrators which is composed of people residing in the NBT as Regular Administrators. The NBT will then become a private subsidiary corporation under the Bangsamoro Corporation.
Harmony and Alignment
All NBTs shall align and harmonize their respective plans, programs, operations, and projects with the broad policies and priorities set by the Board of Directors of the Bangsamoro Corporation.
Sharing of Best Practices
Best practices and lessons learned by the various NBTs shall be shared among the members of the NBT Administrators' during their periodic Conference.
Education and Employment
All members of the workforce residing in the NBT will have free training and occupation/employment in the community.
All classroom will be auditorium type. All children goes to school. Teaching technology will primarily use audiovisual presentation as education medium. Children will be taught how to read, write, and speak local Mindanao Language, English, and Arabic. They will also have time each day to watch and write a reaction paper to the documentary series of the National Geographic Chanel and Discovery Chanel.
Land Use Planning
A single NBT will have a land area of at least fifty (50) hectares (500,000 square meters) composing of at least 40% open space for comon areas, roads, pavements, landscapes, parks, water pools, and sidewalks.
Land is not for sale inside the NBT, hence there is no land disputes. Only House Use Rights will be given by the Bangsamoro Corporation to the residents. Residents may transfer house to any other NBT if it is for the best interest of the resident or the people.
Also Well-Planned Lands Right Outside the NBTs
Right outside the perimeter of the NBT is the training ground of the Bangsamoro Special Forces. Further outside the BSF training grounds are also well-planned and uniformly architechtured residential commercial subdivisions that can be acquired and owned by qualified buyers.
The finisher-beneficiaries of the NBTs and the non-resident workers of the Bangsamoro Corporation/Subsidiaries will be given highest priority to buy and own lands right outside the NBTs.
Real Estate Management
There are NBT constituents who own lands outside the NBTs and they may become reluctant to leave their lands for fear that it will be stolen by land grabbers. The Bangsamoro Corporation will have a Real Estate Management Office (REMO) that will be the protector, custodian, and administrator of all lands owned by MNLF soldiers, beneficiaries, and volunteers residing inside the NBTs. For as long as the owner of the land will voluntarity enroll his/her land in the REMO, no one will steal it because it will be protected by the Bangsamoro Special Forces (BSF).
While the beneficiary is on livelihood incubation period inside the NBT, the Bangsamoro Corporation technical teams will study the best productive use and development plan of his land in anticipation of his return after five years.
All houses and infrastructure in the NBT are built by the Bangsamoro Corporation using brick as a primary material from floor, walls, to roofs. Bricks will be produced by factories operated by the Bangsamoro Corporation.
Residential houses will have a maximum of 100 sqm area and maximum of two storey. The allowable color of the houses are brick-red, white, and contrast of black or dark brown.
Businesses will be attached at the frontage of the residential houses. There will be no residential fences.
All sidewaks, lawns, backyards, pavements, tree canopies, and parks in the NBTs will be intricately landscaped with a standard of a first-class resort. Each NBT will have its own swimming pool and water parks.
The roof will also be made out of a special brick coated with some sun/rain-resistant compounds. Windows, doors, cabinets, beds, sofa, tables and other standard house fixtures are pre-fabricated separately and installed easily in a plug-and-play manner.
The primary source of power in the NBT is solar panels mounted on the roof of every house and buildings. The whole community is backed-up with other forms of renewable energy such as wind or water turbine, etc. All electricity lines and other cables crawl underground.
The NBTs will have a centralized household gas utilities.
Primary inner city transportation in the NBT is electric-cum-solar-powered tram. Residents may use manual bicycles. To eliminate air and noise pollution, the petroleum-powered vehicles will not be allowed inside the NBT complex. Secured and covered parking spaces will be provided at the perimeter walls of the NBT.
Roads, pathways, and sidewalks inside the NBT is also made out of bricks.
Water System and Sanitation
NBTs will have their own water reservoir and sewerage treatment plant. They will also have their own solid waste materials recycling plant.
The NBT will operate a free crematorium facility for humans and animals.
The NBT will have fully automated laundry stations that the residents can use for free. The system will use environmental-friendly detergents. The centralized laundry system will also enhance the neatness of the houses because hanging of laundries will be prohibitted outside the residential houses.
Care for the Elderly
For the elderly, each NBT will have its own Home for the Aged with state-of-the art medical equipment and activity centers. The performance of this facility will be measured based on how it will provide a happy experience for the elderlies. Old Bangsamoros who will be enrolled here will have nurse on a 1:1 ratio. Aside from the humanitarian care that the facility will provide, it will also be a training ground for volunteer nurses and care-givers who wish to gain experience to meet the requirement for work abroad as Overseas Contract Workers (OCW).
Child Care Company
The NBT cares for the children as well as their mothers who need to go to work. For toddlers, there will be a pre-school child care facility in the NBTs so that their mothers can concentrate in the livelihood training. These child care facilities will be manned by professional teachers who are specialized in toddlers.
Centralized Mess Hall
To promote efficiency in food processing and organic waste management, cooking inside the houses in NBTs will be discouraged by providing alternative solutions. Each NBT will have around 20 centralized mess halls (dining area) that will showcase various cuisines. Residents and tourists will just use their Bangsamoro access cards to eat whatever they want in any of the mess halls they choose.
Mindanao's topsoil is very fertile and the island is seldom hit by natural catastrophies, hence, it is very conducive to farming. Each NBT shall be sulf-sufficient in the food aspect. The NBTs will grow their own all-organic vegetables and fruits. Agriculture, fishery, and livestock production will be modernized.
Respect on Food Restrictions
Food restrictions are results of either personal diet programs, doctor's recommendation, or adherence to religious beliefs. There are religions that does not eat some kind of life-form. Moslems don't eat pork. Some kind of Christians don't eat sea creatures without scales. Some Budhists are vegetarians. These restrictions are respected in the Township, no one will be forced to eat something they don't like to eat.
I have heard an isolated incident in Mindanao wherein Moslems and Christians or Lumads in the city turn hostile againsts each other over pork issues. The most horifying story I have heard is a bombing in the market that wasted many lives because of a quarrel over the smell of pork barbeque that disturbed the peace of a Moslem family.
Preserving Indigenous Cultural Practices
Aside from the fact that most Christian Bangsamoros celebrate their feasts and thanksgivings with Lechon (roasted whole pig), there are Lumad cultures that use pigs for their religious rituals to offer thanksgivings to the gods as they pray for good harvest. After they offer it, they serve it during the feast. These unique and almost extinct cultural practices will be preserved and respected by the NBT Administrators. Although these rituals has to be done only by Lumads in the farms outside the NBT.
In my opinion, pork is major economic good and source of protein to many Bangsamoro people in the rural areas, except those who are Moslems. In fact, I could say that most poor households of Mindanao, especially the Lumads, grow in their backyard a few pigs that are proven to be very valuable during celebrations such as weddings. Pigs are not that inconvenient to grow because it eats anything like leaves, banana trunk, and root crops. Pigs are important economic commodities because they can be traded downtown for a sack of rice. Over ninety percent (90%) of the population in Mindanao are not Moslems, and they eat pork.
On this reasons, I personally believe that food restrictions should not be imposed on those who have no problem eating a kind of food that somebody won't eat. In the NBT, a person who does not eat meat must live harmoniously with another person who eats meat, and vice versa. Pork, for example, will be grown by the NBTs, however, to be considerate on others who don't like it, it will be sold in a separate meatshop to respect the Moslems and certain types of Christians who does not eat pork.
All restaurants in the NBT should have the ability to customize the ingredients of their recipe to meet the restrictive demand of the customer. Moslems should be able to order dilicious halal food in the restaurants.
Food surplus will be exported to the city using systematic trucking Services. The same trucking services will also purchase and bring in products that are ordered to replenish the supplies in the township businesses.
Each NBT will have its own at least one factory of a specialized product that will exclusively manufacture goods that will be consumed by other NBTs, and export these products to the 56 OIC-member countries. These factories are managed/supervised by NBT Administration that may employ labor of non-residents if needed.
There is a consumable entrance ticket for non-residents who wants to enjoy the sceneries or shopping in the NBTs. NBTs are also designed to attract tourists.
Tourists will enjoy walking around the NBT. Well, I guess they have to walk around because the specialty shops are attached to the homes. There will be unique Sculptures at the frontage of each Bangsamoro house that will showcase the history of the Bangsamoro, its diverse culture, and biodiversities. The sculptures may also depict the history and culture of the OIC-member country after which the name of the township is followed.
Architecture and Naming of NBTs
Brick houses and brick roads is what will make NBT unique worthy on the tourism aspect.
Each of these NBT will be named and architecturally designed after the capital city of the OIC-member country who will sponsor its development. For example, if one Township is sponsored by Saudi Arabia, then that Township will be called Riyadh Bangsamoro Town.
In this example case of Riyadh Bangsamoro Town, the businesses, delicacy foods, local costumes, and visual arts cultural presentations will showcase Riyadh. It will also where we will locate the building that will be host the office of the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia.
For OCWs going to Riyadh, we will provide a perfect cultural training facility for the OCWs to have their internship in this NBT and also encourage them to have their family residences established nearny this NBT. Trade between Riyadh Saudi Arabia and Riyadh Bangsamoro Town will be open and tariff-free.
The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia who is holding office in the Riyadh Bangsamoro Township shall become an automatic honorary member of the Board of NBT Administration.
Businesses in the Township
Complete variety of specialty shops are attached to the homes. Business specialization are carefully studied to allow friendly competition, efficient business costs, and sufficient delivery of services. Below are the basic businesses in the Bangsamoro community that will be operated as a business training ground by its residents.
- Organic Vegetable Farming
- Organic Aquaculture
- Organic Livestock Growing
- Meat Processing
- Chicken Products
- Fish Products
- Vegetable Products
- Fruit Products
- Rice Retailer
- Paint Retailer
- Wood and Lumber Shop
- Steel and Cement Hardware
- Variety Hardware Shop
- Electrical Hardware
- Kitchen Equipment Shop
- Petroleum Retailer
- Vulcanizing Shop
- Motorcycle Repair Shop
- Car Mechanics and Maintenance Shop
- Vehicular Paint Services
- Car Parts Sales
- Public Transport Operation
- Garment Tailoring
- School Supplies Sales
- Book Store
- Ready to Wear Clothes
- Toy Stores
- Nursery Center
- Elementary School
- High School
- College School
- Roman Catholic Church
- Catering and Party Business
- Appliance Center
- Carpentry Services
- Iron Welding Services
- Aluminum and Glass Fabricators
- Agricultural Supplies and Consultant
- Landscaping and Ornamental Plant Experts
- Fruits Trader
- Vegetable Trader
- Livestock Trader
- Cellphone Shop
- Computer and Internet Cafe
- Computer Supplies
- Travel and Tours Services
- Business Loans Application Agents
- Construction Services
- Mails and Couriers
- Sports, Music and Hobbies Shop
- Flower Shop
- Library and Coffee Shop
- Sports Center and Gym
- Movie House
- Souvenir Shop
- Ladies Parlor
- Hospital Operation
- Home for the Aged
- Dental Services
- Solar Panel Shops
- Firearms Registry and Supplies
- City Trucking and Purchasing Services
- Security Services
- Mediation and Settlement Services
- Funeral Services
- Radio Station
- Printing Press
- Visual Arts Center
- Community Events Organizer
- Soap Maker
- Brick Maker and Supplier
- Central Parking Station
- Tram Operation
- Telecom and Cable TV Operation
- Signage Makers
- Laundry Services
- Factories and Assembly Plants
Brick Factories and Truck Fleets
Using soil waste of mining operations, at least 50 of these fully mechanized and automated brick making factories will be set-up by the Bangsamoro Corporation to meet materials demand for public infrastructure and housing of the NBTs.
This brick laying technology below constructs brickroad as fast as placing carpet on the floor. The Bangsamoro Corporation will use this kind of technology for the road network of NBTs.
A fleet of trucks will deliver bricks and other construction materials to the NBTs, and carry the raw soil back to the brick factory.
Around 50 brick factories will be operated by the Bangsamoro Corporation all over Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan. These truck fleet will be driven by soldiers of the MNLF Bangsamoro Security Forces (BSF).
Township Security and Order
The NBT is a very secured place. It is almost a walled city fortress. It is protected by the Bangsamoro Special Forces (BSF) of the MNLF.
Tight security checkpoints will be implemented at the gates. It will use x-ray machines, metal detectors, and dog sniffers to ensure that no firearms (big or small), unauthorized products, and unregistered persons will be allowed to enter the NBT complex.
Law and order inside the NBTs are followed by its residents and tourists. Each person must respect the others and be courteous at all times to avoid being complained. Adjudication on cases are based on complaints, not on investigative findings.
There are no jails and painful punishments in the Townships. There are only two penalties for violation of rules: (1) house arrest and (2) suspension of right to enter the NBT. Conflict among residents that will not be resolved by the NBT Administrators will result to immediate mandatory transfer of the conflicting parties to other NBTs. Tourists who violate rules in the townships may be banned from entering any NBT for some period.
I would like to make a special note on religious tolerance. The NBT residents shall exercise tolerance and respect on diversity of religion among the residents. Discrimination and scandalous disputes that are caused by religious encroachment or religious intolerance shall have a quick penalty of expulsion from the NBT. A person who is expelled from the NBT on grounds of violation of religious tolerance shall be banned from entering any other NBTs. The Bagsamoro Corporation will make a very clear and air-tight policy on this matter.
I understand there are Muslims who want Shari-a law to be the justice system. But it is impossible to impose that upon the Christians. As a solution, upon popular request, we will most probably build a special Islamic New Bangsamoro Townships (NBT) that will be exclusive for Muslims who want Shari-a Law. We will build one first, and if it is lacking then we build more, wherever in Mindanao. We will also build special Christian NBTs upon popular request. We should be flexible enough to provide special community habitat for those with special needs. To avoid real estate glut, we will build special NBTs on the need basis.
Outside the Special NBTs, people will live together in a mixed and colorful social environment and will co-exist in harmony wherein the Law and Justice System of the Mindanao National Government will apply.
The NBTs greatest security threats are rural bandits, terroristic religious extremist organizations, and other rouge military components. Lands outside the walls of the NBTs are most likely agricultural lands and forests -- these will be systematically patrolled by BSF Armored Vehicles.
Artillery will be the ultimate defense of the NBTs. There shall be several 120mm mortars that will be mounted by the BSF along the walls of the NBTs with computerized target system covering a maximum effective range of 7 kilometers.
I am a gun-crime control advocate and am not very well-versed with weapons. But I think a well-equipped, well-disciplined, and well-sustained 200-men contingent of the BSF will be a sufficient strong line of defense for each NBT.
No Money Inside the NBTs
There is no money to steal inside the NBT because the Bangsamoro Corporation will use Biometric System in the NBT.
There are no cash or card transactions inside the NBTs. Just use your finger or eyes to enter the NBT, to debit and credit your financial account, or to open the doors to your house.
NBT ID System
All residents, contractors, workers, and tourists of the NBTs shall pass through a registration process where their ID documents are recorded and biometrics taken so that they will be issued with Bangsamoro ID.
This Bangsamoro ID System will be the information backbone of the future National Passport and Tourist Visa System.
Bangsamoro Security Forces (BSF)
In recognition of the invaluable contribution and relentless sacrifice of the Muslim in protecting Mindanao in its entire history, the officers and men of the Bangsamoro Special Forces that will protect the Bangsamoro Corporation and the New Bangsamoro Townships shall be exclusive only for the Muslim Bangsamoro.
The BSF is oriented to serve in township defense and as volunteers to humanitarian missions in conflict-stricken areas.
All children of the Muslim Bangsamoro will be encouraged to serve in the BSF for four years from age 18-22. The four years military service will also make them attend and finish a degree of Bachelor of Science in Humanitarian Missions specialized in Township Defense Management.
The new recruit in the Bangsamoro Special Forces will start in the service as Corporals and will be promoted in a timely gradual manner so they will attain the rank of Captain after serving for 4 years. After their 4 years service, they will become BSF Reserves and will be given supervisorial/management positions in the subsidiary companies of the Bansamoro Corporation.
Those who will choose to stay in the military service will become trainors of the BSF. Some will become members of the Bangsamoro National Elite Security Unit (NESU) which is a stand-by rapid-deployment volunteer mission of the OIC to help rebuild distressed human settlements in any part of the world.
Religious Practice inside the NBT
There will be at least one worship building in the NBT. Each Religion will get its schedule to use the venue for a certain period of hours on Sundays. The clergies will just visit the NBT and will be paid professional service fee by the Bangsamoro Corporation, so they don't need to collect gratuities from the church members. Besides, religious bodies will not be allowed to collect alms and whatever kind of money from the NBT Residents primarily because there is no cash/money circulating inside the NBT.
Religious missionaries who enter the NBT will not be allowed to do house-to-house visit to evangelize their religion. There will be no solicitation allowed in the NBT, and it includes direct peddling of religion, political candidate, goods, and services. If anyone wants to sell in the NBT, he has to have his own shop or show-room in the commercial avenue and wait for interested customers to come in.
Outside the perimeter of the NBT is the grounds of the Bangsamoro Special Forces (BSF). Since the privilege of membership in the BSF is exclusive only for Muslim Bangsamoros, the BSF grounds will have a special in-house worship facility.
Part of the NBT Project is the establishment of the Bangsamoro Wax Museum where we will showcase each of the warriors' uniform, weapon, photograph, and heroic war stories. These MNLF veterans will live in nice houses near the Museum so tourists can see our heroes in person to get pictorial privileges.
No gun is allowed to enter inside the NBT. Members of the Bangsamoro Special Forces (BSF) reside inside the NBT. All MNLF guns will either become Museum exhibit or kept in the central Bangsamoro Corporation armory. You won't see any BSF carrying a gun or keeping a gun in his house. The BSF have all kinds of long rifles and mortars but will not be shown to the public.
If you have been to Vatican, you will see Swiss Guards around in their traditional medieval uniform carrying Spears for aesthetic purposes only. In the New Bangsamoro Townships, you will see just like that, BSFs in traditional Mindanao Muslim costume carrying Kris and Spear, patroling the perimeter on fine big horses we have to import from the Arabs.
There will also be a part in the Museum that will feature the cause, ideology, and chronology of the life of Prof. Dr. Nur Misuari, the Chairman of the MNLF, leader of Mindanao, and the living National Hero of the Bangsamoro People. In this section of the Museum, people will see how the MNLF started, how it suffered the struggle for over 46 years, and the principles it is fighting for.
Prof. Dr. NUR MISUARI - United Nations Peace Price Awardee; Nobel Peace Price Laureate Nominee; Winner of Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize. One of the few individuals that have acquired an international reputation on account of their major contribution to the promotion of peace, democracy and human rights. Founder and Leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from 1969-Present. Political Prisoner from 2001-2008 under the Regime of Dictator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.