SZOPADSpecial Zone of Peace and Development
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Szopad, which consists of 14 provinces in southern Philippines affected by armed conflict, was created in October 1996 in support of the peace agreement signed between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front.
EO 371 mandated, among others, that the SZOPAD shall consist of the provinces of Basilan, Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Palawan, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, South Cotabato, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur; and the cities of Cotabato, Dapitan, Dipolog, General Santos, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, and Zamboanga.
Like the madrasah in barangay Labuan, this madrasah in barangay Calabasa also benefited from SZOPAD projects.
Fidel Ramos, signed the "1996 Final Peace Agreement" with the MNLF which created the Special Zone of Peace and Development in the Southern Philippines (SZOPAD) and which called for the integration of 5,750 MNLF soldiers into the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).