BDA-CenMin with assistance from TDF & IYV distributes food for Iftar  

The Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) with assistance from Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDF) and Insani Yardim Vakfi (IYV) distributed food for Iftar (breaking the fast) including food packages to selected beneficiaries in Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Carmen, North Cotabato from June 11 – 13, 2016.       

In an interview with Abdulnasser Akmad, BDA-CenMin Regional Coordinator for Social Welfare Program (SWP) by the Agency’s Communication Group dated June 23, 2016, he said that, “With the assistance from TDF and IYV, we were able to strengthen and expand the planned distribution of food for Iftar including food package to the selected and deserving community stakeholders.”

Akmad also explained that “for Iftar, it catered 800 beneficiaries; and considering the small number of available staff & volunteers and the simultaneous activities to be carried out by the Office during Ramadan (month of fasting for Muslims), our distribution only focused in Cotabato City, particularly in the following areas:

1. Masjid Assahabiah at Mother Kalanganan on June 11,2016;

2. Masjid Ittihad at Bagua 2 on June 11,2016;

3. Masjid Omar ibn Khattab at Mother Bagua on June 11,2016;

4. Masjid Salih alhalafie at MB Tamontaka on June 12,2016; 

5. Masjid Assiddique at Poblacion Mother on June 12,2016;

6. RMO Ramadhan Forum at Department of Education Division Office-XII on June 12,2016;

7. Masjid Doton at Poblacion 3 on June 12,2016; and,

8. Masjid Asshuhadah at Poblacion 9 on June 13, 2016.”

With regards to food packages, Akmad stressed that, “These were distributed to the selected Muslim residents of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, particularly in Barangay Katuli, with 100 beneficiaries; and municipality of Carmen, North Cotabato, particularly in Barangay Manarapan with 435 beneficiaries and Sitio Balas, Barangay Tacupan with 435 beneficiaries on June 11, 12 and 13, 2016, respectively.” 

Akmad further explained that “the food package contained 10 kilos of rice with grocery items.”

“The basis of selection of the beneficiaries was clear but with appropriate strictness because the assistances that we distributed were exclusively given during the month Ramadan to help the poor and fasting Muslims,” added Akmad. 

In his reflection, Mar-uf Edza, Asst. Regional Coordinator for SWP said, “it is a golden opportunity that our plan for this month of Ramadan was strengthened taking into account that the kind of support from IYV and TDF was of great help to the recipients who are poor and oppressed Muslims. 

Edza also emphasized, “Statistics shows the fact that we are poor and history always tells us that it is due to the centuries of oppression, colonialism and all other forms of injustices in our homeland that utilizes divide-and-rule tactics so as to destroy and dismantle our strong band of unity and solidarity in this far eastern part of the globe and that they continue with the usurpation of our reach land, exploit our vast natural resources”, Edza also said.

“And for the oppressors, those were not enough. Take a look the history that proves the centuries of injustices perpetrated against the Muslims in the South. Some of those were cases of massacres against the Moros; the American slogan, ‘The only good Moro is a Dead Moro’ (which was also replicated by ousted President Joseph Estrada during his time as Philippine President); and the invention of .45 Caliber Pistol purposely to instantly kill raging Moros which was cited in the book ‘Swish of the Kris’ written by Ref.  Vic Hurley," Edza emotionally explained.

In his message, Sheik Abdulrasheed B. Ambil heartily expressed thanks and gratitude to the two Turkish organizations represented by Sheik Omer Kesme for IYV and Imran Yuzg?l for TDF. 

The distribution of food for iftar and food packages was a golden opportunity because with their assistance, BDA’s plan of activities for this month of Ramadan was strengthened and the number of beneficiaries was multiplied.