BDA- ZamBas Region turns-over Warehouse and Two Solar dryers to Peoples’ Organizations in Basilan

BDA ZamBas Region turned-over a warehouse and two solar dryers to peoples’ organization in Barangay Ulitan of Ungkaya Pukan and Guiong of Sumisip, Basilan on March 29.
The projects fall under the Bangsamoro Assistance and Development for Community Empowerment with the acronym BM-ADVANCE is one of MTF-RDP funded by World Bank with the objectives to assist in the economic recovery of the conflict affected communities in Mindanao and support the confidence building measures of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front as provided for in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB). 

The Sub-Projects were turned over to Ulitan United Association (UUA) of Barangay Ulitan and Darul Hidayah Association (DHA) of Guiong. The keys of the warehouse were given to its presidents by Ustadz Hashim Mantikan, Project Officer-BDA Central Management Office based in Cotabato City and accepted by the two POs’ Presidents Mr. Adzhar Malangka of UUA and Ustadz Musliman D. Usman of DHA.

Mantikayan said in his message “I want to ask an apology for being late due to unpredictable incident and that is part of sabr (sobriety) just like our struggle needs sabr which has been inherited from our forefathers until now we are still in the state of sabr. But it does not mean we are going to stop rather, we should continue until we attain our main objective. Unity is very important to gain our objective and success of this community and the Bangsamoro as a whole”.

Vice Mayor Ramiz Balahim of Ungkaya Pukan informed the community of Ulitan to be united as project is pouring in “as unity is very crucial for its success especially at this time when concreting of its road is underway as a manifestation of your unity, you were heard by the Local government.”

Mr. Tawab S. Kararon, Manager of BDA-ZamBas Region advised the officers and members of the two People organizations’ to take care of the solar dryers as they have been handed over to you now that the responsibilities especially the operation and maintenance are in your hands. 

The turn over activities was made at Ulitan, Ungkaya Pukan in the morning of March 29, while the one in Barangay Guiong, Sumisip was held in the afternoon of the same day.

Sumisip just like Ungkaya Pukan is an impoverished Moro town where some bloody encounters between the military and the notorious Abu Sayaaf Group (ASG) took place in the past.