BARMM to utilize unprogrammed P30B to solve poverty in the region’s provinces

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM Spokesman, and concurrent Minister of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of the BARMM disclosed to the Manila Times that the new region decided to utilize a PhP 30B unprogrammed funds to improve the quality of services, thereby solving poverty at the barangay level. 

He also told the Manila Times that the provinces are Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and some Muslim-populated towns of North Cotabato.

Sinarimbo added that the regional DILG earlier requested the national government to immediately allocate the amount “so it could distribute as soon as possible the funds to concerned villages in Muslim Mindanao.”

He said that he was directed by Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to secure the amount “to support social service delivery and front-load the money to the village level in the region’s areas of responsibility.”

Sinarimbo said Ebrahim required Cabinet members to submit “their respective proposed programs and projects and then refer them to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for appropriate action.”

He said health and education are the major concerns, noting that the region’s “health indicators are among the worst in the entire country. We want to reverse that lamentable condition by fielding enough needed health workers at the level of the barangay as well as employing qualified public elementary and secondary school teachers in urban and countryside villages to upgrade the academic performance of learners Maranao, Maguindanaon, Tausug, Yakan and Samal students.”