Bringing Bangsamoro Government closer to its constituents

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) launched the ‘Project TABANG’ or ‘Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan’ in Cotabato City on September 2, 2019.

In the launching ceremony, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim said the Project TABANG would be conducted regularly in different areas across the Bangsamoro region, most especially in the poverty and calamity-stricken communities.

Ebrahim said the ‘Project TABANG’ is “a demonstration of our pledge to help the people in the grassroots. We’ll keep (to) this commitment, in shaa Allah (God willing).”

“Our objective is to reach out to the Bangsamoro people and give them the basic services their government can provide. Because we believe that governance and public service is not about us, the officials. Rather, it is always about the people,” Ebrahim said.

Since its launching in Cotabato City, the Project TABANG has already been conducted in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur; Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; Pikit, Cotabato, and, recently, in Jolo, Sulu.

During the conduct of the Project TABANG in Jolo, Sulu on March 9, Ebrahim said the basic concept for the program “is to bring the (Bangsamoro) government closer to the constituents.”

“In shaa Allah, we will regularly converge in a province or city (within BARMM) to extend our services,” Ebrahim said.

More than 2,000 families – mostly victims of the fire that destroyed over 2,000 houses in Jolo, Sulu, on February 3 – were served with different free services by various ministries and offices of the BARMM.

Among the services were medical and dental consultations; eye screening; hypertension and diabetes screening; immunization, and distribution of medicine.

Besides, the beneficiaries received relief packages containing rice packs, canned goods, water containers, sleeping mats, hygiene kits, kitchen wares, school supplies and slippers.

Sulu Provincial Governor Abdusakur Tan, in his speech, said his administration supports the Bangsamoro government and its visions.

“Let us support (Chief Minister) Murad,” Tan told his constituents.