BARMM Students in Cebu City request help to come home after long COVID-19 ECQ

COTABATO CITY – A group of students who hails from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), who took their review class in Cebu City in preparation for the board examination asked Bangsamoro authorities to help them come home after being stranded in the city due to Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a report received by, about 27 engineering students from Maguindanao and Cotabato City who are stranded in Cebu City wanted to come home.

After completing the 6-months review class, their flight has been scheduled to return home but the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)-lockdown was declared in the entire country through RA no. 11469 known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” signed on March 2020 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. 

Abedin Tago, Provincial Chairman of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) facilitated the communication between the stranded students and to get the actual situation of students. 

Tago said, the students have no enough money to be able to come back to their places of origin. When asked if they still have food to eat, they said that they receive food rations from local government but are not enough.

Upon knowing the contact person of the stranded students, asked them for the details of their situation. 

Moguiajid A. Butongkay, head of the engineering students said that they still have rice left, supplied by Cebu LGU. “May natira pa na konte na bigas yung supply galing LGU ng Cebu City,” said Butongkay.

However, they face difficulty in paying their boarding house monthly rentals because their parents have no more enough income due to ECQ.

“Ung babayaran namin sa boarding house rental, o apartment ang isa sa major problem namin ngayon kasi yong mga parents namin ay medyo hirap din ngayon dahil sa ipinatutupad na ECQ,” he said in vernacular.

Butongkay said they wanted to be repatriated back to their communities.

“Ang gusto sana namin kong may masakyan lang ay gusto din namin na maka uwi kami kong sakali, pero kong wala talagang paraan, kahit anong tulong nalang. Alhamdulillah ok na sa amin,” he added.

The head of the engineering students can be reached through his mobile phone number 09756520161 for any assistance that may be given to them.

Butongkays’ said they are being group into two boarding houses. Those who are sheltered at St. Jude street, Don Bosco Village, Punta Princesa, Cebu City are:  1. MOGUIAJID A. BUTONGKAY, 2. FAITH LICCA SANTOS, 3. SHEIKA MYKA BALAWAN, 4. BAINOT PAIDOMAMA, 5. DATU PUTI S. BANDAL, 6. J HON EDISON ORCULLO, 7. DATUDIDO BINANGON, 8. ABDULNASSER DIMASISIL, 9. MUHAIDYN A. YUSOPH, 10. SAIPUDIN ABAS, 11. SALAHUDIN BALAD, 12. MOAR EBUS, 13. RAHIB PADAO, 14. NORODIN TATUANG, 15. MOHAMAD TAUP. 

At Luym Building, 8th Floor Room #822, Corner Plaridel St. Camp; Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City are: 16. NORUDIN G. LALI, 17. NOR ADDIN M. KASIM, 18. FHARALEEZAH D. TULA, 19. ABDULBASIT A. BANSIL, 20. PRINCE YUOSEF M. MUMBAS, 21. MISFER M. MUMBAS 22. DATUDAT S. ABAS, 23. NORHAMIN K. MAULANA ,24. AHMEED A. PAGUITAL, 25. SAMSODIN O. EMRAN, 26. SALAHODIN A. MALA, and 27. FAHAD P. DIMASIDSING.

Meanwhile, another group of intern students from Basilan State College, Province of Basilan are also stranded at Milanes Dormitory, Private Road Duterte Street, Barangay Banawa, Cebu City and asked the Bangsamoro Government to help them go home to Basilan.

The students are: 1. April Jane T. Miñoza, 2. Almida D. Kanni, 3. Rahma H. Ammad, 4. Jihada I. Hamad, 5. Mica A. Panganiban, 6. Alvin John D. Provido, 7. Basik L. Jali, at 8. Fathrideen I. Akalun who can be contacted at 09558028626.

Recently, upon receiving report that there are also 31 stranded students in Jamiat Cotabato Institute of Technology at Cotabato City, the Bangsamoro Government through READi-BARMM provided them food packs.

The Bangsamoro students in Cebu City are hoping that BARMM can provide them assistance through the READi-BARMM program.