BARMM-MSSD provides 1,000 sacks of rice for Bangsamoro communities in Gensan

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) – Ministry of Social Services and Development provided 1,000 sacks of rice on June 24-25, 2020 to Bangsamoro communities in General Santos City who are affected by Corona Virus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The relief assistance was accessed and distributed by Gensan Muslim Leaders and Covid-19 Frontliners in collaboration with the City Mayor’s Office – Indigenous Cultural Communities Affairs Division CMO-ICCAD and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – SarGen Provincial Office.
Each sack contains 25-kilogarm of locally milled rice that were distributed to identified needy Bangsamoro households. Those who were recipients of the Special Amelioration Program nor 4Ps of the Department of Social Welfare and Development were excluded.

Karl Vincent M. Quiepo, Chief Administrative Officer of the City Mayor’s Office, conveyed the gratitude of the city government to BARMM for responding to the needs of Muslim constituents in times of health crisis.

He looked forward for a possible future partnership with BARMM for projects that would benefit the Bangsamoro communities of Gensan.
The distribution sites were in barangays Buayan, Tinagakan, Apopong and Tambler and in the Oval Plaza Gymnasium of the city. 

 “We really thank BARMM-MSSD for this help and commend the efforts of our Muslim leaders here in responding to the needs of our Bangsamoro communities,” said Jocelyn Lambac-Janda, Division Head of CMO-ICCAD.

She named the Muslim organizations behind the initiative as the Council of Imams of General Santos City, Gensan Muslim Religious Advisory Council, Gensan Madaris Federation, Salaam Foundation, E-Research Center, Mindanao Halal Authority, Gensan ALIVE Teachers Association, and Hay’atul Ulama-SarGen.

Aida Seddic, OIC-Provincial Director of NCMF-Sargen, lauded the assistance of the Bangsamoro government. She said most of the beneficiaries are farmers, fisher folks, single parents, vendors, habal-habal/tricycle drivers, carpenters, and construction laborers.

She said that the beneficiaries were a mix of Maranao, Tausog, Maguindanaon, Sangir, and Balik Islam living in different barangays of the city.
“Our big thanks to the people behind this blessing and to the BARMM,” Amona Abdulaziz, one of the beneficiaries said in local vernacular.

“Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), thanks to those who facilitated this food assistance- BARMM, our leaders and other agencies,  only Allah can reward your good acts,” Muhammad Sharif said in Filipino.