BARMM Project TABANG, Bringing the Bangsamoro Government Closer to the People

COTABATO CITY – With the implementation of Project TABANG or Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan, ordinary constituents of the autonomous region now receive the services of the Bangsamoro government right in their communities.
Project TABANG was launched on September 2, 2019 in hopes of bringing the Bangsamoro Government closer to the grassroots. This project is an initiative of the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) Ahod ‘‘Al Haj Murad’’ Ebrahim aimed at facilitating the direct and immediate extension of basic services and assistance to the Bangsamoro people, specifically on relief assistance, livelihood, health and education services.

“The objective of this humanitarian project is to reach out to the Bangsamoro people and give them the basic services their government can provide, because we believe the governance and public service is not about us, the officials, rather, it is always about the people,” Ebrahim said.

“Demonstration ito nung pledge natin na talagang tutulong tayo sa mga tao mismo sa grassroot [It’s a demonstration of our pledge that we will really help the people in the grassroots]. We’ll keep up this commitment In shaa Allah,” the chief minister added.
BARMM Spokesperson and Interior and Local Government Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo re-echoed the Chief Minister’s message that the program’s main goal is “to bring the government to the people and assure that the services needed are all present once the conduct of TABANG takes place.”

The same statement was echoed by its Project Development Officer, Mohamad Asnur K. Pendatun during his guesting at Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) Inc. Kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro.

“There are three (3) major components they will be offering to the Bangsamoro people, these are Humanitarian, lLivelihood and Health Services,” he said. 

Pendatun further said that there is other project component being conducted in the ground under their office, “… aside from that, meron ding program which is PAG-ASA o Pagsuporta sa Bangsamoro. They will give a financial assistance to the beneficiaries of the family of martyred, Ustadz na volunteers lamang, all senior combatants and persons with disabilities (PWDs).”

Pendatun disclosed that the budget of Project TABANG is coming from the OCM. “Ang Project TABANG ay under the budget of the Office of the Chief Minister nag allocate po ng 1.4 million through the General Aappropriation Act of Bangsamoro or GAAB.”

Project TABANG has also reached as far as Luzon delivering assistance to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption, especially the Bangsamoro communities living in the area. A proof that TABANG is truly flexible in responding to the needs that would arise from the communities.

Moreover, after its kick off at Cotabato City and Maguindanao, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur and Bongao in Tawi-Tawi, the project continues in its distribution in the BARMM Special Geographic Area comprised of 63 barangays who opted to join the Bangsamoro in the concluded 2019 Bangsamoro plebiscite of North Cotabato.  

Pendatun shared a positive feedback they received from the beneficiaries during distributions of Project TABANG, citing, “Laking pasalamat nila sa ating Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, kung makikita nyo lang, words can’t explain their happinessss when we gave the assistance.”