Bangsamoro Social Services Minister Jajurie presents MSSD’s programs, services for the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY — Deputy Majority Floor Leader and Minister of the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) Atty. Raissa H. Jajurie presented her agency’s programs, projects and services implemented for various beneficiaries in the Bangsamoro Region during the 26th episode of Kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro of the Bangsamoro Multimedia Network  (BMN) Inc. last Saturday (November 27).  
Jajurie said providing the beneficiaries with package services under social welfare or social services is the mandate of the MSSD which is one of the 15 ministries established during the transition under the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.
“We have to give integrated social welfare to our constituents, address the socially disabling or dehumanizing conditions that they’re facing, protect, care, and rehabilitate the vulnerable sector, as well as promote policies for the betterment of the people,” she elaborated.
According to Jajurie, poverty in the region is quite high and there are a lot of vulnerabilities. “We are disaster prone, armed conflict, and therefore we need to help them with those vulnerabilities,” she underscored.
Jajurie conveyed that even though the autonomous government is now existing there are still nationally funded programs by DSWD that are being implemented and coordinated with MSSD in the region such as 4Ps, social pension, supplementary feeding, sustainable livelihood program, and as well as program pertaining to trafficking.
The social services minister further disclosed MSSD’s various flagship programs called KUPKOP Program for the Child and Youth Welfare of which there is a P5,000 monthly stipend and case management for the orphans less than eighteen (18) years old, KALINGA Program which is for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with five hundred pesos of monetary assistance, and ABAKA, an educational assistance program to help elementary to college students in their expenses with an allotment of ten thousand pesos per year per beneficiary.
Jajurie added that MSSD has recently launched another flagship program dubbed as Bangsamoro Sagip Kabuhayan (BSK) wherein the agency is giving a ‘seed money’ or start-up capital to bring back their economic activity.
“Lastly, there’s Unlad Pamilyang Bangsamoro  which is a combination of the different aspects of the mentioned programs which targets twenty-three thousand poor families in the BARMM,” Minister Jajurie said.
Minister Jajurie also clarified the difference between her Ministry to Chief Ministers’ Project TABANG and the BARMM READi which are administered by Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG). She explained that the said projects were mandated to do an immediate assistance.
“However the MSSD does the same thing, the ministry stays in the location even after the assistance until everything goes back to normal,” she elaborated
She said that MSSD’s main clients are the poor and the vulnerable sector of the autonomous region who are in dire need of help from the government in terms of social welfare.
“For example, children, women, elderly, disabled, and other sectors, and since the pandemic, new ones like Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipino,” Jajurie said.