The motorized fishing boats distributed to former Moro rebels in Pagalungan, Maguindanao del Sur. ( / John Unson)

BARMM-MAFAR provides 10 River Fishing Boats to former Moro Rebels

COTABATO CITY — The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform of the Bangsamoro government (MAFAR-BARMM) has provided a group of former Moro rebels now being reintegrated to society with essential support to boost their daily catch of freshwater fishes from the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Delta, report said Thursday.
Said fishing boats were delivered to their village in Barangay Kudal in Pagalungan, Maguindanao del Sur with fishing gears and nets for them to generate more earnings needed to sustain their families and the schooling of their children.

The group that benefited from MAFAR-BARMM’s livelihood support program is comprised of more than 50 former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that has two separate peace compacts with the government, the 2012 Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro and, subsequently, the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro, the report said.

Being grateful for the fishing boats provided to the former Moro rebels, Pagalungan Mayor Sailk Mamasabulod said. “We are together in ushering these former enemies of the government back into the local communities.”

Barangay Kudal is the birthplace of the founder of MILF, the late Salamat Hashim, who studied Islamic theology at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, the report also said. 

The Liguasan Delta, a catch basin of large rivers that spring from hinterlands in Bukidnon, Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces, is the source of freshwater fishes sold daily in markets in Region 12, and in BARMM’s adjoining Maguindanao del Sur and Maguindanao del Norte provinces, the report said.