ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Sept 30 (PIA) – The regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) brought its programs and services to Basileños on Friday (Sept. 30) during the Convergence Caravan dubbed “Project Tabang” in Lamitan City.
Thousands of Basileños trooped to the BARMM Complex in Sta. Clara, Lamitan City carrying their hopes to avail programs and services from different ministers in the bangsamoro region.
Shahid Akbara, Community Development Officer of the Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) said that 5,000 Basileños were initially given coupon to avail of government services like health care, livelihood programs, educational assistance and other humanitarian services.
During the program, Governor Jim Salliman in his message, said that despite of some challenges especially posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he assured the support of the provincial government in all the programs for the Bangsamoro people especially to Basileños.
“Kahit anong krisis na dadaanan natin at kahit anong crisis na kakaharapin natin, ang provincial government ng Basilan po ay taos-pusong magsuporta kahit na anong programa ang kakaharapin natin lalung-lalo na kung para sa mga taga Basilan,” Governor Salliman said.
He also expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and other ministers in going to Basilan to bring their programs and services.
“Maraming maraming salamat po Chief Minister sa pagpunta ninyo dito. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng ministers na walang sawang magsuporta sa mga programa ng provincial government para sa mga mamamayan ng Basilan,” he expressed.
Meanwhile, Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) emphasized that Project Tabang is essentially a project of the Office of the Chief Minister to deliver humanitarian, livelihood and other services for the constituents of the region. He added that it is at the same time a converted platform for the different ministers to bring their services closer to the people.
“It is a manifestation and affirmation of the Bangsamoro Government to fullfill its pledge to uplift the lives of the people of the Bangsamoro,” he stressed.
Furthermore, Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim, Al-Haj of BARMM in his message, said that they really want to bring all their programs and services in different areas in BARMM.
“Ang layunin natin ay ilapit yong gobyerno doon sa mga mamamayan kaya nga kung hindi lang nagkaroon ng COVID ang talagang plano natin is all throughout the year ay magkakaron ng pagtitipon para mag-extend ng assistance lahat ng ministries sa bawat lugar na pupuntahan,” Chief Minister Ebrahim said.
The Basileño beneficiaries also thanked the Bangsamoro government for their assistance to Basileños.
“Taos puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa BARMM, sana tuluy-tuloy po ang kanilang programa dahil malaking tulong po ito sa atin lalo na sa mga tulad naming walang permanenteng trabaho,” one of the beneficiaries of agricultural-farm inputs said.
The Project Tabang with the theme “Bringing the Bangsamoro Government closer to the People” was launched on September 22, 2019 at Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City. (RVC/NDR-PIA Basilan)