By Ali G. Macabalang
BULUAN, Maguindanao – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officialdom steps up its continuing relief aids to calamities-affected constituents, training this time to the people of this province in a show of “gratitude” to their Congressman’s key role in the recent passage of House Bill 10121.
BARMM spokesman Naguib Sinaribo, representing Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim, came and met here on Thursday with 2nd District Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu to convey their salutation alongside an initial 10,000 packs containing 10 kilos of high quality rice, 10 cans of sardines and 10 big sachets of three-in-one coffee each.
“We’re responding to requests for assistance in…the second district of Maguindanao (for people affected in) flooding and the health pandemic,” Sinarimbo, concurrent Local Government minister, told reporters.
Sinarimbo’s ministry administers the Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) team that came here.
Separate assistance from the Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan (TABANG) of the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) and the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) were expected to supplement the aid, it was learned.
Sinarimbo said his team would also disperse today, Sept. 17 similar relief goods to Datu Salibo town, where residents were still reeling from frequent floods that aggravate COVID-19 adversities.
“Gratitude is an attitude of this government,” Sinarimbo said, referring to their administration’s reciprocation to people moving for an extended reign of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the BARMM interim ruling body.
Rep. Mangudadatu is the main sponsor of HB 10121, which the House of Representative approved on Wednesday, Sept. 15, on third and final reading a day after President Duterte finally certified the urgency of the measure.
The bill proposes the deferment of the 2022 regional parliament election and the extension of the BTA lifespan to 2025.
BARMM officials led by Chief Minister Ebrahim, Senior Minister Abdulraof Macacua and BTA Parliament Speaker Ali Pangalian Balindong have promptly thanked the President, the House and Senate leaderships, particularly citing Rep. Mangudadatu as well as Senators Francis Tolentino and Juan Miguel Zubiri for their persistent support.
Last Sept. 6, the Senate approved on third and final its counterpart or version SB 2214 authored by Sen. Tolentino as substitute to bills earlier filed by Senators Dick Gordon and Koko Pimentel.
The House and Senate measures sought to amend a provision in R.A 11054 (BARMM charter), which fixed the BTA parliament’s first election in time with the May 9, 2022 synchronized local and national polls. (AGM)