By ALI G. MACABALANG
COTABATO CITY: Pursuing the inclusivity mandate of its organization, the Bangsamoro autonomous government cited on Holy Thursday the role of Christian workers retained in skeletal operations now focused emergency strides in containing the COVID-19 disease.
“On the occasion of Holy Thursday, I pay homage to two of my Christian staffs, Evelyn (Estorque) and Jo Henry, who embody the value and message of this important Christian holiday and which is, humility in service,” lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Bangasamoro government spokesman, said in an online post on April 9.
Sinarimbo, who is also regional Minister of Interior and Local Government, honored the duo by taking and posting in Facebook some selfie photos with them.
“They have been away and unable to visit their families for over a month now due to their duties as frontliners in our fight against the COVID-19. Even on this important holiday, they are still at work running our Emergency Operation Center, sending and coordinating several (field works) of our teams,” Sinarimbo said.
Estorque and Henry, both retained from among Christian workers of the bureaucracy of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), are key players in the Bangsamoro government’s Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) program under the supervision of Minister Sinarimbo.
READI, a focal program on rescue and relief efforts on emergency situations, has formed four teams now deployed in component areas of the Bangsamoro region.
Workers of Team 1 are led “voluntarily” by Manzor, son of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim, in providing relief goods and services to 14 barangays in Kabacan and Carmen, North Cotabato that are now parts of the new autonomous region.
Team 2 is led by Sinarimbo assisted by Estorque and Henry, serving 49 villages in Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Pikit and Midayap, towns also of North Cotabato, that likewise form part of the Bangsamoro region.
Team 3, as of Thursday, was focused on loading medical supplies in Polloc Port of Parang, Maguindanao bound for the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi, while Team 4 headed to Lanao del Sur to provide PPEs for the workers of Mindanao State University-Marawi City campus’ Infirmary and provincial office of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), and rice subsidy to provincial MILG personnel, it was learned.
“On this occasion, let me join our Christian brethren in the commemoration of Holy Thursday. May we all embody the true message of this day, humility in the service of our fellowmen,” Sinarimbo said. (Ali G. Macabalang)