By Ali G. Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officialdom have cited a Maranao barangay chairman in the metropolitan city for honesty in returning P1.1-million cash in excess of amelioration cash assistance given to his village.
In video footages that went viral in the YouTube and Facebook networks, Mayor Isko said the Manila City Hall had earlier allotted amelioration crisis assistance funds for all 897 constituent-barangays to cushion the socio-economic effects among residents by the Luzon-wide community lockdown meant to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Of the 897 city barangays, some villages returned unspent cash ranging from eight thousand pesos to P1.1-million purportedly for the city government to subsidize other emergencies in the city, the footages showed.
The largest reverted amount came from Barangay 769 in San Andres of Sta. Ana District which is led by Chairman Ansary Alawiya, a Maranao official elected by village voters for his good governance advocacy.
Impressed of the unexpected outcome in amelioration cash assistance dispersals, Mayor Isko called the attention of Chairman Alawiya and featured him in the city government’s social media channels as a model of honesty in public service.
Mayor Isko and supporters said Alawiya distributed P1,000 cash and a sack of rice to each head of families in his village, and still his barangay treasurer registered an excess of P1.1-million out of more than P2-million aid allocated from city hall.
Barangay 769 has a total population of 1,927 as of 2015 census, according to Wikipedia.
Alawiya is said to be a native of Lanao del Sur, a component province of BARMM, a geopolitical region established a year ago under R.A. 11054. The law was enacted in July 2918 in legal translation of two major peace deals forged in 2013 and 2013 by the government with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
MILF Chairman cum BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim has also cited Alawiya, and urged elected officials in the autonomous region’s 2,590 barangays to replicate him, regional spokesman Naguib Sinarimbo said.
“Chairman Alawiya simply exemplified what the Bangsamoro government’s advocates for morale governance,” said Sinarimbo, who is concurrent BARMM Minister of Interior and Local Governent. (Ali G. Macabalang)