Bangsamoro Region

BARMM sends ‘biggest’ relief aids for storm Auring victims

BARMM RELIEF TO AURING-VICTIMS IN SURIGAO : BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim leads the sendoff rite for the relief mission on Friday in Cotabato City to storm Auring victims in Surigao del Sur, some of 10 relief aids-filled trucks, houses in Tandag City submerged in flood, and President Duterte accompanied by Senator Bong Go conducting an earlier aerial inspection of typhoon-affected areas.)

COTABATO CITY

Typhoon Auring-affected families in Surigao del Sur, especially Moro families in Tandag City were earmarked with the biggest quantity of relief assistance from the interim government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), according to Philippine Muslim Today news sources.

10 relief aids-filled trucks, left, for Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, and houses in Tandag City, right, submerged in flood. (Supplied)

The severity of the tropical storm prompted President Duterte to conduct aerial inspection of affected areas on Feb. 23, and induced BARMM leadership to dispatch 10 trucks-filled with some 5,500 relief packages worth some 8,000-peso each.

President Duterte accompanied by Senator Bong Go conducting an earlier aerial inspection of typhoon-affected areas.

BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Hadi Murad” Ebrahim sent off the relief mission in symbolic rite in front of the regional executive building here on Friday, Feb. 26, with Ministers Raissa Jajurie (social welfare) and Naguib Snarimbo (local government) alongside their respective trained workers in attendance.

Minister Sinarimbo, who supervises the BARMM’s Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) program, would accompany the mission and lead the relief goods dispersal in Tandag City on Sunday, according to Myrna Jo Henry, a key READI program coordinator.

In a telephone interview, Henry said she has earlier coordinated with Tandag City government administrator as well as host-community Muslim leader Akmhali Atomar for Sunday’s distribution event.

Auring evolved tropical storm on Feb. 18 and brought in heavy rains spawning destructive floods that swept low-lying areas days later, adversely affecting at least 13,816 families or 53,236 persons in Northern Mindanao, Caraga and Davao region, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) reported as of Feb. 23.

A total of 12,825 families or 49,236 persons sought refuge in various evacuation centers, while around 450 families or 1,720 persons opted to stay with relatives or friends, the NDRRM said.

In Tandag City alone, at least 200 Bangsamoro families have been adversely affected and they would be constantly assisted by the BARMM’s READI and Operation TABANG programs, a Bureau of Information (BIO) statement said.

“Nakikiisa tayo sa mga kababayan nating nasalanta ng Typhoon Auring, lalo na itong nasa Northern Mindanao dahil alam natin yung hirap kapag tinatamaan ng calamities, dahil perennially ay tumatama sa atin yan,” the BIO quoted Minister Sinarimbo as saying.

The 10 truckload-mission carried 5,500 relief packs from the READI, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development (MSSD) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), it was learned

The packages from READI contain 10 kilos of rice and 10 pieces of canned goods worth P2,500 each; sleeping kits from MSSD such as mats, mosquito nets, and blankets (P2,500 each); and hygiene kits from MOH like bath and face towels, toothpastes, bottles of alcohol and shampoo, laundry detergent soaps, body soaps, sanitary napkins, and pails with cover (worth P3,000 each), Henry said.

The BIO statement attributed to Sinarimbo said the packages for affected Bangsamoro families will be distributed on Sunday, while the rest of the goods will be checked into local government units of Tandag City.

Some of the typhoon-affected Bangsamoro and non-Muslim families have expressed sighs of relief for the BARMM assistance, which they described as “biggest” quantity they would receive so far.

“We are very glad that despite some pressing concerns facing the BARMM government, its leadership has found a way to serve people outside their territorial jurisdiction,” a Maranao trader told the Philippine Muslim Today news in the vernacular.

(Ali G. Macabalang/PMT/SRNY/RSP)

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