Bangsamoro Region

MILF communities in Lanao del Sur thankful for gov’t projects

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

A member of one of the MILF recipient cooperatives shows a thumbs-up gesture after their cooperative got a mobile rice mill from the government. (PIA-ICIC)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, June 5–Leaders of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) communities here in the province conveyed their gratitude and appreciation to the government for bringing in projects that could boost economic development in their respective communities.

Through the Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization-Peaceful Return and Aggressive Inclusion Social Entrepreneurship (ICCMN-PRAISE) program, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), launched on Friday, June 4, mobile rice mill projects for five MILF base command under the Northeastern Mindanao Front whose general headquarter is in Camp Bushra Somiorang in the municipality of Butig.

Muhammad Rabani, commander of the 120th Base Command based in Lumbatan town, said the mobile rice mill is indeed a big help for the farmers as they will be spared from spending money in taking the paddy (palay) to private rice millers in other barangays and bringing back the rice to their barangay.

“Libre at walang bayad ito (this is free of charge),” he said, thankful that they can get the milling work done right at their camp or barangay.

“Sobrang nagpapasalamat kami sa (we are very grateful to) DTI at sa (and) national government,” expressed Mahid Diongal, president of the 120th Base Command Madrasah Norol Hidaya Picotaan Producer Cooperative. With the mobile rice mill, he said it would be convenient for the cooperative members to mill the paddy.

Brgy. Sandab chairperson Macalawan Diamaoden also thanked the government for the intervention which for him would create a great impact on the socio-economic development of his barangay that envisions to be one of the top rice-producing barangays in the province.

Meanwhile, Northeastern Mindanao Front commander and Bangsamoro Government Member of the Parliament Basit “Jannati” Mimbantas Abbas thanked DTI, OPAPP, and other agencies and organizations for implementing projects under the normalization track of the peace process.

“Today is very significant and historical because this is a reflection or continuation of our noble endeavors and sacrifices to attain just and lasting peace and development in the Bangsamoro and our country in general,” he said. Philippine Information Agency

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