By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, June 5–Bangsamoro communities near the camps of the five Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Base Command in Lanao del Sur are also set to benefit from the mobile rice mill project granted to the MILF Northeastern Mindanao Front
Front commander and Member of the Bangsamoro Parliament (MP) Basit “Jannati” Mimbantas Abbas gave the assurance that his base commanders are going to share the livelihood facility from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to other farmers in neighboring communities
“I instructed our base commanders saka yung mga cooperatives natin na recipient ng mobile rice mill na galing sa DTI na hindi lang yan sa atin, para yan sa mga barangay natin, at mga farmers natin para mapakinabangan yung mobile rice mill,’ he said.
[I instructed our base commanders and our cooperatives that are recipients of the mobile rice mill from the DTI that it is not just for us, it is for our barangays, and our farmers so we can take advantage of the mobile rice mill.]
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) launched the mobile rice mill project in Camp Bushra Somiorang in Butig on Friday, June 4, as part of the government’s commitment under the normalization track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The project was launched through the Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization-Peaceful Return and Aggressive Inclusion Social Entrepreneurship (ICCMN-PRAISE) program, a socio-economic intervention that aims to create economic opportunities for decommissioned MILF combatants, their families, and their communities.
DTI Special Concerns and Trade Promotions Group Usec. Abdulgani Macatoman lauded the MP for his instruction to share the facility.
‘Ito rin naman usaping kapayapaan ay hindi lang para sa isang asosasyon o kooperatiba lamang, kung hindi ang magiging recipient ay pangkahalatan,” he said.
[This peace talk is not just for a particular association or cooperative only, but for all.]
Macatoman also explained that the usufruct agreement stipulated that the facility should be shared.
“This would be shared . Kaya lang ina-identify lang natin yung cooperative, yung people’s organization or association para sila yung mangangalaga dun sa facility,” he further said.
[This would be shared. But we identify the cooperative, the people’s organization or association for they are the ones who will take care of that facility.]
Meanwhile, Macatoman assured that DTI field staff from the Project Monitoring Office will be ready to assist the recipient-cooperatives should they need further assistance in the operation of the facility.
“May mga field staff na tuloy-tuloy ang pagmonitor kung kailangan pa nila ng training at sapat na kaalaman kung paano gamitin ang facility or equipment, ituturo natin yan sa ating mga recipient na kooperatiba,” he added.
[There are field staff who are constantly monitoring if they still need training and sufficient knowledge on how to use the facility or equipment, we will teach that to our recipient-cooperatives.] Philippine Information Agency