Aiming to uplift the lives of the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) expanded and augmented its assistance through its Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF). The TDIF allocated to the Office of MP Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug Jr. was faithfully extended to various sectors in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
The Office through the Ministry of Health (MOH) – BARMM turned over one mobile clinic to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur on July 5, 2021, and it conducted a medical outreach program in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on December 11, 2021. Moreover, it distributed a total of 12 digital duplicators to various municipalities in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. Municipalities who were beneficiaries of the duplicators are the following: Kapatagan, Marantao, Taraka, Maguing, Lumba Bayabao, Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City and Municipality of Parang, Maguindanao with the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) under the 2020 TDIF.
Together with the Ministry of Public Works and Highways-Lanao del Sur (MPW-LDS), the Office also conducted site visits to various areas in identified municipalities for the installation of solar streetlights.
Meanwhile, the Office distributed four (4) WD Tractor (100 Hp) with farm implements with 100 disc plows, disc harrows, trailers, and other farm equipment to BARMM farmers in the Municipality of Tuburan and Sumisip in Basilan. Under the same program, the Office also provided financial assistance on the procurement of fruit seedlings—lanzones, rambutan, banana lakatan, durian and mangosteen— to the Malibacao Agricultural Cooperative of the South Upi, Maguindanao through Free-Range Chicken Raising and Goat Raising projects. Same assistance was extended (Goat Raising) to the Masiu Farmers Producers Cooperative of the Talub, Masiu, Lanao del Sur with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR).
The Office was also given opportunity to offer educational assistance through the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs to Henry B. Sangcayao Jr. of Brgy. Kibucay, Upi, Maguindanao, Amichell M. Rubio of Remepes, Upi, Maguindanao, and Janine Alexis G. Andres of Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao. Each beneficiary received monetary assistance worth 15,000.00 for their education.
In addition, MP Mitmug extended assistance to the beneficiaries of Bangsamoro Rural Employment through Entrepreneurial Development (BREED), in particular, the Babsan Service Cooperative, Darul-Arham Livestock Producer and Cooperative, Ikram Agriculture Cooperative, Lumba Marantao Farmers and Fisherfolk Producer Cooperative, OISCA Farm Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Panabang Youth Service Cooperative, Ranaw Rizki Marketing Cooperative (Bangsamoro Sustainable Farming Agriculture Products), Taliong Marketing Cooperative, Tuca Sisterly Cooperative, Ittihad Cooperative, Datu Mitmug Farmers Association, Gambai Salam Producer Cooperative, Lobo Basara Farm Cooperative, Mabuhay Lumba Bayabao Marketing Youth Cooperative, Tacder Marketing Cooperative, Barlins Farmers Agri Cooperative, Farm of Hope Producer Cooperative, Shafaat Agriculture Cooperative (Mushroom for Change), Kapitan Laut Boisan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Panamar ko Ranao Marketing Cooperative, Save Lanao Agri Farm Agricultural Cooperative, Bagoenged Proper Agriculture Cooperative, Nalkan Initiative Agriculture Cooperative, Golden Harvest Farmers Marketing, Bilhhikma Farmers Marketing Cooperative and United Bangsamoro Magungaya Producers Cooperative. The goal of this project is to provide start-up capital to support the organized rural workers’ associations in generating employment opportunities in the communities of Lanao del Sur.
As part of the June celebration of the Philippine Environmental Month (Proclamation No. 237, s. 1988), the Office conducted a Tree Planting Program through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy at Lanao Agricultural College, Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur last June 2, 2022. The said project was availed through the 2021 TDIF. Part of the advocacy of this Office is the preservation of the region’s environmental resources.
The Office of MP Mitmug attended the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism and Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative for the renovation of a coffee processing center, including post-harvest processing machinery and equipment last March 17, 2022 at MTIT, Cotabato City.
Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative was endorsed by MP Mitmug as a recipient of the program under the Transitional Development Impact Fund.
Minister Abuamri Taddik opened the ceremony, and messages of support were given by Director-General Rosslaini Alonto, Mr. Anwar Dimaucom (TDIF Focal), and the Office of MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. (represented by PAO IV Jamil Bejerano).
Rizalex Favilla, President of Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative, relayed his deep gratitude to the Ministry and MP Mitmug, saying they could not believe the amount of support they were being given.
Also in attendance at the MOA signing was Mr. Estanislao Gepte, Head of the Board of Directors of Malibacao Cooperative and project coordinator of North Star Upi Coffee Project.
LANAO DEL SUR – The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr., distributed financial assistance to beneficiaries in Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City and Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba Bayabao, on March 25 and 30, 2022, respectively.
Sixty-three beneficiaries (solo parents) in Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City each received ₱2,000, while 50 beneficiaries (solo parents and senior citizens) in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba Bayabao each received ₱2,500.
MP Mitmug extends his thanks to the local officials of said barangays for their assistance in the identification of the beneficiaries and the orderly distribution.
The financial assistance is part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s Bangsamoro Parliament Program (BPP), which was approved during last year’s budget deliberations. BPP consists of (1) Community Upliftment and Financial Assistance, (2) Community-Driven Legislation, and (3) Special Activities Advocating and Championing Bangsamoro Culture & Communities. The Office of MP Mitmug implements these programs through regular coordination with local government units, monthly conduct of public consultations and focus group discussions, and collaboration with partner organizations.
COTABATO CITY – The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr., held a Stakeholders Dialogue on Housing at Pagana Kutawato Restaurant today, April 6, 2022.
Various homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and urban poor representatives were present to air their concerns and queries to the Ministry of Human Settlements and Development (MHSD). MP Mitmug introduced MHSD Minister Hamid Barra and facilitated the open dialogue.
The urban poor population in Cotabato City consists of both Muslims and Christians and only a portion have received housing through national-funded programs. Atty. Anwar Malang, convenor for the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and long-time advocate for the urban poor community, summarized their immediate concerns:
(1) Request for socialized housing (either through housing infrastructure or purchase of private lots)
(2) Livelihood (if they would be relocated to other areas)
(3) Loss of their homes due to road-widening projects
(4) Lack of access to clean water
(5) Lack of road access (those living in swampy/ rural areas)
Aside from giving updates on the Ministry’s ongoing programs, Minister Barra relayed that the programs would be inclusive to all Bangsamoro residents. He encouraged the organizations to submit their respective concerns and proposals as these could also be pursued with international development partners, aside from the programs of the BARMM government.
Director-General Esmael Ebrahim also assured them that the Ministry would be pursuing a larger budget for the next fiscal year (2023). Ebrahim explained that as much as the Ministry would like to fast-track the implementation of said projects, they still had to comply with government procedures such as the inspection of the land and securing permits and clearances from the local government units, which would require time.
At the closing, MP Mitmug expressed his thanks to the Ministry for taking the time to respond to the concerns of the HOAs and to the organizations present for the productive discussion. Mitmug informed them his office would extend assistance in endorsing their proposals to the Ministry and to the Parliament, if need be. Some of the organizations that were present included: Pagbabago HOA, Samaka HOA, Inc., Divine Mercy Organization, St. Joseph HOA, and Tanghal Bridge HOA. Also in attendance from MHSD were Director-General Esmael Ebrahim and Chief of Staff Ajeeb Barra.