Tag: General Welfare

Mitmug aids BARMM constituents with TDIF: A recap from 2020-2022

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.  

‘A worthwhile and remarkable experience:’ MP Mitmug shares his naval reserve force journey

Under Republic Act 7077, the mission of the Citizen Armed Force, alternately referred to as the Reserve Force, is to provide the base for the expansion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the event of war, invasion or rebellion; to assist in relief and rescue during disaster or calamities; to assist in socioeconomic development; and to assist in the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission. The Navy Reserve complements the active-duty component of the Navy.

A reserve can pursue a full-time civilian education or profession while serving, or he or she can receive special military training. These are men and women who are compassionate and dedicated to serve the country in so many ways and adds to the diversity of the organization. MP Mitmug aside from being the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s Deputy Minority Floor Leader, volunteers in his community as a Navy Reservist.

On October 16, 2020, Mitmug finished his Basic Citizen Military Course after months of undergoing trainings, and was formally enrolled as a citizen soldier to the Philippine Navy Reserve as PO3 Rasol Mitmug Jr. PN (RES). Prior to his graduation, he was given the opportunity to present to the Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command a Plaque of Appreciation on September 27, 2020, for their prompt response to the request for assistance and support in transporting the Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) in Manila bound for Cotabato via Cagayan de Oro.

As an active-duty citizen soldier, Lt Cmdr Suharto Ambolodto  (PN) and  P03 Ras Mitmug  (PN), joins the 1st Marine Brigade Outreach Program in Support of Education Continuity Plans last January 26, 2021, at former MILF CAMP Abubakar, Barira Town, Maguindanao. The group donated 20 boxes of 5 reams of bond papers for the five District Schools, 1000 facemasks, 100 face shields, and 20 bottles of one-liter disinfectant alcohol through the District Supervisors of the Municipalities of Barira. A month after, P03 Mitmug donated kiddie meals to children ages five and up of CCNHS-Annex LR Sebastian Site in celebration of National Student’s Day. Said initiative is in collaboration with the Philippine Navy Reserve Commander NRCen-WM, COL. Leo C. Frincillo PN (M) (GCS), Lanao del Sur Provincial Government, Area 6 President Jamael Bagumbaran, and Khadaffy Daromimbang.

P03 Mitmug also participated in the fleet-marine engineering projects in Sulu as part of the Pagsisikap 2021 through the 4th Marine Brigade. PAGSISIKAP 2021 focuses on the Philippine Navy’s thrust to sustain Fleet-Marine units in the planning and execution of amphibious operations and/or raids in the littoral battle space in support of the PN’s Capability Development Plan to test the Amphibious Task Group concept, which will be built around the Landing Dock or Landing Ship, as well as the landing force, surface connectors, aviation, and special forces. The exercise also highlights new military assets for the Philippine Marine Corps, such as Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), which will be used for the first time in Mindanao during amphibious operations.

The 631st Naval Squadron Reserve was contingent to Naval Forces Western Mindanao Exercise PAGSISIKAP 2021 where PO3 Don Loong was the Petty Officer in Charge of the 631st Naval Squadron Reserve (NSR631) together with his team support staff; PO3 Ras Mitmug, PO3 Tanya Bella, PO3 Caesar Ian G. Kamensa, N2 Sahid A. Usman participated in the various civil affairs programs as part of the CMO activities of the naval exercise. The NSR631 was recently named the “best naval reservist unit” and “best naval reservist enlisted personnel.”

In the aftermath of Typhoon Odette, the 63rd Naval Group Reserve, Naval Forces Reserve Western Mindanao of the NRCen Western Mindanao in Naval Forces Western Mindanao assisted the Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP, the DPWH Regions XI and XII, and the Province of Cotabato in supporting the transport and delivery to the EOC of Dinagat Islands of approximately 145 tons of rice, 20,000 cans of sardines, 20,000 sachets of coffee, 320,000 tablets of aquatabs, 1,500 hygiene kits and 1,200 jerrycans from the BARMM headed by Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim through the Ministry of Social Services and Development headed by its Minister and BTA Deputy Majority Floor Leader MP Atty Raissa Jajurie and the Ministry of Interior and Local Government headed by Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo.

As part of the contingent of the 631st Naval Squadron Reserve, PO3 Ras Mitmug embarked with reservists to deliver humanitarian aid (rice, water, groceries, and clothing) to the typhoon victims in northeastern Mindanao.

MP Mitmug considers it an honor and a responsibility to serve in the country’s reserve force. He became more appreciative of the roles of citizen-soldiers, especially during times of calamity and internal challenges. He also added that the time he spent serving in the Philippine reserve force was an avenue for worthwhile experiences that became an opportunity for him to enhance and further his skills. Mitmug hopes to continue to serve as an active-duty reservist and to make his involvement advantageous for the Bangsamoro.

MP Mitmug holds stakeholders dialogue meeting on housing

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.

Medical outreach program In Lumba Bayabao

The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. through the Ministry of Health, conducted a medical outreach program in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on December 11, 2021.

This initiative is part of the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The outreach program provided and offered free health services such as consultations, free medicines, hygiene kits, and free X-rays through the mobile clinic donated by MP Mitmug to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur.

We would like to express our gratitude to the MOH headed by Minister Bashary A. Latiph, Rural Health Unit of Lumba-Bayabao, Barangay Local Government of Mapantao headed by Hon. Baguinda Monte, Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur and volunteers for this opportunity to serve the Bangsamoro people in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

IBS holds consultation on land policy in BARMM

The Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) held a consultation forum on land, housing, and property policy in the BARMM last  July 28, 2021 at Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.

 

Ms. Ica Fernandez, IBS consultant, presented the summary of her initial findings on the said topic as a result of her region-wide public consultations. Major issues and challenges were identified as well as possible solutions from the legislative and executive branch of the government. The consensus are in agreement that land is one of the most complex and complicated challenge and opportunity for the Bangsamoro.

After the presentation, the participants were given the chance to share their ideas, experiences  and knowledge in relation to the findings. There was also a productive exchange of ideas on land governance from representatives coming from the key regional government offices, CSOs, and private sectors.

According to Atty. Anwar Malang, the establishment of Bangsamoro Land Commission could settle things on land issues properly. He added that the Commission could adjudicate matters on land policies on agrarian reform based on Amanah (trust).

Meanwhile, Eshan Karl Mabang, Division Chief of Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy, mentioned that the existing system is already quite good and would only need a proper implementation of the 2015 cadastral survey of the LGUs.

Fernandez remarked that all suggestions and recommendations were all insightful and have been duly noted. The same would be part of the final output of the IBS for submission to the legislative body.

MP Rasol Mitmug is one of the key informants in the findings of Fernandez, together with other Members of the Parliament. This consultation is part of the Citizen’s Engagement for Inclusive Policy and Programs in the Bangsamoro of the IBS, in partnership with The Asia Foundation and USAID – US Agency for International Development.