MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur — More than a thousand families or at least five thousand individuals here benefited from the various basic services brought by the Bangsamoro government in Barangay Boganga on October 4 through its Project TABANG or the Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan.
The services included free medical and dental; legal services; distribution of free medicines, relief packs, hygiene kits and garbage bins; a feeding program and a job fair.
The beneficiaries are families affected by the infamous five-month-long Marawi Siege who are now living in an evacuation site in Barangay Boganga.
The Project TABANG is the extension of basic services and assistance to underserved residents of the region as part of the development initiatives of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim.
Project TABANG was launched by the Bangsamoro government on September 2, 2019 as a flagship program on bringing basic government services to communities across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Another highlight was the launching of the ‘AMBAG Program’ or the ‘Ayudang Medikal mula sa Bangsamoro Government’ which intends to promote great accessibility to health services and help indigent Bangsamoro constituents avail of the needed medicines and medical procedures.
AMBAG program was launched through a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bangsamoro government and the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City.
The Bangsamoro government also turned over 20 scholarships for students in the city, 2 units of tractors to farmers’ cooperatives, and 1,000 housing units to families who lost their homes during the siege.
Also announced during the program were the construction of new Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur and public markets in the towns of Kapatagan and Madamba.
Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra Usman said: “Marawi has not yet recovered, but what’s certain is that the support from the BARMM and other humanitarian and government agencies keeps us going.”
“The recovery and rehabilitation of this city is one of our 12 Point Development Agenda during this transition phase, and we can do it together with you,” Ebrahim said.
“We hope that by 2020, when we have already the resources, we can do more, In Shaa Allah,” he added. (Bureau of Public Information)