COTABATO CITY – In its continuous effort to uplift the living conditions of the Bangsamoro people, the Office of the Chief Minister’s Kapayapaan sa Pamayanan (KAPYANAN) Program turned over on Nov. 29 a total of 200 core shelters to four municipalities in the provinces of Maguindanao.
In particular, Brgy. Margues in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Brgy. Tariken in Sultan Mastura, and Brgy. Niketan in Sultan Kudarat –all in Maguindanao del Norte; and Brgy. Dapiawan in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao del Sur, each received 50 housing units.
This initiative marks a momentous milestone in the Bangsamoro Government’s undertaking in providing a secure and decent housing, complete with solar-powered lights and a water system, aimed at addressing housing challenges in the region.
“Nya project na kena matag kambityala bu, niya na nanden. Napasad su mga walay, mapya ka kumpleto den. Counterpart bu siya na barangay na su peace and order para mapasad inya, su kadakelan lun na kani Chief Minister, kana BARMM” outgoing Brgy. Chairman Datu Mohalikin Diocolano said, emphasizing the noteworthy contribution of BARMM.
[This project is not just a concept; it is a reality. The houses are already built, and it is nice because they are fully equipped. The barangay’s counterpart role is to maintain peace and order to implement this (project), with much credit going to Chief Minister, of BARMM.”]
Addressing concerns about delays in the turnover, KAPYANAN Project Manager Engr. Mohammad Abdullah clarified that the setbacks were beyond BARMM’s control as the problem lies with the contractor. Nevertheless, the KAPYANAN Program expedited processes to make this turnover possible.
“Pinadtaday na contractor, temu ba antu na delay. Inumbalan tanu sa ukit a mapasad inya. Tiyakapan tanu inya ba ka kena langun na makatalima lun,” he expressed.
[The contractor abandoned the project, causing delays. We took it upon ourselves to ensure its completion. Take care of these houses, as not everyone is privileged enough to receive them.]
Sedik Agkir, one of the beneficiaries, expressed his profound gratitude for receiving a decent housing, emphasizing that such a project shows the gains of the struggles of the Bangsamoro people.
“Su mga da walay nin na naadenan sa walay. Panginsukur kami sa BARMM, niya ba KAPYANAN a project ni Chief Minister, ka naaden. Niya den ba su tanda na kina-struggle tanu,” he said.
[“Individuals who were once homeless are now receiving their houses. We are beyond grateful to BARMM, to KAPYANAN, a project of the Chief Minister, that this happened. This stands as evidence of the gains from our past struggles.]
Recognizing the need for decent housing as a fundamental right, the KAPYANAN has laid out a series of housing turnovers across the region. The far-reaching implications of improved housing conditions contribute to enhanced economic opportunities for every Bangsamoro, fostering more collaborations and community engagements for a brighter future. (Bai Omairah Yusop/BIO)