SULTAN KUDARAT – A total of 200 families will start their new lives with the newly-built two-bedroom core shelters in the three municipalities of Maguindanao.
The 200 permanent housing units, worth Php80,775,776.18, were jointly turned over to the qualified beneficiaries by the key officials of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and Kapayapaan sa Pamayanan (KAPYANAN) on Thursday, Oct. 6, held at Brgy. Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat.
Of the number, 50 housing units were built in Brgy. Kibleg, Upi; 50 units in Brgy. Pinantao, Parang; and 100 units in Brgy. Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat.
The project sought to address the need for better and safer homes for families who were displaced due to conflict, the former combatants, and the poorest among the poor.
BARMM Assistant Senior Minister Abdullah Cusain, who is also the program manager of KAPYANAN, reminded the beneficiaries to take care of their homes, which have been made available to them by the Bangsamoro Government, specifically the Chief Minister’s office.
“We would like to see these housing units as model communities, ma-address ang basic needs nila and more than that, we want these communities to really engender peace, understanding between and among themselves,” Cusain said.
Cusain also cited that BARMM Government is pushing to have a peaceful, decent home as well as a unified community.
“Sinisikap namin na sana ang bawat munisipalidad sa Bangsamoro region ay mapagtayuan ng bahay para sa mga mamamayan na lubos na nangangailangan ng tahanan,” he added.
Meanwhile, one of the recipients, Noraisa Pendaraya-Ebrahim, 37, thanked the Bangsamoro Government and the people who worked to make the project successful.
“Mahirap pong magpatayo ng ganitong bahay dahil sa kamahalan ng mga materyales kaya lubos kaming nagpapasalamat dahil marami-rami na pong mga mahihirap na walang permanenteng bahay na ngayon ay may masasabi ng tahanan,” she said.
She also shared her previous situation, saying, “sira-sira po ang aming tahanan kaya sana ipagpatuloy ang ganitong mga projects para sa mga katulad namin, at makakaasa po sila na iingatan at pananatilihin ang kapayapaan at kalinisan dito.” (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)