COTABATO CITY—In the quiet town of Carmen, Special Geographic Area (SGA) in BARMM, a story of empowerment and transformation is unfolding.
Nasser Ali, like many others, had big dreams but faced challenges. But with the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in BARMM, his dreams are coming true.
On August 8, MOST gave processing equipment worth Php1,200,000.00 to the Carmen Agricultural Resource and Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CARD-MPC).
Ali is part of this cooperative, and his story shines a light on how technology can change lives. He wanted a better life, but resources were limited.
The provision of processing equipment by MOST to the CARD-MPC has granted Ali the tools he needed to transform raw materials into products of value. With the acquisition of a blending machine and other essential equipment, Ali and his fellow cooperatives can now venture into the production of fortified rice—a significant contribution to combating malnutrition among children in the region.
Ali said, “We’re thankful to BARMM and MOST.” This gratitude shows how much this help means. For him, this isn’t just about machines—it’s about taking control of his future and helping his community.
Reflecting on the initiative, MOST Minister Engr. Aida Silongan remarked, “The initiative to assist the CARD-MPC was for them to supply rice iron-fortified products to help combat malnutrition among children in the region and support the feeding program of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) and other linkages.”
“This project was conceptualized because of our desire to give and have nutritional food value for our young people here in the region. We support MBHTE’s feeding program for elementary students to alleviate malnutrition,” she added.
This underscores the comprehensive approach that the BARMM is taking to not only empower local enterprises but also to make a tangible impact on the well-being of the community.
Zenaida Badrudin, Chief Administrative Officer of the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), highlighted the significance of this project in uplifting beneficiaries, providing them with viable livelihood opportunities, and nurturing local capacities.
“We are happy that the blending machine was handed over and utilized by our beneficiaries. We are steadfast to our commitment to develop, provide interventions, and assist our Bangsamoro communities to enhance local capacities and stimulate development,” Badrudin said.
For Ali, the processing equipment provided is not just about producing fortified rice. It’s about making dreams come true.
“Ipanalangin natin kay Allah na ma-sustain natin ito. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa lahat ng dumalo sa turnover ceremony na ito,” Ali said.
Through Ali and others, BARMM’s efforts to help with technology show that brighter days are ahead for Bangsamoro. (Majid Nur/BIO)