COTABATO CITY—Minister of Social Services and Development Raissa Jajurie led the groundbreaking ceremony for 100 shelter units worth Php50,000,000.00 under MSSD’s Bangsamoro Housing Assistance (BAHAY) Program on Wednesday, April 7, in the Municipality of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by natural disasters, or human-induced conflicts, and Returning Filipinos from Sabah were among the beneficiaries of the said project.
BAHAY Program targeted 1,500 shelter units in BARMM for this year. Of which, 400 shelter units worth Php200, 000,000.00 goes to the province of Tawi-Tawi, 500 shelter units worth Php250, 000,000.00 for Marawi siege affected families, and 600 shelter units for the other provinces.
Jajurie stressed that the BARMM government is making an effort to meet the needs of Bangsamoro constituents in the region.
“Importante para sa BARMM na matugunan ang needs particularly yung mga displaced families affeted by conflict and calamities, this is only for this year from MSSD and other ministries have housing project as well,” Jajurie said.
“At kung hindi man matugunan lahat sa taong ito then we can provide it for the succeeding years In Shaa Allah,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry also donated Php1,000,000.00 to Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital to support the indigent patients for their medical assistance under the Bangsamoro Critical Assistance for Indigents in Response to Emergency Situation (CARES) Program. This is in addition to the initial Php5 million pesos support transfered to the said hospital last year. [Related Story: Tawi-Tawi IPHO receives P5-million assistance from MSSD-BARMM]
MSSD acknowledged the support of the Bongao Municipal LGU for donating the land for at least 100 housing units in Bongao.
Meanwhile, the Ministry committed to continue its support for the Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital for 2021. MSSD has initially transferred Php 5 Million pesos last year to support the medical needs of poor and indigent patients in Tawi-Tawi under its MSSD’s Bangsamoro Critical Assistance for Indigents in Response to Emergency Situations (Bangsamoro CARES) program.
MSSD also presented their services which started last year in Tawi-Tawi, including the total number of beneficiaries:
- Ninety (90) orphans benefitted under the Kupkop Program
- Financial Assistance for 1, 805 students under the Angat Bangsamoro: Kabataan Tungo sa Karunungan (ABK) Program
- 2, 700 beneficiaries under the Kalinga sa may Kapansanan Program
Jajurie said, “because of the block grant, we are able to identify ang pangangailangan ng ating mga mamamayan, and we are able to respond even though nagkaroon ng pagkadelay dahil sa pandemya, but we are trying our best para maihabol itong mga programa.” (Bangsamoro Information Office)
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