Cotabato City (September 21, 2020)—The Office of the Chief Minister’s Project Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan (Project TABANG) launched a web documentary series called ‘#Kalinga’ on Monday, September 21, through their official Facebook page.
#Kalinga is a compilation of beneficiary stories that showcase and raise awareness about the current life, cultures, and humanitarian situation within and outside the Bangsamoro Region amidst the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic which will be posted on their official Facebook page.
“The creation of the #Kalinga organically happened. While the team was editing Babu Tundi’s story as well as the subject for our next episode, we decided it would be best to create a web document series to highlight the lives of our beneficiaries,” Hadji Harris Ismael of Project TABANG told.
Who is Babu Tundi?
The pilot episode is the story of Babu Tundi, a 75-year-old market vendor, who sells fruits and vegetables at the Supermarket, in Cotabato City. She lives in a small wooden home and takes care of her twelve (12) grandchildren.
“I used to earn more, especially when I was younger. I can carry more to my basket to sell,” she recalled. “My three living children provide for me, but I don’t approve of it because I think they don’t have to. I only accept it when they give it by heart.”
Since the outbreak of the virus and the precautionary measures enacted by the local government, she can now only go to market every afternoon, a move that has affected her income.
“I couldn’t work and sell during the lockdown, because senior citizens weren’t allowed to go out,” Babu Tundi told.
Babu Tundi’s story mirrors the life of an ordinary Bangsamoro, who continues to grapple with life adjustments amidst this pandemic.
Her story has caught the attention of the Bangsamoro Government. Because of this, Project TABANG has extended help to ease the life of Babu Tundi by providing assistance to her and her grandchildren, as one of their beneficiaries.
Project TABANG’s #Kalinga will be a bi-monthly series that will tell the stories of different Bangsamoro communities, living within and outside the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). (Bureau of Public Information)