ARMM turns over livelihood equipment to MNLF communities
COTABATO CITY ( 09 January 2015 ) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) project turned-over today farm and livelihood equipment to four identified recipient communities in Lanao de Sur province.
The equipment, which included four units of 6-wheeler hauler trucks and 35 units of sewing machines, were awarded to the respective cooperatives of four Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) communities in the province.
The beneficiaries included the Darussalam Producer Cooperative of Barangay Manalucon Talub in Masiu town, Unified Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative, Inc. of Barangay Cabasaran, Madamba town, and, in the town of Bayang, the Padang Karbala Farmers and Marketing Cooperative Inc. of Barangay Rantian and RSSRC Agricultural Multi-purpose Cooperative, Inc. of Barangay Pandapatan Bayang.
“Ito ang isa sa pinakamalaking items na madedeliver natin para sa MNLF communities,” said Dong Anayatin, PAMANA-ARMM program manager.
He said it is part of the first batch of materials that will be awarded to beneficiaries.
“Ito ay napakaganda. Napakalaki ng maitutulong nito sa amin. ‘Yung hauler trucks ay para sa mga magsasaka at ’yung sewing machines ay para sa mga kababaihan,” said AbdulJabbar “Africa” Mamoclo, chairman of Darussalam Producer Cooperative.
He said the equipment will facilitate the transport and delivery of agricultural products and the sewing machine will help women in their community start a livelihood.
The ceremonial turn-over, held at ARMM’s seat in Cotabato City, was formally led by Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, Dong Anayatin, and Rasol Mitmug, the regional governor’s chief of staff.
In her message, Alamia said ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman is thankful that the MNLF communities have been very cooperative in the implementation Pamana programs.
“Magiging successful, hindi lamang ‘yung mismong pag-implement ng proyekto pero pati ‘yung mga buhay ng mga MNLF members and their families,” Alamia said. (Bureau of Public Information)