More than two hundred families were recipients of rice assistance that was distributed by CBCS Sibugay Cluster Convener Group headed by Prof. Nuron Andan and Tarhata Daligdigan as lead Convener and Co-Lead Convener respectively with the overall supervision of Mohaiya S. Pua, CBCS Area Coordinator for Sibugay Cluster Area comprising the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboang-Sibugay and the cities of Pagadian and Ipil.

The relief assistance were part of the more than 2,000 target beneficiaries from the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) Central Office with support from MISEREOR, its funding partner in an effort to help appease the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic among the members of its network as well as the communities they served or where they operates. The qualified beneficiaries were distributed in 6 Barangays of Pagadian City and selected communities in the two Municipalities of Labangan and Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.

Among the criteria for selecting beneficiaries are those belonging to the most affected which are CSO members and community people who are indigents such as widows and orphans of war, drivers, daily wage earners, single parents, senior citizens, street vendors and others similar categories.

In return, the United Women’s Islamic Association (UWIA) headed by Norhuda Sindatoc, based in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur extended their gratitude to CBCS by saying “our involvement and as recipients of the timely assistance is a way of recognizing us as partners in promoting Peace and Solidarity in this part of the region, hence a timely and responsive deed during this emergency need of the Moro communities here in Zamboanga del Sur. Thank you very much”

On the part of PAGKAKA, a Sama Tribe organization represented by Rasam Disoma, base in San Pedro, Pagadian City extended their appreciation to the whole Management and Staff of CBCS and its funding partner MISEREOR, who said: “we are very happy for the support you’ve extended to us especially during this COVID 19-PANDEMIC. Thank you very much for the rice assistance. Shukran and more power!”

For the Labangan Cultural Heritage Council headed by Tarhata Daligdigan, likewise expressed their recognition in partnering with CBCS not only because of the timely rice relief assistance but “more so of their (CBCS) programs and services especially in promoting and protecting the basic human rights of the Bangsamoro. This is why many organizations under it can socially, culturally and morally relate thru peaceful and harmonious co-existence with other tribes in the community. WE FEEL GREAT WHILE WITHIN CBCS! Thank you very much!”

By Mohaiya S. Pua
CBCS Sibugay Cluster Area Coordinator