Basilan Convener Group of Consortium of Bang`samoro Civil Society (CBCS) distributed to 300 households which are considered “most affected” residents in four selected Barangays of Lamitan City and Tipo-Tipo in Basilan province on July 18-19, 2020.
CBCS Basilan Convener Group is headed by 1st City Councilor Hon. Noel Baul as Lead Convener and Emily Trumata as Co-Lead Convener with their member organizations under the overall supervision of Mistiri Tarami who is the CBCS Area Coordinator for Basilan. The assistance comprising 300 bags of 10 kilos rice, 4 boxes mega sardines and 4 boxes Coffee 3 in 1.

The identification of qualified recipients as “most affected” and indigents coming from the members organizations of CBCS as well as community households under the coverage areas of various networks operating in Basilan.

Some of the recipients posted their query? “Why CBCS is the one distributing the assistance in the dire situation as an effect of the fight against spread of covid-19? What about their local government leaders and their local government units?” However, the recipients are one extending gratitude for the timely assistance from CBCS saying: “it’s a great relief for the less fortunate individuals affected by the pandemic nowadays”.

The relief assistance is accompanied by distribution 500 pieces covid-19 educational campaign materials to educate the public of the roles and policies embodied in the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

There is also growing worries among the residents as while they are now under the state of Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), there is a danger of reverting to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or even Enhanced General Community Quarantine (EGCQ) due to sudden increase in the number of Person under Investigation (PUIs) and Person under Monitoring (PUM) resulting from the arrivals of locally stranded individual (LSIs) from Manila and other parts of the Philippines.

By: Mistiri Tarami
      CBCS Area Coordinator for Basilan