More than 400 household recipients of rice assistance in Rajah Buayan Cluster extend their thanks and gratitude to the leaderships of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) for the rice assistance they received during this trying time of fighting the spread ofCOVID-19 pandemic.

The distribution of the rice assistance was undertaken from July 14-16, 2020 in different areas of the so-called Rajah Buayan Cluster comprising the city of General Santos, South Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat provinces. The beneficiaries are selected “most affected” households from the members of the network members of CBCS as well as families within the coverage areas of each organization. Among those criteria ranges from widows and orphans, senior citizens, single parents, street vendors, daily wage earners, drivers and the likes or generally belonging to indigent families.

The identification and distribution process was entrusted to CBCS member-organizations in different areas spearheaded by CBCS Rajah Buayan Cluster Convener Group Lead by Prof. Morie Guiam and Co-Lead Convener Datu Zainudin “Melton” Ampatuan with their members and with overall supervision of Ustadz Ebrahim Sandigan who is the Cluster Area Coordinator for Rajaha Buayan Custer area.

Along side with the assistance is distribution of COVID-19 Primer as CBCS’s effort to remind the public that being under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) is never a signal for the public to lower their guard as the dreaded pandemic is still rising both in the world and specifically in the Philippines.

On the part of the recipients, Rajahmuda Abdulhamid Ingkong of the Royal House of Sugod a Buayan said: “salamat sa CBCS sa tulong sa aming Royal House dagdag na tulong ito sa aming pamigay sa mga selected community na most affected sa panahon ng pandimiya. Shukran” (Thanks for CBCS assistance for our Royal House, the items are in addition to what we are distributing to selected communities that are most affected during the time of pandemic).

Amirah Amolan head of the BMW-SCOR, one of the network member of CBCS said: “Shukran sa cbcs sa pagtiwala para i facilitate sa pagdistribute sa mga mas nangailangan na community kasama na ang mga membro ng aming organization. Salamat.” (Thanks CBCS for the trust given to us to facilitate the distribution of [assistance] for the most needy communities including members of our organization.)

Danny Salisipan, head of a Sangir tribe organization:“Salamat sa cbcs sa mga official… dama po naming mga Sangir ay kasama kami sa programa ng cbcs malaking tulong na sa amin lalo na sa mga kapos sa amin sa panahon ng covid19″. (Thanks to CBCS officials, we the Sangirs feel being part of the programs of CBCS, its considered great help, especially the less fortunate among us during the time covid-19.”

By: Ustadz Ebrahim Sandigan
CBCS Rajah Buayan Cluster Area Coordinator