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Kumander Bravo receives aid, appeals for support for affected Muslim communities

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

CAMP BILAL, MUNAI, LANAO DEL NORTE (19 Abril 2020) — More than a hundred families currently live in Sitio Kura-Kura in barangay Tamparan here and they are all affected by the enhanced community quarantine set by government against the spread of the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19).

Hon. Abdullah “Kumander Bravo” Macapaar, Member of Parliament of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) extended his appreciation to the support provided by government and the private sector in their communities.

Aside from the families in Kura-Kura, Macapaar likewise shares the support to more Muslim households living in the area, severely affected by the quarantine and are currently having difficulty getting jobs and obtaining food for their families.

“Ang mga sibilyan natin ngayon, hindi sila makababa, hindi makadaan, at hindi makabili ng pagkain at ang makaka resolba sa problema nila ay ang gobyerno,” said Macapaar.

(Our civilians here, they cannot go down, they can’t pass the roads, and they can’t buy food and the only solution to this crisis is government support.)

He added that several Muslim communities in this mountainous area have not been reached by any support. He appealed to the government that should continue to reach out to these communities.

“Pag na delay pa itong quarantine ng COVID-19, sana masuportahan pa rin ng gobyerno ang mga tao lalong lalo na sa mga kabukiran at sa mga area ng mga Muslim kasi ang karamihan ay hindi pa nakakatanggap ng tulong ng gobyerno,” said Macapaar.

(If the quarantine gets extended, I am hoping the government will continue to provide support especially in the Muslim areas where people haven’t received any help.)

The provincial government of Lanao del Norte and the municipality of Munai have extended support and help according to Macapaar.

Further support arrived today in Kura-Kura from the private sector as organized by Kauswagan town mayor Rommel Arnado with the help of his family and friends. Around 2,500 kilos of rice, canned goods and coffee were distributed.

It can be recalled that Macapaar was one of the MILF leaders who besieged Kauswagan town in 2000.

With the “Arms to Farms Program” of Kauswagan LGU under its peace building and sustainability development agenda, poverty incidence dramatically dropped from 80% in 2000 to 9.1 percent in 2019.

Just a few months ago, Macapaar and Arnado were reunited through a community event in Kauswagan where the former rebel leader thanked the local chief executive for his efforts in restoring peace and ensuring food sustainability impacting lives of people.

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