Cotabato City residents receive Ramadhan food rationsMay 7, 2021
COTABATO CITY – Some 12,895 families in seven barangays here received food provisions from the Bangsamoro government as part of its Ramadhan humanitarian support.
Cotabato City is the capital of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The region also covers the cities of Marawi and Lamitan and the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
The Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence, or READi contingent of the Bangsamoro government initiated the distribution of food supplies.
The Ramadhan fasting season, which started April 13, is expected to culminate next week depending on the sighting of the new moon based on the lunar-based Hijrah calendar.
Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for one lunar cycle, about 28 to 29 days. The Ramadhan is a religious obligation among Muslims. It is to imbue among them the importance of self-restraint to achieve spiritual perfection.
The READi together with the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government facilitated the relief mission early this week.
READi, which has teams of rescue workers and calamity and disaster responders, is operating under the supervision of lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM’s local government minister.
The beneficiaries, who each received food packs containing rice, canned goods and coffee, are poor residents of Cotabato City’s Barangays Rosary Heights 1, Rosary Heights 7, Bagua 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 7, and Poblacion 9.
Sinarimbo said the relief operation was a collective effort of BARMM’s chief minister, Ahod Ebrahim, the BARMM READi and the MILG.
PHOTO: Food supplies for needy people stored at READi’s makeshift warehouse.