Photo by Hamdan Badrudin


COTABATO CITY—A number of lawmakers from the regional parliament poured in P157-million worth of different health projects that will benefit the Bangsamoro constituents across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).


Among the projects, all funded from the 2021 Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) of previous and present members of the parliament (MP), were land ambulances, mobile clinic, incentives for Barangay Health Workers (BHW), essential medicines, Covid-19 testing kits, and barangay health station, among others.


In no particular order, the MPs were Khadafeh Mangudadatu, Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, Faiz Alauddin, Lanang Ali Jr., Abdullah Hashim, Abdulrauf Macacua, Abdulmuhmin Mujahid, Ali Sangki, Aida Silongan, Paisalin Tago, Nabil Tan, Akmad Abas, Haron Abas, Narciso Ekey, Muslima Asmawil, Musa Diamla, Mudjib Abu, Susana Anayatin, Mohammad Zainoden Bato, Diamila Disimban-Ramos, Abduladzis Al-haj Esmael, Mussolini Lidasan, Sittie Shahara Mastura, Maestro Celes Salik, Sahie Udjah, Melanio Ulama, Hatimil Hassan, Rasul Ismael, Muslimin Jakilan, and Ziaur-Rahman Adiong.


Deputy Health Minister Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas thanked the members of the parliament who dedicated their projects to improve the health sector.


“This is the response of the members of the parliament to the health needs of the Bangsamoro constituents,” Abas said citing that the regional government “need to invest more in health”.


During the turn-over ceremony held in this city on March 3, a total of 11 ambulances were displayed inside the government center which will be deployed to their respective recipients. Last week, six ambulances were already turned over to the province of Basilan.


In his message, Health Minister Dr. Rizaldy Piang said that all these projects are part of the Government of the Day’s collective effort to address the health needs of the Bangsamoro.


“This the sign that our government is responsive to the needs of our community,” Piang said.


Piang and BARMM Senior Minister Abdulraof Macacua also led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the provision of the land ambulances.


MOH regularly involved the parliament in various health initiatives to ensure that the health services they are providing are complemented. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)