DILG to give assistance to BARMM’s Ministry of Interior and Local Government

DILG to give assistance to BARMM’s Ministry of Interior and Local Government

By Rjhay E. Laurea

QUEZON CITY — Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr. said the Department is ready to provide assistance to help the flood-hit Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with calamity funds to help affected communities.

This is in accordance with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s directive to aid the areas within the autonomous region that were badly hit by Typhoon Paeng.

“Bagamat ang BARMM ay autonomous at may sariling sistema ng pamamahala, handa po ang DILG na alalayan ang Rehiyon sa panahon ng kanilang pangangailangan. Tayong lahat ay mga Pilipino na nakatira sa iisang bansa kaya may pananagutan tayo sa isa’t isa at tungkulin natin na magtulungan (Though BARMM is an autonomous region and has its own system of government, the DILG is ready to assist the region in times of need. We are all Filipinos and we live in one country so we are accountable to each other and it’s our responsibility to help),” he said.

On Saturday afternoon, the President directed national government agencies, including the DILG, to extend a helping hand to BARMM after it suffered a high fatality count due to floods brought by Paeng.

Based on the latest report, 40 people died, 31 were injured, and 15 others are missing after Paeng unleashed its fury on the region. Close to 58% of the residents in the province were also affected which is equivalent to 83,326 families or 416,630 affected individuals.

The DILG Secretary said the DILG is also closely working with BARMM regarding the status of the search, rescue, and retrieval operations and the management of the dead and missing persons.

“Napakasaklap na may mga nasawi sa gitna ng bagyong ito at lubos kaming nakikiramay sa mga namatayan sa BARMM. Patuloy ang aming pakikipag-ugnayan upang maalalayan sila sa panahong ito (It was devastating that there were casualties on the onslaught of this typhoon and we sincerely condole with their bereaved relatives in BARMM. We are continuously coordinating to provide the assistance during these hard times),” he said.

In his briefing with the President, Abalos shared that a total of 158,040 individuals and 41,378 families have been pre-emptively evacuated ahead of Typhoon Paeng’s landfall.

Region 5 has the most number of evacuated individuals (101,116), followed by Region 6 (34,342), Region 8 (12,123), Region 4B (6,036), Region 4A (2,780), Region 12 (898), Region 7 (718), and Region 10 (27). Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have already received initial relief provisions (food and non-food items) from the concerned LGUs.

Abalos also acknowledged and thanked the efforts of the LGUs in preparing for the impact of Typhoon Paeng. He also lauded the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection for being on alert 24/7 and helping in the disaster response efforts. (ai/mtvn)

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