COTABATO CITY – More than 500 students from various municipalities in Lanao del Sur received financial assistance from some members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
Said students were from Binidayan, Madalum, Bacolod-Kalawi, Picong, Malabang, Ganassi, Madamba, Umbayanague, Lumabatan, and Butig.
The assistance was funded through the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) of members of the Parliament Said Shiek and Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph in partnership with the Ministry of Social Services.
“Maraming naging balakid sa pag-aaral ng ating mga anak lalo na sa hindi inaasahang pangbabago ng sistema ng edukasyon. Ngunit, alalahanin natin na kasama ito sa mga hamon ng buhay at hindi tayo dapat sumuko sa halip mas lalo nating pag-igtingin ang pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan upang makamit ating mga mithiin sa buhay,” Latiph stated.
(Many academic struggles are faced by our children, particularly in the new mode of learning. But let us know that this is part of our life’s challenges, and we must not give up; instead, we shall strengthen our unity and cooperation to realize our dreams.)
Shiek gave P10,000 for the students, while Latiph continued to use her office’s categorizing mechanism to determine the amount each recipient would receive.
Php 1,000 for students who are in elementary level;
Php 1,500 for students who are in high school level; and
Php 10,000 for students who are at the college level.
“Napakalaking tulong nito sa akin dahil ‘yong Mama ko ay walang trabaho at sa bahay lang siya,” one of the students said during the distribution.
(This is a big help because my mother has no job and only stays at home.)
Aside from the students, the mentioned MPs also provided financial aid to other marginalized sectors in the province.
During the payout, P5,000 was given to solo parents and orphans, P15,000 was given for the seed capital of the recipient families, and P20,000 was given to PWDs.
The beneficiaries expressed their utmost gratitude to the BTA and members of the parliament, mentioning that the cash assistance would help them keep their livelihood since most of them are unemployed due to the pandemic and cannot fund their children’s education. (Publication and Media Relations Division)