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MNLF beneficiaries get Philhealth cards, study grants

BY: LORRY V. GABULE

BACOLOD, Lanao del Norte — Seventy-nine beneficiaries from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were recently awarded Philhealth cards in a ceremony at the civic auditorium in Bacolod town, Lanao del Norte,

Mayor Joselito E. Miquiabas of the host town said a Philhealth cardholder is entitled to a lot of discount privileges when presented at the hospital for admission than those non-cardholders.

“We’re grateful that the national government has looked into this privilege/assistance to our brothers from the MNLF who now feel that they belong or part of the community,” said mayor Miquiabas.

Also, some 17 students/children of MNLF returnees received their certificates on the study grant from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), as per guidelines on the course offered to them.

Allan S. Almoite, PAMANA area manager, said students qualified for this study grant are children of our MNLF beneficiaries as per recommendation attached from the MNLF commander border command.

Almoite added, this is part of the assistance availed from the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) projects to MNLF returnees and communities in Bacolod, and other areas in the six municipalities of Lanao del Norte.

For his part, Abidin Sanguila, MNLF commander border command, expressed his gratitude to the PNoy administration in its quest to conquer poverty.

According to Sanguila, poverty is the root cause of being into uprising rebel groups.

PAMANA is the national government’s framework and program for peace and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs), as well as communities covered by existing Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI CIDSS) Region X.

Meanwhile, Musa Mohamad Sanguila, senior consultant of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), who is also the director of the Pakigdait, Inc., said that with the creation of Bantay Kalilintad, a third party organization composed of civil society organization, is PAMANA Project’s partner, which takes charge to monitor what has the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) done in the province in the implementation of the IPSP-Bayanihan (Internal Peace and Security Plan).

The Bantay Kalilintad coordinates with the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade as to security issues and concerns and to different national line agencies that provide assistance to the local government units in the province and in the municipalities concerned. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)


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