COTABATO CITY (January 29, 2024) – The Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) handed over PhP53,156,000 checks to its partner agencies in a ceremony organized by the ministry on Wednesday, 24 January conducted here.
MSSD emphasized that this is “its effort to reach more indigent and vulnerable Bangsamoro across the region” through the Bangsamoro Critical Assistance in Response to Emergency Situations (B-CARES) program.
MSSD said that they provided P40M worth of checks to Mercury Drug Pharmacy, received by its branch manager Ann Zigra Ykutanen, to expedite the claims process and ensure that patients can immediately receive the medicines they need.
The Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) also received P10M for indigent Bangsamoro individuals to access for hospitalization and other medical support assistance.
Meanwhile, through the Older Persons and Persons with Disability Welfare Program (OPPWDWP), MSSD partnered with Glang Eyecare Clinic and received PhP300,000 to support the visual health needs of indigent older persons in the Bangsamoro region by providing eyeglasses, ensuring they have access to clear and improved vision.
“Three orphanages also received checks from MSSD – Insani Yardim Vafki received PhP1,908,000, Matanog Orphanage Center received PhP480,000, and Ribat Islamic Center Orphanage received PhP468,000”, the ministry disclosed.
It said that this financial subsidy will ensure children in these orphanages to have access balanced nutrition, education, healthy lifestyle, and secure and caring alternative care arrangements.
Ten (10) Emergency Go-Bags were also distributed to 10 vulnerable families in Sultan Kudarat town to ensure their readiness for any kind of disaster.
MSSD said that the ceremonial turnover and awarding of checks were led by MSSD Minister Raissa Jajurie, Deputy Minister Nur-Ainee Tan Lim, and Director General Mohammad Muktadir Estrella, with the concerned program focals. (Tu Alid Alfonso, BMN/BangsamoroToday)