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COTABATO CITY, September 4, 2021 — As the pandemic of the dreaded killer coronavirus continued to hit hard local governments in the country are struggling to cope up.
Lately the national government has allowed local government executives to impose a granular lockdown as against a general lockdown that affect harshly the economy and, therefore, people’s lives.
It’s the story of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that first emerged in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. It’s the story of mankind; every facet of life around the world is impacted, and still is since December 2019.
It’s no different here in the Philippines. Life’s so much difficult, every day is a trying time.
Over in Lanao del Sur, one of the component areas of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the governor has to appeal to the Bangsamoro leadership for help after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) of the province imposed a granular lockdown in select areas, you guessed it, because of rising coronavirus cases.
Immediately, Bangsamoro Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim sent a convoy of big trucks carrying bundles of relief goods.
He led the send-off of the Bangsamoro Government’s assistance to the municipality of Wao and the city of, Lanao del sur, said Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, head of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG).
“The assistance is in response to the request of the Hon. Gov. Bombit Adiong to provide ‘ayuda’ (assistance) to their constituents due to the granular lockdown imposed by the provincial IATF due to rising Covid-19 cases and the inability of the health facilities in Lanao to accommodate rising Covid cases. The granular lockdown will commence today and will run for 10 days,” said Sinarimbo, spokesman as well of the Bangsamoro region.
The MILG chief said the Office of the Chief Minister thru Tabang, Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD), and MILG’s Bangsamoro READi Group combined their resources to respond to the needs of the BARMM constituents.
Comprising the Bangsamoro region are Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi as well as the 63 barangays or villages designated as Special Geographic Area (SAG) in North Cotabato. (✓)