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COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro government has responded to the flooding in some areas of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) chief Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo reported this over the week, bringing sacks of rice for residents. The MILG is one of the BARMM’s primary ministries.
His team from the MILG Bangsamoro Rapid Emergency Action for Disaster Incidence (READi) traveled to the municipality of Pagalungan and later to the clusters of barangays (villages) in the Special Geographic Area (SGA), such as in Pikit, Kabacan, Midsayap, and Pigkawayan.
The three municipalities — Kabacan, Midsayap, and Pigkawayan are under the North Cotabato local government units (LGU), but some of their barangays chose to join and be under the jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro region when their eligible voters voted “yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019.
According to the Philippine Atlas BARMM has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; undivided Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. — EDD K. USMAN (✓)