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UNYPAD, Save the Children Philippines Facilitate Direct Cash Payment

By: Jemraisa S. Mangkong

PIKIT, COTABATO (December 3, 2020) — The Development Management Center (DMC) of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) facilitated the direct cash distribution to six hundred sixty three (663) beneficiaries from four (4) madaris and two (2) formal schools in Maguindanao of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on November 28 – 29, 2020 at the UNYPAD Sub-office, Batulawana, Pikit, Cotabato.

Morsidin Husain, DMC Executive Director, disclosed that the Cash Transfer Program has been implemented by the organization in partnership with the Save the Children Philippines (SCP) under ReACh 2 Teach Project with funding assistance from the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.

“The program aims to provide assistance for the families of the enrollees in the selected madaaris and schools which were greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic,” he elucidated.

During the feed backing session, the beneficiaries expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the assistance they received.

Among other participants was Mr. Asim who is a person with disability (PWD) mentioned that he has never been a beneficiary for any cash assistance program.

“I cannot contain my emotion because for the first time in my life that I have received assistance like this from people sent by Allah to help the needy ones like us. Saying ‘thank you’ is not enough for what you have done for us especially for someone like me,” he said.

Morsiden Husain said that the distributing team has completely observed minimum health and safety protocols set by government like proper hand sanitation before and after entering the premises, wearing of face mask, temperature checking and physical distancing.

He deeply thanked the UNYPAD North Cotabato Cluster 2 and 3 Chapters for preparing the venue of the activity and properly coordinating with the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU).

“The two chapters played a vital role in the success of the activity especially in ensuring the safety and security of the beneficiaries and the distributing team,” Husain pointed out.

Dr Rahib Kudto, President of UNYPAD, said that the direct cash payment to beneficiaries is the faster, more transparent, effective and efficient approach in implementing the Cash Transfer Program.

He profoundly thanked the Save the Children for its continuing commitment to help deliver quality education services to more than a million Bangsamoro children in the BARMM.

“Save the Children has been in the Bangsamoro for many years helping us financially and technically,” Dr Kudto, also Focal Person on Basic Education of the Ministry of Basic, Higher, Technical and Madaris Education (MBHTE), said.

The cash distribution (P5,000.00 per recipient) was spearheaded by Dr Kudto along with the Save the Children Team headed by Consortium Coordinator of the Save Menchie Ouano.