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UNYPAD-Cotabato City distributes first wave of Aidtatabanga Relief

By: Thelma Aisha Ali

COTABATO CITY (May 8, 2021) – As approved and supported by the United Youth for Peace and Development National, UNYPAD Cotabato City Chapter (CCC) initiated Project AidTatabanga to extend its helping hand to the affected families by the previous firefight between government troops and lawless community armed groups last March 18, 2021.

The project Aidtatabanga was able to deliver its first wave of relief distribution to 170 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Barangay Penditen, Maguindanao which was spearheaded by the UNYPAD CCC Chairman Yusop Z. Macabuat.

On his message, he merely emphasized that the help was from the donations of concerned Bangsamoro groups and individuals who wanted to extend their help and sympathy to the displaced community members.
“The organization was only a tool to make this idea from abstract to reality,” Macabuat said.

UNYPAD Central Mindanao Coordinator Norodin Guiamaludin and UNYPAD Chairman of Datu Salibo , Bukharie Unos were also in attendance to support the activity.

“This initiative was made by these young people. They’ve been planning to extend their help in your community in any simple means. Months have passed before they finally made it and Alhamdulillah they are here,” said Guiamaludin.

One of the beneficiaries also took an opportunity to express his gratitude saying “Apya ngin pan i dalem nin na Alhamdulillah pedsukor kami ka sa langon a nakauma a supply salkami na nya pon ba i matalima ko. Sukor kami kani Norhamin anya ka isa sekanin sa nadsabapan na nya lekanu a bagenggay (Whatever is inside this relief aid, we are very thankful for this supply that reached us which I am about to receive. Our special thank to Norhamin who was instrumental for this help to us.),” he said.

The Project Aidtatabanga would not be able to successfully deliver its main goal without the help of its partners-UNGAYA Cotabato led by Waleed Ibrahim and the active President of SPMS BOX UYL, Norhamin Singh.

Donations came from different private sectors namely Maguindanao Elite Eagles Club, Independent Decomissioning Body (IDB) staff, and Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).

The gathering of the food items was facilitated by UNYPAD National chapter and Kutawato Province Chapter.

UNYPAD CCC and its partner youth organizations extended their heartfelt gratitude to the people who put their trust in the group and made the outreach activity possible.