Cotabato City—Maranao officials have sent relief assistance for residents and migrant traders displaced by recent Typhoons “Quinta” and “Rolly” in the Bicol Region.
The provincial government of Lanao Sur has joined the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in-aid of Maranao families in Legaspi City and in Daraga, Albay which were hard hit by the two recent strong typhoons.
Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Bombit Alonto Adiong Jr. said his province shared modest provisions with residents affected by typhoons in Bicol, particularly among Maranao traders. They do small businesses in many parts of the country.
Muslim Communities in Legaspi City and in Daraga, Albay affected by Super Typhoon Rolly received sacks of rice from the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, said Jennie Alonto Tamano, head of the Provincial Information Office of Lanao del Sur.
Incidentally, the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo has turned over sets of COVID-19 test kits, worth P 5 million to the provincial government.
But Adiong dismissed speculations of political quid-pro-quo, because even President Rodrigo Duterte does not politically polarize the Filipino people in times of their healing-as-one nation amid the CoVid19 pandemic.
Political observers said Maranao vendors in the country formed a “strong political deciding factor” in national voting, and proof of which had been past elections of Senator Sultan Alawiya Alonto (Adiong’s great grandfather) in 1938 and later, his son Senator Ahmad Domocao Alonto (his grandfather) in 1954.
Adiong said his province’s assistance to another region formed part of their expanded COVID-19 Response Operations for residents engaged in legitimate small businesses in market stalls of most parts of the country.
Alonto-Tamano said for long-term impact, the province also helps farmers in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Sumilao, Bukidnon, to augment production of supply of vegetables that local government units distribute for relief operations.