FOOD AID. Some 2,600 Bangsamoro families displaced by natural and man-made calamities receive aid from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Monday (May 16, 2022). At least 25 kilos of rice, canned goods, and non-food items were given each to the affected families in the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao. (Photos courtesy of MILG-ARMM)

COTABATO CITY – At least 2,600 families affected by flash floods in North Cotabato and victims of armed hostilities in Maguindanao have received emergency aid from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), an official said Tuesday.

Flood victims residing in villages under BARMM in Midsayap, North Cotabato, received aid starting Monday from the Bangsamoro Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi), the humanitarian arm of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG-BARMM).

“Some 1,000 families displaced families in the villages of Kadingilan, Olandang, and Nabalawag in Midsayap town received rice and other food provisions as well as non-food items,” MILG Minister Naguib Sinarimbo said in an interview.

“Floods submerged their residential areas and damaged their crops,” he added.

A total of 36 villages in six towns of North Cotabato -- Midsayap, Pikit, Pigcawayan, Carmen, Kabacan, and Aleosan -- have opted to join the BARMM during a two-part regional plebiscite in 2019.   

Sinarimbo said the relief team also proceeded to Gen. Salipada K Pendatun municipality in Maguindanao to provide emergency food packs to some 600 families displaced by local armed conflict believed to be an offshoot of the recent elections.

“In Gen. SK Pendatun town, some 600 families also received aid through BARMM-READi,” he said.

Residents claimed they fled because supporters of losing and winning local candidates have been trading bullets since the results of the May 9 polls were announced.

Sinarimbo said BARMM has set aside emergency food packs for immediate distribution when situations call for it. (PNA)