COTABATO CITY – Following the recent contract signing that was held at the regional office, a ceremony for the distribution of farm inputs, specifically palay and corn seeds was conducted at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City on December 19, 2016.
Agrarian reform partners (ARPs) each representing the ten Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in the eleven municipalities of Maguindanao, particularly Shariff Aguak, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Datu Piang, Talitay, Guindulungan, Mamasapano, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Talayan, Rajah Buayan, and Sultan sa Barongis were present during the event along with the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers (MAROs) and PAROI/OIC-PAROII Tommy M. Biruar from the provincial office of Maguindanao.
The ceremony was witnessed by Assistant Secretary Sampaco Mamainte, regional office Chief-of-Staff Noemi P. Barretto, Hadji Sukarno M. Andal, Regional Chief Administrative Officer, Engr. Henry A. Chio, Ms. Jehan D. Alangca, SARPO, and Yasmin G. Macaumbang, ARPO II, and Humanitarian and Development Assistance Program (HDAP) focal person Rebecca R. Bautista, CEO VI of regional office.
There were 2,696 bags of “palay” seeds from PRC Marketing of Midsayap, North Cotabato and 1,735 bags of OPV white corn seeds from FarEast Hybrid Cooperative, Koronadal City, which were distributed to the ARPs during the program.
Consequently, the said ceremony also graced the celebration of the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival, a significant event not only to for people of Maguindanao, Cotabato City and Region XII, but to the whole Muslim Mindanao. It is a commemoration of the arrival of an Arab-Malay missionary from Johore, Malaysia in the 16th century. The missionary landed along the banks of river now known as “Rio Grande de Mindanao.” Shariff Kabunsuan introduced Islam to the natives. This lead to the establishment of the Sultanates of Maguindanao, Rajah Buayan and Kabuntalan.