IDB extends help to Sendong victims in Oro, Iligan

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Monday, March 26, 2012

THE Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has donated a generous amount of $100,000 for the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong in select areas of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities.

IDB representatives Mohamed Amer El-Sayed IDB and Abdo Mohammed Al-Taki, along with their local partner, the Tamparan Medical Foundation from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) headed by its president Dr. Potri Disommimba-Ali, personally distributed on Monday kits containing school supplies, shoes, uniforms and bags to 500 elementary students in Barangay Balulang, Cagayan de Oro.

Infant needs such as one-month supply of milk, infant dress and vitamins were also distributed to lactating mothers in the area.


Over the weekend, the group also distributed relief goods to flood victims in Barangays Hinaplanon and Mandulog in Iligan City.

Ali said they chose the barangays based on the extent of damage and the status of their Muslim brothers and sisters.

Moneerah Integrated School in Merila Ubaldo Laya Iligan, which is being funded by IDB in 2009 and was greatly affected by Tropical Storm Sendong, were also provided with Information Technology (IT) equipment and electrical supply amounting to $40,000.

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Abdo Mohamad Al-Taki (wearing red vest), head of the Islamic Development Bank Relief Assistance, leads his team in distributing school supplies and relief goods to the school children and teachers, mothers and their infants at Hinaplanan Elementary School in Iligan City on Saturday. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

The gadgets include one 50 KVA transformers with complete accessories, one 20 KVA silent generator, 15 computer desktops (Intel Core i7), five Sony Vaio laptops, five L200 all-in-one printer, three Epson printers, one 55-inch TV Mini theatre, one complete sound system, one wireless N-link and one area DLP projector.

During the formal turnover on Sunday, an IT specialist immediately installed the gadgets for immediate use of the students.

The goods and IT gadgets were bought locally, providing income to local investors.

Al-Taki, who represented IDB as relief officer, said the distribution is just their initial activity.

“Our institution has approved $15 million for the Philippines to help in alleviating poverty of our Muslim brothers here even if this country is not a member of IDB,” Al-Taki said.

Al-Taki, who personally witnessed the condition of his brothers and sisters, said there is a need to focus on development, not just giving immediate relief aids.

“Our humanitarian activities should lead to better future in terms of development in which our mission is to provide long-term social reform, development and prosperity,” he said.

The IDB project, implemented through its local partner, will also provide scholarship to deserving students and other development programs to the less fortunate Muslim brothers.

For her part, Ali said the Philippines is very fortunate to have collaborated with IDB.

The IDB is a multilateral development financing institution located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, founded by the first conference of Finance Ministers of Organizations of the Islamic Conference, now the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with 57 shareholder member countries.

Over the years, the IDB has evolved into a group of five entities, consisting of Islamic Development Bank, Islamic Research and Training Institute, Islamic Corporation for Development of Private Sector, Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Investment and Export Credit and International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation. (Nicole J. Managbanag)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 27, 2012.

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