ALABEL, Sarangani, Aug.11 - In celebration of the Eid al-Adha or the feast of sacrifice last July 31, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sarangani in partnership with the Halwani Services, Singapore conducted the "Qurban Project 2020" on August 1 and 2.
As part of the feast, the Qurban Project 2020 was carried out by distributing a total of 101 slaughtered goats to Moro communities and frontline workers in Sarangani.
Eid al-Adha is the last of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year. The celebration is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's devotion to Allah and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
At the very point of the sacrifice, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram, which was to be slaughtered in place of his son. This command from Allah was a test of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness and commitment to obey his Lord's command, without question.
According to Asma Akmad of the Governor's Commission on Moro Affairs, "this is the very reason why we have given 101 slaughtered goats to our Moro communities and frontliners in Sarangani, because even if we are in the midst of the pandemic, we were able to celebrate the real essence of Eid al-Adha."
"Just like the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim," Akmad explained that with the slaughtered goats "we also honor our frontliners for their continuous sacrifices in battling the Covid-19 pandemic."
"These frontliners are not just those who are working in the medical field or the armed forces, but as well as our Imams who lead our community," she added.
The project was initiated by Halwani Services, Singapore through the Al Ihsan Resource Center. Both have been long term partners of Sarangani in administering various projects such as the Madrasah Center.
"Normally, these NGOs through the LGUs are procuring goats from ranches who income extensively," that is why Akmad proposed that instead of outsourcing, "why not get these goats straight from the community for us to help and encourage them to further their goat farming."
In this way, the project will be more impactful to the community for their economic activity by generating an additional source of livelihood to support their needs and their family.
If the government will continue procuring goats straight from the community, the strategy will be "sustainable especially now, we have found out that based on its market value, the price offered for live goats is good."
Aside from the 101 goats, two cows coming from the Moro Youth Union of the Philippines and other Moro individual partners- through Dr. Sitti Maryam Salasal of the Cici Group, were also appended in the distribution.
Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon complemented the aforementioned assistance with an additional 75 sacks of rice.
The Maguindanao Development Foundation Incorporated provided disposable gloves, masks, and face shields for the staff during the distribution in observance of the minimum health protocol on Covid-19. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)