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MP Sinolinding, itinalaga bilang bagong BARMM health minister

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 19:30 PM Wed May 8, 2024
DXMS NDBC with reports from John Unson

Itinalaga ni BARMM Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim bilang bagong Ministry of Health Minister si Dr. Kadil "Jojo" Sinolinding Jr.

Si Sinolinding na miembro ng Bangsamoro Transition Authority o BTA ay dati nang regional secretary ng Department of Health sa ilalim ng binuwag na Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao o ARMM.

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Copies of the May 6, 2024 designation by Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim of Sinolinding Jr as health minister circulated on Facebook, also reported by different broadcast outfits here late Wednesday.

Sinolinding replaced as regional health minister the physician Rizaldy Piang, who was installed by the BARMM leadership as chief of the Buluan District Hospital in Buluan, the capital town of Maguindanao del Sur.

“I’m confident that Member of Parliament Doctor Sinolinding can efficiently manage our Ministry of Health,” Ebrahim said on Thursday.

An eye surgeon trained in India, Sinolinding, who started as municipal health officer of the adjoining Pagalungan and Montawal towns in Maguindanao del Sur in the 1990s, had served as regional secretary of the Department of Health in the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The then 27-year ARMM was replaced with a more administrative and politically empowered BARMM via a plebiscite in 2019 as part of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro between Malacañang and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Sinolinding, most known in BARMM as “the doctor in the parliament,” and his team of volunteers and benefactors had treated 3,267 poor Muslims, Christians and non-Moro indigenous people with cataract and pterygium in humanitarian outreach missions in different parts of the autonomous region after he was appointed member of the BARMM parliament, along with 79 others, including Ebrahim, by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. in August 2022.

He told reporters on Thursday morning that he shall do his best to manage well the MoH-BARMM with the help of its officials and rank-and-file employees in Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Lamitan, Marawi and in Cotabato, where the 32-hectare Bangsamoro capitol is located. (with reports from John Felix Unson)

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