ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat — Forty-eight years ago, Datu Ali Mama, one of the Muslim leaders living in Barangay Bambad in the Municipality of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat province, made a decision that he never thought would give honor to his name today.
That decision was to donate four hectares of his land to be used as sites for Bambad Central School and Bambad National High School. That was 48 years ago.
“After 48 years, we are happy to personally see the family of the late Datu Ali Mama,” Sultan Kudarat-District Supervisor Francisco Bayaras told the wife, children, grandchildren, and relatives of the Muslim leader during the honor ceremony organized by the faculty and staff of the two public schools held last Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2020) morning at the school’s herbal garden area.
Mr. Bayaras said Datu Ali Mama deserved to be recognized for his “kindness” and “generosity.”
“His act of donating four hectares of land to the government 48 years ago was a gesture of a very kind and generous man. He’s worthy of our appreciation and recognition,” Mr. Bayaras said.
Mr. Bayaras said what Datu Ali Mama did that time reflects his “concern” for the schoolers and his desire to share what he had for the advancement of education.
“He’s truly a good man,” Mr. Bayaras stressed.
In response to the “good words” of Mr. Bayaras for Datu Ali Mama, his son “Commander Stallion,” commander of the 105th Base Command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), thanked the DepEd officials, teachers and students of the two schools for recognizing the “kindness” and “generosity” of his father.
Engr. Alihar Mama, first cousin of Commander Stallion, also thanked the teachers. Engr. Mama is the current Assistant District Engineer of the Sultan Kudarat 1st District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The honor ceremony was attended by Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Member Alfonso Dimasuay, Bambad Barangay Captain Pablo Elauria Jr., Army Major Amoloy of the AFP-Mechanized Battalion and several guests. (RAMIL BAJO/PHOTO CREDIT TO DATU ALI BAMBAD II)
Words by RAMIL BAJO
Photo Credit to Datu Ali Bambad II
Published by Diyaryo Milenyo\