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OBYA holds first provincial youth congress in Lanao del Sur

“The regional government is committed to uplifting the youth across the region, and it is good to see the youth themselves are also committed to taking action,” ARMM Chief-of-Staff and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) regional OIC-Director Rasol Mitmug Jr. said as he addressed more than 200 youth leaders in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on April 19. 

Youth leaders from different organizations across the province participated in the first provincial youth congress organized by the Office on the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA). 

During the said event, the youth had the chance to engage each other not only to discuss their concerns but to come up with solutions and proposals both for the local and regional government. 

“It is always good to see youth leaders express willingness to serve their communities and fellow Bangsamoros, and our office is committed to harnessing that potential and building a relationship with the youth sector. The regional government looks forward to working with you,” said Amir Mawallil, OBYA executive director. 

Discussions on programs and assistance for out-of-school youth (OSY) were the highlight of the said event, with Mitmug responding to queries as the participants fielded questions regarding relevant services offered by TESDA.

He said TESDA-ARMM has already gathered OSY data across the region and is in the process of verifying and targeting the needs of the said youth sub-sector. 

Meanwhile, OSY and other sectors who may be interested can bring the basic requirements to centers and inquire about the programs offered by TESDA-ARMM. 
Among other issues tackled during the youth congress were unemployment and underemployment, waste management, and peace and security. 

“Our people have faced far greater adversities in the past and we have overcome these challenges with youth leaders at the forefront of the struggle. There is a lot expected from the youth and looking at you present here today, I can say that the future holds so much promise. Thank you for reminding us what it was like to be a youth leader again,” Mitmug said as he thanked the youth at the end of the open forum. 

Also present in the said event were Jehanne Mutin, chairperson of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women, Abdulhamid Alawi, ORG Records Division chief, Dim Radia, administrator of the region’s Cooperative Development Agency, Al-Trekee Dayan, Regional Sports Coordinating Office Director, and Anwar Upahm, ARMM-HELPS program manager. (OBYA/PIA-10)

Lanao del Sur DRRMOs undergo contingency planning workshop

Disaster risk reduction and management stakeholders from local government units and government agencies in the province participate in the three-day Contingency Plan (CP) Formulation Workshop sponsored by the Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM).

The workshop is held at Almaseer Hotel in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao from April 19 to 21, 2017.

It aims to develop deeper understanding on the substantive nature and processes involved in the formulation of contingency plans on the possible hazards  during high density and population gathering. 

Leo T Alicias,  representative of OCD-ARMM Officer-in-Charge, gave his welcome remarks to the participants where he highlighted the importance of execution and coordination in the event a disaster comes. 

“The observance of procedures and protocols with respect to the different roles of the stakeholders and key players in DRRM is very important," he said.

Gecile Gonzales of OCD-ARMM discussed contingency planning citing it like a vehicle which must be prepared ahead of time and  must be  checked always to ensure that it will work when the need arises. 

Hence, it should be regularly reviewed, updated, and simulated into an exercise to test the plan.

At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to produce an draft contingency plan output and will be finalized, reviewed, endorsed to Sangguniang Panlalawigan and will be duly signed and approved by the Provincial Governor. 

They will also come up with a worst case scenario and formulate goals, objectives and response mechanisms to put in place under such scenario. (OCD-ARMM/PIA-10)

Lanao del Sur stakeholders raise issues on social dev't

To improve communication with the stakeholders at the grassroots level and promote greater community participation in solving social issues, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has conducted a summit and dialogue in Marawi City on Wednesday, April 19.

The event, dubbed Social Development Summit, brought together hundreds of stakeholders in education, health, social welfare, and environment sectors at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, together with officials from the regional departments of Education (DepEd), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Health, and Environment and Natural Resources, attended the summit to address and answer the issues and concerns of each sector.

Dr. Nariman Lao Taha, a rural health physician in the town of Sultan Dumalondong since 1990, said in more than 25 years of working, this is the first time they had a dialogue with the ARMM regional governor.

"Napakagandang pagkakataon ito na makausap namin ang regional governor at mga regional secretaries para maipaabot namin ang mga concerns namin sa aming lugar. Kailangan po talaga namin ng expansion ng health facilities para ma-cater namin ang lahat ng pumupunta sa RHUs (rural health units) namin,"Dr. Taha said.

Dr. Alinader Minalang, Lanao del Sur provincial health officer, said while efforts are underway to cater to the needs of the populace, challenges still face the health sector in the province. Lanao del Sur has 1,063 barangays in 39 towns. Each of these towns has a rural health unit, but only 31 have standard buildings. Also,only 138 of the total 1,063 barangays have barangay health units.

The province has six hospitals, but only one is classified as Level 2 hospital with 200-bed occupancy. The remaining five are either infirmary, or Level 1 hospital with less than 100-bed occupancy. In 2016, the province had a total population of 828,584.

"Our dream for Lanao del Sur is a healthy, empowered and productive Maranaos," Dr. Minalang added. Other issues and concerns raised were the lack of school buildings, teacher’s appointments and promotions, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) payout, and PAMANA projects.

On education issues, the regional government noted it is still working at generating an accurate data about the education sector. The province of Lanao del Sur is composed of three schools divisions, namely Lanao Sur I, II and Marawi City.

Governor Hataman encouraged the teachers and local government units to meet for the activation of local school boards. He added that the local school boards could help them resolve the issues of DepEd with immediate response. 

Alfhadar Pajiji, DepEd-ARMM's assistant secretary for special projects, said they recognize the essential role of the local school boards in the advancement of the welfare of public schools in the region.

Haroun Alrashid Lucman Jr., regional vice governor and concurrent DSWD-ARMM secretary, reiterated that 4Ps is managed by the DSWD central office. "Hindi na po DSWD-ARMM ang may control sa payout kung hindi ang central office," Vice Governor Lucman said. 

The first Social Development Summit in the region this year was held in Basilan province last month. Similar summits will be held in three other provinces of the region, namely Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the coming months. (BPI/PIA-10)

ARMM holds social dev't summit in Lanao del Sur

Photo credit: BPI-ARMM

To address issues at the local level and promote participation of the community in the decision-making process, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held its second Social Development Summit in here on Wednesday, April 19.

The summit gathered local officials as well as stakeholders  involved in education, health, social welfare, agriculture and environment from the province.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, together with regional officials of Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), among others, were also present to address issues and concerns of the different sectors.
Photo credit: BPI-ARMM

Governor Hataman said the regional government will go down to the grassroots level to ensure efficient delivery of the region’s projects and programs. 

The first Social Development Summit was held in Basilan province in March, this year. Similar summit will be held in the provinces of  Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the coming months. (APB/PIA-10)

ATI launches first learning site in Lanao del Sur

The Agricultural Training Institute -Regional Training Center(ATI-RTC XII) launched the first Organic Agriculture Learning Site  in the province on Tuesday, April 18.

The Learning Site or Sanayan sa Pagsasaka is located in Sitio Pantar, Brgy. Lumbac, Tugaya town  and owned by Shaifon Abdulmanan, an Organic Agriculture practitioner  and a Magsasakang Siyentista.

A Learning Site is a developed farm operated by successful farmers who want to share their knowledge and are willing to make their farms as demo area or hands-on learning and training venue for farmers, students and other clients who are interested in agriculture. 

Director Abdul I. Daya-an of ATI-RTC XII  and Department of Agriculture Provincial Office head Pangalian A. Balindong, Jr. unveiled the project marker (in tarp) to signal the operation of the learning site. 

PAO Balindong also committed to strengthen extension services in the area, in support to the attainment of the goals of the Tugaya Learning Site and the DA in general.

Director Daya-an, on the other hand, hopes that the learning site will bring significant changes on the lives of farmers in the province. He also expressed continuing support to make the farm an ideal venue for technology transfer. 

During the same day, DA and ATI also turned-over one 5000W  Diesel Generator to the members of the   Ganassi Rural Improvement Club to help them in their turmeric and palapa (Meranao spices) livelihood project. (DA Lanao del Sur/PIA-10)

DAR turns-over subprojects to Taraka LGU

Photo credit: DAR Lanao del Sur

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province turned-over three completed subprojects to the Local Government Unit of Taraka  on Monday, April 17, under the DAR Asian Development Bank – Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP) Phase II.

The projects consisted of concreting of the Buadi Diamangga-Buadi Ongcalo Farm-to-Market Road, and construction of Multi-Purpose Building at Barangay Buadi Amunud and  Barangay Buadi Sundig.

The DAR ARCP aims to uplift the livelihood of the Agrarian Reform Partners by increasing their productivity and consequently their income.

Mayor Nashiba Areefa G. Sumagayan of Taraka said the projects were already completed early last year but was turned-over only this year due to conflict of schedules of both the LGU of Taraka and DAR Lanao del Sur. 

She also expressed gratitude to the department for the projects. “Rest assured that the two multi-purpose centers will be beneficial to the local farmers as they can use it for livelihood trainings and programs or evacuation centers when the need arise and any other functions,” she said.

Meanwhile DAR-ARMM Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan,  along with Sampaco A. Mamainte, DAR – ARMM Assistant Regional Secretary and Engr. Mesug P. Unda, Lanao del Sur Provincial Project Manager, underscored the collaboration of agrarian partners and stakeholders in helping the local farmers.

“Our commendation to the LGU of Taraka for its support as we are one and united in forwarding developments in Taraka and entire Lanao del Sur,” said Secretary Sangcopan. (Saliha P. Lalanto, DAR-Lanao del Sur / PIA-10)

S&T dialogue tackles strengthening of Halal industry

To identify possible areas of collaboration to strengthen the Philippine Halal industry, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-12 held a dialogue in Marawi City on Sunday, April 9, with sectoral representatives from the province.

The dialogue sought to provide a venue where we can lay open to stakeholders what we have and discuss what we can do to put in place halal initiatives to strengthen halal culture in Mindanao and the country at large, said Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan, DOST-12 director.  

She said DOST-12 has been implementing science and technology programs for the development of the halal industry and encouraging harmonization of efforts with collaborators from the government and partners from the private sector and the academe. 

The dialogue also featured lectures on halal as interpreted in Islam and Shariah law as applied to halal business and Islamic finance by Atty. Hamid Barra, professor of Mindanao State University-College of Law. Director Laidan, on the other hand, shared inputs on eco-halal for an inclusive Islamic community and the role of science, technology and innovation in the development of the halal industry. 

The DOST-12 Seal of Quality logo and the World Halal Assembly Philippines (WHAP) was also launched during the dialogue. The WHAP is a substantial event to carry out massive promotion and advocacy of the country's science and technology efforts and initiatives for the development of the halal industry, Laidan said. 

The assembly aims to realize the "One Standard, One Test, One Certificate" scheme in line with the implementation of the Unified Global Halal Standards of the Organization of Islamic Countries-Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (OIC-SMIIC). 

It will gather local and international halal stakeholders, members of the private sector, academe, relevant government agencies,  regulatory bodies, certfication bodies, scientists and technocrats, and Ulamas and Muslim communities.

The WHAP will be held  at the Marriot Manila grand ballroom on July 12-14, 2017 with the theme 'Developing Halal Premium Brand through science, technology, and Innovation." (APB/PIA-10)