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ARMM finalizes draft for Regional Development Plan 2017-2022.

Members of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Development Administration Committee (RDAC) convened on  January 20, 2017 to finalize the draft for the four chapter entries of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022.

The RDAC will then submit the enhanced four-chapter draft to the Regional Economic Development Planning Board (REDPB) to form part of the RDP.

The committee, chaired by the regional Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) , is responsible for planning strategic steps to ensure the attainment of the development outcomes of the sectors in good governance, peace order and safety, access to justice, and fiscal policy.

Along with the RDAC, the Regional Economic Development Committee, Regional Infrastructure Development Committee, Regional Admnistration Development Committee, and the Regional Social Development Committee, are also finalizing their designated entries to the RDP.

The RDP, as the regional counterpart of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), is consistent with the national plan of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to establish foundations for inclusive growth, high trust society and globally competitive economy.

The regional plan will form part of the Annexes to the PDP, covering the six-year term of President Rodrigo Duterte, and is set to be released this February.

The PDP shall focus on regional, infrastructure, agriculture, and culture development and the strategies of the government in attaining the long-term vision and socio-economic agenda of the Duterte administration, as well as the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  (BPI/PIA-10)

ARMM convenes network of regional IOs

The  Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) convened for the first time this year its Guild of Information Officers convened for the first time this year, at the Bajau Hall, Office of the Regional Governor, Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

The major plans of the Guild for this year including the conduct of skills enhancement trainings for all information officers, the election of its new sets of officers, and the re-branding of the ARMM government messaging were discussed during the meeting.

The Guild also plans to conduct enhancement trainings on technical and news writing, social media use and campaign, and the effective ways of communication.

ARMM Bureau of Public Information OIC Executive Director Cris Gaerlan challenged the Guild members to strategically communicate the reforms in the region in a unified and consistent manner. 

Gaerlan said all ARMM agencies’ messaging must be anchored and related to the regional government’s primary goal this year – poverty alleviation and the attainment of peace and security.

The ARMM Guild of Information Officers is a society of information and public relation officials who work together on the development of their specific crafts on communication. (BPI/PIA-10)

Lanao del Sur PDRRMC conducts damage assesment in 6 flooded towns

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council held an emergency meeting early morning today, January 17, 2016, following a heavy downpour yesterday that flooded the municipalities of Ramain, Taraka, Kapai, Poona Bayabao, Maguing, and Balabagan, and are set to conduct a Rapid Damage and Needs Analysis (RDANA) in the said towns afterwards.

The Provincial Administrator led the said meeting with representatives from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Engineering Office, Accounting Office and Provincial Information Office.

Governor Soraya Alonto Adiong has ordered and sent five teams for a visual assessment of the areas affected by the low pressure area and tail-end of a cold front that has also devastated other partd of Northern Mindanao.

Immediate assistance is said to be immediately given to the affected communities.

According to Col. Tatar Boriongan of PDRRMO, there was an estimated Php10M worth of damages in both agricultural and residential properties.

ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD-ARMM) also arrived today to help in the RDANA according to PDRRMO assistant head Saripada Pacasum.

Pacasum also stated that of the latest data from the ground, in Kapai, there is no casualty reported although there are numerous damaged properties like houses and school buildings. The official count on affected households is still to come from the respective MDRRMOs.

ARMM gov’t. to prioritize poverty alleviation in 2017

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government will focus on poverty alleviation in the region this year.

In a media forum dubbed Tapatan sa ARMM, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said there is a P4-billion allocation for various programs and projects aimed at eliminating hunger and malnutrition in the region. 

Governor Hataman also responded to various issues affecting the ARMM as well as policies of President Rodrigo Duterte specifically on the war against illegal drugs and criminality and its effects in the region.

He also expressed full support to the President’s initiative to eliminate illegal drugs and criminality in the country.

With regards to terror threats and drug-related violence, Governor Hataman disclosed that the 6th Infantry Division and the Philippine National Police have intensified security measures and will definitely be on top of the situation, along with the regional government’s support, to ensure peace and order stability in the region.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the ARMM at the provincial levels are also on high alert after the recent jailbreak in North Cotabato involving high-profile inmates, the regional governor said.

The local government units of areas where the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) operates have created teams led by the Cooperative Development Authority and the Department of Agriculture to implement productivity activities aimed at helping local communities, including families of ASG members, he further said.

Governor Hataman also clarified the cause of delay in the release of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) payouts that sometimes take as long as five months.

Ang control ng Department of Social Welfare of Development (DSWD) sa ARMM at regional government ay monitoring lamang, kahit mag huhumiyaw ang DSWD-ARMM at ang regional government na bayaran na, kung walang paper for the contractor to pay it, walang mangyayari,” he said.

DSWD-ARMM has already scheduled a meeting with the DSWD central office to discuss about the technical problems the program is facing and to clear out issues on inconsistencies.

As to the economy, the regional government is expecting this year around the same level as 2016’s investment inflow.

He said his administration is looking at inviting more job-generating investments this year to provide more opportunities to his constituents. (BPI/PIA-10)

Oversight bodies to protect, develop Lake Lanao river basin created

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) created oversight bodies to protect and manage the Lake Lanao River Basin.

The Lanao Basin Management Council and five sub-watershed management councils were created in a workshop held on January 9-10, 2017 in Grand City Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

The workshop was aimed to ensure that Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project or (INREMP) activities are carefully planned and carried out through the oversight bodies to protect, manage and develop the Lake Lanao River Basin.

INREMP is intended to address unsustainable watershed management in four priority river basins including Lake Lanao.

Members of the oversight bodies were also oriented on their roles and responsibilities to effectively manage the watersheds in Lake Lanao River Basin.

Present during the meeting were Governor Bedjoria Soraya A. Adiong, Vice Governor Mamintal “Bombit” A. Adiong, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Lordelie Enjambre who represented Secretary Abul Khayr Alonto, Municipal Mayors League President Atty. Dimnatang L. Pansar, Pipalawan Naga, Interior and Local Government Assistant Regional Director McMillan Lucman, local chief executives, and representatives from the provincial DENR, Philippine Army, National Power Corporation, Mindanao State University.

Provincial Governor Adiong said failure to protect Lake Lanao will have a negative impact not only in the lives of the Maranaos but to all Mindanaoans.

She said Lake Lanao presents many benefits to people - be it economic, recreational, aesthetic, cultural, educational, scientific, and ecological. (PIO Lanao del Sur/PIA-10)

Marawi youths raise fund for war victims in Aleppo

More than a thousand Muslim youths coming from the cities of Marawi City, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro joined in the Aleppo fund-raising and awareness campaign activity held in Dimaporo Gymnasium in Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi Campus on December 18.

The fund-raising activity was sparked by one single chat via Facebook last week after tweets from Aleppo trended in social media that civilians trapped in the eastern part of the Syrian city were indiscriminately murdered by the Assad regime, said organizer Mohammad Aiman Langlang.

The youths collected cash donations and held garage sale. Similar activities were held in Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Zamboanga.

Youth leader Mohammad Jamal Batugan said that the proceeds will go to One Solid Ummah which is a non-profit organization that gives humanitarian aid to Syrian war victims and refugees. One solid Umma neither supports the rebels nor the Assad regime, he said.

The organizers have already collected P46,000 in cash from Marawi and P60,000 from Davao city.

The gathering also featured discussions from Sheik Abu Annas Angni on the conflict in Syria and Dr. Hamid Barra, who provided an in-depth analysis on the situation and how it affects the world at large.

The gathering concluded with a prayer for the safety and well-being of the civilians in Aleppo.​ (Sittie Ayeesha Dicali/PIA Lanao del Sur)