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Monday, August 22, 2016

OCD confers Gawad Kalasag awards to outstanding local disaster councils in ARMM

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 22 (PIA) --- The Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) honored local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) that have shown outstanding performance in disaster-resiliency.   

The GAWAD KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is an annual recognition scheme in search for excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance, said Myrna J. Angot, Officer-in-Charge of OCD-ARMM.   

The award is given to outstanding performance of Local DRRM Councils, Civil Society Organizations, Volunteer or People’s Organizations as well as Government Emergency Response Management sectors and individuals in providing response to people needing prompt rescue and humanitarian assistance to disaster-affected communities in the region.  

 “It also provides the mechanism in obtaining sustained commitment and support from the highest level of governments by recognizing the exceptional contributions of various DRRM practitioners in rebuilding the resilience of nations and communities against disaster,” Angot further said.   

This year’s GAWAD KALASAG regional winners are: Best LDRRMC (Provincial Category) 1st Place - Maguindanao Province and 2nd Place - Lanao del Sur Province; Best LDRRMC (City Category) 1st Place - Lamitan City, Basilan; Best LDRRMC (Municipal 1st - 3rd Class Category) - 1st Place, - Upi, Maguindanao, 2nd Place - Wao, Lanao del Sur, 3rd Place- Pagalungan; Best LDRRMC (Municipal 4th-6th Class Category)- 1st Place, Kabuntalan, Maguindanao, 2nd Place- Buldon, Maguindanao, 3rd Place - Guindulungan, Maguindanao. 

The Best Civil Society Organization (CSO) was awarded to Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates, Inc (1st place)., Community Organizers Multiversity (2nd place),  SULADS (3rd place); while the Best Volunteer award was given to the Bangsamoro Rescue Team (BARET) and the Heroic Act Awardee for the year is  Myrna Jocelyn Henry of ARMM-HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team).

Special Recognition Awards were also conferred to Hadja Pombaen Karon Kader of DSWD-ARMM, His Eminence Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI DD, Zenaida Naga of Marawi City MDRRMC, and the ARMM HEART. (Gilmhar Lao/OCD-ARMM/PIA-10)

ARMM commemorates 40th year of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake, tsunami

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 18 (PIA) --- In commemoration of the 40th year of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami, the Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) conducted a multi-hazard simulation drill on August 17, at the Awang Airport in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. 

The drill was done in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Cotabato City Regional Medical Center and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. 

“The drill is a venue to enhance the preparedness of the communities around the affected areas in case destructive events occur. We could also assess the response capability of various government agencies, even private and volunteer responders,” Myrna Angot, officer-in-charge director of OCD-ARMM said.  

She said the drill aims to test, assess, validate and evaluate the actual ground set-up of the local emergency operation centers and communication system, and strengthen all existing concept of response cluster particularly with the first response. 

“During the disaster, life-protecting actions must be taken immediately, so this drill will also help the responders to act as quickly as possible,” she said. Other participating responders were the Philippine Coast Guard; Philippine National Police (PNP)-Scene of the Crime Operatives; PNP-Regional Health Service; Philippine Red Cross; Bangsamoro Response Team; Bureau of Fire Protection-Emergency Medical Services; Office of the Provincial Fire Marshall-Maguindanao; Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group XII; Cotabato City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office; and PNP-Regional Public Safety Battalion. 

The activity also conforms with the national government’s four-point plan on disaster preparedness namely public information, education, communication, and disaster response. The earthquake on August 17, 1976, generated by movement along the Cotabato Trench hit the island of Mindanao. The off-shore earthquake produced a massive tsunami killing about 6,000 people making it the most disastrous tsunami to hit the country. 

In a post-disaster Phivolcs report, waves as high as nine meters struck the town of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat. It inundated almost all coastal towns of provinces bordering Moro Gulf namely Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Cotabato and Zamboanga. (BPI-ARMM/PIA-10) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Residents urged to join clean-up drive

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, August 18 (PIA) – In a bid to address the adverse impacts of solid waste to health and eco-tourism, the city government of Marawi is calling all residents in the city to get involved in the on-going clean-up drive.

The intensified cleaning activity dubbed “Limpiyo a Marawi: Pantag ka, Limpiyo Inga” (Malinis na Marawi: Tapat Mo, Linis Mo) is launched to stir-up the value of having a clean environment.

It also aims to encourage residents to maintain cleanliness in their respective areas.

The clean-up drive also included the clearing and declogging of canals, cutting of grasses, and removal of unnecessary tarpaulins in the 96 barangays of the city.

Government offices, schools and private establishments are urged to join the cleanliness campaign by keeping their areas clean and clutter-free.

Tugaya town in Lanao del Sur to enforce curfew

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, August 17 (PIA) – The municipality of Tugaya will impose a curfew for minors starting next month.

Town mayor Alfatah B. Pacalna has approved Municipal Ordinance No. 01-16 prohibiting minors to loiter, wander or stroll in streets, highways, public places, vacant lots and other unsupervised places within the municipality from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Curfew violators will be brought to the Municipal Police Station for verification before turning them over to the Curfew Center.

The Center will be manned by social service providers and volunteers and supervised by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

To support the implementation of the curfew, the local police will also conduct roving patrols while barangay officials and tanods will help in monitoring and reporting violators in their respective barangays.

ARMM, national gov't team up in fight vs poverty

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 15 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and several national government agencies will jointly implement anti-poverty programs in the region starting this month. 

In a recent cabinet meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the national office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to lead the implementation of the anti-poverty programs in the ARMM and other conflict-affected areas found in Regions 9, 10 and 12.   

Officials from the ARMM and the TESDA held a consultative and action planning meeting on August 11 in Cotabato City to discuss the initial details of the programs and projects  that will be implemented.   

Rosanna Urdaneta, TESDA national deputy director for policies and planning, said President Duterte wants “to bring the programs and services of the national government to the ARMM and other conflict-affected areas.”   

"The president would really want to focus on poverty reduction programs in the ARMM and other conflict-affected areas," she added.   

The socio-economic agenda of the Duterte administration focuses on the eradication of hunger, establishment of potable water systems, provision of shelter, free college education and technical and vocational skills training, free access to health facilities, energy in the barangays, support to agricultural development, and job generation to combat unemployment and underemployment.   

The initial plan is a product of the meetings of the national cabinet last week, and will be implemented from 2016-2019.   

Based on the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, the ARMM is the poorest region in the country with a poverty incidence of 53.4 percent. Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, two of the five provinces that make up the region, are considered to be the poorest and second poorest province with 70.2 percent  and 50.4 percent poverty incidence, respectively.   

Aside from the TESDA, the ARMM will also be working with the National Economic and Development Authority, Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment and the Commission on Higher Education.   

The ARMM is undertaking several programs to combat poverty, which include the ‘Apat na Dapat’ at the household level, the ARMM-Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Security, and Synergy (HELPS) at the barangay level, and the ARMM-Humanitarian and Development Action Program (HDAP), a relief, rehabilitation and livelihood project in calamity-affected communities in 15 towns in Maguindanao.   

"We hope that the national government would help us bridge the gaps the programs we are currently implementing," said lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM’s executive secretary.   

ARMM officials proposed the inclusion of irrigation projects, halal industry development and agriculture skills training and climate change mitigation efforts in the poverty alleviation and development plan.   

“There will be a series of meetings to consolidate all the suggestions to significantly alleviate poverty in the identified regions,” Urdaneta said. (Bureau of Public Information/PIA)