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ARMM to construct new building for health workers, rescue team

As part of efforts to ramp up progress in the health sector, a new structure more conducive for hundreds of health workers in Lanao del Sur will be constructed to house the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO). The same building will also host the satellite office of the ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) in Marawi City.
On September 12, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of such building, and along with other officials, led its groundbreaking ceremony.
Hataman noted that creating a safe and high-quality healthcare environment will boost the passion of the health workers to provide sustainable and essential health services to the regional government’s constituents.
The three-story building has an allocation of Php20 million that is taken from the special purpose fund of the region’s chief executive, said Norkhalila Mambuay-Campong, head of ARMM’s Office of the Regional Governor.
“After how many years of existence ng IPHO-Lanao del Sur, ngayon lang magkakaroon ng sariling building at malaking bagay po ito sa mga health workers para mas makapagserbisyo ng maayos sa mga kababayan natin sa Lanao del Sur (After how many years of IPHO-Lanao del Sur's existence, it is just now that it will have its own building and this is a big thing for the health workers so they can serve better to our constituents in Lanao del Sur),” Dr. Alinader Minalang, Lanao del Sur provincial health officer said.
Minalang said the province’s health office is grateful as the ARMM institutes reform in the health sector and is continuing its efforts to make health one of the instruments in peace building in the region.
“Talagang masaya po kami dahil nakikita namin na hindi nawawala ang atensyon ng ARMM sa probinsya namin at ngayon mas lalo kaming nae-engganyo na magtrabaho ng maayos (We are very happy because we see that ARMM always pay attention to our province and we are now more excited to work well)," said Jalal Muksarun, an IPHO staff. Currently, health workers in Lanao del Sur are occupying a small space inside the Marawi City Hall.
Meanwhile, the ARMM-HEART satellite office in Marawi can also provide quicker response during emergencies to Marawi City and other towns in the province of Lanao del Sur. Hataman also turned over on Wednesday a public market in Saguiaran and broke ground for a housing project in Barangay Pagalamatan. (BPI-ARMM/PIA10)

ARMM Telecoms agency, NTC spearhead region-wide radio show summit

The Regional Telecommunications Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, in partnership with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), spearheaded the 1st ARMM-wide radio show summit on September 14 in Cotabato City.

Bearing the theme, "Communicating Peace through Ham Radio," at least 500 members of civic action groups and amateur radio clubs from different parts of the region participated in the summit.

During the event, representatives from the Philippine Amateur Radio Association lectured on the rules and regulations of using ham radio and how to use it during emergency operations. An exhibit of radio units, equipment, antennas, and other industry-related products were showcased during the summit.

“Kailangan i-update natin ang ating mga kaalaman sa paggamit nitong mga ham radios, sa pagko-communicate at coordinate (We need to update our knowledge in using ham radios, in communication and coordination), and how you do that better in a systematic manner para makatulong sa ating mga kababayan (sa we can help the Filipinos),” said ARMM Executive Secretary Lawyer Laisa Alamia.

“(We want you) na nandyan sa mga komunidad, sa pinakamalayong mga isla to communicate with us anytime mayroong mga pangyayari para maka respond tayo kaagad (those in the c. You (radio operators) are a very important part of the whole pillar of the ARMM on responding to emergencies and humanitarian crisis,” said Alamia.

Telecommunications Commission directors Hamid Bayao of ARMM, Froilan Jamias of Region XII (Soccsksargen), and Nelson Cañete of Region XI (Davao Region) were also present during the activity.

On September 15, an NTC examination for amateur radio operators was conducted at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in this city, where passers were given the Radio Amateur Operator Certificate. (BPI-ARMM/PIA-10)

Hataman breaks ground for Marawi IDPs’ core shelter in Saguiaran

Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the ‘Pabahay ng ARMM’ housing project in Barangay Pagalamatan, Saguiaran in Lanao del Sur on September 12.
The housing project is intended for families displaced by the Marawi Siege last year particularly those staying at the covered court and people’s park in Saguiaran's municipal government compound.

Gov. Hataman thanked Pagalamatan Barangay Chairman Wahab Pangcoga for donating his own land for the project.  After the Marawi Siege, he said, it was a challenge for the regional government to locate a land where the projects would be built.

“Sisikapin natin na matapos ang proyekto na ito bago pa man matapos ang taon para sa mga kababayan natin naapektuhan ng Marawi Siege (We will really try to finish this project before the year ends for our constituents who were affected by the Marawi Siege),” he added. Aside from permanent shelters, the governor also plans to build a prayer house (Mosque) and a covered court within the area intended for internally displaced persons.

Luvizminda Sani, chief of Lanao del Sur’s First District Engineering Office, said the shelter project will consist of 200 housing units with a water system. The total land area for 50 core shelters measures 10,000 square meters or one hectare. Each housing unit measures 36 square meters in floor area and 120 square meters in lot area. Each unit would cost Php 300,000 to build.

The housing project is equipped with solar panels and water systems and is part of the ‘Apat na Dapat’ framework of the ARMM - Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment (ARMM-BRIDGE), which aims at providing decent homes, food, water, light, and livelihood to the region’s constituents. (BPI-ARMM/PIA10)

Comelec sets special satellite registration for Bangsamoro plebiscite

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will conduct satellite voter registrations in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on September 11, 12 and 13 as part of its preparation for the upcoming plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
The plebiscite on the BOL will take place on January 21, 2019.

During a press conference held September 10, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said special satellite registrations will be held in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Norte, and North Cotabato, and in the cities of Cotabato and Isabela.
The registrations will be overseen by nine teams from the Comelec main office.
He said there is an augmentation of the existing workforce conducted by the local election offices in the plebiscite areas. 

The special registration will cover applications for voter’s registration, transfer of registration, reactivation, change/correction of entries, and inclusion/reinstatement of records. 

Jimenez further clarified that those who already registered for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections need not register again during the special registration. 

Those who are not of proper age, or 18 years old and above, on the day of the plebiscite cannot join the special election, he added. 

Meanwhile, Comelec ARMM Regional Director Ray Sumalipao said the satellite registration will only cater to the residents of plebiscite areas. 

However, those who wish to transfer residency, or transfer registration records, may file transfer of registration applications stating their new address. 

Registrants should present any valid ID. 

Comelec, Sumalipao said, has alternative ways to identify those who cannot present valid IDs. 
“We want to get as many potential voters involved in the plebiscite in consonant with the spirit of the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” he added.

The satellite registrations will start from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on said dates. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

Pagana Maranao—fostering culture of peace

Mindanao is home to a wide diversity of religions and cultures. Therefore, one can find great variations in traditional feasts.
In the luxuriant homeland of Maranao tribe in Lanao provinces of Mindanao, the “Pagana Maranao” is given utmost significance because it fosters peace and unity; hence Pagana is inscribed on the lined-up activities of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) as it holds the grandest launch of Kalinaw Kultura Mindanao on 26-29 July 2018 in Iligan City, in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
Kalinaw Kultura Mindanao is designed to create a massive and intensive cultural dissemination and promotions program on the diverse Mindanao cultures through various media platforms. It features a collaboration of different institutions from the government and civil society organizations.
Nurturing sense of unity and peace through Pagana  
Talking on the sidelines during Pagana feast at the Ethnic Center in Iligan City, a Maranao community leader Farmida Macabando said the Maranaos are best known for their love of beauty as shown in their art, poetry, the epic, and the royal type of Philippine architecture.
This penchant for beauty and grandeur is revealed in the warmth of their hospitality shown in their prestige feast called Pagana.
“When guests walk through our doors, we don’t take this lightly. Maranao people know that true hospitality takes heart. It means much more than just greeting guests with warmth and a smile. It often means going to extraordinary lengths to ensure that our guests have surprising experiences and regaled with sumptuous foods—to even creating a sense of belonging with a friendly spell of our hospitality,” Macabando said.
She described Pagana as the traditional feast of Maranao. It is the tribe’s way of welcoming special guests and visitors. It means treating visitors and very important guests with the highest form of hospitality, symbolizing the host’s level of civility and indicates the degree of the host’s grace.
Pagana is afforded to guests during special occasions such as enthronements, weddings, graduations, engagements, merrymaking, and homecoming of people who had gone to the “Hajj” or Islamic pilgrimage—and during the two religious feasts, Eid’l Adha and Eid’l Fitr.
The occasion begins with a solemn prayer. After which, guests are lavishly welcomed with a sumptuous banquet, marked with vibrant native attire, traditional dances, and pleasant company.
“As wise old saying on culture says ‘Peace is in our hands,’ we trust that this (Pagana) builds a culture of peace because the Pagana reception is carried out in festivity and gaiety where we share stories over sumptuous dishes and pray together,” Macabando explained.
Savoring moments in the ‘Pagana Maranaw’ dinner
In the grandest launch of Kalinaw Kultura Mindanao graced by Undersecretary Harold Clavite of PIA and Dr. Pilar Banaag of NCCA, a Pagana dinner was afforded to the guests.
It is an occasion where the Kalinaw Kultura guests and advocates witnessed and experienced the Pagana revelry.
Professor Christian Aguado, Cultural Anthropologist of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology explained every detail of the occasion while guests savour the Pagana Maranao dishes.
The dining set is called ‘dulang’. It is an arrangement of native cuisines showcased on brass food trays known as ‘tabak’ where four guests sit on cushions. The food trays are covered with tray cloths called ‘ampas’. Also included in the dulang is water container for drinking water. Utensils and plates are put upside down that implies sanitation.
The whole display in the dining hall is decorated with accents of gold and silver, symbolizing the colors of prestige and nobility.
“Since Maranaos are Muslims, food should be ‘Halal’ or permissible by Islamic law. Pork is strictly prohibited in the dulang. The banquet of exquisite cuisine served to the guests features a unique blend of flavors and spices,” Prof. Aguado continues describing every detail.
The yellow tint of Maranao cuisine, which can be seen in many dishes including kuning or yellow rice, comes from turmeric powder known as “kalawag”, which is construed to have medicinal properties that keep the body healthy.
Some of the main dishes served include beef, chicken, and fowl. Professor Aguado, however, said “occasionally, venison and chevon (deer and goat meat) are served. These foods are cooked and served with coconut shavings as the main ingredient, fried with vegetables or cooked in other ways.”
Aguado further explained that one popular spice included in the Maranao dish is “palapa,” which is made from onion bulbs, ginger, and chilli pepper simmered in coconut oil.
Pagana’s festive air
To give a festive air on the occasion, traditional dancers perform the kapamalong-malong, which shows ‘101 ways’ of wearing a tubular piece of cloth called malong.
The performers also do the ‘singkil’, where dancers step through clashing bamboo poles in gracious and intricate moves accompanied by the music of ‘kulintang,’ a brass gong ensemble.      
The spirit of hospitality is highly valued by the Maranao seeing that it fosters a sense of belongingness, peace, unity, and harmony in their society.
The Pagana remains a signature of the timeless beauty of Maranao culture. (RLRB/PIA-10)

PIA, NCCA launch Kalinaw Kultura project for peace and harmony

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in support to National Commission for Culture and Arts launched a four-day “Kalinaw Kultura" (a culture of peace, peace thru culture) on 26-29 July 2018 at Robinsons Place, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.
This grand launch is one of a kind in the Philippines as it brings together different ethnicity in order to strengthen the unity of culture despite differences in traditions, ethnic groups, and religions, including clothing and cuisines.
In his message, Undersecretary Harold E. Clavite of PIA emphasized the significance of the event as it creates an intensive campaign for cultural peace and unity.
“This Kalinaw Kultura Mindanao event creates cultural awareness, which means understanding the differences between ourselves and people from other regions or other backgrounds—especially differences in values, religions, customs, and beliefs,” he said.
To express government’s full support to Kalinaw Kultura, this is the first time that Presidential Communications Operations Office and its attached agencies namely PTV4, Philippine News Agency, Radio-TV Malacanang, Radyo Pilipinas and all PIA regional and provincial offices carried the event live on facebook pages and other media platforms.
The Kalinaw Kultura Mindanao revved up July 26 with motorcade, press conference, and Mindanao ethnic dance competition dubbed “Kulturatin Mindanayaw—Kultura nating mga taga Mindanao ang sayaw—(Dancing is part of Mindanao culture).

The ‘battle of dances’ is a competition show directed by the Department of Education-Division of Iligan, featuring divergent styles of ethnic outfit swaying to the beat of traditional tribal music.
The Kalinaw Kultura grand launch also showcased the performances of legendary Mindanao theatre groups—the Integrated Performing Arts Guild together with Mindanao State University’s Sining Kambayoka EnsembleKalimulan Cultural Dance Troupe, Kapagintaw Dance Troupe of Iligan Medical Center College, Iligan City Jazz Band, and Buhanginan Voices, among others.
Mindanao’s pride Bayang Barrios who hails from Agusan del Sur of Lumad origin, wowed the audience when she combined her ethnic singing and dancing flair.

Likewise, the audience cheered when Princess Jamyllah Zapanta Bantasan performed the“Awit sa Marawi” vocal duet with Bayang Barrios.
In order to develop a deep appreciation of Mindanao culture through observation and experience, the local government of Iligan affords a traditional ‘Pagana Maranao’ dinner to give the guests an opportunity to witness and appreciate the traditional dinner feast of Maranao tribe.
The Puppet Theater group of PIA also showed off its knacks that amazed both schoolchildren and adults in its puppet show in various public schools and parks in Iligan City.
The Department of Trade and Industry, for its part, set up the “Bangon Marawi” and “Kultourismo” exhibit where ethnocultural paintings, architectural ornaments, indigenous handicrafts, and wood carvings, among other products of Marawi IDPs and Iligan’s contemporary artists, were showcased.
To intensify promotion of ‘Peace Culture’ through this “Kalinaw Kultura,” PIA pooled some experts from the academe, local government, and youth to tackle issues on conflict and peace.
Professor Steven Patrick Fernandez, MSU-IIT Director for Culture and Arts Studies talked about Culture and Peace; Iligan City’s youngest councilor Sorilie Christine Bacsarpa discussed issues on Culture Appreciation among Youth; and DepEd’s Education Program Supervisor Virginia Nadayag discussed concerns on Culture and Education.
Iligan City acting mayor Jemar Vera Cruz, in his inspiring message, lauded the government for crafting the concept of this Kalinaw Kultura project.
“We, in the local government unit of Iligan are very much proud that the Philippine Information Agency instigated this Kalinaw Kultura. This shows that the government is giving utmost importance in promoting peace and unity through cultural understanding. Likewise, this provides a source for tourism programs. By promoting the culture of unity in diversity, it also boosts Iligan City’s economic activities,” the mayor said. 

As the four-day colorful and vivacious Kalinaw Kultura event caps, Poppert Bernadas, a theater personality and ‘Voice Philippines’ challenger, whizzed the audience as he and Jemsha Zhaiba Bantasa rendered the “Awit sa Marawi” duet.
This maiden event marked the beginning of a series of Kalinaw Kultura campaign in four other regions in Mindanao namely CARAGA, DAVAO, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Zamboanga Peninsula. (RLRB/PIA-10)

Pakaradjaan Food Festival features ARMM local cuisines

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) showcased its rich cuisines at the Pakaradjaan Food Festival on July 26. 

The Pakaradjaan food fest is among the highlights of the annual celebration of ARMM’s 29th anniversary. Each of the five provinces exhibited delicacies and cooking during the event.   

The unique foods from each of the five ARMM province were critiqued by well-known food enthusiasts namely certified foodie and blogger Erwan Heusaff, celebrity chef Boy Logro, actor-restaurateur Diether Ocampo, Becoming Filipino blogger Kyle ‘Kulas’ Jennermann, Anak Mindanao Executive Director Djalia Turabin Hataman, and local chef Ivana Karla Valerie Sol. 

The chieftains of the different ARMM villages were also present during the activity and led the presentation of the foods to the judges. There were three sets of food presentations:  appetizer; side dish; and dessert.  

The judges were surprised and amazed by the unique tastes of the delicacies from each province. 

Blogger Heusaff said the food is so important because it could be the gateway to discover more about the culture.

He said he was happy that he was invited to the event to learn more about the region’s different peoples and their culture. 

“It was good, everything was really surprising, most of the dishes. I wasn’t familiar (with these dishes) and these were really tasty and delicious and I’m glad I was able to taste these foods,” he stressed.

Chef Logro said the food festival helps promote Bangsamoro cuisine and culture to the rest of the country. “Masarap at malasa ang Moro foods. Common ang lasa ng anghang sa bawat province. Pang-international level ito at pwedeng pwede kong dadalhin sa show ko,” he added. Logro is known for his television cooking shows Idol sa Kusina and Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master

Celebrity guests laud traditional cuisines in ARMM

As the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) showcased its traditional Moro cuisines in a food festival, celebrity guests lauded the region’s unique food and delicacies noting they would promote ARMM in many ways they can.  

The ARMM food fest puts the spotlight on culinary delights of the region’s five provinces as part of the 29th founding anniversary celebration. 

Certified foodie and blogger Erwan Heusaff, celebrity chef Boy Logro, actor-restaurateur Diether Ocampo, BecomingFilipino blogger Kyle ‘Kulas’ Jennermann, and Anak Mindanao Executive Director Djalia Turabin Hataman were among the event’s judges. Chieftains and representatives of each village wore their traditional attire during the event.

Compared with the cuisines of other regions, which tend to be sweetened, the Moros’ cooking remains strongly ancestral utilizing a good deal of coconut milk and rich in ground spices. Typical ingredients include chili, turmeric, sambal, coriander, lemongrass and peanut butter. Because of Islamic laws, pork and alcohol are absent in the native cuisine of the Moros. 

“It’s amazing, the culture and beauty that is here in the region, from the people to the colors to the music to the dance to the food; these are incredible,” Canadian blogger Jennermann said. “It is so much hard to promote the food here because you don’t even know how to describe how amazing it is, so everybody in the Philippines should see this and understand this,” he added.

Promoting the culinary delights in the ARMM through his blog, Heusaff said: “I do videos and I think I just want to focus on the food and culture here in ARMM and I will put it into video and hopefully people will get curious and actually realize that they can travel here and experience it for themselves.”

“Food here in ARMM is really good, everything was really surprising, actually most of the dishes I’ve tasted I wasn't familiar (but those were) really tasty and delicious and I’m glad I was able to taste the food here and looking forward to joining more (events),” he added.

The food festival marks the celebration of the region’s diverse flavors reflecting its culture and a celebration of cuisine and culinary talents of the Moro people.

Popular actor Ocampo noted that joining the food festival is a great opportunity to share the good news not only to Filipinos but also to the world.

“It’s about time to recognize (our own) – the culinary expertise in our country, something I’ve always been looking forward to. Now that I have the chance to have a great experience with them, I think we should definitely continue doing this in the next couple of years,” Ocampo said adding that experiencing the food in the region is a great surprise for him.

He also suggested that each village should share their recipes so they can share these delights in other parts of the country. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM)