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Residents from the Sector 1 of the most affected areas carry whatever they can retrieve from what used to be their home during the KAMBISITA project of LGU Marawi and the Task Force Bangon Marawi.

Multi-stakeholder forum on Marawi rehab, recovery held

A two-day multi-stakeholder forum on recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other affected areas of Lanao del Sur was organized by the provincial government of Lanao del Sur.

Stakeholders from different sectors converged to discuss and present their concerns and recommendations for seven issues which include military reservation, military camp, proposed development of the most affected area (MAA), Kambalingan (return of the residents), Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP), livelihood programs, and on temporary and permanent shelters.

Among of the participants of the forum include women’s groups, religious and traditional leaders, non-governmental organizations, media, academe, line agencies, internally displaced persons (IDP) community, and youth organizations.

The forum also served as an avenue for consultation of Task Force Bangon Marawi  (TFBM) with the affected communities as responses on the 7 issues were provided.  Furthermore, updates and proposed plan for the rehabilitation of Marawi were also presented during the forum.

TFBM Chairperson Sec. Eduardo del Rosario presented the accomplishments of TFBM and rehabilitation plan and perspective for MAA while TFBM Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. discussed the proposed development of MAA.

Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority, meanwhile, presented the BMCRRP, 

Joint Task Group Builder commander, Captain Julesther Cañada, discussed the updates on the clearing operations of the unexploded ordnance and  improvised explosive device in MAA and the timeline for the visit in MAA.

Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong of Lanao del Sur urged all sectors of the community to work collaboratively. "For as long as it does not hinder our personal beliefs and religious practice, let us take this opportunity to work together to make and improve Marawi City, a better place to live in -- now more than ever,” she said.

Meanwhile del Rosario said that “we will be together so that the promise of the President will be attained successfully for the benefit of the Maranaos.” 

It can be recalled that TFBM had series of consultations with the barangay chairpersons of Marawi, ulamas, local officials of Lanao del Sur and Sultanate of Marawi City, land owners of MAA and IDP leaders. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC)

Japan gov’t donates heavy equipment, reaffirms support for Marawi rehab

The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) received 27 heavy-duty vehicles from the Government of Japan during the ceremonial turn-over at the Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitional Shelter Site in Brgy. Sagonsongan. 

Seven hydraulic excavators, three bulldozers, three wheel loaders, two motor graders, and 12 10-wheeler dump trucks are included in the first batch of Japan’s assistance to complement the efforts of the national government in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-torn city. 

Japan Government Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, and Embassy of Japan Minister for Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori led the turnover of heavy-duty vehicles to the TFBM Vice Chairperson, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Chief Mark Villar; and TFBM Field Office Manager, and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr.

“Japan recognized the high priority given by the Philippine government to the rehabilitation of Marawi. I sincerely hope that these equipment will further speed-up efforts in rebuilding Marawi from the ground-up,” Ambassador Koji said in his message before officials and evacuees in Brgy. Sagonsongan. 

The heavy machineries will be used in the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of Marawi and will be co-managed by the TFBM and the DPWH. 

Marawi residents are continuously going back to their communities after months of staying in evacuation centers and other places of refuge. However, residents from the most affected area (MAA) are unable to go back to their communities as their houses are left in rubble. 

TFBM is seeking to construct temporary shelters to ease the pain of MAA residents who are still staying in evacuation centers as rehabilitation may take years to finish. 

Around 11,000 families from the MAA are needing temporary or permanent shelters.

At the onset, the donated heavy machineries can speed-up land development and construction of temporary and permanent shelter sites in different locations in Marawi City and its nearby municipalities as reconstruction of the MAA is yet to begin. 

The colossal task of rehabilitating and reconstructing the MAA, composed of 24 barangays, is on its way. Around 250 ha. is expected to undergo full rehabilitation.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Aidiong Jr., and Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra witnessed the event as keys were handed-over to the TFBM. 

According to Ambassador Haneda, Japan sees the urgency in restoring the fundamental needs that will bring the lives of people back on track. He adds that the Japanese government will add 10 million pesos of budgetary support to the Philippine government and will expand the existing Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) road development project in Mindanao to include the rehabilitation of roads around Marawi City. 

Japan’s turn-over of heavy machinery coincided with the ceremonial signing of grant with UN habitat worth 500 million pesos to provided shelters and livelihood support to displaced Marawi residents and turn-over of passenger vehicles donated by the Mitsubishi Motors Philippines to support government agencies involved in the rehabilitation of Marawi. (PIA-TFBM-ICCC/JAEBata)

ARMM youth agency holds two-day peace camp in Corregidor

Over 30 Moro youth leaders gathered in Corregidor island for the Moro Youth Peace Camp organized by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) on March 17-18, 2018.

The youth camp was in line with the region’s Bangsamoro Week of Peace and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Jabidah Massacre, which is considered to be a critical point in the Bangsamoro struggle.  
“We have gathered youth leaders across the region in one place to learn about one important part of the history of the struggle,” said Nizam Pabil, executive director of OBYA. 

“For you to appreciate, embrace and support the plight of the Moro leaders today – may it be BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law), may it be addressing discrimination – it is important to look back and understand where it is coming from,” he said.

The camp was held in Corregidor Island where the Jabidah Massacre that resulted in the killing of Moro soldier-recruits occurred in March 1968. 

“You have to understand something for you to appreciate something. The best avenue to learn is to go to the place,” said the youth affairs director.

The two-day event focused mainly on the history of the Moro struggle and the role of the youth in peace building.

Speakers include Rogelio Braga, author of literary works that tackle the realities of the Bangsamoro struggle, and Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, executive director of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, who lectured about the youth’s role in peace building.

Part of the event was a visit to the location of the Jabidah Massacre where the participants met ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman. 

The governor said he is hopeful that the Jabidah Massacre will be a beacon of hope for the Bangsamoro dream and that in the future, historical injustices committed against the Moros will be solved.

“Before I joined this activity I have little knowledge of the Jabidah Massacre,” said Rauff Pulalon, 21, one of the youth participants. He added that after the site visit, he realized the importance of remembering history to reflect and be reminded of the decades-long Bangsamoro struggle.

“As youth of today, we are reminded that the Jabidah Massacre plays an important role in our struggle. Our role today is to continue what our ancestors have started,” said Pulalon. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

ARMM holds 2nd Bangsamoro Women’s Summit

Women leaders from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) line agencies and local government units, as well as from civil society organizations, participated in the 2nd ARMM Bangsamoro Women’s Economic and Development Summit which started on March 14, in Cotabato City.

Bearing the theme ‘Meaningful Change for Economic and Political Participation for Bangsamoro Women,’ the summit seeks to strengthen the capacity of women leaders assuming various roles in economic development leading to a more progressive autonomous Muslim region.

The summit was spearheaded by the ARMM’s Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) in coordination with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In his keynote message, OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza stressed the important roles women play in peace building in communities. “Women are the best instruments in helping society, especially in dealing with peace and security in the area. They play an important, efficient, and productive role in promoting peace, not only in the family but also in the community,” he said.

Comelec Commissioner Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon, one of the resource speakers, emphasized the importance of women’s involvement in the political arena. “When women don’t participate in the government, they will never have a fair share of resources on finance, education, health and livelihood,” she said.

She also said people should get rid of the stereotypes that Bangsamoro women can’t lead. “We should educate our people, especially our youth, that girls can lead as well as boys,” she added.

At the activity’s venue, some of the region’s line agencies showed their support by setting up booths showcasing their services for the participants. 

The summit is in line with the National Women’s Month celebration and the regional celebration of Bangsamoro Week of Peace 2018. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

ARMM opens over 1,400 summer jobs for students, OSYs

The Department of Labor and Employment in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOLE-ARMM) has announced 1,411 summer jobs currently available for students and out-of-school youth (OSY) across the region.

DOLE Regional Secretary Muslimin Jakilan said the program is open to all qualified high school, college or vocational course students, and OSY living in areas covered by the Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) program, a development convergence initiative of the regional government covering 553 recipient barangays.

“We prioritize those students who most need summer jobs,” Secretary Jakilan said adding that the drive is part of the DOLE’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), a flagship program designed to provide income opportunities to out-of-school youth and students from underprivileged families during summer or Christmas break.
Under the SPES, the Labor department shoulders 40 percent of the salaries of the beneficiaries, while the employers like government agencies, local government units, private companies and other sponsor institutions pay the 60 percent.

Secretary Jakilan said the DOLE-ARMM has earmarked P3.8 million for the program.

“We want to help the students and OSYs to earn money, which they can use to pay for next school year,” he cited. 

The registration for employment applicants has already started and will end on the last week of March. Students will have work for a period of 25 days.

Students applicants are required to submit the following: birth certificate; barangay clearance; certification by the school registrar, or Form 138, or original class card; certificate of good moral character; and parents’ income tax return, which shows an annual income not exceeding P85,000. 

For an OSY, a certificate of good moral character issued by his/her barangay is required.

Secretary Jakilan said applicants may visit DOLE-ARMM’s regional office at the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City or the Labor department offices in their respective provinces. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

ARMM celebrates Bangsamoro Week of Peace 2018

Officials and employees of the different line agencies and offices in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) kicked-off the celebration of this year’s Bangsamoro Week of Peace with a parade in Cotabato City, March 12. 

With the theme “Hope and Solidarity in Struggle”, the celebration recognizes the Bangsamoro’s ongoing struggle for self-determination, which is driven by shared aspirations and strengthened by the diversity of its people.

Several activities in the different areas of region was also lined-up to raise awareness and consciousness on the Bangsamoro’s narrative. The activities include Forum on Autonomy and Federalism in Cotabato City (‪March 12-13); Sports Peace in Maguindanao and Tawi-Tawi (‪March 12-17); Lakbay Kultura in the region’s five provinces (‪March 12-18); Libreng Sakay and Photo Exhibits at the ports of Lamitan in Basilan, Jolo in Sulu, and Bongao in Tawi-Tawi (‪March 12-18); Peace Concert in Cotabato City (‪March 13); Pagbabalik-Tanaw (Historical Seminar and Workshop) in Quezon City and Valenzuela City (‪March 14); Medical Mission in Metro Manila (‪March 14-15); Bangsamoro Women’s Summit in Cotabato City (‪March 17-18); and Moro Youth Camp in Corregidor Island (‪March 18).

Amir Mawallil, executive director of the Bureau of Public Information-ARMM, said these activities are geared towards educating the youth about the history and struggle of the Bangsamoro. 

He said that Bangsamoro Week of Peace is about commemorating the 50th year of Jabidah massacre.

Aside from the regular observance that ARMM would usually do on Corregidor Island, a Moro Youth Camp will be conducted on the island where 35 youth delegates from different areas of ARMM are to participate with a purpose of learning on the history of the Bangsamoro struggle and to share with them the essence of remembering the Jabidah Massacre.

“It’s a challenge for us, especially the Bangsamoro, to continuously educate the public about the history and the struggle of the Bangsamoro people,” Director Mawallil added.

Meanwhile, Nizam Pabil, executive director of the Office of the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs-ARMM, gave emphasis on the significance of the role of the Bangsamoro youth in upholding peace in Mindanao. 

He said that in the celebration of the Bangsamoro Week of Peace, the Moro youth joins in the call for peace.

The Bangsamoro Week of Peace is held annually, every second week of March, in commemoration of the Jabidah Massacre. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)