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ARMM women’s commission to hold summit for Bangsamoro women leaders

The Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is set to hold the 2nd ARMM Bangsamoro Women’s Economic and Development Summit in Cotabato City on March 14 and 15, 2018.

Sittie Jehanne Mutin, chairperson of the RCBW, said the summit aims to strengthen the capacity of women leaders in the region in assuming various roles in economic development leading to a more progressive autonomous Muslim region.

Using the theme ‘Meaningful Change for Economic and Political Participation from Bangsamoro Women,’ the event is expected to attract at least 500 women leaders from regional government agencies and local government units as well as from civil society groups and representatives from internally displaced communities.

The summit will also attempt to answer questions on women’s participation in economic development such as how can women from conflict-affected areas meaningfully participate in politics and the economy, and how can Bangsamoro women build a peace economy, one that takes into account transitional justice and the prevention of violent extremism, among others.

The RCBW cited that the summit is anchored on policies of the national and regional government aimed at empowering women. At the national level, the Magna Carta of women guarantees women’s right to political participation and representation, as well as access to economic opportunities.

The region’s Gender and Development Code, meanwhile, emphasizes equal rights among women and men in the political front and that covers involvement and representation in regional and local institutions. Thus, the current ARMM leadership has given priority to women’s active participation in economic development.

For instance, ARMM’s Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the years 2017 to 2019 provides specific action points on women’s empowerment and participation aimed at building an enabling environment for peace.

The summit’s welcome remarks will be delivered by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Commissioner Ma. Rowena Guanzon of the Commission on Elections. Presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza will then give the summit’s keynote address.

A series of discussions such as ‘How Women Make a Difference in an Era of Change’; ‘Women and the Bangsamoro Basic Law’; ‘Protecting Bangsamoro Women thru Social Protection Services’; ‘Women as Transformative Leaders’; ‘Halal and Micro-Financing for Bangsamoro Women’; ‘Livelihood Opportunities and Challenges’; and ‘Linking Political Participation to Economic Empowerment’ would be covered by experts during the two-day summit.

It will be recalled that in February 2016, RCBW also organized a two-day summit among women leaders in Bangsamoro provinces. The event, also held here, was aimed at enhancing women’s participation in good governance.

Source: BPI-ARMM

ARMM kicks-off Women’s month celebration

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, through its Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM), officially started the celebration of this year’s National Women’s Month (NWM) through a parade, on March 5, inside the ARMM compound in Cotabato City.

The parade, followed by a short program, was attended by officials and employees of the region’s different line agencies and offices. 

The ARMM celebration bears the theme ‘Meaningful change for Bangsamoro women can happen,’ which is anchored on the national theme: ‘We can make change work for women.”

During the program, ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud Alamia said, Bangsamoro women can make meaningful change happen.

“Kapag hindi kikilos ang mga babae, walang meaningful change ang mangyayari,” Secretary Alamia said emphasizing the importance of women working in the government.

According to her, more than 50 percent of the teachers, educators in the ARMM are women and almost 3,000 of the employees of ARMM are also women.

The observance of Women’s month is pursuant to Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 that gives due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in the society specifically to inform and engage women as stakeholders of government programs and services; to create and facilitate platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges, and commitments in pursuing gender and development (GAD); and to inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change.

Source: BPI-ARMM

Groundbreaking of P3M multi-purpose building highlights 6IB 45th anniversary

In celebration of the 45th Founding Anniversary of the 6th Infantry Battalion (6IB) of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman led the groundbreaking of a multi-purpose building/covered court in Barangay Matling, Malabang town on March 1.

Hataman was assisted by 6ID Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega and 6IB Commander Lt. Col. Ruben G. Aquino in the ceremony that marks the start of the construction of the building. 

The P3 million project is under the ARMM Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy (HELPS) program which is seen to benefit residents of Malabang and nearby areas. 

The groundbreaking was followed by a short program where Hataman briefly discussed the importance of the presence of the military in maintaining peace and security.

He also noted the significance of the military, local government units and the residents working together to sustain long lasting peace in the region.
Gen. Dela Vega, on the other hand, reiterated the importance of abiding the rule of law including Mindanao Martial Law instructions. 

Also present during the event were mayors and barangay officials from the municipalities of Malabang, Sultan Gumander, Balabagan, Kapatagan, and Marogong.

Source: BPI-ARMM

ARMM holds People Day in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government held a People’s Day in the municipality of Malabang on March 1.

The ARMM Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team, in coordination with the ARMM’s line agencies, provided free services to more than 800 beneficiaries from Malabang and nearby municipalities during the People’s Day.

Among the services provided included surgical and dental service; blood screening for hypertension and diabetes; eye screening; circumcision; reading glasses distribution; distribution of hygiene kits for kids with orientation on proper hand washing; supplemental feeding; and plastic sealers, noodle machines, and seedlings distribution.

Rido counseling; business name registration and business counseling; legal counseling; demo on technology transfer (food safety, Halal awareness, packaging and labelling); and social pension payout for senior citizens were also offered during the day.

Domie B. Sembrano, 64, from Brgy. Ansao, one of the beneficiaries of gill nets for fishing, said the programs and projects of the government are big help to them, especially for the local farmers and fisherfolks.

Nakagkapya inya a project na gubyerno sa rekami. Nakadtabang a benar sa kapaguyag ami. Apya maytu-maytu na asal a pakadtabang. Mapia su gubyerno (Nakatulong itong mga proyekto at programa ng gobyerno sa amin. Malaking tulong sa paghahanap-buhay namin. Kahit kaunti ay nakakatulong pa rin. Mabuti ang gobyerno),” Sembrano said. 

Source: BPI-ARMM

ARMM, LGU Marawi to build P115M infra projects

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the City Government of Marawi will construct infrastructure projects worth P115-million as part of Marawi city’s rehabilitation program.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Marawi City Mayor Atty. Majul Gandamra led two groundbreaking ceremonies here on March 1, for the construction of a P90-million Integrated Market, Food and Transport Terminal in Buadi Sacayo and the P25-million rehabilitation of City Hall and City Health Center.

The integrated market, food and transport terminal will sit in more than one hectare land, and will house 200 market stalls. 

Mayor Gandamra expressed confidence the city’s economy will rebound after it suffered heavy losses due to the siege.

“Definitely it will help the people of Marawi restore the economic operations dahil sa nangyari dito, bumagsak talaga ang ekonomiya,” mayor Gandamra said. 

Initially, the regional government has started building a wet and dry market in Bubong, Lanao del Sur in February that will open additional economic activities in the town and in the entire first district of the province since these areas have no formal marketplace.

Meanwhile, the Marawi city hall and the city health center will undergo rehabilitation since the two structures also sustained minor damage because of the battle. The ARMM will also provide an additional P15 million for the procurement of hospital facilities and equipment.

Source: BPI-ARMM

DPWH-ARMM inks agreement with Lanao del Sur LGUs

The Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with 15 local government units (LGUs) in the province for infrastructure projects targeted to be completed by the end of this year.

In a ceremony held at Lanao del Sur’s provincial capitol on March 1, DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Loong said most of the beneficiary towns are awardees of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance, a recognition given to LGUs that performed well in terms of good governance parameters.

He also emphasized the role of the LGUs in the success of the implementation of such projects. 

The joint undertaking of DPWH-ARMM and the LGUs is one of the steps of the regional government to comply with the President’s goal of implementing efficiently and within standards all 2018 infrastructure projects.

The budget for each LGU is as follows: Province of Lanao del Sur – P388 million; Piagapo – P33.95 million; Wao – P58.2 million; Taraka – P63.05 million; Poona Bayabao – P43.65 million; Masiu – P19.4 million; Bubong – P4.95 million; Ditsaan Ramain – P9.70 million; Mulondo – P19.4 million; Ganassi – P85.3 million; Calanogas – P19.4 million; Madalum – P38.8 million; Balindong – P16.49 million; Butig – P33.95 million; and Kapatagan – P37.38 million.

Butig Mayor Dimnatang Pansar said a 2.5-kilometer road will be built in his town to speed up economic development specifically in the agricultural sector.

“Our municipality is primarily an agricultural town, the movement of the farmers and the delivery of products to the market will be easier by connecting farmlands,” he said.

Meanwhile, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman asked the local chief executives to immediately start the road projects and complete those projects before December. 

With a MoA between DPWH-ARMM and the LGUs, the governor believes infrastructure projects will be properly executed and completion will be within schedule. 

Source: BPI-ARMM

Some 600 temporary shelters for Marawi IDPs ready by December, HUDCC Chair says

By the end of December, about 600 temporary shelters will be ready for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City.
Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Eduardo del Rosario made the announcement during his ocular site inspection of the Transitional Shelters Area at Barangay Sagonsongan, Marawi City.
He disclosed that every month around 100-200 housing units will be constructed.
"1,175 ang target. Every month magkakaroon ng 100-200 housing units na macocomplete," said Del Rosario. [The target is 1,175. Every month 100-200 housing units will be completed].
Each transitional shelter measures 22 square meters with kitchen and sink and a toilet.
Common facilities include madrasahs (Islamic religious schools), wet and dry market, health facilities, barangay tanod outpost and even a transport terminal. There will also be basic services like water facilities and electricity.
Del Rosario also explained that good quality and durable materials are being used for the construction of the housing units.
"It is made of steel panel; it is earthquake resistant na ibig sabihin ay kahit may earthquake hindi matutumba [which means, when there is earthquake, it will not collapse]," he said.
According to Del Rosario, those who no longer have houses to return to will be prioritized to occupy the transitional shelters.
He added that the construction of permanent shelters will begin in a few months’ time.
"We have to be sure na ang lote na gagamitin ay safe [that the lot to be used is safe], hindi [not] very risky for flooding, risky for earthquake; that it is included in the comprehensive land use plan of the city," said Del Rosario.
Del Rosario also shared that close coordination with the local officials of Marawi is being maintained to ensure that the plans initiated are culturally sensitive.
"The government, as instructed by the President, ensures na pag sila ay lumipat [that when they return], they can say na comfortable sila sa kanilang lilipatan [that they will feel comfortable to where they will be transferred]," Del Rosario concluded. (LEAntonio/PIA)