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5 LGUs in BARMM receive Php25-M each for municipal hall construction

December 29, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 29—Five (5) municipalities in the Bangsamoro region each received Php25-million financing and capacity development from the Bangsamoro Government’s local government ministry (MILG).   MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo together with the five mayors signed Memoranda of Agreements for the implementation of their 2-storey municipal government centers.   The municipalities of Sultan Dumalondong, Butig, Poona Bayabao, and Lumbaca Unayan of Lanao del Sur along with Pandag of Maguindanao province were among the identified towns with no permanent and conclusive municipal hall for the longest time.   This project is part of MILG’s comprehensive intervention and support to the local governments through its Local Government Facilities Development Program (LGFDP) and the Support to Local Government Unit Infrastructure Development Project (SLGUIDP).   “We [Bangsamoro Government] are committed to completing the construction of government centers to ensure that our constituents are able to approach their local elected officials in designated buildings and where services may be accessed by the people,” Sinarimbo said.   BARMM Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua witnessed the ceremonial signing.   “Ang sentro ng gobyerno ng pamilya ay ang kanilang bahay. In the case of the local government, the municipal or the barangay hall is the center of the government. Sana, kung aalagaan man natin ang bahay natin (family), ganun din ang pag-aalaga natin sa mga iko-construct nating municipal government centers, kasi after all, atin ito,” said Macacua.   He also emphasized that part of the approved 2021 budget is intended to aid local government units for them to institute governance reforms.   This project is in line with the 12-point priority agenda of the Chief Minister, the vision, goals and strategies for governance reforms anchored on moral governance. (BARMM Info Office/PIA ICIC)

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MILG grants incentives to performing LGUs, launches ‘Salamat Awards’

December 29, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 29— Some 118 Local Government Units (LGU) in the Bangsamoro region were granted with awards and incentives for their excellent performance for the year 2020. Minister of Interior and Local Government Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo said this is through the Local Government Functional Appraisal Award (LoGFA) and Lupon Tagapamayapa Incentive Award (LTIA) of his ministry.  The awarding ceremony was conducted on Friday, December 18, at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City. 51 LGUs from the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi were awarded with the LoGFA, wherein each received Php200,000 and plaques of recognition.  LoGFA aims to define, operationalize, and assess the functionality of LGUs in the region. Meanwhile, eight (8) barangays bagged the LTIA where the champion received Php125,000, first place with Php100,000, and Php75,000 for the second placer. For the 4th-6th class category, Brgy. Kauran in Ampatuan, Maguindanao was declared as champion. First and second places were awarded, respectively, to Brgy. Mao in Datu Abdullah Sangki of the same province and to Brgy. Pindolonan in Buadiposo Bunting, Lanao del Sur. For the 1st-3rd class category, the champion was Brgy. Rempes in Upi, Maguindanao, 1st and 2nd placers were Brgy. Cebuano Group in Wao, Lanao del Sur, and Brgy. Tumahubong in Sumisip, Basilan. Brgy. Tumbras in Midsayap, North Cotabato received Php125,000 under the special geographic area category, while Brgy. Limo-ok in Lamitan City, Basilan also received the same prize under the city category. Furthermore, Php20,000 each were also given to 10 barangays from the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and the city of Lamitan for being regional finalists. “This aims to recognize functional local governments and barangays whose ‘Lupon Tagapamayapa’ have excelled in settling disputes in their communities,” Sinarimbo said. Special Anti-Drug Abuse Council Awards were also given to LGUs who sustained drug-cleared status of their drug-affected barangays and for maintaining a drug-free status of their unaffected barangays. 49 BARMM municipalities received the said award—25 awardees for sustaining drug cleared status of their drug-affected barangays and 24 for maintaining a drug free status for their unaffected barangays. Aside from LGUs, MILG also gave recognition to CSOs who have been implementing interventions to drug-affected communities and contribute to the pursuit of a drug-free region. Awardees were Council of Sumisip Youth Leader, Kadtabangan Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates Inc. and Balay Mindanaw. ‘Salamat Award’ for LCEs On the same day, MILG also launched its SEAL award (Salamat Excellence for Leadership Award), also known as ‘Salamat Award’, designed to recognize performing Local Chief Executives (LCE) in the BARMM. Sinarimbo said the ‘Salamat Award’ is the most prestigious award that the region would undertake to recognize LCEs who show excellent performance. “The award is named after the founding chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) whose quality of leadership is astounding,” Sinarimbo said. SEAL Program aims to contribute in the establishment of a Moral Governance in the BARMM by popularizing the principle of volunteerism and primary common good as demonstrated by Sheikh Salamat Hashim as key to regional peace and development. The awarding ceremony for SEAL will be held next year where each awardee will be given a plaque of recognition, gold plated medallion worth Php250,000 and Php2.5 million worth of project. Sinarimbo said it would also encourage local chief executives and leaders to embrace the principles of accountability, participatory and service-oriented leadership as key to local development; and instill in the heart and mind of leaders and communities the culture of patriotism and promotion of social responsibility. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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Bangsamoro Gov’t names Peace Champion 2020

December 29, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 29 - The Bangsamoro Government, through its Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS), named Esmael Usop Sema from Maguindanao as Bangsamoro Peace Champion 2020. MPOS Minister Hussien P. Muñoz awarded Sema a trophy, plaque of recognition and Php50,000 cash reward in a ceremony Monday, Dec. 28, in Cotabato City. Muñoz said the Bangsamoro Peace Champion 2020 is an annual program that aims to recognize the initiatives of peacebuilders and advocates, and to encourage them to continue their noble endeavors. He stressed that the program intends to acknowledge “exemplary individuals who dedicated their time and resources to peace efforts, initiatives and activities […] to contribute in developing, improving and strengthening the peace environment in their communities and areas within the Bangsamoro Region.” Sema saw that the community of Barangay Barurao in the town of Sultan Sa Barongis  faces various social issues such as lack of potable water, frequent flooding, unpaved roads, presence of lawless elements, and absence of a secondary school. These challenges, Sema noted, result in fewer opportunities of uplifting their lives. Considering their place in a depressed community, people could end up holding arms and engaging in conflicts as chances of education and lower income hover their lives. This year, Sema founded the Kaliyot B. Sali Peace Academy, Inc. to advocate peace through education and encourage the locality to attend schools. The school offers free education to its students, including free uniforms and other needed materials. He highlighted that education promotes peace and it can be one of the most powerful tools to reduce the tendency of people joining militancy and engaging in lawlessness. “Seeing the good feedback and results of your efforts, you will have more motivation in your peace advocacies,” Sema said. Four other peace advocates who “carry genuine and colorful flags of peace initiatives and efforts in their Bangsamoro communities” were also named as finalists for the awarding - Lo Ivan Castillon from Cotabato City, Joharie Kabugatan from Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao; Jamilnur Sarip from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, and Sohaila Macadato from Cotabato City. The nominees underwent three rigid stages of selection screening and deliberation to ensure they imbibe the core values of being a Bangsamoro Peace Champion and the ministry's ambassador of peace in the region. (Bangsamoro Information Office)

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Marawi IDPs benefit from BARMM’s new Sagip Kabuhayan Program

December 22, 2020

MARAWI CITY, – In its effort to provide socio-economic assistance to Marawi City’s home-based internally displaced persons (IDPs), the Bangsamoro Government has created Sagip Kabuhayan Program (SKP) under its P500-million funded Marawi Rehabilitation Program (MRP). The MRP, launched on October 26, covers all of the BARMM’s plans and actions for the city’s rehab, which are based on the approved committee report made by the Bangsamoro Transitions Authority’s (BTA) Special Committee on Marawi (SCM). During SKP’s initial pay-out on Friday, Dec. 11, Social Services Minister Raissa Jajurie and MRP Steering Committee Chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Ali Solaiman, along with some BTA members from the Ranaw region, led the house-to-house distribution of Php15,000.00 cash assistance to 185 IDP beneficiaries. The recipients were among the first batch of home-based IDPs from Marawi’s most affected area (MAA), who are solo parents, separated, and widows, earning Php5,000 and below per month. This criteria, however, only applies to the initial batch.  Other home-based IDPs, including out-of-school youth and persons with disabilities, shall be included in the next batches of beneficiaries, which will be validated by the MSSD and the MRP’s Program Steering Committee (PSC). Worth Php79-million, SKP is one of the initial projects of MSSD approved by PSC earlier in November. It provides seed capital or additional capital to small businesses owned by indigent families whose income were heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “Itong programang ito (SKP) ay ang pagtugon ng MSSD noong nagkaroon ng Covid-19. We have to modify our programing sa gitna ng pandemya dahil nakita namin na bukod sa epekto po sa kalusugan ng tao, ang Covid-19 ay nagdulot din ng maraming economic na pagkukulang sa atin, marami ang nawalan ng trabaho at yung kita ay nawala,” said Jajurie. “Immediate needs po ang narerespondihan ng SKP. Ang disenyo po ng Bangsamoro Sagip Kabuhayan ay mabigyan ng kapital o dagdag kapital yung mga taong pwede namang kumita sa pamamagitan ng mga economic activities para hindi lamang relief goods ang ating natatamasa […] Mas mahabang panahon ninyo magagamit yung epekto ng BARMM interventions,” Jajurie added. The PSC has targeted over 3,290 beneficiaries for the SKP. Lanao del Sur’s Provincial Social Welfare Office will monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that cash assistance will be utilized properly. (BPI) Photo caption: (Left-Right) MP Marjanie Mimbantas, MRP Steering Committee Chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Ali Solaiman, and MP Raissa Jajurie led the distribution of Php15,000.00 cash assistance to 185 IDP beneficiaries in Marawi City on Dec. 11. (BPI)

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Sikad drivers hit by Covid-19 crisis

November 27, 2020

LALA, Lanao del Norte - Mandated to take off-road due to modified enhanced community quarantine caused by the rising cases of Covid-19 in Barangay Maranding, sikad drivers were left with no choice but to ober the new normal rules imposed by national and local laws.  Cornelio Dela Cerna, 48, who has been cycling around the community since 1997 said that even before the transporation halt, he has not picked up enough passengers to reach his average quota he used to have pre-pandemic.  “Lisod uy, atong lockdown diri na gipapahuway mi ug biyahe lisod jud. Dako kaayong epekto sa among pankonsumo sa pamilya. Hinuon nakadawat mig ayuda ato 12 kilos na bugas, 1 kilo bulad, 1 kilo munggos, 2 ka lata na corned beef gikan sa barangay,” he shared.  He further expressed that the relief goods they received from the local government were budgeted to fit the span of the two-week rest.  “Gi budget jud namo ang ayuda kay 12 kilos ra gud unya sulod sa 14 days na wala mi biyahe, kailangan jud namo siyang iguon kay wala mi kita, wala mi pamalit ug pagkonsumo,” he said.  Nonetheless, he was still thankful for the assistance given to them and said that it was better than to receive nothing.  Wilson Villarin, 58, also shared the same sentiment as he complained about how the pandemic slashed off their everyday earning.  “Apiki jud among panginabuhi ron. Naubos jud ang among pagpanikad gumikan sa panahon sa pagsugod sa pandemya hantod karon, wala pajud kausaban kay wala pa man kaayo tawo na manggawas,” said Villarin while he was patiently waiting for passengers. Moreover, Gregorio Gimena, a sikad driver for 15 years mentioned that most drivers within the community usually have an earning of Php. 500 and above. But since the start of pandemic when passengers and transportations were discouraged to go out and operate, the income plunged down to Php. 200.    “Lahi sauna ang among pagbiyahe diri sa Maranding. Sauna makaabot pa mi ug Php. 500 ug kung tingsakay masobra pa. Karon mga nasa Php. 200 nalang kay mingaw pa ang tawo ron, hinay ang sakay,” he stated.  He further shared that he was more worried for the sikad drivers who have families to support because he himself who has none, could already feel the struggle caused by the pandemic.      On the lighter side, youth initiatives with the aim to help sikad drivers in Barangay Maranding are starting to kick off.   An initiative spearheaded by Nathanielle Keith Penaso, a nursing student from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology will be opening a donation drive that will be accepting monetary and in-kind donations like clothing and groceries any time in December. She said that the drive is to support sikad drivers who are one of the people greatly affected by the crisis by giving them necessary groceries for the daily consumption. ###

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Reconstruction of mosques in Marawi City commences

October 14, 2020

  The rebuilding of three mosques destroyed during the 2017 Marawi City siege will begin soon as Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) revealed that funding has already been released for their construction. “We (TFBM) already issued the checks for mobilization of the three contractors for the three mosques,” Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Chief of Staff Zyril Carlos said during his recent visit to the Islamic City. “So it’s not just a Memorandum of Agreement. Now, it’s already a project,” the DHSUD chief of staff said. The DHSUD official visited Marawi to personally inspect the development of each project in Marawi’s Most Affected Area (MAA). After a thorough assessment of the sites, he assured that the rebuilding process remains well within the government’s December 2021 timeline despite heightened restrictions imposed within the city due to the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. “We are closely monitoring the progress to make sure that they are within the timetable,” Carlos stressed. DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, who leads the inter-agency TFBM, has continuously affirmed that the rehabilitation of the country’s only Islamic city remains on track and that it will be completed by December 2021 as promised by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Among the projects that will be rebuilt in Marawi’s MAA are the Masjid Darussalam in Barangay Raya Madaya, Masjid Disomangcop in Barangay Daguduban and the White Mosque in Barangay Lumbac Madaya. In August, Secretary Del Rosario spearheaded the signing of three Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) that enabled the repairs of the three mosques using donated funds from private developers. It would be the first time that TFBM will be using donated funds from private developers intended for socialized housing development and rehabilitation of calamity-stricken areas like Marawi City. (DHSUD)  

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