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MalacaƱang: Marawi rehab efforts never ceased

August 1, 2020

MARAWI CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized in a virtual press briefing on Thursday that the rehabilitation works in Marawi City did not cease despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  Roque asserted this statement after some lawmakers and civic groups criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not mentioning updates on the developments of the war-torn city in his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA). He said that even if the president did not mention it in the SONA, the restoration of the city remains one of his priorities. “Hindi po tumigil ang gobyerno para mapabangon muli ang Marawi dahil nga po doon sa nangyari ilang taon na ang nakakalipas,” said Roque. [The government did not stop its rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City after what happened few years back.] “Tuloy-tuloy po ang rebuilding of Marawi kaya nga po siguro hindi na sinama sa talumpati ng Presidente dahil nagsimula naman po iyan at ongoing po iyan,” he added. [Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City are continuous  which is the reason perhaps on why he did not mention it in his speech.] The spokesperson also affirms his commitment to continue holding press conferences in Marawi in the future. “Sa mga susunod na press briefing, babalik po siguro tayo gaya ng ginagawa natin dati diyan mismo sa Marawi nang makita po ng buong bayan kung nasaan na po ang efforts to rebuild Marawi,” he said. [For the next press briefings, we might be back there just like what we did before in Marawi so that the whole country will know the progress of rebuilding efforts of Marawi.] Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario also expressed his commitment that the massive rehabilitation of the city will be completed within the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  “As committed, the rehabilitation of government infrastructures in Marawi City will be completed within the term of our President. That is his order and that will be done,” said Del Rosario. The construction of infrastructures in the most affected area of the city are now on full-swing. These include Marawi Maritime Outpost implemented by Armed Forces of the Philippines; Grand Padian Central Market, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Marawi Museum, and five barangay halls with health center and madrasah which is spearheaded by the city government of Marawi.     Outside MAA, the construction of the new Marawi City jail is now on its 30% completion which is implemented Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.   These projects are funded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management – Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program (NDRRM-MRRP).  Funded under the P970 Million grant from Government of Japan thru Japan International Cooperation Agency,  the Department of Public Works and Highways has also continued rehabilitation of 18.97-kilometer Marawi Transcentral Road in Lanao Del Sur. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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BARMM ministries, WFP converge for integrated rural development

August 1, 2020

MARAWI CITY, July 30 (PIA) - The Ministries of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE); Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR); Interior and Local Government (MILG); and the World Food Programme (WFP) inked a memorandum of agreement on Wednesday, July 29, for the establishment of a convergence model to sustain income-generating activities to support integrated rural development in the Bangsamoro region. The model also envisions an increase in agricultural and agro-forestry products in the region. It will be implemented through the MENRE’s ‘Integrated Bangsamoro Greening Program (IBGP) and ‘Kayod ka, Bangsamoro’ (KKB), MAFAR’s Basic Integration of Harmonized Intervention (BINHI) program, and MILG’s Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) program. The MAFAR will cater to the supply of vegetable seeds, training for farmers, and the establishment of market linkages.  On the other hand, the MILG committed to lead the implementation and mainstreaming of the Convergence Area Development Plan among the local government units and beneficiary communities.  Moreover, the WFP will provide remunerations to ‘Palaw Rangers’ while waiting for the harvesting period. Palaw Rangers, who are Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants waiting to be decommissioned, will aid in the establishment and sustaining of these ‘survival gardens’ to ensure productivity and output efficiency. “We are looking forward to this collaboration, the Convergence, its promising outputs, and to how it would help the Bangsamoro communities,” said BARMM Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua, also the concurrent MENRE minster. Macacua also said the convergence will be implemented from September 2020 to March 2021. Meanwhile, WFP Deputy Country Director Mats Persson, who attended the ceremony thru video conference, said WFP is determined to provide assistance to all concerned ministries on the development and enhancement of the convergence model. Also present during Wednesday’s MOA signing were MAFAR Minister Mohammad Yacob, BPDA Director-General Mohajirin Ali, and Dir. Khalid Dumagay who represented MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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Health ministry in BARMM traces unvaccinated children against polio

August 1, 2020

MARAWI CITY, July 30 (PIA) - The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is conducting a seven-day Rapid Coverage Assessment (RCA) to trace unvaccinated children against polio in the region. The RCA is MOH-BARMM’s evaluation procedure to find unimmunized children below five years old and vaccinate them against polio for its ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio’ campaign. The MOH has started the RCA in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur on Monday, July 27, and will run until August 5.  Meanwhile, the schedule for the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi is yet to be finalized. The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign, which kicked off in the region on July 20, is the Department of Health’s program to end polio in the country.  Bangsamoro government targets to immunize at least 839,677 children in the region’s five provinces until August 2. As of July 27, the total coverage in the region is at 74.1% or 622,564 children vaccinated. Several RCA teams of MOH-BARMM has since covered the towns of Sultan Sa Barongis, Parang, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Ampatuan, Datu Piang, South Upi, Buldon, Datu Unsay, and Buluan in the province of Maguindanao, and in Piagapo, Saguiaran and Lumbaca Unayan in Lanao del Sur. (BPI/PIA ICIC))

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BTA minority bloc asks Bangsamoro gov't for transparent, merit-based, credible hiring process

June 4, 2020

Considering that the Bangsamoro government has yet to enact a Civil Service Law, the Bangsamoro Parliament's minority bloc has issued a resolution asking that the existing recruitment, selection, and placement processes of the regional government be independent, transparent, strictly merit-based and credible.  The Bangsamoro government should also be guided by the principle of moral governance it has set, and  should adhere to the omnibus rules on appointments and other human resource actions of the Civil Service in the region. The appeal to establish these standards is in harmony with the 12-point agenda of the Chief Minister. Among those standards is the establishment of the appropriate bureaucracy to ensure the right balance between the size of the bureaucracy workforce and services that must be delivered, as well as the appropriate sets of skills required of the people in the bureaucracy.  The minority bloc reiterated that the recruitment, selection and placement process is an important policy measure meant to ensure the employment of competent personnel for the Bangsamoro government, which is crucial to the success of BARMM’s governance.  To date, the Bangsamoro job portal has received over 300,000 applications for different positions from within and outside the region. This is a sign of hope and a bright prospect for the success of BARMM. 

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Marawi, Lanao Sur LGUs to develop testing labs

June 4, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ---- The local government unit (LGU) of Marawi City turned-over on Friday (May 29) a two million peso check (P2M) as the city government share to set up a P20-M biomolecular testing laboratory inside the premises of Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) here. Earlier on May 14, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. confirmed that the provincial government and the Marawi city governments would develop a a testing laboratory as part of the efforts of the two LGUs in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  Included in the allocated amounts is the purchase of a testing machine.  Adiong said they are targeting to operate the laboratory starting this month.  “The provincial government shared P10-M from our Bayanihan Grant Fund with the balance of the expenses to be shared by the LGU Marawi and the APMC,” Adiong said in an interview.  The provincial government of Lanao del Sur received P117-M, an amount equivalent to 50% of its one-month internal revenue allotment (IRA) while Marawi City received P50-M.  ‘Negative of antibodies’  Aside from the P2-M check for the testing laboratory, Gandamra also turned-over to the City Health Office 3,000 rapid diagnostic testing kits to be used for the testing of city hall employees and frontliners manning checkpoints.  Mayor Majul Gandamra was amongthe first batch to get tested on Friday.  “Nagpa-test din ako (I also get tested) and it’s negative. Other results will be released on Monday (June 1),” Gandamra said referring to being non-reactive or negative of antibodies.  “Although tayo po ay zero-record (ng COVID case) based doon sa report ng ating health sector, pero hindi po tayo nagkumpiyansa. Kailangan po na ma-check natin ang ating mga frontliners nang sa ganoon ay maiwasan natin na magkaroon ng transmission ng virus (sa Marawi),” Gandamra said.  (Although we are zero-record (of COVID case) based on the report of our health sector but we are not complacent. We need to check our frontliners so that we can avoid the transmission of the virus (in Marawi)  Gandamra said the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur will continue observing all the protocols established under the community quarantine guidelines even if the present level of the community quarantine in Marawi will be lifted already.  “In the coming days, magkakaroon uli tayo ng shifting. Maaring magkakaroon ng modification ang ating general community quarantine or maari ring magkakaroon tayo ng lifting of the community quarantine. But this time we will be observing the new normal which is ang ating nakagawian ay magbabago,” Gandamra said.  (We will be having a shift. We might modify our general community quarantine or we might lifting it, but this time we will be observing the new normal.)  Gandamra said the city council of Marawi is passing city ordinances to support all the policies that will address the fight against the transmission of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

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BARMM essential health services continue despite COVID-19

June 2, 2020

The Ministry of Health-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM), with support from the U.S. government, has been leading regional and local efforts to ease the impact of COVID-19 and protect its constituents.  As of May 31, 2020, BARMM has registered 10 probable cases, 301 suspects, 27 positive COVID-19 cases, and four confirmed deaths. On April 13, 2020, MOH-BARMM released a memorandum, reiterating the Department of Health’s Department Circular No. 2020 – 0167 for the continuous provision of essential health services across the country in the time of COVID-19.  The MOH-BARMM memorandum instructed public health facilities in the region to remain open to provide non-COVID-19 health services. To augment the health facilities’ operating expenses amid the COVID-19 crisis, the MOH-BARMM allocated a total of PhP 10 million to provincial and city health offices as well as some hospitals under the ministry.  Additionally, to support frontline health workers implementation of the DOH and BARMM memorandum, all rural health units will receive a monthly allocation of PhP 20,000 for their operating expenses.  Meanwhile, the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) will also receive financial assistance from the ministry. MOH-BARMM already distributed a total of PhP 2,599,000 to 2,599 BHWs, the first batch to receive the financial support. “The regional government is committed to respond to the challenges brought by COVID-19 to our health workers and health systems in BARMM,” said Dr. Saffrulah Dipatuan, BARMM Health Minister. The policy and financial support from the BARMM government facilitates the continuous delivery of family planning (FP), maternal and child health services, and adolescent and youth reproductive health in the region.  Services are delivered in keeping with the community quarantine and physical distancing measures. “We are happy to note that immunization, pre-and post-natal checkups, FP counseling, distribution of FP commodities, and the provision of modern FP birth-spacing methods and many other health services continue across the Bangsamoro region,” said Dipatuan. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its BARMMHealth project, partners with MOH-BARMM as well as provincial, city, and municipal health offices to fortify the quality of health services in the region.  Since June 2019, USAID’s BARMMHealth project has trained over 600 health workers and religious leaders to improve access to quality health services among underserved communities.   The USAID-trained health workers have devised ways to coordinate among their respective health facilities and implement innovative solutions to serve their clients, such as house-to-house visits, 'FP Services on Wheels', and bandilyo-- a Cebuano word that means 'to make known' or 'announce loudly.' Bryn Sakagawa, USAID/Philippines Office of Health Director, commends the DOH and MOH-BARMM for their commitment to unhampered provision of health services. "Inspite of COVID-19, these timely government actions are helping mothers and their families to access voluntary family planning, and essential maternal and child health services.”  Sakagawa also lauded the continuity of care and treatment of tuberculosis patients who are among those at-risk for COVID-19.  “The U.S. government is a proud partner of DOH and BARMM in addressing the needs of vulnerable population groups,” said Sakagawa.  The U.S. government has committed PhP 785 million ($15.5 million) to assist the Philippines in its COVID-19 response. 

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