northern mindanao

Bayanihan—AFP’s inspiring way of building makeshift schools for IPs

August 12, 2020

SAN FERNANDO, Bukidnon, Aug. 10 (PIA)--In far Sitio Laburon, Matupe village in San Fernando town, teams of soldiers and parent volunteers who did the carpentry and masonry works of the makeshift schools recently witnessed the turnover of seven school buildings to the Department of Education (DepEd).   In a simple turnover ceremony, 89th Infantry Battalion (89IB) commander Lt. Col. Silas Trasmontero shared that they were sent on a very challenging mission of building schools for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the hinterlands and fulfilled it through “Bayanihan (unity and cooperation).” He explained that Bayanihan’s new example in the conduct of operations is ‘winning the peace’ by giving weight to the long-term and equally important effects of military operations on the people’s way of life and their well-being. "It pains us to see grade school children walking more than three kilometers from home to school, more so during rainy days because they need to cross creeks and streams. These structures could help lighten our IP children's daily struggle just to be schooled. We want to send a stark message that the government is here for them,” Trasmontero said. He also announced that five of these seven makeshift schools were built in Sitio Balao, Sitio Malungon, and Sitio Lugawon in barangay Kalagangan; Sitio Binasalan in barangay Cabuling; and Sitio Laburon in barangay Matupe, all in far-off areas of San Fernando town. The other two are in Kitaotao municipality situated at Salumayag and Kalinawan sub-villages of barangay Digongan that border the two adjoining towns. Trasmontero also pointed out the help of local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations, private sector, and even communities, which is vital in working smoothly on the project in the hinterlands where insurgency thrives. While describing that in the past, fine soldiery meant firing the guns of war and making a body count of enemies who fell in combat, 89IB civil-military operations officer Capt. Milbert Bonzato said the Philippine Army’s “Bayanihan spirit” measures a soldier’s success based on peacekeeping and peacebuilding works being done on the ground. "There are real needs here and we are doing our best to try to meet them. There are vulnerable people here," Bonzato said. Brigadier General Nolasco Mempin, commander of the 1003rd Brigade in his keynote message clarified that the newly established IP schools are made of wood and cement, with galvanized iron roofs and aggregate footings. Each structure has two classrooms big enough to accommodate 25 to 30 learners per classroom, he indicated. “Things will change, and change again. But we must try to remember that no matter how substandard the facilities and resources of the location are, this is what the locals have and they are doing their best with what they have. And we must keep in mind that they [IPs] will continue to do the Bayanihan after we, as missionaries, leave because they got by before we showed up. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can be achieved by understanding,” Mempin said. He disclosed that these schools will replace those built by some left-leaning groups that have already been closed. Consequently, tribal chieftain Datu Lito Gambay lauded the government for putting up the said tribal schools. “We are very happy with the construction of these custom-tailored Lumad schools because our children will no longer have to hurdle the day-to-day hardships especially when it rains. Besides, we don’t want our children to be deceived by the NPA’s ‘fake’ schools. We want our children to have a bright future with the government under President Duterte,” the tribal chief said in dialect. Similarly, Vice-mayor Edwin Abucayan who represented the mayor of Kitaotao town commendably thanked the 89IB soldiers and the parents who worked with no pay just to build the IP schools. Bukidnon Schools Division Superintendent Randolph Tortola, meanwhile, reported that DepEd has registered more than 400 IP learners from the said far-flung areas. “Though classroom learning is yet to resume due to COVID-19, still, students will have something to look forward to, especially that these children are more than eager and ready to attend classes,” he shared. San Fernando mayor Levi Edma, for his part, thanked the Philippine Army for the inspiring triumph of the troops and the residents who volunteered to build such schools. Edma urged the beneficiaries in each community to give their full support to the government because in return, he said “the local government commits to take care of the schoolchildren’s needs, including the salaries of teachers as schools open on August 24.” (RLRB/PIA Bukidnon)

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Guinsiliban SK celebrates Linggo ng Kabataan

August 12, 2020

GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, Aug. 11 (PIA)—With the theme, “Youth Engagement for Global Action,” the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Guinsiliban celebrates the Linggo ng Kabataan and International Youth Day with various lined-up activities. On August 12, Guinsiliban SK will conduct the Inter-Barangay SK Tiktok Challenge, and the Oplan Linis Kabataan at Baywalk, Liong, August 14. Another clean-up drive will be held at Cabuan Coastal Village and Mt. Cardo, North Poblacion, August 21 and 22, respectively. To strengthen the SK’s anti-child labor campaign, the SK will conduct the inspection and spot check of establishments at Barangays Liong and Maac, August 26.  On the same day, the SK will also hold the Operation Baklas-Tobacco Control at North and South Poblacion. An outreach program, Serbisyo Caravan, will be held at Barangay Butay, August 28.  Strictly observing the minimum public health standards and further urge engagement of the youth in the midst of COVID-19 crisis, Guinsiliban SK will also hold the Quaran Selfie Video Challenge, Musikabataan Singing-Songwriting Competition, Poster Making Contest, and the National Heroes Look-a-Like Challenge.  The Linggo ng Kabataan Awarding Ceremony 2020 will be held at the Municipal Hall, August 31. (RTP/PIA10) Cebuano News: Guisiliban SK gasaulog sa Linggo ng Kabataan GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, Aug. 11 (PIA)--Nakaangkla sa temang, "Youth Engagement for Global Action," ang Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) sa Guinsiliban magsaulog sa Linggo ng Kabataan ug International Youth Day pinaagi sa nagkalain-laing kalihokan. Sa Agosto 12, ang Guinsiliban SK magpahigayon sa Inter-Barangay SK Tiktok Challenge, ug Oplan Linis Kabataan sa Baywalk, Liong, Agosto 14.  Lain pang pagpanghinlo nga kalihokan ang buhaton sa Cabuan Coastal Village ug Mt. Cardo, North Poblacion, Agosto 21 ug 22. Aron mapahingusgan ang ilang kampanya batok child labor, ang SK magpahigayon ug inspection ug spot check sa mga establisemento sa Barangay Liong ug Maac, Agosto 26.  Sa susamang adlaw, ipahigayon usab ang Operation Baklas-Tobacco Control sa North ug South Poblacion. Usa ka outreach program, Serbisyo Caravan, ang buhaton sa Barangay Butay, Agosto 28. Aron ma-awhag ang mga kabatan-onan nga makiglambigit sa mga kalihokan bisan pa man sa krisis panglawas nga gi-atubang tungod sa COVID-19, magpahigayon ang Guinsiliban SK sa Quaran Selfie Video Challenge, Musikabataan Singing-Song Writing Competition, Poster Making Contest, ug National Heroes Look-a-Like Challenge.  Ang Linggo ng Kabataan Awarding Ceremony 2020 ipahigayon sa Municipal Hall, Agosto 31. (RTP/PIA10)

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PRLEC-X launches Project HOPE in Iligan

August 11, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of region X launched the Project HOPE (Heal One, Protect Everyone) on Thursday, August 6, in Brgy. Rogongon, this city. In support of Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte which institutionalizes a “Whole-Of-Nation Approach” to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), Project HOPE aims to make Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities self-reliant, resilient, and empowered. "To do this we have to equip them with adequate knowledge and skills through series of training interventions," said Director Lorenzo G. Macapili, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Mindanao Cluster Head. Macapil said TESDA will conduct skills training for construction-related and agriculture-related qualifications or courses under the project. Aside from the skills training, an IP hub will also be established to serve as a training center and at the same time office of IPs and community leaders. PRLEC-X chairperson and TESDA-X Regional Director Tarhata  Mapandi said they will also put up a communal Agri demo farm and forest nursery that will be utilized during the training. In return, Mapandi asked for the cooperation and commitment of the IPs and the community to sustain the implementation of the project. The launching of Project HOPE was highlighted by the turn-over of the programs and projects of different government agencies.  The Department of Trade and Industry handed over 10 livelihood starter kits for karenderya and sari-sari store as well as knapsack sprayers. The Department of Agriculture turned-over 30 bags of white under its Corn program and assorted vegetables under its High-Value Crops Development Program while the Department of Labor and Employment handed over Certificate of Entitlements for starter kits for the 34 former rebels (FR). "Dako ang among pasalamat kay tungod ang ilang mga pasalig hinay-hinay nga nakaabot sa amo-a," expressed Alias Tots, one of the FR-beneficiaries. (We are very grateful because their commitments have slowly reached us.) The 30-year-old FR already completed free skills training from TESDA. "Nagpasalamat kami nga aduna mi nahibal-an sama sa wielding og driving," he added. (We are grateful that we learned something such as wielding and driving.) Rogongon Barangay Chairman Rady Pugoy also expressed gratitude to the PRLEC for bringing the government to their community. "Magpasalamat ko sa mga ahensiya sa gobyerno nga nangadto sa akong barangay.  Magpasalamat pud kami sa atong Presidente diin getagaan niya og tabang ang among IP community. Hinay-hinay nakabangon mi tungod sa lain- laing tabang gikan sa mga ahensiya sa gobyerno," he said. (I would like to thank the government agencies that came to my barangay. We would also like to thank our President for helping our IP community. Gradually, we are improving because of the various help from government agencies.) Pugoy said the starter kits, agricultural inputs, and the free training will be a great help to the families of the recipients. Other government agencies that participated in the launching were DA, DILG, DSWD, PNP, 4th Mechanized Battalion, NCIP, DPWH, DepEd, CHED, CDA, PCA,  CLDO, Iligan City Government, and Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte. (APB/PIA ICIC)

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PGLDN-IMT strengthens collaboration with stakeholders to fight COVID-19

August 11, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Aug 9 (PIA) -  In recognition of the important role of stakeholders’ in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Provincial Government through the Incident Management Team spearheaded a coordination meeting with the officers of the Municipal Health Offices, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Offices, the Provincial and Municipal Chief of Police, Doctors to the Barrio, and Private Hospital Association of Lanao del Norte on Friday, August 7. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte Administrator and IMT Deputy Responsible Officer, thanked the participants for attending the meeting and encouraged them to share their ideas, suggestions, and other concerns on the strategies and approaches initiated by the Provincial Government in curbing if not containing the spread COVID-19. Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo has recently approved the realignment of some of the Provincial funds to immediately address the continuing health threat by focusing on programs and activities related to COVID-19 until December of this year. One of which is the need to purchase additional Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) Kits primarily intended for Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs).  Based on the data presented by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Teresa M. Reponte, LSIs and ROFs greatly contributes to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province.  As of August 6, 115 LSIs and 20 ROF were confirmed positive of COVID-19. In total, the Lanao del Norte has 148 confirmed cases, 87 of which have already recovered, however, it also recorded its first fatality due to local transmission. The PHO Officer shared that the Provincial Hospital in Kolambugan which was converted into an Isolation Unit with 61 Bed Capacity is now ready to accept patients that are symptomatic IgM Positive, suspect cases, probable cases, and confirmed symptomatic. Additional isolation units were also created to augment the isolation unit in Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, such as the Infirmary and Annex Building in the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital and the Mindanao Civic Center Stadium. With regards to the COVID-19 PCR Laboratory at Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, Reponte said that all personnel is currently on their level four (4) training, the infrastructure is 100 percent complete, the equipment is 95 percent ready, and it is only awaiting the team from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Center for Health Development-Regulations, Licensing and Enforcement Divisions (CHD-RLED) for final inspection and approval to operate. Provincial Information Officer and the IMT Incident Commander Lyndon G. Calica, also thanked the efforts of the Municipal Government Units, the Private Hospital Association, and the Philippine National Police, and all concerned stakeholders for continuously sharing ideas and actively coordinating with the Provincial Government in facing the problem of COVID-19 pandemic. He reiterated that Governor Dimaporo is doing her best to protect the health and safety of the residents of Lanao del Norte. Lawyer Mark Christopher Babor, the Provincial Legal Officer, explained the provisions of Provincial Ordinance 10-2020 or the ordinance which provides for the guidelines on maintaining vital health protocols in the province to fight the spread of COVID-19. The meeting was also attended by DILG Provincial Director Bruce A. Colao, who also shared his wisdom particularly on issues regarding  Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) who are refusing to submit for testing and suggested to add provisions in the Provincial Ordinance 10-2020, for their penalties, as well as, requesting Municipal Local Government Units (MLGUs) to procure Rapid Test Kits for their constituents. New Police Provincial Director, PCol Rolindo M. Suguilon, meanwhile appealed to LGUs in informing the public and make them understand that PNP is performing its duty in implementing the ordinances. He also assured that the PNP is committed to support the efforts of the Provincial Government and continue to work closely through active coordination for the welfare of the people. (PIO-LDN)

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TESDA-10 to build prov'l training center in Libertad

August 11, 2020

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Aug. 9 (PIA)--To produce a regular pool of highly-skilled, educated and competitive technical graduates demanded by the industry, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-10 is set to build the Provincial Training Center in Libertad, here. "We never decline the opportunity to have the Provincial Training Center here in our municipality. The first usufruct contract agreement that we will be signed should be only for five years but because of the negotiations made by Engr. Nazario D. Villamor Jr. and approval of the Sanggunian Bayan, we have inked a 10-year agreement," Mayor Leonardo L. Uy, Jr. said. The establishment of the Provincial Training Center-Misamis Oriental will provide services to students not only within the municipality but also to their neighboring areas such as Lugait, Manticao, Naawan, Laguindingan, and Gitagum.  “Today is perhaps one of the greatest days in the history of the municipality as this will usher in an era of a close partnership between TESDA and the Municipality of Libertad, and of course the much-needed development in the town. To TESDA, thank you so much for always finding ways to bring the agency closer to the people especially with the thrust in organic farming together with other agricultural training programs,” Vice Mayor Christian Zayre said. For her part, TESDA-10 Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi extended their gratitude to the local government unit in making sure that TESDA-10 will not only use the second floor as a training center as the LGU also allowed the usage of the 1,000 sq.m area for the additional training programs of TESDA.  The PTC will serve as the training arm for skills development of the middle level manpower in Libertad, Misamis Oriental. Through PTC, skilled workers can get certified according to competency assessment standards, employability of graduates will be enhanced, and economic opportunities to technical vocational education and training clients will be assured. (JAKA/PIA10)

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Lanao del Norte upholds Maranao weaving tradition

August 10, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 6 (PIA) - Wanting to preserve and sustain the unique cultural heritage of the Maranao in Lanao del Norte, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Paglingkawas Women Federation (PAWFED), a nonprofit organization, has designated a place inside the Pasalubong Center to promote the Maranao weaving tradition. This will also showcase the traditional handloom weaving device used to create blankets and serve as a hub for the younger generations to learn the intricate and beautiful handcrafting technique, as well as, appreciate the history and continue the rich and colorful Maranao tradition in the coming years. Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo visited on August 4 the Pasalubong Center to personally see the traditional weaving device and witnessed the demonstration of weaving a blanket made from Inaul fabric. This endeavor primarily aims to develop cloth weaving production and help local weavers of Poona Piagapo to increase their livelihood skills capabilities in traditional weaving and create viable and sustainable business opportunities within their community. The Provincial Government, DOLE, and PAWFED will do its best to provide the necessary assistance to increase the production of local weavers. Such assistance includes the provision of an advance or highly technical cloth weaving machine and other equipment, technical assistance through product design development and enhancement training on cloth weaving, the conduct of basic entrepreneurial skills for local weavers, and provision of start-up capital and training facilities for the local weavers. Governor Dimaporo was happy and proud that the traditional weaving was preserved and continued in the Municipality of Poona Piagapo and being handed down for the next generation to carry on such an amazing and fascinating Maranao cultural heritage. (PIO-LDN/PIA ICIC)

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