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Iligan CHO steps up effort to address mental health, psychosocial concerns amid pandemic

October 27, 2020

A crisis hotline for people who are in distressful situations brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will be opened here on October 8. The setting up of a hotline is an effort of the Iligan City Health Office (CHO) to address mental health and psychosocial concerns as the pandemic continues to cause mental health distress. Dr. Belinda Lim, Iligan Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manager for Health Cluster, said in a virtual press briefing that the hotline offers assistance for callers experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite, despair, chest tightness, irritability, and other mental health and psychosocial concerns. This access to mental health and psychosocial support services will be provided in partnership with the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) Psychosocial Response Team and the Balay Integrated Rehabilitation Center for Total Human Development (BIRTHDEV). Dr. Lim said the hotline numbers, which will operate 24/7,  can be reached at 0965-429-3681 for Globe/TM subscribers and 0963-814-4001 for Smart/TnT subscribers.  (APB/PIA ICIC)  

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BARMM breaks ground for construction of 150 permanent shelters for Marawi IDPs

October 27, 2020

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through the Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment (BRIDGE) broke ground for the construction of 150 permanent shelters for the internally displaced persons of this city.   A total of 100 units will be constructed in Barangay Mipaga while 50 units will be built in Barangay Patani.   The regional government also launched its Marawi Rehabilitation Program which consolidates all initiatives of BARMM for the rehabilitation of the City by using the initial  P500 million fund. In a video message, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, Al-Haj said that the BARMM government is committed to rebuilding the lives of Marawi IDPs.  "Together we will help you rebuild and recover and ensure that InshaAllah, Marawi will rise again," said Ebrahim. Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Member of the Parliament (MP)  Janatti Mimbatas emphasized that they cannot accomplish anything if there is no unity.  "We now have two protectors, the national government who will extend assistance and the BARMM government,” he said.  Meanwhile, MP Musa Diamla assured that the BTA will work closely with the national government through Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM)  for the rehabilitation of the city.  TFBM Field Office Deputy Manager Antonio Sugarol said the groundbreaking for the construction of permanent shelters for Marawi IDPs is a manifestation of helping one another.  Sugarol also hoped that cooperation between the local government units of Marawi,  Lanao del Sur and BARMM government would continue.  This project is implemented with the coordination of the MPs in Ranaw Region headed by Deputy Chief Minister Alim Ali Solaiman.  TFBM through National Housing Authority in partnership with  United Nations Human Settlements Programme and Social Housing Finance Corporation also continues the construction of 3,500 permanent housing units. (LELA/ PIA ICIC) 

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55EBde strengthens info drive, publishes 1st magazine

October 27, 2020

As the 55th Engineer "Mangumpiya" Brigade (55EBde) celebrates its 22nd founding anniversary  Monday, October 26, at its headquarters in Balo-i town, Lanao del Norte, the unit also published its first magazine packaging feature articles on the efforts, accomplishments, and unique stories of its troops. Entitled 'The Mangumpiya Chronicles', they named the magazine after the brigade's moniker 'mangumpiya', derived from a M'ranao word which means 'builders of progress'. "From almost nothing to something, this is how I describe the 55th Engineer Brigade from its reactivation until today. The brigade had truly experienced birthpains from the moment it was reactivated. But these challenges turned into opportunities that pushed us to perform our duties as 'builders'," said BGen. Nestor I. Abando, 55EBde's brigade commander. The cohesive endeavor of its publishing team spearheaded by Abando started every single detail of its publication from scratch. With the help of its officers and some enlisted personnel (EP), they've covered, written, captured, and gathered significant events that harnessed the skills of 55EBde's troops in nation-building through infrastructure and civic-efforts. Contents including the struggles and gradual success of the brigade's rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi city, the plight of the COVID-19 pandemic,  community-building, and in keeping their sworn duties in achieving sustainable peace within their area of responsibility (AOR). Meanwhile, as the guest of honor in the celebration of the unit's anniversary, Lt. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, commanding general of the Philippine Army (CGPA), in his speech cited that empowering the people by providing them the 'needed information' will enhance the mobilization of security as a shared responsibility. "We have to come up with a good information operations so that the level of awareness among our people is high," he remarked. In appreciation of the unit's mark in its fight and sacrifice for a peaceful Mindanao, CGPA emphasized the role of the army engineers in nation-building and making their efforts known to the public. "55EBde, maraming salamat Mangumpiya troopers, ipinagmamalaki ng Philippine Army and inyong mga programa para maingat and kapakanan ng mga mamayan, lalo ngayong sa panahon ng pandemya. Ipagpatuloy din ninyo and pagsuporta sa ating kasundaluhan at mga kababayan sa Hilagang Mindanao," the CGPA expressed. (CLGV/PIA-ICIC)  

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Retooled Community Support Program launches in Agusan Sur Town

October 27, 2020

Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur- Prosperidad local government unit (LGU) launches the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) to deliver basic services in the conflict-affected areas of Sitio Tibog, Sitio Ugnop and Purok 7 of barangay Mabuhay, Prosperidad on September 2 benefitting 79 households. Mayor Frederick Mark Plaza Mellana led the RCSP team along with the core teams, local peace and order and development council members. The RCSP teams are composed of the Basic Services Delivery team which will serve as the bridge of the RCSP team to the national government, the Citizenship and Community Participation team which will strengthen barangay-based institutions and sectoral organizations to engage in participatory issue resolution, the Peace Law Enforcement and Development Support Team which will protect and secure RCSP team and beneficiaries on the conduct of the peace and development activities, the Local Development and Peace and Order Councils which will screen and prioritize the needed government interventions in the community and the RCSP core team that directly supports the local chief executive in the operationalization of the RCSP. Upon the identification of issues by the RCSP and the Community Support Team of the 8th Special Forces Company of the 3rd Special Forces ”Arrowhead” Battalion, basic services issues such as the rehabilitation of farm-to-market road from sitio Tibog to Purok 7, access to potable water in Sitio Ugnop were immediately addressed and resolved by the LGU and concerned agencies. Further, Serbisyo Caravan consisting outreach programs, medical services, birth registration, free haircut, donation of food supplies were provided to 79 households. “This is the first time that we focused our efforts and actually went to those far-flung communities na nangangailangan ng serbisyo ng gobyerno. Usually, dun lang sa mga sentro ng barangays but this time we also have to immerse there para malaman natin ang sitwasyon nila at pangangailangan,” Mayor Mellana, said. “The RCSP is aimed at addressing the root causes of insurgency and we hope na mawala na ang armed conflict sa municipality of Prosperidad so we can fully achieve our potential in eco and agri—tourism. We may not have all the resources but we are doing our best na maramdaman ang good governance kahit sa pinakamalayong sitios,” Mayor Mellana added. RCSP is one of the national government’s mechanisms in implementing the Whole-of-Nation Approach to peacefully End Local Communist Armed Conflict which was institutionalized by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70. Meanwhile Prosperidad RCSP theme is USWAG-Prosperidad which means ‘Uban ta Sa kalambuan Walay puwas nga programang Agrikultura, industriya ng Turismo para sa Gobyernong local sa Prosperidad’ to drumbeat their campaign in promoting peace and development.  

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DA NorMin eyes Lala, Lanao Norte as pilot area for F2C2 program

October 27, 2020

 To further drum-up the region’s food production capacity, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Northern Mindanao is eyeing the municipality of Lala as one of its prospected pilot areas for the implementation of DA’s Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2) Program in Northern Mindanao. Lala accounted for 6,288 hectares of the rice area in Lanao del Norte and the home of 53 DA-accredited and LGU-assisted Farmer Associations and Cooperatives (FCAs) engaged in rice farming. In the last wet cropping season, Lala generated a total of 40,391 metric tons harvested palay. “We have significantly facilitated the granting of numerous agricultural assistance to our farmers. Rice farmer associations in Lala are recipients of various agricultural inputs, farm machineries and equipment, and agricultural infrastructure projects from DA-10,” Dodirico Cuaresma, Lala Municipal Agriculturist said. Given Lala’s potential as one of the region’s top rice producers, and the LGU’s strengthened support for agriculture, the town is prospectively identified as a recipient of the F2C2 Program. “The LGU of Lala vowed to continuously support our rice farmers, and we will be more than willing to be part of DA’s rice production projects in the region,” Cuaresma added. As the pioneering farm and fisheries clustering program in the country, the F2C2 is primarily geared towards increasing agricultural revenue in the region, by providing the agri-fishery sectors strategic access to market, resources and technologies assistance. As a requirement, clustered F2C2 rice areas should reach a minimum of 100 hectares. Each area should be adjacent to one another and located in the same municipality or congressional district. Letecia Ditucalan, Lanao del Norte’s Provincial Agricultural Officer averred the province is highly welcoming and supportive of all DA’s projects in the province. Looking forward to the F2C2 implementation, Ditucalan said, “We will never say no to any agri development projects. As LGU, despite our limitations, we will be providing any support needed – technical support, coordination, to help implement the project”. Ditucalan also shared that the provincial government is now gearing towards a more inclusive rice production program by fostering both the lowland and highland rice areas in Lanao del Norte. As the palay buying price in the province recently lowers due to peak harvest season, she disclosed the provincial government has been buying the farmers’ produce for the province’s Grains Processing Center. She said the palay were purchased at a price at least one peso higher than the prevailing farmgate price in assistance to the rice farmers. PSA reported that Lanao del Norte ranked second after Bukidnon, in terms of rice area harvested in Northern Mindanao as of the second quarter of 2020. The province contributed 32.2 percent of the region’s palay production for the period mentioned. Pilot implementation of the F2C2 in Lanao del Norte required the clustering of identified farmer organizations, and consolidation of their production areas to form a network of specialized farm producers. Favored FCAs will be provided financial support, scholarships, information and technology assistance aside from regular agricultural interventions, under the DA’s F2C2 Program. These interventions are anticipated to improve the FCAs’ operations. The DA-10 is now suiting-up for pilot implementation of the F2C2 in Northern Mindanao by identifying strategic areas for clustered and consolidated rice, corn and other grains, high-value crops, livestock, and organic agriculture production in the region. (Azbie Talib/DA-10)

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DTI-LDN rolls out mobile market online

October 27, 2020

 To continue providing affordable basic goods while ensuring the safety of the public in this time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 190 pandemic, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Lanao del Norte rolls out the Online Diskwento Caravan on October 26-30, 2020. Diskwento Caravan is an initiative by DTI in partnership with the manufacturers and distributors of basic necessities and prime commodities that aims to provide reasonably-priced quality products to the consumers.  Food products sold are priced lower than their suggested retail prices and are sometimes sold in packs, providing big savings to consumers.  Seventeen partner stores in Iligan City are joining the online Diskwento Caravan, offering 10% off on their basic goods, school supplies, and prime commodities. These include Gaisano Superstore, Smart Communications/Ilicomm, Sopra Marketing, A&A Closet, Iligan Galaxy Merchandising, Inshalla Marketing, Te Amo, Studio One, Transcycle, Acscents Perfume, Malagsum Highlands Multipurpose Coop (MAHIMCO), Gaisano Mall Iligan, City Agriculture’s Office (CAG) Kadiwa outlet, Madelicious Bakeshop, Naturaleza, Covega Battery, and Taghatid Supresa. The participating stores will offer some of their products at discounted prices with free delivery through local delivery app, Dudu.ph, for a minimum purchase of P200.  Free delivery is also applicable within Barangay Hinaplanon and Tominobo Bridge, with C3 road as the boundary for rural and outskirts areas. The Online Diskwento Caravan is conducted as one of the major activities of DTI Lanao del Norte in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month 2020. The activity is in partnership with Iligan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (ICCIFI), City Agriculture's Office (CAG), and Dudu.ph. To check out the list of products offered at discounted prices, visit the stores in the Dudu.ph application. (DTI-10)

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