northern mindanao

Poor families under granular lockdown get DSWD's cash aid

December 14, 2020

Aiding low-income families under granular lockdowns, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 provides the emergency cash subsidy through the Bayanihan 2 to Recover as One Act. "Ang mga potential beneficiaries alang sa emergency subsidy program ilalom sa Bayanihan 2 nga gipangposte sa matag barangay sa Cagayan de Oro and northern Mindanao subject pa for validation and assessment sa social worker," DSWD-1o Information Officer Oliver Inodeo said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 11.  (Potential beneficiaries for the emergency cash subsidy under the Bayanihan II posted in barangay halls of Cagayan de Oro and northern Mindanao are still  subject for validation and assessment of social workers) Inodeo added that the cash subsidy is not a continuation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) but an assistance to those low-income families who are placed under granular lockdowns to help them go through the ordeal of not being able to work or provide for their families. To further response to the adverse effects of COVID-19, DSWD-10 also implements the Disaster Relief Operation Procedure (DROP) where the needs of communities are identified and addressed.  As of date, Inodeo said they are implementing 213 DROP sub-projects where they have completed 159 sub-projects and 54 are ongoing.  Eight towns are covered in the implementation and these include seven in Bukidnon and one in Lanao del Norte.  For the indigenous people (IPs), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) projects are implemented in Claveria and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental, Tudela in Misamis Occidental, and Talakag, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Quezon and San Fernando in Bukidnon. As of December 11, there are a total of 6,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Mindanao, wherein 5,740 have recovered, 206 have expired, and 932 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)

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LANDBANK funds P40-M municipal hall in Nunungan, Lanao del Norte

December 14, 2020

Nestled in the hinterlands of Lanao del Norte, this third-class municipality is now getting more attention as an eco-tourism sanctuary and an investment haven down south. With the recent completion of the town’s national road concreting project—seamlessly connecting its 25 barangays—the journey of Nunungan towards a more progressive community is well underway.  As part of its vision to better serve its constituents and accommodate its growing visitors, tourists and investors, the Municipal Government of Nunungan aspires to have a modern, spacious and well-structured municipal hall. And backed by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), the construction of the building becomes possible, and will likely be completed by next year.  This developed after the local government signed a P40-million term loan agreement with LANDBANK on September 9, 2020 for the construction of a three-storey municipal hall in Sitio Bobong, Barangay Katubuan. The loan signing was led by Nunungan Mayor Marcos M. Mamay and Treasurer Leonides B. Seronio, together with LANDBANK Lanao Lending Center Head Nena P. Mendoza and Account Officer Virginia C. Gallego.  “Ito ang pinakamatagal na naming plano, na magkaroon kami ng modern municipal hall. Knowing na competitive na ang Nunungan dahil sa mga tourist attractions, pinagsisikapan talaga namin na magkaroon ng bagong municipal hall. Madaming dumadayo dito pero wala tayong maayos na municipal hall for accommodating them and their needs,” said Mayor Mamay. Once completed, the new municipal hall will be a significant part of the municipality’s vision of creating a government center with a grandstand, health center, fire station, and outdoor courts, among others, which Mayor Mamay envisions as another landmark site in the town, and will bring greater convenience to local residents who need to transact with various government offices.  The new hall will likewise serve as a facility to accommodate the existing and potential investors of the municipality. These investors are also expected to benefit from the unified services of the local government, especially in processing business permits.  Prior to the P40-million loan, the local government also borrowed a total of P75.2 million from LANDBANK in 2015 which was used to acquire heavy equipment that includes a six-wheeler dump truck, 10-wheeler dump truck, prime mover, low bed trailer, motor grader, vibratory compactor, and bulldozer. These are being utilized for the construction of new roads across the town, and the periodic maintenance of existing roads to ensure easy access to farms and timely transport of goods to the market.  “We at LANDBANK commit ourselves to improving the lives of all Filipinos by providing the needed financial support of LGUs in rolling out development projects in their localities. We always look at our LGUs as valuable allies in promoting development that is inclusive and sustainable,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.    Aside from delivering intensified support to the agriculture sector, LANDBANK has been supporting local government units (LGUs) across the country to accelerate local growth.  As of October 31, 2020, LANDBANK has extended loans to LGUs amounting to P51.59 billion, with P17.18 billion of this representing loans to finance agri-aqua projects, including farm-to-market roads, slaughterhouses, and irrigation systems. (Landbank)

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Prompt response by DPWH averts major accident

December 14, 2020

The immediate action of maintenance personnel from DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office to release the built up pressure from a busted main water line averted a major accident from happening along a busy stretch of Tibanga national highway, this city. Around 4:00pm, people started to notice water leaking through the asphalt overlay of the national highway prompting them to call local authorities. Upon learning of the water leak, Assistant District Engineer (ADE) Maria David dispatched maintenance teams to the area to inspect and assess the situation. “When we got to the area, we were shocked to see that there was a huge bulge in the highway. The asphalt overlay has risen to about 8 to 10 inches. It was ready to explode," narrated Maintenance Point Person Hadjinor Sukarno. The DPWH team immediately coordinated with officials of the Iligan City Waterworks System (ICWS) to lower the water pressure in the area so the maintenance crew can slowly release the water pressure beneath the asphalt overlay. “I am very grateful to the DPWH team led Engr. Sukarno for their prompt response to this emergency. Thank you DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office for the assistance especially to ADE David and District Engineer Ali," expressed ICWS Head Josephus Albao. Among the barangays affected by the reduced water pressure are Tubod, Ubaldo Laya, Pala-o, Villa Verde, Tibanga, Bagong Silang, San Miguel, Hinaplanon, San Roque, Sta. Felomina, and Acmac. For his part, District Engineer Alykhan Ali assured the city government of Iligan that DPWH is ready and very much willing to extend its assistance anytime that ICWS calls on them. “We’re all on this together. Iligan will suffer if there is shortage in water supply. As Iliganons and public servants we are here to serve the people of Iligan. Our help is available 24/7," added District Engineer Ali. (VNL/DPWH-PIO)

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Remote public school receives 2-storey classroom building from DPWH

December 14, 2020

Top officials of the Department Education – Iligan City Division recently received from the Department of Public Work and Highways-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office a newly completed 2-storey school building in Estenzo-Comendador Memorial School located at Purok 2, Brgy. Upper Tominobo. The school building has four classrooms and could comfortably accommodate more than 50 pupils per classroom. “This has long been a dream of our parents, teachers and students, to have classrooms that allow learning to be fun and exciting. We are very much thankful to Superintendent Roy Angelo Gazo of Iligan City Schools Division for his steadfast support to our school and to Congressman Frederick Siao for making education one of his top priorities," expressed Principal Fe Quinga. The school is located about 18-kilometers from the city proper and takes close to 30-minutes of travel time from Suarez national highway to the school’s premises. “This is a well-built school building and we are confident that this will last for many years to come. We hope that from the future graduates of this beautiful school will rise leaders that will help propel Iligan City to new heights of peace and development," said District Engineer Alykhan Ali. The infrastructure project was implemented by Alfahad Builders and Enterprises. The school building has a budget allocation of P12.5-million as part of Congressman Siao’s Local Infrastructure Program (LIP).  “I am happy to report that as your Congressman starting 2016 up to this year 2020, the budget allocation for Iligan City is steadily increasing every year. And we need this budget for us to replace old and dilapidated school buildings that are no longer safe for our students," revealed Siao. Also present during the formal turn-over ceremony were Brgy. Chairman Rolando Lapas, Schools Operation Division Chief Juliet Timbang, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Shambaeh Abantas-Usman, West-1 District Supervisor Amelita LaForteza, Engr. Alfredo Paradela and Engr. Lyndon Ver Indig. (VNL/DPWH-PIO)

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TFBM ensures unhampered Marawi rehab despite pandemic

December 14, 2020

Rehabilitation efforts for the city’s most affected area remain unhampered despite  the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office Manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. said during the Pambansang Almusal episode of Net 25 channel. “Despite the pandemic, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang ating rehabilitation ng Marawi. Iniimplement strictly ang protocols ng IATF sa mga checkpoints lalo na yung pulis at army,” said Castro. [Despite the pandemic, the rehabilitation of Marawi still continues. Health protocols are strictly implemented by IATF at checkpoints especially those policemen and army.] Castro also shared that the contractors designated a health officer for the workers to monitor their health status.  “Sa workers naman, kada kompanya, meron tayong itinalagang health officer kung saan ang trabaho niya ay laging icheck-up ang tauhan nila to ensure na wala silang sakit,” he added. [Each contractor designated a health officer for workers who checks on the workers to ensure that they are not sick.] The Field Office Manager also said that it is needed to guarantee the continuous rehabilitation.  Following the release of donations from private housing developers, repair works started on Masjid Darussalam in Barangay Raya Madaya 2, Masjid Disomangcop in Barangay Daguduban and the White Mosque in Barangay Lumbac Madaya.  Ongoing construction and rehabilitation includes the Grand Padian Market with Ice Plant, Peace Memorial Park, School of Living Tradition, barangay complexes with health center and madrasah,  four-storey integrated school building, road networks with solar lamps and underground utilities and Pumping Bridge. To recall, massive construction of infrastructures went on full blast in July after the Office of the President approved the budget to implementing agencies in April and May. TFBM established the MAA ID processing center in September to ensure security and safety of  personnel responsible for the massive reconstruction works. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

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DA-10 turns over P7-M farm machinery to farmer's associations in Ozamiz

December 11, 2020

Aiming to raise rice farmers’ profitability and competitiveness through the use of mechanization technologies in the province, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 turned over farm machineries to three farmer associations at Molicay Barangay Hall, here. The Molicay Farmers Association received one unit of combine harvester, one unit of 4-wheel drive tractor, and one unit of mechanical rice transplanter; Maningcol Farmers Association received one unit of mechanical rice transplanter and one unit of mobile rice mill; and Gango Active Farmers Credit Cooperative received one unit of combine harvester, one unit of 4 wheel drive tractor, and one unit of mechanical rice transplanter. OIC City Agriculturist Carlos Pijuan said the provision of farm mechanization equipment aims to improve the efficiency of the farmers and their farm productivity.  “I am sure that with these farm equipment at your hands now will be a big boost to your farm production despite the health crisis that we are encountering now, and the government will continue assisting you,” he said. He also added that these advancements will prosper, and will continue to help the farmers. For her part, Vice Mayor Simplicia Neri encouraged the associations to nurture such blessings and that it is incumbent upon them to exercise due diligence or care to keep the property in top shape. "Once nurtured, like any individual or personal effects for that matter, it will in all certainty bring positive benefits to your organization in the ensuing years," she added. With the assistance, the associations can further improve the production aspect of their projects, the vice mayor said. Gango FA President Noli Paredes, one of the recipients, said the farmers can now make their farming activities easier and faster in the hope that it significantly increases income and even more productivity for growth. “Thank you DA and Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal for the help we received. The farm machinery is a big help for our association to be more productive and successful,” Paredes said. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)  

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