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Repair of Marawi’s Grand Mosque underway

December 29, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 28 (PIA) -- With donations from a private housing developer, the repair of the city’s iconic Grand Mosque also known as Islamic Center has begun which is located in Norhaya Village inside the city’s most affected area. Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chief Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario previously stated that the Task Force  will prioritize the restoration of the Islamic places of worship as instructed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  TFBM Field Office Manager Asec. Felix Castro Jr. prior to the repair of the mosque, meetings and inspection were conducted to determine its structural integrity.  “Binisita ko ito two weeks ago at nakita ko na mabilis ang trabaho, marami silang workers,” said Castro. [I visited two weeks ago and saw the speedy repair, there are so many workers.] Castro also said the repair works are expected to be completed after 10 to 12 months. He also said that the works continue even during the rainy season and weekends, assuring that works are not hampered.  Castro is also optimistic that the Task Force can find more donors for the repair of the damaged mosques. “Tayo ay optimistic na masusundan pa iyong mga donor natin at mas maraming mosque ang ating mapaparepair,” he added. [We are optimistic that we can still find more donors and more mosques will be repaired.] The Marawi Grand Mosque covers an area of 2,500 square meters and has three floors which can accommodate 5,000 people prior to the 2017 Marawi siege. The facility also has a madrasah and a library. Following the release of funds to mobilize project contractors, repair works for the Masjid Darussalam in Barangay Raya Madaya 2, Masjid Disomangcop in Barangay Daguduban and the White Mosque in Barangay Lumbaca Madaya and reconstruction of Dansalan Bato mosque are in progress.   Construction of various infrastructure projects still continues which include Marawi Museum, four-storey school building, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Grand Padian Market, and barangay complexes in barangays Bubonga Madaya, Datu sa Dansalan, Datu Naga, Kapantaran, Lumbaca Madaya, Moncado Kadingilan, Tolali,  Marinaut East, Marinaut West, Sangkay Dansalan, Norhaya Village, Raya Madaya 1, Tucal Marinaut, Wawalayan Marianut, South Madaya, and Dansalan. Castro also shared that despite the holiday season, construction works still continue. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

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DPWH turns over 2 multi-purpose gyms in Brgy. Pugaan, Iligan

December 29, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Dec. 29 – Members of Pugaan Barangay Council and officials of Espiridion Encabo Memorial High School received two newly-completed multi-purpose buildings constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways  (DPWH) – Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office. The simple turn-over ceremony was held on December 21, 2020 at the brand-new Pugaan gymnasium.  “We never expected that we can have a beautiful gymnasium like this. We are grateful to District Engineer Ali for transforming our old and dilapidated gym into this modern building," expressed Punong Barangay Virgie Raman. The renovation of the old gymnasium and barangay hall was allocated Php9.6-million under the regular infrastructure program of DPWH. Meanwhile, the construction of a new multi-purpose building in Espiridion Encabo Memorial High School amounting to Php3.3-million is part of the Local Infrastructure Program (LIP) of Representative Frederick Siao of the Lone Congressional District of Iligan City. “We are truly thankful to Congressman Siao because this multi-purpose building is highly important to us, especially when our students return to school and we have to ensure strict compliance of social distancing," explained Principal Eugene Daguio. For his part, District Engineer Alykhan Ali is hopeful that the newly completed buildings will be put to good use and for residents of Brgy. Pugaan to realize that the national government is working hard to improve the lives of Filipinos especially those in remote areas of the country.  “As the infrastructure arm of the national government, it’s not enough to work hard. The public, the people whom we are serving, must know that the government is working for them," said Ali. (VNL/DPWH-PIO)

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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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LDN ARB orgs receive deed of donation of farm machineries

December 29, 2020

LANAO DEL NORTE, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- Some agrarian reform beneficiaries  (ARB) organizations here received deed of donation of farm machineries from Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)  under its Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support (CRFPS) Project. Under CRFPSP, DAR implements the provision of farm machines to improve farm productivity and the earning capabilities of ARBs in a sustainable manner.  The ARB organizations which received the deed of donations are  Pipin SN Multi Purpose Cooperative and Bualan ARB Cooperative in Tubod,  and Basagad ARC Marketing Cooperative in Balo-i. Nasroding D. Lope of Basagad ARC Marketing Cooperative conveyed his gratitude for the farm tractor and grass cutter from DAR.   “Maraming salamat sa DAR sa binigay nila sa amin na tractor at land  mower,” Lope said. Meanwhile,  Isidro Carin, chairman of Bualan ARB Cooperative, shared that DAR has provided them massive support for their agricultural productivity. “Grabe ang gihatag sa DAR sa mga kooperatiba. Ang DAR pinakabililhon kaayo sa farmers tungod sa kadaghan na ayuda na gihatag nila. Nagpasalamat jud mi ug dako,” said Carin. [DAR really has given huge support to cooperatives. DAR is valuable to the farmers because of so many assistance they provided. We are grateful for them.] DAR also conducted a training on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management under  CRFPS Project in Maigo municipality. (LELA/ PIA ICIC) 

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