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Marawi Children and Youth Peace Summit’

April 10, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - Almost a hundred displaced children from the nine recipient-schools gathered at the clubhouse of Marawi Resort and Hotel Monday to participate in “Marawi Children and Youth Peace Summit” spearheaded by the World Vision Philippines in partnership with Marawi City Schools Division (MCSD).  According to City Schools Division Assistant Superintendent Ana Zenaida Unte, the children in Marawi need special attention and consideration because of their vulnerability to ISIS-linked Maute group recruitment.  "We need to strengthen our teachings about peace, respect and love for their family and the community. They are also being taught of the different ways on how to handle conflict. Their facilitation and leadership skills were also developed," she said.  During the whole-day summit, the displaced children were engaged in games, teambuilding, sharing their experiences, and dialogue.  Alrazzak Magarang, one of the participants, admitted that he was a bully to his friends before, but he learned from the summit that it was wrong, and that he should be a good influence to other children.  "Now, I tend to advise my fellow students to do good and be instruments in achieving peace. If we want peace and prevent the Marawi siege from happening again, we should all be patient and humble at all times," the 12-year-old student noted.  The peace summit aims to give the Marawi children a chance to express themselves and identify what are the areas they need to work on, World Vision Operations Director Xenia Legaspi explained.  "I am very inspired with these children's stories. They're very special to us and we'll find other ways to help them recover," Legaspi assured. World Vision is an International Christian Humanitarian Organization present in 100 countries around the globe, focusing primarily on the wellbeing of children.  It continues to implement its Marawi Peace and Protection project in this war-torn city, which aims to help strengthen government-mandated structures, faith-based and traditional structures for peace and child protection. The initiative also empowers at least 1,600 boys and girls and about 400 adults, including teachers, faith and barangay leaders on various peace and child protection promotion activities.

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BARMM prepares action plan for El-Niño

April 9, 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (MAFAR-BARMM) led an inter-agency planning workshop on Friday, April 5, in Cotabato City to facilitate an immediate response to the affected areas of El-Niño in the Bangsamoro region.      During the workshop, the BARMM agencies prepared an El-Niño Damage Assessment Report, El-Niño Action Plan for the months of April to December 2019, which were already proposed during the inter-agency convergence meeting on March 27, 2019.      Engr. Mohajirin Ali, RPDO-BARMM Acting Executive Director, said the Action Plan will be the basis of the Bangsamoro Government in responding to the needs of affected residents and in accessing potential assistance from the donors or partners who are willing to provide various support.      “The RPDO is committed to any possible help and willing to provide the necessary services to the areas,” he added.      The agencies agreed to form a Task Force El-Niño, which will vice-chaired by Ministry of Local Government (MLG) and with the Regional Planning and Development office (RPDO-BARMM) as its technical secretariat.      The Task Force has set an initial meeting on April 11, 2019 to evaluate plans that have been identified during the activity.      The El-Niño phenomenon is characterized by an unusual warm sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern part of equatorial Pacific.      According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the country has been experiencing El-Niño since early February and will possibly last until May of this year. (BARMM)

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Lanao Sur continues to engage in activities vs violent extremism

April 9, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur is continuously engaging in activities to address the problem of violent extremism.  Representatives from the provincial government joined a two-day training workshop on “Service Providers of Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Aftercare Programs for Former and Potential Violent Extremists” organized by the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) from April 3-4 at New Dawn Plus, Cagayan de Oro City.       It was attended by the representatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP), Mindanao State University Main Campus - IPDM, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Bureau of Corrections, Women Inspiring Women, FHATWA Institute Foundation Inc., and Ministry of Social Services of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.      The participants shared their ideas, suggestions, and experiences pertaining to the topics discussed and provided a clearer picture on how Formers and Potential Violent Extremists (PVEs) can be reintegrated and rehabilitated.       Through this activity, the participants were able to understand more about the perceptions of the PVEs and their methods on influencing vulnerable individuals as well as communities.       The activity ended with a discussion on the methods to be utilized in profiling and assessment; coming up with a framework, plans, and interventions,  as well as an agreement that implementation activities should have confidence building engagement and rehabilitation.       A Technical Working Group on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism was recently created which focuses not only on resolving existing issues, but also imparting knowledge about peace processes that shall enable the people to gain a common understanding of harmonious collaboration and cooperation for the betterment of the community.  (PLGU Lanao del Sur/PIA10)

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DSWD releases P73K cash assistance to Marawi IDPs

April 9, 2019

MARAWI CITY -- Around 700 displaced families from Banggolo Poblacion flocked to Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol Gymnasium on April 6 to receive P73,000 cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the agency’s Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP).      LSG is DSWD’s P20,000 worth of financial assistance intended to help  Marawi IDPs to start their own business while the TFSP of P53,000 is for the family’s food, shelter, education and other non-food items.      Aside from financial assistance, the displaced families also received a “Pabaon Package” consisting of canned goods and other food items.      DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan assured that they would continue to assist/bring intervention for the IDPs until they go back to their normal lives.      “We will always be with you until you get back on your feet again. We will always be here, ‘wala tayong iwanan Usec. Budiongan said.      DSWD scheduled the next day, April 7, for Barangay Bubonga Lilod Madaya targeting 623 displaced households.      The agency is yet to announce the schedule of LSG and TFSP distribution for the remaining displaced barangays inside Marawi’s most affected area (MAA).      During the recent public consultation conducted by TFBM in Marawi City, the crowd of displaced individuals cheered as TFBM chairperson and HUDCC Secretary Eduardo del Rosario promised about the DSWD’s livelihood assistance.      He also assured that displaced residents of MAA could return to their homes after the 24 most devastated barangays of Marawi City will be free of unexploded bombs and debris after August 2019.   Clean master list      The recipients have undergone the IDP profiling dubbed as “Kathanor”, a Meranao term for organization, intending to capture biometrics and other personal data from each legitimate displaced individual of Marawi City.      Undersecretary Budiongan, formerly deputy to TFBM Field Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., related his experience seeing a bloated DSWD master list of IDPs.      “When I was still with TFBM, I saw households having several access cards or DAFAC bloating the numbers in our master list. Therefore, we conducted Kathanor to come up with a clean list, which we will be using on giving government assistance for IDPs. We see to it that only legitimate IDPs will receive help and support from the government,” Budiongan explained.   Commitment to the renters      Budiongan also eased the MAA renters’ worries being not able to receive livelihood assistance from the government.      “With the guidance of the Task Force Bangon Marawi headed by Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, we will conduct another IDP profiling through our Kathanor System. If we come up with a clean list, we can also provide some intervention for them. We hope and pray to Allah that he will give us more patience,” he said.      In its livelihood assistance, DSWD serves as a member-agency of TFBM Subcommittee on and Business and Livelihood. It also plays a big role as the lead agency of the Sub-committee on Health and Social Welfare. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)

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Rebuilding Hope from the Ashes

April 8, 2019

•    Two years after Marawi had been besieged by the Maute Group, there are still thousands of families living in tent cities.  •    Those who returned to their homes live among the ruins, lacking in funds and livelihood to rebuild.  •    Project Marawi Tibayanihan aims to train a crew of skilled workers to help rebuild their city.   It has been nearly two years already since the Maute Group staged a major attack on the major institutions of Marawi City and left the once-beautiful Islamic city in ruins. The five-month siege has left an indelible mark in the city’s economy, architecture, and the psyche of its people. More than 350,000 individuals were displaced - 41% of the population. After a year, thousands of families have made their way back to their ruined homes, but there are still 237,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in tent cities. Those who returned fared a little better, having little to no livelihood to come back to.       With the aim of providing an alternate livelihood source and to support the recovery of the affected families and the rehabilitation of their houses, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) inked a partnership with Republic Cement for Project “Marawi Tibayanihan: Rebuilding Homes for a Stronger Marawi”.       “From our experience after several missions in Marawi City, we have developed a more responsive framework to guide our member companies and partner donors towards a more holistic and collective response, supportive of the needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) and local plans,” PBSP’s Executive Director Reynaldo Laguda, said. “There is an immense need that had to be filled and we are grateful for the flow of assistance and we are excited about Republic Cement sharing the vision of rebuilding towards a stronger Marawi.”      The goal is to form the Marawi Tibayanihan Crew — a group of skilled workers on carpentry, masonry, electrical wiring, welding, plumbing, and painting, among others. The workers will be trained further with the assistance of DTI and TESDA. At the end of the training, they would be self-reliant and could be tapped for construction services by the government, private sector, and other groups in the future. Similarly, the project would help strengthen the brotherhood among Maranaos by enabling other Maranaos to help their people after the siege.        The project targets three communities: Barangays Raya Saduc and Bubonga, and Area 1 Transitional Community. Households from the two barangays (or 44 families) and 102 shelters will benefit from the recovery and rehabilitation assistance. Families who do not have the capacity to pay for labor and materials were the ones prioritized. Under the program, the Tibayanihan Crew will provide labor services to each beneficiary-family. Furthermore, each family will also benefit from a grant for the needed construction materials, after an assessment of the condition of their homes and the required repairs.      “This is an important project for us. The development of Mindanao is in line with Republic Cement’s thrust in nation-building. As much as this project is about constructing stronger homes and buildings, it is also about strengthening the people’s hope that tomorrow can be better,” said Nabil Francis, Republic Cement Services, Inc. President.      Upon conclusion of the project, the Marawi Tibayanihan Crew will be endorsed to the stakeholders, especially to government authorities: the barangay, the Marawi Local Government, Lanao del Sur Provincial Government, and Task Force Bangon Marawi, among others.       “This is not just an investment in rebuilding Marawi’s infrastructure, it is also an extended hand to families in desperate need of hope to keep on facing another day. Rebuilding stronger homes is all about strengthening families, and in turn, building a stronger Republic,” shares Francis.      Project Marawi Tibayanihan is made possible through the initiative of PBSP, Republic Cement, and through the generous donations of Telstra; Alsons Development and Investment Corporation; Community Developers and Construction Corporation; Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation, LRP Foundation, Inc.; Unilab, Inc.; Antonio Y. Aboitiz; Ramon del Rosario Jr.; and Vivian Que-Azcona, to name a few.       “May Marawi Tibayanihan be a testament to the good that the private sector could accomplish when different entities and corporations come together and work toward a common goal,” Laguda said. “We can accomplish bigger things when we all work together.”

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DSWD warns public vs illegal cash collection for Marawi IDPs

April 8, 2019

MARAWI CITY, -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD has warned the public, specifically the Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs), against the questionable collection of a certain amount from the agency's cash assistance beneficiaries.  In the recent release of P73,000 cash assistance for the residents of the most affected area (MAA), some individuals reportedly asking the amount of cash from the beneficiaries.   In an advisory issued by the DSWD, it said: “none from its office should be doing such activities and it is against the government rules and regulations.”  Meanwhile, the DSWD has warned any person or group not to use the DSWD program for political campaigns, as the agency is a non-partisan government organization.  It also urges the public to report any unscrupulous individuals, organizations or groups using the agency’s name in asking for donations/collecting fees and/or naming the DSWD’s project/program as a counterpart. Any complaint may be reported to the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) through contact numbers: 09291449242 for Smart subscribers and 09953563965 for Globe subscribers or email at tfbangonmarawifo@gmail.com for any concern mentioning illegal acts same as the above mentioned.  DSWD is the lead agency of the TFBM's Subcommittee on Social Welfare and Development, and a member of the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood, which has been distributing Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) to the victims of Marawi siege.

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