DOH-10’s Iligan OpCen to transfer to Marawi

May 31, 2019

MARAWI CITY, -The health response for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the siege is one of the top priorities of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee on Health and Social Welfare.  To better provide medical assistance directly to the IDPs, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 decided to transfer its Iligan operation center (OpCen) to Marawi City to effectively cater to the IDPs from the 96 barangays affected by the five-month conflict two years ago. “Our operation center will be transferred at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center by June to better serve the Marawi IDPs,” said Dr. David Mendoza, OpCen head of DOH-10. Mendoza ensured the continuity of quad-cluster approach activities in all the transitory sites within the city and the remaining evacuation centers.  “We will serve the IDPs with no gaps and we’re trying our best to serve better the Maranaos,” Mendoza added. DOH will pursue health services and stress debriefing interventions for IDPs amidst the ongoing physical rehabilitation of Marawi City. Meanwhile, Mendoza disclosed that the DOH is closely monitoring upper respiratory tract infections among the IDPs because of the changing weather.  DOH is also readying the IDPs against water-borne diseases with the onset of the rainy season. “The team is now trying to coordinate with the local government unit, with the Marawi City Health Office, and the IPHO Lanao del Sur to monitor the outbreak of any diseases at the transitory sites and the remaining evacuation centers,” Mendoza stated.  The DOH-10 OpCen will also be transferring its whole team composed of 10 nurses, one pharmacist and three doctors to provide medical services to Marawi IDPs. However, only one of the three doctors is available to serve during the transfer. “We are still looking for doctors who are willing to serve there,” shared Mendoza. The head of the health cluster urges the IDPs to cooperate in maintaining sanitation within their communities and in the transitory sites saying, “they can help us by disposing of their own garbage properly, beware of safe water intake, and the most important thing is when they feel something [wrong], please seek early consultation at the city health office.” The DOH continues to conduct mental, psychological, and psychosocial support, nutrition assessment and distribution of vitamin supplements to the victims of Marawi siege. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)

MAA homeowners’ cooperation sought to fast track debris clearing operations

May 30, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  – Cooperation among homeowners of damaged structures at the most affected area (MAA) is crucial to fast track the debris clearing operations in the area. This was the statement aired by Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Representative Macmod Mending in a media interview after visiting the transitory shelter sites at Rorogagus and Boganga, MAA, and permanent shelter site at Barangay Kilala this morning. Mending, who chairs the House subcommittee on Marawi rehabilitation, was joined by his fellow lawmakers AMIN Representative Amihilda J. Sangcopan and Representative Cristina Roa-Puno of Antipolo City’s first district.  In his visit here today, Mending saw that there were already more structures demolished at MAA and that the progress of debris clearing operations is on track. “I based my assessment from the start of the debris clearing operations in March this year, barely two months ago.” he said. Representative Puno also appealed to the affected homeowners to cooperate with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) by giving their consent to demolish their damaged houses to finish the debris clearing activities soon. In a related development, TFBM chair and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario has assured that the TFBM and the National Housing Authority (NHA) would always “follow government rules and regulations and generally accepted ethical and moral standards in the overall rehabilitation of Marawi City.” Del Rosario further assured the affected families and communities that the TFBM and its 56 member-agencies faithfully follow and adhere to government accounting rules and regulations in the discharge of their functions in fulfillment of the President’s instruction to ensure that “Marawi will rise as a prosperous city again.” (PIA-ICC)  

Brawner joins PRRD in Japan

May 29, 2019

ILIGAN CITY ----- A high ranking Army official in Marawi City joined President Duterte's official delegation to Japan that arrived there Tuesday night. Col. Romeo Brawner, Jr., commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, based in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, joined with the president in his four-day working visit in Japan.  Duterte and his delegatiom arrived at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo to commence his third visit to the said country. In a viber message sent to Inquirer Tuesday night, Brawner said there was no advise yet as to their itenirary but assured he will update as soon as possible. Brawner was the spokesperson of the former Joint Task Force (JTF) Marawi that oversaw the media releases during the Marawi siege. When the JTF Marawi was deactivated, he took over as Regiment commander of the Civil Military Operations Group before he assumed as commander of 103rd Brigade that oversees Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.

Maute-IS group returnees undergo profiling for gov’t aid

May 28, 2019

SAGUIARAN, Lanao del Sur,  – A total of twenty-four Maute-IS returnees from Maranatao and Piagapo municipalities were profiled here at 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB) based in Pawak. The profiling, which started in February this year, aims to determine the identity of the returnees which will used for the government programs to be provided to them.   “Nagkaroon ng profiling last February at nafind out na merong mga kulang…validation at continuation nalang ito para maidentify ang gaps kung saan pa nagkukulang at kung anong programs ang pwedeng mavail,” said Lt. Leiand Regala. [A profiling was conducted last February and it was found out that there are still incomplete information… this is just a continuation to identify the gaps and what programs can be availed.] As part of the activities lined up for Duyog Ramadhan, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) conducted a peace dialogue with the returnees and distributed groceries, rice, toys for their kids and water container. James Abdul of OPAPP said that the activity aims to determine what programs can be given to the returnees including their family and community.  “Ito ay [This is a] continuing peaceful na pamamaraan natin [mechanism] on reconciliation and social healing,” he said. The returnees also received relief goods from the provincial government of Lanao del Sur (PLGU). Abusaif (not his real name), one of the returnees thanked the government for accepting them and for providing them assistance to start anew. “Gusto naming pasalamatan ang ating mahal na pangulo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa pagtanggap sa amin at sa mga tulong ng mga head of agencies, AFP, PNP at iba pang ahensiya na tumulong sa amin, para step by step ay makablik kami sa society,” he said [We want to thank our beloved president, Presidente Rodrigo Roa Duterte for accepting us and to the head agencies like AFP, PNP and other agencies for providing us assistance so we can go back to the society step by step.] Regala also urged those Maute-IS members who plan to surrender that they should not fear and worry. “Magtiwala sila. Huwag silang matakot, sabihin nila lahat ng problema nila kung saan kami makakatulong. Nakikita naman nila na yung mga nagsurender sa atin ay inaalagaan sila at merong programa yung gobyerno para sa kanila,” he said. [They should trust us. They should not be afraid and say all their problems to us so that we will know how we can help them. They can see that those returnees are being taken care of and there are government programs for them.] One hundred sixty-two Maute-IS returnees will be profiled by the  103rd Infantry Brigade through its three-unit battalions. The 55IB will profile returnees from the municipalities of Lumbaca Unayan, Pagayawan, Lumbatan and Binidayan while the 49IB will accommodate those from  Butig. All returnees will receive relief goods from OPAPP and PLGU and assistance from other government agencies. (LEAntonio)

Unveiling of Maqbara cemetery marker

May 24, 2019

MARAWI CITY ----- Several civil society organizations have helped the internally displaced persons (IDPs) put up a commemorative marker of the graves, Thursday morning, inside the Maqbara public cemetery in Barangay Papandayan Caniogan, here. This as IDPs commemorate the secod year of the siege that lasted for five months. Two hundred eighty two unidentified cadavers were buried in this two-hectare government owned property, two kilometers away from the most affected area, formerly called the main battle area. According to the caretaker Somagayan Puno, the last cadaver buried was found in April this year at Barangay Basak Malutlut, where the siege started. He did not clarified if the human bones were retrieved at the place where the conflict started - at the apartment of the Abu Sayaff leader Isnilon Hapilon, reportedly the appointed emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia. Hope Norsalima Abdulrahman, 17, attended the unveiling with the hope that she could get updates from the government on how a displaced residents, like her, who lost their families to war could receive assistance. She went to the commemoration even if she is unsure that her father and two siblings are included in the graves marked only with a piece of wood, painted with white, erected above each tomb. "Pamilya kasi, kaya kahit di ako sigurado, pumunta ako," she said. Her uncle, Adman Rasuman, first cousin of her father, accompanied her with hope that they can get update of their quest on finding for the missing family members. Rasuman adopted Norsalima when her parents separated years before the siege. Her parents got a family of their own. Her mother, who died years ago, lived in Luzon.  Her father lived in Barangay Bubong Lilod Madaya while her father, Usman, lived in Daguduban with her two small siblings, then 12-year brother Alinor and 6-year old Sittie Ainah. When the siege started at 2pm in May 23, Norsalima's father took refuge at Rasuman's house with the two children but at 5pm, Usman and the two children went back to their house in Daguduban to get their things but never came back. "We were trapped for three days, we waited for them but when they never came back, we decided to get out and fleed to Cagayan de Oro City," Rasuman said. The only remembrance Norsalima have of his family is a small picture of her then 6-year old sister Sittie Ainah. Norsalima submitted DNA samples to the National Bureau of Investigation before the siege ended and have been waiting for the result. She said, she had not lost hope that she could find, atleast cadavers of her fater and two siblings. Oppression "This is not only a visiting to a graveyard but this is somehow a symbol of oppression that until now this government never recognize the documentation of the people, civilians who died during the siege," Abdul Atar, Sultan of Marawi, said in his message during the commemoration ceremony. "It is our right not only as a Muslim but also to a non-Muslim who were buried in this very important area," Atar added. Who will help? "We will connect with the right agency under Department of Interior and Local Government to find out the status on the DNA testing because that will serve as the basis on future claims of relatives," said Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairman of Task Force Bangon Marawi, the group that supervises the Marawi rehabilitation program. More cadavers to come Drieza Lininding, an IDP and chairman of Moro Concensus Group, said their commemoration of the siege is "to remind the living, especially to the state actors, the cost of violence and the cost of war." "There are more cadavers to come. We are told that the contractors of the debris management are being trained to handle cadavers because they expect there are still (many) unextracted cadavers in the main affected areas," Lininding said.

Marawi agrarian reform beneficiaries, IDPs receive farm inputs

May 22, 2019

MARAWI CITY, -- The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in coordination with the Task Force Bangon Marawi  distributed yesterday, May 21, farm inputs to this city’s nine agrarian reform communities, benefiting the agrarian reform beneficiaries as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs). Engr. Mesug Unda, provincial agrarian reform officer of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Lanao del Sur said the distribution of farm inputs would continue until May May 23 to benefit some 2,250 farmers. “There are 1,880 beneficiaries for vegetable seeds, 300 for corn seeds and 150 for rice seeds and all of them will receive organic fertilizer,” Unda disclosed. The World Food Programme will also conduct validation of beneficiaries through Kathanor who will be part of its Cash-Based Transfer program. The qualified beneficiaries will receive P2,000 cash for land preparation, P2,000 when they start planting and another P2,000 during harvest time. “Itong project nagsimula kami kahapon magdistribute sa Brgy. Dulay West, Dulay Proper at Malimono at ngayon dito sa Guimba. Tuloy-tuloy ito hanggang matapos ang distribusyon,” Unda said. [We started the distribution of this project yesterday in Brgy. Dulay West, Dulay Proper and Malimono and now, here in Guimba] The provincial agrarian officer also shared that common service facilities like a farm tractor, insecticides and pesticides would also be provided to the farmers. “Talagang malaking tulong sa amin ito. Siyempre nabawasan ang pagbili naming ng rice seeds, mga fertilizer,” Omar H. Ali of Barangay Guimba said. [This is a great help to us because we are able to save money from buying rice seeds and fertilizers.] The nine ARC barangays include Cabasaran, Dulay Proper, Dulay West, Malimono, Guimba, Papandayan Caniogan, Sugod, Patani and Kilala. (LEAntonio)


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