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DSWD releases P73K cash assistance to Marawi war victims 

April 7, 2019

P73K cash assistance to Marawi war victims MARAWI CITY (April 7) - The victims of war in Marawi or what they called internally displaced persons (IDPs) received a windful of cash assistance after the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has turned over a total of P73,000 each to the 700 IDPs. The families who were all from Banggolo poblacion trooped to the Lanao del Sur gymnasium on April 6, 2019 and received P20K worth of financial assistance under DSWDs Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) plus another P53K which came from Transitory Family Support package (TFSP) for the family's food, shelter, education and other non-food items.   Smiles on their faces continued when the government's social care agency also distributed 'Pabaon package' which were composed of food items and canned goods. Felicisimo Budiongan, DSWDs undersecretary, in a press statement said the agency would continue to assist the IDPs until they return to their normal lives in Marawi. "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 also scheduled April 7 as distribution for Barangay Bubonga Lilod Madaya with an estimated 623 displaced households waiting. However, 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. - (WLBacelonia) 

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Lanao del Sur continues to engage in activities vs violent extremism

April 5, 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. 

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BARMM launches Full Disclosure Policy Portal

April 5, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, --Bangsamoro Chief Minister Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim led the launching of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - Full Disclosure Policy Portal (BARMM-FDPP) on Thursday, April 4, in Cotabato City. The BARMM-FDPP is the first program launched by the Bangsamoro Government, through its Ministry of Local Government (MLG), that is designed to enable constituents to understand government financial transactions and how the local government budget is spent and managed. It is based on the national government’s Full Disclosure Policy. This policy is adopted from the implementation of the Department of the  Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2010-83. Chief Minister Ebrahim said this is in line with the policy of moral governance and transparency of all the activities and also the transparency in handling financial matters and other related activities. The portal provides full disclosure of the local government units budget, finances, bids, and public offerings. The summary of Income and Expenditures, as well as the budget process of the participation of representatives from the civil society, are also part of the postings in the FDPP. The chief minister said all LGUs are mandated to comply and adhere to the policies of this program. Local government unit (LGU) officials which are non-compliant to the said policy may face administrative charges that could result to their suspension or removal from office. “We are imposing this and enforcing them to comply with it because it is provided under the law,” he said. The new Bangsamoro Government has the authority to regulate the affairs of its constituents over the transactions of the LGUs as provided by the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

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CSFI perks up agri-business in Marawi

April 5, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  -- Members of Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI) led the ceremonial groundbreaking and capsule laying of an agri-business facility commonly called as "bagsakan center" at Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa here.   CSFI president and chairperson Luli Arroyo-Bernas said the CSFI consulted the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and Marawi local government unit on what specific project that could be implemented for the conflict-afflicted residents.   The “Bagsakan center” project is worth P6 million to be built in about six months time.   "Iyon po iyong nakolekta ng kongreso, iyan po ibibigay namin for the whole project kasama ang dalawang vehicle para sa mga farmers, para madala iyong mga ani nila dito sa bagsakan center," said Arroyo.  [This is what Congress has collected and we will turn-over the whole project including two vehicles for the farmers to help them transport their products here at the bagsakan center.]  Aside from providing vehicles for the farmers, the foundation will also shoulder the payment for the gasoline within three months.   Meanwhile, Nasser Macasinding, one of the farmer-beneficiaries said the project will be a great help for them in bringing their livelihood back to business.   He added that the siege has greatly affected their livelihood since their produced farm products have to be transferred to the neighboring barangays of Marawi City.   "Nawala ang market namin dito, kailangan pa namin pumunta ng Saguiran at Iligan para magbenta, dagdag pa sa gastusin ang para sa truck," Macasinding said.    [We lose our markets here, we need to go to  Saguiaran and Iligan to trade our products and we still have to pay the cost of truck fare.]  With this, two farmer cooperatives will benefit from the project and will be tasked to manage the agri-center for sustainability.   Another “Bagsakan center” is slated to be built inside the most affected area (MAA) after the debris clearing operations.   Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles assured that the areas belonging to MAA is the utmost priority of the foundation.    "Yung clearing ng ground zero ng mga areas ng marawi city ay top priority pa rin natin. Naintindihan naman po natin kailangan maclear muna ang unexploded bago tuluyang makapasok lahat ng proyekto ng gobyerno," Nograles said.   [The clearing of the ground zero of the areas in Marawi City is still our top priority. We understand the need for clearing the unexploded bombs before all the government projects can start there.]   CSFI had already been implementing socio-civic projects in the past for the recovery of the residents of Marawi through the Congressional Spouses Para Ko Mga Pababasok (COPA) project. The organization distributed relief goods, financial assistance and even organized a fundraising drive for the families of soldiers and for the livelihood programs of the affected residents.  COPA is a Maranao term which bats for a farmer-centered, community-based and sustainable approach to provide agricultural livelihood support through establishing a strategically located agri-hub for the Marawi residents.  Previously, the House of Representatives and Committee on Accounts had turned- over a donation of P6 million to the CSFI to rebuild and rehabilitate Marawi.

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Volunteers help clean Marawi City

October 6, 2017

MARAWI City--Hundreds of volunteers turned up on Wednesday to clean Barangay Matampay of debris, ISIS graffiti, and filth from the four months of fighting that devastated this city. Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra said they are doing this so when almost 200,000 residents who fled will eventually come home, they will find the city already clean. “We want to erase any traces of the fighting. We want the residents to come home to a city that is clean,” Gandamra said. He said the Brigada Marawi they initiated will also clean six other barangays in the western portion of the city that is already considered cleared by the military and police. The volunteers swarmed in the streets of Barangay Matampay clearing the streets of old tires, blocks of wood and other debris. Army officers warned them not to touch boxes and not to enter houses and buildings. A day before, Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, said a total of nine improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 18 blasting caps were found in one of the houses in Barangay Matampay. “It was ready to go. We had to destroy it immediately,” Brawner said. School teacher Casema Sone was elated that she finally was able to see her house in Barangay Matampay after more than four months. Her happiness was however cut short when military soldiers told her she cannot go inside or approach her two-storey wooden house because they have yet to clear it. “I do not know if my refrigerator, sala set and the clothes of children are still there,” Sone said as she looked into her house from the roadside. Another school teacher, Cairon Bula, led her fellow teachers in cleaning up the entrance of their school Hadji Saripa Elementary School. They too cannot enter their school because the military forbids them for fear there are still IEDs left behind by the ISIS-Maute gunmen. Brawner said the soldiers have cleared Barangay Matampay of ISIS-Maute gunmen in June but have yet to clear the school and houses of hidden explosives. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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President Duterte inaugurates housing project in Marawi City

October 5, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere made his sixth trip to Marawi City on Monday, October 2, to lead the inauguration of the Bahay Pag-asa Project at Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa intended for the displaced residents of the city. During the President’s trip, he witnessed soldiers from Joint Task Force (JTF) Marawi build the bamboo houses for Marawi internally displaced persons (IDPs). “First, I’d like to thank the benefactors and the workers of government behind this noble project,” the President said in his speech. “And it pains me deeply to see the place now in shambles,” he added as he traced part of his roots in Marawi saying that his grandmother is from Lanao del Sur. “Though I do not live here, I did not grow up here but that’s how it is. My lineage would tell me that I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said. He vowed to rebuild Marawi City once the fighting is over. The President said he has designated retired general Eduardo Del Rosario to be overall overseer of the reconstruction efforts being the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). “Ngayon, tayong mga workers in government, we will continue, especially the engineering brigade. Talagang salamat sa pagod ninyo. I know that it is a toil, an endless toil,” he said. He gave words of encouragement to government troops promising to raise their pay by 2018 and provide funds for the education of their children. He promised to buy more helicopters for the military to prevent incidents of ambush while traveling. He likewise vowed to equip them with additional firearms to protect themselves from enemies. He also thanked the military and the police for their sacrifices to fend off aggression by Islamist terrorists in Mindanao. “And I have a very special heart for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Police in their role now against the --- lahat na marami tayong problema. We’re facing so many fronts,” he said. He warned Maranao to refrain from embracing ISIS ideology that came from the Middle East, which the President said only brings trouble. “It is an imported ideology from the Middle East... Tingnan ninyo ang nangyari sa Middle East. It used to be the center of civilization for so many years. All the golden things in the past were there. Ngayon, wala na, pulpog na. And only because of a terrorist activity,” he said. President Duterte also expressed optimism that a federal form of government will cure the defect in the country’s political system if it successfully pass Congress and gain wide public support. The President also mentioned the government’s fight against the New People’s Army (NPA), which he said post at least 12 daily encounters with security forces. He said the government will deal with them “in due time” for being responsible for violence in the countryside. President Duterte also reiterated his determination to fight corruption and abuses underscoring his eagerness to recover government assets like Mile Long in Makati City. “So but they are now starting to pay. Sabi ko sa kanila, kolektahin mo because that is money of the people,” he said. ###PND

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