34 info officers in Lanao del Sur undergo seminar on photography

October 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Thirty-four designated information officers of the different municipal government units in the province underwent a one-day seminar to hone their skills in mobile photography and crafting effective social media content. The seminar was organized by the Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office (PIO) in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), September 25, 2019 at the Social Hall of the New Capitol Complex, this city. PIA Lanao del Sur Manager Apipa P. Bagumbaran discussed the importance of social media and guided the participants on the basic formula for creating effective and shareable social media content. She also shared basic tips on social media security and spotting fake news on social media sites. PIA-10 editor Recthie T. Paculba, on the other hand, discussed the basic concepts of mobile photography and shared techniques in telling a story by capturing photos using cellular phones. Underscoring the role of information officers in nation-building, Provincial Information Officer Salma Jayne T. Alonto, said the seminar is one way to equip the municipal information officers with the needed knowledge for them disseminate accurate and relevant information. "It is also a mechanism to ensure efficient flow of information from the municipal level to the provincial and vice-versa," she added. During the seminar, the participants were also updated on polio and haze advisory of the Department of Health and the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Representatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also discussed the ill-effects of drug addiction and urged the participants to help in the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government. Meanwhile, Sittie Ainnah D. Panawidan of Taraka LGU expressed appreciation for the seminar. She said it is a big help to the municipal information officers, especially that most of them are not skilled enough to perform their duties.   “We hope to have more depth-dive seminars so we can enhance our skills and capabilities in delivering our services to our constituents, she further said. (APB/PIA10)

BARMM commissions baseline study on K-3 learners

October 9, 2019

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) commissioned a baseline study that will measure the learning performance of its K-3 learners. Dubbed as Student Learning Assessment for Bangsamoro (SLAB), the baseline study aims to gather baseline data on literacy, numeracy, social and emotional  skills, executive function, and the attitudes and motivation of K-3 learners. “The SLAB initiative is part of our efforts to integrate evidence-based approach to planning and programming,” said BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal. Iqbal said early years education, which include K-3, is given special attention by the ministry because these are the foundational years of a child. “Early years education is where we can provide the building blocks of life-long learning, prosperity, and values for our children,” said Iqbal. He added K-3 interventions are a strong predictor of school success and later on, success in adult life. Iqbal shared that in the BARMM, high dropout rates are seen in early years education. “The baseline study is hoped to find out why this is happening and what needs to be done to keep our children in schools,” he said. The ministry created a technical working group to oversee the baseline study, which is supported by the Australian Government through the Pathways Program. Iqbal said the study’s survey instrument is being finalized and shall be subjected to a field trial before upscaling it throughout BARMM next year. Results of the baseline study are hoped to inform BARMM’s plans, programs, and education policies especially in the areas of early years education in the near future.   (Public Affairs Service - Regional Communications Unit, Office of the Minister for Basic, Higher, and Technical Education; BARMM)

6th ID kicks off 32nd founding anniversary

October 7, 2019

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division formally opened the Squad and DRO (Disaster and Rescue Operation) Challenge and Sports Fest here last October 01, 2019, the start of the month-long 32nd Foundation Anniversary of the Division. Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, Commander of 6th ID and Joint Task Force Central, led the opening of the Kampilan Squad and DRO Challenge in the morning participated by the different battalions under JTF Central for 4 days at Division Training School in Brgy. Semba, Maguindanao. In the afternoon, the sports fest commenced with the parade of 8 competing teams from the Green Team (Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battalion, Division Training School, Camp Siongco Station Hospital and Service and Service Support Battalion), White Team (38th Infantry Battalion, 6th Military Intelligence Battalion, 6th CMO Battalion, 5th Special Forces Battalion and Task Force Kutawato), Brown Team (601st Infantry Brigade, 33rd Infantry Battalion, 57th Infantry Battalion, 90th Infantry Battalion and 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion), Yellow Team (602nd Infantry Brigade, 6th Army Training Group, 7th Field Artillery Battalion, 34th Infantry Battalion, and 7th Infantry Battalion), Blue Team (603rd Infantry Brigade, 6th Infantry Battalion, and 37th Infantry Battalion), Gray Team (1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 3rd Light Armor Company, 40th Infantry Battalion and 12th Regional Community Defense Group, Red Team ( 1st Marine Brigade, and Marine Battalion Landing Team 5), and Orange Team (Tactical Operations Group-12, 549th Engineer Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Battalion, 12th Finance Service Unit, 12th Finance Service Field Office, 6th Signal Battalion, 106th Contracting Office, Military Intelligence 12, and 12th Field Property and Accountability Office). The sports fest formally opened with the raising of the flags by the different competing teams. Immediately, 8 teams competed for traditional Filipino fun games and other sports event that includes Basketball, Volleyball, and Badminton. In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Carreon said the sports fest was a good timeout from the very hectic and regimented life of the soldiers and the civilian employees of 6th ID. “All I want you to do is to enjoy, have fun, hang loose, give your best in playing the games, be sportsman-like, but do not forget that desire to win is second only to the love of the game itself,” Maj. Gen. Carreon said. The festivities are part of the series of the activities of 6ID in commemorating its 32nd Founding anniversary with the theme, “Tatlumput-dalawang Taong Pagpupugay sa Kabayanihan ng Kampilan, Katulong ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran at Kapayapaan ng Sentral Mindanao.” More activities are to be undertaken by the Command in the coming days that would make the celebration prolific for the Kampilan soldiers.      

Marawi displaced families receive rice assistance

October 7, 2019

MARAWI CITY  -- The displaced families here started to receive rice assistance from the people of Taiwan through the World Vision Philippines.     The 66,000 sacks rice donation were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and will be distributed to the displaced families who were profiled through the Kathanor - biometric profiling spearheaded by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).   The 661 displaced families, who are currently sheltered in Boganga Lakeview shelter, are the first recipients of the said donation.   In a turnover ceremony of the rice donation held last Sept. 25, Jerry Cheng-an Chuang of Taipeir Economic and Cultural Office said that their assistance symbolizes that Taiwan is willing to help the displaced families wrought by the Marawi siege.   “This turnover is a testimony that the people of Marawi are not forgotten and we will always be by their side,” said Chuang.   Meanwhile, DSWD-10 Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga-Libang said the turnover “is a symbol of friendship between the Filipino people and the citizens of Taiwan.”   The 12th Civil-Military Operations Battalion and various military units assisted in the distribution of the rice sacks in Boganga Lakeview Shelter.  (LEAntonio/PIA10)

Abando takes over as new 55th army engineer brigade

August 7, 2019

BALOI, Lanao del Norte--The 55th Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army has welcomed its new commanding officer on Monday afternoon (August 5) at its headquarters in Barangay Maria Cristina this town. In a simple ceremony inside a hall, Col. Irineo Sebastian, the acting commander, relinquished the command and turned over the command symbol to the new commander, Col. Nestor Abando, who served as deputy commander of the 51st Engineer Brigade based in Libis, Quezon City before taking over the 55EB. In an interview, Abando said his leadership will continue the mandate of the unit which was the reason of its reactivation in March this year. “The 55th Engineer Brigade was actually created (to help) the rehabilitation of Marawi City but rest assured that it is not only rehabilitation engineering works but also to help other government agencies in other interventions to the IDPs (internally displaced persons) like the psychosocial,” Abando said. Next month, Abando said additional army engineer troops will arrive in their headquarters in Baloi to be deployed as additional forces in helping the Marawi rehabilitation. “In one month time, they will be finished with their training and when they arrived here, they will undergo another training to fully equip them for bigger works in Marawi,” Abando added. The unit has been helping the clearing, disposal and detonation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the most affected area of Marawi City that was destroyed during the five-month war in 2017 against the Dawlah Islamiya. Sebastian took over as officer-in-charge after Brigadier General Ramon Ruiz took a leave of absence due to health reason. Ruiz was not anymore sent back to 55EB because he is projected to occupy a higher position. Since then, Sebastian was also designated as commander of the Joint Task Group Builder, a team of soldiers who take charge in recovering and detonating UXOs. The 55EB was deactivated in 2013 as part of the defense planning guidance to streamline the organization but was reactivated after six years to help the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi. Presently, troops of 551st Engineer Battalion are also helping the GMA Kapuso Foundation constructing a three-story school building of Datu Saber Elementary School in Barangay Datu Saber outside the most affected area. The old building was demolished to be replaced by a new and bigger one.

Barmm education summit centers on 'moral governance'

August 5, 2019

COTABATO City Moral governance takes center stage at the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) education summit held here from July 30 to 31, 2019. The new BARMM government pushes for moral governance in response to the Bangsamoro people’s clamor for change. Speaking before more than 300 teachers and education managers, Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said BARMM will infuse lessons on morals and values in the Bangsamoro curriculum.  “I hope this will transform our educational system as an instrument of change,” he said.  Bangsamoro Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal shared during the summit that the reshuffling of division superintendents in April, establishment of technical working groups, and surprise field visits are geared towards ‘moral governance.’  “We must make critical reforms within the BARMM to ensure service delivery,” said Iqbal, adding that he will be ‘firm but fair’ in pushing for reforms.  Iqbal stressed that the ministry is faced with an overwhelming task to improve the state education in the Bangsamoro.  “I am confident that we can make great strides if we will work together for the bright future of our children and youth,” said Iqbal.


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