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BARMM, UN ink social protection program partnership

August 18, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 16 – The Bangsamoro Government signed a social protection program partnership with the United Nations (UN) on Thursday, August 13, via a virtual launch, targeted to benefit the vulnerable in the region. BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim said this partnership is an intervention that will institutionalize a risk-informed shock-responsive social protection system. “The direction of this program will also pave way for a Bangsamoro that is compliant and prioritizes the global call to subscribe in the Sustainable Development Goals,” he stressed. The BARMM-UN partnership also highlights the regional government’s commitment to ensure that Bangsamoro is prepared even after the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. “I am immensely excited for the eventual outcomes and hopefully, its lasting impact on Bangsamoro communities who desire nothing more but a more peaceful life with opportunities that lie ahead for them,” Ebrahim said. The social protection program aims to reduce social and economic risk and vulnerability and alleviate extreme poverty and deprivation, as stated in the Food and Agricultural Organization UN website. “Planning and acting early through shock-responsive social protection, before a disaster has happened, or reached its critical peak, can save lives and protect livelihoods from the immediate shocks while increasing the resilience of local communities over time,” UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez noted. During the third week of May, the UNICEF supported the provision of emergency cash transfers to 1,000 families in Lanao del Sur with 0-2 year- old children that were excluded from the 4Ps and the Social Amelioration Program of the Ministry of Social Services and Development. “UNICEF aims to provide critical support during the crucial first 1,000 days of a child’s life,” Gonzalez said. FAO, in partnership with the MSSD, is also set to conduct an emergency cash assistance initiative that will cover 1,800 indigent farming families in the Bangsamoro Region. This is complementary to the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). BARMM’s Executive Secretary Abdulraof A. Macacua and Assistant Executive Secretary Abdullah M. Cusain attended the said event together with FAO Country Representative ad interim Ms. Xiangjun Yao, Country Representative of UNICEF Ms. Oyunsaikhan Dendevnoror, as well as officials and representatives of several BARMM ministries. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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LGU Marawi adopts more stringent measures against COVID-19

August 15, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 13 (PIA) - The local government of Marawi adopted a new regulation that aims to prevent the uncontrollable outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city. City Mayor Majul Gandamra issued Executive Order 2020-041 on 11 August 2020 imposing stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Marawi. Accordingly, the City Government has observed that since the relaxation of the quarantine measures, mass gatherings have been prevalent in function halls located within the city. Moreover, since the lifting of the use of quarantine passes, the movement of people both coming from outside and those already in the city has heavily increased posing a threat to the spread of COVID-19. Under the new Executive Order, the operation of all function halls within the city is suspended for a period of fourteen (14) days. After the said period before the re-opening of establishments, the management of the different function halls is required to submit Operational Plans to the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) where their actions towards their compliance with the minimum health protocols imposed by the city government will be reflected. After a thorough assessment, the CTO will issue a Certificate of Resumption of Operations.  The use of Quarantine Pass (QP) is also restored for its residents. The QP will be used by the head of the household who are going to purchase essential goods. The QP is transferrable among the members of the household but will only one authorize person per household to be outside to avail the same. Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), medical and nonmedical frontliners, and employees of offices and industries that are allowed to operate are exempted from the use of QP but they must present their recent and valid Identification Card (ID) or Certificate of Employment upon inspection. For employees coming from neighboring municipalities and cities, they must present their valid government-issued IDs or Certificates of Employment and individual medical certificates upon their entry and exit to the city. For pharmacies and store owners who intend to purchase goods in Marawi, they must present their business permit and health certificate from the place of origin.  For persons seeking immediate medical attention who intend to enter the city, a recommendation letter from attending physician must be presented. As of August 12, the city has recorded a total of 59 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases with 26 active cases. (APB/PIA ICIC)

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BARMM recognizes young filmmakers, photographers

August 15, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 13 – The best film and photograph entries for the Bangsamoro Short Film Peacetival and Photography Contest were awarded during the regional celebration of the International Youth Day 2020 on Wednesday, August 12, in Cotabato City. The awarding ceremony was led by the Bangsamoro Youth Commission of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BYC-BARMM). Short film entry “Inged II: Ukha The Story Untold” directed by Hassanodden Hosni Hashim was awarded Best Short Film and received Php200,000 cash prize. Inged II is a movie that captures a story of a young breadwinner who joins an insurgent group with the promise of getting an easy way out of hard life to help his sick mother, never expecting to be involved in a much bigger scheme. The 2nd Best Short Film or the Grand Jury Prize was awarded to “Displaced” directed by Aedrian Araujo and received Php100,000 cash prize while the 3rd Best Short Film or Jury Prize was awarded to “Mael” directed by Prince Nor-Anzarrih Matalam with Php75,000 cash prize. Other technical and special awardees are Best Director: Aedrian Araojo of “Displaced”, Best Screenplay: “Mael”, Best Cinematography: “Inged II: Ukha The Story Untold”, Best Editing: “Inged II: Ukha The Story Untold”, Best Poster: “Inged”, People’s Choice Award: “Inged II: Ukha The Story Untold”, Best Performance: Boks Mamadra from “Mael” and Mohammad Kouzbary Lucman Dias of “Inged II: Ukha The Story Untold.” The winners each received a cash prize worth Php20,000 and the other five film entries also received Php20,000 consolation prize. Teng Mangansakan, along with Edward Cabagnot and Joe Bacus were the judges for the film festival. “We hope that the Bangsamoro filmmakers will be instrumental in reshaping the landscape of our national cinema,” Mangsansakan said. Winners of the Photography Contest were also awarded. 1st Best Photograph was the “Ilaw ng Tahanan” by Bulawan Dizal. The photograph shows a mother helping her child studying in a candle-lit nipa house. Dizal said the photo magnifies the importance of education in the lives of the Bangsamoro people. “Kahit laki tayo sa hirap, nothing is impossible as long as we support the education of our children,” Dizal added. The 2nd Best Photograph was “Innocence Pain” by Mohammad Kouzbary Lucman Said while the 3rd Best Photograph is the entry of Aljiber Ismael. The winners received cash prize amounting to Php20,000, Php15,000, and Php10,000, respectively.  The “Yes for Peace” entry of Farida Dizal bagged the Online Choice Award and received Php5,000 cash prize. Ten other photography entries also received Php5,000 each as a consolation prize. Mark Naval, together with Bennajar Hajan and Joeffrey Maitem, led the jury for the photography contest. Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua cited that the Bangsamoro Government needs inspiring and positive-thinking youth to contribute to nation-building.  “We have gathered here not just to celebrate the creativity of Young Bangsamoro but also to give due regard to our values and morals which these qualifiers have demonstrated,” said Marjanie Macasalong, chairperson of the BYC and Member of the Parliament of Bangsamoro Transition Authority. Meanwhile, Nass Dunding, chairperson of programs and operations of BYC-BARMM, said 'the short film peacetival and photography contest mainstream BARMM community-based stories of peace, conflicts, survival, and hopes." International Youth Day is an international day dedicated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth. This year’s celebration bears the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action.” (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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BARMM in full swing for the safe opening of classes

August 15, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 13 – The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) is in full swing for the re-opening of classes in the region on August 24. “Tulad ni Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, batid ko ang inyong pangamba sa kaligtasan ng inyong mga anak sa panahong ito ng pandemya. Kaya’t ang Pamahalaang Bangsamoro at ang Ministro ng Edukasyon ay puspusan ang paghahanda upang siguraduhing ligtas ang pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24,” said MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal. [Just like Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, I know you are concerned with your children’s safety during this pandemic. That’s why the Bangsamoro Government and the Education Ministry are in full swing to ensure a safe reopening of classes on August 24.] Iqbal said amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry will not implement face-to-face classes unless the Inter-Agency on Task Force (IATF) on COVID– 19 provides permission and health guidelines to do so. “Kung kaya ang home-based learning ay pinaghahandaan ng mga guro at gumagawa na sila ng mga Teachers Reference Guide, learner’s activity sheets at Assessment Checklist,” Iqbal said. [That’s why our teachers are preparing for home-based learning and are producing Teachers Reference Guide, learner’s activity sheets at Assessment Checklist.] “Sa mga susunod na araw, asahan niyong ipapaliwanag ng ministro ang pamamaraan ng “home-based learning,” gayundin ang magiging tungkulin ng mga magulang, guro, opisyal ng paaralan at buong komunidad. May plano rin po ang Ministro na mag-abot ng Mental Health and Psychosocial Support sa mga nangangailangan,” he added. [In the following days, expect that the ministry will explain the home-based learning approach, as well as the roles of the parents, teachers, school officials, and the entire community. We are also planning to extend Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to those in need.] Iqbal also said the MBHTE will be working closely with various organizations as the society grapples to the new normal set-up in the field of education. “The ministry will collaborate with our local government and communities to ensure that the schools will comply with the rules set by the Bangsamoro Government IATF. We will also partner with Pathways to Peace, Save the Children, the Asia Foundation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and others,” he said. Iqbal also urged the parents and guardians to enroll their children in the closest public-school in their community. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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Polio immunization reaches 95% of target children in BARMM

August 15, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 13 - With the help of key stakeholders, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has vaccinated a total of 803,516 children against poliovirus, reaching its 95 percent target all over the region. The two-week polio immunization campaign dubbed ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio’ (SPKP) is the Department of Health’s (DOH) program to end polio in the country by immunizing children under five years old, and children under 10 years old in some areas in Mindanao. In BARMM, the SPKP ran from July 20 to August 9 in the region’s five provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan said the immunization is a commitment to protect the children in the region from other diseases, such as the poliovirus while facing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Health (MOH) assured that community-based public health practitioners assigned for the polio-vaccination strictly observed health and safety measures during the entire conduct of the campaign in response to health crisis brought about by the COVID-19. According to the guidelines set by MOH- BARMM, apart from the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided for the health workers (vaccinators), there is also a ‘No Touch Approach’ wherein only the parent or caretaker can hold the child’s face/mouth and finger. MOH-BARMM also conducted a seven-day Rapid Coverage Assessment (RCA) in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur on July 27 until August 5. The RCA is MOH-BARMM’s evaluation procedure to find unvaccinated children below five years old and immunize them against polio. RCA was also aimed at identifying possible causes and challenges faced by health workers in the immunization process and to plan and execute actions to correct them. The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have supported the MOH-BARMM in its campaign through the procurement of supplies and technical support. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious disease that affects the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and paralysis and can eventually lead to death. It is caused by the poliovirus that spreads from person to person. Though incurable, polio can be prevented through vaccination. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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NHA gears up soil erosion mitigation project

August 11, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has intensified its efforts to construct a gabion and grouted riprap in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan of this city as a mitigation measure for soil erosion. Mipantao Gadongan is the second site where 1,000 permanent shelters will be constructed by NHA and 50 housing units from its partner United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).  NHA - Marawi Project Management Office Engr. Clemente Dayot said the said mitigation is needed since there are already structures constructed in the area. “That is a mitigating measure para sa side sa contractor kasi  kailangan imitigate ang [for the side of the contractor since it is needed to mitigate the] soil erosion kasi may structures na tayo sa taas [because we already have structures there] like road and drainage,” said Dayot. Dayot also shared that the gabion measures approximately 300 meters and has a grouted riprap which is a  rock slope-protection for the embankment. “Pag-uulan masaturate ang lupa ng tubig kaya kailangan na imitigate  natin yan. Gabion ang foundation niyan, pataas grouted riprap na,” he added. [When it rains, the land gets saturated by water thus there is a need to mitigate it. Gabion will be constructed as its foundation, and grouted riprap as its slope.]  Dayot also called for the understanding and cooperation of the internally displaced persons as they continue to pursue the implementation of their projects. “Panawagan namin sa IDPs na be patient. Magka-isa tayo kasi yung trabaho namin sa NHA, hindi basta-basta kasi everyday may mga hamon at problema na dumadating. Sana magpatuloy itong proyekto dahil para naman ito sa social development ninyo,” he said.  [We encourage the IDPs to be patient. We should unite because we also face challenges as we work as NHA. We hope this project will continue because this is also for your social development.] Being a member-agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on Housing, NHA is committed to promote sustainable development as its tasks include house construction, land acquisition, and land development.  NHA has acquired 39 hectares of land for the construction of permanent shelters in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao Gadongan. These housing units will be turned-over to IDPs who will be resettled from the 3-meter and 20-meter easements of Lake Lanao and Agus River of the most affected area of the city. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

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