western mindanao

DPWH Projects to Improve Accessibility in Western Mindanao Moves Forward

June 29, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) declared that the government’s priority infrastructure projects in Zamboanga Peninsula keeps on moving toward successful completion despite the Covid-19 pandemic.   In his report to Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said civil works for three (3) core subprojects under the Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project or IGCMRSP are on-going namely Alicia-Malangas Road (PR 06) and Lutiman – Guicam – Olutanga Road (PR 09) in the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay; and Tampilisan – Sandayong Road (PR 07) in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte.   With the resumption of limited domestic commercial flight to Zamboanga, Undersecretary Sadain together with Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) have travelled to Western Mindanao for the conduct of regular monitoring visits to these projects and met with contractors and consultants to address the challenges of the project implementation. Undersecretary Sadain said that updates about the project implementation with emphasis on significant milestones since project started in March 2019 and the planning of new activities were discussed including mitigation strategies that have been developed to ensure the correct implementation of the project in the light of the Covid-19 health emergency.   The meeting is of paramount importance to continually assessed and discussed challenges of project implementation in view of establishing a common strategy to early management of problems and for DPWH project team on the ground to understand the impact of delays or opportunities presented by completing work ahead of schedule, added Undersecretary Sadain. The P25.257 Billion IGCMRSP funded with a loan amounting P19.080 Billion by the Asian Development Bank and P6.117 Billion to be funded by the Government of the Philippines, is composed of seven (7) road sections with a total length of 166.94 kilometers and Guicam Bridge with a length of 540.8 lineal meters all located in Zamboanga Peninsula and three (3) bridges with a length of 1,047.40 lineal meter located in Tawi-Tawi Province. The project will enhance and hasten economic development, reduce the travel time, provide safe and efficient travel, and improve peace and order situation in Mindanao. Major works for the on-going Alicia-Malangas Road includes construction of 23.73 km concrete road traversing 15 barangays of the Municipalities of Alicia and Malangas meeting a required carriageway width for a national secondary road of 6.70 meter with shoulder width of 1.5 meters on both sides.   The project amounting P1.319 Billion and scheduled for completion by ‪March 2022 ‬also covers the replacement of eight (8) bridges and construction/improvement of existing drainage and slope protection structures. On the otherhand, the P623.260 Million Tampilisan - Sandayong Road Project covers the upgrading of 15.07 km existing combined barangay/municipal roads generally made up of gravel with 3 to 4 meter width to standard specifications of a secondary national road. The Tampilisan - Sandayong Road when completed by September 2021 will provide a direct link between Dipolog and Pagadian Cities by-passing Ipil which is the capital town of Zamboanga Sibugay.   The start of the project road is at the junction of the Dipolog-Ipil National Highway and the Sto. Nino barangay road traversing Barangays New Dapitan, Poblacion, Farmington, Situbo and ends at Barangay Sandayong’s road crossing with road to Naga town proper, Zamboanga Sibugay. The P989.69 Million Lutiman – Guicam – Olutanga Road targetted for completion by September 2021 involves the concrete paving of 29.10 km of national tertiary road made up of gravel and construction of a 60.98 lineal meters bridge following the existing alignment traversing the Municipalities of Alicia, Mabuhay, Talusan and Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay Province and leading to a ferry operation at Guicam Channel of about 440 meter channel width to connect Guicam to Mabuhay in Olutanga Island. Under procurement stage is the proposed Guicam Bridge Project which involves construction of 540 lineal meter bridge that will link Barangay Lutiman, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay and Olutanga port.   Other sections included in the ADB funded projects located in Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay are: 14.72 km Gutalac Baliguian Alternate Road (PR-1a); 32.31 km R.T. Lim Siocon Road (PR-08); 33.08 km Curuan - Sibuco Road; and 18.93 km Siay- Gapol Road. Three (3) bridges will also be built in Tawi-Tawi Province with a total length of 1,047 lineal meters namely Nalil- Sikkiat Bridge over Bongao Channel; Tongsinah Paniongan Bridge over Sanga Sanga channel; and Malassa- Lupa Pula Bridge over Manalik Channel to mainland Tawi-Tawi Island.

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Soldiers distribute PPEs in Central Mindanao

March 28, 2020

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City-March 27, 2020.              Troops of the Joint Task Force Central facilitated the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment to the different hospitals in Central Mindanao on March 26, 2020.             The PPE packages were donated by TOWNS Foundation. Among the hospitals that received PPE packages were: Cotabato Regional Medical Center, BARMM-Cotabato City; Cotabato Sanitarium, Sultan Kudarat (SK); Anecito T. Pisante Sr. Memorial Hospital, Midsayap, North Cotabato; Evangelista Medical Clinic and Hospital, Lambayong, SK; and City Health Office, Koronadal City.             Each PPE package includes 100 pcs. dust masks/surgical masks, 100 pcs. N95 masks, 200 pairs disposable gloves, 100 pcs. goggles/eye shields, 100 pcs. face shields, 100 pcs. raincoats or hospital gowns, and 2 bottles of alcohol (500ml).             The PPEs will be distributed to all medical personnel/frontliners who are manning the different hospitals and medical facilities in the area.        

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More aid reaches Sibakel

March 28, 2020

Military troops ferried more basic needs and medical supplies for Filipinos quarantined on Sibakel Island this day, Friday of March 27. Army and naval troops of the Western Mindanao Command delivered 100 folding beds, 100 boxes of medicine, 100 face masks, and other supplies intended to Filipino individual currently undergoing a mandatory quarantine on Sibakel Island. Said 100 folding beds and 15 boxes of medical supplies were turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Health-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The San Miguel Corporation, meanwhile, donated 150 cases of non-alcoholic drinks to WestMinCom troops as a gesture of support and gratitude to the men in uniform, who secure and support all measures against Coronavirus Disease-19. "We are elated to be part of the solution and succor all decisions and measures taken by key agencies to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Mindanao," said WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana. "We ensure cooperation and mutual assistance to effect resolutions in this trying time," he added

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GOVERNMENT FORCES OF WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND (WMC) Rescued Kidnap Victim Dr. Daniel Moreno in Sulu

March 25, 2020

Combined troops of 1102nd Infantry(Ganarul) Brigade under Col Ignatius Patrimonio and PNP-INDANAN successfully rescued Dr. Daniel Moreno around 7:30 in the evening of March 24,2020 at the hinterlands of Brgy Bangalan Indanan, Sulu.  Sensing the approach of overwhelming goverment forces, the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) forced to abandon Dr. Moreno. Thereafter, government troops pursued the fleeing ASG that led to a 5 minutes encounter against the group of ASG SUB-LEADER Mundi Sawadjaan in Brgy Bangalan.  “Acting on the information relayed by a concern citizen to 112MICO & 11MIB led by Cpt Albert Peralta, troops of 1102nd Brigade conducted rescue operation,” also "I'd like to Thank Lupah Sug for their cooperating with us, and let us be more vigilant in helping one another and sustaing peace and progress in our community".  said Col Ignatius Patrimonio, Commander 1102nd Brigade.  Dr Moreno is now having medical check-up and debriefing at Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) Headquarter.  “We will remain steadfast in accomplishing our mandate to neutralize the ASG and rescue the remaining captives,” said MGEN CORLETO VINLUAN, Commander JTFS/11th Infantry (ALAKDAN) Division.  “The freedom of Kidnap Victim Dr Moreno is attributed in sustaining search and rescue operations of the remaining Kidnap Victims conducted by the Government Forces coupled with the support of the Local populace throughout our operations, and we are aiming to dismantle ASG and rescue the remaining kidnapped victims by accelerating our operational tempo while maximizing stakeholders’ engagements,”  LTGEN CIRILITO SOBEJANA, Commander, WESTMINCOM  said.

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Ozamiz City placed under community quarantine amid COVID-19 threat

March 24, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Mar. 17 (PIA)— To shield the city from local transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal issued Executive Order No. 2020-SFO-11, placing the city under community quarantine from March 18 (12 noon) to March 31, 2020 (12 noon). During this time, the movement of residents would be limited to only essential and work-related trips while uniformed personnel and health or quarantine officials would be deployed to border points. With this, the entry at checkpoints of all land, air and sea travel effective 12 noon on Wednesday, March 18, is prohibited and suspended until 12 noon on 31 March 2020, unless earlier revoked or extended. Tourists, visitors, and returning residents will be denied entry during this period. The entry of goods and supplies, however, will not be affected, provided that the carriers will be able to show pertinent documents, showing its origin and recipient/consignee, among others. Carrier of goods by land is limited to only one driver and one helper who must bring at all times their employee identification card. Carriage of goods by sea will be allowed. However, its crew will not be allowed to disembark from the vessel, and no trucks and/or vehicles can be unloaded from it. Operation of barges plying the route of Mukas to Ozamiz and vice versa, are temporarily prohibited. The following are exempted from the prohibition and/ or suspension of entry: individuals who are seeking immediate medical attention, which will be assisted by policemen until they are admitted to hospitals; authorized Health Care Providers and Emergency Frontline Workers (with proper identification) including law enforcers;  Law enforcers; and individuals working in Ozamiz but are living outside the City, provided they can adduce proof of their employment in an establishment or office within the territorial jurisdiction of the City, such as latest Certificate of Employment and/ or valid employee identification card. Further, individuals working outside the city can come in provided that they present latest Certificate of Employment and/or valid employee identification card. Transient or people who are just passing through and whose intended and/ or final destination in the City of Ozamiz, may be allowed entry after strict and stringent scrutiny and upon determination that their entry will not pose a risk to the inhabitants of the City.  Provided, however, that they will not make any stop-overs and they will leave the jurisdiction of the city as soon as possible. To ensure compliance, all those who are passing through will be escorted by policemen until they leave the city’s territorial jurisdiction, the EO said. The curfew will remain from 10 p.m. until 4 p.m. Moreover, in support of the provincial governor's order, all establishments are now mandated to close not later than 8 p.m. except for medical centers and pharmacies. All establishments are compelled to strictly enforce social distancing measure at least one meter radius between and among persons. Failure to comply with this requirement would warrant the revocation of an establishment’s business permit and its non-renewal for a period of one year. There will be no restriction in the movement of cargoes but drivers and workers would be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. (SMRN/PIA10)

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UN-HABITAT sustainable livelihood support launched 

October 5, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Oct.3 (PIA ICCC) -- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has launched here its P44.2 million livelihood project, complementing its shelter rehabilitation project for the internally displaced persons (IDPs). The six-month project aims to provide sustainable livelihood assistance to 4,000 IDP-households and capacitate them with skills in agri-business, enterprise, establishing markets, among others. The beneficiaries prioritized for this project are those IDPs living within 3-6 meters easement of the Agus river and Lanao lake which are organized into cooperatives; the artisans and handloom weavers within Marawi City and the fisherfolks and farmers of the agricultural barangays of Guimba, Dulay, Caloocan West in Marawi City. Faridah Gundul of Madayanians Agriculture Cooperative and a resident of Raya Madaya II expressed her appreciation for the assistance provided for them. “Ako ay masaya... Hindi maexpress ang pakiramdam dahil andyan sila parati para iguide kami at tiinuturan kami,” said Gundul. (I am happy… I cannot express the feeling that they are always here to guide and teach us.) Part of the interventions under this project include Micro-Enterprise Development; Community-Based Social Enterprise; Skills Development and Capacity Building; Local Value Chain Development; Handloom and Crafts Market Support and Linkages; Crop-Fish-Livestock Integration Farming System; Production and Marketing Support on High Value Crops and Vegetable; Islamic Financing Scheme (Credit and Savings); and Employment generation. The Cooperative Development Authority also pledged its support for the organized cooperatives. Among of the implementing partners of this project include the local government of Marawi City, Task Force Bangon Marawi, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Agency, and Social Housing and Finance Corporation. (LEAntonio/PIA10)

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