DPWH exec speaks at CES Leadership Conclave in Marawi 

November 9, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 7 -- Several public managers including leaders of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) attended the fourth series of Leadership Conclave of the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) held Wednesday, November 6, at the Clubhouse of Marawi Resort Hotel, Inc. located in Mindanao State University-Main Campus, here. An agency of the government that encourages leadership excellence and personal and professional development of its officials and employees, the DPWH was represented by Undersecretary for Support Services Ardeliza R. Medenilla and Stakeholders Relations Service Director Elizabeth P. Pilorin.   An iconic and awarded leader in the Career Executive Service (CES), Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain of the DPWH - Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-UPMO) Operations and Technical Services was invited by CESB Executive Director Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones to be the resource speaker on the topic “GREATful Leadership for Inclusive Development”, owing to his extraordinary sense of commitment and passion for public service and promoting change.    Undersecretary Sadain shared his challenges, inspirations, dreams, and lessons in building the road to participatory, equitable, inclusive and sustainable development particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.    His passion and firm resolve to deliver excellent, accountable and life-changing results in an environment of adversity provided meaningful lessons to some 80 participants from various government units.    Through his story on various government infrastructure development initiatives and steps leading to organizational transformation, Undersecretary Sadain inspired fellow public leader-managers of the CES community to live up to the ideals in the CES, that is to bring to the entire bureaucracy change where it is needed, expertise where it is missing, and leadership where it is wanting.   In September 2017, no less President Rodrigo Roa Duterte handed Undersecretary Sadain with the Gawad Career Executive Service plaque with the Presidential Seal in a formal award presentation ceremony at the Malacanan Palace.   Undersecretary Sadain, who was on secondment at DPWH-Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as its Regional Secretary from January 2012 to June 2015, was recognized for his effective use of change management tools in improving the human resource capability, performance, and fiscal management of the DPWH-ARMM, resulting in significant agency savings of the organization.   Hailed as the Father of Reform Agenda in DPWH-ARMM, Undersecretary Sadain was also a recipient of a Plaque of Recognition as CES Outstanding CEO (Cost Effective Officer) for the 3rd Quarter of 2015 for his strategic leadership whose decisions/actions have resulted in the desired level of performance leading to the maximum utilization of resources and increased agency savings.  DPWH ARMM generated huge savings amounting to P450 million which was used for procurement of construction equipment and implementation of many high impact projects by way of improved policies, programs, and fiscal management that boosted morale within the organization and the development of infrastructures in the Region.   Leadership Conclave is a series of fora conducted nationwide showcasing exemplary, pioneering and influential leaders from the Career Executive Service and various fields of governance and development. The fourth forum was anchored on the theme “GREATful Leadership: Performance, Positivity, Possibilities.”  (DPWH)

Tornado hits Marawi City, destroys several structures including part of city hall

November 4, 2019

ILIGAN CITY -- A tornado hit Marawi City past 2:00 pm Monday (November 4) and destroyed several houses made up of light materials, including a portion of the roofing at the City Hall in Barangay Fort, which was occupied by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). Jorome Maglahos, executive assistant of Marawi City Mayor's Office, said he was documenting the meeting presided by Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra with the department heads of the local government unit when they heard a rumbling sound outside. Before they went outside to see the sound, a strong wind smashed the building and blew some roofs away. "We heard roar of strong winds but there was no rain, just drizzles but it did not last long," Maglahos said. The meeting was interrupted but was resumed after 15 minutes. Inside the army headquarters, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade, caught the water formation through his camera and brought it live through his facebook page. He was heard shouting "ang mga bata!" (the children) to direct the soldiers to secure the children running inside the camp to secure themselves. Cuerpo said several trees inside the camp were uprooted. Jamalodin Basman took a video footage at Amai Pakpak Medical Center where the roof of one of the houses nearby was also blown away. Maglahos said no injuries has been reported but Mayor Gandamra immediately directed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to assess the damages.

Liga Eskwela gives hope to Marawi kids

November 2, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO City — Marawi Physical Education for School Sports (PESS) supervisor Hedjarah Taratingan’s family was among the victims in the Marawi City siege in 2017. She lost her house in ground zero and most of their belongings were destroyed during the fighting between the government forces and the terrorists. Now her family has been relocated and slowly rebuilding their lives. She was a witness to the sufferings of the people of Marawi, specially the children. The five months of continuous fighting which started in May 2017 and ended in October the same year, was traumatic not only Taratingan’s family but also to the children of Marawi.  “Seeing so much violence in real life is devastating to children,’’ said Taratingan. And she added that one way to lessen the trauma to these children is to engage the children into sports.  So the Department of Education Marawi Division office led by Schools Division Superintendent OIC Pharida L. Sansarona and Hedjarah Taratingan’s did not waste time to help lessen the trauma to the children by asking the Thomas V. Moran Foundation to extend its Futsal Liga Eskwela program to their devastated city. As the PESS chief of the City, Taratingan is responsible for supervising the sports activities of the DepEd in Marawi. Definitely because of her job she loves sports and futsal and football have a special place in her heart. “Futsal is a good sport. It is a combination of many sport using the feet. Basketball because it is played in a basketball court and football because only the feet are used,’ she said. Now enter the Thomas V. Moran Foundation of former Philippine men’s national team member Danny Moran and Gawad Kalinga.  According to Danny Moran, who is the CEO of the Moran Foundation they introduced the Liga Eskwela Futsal program to 11 public schools in Metro Manila in 2015. By 2016 the Liga Eskwela expanded to 65 public schools and by 2017 the Department of Education took notice of the project and gave its blessing and encouraged all public schools in the NCR which resulted into a massive success as 300 public schools joined. He added that this year, DepEd invited them to present their Liga Eskwela Futsal Program to all other DepEd regional Sports heads in a conference held in Palawan.  Among those who wanted to join was Marawi through BARMM Minister of Education Director Taya.  “We readily accepted them in this next “National Level” of Liga Eskwela Futsal,’’ Moran added. Marawi City Physical Education for School Sports (PESS) supervisor Hedjarah Taratingan has been tasked by her superior, Department of Education Marawi Division Schools Superintendent OIC Pharida L. Sansaronato to kick off the Liga Eskwela in Marawi. Taratingan immediately with the help of Gawad Kalinga ’s Jun Degayo, opened the gates of Marawi for Liga Eskwela by organising the first Phase of the project which is the training the teachers last Oct. 18-19 at the Amai Pakpak Elementary School covered court. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) B licensed coach Percy Guarin led a bunch of coaches from Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and Marawi to show the more than 50 teachers from different schools in of the city how to play Futsal for two days. Guarin, a former national team player, taught the teachers how to teach young players ball control, passing, kicking, laws of the game and most specially how to organise training using only one or two footballs. After the training, the teachers were given one Sunsports Futsal balls each courtesy of Toby’s Sports.  The second phase of the program is the start of the teachers to organise their respective teams in preparation for the Liga Eskwela while the third phase is the Liga Eskwela proper which set sometime in January next year. As an incentive, Kawad Kalinga’s BARMM community organiser Jun Degayo announced that champion teams might compete in the SM Futsal tournament in Cagayan de Oro set in April next year. Most teachers were excited and their tired eyes became round when they heard of their chance of coming to see SM City in Cagayan de Oro. So much work yet has to be done before the kick off of Liga Eskwela in January. Gawad Kalinga has been tasked to follow-up the teachers and the kids. Despite of the amount of work to be done, Liga Eskwela has indeed given hopes to the children of Marawi. (

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.      


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