BARMM Education Minister Revokes Past Designation Orders

June 28, 2019

“That is in preparation that eventually the structure of BARMM in governance would be ministerial in nature in character. We want to streamline, we want to rationalize. The bureaucracy is so bloated,” BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal said. Memorandum Number 12 released on June 25 is part of the reform efforts done by the new Bangsamoro government “to ensure effective organizational change and restructuring of the offices.” The memo covers undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, bureau directors, schools division superintendents and other lower officials. Among the issues hounding the abolished ARMM are allegations of “ghost” teachers and students. In one of his State of the Nation Addresses former president Benigno S. Aquino III called the ARMM a “failed experiment” owing to the alleged prevalence of graft in the regional bureaucracy. 

Support pours in for burned school in Maguindanao

June 27, 2019

Mohagher Iqbal, minister of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao led the special Brigada Eskwela at Pageda Elementary School on Monday, 24 June 2019. Hundreds participated in the Brigada Eskwela including – for the first time – uniformed personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces. Iqbal handed over temporary learning spaces (TLS), 12 blackboards, handwashing facilities, and hygiene kits to the school during the activity. He also distributed learning materials, school bags, and educational toys to schoolchildren. For its part, the local government of Talitay delivered some construction materials and provided manpower with the help of the Schools Division of Maguindanao 2 and community members. “I would like to assure our parents here that their children will not be left behind,” Iqbal said, adding the education of their children must continue. Iqbal also thanked UNICEF Philippines, Save the Children Philippines, and the Australian Government through its Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao Program for providing assistance. He said the Kadtuntaya Foundation, a local non-government organization based in Cotabato City will provide psychosocial services for the schoolchildren. While the fire incident is still under police investigation, Iqbal reminded the community that a school is a zone of peace. “As a community, one of our priorities should be to establish a safe and nurturing learning environment for our children,” he said.

BARMM trains new LCEs on governance

June 26, 2019

With the theme “Creating Synergy in the Bangsamoro Towards Moral Governance,” the activity was aimed to train new LCEs on the basics of local governance and administration.  During the training, the participants were oriented about the Islamic perspective on leadership and management, salient features of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on local governance, and deconstruction of the poverty incidence in the BARMM. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, MILG Minister, said the training was intended to orient the newly elected LCEs on the basics of governance, the laws or ordinances they need to enact, special bodies to organize, and steps to take before actually assuming the post on June 30, 2019. He added that the training has been given more significance as the new autonomous Bangsamoro region has just been established, and its officials has just assumed their respective posts. Interim Chief Minister Ahod AlHaj Murad Ebrahim stressed during the opening ceremony that having a discourse with the Local Government Units (LGUs) is very significant as they are the most important partners of the BARMM in achieving the aspirations of the Bangsamoro. “It is very important that we have a talk like this, in order to understand everybody and in order to have one common line. This is only the first time but rest assured that we will be talking more in order to work out very strong cooperation and partnership with the LGUs,” Ebrahim said. At the end of the training, the LCEs took their oath and sworn to perform their duties and responsibilities with utmost dedication and integrity. They committed to strongly fight the proliferation and use of illegal drugs and other evils of society. The LCEs, together with Ebrahim and other ministers of BARMM, also signed a pledge of commitment in pursuing moral governance in the region. (Bangsamoro Government/PIA-10)      

MAFAR-Lanao del Sur holds free vet clinic in Lumbayanague

June 25, 2019

VETCAP aims to reduce economic losses in the livestock sector by ensuring healthy and productive animals.  Technical assistance extended during the activity included consultation, physical examination of animals, Vitamin ADE supplementation, wound treatment, and administration of dewormer for those heavily infested with external and internal parasites. A total of 48 cattle and goats were served. For cattle, 37 heads were given Vitamins, 29 dewormed against external and internal parasites and nine sprayed with an anti-infection solution for wounds.  For goats, 11 heads were given supplemental Vitamins, with nine heads also dewormed against internal parasites.  Forty-three livestock farmers also benefited from the one-day free clinic. They were also briefed on proper animal health management practices.
 Provincial Livestock Coordinator Daud M. Diapar said the activity is a response to the critical challenges faced by the sector in the province. It is also a way of supporting early warning system to better monitor the prevalence of diseases that will serve as basis in planning a more effective prevention and control measures. 

Sulu governor-elect Tan blinks, vows support for BARMM

June 24, 2019

“Since nandirito na, hindi pwede na hindi namin suportahan kasi (Since it is here already, it is not right for us not to support it because) we will suffer. We cannot afford to suffer for the next three years, six years or nine years,” said Tan, a come-backing governor of Sulu who headed the province from 2007 to 2013.   Tan, who ran but lost in the 2016 gubernatorial race in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and over a hundred others graced the orientation and training seminar for newly-elected local chief executives in the BARMM in Cotabato City on June 16 to17.   The BARMM replaced the ARMM following the plebiscites early this year that resulted in the overwhelming ratification of Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, popularly called the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).   The BOL is anchored on the final peace agreement signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2014 after four decades of conflict that claimed over 120,000 lives, including civilians.   Only Sulu rejected the ratification of the BOL. The other ARMM provinces—Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan (except Isabela City) and Tawi-tawi---voted in favor of the BOL, as well as Cotabato City, the seat of the then ARMM and now the BARMM regional government.   But Sulu could not opt out of the new Bangsamoro region because its votes were counted along with the other provinces that comprised the ARMM, which overwhelmingly resulted in favor of BOL’s ratification.   The Tans campaigned heavily for the rejection of BOL in Sulu, one of the poorest provinces in the country.   A few months before the plebiscite, Gov. Abdusakur Tan II, Tan’s son and Sulu’s incoming vice governor, questioned before the Supreme Court the legality of the BOL.   The high tribunal has yet to decide on the case.   In an interview with a regional television network, the elder Tan assured they would abide with the decision of the Supreme Court.   Tan said that incoming Sulu public officials graced the orientation for new local chief executives because they want to know the programs of the Bangsamoro government.   The winners in the May 13 elections will assume office on June 30.   BARMM interim Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim welcomed Tan’s support to the new Bangsamoro government.   “I’m very happy that the (incoming Sulu) governor expressed his willingness to cooperate and willingness to be a partner (of the Bangsamoro government,” said Ebrahim, popularly known as MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.   Ebrahim stressed the need for unity and collaboration among local officials to meet the Bangsamoro people’s high expectations in the new BARMM government.   Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM Minister for Local Government, said they organized the orientation and training seminar for incoming local chief executives in the BARMM to rally their support and for them to adopt “moral governance” as a tool to improve the plight of the impoverished Bangsamoro region. 

Cultural sensitivity, human rights integrated in Marawi rehab activities

June 24, 2019

Task Force Bangon Marawi's (TFBM) member-agencies along with the security forces are now being equipped with training on the culture of peace to ensure that the government interventions for the rehabilitation and recovery war-torn city are culturally sensitive to the residents. Now on its third year, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in collaboration with the TFBM, 103rd Infantry Brigade and 2nd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been implementing Duyog Ramadan for the residents affected by the armed conflict since 2017. This program involves introducing conflict sensitive and peace-promoting (CSPP) practices not only for programs being implemented in the city but also to the state workers, particularly the AFP personnel.  The CSPP program has already trained two batches of hijab troopers, which composed of military women that have been regarded with great contribution to the rebuilding peace efforts in Marawi. Members of the Hijab Troopers were one in saying that the CSPP training carried out by the OPAPP had helped them develop a better understanding of the peace process and learn how to help victims of war-torn communities recover from the conflict. Sgt. Sharon Larona who was among the first batch of Hijab Troopers assigned in Marawi after the siege said: “I have realized when we go to the community, we should understand and be sensitive to the culture of the area that we served.”  At the recognition ceremony during the 10-day Duyog Marawi, General Romeo Brawner, 103rd Brigade commander, who was a CSPP-trained himself, encouraged the AFP members to undergo such training. “This CSPP training is very important because it opens our minds from thinking like a military person to thinking as a peace advocate,” he said. “We were told that the core competency of the military is to fight wars. But there’s more to our job than just fighting wars, and this is peace-building, peacekeeping, and peace-promoting,” he emphasized. “Because of the importance of these training, I think, all military personnel should undergo CSPP training, not just those personnel who are assigned in conflict-affected areas,” he added. OPAPP Executive Director Gloria Jumamil-Mercado suggested ways in which Hijab Troopers can effectively play their roles in Women, Peace and Security. “The Hijab troopers help ensure gender and cultural sensitivity. We are encouraging that CSPP be part of the military’s curriculum,” she said. OPAPP's peacebuilding commitment Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., emphasized that these efforts are part of building a culture of peace to fast track the social healing and reconciliation in Marawi. “At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that the Marawi siege will not happen again. To do that, we are exerting our collective efforts with the AFP, other government agencies and most importantly the people of Marawi, in rebuilding the social fabric of the Maranaw communities,” he said. “Our rehabilitation efforts are ensuring that the CSPP approaches are in place. As early as 2018, we have started mainstreaming this through our local government partners. We are institutionalizing the CSPP as we integrate it in the Barangay Development Plans not only in Marawi but the entire province of Lanao del Sur,” he emphasized. OPAPP is a member of the Task Force Bangon Marawi under the sub-cluster on Peace and Order.


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