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DOST gears up for Marawi IDPs’ livelihood programs

June 3, 2019

MARAWI CITY, June 3 (PIA ICCC) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has intensified its efforts in providing livelihood programs for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of this city. Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, undersecretary for Research and Development said during the project launching of Livelihood Program for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Marawi by DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) that the agency would provide them support until they can recover. “Hangga't hindi sila nakakabangon, tutulong kami (Until they can recover, we will help them),” Guevara said. Guevara also emphasized that the agency has been providing a series of training and hands-on programs to the IDPs through its different offices. DOST-ITDI has been providing technologies and training on personal care products, charcoal briquetting, herbal processing and essential oil extraction aimed at improving the quality of life of the IDPs by utilizing indigenous resources for their sustainable livelihood. In partnership with the SMILES Foundation, the DOST also supported the IDPs in Butig with a corn mill facility. The Bayabao Poblacion Farmers Cooperative here has already harvested 2,400 kilos from its 40-hectare corn plantation, earning P26,400 per cycle. Other projects implemented by the SMILES-DOST partnership include “Do-It-Yourself (DIY)” bamboo shelter production for Butig, Lanao del Sur and Innovation Support System and Management Strategies to Vegetable Production to Farmers in Pantar, Lanao del Norte. DOST has also partnered with the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) to revive the handloom weaving industry in Marawi through the Maranao Collectible, a group of internally displaced women and men who create heirloom “langkit” weaving. The DOST will provide training and necessary materials and handlooms.  “We are thankful to DOST, because the funding for the loans will provide more opportunities for Maranao weavers,” said Prof. Darwin Manubag of MSU-IIT.  The DOST provides the technology while its partner organizations assist in the implementation of the projects to the grassroots. Being a member-agency of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s  (TFBm) Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood, DOST commits itself to provide sustainable livelihood to the IDPs. (LEAntonio/PIA)  

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UN-FAO conducts end project performance assessment workshop

June 2, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur,  - The UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MAFAR-BARMM) conducted an end project performance assessment (EPPA) on May 28, 2019 for the project “Emergency Assistance to Restore Food Security in Typhoon-Affected Communities in Lanao del Sur - BARMM and Lanao del Norte -Region X.” The EPPA seeks to evaluate the quality of FAO’s response with implementation partners through agreed criteria, document good practices, consolidate the lessons learned as well as issues and challenges from the various phases of project implementation, and formulate practical suggestions for the improvement of future emergency interventions.  Twenty-four (24) Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) from the municipalities of Madalum, Ditsaan Ramain, Maguing, Buadipuso Buntong and Lumbabayabao where the project was implemented participated in the workshop. The project aims to restore agri-livelihood and enhance agricultural production in the Typhoon Tembin (Vinta) hard-hit municipalities of the province. The project has two components: provision of agricultural inputs, and capacity-building activities.  One thousand (1,000) rice farmers benefited from the project and received one bag of certified rice seeds and two bags of commercial fertilizer.  For the capacity-building activities, UN-FAO conducted the training on resilient rice-based farming systems to AEWsthat were re-echoed to farmer-beneficiaries, Climate-Smart Farmers Field School (CS-FFS), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training Workshop, and Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) and Social Protection Planning Workshop. All these were meant to enhance farmers' resilience to various types of disasters. MAFAR Provincial Agricultural Officer – Pangalian A. Balindong, Jr. expressed gratitude to UN-FAO for being a constant and long term development partner of the MAFAR. He also acknowledged the countless provisions extended to the farmers of the province.  In the same way, Director Esmail Satol from MAFAR–BARMM Regional Office commended the participants and thanked UN-FAO for filling in the gaps in the delivery of agri-interventions to farmers. (MAFAR Lanao del Sur)  

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PBSP supports TB control in BARMM

June 2, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur,  - The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM) reaffirmed its partnership to strengthen the implementation of the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP).  PBSP and MOH-BARMM recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that enables them to continue to work together to support the Department of Health (DOH- NTP) in the execution of the Philippine Strategic TB Elimination Plan. PBSP has been supporting the MOH-BARMM through the provision of laboratory supplies and equipment, the hiring and deployment of competent medical and non-medical staff; and the conduct of regular monitoring and random on-site verification and validation of both programmatic and financial reports. The organization also provides technical and funding support in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB (PMDT), TB-HIV and TB Community TB Care and Prevention (TBCP) activities, and gives feedback and recommendations based on the results of these activities. The MOH-BARMM, on the other hand, performs services as a Regional NTP Manager, a PMDT Treatment Facility, an Xpert Site, a TB Culture Center, an HIV Treatment Hub, and an Administrative and Finance Overseer. It also ensures the continuous implementation of the TB Program and safeguards all equipment, fixed assets, office supplies, medical supplies, and other properties of the Program. BARMM Minister of Health Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan lauded the partnership, which he believes signifies renewed action to fight the challenges.  He also reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to addressing the TB problem in the entire region.  “We cannot just sleep at night comfortably or sit in our offices knowing that hundreds and even thousands of people are getting ill, or worse, dying with this condition,” Dipatuan said. In 2018, there were over 170 notified TB cases and more than 100 MDR-TB cases in the BARMM. The challenges in the implementation of the TB program include low case detection, increasing rate of lost to follow-up cases, and the low utilization of GeneXpert machines.  MOH-BARMM’s Technical Division Chief Dr. Sadaila K. Raki-in expressed gratitude to PBSP for the partnership which helps contribute to the country’s overall goal to end TB.  “PBSP through the years have helped us and never abandoned the MOH-BARMM. PBSP has been with us in supporting the TB Program even before 2015…Our focus is to end TB and there will be a time that TB will only be part of history. We must be thankful that we have been part of the legacy to end TB,”  Raki-in said.   Meanwhile, PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio D. Laguda recognized the efforts of the healthcare providers in the implementation of the TB control program.  “Our work in TB control began in 2015. And in the last four years, despite it being challenging, we are also happy to say that the people under Dr. Ampatuan have really been trying to beat the odds in the BARMM. The challenge for us is the way we expand the work we do,” he said.   TB Control is one just of the many initiatives of PBSP in the BARMM. Among its other projects include the conduct of Safe Motherhood Caravans to teach women of reproductive age life-saving maternal and child health information, as well as the Creating Spaces Project with Oxfam Canada, which helps change attitude, behavior and systems to reduce violence against women and girls, including children, early and forced marriages. (PBSP)

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DOH-10’s Iligan OpCen to transfer to Marawi

May 31, 2019

MARAWI CITY, -The health response for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the siege is one of the top priorities of the Task Force Bangon Marawi’s (TFBM) Subcommittee on Health and Social Welfare.  To better provide medical assistance directly to the IDPs, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 decided to transfer its Iligan operation center (OpCen) to Marawi City to effectively cater to the IDPs from the 96 barangays affected by the five-month conflict two years ago. “Our operation center will be transferred at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center by June to better serve the Marawi IDPs,” said Dr. David Mendoza, OpCen head of DOH-10. Mendoza ensured the continuity of quad-cluster approach activities in all the transitory sites within the city and the remaining evacuation centers.  “We will serve the IDPs with no gaps and we’re trying our best to serve better the Maranaos,” Mendoza added. DOH will pursue health services and stress debriefing interventions for IDPs amidst the ongoing physical rehabilitation of Marawi City. Meanwhile, Mendoza disclosed that the DOH is closely monitoring upper respiratory tract infections among the IDPs because of the changing weather.  DOH is also readying the IDPs against water-borne diseases with the onset of the rainy season. “The team is now trying to coordinate with the local government unit, with the Marawi City Health Office, and the IPHO Lanao del Sur to monitor the outbreak of any diseases at the transitory sites and the remaining evacuation centers,” Mendoza stated.  The DOH-10 OpCen will also be transferring its whole team composed of 10 nurses, one pharmacist and three doctors to provide medical services to Marawi IDPs. However, only one of the three doctors is available to serve during the transfer. “We are still looking for doctors who are willing to serve there,” shared Mendoza. The head of the health cluster urges the IDPs to cooperate in maintaining sanitation within their communities and in the transitory sites saying, “they can help us by disposing of their own garbage properly, beware of safe water intake, and the most important thing is when they feel something [wrong], please seek early consultation at the city health office.” The DOH continues to conduct mental, psychological, and psychosocial support, nutrition assessment and distribution of vitamin supplements to the victims of Marawi siege. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)

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MAA homeowners’ cooperation sought to fast track debris clearing operations

May 30, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  – Cooperation among homeowners of damaged structures at the most affected area (MAA) is crucial to fast track the debris clearing operations in the area. This was the statement aired by Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Representative Macmod Mending in a media interview after visiting the transitory shelter sites at Rorogagus and Boganga, MAA, and permanent shelter site at Barangay Kilala this morning. Mending, who chairs the House subcommittee on Marawi rehabilitation, was joined by his fellow lawmakers AMIN Representative Amihilda J. Sangcopan and Representative Cristina Roa-Puno of Antipolo City’s first district.  In his visit here today, Mending saw that there were already more structures demolished at MAA and that the progress of debris clearing operations is on track. “I based my assessment from the start of the debris clearing operations in March this year, barely two months ago.” he said. Representative Puno also appealed to the affected homeowners to cooperate with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) by giving their consent to demolish their damaged houses to finish the debris clearing activities soon. In a related development, TFBM chair and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario has assured that the TFBM and the National Housing Authority (NHA) would always “follow government rules and regulations and generally accepted ethical and moral standards in the overall rehabilitation of Marawi City.” Del Rosario further assured the affected families and communities that the TFBM and its 56 member-agencies faithfully follow and adhere to government accounting rules and regulations in the discharge of their functions in fulfillment of the President’s instruction to ensure that “Marawi will rise as a prosperous city again.” (PIA-ICC)  

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Brawner joins PRRD in Japan

May 29, 2019

ILIGAN CITY ----- A high ranking Army official in Marawi City joined President Duterte's official delegation to Japan that arrived there Tuesday night. Col. Romeo Brawner, Jr., commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, based in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, joined with the president in his four-day working visit in Japan.  Duterte and his delegatiom arrived at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo to commence his third visit to the said country. In a viber message sent to Inquirer Tuesday night, Brawner said there was no advise yet as to their itenirary but assured he will update as soon as possible. Brawner was the spokesperson of the former Joint Task Force (JTF) Marawi that oversaw the media releases during the Marawi siege. When the JTF Marawi was deactivated, he took over as Regiment commander of the Civil Military Operations Group before he assumed as commander of 103rd Brigade that oversees Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.

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