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DEPED Marawi prepares for Brigada Eskwela 2019

May 16, 2019

ILIGAN CITY, - The education cluster in Marawi City is all set for the upcoming conduct of Brigada Eskwela on May 20-25 this year, making the schools ready for learners a week before the opening of classes. Department of Education-Marawi Assistant Schools Division Superintendent (ASDS) Anna Zenaida Unte said the city would join the annual national program of the education department teeming with activities that present the spirit of shared community and social responsibility for quality basic education to the learners.  "We use our collaborative efforts together with the community, the parents, the teachers and other stakeholders to do minor repair to the schools, making sure that the school facilities are ready for the learners," Unte added. The education department will ensure the smooth opening of classes on June 3 this year.  Brigada Eskwela includes cleaning, minor repairing of school vicinities, painting of school furniture, beautification of facilities, and among others.  Transitory schools in Marawi City were among the public schools used as polling precincts in the recently concluded midterm national and local elections, which left some damages to school facilities and structures.  "We wanted to make sure we are protecting the sanctity of our school structures for our students," Unte said. Unte urges newly elected officials of Marawi to support the rehabilitation of public schools in this war-torn city. "This is for the future of our children to provide them comfortable and conducive learning environment." Meanwhile, the DepED appealed to its partners to help the young learners of Marawi recover from their traumatic experiences during the siege by sharing something to attain quality basic education among Maranaos.  "We are doing our best for our Marawi children because we believe they are the most vulnerable group in the society. They are our future leaders whom we need to develop also," Unte added.  Unte encourages parents in Marawi to encourage their children to continue going to school. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)   

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TFBM readies for ‘Marawi Week of Peace’ celebration

May 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) here can now avail themselves of free services from the different member-agencies of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) during this year's observance of Marawi Week of Peace starting May 17- 23. In an interview during the "Bangon Marawi, Bangon Ranao" radio program with TFBM Field Office manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., he announced that the activity is open to all Marawi constituents. "We are just finalizing the program of activities. But definitely, we will have a cleanup drive on May 18 to remove all campaign paraphernalia all over the city," Castro said. During TFBM meeting last May 14, it was agreed that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would lead the "Operation Baklas" with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The TFBM will also participate in the "Brigada Eskwela" of the Marawi City Schools Division on May 20, and the inter-agency body will also try to facilitate the issuance of passports, senior citizen and single parent IDs, and civil registration services of the city government. "Our purpose in doing this is to help our IDPs and to promote social cohesion between the government and the people of Marawi, promotion of spiritual development, and peace for Marawi City," Castro added. For this year's Marawi Week of Peace, the TFBM will hold a short program in Marawi City Hall grounds while the Subcommittee on Business and Livelihood will do the "Kawiyagan" (livelihood) activity with booths of the different TFBM member-agencies showcasing their services for Marawi IDPs. The city government will also conduct relief operations and Quran reading competition.  The Philippine Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will also distribute Iftar to Marawi IDPs in collaboration with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)  

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PBSP trains locals to help rebuild Marawi

May 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY, May 16 (PIA-ICCC) - The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) continues to find ways to help this city rise again from the siege and, at the same time, provide alternative source of livelihood. In partnership with Republic Cement, PBSP launched the "Marawi Tibayanihan: Rebuilding Homes for a Stronger Marawi" project which trained construction workers especially masons to make their work more safe and strong.  "We call them the 'Tibayanihan crew'. Aside from providing income, we are also helping ensure the steady supply of cement. We are manufacturing cement called Mindanao. This will be exclusively distributed for the rehabilitation of Marawi City," said Renato C. Sunico, President of Republic Cement & Building Materials Inc. The “Tibayanihan crew” who were trained on carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding and masonry, will be engaged in the rehabilitation of homes in Barangay Boganga and Raya Saduc and the covering of drainage canal in Area 1 Transitional Community.  "The project trained us on how to build stronger homes that are structurally sound and on how to be safe at work. They provided us personal protective equipment like hard hats, gloves, boots and shirts. I am happy because I can now repair my house and my neighbors’ homes," said Dimard Fahad, a trained 'Tibayanihan crew' from Barangay Raya Saduc, Marawi City. "This is a good start for the 'Tibayanihan crew'. The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) will take note of this. Our Building and Reconstruction Team could possibly hire them in case we need more workers," said Professor Mary Joy Yuson, executive assistant to TFBM Field Office manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)

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Suspects in Lanao Sur blast admit membership in MILF – Army

May 14, 2019

MARAWI CITY-- The suspects in the failed bombing attempt in Marantao, Lanao del Sur on Monday have admitted they were members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), according to Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., commanding officer of the Marawi-based 103rd Infantry Brigade. Brawner, who hours earlier had declared that the elections in Lanao del Sur were generally peaceful, said two of the suspects were members of the 102nd Base Command under the leadership of Abdullah Macapaar a.k.a. Commander Bravo. “They even have MILF IDs with them,” he added. But Brawner was quick to say that this does not mean the failed bombing attempt was “sanctioned or ordered by Commander Bravo.” The MILF commander is now a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the body governing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in the three-year transition period until June 30, 2022. BARMM’s interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, also MILF chair, told MindaNews they are “still in the process of investigating” but added “wala kaming MILF ID ever since.” Von Al Haq, MILF spokesperson, told MindaNews the military can ask Macapaar if, indeed, the suspects are his men, as he is now a government official. Around 5 p.m. on election day, a suspect inside a white Toyota van reportedly threw an improvised explosive device (IED) apparently towards soldiers guarding a polling center at the Daana-Ingud Bacong Elementary School in neighboring Marantao town, but missed his target as the bomb hit the van’s glass pane instead. The IED bounced back and exploded inside the van, injuring the bomber, according to Lt. Col.. Jason Jumawan, commander of the 82nd Infantry Battalion. Authorities arrested the bomber, the uninjured driver, and another suspect found near the blast site. A fourth suspect reportedly ran away, eluding arrest. “Even if they are members of the 102nd Base Command, it could be that they were used by politicians,” Brawner stressed. He further said that aside from the IED, they recovered from the Toyota van bearing plate number A3 L057 four IEDs, four blasting caps, four digital watches, two cell phones, one commercial radio, assorted IDs, and four inches of detonating cords. “It could only mean one thing – they have plans to do bombing,” he said. In a conversation over the phone with Jumawan, Brawner ordered the release of suspect Al-Musab Abanto, whom Marantao residents said was only at the wrong place at the wrong time. Residents interviewed by MindaNews said Abanto was in the headquarters of reelectionist Vice Mayor Alahudin Maruhom just across the street when the explosion happened, so he approached and started taking video with his phone. It was at this time that soldiers accosted him. “We just needed to investigate him because he was at the crime scene,” Brawner said..

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Marawi IDP: I voted for those who deserve my vote

May 14, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - Residents of the most affected area (MAA) here aspire for more business opportunities after the election.  Omaisa Benito Laguindab, a former resident of Barangay Lumbaca Madaya whose family is currently sheltered at Area 6 Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitional Site in Barangay Sagonsongan, expects a new set of elected officials who will work to boost the Marawi economy and improve livelihood ventures for displaced families in the war-torn city. "We went here early so we could vote for those who we believe could protect us and help us rebuild Marawi," Laguindab stated. Laguindab hopes that elected officials will provide comfortable living to every resident of MAA saying, "we want to change and we want the winning candidates to provide for what the IDPs lack." Marawi residents have already selected candidates whom they think deserve their votes. "I voted for those who deserve my vote. We are voting wisely here," Laguidab exerted. Meanwhile, the residents commended the smooth conduct of the election in the city.

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Election in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur ended with gunfight among rival political clans that wounded four children in a crossfire, four others

May 14, 2019

GANASSI, LANAO DEL SUR ----- Four children, aged five to 15 years old, were wounded when they were caught in a cross fire when supporters of two rival political clans, engaged in a gunfight, two hours before voting ended on Monday in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur.  The Guro family was on the way home to Marawi City from casting votes in Lumbaca Unayan town when they passed by Barangay Poblacion, Ganassi where supporters of incumbent Mayor Al-Rashid Macapodi and his rival, Amano Balindong, exchange gunfire. "Nag-U turn sila para bumalik para hindi madamay pero sinundan daw sila ng pamamaril kay ang mga bata na nasa likuran ng sasakyan naka-upo ang may mga gun shot wounds," Lieutenant Jose Ganzan, operations officer of 55th Infantry Battalion said in the interview. The victims were brought to a hospital in a nearby Binidayan town for initial medication but were later transferred to Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City. Prior to the incident, a 20-year old relative of Macapodi, who was also an election watcher was shot by suspects identified by them as relatives of Balindong The Macapodi supporters retaliated by staging an ambush against Balindong brother, Saipoden, a barangay treasurer of Pualas town. It started the exchange of gunfire that resulted to the wounding of the children. Two were wounded from the group of Balindong, one from the group of Macapodi. Police Captain William Dagondon, chief of Ganassi Municipal Police Station did not expect the incident to happen because there was no tension brewing at the start of voting. "There was no tension between the two since the start of campaign," Dagondon said.  

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