Lanao Sur polls peaceful – military

May 13, 2019

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/13 May) – The military here said Monday’s elections in Lanao del Sur were generally peaceful, adding that martial law may be the main reason behind it. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade overseeing the province, said that as of 3 p.m. on election day, they gathered reports of only two shooting incidents, but one was related to a rido, or clan war. “We can attribute this to martial law. We can implement the gun ban better, especially among the candidates and their bodyguards,” he said. Brawner said that residents are also aware that in recent polls – like in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, and also during the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro organic law – violators were apprehended immediately and turned over to the police. He said one was killed in the municipality of Lumbatan before noon when armed men fired and killed Lailanei Batara as the latter was driving his motorcycle along the highway. “It was not election related. Apparently there’s a long-standing feud,” Brawner told reporters. He said another was wounded in a strafing incident in Tubaran town also in the morning, but the victim is now stable. Brawner admitted though that there were fistfights in some precincts, like in Amai Pakpak Elementary School in downtown Marawi, but these were stopped right away before these could escalate. In a visit to polling precincts, MindaNews also learned from residents in the municipality of Marantao that a fistfight among supporters from opposing camps occurred just outside the precinct at the Dana’ingud Bacong Elementary School. But soldiers reportedly intervened right away to break the fight. Brawner’s deputy, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, while monitoring balloting at the temporary shelter site for evacuees in Barangay Sagonsongan in Marawi Monday morning, radioed his men to send more troops to help control the unruly crowd. Cuerpo also reminded election board members to keep candidates’ watchers away from the voters writing on their ballots. 

Bangsamoro launches e-BARMM to promote moral governance

May 6, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur,  --The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) bolstered anew its moral governance program by improving accountability and transparency in the implementation and monitoring of projects through the launching of the expanded BARMM Road Mapping and Management System (e-BARMM). Chief Minister Alhaj Murad Ebrahim, who concurrently heads the MPW, said the e-BARMM is aligned with the moral governance that we the BARMM is advocating. “It is our duty to let our people know where their money is going,” he said. The new and enhanced e-BARMM features the latest technology in geo-tagging and road mapping. It also uses drone and route shoots technology to strengthen the implementation and monitoring of projects.  The system was initiated by former Regional Secretary Emil K. Sadain, now DPWH undersecretary, and was enhanced by former OIC-Regional Secretary Don Mustapha Loong, now member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. Both were also present during the launching. Assistant Secretary Engineer Danilo Ong of the MPW said the e-BARMM can be used to avoid ghost projects and it has been of significance in planning to avoid duplication of proposed projects. E-BARMM can also aid the ministry in combating issues of mismanagement and corruption that tarnished the defunct DPWH-ARMM’s reputation, despite undergoing massive reforms. Ebrahim said the oath of moral governance gave inspiration and sense of hope to the people that graft, corruption, and other ills of governance can be addressed by the new government. He reminded all the employees of the MPW, especially the newly designated District Engineers, not to betray the people’s sense of inspiration and hope in the new government, and that being designated to a position does not mean success.  Recently, Ebrahim reassigned all the 8 district engineers to his office and designated OICs in their stead. He challenged them to “correct all the wrongs in the system” because that would be the only time they can claim success.  He further stressed that the BARMM leadership is very serious in this regard because “what is at stake here is the struggle of the Bangsamoro People.” (Bangsamoro Government/PIA10)

5 towns in LDS prepare DRRM action plan for agriculture

May 6, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur,--Planning officers of five municipalities in Lanao del Sur gathered in a stakeholder forum to come-up with a Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Action Plan in Agriculture. The forum, held May 1-3 at Apple Tree Resort Hotel in Misamis Oriental, was part of the UN-FAO Project entitled "Emergency Assistance to Restore Food Security and Enhance Agricultural Production and Resilience in Typhoon-affected Communities in Lanao del Norte (Region X) and Lanao del Sur (BARMM)."  The five municipalities engaged in the preparation of MDRRM Plan for Agriculture were among the badly hit municipalities during 2017 Typhoon Tembien (Vinta), namely: Madalum, Maguing, Buadipuso Buntong, Lumbabayabao and Ditsa-an Ramain.  It can be noted that these areas also suffered major losses in the recent El Nino.  The DRRM Plan of Action in Agriculture were formulated by the five local government units (LGUs) with the guidance and support from FAO and various national government agencies in the province. The plans were also presented to the body to gather technical feedback for the enhancement along thematic issues and to mobilize resources for the implementation of identified activities. Lawyer Ammal D. Solaiman, newly-designated BARMM deputy minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) graced the forum. Solaiman strongly expressed her support for the implementation of the plan, saying it will greatly contribute to the development of the agriculture sector in the region.  Despite budget constraints of the new government, she said she will bring the issue to the table of the regional management so that assistance can be extended to the calamity-stricken farmers in Lanao del Sur. The forum was highlighted by signing of commitment for a concerted and unified effort towards a climate smart and disaster-resilient agricultural sector thereby ensuring food security and sustainable development in the BARMM. (MAFAR Lanao del Sur/PIA10)

Cop, trader killed in Friday night shootings in Cotabato City

May 4, 2019

COTABATO CITY  – A policeman and a businessman were killed in shooting incidents 90 minutes apart on Friday night. Killed at around 6:10 p.m. was Patrolman Franklin Moyet, who had just stepped out of his boarding house and was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Rosary Heights 4 while businessman Bjorn dela Cruz was seriously injured when shot along SK Pendatun Avenue in Poblacion 5. Dela Cruz died in the hospital early Saturday morning. According to Police Major Ramil Villagracia, commander of station 2 of the city police, “it might be the suspects waited for (Moyet) to come out.” He said they were still gathering more evidences and statements from witnesses to establish the motive of the killing. The slain policeman was assigned in City Mobile Police Force and was a resident of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat province. Herrera, a local businessman engaged in plastics trading, was driving a white SUV when attacked by riding-in-tandem suspects. Earlier this week, Mayor  Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi lambasted City Police Director, Police Colonel Michael Lebanan, for the spate of unsolved killings in the city that has been awarded several times as one of the safest cities in the country. In the first quarter last year, Cotabato was second safest city in the country and safest in Mindanao, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the first quarter of 2018, based on records of crime incidence. The mayor expressed dismay why the ronda, where the police, military and barangay security forces go around to ensure the citizens’ safety was stopped when it was gaining ground in curtailing criminality especially at night. A member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan proposed a resolution declaring Lebanan as persona-non-grata. “If I were him, he should leave the city after the weak performance he showed us,” Sayadi said in a press briefing earlier this week. Lebanan maintained he is doing his job. “We will just continue to do our work,” he said. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)

Bangsamoro economy grows by 7.2% in 2018

April 25, 2019

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which now make up the core territory of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, posted a 7.2 percent growth rate in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) for the year 2018.  The latest economic data were announced by the Philippine Statistics Authority in a news conference on Thursday, April 25, in Cotabato City.  With 55.6 percent contribution, Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) remained to have the largest share in the region's total economic performance. It is followed by the Services sector with 38.5 percent, and Industry sector with 5.9 percent.  PSA-BARMM Director Razulden Mangelen said the GRDP is a tool to monitor the economic performance of a region. It covers the value of goods and services produced in the region.  “ARMM or the now BARMM, remains as persistent and predominantly agriculture-based,” said Mangelen.  In 2015, the ARMM’s economy contracted and registered a negative 0.4% growth rate. It partially recovered in 2016 with a positive 0.3% increase. While in 2017, its growth rate peaked at 7.3% – the highest economic growth rate in the region’s history. In his message read by Finance Minister Eduard Guerra, Bangsamoro Chief Minister AlHaj Murad Ebrahim said the region's growth rate proves that the Bangsamoro can be at par with other regions.  "This is a great development for us. Your Bangsamoro Government vows to continue this feat as part of our moral governance," he said. Since the establishment of the new Bangsamoro government, Ebrahim said investors have signified their interest in investing in the region. “Numerous entities have trusted and shown support in generating jobs for the Bangsamoro people. It will help with the growth of our GRDP,” he said. The ARMM has been deemed abolished following the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in two separate plebiscites held in January and February this year. (BARMM Government/PIA-10)  

Marawi IDPs get livelihood intervention from DOST

April 23, 2019

Three technologies from theDepartment of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) were handed over to the Maranao People Development Center, Inc. (MARADECA, Inc.) for the livelihood and development of the Marawi siege victims on April 10-11, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol, Marawi City. One of the technologies was the Essential Oil Extractor which extracts essential oils from Citronella Grass and other plant materials that are abundant in Marawi City. Essential oils are the aroma-giving constituents of aromatic plants. These oils are water- insoluble organic liquids or solids. The second was the Charcoal Briquetting Equipment which was made up of ITDI Modified Drum Carbonizer, Crusher, Mixer, and Manual Briquettor. Briquetting is a process of molding or compacting materials such as charcoal fines of biomass or coal, with or without binder under pressure. The other technology was the Tea Bag Processing Equipment. The participants were trained on herbal processing from the collection of plant materials to Herbal Tea and Herbal Capsule production. The Marawi IDPs were able to processed Moringa Herbal Tea and Turmeric Herbal Tea out of the collected Moringa and Turmeric plant materials. The three equipment are now available anytime for the use and livelihood of the Marawi IDPs. Aside from the turned-over equipment, DOST-ITDI also trained the Maranaos on Personal and Home Care products wherein the participants were able to produce Dishwashing Liquid, Hand Wash, and different kinds of soap. The conduct of the activity was in collaboration with DOST, DOST-ITDI, Task Force Bangon Marawi, NDRRMC, The Ethne Essence Project, LGU-Marawi, and the Province of Lanao del Sur. Together, they expected an impact of improved living quality of Maranaos through sustainable livelihood programs using their natural resources. Marawi IDPs were trained on how to extract Citronella Oil using the Essential Oil Extractor. Marawi IDPs were taught how to use the Charcoal Briquetting Equipment. About DOST-X The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.


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