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BARMM in full swing for the safe opening of classes

August 15, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 13 – The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) is in full swing for the re-opening of classes in the region on August 24. “Tulad ni Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, batid ko ang inyong pangamba sa kaligtasan ng inyong mga anak sa panahong ito ng pandemya. Kaya’t ang Pamahalaang Bangsamoro at ang Ministro ng Edukasyon ay puspusan ang paghahanda upang siguraduhing ligtas ang pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24,” said MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal. [Just like Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, I know you are concerned with your children’s safety during this pandemic. That’s why the Bangsamoro Government and the Education Ministry are in full swing to ensure a safe reopening of classes on August 24.] Iqbal said amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry will not implement face-to-face classes unless the Inter-Agency on Task Force (IATF) on COVID– 19 provides permission and health guidelines to do so. “Kung kaya ang home-based learning ay pinaghahandaan ng mga guro at gumagawa na sila ng mga Teachers Reference Guide, learner’s activity sheets at Assessment Checklist,” Iqbal said. [That’s why our teachers are preparing for home-based learning and are producing Teachers Reference Guide, learner’s activity sheets at Assessment Checklist.] “Sa mga susunod na araw, asahan niyong ipapaliwanag ng ministro ang pamamaraan ng “home-based learning,” gayundin ang magiging tungkulin ng mga magulang, guro, opisyal ng paaralan at buong komunidad. May plano rin po ang Ministro na mag-abot ng Mental Health and Psychosocial Support sa mga nangangailangan,” he added. [In the following days, expect that the ministry will explain the home-based learning approach, as well as the roles of the parents, teachers, school officials, and the entire community. We are also planning to extend Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to those in need.] Iqbal also said the MBHTE will be working closely with various organizations as the society grapples to the new normal set-up in the field of education. “The ministry will collaborate with our local government and communities to ensure that the schools will comply with the rules set by the Bangsamoro Government IATF. We will also partner with Pathways to Peace, Save the Children, the Asia Foundation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and others,” he said. Iqbal also urged the parents and guardians to enroll their children in the closest public-school in their community. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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Polio immunization reaches 95% of target children in BARMM

August 15, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 13 - With the help of key stakeholders, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has vaccinated a total of 803,516 children against poliovirus, reaching its 95 percent target all over the region. The two-week polio immunization campaign dubbed ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio’ (SPKP) is the Department of Health’s (DOH) program to end polio in the country by immunizing children under five years old, and children under 10 years old in some areas in Mindanao. In BARMM, the SPKP ran from July 20 to August 9 in the region’s five provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan said the immunization is a commitment to protect the children in the region from other diseases, such as the poliovirus while facing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Health (MOH) assured that community-based public health practitioners assigned for the polio-vaccination strictly observed health and safety measures during the entire conduct of the campaign in response to health crisis brought about by the COVID-19. According to the guidelines set by MOH- BARMM, apart from the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided for the health workers (vaccinators), there is also a ‘No Touch Approach’ wherein only the parent or caretaker can hold the child’s face/mouth and finger. MOH-BARMM also conducted a seven-day Rapid Coverage Assessment (RCA) in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur on July 27 until August 5. The RCA is MOH-BARMM’s evaluation procedure to find unvaccinated children below five years old and immunize them against polio. RCA was also aimed at identifying possible causes and challenges faced by health workers in the immunization process and to plan and execute actions to correct them. The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have supported the MOH-BARMM in its campaign through the procurement of supplies and technical support. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious disease that affects the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and paralysis and can eventually lead to death. It is caused by the poliovirus that spreads from person to person. Though incurable, polio can be prevented through vaccination. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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NHA gears up soil erosion mitigation project

August 11, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) has intensified its efforts to construct a gabion and grouted riprap in Barangay Mipantao Gadongan of this city as a mitigation measure for soil erosion. Mipantao Gadongan is the second site where 1,000 permanent shelters will be constructed by NHA and 50 housing units from its partner United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).  NHA - Marawi Project Management Office Engr. Clemente Dayot said the said mitigation is needed since there are already structures constructed in the area. “That is a mitigating measure para sa side sa contractor kasi  kailangan imitigate ang [for the side of the contractor since it is needed to mitigate the] soil erosion kasi may structures na tayo sa taas [because we already have structures there] like road and drainage,” said Dayot. Dayot also shared that the gabion measures approximately 300 meters and has a grouted riprap which is a  rock slope-protection for the embankment. “Pag-uulan masaturate ang lupa ng tubig kaya kailangan na imitigate  natin yan. Gabion ang foundation niyan, pataas grouted riprap na,” he added. [When it rains, the land gets saturated by water thus there is a need to mitigate it. Gabion will be constructed as its foundation, and grouted riprap as its slope.]  Dayot also called for the understanding and cooperation of the internally displaced persons as they continue to pursue the implementation of their projects. “Panawagan namin sa IDPs na be patient. Magka-isa tayo kasi yung trabaho namin sa NHA, hindi basta-basta kasi everyday may mga hamon at problema na dumadating. Sana magpatuloy itong proyekto dahil para naman ito sa social development ninyo,” he said.  [We encourage the IDPs to be patient. We should unite because we also face challenges as we work as NHA. We hope this project will continue because this is also for your social development.] Being a member-agency of Task Force Bangon Marawi’s Subcommittee on Housing, NHA is committed to promote sustainable development as its tasks include house construction, land acquisition, and land development.  NHA has acquired 39 hectares of land for the construction of permanent shelters in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao Gadongan. These housing units will be turned-over to IDPs who will be resettled from the 3-meter and 20-meter easements of Lake Lanao and Agus River of the most affected area of the city. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

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Lanao del Sur prov'l gov't distributes cash aid to PUJ drivers

August 11, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug.9 (PIA) - The provincial government of Lanao del Sur through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) released cash aid to 991 public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers here. The distribution of P1,100 cash assistance was held August 6-7, 2020 at the Tennis Court of the New Capitol Complex, this city. Mariam Balindong, head of the PSWDO,  said the program aims to help PUJ drivers whose livelihood was greatly affected due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Accordingly, the PSWDO has coordinated with the city government of Marawi for the list of registered PUJ drivers plying the routes within the 39 municipalities of the province and to the neighboring cities of Cotabato, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. "Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa aming mga drayber dahil nakahinto kami sa pamamasada kaya naapektuhan ang kabuhayan namin. Nagpapasalamat kami sa Provincial Government at sa PSWDO," said Mansawi Moti from the municipality of Saguiaran. Ainah Mangotara whose husband was among the driver-recipient in Marawi also expressed gratitude to the provincial government for the cash aid. "Nagpapasalamat kami dahil kasama kami sa nakatanggap at dahil makakatulong ito sa pang araw-araw na gastusin namin,"  she said. (APB/PIA ICIC with reports from PIO-LDS)

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Marawi IDPs receive hygiene kits from private orgs

August 7, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) -- In its continuing efforts to help curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNCHR) distributed hygiene kits to internally displaced persons living in various transitory shelters in this city. ACTED and UNHCR partnered with the Task Force Bangon Marawi and 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army to distribute the kits containing a pail, water dipper, malong, underwears, sanitary napkins, bath soaps, laundry soap, shampoo, toothbrushes,  slippers, alcohol and hand sanitizer. ACTED Project Manager Luz Padriquez said they target four transitory shelter sites for this COVID-19 Response Project. “For the IDP beneficiaries, sa kinakaharap natin ngayon, huwag tayong mawalan ng pag-asa[let us not lose hope]. Let’s keep our health high.  Magtiwala tayo sa ating May Kapal at malalagpasan din natin itong lahat [Let us trust our God that we will overcome all of this],” said Padriquez. Noraisah Dumaronsing and Suhaima Didato, both IDPs in Area 6 of Biyaya ng Pagbabago, Sagonsongan Transitory Shelter Site expressed gratitude for the assistance provided to them. “Maraming salamat sa binigay na tulong kasi ito ay importante sa amin. Para sa IDPs, kailangan maghugas ng kamay parati at magsuot ng face mask,” said Dumaronsing. [Thank you very much for this assistance because it is important for us. For IDPs, we need to wash our hands and to always wear face mask.] Didato also reminded her fellow IDP to observe social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Kailangan nating mag-ingat dahil sa pandemic. Kailangan natin magkaroon ng social distancing,” she said. [We need to protect ourselves because of this pandemic. We also need to observe social distancing.] ACTED is also set to distribute the kits in Boganga Transitory Shelter Site, Rorogagus Transitory Shelter Site and Areas 2 and 5 of Sagonsongan Transitory Shelter Site.  Under its Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Response, ACTED also spearheaded the rehabilitation of water system in Bakwit Village Phase 1 in Matungao, Lanao del Norte. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

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MalacaƱang: Marawi rehab efforts never ceased

August 1, 2020

MARAWI CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque emphasized in a virtual press briefing on Thursday that the rehabilitation works in Marawi City did not cease despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  Roque asserted this statement after some lawmakers and civic groups criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not mentioning updates on the developments of the war-torn city in his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA). He said that even if the president did not mention it in the SONA, the restoration of the city remains one of his priorities. “Hindi po tumigil ang gobyerno para mapabangon muli ang Marawi dahil nga po doon sa nangyari ilang taon na ang nakakalipas,” said Roque. [The government did not stop its rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City after what happened few years back.] “Tuloy-tuloy po ang rebuilding of Marawi kaya nga po siguro hindi na sinama sa talumpati ng Presidente dahil nagsimula naman po iyan at ongoing po iyan,” he added. [Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City are continuous  which is the reason perhaps on why he did not mention it in his speech.] The spokesperson also affirms his commitment to continue holding press conferences in Marawi in the future. “Sa mga susunod na press briefing, babalik po siguro tayo gaya ng ginagawa natin dati diyan mismo sa Marawi nang makita po ng buong bayan kung nasaan na po ang efforts to rebuild Marawi,” he said. [For the next press briefings, we might be back there just like what we did before in Marawi so that the whole country will know the progress of rebuilding efforts of Marawi.] Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario also expressed his commitment that the massive rehabilitation of the city will be completed within the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  “As committed, the rehabilitation of government infrastructures in Marawi City will be completed within the term of our President. That is his order and that will be done,” said Del Rosario. The construction of infrastructures in the most affected area of the city are now on full-swing. These include Marawi Maritime Outpost implemented by Armed Forces of the Philippines; Grand Padian Central Market, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Marawi Museum, and five barangay halls with health center and madrasah which is spearheaded by the city government of Marawi.     Outside MAA, the construction of the new Marawi City jail is now on its 30% completion which is implemented Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.   These projects are funded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management – Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program (NDRRM-MRRP).  Funded under the P970 Million grant from Government of Japan thru Japan International Cooperation Agency,  the Department of Public Works and Highways has also continued rehabilitation of 18.97-kilometer Marawi Transcentral Road in Lanao Del Sur. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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