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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

44 scholars complete TESDA training under Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 16 (PIA) --- A total of 44 scholars in the province have completed skills training offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) under the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program.

Datu Omar Shariff Jaafar, executive director of TESDA in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said the 44 graduates undertook programs in baking and pastry, dressmaking, electrical installation and maintenance, computer hardware servicing and automotive servicing.

“The graduates will also be given toolkits that will pave the way for them to become gainfully employed or self-employed, if they choose to do so,” he said.

The 44 graduates received their certificates of completion in a graduation ceremony held Monday, April 14, at TESDA training center, this city.

Bangsamoro Development Authority (BDA) Ranao Regional Coordinator Aleem Khair Hanafi, TESDA Deputy Director General Irene Isaac, TESDA-ARMM Executive Director Jaafar, and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Director Arvin Chua attended the graduation rites.

Aleem Hanafi said the graduation ceremony is a realization of the program that signifies the desire of President Benigno Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to immediately deliver quick-impact projects to conflict-affected communities to reinforce confidence in the GPH-MILF peace process.

Sajahatra Bangsamoro which means “Peace Bangsamoro” is a development program intended to uplift the health, education and livelihood conditions of priorirty Bangsamoro communities and targeted individual beneficiaries through quick-gestation, high-impact and social protection-type programs and services.

It is jointly implemented by the government and the MILF through the Task Force on Bangsamoro Development and Task Force Sajahatra, respectively.

For her part, TESDA Deputy Director Isaac congratulated the graduates and stressed that peace is not only laying down of arms and stopping the armed struggles but also in terms of economic activities. “And so, we offered the training program to provide Bangsamoro communities livelihood opportunities,” she added.

OPAPP Director Chua also extended his greetings to the graduates for completing the training program.

He reiterated that Sajahatra Bangsamoro program is a clear manifestation of the sincerity of the government and the MILF to fulfil the promise of peace and prosperity in the Bangsamoro communities.

Aside from TESDA, Chua said they also partnered with other government agencies to deliver the promise of peace and development in the Bangsamoro.

The agencies involved in the implementation of the Sajahatra program are Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ARMM sends aid to residents displaced by conflict in Basilan

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 14 (PIA) --- The Humanitarian Emergency and Action Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is set to dispatch a 10-man team for a relief mission in Tipo-tipo, Basilan following recent skirmishes between government forces and members of the rebel Abu Sayyaf group.

“We’re sending off 400 food packs in aid for 264 families as validated by our volunteers from the area,” said Ramil Masukat, head of the regional disaster risk reduction management office.

The two-day relief mission will  provide immediate assistance over a number of house-based evacuees affected with the recent constraints.

The team, consisting of personnel from the social welfare, health, local governance, education, science department  and the ARMM-HEART operation center is anticipated to hand out food aid, Tuesday, April 15.

Food packs consisting of basic commodities such as five kilos of rice, canned goods, and other food stuff is expected to supplement family provisions while volatile situation is still closely monitored in the area.

“We are to ensure food and health situation of the evacuees will be given preferential attention, with the mandate of the ARMM-HEART, we see to it that we are always prepared to respond to situations such as this,” Masukat said. (Bureau of Public Information - ARMM/PIA-10)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DepEd moves to ensure quality education in ARMM

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 12 (PIA) --- The education department in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) is banking on a fresh approach to appraise teaching proficiency and boost quality education in the region.

Called Teachers Assessment and Competency Exam (TACE), this method requires teaching applicants to undergo competency examinations, panel interviews and teaching demonstrations. 

The applicants will be ranked based on their TACE results aside from passing the teachers licensure examination.

Dr. John Magno, DepEd-ARMM assistant secretary for operations, said this mechanism would ascertain that quality teachers will be hired for a regionally competitive ARMM.

“We would like to be at par with other region, we are in the right track and we would like to ensure quality education and we are starting with the proficiency of our educators in ARMM," he said.

DepEd-ARMM has already conducted series of competency exams to almost 500 teacher applicants from the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, and Tawi-Tawi.

“We are yet to finalize the schedule for Sulu which will definitely be conducted in Zamboanga City this May," said Mubarak Pandi, DepEd regional information officer.

He said TACE will serve as an equal opportunity for all applicants to cut away the ill practice of ‘palakasan’. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DepEd-ARMM’s universal prayer composition contest on

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 9 (PIA) --- The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) is calling all teachers and students in the region to send entries for the department’s Universal Prayer Composition Contest.

Entries must not exceed 100 words, in English or Filipino, and must contain invocation for guidance and increase in knowledge as well as invocation for teachers, leaders and the community.

Interested participants may submit their entries to DepEd-ARMM, ORG Compound in Cotabato City on or before May 19, 2014.

Entries may also be sent online through or

The composer of the winning entry will receive a plaque of recognition and cash prize of P10,000.

The winning entry will be translated to five vernaculars and will be adopted as the universal prayer for all schools in ARMM. It will be recited during flag ceremonies and before the conduct of classes beginning school year 2014-2015.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thousand stakeholders express support to Bangsamoro peace agreement

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, March 28 (PIA) --- Thousands of Bangsamoro supporters including members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the two Lanao provinces converged Thursday, March 27, at Plaza Cabili in Banggolo, this city.  

Carrying colorful placards and streamers with phrases like "Allah is Great!", "Long live Bangsamoro!", and "We support the peace agreement", they expressed their all-out support to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement in the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the MILF in a thanksgiving prayer rally.   

Acmad Lao of the MILF Ranao Region Information Committee said they are thankful that the government and the MILF finally reached the signing of the CAB   

He also expressed optimism that peace and development will now take place in Mindanao with the signing of the peace agreement.   

Representatives from people's organizations; civil society organizations; media, youth and women sector, including religious leaders in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur were among those who participated in the rally.  

Traditional leaders and members of the 28 Ranao Royal Sultanate Legislative Assembly were also present.  

Marawi Sultan Abdul Hamidullah Atar said they are pleased and thankful of the outcomes of the peace negotiation through the signing of the CAB. 

 He also appealed to lawmakers to support the crafting of the basic law based on the signed peace agreement in the name of peace, justice and reconciliation. 

  Atar believes that genuine and lasting peace in the country will be achieved with the sincere support of all sectors of the society especially the Aquino administration. (APB/PIA-10)