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Thursday, August 27, 2015

RBMO-ARMM celebrates 20th anniversary, awards top performing agencies

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, August 27 (PIA) --- The Regional Budget and Management Office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBMO-ARMM) has awarded top performing locally-funded agencies in the region on Monday, August 25, in line with the celebration of its 20th founding anniversary.
The awarding aims to recognize the efforts of the agencies in their proactive response to the call of the regional government for transparency and accountability.
Four major awards were given, namely: top compliant agency, most cooperative agency, top performing agency head, and top performing agency.

The Regional Economic Zone Authority (REZA-ARMM) bagged the top compliant and most cooperative agency while the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO-ARMM) was recognized as the top performing agency. Engr. Baintan Ampatuan, RPDO executive director, was named as top performing agency head.

Mailyn Macusang, RBMO-ARMM executive director, said that more than the recognition of the efforts of the bureaus, offices and line agencies in complying with the policy of the regional government, the awarding is a manifestation that funds in the ARMM, especially those from locally-funded agencies, are properly distributed.

“Gusto naming siguruhin na ang mga pondo na dapat sa ating mga mamamayan ay naibibigay sa kanila at ang mga target nating programa ay nagagawa rin natin. (We want to ensure that the funds of the ARMM are delivered to its constituents and that the target programs are implemented),” said Macusang.

“Ganun sila ka-revelant (the locally-funded agencies) para maibigay ang mga kinakailagan ng mga nasa ibaba (The locally-funded agencies are relevant to cater the needs of the people),” she added.

Lawyer Honey Mae Mori-Subiera of the region’s Office of the Solicitor General, speaking on behalf of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, said that the RBMO has truly been instrumental in carrying out the reform agenda of the leadership of the ARMM as it fulfils its duty, which is to make sure that the line agencies and the Office of the Regional Governor spend their budget wisely and implement their programs properly.

The RBMO-ARMM is the agency responsible for assisting the ORG and the regional line agencies and offices in the management of financial resources and to ensure that government operations are conducted efficiently, economically and effectively. (BPI/APB/PIA-10)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Provl govt, MLGUs ink pact for new infra projects in Lanao Sur

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 24 (PIA) --- The provincial government of Lanao del Sur and the 39 municipal local government units (MLGUs) in the province inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the implementation of P2-million worth of infrastructure projects in each of the municipality.

The MoA was signed on August 23 by Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong, Jr. and 11 municipal mayors at the Provincial Capitol Conference Room, this city.

According to Adiong, the project was given based on the needs of the receiving municipality. The project cost will come from the internal revenue allotment of the province, specifically in the 20 percent development fund.

“We received these in infra project requests from June to this month and they range from a municipal complex road network, expansion of a rural health unit, municipal parameter fencing, road repairs and rehabilitation, farm to market roads, barangay roads, multi-purpose and open gymnasiums, box culvert with access road, municipal guest houses, municipal hall buildings, multi-purpose covered courts, and a public badminton building,” Adiong said.

Mayors who were not able to attend the ceremony can still go to the Trust Fund Unit inside the Executive Building of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol Complex to comply with all the necessary requirements so that the checks can be released to their municipal treasurers.

Engr. Dimasira Macabando, Jr., head of the Trust Fund Unit, said the provincial government will monitor the implementation of the projects.

“Each project has a 40-day maximum completion date upon the submission of all the requirements by each MLGU and the release of the funds to them,” Macabando clarified.

He also said the provincial government will still continue the project once the receiving municipality fails to finish it and submits all the required liquidation documents bearing the expenses incurred.

Adiong said he has complete faith that the municipal mayors will abide with what they have agreed into.

I m looking forward to see all these projects fully implemented within the year so that municipal constituents can immediately benefit from the project as the requests really came from them via their leaders, he added. (PIA Lanao del Sur / APB/PIA-10)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ARMM registers P3.7 billion in new investment from banana firm

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 20 (PIA) --- The Regional Board of Investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) has recently approved the registration of a Cavendish banana plantation project of Al-Sahar Agri Ventures Inc., in Maguindanao.

Lawyer Ishak Mastura, chairman and managing head of RBOI-ARMM, said Al Sahar’s banana plantation, amounting to P3.7 billion, is so far the biggest private investment in the region’s history. The project has a total land area of 2,600 hectares in the municipalities of Talayan, Buldon, Barira, and Mangudadatu.

Al Sahar is an affiliate of the Unifrutti Group that manages other companies in ARMM such as La Frutera Inc., Wao Development Corp. and Mount Kalatungan Agri Ventures Inc. The new plantation in Maguindanao is expected to create up to 3,900 jobs for local residents.

“Our company is here in ARMM to help uplift the lives of the people and help propel economic development in the region,” said Ed Bullecer, director of Al-Sahar. ARMM has been the location for several successful ventures of Unifrutti.

“We consider the ARMM as the best agri-related investment destination in the country due to its fertile and vast lands, low cost of doing business and strong support from local leaders despite security issues,” he said.

Before Al Sahar’s registration, investments in the region have been tracked at P1.8 billion. This year’s investment figure is expected to increase further in the coming months since more private ventures are in the pipeline, officials said.

Current projects in the ARMM are an oil palm plantation worth P1.3 billion, a napier grass biomass fuel production project, which is estimated to cost P400 million, and the modernization and expansion of a cassava starch factory worth about P200 million.

“RBOI has been assisting investors in their plans of investing in the region. We give advice on business opportunities and provide information on the business (environment) in ARMM,” said Atty. Mastura.

Project approval entails fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, he added, noting further that investors are being guided and assisted during the pre-application stage and even after they register.

As a result of the agency’s pro-active stance in dealing with investors, timely information dissemination, and effective business advocacy, RBOI was recently awarded this year by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as among its Outstanding Partners for Regional Economic Development.  (BPI/APB/PIA-10)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

IPHO-Lanao launches school-based immunization program

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, August 19 (PIA) – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) launched on August 17, the free immunization for school children at Malabang National High School in Malabang town, this province.

The school-based immunization dubbed “Bakuna para sa Kabataan, Proteksyon sa Kinabukasan,” aims to give school children additional protection from measles, tetanus and cervical cancer.
Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of the IPHO Lanao, said the free immunization is a nationwide program to prevent morbidity and mortality of school children due to vaccine-preventable diseases.

We are targeting three groups for the program. The Grades 1 and 7 pupils will be given measles-rubella and tetanus diphtheria vaccines, while 9-year old females will be provided human papilloma vaccine, he said.

According to him, the vaccines for the program are safe to use, effective and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The school children might experience fever, rashes and swelling or redness. But these are normal and temporary side effects of the vaccines, Minalang stressed.

He also reiterated that only children with consent from parents or guardians are allowed to undergo immunization. (APB/PIA-10)

DA awards P1.5 million research grant to ARMM

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 19 (PIA) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) received P1.5 million in research grant from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) central office during the three-day product exhibition held at SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong City on August 7-9, 2015.

The ARMM’s Agriculture and Fisheries department (DAF-ARMM) booth was recognized as the best by the DA’s Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).

The booth showcased distinct agricultural products that included water hyacinth organic fertilizer, marang jam, marang ice cream, adlay coffee ice cream, organic rice, adlay-based delicacies processed in Maguindanao, and local delicacies such as dudol, tinagtag, panganan sising and putri mandi.

DA’s Region  IV-B, or Mimaropa, was awarded second place and received P1 million worth of research grant while DA Region IV-A, or Calabarzon, received P500,000 also in research grant.

With the theme “Teknolohiya ng Pansakahan at Pangisdaan: Tulay sa Mas Maunlad na Pilipinas Patungo sa Pandaigdigdigang Kakayanan,” the activity was held in line with the 11th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition and as part of the 28th anniversary celebration of the agricultural research bureau.

This year's anniversary celebration focused on the global competence of Philippine products and technologies generated from research and development (R&D).

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, former secretary William Dar, and BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazer graced the opening and viewing of the product exhibition.

To highlight breakthroughs and provide new perspectives on technology commercialization, the forum-exhibit showcased agricultural R&D of more than 90 exhibitors from the DA’s bureaus and attached agencies and regional field offices, as well as R&D partners such as state universities and colleges, international organizations, and the private sector.

Tong Abas, manager of the DAF-ARMM Integrated Agricultural Research Center, said his office will pursue development of the Marang-flavored ice cream and Marang jam. “Marang is abundant in ARMM and if the product will be highly favored by the public, then this will help boost the economy in the region,” Abas added.

DAF-ARMM Secretary Makmod Mending Jr. affirmed that the regional government will support the newly introduced ice cream flavors. The DA central office, however, advised ARMM exhibitors to submit business plans for their products.

The event also opened opportunities for agri-preneurs and entrepreneurs to capitalize on various R&D technologies that were already developed and generated and for the farmers and fisherfolk to showcase their own products as well as for the private sector to adopt these technologies on a commercial scale.

Among the highlights of the event was the launching of the 2015 BAR Primer, an audio-visual presentation that narrates the bureau’s vision, mission and mandate as the country’s national coordinating agency for agriculture and fisheries R&D.

In line with the event, BAR also staged “It’s Soy Time”, a soybean cooking contest with 27 partner-exhibitors from state universities and colleges as participants. The activity highlights the culinary competencies of the participants while further promoting the utilization and consumption of soybean through food creation. (BPI/APB/PIA-10)