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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LGU Marawi launches drive on efficient solid waste management

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 23 (PIA) --- The city government of Marawi has launched a program to create massive awareness on the importance of proper solid waste management.

The city’s Integrated Solid Waste Management program, which aims to instill among stakeholders the practice of waste reduction, seeks to mobilize every sector of the society to guarantee effective implementation of the program.

The program was launched at the city hall grounds on April 15, coinciding with the city’s 34th anniversary celebration when it was renamed as Islamic City of Marawi.

“Every year, we celebrate April 15 with parade, Qur’an reading contest, Kalilang and sports festivities but this year’s celebration would foster Islam and environment as an obligation of every Muslim,” said city mayor Fahad Salic.

The launching was highlighted by the signing of an Executive Order (EO) to institutionalize the structure on how the city government can push forward the program.

The EO organized the Ecological Solid Waste Management Board (ESWMB) and Technical Working Group to formulate the city’s solid waste management plan including the establishment of a materials recovery facility (MRF), sourcing and allocation of funds, formulation of solid waste management activities, and coming-up of a beautification program for the city.

Different Special Task Forces were further created to attain a maximum participation for the implementation of the integrated solid waste management program.

The city administrator, treasurer and assessor were also directed to conduct consultation with different establishments and require them, as part of the requirements for issuance of business permits, to form an association, according to the nature of their businesses, and support the plans formulated by the ESWMB.

The launching ceremony also featured awarding of certificates of appreciation to community health teams in 29 barangays of the city.

Meanwhile, the city government announced its plan to provide incentives to barangays who can effectively implement a solid waste management plan. The award for the outstanding barangay will be given during the city’s founding anniversary come August, this year.

Monday, April 21, 2014

TESDA Lanao del Sur backs ABOT-ALAM project for OSY

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 21 (PIA) --- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Office has expressed support to the ABOT-ALAM project, a strategy that envisions zero out-of-school youth (OSY) in the province.   

TESDA Provincial Director Tarhata Mapandi voiced the support of the agency to the provincial government for the implementation of the project during its launching at the provincial capitol grounds Tuesday, April 15.   

ABOT-ALAM is a nationwide campaign with the primary goal of targeting all OSY in the country and reintegrating them into the communities to achieve zero OSY by 2016. 

Mapandi said TESDA has been very active in helping OSYs in the province.  

"We provide them free skills training and scholarships to encourage them to participate in nation building," she said.   

Mapandi further said that TESDA is currently implementing a skills training program with Synergia Foundation for 1,000 OSYs in the province.

ABOT-ALAM launched in Lanao del Sur

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 21 (PIA) --- A strategy to ensure that every out-of-school youth (OSYs) in the country will be given opportunities to become productive was launched here on Tuesday, April 15.  

Dubbed ABOT-ALAM project, this nationwide campaign targets all OSY and reintegrating them to the communities to achieve a zero percent OSY by 2016.  

Undersecretary Leon Flores III, chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC), said ABOT-ALAM is a convergence strategy of various government agencies led by the Department of Education (DepEd), as well as the private sector so that no youth will be left behind.  

"The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro has recently been signed and the economy continues to grow creating more job opportunities. Thus, we need to reach out to the youth sector, show them that the government cares for them and convince them to go back to school for their future," he stressed during the launching of the project at the provincial capitol grounds.  

Flores said ABOT-ALAM project has two phases, registration and reintegration.  

"The first phase of the project involves building a database of all OSY. Once we have a listing, our next step is to look for ways to give them opportunities to go back to school, be employed or become entrepreneurs," he added.  

Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. was grateful Lanao del Sur was first province in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to launch the ABOT-ALAM project.  

While he commended NYC and the other agencies involved in the implementation of the project, he urged them and every stakeholder to work together as one team to champion the cause of the youth sector in the province.  

"Let us help the youth become mature and responsible citizens and equip them with knowledge and skills to succeed and have a bright future," the governor said.  

The launching ceremony was also graced by officials of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Department of Social Welfare and Development provincial offices, as well as youth organizations who signified full support to the project. (APB/PIA-10)

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)