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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Women in ARMM are more empowered – PSA

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 25 (PIA) --- Women in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are more empowered compared to those in other regions in Mindanao, an official from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Wednesday.

Suod Barodi, PSA-ARMM interim regional director, said results of the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted by PSA in 2013 show that women in the region have better participation in family decision-making, control over their earnings and rarely experience acts considered to be violence against women (VAW).
PSA says the 2013 NDHS “provides up-to-date information on the population and health situation in the Philippines.”

The NDHS show that 44 percent of working women in the ARMM have control over their earnings and have greater participation in decision-making on family matters such as health care and other major household concerns.

Only 2.7 percent of women in the region experienced VAW, which includes sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

In terms of help seeking behavior, 26.3 percent of them sought help to stop violence, a likely indicator of the women’s awareness on VAW and of government advocacies addressing it.

Further, the average percentage of pregnant women who experienced VAW is lower in the ARMM - 1.4 percent - compared to the national average of 4.2 percent. 

VAW cases in other regions in Mindanao are comparatively higher. Zamboanga peninsula registered 3.9 percent, CARAGA 9.3 percent, Northern Mindanao 9.6 percent, Davao region 9.8 percent and SOCSARGEN 11.4 percent.

“The NDH survey is reflective of the advancement on gender and development (GAD) code fostered with the Bangsamoro culture on its high regard for women,” Barodi said.

ARMM is also considered to be the safest place for women based on data released by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in August this year. Only 82 of the 23,622 crimes against women committed during the first semester of 2014 happened in the region.

The ARMM was created in 1989 and is composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

Friday, October 24, 2014

ARMM reaffirms support to Bangsamoro Basic Law

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 24 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) reaffirmed its support to the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), otherwise known as House Bill No. 4994, in a public hearing conducted Thursday, October 23, by the House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL in Cotabato City.

Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the BBL will help lay down the foundation for lasting peace and development in Mindanao.

“The BBL is the highest expression of the Bangsamoro people’s right to self-determination, and we in the ARMM trusts its provisions will be implementable, feasible, and is directed for the good of the people,” she said.

The public hearing drew participants from local government units, people’s organizations, the academe and other stakeholders.

Representative Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the ad hoc committee, said the series of public hearings and consultations being undertaken separately by their committee and the Senate Committee on Local Government in different parts of Mindanao are meant to provide different stakeholders a venue to express their opinion and to be clarified on issues surrounding the proposed BBL.

The BBL will give way to the establishment of a new autonomous political entity, the Bangsamoro government, to replace the ARMM.

Alamia underscored the importance of placing the right people to complement the new structure, saying the new system would only be as good as the people running it.

“We are anticipating a better system with competent and committed people to administer the new entity,” she said.

Alamia said they support the passage of the law and have been hard at work to ensure a smooth transition to the political entity that will follow ARMM.

She said the leaders who will come after them will benefit from the gains of the reforms that have been undertaken by the working government of ARMM.

Other members of the ad hoc committee present were Representative Bai Sandra Sema of the 1st District of Maguindanao and Cotabato City, Representative Tupay Loong of Sulu and Rep. Jim Hataman-Salliman of Basilan. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

ARMM joins 22nd National Children’s Month celebration

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 24 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) joins the nation in celebrating the 22nd National Children’s Month this October, cognizant of the importance of children’s role in the family, community, and the society as they, too, in their tender age and early capacities partake of the tasks in nation building.

“I do hope that this year’s celebration could open our minds for the urgent need to make our children live to its essence and meaning as an important foundation of the Bangsamoro society,” said Bai Rahima Datumanong-Alba, assistant secretary for operations of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – ARMM.

This year’s theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga” highlights children’s participation in decision-making so they can develop and enhance their potentials that could lend to their upbringing as future good leaders and the advancement of their physical, mental, and social well-being.

Children’s participation in decision-making within the family is one of the rights of children stated in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

“Indeed, the children are one source of the ARMM’s strength, stability, and strength,” Alba said.

Meanwhile, DSWD-ARMM is conducting series of activities and programs for the promotion of the rights and welfare of children in the region during the month-long celebration.

The events substantiate and give meaning to the provision of Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declaring the month of October as national celebration month for children so they can be further acquainted with their vital roles in nation building through activities and exposures that meaningfully impart to them the values integral to the process of maturity. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NNC-ARMM to address iodine deficiency disorder

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 22 (PIA) --- The Department of Health’s Regional Nutrition Committee (DOH-RNC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will soon launch the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) to implement and monitor the National Salt Iodization Program of the national government.

RBATF coordinator Celia Sagaral said a regional core team will be created to effect the implementation of the program following positive response and support to the health program from partner agencies in a provincial form held recently in Zamboanga City, participated-in by RNC focal persons from the island-provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi.

“There is a need to strengthen the awareness campaign on the prevention of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) through use and consumption of iodized salt instead of our coarse salts,” Sagaral said.

Iodine, a mineral that is an essential component of thyroid hormones is vital in the development of the brain and central nervous system.

Iodine deficiency results to hypothyroidism or the common enlargement of the thyroid known as goiter.

In the 2008 National Nutrition Survey by the Foods and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), 19.7 percent of Filipino children fall low on Urinary Iodine Excretion (UIE) level which is indicative of a public health problem.

Ironically, ARMM ranks fifth in IDD despite abundance in aquamarine resources such as seaweeds and other sea foods.

“The RBATF as supported by Republic Act 8172 known as the Asin Law will reinforce the campaign for consumers to utilize iodize salt while encouraging local producers to include iodine in their produce,” said Sagaral.

Engaging government line agencies such as the Departments of Trade and Industry, Science and Technology, Interior and Local Government, Social Welfare and Development, Education, and Philippine Ports Authority will enable RBATF to monitor and regulate the local supplies.

Joining DOH-RNC in promoting iodized salt, are the health advocates from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who will provide inputs as to the qualitative advantage of iodine-based products.

A joint RBATF assembly is expected to formally launch and establish a fully operational task force to be spearheaded by the regional government and the regional nutrition council of DOH-ARMM.(Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

DPWH-ARMM cites reforms, budget support in infra gains

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 22 (PIA) --- Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) underscored the gains in infrastructure development following instituted reforms in the agency as it marked its 24th anniversary last October 20 in rites held at its ground in the Office of the Regional Governor complex in Cotabato City.

ARMM Public Works Secretary Emil Sadain also said the momentum in program implementation got a boost following budgetary support for the regional government in fiscal year 2013 by 50 percent.

In 2014, he said the department has further sustained the reforms and infrastructures, attributing this to the increased budget at P5-B compared to the 2013’s P1.5-B.

For 2015, the ARMM’s coffer will further get a boost when its proposed budget of P10.1-B was approved by Congress incorporated in the National Appropriations Act.

The DPWH-national also poured in P2.9-B in the ARMM for national road projects in addition to the 2014 ARMM budget.

Other than budget support, Sadain said the instituted reforms in the department contributed to the high performance in program implementation, cleansing the department bureaucracy from irregularities, hence, emerging as the highest performing agency in the autonomous region.

Because of the feat, regional governor Mujiv Hataman lauded the DPWH-ARMM leadership for upholding the paradigm of reforms in the autonomous region.

“The department surpassed our expectations and had accelerated reforms and development in the ARMM,” Hataman said. “This has been the only agency that hasn’t caused me the headache.”

Hataman then urged the public works personnel to uphold the integrity in public service and continue to support the reforms while advocating support for the Bangsamoro transition.

“Salamat DPWH, patunay kayo ng reporma, simbolo kayo ng reporma, congratulations sa ating lahat (Thank you to the DPWH for being true and being a symbol in the reform, congratulations to all of us),” said Hataman.

The department celebration capped with inter-district sports competition, talent search, and solidarity gathering.

As anniversary bonus, each permanent employee will receive P15,000 while it will be P7,000 for job order and casual employees.(Bureau of Public Information/PIA-10)