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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lanao del Sur dad backs Bangsamoro Basic Law

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Jan. 29 (PIA) --- Provincial Governor Mamintal ‘Bombit’ Alonto Adiong Jr. reiterated his full support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

"Ang Lanao del Sur ay 100 percent na sumusuporta sa pagpasa ng Bangsamoro Basic Law,” he said during the Provincial Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) on the BBL held Wednesday, January 28, at the Provincial Capitol, this city.

He urged his constituents to remain calm and optimistic while maintaining their support for the BBL.

"Maging mahinahon po tayo at wag basta maniniwala sa mga hakahaka at hintayin natin ang imbestigasyon sa nangyari sa Maguindanao. Ayaw nating mangyari ito sa probinsya kaya ang Lanao del Sur ay sumusuporta na maisulong ang usapang pangkapayapaan,” (Let us be patient and wait for the results of investigation in Mindanao. Do not be misled by wrong information. We do not want this to happen here that is why Lanao del Sur is supportive to the peace process), he said.

He also requested Congress not to withdraw their support to the BBL citing the need for long lasting peace here in Mindanao.

The provincial IEC on the BBL was attended by local chief executives in the province.

Atty. Mohammad Al Julkipli, member of GPH-MILF Legal Team, discussed to to the attendees the salient features of the proposed BBL and some of the frequently asked questions on the proposed BBL.

He said the primary goal of the provincial IEC is to inform the people with the right and correct information on the proposed BBL.

He thus appealed to the attendees to let their constituents be aware and informed of the BBL to avoid misconceptions. “The decision is theirs, whether to vote yes or no, based on their judgment and the correct information they got,” he added.

He also clarified that the government is still committed to pursue the path of peace.

Hindi po totoo na ibinasura na ang BBL dahil sa nangyari sa Mamasapano, kundi pansamantala pong sinuspinde ito pending investigation, (It is not true that the BBL was dismissed because of what happened in Mamasapano. It was only temporarily suspended pending investigation of the incident), he said. (APB/JNY/PIA-10)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GSIS holds dialogue with stakeholders in Lanao provinces

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Jan. 28 (PIA) --- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is now more consultative, transparent and member-focused.

This was the message of GSIS President and General Manager (PGM) Robert G. Vergara during the GSIS Stakeholder’s Dialogue held Tuesday, January 27, at Plaza Alemania Hotel in Iligan City.

Vergara and other GSIS officials visited Lanao area to inform its members and pensioners on the initiatives they implemented to bring their services closer to the people.

In his report to the stakeholders, Vergara outlined the many accomplishments of the state pension fund such as the improvement in posting and collection efficiency rate and the reduction in volume of inaccurate statements of accounts, among others.

He also disclosed that more than 900 GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) Kiosks were deployed and installed in DepEd division offices of DepEd, provincial capitols, city halls and cluster of municipalities and even in some malls to better serve members and pensioners.

Mayor Nashiba G. Sumagayan of Taraka, this province, was among the participants of the stakeholder’s dialogue.

She raised if there's a possibility of condoning the arrears of members in Taraka municipality given that the previous administration left them no records to trace. She made it clear, however, that her current administration is remitting every month.

Other local government representatives also raised the same issue while some requested the state pension fund chief to help in making the retirement age earlier at 55 instead of 60.

But PGM Vergara clarified that they do not have the authority to condone arrears or change the retirement age. But they will raise the concerns to the GSIS Board of Trustees.

He also urged the active members, pensioners and stakeholders to participate in other GSIS dialogues and public sector meetings for awareness and updates.

Meanwhile, Lawyer Jason C. Teng, GSIS Acting Vice President for Mindanao Area, said that they are taking seriously all the concerns raised in every dialogue sessions that they conducted. "We took down notes on your concerns, suggestions, feedbacks and issues. We will study it and then find solutions", he said. (Johaniah N. Yusoph/APB/PIA-10)

ARMM to mark World Hijab Day with symbolic walk of women in hijab in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Jan. 27 (PIA) --- At least 1,000 women wearing hijab will walk the streets of Marawi City this Sunday, February 1, to mark the celebration of the 2015 World Hijab Day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). 

The event is being organized by ARMM’s Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) to amplify the message of religious tolerance and understanding.

Sittie Jehanne Mutin, RCBW regional chairperson, said they expect women from all sectors to join the celebration and help “draw attention to the need for women to participate in the political and economic development of Bangsamoro.”

She said participants will come from different parts of the region, regardless of religion and social standing.

Hijab refers to the veil and the dress that covers the entire body that most Muslim women wear.

Mutin said this year’s celebration will carry the theme Hijab WALK (Women’s Access to Livelihood ay Karapatan), which is aimed at emphasizing women’s important role in society and promoting their right to decent livelihood, development, justice and empowerment.

Last year, ARMM marked the World Hijab Day celebration with the participation of more than 500 women in hijab in a fun run. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hataman calls on stakeholders to guard gains in the peace process

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Jan. 27 (PIA) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has called on all stakeholders not to let Sunday’s violent incident in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao derail the ongoing peace process.

The incident, involving elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), claimed the lives of 49 police officers belonging to the elite Special Action Forces (SAF) and five MILF fighters.

Hataman called on both government and the MILF not to let the case affect the ongoing peace process.

He also cautioned that detractors might use the incident for their own agenda and try to sow discord and derail the peace process.

“As stakeholders, we must guard the gains in the ongoing peace process,” he said.

Hataman said even the MILF concurs that the operation launched by the SAF team was legitimate.

He and Secretary of Interior and Local Government Manuel Roxas called the incident a “misencounter.”

The misencounter, according to Roxas, happened when the SAF team maneuvered inadvertently to an area controlled by the MILF without advance coordination after deciding to withdraw their action to arrest Usman and Marwan.

He believes the incident is the “single largest loss of life in the security sector.”

At present, a Board of Inquiry (BOI) has been organized to investigate the incident. A debriefing was also conducted to the other operatives involved.

For its part, the ARMM government through its Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) is preparing to send in 600 packs of relief goods to assist around 563 families that have been displaced due to the conflict.

The affected families are residents of barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano. They immediately proceeded to the nearby evacuation center located at barangay Daladap Madrasah after the confrontation. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Healthy lifestyle is the best way to combat cancer

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in reducing one’s risk of developing cancer.

Bernadine Saber, cancer control program coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said in Ozor ka, Ranao! radio program that cancer can be prevented by avoiding the risk factors such smoking, alcohol drinking, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet.

Cancer is caused by abnormal cells that grow quickly and these factors greatly affect our cells growth, she said.

She also urged smokers to stop smoking and alcohol drinkers to limit the amount of alcohol they take.

She further reminded everyone to eat nutritious foods and maintain a balanced-diet.

Obesity and high intake of fatty foods increased the risk of developing cancer, she cautioned.

Saber also encouraged the public to regularly consult a physician and undergo screening tests.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), cancer is predicted to be an increasingly important cause of morbidity and mortality in the next few decades in all the regions of the world. And early detection and healthy lifestyle are the best ways to combat the dreaded disease.

Ozor ka, Ranao! is a one-hour radio program of the Philippine Information Agency and Radyo ng Bayan that aims to provide information and updates on various efforts and programs of the government to bring development and prosperity in the province. It is aired live over DxSO Radyo ng Bayan Marawi from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., every first and third Monday of the month. (APB/PIA-10)