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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Guv says state of ARMM mirrors Aquino's success in governance

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, July 28 (PIA) --- The successful application of good governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is proof of the Aquino administration’s commitment to its “Tuwid na Daan” objective, said Gov. Mujiv Hataman in a statement.

“We are greatly indebted to the Aquino administration for the overflowing support that apparently emanated from its trust and confidence that we can stir positive change and ignite sustainable development in the region, Hataman said.

The current ARMM administration, according to Hataman, drew inspiration from the Aquino administration in pursuing a good governance agenda that eliminated practices of corruption and improved delivery of services to the people.

No less than Aquino himself branded ARMM a failed experiment. In May, however, ARMM passed the national government’s Good Governance Conditions, a first time in the region’s history. For regional officials, the recognition reflected how effective the reforms are, as it showed the "revitalized and reformed autonomous region.”

“Many doubted our agenda. Many doubted our objectives. Many doubted that we can make change possible in ARMM. But we proved them all wrong," Hataman said.

"We saw the influx of investments and today, the business sector continues to put a keen interest in us. Economic investments are at an all-time high, funding for infrastructure, especially in connecting the island provinces to the mainland, have been approved, and renewed support for the agricultural sector has been felt by our farmers and fisherfolk across the region,” he added.

Hataman also cited how investments boosted  the local economy resulting in increased employment and improved income for residents. The construction of more infrastructure facilities means better mobility for his constituents as well as improved access to goods and services. Additional support extended to ARMM farmers means more food on the table and a better life for farmers and fisherfolk.

The governor underscored, however, that the joint commitment of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for peace on the island is the biggest legacy the current national leadership would leave, noting no other administration has dared to go all-out to support the Mindanao peace process.

“Our dream is for the next governments to continue what we have started; to sustain the reforms we have worked so hard for, and to provide us with opportunities to chart our own path as people of the Bangsamoro,” he said. (BPI/APB/PIA-10)

PNoy hails guv role in ARMM progress

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, July 28 (PIA) --- President Benigno S. Aquino III hailed Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman on his role in achieving the ‘Tuwid na Daan’ thrust of the administration.

During his final State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on January 27, President Aquino underscored the progress and reforms in the ARMM emphasizing on Hataman’s assistance in attaining his administration’s objectives.

President Aquino in his speech said that despite not being an official member of the Cabinet, Hataman did “his part to help the administration’s progress along the straight and righteous path.”

The President also cited the completion of the region's cadastral survey, which started in 1913. “It took almost a century to complete (the first) 46% of the survey,” the President said. The survey identifies the boundaries of the land covered by each city, municipality, and province in the Philippines.

Hataman said the region is greatly indebted to the Aquino administration for its overwhelming support. He further said that the administration’s “trust and confidence stir positive change and ignite sustainable development in the region.”

In 2013, Hataman has been tagged as a “ghost buster” after he got rid of ghost employees in different agencies as well as ghost teachers and students in far-flung areas in the region. A total of 75,242 ghost students and 21,374 ghost enrolees were deleted from the records of the Department of Education-ARMM between 2012 and 2013.

After more than two decades, teachers in the region have started receiving benefits from their contributions to the Government Service Insurance System. This came about after the regional government settled at least P891.4 million worth of unpaid premiums in previous years.

As part of good governance drive, the region’s portals were opened to the public allowing its constituents to access the latest reports on accountability, revenue, fund utilization, and project implementation status.

During the Hataman administration, the investment climate has been vibrant and the region has surpassed its yearly target. As of date, the Regional Board of Investments has recorded P1.8 billion in new private capital flowing in for 2015.

Recently, the region has passed the National Government’s Good Governance Conditions reflecting “a revitalized and reformed autonomous region.” This compliance was the first in the region’s history. 

The Hataman administration anchored its reform initiatives on three key pillars: good governance, peace and security, and socioeconomic development. (Bureau of Public Information/PIA-10)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

DepEd, IPHO Lanao gear up for school deworming day

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, July 24 (PIA) --- The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) and the Department of Education (DepEd) here met on July 23, to gear up preparations for the upcoming National School Deworming Day on July 29.

The coordination meeting tackled the respective commitment of the two agencies as well as other stakeholders to ensure the successful conduct of the deworming activity.

The meeting was also attended by law enforcement agencies, officials of the provincial government, and media practitioners to help in intensifying information dissemination for the deworming activity.

The National School Deworming Day is a massive, one-day, and simultaneous school-based deworming effort targeting approximately 16 million school-aged children.

IPHO Chief Dr. Alinader Minalang said the activity was designed to reduce the problem on soil transmitted helminthiasis (STH) infections that can cause poor physical growth, poor intellectual development and impaired cognitive functions in children which can result to anemia and malnutrition.

“We are optimistic that this activity will reduce the burden of worm infections and will have a positive impact on children’s education and health,” he said.

Thus, he urged parents to send their children to school on the day of the activity.

Minalang also advised them to ensure that their children have eaten breakfast before the intake of the chewable Albendazole (400mg) or Mebendazole (500 mg) tablets.

The second round of school deworming is scheduled on January 2016.

MSU students undergo earthquake drill

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, July 24 (PIA) --- The Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) spearheaded an earthquake drill at the Mindanao State University – University Training Center (MSU–UTC) on July 22, to familiarize students on the emergency procedures in times of earthquake.

The drill was conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as part of the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month.

More than a thousand students including faculty and staff of MSU-UTC participated in the drill.

Aside from the actual demonstration, the students were also oriented on what to do during tremors and how to save themselves and others from the danger of earthquakes.

Grade 7 student Nurjannah Minor said the activity was totally informative and fun. “We have learned how to save ourselves in case there is an earthquake. It was also fun seeing our PNP and BFP personnel doing the actual demo,” she said.

“Hindi po pala dapat tumakbo lang pag may lindol. Dapat gawin natin ‘yong ‘duck, cover and hold’ para sigurado na walang mahuhulog sa atin. (We should not run during earthquakes. We should do the ‘duck, cover and hold’ to avoid injuries from falling objects) We really learned a lot,” said Grade 5 student Jamimah Abbas.

PDRRMO Chairperson Tatar Boriongan said they are planning to regularly hold earthquake drill every three months in both public and private schools.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Active lifestyle prevents obesity, says health office

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, July 23 (PIA) --- Maintaining a physically active lifestyle prevents weight problems and obesity, according to health experts here.

Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said regular physical activity can help control weight and improve one’s health.

He said increased physical activity is also recommended under the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition which aims to address the current prevalence of obesity among children and adult.

Based on the latest nutrition survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults in the country increased from 16.6 percent in 1993 to 31.1 percent in 2013. The number also went up for children, aged 11 to 19 years old, from 5.8 percent in 2003 to 8.3 percent in 2013. Among pre-school children, the prevalence has also gradually increased to 4.9 percent in 2013.

According to Minalang, physical inactivity is a key contributor for the increasing prevalence of obesity and weight problems in the country.

He said other contributors include shift in dietary pattern, poor breastfeeding practices, and child undernutrition particularly during the first 1000 days of life.

“Infants who experienced growth failure early in life and had rapid weight gain in childhood might be at risk of adult obesity and non-communicable diseases,” he added.

IPHO Nutrition Program Coordinator Nelia Sarap said intake of fruits and vegetables, managing stress, and cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption also help control weight problems.

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months prevents overweight and obesity in children too, she added.

Meanwhile, IPHO is intensifying its advocacy campaign on proper nutrition through the 10 Kumainments and Pinggang Pinoy programs.

Minalang said these programs will help address the increasing prevalence of obesity and overweight.

The 10 Kumainments is a food-based dietary guideline that promotes proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle. The Pinggang Pinoy is a guide that uses food plate model to convey right food group proportions on a per-meal basis. (APB/PIA-10)