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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DOH-ARMM tops ‘Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio” campaign

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 29 (PIA) --- The Department of Health (DOH) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was named as this year’s best performer in the anti-measles and anti-polio mass vaccination campaign throughout the country. 

The region’s Provincial Health Offices accomplished 102 percent in their anti-measles and 101 percent in anti-polio immunization campaign. 

In data released by the DOH-ARMM as of October 13 this year, 408,746 target infants and children were administered the anti-measles vaccines and 469,660 for anti-polio. 

The DOH established the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in 1976 to further strengthen the immunization program as mandated under Republic Act 10152 (Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011), which requires all children under five years old to be given the basic immunization. 

“Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio,” a month-long nationwide immunization campaign every September, aims to halt the growing cases of measles and make the Philippines a polio-free country. 

It also aims to protect about 13 million Filipino new-born and five-year old children against measles and rubella and 11 million against polio. 

Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, DOH-ARMM secretary, said that among the provinces in the region, Lanao del Sur got the highest percentage performance in both measles and rubella at 118 percent and oral polio vaccination at 117 percent. 

Even after the month-long campaign, Dr. Sinolinding said the DOH-ARMM in conduit with local government units will continue its effort to make the region measles and polio-free. 

To ascertain that the vaccination drive reaches the target clientele, the health units adopted the door-to-door strategy where the service providers and workers visited the households in coordination with the local government units, non-government organizations, barangay officials, and other health stakeholders. 

“Children who did not receive the supplemental dose of measles and polio vaccine can still go to the health centers for the vaccination” said Dr. Sinolinding. 

This year, about 2,000 midwives and nurses have been employed to help the health workers in administering immunization to almost one million babies and children across the region. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TESDA-ARMM receives ISO certification

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 28 (PIA) --- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (TESDA-ARMM) has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification, making it the first line agency in the ARMM to be granted the prestigious status by the TUV SUD PSB Philippines.

Omar Shariff Jaafar, TESDA-ARMM director, said the ISO recognition was confirmed following  the assessment conducted by the ISO third party certifying body last October 16-17, declaring that the agency has satisfactorily complied with the certification requirement.

An ISO 9001 accreditation is granted to private and government organizations that have conformed with the quality management system (QMS) incorporated in their work and service performance.

The QMS is a set of international standard procedures and manuals implemented by the organization in its internal-external and service dealings.

“We tackled everything in the aspects of our human resource competency, documents and records control, customer satisfaction policy, procurement, internal quality control, and our work environment,” he said.

“An ISO certification increases the transparency and accountability while ensuring efficiency in the performance of our functions,” Jaafar added.

In August 2014, the ARMM had invited resource persons from the Development Academy of the Philippines for an orientation on QMS in the government, a move to jumpstart ISO accreditation for its line agencies.

The Hataman administration is keen on promoting quality service, aiming to be at par with other developed regions and the world. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)

Lanao del Sur execs express support to BBL

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 27 (PIA) ---- Local chief executives (LCEs) in the province reiterated their support for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a public hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Local Government here on October 23.

First District Representative Ansaruddin Adiong said the BBL will pave the way for the establishment of Bangsamoro entity which honors the remarkable achievements of Bangsamoro ancestors and acknowledges the identity of Bangsamoro.

He said the BBL will bring harmony and progress not only for the Bangsamoro but for all Filipinos.

Adiong said the effects of armed conflicts have been devastating and have resulted to loss of many lives, mostly civilians, and massive displacements of families.

“We are now very close to finally reaching a peaceful resolution to the conflicts that adversely affected the development of the nation and attain what has been elusive for the past several decades - peace in Mindanao,” he further said.

Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. also conveyed his support to the proposed BBL. “We look forward to the passage and enactment of the BBL at the Senate,” he said.

The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Lanao del Sur Chapter also aired their support for the passage of the BBL.

“The 39 members of the LMP in Lanao del Sur reiterates our commitment of support to the peace process and the BBL. We will seek the widest sectoral support and deepen public understanding of the BBL in the hope of gaining its prompt approval,” said LMP Chapter President and Poona-Bayabao Mayor Lampa Pandi.

He said they are optimistic that the BBL will be an instrument for lasting peace and development in Mindanao.

Senator Bongbong Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said the public hearing was aimed to examine the different issues and positions of all stakeholders in the province.

“Everyone is looking for us to put together a good law that will finally succeed in bringing a lasting peace to Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

The Senate public hearing was participated by representatives from people’s organizations, local government units, academe, youth, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, media, and peace advocates in the two Lanao provinces. (APB/PIA-10)

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)