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Thursday, October 2, 2014

ARMM exceeds target for fisherfolk registration

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct 2 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has exceeded its target of registering one hundred thousand fisherfolk in the region under the Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) program of the national government.

Janice Musali, ARMM’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director, said ARMM now has the most number of registered fisherfolk in the country with about two hundred thousand since the launching of the FishR program last year.  

She said in May this year, ARMM ranked 5th among regions in terms of the number of registered fisherfolk with 54,000.

Musali said the data on fisherfolk can help the region come up with better policies and improve its programs on fisheries.

Republic Act 8850 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 mandates the registration of municipal fisherfolk for the purpose of managing the municipal waters and monitoring fishing activities and other related matters.

Registered fisherfolk will receive an insurance coverage for fishing boats and aquaculture stocks in the event of calamities through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) and health coverage by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

When the program was first introduced in 1998, only 50,000 fisherfolk were registered due to its poor implementation. Following an in-depth review and a nationwide preparation, the FishR program was re-launched in the second quarter of 2013.

Musali said BFAR now has registered over a million fisherfolk nationwide.

She said FishR will help the working government of ARMM approximate the number of residents and families in the region that rely on fisheries as source of livelihood.

The registry is being cross-checked by the National Household Targeting System-Poverty Reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture of the Department of Budget and Management. (Bureau of Public Information/APB/PIA-10)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ARMM underscores role of statistics in establishment of reliable database

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct 1 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is pushing to increase the role of its Regional Statistics Coordination Committee (RSCC) in the establishment of reliable baseline database in the region.

The inter-agency committee sets policies on statistical matters and is headed by ARMM’s Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO).

Herlita Caraan, regional head of ARMM’s Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), commended the RPDO for setting a new direction for the RSCC in today’s kickoff ceremony of the 25th National Statistics Month (NSM) in the region.

“We are thankful they continue to steer the RSCC into a functional body in terms of addressing statistical issues and concern in the ARMM,” Caraan said.

She said ARMM’s planning office has encouraged better participation of regional line agencies in its program implementations.

Caraan underscored the importance of reliable and quality statistics, which she said is crucial to socio-economic development and good governance.

The country is observing the 25th NSM this month with the theme “NSM at 25 Years and Beyond: Solid and Responsive Philippine Statistical System in Support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration”.

The observance is aimed at instilling awareness and appreciation of different sectors on statistics and in securing the cooperation and support of the general public in the upgrading of statistics standards in the country.

The PSA, a convergence of the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Labor and Employment (BLE) and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), was enacted on 29 December 2013 by virtue of Republic Act 10625 otherwise known as the Philippine Statistics Act of 2013.  (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)

Philippines poised to take world record on number of trees planted in an hour

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct 1 (PIA) --- Latest unofficial count of the number of trees planted in an hour during the “Treevolution: Greening MinDANow” project shows the country has a clean chance of unseating India as the present Guiness record holder.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), which organized the massive tree planting activity in different areas of Mindanao on September 26 with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), posted the unofficial tally at 3, 517, 489 trees as of 10:28 a.m., Tuesday, higher than the 1, 945,535 trees world record set by India in 2011.

In the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman led government workers, students and other volunteers in planting more than 137,000 seedlings in a combined area of 109 hectares of forest land and coast.    

 “We are still collating all data and awaiting the complete reports from our city and provincial offices,” said Romeo Manzan, chief of DENR-ARMM’s protected area and wildlife bureau.

He said ARMM had already surpassed its original commitment of planting 70,000 seedlings.

MinDA has set October 6 as the deadline for the submission of final data from the different DENR offices involved in the activity for representatives of Guiness to verify and validate.

Hataman said more than an attempt to secure a world record, Treevolution, which was also conducted in support to the National Greening Program, was about raising awareness on leading environmental issues.

“The one-hour tree planting activity is also our way of addressing food security and disaster risk reduction and mitigating the effects climate change. We are here not just to beat title holder India, but to beat climate change,” he said. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)

Lanao Sur joins 114th Phil Civil Service anniversary celebration

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 1 (PIA) --- The provincial government of Lanao del Sur joined the celebration of the 114th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA)

Provincial government employees gathered on September 28 at the capitol grounds to kick-off a weeklong festivity for provincial government servants.

A parade, short program and sports fest highlighted the opening ceremony of the festivity.

“The PCSA celebration seeks to promote heroism in public service and highlight stories of triumphs and trials among government employees.” said CSC City Field Office Director Maribel Alejo during the opening ceremony.

With the theme “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako,” the celebration aims not only to showcase and celebrate heroism in public service but also to encourage and inspire government employees in their journey as servant-heroes or lingkod-bayani.

Alejo said for 114 years civil servants remains as the backbone of the government.

She thus encouraged officials and the employees of the provincial government to continuously serve the public and do more of what they can do as public servants and lingkod bayani. (Johaniah N. Yusoph/APB/PIA-10)

ARMM communities venture into organic food business

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Sept. 30 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be assisting a number of farming communities venture into halal and organic food business as part of its livelihood support to more than 100 underserved communities in the region.  

The project, which is being handled by the ARMM Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Synergy (HELPS) program, will be piloted in barangay Balas in Lamitan City. It will include the production and marketing of wholly organic products like chicken, fish and vegetable.

ARMM governor Mujiv Hataman, Dr. Francisco Dela Peña, Jr., chief executive officer and president of ACES Polytechnic College (APC) in Panabo City, and Ibrahim Ballaho, chairman of barangay Balas, signed on September 27 an P8.5-million deal that includes the construction of farm facilities and the training of some 50 residents of barangay Balas on organic agriculture.  

Hataman said a three-hectare site in barangay Balas is being prepared to jumpstart the project.

He said the project will be expanded to accommodate additional communities covered by the ARMM HELPS.    

APC, which runs a pioneering and successful organic farm, will provide the technical expertise in the development of feeds and food products that will be 100 percent free of preservatives, anti-biotic ingredients, synthetic additives and growth hormones.

“By 2015 this kind of project will be expanded to other ARMM provinces to intensify socio-economic development in the region,” Hataman said. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)