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Friday, February 27, 2015

NYC assesses youth needs in Lanao del Sur

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 27 (PIA) --- The National Youth Commission (NYC) conducted a meeting with the Provincial Youth Development Council (PYDC) to get updates on the youth development initiatives being pursued by the provincial government.

The consultation meeting was held Wednesday, February 25, at the Provincial Capitol Compound, this city.

 “We know the youth of Lanao del Sur have their own certain needs and how to respond to these needs is what we need to come up to today,” NYC Mindanao Commissioner Earl Pioquinto Saavedra told PYDC members and youth representatives while encouraging them to share and let their concerns be heard.

Provincial Chief of Staff Shiela D. Ganda assured NYC that the drug dependence issue in the province is minimal due to the influence of Islam among the youths.

“The number of youths who are drug dependents is not zero but at least very low. We are very glad too that we don’t have clubs or mobs here, however breed of extremists are now prevalent in the province,” Ganda said.

She said this can be associated to the inferiority of the youth citing the recent Mamasapano incident which resulted to negative reactions from people who do not know how it is like to live in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Nassif Elias of the MY Lanao group presented some of the highlights of previous youth consultative meetings in the province. He said the need for Provincial Youth Research and Training Center and youth empowerment programs were among the concerns raised during the previous consultations.

Commissioner Saavedra assured them that the concerns will be addressed properly. He said the concerns will be relayed to the central office to see the most feasible ones. They will be reviewed first to check if they need policy actions and interventions.

Other matters that were discussed during the meeting include the crafting of the Provincial Youth Development Plan, Youth Organization Participation, and revisiting of the Executive Order No. 021.

To cap the program, participants of the consultative meeting released yellow and white balloons to commemorate the EDSA revolution and sympathize with those affected by the recent Mamasapano clash. (Johaniah N Yusoph/PIA-10)

Monday, February 23, 2015

ARMM introduces green super rice to farmers in the region

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 23 (PIA) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) introduced the Green Super Rice (GSR) to farmers in the region for commercial production following a successful harvest at a 2-hectare demonstration farm in Maguindanao.

ARMM Agriculture Secretary Macmod Mending Jr. said they are pushing for the commercialization of this variety for increased productivity and better income for local farmers.

The GSR has been developed by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to be climate resilient and resistant to rice diseases such as sheath blight, bacterial leaf streak viruses and false smut.

The GSR variety can lead to more stable yield with lesser fertilizer and pesticide inputs.

ARMM currently ranks 18th in terms of rice production in the country with a 3.1 metric tons per hectare yield.

Mending said they expect to increase this to 7.7 metric tons per hectare with the introduction of the GSR.

The region’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has distributed GSR seeds to 500 farmers during the rice farmers’ field day and harvest festival held in Sultan Mastura town, Maguindanao last week.

The GSR is part of DAF-ARMM’s P3-million technology-driven programs that include the Rice Crop Manager (RCM), Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) and the Next Generation (Next Gen). The programs are designed to help increase the productivity of rice farmers in the region with the use of modern technology in farming.

The RCM is an internet-based application that provides recommendations on nutrients, pest, weeds, water management based on the variety of input and site-specific conditions. PRISM is a system provides data and maps out rice growing areas affected by natural calamities and pest outbreaks.

The NextGen project involves the introduction and adoption of high-yielding rice varieties and hybrids, such as the GSR, with tolerance to biotic and abiotic strain in rice production.

DAF-ARMM also provided a P1.6 million-worth combined harvester to the farmers in Sultan Mastura. The machine can simultaneously reap, harvest and thresh rice.

“ARMM aims to address the challenges on farming by taking advantage of new technologies that increases farm productivity, and making them available even to the poor farmers in the region,” said Mending. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA10)

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ARMM people’s day offers free services to the public

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 23 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will provide free services to the public every third Saturday of the month beginning this February as part of the People’s Day initiative of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.
The program was officially launched on February 21 at the ARMM compound in Cotabato City with the participation of different line agencies.

Hataman said it is part of their commitment to pursue a revitalized and reformed ARMM and help raise awareness on the services and different programs of the regional government.

“Dapat umabot sa grassroots ang ating serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan (The services we provide should reach the grassroots),” he added.

The free services included legal services and medical services like diabetes and hypertension screening, urinalysis and pneumococcal vaccination.

A supplemental feeding and psychosocial briefing to a group of children affected by recent conflicts in Maguindanao were also held.

ARMM also hosted a jobs fair for domestic and international job opportunities, a session on mine risk education (MRE) and recreational activities like sports, film showing, puppet show and storytelling.

Similar activity will likewise be held in each of the region’s five provinces in the coming months.
The agencies that participated in the People’s Day were Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Regional Sports Coordinating Office (RSCO), Office of the Attorney General (OAG), ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (ARMM HEART) and the Regional Library. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Health office in Lanao del Sur explains importance of oral health

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 17 (PIA) -- Poor oral health can affect a person’s physical, mental and social well-being thus it is important to take proper care of one’s teeth.

This was the message of Dr. Artawan P. Indar, supervising dentist of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), during the Ozor ka, Ranao! radio program of the Philippine Information Agency and DxSO Radyo ng Bayan Marawi Monday, February 16.

Dr. Indar said routine dental cleansing and exams are the best ways to ensure and maintain oral health.

“We should brush our teeth every after eating or thrice a day especially during night time,” she said.

According to her, the foods that are consumed during the day may stick to the surfaces of the teeth and may create bacteria build-up or plaque.

“Dental examinations should also be conducted twice a year to determine if a person has dental problems,” she added.

Meanwhile, the IPHO and Philippine Dental Association–Lanao Chapter with the support of local government units is providing dental package services to various areas in the province.

Our dental package services include dental check-up, tooth extraction, provision of free toothbrushes and toothpastes, and oral health education, Dr. Indar said.

She said they are also conducting tooth brushing drill to teach children the proper technique of brushing teeth.

These services, among others, are being provided by IPHO during its community outreach program in line with the Oral Health Month celebration this February.
Dr. Indar said the areas identified for their community outreach program this month are Marawi City and the municipalities of Saguiaran, Masiu, Taraka, Buadipuso Buntong, and Balindong. (APB/PIA-10)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ARMM investment up despite Mamasapano clash

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 9 (PIA) -- The recent incident in Mamasapano in Maguindanao failed to weaken the enthusiasm of investors over prospects of pouring money in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

According to the ARMM Regional Board of Investments (RBOI), two projects with a combined value of P863.05 million have been cleared of technical and procedural hurdles and are now up for final approval after the go signal from the board's management committee (Mancom). 

The endorsement by Mancom means the projects will now go through deliberations and possible approval by the Board of Governors of the RBOI who will meet before the end of the month.

The two projects are the P741.8 million nickel-ore mining project of Chan C Mining, Inc. in Panglima Sugala in Tawi-Tawi, and the P121.25 million petroleum depot project of Tawi-Tawian Petroleum Trading Corporation, also in Panglima Sugala.

The mining project is expected to produce 1,000,000 MT of nickel per year, while the depot project has a 7.6 million liters capacity.

Despite the Mamasapano incident, RBOI is currently processing investment projects in Maguindanao, particularly on renewable energy and oil palm and banana plantation.

RBOI is also assessing the multi-billion peso logistics center proposed at the Port of Polloc in Parang, Maguindanao. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)