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Friday, February 5, 2016

Infrastructure projects, peace efforts keep families together

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 5 (PIA) --- Provincial Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong, Jr. take pride in helping Maranaos in the province to stay connected and maintain strong family ties.

Citing the necessity for Maranao families to get together often, Adiong said he had constructed, repaired and/or renovated 224 barangay roads, 32 provincial roads, one diversion road, 55 tire paths, eight pathways, 12 bridges, 11 foot bridges, and 25 streetlights in the 39 municipalities in the province from 2008 to 2015.

He said these infrastructure projects have helped around 934,000 people of Lanao del Sur to stay connected with family and friends.

Family unity in Lanao del Sur can also be witnessed through “rido” or family feuds and clan wars which have been existing since the 1930s. If a member of one family is wronged by another family, the former shall be avenged by his relatives. Causes of rido vary from petty offenses, land disputes, political rivalry, homicide, murder, and usually, shaming or hurting the honor of a certain family.

To resolve these feuds, families usually turn to the Shariah Law, local government units, police enforcers, military personnel, and respected elders of society.

There are also cases where blood money has to be paid to the family wronged by the offending party.

From 2009 to 2015, Governor Adiong has helped resolve 139 cases of assorted disputes with the help of his Council of Elders, Provincial Advisory Council, Federation of the Royal Sultanate of Lanao, and the Provincial Peace and Order Council.

Adiong said investing time and effort to keep families close and at peace with one another willensure the success of peace and development initiatives in Lanao del Sur. (PIO-Lanao del Sur/PIA-10

DOH-IPHO: Practice healthy lifestyle to avoid heart diseases

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) --- The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is reminding the public to avoid unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle to reduce their chance of heart disease.

Practcing healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking, eating healthy diet, and exercising regularly can have significant impact on preventing heart disease, said IPHO Chief Dr. Alinader Minalang.

He said heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the country and known as a silent killer since a lot of people develop the disease without them knowing it.

It can affect anybody thus it is important that the public know how to prevent this even at an early age, he added.

Minalang said regular consultation with physicians or even with health workers in Rural Health Units is also essential in keeping one’s heart healthy. (APB/PIA-10

Worm infections affect nutritional status of children

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 3 (PIA) --- The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) warns parents on the adverse impact of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) on the nutritional status of children.

Dr. Alinader Minalang, IPHO Lanao del Sur chief, said STH or intestinal worm infections cause micronutrient deficiencies leading to poor growth and development among infected children.

Minalang said children can be protected against STH by giving them deworming tablets at least twice a year.

The Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) conducted on January 27, 2016 the second round of the nationwide school deworming day to ensure that more children will be spared from STH for better health and school performance.

Aside from deworming, Minalang said teaching children proper personal hygiene and providing them access to clean water supply and sanitary facilities also help in reducing the prevalence of intestinal worm infections. (APB/PIA-10)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ARMM deworms thousands of school children

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Feb. 2 (PIA) --- The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) is deworming  thousands of children across the region to fight the health and nutritional impact of worm infection.

As of January 28, the DOH-ARMM has already administered deworming medicines to a total of 303,523 children aged 5 to 12 years, which make up 52.64 percent of the total number of children enrolled in public elementary schools in the region.

Soraida D. Amilil, regional coordinator of the Integrated Helminth Control Program, said the infection from intestinal worms or soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) has an adverse effect on the development of the mind and the children’s school attendance. It is also related with nutritional deficiencies specifically iron and vitamin A.

The deworming is part of the country’s simultaneous National School-based Deworming Day (NSDD). It is a school-based deworming activity jointly conducted in partnership with the region’s Department of Education (DepEd-ARMM).

This year’s NSDD started in January 27 and will end on Wednesday. The DOH-ARMM will release a final and complete report of the activity on February 9.

Amilil said they administer 400mg of Albendazole to the children for the mass treatment of intestinal infections.

She said the Albendazole is candy-flavored chewable drug which was included in the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines for the treatment of intestinal helminthiasis.

Amilil said the drug may cause possible side effects or “contra-indications such as allergy, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and erratic migration of worms are being observed and monitored.”
However, she said that “as of today, no adverse effects or reactions of the given medicine were reported.”

Amilil said drugs which include antihistamine, antispasmodic, and oral rehydration solution plus Zinc were provided to the local health centers in cases of adverse events following the de-worming. In cases of erratic worm migration, she advised parents to pull out the worms and do proper ways of disposal which include flushing and incineration. (BPI-ARMM/PIA-10

Saturday, January 30, 2016

ARMM to hold 1st Bangsamoro Women Leadership Summit

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Jan. 28 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will conduct a leadership summit for Bangsamoro women on February 1-2, 2016 to help enhance women’s political participation in local and regional governance.

Sittie Jehanne Mutin, chairperson of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM), said the 1st ARMM Bangsamoro Women Leadership Summit aims to strengthen women's roles and leadership, power and decision-making towards transformative governance.

The summit is a joint activity of the RCBW-ARMM and the Department of Education (DepEd)-ARMM. It will be held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex inside the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City and is expected to draw in around 1,000 women leaders from civil society organizations, local government units and the academe. Some women educators from different parts of the region will also be invited. 

The ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basian, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Mutin said they have invited at least 12 resource persons whose background and expertise are on women in local governance and other women advocacies for the two-day summit.

"The projection is to develop a critical mass of Bangsamoro women leaders who will lead and be part of the change in governance and peace building," Mutin added.

She said the summit, which carries the theme "Strengthening Bangsamoro Women's Leadership towards Transformative Governance”, will give participants “an opportunity to understand and appreciate deeper the intricacies of transformative governance that is responsive to the cultural identity of the Bangsamoro people.”

Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women promotes the full participation and equitable representation of women in all aspects of society particularly in the decision-making and policy-making processes in government and public spheres entities in order to fully realize their roles as agents and beneficiaries of development.

The RCBW, being the principal women development agency of the ARMM, has initiated programs designed to empower and develop women's rights and welfare. The programs include trainings on basic gender and development (GAD) concepts, GAD Focal Point System, gender mainstreaming, and basic gender analysis. (BPI-ARMM/PIA-10)