MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 11 (PIA) --- Selected women in the two Lanao provinces are being consulted on the various aspects of peace building and normalization.
The capability building cum consultation held in De Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro from December 10-12 is organized by the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325) in collaboration with Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation, Inc. and with the support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
The three-day activity aims to strengthen women’s meaningful involvement in mechanisms that can help provide peace and stability particularly on the process of normalization.
The inputs and perspectives that will be gathered during the activity will be conveyed to the Transition Commission to ensure that woman’s perspectives on peace and security will be adequately reflected in the Basic Law, said Jasmin Nario-Galace, co-convener of the WE Act 1325.
Aside from the updates on the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the capability building cum consultation also features discussions on human rights and international humanitarian law, conflict resolution and mediation, arms control, early warning and early response, gender in Islam and indigenous people’s traditions.
With 36 member organizations and networks nationwide, WE Act 1325 was launched in November 2010 to help implement the Philippine National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820.
Galace said the Philippine NAP seeks to empower women to build peace, prevent war and resolve conflicts.
It is a shared space between peace activist, women activist, and human rights activists focused on preventing war and building peace, she further said.
Accordingly, Philippine is the first country in Asia and 18th in the world to develop a NAP on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820.
The NAP is incorporated in the Philippine Development Plan 2010-2016 and embedded in the Magna Carta for Women. (APB/PIA-10)
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 11 (PIA) --- In line with the World AIDS Day commemoration, government health workers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) embark on a month-long awareness campaign on human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the region this December.
“We want to raise the level of understanding of residents in ARMM on HIV/AIDS,” said Saida Alih, Department of Health (DOH)-ARMM information officer.
Alih said they have tapped the help of religious scholars in providing key information about AIDS in a manner that recognizes the cultural sensibility of the region’s vastly Moro population.
DOH-ARMM has recorded four cases of AIDS in the region in 2010. No case has been reported this year.
Kadil Sinolinding, ARMM’s health secretary, said they don’t put aside the possibility of unreported cases considering the stigma attached to the disease.
He said they want to help eradicate AIDS by educating people about the disease.(Kistine P. Abatayo, OJT – Bureau of Public Information-ARMM)
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 3 (PIA) – The Regional Human Rights Commission in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM) is stepping up its efforts to promote human rights in the region.
Lawyer Abdel Jamal R. Disangcopan, head of the RHRC Lanao del Sur Provincial Office, told Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in a radio interview Monday that they are conducting series of lectures on human rights and International Humanitarian Law to educate the public on human rights.
Disangcopan noted that they hardly received human rights-related reports during their few months of operation in the province. “Bihira lang ang napa-file o nagre-report, yung iba, hindi na bumabalik,” he said.
According to him, this could be due to lack of awareness on human rights.
“We are not encouraging them to file but we need proof or evidence before we can make an action,” he added.
He said the RHRC which is independent from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the ARMM regional government monitors, conducts investigations and provides doable solutions.
Disangcopan also disclosed that the RHRC is strengthening the Bangsamoro Human Rights Network (BHRN) and on the process of completing municipal human rights profiles (MHRP).
He said the BHRN is a network of individuals and organizations advocating for human rights in the region.
“We also visit the different municipalities and ask data such as the number of schools, out-of-school children, availability of fire trucks, among others, to come up with a baseline data to determine what facilities are lacking, Disangcopan said.
“We will not give funds but we can lobby to the respective government agencies regarding the lacking facilities, he further said.
To date, Disangcopan said they have visited 29 municipalities in the province and about halfway through the MHRP.
He said they hope to finish visiting the rest of the municipalities by year-end.
Meanwhile, the RHRC-ARMM will gather human rights champions and defenders on December 9 in Cotabato City for a regional multi-stakeholders human rights conference.
Disangcopan said the conference will serve as a venue for consultations for the different stakeholders of human rights in ARMM.
One of the highlights of the conference, he said, is the launching of RHRC newsletter/annual report and the RHRC website, an interactive website which will serve as their main hub of communication.
Through the website, the public can download forms, e-mail us their concerns and comments, and even talk to RHRC commissioners, he added.
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 2 (PIA) --- The green light is on for the staging of the human rights day fun run in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) slated this coming December 10 here in the city.
The fun run dubbed “Run for Your Rights” aims to help internally-displaced person (IDPs) in Zamboanga and survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Visayas, said Atty. Abdel Jamal R. Disangcopan, head of the Provincial Field Office of Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) in today’s airing of “Ozor ka, Ranao!” radio program.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds from the activity we will donate to the IDPs in Zamboanga and typhoon victims in Visayas,” he said.
Disangcopan said three categories are available in fun run, the 3K, 5K and 10K, plus a walkathon for those not interested to run but would like to participate for the cause.
Registration fee is the same for all categories, P300 for adult and P250 for students. This is inclusive of the singlet and race kits.
Disangcopan said they also give discounts for those registering as groups like a fee of only P800 for a family of four or P1,200 for friends of five.
Those who do not want to have a singlet can register for only P100.
Interested participants may sign up either at the RHRC Provincial Office located at the Provincial Capitol Compound or Mindanao State University (MSU) College of Public Administration, Philippine Muslim Teachers College, Lake Lanao College, and Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao.
Registration is until Saturday, December 7.
The starting point of the run is at KM0.00 in Amai Pakpak at 4:30 in the morning.
Disangcopan said the event which is in line with the International Human Rights Day celebration is also a venue to promote human rights.
Aside from helping the IDPs and typhoon victims, he said participants can also learn more about human rights through lectures and hand-outs that will be given away during the event.
They can also have picture-taking in a human rights booth and sign a commitment for human rights protection, he added.
Meanwhile, RHRC gave assurance on the safety and security of those joining the fun run.
Disangcopan said they have secured the necessary permit and have coordinated with the provincial and city governments as well as the local police for the staging of the fun run.
“Ozor ka, Ranao!” is a one-hour radio program of Philippine Information Agency and Philippine Broadcasting Service that aims to provide people with information and updates on various efforts to bring development and prosperity in the province. It is being aired live over DxSO Radyo ng Bayan Marawi, 8am to 9am, every first and third Monday of the month.
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 1 (PIA) --- The province is celebrating the enthronement of former Bumbaran Mayor Mastura Dalig Bagambang Manabilang as the sixth “Sultan sa Ranao”.
Manabilang was endorsed by the five Datus of Marawi, 28 legislative bodies (adel a gaus), four (pat a engud) Datus of sovereign boundaries in Lanao, and other traditional and religious leaders in a fitting ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium, Saturday, November 30.
Accordingly, he was confirmed as the new Sultan sa Ranao based on his integrity, leadership capability and credibility, making him the epitome to represent Lanao locally and internationally to advocate for the betterment and welfare of the Maranaos.
Manabilang served as the mayor of Bumbaran town for full three terms. During his incumbency, he initiated the construction of several infrastructure projects including the construction of municipal hall building, Bumbaran auditorium, ABC Hall, day care and rural health centers, public and flea market, warehouses with solar dryers, school buildings, and two big mosques.
He championed the maintenance of peace and order that paved way for multi-national investors to capitalize on local resources boosting the town’s economy.
The enthronement ceremony was highlighted by the pinning of the sash by the heirs of the Sultan sa Ranao Ibra Gundarangin and Muhammad Malawani assisted by the five Datus of Marawi and Pat A Engud; fastening of the noble kandit (belt) as a symbol of power by the heirs of former Sultan sa Ranao Bato Ali and Cosain Naga assisted by the 28 Adel a Gaus; ordaining of noble kris as a symbol of authority by the 16 Royal House of Panuroganan; and installation of the noble diogit (crown) as a symbol of empowerment by the Sarip Batua and Datu a Petheelan of the Madaya Sultanate Executive Committee.