Opening of classes in Iligan, Lanao del Norte unhampered – DepEd-10 chief

Amid rumors to postpone the opening of classes in this city and Lanao del Norte due to the Marawi crisis, Regional Director Allan G. Farnazo of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 has clarified that the classes of all public schools in the area officially began on June 5.

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Director Farnazo together with Schools Division Superintendent Randolph Tortola visited the different schools here yesterday to see for themselves the opening of classes and the condition of the internally displaced learners at the evacuation centers.

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“We went to the different schools in region 10. In fact, we reached as far as Pantar in Lanao del Norte, which is just eight kilometers away from Marawi City, and we saw they were holding classes there, Farnazo said.

“In Pantar they’re having an inventory of 156 Grade 11 students, and we found them already enrolled. One hundred thirty-one of them were present when visited there,” Farnazo added.

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Farnazo reiterated the commitment aired by Education Secretary Leonor Briones to provide transportation allowance for Marawi teachers who would come to Iligan to teach internally displaced learners.

“There should be no compromises for education. Whatever is happening somewhere or wherever, we cannot sacrifice education, otherwise we will complement the problem if we will not make the children better educated,” Farnazo concluded. (lvgabule/PIA Iligan & Lanao del Norte)

 

Navy offloads military vehicles, supplies in Iligan City

Philippine Navy offloads at Iligan City port military vehicles and other supplies, which will be distributed to the different Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) units in Mindanao to cater to the transport and logistical requirements of the ongoing military operations against terrorists.

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According to BRP Tarlac (LD-601) Commander Ramilo B Trinidad, for this mission, LD 601 accommodated 30 military vehicles and supplies weighing 253 tons. The ship sailed from Subic Bay, Zambales last May 29.

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Trinidad said the ship, with its capability to accommodate more than 4000 tons of cargo and 500 personnel onboard, is utilized not only to support military operations, and also for mass evacuation and international humanitarian assistance during disasters and crisis as well.

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LD 601), is the first of the two Philippine Navy’s Amphibious Landing Dock formerly known as Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV). The ship design is modeled after the Makassar-class LPD of the Indonesian Navy. BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602 is the second and last ship of her class of Navy’s landing platform docks. (PIA10)

Iligan evacuation centers cater to Marawi IDPs

Three evacuation centers in Iligan CIty, Lanao del Norte particularly  Buruun City National School of Fisheries, Ma. Christina Gymnasium and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) who are catering to evacuees from Marawi city are being manned by the Iligan local government unit (LGU) and providing food to the different Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

In an interview with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos yesterday, May 26, there were 296 families registered duly validated number of families of two evacuation centers in Iligan City. 

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But there are still families who opt to stay with their relatives in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro city but still for further verification, he said.

Meantime, until evacuees are still in these centers, national government and local government will continue to provide food to evacuees. DSWD is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies especially on health issues, DOH is there ready to address this issue, said Ramos.

In the meantime, we are asking our workers to do stress debriefing but since we have a language barrier, we are requesting Maranao speaking DSWD workers to do the stress debriefing to the evacuees.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ma. Yvonne Estose of the Iligan City Health Office shared that the health office is offering physical check up for evacuees from children to adults especially to those who have complaints with physical health. In fact, she said they found an old day infant who has 39.1C temperature. They immediately referred both the mother and the child to the city hospital for treatment.

Further, they provide medicines for a cough and colds and antibiotics and for hypertension. On the other hand, Dr. Estose said that most common illnesses of the adults are hypertension perhaps because of the heat of the weather. She also explained the importance of hygiene and sanitation. DOH is checking water and toilet facilities. There must be clean water in the evacuation center to avoid gastroenteritis or diarrhea, cough and colds and skin diseases. Sanitation is also important such as proper garbage disposal.

Anilo Laurete, barangay captain of one of the evacuation centers in barangay Ma. Cristina says that they have opened their gymnasium for Marawi clash evacuees as requested by Iligan CIty Mayor Celso Regencia. He said they have provided water and toiled facilities and make sure that the center is conducive and safe for IDPs from Marawi. (JMOR/PIA10)

PCOO, PIA establish command center in Iligan City

Aimed to provide accurate information on crisis situation in Marawi City, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has established a command center in Iligan City. 

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Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold E. Clavite shares in a press conference on May 29 that the PCOO through Secretary Martin Andanar established Mindanao hour with command center in cities of Davao and Iligan. Secretary Martin Andanar leads Davao operation while DG Clavite in Iligan. 

The press conference was held with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Iligan City local government unit (LGU), Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Philippine Information Agency – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PIA-PCOO), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to update media on crisis situation in Marawi City.

Through this command center, the PCOO-PIA will provide much needed support to make sure information / consolidation of reports are smooth and correct. 

Further, all information from region 10 and ARMM, are verified in the command and coordinating center in Iligan and submitted to Davao, this is the same report OCD is giving to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). If there is new information, there will be press briefings daily. 

Clavite urges friends in the media to emanate information from the command center. “We try all our best to manage information well.”

He said, especially now there’s a lot of information going around social media. As much as possible we work together here to know the real information. This is the first time that region 10 and ARMM are working together. We have good working relationship and working together in crisis management. Clavite urges everyone to help each other to spread correct information especially on social media. 

Meanwhile, LtCol Benedicto Manquiquis, commanding officer, 1st Civil Military Operation (CMO) Batallion, 1stInfantry (Tabak) Division, is asking the public to let soldiers do the clearing operations. He says, “We see to it to minimize collateral damage such as in crossfire.” He also said they have snipers. 

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The situation in Marawi is different because this is urban setting, but we have equipment, which can see in nighttime to see lawless elements, he said.  

The civilians have guns but are not authorized to use said Manquiquis. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) uses calibrated airstrikes. AFP considers Ramadan and considers airstrikes without collateral damage.

“We are extending our helping hand affected by lawless elements in Marawi city. May nakarating tulong galing Metro Manila dala sa Philippine Navy nandyan sa Brgy Buru-un, Ma. Cristina, sa evacuation centers,” said Mayor Celso Regencia.

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He also explained lockdowns being implemented by the local government. According to him, this request of lockdown is from the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) if they have operations to avoid collateral damage in case of encounters in the city. It was implemented on the night before for three hours but in the morning, the city was business as usual.

If they need information di natin ipagkait sa kanila sa mga sundalo sa Marawi city ngayon.

We are trying to involve barangay captains, dapat we can come up to a timely information para hindi tayo mukhang kawawa. Kinausap naming sila na hind maging marahas, dapat observe human rights and rule of law. 

This time ang mga sundalo natin and PNP are more professional. Hindi pwede i-abuso mga tao at mga evacuees. 

Business as usual. Yung curfew hour kailangan sundin. We will validate gaano ka totoo ang impormasyon natin. 

The mayor also said, “Tuloy tuloy po ang pagtanggap ng evacuees, we can identify how many evacuees staying with their relatives.” 

A total of 47,293 families are evacuated from Marawi City and are now in Iligan, mayor Regencia said. (JMOR/PIA10)

DOT, Iligan participate in 18-Day Campaign to End VAW

Iligan City participates in the ‘Orange Your Icon for 18 Days Advocacy Initiative.’ It kicked-off with Inaugural Lighting of the Maria Cristina Falls in the city on Nov. 25

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Orange is a bright and optimistic color chosen by the United Nations Secretary General to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. Thus, the City of Iligan declares its commitment in upholding the rights of women and girls to be valued and respected, said Vice Mayor Jemar L. Vera Cruz in his message after the Inaugural Lighting.

 

This also declares support to the 18 Day-campaign from 25 November to December 12 to the vision of a Violence Against Women (VAW)-free community.

 

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in collaboration with the local government unit (LGU) of Iligan City likewise aimed to raise awareness that VAW is a public issue of national concern, and to end VAW by putting up or displaying color orange to all known tourist attractions in the country.

 

The message also calls for the DOT and other stakeholders in the tourism industry to have a safe and non-exploitative tourism activities, capping this year’s theme, “VAW-free community starts with me.” The theme gives emphasis on continues pursuit of achieving a VAW-free community through everyone’s commitment and contribution to ending VAWs.

 

Stakeholders—academe, training institution, private sector, non-government organization, civil society, of a man/boy, and woman/girl among others also expressed their commitments during the inauguration.

 

Ma. Nancy G. Derequito of DOT region 10 said that Maria Cristina Falls represents Region 10. The campaign was simultaneous opened with other 18 participating tourist destinations in all regions nationwide.

 

November 25 is also celebrated as the ‘National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children’ under Republic Act 10398.

 

Derequito also said that Maria Cristina Falls is a famous landmark of Iligan, the fountainhead of progress.

 

It is also the Mother of all waterfalls in this part of the country for it gave birth to the islands electrification program through the hydroelectric power plant. It stands 120 ft., harnessed and inaugurated in 1953 to give light to an island of darkness. It symbolizes the symbiotic existence of man and that of Mother Nature, she said.

 

Meanwhile, Derequito, along with DOT Manila represented by Aida Soriano, talked on VAW free Region 10, and Rationale of VAWfree Philippines respectively.

 

Proclamation No. 117, series of 2006, declares 25 November to 12 December as the 18-day Campaign to End VAW, as the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW, consistent with the Magna Carta of Women. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)

4 injured in Iligan blast

Four got injured in an explosion that occurred at around 6:45 p.m. at the Freedom Park in Iligan City on 07 December 2016.

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The were immediately brought to the Dr. Uy Hospital, nearest hospital from the blast site, for treatment. They are now declared stable.

 

Police Senior Superintendent Leony Roy G. Ga, city police director, said only two of the wounded victims, who were transferred to a government-run City Hospital, were advised for admission. The other two were immediately released.

 

Ga has coordinated with the local government for a possible assistance to the victims.

 

The police tram investigating the incident found at the blast site a safety lever of grenade, metal fragments and soil deposit from site explosion, which is just in front of the Police Station 5. Fragments were brought to the crime laboratory for further examination to determine the type of grenade thrown.

 

The city police director said a witness was already identified and now under the custody of the police.

 

Initial investigation disclosed that a man wearing black bonnet and jacket allegedly lobbed a grenade at Freedom Park and ran toward Roosevelt st. to escape.

 

A follow up invetigation with the aid of CCTV footages is now being conducted for possible identification of the suspect/s, Ga said

 

Also, police operatives were dispatched to gather additional information to hunt down suspects.

 

The victims were identified as Laureto Carabantes Alla Jr., 26, of Purok 5, Barangay Santiago, who was hit at the back of his head while waiting for a jeepney in going home; Cristine Mercaderos y Perocho, 20, of Maria Cristina, student of MSU-IIT, who was hit at left arm; Cherryl Paquit y Matugas, 26, of Caugmaran, Suarez, who sustained three wounds at left and right shoulder, and one at right side of the neck; and Sheilamae Maagad y Asibal, 23, of Poblacion, got a wound at her left temporal. The doctors attending to the victims said they just suffered minor injuries.

 

PSSupt Ga has ordered all police units in the city to stay vigilant to prevent a similar incident from hapening.

 

Checkpoints have been strictly implemented 24/7 in the entrance of Iligan City particularly at the area of Police Station 2, in Nunucan going western part, PSSupt Ga disclosed. (lvgabule, PIA-10 LDN/ICPO-PNP)

Diyandi Festival sa Iligan: A thanksgiving celebration

The month of September is the holding of crowd-fascinating socio-cultural activities, sports competitions and special events in parallel with Iligan tri-people’s distinctive devotion to the city’s patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel.

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Folk-lore depicts St. Michael as the protector of peace. People believed that Iligan remains untouched and safe from rebel attacks because of the miracles of St. Michael. The story of his installation as patron saint of Iligan continues to inspire and endear him to each and every Iliganon.

 

Thus, his feast every 29th of September, is a grand celebration in Iligan and has transformed into a month-long festival, the “Diyandi Festival sa Iligan.”

 

It was in 2005 when the city established ‘Diyandi Festival’ as its tourism identity or festival brand name.

 

The term Diyandi is an Iliganon word that connotes merriment or celebration.

 

Further, Diyandi is a ritual performed by an all-female group outside the Cathedral during the “Pagpakanaug,” before every novena and before the start of the Komedya, or Comedia de San Miguel, a folk stage play depicting the celestial battle.

 

The ritual depicts the courtship between a Maranao male and Higaonon female, and culminating into an offering symbolic of their union and bountiful harvest to St. Michael the Archangel.

 

Also, the ritual aptly describes the peaceful co-existence of Iligan’s tri-people – Maranaos, Higaonons and Christians.

 

The famous battle between San Miguel and Yawa-Yawa or the devil is depicted by two actors of each Diyandi contingents; the archangel clashing his sword with the demon’s fork until St. Michael steps over his defeated enemy.

 

What’s interesting is that even though St. Michael is a figure known mostly to Christians, but Muslim brothers also honor him.

 

The Diyandi Festival 2016 Opening Salvo on September 1 was celebrated with a mass at the Cathedral, followed by a program held in front of the Cathedral, with city officials, the public, and visitors alike, emanating the essence of the month-long celebration.

 

While City Mayor Celso Regencia in his message has assured that peace and order is a priority of the celebration. Law elements from the government forces, volunteers are in placed to secure strategic areas where events are held.

 

City Councilor Sorilie Bacsarpa, over-all chairman, Diyandi Festival 2016, City Fiesta Executive Management Board, who is also the committee chairperson on Tourism of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, bared highlights of activities lined up for the month.

 

She acknowledged the presence of balikbayans who come home, residents, devotees and tourists alike to witness the celebration in honor of the city’s Patron Saint, and enjoy the festive aura this September.

 

‘Viva Senor San Miguel’ echoes the chants of the Iliganons and the crowd, usually heard as speakers start and end their messages, in any event conducted, praising the patron as the protector.

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Highlighting the month’s activities include the Pagkanaug ni Senior San Minguel from its pedestal on September 20 and placed in a decorated four-wheeled vehicle for the procession; Tartanilla Lighting Contest on September 21 beside Dunkin Donut, Quezon Avenue; Fiesta sa Lechon de Iligan on September 22, Anahaw amphitheater, city hall; Sayaw Saulog 2016 (morning) at Anahaw amphitheater and Search for Miss Iligan 2016 (evening) at the Mindanao State University (MSU-IIT) gym on September 27, city hall; Parada de San Miguel (around the city) on September 28; Silent Drill on September 28 at Anahaw amphitheater; and Procession ni Senor San Miguel on September 29-City Fiesta, around the city.

 

Iligan City also joins the celebration of the National Tourism Week, from September 20-26, 2016.

 

For this, the City Tourism Office will be depicting the Durian and Madang Fiesta at the Bahay Salakot, Tourism Office.

 

Other activities include sports—basketball, badminton, football, volleyball, golf, table tennis, skateboarding, among others; musical festival; musical play; skills Olympic; Lipatlipat of CASSalida BLACK BOX Theater; Drum and Lyre competition on September 24, Anahaw amphitheater; Tipok-tipok sa Kababayen-an ug Kabatan-onan Diyandi Celebration-display of women’s products on September 24, Rotunda fronting Iligan City Medical Center (IMCC); Fun Run; chess tourney; BSP Boy Scouts Fancy Drill; and Agri Aqua Fair.

 

The 1st ‘Iliganon Kini’ Secondary Schools Quiz Show is an ALL-ABOUT Iligan Quiz Show on September 20 conducted at IDS multi-purpose hall, MSU-IIT.

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It aims to catalyze a sense of love and loyalty to Iligan City through a deeper understanding and knowledge of its people, its history and tradition, its potentials and resources, not only by the student participants themselves, but the general population as a whole.

 

Iligan City caps its festival on October 3 where the Patron Saint is returned to its pedestal in the Cathedral.

 

There will be a procession joined by Eskrima Pana-ad Lumad Kaliwat Iliganon and the original Diyandi dance group to perform the ritual.

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Catching the eyes of the commuters are the dancing boy scout and traffic enforcer in the streets of Iligan which started lastSeptember 1 until October 3. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)