Pres. Duterte to turn-over temporary shelters to IDPs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is slated to visit Marawi City, Lanao del Sur today to turn-over transitional shelters at Barangay Sagonsongan to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the 24 barangays hardest hit by the clashes between the Maute terror group and government troops starting May 23 to Oct. 16 this year.


Some 500 units of 22-square meter houses have been constructed on a 14-hectare land to serve as temporary shelters for families affected by the Marawi siege.


Dubbed “Biyaya ng Pagbabago Temporary Shelter,” this housing project for the IDPs is jointly implemented by the Office of the President, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), city government of Marawi, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Housing Authority (NHA).


In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Farmida A. Macabando, barangay Mipaga chair and Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president said the beneficiaries of the transitional shelters are the poor residents of the 24 barangays at ground zero.


These beneficiaries, Macabando said, were validated by the technical working group (TWG) tasked with identifying the beneficiaries of the transitional shelters.


“Residents of the same barangay shall also stay in one area at said transitional shelter site to give them the feel that they are living in their own barangay,” the lady barangay chair explained.


It could be recalled that Housing Secretary Educardo del Rosario had disclosed that some 1,175 houses would be constructed for the IDPs, and half of these would be completed by mid December.


President Duterte is coming here today to award these transitional shelters to qualified beneficiaries, two months after he declared Marawi liberated from terrorist influence.


Twenty-four of the 96 barangays turned ground zero when the Islamic State (ISIS)-linked Maute terror group stormed the city seven months ago. (FPG/PIA)


Sec Andanar cites resiliency, unity, hope in visit to Marawi City

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar cited messages of resiliency, unity and hope amidst war during his visit to Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) operation center in Iligan City on 13 October 2017.


Secretary Andanar shared in an interview with the media that he came personally to get first hand updates of recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City and emphasized the message of resiliency, unity and hope among Filipinos in this time of crisis.

During his visit, Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary and chairman of TFBM Cesar Yano said that through the sub-committee on reconstruction, there had been site development on transitional shelters at barangay Sagongsongan in Marawi City. In fact, there is already an ongoing construction of initial 1,100 units of these shelters by four groups in three months which started on 8 September 2017.




The local government of Marawi and Mindanao State University (MSU) also assisted in the identification of 14 hectares of land for temporary shelters and permanent housing. There is also an ongoing inventory on internally displaced persons (IDPs) relocation preference and prioritization of IDPs for relocation with local government unit (LGU).



In terms of health and social welfare, there had been a total of 108,028 medical consultations in 54 municipalities such as Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya (TsekAP) services by the Department of Health (DOH). Aside from that, 68,289 individuals already received psychosocial services in 38 municipalities; the government has also provided evacuation centers with potable water and construction/installation of toilets, washing and bathing facilities. Further, 438, 440 IDPs received nutrition services in 51 municipalities.

On the other hand, relief assistance had been distributed to 78, 466 displaced families or 359, 680 displaced individuals, distribution of tents to decongest evacuation centers and early rehabilitation and recovery program through sustainable projects such as communal gardening and food production.



Yano admitted that although the Maranaos are not used to gardening because they are more of trading and selling, they have learned to appreciate communal gardening as this makes their time useful in temporary shelters and evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, in terms of sustaining peace, the TFBM has created the technical working group to manage the return of IDPs; meanwhile trained policewomen had been deployed to counter violent extremism; and PNP posts has been established in evacuation and transition areas. According to Usec Yano, there has also been a culture of peace orientation to the youth IDPs in Iligan City and focus group discussion of women, peace and security among others.

Online war against terrorism

Among the itinerary of Secretary Andanar was a meeting with the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army in Marawi City who leads the war against terrorists in Marawi City.


Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera in a presentation shared efforts of the Tabak Division in countering massive online production and information dissemination of videos and other materials about violent extremism. He said that apart from the battle on the ground, they are also fighting another battle in the internet against violent extremism.

He said that through their training, they have successfully taken down numerous sites online that are detected to be that of the violent extremist group producing videos which would invite and ignite violent extremism especially to the youth.


He said that social media is one of the means the terrorist group use to recruit new members. Among the targeted sectors include the youth and even professionals.

Lt. Col. Herrera revealed that since the start of the war, they have strengthened their online presence. They have produced materials to explain the war and their efforts to fight terrorists in the area. They have also posted various news and articles about bravery of soldiers in the battle field and also soldiers who are helping Maranao civilians, among others.

These stories have helped in shaping up the image of soldiers, he said.

Establishment of Salaam TV and Radio

One of the final areas that Secretary Andanar visited was the MSU in Marawi City. He had a chance to speak with President Dr. Habib Macaayong and the rest of the top management of the school to share some good news.


He shared that as the head for the Strategic Communications and Information Management group of the TFBM, the budget for the creation of Salaam TV and radio has been approved.

The secretary said that this TV and radio station is dedicated for the Muslim community, to give them a voice and share their stories to the rest of the country and the world.


The proposed location for the said TV and radio station is in MSU and is expected to commence before the year ends or in 2018. (JMOR/PIA10)

Marawi hospital gets go signal to resume operation

The Department of Health (DOH) is doing necessary assessment and inventories to revive its health facility, Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City, following a go signal from the Philippine Army to resume operation in the area.

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In a press conference in Iligan City command and coordinating center, Dr. Adriano Suba-an, assistant regional director of DOH region 10 said that the Philippine army has given them the go signal to resume operation of Amai Pakpak medical center in the area to provide health services to residents and evacuees of Marawi City.

Another good news, he said is that contrary to reports, they don’t have casualties from hospital personnel. Right now, they are planning with the chief of hospital regarding skeletal forces that will be deployed in the center.

“We are doing the assessment and we’re going to do the inventories. And we are going to calibrate our response, deployment based on the operations of the hospital,” said Suba-an.

If there is a need to deploy more, then we will do it,” he said.

“We are happy that we have a go signal from the military because that means the insurance of the safety of our personnel there,” added Suba-an.

Meanwhile, DOH is looking at the whole picture, the long range plan not just with the patients but for the human resources and physical facility of the hospital. Further, he said that health secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial issued a memorandum up to June 13 that all personnel of Amai Pakpak will do some stress debriefing. Some are crying, in trauma. They don’t want to be deployed there.

We would like to give the highest services needed by the people of Marawi, but we would also like to make sure that our personnel is equipped and ready to provide these services, Suba-an explained.

DOH press con

On the other hand, Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief integrated provincial health office Lanao del Sur assured that they have not monitored any pattern of outbreak in the evacuation centers.

This is attributed to the health services we are providing, he said.

Our health personnel who are also evacuees themselves are able to operate our operation center with health emergencies and this is with the help of center for health development of region 10 especially in monitoring our evacuees both home based and in evacuation centers. Twenty five (25%) evacuees are in evacuation centers meanwhile 75% are home based or living with their relatives, Minalang said.

When it comes to diseases observed in the evacuation centers, most of them are due to harsh conditions, such as lack of sanitation facilities. Number one is upper tract respiratory infection, cough, fever, acute gastroenteritis, diarrhea especially on children. Next is hypertension and skin diseases because of congestion and hot temperature. (JMOR/PIA10)

DENR-10, Lanao del Sur ink agreement for INREMP implementation

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office 10 forged an agreement to safeguard the watershed areas within the Lake Lanao River Basin.


The memorandum of agreement (MoA) for the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) was signed on September 21 by Provincial Governor Soraya Adiong and DENR-10 Regional Director Ruth Tawantawan in Quezon City.


It was witnessed by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Abul Khayr Alonto and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman.


The MoA requires the development and implementation of the Lake Lanao River Basin Indicative Development Plan (IDP) and five Watershed Management and Investment Plans (WMPs), among others.


INREMP intends to address unsustainable watershed management in four priority river basins which included the Lake Lanao River Basin.


The project aims to reduce and reverse degradation of watersheds and associated environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices. (APB/PIA-10)

Magnitude 3.2 quake rocks Lanao Sur, Maguindanao provinces

A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces at 4:57 p.m., 30 July 2016.

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Marcial Labininay, director for Northern Mindanao’s Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the tremor was registered at a scale of Intensity II in both affected areas.


He said the quake was of tectonic origin with 28 kilometers (km) depth of focus, located at 7.81 degrees north, 124.53 degrees east or 14 km. north and 85 km. east of Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur.


In Maguindanao, it was recorded at same magnitude, time and intensity with 28 km. depth of focus located at 7.65 degrees north, 124.42 degrees east or 17 km. north and 20 km. east of Buldon, Maguindanao.


Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils in both affected areas reported no damage to structures and properties.


Labininay clarified that “Intensity” is determined on the strength of ‘shaking’ produced by quake where I is low while VII is high in scale that could damage buildings and other structures. (RLRB/PIA 10, Bukidnon)

ICRC extends aid to 12,500 displaced persons in Butig, Lanao Sur

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), extended food and household items to around 12,500 people from Butig town, Lanao del Sur, who remain displaced following clashes between government forces and an armed group in late May to early June.


The distributions took place between June 8 and July 2, in Butig and neighboring municipalities as well as in Marawi City.


“Thousands of civilians in Butig were forced to flee their homes in February, when the first clashes began. Some were able to return in April, and just when they started planting a new crop, they were forced to flee their homes again in May, when hostilities resumed,” said Dominic Earnshaw, head of the ICRC office in Cotabato.

He said many of the displaced are living with relatives and depend heavily on their kin and the authorities, as they are still too afraid to go back home. Their  houses were also destroyed in the fighting.


The ICRC-PRC assistance augmented the aid provided by the government and helped families meet their basic needs.

Each displaced family received 25 kilograms of rice, 12 tins of sardines, two liters of cooking oil, two liters of soy sauce, two kilograms of sugar, 500 grams of salt, and essential household items including two blankets, two mosquito nets, one sleeping mat, and one hygiene kit.

Prior to its relief operation in Butig, the ICRC conducted its own assessments and coordinated closely with community leaders, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and nongovernment organizations.

“We ask all sides in the conflict to exercise utmost precaution to protect civilians and their property,” Earnshaw said.


The ICRC is a neutral, impartial, and independent humanitarian organization whose mandate is to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. It has had an established presence in the Philippines for more than 70 years and a permanent presence in Mindanao since 1982. (ICRC/APB/PIA-10)


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Completion of Dream Road 2 in Lanao del Sur pushed

The completion of the Dream Road 2 which aims to connect Marawi City and the municipalities of Kapai and Tagoloan, Lanao del Sur to Talakag, Bukidnon is continuously being pushed by the provincial government.


Incumbent Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong, Jr. visited on May 27, the upper area Tagoloan, to check the site where the 32-kilometre Upper Tagoloan section of the 65-kilometre Marawi-Kapai-Tagoloan-Talakag, Bukidnon Road shall be constructed.


Adiong said the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH ARMM) has already allotted P250 million for the construction of the Upper Tagoloan section which shall begin next month.


The construction of the Kapai-Lower Tagoloan section of the same  national  road is still ongoing. Completion of the entire road shall be in the first or second quarter of 2019.


Adiong said the road, dubbed Dream Road 2 is an alternate route to Cagayan de Oro City. When fully paved, travel time from Marawi  to Cagayan de Oro will only be an hour and a half. Currently, the route taken by Marawi residents in going to Cagayan de Oro is the 3-hour Marawi-Iligan-CDO national road.


Adiong also said that investors, farmers and businessmen from Region 10 can easily transport their goods and products to the province and vice versa given the shorter travel time and lesser traffic.


A total of P111 million from the DPWH ARMM was already spent on the road rehabilitation and construction of the Kapai section. Another P75 million from the 2016 budget of DPWH Region 10 has been allotted for the ongoing construction of the Lower Tagoloan section.


The office of ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government of Lanao del Sur wherein additional funds of P230 million is allotted for the ongoing construction of the Dream Road 2.


According to Engr. Mickey Macabantog of DPWH Region 10, they have also requested an additional P250 million  from the 2017 national budget for the full completion of the road.


Mayor Misangcad Capal of Tagoloan said he looks forward to the full completion of the Dream Road 2 as this shall benefit his constituents.


Association of Baranggay Chairpersons (ABC) President of Tagoloan town and vocal youth leader Dulce Capal said the road shall make it easier for the children of Upper Tagoloan to go to school in Lower Tagoloan and Kapai. As of the present, they have to climb steep mountains by foot just to go to school. (APB/PIO-Lanao del Sur/PIA-10)


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