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)


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.

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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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Tagalog News: PNP iniimbestigahan limang untoward incident sa Lanao del Sur

Maliban sa mga iilang isolated untoward incident na naitala ng kapulisan, naging maayos naman ang botohan sa Lanao del Sur.


Ayon kay PSupt Ghazzali Mamacotao, coordinator ng Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center (PEMAC), may limang di kaaya-ayang mga pangyayari ang na ireport sa Philippine National Police (PNP) at kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan na ng kanilang hanay.


Isa na dito ang shooting incident alas tres ng umaga sa barangay Cabingan sa Mindanao State University Main Campus sa Marawi City na ikinasawi nang poll watcher na sina Al Hafiz Usman at Jallaloden Usman.


Dalawa din ang nasawi sa barilan sa barangay Poblacion, Mantapoli sa bayan ng Marantao na sina Saidamen Ampay at Malik Ampay.


Sa bayan naman ng Poona Bayabao, sinunog umano ang tatlong school building ng Ragayan Elementary School na magsisilbi sanang voting center ng pitong barangay. Subalit natuloy pa rin ang botohan dahil ito ay inilipat sa Municipal Hall.


Sa barangay Tubaran Proper sa bayan ng Tubaran ay nagkaroon ng road blocking para hindi makapasok ang convoy ng nagdala ng Vote-Counting Machine (VCM) at ma-delay ang distribusyon ng election paraphernalia. Pero nakapasok pa rin ang convoy at natuloy ang botohan sa nasabing bayan alas-12 ng tanghali.


May mga naiulat din na suntukan sa iba’t ibang presinto pero inaalam pa ng kapulisan ang buong detalye ng mga ito.


Ayon kay Mamacotao, ‘manageable’ pa naman ng PNP ang mga pangyayari hanggang sa mga oras na ito. (APB/PIA-10)

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Tagalaog News: Kapulisan nakadeploy bilang special BEI sa limang bayan sa Lanao Sur

Nakadeploy na ang 200 kapulisan na magsisilbing special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI) sa limang bayan sa Lanao del Sur.


Ayon kay Senior Inspector Barlowe Espiga ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Lanao del Sur Provincial Office na siyang namuno sa deployment, ang 200 special BEI ay galing sa PNP Police Regional Office- Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (PRO-ARMM).


Aniya, ang special BEI ay nakadeploy sa bayan ng Butig, Maguing, Lumbaca Unayan, Sultan Dumalondong at Bacolod Kalawi kung saan mainit ang labanan ng mga kandidato.

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Samantala ang executive officer (EO) ng bayan ng Tugaya ay nag request din ng SBEI na papalit sa mga guro na hindi magpapakita ngayon dahil sa lumalalang tensyon sa lugar.


Ayon kay EO Subair Randang, 50 sa 75 na BEIs sa Tugaya ang nagfile ng inhibition dahil sa conflict of interest at takot. (APB/PIA-10)

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