Filipino Turkish Tolerance International School produce students that do not only excel in national level but internationally as well, like the recent World Scholar’s Cup-Global Round held in Hanoi, Vietnam last June 26 to July 1, 2017. Two students of FTTIS who showcased their intellectual gifts in Vietnam hail from the humble and peaceful province of Lanao del Norte. These students are Marian Mae Cedeño from the Municipality of Kapatagan and Kyle Jude Robert Sanes from the Municipality of Lala. Both students are under the scholarship program of 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo.
Marian Mae and Kyle Jude previously won the World Scholar’s Cup-Manila Round 2017 last February 5 and 6 which made them to qualify in the Global Round in Vietnam. Congressman Abdullah initiates Educational Scholarship programs for the youth of the province in partnership with Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo. The aim of our three provincial leaders is to create opportunity among the less fortunate students who have the potential to excel. In this program the students will broaden their perspectives by exposing them to more exciting and challenging environment in which they are allowed to interact with different types of people. This assistance is given to deserving students who will qualify and meet the necessary requirements set by the institution. It said that students in Lanao del Norte only needs quality training and exposure to win any competition outside the province.
In Vietnam, both students received a Gold Medal; Marian for Writing and Kyle for being the top scorer in History. In the team category for Collaborative Writing and Scholar Bowl; Kyle and Marian with their team bagged the Silver Medal.
The World Scholar’s Cup (abbreviated as WSC) is an international team academic program with students participating from over 50 countries. The World Scholar’s Cup has attracted what it calls “a global community of future scholars and leaders”, and promotes that it allows participants to “discover strengths and skills you never knew you had.” It focuses on bringing students from different cultures together to discuss issues and ideas relevant to today and the future.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte is proud of these two students for their achievements, where Congressman Abdullah together with Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo strongly emphasized the importance of quality education for the youth of Lanao del Norte. An Enhancement Training for High School Teachers was concluded last June 17, 2017; this enhancement training aims to produce highly equipped and skilled teachers to provide quality education for the elementary and high school students of the Province. The Congressman challenged the teachers to be responsible in the development of our youth. In his own words he said, “I think you should shoulder a very big responsibility in the development of our province and of course of our country. You are developing the future of our country in your classes”.
The WSC 2017 took place in Vietnam National Convention Center where more than 3000 scholars participated in the competition. The team of FTTIS was accompanied by their coach Abduljim H. Hadil.
In celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte, the provincial government through the Provincial Tourism Office organized a competition featuring the cultural heritage of the Maranao tribe as one of the fiercest warriors in the Philippines. Sagayan Festival is a war dance depicting in theatrical manner the steps of Prince Bantugan, hero of the Maranao and the Maguindanao people. In this dance it portrays the battle that Prince Bantugan have fought and won to rescue his sister abducted by the other tribe.
Representatives of the different municipalities of the Province of Lanao del Norte performed this ritual dance of the warriors carrying armaments, shields, shell noisemakers and double bladed swords which completes the traditional dress of the early warriors of Lanao. The performers dance along to the beat of the kolintang, agong and dadabwaan (traditional Muslim instruments) illustrating how Prince Bantugan and his warriors bravely faced the enemy who abducted his sister.
In this year’s competition Lala National High School won the prestigious title as Grand Champion. Geronima Cabrera National High School of Kolambugan bagged 1st runner-up followed by Maigo National High School. Consolation prizes were given to Teofila Quibranza National High School of Pualas, Tubod; Lala Proper Integrated High School; Magsaysay National High School; and Marcela B. Mabanta National High School of Kauswagan.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo along with the Board Members and the Municipal Mayors were elated to have witnessed the presentation together with Undersecretary Harold E. Clavite, Director General of the Philippine Information Agency who also comes from the Municipality of Baroy of this province. Usec Clavite was so happy that he was invited to be one of the judges of this cultural show. Governor Angging and Congressman Bobby thanked the school principals who have joined in this celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte. This Sagayan Festival could not have happened without the support given by the Municipal Mayors and the School Principals in spite of the security threats in connection to the crisis in Marawi City.
Araw ng Lanao del Norte is an annual celebration showcasing the unity among Muslims and Christians working as one in achieving the vision of the province by respecting and understanding each other’s culture and religion. This unity is a legacy of the Quibranza-Dimaporo which the people of Lanao del Norte deeply appreciates. This year’s theme formulated by Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo “Lanao del Norte: Hulagway sa Himsug nga Katawhan og Malinawong Katilingban” (Lanao del Norte: Portrait of Healthy People and Peaceful Society).
Sagayan Festival was held in Mindanao Civic Center Stadium in “The Land of Beauty and Bounty” on July 2, 2017 in celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN
The Office Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo through the Community Affairs Division distributed kilos of rice and pack of dates to our Muslim brothers and sisters all over Lanao del Norte celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan. Every year during Ramadan our Governor initiates this program to express her sincerity of serving the people of the province. This is called Sadaqa’h Petra’ah.
This year the rice distribution commences on June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) where three of the twenty four municipalities of the Province have been visited first by the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD). The Municipalities of Kolambugan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Matungao receive sacks of rice and boxes of dates to every Jama’at (place of gathering).
Each pack of rice and dates is given to every Jamaa (religious follower) for their Plapis (first meal after a day of fasting). SND Municipal Treasurer Ansary Limgas accepted the packs of rice and dates along with other local leaders present at the occasion.
In Kolambugan, Imam Mohamad Amincapal expressed his gratitude to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, “Alhamdulillah, dako among pasalamat kay Gobernador Angging Quibranza-Dimaporo sa iyang paghatag aning Petra’ah” the Imam said in vernacular. This blessing can help the five families from Marawi City taking shelter and praying in the Mosque of Barangay Riverside in Kolambugan, added Imam Mohamad.
Barangay Captain Malamit Pascan of Masurot, Kolambugan also thanked the Governor in our dialect, “Salamat kayo sa imong gihatag na Petra’ah kay nalipay ang mga nagsimba naka-ampo sila kay Allah nga punu-punuan ni Allah ang imong grasya pinaagi sa imong kahigugmaon sa mga tao kay kini nindot ni sa ila kay naa-poy naka apil diri nga gikan sa Marawi mao nangadaghan mi. Salamat Governor nalipay kaayo mi ug dako kay di jud ka kalimot sa mga grasya nga imong gipaabot sa mga Muslim”.
The Provincial Government supports all residents of the Province either Muslims or Christians. This is unique to Lanao del Norte where diverse culture and religion thrives together for decades living side by side with harmony, respect and understanding that strengthens the relationship of one another sustaining a peaceful community for the betterment of Lanao del Norte.
The distribution will continue all throughout the province until all Jama’at will receive its own goods from Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo before the day of Eid al-Fitr (festival of breaking of the fast).
The determination of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte to continuously provide assistance to affected brothers and sisters brought by this pointless war in Marawi City that caused thousands of families to leaved their once peaceful place in Lanao del Sur to seek shelter temporarily or permanently in the provinces nearby and some as far as Manila to find a place that is safe for their families where they could start a new tomorrow and have a better life is the hope of these IDPs. The Province of Lanao del Norte is one of these few places where one could find sanctuary and serenity.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo tasked the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, headed by Annabelle S. Mendez to carefully supervise the distribution of relief goods intended for IDPs taking refuge in Lanao del Norte. To identify and verify each IDP is a process to be cautiously performed through the combined efforts of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) and the PSWDO with the help of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO) assigned in the area for the purpose of equal distribution of relief goods.
On June 9, 2017, Friday morning, the PSWDO together with the PGO-CAD distributed relief goods to 25 families in the Municipal Gymnasium of Lala. Zenaida Alcoran of the MSWDO of the Municipality along with her staff Nestor Patalinghug assisted the Provincial Government employees in handing out relief goods to the IDPs.
In the afternoon, the team moved to the Municipality of Salvador and welcomed by 1st Councilor Insirah Sultan. The Councilor was thankful to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support given to all Municipalities since the crisis started on May 23, 2017. MSWDO Lourdes M. Gerale of Salvador Municipality helped in giving the relief goods to 41IDPs.
Abelita C. Manzano led the team with Elsie B. Pacaldo and Aiman C. Mamintal of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office along with the men of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division. PIO-LDN
Executive Assistant to the Office of the Provincial Governor, Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, spearheaded the Educational Assistance Program of the Provincial Welfare and Development Office in providing cash assistance to selected students of the province of Lanao del Norte, who are not financially capable of sustaining their educational expenses.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo requested PSWDO head, Annabelle S. Mendez with the help of school teachers to identify students from grade 7 up to grade 12 that are indigents but not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with certification from the Barangay as proof; Indigent students who have at least an average grade of 85 percent and; those who have personal disabilities (PWD).
The goal of this program is to provide financial assistance to students for their educational needs, giving parents a breather on the fees for their children’s education, said Mendez.
Provincial Executive Secretary Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo for two consecutive days from June 7 to 8 visited five schools in the Province where these indigent students are studying and personally handed out cash enough to sustain the expenses for the school year. “Gikan sa Probinsya Para sa Masa Educational Program” is the slogan of the Provincial Government in addressing the financial difficulties of indigent students in sustaining their educational expenses.
A total of 192 indigent students were presented from five different schools of the Province to avail for this Educational Program, these schools are; Bansarville National High School with 55 students, Kapatagan National High School with 44 students, Lala National High School with 47 students, Geronima Cabrera National High School with 40 students and 6 students from Diego H. Patigayon National High School.
One of these 192 deserving students is Maretcho P. Lodick, a grade 11 student with a very inspiring story to tell in spite of the difficulties of life, where she persistently face all the challenges in its day to day existence just to sustain her education in order to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer someday and give her 9 siblings live a better life. Maretcho a dedicated sister and a student made no reasons not to continue her studies, “Ang pag pa dayon sa pag eskwela, ma-o ra ang akong nakita nga pama-agi nga makab-ot nako ang damgo nga makahatag ug maayong kinabuhi dili lang sa ako apil na pud ang akong mga igsoon” said Maretcho with a teary eye. She is a working student living in Sultan Naga Dimaporo and travels everyday to attend classes at Lala National High School. Maretcho’s mother died when they were still young unfortunately their father left them few days after leaving her and her eldest sister to take the responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings. To financially help her eldest sister, Maretcho decided to work. But this hardship never stops Maretcho from pursuing her dream instead she made this an inspiration. This kind of courage and strong willed never left unnoticed by her teachers and classmates in Lala National High School. Two years ago, Maretcho was hit by a dengue. She had a fever so high that she needs to be admitted to a hospital. The Doctor required 8 blood packs for her to survive, financially incapable to purchase even a single pack the school and its student body decided to shoulder the expenses to save the life of Maretcho and also paid the hospital bill. Maretcho felt the love of her teachers and classmates till this very moment. She said she will never forget the people who shared their resources just to save the life of a poor girl.
When asked about the Educational Assistance provided by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte where she is one of the deserving beneficiaries, Maretcho expressed her gratitude in front of Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, who was deeply touched by her life’s story.
Maretcho thanked Ms. Sittie Aminah on behalf of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the Educational Assistance Program initiated by the Provincial Government for the deserving indigent students like her who really needs financial assistance to sustain their studies for the whole year.
Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo emphasized to parents that this financial assistance is intended for their children’s educational expenses and hope that this program will inspire other students to study hard and aim higher to achieve a better life. The Provincial Government is optimistic that this program will continue next year and the years to come to help more students of the Province that are deserving of aid, Ms. Sittie Aminah added. PIO-LDN
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office together with the Provincial Governor’s Office-Community Affairs Division carried out its mission in providing relief goods to the Internally Displaced Persons from Marawi City in the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo on June 8 as part of the continuous effort of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo directed Annabelle S. Mendez, head of the PSWDO to constantly provide assistance to all Municipalities of the Province that has displaced families seeking protection and a safe place to stay in Lanao del Norte after the war broke-out in Marawi last May 23, 2017 between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute-ISIS inspired terrorist group.
According to the records of the PSWDO, 445 registered and validated displaced families have been given relief packs inside the Municipal Gymnasium of SND. Modelsalic A. Abantas, Jr who have 8 dependents is thankful for the relief goods he received. Most of these IDPs from Lanao del Sur are staying in their relatives house and few were staying inside the Gymnasium. In Maranao culture, no matter how distant is your relationship to one another as long as you have the same ancestry, one is still considered a family. This is how strong the family bond of the Maranao people.
James Macayan and his staff of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of SND helped out in distributing the relief goods to all IDPs together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development of Region 10, the Regional Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police of the Province and the Day Care Workers of SND.
The continuous influx of IDPs from Lanao del Sur made the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte more active in providing assistance to those in need giving priorities to pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly. PIO-LDN
Morning of June 7, the men and women of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte were busy as bees as they were loading relief packs for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking shelter in the Municipalities of Sapad and Kapatagan. In Sapad, most of its IDPs come from the Municipality of Marantao, Lanao del Sur just 19.1km away from the City of Marawi. Mr. Hassan Macaraya together with his family travelled the 153 km route for more than 15 hours passing Malabang, Lanao del Sur to Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte before the reaching Sapad Municipality. On a peaceful day the travel time will only take 3 hours and 26 minutes.
Local Government Officials of the Municipality of Sapad welcomed the relief operation headed by Vice Mayor Rudy Rick B. Patalinghug on behalf of Mayor Paruk U. Asis. Vice Mayor Patalinghug is thankful to Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the relentless support given to all Municipalities, like Sapad which these IDPs consider as one of the sanctuaries in the Province of Lanao del Norte after fleeing the on-going conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute-ISIS inspired terrorist group in Marawi City.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo is constantly monitoring the Provincial Relief and Medical Operations of the Provincial Government to see to it that all municipalities of Lanao del Norte with IDPs will be given the necessary assistance to cater the needs of the displaced families.
Sapad Municipal Councilor Carol Tijing and Emilia Paler, head of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and her staff joins the relief operation of the PSWDO together with the Provincial Governor’s Office-Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) in distributing the relief packs each containing 6 kilos of rice, 4 cans of sardines and 4 cans of tuna. A total of 131 registered and validated displaced families received the goods inside the Municipal Hall.
In the afternoon of the same day, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office answered the needs of the IDPs taking refuge in the Municipality of Kapatagan where 37 registered and validated displaced families received relief goods from the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte with the help of Municipal Mayor Barry Baguio, who took time despite of his hectic schedule to personally hand over relief goods to IDPs in his Municipality. PIO-LDN
Tubod, Lanao del Norte – In a simple awarding ceremony held at Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) Hotel, Brgy. Pigacarangan, Tubod town, the Department of Health-Region 10 led by its Director Nimfa Torrizo gave the province of Lanao del Norte the Malaria-free seal for achieving zero incidence of Malaria cases.
The awarding ceremony was kicked off by a motorcade from the Provincial Capitol complex to the MCC Hotel in Brgy. Sagadan, both in the capital town Tubod.
The Declaration seal was signed by DOH Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin after its verification confirming that there is no indigenous case of malaria in Lanao del Norte for the past five years.
The last reported case of malaria was last 2007 in the interior municipality of Magsaysay. The lessons learned by the malaria workers in the province especially in the prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment were vital ingredients in the eventual elimination of the disease.
“This is the end result of all the hardwork and determination of our stakeholders particularly the Malaria Team, PHO personnel, RHU, and municipal government units. We also recognize the steadfast support of Governor Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo who inspired us to complete this herculean task”, said Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Jamaica Dimaporo.
During the ceremony, Dr. Dimaporo also presented the strategies used and steps taken to attain a Malaria-free Lanao Del Norte.
As of today Malaria remains endemic in 65 of the 78 provinces, 760 of 1,600 municipalities and 9,345 of the 42,979 barangays nationwide. An estimated 11 million Filipinos especially those living in remote barangays are the most susceptible to the malaria infection.
“We need to remain vigilant and not let our guard down because just a single malaria-infected person visiting your province could potentially result to hundreds more to become infected (imported case). And those new cases are now already considered endemic. This means that your province will lose its Malaria-free status that you all worked very hard to achieved”, urge Regional Director Torrizo.
During her inspirational talk, Vice-Governor Cristy Atay, congratulated the health sector of Lanao del Norte for its latest accomplishment and encouraged them to continue improving healthcare services in the province.
The final evaluation of Lanao del Norte was conducted on September 28 to October 2, 2015 by a team from DOH Central Office led by Norma Joson. The team monitored the endemic municipalities and hospitals and evaluated the epidemiological data, investigation reports, diagnostic capabilities, malaria drugs availability, surveillance capacities and response system through the Malaria Elimination Hub created under Executive Order No. 17, series 2015.
On May 31, 2016, DOH-10 led by Assistant Regional Director Adrian Suba-an finally unveiled the Seal of Malaria-Free Lanao del Norte 2015 to Governor Dimaporo. Witnessing the unveiling were PHO Jamaica Dimaporo, Engr. George Demavivas, PHO Malaria Elimination Hub Members, Chief of Hospitals and other provincial employees.
The Malaria-Free Zone seal was officially unveiled to the entire health sector of Lanao del Norte on June 7 led by DOH-10 Director Torrizo and assisted by Vice-Governor Atay.
Participants to the awarding rites also signed their commitment of support to maintain the Malaria-free status of Lanao del Norte.
Certificates of Recognition were also given to members of Malaria Team for their efforts to get this seal.
According to DOH RO-10 Vector-Borne Disease Program Head Josephine Ibalio, now that Lanao del Norte has been declared as malaria-free, the focus now should be on preventing the reintroduction of transmission and keeping the malaria-free seal of the province.
Attending the awarding rites were personnel from the DOH RO-10, PHO, MHO’s, Medical Technologists, Surveillance Officers, provincial and municipal employees.
Lanao del Norte has been a recipient of two DILG awards – Seal of Good Housekeeping and Seal of Good Governance. Both awards testify of good governance and quality public service being delivered here in this province. VNL/PIO- LDN & MAD/PHO – LDN
Baguio, CAR –The provincial government through its Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) is showcasing the rich cultural heritage and colorful tradition of the royal Maranao tribe in the on-going ‘Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao 2016’ organized by the Department of Tourism Region 10 held at SM City-Baguio.
Tubod, lanao del Norte – The province of Lanao del Norte joins the ‘Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao 2016’ held at SM City – Baguio from May 26 to June 1, 2016.