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Motocross Brraaap its Way for the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte

Motocross Brraaap its Way for the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte.

Professional riders and motorcycle enthusiasts all over Mindanao and Visayas region will converge on this two day event of Motocross Racing and Circuit Racing on July 1 & 2 respectively to showcase their extreme talents and death defying skills in Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Information Office and the Provincial Governor’s Office-Community Affairs Division revives the much awaited mind blowing Motocross Racing. These Riders are back to the “Motocross Capital of the Philippines” to conquer once again the obstacles and steep jumps made of dirt carefully contoured, design and build to perfection by the Provincial Engineer’s Office to push these riders to their limits. These adrenaline junkies will surely bring excitement and joy to the crowd who have missed this extreme sport. Local motocross riders of Lanao del Norte  will be joined by riders from Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte and del Sur , Zamboanga Sibugay, Riders from the Province of Taw-Tawi, Misamis Occidental, Team Medina of Ozamis City, Misamis Oriental, and Iligan City, Bukidnon, Davao, Visayas Region, Surigao and too many more to mention. According to event organizer Idol Sanes, a number of well-known Motocross Riders will be here on this day to exhibit their extraordinary talents like Bornok Mangosong, Jason Bayawa and James Levitt of Team UA Mindanao, Juvinil Abellar and Pepo Rubi of Cebu, Peping Mar of Tawi-Tawi, Athoy Bilican of Bukidnon, Scott Remi, John Flores, Lagrada Brothers and many others. “The long wait is over. It’s been a while that this wonderful sport of Motocross racing last visited its capital in the country”, said Sanes. People were thrilled when they heard that this extreme and exciting sport is back as part of the celebration, he added.

On the following day (July 2), additional bonus to all motorcycle enthusiasts, the heart pumping, jaw dropping Circuit Racing for 2017 is on. Circuit racers will wow the crowd with their driving abilities, cornering, banking and speeding to test their focus in manoeuvre the narrow circuit modified for the race. The people of Lanao del Norte are lucky enough to witness this race for some of these riders have already participated in various international competitions. Aside from our own circuit racers, teams from Davao, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Ozamis, Pagadian, Zambonaga City and Zamboanga Sibugay have expressed their interest to join the race.  This event will be held in Agora area in front of the MCC Sports Complex.

These Motocross and Circuit Racing are only two of the remarkable programs and events organized by the Provincial Government for the weeklong Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte that will start on June 28 to July 4, 2017. PIO-LDN

DSWD Coordinates with PSWDO for IDPs in Lanao del Norte

DSWD Coordinates with PSWDO for IDPs in Lanao del Norte

Regional Director for Region X of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Nestor B. Ramos coordinated with Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, asking assistance regarding to the distribution of sacks of rice to Local Government Units of Lanao del Norte. The head of Provincial Social and Welfare Development Office, Annabelle S. Mendez was then tasked by Governor Dimaporo to respond to the request of the Regional Department. The PSWDO is the Office which has the exact information of the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking shelter in Lanao del Norte. IDPs were manually identified through the series of relief missions conducted by the Provincial Office since the war broke out on May 23, 2017 in Marawi City between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute terrorist group.

In May 846 sacks of rice were sent in the Province by the DSWD Region X making true to the Memorandum of Agreement that the latter will grant sacks of rice to Provincial Government through PSWDO in case of a natural or manmade calamity occur.

DSWD-X Regional Director requested the cooperation of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office to hand out sacks of rice intended for IDPs through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of each Municipality along with its Emergency Response Team (ERT). The MSWDO and ERT will then distribute 25 kilos of rice to each family of IDPs in its area for consumptions.

Annabelle S. Mendez supervised the giving away of the rice together with the staffs of the PSWDO to Local Government Units of Linamon to Sultan Naga Dimaporo who are present in Mindanao Civic Center Grandstand to personally accept the aid.

Emilia Mantecpaler, MSWDO of Sapad expressed her gratitude to DSWD-X Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos and especially to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the relentless support given to all Municipalities of Lanao del Norte. Emilia said that she will visit all registered IDPs who are taking refuge in its Municipality to personally hand over their share given by the Government.

Provincial Governor of Lanao del Norte Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo personally instructed Annabelle S. Mendez since the crisis happened to coordinate with the MSWDO on the number of IDPs coming in from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur in order for the Provincial Government to have an idea of how many relief goods that the Province needs to prepare for each Municipality. PIO-LDN

Students from Lanao del Norte Ventures into Perfume Business

Students from Lanao del Norte Ventures into Perfume Business.

The Office of 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo initiated a livelihood program for students of the province named LANSA Perfumes. LANSA is a short term for Lanao Norte Students Association. This program aims to help students from Lanao del Norte who are currently enrolled in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology to be entrepreneurs by coming up with their own idea to produce and sell perfumes  making their educational expenses less burdensome to their parents and to themselves. This livelihood program commences last June 6, 2017 right after these students appealed and proposed to Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo for assistance.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah same with Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo favours programs that enable individuals to be efficient and productive.

The LANSA Perfume livelihood program was conceived on June 1, 2017 where LANSA members headed by President Dhevine Paninsoro and Aisa Rellon, Office staff of the 2nd Congressional District arranged a meeting with Baby Joson, Marketing Officer of Development Bank of the Philippines. Five days later the students then proposed to Congressman Abdullah which the latter positively approved. After its approval Paninsoro and Rellon travelled to Manila where they attended the training on perfume making at Glorietta 3 Ayala Center Makati City on June 12, 2017.

At present, LANSA hopes to sell their perfume products in Maranding, the student group produced different kinds of fragrance for both men and women. Perfume bottle comes in 5ml and 10ml with a product price of P50.00 and P80.00 respectively. For promotion they sell three 5ml bottles for only P140.00 that will give a savings of P10.00

LANSA’s goal is to earn P8,000.00 per month. The Office of the 2nd Congressional District is willing to provide further assistance by helping them introduce their products to the local market of the Province which could help the local economy. PIO-LDN

Fiberglass Fishing Boats for 1st and 2nd District of Lanao del Norte

Fiberglass Fishing Boats for 1st and 2nd District of Lanao del Norte.

On the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte Celebration, the three highest Government officials of the province are planning to hand over Fiberglass Fishing Boats to fishermen of the eleven coastal municipalities who were chosen to own and operate this modern type of water vehicle. This project is part of the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte crafted by the brilliant minds of 1st District Representative Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo.

The giving away of these fibreglass boats is to help alleviate the economic conditions of the fishermen who have no other means of income. This livelihood assistance is intended for the poorest of the poor said Francisco “Frank” Cabrera Bihod, IGP Consultant of the Office of the 2nd Congressional District.

These fishermen have been meticulously identified by the staff of Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo. Selected beneficiaries were then given the option of what type of fishing boat they would like to have; the single type without engine and the larger boat with engine that can accommodate at least two fishermen. According to Frank Bihod, there are four different designs of mouldings for this fibreglass boats depending on the area where the fisherman comes from. Fishermen along the coastline of Linamon to Maranding have the same design of moulding different from the fishermen of SND which symbolically represents the Muslim tribes living in the area. Kapatagan fishermen has a different story, there were two designs of mouldings depending on the nature of their fishing method. There are fishermen who only use a paddle to navigate the narrow rivers of Kapatagan and others chose the fishing boat with a motor engine.

There are 300 fiberglass fishing boats allocated for the Province of Lanao del Norte. These 300 units are equally divided for the two Congressional Districts, 150 units per District, said Frank Bihod.

This project is initiated by 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo in cooperation with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Office headed by Pierre Easter Velasco. PIO-LDN

Enhancement Training for High School Teachers of LDN

Enhancement Training for High School Teachers of LDN.

The culmination of the Enhancement Training for High School Teachers happened on June 17, 2017 at Lanao Norte National Comprehensive High School in Baroy. The Enhancement Training started last May 13 of this year, where 168 high school teachers participated in specializing the four subject areas; Mathematics, Science, English, and Research.

2nd District Representative of Lanao del Norte, Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo attended the culmination to personally talk to the teachers and Officials of the Department of Education to emphasize that this Enhancement Training is for the future generations of Lanao del Norte. Trainings such as this are necessary in order to improve the educational system of public schools by encouraging public school teachers to be active in taking part on programs that will enhance the skills and methods of teaching. In this program the goal is to produce highly equipped and skilled teachers to provide quality education for the elementary and high school students of the Province.

Congressman Abdullah started by saying, “I do not know if you know the results of the National Achievement Test in your respective school and we intend to look into the quality of our education that not only we teach our students how to speak Tagalog, English or how to do answer one plus one or know the meaning of good morning. I hope you will accept as your success not only the graduation of your students but also their success in life. I hope you will feel how wrong you maybe or how sorry you are when you heard that one of your students cannot find a job. 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”.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo stands as the father of the Province, like all fathers do he is concern of the future of his children. The Congressman wants all public school teachers to be well equipped and skilled enough before imparting knowledge to their students. This is a challenge that the Department of Education of Lanao del Norte have positively accepted.

Congressman Abdullah commences programs that give opportunities to individuals by creating programs and projects that help alleviate the financial conditions of the people. As of the moment there are more than 20,000 individuals who have availed the scholarship programs through the combined initiatives of the two Congressional Districts and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.

The Enhancement Training for High School Teachers of Lanao del Norte is a concerted effort of Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo , and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo, The Department of Education-Schools Division Superintendent Emmalinda E. Duhaylungsod and the Philippine Science High School headed by Lorvi B. Pagorogon.

This program is in line with the goal of the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) and it is a development intervention to prepare students from elementary to qualify to any entrance examination providing scholarship from prestige high schools preferably the Philippine Science High School. PIO-LDN

Governor Dimaporo OKs Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao

Governor Dimaporo OKs Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao.

June 19, Pigcarangan, Tubod – Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo starts her weekly message by greeting all Dad Happy Father’s  Day. The Province of Lanao del Norte will continue to celebrate the 58th Araw ng Lanao even though Martial Law is still active in Mindanao. All activities will be done in the mornings from June 28 to July 4, 2017 inside the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex.

Though our celebration has limitations but we have to show that we are indeed okay here. The life that we have here is very normal”, said Governor Dimaporo. The implementation of 8:00 pm curfew is in fact reasonable. In Lanao del Norte parents have agreed to the curfew hours implemented by the Philippine National Police and the Local Government of the Province. Children are compelled by the parents to be inside their houses before the curfew hour.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo also informed the employees of the Province that the normal work timing is back that starts from 8:00 am to 5:00pm confirming the Memorandum released on June 16, 2017. Last May 29, 2017, Governor Dimaporo released Memorandum Order declaring the work timing of all Provincial employees will be from 7:30am to 3:30pm to be effectively implemented on the following day (May 30, 2017) due to the reason that employees commuting in the afternoon from the Province to Iligan are spending too much time in the traffic caused by the military checkpoints along the highways particularly in NSC area in Iligan.

The lifting of the travel order was also discussed by the Governor. Provincial employees can now attend workshops or any meetings in Cagayan de Oro, Davao City or to any other places when it is deemed necessary.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo told the employees not to believe on text messages’ containing false information for this can create panic among individuals. And, not to forward bogus text messages not coming from the AFP, PNP or from any Government Agencies.

Inform the PNP or local officials of your area when you see someone that is new in your place. Always be careful and vigilant for some of these suspects have already mixed with the civilians, how about those sympathizers whose faces are not included in the tarpaulins, be a concern citizen”, said Governor Dimaporo. PIO-LDN

2nd District Congressman Dimaporo Appeals to His Relatives and Friends to Help President Duterte End Marawi Crisis

2nd District Congressman Dimaporo Appeals to His Relatives and Friends to Help President Duterte End Marawi Crisis.

27 days have passed since the terrorist group attacked the City of Marawi. The once peaceful and tranquil city had now become a battle ground where Maute/ISIS inspired extremist been hiding. The people of Marawi and surrounding municipalities of Lanao del Sur have been extremely affected by this incident. No one has ever thought that something like this will happen to this vibrant City.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo is emotional every time the current situation in Marawi comes into discussion. The Congressman grew up in this city when his father, the late Mohamad Ali Dimaporo was the Governor of the Province of Lanao del Sur. He is emotional for the fact that he has relatives living in the city that were displaced by the fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the terrorist group who took siege of the city in the afternoon of May 23, 2017. The extremist concealed their real purpose by using the peace loving religion of Islam. Marawi is the only Islamic City in a Christian majority country.

In this current situation of Marawi, the 2nd District Congressman of Lanao del Norte appeals to his relatives and friends to help the government to put a stop on this crisis. The Administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a down to earth government where its main purpose in running for the Presidency last May 2016 is to help alleviate the living conditions of the Filipino people especially in Mindanao where he is giving more priority for development projects. The President proudly claims in some of his public speeches that he is a Maranao and that he is extremely sad on the present situation of the people of Marawi.

What happen to the city right now is because of this terrorist group who were cuddled and tolerated by some members of their community. President Duterte said that all citizens must have a Sense of Social Responsibility, that if a member of a society knows or has reliable information that someone is planning something that is against the laws of God and the laws men in a civilized society, it is the social responsibility of that member to inform the authority in order to stop the evil plan before it could terrorize the people and the community.

The AFP and the PNP are having a hard time to neutralize this terrorist group for they are taking with them innocent civilians as hostages and using them as human shields. Some Mosques were being used by Maute/ISIS members as their holding ground and hide-out after firing at the militaries for they know the security forces of the government will not attack them when they are inside. President Duterte could end the fighting in Marawi in just few hours by dropping all the bombs of the Armed Forces but said “We are bound by the rules and we live in a society of civilized people and there is governance here”. The primary concern of President Duterte is the safety of all civilians who are trapped inside their houses and those who were taken as hostages by these radicals.

Relatives, friends and Mayors of all the Municipalities in the Provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte were urged by Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo to help protect the people and the City of Marawi by supporting the efforts of President Duterte to put a stop to this fighting. Let us do our part by giving information to the AFP and PNP if suspicious men are present in our respective communities. Let us not allow these extremist ruin our peaceful lives and communities for their own senseless cause, said 2nd District Congressman Dimaporo in Maranao vernacular. PIO-LDN

3rd PDC Meeting at MTC

3rd PDC Meeting at MTC

The Provincial Development Council chaired by Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and Provincial Department Heads together with 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo along with the Municipal Mayors and its representative assembled at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center on June 16, 2017 to discuss the development progress and projects of the Province.

The Provincial Planning and Development Office presented the Annual Investment Program for 2018 headed by Engr. Anecita R. Lendio. The Proposed Utilization Program under the 20% Development Fund for the Calendar Year 2018 has been agreed by the members of the Council. The Economic Development Projects are: Concreting of Baroy-Princesa Provincial Road in Baroy; Concreting of Bagong Dawis-Raw-an Point Provincial Road in Baroy; Concreting of Purok 3-Pigcarangan Barangay Road in Tubod; Rehabilitation of Provincial Roads; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Program; Farm Mechanization Program; and Provincial Nursery Farm Development. For Social Development Projects: Rehabilitation/Expansion of Drug Rehabilitation Center; National Community – Driven Development Project (NCDDP) Counterpart; Construction of Kapatagan Provincial Hospital’ Warehouse; and Upgrading of Provincial Hospitals.

The Provincial Development Council Required Actions:

  • Passage of a Resolution adopting the 2018 Annual Investment Program (AIP)
  • Passage of a Resolution adopting the 20% Development Fund Utilization Program for CY 2018
  • A Resolution adopting and endorsing the Provincial Rice Road Map CY 2017-2022 of Lanao del Norte

Additionally 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo suggested that a resolution must also be made by involving the Barangays in the Development Plans of the Provincial Government. The voice of the people through the Barangay Councils should be taken into considerations. A Resolution Consolidating the Development Plans of the Province which Board Member Tawantawan Cauntongan positively noted. The Barangay Development Plan be consolidated to the Municipal Development Plan and then consolidated to the Provincial Government through the Provincial Planning and Development Office.

The 2nd District Congressman persuades all Local Executive Officials of the Municipalities of Lanao del Norte to avail the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) for their respective Barangays. Republic Act 9178 or BMBEs Act of 2002 encourages the formation and growth of barangay micro business enterprises by granting them incentives and benefits.

A BMBE is defined as any business enterprise engaged in production, processing, or manufacturing of products, including agro-processing, as well as trading and services, with total assets of not more than P3 million. Such assets shall include those arising from loans but not the land on which the plant and equipment are located.

The Provincial Government and the two Congressional Districts of Lanao del Norte focused on the programs that will help alleviate the poverty situation of the residents. The Educational System in the Province needs to be improved according to Congressman Abdullah which Governor Imelda has agreed in the meeting.

Continuous trainings to enhance the skills and techniques and to further advance the knowledge of the Provincial teachers to produce quality students that area efficient and responsible as citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.

Public safety was also discussed not in terms of Peace and Order but the safety of the public in consuming street foods. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Melania P. Untao immediately responded to the concern raised by 2nd District Congressman Dimaporo. The Provincial Health Office is constantly monitoring this type of businesses in coordination with the Health Officers of every Municipality. Dr. Untao also added that the Office is also requiring water samples from each Refilling Stations of Mineral Water around the Province. Municipal Government should first require the accomplishment of sanitary permits before giving building permits to applicants, pleas Dr. Untao.

The Provincial Agriculture Office was proud to present the steady increase of rice production of Lanao del Norte for 2016. Last year the rice production has increased by 2.78% metric tons. In 2015 the production yield per metric ton is 173,586 and has increased to 178,413 in 2016 that gives an increment of 4,826.85 metric ton.

The contribution of the Province of Lanao del Norte in the regional rice production is 25.10% which is more than a quarter of the total rice production of Region X. Letecia G. Ditucalan, head of the Provincial Agriculture Office swayed the Council to continue supporting the rice program. Ditucalan give emphasis on the challenges that needs to be confronted directly to sustain the rice production of the Province. The challenges are: Low Farm Productivity; Insufficient Infrastructure; Insufficient Pre and Post Harvest Facilities; Poor Market Linkages; Vulnerability to climate and disaster risks as well as the challenges of conversion of rice production areas to commercial, industrial and settlement areas and the challenge of the increase percentage of population growth rate. The goal of the PAO is “To Be Rice Self-Sufficient At All Times”.

The objectives of PAO is to Increased palay production in the province by 19% in 2022 or 178,413 MT in 2016 to 212,515 MT in 2022; Increased average yield of rice per hectare by at least 16% in 2022 or from 4.42 MT in 2016 to 5.11 MT in 2022; Increased and or sustained rice self sufficiency from 129.85% in 2016 to 138.37% in 2022; Improved Farmers Farm Productivity; and Ensure sustainability of the natural resource base.

The Provincial Agriculture Office of Lanao del Norte received the Achievers Award in the National Level Category held in Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila and the only recipient of this award for Region X which the Governor was very proud to witness the ceremony with Congressman Abdullah.

Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo also seized the opportunity before dismissing the caucus appealing to all Municipal Mayors of Lanao del Norte not to accept Maute and other extremist in their respective municipalities. Protect the Province from these radicals who only bring nothing but hatred and destructions. There is no place for them in Lanao del Norte. “We have worked hard for years to preserve the peace and order of our Province, you (Municipal Mayors) all knows this”. The progress that the people are seeing and enjoying right now is the fruit of the hard worked that we have planted years ago to make the Province of Lanao del Norte where it is now, said the Governor. Let us set aside politics and unite for the purpose of living peacefully in our beloved Province of Lanao del Norte where the Governor grew up, and urge all Mayors of the Province to support the activities for the Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao to show the whole country that the Province of Lanao del Norte is a peaceful place where all religion is free to practice their own faith and celebrate their tradition and culture without fear and living harmoniously together (Muslims and Christians) for years by nurturing the essential values of respect and understanding for the good of “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”, Province of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN

Nihongo Language Skills Training Produced 34 Graduates

Nihongo Language Skills Training Produced 34 Graduates

The Office of the 2nd Congressional District of Lanao del Norte and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in coordination with Lanao Norte National Agro-Industrial School (LNNAIS) in Tubod concluded the unprecedented language skills training on June 15, 2017 at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo attended the closing ceremony. This language training is a preparatory course designed for participants to acquire basic knowledge of the Japanese language through listening, speaking, reading and writing before going to the Land of the Rising Sun. These 34 students are now equipped with the basic Nihongo language that they can use during their stay in Japan under the Study-Work Program initiated by Congressman Abdullah in partnership with the Japanese Agency to help residents of the province alleviate their economic status.

All programs initiated by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte including the two Congressional Districts are part of the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) for Vision 2020 that was crafted by the ingenious minds of 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo. Programs such as this are intended to provide assistance to local residents of the province to be efficient and productive.

Congressman Abdullah discusses about living in a Civic Society where members are providers and not all the time users. People living in a Civic Society does not wait for the aid coming from government instead they will act on their own to help each other and the society in general.

There are Five (5) Visions introduced by Congressman Abdullah for the Province of Lanao del Norte to complement the Vision 2020: First (1) vision is the Foundation in Building Peace and Order, where all local executive officials work side by side to sustain the peace and order of the province; Second (2) vision is the Unity of All People of the Province, Muslims and Christians nurtures the value of respect and understanding towards unity; Third (3) vision is the Infrastructure, Congressman Khalid during his time as Governor of the Province partnered with the Municipal Mayors in constructing and cementing roads to make it accessible to local farmers and residents of the area to supplement the funding from the national government also the Provincial Government is doing its best to provide all classrooms needs in 2018 with the Department of Education’s assistance; Fourth (4) vision is the Social Development, Congressman Abdullah is proud to say that there are more than 20,000 students who have graduated as scholars under their programs and have found jobs in the province and in some other places. Governor Imelda started the Philhealth Card of the Province that is very helpful particularly to the under privilege of Lanao del Norte and Congressman Khalid through his leadership have improved the facilities of all Provincial Hospitals and build the modern Provincial Hospital in Maranding Annex that is near operational to cater to the medical needs of the residents of Lanao del Norte; and the Fifth (5) vision is the Human Development, where various trainings and skills enhancement programs are continuously given to residents of the province to be more effective and productive in the society. Countries such as Australia and Canada are conducting trainings to the Municipal Government. USAid and Australia are also providing trainings to the Provincial Government.

Provincial Director of TESDA, Tarhata S. Mapandi confirmed the 34 graduates who have successfully finished the Nihongo Language Skills Training. Congressman Abdullah has always been interested to provide the trainees necessary language before being deployed to Japan or to any country in Asia not just skills in order to communicate with the people of the host country which is very important, according to Dir. Mapandi. Anyone who completed the training in TESDA it is guaranteed that the student is already equipped with the necessary knowledge to face the challenges ahead. In the words of Director Mapandi “We believed in TESDA that anyone who passes by and completed their training in TESDA we provided them the trust and confidence that they can actually deliver”.

Niňo E. Cimafranca, the Nihongo Language Trainer comes all the way from Cebu. It is the first ever language training done in the Province of Lanao del Norte. Cimafranca personally expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government for the project. He is proud as an instructor that his students have learned the basic language and reminds the graduates that the real training will be in Japan. Cimafranca encourage students to continue studying Japanese.

LNNAIS Vocational School Administrator, Vicente E. Cruz before presenting the candidates for graduation thanked Congressman Abdullah and the Provincial Government for this unique program. The leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the two Congressional Districts in making Lanao del Norte safe.

Congressman Abdullah reminded the graduates to practice the acquired knowledge. In Japan, they will be thought about the culture. In four months time in October, Congressman Abdullah is hopeful and with God’s blessing these graduates will depart to Japan. It is important to continue practicing the Nihongo language until the month of departure.

Graduates Wea Jane A. Bual and Arl Von V. Lorenzo, two of the 34 graduates presented their testimonies in front to expressed their gratitude to Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for this exceptional program of the Province for the youth of Lanao del Norte who are interested to seek a better life.

Each of us has a purpose here on earth. We do our best not just for ourselves but for our loves ones and for our fellowmen. We must remember our purpose, our goal to pursue our dream. Kita tanan nanggandoy ug brighter future that’s why we are all here”, said Bual.

Lorenzo in his testimonial speech, “This program is a life changing opportunity to all of us, because this will open us another door not just to study and explore and experience other countries culture, tradition, heritage and many others, also this will able us to broaden our horizon on the great pathways for which our dreams and vision and goals in life.

Atty. Donato Y. Calica, Head of the IGP reminds all graduates that this graduation is just a first step to the several ladders of life. The Inclusive Growth Plan is a program for poverty alleviation, where the purpose is the family that these graduates someday will help their family to have a better life. Atty. Calica appeals to the graduates that it is time to change their perspective in life. Change for the better. No one can change another person but himself. Atty. Calica said, “Change starts in us”.

One of the 34 graduates is Jonathan Cardenas from Baroy, a former OFW of Saudi Arabia. He is Thankful that this program has been realized. Though soon he will leave with a heavy heart what motivates him is that this journey will lead to a better future for his wife and three children. This is the purpose of the various programs of the Government of Lanao del Norte that are built-in in the Inclusive Growth Plan for achieving the Vision 2020. PIO-LDN

Rice Distribution Continues for the Holy Month of Ramadan in Lanao del Norte

Rice Distribution Continues for the Holy Month of Ramadan in Lanao del Norte

The men and women of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) left the Capitol early morning of June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) to distribute sacks of rice and boxes of dates to three Municipalities of Lanao del Norte: Poona Piagapo, Sapad and Bacolod.

This is a continuous initiative of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo providing sacks of rice and boxes of dates to all Jama’at (place of gathering) every year during the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This humble gesture is a testament of how caring, loving and sincere the Governor is to all the residents of Lanao del Norte.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide. This is the month of fasting, for 29-30 days Muslims celebrates the first revelation of the Holy Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. This commemoration is considered as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Holy Month of Fasting will begin based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and is observe every ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

In the Municipality of Poona Piagapo, Municipal Coordinator Hadji Jamalica Bacarat led the distribution of 201 sacks of rice and boxes of dates to 52 Mosques in the Municipality. Ustads Alibasher Mustapha and Ustads H. Carim Ambor were present during the occasion to accept the humble assistance of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo.

Both Ustads were grateful to the Governor. “This assistance from our Governor is a blessing that is deeply appreciated by all Muslims of the Province of Lanao del Norte”, said Ustads Alibasher Mustapha. The food package will be given to each Jamaa (religious followers) for their Plapis (first meal after a day of fasting).

Municipal Coordinator of Sapad Ramelito B. Tubongbanua turned over 160 sacks of rice along with boxes of dates to one of the Mosque leaders Imam Nasrodin Hassan of Kuwait Mosque, Sapad has 56 Mosques. Apolonio D. Bacalares Municipal Coordinator of Bacolod handed 72 sacks of rice and boxes of dates to Imam Manan Ismael for the 20 Mosques in the Municipality. PIO-LDN

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