Lanao del Norte Government Goes On with Relief Operations

Lanao del Norte Government Goes On with Relief Operations

The constant pace of relief distribution has reassured the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Marawi City and from others areas of Lanao del Sur who are currently taking refuge in some Municipalities of Lanao del Norte. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in partnership with the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) have delivered a total of 540 Packs of relief goods to the Municipalities of Kauswagan, Linamon and Tagoloan on June 13 and 14, 2017.

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo is making sure that all IDPs be given the basic necessities needed in the evacuation center. Head of PSWDO, Annabelle S. Mendez has always been in contact with every Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer since the war broke out in Marawi City between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute/ISIS inspired terrorist group last May 23, 2017.

The Municipality of Kauswagan has sheltered 276 validated displaced families in its gymnasium and were given relief goods with the assistance of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development head Teresita M. Escalicas and staff. The MSWDO assigned in the Municipality of Linamon received additional 7 relief goods to be given to recent IDPs. The evacuation center in the Municipality of Tagoloan sheltered 257 displaced families according to Aida Macadingdang, head of the MSWDO.

Liniding Ampuan Tocalo with 12 dependents from Toros Marawi City is now staying in Madrasah, Dimayon Evacuation Center in Tagoloan. Narmia Dicatanongan Ato with 6 dependents from Marinaut, Marawi City momentarily stays with her relative in Dimayon. Narmia is thankful to Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support given to displaced families like them.

Internally Displaced families were given the Disaster Assistance and Family Card (DAFAC) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development for proper identification and easy access to relief goods during distribution. The PSWDO will check the DAFAC for verification which will then be marked by the staff’s signature and a coupon will be given before claiming the relief goods. The purpose of this process is for all IDPs to receive equal share of the goods, said Mendez. PIO-LDN

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo Resumes the Annual Rice Distribution for Ramadan 2017

Muslim elder receives pack of rice from PGO-CAD employee

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).

Lanao del Norte Government Cares for IDPs in Lala and Salvador

IDPs receiving relief goods from PGLDN in the Municipality of Salvador

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

PGLDN initiated “Gikan sa Probinsya, Para sa Masa Educational Progam” for deserving students of Lanao del Norte

Ms Sittie Aminah reaches out to a parent of a deserving student in Lala National High School

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

Relief Operation in SND, Lanao del Norte

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

Relief Operations in Sapad and Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte

PGLDN employees hand over of relief goods to IDPs at Sapad, Lanao del Norte

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

PSWDO Relief Operations Continues in Lanao del Norte

PSWDO Relief Operations Continues in Lanao del Norte

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of the Province of Lanao del Norte carry on in its relief mission by assisting local government units in the province with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in their municipalities.

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the PSWDO provided assistance to the Municipality of Tubod and in the Municipality of Magsaysay. Barangay Captain Jean Tibon of Bulod, Tubod expressed her appreciation to the Provincial Government for the support given in addressing the needs of the displaced families for their day to day provisions. In Barangay Bulod, 60 internally displaced families received relief packs containing six kilos of rice, four cans of sardines and four cans of beef loafs, and at the same time in the municipal center of Magsaysay, 56 displaced families received the same relief packs from the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.

Annabelle S. Mendez and her team from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office made sure the distribution of relief goods is well coordinated with the local officials and with the help of the men and women of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division. “So far there has been no problem in delivering the relief packs to the evacuation centers as all IDPs were cooperative during the distribution”, said Mendez.

Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo’s main directive is to immediately attend to the needs of the IDPs taking shelter in Lanao del Norte by providing basic needs in partnership with the officials of the municipality. Barangay Captain Tibon explains the importance of the Evacuation Identification Card or the IDP Evacuation Card to be carried at all times for security purposes and for quick access to relief goods.

The Province of Lanao del Norte currently has 36,423 internally displaced persons or 8,181 displaced families from Lanao del Sur according to the records of the PSWDO. Everyday IDPs are constantly entering the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte to take shelter since the war broke out in Marawi City between the terrorist and the Armed Forces of the Philippines on May 23, 2017. Some IDPs are living with their relatives and others who don’t have a place to stay have no choice but to stay in the evacuation center.

In its 16th day of military operations, the AFP has no date as when the fighting will stop saying they are doing the best they can to put an end on this crisis as soon as possible and restore the peace that the residents of Marawi were enjoying for decades, with this statement the Province of Lanao del Norte brace itself for more IDPs coming in from the affected areas of Lanao del Sur.

With this on-going crisis in Marawi, 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo calls for unity, respect and understanding among the people of Lanao del Norte and encourage all to protect each other regardless of creed or religion.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo appeals to all constituents to be patient and supportive to the efforts of the Government especially in the checkpoints, where the military is scrutinously checking all vehicles and identification of all persons coming in and out of Lanao del Norte. “All that they are doing in the checkpoints are for our own safety, we should cooperate on all the things that they are asking, such as ID’s”, the Governor said.

At present, 18 municipalities of the province are taking care of all displaced persons who seek peace and sanctuary in Lanao del Norte, the municipality that has the greatest number of IDPs is the Municipality of Balo-i with 2,652 families. PIO-LDN

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo Reminds All to be Vigilant and Cooperative

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo talks to employees of the Provincial Government

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo started the week by leading the flag ceremony together with the provincial employees in front of Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center Monday morning.

Before addressing the employees regarding the security status of the province, first the Governor personally cleared the rumour circulating regarding her health and told them not to worry. She is fine and healthy, the Governor said. “My heart rate is normal according to my cardiologist in Manila”, as she have undergone medical check-up lately in the nation’s capital. The doctor said she is just under stress and the pain that the Governor is feeling at the back of her chest is only a pinched nerve. Governor Imelda said that she is happy about her job, and nothing can stop her to serve the people, she loves to be in the Provincial Capitol serving the people of the province and working with the employees.

On matters of the peace and order of the province, so far it is peaceful. Governor Imelda reminds once again the people to be vigilant and cooperative towards the efforts of the military and PNP. “All that they are doing in the checkpoints are for our own safety, we should cooperate on all the things that they are asking, such as ID’s and if possible you have extra food on you, please share it with them (PNP/Military)”, said the kind hearted Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo.

The Provincial Government is at all times coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and to all Chief Executives of the local government units of the Province of Lanao del Norte. The Governor also made mention that recently 16 families from Ramain, Lanao del Sur is now seeking shelter in the Municipality of Tubod. Mayor Lencio Bagol informed Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo, in which the two Provincial Executives made time to welcome the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Province of Lanao del Norte and had a dinner with them to celebrate the Plapis (Dinner after a day of fasting). Governor Imelda and Cong. Abdullah had a chance to talk to one of the head of the families from Ramain who narrated their story on how they have escaped and travelled for 17 hours using a pedicab (tricycle taxi) to reach the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte.

The Provincial Government is planning to relocate the displaced families to another location that is convenient and comfortable, for now these families are living inside Tubod Cultural Center.

In addition, the Governor reminded the provincial employees to be alert in their respective communities and report unusual persons in their place to the PNP, Military or local officials in their area. PIO-LDN

Provincial Government Relief Operations in Matungao

Provincial Government Relief Operations in Matungao, Lanao del Norte

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte continue in its effort in providing assistance to all municipalities of the province where Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are taking shelter from the conflict in Marawi City.

 

Vice Mayor Jaber Maba Azis of the Municipality of Matungao, Lanao del Norte, 28.6 km from Marawi City claimed they have more than four hundred families from Lanao del Sur who are taking refuge in their town, immediately Ms. Annabelle S. Mendez of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) assembled the relief operation team including the men of the Provincial Governor’s Office-Community Affairs Division to answer the call of Vice Mayor Azis, before 10:00 am the team arrived in the area where IDPs are located and instantly set-up tables while people patiently waiting for their turn to come in front with their DSWD yellow card for identification that they are really indeed IDPs from Marawi City for the purpose of equal distribution of relief goods.

 

Vice Mayor Jaber Maba Azis is grateful to the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and personally to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and to the two District Representatives, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo for the unwavering service and concerned shown to all the people of Lanao del Sur.

 

Recently, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo took time to visit in person the Gomampong D. Ali Cultural Center in the old Municipal Hall of Balo-i to see to it that relief and medical operations are directly given to all IDPs.

 

738 families were given relief goods and medical supplies by the Provincial Government. Each pack of relief goods contains kilos of rice, variety of canned goods, instant noodles prepared by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and medical supplies were carefully identified by the Provincial Health Office to help prevent the spread of diseases inside the center. Babies, pregnant women, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) were given priorities to received medical supplies. Hygiene Kits was also handed to individuals. Plastic wares like pales, dippers and water containers were received by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development in the Municipality of Balo-i. PIO-LDN

Hypertension Awareness Month Observed in Lanao del Norte

Hypertension Awareness Month Observed in Lanao del Norte

All government and non-governmental agencies, such as the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development are enjoined to collaborate and cooperate with the Philippine Society of Hypertension in advocating and implementing activities to prevent and control hypertension and its cardiovascular complication.

Proclamation No. 1761, Series of 2009, declaring the month of May of each year as “HYPERTENSION AWARENESS MONTH”, with this the Department of Health in coordination with the Provincial Health Office set-up tables in the lobby of Gov. Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center from May 29 to 30 and in Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex the following day, this is to encourage provincial government employees avail the services offered by DOH. Doctors and nurses were present to screen employees, monitor blood pressure prior to medical check-up then provide necessary information on how to avoid such medical condition. The impact of hypertension that causes premature death and disability also affects the national productivity and socio-economic development of the country.  Based on the studies of DOH, hypertension is the number one cause of illness and is the leading contributor to premature death of Filipinos within the country that reaches up to 200,000 deaths yearly attributed directly or indirectly to High blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure also known as hypertension where the walls of the arteries are receiving too much pressure repeatedly, it is a condition that if not regularly monitored can cause heart disorders such as heart failure, ischemic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, and left ventricular hypertrophy (excessive thickening of the heart muscle).

During the presentation of Ms. Cheryl Cabañeros, registered Nurse from DOH noted that there are two types of Hypertension, the Primary (essential) hypertension that will gradually develop over the years and Secondary hypertension and adverse effect caused by an underlying condition that tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than Primary hypertension.

Board Member Harris Umpa-Ali also shared in his message the importance of healthy living through exercise and healthy diet, hydration is one of many simple ways that is overlooked by the people that is essential in maintaining a healthy body. Provincial Governor of Lanao del Norte, Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo clearly emphasized the importance of monitoring one’s blood pressure to prevent unnecessary incident. The Governor supports the Society of Hypertension and continued by sharing her healthy living habits by staying strong and healthy in order to keep up with her hectic schedule in serving the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte.

Doctors and nurses from the Provincial Hospital together with the Provincial Health Office performed minor medical check-up to employees of the Provincial Capitol. Employees that have been diagnosed with hypertension were encouraged to enlist in the DOH Hypertension and Diabetes Registry and Club for regular check-ups and for maintenance of medicines like Losartan and Amlodipine. PIO-LDN