Tech4ED Center Opens in Tubod, Lanao del Norte

Tech4ED Center Opens in Tubod, Lanao del Norte

In connection with the celebration of the 58thAraw ng Lanao del Norte, the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT)-Mindanao Cluster 2 launched the Tech4ED program with the opening of its first Provincial Training Center located in Tubod, Lanao del Norte. 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo graced the occasion before a training course in virtual assistance begun led by Fabio Tongson of the Provincial Information Communications Council for the promotion of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in the province.

The event started at 9:00 am on June 30, 2017, Engr. Joel Aruelo of DICT Region X presented the platform of Tech4ED. Tech4ED stands for Technology for Education, to gain Employment, train Entrepreneurs towards Economic Development. It is a project of the DOST-ICT Office that aims to harness ICT to enable, empower and transform society creating an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside, through providing opportunities for employment and empowering entrepreneurs. Its mission is simple– To harness the power of ICT in society towards creating a progressive countryside. In addition, the project also aims to help residents of the province increase the chance of getting hired for a job by undergoing skills trainings or enhancement like this virtual assistance course. Local entrepreneurs can also benefit of this program by partnering with the DICT to promote their businesses on-line, and through these training course residents of Lanao del Norte will be as competitive as the other cities or provinces.

In this project marginalized sectors are given access to digital opportunities, Tech4ED will now make it possible for hundreds and thousands of people to start businesses, get education, gain employment and take their first steps towards improving their families well-being, through a single ICT portal in a single center. To make this happen, Tech4ED has six segments; 1.eEduSkills: Enabling education seekers to gain a High School Diploma through informal education; 2.eAssist: Providing digital and employment opportunities to vulnerable groups and marginalized communities, 3.eAssess: Providing students with the industry partnerships that will provide them evaluations for job-readiness, 4.mAgri:Empowering farmers, cooperatives, agribusiness, and food processors by helping them obtain real time information price in the market, 5.mMarketplace: Enable new competitors in the market specifically from rural communities, and 6.eGovServ: Providing citizens with the necessary government services and information.

DICT Engr. Eugene Raposala III said that the services under Tech4ED offers great convenience to the people like for instance the eGovServ, application for NBI clearance will be less hassle and more convenient. If an individual is in need of government documents he or she can obtain those documents by just going to the nearest Tech4ED Center. eGovServ is used for government transactions such as applications for driver’s license, birth certificate and clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); eAssist, its purpose is to improve digital and financial literacy; and eEduSkills are for learning on demand that includes the Alternative Learning System and courses under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

On the same occasion, virtual assistance training course was conducted to prepare trainees for a BPO job.  Virtual Assistant or VA, generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office. Most foreign clients prefer Filipinos as their virtual assistant for the fact that Filipinos are fast learner, reliable and can understand and speak the English language, with this no language barrier between the clients and the Filipino VAs.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo is glad that the province of Lanao del Norte has given the opportunity to have a Tech4ED Center for the people to have a chance of improving their lives for the better. The good Congressman is also positive that virtual assistance training course will help create opportunities for employment especially in BPO industry and with the increase of employed residents the local economy of the province of Lanao del Norte will also increase. This project is in partnership with the DICT Region X headed by Director Eva May dela Rosa and 2nd District Representative of Lanao del Norte, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo. PIO-LDN

Lanao Del Norte Local Government Executives Remains Committed to Serve and Protect Residents despite of NAPOLCOM Resolutions

Lanao Del Norte Local Government Executives Remains Committed to Serve and Protect Residents despite of NAPOLCOM Resolutions.

Cagayan de Oro City – The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, the two Congressional Districts along with its Municipal Chief Executives had a Press Conference in the city to stand as one and challenge the resolutions released by National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) dragging the name of Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the 22 Municipal Mayors of the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte. In its resolutions released on June 8, 2017; Resolution Nos. 2017-334 and 2017-335-A approving the withdrawal of their deputation based on the following grounds: (1) engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government; and (2) providing material support to criminal elements. The other two grounds for the suspension or withdrawal of the deputation of a local government executive under Section 65 of Republic Act No. 8551 are frequent unauthorized absences and abuse of authority.

Governor Angging personally challenged the Officers of NAPOLCOM to present clear evidence that would support the allegations made by the said office. “It is demoralising the decisions of the resolutions because those are untrue and we are working very hard to protect our constituents in our province Lanao del Norte and now I am a coddler of the worst enemy?”, the Governor said. The Province of Lanao del Norte for years has enjoyed the unity of Muslims and Christians. Recently, the peaceful province celebrated the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte from June 28-July 4, 2017, where hundreds of residents and visitors gathered inside the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex to join and witness the weeklong festivity of the harmonious relationship of the two influential religion in the country.

Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo appeals to NAPOLCOM that this is the time that we must work together not to make the government bicker by sowing seeds of doubt and distrust with our different agencies (the Local Chief Executives, the Province versus the PNP) because that it seems to be happening. “Being former Provincial Governor I believed that the real solution to ending terrorism not only in Lanao del Norte but also in the ARMM is through the local government units” said Congressman Khalid. DILG should constantly work with the local government units and if there is a failure then it must be corrected. If Maute is present in Marawi that is because of the local chief executive, if Maute is not present in Lanao del Norte that is because of the success of the municipal mayors and the local chief executives in Lanao del Norte. Credit should be given to those who are working hard to support our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. NAPOLCOM has destroyed the peaceful image of Lanao del Norte that the local chief executives have worked hard for years by just creating baseless resolutions without validation. Congressman Khalid humbly requested NAPOLCOM to remove the Province of Lanao del Norte from their resolutions.

Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative of Lanao del Norte said, “We are attempting to cleanse whatever damage that the resolutions have done to our respective personality”. The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, Municipal Mayors and the two Congressional Districts are one with the National Government to fight any threats (illicit drugs/terrorism) in protecting the people of the province of Lanao del Norte. The PNP cannot do this alone without the help of the local chief executives. We are all Filipinos and we must be united in fighting terrorism and illegal drugs for the betterment of Filipino people and the Republic of the Philippines.

President of the Municipal Mayors of Lanao del Norte, Mayor Allan J. Lim of the Municipality of Lala asking NAPOLCOM to evaluate first all the mayors and please clear Lanao del Norte, the Municipal Executives, and Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo from this discriminatory claims by NAPOLCOM.

Governor lmelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo along with the Municipal Mayors and the two Congressional Districts will continue to support the programs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police in maintaining the peace and order of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte Residents Dismayed Over NAPOLCOM Resolutions

Lanao del Norte Residents Dismayed Over NAPOLCOM Resolutions

For years the Province of Lanao del Norte has been peaceful and is continuously progressing. The people of the province have enjoyed the unity of the Muslims and Christians and this can be shown in the recent celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte on June 28-July 4, 2017. Residents and visitors gathered inside the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex to celebrate the harmony of its residents that leads towards development and progress. In spite to what is happening in Marawi the Provincial Governor pushed through with the celebration giving assurance to the people that nothing will happen to the peaceful province. Before the day of the celebration on June 27, 2017, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo had a meeting with the Armed Forces of the Philippines represented by Lieutenant Colonel Ericson Rosana from the 15IB, 3ID and PSupt. Surki Sereňas, LDNPPO DPDO together with the Municipal Mayors of Lanao del Norte to discuss security measures prepared by the AFP and PNP.

Residents of the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte was dismayed to hear the resolutions of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) removing the deputation powers given to Local Government Executives due to their failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories which is inimical to national security and poses serious threat to the lives and security of their constituents

True, security threats from the terrorist group are there based on the intelligence report provided by the AFP and PNP but Governor Angging never back down to this threat. She constantly conducts meeting with the Provincial Peace and Order Council including the AFP and PNP of the province. The utmost concern of the lady Governor is the safety of the residents of Lanao del Norte. Governor Angging strongly condemns these terroristic acts of the Maute. In one of the activities in the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte, Governor Angging told the people that she will not allow this terrorist group to destroy the efforts that the Provincial Government made in making Lanao del Norte a progressive province.

The celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lano del Norte is proof enough to conclude that the Province of Lanao del Norte never tolerates any terrorist groups or rebels to thrive in the province because of the unity of the Muslims and Christians. The Governor repeatedly calls all municipal mayors to help the AFP and PNP in the fight against terrorist groups.

The peace loving people of the Province of Lanao del Norte appeals to National Police Commission to reconsider its resolution to exclude Governor “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo for she is the mother of our province and the people love her for she works hard in maintaining the peace and order of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN

58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte Radiates Unity, Respect, and Understanding

58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte Radiates Unity, Respect, and Understanding

The culmination of the weeklong celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte ends with great applause and cheer from the people of the province. The celebration started on June 28 and concluded on July 4, 2017. ENVIRONMENT DAY kicked off the celebration in Mt. Torong-Torong in Pigcarangan, Tubod where hundreds of government employees and residents assembled to commemorate this important event in doing our fair share as responsible citizens caring for the environment.

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo lead the tree planting activity after giving recognition and appreciation to a number of partner government agencies, private companies and individual recipients. On this day, fifteen lovely candidates for Miss Lanao del Norte 2017 was formally introduced before proceeding to the peak of Mt. Torong-Torong for the tree planting program. The site is breathtaking as the scenic view of Panguil Bay will give you serenity perfect for religious retreat and family picnic.

YOUTH DAY was then celebrated on the second day. Activities were organized to give importance to the young generation of the province. Cheerdance and Hip Hop competition was held inside the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) Gymnasium performing alternately in the same event. It makes you proud that at their young age these youth performed the cheerdance routines and gymnastic stunts like professionals. Congressman Bobby was so impressed that he encouraged these youth to continue what they are doing and maybe someday we can send our own delegates to compete in the national level. Lanao del Norte National Comprehensive High School-Wildcats won the cheerdance competition while 3D Movers of Tubod impressed the crowd and the judges to win the Hip-Hop dance competition.

On June 30, third day of the weeklong festivity, farmers and fishermen of the province were given time to be recognized for their significant contributions to the development and progress of Lanao del Norte. The economy of the province relies mostly in agriculture and fishing through this the Provincial Government created AGRI-AQUA, LIVESTOCK and OTOP Fair to showcase the farmers’ agricultural and livestock products, and the fishing products of the province. The two Congressional Districts of Lanao del Norte, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo in partnership with the Provincial Administration of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo provided 300 fiberglass fishing boats for the fishermen of the two district, from the municipality of Linamon down to Sultan Naga Dimaporo. Hard working Municipal Mayors was given farm equipments at no cost to support their local farmers. The Provincial head of the Agricultural Training Institute revealed that more and more training sites have been built in the province. 16 Municipalities filled their booths with agricultural products such as eggplants, bitter gourd, tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, pumpkins and so many more. Engineer Christopher B. Morales, Chief Field Programs Planning Division of the Department of Agriculture was so amazed to see how abundant the Province of Lanao del Norte is with agricultural and fishing products. He promised that he will ask DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piňol to visit the Province of Lanao del Norte. Governor Angging and the two District Congressmen are hopeful that the good DA Secretary will one day come and visit “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”.

In the afternoon of the same day, Drum and Lyre competition was scheduled in Mindanao Civic Center-Football Field. Parents, classmates, friends and spectators gathered on the grandstand and witnessed the students from various schools of the province execute their well choreograph performance. Lala National High School won the competition for high school category and the Pigcarangan Elementary School bagged the title for elementary category. There was also a painting contest held inside the Media Center where artists around the province displayed their artwork featuring the peaceful and united people of Lanao del Norte.

July 1 (Saturday-Sports Day) scheduled for Unity Run. This fun run activity was made to show solidarity of the Christians and Muslims of the province to the victims of Marawi conflict. The proceeds of the Unity Run will be given directly to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are taking shelter in the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte. This activity was organised by Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo in her own little way can provide additional assistance to the victims’ current financial situations. Ms. Sittie Aminah, currently the Executive Assistant to the Office of the Provincial Governor, was so happy to see the overflowing support coming from the different sectors to her advocacy. This just to show how united the people of Lanao del Norte is, Muslims and Christians work together for a common cause. Zumbathon immediately followed after the fun run. All ages dance to the beat while imitating the dance moves of the instructors. Various sports activities were also scheduled on this day. The Municipality of Linamon won the 8th Governor’s Cup Lawn Tennis Tournament followed by the municipalities of Baroy, Tubod and Kolambugan as first, second and third runner-up respectively.

The two day invitational football tournament also started on this day where teams from Tangub, Iligan, Baroy and other areas registered to participate in the competition. Board Member Abdul Harris Ali took a time-off to show his athletic side by playing as goal keeper for the team “Ba-o Breakers”. Basketball Tournament and Volleyball (Men & Women) was also played in the front of the grandstand of MCC. Boxing Match was organized for the future boxers of the province. The entertainment part comes in when two gay boxers entered the ring and fought each other in a friendly match just to amuse the crowd.

The long-awaited Motocross competition brought the crowd to its feet as the riders make moves that defy gravity. This extreme sport of motocross racing makes your heart pounding like you can almost hear it. The people really enjoyed the race. Governor Angging thanked the participants of the motocross competition who have come from other regions just to join in the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte. The lady Governor reveals her plan that an international motocross competition will be happening before the end of this year. Edol Sanes, event organizer expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government for bringing back the sport in Lanao del Norte, the Motocross Capital of the Philippines.

It was also on this day that the dress rehearsal for Miss Lanao del Norte 2017 was conducted. The Provincial Tourism Office and the Office of the Information and Communications Technology worked together in preparation for the beauty pageant inside the MCC Gymnasium.

On July 2, the famous Sagayan Festival, War Dance of the Maranao people is celebrated yearly during TOURISM DAY of the Araw ng Lanao del Norte. The Province of Lanao del Norte is rich in culture and tradition due to its united inhabitants composed of Maranaos, Cebuanos, Chabacanos, Yakan, Tausugs and Sama-Bajau. Sagayan is only one of the various festivals that Lanao del Norte is celebrating. This year and in 2016 the province has won the Free Interpretation Category in Cebu Sinulog Festival and it also bagged the Best in Musicality.

Circuit racing was held at Agora complex across Mindanao Civic Center in Sagadan, Tubod. Motorcycle enthusiasts crowded the area to see these adrenaline junkies battle their way towards the finish line by manoeuvring the steep corners neck and neck with each other. This sport is not for the faint hearted, it needs a lot of practice to master the different techniques of circuit racing.

The most anticipated beauty pageant every year for the Province of Lanao del Norte is the search for Miss Lanao del Norte. And this year, 15 lovely candidates flaunt not just only their beauty but as well their intelligence in answering questions thrown at them. The intricate gown design that these candidates are wearing representing the festival of their respective municipalities complements the natural beauty that they possess. This search is just a proof that indeed the Province of Lanao del Norte is “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. Miss Bacolod, Faith Chariza C. Lapinig won the prestigious title as Miss Lanao del Norte 2017.

On PEOPLE’S DAY, hundreds of constituents gathered inside the MCC Gymnasium to avail the free services offered by the Provincial Government, National Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations. “Lanao del Norte Serbisyo Segurado” is in tune with the programs of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in Bringing the Government Closer to the People. Governor Angging continuously provides free basic services to the less fortunate brothers and sisters in Lanao del Norte through her program Especial Mass Based Program or EMBP. The Provincial Health Office provided free medical and dental check-up and also mass feeding program has been organized by the said office. Free medicines were then given by the PHO staff upon presenting the prescription scribed by the physician. Free Legal Services was also provided by the Provincial Legal Office such as Drafting of Affidavits, Drafting of Deed of Sale, Drafting of Special Power of Attorney, and other basic legal services. Other participating groups or organizations treated the children with ice creams, sweet fruit drinks and arroz caldo. Governor Angging and Congressman Bobby toured the place to see to it that the people are being served and treated well. This is the essence of People’s Day we from the government must always be of service to the people especially the less fortunate ones said the Governor in local dialect.

On CULMINATION DAY (July 4), the Governor along with 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo expressed their gratitude to the people of Lanao del Norte who have come and joined in with the celebration in spite of the security threats from the terrorist group. The Governor pushed through with the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte for she is confident that no terrorist group or any insurgents will prosper with their plans in disturbing the peaceful province of Lanao del Norte, this is because of the unity of the Muslims and Christians and the genuine support expressed by the Municipal Mayors to Governor Angging in her efforts in securing the province.

Congressman Abdullah repeatedly appeals to his relatives, friends and fellow Maranao to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in the fight against this local terrorist group. The 2nd District Congressman also said that this local terrorist group are just using the peaceful religion of Islam for their own interest. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is doing his best to bring the lives of the Mindanaon better and prosperous. We have to support the President for he is true to his words and the only administration that is down to earth said Congressman Bobby in one of his speeches in the province.

1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo said in his speech during the Agri-Aqua, Livestock & OTOP Fair, “I was happy that with the support of the Mayors, the Governor pushed through with the celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte because this is the time of the year where we show our pride that we are from Lanao del Norte, we show our pride that we progress better than our neighbours. This is where we show our difference why we will succeed where other provinces have failed. Terrorism will not thrive in Lanao del Norte because of the development we have here and the unity among the Muslims and Christians, We respect each other’s religion”.

The celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte was a huge success because of the unity of the people of the province. Muslims and Christians stand with one another in protecting Lanao del Norte from elements that brings only hatred and destruction. Terror groups will not flourish in Lanao del Norte for the people (Muslims and Christians) are living harmoniously with each other. The people of the province for years respected each others’ religion and culture that is one of the reasons why Lanao del Norte is continuously progressing.

The unity of the Christians and Muslims in the Province of Lanao del Norte is one of the essential legacies of the Quibranza-Dimaporo family which the people of the province deeply appreciate. PIO-LDN

58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte Celebrates People’s Day

58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte Celebrates People’s Day

Bringing the Government Closer to the People is the mantra of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo ingeniously designed the various services and programs which provides assistance to the people of the province especially the less fortunate. People’s Day is created to reciprocate the significant contributions of the people in the continuous progress that the province is experiencing. The unity among the Muslims and Christians constantly drives the province with the leadership of the Provincial Governor, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo together with the Municipal Mayors to move forward towards development and prosperity.

On July 3 (Monday), the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte assembled all its offices inside the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium in celebration of the 58th Araw ng lanao del Norte. This year’s slogan “Lanao del Norte Serbisyo Segurado”, the Provincial Governor made sure that all basic services be provided to the people on this momentous event. The expected services on this day are Special Recruitment Activity, Medical and Dental Check-up, Mass Feeding, Non-Government Organizations Services, Legal Services, National Government Agency Services (DFA, Philhealth, NBI, NSO/PSA, CSC, Pag-Ibig, PNRC, SSS, GSIS & LTO).

One of the frontline services provided by the Provincial Government is the Mass feeding, Medical and Dental Check-up by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by Dr. Melania A. Untao. Hundreds of people including children and elderly queued inside the gymnasium to avail the free services provided by the said office. After the check-up medicines were then given at no cost such as paracetamol, antibacterial, and mucolytic. Patients were reminded that never take-in medicines to cure illnesses without prescription from a doctor. In addition, the Provincial Legal Office with the presence of Atty. Mark Christopher A. Babor provided free legal services like Drafting of Affidavits, Drafting of Deed of Sale, Drafting of Special Power of Attorney, Drafting of other Legal Documents and Notarization of Documents. Malingao Community Cooperative just recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary handed cold fruit sweets to the people inside the gymnasium.

Christian Dave Gonzales, 15 and Letecia Ayodo, 60 years old patiently waits for their turn in tooth extraction area of the PHO. Doctors of Lanao del Norte Medical Association also provided ear check-up and other medical services for the people. Various cooperatives also joined in with the People’s Day celebration like MSU-IIT NMPC, MWIMPC, MCOCO, LANPCEMPCO, LORENZO TAN MPC, AIM COOP & Serviamus Foundation. The Alpha Company of the Armed Forces of the Philippines lead by Lieutenant Morales of the 15IB as well conducted recruitment activity to encourage young patriotic citizens to selflessly serve the country. Philhealth distributed 4Ps card for indigent residents of the province. Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs Region X carefully checked the documents presented by each applicant for renewal and new passport before advising them to set a schedule on-line. Free Hair cut and free massage was initiated by some cooperatives. Children were very happy that ice creams are given for free by Lanao del Norte Provincial Employees Cooperative (LANPCEMPCO) and Lorenzo Tan Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo personally witnessed the various services provided by the different agencies of the national and provincial government in partnership with the non-government organizations. Governor Angging and Congressman Bobby were so glad to see the people smiling after being treated and served by the government employees. This is the essence of People’s Day serving the people, bringing the government closer to them. The theme of the 58th Founding Anniversary “Lanao del Norte: Hulagway sa Himsug nga Katawhan og Malinawong Katilingban” (Lanao del Norte: Portrait of Healthy People and Peaceful Society). PIO-LDN

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo Speaks Out

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo Speaks Out

July 6, 2017-Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo scheduled a press conference in Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro to clear the name of the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte. For years the province of Lanao del Norte has enjoyed the harmony between the Muslims and Christians. Governor Angging has always been in contact with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to keep Lanao del Norte secured and peaceful. Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo during the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte said that, “Terrorism will not thrive in Lanao del Norte because of the development we have here and the unity among the Muslims and Christians, We respect each other’s religion”.

2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby: Dimakuta Dimaporo repeatedly appeals to his relatives, friends and to the Maranao people that we have to support the AFP and PNP in fighting this local terrorist group. He calls all Municipal Mayors to work with the Administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his government is sincere to his words in serving the people of Mindanao and the Republic.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte supports the declaration of Martial Law. In one of the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan created Resolutions expressing support to the declaration.

 

Resolution No.01, Series of 2017

A resolution requesting the Philippine National Police Regional Director of Region 10 and the Regional Peace and Order Council Chairperson to Compliment the number of personnel assigned to Provincial Public Safety Company of Lanao del Norte to the minimum strength of 169 PPSC personnel”.

Resolution No.02, Series of 2017

A resolution supporting the declaration of Martial Law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte”.

Resolution No.03, Series of 2017

A resolution requesting the Municipal Mayors of 22 Municipalities to provide the number of Madrasah present in their municipality, name of the Madrasah, location, name of the head of the Madrasah and contact number for future engagement with the Department of Education”.

Last May 25, 2017, Governor Angging strongly condemns the terrorist group and other rebels in threatening the peaceful province of Lanao del Norte, “I don’t want that to happen in Lanao del Norte”, the strong words of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo referring to what happens in Marawi. I will not allow this terrorist group destroy the efforts that we have made in making Lanao del Norte a progressive province. Let us set aside our political differences for the benefit of the people and future generations of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN

Miss Bacolod Crowned 2017 Miss Lanao del Norte

Miss Bacolod Crowned 2017 Miss Lanao del Norte

The search for Miss Lanao del Norte 2017 has finally been decided. Out of fifteen beautiful candidates one was chosen as the fairest of them all. Faith Chariza C. Lapinig representing the Municipality of Bacolod ecstatically received the prestigious crown on the evening of July 2 in connection of the weeklong celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte at Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium.

The crowned Miss Lanao del Norte 2017 is a 26 years old registered nurse and currently serving in the Department of Health-Rural Health Unit in the same municipality. Aside from bagging the admirable title, Miss Lapinig named Best in Cocktail Attire, People’s Choice Award and Miss Nature’s Spring.

Marielle Nazarene D. Cortes of Kapatagan named First Runner-up, Best in Muslim inspired Gown, Best in Swim Wear and Miss Telegenic; Mary Grace J. Adami of Maigo, 2nd Runner-up; Cheny G. Macadaeg of Lala, Third Runner-up; and Queen Ddie M. Paghasian of Magsaysay, Fourth Runner-up.

Awards were also given to Jeramie B. Mingo of Nunungan as Best in Festival Attire and Best in Production Number. Esel Mae P. Pabillaran of Tagoloan received Miss Congeniality Award and Caryle Joice D. Mahinay of Matungao named Miss Photogenic.

Consolation Prizes was also given to these ten lovely candidates who have not reached the final five in Search of Miss Lanao del Norte 2017: Esel Mae P. Pabillaran of Tagoloan, Glyden T. Damalerio of Kauswagan, Ahseil M. Mansueto of Kolambugan, Jeramie B Mingo of Nunungan, Mary Suzeth M. Mermio of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Alianah Jean Tumapon of Salvador, Abegail G. Paler of Poona Piagapo, Chirly B. Luzano of Tubod,Caryle Joice D. Mahinay of Matungao, and Jessa A. Pasco representing the Municipality of Sapad.

These fifteen lovely candidates were first introduced in Mt. Torong-Torong during the celebration of the Environment Day commencing the activities of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte. The candidates were given the time to be with nature as they planted trees at the peak overlooking the scenic view of Panguil Bay and the surrounding luscious green forest of Mt. Torong-Torong. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo led the tree planting activity in giving importance to our gentle environment along with the Board Members, Municipal Mayors, DENR Regional and Provincial Officers, and special guests from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. PIO-LDN

Sagayan Festival Exhibits War Dance of the Maranaos

Sagayan Festival Exhibits War Dance of the Maranaos

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

Motocross Capital of the Philippines Flies High on Its 58th Founding Anniversary

Motocross Capital of the Philippines Flies High on Its 58th Founding Anniversary

The Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty” is also named the Motocross Capital of the Philippines. Every year the founding of the province is celebrated to commemorate the success of the people and showcase the hard work of the different industrious sectors which contributes to the continuous progress and development of Lanao del Norte.

In celebration of this meaningful event, the Provincial Government returns the favour to the people by organizing day to day events and activities for a weeklong merrymaking. Motocross racing is one of the events that the people have enjoyed. The death defying acts, the adrenaline rush, and the breathtaking moves which made the crowd up to their feet never minding the scourging heat of the sun just to see these motocross riders defies gravity. Riders from all over Mindanao and from the Visayas region assembled and conquered once again the obstacles and steep jumps made of dirt carefully contoured, design and build to perfection by the Provincial Engineer’s Office and true these riders were pushed to their limits at Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex-Race Tracks.

According to Edol Sanes, event organizer there were 14 Categories of the Motocross event; Executive, Mini Class, Underbone Stock, Underbone Open, Expert, Pro-Category, Ladies, Power Enduro, Veterans, Inter-Open, Novice Open, Beginners, and Veterans 40 Up. These riders have come directly from Mati, Davao Oriental the previous day for the same event held in the city and immediately rushed to MCC Sports Complex in Lanao del Norte almost 526 km apart. As seen in their performance, the riders never felt tired to race with each other and entertained the crowd no matter how far they have travelled. We love the sport so much that we cannot afford to miss a single racing event especially the race here in the motocross capital said one of the racers from the Visayas region.

Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo thanked the participants who have come and joined in with the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte. “Dako kaayo among pasalamat in spite to what happened (in Marawi) ni-a giud mo dinhi to join ug ni-anhi mo dinhi sa Lanao del Norte to participate the motocross as we all know that Lanao del Norte is the Motocross Capital of the Philippines, it was started by Congressman Khalid when he was still the Governor”. The Governor reveals that she has plans to organize an International Motocross event in Lanao del Norte before the end of this year.

Governor Dimaporo never vowed down to the security threats coming from the terrorist groups or from any insurgents. The support of all Municipal Mayors and the two Congressman, 1st District Representative Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo pushed through with the celebration. As Congressman Khalid said “This is the time of the year where we show our pride that we are from Lanao del Norte, we show our pride that we progress better than our neighbours. This is where we show our difference why we will succeed where other provinces have failed. Terrorism will not thrive in Lanao del Norte because of the development we have here and the unity among the Muslims and Christians, We respect each other’s religion”. PIO-LDN

 

Results by category:

Veterans 40 Up

1st: Popet M. Frias

2nd: Roscel Guingob

3rd: Boy Bisas

4th: Johnny Ariel S. Orar

5th: Climaco Tejano Sr.

 

Veterans

1st: Timoy Olmoguis

2nd: Jeremiah C. Beech

3rd: Paul L. Janolino

4th: Tristan Galanto

5th: KR Mino

 

Expert

1st: Jesse Q. Pineda

2nd: Ralph Arnel V. Bayhon

3rd: kimboy Pineda

4th: Dodoy Bandigan

5th: Ambo Yapparcon

 

Pro

1st: Jesse Q. Pineda

2nd: Ralph Arnel V. Bayhon

3rd: Kimboy Pineda

4th: Philip Angelo P. Leonardo

5th: Dodoy Bandigan

 

Inter Open

1st: Jesse Q. Pineda

2nd: Dodoy Bandigan

3rd: JV E. Lim

4th: Charl Bandigan

5th: Jeven Lagrada

 

Executive

1st: Popet M. Frias

2nd: Roscel Guingob

3rd: Boy Bisas

4th: Jhohnny Ariel S. Orar

5th: Climaco Tejano Sr.

 

Power Enduro

1st: Timoy Olmoguis

2nd: Ken-Ken Cabiesos

3rd: Paul L. Janolino

4th: Salmer Longakit

5th: Michael Van S. Carpio

 

Underbone Stock

1st: Roniel S. Valledor

2nd: Rex C. Ga-as

3rd: Kirby Alona

4th: Richly M. Adelante

5th: Dickeenson “Long-Long” A. Tautu-an

 

Underbone Open

1st: Roniel S. Valledor

2nd: Rex C. Ga-as

3rd: Kirby Alona

4th: Jhonel D. Ejas

5th: Richly M. Adelante

 

Mini Class

1st: Niňo P. Maňacap

2nd: Shayne C. Demata

3rd: Loni Jay V. Nougoy

4th: Susie E. Mangarang

5th: Eva Jane V. Bangona

 

Novice

1st: Philip Angelo P. Leonardo

2nd: Coco C. Dimaano

3rd: Charl Bandigan

4th: Niňo P. Maňacap

5th: JV E. Lim

 

65 CC

1st: G-Boy C. Carlos

2nd:

3rd: Shayne C. Dimata

 

Ladies

1st: Susie E. Magarang

2nd: Eva Jean Bangona

3rd: Licah Pepito

4th: Liah Acutam

5th: Queen-Queen D. Geverola

 

Beginners

1st: Nicarter A. Gillera

2nd: Stanley T. Nuňeza

3rd: Dodoy Bandigan

4th: Daryl E. Pepito

5th: Paul L. Janolino

Agri-Aqua, Livestock & OTOP Fair in Connection with the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte

Agri-Aqua, Livestock & OTOP Fair in Connection with the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte

The Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty” possess a beautiful landscape with its lush vegetation and water resources perfect for agricultural farming, fisheries and growing livestock. Lanao del Norte is gifted not only with rich natural resources but also with human resources. The People of the province are obviously ingenious as seen all throughout the area. The Provincial Government together with the two Congressional Districts are endlessly formulating ways through different initiative programs and activities that could help sustain the Agri-Aqua and Livestock industries in the province of Lanao del Norte. In partnership with the Mayors of the municipalities, the Provincial Governor with the assistance of 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo most of these programs and activities are regularly implemented each year, and with the continuous efforts of our provincial leaders for the people of Lanao del Norte new programs have been created not only for livelihood programs but also for human development. People are not only be given assistance to live for a day but an assistance that could last for a lifetime by teaching them how to fish as the Chinese proverb says. In Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program in partnership with SM Foundation, local farmers are being trained to properly grow agricultural products by teaching them the correct technical skills and knowledge for them to last in agricultural farming. All the programs of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte are always inclined to helping people live a comfortable life, especially those who live below the poverty line. Poor parents are given the opportunity to attend trainings like dress making, involve themselves in cooperatives or for the mothers to join women’s organization and the fathers are encourage to attend trainings in agriculture or fishing just to name a few of the programs.

The Provincial Government has set a day for the farmers, fishermen and livestock growers to celebrate their important contributions to the province. The AGRI-AQUA, LIVESTOCK & OTOP FAIR was made to showcase the industries’ progress and development through the years at Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex on June 30, 2017.

Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo was thankful to the farmers and fisherfolks who came and join the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte despite the ongoing crisis in Marawi. The Governor was emotional expressing her disgust to the terrorist who took siege of the city that brought terror in Lanao del Sur and spoil the fragile reputation of Mindanao dragging the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte. Governor Dimaporo said that the declaration of Martial Law was in fact favourable to the people of Lanao del Norte. The constituents are obedient to the rules imposed by the said declaration. Parents are happy because their children are already inside their house before the curfew hour strikes. Governor Imeda Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her gratitude to the Municipal Mayors who have supported her and the Provincial Government in assuring that no harm will come in Lanao del Norte.

1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo proudly expressed his gratitude to all the Municipal Mayors and Municipal Agriculture Officers who have continuously supported the Provincial Government’s initiative. The time has come again that the image of Lanao del Norte has been dragged down as to what happen to our neighbour province. People not from the province may see Lanao del Norte the same with the province of Lanao del Sur. This we cannot blame them for they rely only on social media or even some news channel as basis for their judgement.

The young and energetic Congressman of the 1st District challenged these people to visit the place. Lanao del Norte has so much to offer it is only a matter of experiencing it. What separates Lanao del Norte from other provinces is the unity between Muslims and Christians. He said, “I was happy that with the support of the Mayors, the Governor pushed through with the celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte because this is the time of the year where we show our pride that we are from Lanao del Norte, we show our pride that we progress better than our neighbours. This is where we show our difference why we will succeed where other provinces have failed. Terrorism will not thrive in Lanao del Norte because of the development we have here and the unity among the Muslims and Christians, We respect each other’s religion”.

Congressman Khalid even mentioned that every Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha the province has a nice celebration for the Muslims of Lanao del Norte. Every Eid’l Adha almost 100 – 200 heads of cattle are slaughtered to give to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Respecting other’s religion is the key to a brighter future. That is why we are proud to celebrate Araw ng Lanao del Norte because that’s what set as apart from the rest, the vibrant Congressman said. The Agri-Aqua fair showcased the hardwork of the farmers and fishermen of the province.

The two Congressmen support the vision of Secretary Emmanuel F. Piňol of the Department Of Agriculture. Secretary Piňol wants irrigation free to all farmers without any hidden fees and we support this vision of the secretary for the province of Lanao del Norte is a big beneficiary of this free irrigation especially the 2nd District of the province. Congressman Khalid is very proud of the Mayors for their hardwork in availing budgets for infrastructural projects from the Mindanao Rural Development Projects in partnership with the Provincial Government and the Municipalities.  Before the end of this year, Mayors were encouraged to submit proposals to the DA in order for the department to download the share for each municipality under the total budget of 25 billion for the whole country. I-reap program was also brought up by the Congressman citing MinCoCo as the pride and joy of I-reap. It was a success because you the people have work hard for it. It is you who have prepared, submit and defend the program proposal until it was approved by the PRDP I-reap. The Office of the two Congressional Districts, the Provincial Government and the Municipalities are always here to help you but we cannot do that unless you help yourselves Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo said to the members attended the fair. It his parting message, “We should work together for the development of Lanao del Norte and let us attack the PRDP of the Department of Agriculture with our program proposals”.

2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo expressed his admiration to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. For his programs are effective in helping the poor. President Duterte instructed all heads of the national department to converge and work together for a common purpose of serving the people. Congressman Abdullah said that soon a food processing plant will be established to add value to the local produce of Lanao del Norte. This plant is capable of processing the local products of the province like the fruit marang into an ice cream flavour. Various programs have been initiated by the Congressman together with the Provincial Government and 1st Congressional District.

SM Foundation Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan a trainors-training program where farmers are being taught the correct and proper techniques in farming, and these farmers are being guided on how to transact and manage their own business. This is only one of the various poverty alleviation programs of the Quibranza-Dimaporo initiative because the 2nd District Congressman believes that the root of all these insurgencies is caused by poverty. The programs of the Department of Agriculture are very essential to the development of Lanao del Norte, that is why we need to work together to tapped in to the department’s budget for our projects. “I hope that KAMMP (Kapatid sa Agri Marketing Mentoring Program) will be launch here in Lanao del Norte for Region X, I hope that it will accepted by the Department of Trade and Industry and also by the Department of Agriculture because I understand that the Governor is ready to accommodate the launching of KAMMP in the Province of Lanao del Norte”, Congressman Abdullah said.

DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piňol was represented by Engineer Christopher B. Morales, Chief Field Programs Planning Division.  Enginner Morales discussed the future of Lanao del Norte for agri and fishery sector in two aspects in which the secretary wants to established. First is the Partnership, it is important that we partner with the local government units to implement the programs of the department. “We saw in Lanao del Norte the commitment to implement projects and commitment to support the projects of the national government agencies so far as the implementing projects for the agri and fishery sector, isang malaking saludo para sa Lanao del Norte”, Engr. Morales said. And the second aspect is the Expansion of Economic Opportunities for agri and fishery sector, in this it does not only focus on the production but more importantly more on the process for the value adding activities that would bring additional increase for the farmers and fisherfolks of the province. The department envision for the next medium term is to increase opportunities for these small farmers to access the market with the help of the Municipal Mayors, the Governor of the Province and the two Congressmen, and to help introduce the One Town, One Product (OTOP) of every municipalities. PIO-LDN