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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

PGLDN Governor Personally Distributes Relief Goods to IDPs in Balo-i

PGLDN Governor Personally Distributes Relief Goods to IDPs in Balo-i

Balo-i, Lanao del Norte – The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte stands with the people of Marawi City. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, Executive Assistant of the Office of the Provincial Governor personally supervised the distribution of relief goods to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) inside Gomanpong D. Ali Cultural Center, used as one of the 7 evacuation center in the Municipality of Balo-i. The Governor witnessed the living condition of the IDPs inside the center where she directly called on the Head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Ms. Annabelle Mendez to install tables indoors to cater to the needs of these displaced individuals.

PSWDO and members of Provincial Governor’s Office-Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) immediately set up tables and begun taking the yellow DSWD card from the IDPs and marked them with signatures of the agents to make sure that they have gone through the process for the purpose of equal distribution of relief goods. Inside each pack of relief goods includes kilos of rice, variety of canned goods and instant noodles, and at the same time Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo sincerely talked to the mothers inside the center and listened to their sentiments regarding the experience they have gone through and the current situation they are into. Mothers who were nurturing their babies received diapers from the Governor and the children were given biscuits which they happily took. Rita D. Baro an IDP said she is very thankful that the gesture of the Governor of Lanao del Norte who personally came to see the situation and took time to listen to them is very heart warming even though they are from Lanao del Sur.

738 households of IDPs received assistance from the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte, represented by Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo.

Municipal Information Officer of Balo-i, Muhaimmin Rasol is grateful to the Provincial Government for the support provided to these displaced people. “We are really in need of help right now, the municipal fund can no longer sustain the massive influx of IDPs in Balo-i”, said Muhaimmin.

The Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Norte provided free clinic and free medicines to all IDPs giving priorities to children and senior citizens; cough syrups for children, paracetamol, vitamins, medicines to treat high blood pressure, and other medicines necessary in the evacuation center. Hygiene kits, plastic wares and containers for storage of clean water were also provided.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte will continue its medical and relief mission throughout the province where IDPs are located.  PIO-LDN

Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan: Graduation of 188 Trainees

Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan: Graduation of 188 Trainees.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” Rural Farmers Training Program have produced 188 graduates on Monday, May 29, 2017. On this day, trainees of Batch 134 who have undergone the 12th week farmer’s training that started last March 3, 2017 were proud to celebrate this momentous event. First activity was the harvesting, trainees were happy to present their products to Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo together with the Municipal Mayors and Board Members of the Province of Lanao del Norte.

Muslim and Christian Farmers from the different municipalities of the province work together to take care of their planted vegetables, crops and fruit products by using the technologies and techniques they have gained during the training. According to Trainee Mosqueda from the Municipality of Kapatagan, she is very thankful for the program. She never thought of not finishing this course. She said, “Every session is very important, new knowledge and new techniques are being taught for free, I encouraged myself to be present every session to use these knowledge and skills in my own farm”.

Mr. Francisco “Frank” Cabrera Bihod, project consultant of the Office of 2nd District Representative is very hands-on on this program. “Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo has trusted me on this project and with the full support of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, I will do my best not to fail them”, he said.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the Offices of the 1st and 2nd District Representatives tied up with SM Foundation to help assist local farmers in the province by providing them enough materials, knowledge and technical skills.

Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo was grateful for the support of all partner agencies for the success of this rural farmers training program. HARBEST provided the agricultural technology through Mr. Salustiano Alla. Mr. Frank Bihod, a former municipal agriculture officer enthusiastically shared his experience and expertise for this “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan”. The Provincial Resource Management Center is in-charge for the marketing of agricultural products produced by the farmers involve in the program said Ms. Gemma Harun.

Atty. Donato Calica, legal consultant of the Office of Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo made mention that plans were made that a Farmers Training Center will soon rise in the agricultural grounds of the Mindanao Civic Center. The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offered assistance to this program according to Mr. Frank Bihod.

Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo was glad for the positive feedback from the trainees. The smile on the face of all the trainees is a sign that this program has served its purpose. The Governor always supports programs that help alleviate the lives of the people of the province.

Mayor Barry Baguio of the Municipality of Kapatagan and Vice Mayor Jaber Maba Azis of the Municipality of Matunggao together with Board Members Grecille Matalines, Cesar Yap, Abdul Harris Ali, Tawantawan Cauntongan and Genesis Tura (ex-officio board member) attended the event to support the programs of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.

Graduation ceremony was held in the afternoon of this day in Mindanao Civic Center- Hotel Gazebo. PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte Peaceful, Concerned on Marawi City Crisis.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte-Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) held an emergency meeting yesterday (May 25, 2017) to discuss the peace and order situation of the province and to present updates on the current crisis in Marawi City.

Provincial Governor of Lanao del Norte, Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo chaired the meeting together with 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimakuta-Dimaporo.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Board Members of the Province and all Municipal Mayors were present to support the effort of the Provincial Government and the President of the Philippines to intensify security measures in the province, especially on areas where it borders the Province of Lanao del Sur.

Board Members and Municipal Mayors expressed their support to the operations conducted by the military around the province so as not to spill the conflict in their areas. Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo asked the Armed Forces and the PNP organization to conduct regular check-up along the highways and particularly the roads in the hinterland areas that connects Lanao del Norte to Lanao del Sur.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta-Dimaporo clarifies that Tablighs are religious persons and will never be part of any terrorist group. “Tabligh is an advocacy for Islam, Islam will never tolerate terrorism, according to our Holy Qur’an, if you are killing one person, it is equivalent to killing all population of the world that is how heavy the penalty is. The Maute’s are killing people without any reasons. They can never be a Muslim”, these are the strong words of Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta-Dimaporo.

Upon arriving from Russia, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sends his message to the Maute group that he is ready to talk for a peaceful resolution in this conflict by first laying down their weapons. The President is also open to use the might of the Armed Forces of the Philippines if this terrorist group defies his appeal.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo requested all Municipal Mayors to alert also the Barangays under them for not all these areas has the presence of military or PNP personnel. Congressman Dimaporo added that the military have given their contact numbers to the LGUs with this he has emphasized to local executive officials to assist the military by providing necessary information that could help prevent lawless elements seeking shelter in Lanao del Norte.

Major Conmigo of the Philippine Army is asking the people of the province to stay calm and not to believe in news posted on social media without being verified by the military. He is hoping that the crisis in Lanao del Sur particularly in Marawi City be resolve immediately and ensured the people that the military is doing the best they can to prevent this terrorist group enters the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte.

The Maute group that is occupying some areas in Marawi City has been contained and can no longer freely move from place to place according to Major Conmigo. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is very careful in handling the situation for their utmost priority is the safety of the civilians who are still trapped inside their houses.

Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta-Dimaporo suggested to the Provincial Peace and Order Council to recommend to the Heads of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police Organization and even to the President of the Republic to look into the intelligence system in handling of vital information regarding national security.

Philippine National Police presented the chronological events that took place on May 23 in Marawi City, the day that Maute group attacked. Allegedly 450 members of ISIS inspired terrorist took advantage of the Juhore Ijtema conducted by the Tabligh to enter the city of Marawi, at 5:00 pm, a flag that symbolizes the terrorist group ISIS was raised in the Amai Pak Pak Medical Center grounds, the group also took control of the City Jail, Philhealth Office, Landbank and some residence in the area.

Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta-Dimaporo was interviewed by Country Side News Channel of the Province of Lanao del Norte, calling all Christians and Muslims to unite and protect each other. The situation in Marawi City is under control by the Armed Forces. The Congressman ensures the people of Lanao del Norte not to fear or panic for the Provincial Government is working closely with the military and PNP to make the province safe. He also made clear that this is not a conflict between Muslims and Christians. Congressman Dimaporo asked the Maute group to spare innocent civilians who does not join and sympathize with them.

In this emergency meeting of the PPOC, DILG of the province released a copy of the three (3) unofficial title of the resolutions that was created during the council’s meeting in Macapagal Training Center, Pigcarangan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte;

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”. PIO-LDN

Araw ng Magsaysay Shines in Lanao del Norte

 

Araw ng Magsaysay Shines in Lanao del Norte

The People of the Municipality of Magsaysay concluded its weeklong celebration of its town fiesta on May 23, 2017. Fireworks were set to welcome the guests and for the people to enjoy by starting the day with a bang, a triple celebration of its 52nd Foundation Day, 21st Araw ng Magsaysay and the 18th Nyogan Festival. Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo joined the celebration on behalf of our Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, where she shared an inspiring message to the people the importance of working together in achieving peace and unity for the development of the whole province of Lanao del Norte.

Thankfully to our leaders running this Municipality, we can see everybody working together and it is in-line also sa atong mga leaders sa Provincial level, that is why we work closely with our Municipal Mayors because we see the same vision that they see when it comes to peace progress and unity in the Province of Lanao del Norte”, Ms. Sittie Aminah said during her speech.

Days ago, on May 19, 2017, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo personally delivered the frontline services of the Provincial Government through Alagang Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo: Especial Mass Based Program to the people of Magsaysay and was received warmly by Mayor Azisah Omar. The free basic services were availed by the people such as medical and dental check-up, distribution of tree saplings to farmers, and vaccination of domesticated animals to name a few. “Bringing the Government Closer to the People” is the maxim that drives the Provincial Government to continuously serve the people of the province.

One of the highlights of the celebration is The Nyogan Festival; this event is celebrated every 23rd of May each year. This festival was first celebrated in the year 1997 with the following objectives of Promoting the Potentiality of the Municipality in Coconut Production; Promoting and Developing the Coconut Industry for Tourism; Establishing the Municipality’s Identity from that of other Municipalities within and outside the Province of Lanao del Norte; and Promoting Peace and Unity of God-loving people in spite of cultural diversities.

In this annual festivity, the Municipality of Magsaysay organize a competition where participants will flaunt indigenous colourful costumes made of coconut (nyog) and dances their way in front of the guests and residents in giving thanks for the year’s bountiful harvest. Other scheduled activities in this weeklong celebration is the Boxing Match, the Off Road 4×4, Motocross, Trade Fares and the much anticipated Miss Magsaysay.

Vice Mayor Wilson Patarlas was grateful to Mayor Azisah Omar for her leadership that made the festivity a success and continued to express his gratitude to Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo through Ms. Sittie Aminah for the support extended to the local government of the Municipality of Magsaysay. PIO-LDN

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