Lanao del Norte showcases Maranao culture in DOT’s Pasundayag event

Members of the Lanao del Norte Dance Ensemble perform several traditional Maranao dances like the Kapamalong, Pag-apir, and Singkil in front of a huge crowd in SM City-Baguio.

Members of the Lanao del Norte Dance Ensemble perform several traditional Maranao dances like the Kapamalong, Pag-apir, and Singkil in front of a huge crowd in SM City-Baguio.

Baguio, CAR –The provincial government through its Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) is showcasing the rich cultural heritage and colorful tradition of the royal Maranao tribe in the on-going ‘Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao 2016’ organized by the Department of Tourism Region 10 held at SM City-Baguio.

The Maranao or ‘people of the lake’ is the dominant ethnic group inhabiting the two Lanao provinces. Inhabitants of Lanao del Norte is a mixture of Maranaos and Cebuanos, with some Chabacanos, TausugsYakan, and Bajau
On May 29, Lanao del Norte teamed up with Iligan City government for their joint cultural presentation and audience participation activities.
The Lanao del Norte contingent is putting on display a miniature replica of the Torogan house. The ornately decorated Torogan house is the official residence of the ruling Sultans and Datus of the Maranao people.
The Lanao del Norte Dance Ensemble also performed traditional Maranao dances like the Kapamalong, Pag-apir, and Singkil. They also played lively Kalilang music (maranao word for celebration) played through indigenous musical instruments like the kulintang, debaken and gong.
The Pasundayag event is an annual event organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) – Region 10 and shown in different mega cities of Luzon.
“The Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao is an iconic promotional activity of DOT-10 which showcases the culture, adventure and natural wonders of the 9 cities and 5 provinces in our region”, explained Supervising Tourism Officer Decius Esmedalla.
Among the LGUs represented include the provinces of Camiguin, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and the cities of Iligan, Ozamiz, El Salvador, Cagayan de Oro, and Tangub. 
During the Lanao del Norte Day, visitors also tasted delectable Maranao delicacies and the famous mudcrabs of Lala town during the food sampling.  Participating guests also won special products from Lanao del Norte as prizes in the trivia portion.
The event was also the official launching of Lanao del Norte’s provincial dish dubbed as “Seafoods with gata and palapa” created by top regional Chef Soy Sollero Fiel III with the mudcrabs as the main ingredient.
The Lanao del Norte delegation is led by Provincial Tourism Officer Minda Regis.  VNL/PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte joins Baguio Pasundayag show

The Lanao del Norte booth showcases the rich cultural heritage of the royal Maranao tribe. Lanao del Norte is one of the participating LGUs in ‘Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao 2016’ held at SM City – Baguio.

The Lanao del Norte booth showcases the rich cultural heritage of the royal Maranao tribe. Lanao del Norte is one of the participating LGUs in ‘Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao 2016’ held at SM City – Baguio.

Tubod, lanao del Norte – The province of Lanao del Norte joins the ‘Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao 2016’ held at SM City – Baguio from May 26 to June 1, 2016.

The provincial government through its Provincial Tourism Office is showcasing the rich cultural heritage and tradition of the royal Maranao tribe of the Lanao provinces.
The Lanao del Norte group is composed of Tubod Tourism Officer Marlon Palomares, Information Head Lyndon Calica, personnel from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO), Provincial Information Office, and PGLDN dancers.  The contingent is lead by Tourism Officer Minda Regis.
“We will be highlighting the colorful tradition and music of the proud Maranao people. Visitors will witness the ornately decorated Torogan house which is the official residence of the ruling Sultans and Datus. They will also hear their lively Kalilang music (maranao term for celebration) played through indigenous musical instruments like the kulintang, debaken and gong”, said Regis.
The Pasundayag event is an annual event organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) – Region 10 and shown in different mega cities of Luzon.
“The Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao is an iconic promotional activity of DOT-10 which showcases the culture, adventure and natural wonders of the 9 cities and 5 provinces in our region”, explained Supervising Tourism Officer Decius Esmedalla.
Among the LGUs represented include the provinces of Camiguin, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and the cities of Iligan, Ozamiz, El Salvador, Cagayan de Oro, and Tangub. 
Lanao del Norte will team up with Iligan City government on May 29 for their joint cultural presentation and audience participation activities.
On this day, visitors to the Lanao del Norte booth can taste delectable Maranao delicacies and the famous mudcrabs of Lala town during the food sampling.  Guests can also win prizes and in the trivia portion.
The highlight its primary product the coastal town of Lala celebrates the ‘Alimango Festival’ every 22nd day of March. The mudcrab or ‘Alimango’ was provided by Mayor Allan Lim and will be the main ingredient of top regional Chef Soy Sollero Fiel III as he creates mouth-watering dishes in the food tasting portion of the program.
The food tasting activity will also be the official launching of Lanao del Norte’s provincial dish dubbed as “Seafoods with gata and palapa” initiated by Lanao del Norte Hotel and Restaurant Association (LANORA) organized by the Provincial Tourism Official.
1st District Representative Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo will be the Guest of Honor during the Lanao del Norte-Iligan City Day.
DOT-10 is planning to take the Pasundayag roadshow in the Visayas come next year.  VNL/PIO-LDN

COMELEC declares Lanao del Norte poll winners

(Left to right) 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo, Governor-Elect Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, Vice-Governor Cristy Atay and 1st District Congressman-Elect Khalid Dimaporo of Team Quibranza-Dimaporo were finally declared by Comelec as winners in the last synchronized national and local elections.

(Left to right) 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo, Governor-Elect Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, Vice-Governor Cristy Atay and 1st District Congressman-Elect Khalid Dimaporo of Team Quibranza-Dimaporo were finally declared by Comelec as winners in the last synchronized national and local elections.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – After a protracted canvassing of votes by the Provincial Board of Canvassers caused by a defective Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) laptop of Comelec, winners for provincial and congressional posts in the latest poll were finally declared on May 13 at the Sanggunian Panlalawigan session hall, in Provincial Capitol Building, Brgy. Pigcarangan, Tubod, this province.

 
According to Comelec, the delay was caused by a defective CCS laptop that was unable to receive the electronically transmitted results of the municipal canvass. 
 
“Despite the delay we are very happy that we were finally declared as winners in this election.  The landslide victory that our constituents gave to the members of Team Quibranza-Dimaporo is a clear directive for us to continue with our goal of bringing meaningful development here in Lanao del Norte through unity and lasting peace between our Muslim and Christian brothers”, expressed 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo.
 
All winners belong to Team Quibranza-Dimaporo of the Liberal Party who sweep all positions in the provincial and congressional level of the province.
 
Winning candidates for Lanao del Norte’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts are Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo and Abdullah Dimaporo respectively.
 
Winners in the provincial level include Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo as incoming Govenor with 141,492 votes, while incumbent Vice-Governor Cristy Atay was successful with her reelection bid with 121,997 votes.  While winning candidates for the 1st District provincial board member position are Matalines, Grecille (48,295 votes), Mac Dibaratun (42,952 votes), Jackmar Maruhom (36,498 votes), Reinario Bihag (35,794 votes), and Marivic Ramos (32,521 votes).  In the 2nd District, winners include Cesar Yap Jr. (62,331 votes), Superman Usop (56,738 votes), Harris Ali (54,551 votes), Tawantawan Cauntongan (53,368 votes), and Ronda Maruhom (52,341 votes).  VNL/PIO-LDN

Panguil Bay bridge loan agreement elates Lanao del Norte leaders

Construction on the long awaited Panguil Bay bridge project will finally start soon with the recent signing of the $100.13-million loan agreement between the Philippine government and the Export-Import Bank of Korea-Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF).

Construction on the long awaited Panguil Bay bridge project will finally start soon with the recent signing of the $100.13-million loan agreement between the Philippine government and the Export-Import Bank of Korea-Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF).

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Leaders of this fast-rising province were elated upon hearing of the recent signing ceremony between the Philippine government and the Export-Import Bank of Korea-Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF).

 
The simple MOA signing held at the Bureau of the Treasury, Intramuros, Manila on April 28 was for the $100.13-million loan that will fund the construction of the 4.19-kilometer Panguil Bay bridge. The mega-infrastructure project will soon connect the city of Tangub in Misamis Occidental and the capital town of Tubod this province.
 
“We are very happy of this latest development. Finally, we will see the realization of this long-awaited bridge that will not only bring about more development in this part of Mindanao but will also strengthen the ties and partnerships between the coastal towns and cities surrounding Panguil Bay”, said 1st District Congresswoman Imelda Dimaporo.
 
DPWH is the implementing agency for this mega-project which is expected to be finished by the year 2018.
 
In an interview with Congresswoman Dimaporo, the bridge was the brainchild of her father, former Governor Arsenio Quibranza and former-Tangub mayor Alfonso Tan. However, it was her husband 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo who spearheaded the initial stages of the project when he tapped the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) for a feasibility study. Congressman Dimaporo also requested DPWH to give the project its full support.
 
For her part, Congresswoman Dimaporo also recommended the bridge project during several meetings at the head office of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
 
Last 2009 during her State-of-the-Nation address, former-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo mentioned the Panguil Bay bridge project as one of her priority projects, but the project was sidelined since the provincial leadership was with the opposition then.
 
When Congresswoman Dimaporo was re-elected as Representative of the 1st congressional district of Lanao del Norte, she and Representative Henry Oaminal of Misamis Occidental 2nd District worked hard for the project’s inclusion in the national budget. 
 
On September 2015 when Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya visited Lanao del Norte, he saw the need for the bridge project and with the insistence of Congresswoman Dimaporo, President Benigno Aquino III finally made the Panguil Bay bridge as one of his flagship projects.
 
The project also got final approval by the NEDA Board during the term of Governor Khalid Dimaporo as Chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Region 10.
 
“We are truly thankful to President Noynoy Aquino for making our dream for a Panguil Bay bridge come true”, expressed Congresswoman Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo.
 
In the MOA signing ceremony, the Philippine Government was represented by National Treasurer Roberto Tan while Chief Representative Yongkeun Oh signed for the KEXIM-EDCF.
 
The Panguil Bay bridge will be the first bridge infrastructure project of KEXIM-EDCF here in the country.  The bridge is expected to spur faster economic growth as well as improve local tourism in the northern and western part of Mindanao island.  VNL/PIO-LDN

Governor Dimaporo leads ‘Bike for clean and peaceful elections’

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (center) with sister Aminah Dimaporo (2nd from left) and SND Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo (hidden) lead bikers to campaign for a clean and peaceful elections. The group rode from Iligan City to the coastal town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo.

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (center) with sister Aminah Dimaporo (2nd from left) and SND Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo (hidden) lead bikers to campaign for a clean and peaceful elections. The group rode from Iligan City to the coastal town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte –  Governor Khalid Dimaporo led a group of more than 30 bikers in a bicycle ride that started from the coastal town of Linamon to Sultan Naga Dimaporo with a total distance of more than 80 kilometers. 

 
The awareness campaign dubbed as ‘Bike for clean and peaceful elections’ aims to urge candidates in the upcoming local and national elections including their supporters to abide by the laws and guidelines set by Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and to remind them to avoid using any forms of intimidation and violence especially during election day.
 
“I would like to call on to all my fellow candidates especially those running for public positions here in Lanao del Norte to help make the upcoming May 9 election a clean, honest, orderly and peaceful exercise of  our right to vote as we choose the leaders who will serve us for the next 3 years.  We owe it to our children to set a good example”, appealed Governor Dimaporo.
 
Among those who participated include bikers from Sultan Naga Dimaporo led by Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo, members of different mountain bike clubs in Lanao del Norte and some bikers from Cagayan de Oro City.
 
A short program was conducted at SND town plaza after the bike ride.  VNL/PIO-LDN

LP-Lanao del Norte sweeps provincial posts

Members of Liberal Party-Lanao del Norte Chapter led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo (in white barong) enjoy big leads over their political opponents during the recent national and local elections.

Members of Liberal Party-Lanao del Norte Chapter led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo (in white barong) enjoy big leads over their political opponents during the recent national and local elections.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – It’s a lanslide victory for Liberal Party-Lanao del Norte chapter popularly known as Team Quibranza-Dimaporo as all of its provincial candidates got comfotable lead over their opponents in the recent synchronized national and local elections.

 
“Our overwhelming victory over our political opponents only validates that the people of Lanao del Norte approve of the kind of pro-people government and leadership that we have consistently delivered here in the province”, said 1st District Representative-Elect and current Governor Khalid Dimaporo.
 
As of 10:30AM today (May 10), partial and official results from the COMELEC website show Governor Khalid Dimaporo with 74,730 votes over his nearest rival Jo Sanguila with 10,632 votes for the 1st District Representative position. While incumbent 1st District Representative Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo now running for the gubernatorial position also has a sizable lead with 130,640 votes over her nearest opponent Eleanor Lantud’s 60,918 votes. 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimaporo’s 68,476 votes was more than enough to ensure his re-election bid against Osop Omar’s 31,509 votes.
 
Meanwhile in the Vice-Gubernatorial position, LP’s Cristy Atay also enjoyed a huge lead having 112,172 votes against nearest rival Muammar Maquiling’s 65,984 votes.
 
Completing the sweep, all of LP’s candidates for the position of Provincial Board member won comfortably over other candidates. Among the newly elected 1st District Sanggunian Panlalawigan members include Grecille Matalines (47,291 votes), Mac Dibaratun (42,256 votes), Jackmar Maruhom (35,993 votes), Reinario Bihag (35,264 votes), and Marivic Ramos (31,977 votes).  Newly-elected 2nd District Sanggunian Panlalawigan members include Cesar Yap (55,287 votes), Superman Usop (48,833 votes), Harris Ali (47,227 votes),  Tawantawan Cauntongan (45,337 votes) and Ronda Maruhom (44,272 votes).
 
Voter turn-out is a very high 71.48% with 349,868 votes cast from the 489,436 registered voters in Lanao del Norte.
 
Schedule for the proclamation of winning candidates for the provincial positions is yet to be set as of presstime.  VNL/PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte LGU hosts rescue teams’ congress

Members of a local ERU attempt to save the life of a wounded ‘victim’ during the simulation competition held during the recent ERU Congress at MCC sports complex, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 7,000 members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) from 195 barangays of this province converged at the cavernous MCC gymnasium for the 4th ERU Congress organized by the provincial government through its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Managemement Office (PDRRMO) in coordination with the Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO) and Philippine Red Cross-Lanao del Norte Chapter.

The congress was held on April 21, 2016 and highlighted by simulation exercises that showcased the life-saving skills of the ERU members as they respond to different disaster scenarios.

Each barangay belonging to the 10 identified disaster-prone municipalities have an ERU composed of a team leader and 43 members.

“The ERU is designed to capacitate those qualified people in the barangays to make them an effective line of defense during calamities and disasters. The ERU in every barangay is also our first responders to accidents in their respective areas and assist us during relief operations”, explained PDRRMMO Head Marlyn Trozo.

Among the disaster-prone towns of Lanao del Norte include Kapatagan, Lala, Baroy, Tubod, Kolambugan, Maigo, Bacolod, Kausawagan, Linamon and Matungao.

Members of the ERU were given several trainings like basic life supoort and first aid, fire suppression, and disaster preparedness.

Some members of the ERU are also identified as regular blood donors to the local Red Cross chapter. They are chosen due to their healthy lifestyle and they also undergo regular check up.

Several sacks of rice and grocery packs were also raffled off to the participants during the well-attended ERU Congress. VNL/PIO-LDN

Provincial employees celebrates Women’s month

Lanao del Norte LGU employees plant more than 1,000 mangrove propagules at Brgy. Kulasihan, Kolambugan town as part of the Women’s Month celebration.

Lanao del Norte LGU employees plant more than 1,000 mangrove propagules at Brgy. Kulasihan, Kolambugan town as part of the Women’s Month celebration.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Employees of provincial government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) recently participated in the formal launching of Women’s Month celebration held at the Provincial Capitol grounds, Brgy. Pigcarangan, Tubod town, this province on March 7, 2016.

 
The launching program was spearheaded by the Technical Working Group of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS), composed of department heads of PGLDN.
 
“As always, we want to focus attention to the plight of our Filipino women, their struggles, and aspirations, and the need to empower them because only when we support our women sector can we have a strong nation”, said Provincial Administrator and GFPS Co-Chair Joselito Quibranza.  
  
To add color to the annual celebration, more than 100 household items and kitchen appliances were raffled off and distributed to provincial employees during the regular flag raising ceremony. Prizes include blankets, sleeping mats, bathroom towels, rice cooker, basin, pail, teapots, shoe racks, magic pillows, umbrellas, kettles, baskets and plastic kitchen wares.
 
On March 8, provincial employees planted more than 1,000 mangrove propagules at the mangrove reforestation site located at Brgy. Kulasihan, in the coastal town of Kolambugan, as part of the International Women’s Day celebration.
 
GFPS will also be distributing household items and kitchen appliances to different women organizations in each town of Lanao del Norte during the Women’s Month celebration in the municipality-level.
 
A one-day culmination program has also been set on the last week of March at the sprawling Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) complex, Tubod.  One of the anticipated highlights of the event is the talent presentations by various women’s associations throughout the province. LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN

New provincial jail rises in Baroy town

Construction for Phase 1 of the new provincial jail is now on-going at Brgy. Lower Sagadan, in the coastal town of Baroy.  The new correctional facility is expected to accomodate 400 male inmates.

Construction for Phase 1 of the new provincial jail is now on-going at Brgy. Lower Sagadan, in the coastal town of Baroy. The new correctional facility is expected to accomodate 400 male inmates.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Two two-storey correctional facility for male inmates is now being constructed at Brgy. Lower Sagadan, in the coastal town of Baroy to serve as the new provincial jail of Lanao del Norte.

 
Under Phase 1, a total of seven buildings will be constructed by Prima Construction who is the winning contractor for the provincial jail project.  This include two two-storey male prison building, an administration building, a powerhouse building, a kitchen building, and a guard house.  
 
Phase 1 has a budget of P44.3-million and also include the construction of the prison’s main perimeter fence, a secondary perimeter fence, a drainage system and a water system.  The design also incorporates provisions for CCTV and communication systems.
 
“This major project is now being implemented under the administration of Governor Khalid Dimaporo.  He wanted to ensure that the prisoners are treated humanely and for the living conditions at the present provincial jail to greatly improve”, explained Construction Manager Rudy Campano.
 
Construction for Phase 1 is set to be completed on July of this year and in time for the ‘57th Araw ng Lanao del Norte’ celebration.
 
The two jail buildings are expected to accomodate a maximum of 400 male inmates with each room having 10 inmates only. All rooms has its own comfort room and dining area. Each of the prison building also has its own basketball court for the recreational activities of the inmates.  
 
Phase 2 includes the female prison facility and an infirmary building which would bring the total project cost to P70-million.
 
The construction design of the new correctional facility was created by personnel from the Provincial Engineer’s Office.
 
“We really welcome the construction of the new provincial jail.  This facility will not only provide better accomodations and comfort for the inmates but it will also be a more safe working environment for our provincial guards. We’re truly thankful to Governor Khalid Dimaporo, Vice-Governor Cristy Atay and the rest of our active boardmembers”, expressed OIC Provincial Warden Nemesio Dimpas.  VNL/PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte LGU hosts Regional Festival of Football

Two opposing teams in the 14-year old (Girls) category scramble for the ball during an elimination game of the annual Festival of Football (FOF) hosted by the provincial government of Lanao del Norte.

Two opposing teams in the 14-year old (Girls) category scramble for the ball during an elimination game of the annual Festival of Football (FOF) hosted by the provincial government of Lanao del Norte.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – The provincial government of Lanao del Norte is again the host of the annual Festival of Football (FOF) organized by the Philippine Football Federation(PFF) in eight regions of the country.

 
In northern Mindanao,  the event was spearheaded by the Iligan-Lanao del Norte Football Association and held at the sprawling Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) football field in Brgy. Sagadan, Tubod town on February 19 to 21, 2016.
 
Participating teams include Zamboanga Football Association(FA), Misamis-Ozamis FA, Zamboanga del Sur Pagadian City FA, and Zamboanga del Norte Dipolog FA.
 
Participants compete in Under 12-year old (Boys), Under 12-year old (Girls), Under 14-year old (Boys) and Under 14-year old (Girls) categories of the competition.
 
The aim of this regional competition is to discover and develop local football standouts that could possibly be part of the Philippine national team to represent the country in future international competitions.  Through the Festival of Football, PFF seeks to ensure that the Nationwide Grassroots Development Program is sustained.  LAR/PIO-LDN