Zubiri, Dimaporo hold joint RDC, PDC consultation-meeting in Lanao del Norte

photo-zubiriTUBOD, Lanao de Norte — Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo hosted the conduct of the Joint Consultation-Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Provincial Development Council of Lanao del Norte in the Formulation of the Regional Development Plan for 2017-2022, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 206, at the MCC Gymnasium, Sagadan, here.

RDC chairman and Bukidnon Governor Jose Zubiri Jr. presided over the joint consultation meeting alongside Lanao del Norte Gov. Quibranza-Dimaporo.

Zubiri said this is the second province he has held series of joint consultation-meetings region-wide. The first was held in Misamis Occidental province last Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Joining Governors Zubiri and Dimaporo were Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Abdullah “Bobby” Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, RDC vice chairperson and National Economic Development Authority, Regional Office 10 (NEDA 10) Regional Director Leon Dacanay, along with Executive Assistant IV Sittie Aminah Dimaporo, among others.

“What we did here is the first to happen. In the past, the RDC meetings are done once every three months; and, what really happened was the projects (submitted for approval) were actually from Manila and merely approved here in the local level. But, this time it’s different,” Zubiri said.

Zubiri said all the local concerns are culled and be taken up directly by the RDC and then to the Office of the President.

Zubiri has vowed to bring the consolidated concerns of all the five provinces in Northern Mindanao himself direct to President Rodrigo Duterte, even before he submits the same to the NEDA to make sure that he can tell Duterte that he has fulfilled his vow to bring the concerns of his region up for the President’s endorsement.

“We’ve been dreaming of this for quite some time. We wanted to, at least, be given our proper share in the income that is derived from our region. But, it was never, never done. It is only now that we have (the chance). God’s will that the president is from Mindanao,” Zubiri said, “and he promised to help us,” he added.

Governor Dimaporo, for her part, said the meeting was attended by most of the mayors in the province, board members and line agency officials who take part in consolidating the concerns of the province.

Gov. Dimaporo said President Duterte being a former local chief executive can easily understand the concerns of the local government units in the towns and provinces, even as she said that she strongly believes in the leadership of Gov. Zubiri, as chair of the RDC, in providing the avenue to resolved their concerns.

Gov. Dimaporo singled out the Panguil Bay Bridge as among the projects she wanted to see through. “It’s been long decades — the Panguil Bay Bridge. Dugay na nah. I was governor then. The FS (feasibility study) was submitted by Abdullah (Rep. Bobby Dimaporo) when he was governor.

And then, sa ako nga panahon (during my term) i was the one who lobbied for that. In fact, naa nay pondo (there is a fund for that), but naudlot lang ba (it was stymied). And, I am hoping, because (Public Works and Highway) Sec. Mark Villar — we had a meeting with the governors and he was our guest — and I followed it up with him. He told me naa jud pondo (there is really fund). The site man gud, wala pa siya na-identify. There are two (sites for the footbridge), pero wala pay decision (but there has been no decision yet as to which
of the two sites), said Gov. Dimaporo.

After the presentation of the provincial situation and challenges by Gov. Dimaporo, the participants proceeded with the simultaneous sectoral workshop and plenary/presentation of outputs. By CHENG ORDONEZ

 

Gov. Dimaporo mulls dev’t of Mt. Torong-Torong for tourism

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THE Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte has set its eyes on Mount Torong-Torong as the next area for development due the potentials it has on tourism.

Mt. Torong-Torong is known for its grandeur, exemplified by the summit overlooking the Panguil Bay.

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo said the mountain is a potential site for tourism development, including the putting up of a zip line and other tourist attractions.

Mt. Torong-Torong lies between the municipalities of Tubod and Kolambugan, encompassing, as well, a small portion of Magsaysay town. It has an estimated elevation of 2,500 to 3,000 feet above sea level.

Lanao del norte 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimaporo said Mt. Torong-Torong was already eyed on in the past as a tourism potential and for development with the help of surrounding
municipalities.

Gov. Dimaporo said people may anticipate that coming along with boosted tourism are more jobs and income-generating opportunities for the residents living near Mt. Torong-Torong. (PIO-PLDN)

GO Negosyo Centers set up in LDN towns

gonegosyoGO Negosyo Centers are gateways for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Lanao del Norte with a  promise for an easier access to Department of Trade and Industry’s answers to questions and
concerns.

At least, two centers were opened in Lanao del Norte, particularly in the municipalities of Kapatagan and Lala, which were made possible through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry and the
office of Senator Bam Aquino.

These centers serve as a one-stop shops that offer advisory, business registration assistance, business information and advocacy.

Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director Linda Boniao said the location of the GO Negosyo Center in Kapatagan was strategically selected by local government officials since it is at the center of
the marketplace of the town.

Mayor Barry Baguio said the center was conceptualized by former Mayor Benjie Baguio and he carried it on, as he was supportive of te former local chief executive and his projects, even as he hopes to fully
utilize the center for the betterment of Kapatagan. (PIO-PGLDN)

Ms. Earth exposure seen to boost Lanao Norte tourism

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Mount Torong-Torong, Lanao del Norte — The visit of the 10 of Ms. Earth candidates to this province will further promote the local tourism industry, even as it is perceived to boost peace and security in the area.

The candidates were here for two days to immerse themselves in the Filipino culture and see and experience the country’s beauty.

The Miss Earth candidates who visited Lanao del Norte were Maja Ana Strnad of Slovenia; Janelle Nicholas, New Zealand; Tatiana Ovcinicova, Moldova; Rashini Khati, Nepal; Carole Kahwagi, Lebanon; Denice Frigo, Italy; Maria Rosta, Cyprus; Ambereen Yasmine, Mauritius; Dimanthi Edirirathne and Natali Rantisi of Palestine.

Lanao del Norte Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo said the visit of the Ms. Earth 2016 beauties coincides with the thrust of the province which packaged itself as “The Land of Bounty and Beauty.”

“We are honored by Ms. Earth 2016 candidates who took the time out to visit us. I hope that this is just the start of putting Lanao del Norte on the map as a prime tourist destination,” Dimaporo said.

She said the visit will help Lanao del Norte shed off the tag of being a conflict-ridden area, because of incidents of fighting in the past.

The province, she added, has many tourist spots that it can be proud of.

During their two-day stay here, the candidates dropped by some of the province’s interesting sites such as Tinago Falls and helped local government officials plant trees in Mt. Torong-Torong.

The ladies also joined the coastal clean-up in the town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo.

Other Miss Earth 2016 candidates visited Davao City, where the coronation will take place, and Iligan, among other areas in Mindanao.

Dimaporo said Lanao del Norte is aiming to be a regular venue of PBA games in Mindanao.

Lanao del Norte also boasts of being the “Motocross Capital of the Philippines” for hosting a number of motocross events in the past. – by Camcer Ordonez Imam

Gov. Angging Dimaporo relaunches personalized mass-based program

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TUBOD, Lanao del Norte — Alagang IQD Especial Mass Based Program (EMBP), with the theme “Bringing the Government Closer to the People,” is back with the re-launching of the personalized-program by Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, held on October 13, 2016, at theMunicipality of Tagoloan, this province.

The lady governor was assisted by Tagoloan Mayor Maminta “Mighty” S. Dimakuta along with the officials and staff of the various offices of the Provincial Government, such as the Provincial Engineering Office, Provincial Information Office, Provincial Community Affair’s Office, Armed Forces of The Philippines / Philippine National Police, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Agriculture’s Office, Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office, Provincial Population Office, Provincial Veterinary Office and Provincial Environment & Natural Recourses Office.

Alagang IQD EMBP aims to provide health management, social services, technology demonstration, technical advice, quality seeds, animal health medication and medical-dental check-ups to the province’s constituents.

At the launching program, Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo emphasized that Alagang IQD EMBP is here and the provincial government’s way of bringing the much needed services of the government to the people holistically, hence, the participation of various government agencies in the program.

Local, provincial and national government agencies bound themselves to deliver the services through the Alagang IQD EMBP, even as demonstrations, symposium and other services occupied the day of the constituents during the re-launching of the mass-based program. (PIO-PLDN)

PNP, Barangay Council launch ‘Marandinganos Ayaw sa Droga’

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MARANDING, Lanao del Norte — Officials and staff of the Lanao del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO) have been fulfilling their duties running after drug users and dealers in this province with high morale, following the support given by the Barangay Maranding through the “Marandinganos Ayaw sa Droga,” recently.

Marandinganos Ayaw sa Droga or MAD is an anti-drug advocacy and addiction recovery program of Barangay Maranding in Lala, Lanao del Norte.

MAD was launched by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Barangay Council of Maranding to provide assistance to drug users who surrendered through Tok-Hang (portmanteau for Cebuano words, toktok (knock) and hangyo (persuade) program of the PNP.

Maranding Barangay Chairman Myrna Yap Undag and the barangay council launched the project in line with the new administration’s project “Double Barrel” and “Oplan Tokhang”  to rid the country of illegal
drugs trade and improve the lives of those influenced by illegal drugs.

Board member Cesar “Poloy” Yap Jr. Informed those who surrendered during the launching of the event, last August 11, to take the recovery program seriously and cooperate with the authorities towards their full recovery, even as they asked them to vow never to engage in illegal drugs again. Public security and law enforcement has been in the forefront of the Duterte’s administration program against criminality, threatening all illegal-drugs-related personality to stop their activities or there face the full force of the government. (PIO-PLDN)

DOH declares Lanao del Norte Malaria-FREE

DOH-10 Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo (left) officially unveils the Malaria-Free Zone seal during the awarding ceremony held on June 7 at MCC Hotel, Tubod Town. Assisting her in the unveiling is Vice-Governor Cristy Atay.

DOH-10 Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo (left) officially unveils the Malaria-Free Zone seal during the awarding ceremony held on June 7 at MCC Hotel, Tubod Town. Assisting her in the unveiling is Vice-Governor Cristy Atay.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – In a simple awarding ceremony held at Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) Hotel, Brgy. Pigacarangan, Tubod town, the Department of Health-Region 10 led by its Director Nimfa Torrizo gave the province of Lanao del Norte the Malaria-free seal for achieving zero incidence of Malaria cases.

The awarding ceremony was kicked off by a motorcade from the Provincial Capitol complex to the MCC Hotel in Brgy. Sagadan, both in the capital town Tubod.

The Declaration seal was signed by DOH Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin after its verification confirming that there is no indigenous case of malaria in Lanao del Norte for the past five years.

The last reported case of malaria was last 2007 in the interior municipality of Magsaysay. The lessons learned by the malaria workers in the province especially in the prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment were vital ingredients in the eventual elimination of the disease.

“This is the end result of all the hardwork and determination of our stakeholders particularly the Malaria Team, PHO personnel, RHU, and municipal government units. We also recognize the steadfast support of Governor Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo who inspired us to complete this herculean task”, said Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Jamaica Dimaporo.

During the ceremony, Dr. Dimaporo also presented the strategies used and steps taken to attain a Malaria-free Lanao Del Norte.

As of today Malaria remains endemic in 65 of the 78 provinces, 760 of 1,600 municipalities and 9,345 of the 42,979 barangays nationwide. An estimated 11 million Filipinos especially those living in remote barangays are the most susceptible to the malaria infection.

“We need to remain vigilant and not let our guard down because just a single malaria-infected person visiting your province could potentially result to hundreds more to become infected (imported case). And those new cases are now already considered endemic. This means that your province will lose its Malaria-free status that you all worked very hard to achieved”, urge Regional Director Torrizo.

During her inspirational talk, Vice-Governor Cristy Atay, congratulated the health sector of Lanao del Norte for its latest accomplishment and encouraged them to continue improving healthcare services in the province.

The final evaluation of Lanao del Norte was conducted on September 28 to October 2, 2015 by a team from DOH Central Office led by Norma Joson. The team monitored the endemic municipalities and hospitals and evaluated the epidemiological data, investigation reports, diagnostic capabilities, malaria drugs availability, surveillance capacities and response system through the Malaria Elimination Hub created under Executive Order No. 17, series 2015.

On May 31, 2016, DOH-10 led by Assistant Regional Director Adrian Suba-an finally unveiled the Seal of Malaria-Free Lanao del Norte 2015 to Governor Dimaporo. Witnessing the unveiling were PHO Jamaica Dimaporo, Engr. George Demavivas, PHO Malaria Elimination Hub Members, Chief of Hospitals and other provincial employees.

The Malaria-Free Zone seal was officially unveiled to the entire health sector of Lanao del Norte on June 7 led by DOH-10 Director Torrizo and assisted by Vice-Governor Atay.

Participants to the awarding rites also signed their commitment of support to maintain the Malaria-free status of Lanao del Norte.

Certificates of Recognition were also given to members of Malaria Team for their efforts to get this seal.

According to DOH RO-10 Vector-Borne Disease Program Head Josephine Ibalio, now that Lanao del Norte has been declared as malaria-free, the focus now should be on preventing the reintroduction of transmission and keeping the malaria-free seal of the province.

Attending the awarding rites were personnel from the DOH RO-10, PHO, MHO’s, Medical Technologists, Surveillance Officers, provincial and municipal employees.

Lanao del Norte has been a recipient of two DILG awards – Seal of Good Housekeeping and Seal of Good Governance. Both awards testify of good governance and quality public service being delivered here in this province. VNL/PIO- LDN & MAD/PHO – LDN

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