For years the people of Lanao del Norte have been waiting for its doors to open and finally on September 14, 2017, the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital has been formally declared by Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Conrgessman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo open to the people of Lanao del Norte.
This is the vision and dream of Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo when he was then the Provincial Governor of the province. The dream has now come into reality as the people of Lanao del Norte can now avail the medical services that the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital offers to the general public.
Governor Angging reminds the staff of the new hospital saying, “You all know that we wanted to give the best quality of service to our constituents…I am appealing to the personnel here and to the doctors to be nice to your patients. Though there are patients that irritates you but please remember your oath, you are here to serve and you pledged to devote yourself to serve those who are in need of your help.”
As government workers, Governor Angging calls all employees of the provincial government to work sincerely in their field and always keep in their hearts that serving the people is the reason why we choose this profession. Treat everyone equal regardless of creed or status. One mistake committed by a staff in the ways he or she handles a patient or a client will automatically reflect on the leadership of Governor Angging. The Governor has emphasized to all provincial government employees that sincerity, willingness and devotion to the profession is infused in the hearts and minds of all public servants.
In addition Governor Angging said, “I will not be tired of serving the people, where we are right now; we owe it to the people. Let us work together. Let’s show it to the people that we don’t choose anyone. I don’t want to hear any complaints from the people; the people that we are suppose to be serving.”
Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo stressed that “This new provincial hospital is one of the programs that we are targeting. My vision for Lanao del Norte, healthcare program, this is not for my legacy, the legacy is the entire system. All four corners of the entire Province of Lanao del Norte properly covered with healthcare services…my vision for Lanao del Norte is for us to be independent as much as possible. The residents will not go further outside the province when they need medical services.”
The new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital is a secondary class hospital that will answer to the medical needs of the people of Lanao del Norte, but the young and energetic Congressman will not end his dream of having only one secondary hospital in the entire province. He wants to provide and build more secondary hospitals in the municipalities of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Balo-i, and Kauswagan. Congressman Khalid proposed to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and to Governor Angging to help him establish a tertiary hospital in the Province of Lanao del Norte.
All that Congressman Khalid is doing is for the good of the people of Lanao del Norte, providing effective and efficient healthcare services to all residents of the province. If one provincial hospital did not qualify the requirements set by DOH and Philhealth, the Congressman asked the agencies to help these hospitals comply with the requirements. The Congressman is willing to provide with the support of DOH and Philhealth.
“The welfare and the wellbeing of our healthcare system here in Lanao del Norte is always in my mind…A hospital is just a building without the healthcare personnel and Governor Angging pointed out some critical issues here and that’s quality of service,” said Congressman Khalid.
Before ending his speech, Congressman Khalid encouraged all employees of the provincial hospitals to exert more effort in providing quality service to the constituents of Lanao del Norte. “This is a very critical facility; our constituents will either live or die because of the provincial hospitals.”
The architectural design of the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital exhibits the Filipino-Malay culture. “The design is representing our culture (Filipino-Malay), Malay are Muslims, so Filipino-Malay culture,” explains Congressman Bobby. The good Congressman was searching for a symbol that would represent the people of Lanao del Norte, united as one people of this peaceful province. The unity and harmony of the Muslim and Christian residents propels the economic growth and development of Lanao del Norte. “Without unity, there will be no peace; and if there is no peace, there will be no development then the people of Lanao del Norte will be the one to suffer,” added the Congressman. This is why the three leaders of the Province of Lanao del Norte; Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo with the support of the Sangguninag Panlalawigan and the Municipal Mayors who worked hard for years in sustaining the peace and order of which the utmost concern is the welfare of the constituents. Various development and livelihood programs have been implemented in the province that is within the Inclusive Growth Plan crafted by the brilliant minds of the Quibranza-Dimaporo.
The marriage of Governor Angging and Congressman Bobby signifies unity among the Muslim and Christian inhabitants of the Province of Lanao del Norte. The intention of the marriage was not for political reason but for giving way to peace by understanding each other’s culture and religion. Congressman Bobby and Governor Angging have agreed not to run in any government position then, for the Congressman was groomed by his father, late Governor Mohamad Ali Dimaporo to run their family business, however, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos insisted that he prefers Congressman Bobby to hold a position in the Interim Batasang Pambansa.
“The purpose of President Marcos for me to become a politician is to unite the Muslims and Christians of Lanao del Norte, and until now, we continue to work hard in sustaining the unity for the betterment of the people of the province. And, we are ready to hand this over to the next generations of politicians who will become leaders of this peaceful and progressive province of Lanao del Norte.” said Congressman Bobby.
The KFW German Development Bank represented by Ms. Olga Azaña expressed happiness to see the one of the results of the signed agreement between the Philippine and German Government for the successful implementation of the Health Sector Reform Program in Lanao del Norte in which the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital was financed through the Municipal Development Fund Office and represented by the Department of Health.
According to this Ms. Azaña, “The German Government provided financing for health infrastructure to contribute to the improvement of the health situation and achieve the then Millennium Development Goal in participating local government units by reducing the infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and other cried mortality rate.”
KFW German Development Bank has been looking forward to this day since 2010. This new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital is a testament to all the hard work of each and every stakeholders present here. KFW deeply acknowledged the dedication and support of then Governor, now Congressman Khalid and to Governor Angging for the support extended to KFW to fully complete this endeavour. Ms. Azaña is very proud to see the completion and fully functioning new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital.
“We too at KFW share with you the joy and pride with this achievement. We are confident with the continuing commitment and support of the province, the local government, and most of all the health officials and personnel of this Kapatagan Provincial Hospital access to provision and delivery of health services would be vastly improve and sustained, and with adequate maintenance, budget support, the health needs of the people here will be serve in the coming years. So from Frankfurt, Germany to Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, let me extend the best wishes from my principals (KFW) for all your success and good health. Para sa atong Kahimsugan,” shares Ms. Azaña. PIO-LDN
Members of the Provincial Peace & Order Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council conducted a joint meeting at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center, Pigcarangan, Tubod on August 23, 2017.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines presented the security situation of the province. In Iligan City elements of the New People’s Army have been seen in the hinterland barangays of the city. The 4th Mechanized Battalion under the leadership of Col. Aduca immediately dispatched the troops to take care of the situation and is currently monitoring the activities of the group. On July 24, protesters conducted rally in the city of Iligan to express their opposition against the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. This was peacefully contained through the efficient coordination between the AFP and the Philippine National Police. On the same day number of protesters were hold in the checkpoints along the highway connecting Cagayan de Oro to Iligan. The activists came from the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.
Since the Peace Talks failed between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front, NPA the armed wing of the NDF stepped up their tactical offensives against the AFP and the PNP in the entire country.
On the present condition to the on-going conflict in Marawi, Capt. Llyod Tondo expressed sadness to the effect of the rebellion caused by the terrorist group, lives have been deeply affected and properties were destroyed as shown in the pictures. Capt. Tondo said that the AFP could not prevent sparing some of the buildings for they are being used by the terrorists as their hide out and vantage point in engaging the troops.
Military and Police checkpoints play a vital role in filtering the surge of evacuees fleeing the conflict and its mere presence discourage lawless elements to merge with innocent civilians. The Armed Forces and the PNP relies more in their intelligence gathering from the information shared by the residents of the barangays.
Brigadier General William Alunday stressed that barangay officials and residents must always be vigilant and watchful of their surroundings and report to PNP or AFP any suspicious men roaming in their communities. This action from the barangay level could deter any possibilities of lawless group encroaching in the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte.
Residents of Lanao del Norte could provide related information to the Armed Forces of the Philippines without fear of being identified by sympathisers or supporters of the rebel or terrorist group. Concerned citizens can call 09177042733; this is the hotline number of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade stationed at Barangay Maria Cristina, Iligan City, said Capt. Tondo.
In addition, the AFP Captain emphasized the importance deterring any spill-over of the LTGs by activating and supporting the Barangay Defence System in the respective municipalities, the continuous implementation of curfew hours and establishing of checkpoints, the unending monitoring and verification of suspected members of the local terrorist group (LTG) in the hospitals, barangays, and evacuation centers including those home based evacuees. “We should take the Bohol situation as an example on how the residents reacted in stopping the Abu Sayyaf bandit of bringing terror in their place”, the Captain added.
Police Senior Superintendent Leopoldo E. Cabanag, said that since he became the Provincial Director he have observed that Lanao del Norte is a peaceful province compared to other provinces in the country. “I alone can roam around the province in my motorcycle without any back-up or security personnel following me”.
The number of crime volume recorded in the province decreased by 24.11 percent compared between the months of January-July 2016 and January-July 2017. The relentless calling of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to end criminality and illegal drugs proved to be effective in preventing the proliferation of such illegal activities in coordination with the PNP and officials of the municipalities and the barangays.
The accomplishment of the campaign against illegal drugs in Lanao del Norte resulted to the arrest of 316 drug personalities where 168 are identified as users and 148 as pushers covering the period from March 1 to August 21, 2017.
In the campaign against wanted persons, from January 1, 2017 to August 21, 2017, the Provincial Police apprehended 13 Most Wanted Persons (MWP) and 147 personalities who are considered as Other Wanted Persons (OWP). On the same period, the Police conducted arrest of 22 persons and confiscated 32 loose firearms. The Provincial Police as well recovered 1 motor vehicle and 6 motorcycles in the campaign against carnapping or motornapping. On illegal logging, a total of 2,477 board feet, 25 log bolts and 18 pieces of flitch hardwood have been confiscated. In the effort to end illegal gambling, 32 persons have been caught in the act of doing the unlawful activity. The Police also recovered 5 female cows in their campaign against cattle rustling.
The Provincial Police will conduct drug test to their 864 PNP and Non-Uniformed Personnel. As of now, 17.82 percent have undergone the mandatory drug test and all personnel were tested negative. This is part of the internal cleansing of the organization and will act as the model of the anti-drug campaign of President Duterte.
The issues and concerns of the Provincial Police is the need to fill-up 30 personnel to all identified vulnerable stations; snail pace conduct of Barangay Clearing Operations; and the need to have bomb and drug sniffing dog to all units. Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay who presided the meeting on behalf of Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo took note all of the issues and concerns and assures that all of these will be discussed to Governor Dimaporo, especially on the K9 dogs.
The assessment given by the Provincial Police in the success of the campaigns is due to the continued collaborative, coordinative, cooperative efforts of all stakeholders have significantly maintained the stable peace and order condition of the Province of Lanao del Norte.
The PNP highly recommended that the clustered strong fixed checkpoints shall be sustained. All identified vulnerable Police Stations with less than 30 personnel must be completely filled-up, Sustain efforts in the conduct of Barangay Drug Clearing Operation to those affected barangays in coordination with Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) / Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and request for availability of bomb and drug sniffing dog for utilization of lower units.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency represented by Regional Director Adrian Albareño and Agent Pamesa, point person of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program. Agent Pamesa discussed the Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No.3 Series of 2017. The regulation sets the parameters and process in declaring the barangay a drug free or drug cleared barangay. Since 1998 up to 2012, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued various Memorandum Circular to create Provincial, City, Municipal and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, the purpose is to allow the LGUs to have their own initiative in preventing the proliferation of illegal drugs and in their own community. In these Memorandum Circulars sanctions were included to those non-performing LGU officials in the fight against illegal drugs. In the pre-operation phase the PDEA will conduct orientation and relevant matters same with the PNP. The function of LGUs is to activate the MADAC or BADAC, preparation of plan of action, and undertake capability enhancement.
The collaboration, cooperation and coordination of the MADAC/BADAC are essential to the success of the operation in the campaign ending or eliminating illegal drugs in their area of responsibility. The PDEA and PNP relies on the information given by the anti-drug abuse council.
The local government units shall have the reformatory facilities to cater those who are willing to undergo treatment in renewing their lives. In this facility, the LGUs shall organize programs that could help these drug dependents recover before rejoining the mainstream by tapping TESDA or any alternative learning center that could help enhance their skills and this could help them in finding work when they come out.
PDEA will validate all documents presented by each barangay when applying for a drug free or drug cleared barangay. There are barangays in the province that were not involved in illegal drugs; it means that these barangay are free from any drug pushers or users. As of now 6 barangays are considered drug free or drug cleared barangay, and these are: Barangay Mago-ong of Linamon, Barangay Kawit Oriental of Kauswagan, Barangay Palao of Tubod, Barangay San Isidro, Barangay Kahayagan and Barangay Tipolo in Kapatagan.
Board Member Tawantawan Cauntongan proposed two resolutions; one for the PPOC and one for BADAC. The first states that a resolution constituting a technical working group on violent extremism and tasking such body to study and coordinate efforts to come up with recommendations for the consideration of the PPOC such strategic policy, implementation or enforcement options that the PPOC and the provincial government may adopt and undertake in terms of programs, projects and activities to counter violent extremism from taking root or spreading in Lanao del Norte, resolve further for the technical working group on violent extremism to be composed of the chairman on Peace and Order of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, representative from the Army who is knowledgeable on the matter, a representative from the PNP which is also knowledgeable and expert on the matter, the Provincial Director of the DILG, two representatives from the Ulama, and representative from the Catholic Church or Diocess or from a Christian Church organization, and two representative from the CSO involve in peace building advocacy. The second is a resolution in joining all Municipal Mayors in their respective capacities as chairperson of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council or MADAC and all Punong Barangays in their respective capacities as chairperson of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council to undertake measures and relevant undertakings in the pursuance of Barangay Drug Clearing as define and provided for under Dangerous Drug Act Board, Resolution No.3, Series of 2017 and to provide part thereof pursuance to the mandate of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 for local government units to provide substantial amount for the anti-illegal drug program. The two resolutions has been moved and adopted by the council. PIO-LDN
The people of Lanao del Norte has always been thankful to the Quibranza-Dimaporo family. The trust and confidence that the residents bestowed upon them brought prosperity to the province. The strong relationship between the constituents and the provincial leaders brings development and continuous progress to Lanao del Norte. The name Quibranza-Dimaporo brings Peace and Development to the Land of Beauty and Bounty; where Muslims and Christians Peacefully Co-exist. The harmony amongst the two most influential religious groups in the province is vital in propelling the development and success of Lanao del Norte.
The Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative creates vision and builds them into reality. The vision of bringing prosperity to the province is constantly progressing and most of it has now been enjoyed by the people of Lanao del Norte. The concreting project of farm to market roads carries steady income to our local farmers. These roads interconnects the hinterland municipalities to the coastal municipalities where exchanging of goods are done daily. The abundance supply of food that the province posses is a gift from God that the people never cease to ignore. Lanao del Norte with its green lush forest and captivating landscape, it is considered as one of the most successful food basket in the country. This vast agricultural land gradually contributes to the economic growth of the province as well as the infinite coastal water that breeds expensive sea foods like crabs, shrimps, and oysters to name a few.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in partnership with the two Congressional Districts of Lanao del Norte, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo are always pushing the ball forward towards development and prosperity. These development projects are always intended in service to the people of Lanao del Norte.
Health care services have been improve and are now efficient in delivering medical needs to the people. The new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital will offer the latest medical facilities and employs experienced and professional medical personnel. For now, this new Provincial Hospital is considered secondary but can be upgraded to a tertiary. With enough number of competent medical personnel, medical and health care services will be more proficient and valuable in the days to come when it becomes operational. The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte offers the people free of charge when admitted to one of the Six (6) Provincial Hospitals scattered within the province. This is a privilege that the residents could never forget.
One of the community based programs for the people is the Especial Mass Based Program or EMBP. This program is the sincerity of the idea of Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo to better serve the people living in each community. The Provincial Health Office is one of the many provincial offices that provide basic services to the residents. Every EMBP, the Provincial Governor visits different communities in the province to personally supervise the various front line services that the Provincial Government offers. In Bringing the Government Closer to the People, the Governor interacts with the residents and hears their sentiments and longings by heart. Kindness and compassion are the qualities inherent to Governor Angging; that is why the people love her.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte remains committed in advancing the interest of the province and its people through the leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo. In order to achieve this common interest, Governor Angging constantly coordinates with the Municipal Mayors of the province, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The Quibranza-Dimaporo works hard to look after the peace and security in the province. These are essentials for the sustainability to the fast growing development projects of Lanao del Norte and to the whole island of Mindanao. PIO-LDN
Filipino Turkish Tolerance International School produce students that do not only excel in national level but internationally as well, like the recent World Scholar’s Cup-Global Round held in Hanoi, Vietnam last June 26 to July 1, 2017. Two students of FTTIS who showcased their intellectual gifts in Vietnam hail from the humble and peaceful province of Lanao del Norte. These students are Marian Mae Cedeño from the Municipality of Kapatagan and Kyle Jude Robert Sanes from the Municipality of Lala. Both students are under the scholarship program of 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo.
Marian Mae and Kyle Jude previously won the World Scholar’s Cup-Manila Round 2017 last February 5 and 6 which made them to qualify in the Global Round in Vietnam. Congressman Abdullah initiates Educational Scholarship programs for the youth of the province in partnership with Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo. The aim of our three provincial leaders is to create opportunity among the less fortunate students who have the potential to excel. In this program the students will broaden their perspectives by exposing them to more exciting and challenging environment in which they are allowed to interact with different types of people. This assistance is given to deserving students who will qualify and meet the necessary requirements set by the institution. It said that students in Lanao del Norte only needs quality training and exposure to win any competition outside the province.
In Vietnam, both students received a Gold Medal; Marian for Writing and Kyle for being the top scorer in History. In the team category for Collaborative Writing and Scholar Bowl; Kyle and Marian with their team bagged the Silver Medal.
The World Scholar’s Cup (abbreviated as WSC) is an international team academic program with students participating from over 50 countries. The World Scholar’s Cup has attracted what it calls “a global community of future scholars and leaders”, and promotes that it allows participants to “discover strengths and skills you never knew you had.” It focuses on bringing students from different cultures together to discuss issues and ideas relevant to today and the future.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte is proud of these two students for their achievements, where Congressman Abdullah together with Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo strongly emphasized the importance of quality education for the youth of Lanao del Norte. An Enhancement Training for High School Teachers was concluded last June 17, 2017; this enhancement training aims to produce highly equipped and skilled teachers to provide quality education for the elementary and high school students of the Province. The Congressman challenged the teachers to be responsible in the development of our youth. In his own words he said, “I think you should shoulder a very big responsibility in the development of our province and of course of our country. You are developing the future of our country in your classes”.
The WSC 2017 took place in Vietnam National Convention Center where more than 3000 scholars participated in the competition. The team of FTTIS was accompanied by their coach Abduljim H. Hadil.
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
Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 100 riders from different parts of Mindanao joined in the recently-concluded ‘Araw ng Lanao del Norte’ Motocross competition on June 27 and 28, 2015 at Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) racetrack in Tubod town, this province.
The Office Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo through the Community Affairs Division distributed kilos of rice and pack of dates to our Muslim brothers and sisters all over Lanao del Norte celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan. Every year during Ramadan our Governor initiates this program to express her sincerity of serving the people of the province. This is called Sadaqa’h Petra’ah.
This year the rice distribution commences on June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) where three of the twenty four municipalities of the Province have been visited first by the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD). The Municipalities of Kolambugan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Matungao receive sacks of rice and boxes of dates to every Jama’at (place of gathering).
Each pack of rice and dates is given to every Jamaa (religious follower) for their Plapis (first meal after a day of fasting). SND Municipal Treasurer Ansary Limgas accepted the packs of rice and dates along with other local leaders present at the occasion.
In Kolambugan, Imam Mohamad Amincapal expressed his gratitude to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, “Alhamdulillah, dako among pasalamat kay Gobernador Angging Quibranza-Dimaporo sa iyang paghatag aning Petra’ah” the Imam said in vernacular. This blessing can help the five families from Marawi City taking shelter and praying in the Mosque of Barangay Riverside in Kolambugan, added Imam Mohamad.
Barangay Captain Malamit Pascan of Masurot, Kolambugan also thanked the Governor in our dialect, “Salamat kayo sa imong gihatag na Petra’ah kay nalipay ang mga nagsimba naka-ampo sila kay Allah nga punu-punuan ni Allah ang imong grasya pinaagi sa imong kahigugmaon sa mga tao kay kini nindot ni sa ila kay naa-poy naka apil diri nga gikan sa Marawi mao nangadaghan mi. Salamat Governor nalipay kaayo mi ug dako kay di jud ka kalimot sa mga grasya nga imong gipaabot sa mga Muslim”.
The Provincial Government supports all residents of the Province either Muslims or Christians. This is unique to Lanao del Norte where diverse culture and religion thrives together for decades living side by side with harmony, respect and understanding that strengthens the relationship of one another sustaining a peaceful community for the betterment of Lanao del Norte.
The distribution will continue all throughout the province until all Jama’at will receive its own goods from Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo before the day of Eid al-Fitr (festival of breaking of the fast).
The determination of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte to continuously provide assistance to affected brothers and sisters brought by this pointless war in Marawi City that caused thousands of families to leaved their once peaceful place in Lanao del Sur to seek shelter temporarily or permanently in the provinces nearby and some as far as Manila to find a place that is safe for their families where they could start a new tomorrow and have a better life is the hope of these IDPs. The Province of Lanao del Norte is one of these few places where one could find sanctuary and serenity.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo tasked the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, headed by Annabelle S. Mendez to carefully supervise the distribution of relief goods intended for IDPs taking refuge in Lanao del Norte. To identify and verify each IDP is a process to be cautiously performed through the combined efforts of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) and the PSWDO with the help of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO) assigned in the area for the purpose of equal distribution of relief goods.
On June 9, 2017, Friday morning, the PSWDO together with the PGO-CAD distributed relief goods to 25 families in the Municipal Gymnasium of Lala. Zenaida Alcoran of the MSWDO of the Municipality along with her staff Nestor Patalinghug assisted the Provincial Government employees in handing out relief goods to the IDPs.
In the afternoon, the team moved to the Municipality of Salvador and welcomed by 1st Councilor Insirah Sultan. The Councilor was thankful to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support given to all Municipalities since the crisis started on May 23, 2017. MSWDO Lourdes M. Gerale of Salvador Municipality helped in giving the relief goods to 41IDPs.
Abelita C. Manzano led the team with Elsie B. Pacaldo and Aiman C. Mamintal of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office along with the men of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division. PIO-LDN
Executive Assistant to the Office of the Provincial Governor, Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, spearheaded the Educational Assistance Program of the Provincial Welfare and Development Office in providing cash assistance to selected students of the province of Lanao del Norte, who are not financially capable of sustaining their educational expenses.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo requested PSWDO head, Annabelle S. Mendez with the help of school teachers to identify students from grade 7 up to grade 12 that are indigents but not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with certification from the Barangay as proof; Indigent students who have at least an average grade of 85 percent and; those who have personal disabilities (PWD).
The goal of this program is to provide financial assistance to students for their educational needs, giving parents a breather on the fees for their children’s education, said Mendez.
Provincial Executive Secretary Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo for two consecutive days from June 7 to 8 visited five schools in the Province where these indigent students are studying and personally handed out cash enough to sustain the expenses for the school year. “Gikan sa Probinsya Para sa Masa Educational Program” is the slogan of the Provincial Government in addressing the financial difficulties of indigent students in sustaining their educational expenses.
A total of 192 indigent students were presented from five different schools of the Province to avail for this Educational Program, these schools are; Bansarville National High School with 55 students, Kapatagan National High School with 44 students, Lala National High School with 47 students, Geronima Cabrera National High School with 40 students and 6 students from Diego H. Patigayon National High School.
One of these 192 deserving students is Maretcho P. Lodick, a grade 11 student with a very inspiring story to tell in spite of the difficulties of life, where she persistently face all the challenges in its day to day existence just to sustain her education in order to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer someday and give her 9 siblings live a better life. Maretcho a dedicated sister and a student made no reasons not to continue her studies, “Ang pag pa dayon sa pag eskwela, ma-o ra ang akong nakita nga pama-agi nga makab-ot nako ang damgo nga makahatag ug maayong kinabuhi dili lang sa ako apil na pud ang akong mga igsoon” said Maretcho with a teary eye. She is a working student living in Sultan Naga Dimaporo and travels everyday to attend classes at Lala National High School. Maretcho’s mother died when they were still young unfortunately their father left them few days after leaving her and her eldest sister to take the responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings. To financially help her eldest sister, Maretcho decided to work. But this hardship never stops Maretcho from pursuing her dream instead she made this an inspiration. This kind of courage and strong willed never left unnoticed by her teachers and classmates in Lala National High School. Two years ago, Maretcho was hit by a dengue. She had a fever so high that she needs to be admitted to a hospital. The Doctor required 8 blood packs for her to survive, financially incapable to purchase even a single pack the school and its student body decided to shoulder the expenses to save the life of Maretcho and also paid the hospital bill. Maretcho felt the love of her teachers and classmates till this very moment. She said she will never forget the people who shared their resources just to save the life of a poor girl.
When asked about the Educational Assistance provided by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte where she is one of the deserving beneficiaries, Maretcho expressed her gratitude in front of Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, who was deeply touched by her life’s story.
Maretcho thanked Ms. Sittie Aminah on behalf of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the Educational Assistance Program initiated by the Provincial Government for the deserving indigent students like her who really needs financial assistance to sustain their studies for the whole year.
Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo emphasized to parents that this financial assistance is intended for their children’s educational expenses and hope that this program will inspire other students to study hard and aim higher to achieve a better life. The Provincial Government is optimistic that this program will continue next year and the years to come to help more students of the Province that are deserving of aid, Ms. Sittie Aminah added. PIO-LDN
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