The Department of Interior and Local Government of Region 10, The Provincial Peace and Order Council of Lanao del Norte, Region 10 Peace and Order Council and the Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a non-government peace building organization gathered in Iligan City on May 17, 2017 to discuss Peace Building and Development Framework and Agenda of DILG.
This project of DILG aims to institutionalize a regional framework and agenda for peace and development integrating concerns for conflict-sensitivity, cultural-recognition, gender responsiveness, and child-friendliness. The Peace building and Development Framework and Agenda will serve as a vital reference to unify understanding, synchronize efforts and consolidate resources in the planning and implementation of interventions not only in conflict-affected communities but also in other areas of the region.
Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo was present in this important discussion. The Governor clearly emphasized that when it comes to peace and order, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte gives its 100% support without any doubt to programs initiated by the National Government that advances the people’s interest.
“We want to live in a community where respect and understanding prevails, in Lanao del Norte we nurture these values for it is essential to the development and prosperity of our province”, Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo said during her speech in the conference.
In addition, the Governor expressed her appreciation to DILG for initiating projects that will sustain peace and development in the region and to the country as a whole. Peace and development can be achieved in the community when people live happily in a secure and safe community without fear and prejudice.
Regional Peace-Building Development Framework and Agenda is created in a skeletal roadmap that will serve as a guide where meetings and interventions will be done in the field, municipalities or localities according to Liza Ladres of DILG Region 10.
Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo is thankful to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his never ending ways of finding solutions in sustaining peace and order by giving DILG, the task to implement and formulate ways in order to achieve peace and development in the region and empowers the local peace and order council, the unit that is directly affected in any conflict or incident.
The Governor also recognized the important function of GIZ in providing technical assistance to support DILG 10 and the Regional Peace and Order Council in achieving peace and development in the region. PIO-LDN
For two days SGLG evaluators of Region 10 came to Lanao del Norte and meet the Heads of Offices and Departments of the Provincial Government together with Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo inside the Governor’s Conference Room.
The Regional Assessment Team is composed of Mr. Jonathan Castillo of the Tinabangay sa Panguma Alayon sa Industriya (TIPASI) Foundation and DILG’s Ms. Anna Casiño, Supervising Administrative Officer; Mr. Alex Miego, Local Government Operations Officer V; and Ms. Rochelle Dagang, Local Government Operations Officer IV
The SGLG is one of the flagship programs of DILG, as it represents Integrity and Good Performance of Local Government Units through continuing governance, reform and sustained local development. It is a progressive assessment system adopted by the Department to give merit to remarkable local government performance across several areas. The Regional Assessment Team is the initial group to review provincial documents and conduct ocular visits. The regional assessment results will then undergo calibration to ensure accuracy of its entries.
This year DILG raised the assessment criteria from “3+1” to “4+1” by adding Peace and Order as one of the core areas in attaining the Seal of Good Local Governance Award. The assessment criteria for 2017 still includes the Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, the added Peace and Order, and the “+1” will be an extra point when passing at least one of these categories: Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.
According to Provincial Administrator Ms. Brigida S. Tañgonan, the Provincial Government initially passed all the criteria during the evaluation made by the Regional Assessment Team and hoping that the Province will be considered as one of the potential SGLG achiever. The Provincial Government of Lanao Del Norte will undergo final evaluation by the National Validation Team composed of top officials of DILG Regional Offices and SGLG focal persons. Local Government Units who will receive the SGLG Award will be given additional funding for its Priority Development Projects coming from the Government’s Performance Challenge Fund. PIO-LDN
The Department of Interior and Local Government of the Province of Lanao del Norte organized a conference, The Provincial Preparedness and Partnership Dialogue through OPLAN Listo of DILG. Engr. Carmelo Enrique B. Libot, Provincial Director of DILG headed the event together with DILG Regional Director for Region 10, Mr. Arnel M. Agabe. Representatives from the Local Government Units, Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection gathered to answer the call of the Department on May 9, 2017 in Baroy, Lanao del Norte.
The dialogue is in accordance to Republic Act 10121, also known as an Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework and institutionalizing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan.
Ms. Hazel L. Occeña, OIC of the Local Government Capability Development Division stated that the Philippines ranked second to China in terms of the number of typhoons landed in each country, which we have at least an average record of 23 typhoons per year.
In the words of Mr. Agabe, “The objective of Operation Listo is for our LGUs, our communities, our barangays, atong pamilya naa na silay andam na mga buhaton before naay mga disaster, during naay disaster and at the same time after the disaster ato-ang gusto diri nga malikayan nato nga dako kaayo na mga damages and especially ang atong gusto malikayan ang mga casualties”.
Prevention or if possible reducing loss of life and property from disasters is the goal of Operation Listo and by continuously building resilient communities in preparation for calamities. The program is divided into three components the Listo Pamahalaang lokal, Listong Pamayanan and Listong Pamilyang Pilipino, these components are strategically cascaded from the Local Government Units down to the family and household level, this program is also part of the assessment indicators for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), Director Agabe said.
During the event, an audiovisual presentation on the National Disaster Preparedness Plan & Operation Listo teaser followed by a workshop intended for the participants to create a localized planning mechanism by formulating and implementing a well crafted Provincial Disaster Preparedness Plan by citing the seven components that includes (1) Information, Education and Communication; (2) Partnerships; (3) Capacity Building; (4) DRRM Localization; (5) Risk Assessment and Plans; (6) Continuity of Essential Services; and (7) Preparedness for Emergency And Disaster Response.
Operation or Oplan Listo, the Department of Interior and Local Government’s mechanism to strengthen the country’s disaster response operations through the provision of minimum to critical preparations checklists for Local Chief Executives (LCEs), is now an official component of the National Disaster Preparedness Plan of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). PIO-LDN
A Three day Orientation-Workshop for the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act” has just been concluded. The activity attended by more than 80 participants coming from the different Departments and Offices of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte headed by the Department and Office Heads together with its staff.
This 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, hereinafter called the IRR, is promulgated pursuant to Section 75 of Republic Act No. (R.A.) 9184, for the purpose of prescribing the necessary rules and regulations for the modernization, standardization, and regulation of the procurement activities of the Government of the Philippines (GoP).
The provisions of this IRR are in line with the commitment of the GoP to promote good governance and its effort to adhere to the principles of transparency, accountability, equity, efficiency, and economy in its procurement process. It is the policy of the GoP that procurement of Goods, Infrastructure Projects and Consulting Services shall be competitive and transparent, and therefore shall undergo competitive bidding, except as provided in the Rule XVI of this IRR, which is the Alternative Methods of Procurement.
Ms. Marilou D. Reyes, member of the Board of Trustees, Procurement Professionals of the Philippines, Inc. And Mr. Bryan S. Bigalbal, former employee of the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) both resource speakers graciously presented the 2016 Revised IRR of RA 9184. Ms. Reyes encourage questions or inquiries from the participants while the discussion is taking place to clarify and address such questions before proceeding to the next, both speakers provided instances or examples to back-up their discussions and to give a clear view of the new Government Procurement Act.
During the discussion, one important question was asked if there is any prohibition in the 2016 revised IRR of RA 9184 with regards to an ordinary government employee who has a private business and would like to transact or enter into a contract with the GoP, Ms. Reyes together with a Lawyer concurred that no clause in the 2016 Revised IRR of RA 9184 that prohibits an ordinary government employee to transact business (as a private individual) with the GoP provided that such employee has no influence or relation (up to 3rd degree of consanguinity or affinity) to any member of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and make certain that all transactions are within the bounds of the new Government Procurement Act.
In the Workshop, participants were divided into six groups composed of different departments and offices to fill in the new format of Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP) to be included in the Annual Procurement Plan (APP) as samples for the training. Each group presented the PPMP in front of the resource speakers and participants which they have prepared for the benefit of comparison and evaluation, and answers questions raised by the speakers in relation to the prepared PPMP.
Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo attended the activity in spite of her hectic schedule to show to the participants how important this orientation-workshop activity is. The Governor expressed her happiness that this activity was made and through this it could give clarity to the functions of each departments and offices as end users, who will be involve in procuring items for their specific needs. In addition the Governor cites that this activity will also remove doubts as to who will be responsible of handling the procurement process and persuaded all employees to take this as a challenge in learning new knowledge in performing the duties and responsibilities as a government employee.
In her words, our Governor said, “To my Family (The Provincial Government) let us work together for a better Lanao del Norte”, calling all Provincial Government employees to do its part in making the Province a better place in serving the people by providing basic and efficient services to all constituents.
Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay was also present throughout the orientation. Ms. Brigida S. Tañgonan, Provincial Administrator initiated this Orientation-Workshop together with the General Services Office (GSO) of the Provincial Government headed by Mr. Simeon S. Fama, Jr. The activity was held from May 2-4, 2017 in Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) Hotel Function Hall in the Municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN
One of the key points that have been discussed in the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum is the Filipino vision of “AmBisyon 2040” a visualization of the dream of all Filipino longing for a better tomorrow. Within the next 25 years the citizens hope that this vision will turn into reality. Engr. Ernesto Lisondra, Region 10 Chief Economic Development Specialist of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) describes the kind of country that Filipinos will live-in, how the government works and what it looks like by 2040. This is a challenge that all Filipinos must partake, not only the Government but all sectors involve should work together in facing whatever circumstances that comes in our way. Essentially this dream is the driving force in the development planning which will make the foundation in building a strong republic with a prosperous economy.
NEDA consulted the different sectors of society through focus group discussions and national survey. In the survey, one of the questions that was asked is, “What do Filipinos want to have, to do and to be by 2040?” astoundingly 79.2% answered that they like to have a simple and comfortable life while 16.9% wanted to live an above average lifestyle and the remaining 3.9% like to live a luxurious way of life. The survey was given to people that represents the sector of the Youth, Persons with Disabilities, Victims of calamities, Indigenous tribes, Women’s group, Farmers, Fishermen and the Families of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
The simple and comfortable life of a Filipino can be describe in a middle-class lifestyle where a family can afford to own a house, can send their children to school, have enough money to pay the bills, and have their own car.
During the forum a video was played showing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia of NEDA stating that the simple and comfortable life is possible with the right policies of the government. In addition, the government must play a critical role in order to support the realization of these aspirations, the Secretary explains.
The Government must provide enabling conditions to help Filipinos build up their resources including physical, intellectual and financial by investing in people, nurturing to sustain economic growth and protecting the people against instability.
The vision statement of AmBisyon 2040: “In 2040, we will all enjoy a stable and comfortable lifestyle, secure in the knowledge that we have enough for our daily needs and unexpected expenses, that we can plan and prepare for our own and our children’s future. Our family lives together in a place of our own, and we have the freedom to go where we desire, protected and enabled by a clean, efficient, and fair government”.
The ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum was held in Mindanao Civic Center-Hotel Gazebo on April 26, 2017 in the Municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte. It was the first ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum held in the Province of Lanao del Norte in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency-Northern Mindanao. PIO-LDN
This year’s Youth for Development (Y4D) Program has come to an end and the last part of the leg was held in the Municipality of Kapatagan. This series of awareness campaign brought all concerned Departments and Offices of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte throughout the Province to demonstrate the commitment of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo through the “Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative Program” in giving importance to the children and youth of Lanao del Norte.
Y4D program aims to assure the well-being of the youth of Lanao del Norte; may it be Social, Mental, Physical or Moral. This program encourages them to develop and harness their abilities in nation building and in the continuance of peace and development of the province.
The activities that were prepared during the Municipal visits were Symposiums and Seminars, like Youth Leadership on how to be an Effective Individual in the Society, Sexually Healthy and Personally Effective (SHAPE) Adolescent as well as increasing awareness on risky behaviors especially Pre-Marital Sex and the impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to a person’s life.
HIV is a virus that attacks cells of the human body’s immune system which makes it weak and vulnerable to other diseases and illnesses. HIV can only be transmitted through specific activities. Most common activities that people could get or transmit HIV are through infected needles or syringe and unprotected sexual contact. In addition, pregnant women with HIV could pass the virus to the baby’s body. This could happen in the last few weeks of pregnancy, during labour or delivery. Breast feeding the baby can also transmit HIV, because the virus can also be found in the breast milk.
HIV is not transmitted by Air, Water, Saliva, Sweat, Tears, or Closed-Mouth Kissing, Insects or Pets, Sharing Toilets, Food, or Drinks.
Last year alone the rate of young Filipinos that have been infected by HIV have increased dramatically, 19 out of 29 youth is within the age bracket of 15-24 years old this is according to Commissioner Percival Cendaña of the National Youth Commission.
Y4D’s goal is to inform and educate the youth of Lanao del Norte by conducting awareness drive from place to place within the Province in a clear and understandable manner that will help prevent the virus from spreading and ways to avoid it and at the same time moulding the youth to be efficient and productive individuals for the years to come.
Ms. Ananette B. Daniel, Head of the Provincial Population Office facilitated the lecture and generously gives advice to young participants to be resilient against temptations and the challenges of life in order to achieve a better future.
This year’s Y4D is a success due to the concerted efforts of the Offices of the 1st and 2nd District Representatives and the Provincial Governor’s Office represented by The Provincial Population Office along with The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, The Public Employment Service Office, The Provincial Community Affairs Division, The Provincial Information Office, The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Philippine Army’s (15th and 35th Infantry Battalion), The Department of Interior and Local Government and The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources.
Y4D Program is in continuity and inspired by the program “Kabataan Sigurado” of former Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo now 1st District Congressman of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN
2016 the Province of Lanao del Norte experienced the effect of El Niño which prompted the former Governor and now 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo to declare the Province under State of Calamity. The Agricultural sector at that time was devastated due to the long dry season that was felt throughout Lanao del Norte.
El Niño is a phenomenon which refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.
The Province of Lanao del Norte with its program named Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) made ways to help the affected poultry farmers recover from the loss caused by the phenomenon.
The PVO facilitated the distribution of SASSO’s Chicken to poultry farmers of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND), Baroy, and Pantao-Ragat on April 21, 2017 at the Provincial Agriculture Office ground.
The quality of the meat of a free range Sasso chicken is much better compared to our Philippine native chicken and the growth rate is faster, it adapts easily to our climate condition and has higher immunity against diseases.
Manuals on How to Raise Chicks were handed over by the Officers of PVO to poultry farmers which presents comprehensive guidelines on Brooding Management, Ranging System and Feeding System. Through this manual it may help increase the production in time of the harvest.
Honorable Vice Gov. Maria Cristina N. Atay and Acting Provincial Veterinarian Fritzie P. Provido led the activity along with Board Member Reinario Bihag. In this activity 2,550 of chicks and 1,275 kilograms of feeds were apportioned to 51 farmers, who received 50 chicks each with 25 kilograms of feeds; 20 farmers comes from SND, 12 from Baroy, and 19 from Pantao-Ragat.
In this activity the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte shows its commitment to stand along with the farmers of the Province in whatever challenges that comes in the way, assuring that the livelihood of the farmers will continue for the years to come. PIO-LDN
Esperanza, Bacolod, LDN.-The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte together with the Barangay Council of Esperanza organized a medical mission for the residents of the barangay and nearby areas last April 19, 2017. Children and the elderly were given priority for the medical check-up. Dental check-up was also provided to all residents and as the school year just ended students from nearby elementary schools lined-up to avail for the operation tuli (circumcision) with their parents accompanying them. Some looks scared, others were anxious and most of them were excited for the operation.
The activity was made in connection with the celebration of the “10th Araw ng Barangay Esperanza” on April 21. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo’s program – The Alagang IQD themed “Bringing the Government Closer to the People” was brought to Esperanza to let the people feel that the Provincial Government is always looking after them by bringing the government services in their locality. Barangay Captain of Esperanza and ABC President of Bacolod, Captain Valeriano Clapano were present during the medical mission and expressed his gratitude to the Governor for such medical services are indeed beneficial to the people of Esperanza.
The event was held within the vicinity of the Barangay Hall of Esperanza. The Provincial Health Office (PHO) treated 355 patients who received free medicines after consultations, 67 individuals got their tooth extracted, and 77 young boys have been circumcised.
This activity conforms to the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative in its health advocacy which highlights the immediate response of healthcare to the underprivileged of Lanao del Norte.
The PHO handed out to patients Multivitamins, Paracetamol, Ambroxol (for cough), Anti-biotic (for those who have undergone circumcision), and Antihypertensive Meds (to treat hypertension). The medical mission was a success due to the concerted efforts of the Barangay Officials of Esperanza, the officers and staff of the Provincial Health Office and the Office of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo. PIO-LDN
Provincial Capitol, Tubod LDN – Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance. April 17, 2017 the Province of Lanao del Norte has been evaluated for the award in the Governor’s Conference Room with the presence of Hon. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo along with Provincial Administrator, Brigida S. Tañgonan and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Acting-Chief, Marlyn O. Trozo.
The National Government Agencies in Region X conducted the evaluation. These agencies were composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, represented by Blanche B. Villamor; the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Romeo S. Fernandez; National Economic and Development Authority, Peleta B. Abejo; and the Office of Civil Defense, headed by Mesug R. Macabantog.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte aims for the National Gawad KALASAG through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council with its vision, “An Empowered and Disaster Resilient Communities Governed Proactively to Achieve Safe and Peaceful Environment towards Sustainable Development.” The vision incorporates all levels from the Provincial Government, Municipal, Barangay down to Household Communities to enable all stakeholders to withstand and rise up again after any disaster or calamity. Currently the Province of Lanao del Norte is the one leading in Mindanao for this Award.
The PDRRMC constantly conducts first-aid trainings and rescue simulations not only for adults but also to elementary students for them to instil the knowledge and skills as they grow-up. The PDRRMC strongly coordinates with the local government units especially those barangays that are vulnerable to disaster or calamity. Through this trainings people will then know how to react or respond to any situation either man-made or natural calamity.
“Importante kay siya (Gawad KALASAG) kay diha nato gipaila unsa ka preparado ang Province sa mga katalagman, sa mga disasters gigunitan nimo siya nga award nga nag show siya’g Good Governance ug maayo ang pagdumala sa katawhan” , said Ms. Marlyn O. Trozo, Acting-Chief of PDRRMC.
Earthquakes have been felt in the past few days in Mindanao, with this the PDRRMC has been more active in informing the people of the Province to always be ready and vigilant of their surroundings, giving emphasis to Pantao Ragat and Munai for these Municipalities are situated above the Lanao Fault System same with the Municipalities of Kapatagan, Lala, Sapad up to Nunungan which are also within the Western Mindanao Extension Fault. PIO-LDN
Provincial Health Workers received Medicine kits or Pill Box from Hon. Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative of Lanao del Norte. The apportioning of Pill Box to all Barangay Health Stations in five municipalities is part of the unceasing advocacy of our ever mindful Congressman of the importance of having quick access to medicines. Barangay health workers are the frontline of the government in providing medical care to its citizens regarding health issues.
Each Pill Box contains Lozartan, Metformin, Paracetamol, Multivitamins C+B Complex, Multilem, and Simvastatin. These Pill boxes were handed to the health workers together with Sphygmomanometers, an apparatus that monitors one’s blood pressure.
Lozartan is a treatment for high-blood, Metformin helps to control blood sugar levels, Simvastatin lowers cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood, Paracetamols and Multivitamins C + B complex and Multilem helps to treat physiological stress and nutritional deficiency.
The distribution was also in time for the summer season, were incidents caused by heat stroke increases. Heat Stroke is a condition caused by the overheating of a human body. Residents especially the elders were advised by medical experts not to spend too much time under the sun.
Community Affairs Division Coordinators for the municipalities of the 2nd District were also present to supervise the distribution. For now 1,440 pieces of Pill Box and 85 Digital Sphygmomanometers were delivered to the Barangay Health Stations of the Municipalities of Sapad, Lala, Magsaysay, Kapatagan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo. PIO-LDN