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PGLDN leads Turn-Over Ceremony of Multi-Purpose Building in Barangay Malingao

PGLDN leads Turn-Over Ceremony of Multi-Purpose Building in Barangay Malingao.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte handed the Multi-Purpose Hall to the Barangay Council of Malingao in behalf of the residents of the barangay. Barangay Captain Cirilo Apao was happy to receive the structure straight from the provincial government through Lyndon G. Calica, head of the Provincial Community Affairs Division on September 12, 2017.

The Multi-Purpose Building given to Barangay Malingao is just one of the infrastructure projects for the people to benefit from through the effort of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo during her term as the 1st District Representative of Lanao del Norte.

“Governor Angging is always true to her promises in delivering the best quality of service for the people of Lanao del Norte, and this Multi-Purpose Hall in Barangay Malingao is a testament of how the Governor is sincere to her words,” said Calica.

When Governor Angging was then the Congresswoman of the 1st District, she has allocated projects to barangays that needs structures that the council can use for them to serve their constituents. To name a few, in Barangay Licapao, the Governor handed over a multi-purpose building and two of units elementary classrooms on July 12, and on August 8, Barangay Sto. Niño accepts the new multi-purpose hall.

Barangay Captain Cirilo Apao expressed his gratitude to Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, “From the start, you have seen how supportive Governor Angging is to our Barangay. Our barangay is one of the many barangays who were given important projects such as this. This Multi-Purpose Hall will serve the residents of Barangay Malingao in any programs that are beneficial to all.”  

Governor Angging even before she entered politics, she already had a clear view of the responsibilities and duties of a public servant. This is because the late Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza thought her the essentials of being a good public servant.

Mayor Leoncio Bagol of the Municipality of Tubod as well attended the ceremony to show his support to the projects of Governor Angging. “Governor Angging with her trust and sincerity made this Multi-Purpose Building into a reality. Although we have encountered so many challenges in constructing this building but with the unwavering support of our Provincial Governor, we succeed in making this project available for you, residents of Barangay Malingao.”  PIO-LDN

Governor Angging: Lanao del Norte, Progressive and Developed Province

Governor Angging: Lanao del Norte, Progressive and Developed Province.

On September 20, 2017, Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo was interviewed on air by Ka Rex Cayanong, host of the radio program Target on Air. Governor Angging shared the current security situation of Lanao del Norte. The Province remains peaceful where residents can freely engage in their day to day activities despite the declaration of Martial Law.

In Lanao del Norte, business as usual for the people of the province. Establishments are open, students attend regular classes, various government projects are successfully implemented, and the municipal and provincial government are functioning efficiently and effectively.

To preserve the peace and order of the province, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, the offices of the 1st and 2nd District Representatives together with the Sangguniniang Panlalawigan and the Municipal Government continuously worked hand-in-hand with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in protecting the residents of the “Land of Beauty and Bounty.”

According to Governor Angging, all government units of the province are always vigilant to prevent any spill-over of the conflict between the Government Security Forces and the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur coming in to the peaceful province of Lanao del Norte.

The Municipalities of Lanao del Norte bordering the Province of Lanao del Sur are at all times on their guard to deter any members of the terrorist group to hide or take shelter within the province. Governor Angging since the invasion of Marawi begun, tirelessly remind all Mayors in the hinterland municipalities to protect their area from any terrorist and to never allow any of these extremists to enter Lanao del Norte. The call of Governor Angging to all the Municipal Mayors to work together regardless of their political affiliations or interests was vital to the preservation of peace and order in the province. In one of her speeches, the Governor said, “Let us work together, and let us cooperate in protecting our beloved province of Lanao del Norte. Let us set aside our political differences for the sake of the people. This is the time to show the unity that we have here in Lanao del Norte.”

 The successful implementation of the various programs of the government where one of these is the F/B Pagbabago of the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in partnership with the Provincial Government, the Offices of 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo with the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and in coordination with the Municipal Mayors of Lanao de Norte.

This F/B Pagbabago is a livelihood program intended for the poorest of the poor fishermen of the province. A total of 300 units of fibreglass boats were equally allocated to the two congressional districts of Lanao del Norte. The beneficiaries where strictly identified by the staff of the two Congressmen along with the officials of each barangay with the help of the personnel from the municipalities.

On the other hand, the on-going war on drugs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is undoubtedly supported by Governor Angging 101% together with Congressman Khalid and Congressman Abdullah. The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the Municipalities are constantly in touched with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the PNP to collaborate, cooperate and coordinate with each other for the success of the program. As of now there are more than 20 barangays that are considered drug cleared barangay and a number of barangays are still waiting for the validation and approval of the Oversight Committee before declaring their Barangay Drug Free.

Recently, during the conduct of the 6th Provincial Barangay Congress on September 6, 2017, the members of the Liga ng Barangay in the Province of Lanao del Norte expressed their support to the Anti-Drug Campaign of President Duterte. The Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 was systemically discussed by PDEA Provincial Director Rodolfo S. De la Cerna. Governor Angging before the start of the presentation of PD De la Cerna told the members of the Liga ng mga Barangay to listen attentively and focused on the discussion of the Provincial Director.

Police Sr. Supt. Leopoldo E. Cabanag, PNP Provincial Director has said during the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting that “The Province of Lanao del Norte is a peaceful province compared to some other provinces of the country. I even ride my motorcycle alone without any back-up, so meaning, I have not seen any threats. The residents of the province are peace loving people.”

Governor Angging encouraged tourists to visit Lanao del Norte and to see for themselves how peaceful the province is and how hospitable the people are. The Province of Lanao del Norte is the “Motocross Capital of the Philippines and The Home of the PBA in Northern Mindanao.” The province as well can cater Multi-Sport events or Conventions because of its world class Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex that can be found in the Municipality of Tubod. Aside from that, the magical Tinago Waterfalls, one of the famous tourist spots in northern Mindanao is situated in the province. On May 23 of this year, the Province of Lanao del Norte received a prestigious award from the Department of Agriculture as one of the Top Rice Producing Provinces in country. Also, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Nopte accepted the award of “Seal of Good Local Governance for 2016” given by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

In addition, every municipality freely celebrates its own festival or fiesta. Like the Alimango Festival of Lala every 22nd of March, Nyogan Festival of Magsaysay every 23rd of May, Lechonan Festival of Baroy every 10th day of June, to name a few. There is so much here in Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty” than meets the eye. PIO-LDN

PLO Caravan continues Barangay Legal Awareness Program in Linamon, Maranding

PLO Caravan continues Barangay Legal Awareness Program in Linamon, Maranding .

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Legal Office (PLO) continues to implement the Barangay Legal Awareness Program (BLAP). It is an activity in which the PLO educates the residents of their Constitutional Rights and makes them familiar with some Republic Acts that are relevant in today’s issues. It also aims to impart legal knowledge and awareness to barangay elected and appointed officials such as the members of the Lupon and Barangay Tanods. This is to guide the officials of the correct and proper handling of issues concerning the barangay and the legal procedures when implementing the peace and order within their community. Recently the PLO team visited Barangay Poblacion of Linamon and then Barangay Maranding of Lala.

This legal awareness program is one of the various programs included in the Kabarangayan Sigurado Program of Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo. The Provincial Legal Office provides free legal services, offers advice or consultation to individuals who are not familiar with the law. The activity starts with the introduction of Barangay Justice System, then, the Landlord-Tenant Relations, the Environment Law and the Bill of Rights. The PLO team also coves Republic Acts 9262 An Act Defining Violence Against Women And Their Children, Providing For Protective Measures For Victims; RA 9165 An Act Instituting The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002; and RA 8550 An Act Providing For The Development, Management And Conservation Of The Fisheries And Aquatic Resources.

Atty. Christopher Babor, head of the PLO, discussed the aforementioned Republic Acts and the Barangay Justice System to the officials of the barangay. Through this discussion, officials of the barangay are given additional information in the ways that are legal when facing issues especially pertaining to their duties and responsibilities and with regards to the safety and security of the constituents in their respective areas. Atty. Babor emphasized the limits and restrictions of the powers given to the officials in order for them to be familiar with the law in performing their functions as public servants. Furthermore, the PLO head answered all queries of the officials and cited some situations along with their possible solutions.

Atty. Vincent Sheldon Zabala explained the Kasambahay Law and that each barangay should hold a database of all houses that have kasambahay. Moreover, Atty. Zabala introduces the rights and responsibilities of the employer in relation with their kasambahay. The participation of the Barangay Officials is essential for the implementation of this law. Before the activity comes to end, guest speaker Roel Deriada, carefully explains to the participants the importance of the Bill of Rights as citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.

After the discussion, the Provincial Legal Office provides free legal services such as Drafting of Affidavits, Drafting of Deed of Sale, Drafting of Special Power of Attorney, Free Notarization of Documents and Other Legal Documents.

This program was made possible through the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative. The Provincial Legal Office regularly tours around the province in order to provide free legal services to the marginalized sectors 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 along with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and with the cooperation of the Municipal Mayors, fully supports the Provincial Legal Office to continue with its role in promoting legal awareness to the residents of the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN

New Kapatagan Provincial Hospital Opens to the Public

New Kapatagan Provincial Hospital Opens to the Public

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

RED Team Champion of PGLDN Mass Dance Competition

RED Team Champion of PGLDN Mass Dance Competition.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in celebration of the 117th Civil Service Anniversary commenced the Inter-colour Sportsfest Competition on September 15, 2017. On this day, a motorcade began from the Provincial Capitol ground and passed the municipalities of Tubod and Baroy before settling inside the sports complex of Mindanao Civic Center.

Nine coloured teams representing various departments and offices of the Provincial Government assembled within the Gymnasium: Blue Royale, White Team, Gold Miners, Orange Team, Yellow Team, Pink Team, Green Team, Lavender Team, and the Red Hot Team.

The first activity of the day was the search for Mr.&Ms. Sportsfest 2017. Six couple showcased their modelling talent by wearing Smart-Casual and Sports Attire as they walk back and forth on stage. Red, Pink, Gold, Blue, White and Lavender teams participated in the search. The Best Production Number and the Smart-Casual Attire was won by the White team and the Darling of the Crowd was bagged by the Blue Royale and the Best Sports Attire for Male was given to the Red team and for the Female category goes to Lavender team.

The couple from the White team was named Mr.&Ms. Sportsfest 2017 followed  by Blue team and Gold team as first and second Runner-up, respectively.

After the lunch break, the most awaited and anticipated event of the day comes into view as the employees of the provincial government are getting ready with their costumes and preparing the props for their performance that could help them impress the judges.

Earlier on this day, Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo has said that this activity will build camaraderie while promoting sports and having fun. Governor Angging challenged the employees by encouraging them to help promote the Province of Lanao del Norte where Muslims and Christians peacefully coexist. As a start, the Mindanao Civic Center came into existence through the vision of Governor Angging and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo of building a world class sports complex that could cater multi-events in one setting and in the hopes of putting the humble place of Lanao del Norte in the Philippine map. Other provinces was captivated by the beautiful architectural design of Mindanao Civic Center and made it as their model for their own provincial sports complex. In 2003, the largest annual multi-sport event involving student athletes from 18 regions of the country was successfully held in the Province of Lanao del Norte.

“We will work as a team, like a family does by helping each other as one unit in providing services to the people of Lanao del Norte. Being the mother of this province, I will see to it that the provincial government will function effectively and efficiently for the people of Lanao del Norte, The Land of Beauty and Bounty,” stressed Governor Angging.

Seven coloured teams participated in the mass dance competition. The Green, Gold, Blue, White, Pink, Red, and Yellow teams dance merrily in front of the cheering crowd. The Provincial Governor, Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, and 2nd District Congressman Bobby along with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and department heads and offices of the provincial government were amazed of how well the dancers have performed their routine. The judges had a hard time scoring each performance for the fact that all teams were prepared and have executed their dance routine very well.

After the dust settles, top three of the best teams emerge. White team named as the second placer, followed by Blue team as first runner-up. And, the champion of the 2017 mass dance competition was given to the Red team. PIO-LDN

Turn-over of Fiberglass Boats to Fishermen of Lanao del Norte

Turn-over of Fiberglass Boats to Fishermen of Lanao del Norte.

On September 16, 2017, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Region 10 together with the initiatives of the 1st District and 2nd District of the province inaugurates the distribution of fibreglass boats to fisherfolk-beneficiaries of the F/B PAGBABAGO Fiberglass Boats at Maranding Annex 1 in the Municipality of Kapatagan.

Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his unwavering support to all projects that helps alleviate the economic status of the citizens and to Secretary Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture as well to BFAR Region 10 Director Asuncion J. Maputol. Governor Angging also thanked Undersecretary for Fisheries and Concurrent BFAR National Director, Commodore Eduardo B. Gongona for his presence in this remarkable feat for the people of Lanao del Norte. Even the Commodore was still a director; he remembers 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo was constantly knocking the doors of their department to allocate livelihood projects such as this in the Province of Lanao del Norte.

“Thank you Commodore Gongona for coming here in our province. I am happy that you will witness the turn-over ceremony of these fibreglass boats and personally see the fishermen as recipients of this project which they can use for their livelihood,” the Governor said. “Please take care of this fibreglass boats that will be given to you. This can be your tool for you to provide food for your family,” she added.

The people of the Province of Lanao del Norte waited for a project such as this and finally with the perseverance of Congressman Bobby and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Region 10 started to implement the program of Fiberglass Boats dubbed as F/B Pagbabago.

The recipients of this project were encouraged to make their own boat with the supervision and guidance of the men from BFAR and staffs of the 2nd Congressional District. The three leaders of Lanao del Norte; Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo are working as one to bring-in various developmental projects for the good of the people of Lanao del Norte. The unity of the Muslims and Christians in the Land of Beauty and Bounty propels the province towards prosperity. The Inclusive Growth Plan crafted by the leaders will create livelihood programs by partnering with different agencies of the national government to bring in various projects and activities for the constituents of Lanao del Norte.

Three leaders in one leadership is the force behind the Inclusive Growth Plan. All that we do in the Inclusive Growth Plan is for the good of all the people our province. We worked hand in hand together with the Municipal Mayors to achieve prosperity and unity among the residents of Lanao del Norte,” Congressman Abdullah said.

One of the recipients expressed his happiness for being considered as one of the beneficiaries of this project. He said that the fibreglass boat is a big help for him and to his family. He promised to take care of this fibreglass boat so that he can use it to catch fish. He has no other means of livelihood except fishing. He thanked the provincial leaders for always initiating programs that gives hope to the less fortunate residents of Lanao del Norte.

According to the Usec Eduardo Gongona, “Secretary Manny Piñol have asked me to come and join this turn-over ceremony for me to personally see and report to him that his program in giving fibreglass boats and also report to him other government interventions needed by your province.”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary Piñol want our marginalized fishermen and farmers to become prosperous in their field in partnership with the local government units in the area. The goal of the national government is to support the farmers and fishermen to become productive in producing the basic commodities for the nation. PIO-LDN

PGLDN Reactivates Training Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars

PGLDN Reactivates Training Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte revives the Training on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars for every barangay in the province. In cooperation with the National Nutrition Council, the Provincial Health Office facilitated the training at Rianas restaurant within the complex of Mindanao Civic Center that began on September 13 and ends on the 15th, 2017.

The three day basic training for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars Program is divided into 6 Modules: MODULE 1. The Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program

MODULE 2. Basic Concept of Food and Nutrition

MODULE 3. Developing Skills of the BNS

MODULE 4. Situating the Barangay Nutrition Program in the Local Development System

MODULE 5. The BNS in Action

MODULE 6. Basic Course for BNS Training: A Synthesis

On June 11, 1978, then President Ferdinand E. Marcos promulgated Presidential Decree No. 1569 otherwise known as “Strengthening the Barangay Nutrition Program by Providing a Barangay Nutrition Scholar in Every Barangay, Providing Funds Thereof and Other Purposes.” The law seeks to provide additional human resources for the implementation of programs, projects and activities aimed at addressing malnutrition by requiring at least one BNS per barangay. It also aims to increase the involvement and participation of the people at the grassroots level.

There are five (5) basic tasks of a BNS; (1) Caring for the Malnourished, (2) Mobilising the Community, (3) Linkage Building, (4) Other Forms of Assistance, (5) Keeping Records.

Caring for the malnourished, the BNS locates and identifies malnourished children through a community survey.  This survey involves weighing all preschoolers and interviewing mothers to determine how the child is cared for, and the resources available in the family for their participation in nutrition and related interventions.

Mobilising the community, The BNS also moves the community to organize into networks of 20-25 households, or into community-based organizations working for the improvement of their nutrition situation.

Linkage-building, in the presence of other barangay-based development workers, the BNS may not necessarily deliver direct nutrition services to the community but serve as linkage-builder, to ensure that members of the community, especially those with underweight children, avail of nutrition and related services.  The BNS must be aware of the services available and of those who need these services, and establish a system through which those needing certain services are referred to the appropriate service provider.

Other forms of assistance, the BNS assists in delivering nutrition and related services which include:

  • Organizing mothers’ class or community nutrition education
  • Providing nutrition counselling services, especially on exclusive breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding, through home visits
  • Managing community-based feeding programs under the supervision of a nutritionist-dietitian;
  • Distributing seeds, seedlings, and small animals from the local agriculture office and other government organizations and nongovernment organizations to promote home or community food gardens; and
  • Informing the community on scheduled immunization and other health activities but always together with the local midwife, agriculture officer, social welfare officer, and other workers.

Keeping records, to help other barangay workers and the local officials, the BNS keeps a record of the results of the regular weighing as well as records on the nutrition and health profile of families in the barangay.  The BNS also formulates a BNS Action Plan as guide in managing the different tasks assigned to him/her.  The BNS also prepares a record of monthly accomplishments to monitor his or her performance in relation to the action plan.  The record helps identify adjustments in the plan of action to meet targets set.  The BNS also keeps track of his or her daily activities through a diary.  The diary should list not only the BNS’s activities but also observations and insights as may be appropriate.

Regino Ray Gullermo, District Nutrition Program Coordinator for the Province of Lanao del Norte emphasized the importance of being healthy. “To become healthy it starts from the food we eat.” He encouraged the trainees to initiate actions that could make them role models in their communities, one of which is to create vegetable garden in his/her residence or within their community. In addition, Gullermo told the trainees to be cautious on the food that they are preparing for their families. It is better if there are always vegetables consumed during every meal and taking less meat before imparting a quote from now Representative of the 1st District, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo which states that “Himsug nga Katawhan, Hulagway sa Maayong Pangagamhanan.”

 The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo requested Dr. Melania A. Untao, Head of the Provincial Health Office to continuously cooperate with the National Nutrition Council and intensify the campaign against malnutrition by conducting series of trainings, lectures and seminars to the communities and to empower the BNSs to perform their tasks in scaling down the number of malnourished children in the province.

During the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte celebration last July 2017, Governor Angging crafted the slogan; “Lanao del Norte: Hulagway sa Himsug nga Katawhan ug Malinawong Katilingban.” The lady Governor sees how abundant the province of Lanao del Norte, the varieties of agricultural products being displayed in every municipality’s booth in the weeklong festivity is proof how bountiful the province is. The cooperation, coordination and collaboration of all local government units are essential to address malnutrition by continuously working together in identifying, monitoring and caring for these children. The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte persistently initiates programs that help alleviate the lives of the residents through the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative, one of which is the “Alagang Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo…Especial Mass Based Program.” In this program it aims to deliver the basic frontline services of the different departments and offices of the provincial government such as the Provincial Health Office, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Agriculturist Office to name a few.         

After the basic training, the barangay nutrition scholars are expected to have acquired enough knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary in the performance of their tasks of identifying the malnourished, monitoring the malnourished, and referring them to appropriate service providers. Handbooks were provided to each BNS which is valuable as a reference book from time to time.

The best reward of the BNS is the knowledge that they have served their community by helping prevent unnecessary child death.  In addition, the BNS receives some incentives too. After completing two consecutive years of satisfactory service, the BNS can avail of a second grade Civil Service Commission (CSC) eligibility by filing the proper application with the CSC regional office. This gives the BNS a chance to become a full-pledged civil servant should the BNS qualify for a vacant position in the local government.

The facilitators’ of the Training on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program are: Regino Ray Gullermo, District Nutrition Program Coordinator from the Provincial Community Affairs Division; Iresh M. Reyes, Nutritionist-Dietitian I; Xy-za E. Orqillas, Nutritionist I; Ariane C. Camins, Nutritionist I and Jalilah A. Macadato, Administrative Officer II. PIO-LDN

Barangays of Lanao del Norte Supports Drug Clearing Operations

PDEA-Lanao del Norte Provincial Director, Rodolfo S. De la Cerna talks to members of the Liga ng mga Barangay-Lanao del Norte Chapter.

Officials of the 462 Barangays of Lanao del Norte assembled in Mindanao Civic Center to support the campaign in ending the proliferation of illegal drugs by working intensively with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to make their barangay drug free.

Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No.3 Series of 2017 re: Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug Clearing Program. The Regulation presents a more effective and efficient measures towards preventing and eradicating drug abuse. This DDB Regulation No.3 Series of 2017, provides the operational guidelines in the conduct of drug clearing operations at the barangay level; set parameters for declaring “drug cleared” barangays and status of drug affected barangays; and establishment of oversight committees.

The roles and responsibilities of Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and its Committees are strengthened by the said Regulation in accordance with DILG Memorandum Circular 2015-63 re: Revitalization of the Barangay Drug Abuse Council and their Roles in Drug Clearing Operations.

PDEA-Lanao del Norte Provincial Director, Rodolfo S. De la Cerna asked the members of the Liga ng mga Barangay if they can help implement the Barangay Drug Clearing Program which they replied with a resounding YES! “This is war on drugs and we need to have a strategy, like what Chinese General Sun Tzu said ‘If you know your enemy and you know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles’.”

Director De la Cerna presented to the league why the international drug syndicates made interest and establish drug operations in the Philippines. The various Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations like the African Drug Syndicate, who operates by using Filipinos as courier of illegal drugs to other countries, the Chinese Drug Syndicate who manage to have contacts inside the Bureau of Customs, which is now some officials of the bureau is under investigation of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. This Syndicate does not only import illegal drugs from China but as well bringing-in ingredients in order to produce prohibited drugs in the country. Also, the Mexican-Sinaloa Drug Cartel has penetrated the Philippine illegal drug trade.

The Philippines also has the local drug trafficking organizations which receives and distributes the illegal drugs coming from the Transnational Drug Syndicate. Street pushers are then hired by these local groups to sell the illegal drugs to the users in the communities.

The PDEA, PNP and other law enforcement agencies of the government is focused more on high value targets giving less attention to illegal drug users. That is why President Rodrigo Roa Duterte intensified the campaign against illegal drugs and asked all local chief executives down to the barangay level to exert more effort in ending the proliferation of illegal drugs that destroys the future of our country. Barangay Officials are encouraged to identify drug personalities in their area and the Philippine National Police will visit these personalities through TOKHANG to surrender to the folds of the law. Surrenderees are then advised to enrol in Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) to help them recover from drug addiction. The CBRP offers various technical skills in partnership with TESDA and other Non-Government Organizations to prepare the surrenderees before integrating themselves back to the community.

Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo expressed her support for the full operation of DDB Regulation No.3 to end the presence of illegal drugs and declare all barangays of Lanao del Norte Drug Cleared. “The PDEA and PNP could not do this alone, we, the local chief executives especially the Barangay Chairmen must stand firmly and wilfully in performing our  duties as public servants in order to make our communities safe from any violence perpetrated by these lawless elements. We must stop these illegal drugs in destroying our peaceful neighbourhood. We must protect our family, our children, and our youth for they are the ones who are more vulnerable to the temptation of these drug traffickers.”  PIO-LDN

Triathletes Conquers 2nd Leg of LANORTEMAN 2017

Triathletes Conquers 2nd Leg of LANORTEMAN 2017.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the Transition Production teamed-up to continue the 2nd Leg of the three leg series of LANORTEMAN 2017. The 1st leg happened last May 20 & 21 of this year, where hundreds of triathletes from the country geared-up to face the challenging course to test their endurance and stamina.

Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo welcomed all participants who came to the Land of Beauty and Bounty to experience not only the race course but as well see and observe how united the people are and how peaceful the Province of Lanao del Norte is. “Thank you very much for answering our invitation to join the 2nd Leg of LANORTEMAN Triathlon Series 2017. Since Congressman Khalid started this sporting event up to this very moment, we have taken necessary steps to make every leg a success. Thanks to the coordination, collaboration and cooperation of all organizations involve. The local government units of the municipalities of Kolambugan, Maigo and Tubod for their unwavering support, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for providing us the security, the Karancho for their assistance, the employees of the Provincial Government, the Emergency Response Unit of every municipalities and all those who are part of this remarkable event, I give my thanks to you.”

The night before the big day, triathletes assembled inside the Gazebo of Mindanao Civic Center to hear personally the instructions straight from the event organizer, Mr. Dennis Yap of the Transition Production. Before the race briefing began, a representative from the Muslim triathletes graced the evening with a prayer and followed by a Christian prayer.

The 2nd Leg adapts the same course of the 1st Leg. Triathletes gathered in Kolambugan wharf as the starting point, where they will swim the 750 meter triangle loop. The Beginners group will complete only one loop while the Standard and Relay will go through it twice. In the bike runs, participants for the Standard and Relay will have to go to the Municipality of Maigo and back to MCC for the Sprint; while the beginners after swimming will directly proceed to MCC to complete the Run.

“I have to remind you that our race course is open to vehicular traffic. Please avoid any unnecessary actions that could harm you. Your safety is our utmost concern”, said Mr. Yap. Triathletes were also informed that never do drafting or slipstreaming onto a moving vehicle to take advantage of the less air resistance and this could also deter any untoward incident.

Miss Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo of the Tri-SND Barracuda Team is one of the 247 registered participants who completed the race course along with Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo of Sultan Naga Dimaporo. Board Member Abdul Harris Ali and Councilor Stanley Anthony Quibranza Noval of the Municipality of Tubod also joined in with the race.

The Teams who participated in LANORTEMAN Triathlon Series 2017 are: Paseo de Leon, Team Rider Omega Tri, Iligan Archangels Multisports, Team Lanao, Brite X Octavio, Weekend Warriors, Wadwad Inc., Brite Dipolog Inc., Team Rambo CCC / Binde NHS, Naawan Tiwalag Team, The Philippine National Police, THF Tri-Bibo, AimCoop Triteam/Aurora Triteam, Team Tri Dal, TRIZUR (Triathlon Zamboanga del Sur), Iligan Trail Runners, Nestle Tri Team, Unilab Active Health, The Molave Bikers, Saga Racing Tram, Maigo Cycling Club, Lanorte Multisports, Octavio Sardines, UCCP Bikers, the Tri-SND Barracuda Team-the pride of Lanao del Norte, and the first ever participant of LANORTEMAN, the Tri-Team of Baybay City, who came all the way from the Province of Leyte.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte as well organized the same sporting event intended for the young athletes of the province on Saturday morning, September 9, held within Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex. LANORTEKIDS Triathlon Series 2017 inspires young generation of athletes to persistently strive for excellence by inculcating in their minds discipline and building friendship by upholding the spirit of sportsmanship. PIO-LDN

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera Meets Members of Liga ng mga Barangay

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera Meets Members of Liga ng mga Barangay.

The 6th Provincial Barangay Congress of Lanao del Norte convened in Mindanao Civic Center on September 6, 2017. Genesis E. Tura, Ex-Officio Board Member and President of Liga ng mga Barangay welcomed all the members who answered the call to come as one in support of the theme, “Barangay Federation Gearing Towards Federalism, Safe and Drug Free Barangays”.

One of the highlights of this assembly is the presentation of Lt. Col. Jo-ar A. Herrera, G7, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army to talk about the “Marawi Crisis and Violent Extremism: What is to be done?”. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo was thankful to see the presence of one of the most decorated young officers in the Armed Forces. Governor Angging urged the members present in the gathering to listen attentively and seriously to the discussion of Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera.

Before the military officer started his audio-visual presentation, he requested the principal officers who are on-stage to sit in front to see clearly the video and pictures that are relevant to the discussion.

“The people of Lanao del Norte are known for their bravery and unity, they stood brave and united against the Spaniards, the Americans, and the Japanese foreign invaders. The people of Lanao known that being brave and united they can face any challenges and they can be successful in solving problems in their communities”.

Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur are one in their desire for peace and prosperity. The presence of Maute terrorist group which Lanao del Sur falls victim to the violence initiated by this local terrorist who have nothing in mind but to sow terror, hatred, division and destruction. Extremism is a clear and present danger to civilized society. Citizens of all nations must work in unison to fight these inhuman ideologies of the terrorists.

What happened in Marawi and what should be done? These are the questions raised by the speaker addressing the members of the league. The terrorist are the ones who perpetrated the on-going Marawi Crisis. The Armed Forces of the Philippines bounds by its duty of safeguarding the lives of the citizens as mandated by the Constitution, quickly responded to hold back the atrocities carried out by the terrorists.  The decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to declare Martial Law in the entirety of Mindanao on May 23, 2017 through Proclamation No. 216 was effective to address the rebellion and curbed the terrorists’ well-planned invasion of Marawi City, and to some major cities.

The Maute terrorist group and the Abu Sayyaf bandits joined forces to occupy Marawi because of their greed of power and money with the help of foreign terrorists. This terrorist group hides their true intention by using the peace loving religion of Islam. The terrorist tries to persuade the minds of the residents of the city with their corrupted view of Jihad.

The soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are fighting the terrorists in Marawi to preserve peace and order, and ready to sacrifice their lives just to serve and protect you, citizens of the Republic of the Philippines. Your soldiers are standing brave and united against the terrorists like the people of Lanao del Norte, cites Lt. Col. Herrera.

When the crisis began, 96 barangays were affected and hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing to safety heading towards the cities of Iligan & Cagayan de Oro, and to the municipalities of the Province of Lanao del Norte. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo immediately responded by providing basic necessities to displaced persons taking shelter in the province in coordination with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Health Office and the Municipal Mayors.

The officer said, the Philippine Government is doing its best to take care of the affected residents of Marawi, especially the children and the elderly. “The AFP ensures successful implementation of humanitarian reason including relief operations, community engagement and psychosocial activity to affected communities including the initiative to affected children”.

These affected children coming from the poorest of the poor have the chance to meet and greet the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The idea of the AFP helped boost the self-esteem of these children, where it shows that the Philippine Government will always be there to support and encourage them.

The terrorists never considered the effect of their actions, insensitive to the suffering experienced by the people just to achieve their own interest by cloaking as fighters of Islam. Muslim religious group condemns the attack in Marawi, “The murder of innocent civilians perpetrated by these lawless elements has nothing to do with Islam and should not be attributed to our faith,” the group said, and added, “Sowing of terror in any form cannot be justified in the name of religion”.

The Philippine Army will continue to engage the community and continue to partner with the traditional leaders, local chief executives in order to achieve a better prospective for peace building activity. The army will continue to serve the people of Marawi, and will continue to organize activities in support of the displaced individuals, especially to the affected children of the city.

Extremism has grasped a niche in the countries of South East Asia, particularly in the Philippines. In some parts of the island of Mindanao, there are places that are considered as breeding grounds of violent extremists. The Maute terrorist group who pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, organized the group to establish a caliphate in the Philippines. For them to be recognized by ISIS, the Maute terrorist initiated series of attacks against the military and executed number of innocent civilians to impress the international terrorist. The terrorist group recruited young men mostly coming from the poor communities of Lanao del Sur to join them and fight for the creation of the caliphate. Innocent minds were filled with poisonous ideologies enslaving these children believing them to be warriors of the faith. The youth are the most vulnerable sector of the society and susceptible to radicalization.

The terrorist utilized the youth for their propaganda or misinformation by using social media, posting videos on the internet showing young men carrying automatic rifles and doing physical training preparing them for Jihad. These young men are supposed to be at school learning arithmetic, science, good moral and right conduct, etc., but the leaders of the Maute terrorist group took advantage of their poor socioeconomic status.

Community support is very important to prevent radicalization among the youth. The Philippine Army and the local chief executives need the support of the community. Barangay Chairmen and members of the Barangay Council play a vital role against violent extremism. Peace education and youth empowerment are essentials to sustain the crusade. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is very important to understand extremism. We need to increase our awareness and understanding. Education is still one of the most important avenues to raise awareness about violent extremism. And address issues on discrimination, inclusion, and marginalization”, stressed Lt. Col. Herrera. PIO-DLN

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