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Fisherfolks of Lanao del Norte receives BFAR 10 various Fishery Livelihood Projects

Fisherfolks of Lanao del Norte receives BFAR 10 various Fishery Livelihood Projects.

The economy of the Province of Lanao del Norte relies mostly on its agriculture and fishing industry. With this God given gift, the provincial and the municipal leaders are in constant collaboration with the national government agencies to sustain the abundance of these products for the benefit of the people of the province and the surrounding cities and provinces. The Department of Agriculture plays a vital role in keeping these products available at all times. The technology and the expertise they impart to the local farmers are essential in sustaining the bounty that the province enjoyed for years. One of its Bureaus which help maintain the fishing industry is the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources or BFAR. BFAR Region 10 and through the initiative of 2nd District Representative of Lanao del Norte, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo, implemented various fishery livelihood projects for the fisherfolks of the province. On August 7, 2017 at Barangay Pacita in the Municipality of Lala, BFAR 10 Regional Director Asuncion J. Maputol was thankful to the leaders of the local government units for the support extended to the bureau; the Municipal Mayors, the two District Congressmen and especially to Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo.

Mayor Allan J. Lim of the Municipality of Lala is grateful that the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources decided to build their Regional Training Center in the municipality. The Mayor expressed his concern on the current situation of Panguil Bay which is the fishing ground of the people of Lala, Kapatagan, Baroy, and Tangub. Panguil Bay’s aquatic ecosystem is slowly deteriorating due to malpractices of some fishermen. Before, the province can supply good quality of marine products like crabs, shrimps, tilapia and bangus to other places unlike today the quality differs from the past. According to Mayor Lim, Fishermen must disciplined themselves and prevent any abuses that eventually may cause our own suffering. “We should not only think of today but also the future of our children and our grand children”.

The cooperation of all fishermen is imperative to the success of the programs of the government. The government provided you all the things necessary for you to have a decent livelihood. The Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources’ aid will be useless if you do not help yourselves said the Mayor. He also appealed to BFAR Director Maputol to include in their programs the rehabilitation of Panguil Bay and the dredging of Pacita River to create access to fisherfolks in bringing their fresh catch directly to the fish landing area. Dredging is needed, in times of low tide the river is too shallow that the fishermen could not pass.

Regional Director Asuncion J. Maputol was proud to hand-over the various fishery livelihood projects to all beneficiaries of the eleven coastal municipalities through their local government units. Director Maputol said “These various fishery livelihood projects demonstrate the commitment of the government in helping you to have a better life”. The local government units helped out in the implementation of the projects. The Department of Social Welfare and Development assisted in the identification of the beneficiaries who are members of 4Ps and are considered poorest of the poor. Director Maputol reiterates the concern of Mayor Lim that fishermen should be responsible enough in taking care of Panguil Bay and cites that illegal fishing is now punishable by imprisonment with penalty.

The 300 fibreglass fishing boats allocated to the province are divided equally for the two Congressional Districts of Lanao del Norte. 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo humbly requested the Bureau to grant the province with much number of fibreglass fishing boats. Lanao del Norte has long coastline that runs from the Municipality of Linamon down to the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo which embraces Iligan Bay, Panguil Bay and Pagadian Bay.

These fibreglass fishing boats are unsinkable due to its light weight but tough materials and also environment friendly; environment friendly in a sense that no tree has been cut down to produce this fishing vessel. This boat will last for years if properly cared said Director Maputol.

Each boat has to have two owners to discourage selling of the unit, the motor and the nets. 9 units of these fibreglass boats cost P758, 000.00. For the dug-out type fibreglass boat without the balancer or “katig” it has only one owner. This dug-out type boat is practicable for seaweed growing municipalities like Kolambugan and Tubod. BFAR also provides 2 Chest Freezers & 8 Fish Stalls and a fish drying area within the Community Fish Landing Center.

Mayor Joselito Miquiabas of Bacolod, Mayor Lorenzo Maniegos of Kolambugan, Mayor Barry Baguio of Kapatagan joined Mayor Allan J. Lim in the turn-over ceremony together with the representatives of other Municipal Mayors. Frank Bihod represented the Office of Congressman Bobby and the Provincial Government is represented by Letecia Ditucalan, head of the Provincial Agriculturist Office.

Director Asuncion J. Maputol calls for cooperation and assistance in managing the waters which provides the food we need. “I hope that there is no more illegal fishing in our sea waters”. BFAR is the agency of the government that manage the fishing industry. “The government helped us, and we should help ourselves to sustain our livelihood and let us work together for everyone’s improvement and success” said Director Maputol.

These projects are part of the various sustainable livelihood programs of the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative through the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) in continuous partnership with different instrumentalities of the National Government for the good of the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN

The different fishery livelihood projects that were given by the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources to the Province of Lanao del Norte through the Municipalities are:


FB Pagbabago (Fiberglass Boats)

  • Kolambugan / Lala / Kapatagan / Sultan Naga Dimaporo

Technology Demonstration

  • Lala (Intergrated Farming Technology) / Linamon (Tilapia Culture) / Balo-i (Freshwater Pen) / Kauswagan (Freshwater Shrimp Culture) / Poona Piagapo (Freshwater Shrimp Culture)

Shellfish Project

  • Kauswagan / Bacolod / Lala / Kapatagan / Sultan Naga Dimaporo

Seaweeds Propagules and Farm Implements

  • Tubod / Kolambugan

Fiberglass Dug-out Boats

  • Tubod / Kolambugan

Chest Freezers and Fish Stalls

  • Linamon / Kauswagan / Maigo / Kolambugan / Lala / Kapatagan

PGLDN installs new Chief of Provincial Hospital for Baroy, Kolambugan and Kauswagan

PGLDN installs new Chief of Provincial Hospital for Baroy, Kolambugan and Kauswagan.

On August 2, 2017, three Doctors were named as the new head of the three Provincial Hospitals in Lanao del Norte; Dr. Remedios Fernandez from the Provincial Hospital of the Municipality of Kauswagan is now the Chief Doctor of the Municipality of Baroy; Dr. Shorayah A. Tucal, from Kolambugan has been transferred to the Municipality of Kauswagan; and Dr. Demetrio U. Opamen is the recent head of the Provincial Hospital in Kolambugan.

This transfer and new appointment has been approved by Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging“ Quibranza-Dimaporo through the Personnel Selection Board of the province. Members of the Board were present during the turn-over ceremony held in each provincial hospital.

2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo congratulated all personnel present in the ceremonies for their dedication in maintaining the cleanliness of their hospital aside from taking care of the patients.

Congressman Bobby emphasized that employee who has a good standing record will surely be noticed by their superior. An employee does not only go to work because he has to but goes to work because he loves to, especially working in the government as public servants; where ever you may be, continue the good working relation with your co-workers, superiors and to the people whom we are serving. The head of every department, office and agency should see to it that unity among employees is always intact in order to maintain the good performance in serving the constituents of the province added the Congressman.

Dr. Remedios Fernandez is thankful for the warm welcome she has received from the personnel of Baroy Provincial Hospital. “As your new Chief if you have any concern or problems please do not hesitate to tell me”. In leading the hospital towards the objective, the Doctor said, “I believe that anybody of us is important, for us to achieve our goal, we need teamwork and I expect that from every one of you”.

The new Chief of Kauswagan Provincial Hospital expressed her gratitude to the employees. Dr. Shoraya A. Tucal is positive that concerns shall be addressed when teamwork and cooperation will reign among all employees.

Dr. Demetrio U, Opamen, newly appointed Chief of the Provincial Hospital of Kolambugan see to it that there will be changes for good. “The only permanent in this world is change” said Dr. Opamen by adapting to the new system in providing medical care to the people of Kolambugan and nearby areas. The Doctor calls for harmony and cooperation to attain this goal. “If there are any resistors to the changes, we will manage them”, he said.

Provincial Health Office head Dr. Melania Untao cites the importance of human resource; No matter what we do to beautify our hospitals and improve its health facilities but when there is something wrong in the management in its interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship then all will be useless. Let us put in mind that our goal is towards providing quality health care services to the people of Lanao del Norte.

Eugenie Pusing head of the Provincial Human Resource Management and Development Office discussed the managerial duties of the head doctor: 1. Manage hospital operations and make decisions on hospital operation issues and concern; 2. Formulate operational plans and policies to meet standard hospital performance and achieve economic targets; and 3. Provide direction, motivation, performance standard, appropriate disciplinary actions, recognition and competency enhancement program for hospital personnel.

Provincial Resource Management Center as financial manager of the provincial government, expressed its commitment to provide assistance to all Provincial Hospital. To ensure availability of medicines at all times, Gemma A. Harun head of PRMC appeals to the staff overseeing the stocks to dutifully monitor the supplies and should purchase in advance.

“We are not after the profit but we are after the quality of service. We also like that the Provincial Government can provide sustainability of our medicines”, said Harun.

According to Brigida Tañgonan, Provincial Administrator, the Provincial Capitol is the support system in providing basic services which is the health services that is very vital to our communities. We dedicate ourselves to provide medical services to all residents of Lanao del Norte particularly to marginal families, and marginal members of the population said Brigida Tañgonan, Provincial Administrator.

The health care system of the Province of Lanao del Norte is second to none in providing medical services to its people. It started during the last term of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo when she accepted beneficiaries who are indigents. With her kind and merciful heart these indigents benefitted the medical services for free and to this very moment the Provincial Government continuously provides the essential basic services for the people of Lanao del Norte.

Lyndon Calica, head of the Provincial Information Office acknowledged Dr. Remedios Fernandez of her dedication in providing assistance to those who are in need. Dr. Fernandez one of the most proactive Chief of hospital, proactive because she immediately acts on the situation without any hesitation just to ease your worries cites Calica.

On addressing the Chiefs of hospitals of their new work place, Lyndon Calica picked a quote for them to ponder, “What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive – for that is common – but being missed when you leave”.

Governor Angging welcomes the changes in installing new Chief of each three hospitals. The Provincial Governor reminded all employees of the hospital to be sensitive in handling the patients specially the less fortunate. “As public servants, we should not discriminate anyone, regardless of their economic, religious and ethnicity. We should serve the people heartily; everybody deserves to be treated nicely”.

Governor Angging encouraged all employees as public servants to work harmoniously as a team and must support their Chief in providing medical services to the people of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN

2nd TUPAD Orientation for 925 beneficiaries

2nd TUPAD Orientation for 925 beneficiaries.

Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative resumes its program of providing assistance to displaced/disadvantaged workers in the Province of Lanao del Norte. On July 29, 2017, an orientation was held inside Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium for the 925 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) workers in continuous partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment-Region X through Provincial Director Remegio Cabañog.

TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers is a community-based packaged of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed the maximum number of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. Those who were laid off or terminated as a result of permanent closure of an establishment; and those who were self-employed and have lost their livelihoods (including farmers and fishermen) because of natural or man-made disasters are given priority by this program.

PD Cabañog said “TUPAD is a community based project to give emergency employment sa atong mga informal sector. When it comes to the development of labor in Lanao del Norte we do not let any boundaries divide us ma 1st district man o ma 2nd district man our initiative is para sa kaayuhan sa katawhan diri sa Lanao del Norte. Ang 2nd Congressional District when it comes to government programs and projects will keep pushing para sa atong komunidad sa Lanao del Norte”.

These 925 beneficiaries are members of one of the eight associations from the six municipalities of Magsaysay, Sapad, Tubod, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lala and Kapatagan.

The associations are named with corresponding members:

  • Banana Grower’s Association of Tubod, 25
  • Y4D Lala & Kapatagan, 80
  • OFW Families and Relatives, 103
  • Sari-sari Store Women’s Association, 99
  • Maranding Drug Surrenderee, 200
  • Father Gallenzoga’s Benefeciaries, 50
  • HomeFarming, 155
  • Sea-Dwellers, 213

Senior Labor and Employment Officer Criste P. Perfecto gave the orientation to the beneficiaries on how will they receive their pay, what will their jobs be and what are their benefits while under the TUPAD program. Workers safety and leniency of the work are given priorities to this program.

Congressman Bobby reminds participants that unity, cooperation and understanding are essentials in making the community progressive and prosperous. “Ang kinahanglan sa Peace and Order kay ang atong panag-hiusa. Kanang salapi nga inyong makuha para sa kada pamilya kay para pud na sa lalawigan, sa inyong panginabuhi pag-sabotsabot mo. Gamiton sa insakto ang kwarta nga inyong madawat aron dili masayang, dili lang kini ang mahatag sa gobyerno daghan pa kung mag kahi-usa lang tang tanan para sa kaayuhan sa atong probinsya ug sa atong nasud kay andam mo tabang ang atong president na si Duterte”.

 The Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative persistently provides assistance to the constituents of Lanao del Norte particularly those who are in need by availing the various programs like TUPAD. This program help beneficiaries ease the burden of their day to day expenses and prepare them for the future job hiring opportunities. PIO-LDN

PHO handles Mass Drug Administration in Kapatagan

PHO handles Mass Drug Administration in Kapatagan.

On July 24, 2017, PHO conducted Mass Drug Administration in Kapatagan East Central School. Dr. Melania A. Untao joined by Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay on behalf of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, this activity is to combat parasitic diseases by giving treatment to grade 1 students in line with the Department of Health campaign “Oplan Goodbye Bulate”.

The drugs that were administered to these children are vaccines to prevent measles and protection against Tetanus and Diphtheria. Children are vulnerable to these types of diseases through this program it aids on assuring the well-being and healthy condition of the youth by preventing malnutrition which the School Principal, Raquel J. Dela Peña, ED.D positively agreed.

432 children were also administered with 400 mg of Albendazole, a medication that targets and destroy young parasitic worms and its eggs and 50 mg of Diethycarbamazine Citrate, a treatment for Filiarasis that can cause fever and swelling in the area of the body where the worms are present. These medications are given for free and at the same occasion, parents were encouraged to regularly visit the health center in their area for proper monitoring and administering of the medicines to their children 2 years old and above.

Before taking the medicines doctors and nurses asked the parents, teachers and the children if they have already eaten; for these medicines can cause stomach pain when the stomach is empty. Parents were assured by the medical experts not to worry when such problem occurs for it will be gone after few minutes.

The Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative is always in line with all the national government’s program in providing the basic services to the people of the province of Lanao del Norte. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo sees to it that the people of the province receive all the necessary care; giving importance to the youth, elderly and the PWDs. The Especial Mass Based Program was created by Governor Angging to address all these issues by Bringing the Government Closer to the People. Ending malnutrition in the province is one of the utmost concerns of the provincial government. PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte Concludes Nutrition Month

Lanao del Norte Concludes Nutrition Month.

DXNE 94.3 Radyo Kalamboan, the Provincial Health Office and the Department Of Health supported series of activities in Lanao del Norte for the observance of the Nutrition Month. On July 27, Barangay Esperanza of Bacolod, July 28 in Pigcarangan Elementary School of Tubod and in Baroy Tourism Plaza, and on July 31 in Baroy Central Elementary School. These series of activities culminates the month long celebration of Presidential Decree 491, or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974.

This year’s theme, “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life” it aims to promote healthy and nutritious foods to individuals particularly to children for attaining maximum brain power performance and increase body stamina for day to day activities. Food is essential for our body to function. It gives us the energy and nutrients to grow and develop, be healthy and active, to move, work, play, think and learn. And at the same time it provides information on overweight reduction, obesity and prevention of acquiring communicable diseases.

In Esperanza the celebration of the nutrition month was made through booth display contest, Quiz Bee competition intended for the students of Esperanza Elementary School and Cooking Match for its seven zones. Barangay Captain Valeriano S. Clapano expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte especially to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza Dimaporo. “Dako kaayo mi ug pasalamat ni Governor Angging Dimaporo gumikan sa makanunayong pagsuporta sa mga panginahanglanon namo diri sa among tagsa-tagsa ka barangay”, Barangay Captain Clapano said.

School Principal of Pigcarangan Elementary, Dr. Socorro Pegalan,II, encouraged students to stay fit by consuming healthy foods to achieve healthy body and mind. The school organized competitions such as Batasinero (Batang-Kusinero), Team Cooking Contest, Food Display and Nutri-Jingle singing contest. The personnel from the Provincial Health Office taught the pupils on how to properly wash their hands before they began to consume any food.

Nutrition Month in Baroy was held in its Tourism Plaza where eight barangays participated on its Jingle Contest; these barangays are Salong, Lindongan, Poblacion, Lower Sagadan, Bag-ong Dawis, Princessa, Manan-ao and Dalama. Baby Crawling Contest was also arranged for the said event. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Melania Untao shared that we should not only consume Go, Grow and Glow foods but we should Garden as well from 3G to 4G (Go, Grow, Glow and Garden).

Grains are GO foods, they help you run, jump and play all day; Fruits and Vegetables are GLOW foods, they help you have shiny hair and sparkly eyes; Dairy and Protein are GROW foods, they help you grow big and strong. Backyard gardening was also endorsed by the PHO for the people to practice for this does not only save you money but also providing you clean and fresh vegetables that is straight from your garden.

In Baroy Central Elementary School various activities have been initiated for the culmination of the Nutrition Month like Slogan Contest, Poster Making, Essay Writing, A-1 Child, Cooking Contest, and Jingle Contest.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the two Congressional Districts of the province has long been supportive of this program, promoting healthy lifestyle and nutritious foods for the residents of the province. During the celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo formulated the slogan: “Lanao del Norte: Hulagway sa Himsug nga Katawhan og Malinawong Katilingban”. PIO-LDN

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo Leads GAWAD Kalinga in Nunungan

Ribbon Cutting of Two Classrooms: Gov. Angging, Cong. Abdullah, Brig. Gen. Alunday & Mayor Marcos Mamay.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte joins Gawad Kalinga in the Municipality of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte and Inauguration & Turn-over Ceremony of Local Provincial Government Unit Project of One Storey-Two Classroom Building. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo left the capital of the province (Tubod) early morning to travel towards Nunungan, a 46.3km apart to be with the people of the municipality. 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo accompanied the Governor together with the men and women of the Provincial Community Affairs Division, headed by Lyndon G. Calica.

Mayor Marcos Mamay of the Municipality of Nunungan is delighted to welcome all the guests especially the Governor, the Congressman and the Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General William Alunday in spite of their hectic schedules.

Congressman Bobby Dimaporo appeals to all his relatives and friends in the municipality to be at all times vigilant and cooperate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. The Congressman encouraged the residents not to accept any ISIS or Maute members to seek shelter in the area. The AFP or PNP will not succeed in their campaign against the local terrorist or ending illegal drugs if the people will do nothing to support the government. Residents play a vital role in sustaining the peace and order of their community. “The Destruction that happened in our Marawi is because of some residents who were just ignoring the wrong doings of this terrorist group”, the Congressman said in Maranao dialect.

The military and the police will not attack Marawi if the Maute or ISIS did not siege the city. The Maute allowed themselves to be used by non-Maranao tribe to bring destruction to the place. And this terrorist even brought foreign nationalities like Indonesians and Malaysians to push their un-Islamic ideology in the Province of Lanao del Sur particularly in Marawi City.

The terrorist were so prepared that the AFP has to use the Air Force to bomb the place to neutralize the enemy. The Armed Forces has no choice for the weapons used by the terrorist matched or even superior than the military. According to the Congressman, residents must report to the Military, to Police or to Mayor Marcos Mamai any suspicious men lurking in the area.

Mayor Marcos Mamay reiterates the appeal of Congressman Bobby Dimaporo. He is proud to say that the Municipality of Nunungan remains peaceful in spite of the crisis in Marawi. The Municipal Mayor is committed to maintain the peace and order of the Province of Lanao del Norte. Once a PMA cadet he remains to his oath to serve the country and this time outside the military by bringing development to his town for the good of the people of Nunungan by keeping it safe and secure in partnership with the AFP and PNP.

Mayor Mamay picked a quote from Mahatma Ghandi, “Development is the language of Peace”, and the Mayor continued to say that “there is no peace, when there is no development; and likewise there is no development, when there is no peace”.

The Municipal Mayor is giving importance to the development of the youth of the municipality; a Youth Leadership Summit was also held on the same day. Peace and Order is the advocacy of Mayor Marcos Mamay. The Mayor thanked Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo for the continuous support extended to him, and to all the residents of Nunungan “for without your support, I will not be here” said the Mayor.

Governor Angging acknowledged the effort of Mayor Marcos Mamay in keeping the peace and order in the Municipality of Nunungan. Even though the Mayor was not included in their political ticket last year’s election, he still carries the banner of the Quibranza-Dimaporo and made an allegiance with the humble and dedicated leaders of the Province of Lanao del Norte after winning the election. “Mayor Mamay did this for the people of Nunungan” said the Governor.

The Governor was proud that Brigadier General William Alunday initiated the Kalinga sa Bayan ng Nunungan. Gawad Kalinga was seen by the Governor as an organization that concerns in upholding the family values of each family in the community. The Governor is hoping to see the group more often in implementing programs especially in Sapad where Mayor Paruk U. Asis personally accompanied them. “We will build more houses in Sapad” the Governor addressed the organization. Governor Angging also recognized the important contribution of former Vice Governor Irma Ali in making this project a reality.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Col. Ericsson Rosana as well was thanked by the Governor for the continuous partnership in every Especial Mass Based Program (EMBP)-Bringing the Government Closer to the People in coordination with the Provincial Philippine National Police through PS Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag.

Barangay Chairman of Masibay, Hadja Bae Sittie Aminah Bayao was personally thanked by Governor Angging for the support during the last election same with Association of Barangay Council President Mamat T. Manamparan. A High School Annex will soon rise in Barangay Masibay for the students of the Barangay and nearby areas. This high school extension is one of the projects that the Governor requested to Senate President Koko Pimentel and Senator Sonny Angara when the two gentlemen asked Governor Angging of what the Province of Lanao del Norte needs. “Education is essential for our community to prosper and it also helps discourage the youth from joining organizations that can bring them to harm”, cites the Governor.

The Municipal Government of Nunungan plans to transfer the seat of government in Barangay Masibay where Governor Angging support the move but requested Mayor Mamay not to totally abandon the old municipal and preserve it where the lake is situated. Before, when the Governor visited the place she walked for almost three hours to reach the spot. The Governor is considering this as a tourist destination in the near future for the province. According to Former Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan the late Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza is the only Governor who climbed the steep mound to personally see the beautiful lake.

Governor Angging also requested the Mayor to create an ordinance ordering all residents to incorporate authentic Maranao designs to their houses. In this way the province can proudly showcase the ingenuity of the Maranao people.

In relation to the road linking Sapad to Nunungan, the Governor mentioned that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution to Congressman Abdullah to convert it from a provincial highway into a national highway; to make the road maintenance be under the Department of Public Works and Highways. After the concreting of the roads in Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND), Congressman Abdullah will then focus the road concreting project from the Municipality of Sapad passing Nunungan down to the Municipality of SND.

In addition, Governor Angging encouraged the farmers to organize themselves and form a cooperative to avail the government’s funding for their sustainable livelihood.

Before ending her message, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo reminds the people of Nunungan not to allow any terrorist or Maute to come and influence some to destroy the Peace and Order of the province. The slogan “Unity for Peace and Development” is for all the residents of the Province of Lanao del Norte.

Brigadier General William Alunday presents three questions addressing the youth of what they can do to help prosper their community. First is to stay away from people or groups that uses the youth for their own interest by feeding them wrong information in order to use arms and fight for their rights; Second; is not to involve in illegal drugs and just waste the life that God has given instead use it for the good of your future and build a family that is loving and caring; and third, poverty is not a reason for us not to be productive citizens. If there is chaos and illegal drugs so does poverty. The youth should fight against this illegal drugs and prevent any disorder in the community for us to prosper. If the first two will be attained by the youth then the community will be prosperous where various livelihood opportunities will come in for the betterment of all the residents of the society. PIO-LDN

Governor Dimaporo now a PDP-Laban

L-R: 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimaporo, Senate President Koko Pimentel, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, and 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo made a fist sign a symbol of solidarity to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

On July 27, 2017, The Provincial Governor of the Province of Lanao del Norte, Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the Municipal Mayors were confirmed as the newest members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban), when they took oath before Senate President Koko Pimentel, President of the ruling party inside the House of the Senate.

1st District Representative of Lanao del Norte, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, a PDP-Laban member and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo witnessed this momentous event and to stand with the Provincial Governor in leading the humble province towards better and brighter future. This unification of the Quibranza-Dimaporo and the Municipal Mayors with the PDP-Laban Political Party paves the way in bringing more services to the people of Lanao del Norte.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte together with its Municipal Mayors and the two Congressional Districts has always been keen to work side by side with the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for they believed in his leadership in bringing the country towards unity and prosperity; in-line with the vision of the Provincial Government: where culturally diverse people working together in peace and harmony to achieve equity and prosperity.

Since the beginning of President Duterte’s administration the Local Chief Executives of the Province sees how sincere he is to his promises. The fight against illegal drugs, corruptions and ending insurgency in the country are just few of the campaigns of the President that were earnestly supported by the officials of the province in continuous partnership with the national government agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

This unification is for the constituents of the province of Lanao del Norte. The support that the President received in this humble province is a clear proof that the people trust his leadership. As Governor Angging said in one of her barangay visitation “The votes that President Duterte got can be compared to a tsunami, so no group can claim that they are the one behind the victory of the President; it is the people’s clamour to make Duterte the President of the Republic of the Philippines”.

The residents of the province supported the decision of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in strengthening the relationship between the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Provincial Government together with the Municipalities of the Province of Lanao del Norte, ”The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN

Cong. Khalid Dimaporo: “We take Peace and Order Seriously”

Cong. Khalid Dimaporo: “We take Peace and Order Seriously”

“In Lanao del Norte, We take Peace and Order Seriously”, these are the strong words of Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad  Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo during his privilege speech in the House of Representatives’ 17th Congress, 2nd Regular Session on July 25, 2017.  The reasonable Congressman questions the basis of resolutions 334 and 335 of the National Police Commission in stripping the Local Chief Executives of their deputation power over the Philippine National Police in their respective jurisdiction.

Congressman Khalid passed a resolution directing the appropriate committees to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation on the basis of NAPOLCOM to withdraw the deputization of 7 Governors and 132 Mayors in Mindanao.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and its Municipal Mayors has always been active in supporting the various programs of the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in maintaining the peace and order in the province.

When President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared Martial Law in the island of Mindanao on May 23, 2017 to quell the rebellion in the city of Marawi, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte without a doubt supported the said declaration. On May 25, 2017, Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo immediately convened with the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council to stand behind the President and to stand united in supporting the operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in the province. The Municipal Mayors, especially those interior municipalities assured the AFP and PNP that they will help protect the boundaries of Lanao del Norte to stop or prevent any spill-over of the conflict.

Since the Maute terrorist group was founded in 2012, first encountered the AFP in 2013 and the pursuit operation in Butig, Lanao del Sur conducted by the AFP due to the Davao bombing which forced this notorious terrorist group to scatter and regroup in Marawi, never did the AFP or the PNP personnel through their intelligence community mentioned that Maute terrorist group is existing and operating within the bounds of Lanao del Norte.

The allegations of NAPOLCOM that the Local Chief Executives of the Province of Lanao del Norte FAILED to suppress the terrorist and their INACTIVE role in the fight against drugs are baseless; when in fact an incident while the battle is raging in Marawi, a suspected terrorist was captured when he tried to seek medical help in one of the provincial hospitals because of a shrapnel found in his wound, positive of gun powder and absolutely matched one of the faces in the list of wanted terrorist printed in the tarpaulin placed in the area. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo was the one who informed the PNP of the suspected terrorist but refused to take custody because of lack of procedure. The Governor was sceptical of the PNP’s reason she instantly called the AFP which they immediately took action in keeping the suspect. “Since the beginning of the Duterte Administration, the Mayors have been empowered to intensify their war on drugs and as a result of Operation Double Barrel according to LMP-President, Mayor Allan Lim (Municipality of Lala), Lanao del Norte and Region 10 has been among the top performing units and have been acknowledged by PNP ranks”, said Congressman Khalid.

With all these achievements and constant collaboration with the AFP, PNP and DILG, what did the Local Chief Executives of Lanao del Norte do to catch the ire of the commission?, the Congressman curiously asked.

In Lanao del Norte, it is not the Maute that threatens the peace and order of the province but the presence of Kumander Bravo of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Municipality of Munai and the entry of the New People’s Army in the Municipality of Kapatagan coming from the Zamboanga Peninsula. The Local Chief Executives are proactively curbing these threats. At the time that the Bangsamoro Comprehensive Agreement was signed during the previous administration, Kumander Bravo wanted to march his men in full battle gear from the boundaries of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte towards the coastal Municipality of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte to declare victory of the MILF. The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte immediately reacted in coordination with the Secretary of National Defence through the AFP, successfully negotiated the peaceful outcome of the situation. The MILF agreed to parade towards the municipality unarmed and in civilian clothing which then they went back to Munai calmly. In regards to the NPA, the Armed Forces of the Philippines in partnership with the Provincial Government and the Municipal Government of Kapatagan created a defence plan called Integrated Interior Security Defence Plan, which tracks down the movements of the NPAs into the municipality and when needed the neutralization of such threats.

“Our region is in crisis and the heat of the battle involves Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Iligan City. Local Government Units of those areas are working hand in hand with their security forces to re-establish the stability of the region, their working tirelessly because it is our communities and our constituents are threatened or affected. This is the time for unity among government agencies but what NAPOLCOM has done with their resolution is stabbed their allies in the back”, said Congressman Khalid.

The success of the recently held 58th Araw ng Lanao del Norte was enough proof that the province is indeed peaceful and normal although there is Martial Law. Even if evening activities were rescheduled on day time, fireworks display were cancelled, whistle was used to start the fun run instead of the gun, the constituents were happy to celebrate the founding of the province particularly the youth for they know that they are safe and the province is secured against these lawless elements. The Provincial Government strictly followed the recommendations and regulations of the Armed Forces and the Police to ensure public safety.

Islamic extremists and insurgents will not thrive in the province of Lanao del Norte. The peace, unity and understanding between the Muslims and Christians continue to flourish which brought rapid development and progress in the province.

The resolution filed by the 1st District Representative of Lanao del Norte has been moved to the committee on rules for appropriate action.

Local Chief Executives of the Province of Lanao del Norte were present in the House of Representatives to make a united stand against the basis of the NAPOLCOM resolutions 334 and 335 lead by Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo with the Municipal Mayors; Mayor Leoncio Bagol of Tubod, Mayor Maminta S. Dimakuta of Tagoloan, Mayor Lorenzo Mañigos of Kolambugan, Mayor Rosa D. Olafsson of Baroy, Mayor Aisah Azis of Matungao, Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Mayor Barry Baguio of Kapatagan, Mayor Azisah Omar of Magsaysay, Mayor Marcos Mamay of Nunungan, Mayor Fatima Tomawis of Tangkal, and Mayor Farhanah Palawan of Poona Piagapo together with the members of the Provincial Board; BM Jack Maruhom, BM Macarupong Dibaratun, BM Reinario Bihag, BM Marivic Ramos and BM Grace Matalines along with 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo.

This is the only legal and reasonable action that Congressman Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo sees in clearing the names of the ever mindful, ever serving Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the Municipal Mayors of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”.  PIO-LDN

PHO, MHO celebrates 43rd Nutrition Month with CBRP participants

PHO, MHO celebrates 43rd Nutrition Month with CBRP surrenderees.

More than 70 plus of the Save (the non-users) And Love The (Drug) Users-Community-Based Rehabilitation Program  or SALTU-CBRP participants observed the 43rd Nutrition Month inside the Cultural Center Gymnasium in the Municipality of Tubod on July 24, 2017. The Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Melania A. Untao and Dr. Maria Filipina Cabrera Camins head of the Municipal Health Office of Tubod joined together to share the importance of healthy nutrition to each participants.

The activity aims to culminate the Annual Nutrition Month Celebration by imparting to participants knowledge, skills and encourage positive change in attitude towards wellness and nutrition through a one day activity of dynamic lectures and games.

The goals and objectives of the activity: Impart knowledge and raise awareness on wellness and nutrition through a lecture by guest speaker vis a vis the theme “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life”, Provide information on livelihood programs related to farming/gardening of vegetables and fruits, Conduct games that promote awareness on nutrition and wellness, Provide nutritious foods to participants (CBRP participants) to demonstrate preparation of a wee-balanced meal, and Impart knowledge on stress management through spiritual lecture facilitated by SALTU and spiritual group in the area.

These 70 plus CBRP participants voluntarily turned themselves over to the Philippine National Police through their respective Barangay Chairman. The Department of Health is the agency who were tasked to screened them before joining the program initiated by Mayor Leoncio Bagol of the Municipality of Tubod, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, and in coordination with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Health Office.

The Non-Government Organization who facilitated the program is the Holistic Humanitarian Initiatives and Development, Inc. through SALTU-CBRP [Save (the non-users) And Love The (Drug) Users]-Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. For almost a month these CBRP participants stayed inside the Cultural Center to get away from temptation in their communities, and gradually ending their body’s drug dependency in a controlled and happy environment.

According to Raymond Gregg Pina, Community Organizer of SALTU Program, at first, it was very challenging and needs a lot of patience to win the hearts of these participants. Each one of them has a story to tell unique from the other that is why you really have to know their background before you will understand them. As days go by, slowly they began to open up because we made them feel that we are their older brothers, we are here to listen and help them to rebuild their self confidence said Pina.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo initiated and supported various anti-drug programs in the province. One of the programs that Governor Angging strongly supported is the MASA MASID or Mamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamayang Ayaw Sa Droga initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government. This is a barangay based program to stop criminality, end corruption and anti-illegal drugs. The Governor with its Provincial Board Members along with the two District Congressmen of Lanao del Norte and the Municipal Mayors are firmly behind President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s campaign of fighting and ending the proliferation of illegal drugs that affects the productivity of the citizens and the future of our beloved country.

As of now there were 12 barangays in the Municipality of Tubod that have participated and accompanied their constituents’ mostly young men with ages ranging from 14-29 years old. Each Chairman of these 12 barangays personally brought these young men to the Municipal Police Station to express their willingness to join the program. These barangays are: Barakanas, Bulod, Camp-5, Candis, Dalama, Malingao, Palao, Patudan, Poblacion, Taden, Taguranao and Tangueguiron.

TESDA have equipped these young men with enough skills in Mechanical, Welding, Electrical and Driving for them to use after finishing the program on July 31, 2017. The Alternative Learning Skills or ALS also conducted workshops in Dancing, Singing and Acting with them. The Department of Social Welfare will also provide livelihood assistance for this first batch of CBRP participants. Spiritual group regularly visits these young men to guide them back to the road leading towards God by making their faith stronger by the day.

The community supported the program, where most business sectors in the area have given t-shirts, foods and some are willing to give these young men another chance by employing them as drivers, electricians, welders in their construction or mechanics in their automotive shops. The men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will visit them on the day before their graduation to give them haircuts and share motivational message to encourage these young men to be a good citizen of the Republic.

The SALTU-CBRP is well accepted by the community especially by the parents. In the next batch there are more than 200 individuals who already expressed their voluntary participation to the said program. PIO-LDN

PGLDN support PWDs of Lanao del Norte

PGLDN support PWDs of Lanao del Norte.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte joins the nation in celebrating the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week Culmination in Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium on July 21, 2017. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo along with Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, and Board Member Grecille I. Matalines were present in this important occasion to show their support to Persons with Disabilities in the Province of Lanao del Norte.

Board Member Matalines extends her gratefulness to all PWDs who were present in the gathering. The Provincial Government is looking into the welfare of all disabled persons in the province; a demonstration of how Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo along with Vice Governor Cristina N. Atay and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan loved the PWDs in Lanao del Norte.

PWDs should not lose hope with their current physical conditions for God has reasons why He let us live in this beautiful and challenging world. “Everything that happens in this world has a purpose” said BM Matalines. Each one of us should ask the Lord of what is our purpose here on earth the Board Member added. Discrimination and insensitivity towards PWDs must not be tolerated and should be buried into oblivion.

Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay said that the people should accept that we are all the same. We should treat each other equally despite of other persons’ disabilities. The Provincial Government is making ways to equally provide medical assistance to all provincial hospitals in order to enhance the services and efficiency in attending to the medical needs of all the residents of Lanao del Norte and especially to persons with disabilities. The program of handing out equipments that the PWDs needed for their day to day activities like wheelchairs and other necessary devices will be continuous. According to Vice Governor Atay being disabled is not a hindrance, the true disable are those people who has bad personalities.

Guest Speaker HRH Putri Bai Marieta Nor-Aisha P. Mindalano-Adam, MTDCP President/CEO, Muslim Aid Resident Agent for the Philippine Mission. In her speech she said, “It is important first of all, to resist the temptation to think in terms of US or for THEM, instead we must remind ourselves that disability is part of human condition. All of us either will become disable to one degree or another during the course of our lives”.

Disabilities are not only considered through physical conditions, it can also be measured on how an individual handles sadness or frustrations that comes in his or her life; there are people who do not know how to accept these trials or happenings. According to HRH Mindalano-Adam, we are all the same, we live, we eat, we breath the same air. We should not be ashamed of ourselves for the disabilities that we have. All disabled people have the right to enjoy the same human rights on an equal basis; in all areas for life including equal access to education, employment and ability to participate as full citizen in our respective societies.

HRH Mindalano-Adam promised to present the PWDs of Lanao del Norte to their organization and hopes that it could send aid to create sustainable livelihood programs to every PWD association in the province. The Muslim Aid where HRH Mindalano-Adam is connected is based in London and they have their Main Office in Manila and Sub-Office in Cotabato. The Princess also thanked the Local Government Units who have helped in providing assistance during relief operations in some municipalities of Lanao del Norte.

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo asked Annabelle S. Mendez, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office to include in their budget the assistance needed by the PWDs in Lanao del Norte after the Governor joyfully danced along with the PWDs from the Municipality of Baroy. The Governor including the Vice-Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will do its best to provide additional assistance to PWD associations in every municipality to have their own plan on what they would like to do with the aid coming from the provincial government. Governor Angging plans to meet every PWD association in a forum for both parties could come into agreement before the Provincial Government will allocate the necessary budget of every association. Every association will make their own business strategic plan and the provincial government is ready to provide technical assistance.

“The next time we commemorate the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, I really would like to hear from each organization, the testimony of how you were able to improve the assistance that the Provincial Government has extended to your organization”, Governor Angging said to the PWDs present inside the MCC Gymnasium. This assistance symbolizes trust and partnership between your organization, the Local Government Units and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte. The development and progress that the province is having right now is because of the unity of all residents of Lanao del Norte the Governor said. Governor Angging, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo including the Municipal Mayors have worked hard for years to achieve the current situation of the province where peace and order is enjoyed by the people of Lanao del Norte.

The Provincial Governor expressed her appreciation to the local government unit of the fourteen municipalities who showed their support to the PWD associations in their area. The Governor reminds the people that this is a team effort. All stakeholders must work together to achieve the common goal. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in her words, “The prosperity that the province has achieved is not only for us, but above all, for the people of our beloved Province of Lanao del Norte, The Land of Beauty and Bounty”.

 Congressman Abdullah thanked Governor Angging for her untiring efforts in providing assistance to those who are in need, and also expressed his gratitude to the guest speaker who came to give inspirational talk to the PWDs of Lanao del Norte. The good Congressman told all PWDs to support Diodie Alota, PWD President, in order to make the organization stronger by the day. PIO-LDN

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