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Governor Dimaporo OKs Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao

Governor Dimaporo OKs Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao.

June 19, Pigcarangan, Tubod – Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo starts her weekly message by greeting all Dad Happy Father’s  Day. The Province of Lanao del Norte will continue to celebrate the 58th Araw ng Lanao even though Martial Law is still active in Mindanao. All activities will be done in the mornings from June 28 to July 4, 2017 inside the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex.

Though our celebration has limitations but we have to show that we are indeed okay here. The life that we have here is very normal”, said Governor Dimaporo. The implementation of 8:00 pm curfew is in fact reasonable. In Lanao del Norte parents have agreed to the curfew hours implemented by the Philippine National Police and the Local Government of the Province. Children are compelled by the parents to be inside their houses before the curfew hour.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo also informed the employees of the Province that the normal work timing is back that starts from 8:00 am to 5:00pm confirming the Memorandum released on June 16, 2017. Last May 29, 2017, Governor Dimaporo released Memorandum Order declaring the work timing of all Provincial employees will be from 7:30am to 3:30pm to be effectively implemented on the following day (May 30, 2017) due to the reason that employees commuting in the afternoon from the Province to Iligan are spending too much time in the traffic caused by the military checkpoints along the highways particularly in NSC area in Iligan.

The lifting of the travel order was also discussed by the Governor. Provincial employees can now attend workshops or any meetings in Cagayan de Oro, Davao City or to any other places when it is deemed necessary.

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo told the employees not to believe on text messages’ containing false information for this can create panic among individuals. And, not to forward bogus text messages not coming from the AFP, PNP or from any Government Agencies.

Inform the PNP or local officials of your area when you see someone that is new in your place. Always be careful and vigilant for some of these suspects have already mixed with the civilians, how about those sympathizers whose faces are not included in the tarpaulins, be a concern citizen”, said Governor Dimaporo. PIO-LDN

2nd District Congressman Dimaporo Appeals to His Relatives and Friends to Help President Duterte End Marawi Crisis

2nd District Congressman Dimaporo Appeals to His Relatives and Friends to Help President Duterte End Marawi Crisis.

27 days have passed since the terrorist group attacked the City of Marawi. The once peaceful and tranquil city had now become a battle ground where Maute/ISIS inspired extremist been hiding. The people of Marawi and surrounding municipalities of Lanao del Sur have been extremely affected by this incident. No one has ever thought that something like this will happen to this vibrant City.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo is emotional every time the current situation in Marawi comes into discussion. The Congressman grew up in this city when his father, the late Mohamad Ali Dimaporo was the Governor of the Province of Lanao del Sur. He is emotional for the fact that he has relatives living in the city that were displaced by the fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the terrorist group who took siege of the city in the afternoon of May 23, 2017. The extremist concealed their real purpose by using the peace loving religion of Islam. Marawi is the only Islamic City in a Christian majority country.

In this current situation of Marawi, the 2nd District Congressman of Lanao del Norte appeals to his relatives and friends to help the government to put a stop on this crisis. The Administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a down to earth government where its main purpose in running for the Presidency last May 2016 is to help alleviate the living conditions of the Filipino people especially in Mindanao where he is giving more priority for development projects. The President proudly claims in some of his public speeches that he is a Maranao and that he is extremely sad on the present situation of the people of Marawi.

What happen to the city right now is because of this terrorist group who were cuddled and tolerated by some members of their community. President Duterte said that all citizens must have a Sense of Social Responsibility, that if a member of a society knows or has reliable information that someone is planning something that is against the laws of God and the laws men in a civilized society, it is the social responsibility of that member to inform the authority in order to stop the evil plan before it could terrorize the people and the community.

The AFP and the PNP are having a hard time to neutralize this terrorist group for they are taking with them innocent civilians as hostages and using them as human shields. Some Mosques were being used by Maute/ISIS members as their holding ground and hide-out after firing at the militaries for they know the security forces of the government will not attack them when they are inside. President Duterte could end the fighting in Marawi in just few hours by dropping all the bombs of the Armed Forces but said “We are bound by the rules and we live in a society of civilized people and there is governance here”. The primary concern of President Duterte is the safety of all civilians who are trapped inside their houses and those who were taken as hostages by these radicals.

Relatives, friends and Mayors of all the Municipalities in the Provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte were urged by Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo to help protect the people and the City of Marawi by supporting the efforts of President Duterte to put a stop to this fighting. Let us do our part by giving information to the AFP and PNP if suspicious men are present in our respective communities. Let us not allow these extremist ruin our peaceful lives and communities for their own senseless cause, said 2nd District Congressman Dimaporo in Maranao vernacular. PIO-LDN

3rd PDC Meeting at MTC

3rd PDC Meeting at MTC

The Provincial Development Council chaired by Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and Provincial Department Heads together with 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo along with the Municipal Mayors and its representative assembled at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center on June 16, 2017 to discuss the development progress and projects of the Province.

The Provincial Planning and Development Office presented the Annual Investment Program for 2018 headed by Engr. Anecita R. Lendio. The Proposed Utilization Program under the 20% Development Fund for the Calendar Year 2018 has been agreed by the members of the Council. The Economic Development Projects are: Concreting of Baroy-Princesa Provincial Road in Baroy; Concreting of Bagong Dawis-Raw-an Point Provincial Road in Baroy; Concreting of Purok 3-Pigcarangan Barangay Road in Tubod; Rehabilitation of Provincial Roads; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Program; Farm Mechanization Program; and Provincial Nursery Farm Development. For Social Development Projects: Rehabilitation/Expansion of Drug Rehabilitation Center; National Community – Driven Development Project (NCDDP) Counterpart; Construction of Kapatagan Provincial Hospital’ Warehouse; and Upgrading of Provincial Hospitals.

The Provincial Development Council Required Actions:

  • Passage of a Resolution adopting the 2018 Annual Investment Program (AIP)
  • Passage of a Resolution adopting the 20% Development Fund Utilization Program for CY 2018
  • A Resolution adopting and endorsing the Provincial Rice Road Map CY 2017-2022 of Lanao del Norte

Additionally 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo suggested that a resolution must also be made by involving the Barangays in the Development Plans of the Provincial Government. The voice of the people through the Barangay Councils should be taken into considerations. A Resolution Consolidating the Development Plans of the Province which Board Member Tawantawan Cauntongan positively noted. The Barangay Development Plan be consolidated to the Municipal Development Plan and then consolidated to the Provincial Government through the Provincial Planning and Development Office.

The 2nd District Congressman persuades all Local Executive Officials of the Municipalities of Lanao del Norte to avail the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) for their respective Barangays. Republic Act 9178 or BMBEs Act of 2002 encourages the formation and growth of barangay micro business enterprises by granting them incentives and benefits.

A BMBE is defined as any business enterprise engaged in production, processing, or manufacturing of products, including agro-processing, as well as trading and services, with total assets of not more than P3 million. Such assets shall include those arising from loans but not the land on which the plant and equipment are located.

The Provincial Government and the two Congressional Districts of Lanao del Norte focused on the programs that will help alleviate the poverty situation of the residents. The Educational System in the Province needs to be improved according to Congressman Abdullah which Governor Imelda has agreed in the meeting.

Continuous trainings to enhance the skills and techniques and to further advance the knowledge of the Provincial teachers to produce quality students that area efficient and responsible as citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.

Public safety was also discussed not in terms of Peace and Order but the safety of the public in consuming street foods. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Melania P. Untao immediately responded to the concern raised by 2nd District Congressman Dimaporo. The Provincial Health Office is constantly monitoring this type of businesses in coordination with the Health Officers of every Municipality. Dr. Untao also added that the Office is also requiring water samples from each Refilling Stations of Mineral Water around the Province. Municipal Government should first require the accomplishment of sanitary permits before giving building permits to applicants, pleas Dr. Untao.

The Provincial Agriculture Office was proud to present the steady increase of rice production of Lanao del Norte for 2016. Last year the rice production has increased by 2.78% metric tons. In 2015 the production yield per metric ton is 173,586 and has increased to 178,413 in 2016 that gives an increment of 4,826.85 metric ton.

The contribution of the Province of Lanao del Norte in the regional rice production is 25.10% which is more than a quarter of the total rice production of Region X. Letecia G. Ditucalan, head of the Provincial Agriculture Office swayed the Council to continue supporting the rice program. Ditucalan give emphasis on the challenges that needs to be confronted directly to sustain the rice production of the Province. The challenges are: Low Farm Productivity; Insufficient Infrastructure; Insufficient Pre and Post Harvest Facilities; Poor Market Linkages; Vulnerability to climate and disaster risks as well as the challenges of conversion of rice production areas to commercial, industrial and settlement areas and the challenge of the increase percentage of population growth rate. The goal of the PAO is “To Be Rice Self-Sufficient At All Times”.

The objectives of PAO is to Increased palay production in the province by 19% in 2022 or 178,413 MT in 2016 to 212,515 MT in 2022; Increased average yield of rice per hectare by at least 16% in 2022 or from 4.42 MT in 2016 to 5.11 MT in 2022; Increased and or sustained rice self sufficiency from 129.85% in 2016 to 138.37% in 2022; Improved Farmers Farm Productivity; and Ensure sustainability of the natural resource base.

The Provincial Agriculture Office of Lanao del Norte received the Achievers Award in the National Level Category held in Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila and the only recipient of this award for Region X which the Governor was very proud to witness the ceremony with Congressman Abdullah.

Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo also seized the opportunity before dismissing the caucus appealing to all Municipal Mayors of Lanao del Norte not to accept Maute and other extremist in their respective municipalities. Protect the Province from these radicals who only bring nothing but hatred and destructions. There is no place for them in Lanao del Norte. “We have worked hard for years to preserve the peace and order of our Province, you (Municipal Mayors) all knows this”. The progress that the people are seeing and enjoying right now is the fruit of the hard worked that we have planted years ago to make the Province of Lanao del Norte where it is now, said the Governor. Let us set aside politics and unite for the purpose of living peacefully in our beloved Province of Lanao del Norte where the Governor grew up, and urge all Mayors of the Province to support the activities for the Celebration of the 58th Araw ng Lanao to show the whole country that the Province of Lanao del Norte is a peaceful place where all religion is free to practice their own faith and celebrate their tradition and culture without fear and living harmoniously together (Muslims and Christians) for years by nurturing the essential values of respect and understanding for the good of “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”, Province of Lanao del Norte. PIO-LDN

Nihongo Language Skills Training Produced 34 Graduates

Nihongo Language Skills Training Produced 34 Graduates

The Office of the 2nd Congressional District of Lanao del Norte and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in coordination with Lanao Norte National Agro-Industrial School (LNNAIS) in Tubod concluded the unprecedented language skills training on June 15, 2017 at Macapagal Training Center in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center.

2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo attended the closing ceremony. This language training is a preparatory course designed for participants to acquire basic knowledge of the Japanese language through listening, speaking, reading and writing before going to the Land of the Rising Sun. These 34 students are now equipped with the basic Nihongo language that they can use during their stay in Japan under the Study-Work Program initiated by Congressman Abdullah in partnership with the Japanese Agency to help residents of the province alleviate their economic status.

All programs initiated by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte including the two Congressional Districts are part of the Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) for Vision 2020 that was crafted by the ingenious minds of 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo. Programs such as this are intended to provide assistance to local residents of the province to be efficient and productive.

Congressman Abdullah discusses about living in a Civic Society where members are providers and not all the time users. People living in a Civic Society does not wait for the aid coming from government instead they will act on their own to help each other and the society in general.

There are Five (5) Visions introduced by Congressman Abdullah for the Province of Lanao del Norte to complement the Vision 2020: First (1) vision is the Foundation in Building Peace and Order, where all local executive officials work side by side to sustain the peace and order of the province; Second (2) vision is the Unity of All People of the Province, Muslims and Christians nurtures the value of respect and understanding towards unity; Third (3) vision is the Infrastructure, Congressman Khalid during his time as Governor of the Province partnered with the Municipal Mayors in constructing and cementing roads to make it accessible to local farmers and residents of the area to supplement the funding from the national government also the Provincial Government is doing its best to provide all classrooms needs in 2018 with the Department of Education’s assistance; Fourth (4) vision is the Social Development, Congressman Abdullah is proud to say that there are more than 20,000 students who have graduated as scholars under their programs and have found jobs in the province and in some other places. Governor Imelda started the Philhealth Card of the Province that is very helpful particularly to the under privilege of Lanao del Norte and Congressman Khalid through his leadership have improved the facilities of all Provincial Hospitals and build the modern Provincial Hospital in Maranding Annex that is near operational to cater to the medical needs of the residents of Lanao del Norte; and the Fifth (5) vision is the Human Development, where various trainings and skills enhancement programs are continuously given to residents of the province to be more effective and productive in the society. Countries such as Australia and Canada are conducting trainings to the Municipal Government. USAid and Australia are also providing trainings to the Provincial Government.

Provincial Director of TESDA, Tarhata S. Mapandi confirmed the 34 graduates who have successfully finished the Nihongo Language Skills Training. Congressman Abdullah has always been interested to provide the trainees necessary language before being deployed to Japan or to any country in Asia not just skills in order to communicate with the people of the host country which is very important, according to Dir. Mapandi. Anyone who completed the training in TESDA it is guaranteed that the student is already equipped with the necessary knowledge to face the challenges ahead. In the words of Director Mapandi “We believed in TESDA that anyone who passes by and completed their training in TESDA we provided them the trust and confidence that they can actually deliver”.

Niňo E. Cimafranca, the Nihongo Language Trainer comes all the way from Cebu. It is the first ever language training done in the Province of Lanao del Norte. Cimafranca personally expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government for the project. He is proud as an instructor that his students have learned the basic language and reminds the graduates that the real training will be in Japan. Cimafranca encourage students to continue studying Japanese.

LNNAIS Vocational School Administrator, Vicente E. Cruz before presenting the candidates for graduation thanked Congressman Abdullah and the Provincial Government for this unique program. The leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and the two Congressional Districts in making Lanao del Norte safe.

Congressman Abdullah reminded the graduates to practice the acquired knowledge. In Japan, they will be thought about the culture. In four months time in October, Congressman Abdullah is hopeful and with God’s blessing these graduates will depart to Japan. It is important to continue practicing the Nihongo language until the month of departure.

Graduates Wea Jane A. Bual and Arl Von V. Lorenzo, two of the 34 graduates presented their testimonies in front to expressed their gratitude to Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for this exceptional program of the Province for the youth of Lanao del Norte who are interested to seek a better life.

Each of us has a purpose here on earth. We do our best not just for ourselves but for our loves ones and for our fellowmen. We must remember our purpose, our goal to pursue our dream. Kita tanan nanggandoy ug brighter future that’s why we are all here”, said Bual.

Lorenzo in his testimonial speech, “This program is a life changing opportunity to all of us, because this will open us another door not just to study and explore and experience other countries culture, tradition, heritage and many others, also this will able us to broaden our horizon on the great pathways for which our dreams and vision and goals in life.

Atty. Donato Y. Calica, Head of the IGP reminds all graduates that this graduation is just a first step to the several ladders of life. The Inclusive Growth Plan is a program for poverty alleviation, where the purpose is the family that these graduates someday will help their family to have a better life. Atty. Calica appeals to the graduates that it is time to change their perspective in life. Change for the better. No one can change another person but himself. Atty. Calica said, “Change starts in us”.

One of the 34 graduates is Jonathan Cardenas from Baroy, a former OFW of Saudi Arabia. He is Thankful that this program has been realized. Though soon he will leave with a heavy heart what motivates him is that this journey will lead to a better future for his wife and three children. This is the purpose of the various programs of the Government of Lanao del Norte that are built-in in the Inclusive Growth Plan for achieving the Vision 2020. PIO-LDN

Rice Distribution Continues for the Holy Month of Ramadan in Lanao del Norte

Rice Distribution Continues for the Holy Month of Ramadan in Lanao del Norte

The men and women of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) left the Capitol early morning of June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) to distribute sacks of rice and boxes of dates to three Municipalities of Lanao del Norte: Poona Piagapo, Sapad and Bacolod.

This is a continuous initiative of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo providing sacks of rice and boxes of dates to all Jama’at (place of gathering) every year during the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This humble gesture is a testament of how caring, loving and sincere the Governor is to all the residents of Lanao del Norte.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide. This is the month of fasting, for 29-30 days Muslims celebrates the first revelation of the Holy Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. This commemoration is considered as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Holy Month of Fasting will begin based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and is observe every ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

In the Municipality of Poona Piagapo, Municipal Coordinator Hadji Jamalica Bacarat led the distribution of 201 sacks of rice and boxes of dates to 52 Mosques in the Municipality. Ustads Alibasher Mustapha and Ustads H. Carim Ambor were present during the occasion to accept the humble assistance of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo.

Both Ustads were grateful to the Governor. “This assistance from our Governor is a blessing that is deeply appreciated by all Muslims of the Province of Lanao del Norte”, said Ustads Alibasher Mustapha. The food package will be given to each Jamaa (religious followers) for their Plapis (first meal after a day of fasting).

Municipal Coordinator of Sapad Ramelito B. Tubongbanua turned over 160 sacks of rice along with boxes of dates to one of the Mosque leaders Imam Nasrodin Hassan of Kuwait Mosque, Sapad has 56 Mosques. Apolonio D. Bacalares Municipal Coordinator of Bacolod handed 72 sacks of rice and boxes of dates to Imam Manan Ismael for the 20 Mosques in the Municipality. PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte Government Goes On with Relief Operations

Lanao del Norte Government Goes On with Relief Operations

The constant pace of relief distribution has reassured the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Marawi City and from others areas of Lanao del Sur who are currently taking refuge in some Municipalities of Lanao del Norte. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in partnership with the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) have delivered a total of 540 Packs of relief goods to the Municipalities of Kauswagan, Linamon and Tagoloan on June 13 and 14, 2017.

Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo is making sure that all IDPs be given the basic necessities needed in the evacuation center. Head of PSWDO, Annabelle S. Mendez has always been in contact with every Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer since the war broke out in Marawi City between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute/ISIS inspired terrorist group last May 23, 2017.

The Municipality of Kauswagan has sheltered 276 validated displaced families in its gymnasium and were given relief goods with the assistance of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development head Teresita M. Escalicas and staff. The MSWDO assigned in the Municipality of Linamon received additional 7 relief goods to be given to recent IDPs. The evacuation center in the Municipality of Tagoloan sheltered 257 displaced families according to Aida Macadingdang, head of the MSWDO.

Liniding Ampuan Tocalo with 12 dependents from Toros Marawi City is now staying in Madrasah, Dimayon Evacuation Center in Tagoloan. Narmia Dicatanongan Ato with 6 dependents from Marinaut, Marawi City momentarily stays with her relative in Dimayon. Narmia is thankful to Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support given to displaced families like them.

Internally Displaced families were given the Disaster Assistance and Family Card (DAFAC) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development for proper identification and easy access to relief goods during distribution. The PSWDO will check the DAFAC for verification which will then be marked by the staff’s signature and a coupon will be given before claiming the relief goods. The purpose of this process is for all IDPs to receive equal share of the goods, said Mendez. PIO-LDN

Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo Resumes the Annual Rice Distribution for Ramadan 2017

Muslim elder receives pack of rice from PGO-CAD employee

The Office Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo through the Community Affairs Division distributed kilos of rice and pack of dates to our Muslim brothers and sisters all over Lanao del Norte celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan. Every year during Ramadan our Governor initiates this program to express her sincerity of serving the people of the province. This is called Sadaqa’h Petra’ah.

This year the rice distribution commences on June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) where three of the twenty four municipalities of the Province have been visited first by the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD). The Municipalities of Kolambugan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Matungao receive sacks of rice and boxes of dates to every Jama’at (place of gathering).

Each pack of rice and dates is given to every Jamaa (religious follower) for their Plapis (first meal after a day of fasting). SND Municipal Treasurer Ansary Limgas accepted the packs of rice and dates along with other local leaders present at the occasion.

In Kolambugan, Imam Mohamad Amincapal expressed his gratitude to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, “Alhamdulillah, dako among pasalamat kay Gobernador Angging Quibranza-Dimaporo sa iyang paghatag aning Petra’ah” the Imam said in vernacular. This blessing can help the five families from Marawi City taking shelter and praying in the Mosque of Barangay Riverside in Kolambugan, added Imam Mohamad.

Barangay Captain Malamit Pascan of Masurot, Kolambugan also thanked the Governor in our dialect, “Salamat kayo sa imong gihatag na Petra’ah kay nalipay ang mga nagsimba naka-ampo sila kay Allah nga punu-punuan ni Allah ang imong grasya pinaagi sa imong kahigugmaon sa mga tao kay kini nindot ni sa ila kay naa-poy naka apil diri nga gikan sa Marawi mao nangadaghan mi. Salamat Governor nalipay kaayo mi ug dako kay di jud ka kalimot sa mga grasya nga imong gipaabot sa mga Muslim”.

The Provincial Government supports all residents of the Province either Muslims or Christians. This is unique to Lanao del Norte where diverse culture and religion thrives together for decades living side by side with harmony, respect and understanding that strengthens the relationship of one another sustaining a peaceful community for the betterment of Lanao del Norte.

The distribution will continue all throughout the province until all Jama’at will receive its own goods from Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo before the day of Eid al-Fitr (festival of breaking of the fast).

Lanao del Norte Government Cares for IDPs in Lala and Salvador

IDPs receiving relief goods from PGLDN in the Municipality of Salvador

The determination of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte to continuously provide assistance to affected brothers and sisters brought by this pointless war in Marawi City that caused thousands of families to leaved their once peaceful place in Lanao del Sur to seek shelter temporarily or permanently in the provinces nearby and some as far as Manila to find a place that is safe for their families where they could start a new tomorrow and have a better life is the hope of these IDPs. The Province of Lanao del Norte is one of these few places where one could find sanctuary and serenity.

Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo tasked the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, headed by Annabelle S. Mendez to carefully supervise the distribution of relief goods intended for IDPs taking refuge in Lanao del Norte. To identify and verify each IDP is a process to be cautiously performed through the combined efforts of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division (PGO-CAD) and the PSWDO with the help of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO) assigned in the area for the purpose of equal distribution of relief goods.

On June 9, 2017, Friday morning, the PSWDO together with the PGO-CAD distributed relief goods to 25 families in the Municipal Gymnasium of Lala. Zenaida Alcoran of the MSWDO of the Municipality along with her staff Nestor Patalinghug assisted the Provincial Government employees in handing out relief goods to the IDPs.

In the afternoon, the team moved to the Municipality of Salvador and welcomed by 1st Councilor Insirah Sultan. The Councilor was thankful to Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the continuous support given to all Municipalities since the crisis started on May 23, 2017. MSWDO Lourdes M. Gerale of Salvador Municipality helped in giving the relief goods to 41IDPs.

Abelita C. Manzano led the team with Elsie B. Pacaldo and Aiman C. Mamintal of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office along with the men of the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division. PIO-LDN

PGLDN initiated “Gikan sa Probinsya, Para sa Masa Educational Progam” for deserving students of Lanao del Norte

Ms Sittie Aminah reaches out to a parent of a deserving student in Lala National High School

Executive Assistant to the Office of the Provincial Governor, Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, spearheaded the Educational Assistance Program of the Provincial Welfare and Development Office in providing cash assistance to selected students of the province of Lanao del Norte, who are not financially capable of sustaining their educational expenses.

Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo requested PSWDO head, Annabelle S. Mendez with the help of school teachers to identify students from grade 7 up to grade 12 that are indigents but not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with certification from the Barangay as proof; Indigent students who have at least an average grade of 85 percent and; those who have personal disabilities (PWD).

The goal of this program is to provide financial assistance to students for their educational needs, giving parents a breather on the fees for their children’s education, said Mendez.

Provincial Executive Secretary Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo for two consecutive days from June 7 to 8 visited five schools in the Province where these indigent students are studying and personally handed out cash enough to sustain the expenses for the school year. “Gikan sa Probinsya Para sa Masa Educational Program” is the slogan of the Provincial Government in addressing the financial difficulties of indigent students in sustaining their educational expenses.

A total of 192 indigent students were presented from five different schools of the Province to avail for this Educational Program, these schools are; Bansarville National High School with 55 students, Kapatagan National High School with 44 students, Lala National High School with 47 students, Geronima Cabrera National High School with 40 students and 6 students from Diego H. Patigayon National High School.

One of these 192 deserving students is Maretcho P. Lodick, a grade 11 student with a very inspiring story to tell in spite of the difficulties of life, where she persistently face all the challenges in its day to day existence just to sustain her education in order to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer someday and give her 9 siblings live a better life. Maretcho a dedicated sister and a student made no reasons not to continue her studies, “Ang pag pa dayon sa pag eskwela, ma-o ra ang akong nakita nga pama-agi nga makab-ot nako ang damgo nga makahatag ug maayong kinabuhi dili lang sa ako apil na pud ang akong mga igsoon” said Maretcho with a teary eye. She is a working student living in Sultan Naga Dimaporo and travels everyday to attend classes at Lala National High School. Maretcho’s mother died when they were still young unfortunately their father left them few days after leaving her and her eldest sister to take the responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings. To financially help her eldest sister, Maretcho decided to work. But this hardship never stops Maretcho from pursuing her dream instead she made this an inspiration. This kind of courage and strong willed never left unnoticed by her teachers and classmates in Lala National High School. Two years ago, Maretcho was hit by a dengue. She had a fever so high that she needs to be admitted to a hospital. The Doctor required 8 blood packs for her to survive, financially incapable to purchase even a single pack the school and its student body decided to shoulder the expenses to save the life of Maretcho and also paid the hospital bill. Maretcho felt the love of her teachers and classmates till this very moment. She said she will never forget the people who shared their resources just to save the life of a poor girl.

When asked about the Educational Assistance provided by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte where she is one of the deserving beneficiaries, Maretcho expressed her gratitude in front of Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, who was deeply touched by her life’s story.

Maretcho thanked Ms. Sittie Aminah on behalf of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the Educational Assistance Program initiated by the Provincial Government for the deserving indigent students like her who really needs financial assistance to sustain their studies for the whole year.

Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo emphasized to parents that this financial assistance is intended for their children’s educational expenses and hope that this program will inspire other students to study hard and aim higher to achieve a better life. The Provincial Government is optimistic that this program will continue next year and the years to come to help more students of the Province that are deserving of aid, Ms. Sittie Aminah added. PIO-LDN

Relief Operation in SND, Lanao del Norte

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office together with the Provincial Governor’s Office-Community Affairs Division carried out its mission in providing relief goods to the Internally Displaced Persons from Marawi City in the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo on June 8 as part of the continuous effort of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.

Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo directed Annabelle S. Mendez, head of the PSWDO to constantly provide assistance to all Municipalities of the Province that has displaced families seeking protection and a safe place to stay in Lanao del Norte after the war broke-out in Marawi last May 23, 2017 between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute-ISIS inspired terrorist group.

According to the records of the PSWDO, 445 registered and validated displaced families have been given relief packs inside the Municipal Gymnasium of SND. Modelsalic A. Abantas, Jr who have 8 dependents is thankful for the relief goods he received. Most of these IDPs from Lanao del Sur are staying in their relatives house and few were staying inside the Gymnasium. In Maranao culture, no matter how distant is your relationship to one another as long as you have the same ancestry, one is still considered a family. This is how strong the family bond of the Maranao people.

James Macayan and his staff of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of SND helped out in distributing the relief goods to all IDPs together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development of Region 10, the Regional Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police of the Province and the Day Care Workers of SND.

The continuous influx of IDPs from Lanao del Sur made the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte more active in providing assistance to those in need giving priorities to pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly. PIO-LDN