Tubod, Lanao del Norte – The Rido Settlement Committee (RSC) of this fast-rising province successfully negotiated a ceasefire agreement between two feuding clans in one of its interior towns.
For the past month, violence has erupted between two prominent Maranao clans in the town of Pantar. ‘Rido’ or clan war is a common practice among members of the Maranao tribe. This tradition can be traced back to pre-Hispanic period when the Lanao provinces were still ruled by numerous sultanates.
Previous encounters of the two families have resulted in hostilities that displaced hundreds of local residents from their homes and farms.
Provincial Boardmember Tawantawan Cauntongan who is also a member of the RSC helped brokered the ceasefire deal to allow both families to explore a permanent peace pact.
The RSC is a special committee established by the Sanggunian Panlalawigan. Other members of RSC include Atty. Macarupung Dibaratun, Atty. Osop Omar, and Atty. Superman Usop.
To provide assistance to affected families, the provincial government launched a relief operation on April 28, 2015. More than 700 families received food packs from the provincial LGU through its Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
“Each of the affected family from the 7 barangays were given three kilos of rice, 10 cans of sardines and 10 packs of noodles”, said PSWDO Head Anabelle Mendez.
Among the barangays affected are Pantar East, Sundiga Punod, Punod, Pantao Ranao, Bowi, Poona Punod, and Lumba Punod.
On hand to witness the relief distribution were LGU officials from Pantar town and Barangays Sundiga Punod and Bowi.
The Lanao del Norte LGU also conducted a medical mission in the interior town through its Provincial Health Office on May 5, 2015 to help bring needed medical services to its people. Free medicines were also given to those who availed of the free medical consultation.
The RSC has also recently reconciled a major family fued that has lasted for more than a decade and affected two municipalities.
The provincial government continues to work hard for the peaceful resolution of remaining clan feuds in this peace-loving province. VNL & LAR/PIO-LDN