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Monday, August 05, 2013

ARMM Government to Flood Victims in Maguindanao

                                                                                        photo by google

ARMM Government sends aid to thousands of flood victims in Maguindanao

Cotabato City – The newly formed Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) kicks into action this week as days of torrential rains bring flood and displace thousands of residents in several communities in 20 of the 36 towns in Maguindanao province.

According to data released by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-ARMM flood-affected families number at around 48,870 in more than 158 communities in the province.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, vice-governor and concurrent DSWD-ARMM secretary, headed a team that set out Monday to bring aid to hundreds of families in the towns of Sultan Kudarat and Mother Kabuntalan.

Hataman said the relief is intended to help residents hurdle effect of the flood and prevent any casualty.

A second round of relief efforts pushed ahead Tuesday in Paglat and Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun despite the outbreak of a clash between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) along the main road leading to the two towns.

“We decided to take a different route and proceed with the relief in the two towns considering the conditions of affected residents,” the region’s executive secretary, Laisa Alamia said.

Relief packs included food items, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and drugs used to treat potable water.

Alamia said agencies that comprise the ARMM HEART are already accustomed to emergency response despite the early stage of its formation.

The ARMM government is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to capacitate the ARMM HEART.

An initial assessment of the ongoing relief was held today, Wednesday, to evaluate the extent of the flooding, the number of affected residents and assistance needed.

Rahima Datumanong Alba, DSWD-ARMM assistant secretary, said most of the affected families have sought shelter in the house of their kin and are considered house-based, while a few occupy classrooms or makeshift tents.

Department of Health (DOH)-ARMM will be watching out for diseases that can proliferate during floods, according to its assistant secretary, Dayang Carlsum Jumaide. (Bogs Sayson/BPI)

*all photos, courtesy of google*

Thursday, July 04, 2013

ARMM Officialdome

Mass Oathtaking Ceremony of the New Members of the Cabinet of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 
Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman adminidtered the said oath. Held at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Center, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City on July 02, 2013

" All members of my cabinet were chosen through their integrity and sincerity  to Reform  ARMM  and  willing to step-down for the Bangsamoro Government. Walang pabor-pabor sa aking administrasyon." 

The OFFICIALDOME of Autonomous Region in Muslim in Mindanao

                     Members of the Cabinet
                                Regional Governor                    Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman
                                Regional Vice-Governor           Hon. Haroun Al-Rashid A. Lucman, Jr.
                                Executive Secretary                  Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia
                                Deputy Executive Secretary     Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr.
                                Cabinet Secretary                      Norkhalila Mae B. Mambuay-Campong
                                Chief-of-Staff                              Norkhalila Mae B. Mambuay-Campong
                                                                                                   In Acting Capacity

                      Regional Secretaries

                                 DSWD                                Haroun Al-Rashid A. Lucman, Jr.
                                 DAF                                    Engr. Maritess K. Maguindra
                                 DepEd                                 Atty. Jamar Kulayan
                                 DPWH                                Engr. Emil K. Sadain
                                 DILG                                   Atty. Anwar A. Malang
                                 DENR                                 Hadji Kahal Q. Kedtag
                                 DOH                                   Dr. Kadil Sinolinding
                                 DOT                                    Sittie Jehanne Mutin
                                 DOST                                 Myra M. Alih
                                 DOLE                                 Muslimin Jakilan
                                 DTI                                     Sakiran Hajan
                                 Polloc Port & FMBS         Atty. Mimbalawag T. Mangutara, Jr.
                                 BFAR                                  Janice Musali
                                 RBOI                                   Atty. Ishak V. Mastura
                                 BME                                   Alzad Sattar
                                 RPMA                                 Hanie Bud
                                 CDO BYA                           Anway Upahm
                                 RSCO                                  Altrekee P. Dayan
                                 BPI                                      Amir Mawalil
                                 BCH                                    Ardan Sali
                                 MLO                                   Jolly Lais
                                 ISS                                       Abdul Rashid Ladayo
                                 RHRC                                 Atty. Galuasch Ballabo
                                 DPWH Asec                       Engr. Don Mustapha Loong
                                 DepEd Asec                        Noor Saada

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Public Schools Benefit from Seal of Good Housekeeping Award of the City Government

Additional classrooms will be constructed in several Public Elementary and High Schools in the City as part of the rewards the City Government acquired after being a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.
The Department of Education has allotted a certain amount for the construction of new classrooms by the Department of Public Works and Highways that will start on March 2013.
According to the DepEd, they have 2 lists of schools in Cotabato City. The first list was composed of L.R Sebastian Elementary School, Pilot Provincial Science and Technology High School, Datu Ayunan Elementary School, CCNHS-Annex (L.R Sebastian), CCNHS-Annex (PC Hill), CCNHS-Main, Datu Ayunan National High School, and Notre Dame Village National High School.
Aniceto Rasalan
Sec. to the Mayor

“This is only a partial list. Accoding to DepEd, there is a total of 16 Public Schools to benefit from the program. We are hoping that this can somehow help in addressing the problem of lack of classrooms in the schools in our city”.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Use of “Blue Guards” during election period, opposed by Mayor Guiani

Cotabato City  - Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. has expressed his opposition to a position of the Comelec Resolution No. 1951 - A pertaining to the use of the services of private security agencies to serve as bodyguards during the election period.

In a letter addressed to Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brilliantes, Mayor Guiani has stated his fear that these private security agencies may be used, in one way or the other, by unscrupulous individuals of groups in partisan election activities.

“It is a fact that there are politicians, particularly in the ARMM, who own and operate private security agencies. Thus, these private security guards are primarily indebted and loyal to their employer and not to the one they are assigned to look after”,

Moreover, the Mayor stated that in Cotabato City, it is more preferred to have the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or the Philippine National Police be assigned to politicians as body guards because of the fact that their allegiance is to the Republic of the Philippines and are duty bound to uphold the law. They are unlike the “blue guards” who are beholden to their respective security agencies who have their own political affiliations.

Meanwhile, with the current gun ban, Mayor Guiani has requested the Philippine Marines and the City PNP to intensify their operation kapkap bakal in all their checkpoints, concentrating on motorcycles.

“We all know that the guns for hire are all reported to be riding in tandem on a motorcycle so we want to make sure that all motorcyclists getting inside the city have no firearms with them. But also, four wheel timevehicles must also be given proper inspection all the 

Visibility patrols of the Philippine Marines will also be intensified. The motorcycle-riding MBLT-1 members are roaming around the city day by day and are also conducting surprise checkpoints in different areas.

Furthermore, a request has also been forwarded by the City Barangay Officials to the PNP and the Philippine Army stating their need for the presence of even just one uniformed member to join them in conducting patrols around their communities since their tanods are no longer allowed to carry firearms because of the existing gun ban.

Breaking of Jar.....

What is the Significance of Breaking a Glass, Plates, Mirror and Jars…?

These belief started way back….and still practiced in our times….

In Beliefs & Traditions….
Some says, it shoos away bad luck…
Some says, it teaches us to remember and realized that in times of happiness there will always be sorrows and sadness…
Some says, it frightens evil spirit…

In Marriage….
Some says, it’s a reminder for the couple of their promises made…

In Politics….
Some says, it will take away all the bad lucks, experiences, sufferings and pain and broke it into small pieces… and eventually brings hope, respect, love, unity and peace….

Just like Governor Esmael G. Mangudatu, did. He broke jars after the 2nd Regional Forum on The Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro held January 10, 2013 @ the Buluan Gymnasium Grounds, Maguindanao. Hoping for all the good vibes to come.

It’s a simple thought and realization, that even in times of great happiness, we are always be mindful of our responsibility to help in relieving some pains and sufferings…and prayers will always be powerful…..


Not all Cops are Bad.....

Cotabato City cop, named one of the Most Outstanding in the Country

The City Government of Cotabato commends one of the city’s police officers after winning the 2012 Search for the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) sponsored by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc., Rotary Club of New Manila East, and PSBank.

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Police Officer 3 Mary Jane Perez won in the Police Non Commissioned Officers Category. She is currently assigned at Police Station 4, Manday. Mother Barangay Bagua, this city. Perez is currently designated as the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), Family Juvenile Gender Awareness and Development (FJGAD), Police Community Relation (PCR), and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer.

PO3 Perez, a mother of four children, was chosen to be one of the winners because of all her accomplishments in crime solution including the arrest of a rape suspect, rescue of an abducted minor, and the arrest of a drug user. She also displayed exemplary performance in crime prevention and actively involved herself in advocating for peace in barangays, going around schools for the DARE program, and also helped in solving environmental problems by participating in tree planting activities and the de-clogging of the Rio Grande de Mindanao.

“I am very proud that out of the thousands of police officers in the country, PO3 Perez was chosen the prestigious award. I can say that this is a big accomplishment for our law enforcers and this award further proves to our people that we still have virtuous police officers in our area”, Mayor Guiani said.

City Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. said he is very proud of a native CotabateƱa who has given her full commitment to serving the people and protecting the most vulnerable sector of the community from abuses. He said the award given to PO3 Perez should serve as an inspiration and motivation for her fellow police officers to follow her example.

By winning in this search, PO3 Perez will join the elite roster of the outstanding police officers of our country and each of them will receive a trophy and a cash prize of 300,000 Pesos.

The awarding was held last September 5, 2012.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The One Who Completes Me.....

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