Iligan opens newly-renovated Anahaw amphitheater
By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
ILIGAN CITY (PIA) – After months of rehabilitation work and delays brought about by the pandemic and bad weather, the city government here has now opened the newly renovated Anahaw Amphitheater.
The amphitheater has a seating capacity of 7,000 people and is considered to be one of the largest open amphitheaters in the whole of Mindanao.
Aside from beautifying the amphitheater, improvements were also done to ensure the safety of the people.
“It started with the concept of safety first. In all infrastructures of the government safety is the first consideration. We have seen that the amphitheater has become very unsafe for our people, especially for our visitors during big events,” Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz.
Since the amphitheater is located in the City Hall Compound, apart from various activities in the city, the flag-raising ceremony will also be held there.
“Natuman na gyud ang pagdawat nato kining maong pag-ayo sa atong amphitheater diri sa City Hall. Karon nia na gyud og akong i-announce, (sa) lunes, init ulan, ato nang i-conduct atong flag raising ceremony diri sa amphitheater,” said mayor Celso Regencia.
[Finally, the renovation of our amphitheater here at the city hall has been completed. I announce that starting on Monday, rain or shine, we will conduct our flag-raising ceremony at the amphitheater.]
Started in March 2021, the repair of the Anahaw Amphitheater was funded by the Department of Budget and Management through Local Government Support Fund Assistance to the cities in the fiscal year 2019 General Appropriations Act. (LELA/ PIA Lanao del Norte)
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By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (PIA)-The Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Lanao del Norte has launched the Toktok Bakuna (house-to-house vaccination) to boost vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to Dr. Charmaine Canopin-Pongase of PHO, the province has the lowest vaccination rate in Northern Mindanao. Hence, they exerted efforts so that more residents can be vaccinated.
"So far karon, ang pinakabago namo nga ginabuhat is balay balay na bakuna. Manuktok misa panimalay. We also have rekoreda, muadto sa areas, sa mga pinakaubos, we go there. We converse with locals what they want unsa ilang pagtoo sa vaccine. We educate them," Pongase said.
[So far now, the latest thing we are doing is house-to-house vaccination. We also conduct information drives and go to far-flung areas. We converse with locals to know what they want and their doubts about the vaccine. We educate them.]
PHO also continued the vaccination of children aged five to 11 years where the vaccination team wear party or fairytale costumes to alleviate the fear of children.
According to father Ryan Masias who is a resident of Lala town, his son is excited to get vaccinated, as well as to return to face-to-face classes.
"Excited akong anak mabakunahan kay gusto sad siya makasulod sa eskwelahan, para maka face to face na sa amoang pamilya, gatuo mi nga safe jud (vaccine) kay ang gobyerno ra pud nang e-sure nga protective og efficient ang mga tambal (vaccine)," said Masias.
[My child is excited to be vaccinated because he also wants to go to school, for the face-to-face classes. Our family believes that it (vaccine) is really because the government ensures that the vaccines are safe and efficient.]
As of March 15, only one new case of COVID-19 was recorded in the province. (LELA/ PIA Lanao del Norte)
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