ILIGAN CITY (PIA)--The 4th Mechanized Infantry (Kalasag) Battalion initiated a livelihood project for former rebels (FRs) to provide for their basic needs while their enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is being processed.
"Mayroon kaming mga resources na nakacommit muna sa kanila while waiting sa reimbursement from the E-CLIP kaya naisip namin na gumawa ng program para matustusan ang pangangailangan nila na hindi naman naaapektuhan yung resources ng Battalion," said Lt Colonel Rommel M. Pereña, commanding officer of the unit.
[We have resources that are committed to them while waiting for reimbursement from the E-CLIP so we thought of making a program to provide for their needs without affecting the resources of the Battalion.]
Pereña said they pursued a vinegar production project since it's easier and quicker to produce and the return is also high.
"Naisip namin dati ang paggawa ng turmeric tea which is medyo matagal gawin, dapat yung mabilisan lang. May kaibigan kami na gumagawa ng suka na similar sa Pinakurat ng Iligan. Naisip namin na madali itong ituro at medyo malaki rin ang kita rito," he said.
[We thought of making turmeric tea which takes a longer time to produce, it should be fast. We have a friend who makes vinegar similar to the Pinakurat of Iligan. We thought this is easy to teach and the earnings is also quite high.]
Pereña said they would be undergoing the processes required by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drugs Administration to institutionalize the "Sukang Kalasag" hoping that the FRs can continue to pursue this livelihood after their enrolment to the E-CLIP.
The Battalion commander disclosed that they are also pursuing other livelihood projects for the FRs such as hog raising through the help of the Department of Labor and Employment, and dressmaking and knife making through the assistance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
Good news for senior citizens aspiring to become entrepreneurs!
This, after the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Foundation of Iligan Inc. (CCIFII) announced that it will conduct learning sessions on barangay entrepreneurship in the following months.
CCIFII President Reggie Punongbayan said the entrepreneurship learning sessions will focus on how to get started in doing business particularly on business name registration and start-up mentoring.
It will also include orientation on Barangay Micro Business Enterprises and cooperativism.
The barangay entrepreneurship is one of the services to be offered during the Iligan chamber's Seniors Caravan that will kick off in identified barangays in Iligan in October this year.
Arturo San Luis, chairperson of CCIFII's Committee on Senior Citizen Affairs, said the caravan aims to provide economic opportunities to the elderly under their Seniors Helping Seniors Program.
Other services that will be offered during the caravan are community pantry and medical aid.
To further empower senior citizens, the CCIFII will also launch a food terminal that will serve as a central hub of fresh produce that will be managed by the elderly sector. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
Arturo San Luis, chairperson of CCIFII Committee on Senior Citizen Affairs, shares the Seniors Helping Seniors Program of Iligan Chamber to empower the elderly sector. (Michael John Paclar/PIA-ICIC)
Senior citizens in this City will soon enjoy services and programs as a caravan is set to be launched here soon.
Chamber of Commerce And Industry Foundation of Iligan Inc. (CCIFII) Chairperson for Committee on Senior Citizen Affairs Arturo San Luis shared in a ranepisode of Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber Wednesday, July 28, that a program is being initiated to provide services to senior citizens. He also said that a database of senior citizens’ information is envisioned to be established through the caravan.
“Another purpose is to create a database of information on professional seniors, skilled seniors, seniors na mahilig sa kultura ug [those who are interested in culture] o music,” he said.
Services to be offered in this caravan include community pantry for senior citizens, medical aid, and a barangay entrepreneurship seminar.
Iligan Chamber also partnered with Couples for Christ Seniors Iligan, Office of Senior Citizen Affairs, and Federation of Senior Citizens Affair Presidents for this activity.The caravan also seeks to provide livelihood and other economic opportunities for senior citizens. (LELA/PIA-ICIC)
"Wala pa gyud bisag usa sa online nga getagaan og notice to proceed for Step 2 nga ipahigayon nato ang biometric ug iris capturing (not one in the online has been given notice to proceed for Step 2 for biometric and iris capturing)," said PSA-Lanao del Norte chief statistical specialist Osler Mejares during the Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber Wednesday, July 28.
Mejares said this is the reason why those who tried to register online are receiving an 'error' feedback.
But he assured that online registration will be available soon for Iligan City and Lanao del Norte. "We will be having also online registration but since atoang gamit or equipment nga atong gerequest wala pa niabot so pending sa siya," he said.
[We will also be having online registration but since the equipment that we requested has not yet arrived, it is still pending.]
Mejares said those interested to register can visit their office or designated registration centers as walk-in clients and avail of Step 2 however PSA Lanao del Norte is currently prioritizing those registrants who have completed Step 1, particularly the face-to-face or house-to-house demographic data collection in priority barangays.
The 13 priority barangays in Iligan are Bonbonon, Bunawan, Digkilaan, Dulag, Hindang, Kabacsanan, Mainit, Rogongon, Upper Tominobo, and parts of Buruun, Dalipuga, Ditucalan, and Tipanoy.
Operational registration centers Lanao del Norte are located in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tubod, Kapatagan, Lala, Baloi, and Maigo. In Iligan City, the registration centers are located at the PSA-Lanao del Norte Office and Robinsons mall.
A total of 44,251 individuals in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte have finished the Step 2 registration as of July 27.
Signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens. With PhilSys, access to financial services, social protection, health, education, and other government services will be easier and more convenient. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) -Lanao del Norte Chief Statistical Specialist Osler Mejares shares updates on the ongoing PhilSys registration in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte province during the 10th episode of Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber with the Philippine Information Agency and Chamber of Commerce & Industry Foundation of Iligan Inc.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reached 12,546 registrants for its second step of the registration process for the Philippine Identification System as of Tuesday, July 27.
Step 2 registration involves capturing the registrant’s biometric data and verifying their demographic information at registration centers.
PSA Iligan - Lanao del Norte chief statistical specialist Osler Mejares said the national ID is helpful especially to those who are from hinterlands.
“Kini dako ug gamit labi na ug kamo na mga naa sa bukid,” he said.
[This is really helpful and useful especially to those who live in the hinterlands.]
Mejares also said that their office targets to profile 200 individuals each in the registration centers located in PSA Iligan Office and Robinsons Place Iligan.
Meanwhile, for the step 1 registration, a total of 81, 186 individuals from 23 hinterland barangays in the City have been profiled after PSA enumerators registration officers conducted house-to-house interviews to collect their demographic information.
Step 3, on the other hand, involves the issuance of PhilSys Numbers (PSNs) and physical IDs to the registrants which will be shipped by the Philippine Postal Corporation. (LELA/PIA-ICIC)
Philippine Statistics Authority Iligan - Lanao del Norte chief statistical specialist Osler Mejares says the national ID is helpful especially to those who are from hinterlands. (Michael John Paclar/ PIA ICIC)
"I think this is a very good takeaway from the experience we've had from this pandemic. This is a huge step in preventing another virus from disrupting our normal lives in the future. Hopefully, if this is realized, this will make our country more prepared to face another pandemic, or even better, prevent one in the future," Siao said.
The President on Monday, July 26, urged Congress to pass measures creating the country's Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) and a virology and vaccine institute while expressing optimism that Filipinos can make vaccines in the future.
“Maski gaano natin kahirap, however poor we are, I think that the Filipino people, if given the proper support and the things, the equipment they have to use, I am sure that Filipino brain can also process or make vaccines in the future,” Duterte said.
Siao was also pleased to hear that the President recognized the role of Congress in responding to the public health crisis particularly in passing the Bayanihan Laws and other bills that aimed to help Filipinos recover from the crisis.
The city's lone district representative further said he was happy that the contributions of frontliners in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic were highlighted by President Duterte in his SONA.
"Giving them time and attention in no less than the SONA was very well-deserved considering the dangers they had faced and continue to face due to this pandemic," he said. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
ILIGAN CITY, (PIA)--The city government of Iligan through the City Nutrition Committee (CNC) has started preparations for the upcoming National Nutrition Month celebration this July.
Representatives of CNC-member agencies laid out proposed activities to be lined up during the month-long celebration in a meeting held at the SP Session Hall here, Thursday.
These include hanging of streamers, conduct of Kapehan sa Iligan, feeding programs, distribution of vegetable seeds for urban gardening, and the launching of the Enhanced Nutribun for 3 to 5-year-old severely wasted children, among others.
Dr. Glenn Manarpaac, city nutrition action officer, said this year's nutrition month celebration is anchored on the theme "Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 days Tutukan! to focus on efforts during the first 1000 days of life as a strategy to prevent malnutrition among children.
In line with the celebration, the City Social Welfare and Development Office is also set to kick off the 11th cycle of DSWD's Supplemental Feeding Program to improve and sustain the nutritional status of 13,311 children in the city. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
Dr. Glenn Manarpaac, city nutrition action officer, says this year's nutrition month celebration is anchored on the theme "Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 days Tutukan!. (Angelo Dologmandin/PIA-ICIC)
ILIGAN CITY, (PIA)--The local government of Iligan City through the collaborative efforts of the City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Health (DOH)-10 kicked off a simulation exercise Tuesday, June 15 to prepare vaccinators for the operation of the second vaccination site in the city.
CHO-Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Health Cluster Manager Dr. Belinda Lim said such the exercise will ready the involved personnel of the protocols during the actual rollout of the vaccination.
“Nia ta karon sa La Salle kay nagsimulation exercise ta para masuwayan gyud ang actual puhon kung mahitabo gyud nga mahimo siyang ikaduha nga vaccination site, bali simultaneous sa Robinsons,” she said.
[We are here in La Salle because we are having a simulation exercise to really try the actual if this really becomes the second vaccination site, which will be simultaneous to Robinsons.]
Lim said the new vaccination site is just appropriate for its purpose as this is an open space which is a necessity for the dilution of the virus if there is somebody within the parameter who is infected.
She also said the new venue will significantly augment the number of vaccinees making the local government achieve its target compared to the result when the city has only one site.
“Ato gyud givisualize nga kung pwede, mapaspasan gyud nato og vaccinate aron makab-ot nato ang 70% nga herd immunity kay kung usa ra atong vaccination site, naa ra ta sa mga 2,500 ug siguro the most, 3,000 per week ra atong mavaccinate. In one month, naa ra ta sa mga 10,000 or 12,000. Layo ra kaayo ang 70% of the population,” said Lim.
[We really visualized that if possible, we can really accelerate the vaccination to attain the 70% which is the herd immunity because if we only have one vaccination site, we will just vaccinate 2,500 and maybe, the most will be 3,000 per week. In one month, we will only be about 10,000 or 12,000. Seventy percent of our population is just so far.]
The second vaccination hub is seen to operate next week or within this week depending on the availability of more vaccines as the LGU requested additional 1,000 doses from DOH.
The new hub will cater to persons with comorbidities belonging to the A3 priority group, synchronous to Robinsons Place Iligan which will accommodate senior citizens under the A2 priority group by then. (CRG/ PIA-ICIC)
LANAO DEL NORTE, (PIA)--The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) started the release of wages of over 296 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating mga Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program in the province.
The beneficiaries coming from the different municipalities in the province received Php6,000 cash as wages for their 16-days work.
The cash assistance has a total amount of Php2,375,000 of which the Php1,900,000 was funded by the DOLE and Php475,000 is the PGLDN 20% equity.
TUPAD aims to provide assistance to displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers through engaging them to render service and work at their own homes or communities. This also includes those who have lost their jobs due to the health crisis brought by the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo encouraged the beneficiaries to use the cash assistance wisely and to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19 especially that there are some areas in the province that still have several active cases.
She also reminded them of the importance of strictly following health protocols such as wearing face masks and face shields and maintaining social distancing at all times to contain the spread of the unseen enemy.
The TUPAD payout, held at Macapagal Training Center in the municipality of Tubod from May 27-31, 2021, is facilitated by the Provincial Public Employment and Services Office and Provincial Treasure’s Office. (PIO-LDN/PIA-ICIC)
Evelyn Geronimo, DTI's Junior Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) Provincial Coordinator, shared during the Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber Friday, that as of May this year SBCorp has already approved 237 loan applications from MSMEs that sought relief assistance to restart their businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic
These applications, she said, have an equivalent approved amount of P21,377,098.77.
Geronimo said the loan approvals are under the COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) program, a financing facility under the P3 to support MSMEs affected by the economic impact of Covid-19.
This, she added, is pursuant to Bayanihan 2 which directed SBCorp to expand its existing loan programs to help mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic on MSMEs.
According to her, the CARES program has allotted financial support amounting to P100 million for MSMEs in Iligan and Lanao del Norte. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
ILIGAN CITY, – Continued heavy rainfall due to a low pressure area southeast of Mindanao brought severe flooding in the coastal towns of Bacolod, Maigo and Tubod, of Lanao del Norte province.
Maintenance personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (LDN2 DEO) were immediately dispatched to conduct road clearing operations along the Linamon-Zamboanga national highway.
Flood debris, tree stumps and mud were cleared by the DPWH maintenance teams as they moved towards the capital town of Tubod.
“We are always on heightened alert every time there is heavy rainfall. This gives us a faster response time to address emergencies and calamities since all of our personnel and heavy equipment are already on stand-by and awaiting orders," explained District Engineer Alykhan Ali.
The coastal flooding experienced in these communities is the result of the large volume of rainwater coinciding with the peak of high tide.
Several mudslides were also observed and cleared by the DPWH teams particularly in the towns of Tubod and Maigo.
The maintenance personnel also removed uprooted trees and bamboo clumps stuck under several bridges of Lanao del Norte.
“It was already dawn when our teams arrived from their clearing operations but they have successfully cleared the national highway along the flooded towns of Lanao del Norte. For that, I commend all of them," expressed Ali. (VNL/DPWH-PIO/PIA-ICIC)
ILIGAN CITY, Jan. 4 - The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is subsidizing the college education of 5,025 of its members’ kin for School Year 2020-2021 under the GSIS Educational Subsidy Program (GESP).
The grantees were selected from 5,427 nominees. Priority was given to children of GSIS members with the lowest annual basic salary.
The grantees will be notified via email and text message. The list will be uploaded to the GSIS website at www.gsis.gov.ph.
GSIS will give a Php10,000 yearly financial assistance to the grantees to augment their educational fund. They will continue to receive the subsidy until they finish their college course provided they meet the 80% general weighted average with no failing grade or incomplete mark in any subject in the previous semester or term of the academic year.
The GESP allowance will be deposited to the bank account of the grantees at the Land Bank of the Philippines.
GSIS opened GESP from March to September 2020 to accommodate as many active members as possible considering the movement restrictions of the nationwide community quarantine.
GESP is the pension fund’s response to President Duterte’s call to provide wider access to quality college education to the marginalized sector. It complements Republic Act No. 10931 or the 2017 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education which provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees.
For GESP concerns and inquiries, interested parties may call Mgr. Raymundo Palad, Leslie Fangonil, or Rodello Giron of the GSIS Corporate Social Advocacies Department through (02) 8479-3588, (02) 8479-3571 to 72. GSIS branch offices nationwide may also assist applicants. (GSIS Iligan)
ILIGAN CITY, – Members of Pugaan Barangay Council and officials of Espiridion Encabo Memorial High School received two newly-completed multi-purpose buildings constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office.
The simple turn-over ceremony was held on December 21, 2020 at the brand-new Pugaan gymnasium.
“We never expected that we can have a beautiful gymnasium like this. We are grateful to District Engineer Ali for transforming our old and dilapidated gym into this modern building," expressed Punong Barangay Virgie Raman.
The renovation of the old gymnasium and barangay hall was allocated Php9.6-million under the regular infrastructure program of DPWH. Meanwhile, the construction of a new multi-purpose building in Espiridion Encabo Memorial High School amounting to Php3.3-million is part of the Local Infrastructure Program (LIP) of Representative Frederick Siao of the Lone Congressional District of Iligan City.
“We are truly thankful to Congressman Siao because this multi-purpose building is highly important to us, especially when our students return to school and we have to ensure strict compliance of social distancing," explained Principal Eugene Daguio.
For his part, District Engineer Alykhan Ali is hopeful that the newly completed buildings will be put to good use and for residents of Brgy. Pugaan to realize that the national government is working hard to improve the lives of Filipinos especially those in remote areas of the country.
“As the infrastructure arm of the national government, it’s not enough to work hard. The public, the people whom we are serving, must know that the government is working for them," said Ali. (VNL/DPWH-PIO)
The recently turned-over cavernous gym of Brgy. Pugaan in Iligan City is now being used for various barangay activities like this monthly meeting of their women’s organization.
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