Thursday Nov, 21 2019 06:26:07 AM

GOVERNANCE/POLITICS

Piñol's 6-year term as MinDA chairman officially starts

(Below is the statement of former Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Pinol posted on his FB accounts - ed)

Multi-Tasks!

Today, I took my oath to serve as the new Chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), a Cabinet portfolio which carries the rank of Secretary.

This position has a fixed term of 6 years thus ensuring sustainability of all initiatives beyond the term of the incumbent President.

This new responsibility is a multi-task job to include Agriculture, Trade and Commerce, International Relations and even Security Concerns.

NHA-assisted housing project in Basilan launched

BASILAN --- The Provincial government and the National Housing Authority (NHA) launched Thursday a 473-unit socialized shelter project in Barangay Menzi in Isabela City.

The 473 houses, to be grouped together as the Al-Hidaya Subdivision Phase II, shall rise on an eight-hectare land in Barangay Menzi, not too distant from the center of Isabela City.

AMIN, Basilan gov’t provides hospital with power facility

BASILAN --- The Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-list and the provincial government provided this week with standby power generator the district hospital in Lamitan City.

Lamitan City is the capital of Basilan, a component province of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The hospital is in need of the power generating set to keep medical services going during outages.

Robin Padilla, Gov. Mangudadatu, Army extend aid to Maguindanao IDPs

SHARIFF SAYDONA, Maguindanao - Gov. Bai Meriam Mangudadatu of Maguindanao, actor Robin Padilla, Army 601st brigade commander Colonel Jose Narciso and 33rd Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Colonel Elmer Boongaling on Monday led the medical-dental and relief distribution to families affected by armed conflict in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town.

Mangudadatu authors bill for "Maguindanao North" province

COTABATO CITY --- Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu filed Monday House Bill 3054 grouping together all 11 towns in the first district of Maguindanao into a chartered “Maguindanao North” province.

If approved by the House of Representatives, the now almost five-decade Maguindanao shall retain as its territory all 25 towns in its second congressional district.

The 30-page draft bill also recommended Sultan Kudarat town as capital of the proposed Maguindanao North province, according to Mangudadatu’s chief of staff, lawyer Kirby Abdullah.

Catamco: "Every home should have safe, potable water"

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – To fulfill one of her election promises, North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco met Friday with officials of Metro Kidapawan Water District (MKWD) to discuss how far flung communities, especially those of Indigenous Peoples” can be reached by water services.

“Everyone should have access to sufficient, potable, and safe water supply,” she said as the meeting between her and MKWD officials began at the provincial capitol conference room.

Cotabato folk learn from enterprise roadshow 

NORTH COTABATO --- Many participants to the provincial enterprise information roadshow this week did not know that the Land Bank of the Philippines has support packages they can avail of.

North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco said Friday the event held on Monday at the provincial capitol in Kidapawan City was meant to boost the local economy.

HEART renamed, now under BARMM local gov't ministry

COTABATO CITY --- The Bangsamoro leadership has entrusted to the interior ministry the noticeably efficient emergency response outfit in the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team, or HEART, under the executive department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that got replaced with a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in February shall now be supervised by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government-BARMM.

PNP-12 advisory body the best nationwide

COTABATO CITY  – The Police Regional Office Regional Advisory Council (PRO-RAC-12) was adjudged as the best RAC across the country and to be awarded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“A very good news for all of us,” said Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Giani-Sayadi who chairs RAC 12 in a statement Wednesday.

Lamitan police Basilan’s best in community relations

LAMITAN CITY --- The city police has acknowledged the contribution of Muslim and Christian sectors to its having been cited as outstanding in community relations from among all police units in Basilan.

Lt. Col. Christopher Panapan received Monday from the Basilan provincial police the citation stating that the Lamitan City police topped the list of units in the island province that engaged in police-community relations (PCR) projects the past 12 months.

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