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IMAN leads a Consultation and Needs Assessment in the selected Schools of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao

February 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives (IMAN) Incorporated in coordination with the Municipal and Barangay local government unit of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao conducted and spearheaded a consultation and initial assessment in the selected schools of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao. The selected schools included Batungkayo Elementary School, Baya Elementary School, Balogo Elementary School, and Maridigao Elementary School.

The purpose of the activity was to gather data and identify the needs of the pupils in the course of education through consultative sessions. The consultation and needs assessment session of every school was attended by the Barangay Local Government Unit Personnel, representatives of the different community sectors, School Principals, and school teachers.

In Maridigao Elementary School, the Lack of school building, school supplies, comfort room, sports facilities, and source of potable water occurred to be the main concerns and necessity of the pupils. However, the entire body unanimously pointed out the lack of source of potable water system as the urgent need of the pupils in their school.

In Balogo Elementary School, the major problems identified were the lack of classrooms, arm chairs, comfort rooms, source of potable water, and blackboards. They also pointed out the necessity of classroom renovations and the need of seminars and workshops in teaching methods skills and strategies for the teachers. Among the problems mentioned, the need for school building was the major concern and priority.

In Baya Elementary School, the same problems were determined and identified by the attendees. The lack of classrooms, arm chairs, comfort rooms, source of potable water and blackboards. Classroom renovations, seminars and workshops in teaching methods skills and strategy for the teachers were also a necessity. Just like in Balogo Elementary School, school building was their major concern.

In Batungkayo Elementary School, the need of classroom facilities, stage, concrete pathways, bulletin boards, and visual aids were their main concerns.  Renovation of classrooms and construction of stage were determined as their priority.

The result of the assessment would be the basis for the appropriate and precise project to be implemented.



Catholic Relief Service thru WASH Program conducts a Week-long Data gathering and Initial Assessment in Selected Barangays of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao

February 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

The Catholic Relief Service representative, Mrs. Dolores Corro, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program Project Manager, Ms. Lucille Isnani, WASH Engineer, Stephen Silvestre and WASH Project Staff Ms. Bai Ibrahim together with the IMAN Staff in coordination with the Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao held a week-long data gathering, initial assessment and evaluation on the selected Barangays of Datu Montawal Maguindanao. The selected Barangays were Pagagawan, Batungkayo, Dungguan, Maridagao, and Talapas. The visit took place from January 13, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

The overall purpose of the visit was to gather data through consultative sessions, identify the needs that would complement the programs of the Local Government Unit, clarify the role of CRS which was to facilitate the process inclusion, developmental initiative of the people of the community technically in relation to WASH, and actual evaluation of water system, personal hygiene, and solid waste management practices of the communities.

The consultative sessions were attended by the Municipal and Barangay Local Government Unit Personnel, representatives of the different community sectors, and residences of the mentioned communities.

 The results of the assessment  would be of great help in designing and implementing appropriate projects needed in every barangay with regards to their water, sanitation, and health problems and concerns.

Aquino submits draft Bangsamoro law to Congress

September 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

LEGISLATIVE MILL. President Benigno Aquino III submits the Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress September 10, 2014. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – This is the main “antidote to radicalization” in Mindanao.

This, according to, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, who also heads the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, as President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday, September 10, submitted the proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao to Congress leaders.

In a ceremony attended by close to 200 guests, Aquino personally handed over the Bangsamoro basic law draft to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

The Bangsamoro bill provides a legal framework for the final peace accord signed by the government and MILF in March after 17 years of negotiations aimed at ending 4 decades of war in Mindanao.


Bangsamoro Basic Law done; BTC commissioners sign transmittal letter

September 11, 2014 at 4:08 am

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  (BBL) is finally done.

All 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, signed at 4:40 p.m. Sunday the transmittal letter for submission of the final draft to President Aquino, Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the BTC and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel said.

Iqbal told MindaNews at the end of the BTC session that President Aquino, who will certify the bill as urgent, will hand over the final draft to Congress during ceremonies in Malacanang on Wednesday, September 10, that will be attended by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, and members of the BTC.  (To be updated shortly)

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