Chopper lifts steel pole

By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr

AURORA, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR – In its endeavors to prevent unwanted power interruptions, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) came to the extent of using its Helicopter in transporting galvanized steel poles to replace defective ones along transmission lines traversing difficult terrains inaccessible to land transportation, an official of the Company said last September 6.

NGCP MOM Chief Engineer Edinower Cabanos told newsmen that the use of a chopper in slinging galvanized steel poles from the staging area in barangay La Victoria in Aurora to their intended installation points along the Aurora-Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur transmission line was resorted to because the said section traverses through marshlands and very difficult terrain.

Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association Inc. relief packs arrives in the Port of Iligan City

July 13, 2017
By: Irma S. Boza

Iligan City- BRP Batac LCH 22 vessel through CDR Joseph “Jude “Sumpay, Commanding Officer arrived in the morning of July 13, 2017 loaded with relief goods from the Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association Inc., which left the Port of Cebu City.

Ms. Noorulhayat M. Alonto with husband Sec. Datu Hj Abul Khayr D. Alonto, MinDA Chairperson received the 2000 pails with each pail that contains cans of sardines, mosquito net, toiletries and blanket from CDR Sumpay through a simple turn over ceremony at Iligan Port Area.

The relief packs is intended for the 2000 families of the Marawi crisis evacuees who are now staying in different evacuation centers in Iligan City and other areas ni Lanao del Norte.

The donations came from the Visayas through the initiatives of Cebuano members of the Du30 Cabinet Spouses Association and the Mindanao Development Authority.

“These pails represent the heart of the Cebuanos.” Said Mrs. Alonto.

“Our brothers in Visayas are sharing with us on whatever they have collected, this also symbolizes how the Maranaos are accepted by our brothers in the Visayas and how the war has brought us together as one, under one flag.” Noorrulhayat added.

Mrs. Alonto extended her warm appreciation to Katherine Marie Uytengsu Dino wife of the Presidential Assistant of the Visayas,  Mr. Michael Dino and everyone in the Central Command and the Philippine Navy who had extended their support and the delivery of relief packs.

Noorulhayat urges donors not only from the Visayas but anywhere in the Philippines to help them and donate whatever they can. “This is a continuing process and anything that the cabinet members can get their hands with, will be for these people, please don’t stop because this will take a while and no matter how many NGO’s that comes to us to offer their aid it will never be enough.” She added.

Sec. Datu Hj Abul Khayr D. Alonto, MinDA Chairperson who is working closely with the Du30 Spouses expressed his gratitude and thankfulness to all that had  provided for the assistance and delivery of aid for the Marawi refugees who are leaving in evacuation centers and home based .

“Together with the good people of Marawi we will rise again and with the humanity of the people and the Arm Forces with the siege of Marawi  that is still going we are one and can be one and there is no reason  for us to part ways, we will be together, having one destiny, we will help as one Nation.” Sec. Datu D. Alonto said.# ( ISB/ IliganToday)

LUDABI to Train “Mother Tongue” Teachers

By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

ILIGAN CITY – The Lubas sa Dagang Bisaya – Iligan Chapter (LUDABI-Sanga sa Iligan) will conduct this coming July 21 at the Division Office Conference Hall, this City, a training for teachers of the “Mother Tongue” in the Division of City Schools.

Maranao pride

July 3, 2017

Mubarak Macabanding Paingco, a native of Pantao Ragat in Lanao del Norte who grew up in Iligan City, addresses his fellow graduates during the pre-commencement program of the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Nursing and School of Graduate Studies in Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology on Monday (July 3, 2017).

Paingco, who earned a bachelor’s degree in General Biology garnered a cumulative grade point average of 1.10268 to become the first Muslim summa cum laude of MSU-IIT and the institutes only summa cum laude this school year. He will deliver another valedictory address on July 5 during the school’s commencement exercise. # ( Alexandra M. Mordeno/ MindaNews)

Govt assets, personnel ready to thwart terrorist attacks in Lanao del Norte, Iligan

 June 30, 2017

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, June 30 – Government assets and personnel have been pre-positioned by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to counter any possible by the lawless terrorist group (LTG) in Lanao del Norte and Iligan city.

According to Captain Tondo of the army’s 2nd Mechanized Brigade that the AFP remains committed to the safety and security of Lanao del Norte. The Philippine Army has already identified the areas in the province that needs special attention.

Tondo said in a briefing with the elected local government officials of the province concerning the security situations that the AFP and PNP take seriously the threats of terrorist attack to Iligan City and to Lanao del Norte. Additional military and police personnel were added to the city of Iligan to prevent the terrorist from executing the plan of attack as a diversionary tactic.

One of the preventive measures that the AFP and PNP is doing in Iligan is the implementation of checkpoints in each barangay.

Barangay Patrol personnel were asked to be more active in conducting patrols and checking of vehicles and identification of individuals who are coming in and out of their respective barangays.

As the strength of the LTG is waning down in Marawi City, some terrorist members who are said to be already in Iligan will try to create a diversion by bringing terror to the city or even to Lanao del Norte.

In order to prevent spill over of the conflict happening in Marawi, Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo urged all Municipal Mayors to continuously cooperate with the AFP and PNP and strictly monitor all barangay officials of their towns and remind them not to cuddle any member of the terrorist group even if they are relatives.

A representative of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) noted the request of the governor to keep an eye on all elected government officials and take actions against these non-abiding officers when necessary.

“I don’t want that to happen in Lanao del Norte,” said the governor referring to what happened in Marawi.
She also said not to allow this terrorist group destroy the efforts the local government in making Lanao del Norte a progressive province. “Let us set aside our political differences for the benefit of the people and future generations of Lanao del Norte,” the governor added.

With regards to the celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte, lieutenant colonel Ericson Rosana of the 15th Infantry Battalion said that security plan is already set for the celebration and this was concurred by PSupt Surki Sereňas, deputy provincial director for operations at Lanao del Norte Provincial Police Office (LDNPPO). (PIO-LDN)


By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

ILIGAN CITY – In its 4-page Resolution rendered on June 9, 2017, the Court of Appeals, Special Twenty-Second Division, based in Cagayan de Oro City, denied the petition of Private Respondent Ruderic C. Marzo to Lift TRO and Dismiss the Petition and the Verified Motion for the Issuance of Prohibition/Judgment of Celso G. Regencia in CA-G.R. SP No. 08088-MIN.


By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

Listano turns relief pack to Mamondiong with Sanches and Mapandi flainking them
ILIGAN CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) turned over last Saturday, June 24, 2,000 relief packs for persons displaced by the Marawi battle between government troops and the Maute group reportedly influenced by IS (Islamic State) to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).


By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

Jaraba explains reason for establishment of Learning Sites


                                                By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

Acting LSURECO GM Dr. Nordjana Dipatuan-Ducol (center) gives her acceptance message.  NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsog (right in white) takes a selfie 

ILIGAN CITY – The Energy Sector led by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) made a joint relief assistance activity today for the employees of Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) and relatives now temporarily settled in the homes of relatives and evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro and this City, June 22.

President Rodrigo Duterte apologizes to IDP”s of Marawi

By Irma S. Boza

Iligan City- President Duterte speaks before an audience of around 299 displaced families who fled during the firefight in Marawi City at the Iligan National School of Fisheries at Barangay Buru-un Iligan City.

Photo Credit: Jay Cabanday, RMN DXIC

“Hindi man na tapos ang Ramadan, I would say to the Maranao people that I am very very sorry na nagyari to sa atin. Sana sa madaling panahon, you will find in your heart to forgive my soldiers, ang gobyerno pati ako for declaring Martial Law." Duterte said

"Wala akong choice sinisira ang Marawi. ( Duterte was referring to the maute group that is clashing with the army units ) I have to drive them out but I am very sorry, paki abot nalng sa inyong mga kapatid nating maranao na ang akin pag-hinahakit rin sa nangyari na ito. Patawarin ninyo po kami.” the President added.

Duterte also promised the Maranao people of Marawi that he will work hard to re-build Marawi City back to its original state.

"We will rehabilitate Marawi, Gaganda ulit yan," he said.

.Duterte lead the ceremonial distribution of cash aid worth 1,000 pesos as for food assistance to IDP's of Marawi at an evacuation center in Iligan City. 

As of June 17 for Iligan City alone the number of IDP families are 9,255. While 822 families are inside evacuation centers, and the number of home-based families is 8,433. # (ISB/Iligan Today)