Operation Listo Maguindanao
Operation Listo of Maguindanao Province Held at Pagana Kutawato, Cotabato City
DILG-ARMM Launches Operation L!STO
By the Peace and Security & Disaster Preparedness Group
The Department of the Interior and Local Government – ARMM had launched the Department’s disaster preparedness protocol dubbed Operation L!STO and the LGU Disaster Preparedness Manuals.
The event (Basilan - 12 May 2015, Isabela Water District Function Hall, Isabela City; Tawi-Tawi - 15 May, Beachside Inn & Restaurant, Bongao; Sulu - 18 May, Sulu Area Coordinating Center, Patikul; Maguindanao - 21 May, Pagana Native Restaurant, Cotabato City; and Lanao Del Sur - 25 May, Crystal Inn, Iligan City) gathered members of the technical working group, local chief executives, chiefs of police, fire marshals, local operations officers and disaster risk reduction management officers.
Some of the highlights on the Provincial Convergence were the exhibit of the Disaster Preparedness Manuals; audio-visual presentation; turn-over rite of the disaster manuals, collaterals and flow charts to local government units; sharing of experiences and lessons from L!STO; and commitment signing.
“Listo,” a local dialect which means alert was coined to represent the latest campaign of the Department of Interior and Local Government on disaster preparedness. It aims, among others to promote complementation of efforts among the local government units, civil society organizations, private sector, local resource institutions and the media in building safer, more adaptive and resilient communities.
Operation L!STO and the LGU Disaster Preparedness Manuals will serve as guide or checklist for LGUs before, during and after calamities where it consolidated all the different training modules being conducted and undertaken and placed in one manual following consultations with representatives of LGUs, national government agencies, the academe and all those involved in disaster preparedness.
After the provincial convergence, preparedness dialogue were conducted, participated by the leaders of civil society organizations per local government unit, private sector, local resource institutions and the local media.
Another two-day event, the WEmboree, a disaster preparedness summit for the youth sectors were successfully conducted (Basilan - June 14-15, Basilan State College, Brgy. Sta Clara, Lamitan City; Tawi-Tawi - June 8-9, Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College, Brgy. Nalil, Bongao; Lanao Del Sur - June 13-14, Provincial Capitol Ground, Marawi City; and Maguindanao - June 13-14, Padang Padang Park, Parang). Sulu is yet to conduct the WEmboree, as it was postponed due to the recent bombing incidents which injured some civilians and PNP personnel.
WEmboree is a gathering of young people from different communities, academic institutions and organizations celebrating one goal – Changing the Mindset from ME…to WE. Changing the Mindset from Me to We concept encourages young people to come together, actively engage, and inspire their peers and their respective communities to unite and become prime movers in nation-building. This concept will capacitate stakeholders to develop their noblest spiritual, moral, cultural, and social values, thus becoming responsible citizens and competent leaders of this country.
Article 2 Section 13 of the Philippine Constitution provides: the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.
DILG ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar A. Malang led the 4th Regional Management Coordinating Committe (RMCC) ARMM Special Meeting on August 26, 2014 at the DILG ARMM Conference Room, ORG Compound, Cotabato City. In attendance during the RMCC Special Meeting were the RMCC Members to wit: DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary as Chairman, members from the BJMP-ARMM, BFP-ARMM, PNP-ARMM, and PRO-ARMM. The special meeting tackled the Updates and Accomplishment Reports of each member Agency, Updates/Status of the TISP Program and PDEA Update Report on Drug Issues and Problems. The TISP for ARMM is an offshoot of the Roadmap for Reforms and Good Governance crafted by the Department in early 2011 to commence reforms and developmental efforts in ARMM in the hope of converting the area into a zone of peace and development. It pushes for the convergence of efforts by the various national agencies (NGAs) to implement development projects in areas such as agriculture, social services, health, education and others. Based on the report presented by the PNP-ARMM representative PCSupt. Robert R. Kiunisala, crimes recorded had increased up 71% compared to last years’ data. The biggest number of incident/crimes is the firearms related incidents that reached up to 690 cases and Maguindanao province recorded the greatest number of crimes with 53.26%. The Chairman Atty. Malang clarified on PNP’s updates on the TISP initiated projects and requested for the complete/full report on TISP implemented projects and other on-going projects under PRO-ARMM because he noticed that eight (8) projects (PS-DBM) were awarded to a one contractor the JTA builders, and most of those were not yet mobilized. He also stressed out the review of TISP or PS-DBM funded projects so as not to overlap same projects with different sources, instead divert to other worthy needs of the Municipal Police Station like police cars. PNP in response will submit their final/completed report on all projects implemented under their department on the next committee meeting. Thereafter, he also requested the PNP group to send him an update/report on the recent/current happening in the area of responsibility even thru text messaging. Assistant Regional Director for Admin FSupt. Adam Ali. Guioamad, MPA presented the report of Bureau of Fire Protection. It was noted that there were 33 fire stations completed under TISP but fire trucks supposedly for delivery last June 2014 were not yet released, only fire trucks for Marawi and Lamitan were delivered. 1st quarter of 2014 had accounted 43 fire incidents which is 16% higher compared to 2013 that reached up to 37 cases only. The BFP-ARMM acknowledged the chairman’s request to furnish the committee a copy on how many trucks were turned-over and personnel’s deployment to the LGU. Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – ARMM represented by Noemi Mamaluba. highlighted the report on the improvement of Marawi City Jail that was already completed, same with Parang and Upi Municipalities while Wao municipal jail is almost 100% completed. The chairman asked the BJMP representative to provide names of the BJMP officers assigned in LGUs, as well as the number of inmates in every jail. PDEA-ARMM report presentation was edifying. Drugs prevalent in the region are shabu, marijuana and over the counter drugs, no other illegal drugs monitored by the agency. Based on the data presented, drug addiction in barangays reached up to 61 out of 1,710 barangays in their AOR. Drug syndicates source out drugs from Chinese syndicates in NCR and neighbouring Regions 4A and 3. Mode of shipment usually comes in the form of mails and parcel system, sealed in personal belongings, or even TV and milk cans; planted in 2nd hand cars; using minors as drug couriers; and others even happening in hotels or other private places. Statistics on drug cases filed (CY 2003-July 31, 2014) shows no conviction, this is out of 1,456 cases filed by the agency. Issues/concerns raised were prosecutors/judges do not give favourable judgement on the cases filed in their court. Provincial Prosecutor Ronda who was present on the meeting expounded on the issue. He said that all cases filed in their office were forwarded to the court and it’s up for the judges to decide on it. Atty. Malang added that for the case to prosper, conduct of raids should be a joint force of PNP and PDEA operatives. He also added to form a legal team c/o Attorney General to study on dropped/dismissed cases. He also opened-up on the possibility of trying to request to the office of the Regional Governor in the ARMM for the construction of drug rehabilitation facility since according to PDEA, Davao rehab is already hesitant on accepting rehabilitation case from outside region due to overcrowded.