Thursday, February 28, 2008

Int'l peace monitors lead free clinic for Lumads in Sarangani

KIAMBA, Sarangani (MindaNews/20 Feb) – Not as publicized or as controversial as the US troops’ “humanitarian assistance” in Mindanao are the medical missions for the Moro, settler and Lumads (indigenous peoples) in far-flung villages in Mindanao's conflict-affected areas, by Malaysian medics who are part of the International Monitoring Team (IMT). Last Tuesday, a total of 358 T’bolis from the villages of Maligang and Gasi availed of the free services of the "Joint Medical Mission for Peace" by the Malaysian-led IMT, the local government unit of Kiamba and Kalinaw Sarangani Unit under the Office of the Governor, at the compound of the barangay hall of Maligang. Malaysian doctor Meor Adzary from the IMT’s medical team was joined by Dr. Harry M. Famular of the regional office of the Department of Health to provide free medical check up. The IMT medical team brought boxes of medicines that could cater to 600 patients.Cough, fever, flu, headache, skin allergy and diarrhea were the major complaints among the children. Adult patients complained mostly of gastritis, flu, body ache, migraine, sleeping disturbance and difficulty urinating.Cmdr. Zainudin Mat Zain, RMN, Team Site 4 leader of the IMT, said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Malaysian government provided the medicines and vitamins.He thanked the local government unit of Kiamba and the governor’s office for the assistance to the medical mission. “If we work as a team, we can achieve whatever we plan,” he pointed out. Aside from the free medical services to the Lumads, the mission also included free birth registration by the local civil registrar, distribution of free seedlings of trees, and immunization and branding of livestock by the Municipal Agriculture Office.The regular session of the municipality’s Sangguniang Bayan was held simultaneous with the medical mission. Vice Mayor Dr. Elmer T. de Peralta explained it was intended to let the people know that the local government is reaching out to its constituents and hear their voice. He added that they will hold their session in the various barangays once a month. The staff of the Kalinaw Sarangani Unit (KSU) and Maligang barangay health workers served as interpreter, crowd controller and assistant in the distribution of medicines. Maligang is identified as one of the 35 peace and development communities (PDCs) of the province. PDCs receive intervention from the peace and development program of the province through the KSU. These services include seminars on mediation, culture of peace, provision of Tindahan para sa Kalinaw, Botika ng Barangay, and other social services. T’bolis comprise 95 percent of the population of both villages with high illiteracy rate among the adults. Abaca, corn and copra are the major produce of the two villages, farming being the major economic activity.The IMT, composed of contingents from Malaysia, Libya, Brunei, and Japan, is tasked to monitor the ceasefire agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while the peace talks are ongoing. The Malaysian government facilitates the GRP-MILF peace process. Gov. Miguel Rene A. Dominguez and Kiamba Mayor Rommel Falgui expressed their thanks to the IMT for their humanitarian mission. (Gandhi C. Kinjiyo / MindaNews)

AIM-World Bank Mindanao Bridging Leaders Programmme (MBLP)

AIM-World Bank Mindanao Bridging Leaders Programmme (MBLP)
CLICK ON PIC FOR LINK: The overall objective of the program is to build a cadre of Bridging Leaders in Mindanao, who can address issues like peace, education, health, land conflicts, poverty, and poor local governance, among others. The MBLP is implemented by AIM Center for Bridging Leadership.

Bamboo Craft

Bamboo Craft
South Cotabato is proud of its bamboo craft. Please call ProTech Center for orders: 083-228-9738 or DTI SC at 083-2282659

B'LAAN INDIGENOUS NITO PRODUCTS

B'LAAN INDIGENOUS NITO PRODUCTS
Let's help B'laan Communities in Tampakan earn additional income by buying their products made of nito. Products include plates, baskets, hats, and others. Call directly the Municipal Agriculture Office of Tampakan at (083) 227-2902.

SWEET, SPICY AND CRUNCHY

SWEET, SPICY AND CRUNCHY
Mommy Juling's Atsara of BKR Foods continue to increase productivity, hence increasing its job generation and income. On its launching of its expanded processing plant on Oct. 23, BKR reported that it has increase its production from 60 kgs a month in the late 2008 to 600 kgs a month in 2010. Mommy Juling's Atsara is available at Gaisano Mall, KCC Malls, ACE Centerpoint and other convenient store. See its processing plant at Bayan, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Rona Ortiz will be happy to hear and know from you through (+63) 0919-461-0152.

CORN HUSK NOVELTY ITEMS

CORN HUSK NOVELTY ITEMS
Help protect environment, help our rural women and out-of-school youth from Surallah. Buy Novelty items for Christmas and any occasions (souvenirs and corporate giveaways) to Pag-Asa Youth Association of Centrala, Allah Valley Crafters Association and Neza's Novelty Items. Text or call (+63) 0917-347-0832.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS! CLEANSE TO A HEALTHY LIFE

HEALTH AND WELLNESS! CLEANSE TO A HEALTHY LIFE
Food supplements are never expensive and should never be. What we need now are 100% natural products (no synthetic materials or foreign bodies and no artificial preservatives added). For Jong Bajunaid of Tupi, South Cotabato helping others is very important. Her advocacy of natural healing and remembering old ways of healing and bring that to present scenario is never old. Buy mangosteen tonic, papaya cider, and coco-papaya vinegar from JNB Industries in Tupi, South Cotabato. Mam Jong will be happy to share her knowledge on the wonders of natural healing. She is a Gawad-Saka Awardee (farmer-scientist). You can reach her through (+63) 0916-795-3154.

BDS

BDS
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