Thursday, September 27, 2012

MOU Signing between WWF-Philippines and DepEd Tawi-Tawi

The Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas,Inc. (WWF-Philippines) represented by its Vice President Joel Palma sealed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education Division of Tawi-Tawi represented by the schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Kiram K. Irilis,PhD today September 26,2012 at the Dan Mar Resort, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. 

The MOU on Population, Health and Environment (PHE) is a WWF project that seeks to address problems on poverty by strengthening the capabilities, skills and resource management of local folks focusing on Reproductive Health as a means to protect the environment. The link between population, health and environment is very obvious; a huge population has an impact on the resources in the community that affects the environment. Trees may be cut for daily use or for building the homes, marine resources may be depleted and become scarce as many will be in need, congestion may result and thus health will become an issue.

The DepEd Tawi-Tawi as a partner agency will assist the WWF in the trainings, IEC /advocacy on Reproductive Health Issues and concerns among youth and adult/couples in the three identified island Municipalities of Turtle Islands, Sitangkai and Languyan. Together with DepEd are Department of Health (DOH) IPHO, Department of Social Works and Development (DSWD), Provincial Planning and Development Council (PPDC), Tawi-Tawi Marine Research and Development Foundation, Inc (TMRDFI) and MSU-TCTO. It is hoped that in the future WWF will come up with a school-based approach on PHE as there are a number of youth in school. Christine T. Sangkula, RN, MPA serves as the focal person for DepEd and has been actively involved in the project.

Meanwhile another MOU between KKPFI (WWF –Philippines), DENR and LGU Bongao on the Management of Bud Bongao and Mt. Kabugan was also signed today for their protection and making them as Tourist Parks. The Tanggol Kalikasan and MSU-TCTO likewise had their MOU on the Establishment of the Institute of Environmental Governance for Tawi-Tawi and ARMM.

Key personalities in attendance include: Gov. Sadikul A. Sahali, VG Ruby M. Sahali, Joel Palma VP-WWF- PH, Atty. Lorenzo R. Reyes, Chancellor MSU-TCTO, Atty. Ma. Paz G. Luna, President Tanggol Kalikasan, Mayor Jasper Que (Bongao) Dr. Sukarno U. Asri (DOH), Dr. Kiram K. Irilis (DepEd), Dr. Jumelita B. Romero, President- TMRDFI, Nestor Delasas, (PPDO),Ms. Nursalina Alcala (DSWD representing Ms. Hania H. Aliakbar), etc. (tinsangkula/DepEd Tawi-Tawi).

"Moral Governance"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful BARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju BARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa BARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa BARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"


"Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)"