“Matuwid na Pamamahala Tungo sa ARMM na Masagana’t Mapayapa”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DepEd Tawi-Tawi Participates in the Integration of PHE Coastal Resource Management Lakbay –Aral in Bohol

The Department of Education Tawi-Tawi Division through the representation of its program coordinator Christine T. Sangkula was one of the 20 participants who joined the WWF Lakbay-Aral to the Municipalities of Talibon and Ubay Bohol from October 27 – November 1, 2012. The educational tour for the Project “Integrating Population, Health and Coastal Resources Management Actions in Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao” was aimed at: (1) increasing the knowledge on (population, health & environment) PHE Project; (2) have a learning insights on PHE Project Implementation in the areas visited; (3) Sharing of best practices in Integrated PHE.

In Talibon, Bohol, every cent is accounted for, every barangay has a midwife and corresponding barangay health workers who are paid by the barangay LGU and partly by the Municipal LGU; every barangay has also a birthing clinic that caters to pregnant mothers and every household is identified and monitored by the health workers. The LGU spent millions for the improvement of their rural Health Unit which serves as a mini hospital. Laws are strictly enforced.

Their Interpretive Center displays posters, pictures, maps, artworks, etc that tell a story of Danajon River, and how they manage and protect their coastal resources. The Mangrove Co- Management Area which spans to around 580 hectares serve as habitat for prawns, fishes, crabs and other aquatic species.

“If we take care of our seas, then our seas will take care of our people” the slogan by which the people of Ubay Bohol anchor on in order to protect their coastal resources. They also have dairy farm, coconut seed production center, banana plantation, and a multi- species hatchery to brag about that generate jobs for local folks. Laws are similarly well enforced.

The LGU Governance in the two municipalities was so inspiring that transparency is indeed one of the keys in making a community prosper sans corruption and self gratification. By putting things in its proper perspective, giving importance to the resources and getting people involved in the preservation of these resources; land, sea, natural, etc will undoubtedly make a huge difference in the lives of the constituents. Strong and massive information and education campaigns and advocacies are tools that will help the local government cross the line between and among the people in the community. If only all other LGUs think and act the way these two municipalities then Philippines will not be far from becoming a haven of the “rich and wealthy” people. Rich and wealthy in terms of the resources they have that can be cultivated and be a source of economic stability, prosperity and development.

The commitment, political will and sincere efforts of LGU are likewise essential in the success of any programs and projects that will contribute to a better Philippines; to a WOW Philippines!

Mayors Restituto B, Auxtero, CPA of Talibon and Eutiquio M. Bernales, MD of Ubay, Bohol, together with their staff members were so gracious in welcoming the participants headed by the WWF Project Manager Dr. Filemon G. Romero. Aside from DepEd other participants were LGUs ( Municipal councilor of Languyan and SB Secretary of Sitangkai), WWF project coordinators and staff, youth, and community –based distributors from the Municipalities of Sitangkai, Languyan, and Turtle Islands, partner agencies from Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), Department of Social Works and Development (DSWD), and Provincial Planning & Development Office (PPDO).( tinsangkula/DepEd Tawi-Tawi)

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"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

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

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

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

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