Category: Lanao del Sur

Medical outreach program In Lumba Bayabao

The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. through the Ministry of Health, conducted the Medical Outreach Program in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on December 11, 2021.

This initiative is part of the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The outreach program provided and offered free health services such as consultations, free medicines, hygiene kits, and free X-rays through the mobile clinic donated by MP Mitmug to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur.

We would like to express our gratitude to the MOH headed by Minister Bashary A. Latiph, Rural Health Unit of Lumba-Bayabao, Barangay Local Government of Mapantao headed by Hon. Baguinda Monte, Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur and volunteers for this opportunity to serve the Bangsamoro people in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

Bangsamoro Parliament pushes for more hospital creation, improvement in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur

COTABATO CITY—The Bangsamoro Parliament, which continues to prioritize the health care needs of the Bangsamoro people, has pushed for more hospital buildings and upgrades.

“A recent visit by the members of the Parliament in various areas revealed the need for the public infrastructure that will serve its constituents. One of the recommendations was establishing a municipal hospital that will answer the medical needs of constituents,” Parliament member Atty. Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, proponent of two hospital bills, said.

Three hospital bills were discussed in the plenary, one of which aimed to upgrade a district hospital in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, with 100 bed-capacity, and the other two aimed to establish municipal and provincial hospitals in Lanao del Sur.

The Datu Odin Sinsuat District Hospital now has a bed limit of 50, but according to Latiph, this is no longer sufficient to accommodate the high influx of patients requiring health care.

She said that increasing the hospital’s capacity to 100 and adding medical staff will provide adequate health care to a more significant number of residents in the community.

Similarly, the establishment of municipal and provincial hospitals, both with 25 beds in LDS, aspires to serve the people with “highly accessible, affordable, comprehensive total health care services.”

Parliament Bill 126, a measure eyeing for improving the district medical facility in DOS, was introduced in the first reading by MPs Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas, Engr. Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, and Dr. Susana Anayatin.

While Parliament Bills 114 and 123, which seek to create hospitals in LDS, were tackled in the second reading.

Both were referred to committees on health and finance, budget, and management.

MPs Atty. Maisara Damdamun-Latiph and Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas principally authored the bills with MPs Ziaur-Rahman Adiong, Hadji Abduladzis Esmael, Faiz Allaudin, Don Mustapha Loong, Sultan Edrieza Rimbang, Muslima Asmawil, Dr. Susana Anayatin, Narciso Yu Ekey, Alzad Sattar, Mudjib Abu, Abdulmuhumin Hashim, Sittie Shahara Mastura, Paisalin Tago, Rasol Mitmug Jr., Suwaib Oranon, Eddie Alih, Ibrahim Ali, Melanio Ulama, Said Salendab, Aida Silongan, Romeo Sema, Ali Sangki, Ali Salik, Bainon Karon, and Bai Maleiha Candao as co-authors. (Publication and Media Relations Division)

*Originally published by the BTA-Publication and Media Relations Division (

BARMM lawmakers file creating, upgrading hospitals in Lanao del Sur and Tawi-Tawi

COTABATO CITY — Two bills aimed at establishing and upgrading hospitals in Lanao del Sur and Tawi-Tawi were filed by some members of the Parliament in the plenary today.

Parliament Bill 128, a measure aiming to create a general hospital in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, was introduced on first reading.

While Parliament Bill 102, which seeks to upgrade the existing Balindong Hospital in Lanao del Sur from its present 10-bed capacity to a 50-bed capacity district hospital, was presented on second reading and referred to committees on health and finance, budget, and management.

MPs Amilbahar Mawallil, Atty. Laisa Alamia, Engr. Baintan Ampatua, Engr. Don Mustapha Loong, Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr., Atty. Suharto Ambolodto, Abraham Burahan, and Sittie Shahara Mastura filed the PB 128, while MP Saffrulah Dipatuan PB 102 proposed the PB 102.

Sitangkai is one of Tawi-Tawi’s most populated island municipalities. It is located in the southernmost part of the Philippines, close to Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Providing medical services should be a priority for the Bangsamoro region—especially in Sitangkai,” Mawallil said.

As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread throughout the BARMM, he added that most hospitals had reached their capacity limit.

Meanwhile, based on the MOH-BARMM hospital statistics report in 2019, Balindong Municipal Hospital is compelled to render services that exceed its approved bed capacity.

In upgrading the existing Balindong municipal hospital, Dipatuan said, more patients will be catered.

To date, more than twelve bills in the plenary seek the improvement and establishment of hospitals within the region.

Aside from passing legislation, the Bangsamoro government provides health assistance to frontline health workers and patients.

Its assistance includes the turnover of ambulances, appropriation of cash aids, and distribution of medical supplies such as oxygen tanks and medicinal kits. (Publication and Media Relations Division)

*Originally published by the BTA-Publication and Media Relations Division (

MP Mitmug tackles proposed legislation on S’bang ka Marawi

COTABATO – MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. was interviewed by Prof. Sorhaila Latiph-Yusoph on S’bang ka Marawi for its 204th episode yesterday evening.

MP Mitmug gave crucial updates on pending legislation filed by the Minority bloc, such as Parliament Bill no. 116 (Satellite Coordinating Offices), PB No. 115 (Memorializing the efforts of the MNLF Top 90), PB No. 113 (Geo-tagging), PB No. 108 (Bangsamoro Gazettel) and Proposed Resolution No. 524 (Condemning the shooting of MSU students Omar Zinal and Hamza Rauf). He also emphasized the importance of transparency and technology within the Bangsamoro Government, especially during the pandemic.

“Isa po na sinusulong natin ay yung Bangsamoro Gazzette. Ang pinaka purpose po nito ay to put it online. So ibih sabihin, pag ka meron tayong batas, sabihin nating yung Bill natin tapos na, naka-post na po online sa Bangsamoro Gazette. Yung mga executive order, mga important memos. Pati yung pinaka-feature po is yung Shariah Law na pinaka latest pati yung Shariah decision, para updated tayo. Dapat naka-post po online sa Bangsamoro Gazette. Ang goal po naton diyan ay everybody will have an access to it. Hopefully sana may maipasa na Bill. Yung mga batas natin kapag nasa online na, dapat yung mga knowledges lalong-lalo na yung mga policy, meron silang access. Para ma-review po nila kaagad yung batas,” said MP Mitmug.

In his closing message, MP Mitmug reminded everyone to comply with Covid-19 health protocols and to get their vaccination. “I really want to encourage yung mga kababayan natin na magpa-vaccine, nakakatulong po. Ang effect nya po sa atin ay medyo mild ang virus sa ating katawan. Nakakatulong po talaga siya. Gusto ko lang din pong sabihin na kahit po vaccinated tayo ay we should follow the protocols. Take care of one another, isunod po natin yung protocols po. Malaking bagay po talaga.”

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Meranaw condiments you need to know

In a Meranaw household, a meal would not be complete without the delectable and spicy palapa which serves as an appetizer.

Sakurab is the main ingredient in making Palapa. Palapa is an important feature of Meranaw cuisine. Maranao or “people of the lake”, it is the name given to a group of Muslim people in the Philippines who originated in the southern region of the country. Palapa can be found in almost every Maranao family. It’s a condiment that’s commonly found in our cuisine.

Photo by Jai of Palapa sa Lumba

Sakurab, also known as native shallots, is a vegetable that resembles scallions and is used as a traditional Filipino cuisine seasoning. The Meranaw, in particular, makes extensive use of it as part of their daily meals. Sakurab is the major component of the popular Maranao condiment palapa, which includes spices, salt, and ginger. It is good as a side dish when eaten raw. 

Sakurab also known as “sibujing” in traditional cuisines in the islands of Mindanao and Visayas is available for purchase for about 500 grams each bundle. Each bundle costs between 20 to 30 pesos. It can also be purchased outside of Lanao, but prices are higher.

in addition to Sakurab, ginger and chilis are needed to make palapa, . These ingredients are mixed in a food processor or by using a mortar and pestle alone. Salt is added after mixing the three ingredients, and this can be kept in the fridge if you only want to use it for cooking to preserve its quality.

Palapa can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen. You can add it to scrambled eggs, sauté it, eat it with fried fish, or season it with soy sauce, among other things.