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PURSUING CONVERGENCE TOWARDS DEVELOPED AND PEACEFUL
COMMUNITIES (Message at the 40th Founding Anniversary of Basilan
Provi...
non-government organizations and civil society, to the members of our
academe, teachers and students,
To Dr. Aboulkhair Ta...
As we forge ahead, four decades after the founding of our Province, allow us to
report to you, our dear Basileños, the ach...
Tatapusin na din natin ang pagpapakonkreto sa mga daang magdadala ng
serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan sa Al Barka at Ungkay...
On Peace and Order: we are calling on our friends in the military and police,
led by no less than the ever dependable and ...
measles and other diseases to ensure that our youth grow up to be strong and
productive members of Basileño society. We’ve...
Para sa ating mga kababayan sa Hadji Muhtamad at sa Tabuan Lasa, ang
pagpapalakas ng ating fisheries sector ay para naman ...
only rare in the ARMM or in the Philippines, it is also quite rare as well, in
most parts of the world.
Some have labeled ...
UNITY, in time, will allow parties to form genuine political coalitions and
move away from the tribal, divisive politics o...
Through UNITY, WE will work to deliver REAL AND EQUITABLE PROGRESS for all of us.
Through our concerted efforts, collectiv...
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  1. 1. PURSUING CONVERGENCE TOWARDS DEVELOPED AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITIES (Message at the 40th Founding Anniversary of Basilan Province) By Governor Jum Jainuddin-Akbar First of all, allow us to greet our honored guests warmly for gracing this momentous occasion with their presence. To our Guest Speaker, Madame Luwalhati Antonino, Chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority, To Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and his official family in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, To Congressman Jim Hataman-Salliman of the Lone District of Basilan, and Congresswoman Sitti Djalia Hataman of Anak Mindanao, To Vice Governor Keemhar Jay Sakkalahul and our Provincial Board Members, my daughter Alfiya Akbar-Fernandez, Yusop Alano, Otoh Fernandez, Candu Muarip, Paisal Sali, Marwan Hataman, Latip Tahajid and Munap Pacio, To ABC President Sarib Hataman, PCL President Jhaber Kallahal, to IP Representative Masid Yacub, and to the Mayor’s League President Mayor Alih Sali of Akbar municipality, Of course, to my dearest Mayors, Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar of Isabela, Rose Furigay of Lamitan, Rustam Ismael of Lantawan, Indanan Daud of Maluso, Gulam Hataman of Sumisip, Ingatun Istarul of Tipo-Tipo, Durie Kallahal of Tuburan, Talib Pawaki of Mohammad Ajul, Idarus Lajid of Al Barka, Jomar Maturan of Ungkaya Pukan, Jamar Mansul of Hadji Muhtamad and Muctar Junaid of Tabuan Lasa, your vice mayors and councilors, To all our Barangay Chairmen and officials, employees of the National Line agencies and local government units, to our friends in the private sector, the
  2. 2. non-government organizations and civil society, to the members of our academe, teachers and students, To Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason of the Basilan Ulama Supreme Council and Bishop Martin Jumoad of the Prelature of Isabela de Basilan, and the leaders and members of other religious denominations present here today, To all of you, my dearest Basileños, Assalamu alaikum wah rahmatullahi taala wah barakatuh! Isang napakagandang ARAW NG BASILAN po sa ating lahat. Sa araw pong ito, sabay-sabay nating gunitain ang pagtatatag ng Probinsya ng Basilan, may apat na dekada na ang lumipas. Taong 1973, matapos ang ilang taong pakikibaka ng ating mga kapatid sa Moro National Liberation Front upang itaguyod ang mga hangarin ng mga Pilipinong Muslim, ay idineklara ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos ang pagtatatag ng Lalawigan ng Basilan. Hindi matatawaran ang sakripisyong inialay noon ng mga nauna sa atin upang maisakatuparan ang mithiing ipagbuklod-buklod tayong lahat. Bunga ng pakikibakang iyon ang Lalawigan ng Basilan. Sa pagpapatuloy ng ating kasaysayan bilang isang Probinsya ay marami na rin tayong mga napagdaanan. Napakarami nang paghihirap ang ating nalagpasan dahil sabay-sabay nating tinahak ang landas tungo sa pagkakaisa at pag-unlad. Mahirap man, pero kinakaya pa rin. Tiwala lang mga kababayan kong Basileño. Hangga’t nandirito kami, makakaasa kayong walang bibitiw sa ating mga pangarap. Hangga’t patuloy tayong makikipagtulungan sa isa’t-isa, makasisiguro kayo na mananatili kaming tapat na maninilbihan sa inyo. Ito ang samahang walang iwanan, magpakailanman. Asahan niyo yan. Ganito kami sa Basilan, sana ganito na rin sa buong bayan.
  3. 3. As we forge ahead, four decades after the founding of our Province, allow us to report to you, our dear Basileños, the achievements of your Provincial Government over the past year: On Human Resources Development and Management: we have continued to upgrade the technical skills of our employees, and with the help of our friends at the Philippine National Bank, we approved the construction of a new offsite ATM within the Capitol complex. We hope that this will serve our dear Provincial employees well. Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat. Hindi namin magagawa ang lahat ng mga nagawa na namin para sa taumbayan kundi dahil sa inyong pakikipagtulungan at pakikiisa sa amin. Taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong patuloy na paghatid ng serbisyo, lalo na sa mga higit na nangangailangan. Para naman sa programa nating pang-impraistruktura: patuloy din kaming nakikipagtulungan sa ating mga kasama sa Provincial Engineer’s Office, sa DPWH, sa ARMM, sa OPAPP, at sa iba’t-iba pang mga ahensya upang patuloy na mapaganda ang ating mga daan, at makapagpatayo ng mga gusali at patubig na siyang hahango sa ating mga kababayan mula sa kahirapan, at mailayo sila sa karahasan. Mula sa pakikipagtulungan ng Saudi Arabia, ARMM, at tanggapan ni Congressman Jim Hataman-Salliman ay patuloy ang pagpapa-konkreto ng Basilan Circumeferential Road. Dahil dito nagkaroon na tayo ng sapat na pondo upang maipagpatuloy na rin ang pagpapa-konkreto ng ating mga Provincial Road. Hindi po magtatagal, matatapos na po natin ang pagkonkreto sa daan mula Sumagdang dito sa Isabela, hanggang Tairan sa Lantawan, at ipagpapatuloy ito hanggang umabot ito sa National Highway. Anak-Lantawan po ako, kaya Mayor Ruth, makakaasa ka ng patuloy kong pakikiisa sa iyong mga proyekto at programa para sa ating munisipyo.
  4. 4. Tatapusin na din natin ang pagpapakonkreto sa mga daang magdadala ng serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan sa Al Barka at Ungkaya Pukan. Kaya naman, Mayor Idarus at Mayor Jomar, aasahan ko ang inyong patuloy na pakikiisa sa ating mga hangarin para sa ating mga kababayan. Walang bibitiw sa ating samahan para sa Basilan. Dito naman sa Isabela, ay sinimulan na namin ang pagpapakonkreto sa PEO DRIVE. Tatapusin natin yan bago magbagong taon. Una pa lang yan. Marami pa tayong nakalaang proyekto para sa Lungsod ng ating pinakamamahal na si Mayor Cherry. Mayor, sa ilalim ng iyong pamumuno, sunod-sunod at tuloytuloy ang mga proyekto at programang tunay namang nagpapagaan sa buhay ng mga Isabeleño. Makakaasa ka sa aking patuloy at taos-pusong pakikipagtulungan sa iyo. (Yakan) Mula naman sa ating mga kaibigan mula sa Estados Unidos, ay sisimulan na ang pagpapatayo ng bagong TIPO-TIPO LIVELIHOOD CENTER, na inaasahan nating magiging mitsa ng pagpapalago ng ekonomiya sa silangang bahagi ng Basilan. Mayor Tong, ipagpatuloy lang natin ito. Bilib ako sa nagawa mo para sa Tipo-Tipo. Saludo ako sa yo. May Water System Level 3 din tayong pinapatayo sa Tipo-Tipo at sa Tumahubong, Sumisip, sa pakikipagtulungan ni Mayor Boy, na nakapaloob naman sa TISP ng OPAPP. Binabati din namin ng malugod ang Lamitan dahil ganap na itong isang Lungsod! Sa pakikipagtulungan natin sa PAMANA at TISP projects ng OPAPP, ay itinayo natin ang isang WATER SYSTEM LEVEL 3 sa Parangbasak, at may COLD STORAGE FACILITY pa kayo sa Bato. Dahil sa epektibong pamumuno ni Mayor Rose, makasisiguro kayo ng isang napakagandang kinabukasan – kasing-ganda ng Mayor nyo. Binuksan na ang AREA COORDINATING CENTER ng Akbar, at sinimulan na din ang ating mga proyekto para sa Tuburan at Mohammad Ajul. Para kina Mayor Talib, Mayor Durie, at Mayor Alih – sa susunod na mga buwan, kayo naman ang mas tututukan namin. Planuhin nating maigi ang inyong mga proyekto. Hindi namin kayo pababayaan.
  5. 5. On Peace and Order: we are calling on our friends in the military and police, led by no less than the ever dependable and reliable defenders of Basilan’s peace, Col Carlito Galvez and Police Senior Superintendent Mario Dapilloza, to help me bring back “PEACE OF MIND” to my people. Help me end criminality in our cities and help me settle family feuds in the our countryside. Help me end the scourge of drugs in our midst. Help me save Basilan’s youth from this menace. To our brothers in the MNLF and the MILF, help me work for genuine and long-term peace for Basilan. Let us listen to the voices of our people. Towards the end of healing the wounds of the past, we have ensure the implementation of our PAMANA Projects for 2012 to 2014. This includes the PAMANA Pillar 2 projects implemented through DSWD in Tuburan, TipoTipo, Lantawan, Maluso and Ungkaya Pukan. Totalling 66 infrastructure projects at an average of 900,000 pesos per barangay in 3 cycles, and the PAMANA-Pillar 3 and PAMANA-PDC projects implemented by the Province in 24 barangays. To Bishop Jumoad and to Dr. Tarason, help me bring our people together. Help me bridge the gaps that separate us. Help me bring the people of Basilan back to Peace. To everyone, let us not be consumed by hatred. Let us not be defined by what we think differs us from each other. Instead, let us celebrate our diversity. Like the iconic Yakan cloth of Basilan, we are different colors woven together. We come from many different cultures, yet we are one. Yakans, Tausugs, Chavacanos, Bisaya, Ilocanos, Samals, Tagalogs, Bajao – WE ARE ALL BASILEÑOS… WE ARE ONE… WE ARE BASILAN. Bilang ina ng Basilan, prayoridad ko ang kalusugan nyo. We made great strides to ensure that the Health of our people is well taken cared of. We have conducted medical and dental outreach missions to the farthest islands and barangays of the province. We continue to fight malaria,
  6. 6. measles and other diseases to ensure that our youth grow up to be strong and productive members of Basileño society. We’ve seen our infant mortality rates drop dramatically as we continue to educate young mothers to better care for their babies. We have placed the Lamitan District Hospital under our direct care and supervision, and assigned no less than our very own Provincial Administrator Tahira Ismael as Hospital Director, to improve our health care delivery for our constituents in the 2nd district of Basilan. Na asunto por kausa del di aton Ekonomiya: pwede ustedes asegura kun el continuacion del di amon asistencia para na di atun sektor de agrikultura. Ya distribuhi kita cuantos pedazo de mga Farm Sprayers y ta distribuhi pa siempre kita mga seedlings para na di atun mga gomahan. Ya distribuhi tamen kita, hunto kun el di atun mga uban na Philippine Coconut Authority, mas de diesmil sako de fertilizers y coconut seedlings para man revive con el di atun industriya de copra na provincia. Ta suporta kame kun el organizacion del Basilan Agrarian Reform Cooperatives Federation, para protekta kun el interes y propriedad del mga cooperativa na entero provincia. Para na mga ermano y ermana na sektor de negocio, comercio y industria, man ayudahan kita para pwede ustedes dale mas mucho pa empleyo y trabaho kun el di atun mga conpoblanos. To continua pa siempre el di amun cooperacion na Baselco para resolba ya kita kun el problema de blackout aki na di atun Provincia. Adentro de este año, principia kita el ponida del mga CCTV cameras na centro del Isabela para ayuda menora kun el criminalidad na primera Ciudad de Basilan. (Tausug) Para sa ating mga mangingisda, namahagi din kami ng mga ‘payaw’, seaweeds at fingerlings na umaabot sa mahigit sampung libong tilapia. Patuloy nating palalaguin ang ating fisheries sector, lalo na’t alam nating dito nakasalalay ang kabuhayan ng mas nakararami sa ating mga kababayang Tausug, Samal at Bajao.
  7. 7. Para sa ating mga kababayan sa Hadji Muhtamad at sa Tabuan Lasa, ang pagpapalakas ng ating fisheries sector ay para naman sa inyo. Kina Mayor Pusung at Mayor Jamar, ibigay natin sa ating mga mangingisda ang oportunidad na makapamuhay ng matiwasay, at pagtulungan nating iangat ang kanilang mga kabuhayan. Tomorrow, when we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are happy to report that the construction of the BASILAN WOMEN’S PEACE CENTER has already started. This will be a house for battered women, as well as a livelihood training center for women who were driven out of Sabah, and mothers who simply wish to augment the family’s income. As Basilan’s firstever lady Chief Executive, the plight of our women will always be among those closest to my heart. Over the past year, a new danger has vome to visit our shores. All of a sudden, we woke up one day in the grip of the effects of CLIMATE CHANGE. We witnessed, for the first time, landslides and floods, some of which reached the roofs of our houses. Indeed, last October was an eye-opener for all of us. With the aim of addressing this new danger, we have opened and fully equipped our Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, giving it a full complement of competent staff to ensure that we are safe as we sleep, and secure when we wake up. We will face climate change head on. No typhoon nor low pressure area will bring us down. Together, we will be stronger. To everyone who continues to help us in improving the lives of all Basileños, you are the reason why we are inspired every morning to wake up and face the challenges that each day brings. I asked for your help, and you did not disappoint. We have been asked several times about this group which we call “TEAM BASILAN”. People have indeed taken notice of the many accomplishments that this group has done for Basilan. It is, we were told, a concept that is not
  8. 8. only rare in the ARMM or in the Philippines, it is also quite rare as well, in most parts of the world. Some have labeled it the “Basilan Model”… to others, it is “Participatory Governance”… still, some call it “Active Citizenship”… or “Public-Private Partnership”. To us, however, it is known simply as “TEAM BASILAN”. To all of the members of Team Basilan, you know who you are, thank you for all your contributions to Basilan. The relative peace and the steadily recovering economy Basilan is the fruit of our labors. Thank you for joining me in rebuilding Basilan. Thank you for UNITING behind our vision for a better Basilan. No amount of praise will encompass what you, as a group, have done to inspire your fellow Basileños. But our job is not done yet. The war against poverty, against marginalization, against neglect, against discrimination, and against hate has not been won yet. So its back to the trenches for us. We know we’re winning the war, we just need to keep pressing on, pushing farther. We’ll get there, sooner or later. So how do we get there? What is the way forward? THE WAY FORWARD IS UNITY. WE believe in the need for UNITY in Basilan. We should concentrate on the everyday issues which affect all of us: health, schools, food and gas prices, our environment, jobs and investment, and every other issue that matters to you and your family. UNITY will be better than DIVISION. It doesn't mean that Unity will resolve every problem, but it does ensure that we can work on more viable solutions together, solving our problems and facing challenges together! UNITY will be better than a constant them-and-us battle over ancient squabbles. UNITY will be better than the experience we've endured here for the last four decades.
  9. 9. UNITY, in time, will allow parties to form genuine political coalitions and move away from the tribal, divisive politics of the past. WE, the people of Basilan, must be a strong voice at the center of this process committed to creating and supporting policies which are good for all of us rather than policies which promote the interests of some, not all. WE, the people of Basilan, must help to make OUR HOME a better place for all of us. UNITY must now stand on the ground that all of our forefathers staked out in the past. We believe that the people of Basilan are ready to take up this challenge and make UNITY work. Given the recent developments that the peace process has made in recent years, we must ensure that we seize the opportunities for REAL PROGRESS that are opening up before us. WE THEREFORE CALL on all well-meaning, law-abiding, tax-paying Basileños to JOIN US in our genuine, people-centered and grass-roots oriented quest FOR A BETTER BASILAN! It is time for all Basileños to join the winning team. It is time for all Basileños to join and take an active part in TEAM BASILAN. We have seen what Team Basilan can do. Together, and under the guidance of Allah (SWT), the impossible has become less so. Together, we have become stronger. Together, we have triumphed. It is therefore our collective responsibility to continue along this road to UNITY by PURSUING CONVERGENCE TOWARDS DEVELOPED AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITIES in Basilan. WE believe that standing up for Basilan means securing the unity of its people - and that this STRONG AND STEADFAST UNION will secure Basilan's place within a modern Philippines. We cannot afford to be divided amongst ourselves any longer.
  10. 10. Through UNITY, WE will work to deliver REAL AND EQUITABLE PROGRESS for all of us. Through our concerted efforts, collective talents and shared goals, WE will ensure that a JUST AND GENUINE PEACE shall be had by the people of Basilan. The next few years will definitely be a challenge. But it is a challenge we will courageously face, for we know, that together, we shall triumph once again. Finally, allow me to thank everyone who worked through sleepless nights to ensure that we have a truly memorable and event-filled PAKARADJAAN BASILAN 2014. To the working committee behind the success of the 40th Founding Anniversary of Basilan, congratulations to all of you. GREAT JOB! And to everyone who participated in all the different events, programs, launchings, competitions, exhibits, trade and job fairs, scholarships, this morning’s parade, business summits and private sector congresses… Thank you! Muchisimas gracias con ustedes todo! Magsukul kaniyu katan! Magsukul si kaam kemon! Maligayang kaarawan, Basilan! Happy 40th Founding Anniversary, Basileños! Mabuhay ang Basilan! Mabuhay ang Basileño! Maraming salamat po.

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