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IN LINE with the 23rd anniversary celebration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Office of the Attorney General sponsors a three-day free legal counseling at the Office of the Regional Governor.

The services during the said program include free legal counseling on civil, criminal and administrative cases. The free legal Counseling Program is consistent with the spirit of public service and reform in the ARMM.

The free legal assistance program is open to all ARMM constituents and residents of this city but with priority to those who cannot afford to have legal counsel.

The giving of free legal services will only be limited to the duration of the program and will not extend beyond it.

The free legal counseling is in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Cotabato Chapter, Public Attorney’s Office-Maguindanao, Rotary Club of Cotabato City-South, Sharia’h District Court-Cotabato City and the Notre Dame University- College of Law.


Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) OIC Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman will soon ink the adoption of Executive Order 187, Series of 2003 instituting the Comprehensive and Unified Policy (CUPS) for Tuberculosis Control in the region.

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health problem where the Philippines  ranked ninth  among  the 22 high burden countries, and being the number 6 among the 10 leading causes of mortality in the  country  with  26,588   deaths at a mortality rate of 31.2 per  100,000 population in 2010.

Apparently, TB rank 5th among the ten leading causes of deaths in ARMM, with 141 deaths and a mortality rate of 40 per 100,000 population on same year.

In the recently held Partners Meeting and Strategic Planning of the Regional Coordinating Council for the Philippine Plan of Action to Control TB (PhilPACT), spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH), a situationer of the current TB cases
and control programs was assessed in line with the foregoing concern.

Conversely, the espousal of CUPS as the LGU implementation guidelines for the comprehensive and unified policy for the tuberculosis control in the ARMM will be adopted to disseminate the concept and principles of Executive Order No. 187, its prescribed guidelines, procedures and standards for implementation, and to facilitate compliance among LGUs in achieving the objectives of the issuance.

Meanwhile, DOH-ARMM Secretary Dr. Kadil “Jojo” Sinolinding urged the health advocates and program stakeholders to perk up zeal and be responsible with basic responsibilities especially among the grassroots.

The Health Reform Framework through the ARMM-HELPS program of the Hataman Administration prioritizes responsive health system by improving health service delivery and access, tantamount with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and President Aquino’s Universal Health Care Agenda.

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