In observance of the LUNG month this September, the Integrated Provincial Health Offi  ce of Lanao del Sur (IPHO-LDS) led by Dr. Alinader D. Minalang, held its First LGU Summit on Tuberculosis, with the theme “Strengthening alliance with the LGUs towards a TB-free Lanao del Sur.” Th e occasion was graced by regional, provincial, municipal, and barangay offi  cials who expressed their full support on IPHO’s combat against tuberculosis. ARMM Health Assistant Secretary Dayang Jumaide explained the importance of TB awareness in the government’s mission to put a stop to this communicable disease. Th is timely reminder was aptly followed by a comprehensive description by Dr. Apasrah M. Mapupuno of what TB is and its current status in Lanao del Sur. Dr. Shalimar S. Rakiin, on the other hand, mentioned some measures the LGUs can assume to aid in this advocacy. “For instance, support to health workers, TB Patrol activities, by becoming our treatment partners, plus promotional materials.”  Aleem Sohailey Pacalna for his part enlightened the audience about “fatwah” or the legal opinion for Muslim scholars on the matter of TB prevention.
Local leaders thereaft er conveyed their messages of support and fi rst to speak was Assistant Regional Secretary Amenodin T. Cali. Representing the provincial government was Board Member Fiat A. Macarambon who stated Gov. Adiong’s full support to the health forays of the IPHO. In fact, the annual half a million mobilization fund donated by the province is but one of the testaments to its continuous support to IPHO. Around 450 guests were in attendance at the Social Hall in the New Capitol Complex on August 31, 2012. During the occasion, Mayor Raysalam Mangondato from the League of Municipalities, ABC Federation President Abdul Rashid Balindong, and Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga from the USAID-IMPACT also confi rmed their commitment to bolster the fi ght against tuberculosis. A Provincial Ordinance on TB was later signed by the diff erent LGU Members, headed by Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” A. Adiong, Jr., who was fi rst to affi  x his name earlier that day. A Pledge of Commitment was also undertaken by key stakeholders, who were likewise entertained by IPHO with video testimonials of TB patients, TB jingle and a skit to give emphasis to the message of the recently concluded summit.