Koronadal City---The South Cotabato Convergence team for poverty reduction program brought the information about the services offered by the Civil Registrar’s Office in a lumad area at Sitio Traan Leteng, Barangay Kematu, Tboli. In cooperation with the Provincial Population Office, the mobile information campaign is part of the team's effort to deliver important messages to far-flung villages where distance is one of the problems that hinder indigenous people to avail programs because of lack of information. Tristan Navos, Population Worker, said birth registration is the most important document of a person. "The team believed that bringing this kind of information to IP communities is a first act to empower them about the importance of having a birth certificate and marriage license," Navos said. Civil registration documents are important in availing programs of the government, he further explained. Aside from availing services from government, documents like the birth certificate and marriage license are vital in the formulation and implementation of government programs that are aimed at improving the lives of the people in the province. Because of lack of information about civil registration, lumads are oftentimes victims of double registration. However, Navos, explained that to register, one has to pay for P42 for on-time registration to at least P500 for late registration. "This is my time to inject responsible parenthood," Navos said. He jokingly emphasized to the village people the importance of preparing for being a family person and the value of earning a living to ensure that there should have a P42 before having a baby to guarantee that the child's name and his nationality will be registered. The community empowerment is part of the convergence program process to uplift the community from the bondage [...]
Koronadal City--- Provincial DILG presented the newest martial instruction with regards to the monitoring system for local chief executives to guarantee their presence in their municipalities and cities and ensure the delivery of basic services to their constituents. Andrea de Pedro, Provincial Director, said the monitoring system seeks to assure the proper and timely delivery of government programs and basic services in their area of responsibility. "This is also to check if our LCEs properly discharge their functions," de Pedro said. Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said the memo directed her and all the governors of Mindanao to submit regular compliance and evaluation reports every month. "The order is to cut off the high incidence of absenteeism among mayors and governors in Mindanao," Fuentes said. The Martial Law memo said the no-show of LCEs in their area results in the "total failure in the delivery of vital basic services to their constituents." The serious problem of absenteeism among mayor leads to lack of basic services which is associated to public's dissatisfaction and major causes for the people to join rebel and extremist groups. Under the martial law order, the AFP and PNP will assist the governors and the municipalities and cities in monitoring the presence of the LCES in martial law area.
Koronadal City---Health officials in South Cotabato reminded the public that deworming tablets for children given by the Barangay Health Center are safe, a government health official said, following the low rate of Deworming Program of the Department of Health this January because of the Dengvaxia scare. Marifort Rafael, Health Education Promotions Officer (HEPO), said she received reports that some parents refused to sign the consent forms. "The DOH has been using these tablets for deworming program for decades now. Rest assured that these are tested unlike the Dengvaxia vaccine which is a special program," Rafael explained. However, minor side effects of the deworming tablets are a headache and nausea. "If this will be experienced by your child after 24 hours, it is better to seek medical attention immediately," she said. Last year, 96 percent of the children in South Cotabato were dewormed. Based on health studies, deworming improves child's nutrition, Rafael said. "Soil transmitted infections can lead to anemia, undernourishment, impaired physical and mental development," she added.
Koronadal City---The Integrated Provincial Health Office advised pharmacies and private clinics and hospitals to pull out existing dengue vaccines in their counters, linking the reported deaths of children who received dengue vaccines. Marifort Rafael, Health Education and Promotions Officer, said that an advisory was released recently to manage the dengue vaccine fears in South Cotabato. "First of all the province of South Cotabato is not a recipient of the dengue vaccines from the Department of Health, meaning, the government hospitals in the province don't have dengue vaccines at their disposal," Rafael explained. Cecil Lorenzo, Disease Surveillance Officer, however, said that there were 49 children who were injected with dengue vaccines by private pediatricians in South Cotabato. "We are closely monitoring the health status of these children," Lorenzo said. Rafael said other health programs are suffering after the Dengvaxia vaccine problem because parents refused to let their children received vaccines like tetanus, polio and chicken pox. "Vaccines for polio, tetanus and chicken pox are tested and proven that could help shield children against these diseases because the DOH are using these vaccines for years now compared with Dengvaxia," Rafael assured. Reports said, at least 800, 000 children were vaccinated with Dengvaxia across the country last year.
KOronadal City---Suralah Municipal Health Office successfully contained the spread of measles in Barangay Libertad, disease surveillance report revealed. Cecil Lorenzo, Disease Surveillance Officer, confirmed that 11 adults in Suralah are suspected to have measles-like symptoms as of January 29. "The patients are living in a boarding house," Lorenzo said. A blood specimen was already sent to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) for confirmation. Measles is a highly infectious disease which spread immediately within two days, Lorenzo explained. A patient who has measles experienced a dry cough, fever, runny nose and has red eyes. "It can be fatal, and complications are common, but vaccination offers effective protection," Lorenzo said. No recorded death because of measles is recorded in South Cotabato in the last three years, Lorenzo said.
Koronadal City---The Provincial Government of South Cotabato brings in its feeding program through the "Bulig mo, Bwas Damlag Ko" to high schools. Ana Uy, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, said the paradigm shift is a result of the growing number of undernutrition among grade 7 and eight students. "This is the last chance to save our children from malnutrition," Uy said. In a launching held at Polonuling National High School, Uy turned over a sack of rice, mongo, cocoa powder, sticky rice, evaporated milk and brown sugar for 60-day feeding. Ruel Carumba, Jr., the school nurse, said 24 students were identified as beneficiaries of the program. As a counterpart, the school provided the vegetables needed for the hot meal which will be prepared at the feeding center. Lilibeth Funa, DepEd Supplemental Feeding Focal Person, said the division gave out cooking utensils for the program. "Malnutrition affects the performance of our children," Uy said.
Koronadal City---With the opening of the SOCCSKARGEN Regional Athletics Association Meet on February 17, athletes are also vying for recognition in the seven newest inclusion in the list of sporting events. Alex Floro, Department of Education South Cotabato Division Sports Coordinator, said five new sports events will be included in the regular list and two are for demonstration during the week-long regional sports meet. He said the sports like wushu, wrestling, dance sports, boxing (elementary level) and billiard are the newest addition. Meanwhile, aero gymnastics and Pencak Silat are for demonstration only. However, South Cotabato trained athletes for these seven new events. At least 600 athletes from South Cotabato Division will vie for medals during the SRAA meet.
Koronadal City---Six registered nutritionists and dietician were deployed in South Cotabato as part of the commitment of the Department of Health to lower the prevalence of stunting. The registered nutritionists are assigned in the towns of Lake Sebu, Tboli, Tupi, Tantangan, Suralah, and Tampakan. Based on the contract, the registered dieticians will help the municipal nutrition actions officers in the implementation of the nutrition program especially in the formulation of food for supplemental feeding. South Cotabato is one of the 36 focus areas in the country which are prioritized for mobilization. Under the nutrition plan of action, local government units will be mentored and capacitated on nutrition program management to transform them to self-propelling LGUs.
Koronadal City---Incidence of dengue in South Cotabato continues to go down since last year up to the early month of 2018, provincial health official confirmed. Jose Barroquillo, Dengue Program Coordinator, said that there is a drastic change in the number of people infected with dengue compared to the data in 2016. "The huge part of our success is the information campaign especially that we launched our 5-minute clean-up campaign," Barroquillo said. There were 102 cases of dengue as of January 20 this year, 63.3 percent lower compared to cases last January 2017, Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit reported. PESU report confirmed that the City of Koronadal and the towns of Tboli and Lake Sebu are the areas with highest reported cases in South Cotabato. However, PESU noted a clustering of cases in Tboli, Koronadal, Polomolok, Suralah, and Tupi. "In five minutes every day, let's destroy the possible breeding places of mosquitoes," Barroquillo said.
Koronadal City---Local tax revenue officials here encouraged the people of South Cotabato to ask for receipts "especially when you buy a thousand worth of product or service." Lawyer Joseph Arguelles, Revenue Officer at Bureau of Internal Revenue South Cotabato District, said with the increase in taxes due to the implementation of TRAIN law, asking for a receipt is a duty. "This is a simple participation of everyone in our government," Aguilles said. He said the benefit of asking for a receipt in every business transaction is a fair share of the Filipino to ensure that the businessmen pay the 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT), he said. However, BIR imposed that failure or refusal to issue receipts will cost a businessman P20, 000 to P50, 000 penalties.