The South Cotabato Health Care Waste Treatment Facility and Training Center (HCWTF) located within the Integrated Provincial Environment Management Center (IPEMC) located at Tinongcop, Tantangan was blessed and inaugurated in simple rites last June 28. Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes cut the ceremonial ribbon together with SP Member Hilario de Pedro VI, SP Committee Chairperson on Environment, SP Member Ester Marin Catorce, acting Vice-Governor, and other invited guests and stakeholders. Supervising Environment Management Specialist Elbe Balucanag, chief of the Provincial Environment Management Office – Environment Management Division disclosed that the Training Center was built at a cost of P2 million while the HCWTF Building, including its water system and electrification, cost P2.4 million. IPEMC’s perimeter fence likewise cost P1.6 million, according to Balucanag. Before the inauguration, messages of support were heard that was led by Tinongcop Punong Barangay Ernesto Layos and other stakeholders. Fr. Nestor Distura, a local chaplain led the blessing rites.
CITY OF KORONADAL — Three (3) units of 2-Classroom School Building (with attached toilets) located at Dumadalig Integrated School (DIS), Tantangan will be turned over by the Embassy of Japan to the provincial government of South Cotabato this coming November 24, Abner Navarro, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, confirmed during a coordination meeting held recently. The school construction project is part of the P4.3 million Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) for South Cotabato under the auspices of J-BIRD or Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development. J-BIRD is designed to contribute to the peace process and development of the Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (CAAM) and the surrounding areas in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Navarro disclosed that the Embassy entourage will include Hiroyuki Enoki, First Secretary and Labor Attaché, Hiroyuki Kawamoto, First Secretary and Chief Coordinator of Socio-Economic Assistance, International Monitoring Team (IMT), Yosuke Tamabayashi, First Secretary and Member of Socio-Economic Assistance, IMT and Miwa Yamatoya, Second Secretary and Press Officer. Some national media personalities, Navarro added, will also accompany the Japanese officials during the activity. Prior to the official turn-over, a short program at will be held at DIS Covered Court at around 10 o’clock in the morning, with expected messages and responses coming from representatives of the Japanese Embassy, Major General Datuk Wira Zamrose Bin Mohd Zair, IMT Head of Mission, provincial government led by Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, Tantangan Mayor Benjamin Figueroa and DepEd South Cotanato Schools Division OIC-Superintendent Crispin Soliven Jr. Guests will also tour the classrooms after the formal ribbon cutting ceremony. After the luncheon at Cinco Ninas here, the Japanese officials will proceed to Maasim, Sarangani for another similar turn-over.