South Cotabato’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan successfully conducted its first public hearing for the proposed 2017 South Cotabato Revenue Code at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, Capitol Compound, Koronadal City last March 22. The proposed revenue ordinance will update provincial tax impositions on Transfer of Real Property Ownership, Printing and Publication, Franchise Tax, Professional Tax, Amusement Tax, Annual Fixed Tax on Delivery Trucks or Vans, Tax on Sand, Gravel and other Quarry Materials, among others. “The National Government wants the LGUS to be self-reliant, the reason why the DILG and BLGF constantly reminds us to update our revenue code every 5 years. The Revenue Code that we’re presently using is the 2011 Code,” said ICO-Provincial Treasurer Alvim Batol during the public hearing. Furthermore, Batol said the local revenue target set by the Bureaur of Local Government Finance continue to increase every year which makes it challenging for the Provincial Government to meet despite its existing economic enterprises and other revenue sources (also) due to market inflation. These revisions will help increase the local revenue of the province “to fund the economic, social, health and nutrition, administrative, economic, and infrastructure needs of the people of South Cotabato,” Batol explained. He further explained that the proposed revisions or increase in taxes was done based on thorough research by the Technical Working Group. Due to the limited time during the public hearing, Vice Governor Vicente De Jesus and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Cecil Diel urged the public to submit their proposals or objections in writing on or before March 29 and promised that all papers will be read and accounted. This “will still have to go through the second and third readings. This will be published before the proposed new rates [...]
South Cotabato Provincial Government is now proposing for a 10% increase in the salaries of its Job Order (JO) employees. This proposal came after its regular employees were given salary adjustments pursuant to Local Budget Circular No. 113 issued last January 5 of this year through Executive Order No. 201 dated February 19, 2016 as part of the government pay increase for all its employees including civilians, military and policemen. “JOs assist and provide support to our regular employees...their services must commensurate to their salaries,” said Provincial Human Resource Officer Alex Basco. Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes announced during the morning flag raising ceremony of the provincial employees last March 20 that the funds for the proposed increase will be included in the Second Supplemental Budget but will still be subject to further deliberations and approval of the Finance Committee. At least 15 million pesos will be needed to provide the 10% increase, said Basco.
Once again, the Pop Solo Voice Committee is looking for auditionees for this year’s 5th Pop Solo Voice Competition. Two categories will be open for those planning to join the competition – children (7 to 14 years old) and youth (15 to 18 years old). For those willing to join, one may register first at the Provincial Legal Office, Capitol Compound, Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City and bring the following documents: birth certificate and barangay certificate. The said competition is exclusively for South Cotabateños only, the committee said. And while they encourage everyone who feels to have the passion and the voice to join, those who became finalists during the previous pop solo competition will be excluded to audition and compete. This step, the committee said, is to allow other talents to join and competition. Auditions will take place this March 25 and April 1. The competition is tentatively scheduled on July 15 as part of the week-long celebration of the province’s Tnalak Festival.
Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs) of South Cotabato underwent through a proficiency training on basic ropemanship and rappelling last March 14 to 15 to prepare for the rigorous Mountain Search and Rescue (MOSAR) Training and this year’s Search and Rescue Olympics. “Prior to the Olympics, we need to equip the DRRMCs along MOSAR. Prior to MOSAR, basic ropemanship and rappelling is a requisite,” said PDRRM Officer Milagros Rivera-Lorca. Lorca said DRRMOs have to undergo the said training to participate in the MOSAR training with their respective SAR team leaders and qualify for the SAR Olympics this year. “Our SAR Olympics this year is MOSAR, a notch higher than our previous Olympics that’s more on river crossing and high-line,” Lorca said. This MOSAR training is a part of the PDRRMCs compliance of RA 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, Sec. 12 (14) which states that LDRRMCs should “take all necessary steps on a continuing basis to maintain, provide or arrange the provision of, or to otherwise make available, suitably trained and competent personnel for effective civil defence and disaster risk reduction management.” The MOSAR training is slated to be conducted this second semester of the year.
South Cotabato’s Indigenous Peoples Structure Women Representatives crafted their three-year plan that focuses on IP participation. During the successfully conducted two-day strategic planning workshop facilitated by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) last March 13 to 14, IPS women rep said a large number of IP women remain passive, silent and inferior despite efforts of the government and IP women leaders to empower them and assert their rights. Poverty still lingers in some of the most far flung IP communities in the province due to poor family planning, limited access to education and poor sanitation in IP communities. To address these concerns, IPS women representatives planned of encouraging other IP women to participate in the issues that continue to plague them through information education campaigns on the IP Declaration on Child Protection Policy and women’s rights. Added to this, the three-year plan will also focus on issues on education, health and sanitation, livelihood, environmental cleanliness and promotion and preservation of culture and traditions that are beneficial and harmless to the community particularly to women and children. Livelihood programs may be of the following – beads making, food processing, weaving and dress making – while environment cleanliness activities will include the orientation and implementation of waste segregation, propagation of indigenous herbal plants and vegetables, gardening and fencing. An activity that will talk about personal grooming among women will also be implemented in three years time to encourage IP women to take care of themselves. Close coordination with Local Government Units (LGUs) for available grants and scholarships will also be conducted while doing activities that teaches their tribesmen basic reading and writing as part of their advocacy to promote literacy among IPs. PSWDO said they [...]
South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes signed Executive Order No. 14, series of 2017, reconstituting the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) of South Cotabato yesterday, March 9, 2017. The signing of the E.O followed after the passage of the 2015 South Cotabato Children’s Welfare Code last year, said SP member and PCPC Action Officer Ester Marin-Catorce. Additional members were included in the council as mandated by the signed E.O which includes child representatives from all municipalities and city in the province, muslim and indigenous peoples representatives and Peoples Organizations and Non-Government Organizations representative such as Christian Children’s Foundation and Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, Inc. DILG OIC-Provincial Director Aurora Andrea De Pedro said, looking for the municipal and city child representatives will be a challenge for the Local Government Units (LGUs) but ensures that the mandate will be followed. Other members of the council are the following: SP Member and Chairperson of the Committee pm Women, Children’s Welfare and Family Relations, Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, Provincial Labor and Employment Officer, DepEd South Cotabato and City Division Superintendents, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Provincial Health Officer, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Provincial Population Officer, Provincial Agriculture Officer, Philippine National Police Provincial Director, Armed Forces of the Philippines Provincial Commander, Provincial Prosecutor, Provincial Budget Officer, Provincial Treasurer, Provincial Accountant, Provincial Legal Officer, Provincial Information Officer, League of Municipalities of South Cotabato President, Association of Barangay Captains Federation President, Coalition of Social Development Organizations, Save the Children Foundation, Girl South of the Philippines, World Vision, Notre Dame of Marbel University – CCC, Boy Scout of the Philippines, Justice and Peace Desk – Diocese of Marbel, St. [...]
South Cotabato Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) formally received the cheque worth Php 496, 500.00 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII during the formal turn-over conducted at the Provincial Jail Multi Purpose Building, Koronadal City, March 7. DOLE XII OIC-Regional Director Albert E. Gutib officially turned-over the said cheque to PESO Manager-Designate Cynthia F. Barrientos, CPA. Provincial DOLE Director Engr. Edwin Morales, Provincial Parole and Probation Officer Ma. Bennie L.Lademora, RSW, Provincial Human Resource Officer Alex Basco and provincial jail’s lady inmates witnessed the said turn-over. The said amount is a seed fund from DOLE to jump-start the proposed livelihood of the provincial lady inmates and parolees of South Cotabato Parole and Probation Office (SCPPO). Grace Ledesma, SCRDC Lady Inmate Head said, the livelihood assistance empowers them for they “can make our own money” and don’t have to rely on their families. “In this way, you’re teaching us how to earn money the right way, how to value money,” she said addressing the representatives from DOLE and the Provincial Government. A total of 70 recipients – 49 lady inmates, 6 female parolees and 16 male parolees – were identified by DOLE and SCPPO to benefit from this livelihood assistance. Starter kits will be given to the beneficiaries to start their proposed livelihood which mostly includes native delicacies, rug and beads making, and welding. Barrientos said, PESO will take charge of purchasing the needed ingredients and materials for the starter kits. These kits will be distributed to the beneficiaries this April, she said. PESO Coordinator Merlyn Esteban also clarified that inmates may take their livelihood with them once they are released from jail.
Thirty-nine new entrants in the Provincial Government of South Cotabato were formally welcomed in public service during the flag ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Compound, Koronadal City, March 6. These new entrants were inducted by Provincial Administrator Danilo Supe, in behalf of the Provincial Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes. Before the official induction, the new entrants underwent through a three-day seminar orientation on public service last March 1 to 3, and tour in the province’s economic enterprises and demonstration farms. This August 23 to 25, the Provincial Human Resource and Development Division (HRDD) are slated to conduct another orientation for the new entrants in the provincial government.
At least 300 families from Purok Aquino, Purok Felisilda, and Purok Trencera of Brgy. Cannery in Polomolok town received free services from the Provincial Government of South Cotabato, March 2. During a mini outreach program at Purok Aquino Gate in the said barangay, the provincial government provided free services which include medical and dental services, haircut, circumcision, manicure/pedicure, massage, shoe repair, and tool sharpening. Feeding, food packs, various games and entertainment were also brought and conducted during the outreach program for the beneficiaries to enjoy. This is the first outreach conducted by the government for the month of March. Four more outreach programs are scheduled for this month. It aims to reach the poorest and far flung communities in the province and provide them with their basic needs. Dubbed as Gugma Kag Serbisyo Para Sa Katawhan, is spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Governor headed by Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes and supported by the 27th Infantry Battalion, PA, and Office of the Vice Governor's Office headed by Vice Governor Vic De Jesus.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are inviting the citizens to take part in its fun walk activity dubbed as “Walk for a Fire-Free and Fire-Safe Nation” tomorrow, March 1, as part of the kick-off activity for this year’s Fire Prevention Month Celebration. This fun walk activity is a simultaneous activity to be conducted by all fire stations in the country. Acting Koronadal City Fire Marshal Reginald L. Legasti in his letter, cited the effect of fire accidents as “costly to our lives and economy, negating economic gains and cause displacement and misery to our people” thus encouraging others to take part in the activity to “bring safety awareness to our society to prevent onslaught of fires.” Non-government leaders, academes, professionals and other government agencies are also invited to the said activity that will start at five o’clock in the morning at the back of the old Koronadal City Hall grounds,