South Cotabato has formally signed the Memorandum of Agreement (PWD) for the Php 500, 000 worth of start-up capital fund provided by RD Foundation Inc. for the livelihood program under its "Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko" project for the persons with disability (PWDs) of Polomolok. The formal MOA signing was conducted at the Municipal Mayor's Office of Polomolok last November 20. "Edukasyon Mo,Kabuhayan Ko," is a project of RD Foundation "to help the education sector in providing tables and chairs to daycare centers, at the same time provide livelihood to PWDs," Ryan Vidanes, RD Foundation Inc. Assistant Vice President said. RD Foundation Inc. is a corporate Social Responsibility Arm of RD Group of Companies. The tripartite partnership with the local government unit of Polomolok and RD Foundation allowed 25 selected PWDs of the said town to work under the program where they are contracted to build kiddie sets which includes one kiddie table and four chairs for the benefit of the daycare centers in the province. The contract initially requires them to produce 250 sets where beneficiaries are expected to gain Php 187, 500. After the first required number of sets, they will be given another number of sets and a doubled capital seed fund, Jeanice Taganahan, Polomolok PWD Federation President said. Vidanes said the PWD beneficiaries were selected based on their commitment and skill in carpentry. Meanwhile, Polomolok provided a sheltered workshop and bunk houses for the beneficiaries located in Brgy. Magsaysay on the said. South Cotabato provided technical and financial assistance for the conduct of preparatory seminars and training of the beneficiaries and material assistance for the improvement of the beneficiaries' sheltered workshop.
South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes expressed her happiness and showed her support for the youth's artistic platform against illegal drugs entitled "Yes Kami! Yes sa Dulaan, Yes sa Rakrakan" held at KCC Mall, Koronadal City last November 14. The said platform that was introduced last year as part of the observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week gives in and out of school youth the chance to show and voice out their feelings particularly on concerns related to illegal drugs through stage plays or dulaan and composed band songs or rakrakan competitions. Youth groups from all the towns and city in the province joined the said competition. "I'm happy that as we celebrate the anti illegal drugs month.. that the students and even the out of school youth are being involved.It is important that we have at least one forum on which unheard youth voices will be heard [Importante gid abi nga may isa kita ka forum kun sa diin ang tingog sang kabatanunan nga hindi masyado mabatian kay wala sila sa system, mabatian naton]," Fuentes said. Fuentes added that the activity is also one way of discovering the youth's talents and building close and good relationship among other youth. The competition concluded with the town of Sto. Nino winning both the competitions and receiving a total of Php 9, 000 cash price. Tantangan won second place and Banga won third place in the Yes sa Dulaan competition. The winners received Php 4, 000 and Php 3, 000 respectively. Tupi town also placed second and Norala placed third in the Yes sa Rakrakan competition. They received Php 3, 000 and Php 2, 000 respectively. Non-winners received a consolation price worth [...]
South Cotabato has kick-start the celebration of the Provincial Children's Month this November 9 as it joins the country in celebrating the annual national celebration. The month-long activity with the theme "Bata" Iligtas sa Drogra" started with a motorcade around the City of Koronadal and the annual Daycare Children's Congress at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center (SCGCC). Over 300 daycare children from various daycare centers in the province joined the annual celebration and participated in different parlor games and competitions. Meanwhile, a poster making contest was conducted and participated by one elementary student per LGU. The said activity was spearheaded by the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC). Mr. John Fritz Gerald Rosas of Norala Central Elem. School from the town of Norala won the said competition followed by Ms. Jeadelle Reese Rodriguez of Lugan Central Elem. School from the town of T'boli and Mr. Dan Arjay Marañon of Koronadal Central Elem. School-I of Koronadal City. The winners were formally announced during the kick-off activity and will formally receive their prizes worth Php 3000, Php 2,500, and Php 2000 respectively, during the culmination of the Provincial Children's Month this November 29 at Libertad National High School, Surallah. The culmination will also highlight the State of the Children Address (SOCHA) of Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes and the declaration of the Most Friendly and Functional Local Council for the Protection of Children in the province. An extemporaneous competition to be participated by high school students in the province will also be conducted during the culmination program. The culmination program will be aired live by various local radio stations in the province and through live-streaming on social media site Facebook, in partnership with [...]
South Cotabato formally released a total of Php 1, 175, 000 of capital seed fund to four identified associations which includes three level 1 and one Level 2 groups under its Self-Employed Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program, November 7. The recipient associations includes Pag-ibig SEA-K Association of Barangay Zone III, Koronadal City who received Php 260, 000; MCF-RICLA SEA-K Association of Silway 8, Polomolok and Small Business Women SEA-K Association who received Php 250, 000 each; and Survivor Savings SEA-K Association of Brgy. Lumakil, Glamang who received Php 415, 000. Meanwhile, the provincial government is set to release another round of capital seed fund assistance to Sweet Nature SEA-K Association of Palo 19, Tampakan, a level 1 beneficiary, this November 15, Bobby Salanio, Provincial SEA-K Coordinator said. Salanio added that they are now processing the following fund assistance to the following Level 1 and Level 2 beneficiary associations: Level 1 Daisy SEA-K Association of Brgy. Magsaysay, Polomolok (Php 350,000) Small-scale Tilapia Operators SEA-K Association of Poblacion, Lake Sebu (260, 000) Muslim Women SEA-K Association of Koronadal Proper, Polomolok (Php 150, 000) Level 2 Golden Lady SEA-K Association of Brgy. Mambucal, Koronadal City (Php 370, 000) Tupi Fruit Park SEA-K Association (Php 375, 000) SEA-K is a program under the office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) that helps small business owners jump-start their chosen businesses by providing capital seed fund which they have to return to the government, without interest, within two years.
Tupi and Tampakan towns were declared under the State of Calamity after experiencing continuous and heavy rainfall. Three barangays in Tupi and five barangays in Tampakan were greatly affected by floods and landslides which resulted for the said towns to declare a State of Calamity in their respective areas. Affected barangays in Tampakan includes Kipalbig, Palo 19, Liberty, Pulabato, and Tablu. Barangay Poblacion of Tantangan has also signed a resolution declaring the said barangay under State of Calamity after a flashflood incident damaged more than five hectares of rice fields and 552 households from its 12 different puroks. Meanwhile, Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes said the PDRRMO is closely coordinating with the DRRMOs of each towns and shelter allowances were already given to the affected families. Fuentes also assures the public that the provincial government can address the issue at hand without declaring a State of Calamity in the province.
Ten barangays of the province received barangay patrol vehicles from the provincial government recently. Barangay Captains and representatives formally received the patrol vehicles during the formal turn-over conducted by the Provincial Governor's Office - Barangay Affairs Unit (BAU) last Monday, October 30. BAU reports the following barangays as recipients: Barangay Poblacion and Matapol of Norala, Sajaneba of Sto. Niño, Sinolon of T'boli, Kipalbig of Tampakan, Polonuling of Tupi, Zone III of Koronadal City, Polo of Polomolok, and Lampari and Cinco of Banga. The patrol vehicle costs a total amount of Php 7, 740, 000.00 as it costs Php 374, 000 each. Meanwhile, Provincial Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes have asked barangay officials to use the patrol vehicles solely for public service and not for personal use. Fuentes added that they will retrieve the issued vehicles if barangay officials are found to be violating the said rule. Next year, additional 16 barangay patrol vehicles are expected to be turned-over to various barangays.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) have raised the alert status and activated its Incident Command System (ICS) Protocol for Oplan Kaluluwa 2017. PDRRM Officer Milagros Rivera-Lorca said municipal and city DRRMs have been given the order to activate their ICS and monitor their respective areas of responsibilities. Emergency response teams are prepositioned and emergency hotlines have once again been disseminated by the PDRRMC. Meanwhile, citizens are advised to be responsible and alert at all times. PDRRMC is set to end its ICS on November 2.
The South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center (SCRDC) and Mahintana Foundation Inc. are eyeing a public-public partnership (PPP) for the benefit of persons with disabilities (PWD) inmates. Through the Provincial PWD Federation, the portal for the possible partnership was opened to both parties. "... na open ang portal nga magka coordination ang Mahintana Foundation and ang facility para ma improve ang services like additional medicines and check-ups,"Czar Balayon, Provincial PWD Federation President said. Four identified PWD inmates at SCRDC recently received wheelchairs from Mahintana Foundation during a part of their week-long celebration of the Prisoners' Week last October 23 to 29. South Cotabato government meanwhile provided 200 hygiene kits for selected inmates which includes the elderly and with seldom family visitors. "This is the start of our public-private partnership that we are building with the SCRDC and PWD Organization. This is a seasonal project but Dole Philippines has this corporate responsibility...whenever there's a project that might help the people, we help implement it," Reb Minion, Mahintana Foundation Inc. representative said. Minion added that free medical and dental services, and medicines are possible as part of the organization's future plans with SCRDC. Mahintana serves as Dole Philippines' implementing arm in its community development projects. Provincial Warden Juan Lanzaderas is likewise positive on the brewing partnership that will benefit not just the 15 PWD inmates but all 1,060 inmates of SCRDC.
Training on Disaster Response and Rescue Operations (DRRO) is now being conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to prepare T'boli's barangay search and rescue (SAR) teams for their responsibility as disaster rescuers of their communities. PDRRM Officer Milagros Rivera-Lorca in an interview said, T'boli pushed through with their plan of organizing their barangay SAR teams to augment their existing Barangay Disaster Action Team (BDAT) force and requested the PDRRMC to assist and capacitate their identified SAR teams. SAR teams from the 25 barangays of T'boli were clustered into groups and underwent through DRRO training in batches which started last week and will end on the first week of November.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is encouraging South Cotabateños to form a Local Regulatory Council (LRC) in their respective communities to help the agency monitor and screen movies and television programs, protect children from violent films and help promote filipino values throught "matalinong panonood". LRC is the agency's mechanism of monitoring and overseeing unregistered television networks, theatres and video outlets operating outside the capital and other remote areas in the country. Raymond Aquino, MTRCB Board member said, LRC members will act as MTRCB and will also raise public awareness on the revised classification rating of the agency for movies and television. Aquino said the rating system were developed through the help of psychologists and experts for better understanding of sex and violence among children as the agency's intention is to protect children. "Violence is more dangerous than sex...stop adoration of violence," Aquino added. Deputy cards will be given to members of the LRC which will enable them to enter theater rooms for free to monitor and report the establishment's compliance on MTRCB rules. Contrary to common perception, Aquino also clarified that MTRCB do not censor, rather review and classify movies and television programs based on their "redeeming social values." MTRCB has scope of authority on theaters, television networks, cable TV operators, producers and distributors, program content providers, movie distributors, all persons and entities authorized by law to engage in movie and TV industry. However, they have no authority over straight news programs, materials printed and exhibited by the government, materials shown within the premises of foreign embassies, TV program hosts and sanitation of theaters. MTRCB have been intensifying its advocacy to promote filipino values through its campaign dubbed as "Matalinong Panonood [...]