Over 175 food and non-food assistance were provided by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to landslide and flash flood victims from towns of Tupi and City of Koronadal. PDRRM Officer Milagros Rivera-Lorca said the provided relief assistance includes cooking and kitchen utensils, hygiene kits, children kits, and food packs which includes rice and canned goods. 155 families from Cabuling and Dungan Lahik of Barangay Saravia, Koronadal City were evacuated due to the said disaster accidents caused by heavy rainfall last September 15 that lasted for several days. A State of Calamity was declared in Barangay Saravia by its local officials, however no estimated cost of damage have yet been reported to PDRRMO, said Lorca. 20 families from Sitio Mambusong and Purok Lote North of Barangay Cebuano, Tupi also received the said assistance. One residential house was totally damaged while 5 residential houses were partially damaged in Barangay Cebuano, PDRRMO reported. One bridge was also totally damaged due to the incident in Barangay Tubeng in Tupi. The victims were endorsed to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) for profiling and processing for their Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), she added. A maximum of Php 30, 000 will be given to victims whose homes were totally damaged while a maximum of Php 10, 000 will be given to victims whose homes were partially damaged. PDRRMO recommended the LGUs concerned to relocate the victims specially those near the spillways.
South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center formally opened its four new prison cells and 10 furnished conjugal rooms yesterday, September 15 through a ceremonial ribbon-cutting led by Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes. Provincial Warden Juan Lanzaderas Jr said the prison cells aims to reduce the inmate cell decongestion in SCRDC. At present, there are more than a thousand inmates are in SCRDC. A minimum of 50 inmates per cell can be accommodated, he said Meanwhile, Lanzaderas said the conjugal rooms where improved to make it “presentable and conducive for the couples.” Among the improvements are its repainted walls and tiled floors. Lanzaderas said couples who are both inmates of SCRDC may use the conjugal rooms once every month for a maximum of 2 hours. Those whose husbands and wives are outside of SCRDC may use the rooms once every week for the same number of hours. He cleared that only those couples who have marriage certificates will be allowed to use the said rooms. Couples may bring their own foam beds or banig if they plan to use the said rooms. A maintenance fee of Php 10.00 per hour will also be collected. South Cotabato Provincial Government allocated a total of Php 2.3 million for the said improvements. Aside from the new prison cells and conjugal rooms, SCRDC also welcomed their two new prison vehicles worth Php 2, 000, 000 each.
South Cotabato Provincial Government and its Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) continues to push and promote positive discipline among "duty bearers" in the province. PCPC conducted a four-day training on positive discipline attended by municipal and provincial councils for children at Villa Princessita, Koronadal City. "Positive discipline is an approach in parenting as well as in teaching children... the overall goal - eliminate corporal punishment," said Lelani Torato, RSW, Save the Children Program Coordinator. Torato said positive discipline helps children to develop empathy, self-control, communicate clearly, respect for others, and develop good decision-making. "The concept of discipline is teaching or guiding the child without inflicting pain. The essence of discipline is teaching the child," she said. As member of the PCPC, Torato encourages parents and teachers to due away with corporal punishment as this affects children's "mental internalization" in which it gives them the message that "to resolve conflict is to hit or hurt people." She also added for parents to find a work and life balance and spend time with their children. While there are critics of the new approach, Torato said this mindset is a result of poor understanding of the rights of children which includes their right to participate, protection, survival, and development. Meanwhile, the PCPC continues to educate duty bearers on positive discipline. They have previously conducted the same training to daycare workers, business establishment representatives with the Department of Trade and Industry, and other social workers in the province.
12 small-scale operators at Sitio Tunnel, Barangay Kematu, T'boli went through training on drafting its Emergency Response and Preparedness Plan (ERPP) this week. twenty-five representatives of these 12 small-scale operators went through an orientation conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) on drafting the ERPP including its medical plan and response and rescue plan. T'boli's Geohazard map classifies the area as "highly susceptible to landslide... due to its inherent steep to very steep topography and weak underlying materials". The 2-day training that ended yesterday was introduced after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB), Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO), and Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office(MENRO) conducted its Geological Site Investigation Report on the landslide occurrence at Sitio Tunnel last July 18 this year and found numerous disaster reports that will endanger miners' lives and communities nearby. The investigation reported seepages in the landslide area and significant volume of debris have gone downhill that will put several bunkhouses, tunnels, communities and settlements at risk. Suspected tension cracks were also reported. Governor Daisy P. Avance Fuentes have already directed a temporary stoppage order to the operators last August 14 this year until such time that they can submit their ERPP and the Provincial Mining Regulatory Baord (PMRB) will give its recommendation that the area is safe to operate small-scale mining activities.
South Cotabato’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) assisted one of Misasmis Oriental’s town in planning its child-focused programs, projects and activities facilitated by World Vision just recently. As partner agency of World Vision, PDRRMO accepted the call to assist Alubijib town, a 4th class municipality of Misamis Oriental, together with the Municipal Disaster Officers of Surallah and Sto. Niño in drafting its Child Friendly Disaster Risk Reduction Plan. Milagros Rivera -Lorca, PDRRM Officer said among the notable gap between the town’s DRRM plan are its bloated plans vis-à-vis its five percent DRRM fund making their target plans unrealistic and absence of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan which made them unable to track and evaluate their implemented PPAs. Lorca said the activity attended by the Municipal DRRMC of Alubijib and students was an opportunity to share the best practices among LGUs present to assist towns like Alubijib in crafting its own DRRM plan. She also encouraged the town’s MDRRMC to conduct a consultative and collaborative planning process to produce a more effective plan.
South Cotabato showed its support to Supreme Court yesterday as the latter brought its Enhanced Justice on Wheels (E-JOW) Program in the province. E-JOW is a mobile court program introduced last 2004 by then Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. to lessen jail decongestion and speed up trial cases. SC parked its mobile court at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Gym parking area where it served as courtroom and mediation room for more than 30 inmates of the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center (SCRDC) while SC simultaneously conducted information dissemination and dialogue with barangay leaders to help fast-track the justice process inside the said gym. Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez visited SCRDC to check the condition of the inmates and later met with judges, prosecutors, Public Attorney's Office, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Philippine National Police officials to discuss possible solutions to SCRDC's problems. SC also provided free legal consultation to inmates at SCRDC. As its support to E-JOW, South Cotabato led by the Provincial Governor's Office conducted a medical and dental mission to SCRDC where more than 350 inmates were provided with the services. A feeding activity was also conducted with the South Cotabato band present to provide entertainment.
South Cotabato is helping its muslim leaders combat drug abuse and crimes by cultivating a culture of peace in muslim communities. Yesterday, muslim leaders in the province convened for a Culture of Peace (COP) Training facilitated by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) at FB Hotel, Koronadal City. Through the COP training, the province aims to help muslim leaders understand the principles of conflict, negotiation and dialogue , and support them in creating action plans to promote peace and combat crimes and drug abuse in their communities. The three-day training started with providing muslim leaders with lectures on the history, conflicts and peace processes in Mindanao which will be followed by another training scheduled on September 20 and September 27. Genelene Vidanes, Provincial Sectoral Division Head and Provincial Muslim Coordinator said, the muslim leaders are expected to produce a Peace Plan for their community at the end of the training. She added that the muslim leaders have been active in working with the government and are discussing programs and activities that they can contribute for the South Cotabateños. This makes working with them a lot easier, she added.
The National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now orienting local government units in South Cotabato on its proposal of providing its Listahanan database, a system that includes sensitive personal information of all people in every community, to LGUs through a data sharing agreement. NHTO acquired the approval of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to proceed with the execution of the agreement with social protection stakeholders in all towns, cities and provinces after NPC resolved that the former’s enhanced Memorandum of Agreement on Data Sharing is compliant with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act, its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), and NPC Circular No. 2016 – 002 on Data Sharing involving government agencies. South Cotabato facilitated an orientation where the DSWD presented the Data Privacy Act and the utilization of Listahanan 2 which was attended by municipal, city and provincial social welfare officers and other social protection stakeholder representatives last August 5. DSWD believes that the Listahanan will serve as basis in prioritizing the beneficiaries of social protection programs of the government, and identifying the beneficiaries will be easier for social protection officers and other stakeholders too. However, DSWD said because of the sensitivity of the information stored in the database, LGUs who wants to have access to it will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD and will strictly follow the Guidelines on the Sharing of Data approved by DWSD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo “to ensure the protection and security of sensitive personal information of data subjects.” Under the said guidelines, LGUs are tasked to create an organizational or a technical security measure to ensure data security. LGUs should also designate at least [...]
Over 100 out of school youth in the province attended this year's Provincial Youth Empowerment and Leadership Level-up (YELL) Workshop at Barangay Centrala, Surallah which started last August 29 and will end this September 1. Attendees will undergo various activities and lectures that focuses on leadership, teamwork, decision-making, and conflict-handling in management, among others. Prior to this workshop, the provincial government conducted Moral Recovery Programs (MRP) and Servant Leadership Training (SLT) that serves as "pre-requisite"activities to morally prepare the youth for a more advanced training. "The government is here for you and will sustain the youth as valuable citizens of society,"OIC-Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Maria Ana D. Uy said. The YELL workshop is a " youth empowerment and leadership level-up" activity said that aims to empower the youth to become "good example, a model youth for others to follow," she added.
South Cotabato released its second round of education grant for 4, 717 public school students in the province during the ceremonial release conducted at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court earlier today, August 30. A total of 135 public elementary and high schools from the towns of Tantangan, Norala, Surallah, Lake Sebu and City of Koronadal received the said grant that's worth a total of Php 4, 759, 125.50. Barangay Affairs Unit (BAU) spearheaded the said release which was attended by school principals, PTA presidents and treasurers. Mr. Victor Benedict De Jesus, Vice Governor Vic De Jesus' Chief of Staff witnessed the said activity. Earlier this August, BAU released its first round of educational fund that benefited more than 15, 000 students in South Cotabato.