CITY OF KORONADAL --- Local Government Units (LGUs) will conduct their respective clean-up drive as a gesture of their cooperation and support to the National Clean-up Drive spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) slated April 22 (Saturday) in celebration of Earth Day with its theme “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko.” This was the consensus among City and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (C/MENROs) during the regular monthly meeting of the Provincial League of Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PLENRO) – South Cotabato held at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office here. LGUs which signified their intention to participate in the April 22 clean-up drive were Sto. Nino, Polomolok, Tampakan, Tampakan and Koronadal City, which committed to clean their respective public places such as roadside, public terminal, plaza and park, municipal hall, among others, except for Tampakan which will conduct tree-planting activities only in selected barangays in and the clean-up drive scheduled a week after. Meanwhile, Tantangan, Surallah, Lake Sebu, Banga and T’boli LGUs will conduct their clean-up today, April 21 (Friday). Supervising Environment Management Specialist Elbe Balucanag, chief of the Provincial Environment Management Office - Environment Management Division, meanwhile disclosed that the provincial government issued a memorandum to all department heads to conduct clean-up in their respective office and premises today in support to the national clean-up drive. Earlier during the meeting, DENR-EMB 12 Basura Patroller Maruwah Baito discussed the findings of their Basura Patrol Program particularly violations committed by some Barangay LGUs as well as their compliance to Republic Act 9003 or otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
CITY OF KORONADAL --- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Office has recently released the results of the initial evaluation of the 2017 Search for Cleanest and Greenest LGU that was conducted unannounced last February 28 to March 17, this year. Based on the consolidation of the results conducted by the team of evaluators last March 30 – 31 at Evelandia Lake View Resort at Takunel, Lake Sebu showed Surallah garnering the first place slot among the 11 participating LGUs. Surallah was followed by last year’s first place winner Polomolok as second place. Tupi landed third place closely followed by Tampakan in fourth place, while Sto. Nino improved its standing to fifth place and T’boli got the sixth place slot. They were followed by Lake Sebu, Norala, Koronadal City, Banga, Tantangan, ranked from seventh to eleventh place in that order. Meanwhile, winners of the Special Awards were as follows: Best Barangay - (1st) Surallah, (2nd) Polomolok, (3rd) Tupi; Best Community Garden – Surallah; Best Backyard Garden – Surallah; Best Municipal Nursery – Surallah; Best Central Material Recovery Facility – Polomolok; Best Public Market – Polomolok; Best Plaza and Park – Polomolok; Best Roadside Beautification – Surallah; Best Public Terminal – Surallah; Best Public Toilet – Polomolok. The unannounced initial evaluation has an equivalent of 40 percentage points while the unannounced final evaluation has 60 percentage points. Final evaluation will be conducted on the last week of May until the middle week of June with the announcement of winners scheduled during the opening of the 2017 T’nalak Festival in July. Evaluators are representatives from DILG, Provincial Environment Management Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Information Office, Arts, Culture, Tourism and Museum Promotions [...]
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be holding a National Clean-up Day this coming April 22 (Saturday) in line with the international celebration of Earth Day. DENR-Environment Management Bureau (EMB) 12 Regional Director Socorro Lanto disclosed that based from the waste mapping of EMB Basura Patrol Program, a total of 6,393 violations of Section 48 (1,3 and 6) of Republic Act 9003 or otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 in public places were documented by 250 Basura Patrollers nationwide. Section 48 (1,3 and 6) refers to the Prohibited Acts of the law such as littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places, such as roads, sidewalks, canals, esteros or parks, and establishment, or causing or permitting the same; the open burning of solid waste; and, open dumping, burying of biodegradable or non-biodegradable materials in flood-prone areas. Lanto added that the clean-up will promote and support national government partnership with LGUs, NGOs, academe and the private sector, while recognizing and strengthening local and national clean-up initiatives. “Ridge to Reef” approach is being adopted in line with the national clean-up, EMB added, with the convergence of all its partners. EMB has set the conduct of the national clean-up every quarter scheduled every January as part of RA 9003 celebration and Zero Waste Month, every April as part of Earth Day celebration, every June as part of Environment Month celebration and every third Saturday of September coinciding with the International Coastal Clean-up Day. Elbe Balucanag, Supervising Environment Management Specialist of the Provincial Environment Management Office - Environment Management Division, disclosed during this week’s Kapehan sa Kapitolyo that the province’s will enjoin all its department heads to conduct clean-up in [...]
CITY OF MAKATI --- The Treasures of SOX Travel & Trade Expo ended with a big bang, registering P34 million in trade sales and another P11 million in tourism sales (both cash, booked and under negotiations) as it ended its 5-day activity at Glorietta Event Center here last April 7. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 12 which reported the trade sales disclosed that they exceeded their target of P30 million for this year’s TTE. Some 30 exhibitors consisting of partner LGUs and NGAs, MSMEs and sponsor Philippine Airlines joined the TTE. Meanwhile, Department of Tourism (DOT) 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera disclosed that P11 million in tourism sales were generated in which the bulk went to the upcoming national convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs slated from April 22 – 30 in Koronadal City as well as the Lake Holon Tours. RD Dillera added that “it does include the intangibles such as the case of University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts which promised to help design the 15 Guardians of Lake Holon project.” DTI 12 also awarded JNB Diversified Food Products, distributor of Xantonics health and wellness supplements, as the top grosser among MSME exhibitors. The company which is owned by Jawharia Bajunaid from Purok 10-A, Tupi, South Cotsbato, has 7 stalls located in big malls in General Santos City, Davao City and Tagum City. They planned to expand their business in Metro Manila soon. Exhibitors and partners were recognized by DOT through the awarding of plaque of recognition during the closing program. Internationally-acclaimed Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe of Koronadal City led by choreographer Benhur Abulencia which entertained the crowd since Day I of the TTE was given a [...]
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 12 in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship - Go Negosyo has launched the 2nd batch of the Kapatid Mentor ME or KMME program this April. DTI 12 Regional Director Ibrahim Guiamadel disclosed in a press statement that the KMME Project aims to promote the inclusive business model in the country where successful entrepreneurs will guide, mentor and capacitate fellow entrepreneurs. Simultaneous launching of the project is scheduled on April 10 for Sarangani province, April 11 for General Santos City, and April 17 for Cotabato province and Cotabato City. The launching of the provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat meanwhile are scheduled on June 7 and July 13, respectively. In the pioneer batch of the KMME project, 20 entrepreneurs joined coming from Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, South Cotabato and General Santos City. Those coming from South Cotabato include Lola Aling’s (Tupi), Scoops Garden Ice Cream (Surallah), Marche Herbal Food Products (Sto. Nino) and Eden’s Flowers (Tupi). “We expect to see more of our local entrepreneurs graduate into higher levels of business operations, increase their productivity, and widen their market reach,” Guiamadel stressed He added that the results of the program “will be more economic activities, create more jobs, and contribute to an improved standard of living for the people of SOCCSKSARGEN.”
The Provincial Development Council (PDC) tackled during its regular quarterly meeting recently the continuous illegal “banlas” mining in the Municipality of Tampakan particularly at Sitio Campo Kilot at Barangay Pula-Bato. Pula Bato Barangay Captain Celso Doc together with some members of the barangay council who attended the meeting presented the different issues and concerns regarding banlas or technically termed as hydraulic mining in their area and likewise the different steps they have undertaken regarding this problem to PDC. Based on their presentation, the council disclosed that banlas mining started as early as 2007 and a number of raids were conducted by authorities between 2008 and 2013 that eventually led to the establishment of an Amy/CAA detachment in the area. The council also revealed that a Cease and Desist order was issued by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board chaired by DENR-MGB 12 Regional Director Constancio Paye on 2015 after they reported to the said office about the existence of illegal mining activities in their barangay. But despite of the different actions they have undertaken to curb it, the council admitted that banlas mining operations still existed as attested by the raid conducted last December 2016. With the historical presentation of the facts on the existence of banlas mining, the council recommended to the PDC the re-establishment of an Army detachment in the area, assistance in the form of sustainable livelihood programs to farmers, rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, creation of an inter-agency monitoring team and to allow mining in the said area so that banlas mining will stop. Carlito Uy, acting as PDC Presiding Officer during the meeting due to the absence of Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, said that the requests were noted and will be discussed [...]
CITY OF MAKATI --- Motor bikers all over the country will attempt to break 3 Guinness world records during the holding of the 23rd national convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs on April 29 this year in Koronadal City. Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel, who is the concurrent National Federation President, confirmed during the opening of the Treasures of SOX Travel and Trade Expo here on April 3 that between 2,500 to 3,000 motorbikers are expected to converge in Koronadal City on April 29. “We will attempt to break the world records on the largest parade of motorcycles, the most engines started simultaneously and the most motorcycle horns sounded simultaneously,” Mayor Miguel disclosed. Miguel added that India set the previous records with around 1,700 motorcycles participating, so he is confident that the motorcycle convention could break or set 3 world records. Department of Tourism (DOT) 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera together with Miguel and Tacurong City Tourism Officer Emily Jamorabon likewise presented the Tourism Pit Stops in SOCCSKSARGEN. RD Dillera presented the different destinations and attractions in the province like Lake Sebu, Lake Holon, , among others, while Jamorabon showcased Tacuroong City’s Baras Bird Sanctuary, Sultan Kudarat’s Provincial Capitol dubbed as the Taj Mahal of the country and the hot springs in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. Miguel presented the city’s hotels, resorts, malls and other attractions not only as the province’s capital and lone component city, but also as the Administrative Capital of SOCCSKSARGEN. In attendance during the presentation were broadcaster Jay Taruc of Motorcycle Diaries and other prominent motorcycle enthusiasts in the country.
The Treasures of SOX Travel & Trade Expo (TTE) opened in Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City today, April 3, with around 30 exhibitors consisting of MSMEs from the region, corporate sponsors and partner LGUs and NGAs showcasing the best products and services that their respective agency or entity can offer to the public. Department of Tourism (DOT) 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera led the opening program by highlighting the accomplishments of last year’s TTE which garnered sales of more than P20 million and expected a much high record for this year’s TTE. She also reported that tourism arrivals for 2016 increased by 19% compared to that of 2015. Farm Tourism and Mo-“tourism” were likewise launched for this year’s TTE with Captain James Reamon, a retired airline pilot and President of Farm Tourism Association and Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel in attendance as major stakeholders. Felicidad Orchard, a DOT-accredited farm tourism establishment located in Katangawan, General Santos City and owned by Reamon were inaugurated early this year. Mayor Miguel meanwhile launched its mo-‘tourism” in preparation for the 23rd National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs National Convention from April 22 – 30 in koronadal City, in which according to Miguel will be attended by around 3,000 motorbikers all over the Philippines. Included in the launching of Mo-“tourism” was the presentation of Tourism Pit Stop of Tacurong City, which showcased its Baras Bird Sanctuary for bikers to experience and enjoy before going to Koronadal City for the convention. Big wigs of DOT led by USec Almarita Jimenez, ASec Frederick Alegre, ASec Daniel Mercado and NCR Regional Director Benjie Santiagre graced the opening. ASec Alegre represented DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo as the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker [...]
CITY OF MAKATI --- Treasures of SOX Travel and Trade Expo officially opens today at Glorietta Activity Center, this city, showcasing the “best of the best” of the products that SOCCSKSARGEN Region could offer to both local and foreign tourists. SOCCSKSARGEN is composed of the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos and the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudaratand Sarangani. Department of Tourism (DOT) 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera will lead the tourism stakeholders in the opening program full of fun fare with the internationally- acclaimed Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe of Koronadal City LGU expected to wow the crowd with their cultural performances. Tourism Pit Stops Product of the region will debut today in the sales call presentation to be participated by DOT, Tour Operators, LGUs and other stakeholders in attendance. In the succeeding days until Friday (April 7), other product presentations will include Beach and Dive Tourism, Nature Tourism and Cultural Tourism. Likewise, an Investment Forum cum Matching will be conducted with prospective investors together with project proponents, LGUs and DOT. Business Matching will also be daily activity at the designated “bismatch” booth at the activity center for the duration of the 5-day activity.
LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO --- Members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Search for South Cotabato Model Schools in Solid Waste Management recently conducted program implementation review and revision of mechanics and criteria for this year’s contest at Evelandia Lake View Resort, this municipality. Spearheaded by the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) as Secretariat, the TWG revised the contest mechanics specifically on the qualification of schools which can join in the elementary and high school categories. Likewise, the TWG decided to change the general criteria including the schedule and the mechanics of the conduct of the 2 evaluations (initial and final). Criteria in the Special Awards such as Best in IEC, Best in Documentation, Best in Recycling, Best in Composting, Best in Organic Garden, Best in Community Participation and Best YES-O Implementer were likewise refined with each TWG member given an assigned task as part of “focused judging.” Meetings with City and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Principals/Administrators of participating schools were also set on May and June, respectively. TWG members in attendance were SEMS Elbe Balucanag, EMS I Jobie de Jesus and CDA I Reynaldo Fabrigar of PEMO, Information Officer III Fruto Sumagaysay Jr of PIO, Dr. Nida Pastor, EPS – DepEd City Division, Bai Soraya Meditar of DENR 12 and Gemma Guyos of South Cotabato Foundation Inc.