South Cotabato will soon create a Culture and the Arts Council which will be headed by the Governor with the passing of a resolution calling for its creation by the Provincial Development Council Social Development Committee (PDC-SDC) during its meeting recently. PDC-SDC Secretary Evelyn Fantilanan disclosed that Memorandum Circular (MC) #2017-133 dated September 29, 2017 issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) (DILG), enjoins every LGU in the country to legislate for the establishment of a Local Culture and the Arts Council (LCAC). But Indira Cagaanan, concurrent Officer-in-Charge of the Arts, Culture, Tourism and Museum (ACTM) Development Promotions Unit disclosed during the meeting that at present, there is an existing SCCAFI or South Cotabato Culture and the Arts Foundation Inc. SCCAFI, according to Cagaanan, is privately-run with representatives coming from different other artist groups and stakeholders. But with the issuance of DILG, ACTM was enjoined to draft an Executive Order (EO) for its creation which will be signed by the Gpvernor. Under said MC, the LCAC is composed of the Local Chief Executive as Chairperson with 21 Members representing different sectors such as local government offices and national line agencies, private and business institutions,, academe, professional groups, IPs, NGOs, artists and cultural workers, and other stakeholders. Its primary function is to prepare an annual plan on culture, arts and cultural heritage consonant with the Philippine Development Plan for Culture and the Arts, to be integrated in the local development plan and considered in the annual appropriation ordinances. LCAC is likewise tasked to coordinate programs and recommendations to develop and sustain local cultural and artistic talents, cultural industries, traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and their processes; coordinate with the appropriate affiliated cultural [...]
A senior official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau (DENR – EMB) has commended South Cotabato as one of the only 2 provinces in the country that is compliant in the treatment of health care waste and hazardous waste. Supervising Environment Management Specialist Geronimo Sanez of DENR-EMB Central Office personally relayed the message to Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes during a courtesy call last February 8 at the Governor’s Office. The other province, Sanez revealed, is the province of Tarlac in Luzon. While some LGUs have pending cases with the Environment Ombudsman for non-compliance of RA 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 specifically on the establishment of sanitary landfill, South Cotabato and Tarlac have leveled up already and have established their respective Health care Waste Treatment facility (HCWTF), according to EMB. Likewise. DENR-EMB commended South Cotabato for the wholesale approval of its 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan together with its 11 component LGUs. DENR-EMB personnel were in the province to visit the newly-constructed Health Care Waste Treatment Facility located within the Integrated Provincial Environment Management Center in Tinongcop, Tantangan. In a technical conference earlier this year, the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) was requested by DENR-EMB 12 to comply until Aoril 6 this year, the few lacking requirements needed to operate the HCWTF.
Panabo City LGU led by Mayor James Gamao together with other city officials visited the province’s Cluster Sanitary Landfill (SLF) located at Colongulo, Surallah yesterday (February 8) as part of their study tour. Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita was on hand to meet and greet the Mayor and his staff which included the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, City Planning and Development Coordinator, City Engineer, and City Zoning Officer. His LGU, according to Mayor Gamao, will play host in the establishment of SLF in Davao del Norte, together with 8 other LGUs in their province, Davao del Norte.. “South Cotabato has a cluster SLF in operation, that is why we have chosen it for our study tour,” Mayor Gamao said. City ENRO Felix Senajon disclosed that they plan to construct an SLF in a 10.3 hectare property. At present, he added that their city have a 2-hectare controlled dumpsite where there they dumped their solid wastes. Prior to the site visit, SLF Manager Engr. Roldan Eusoya briefed them of the SLF operation and management. The LGU later toured the site to experience first-hand how the SLF is being operated. The province’s SLF was a Galling Pook (GP) awardee in 2014, and the following year, its “Minahang Bayanihan” and Health Plus in a Shop: The Friendly Drugstore” likewise won twin awards that eventually earned them the GP Hall of Fame award.
CITY OF KORONADAL --- Some 24 infrastructure projects worth P237,680,000.00, will be implemented province-wide by the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) for 2018, a senior official from PEO confirmed during the weekly Kapihan sa Kapitolyo media forum here sponsored by the Provincial Information Office. PEO Officer-in-Charge Vicente Ayongao said that the projects, funded from the 20% Local Development Fund (LDF) of the province, consisted of 17 road upgrading, construction of 2 multipurpose buildings, 2 water systems, 1 lying-in clinic and 1 curve gym, and fabrication of drilling equipment for indigenous dikes. “All the projects’ Program of Work are now being prepared by the engineers in the PEO - Construction and Maintenance Division so we could fast-track its full implementation,” Engr. Ayongao added. Aongao likewise updated the media that aside from the 24 LDF-funded projects, another 25 projects are on-going province-wide as of January this year. The on-going projects, according to Ayongao, have a total project cost of P72,694,880.00 and mainly consisted of various vertical structures such as Senior Citizen buildings, Liga Hall, 2-storey and single storey Barangay Halls, Stage and Bleacher, Day Care Center and PEO - Material and Testing Laboratory Quality Control Building; horizontal structures such as roads, lined canals and box culvert; and, other structures such as Perimeter Fence/Firewal at OPag, facilities in evacuation center (Lunen Elementary School, Tupi), fabrication of Deck-type beds for female inmates and installation of rice steamer at SCRDC, Koronadal City and improvement of electrical facilities and provision of power house at Finance Building, Provincial Capitol compound. Aside from provincial government-funded projects, PEO also disclosed to media that South Cotabato is also a recipient of 8 DILG-CMGP Road Projects worth almost P193 million for 2018.
A road project connecting the City of Koronadal and the municipality of Tantangan passing through rural barangays of said LGUs is being proposed by the provincial government for 2018. The proposed project dubbed Koronadal – Tantangan Bypass Road, was finalized into 2 segments with a total road length of 18.89 kilometers by technical personnel from the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Department of Agriculture – (DA) ADPO PMU, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) South Cotabato Engineering District and LGUs Koronadal City and Tantangan in a meeting last November 2017 in General Santos City. Segment 1 which has a total length of 9.86 kilometers, is located at junction national highway (Midsayap-Marbel Road)-New Iloilo-Libas-Tinongkop,Tantangan-Paraiso,Koronadal City-junction national highway (Cotabato-Marbel Road), while Segment 2 which is 9.03 kilometers long, is located in junction national highway (Cotabato-Marbel Road)-Mambucal (via old Dumpsite Road)-Sta. Cruz-San Isidro– Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City (Marbel-Makar Road). Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes In a letter addressed to Tantangan Mayor Benjamin Figueroa, requested the town chief executive to settle any Road Right of Way (RROW) issues and prepare RROW documents and other required data and information. The minimum required RROW, according to Governor Fuentes, is 20 meters. Provincial Engineer’s Office Officer-in-Charge Vicente Ayongao said that if approved, possible source of funds for the project may come from DILG-CMGP, DA-Food Security or any other road infrastructure programs.
CITY OF KORONADAL --- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Office and Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) jointly conducted yesterday an Orientation/Briefing of Revised Criteria and Mechanics of the Search for Cleanest and Greenest LGU for Calendar Year 2018 at Fred Ann’s Foodhauz, this city. City and Municipal Technical Working Group members of the participating LGUs attended the briefing together with the evaluators of the contest composed of representatives from PEMO, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Integrated Provincial Health Office, Provincial Information Office, Arts, Culture, Tourism and Museum Development Promotions Unit, NGO South Cotabato Foundation, Inc. and corporate giant Dole Philippines, together with DILG as Head Secretariat. PEMO chief Siegfred Flaviano led the presentation of the criteria and criteria which showed few revisions compared to last year’s criteria and mechanics. Revisions presented include giving the LGU the lee-way to choose their own participating barangay, revision in the percentage on previous roadside versus the new roadside from 50-50 percentile to 60-40 percentile, and inclusion of schools in the criteria where they will be judged based on technical and financial assistance extended by the LGU and the program outcome. This year’s search will officially start on February 28 to March 16 for the initial evaluation and May 28 to June 15 for the final evaluation. The awarding is set on the opening program of the 2018 T’nalak Festival this July.
In consonance with the “Build, Build, Build” banner program of the national government, ten (10) Tourism Road Infrastructure Project (TRIP) and four (4) Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) are up for implementation in South Cotabato for 2018. Based from records sourced out from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), the 10 TRIP projects, a joint project of the Department of the Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as implementing arm, have a project cost of P200 million. The 4 ROLL IT projects, also a joint undertaking of DPWH and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) amounted to P170 million. The 10 DPWH-DOT TRIP projects, are as follows: Access Road Leading to Weaving Center Road, Trappistine Monastery and Paragliding Site and View Deck for Wild Pig Watching Area, including bridge (Bgy. Landan, Polomolok); Access Road Leading to Mt. Matutum Jump-off Point at Sitio Glandang, Bgy. Kablon, Tupi; Junction Lang Dulay Road Leading to Bgy. Lamdalag-Bgy. Klubi-Bgy. Lamcade (Site of World’s Most Number of T’nalak Weavers) at Bgy. Klubi, Lake Sebu; Junction Ben Sidon-Bacdulong Road Leading to Lake Sebu Circumferential Road-Bgy. Bacdulong in Lake Sebu; Poblacion T’boli-Bgy. Laconon Leading to Bacngeb River Cave Road, Bgy. Laconon, T’boli; Poblacion to Bgy. Kematu Road Leading to Hidak Falls and PANAMIN Village and Kematu Mining Area, Bgy. Kematu, T’boli; Junction Surallah-Lake Sebu Road Leading to NV Vogt Solar Power Plant, Bgy. Centrala, Surallah; Poblacion T’boli to Bgy. Salacafe Leading to Jump-off Point to Lake Holon and Mt. Melibingoy, Bgy. Salacafe, T’boli; Poblacion T’boli to Bgy. Lamhaku Leading to El Kini Hot Springs Road, Bgy. Lamhaku, T’boli; Poblacion Lake sebu Leading to Traan Kini (Bridge Construction), Bgy. Lamdalag, Lake Sebu. Likewise, [...]
With this year’s theme “Ani Sining, Alab ng Sining,” the National Arts Month (NAM) celebration in South Cotabato will kick off on February 17 with simultaneous activities spearheaded by artists groups. Arts, Culture, Tourism and Museum Development (ACTM) Promotions Unit Officer-In-Charge Indira Cagaanan disclosed that the active Theater Arts sector will have its Apat sa Taglamig (AST) Drama Festival every weekend starting February 17 until March 4 at the KNCHS Gym, Koronadal City. Simultaneously, the Graphic Arts group will conduct a Seminar on Graphic Design and Workshop on Character Design and Mural Painting on February 17, 21 22 and 23 at KCC Mall of Marbel, Koronadal City. South Cotabato Performing Arts Ensemble (SCPAE), the province’s in-house artists, will likewise conduct its 3rd SCPAE Dance and Music Workshop with Dance Workshop on Hip-hop, Contemporary and Folk (PROTECH Center), Rondalla Playing Workshop (South Cotabato Museum) and Choral Workshop (City Mall) on February 21, 22 and 23 in Koronadal City. South Cotabato’s own version of NAM is dubbed “2018 Tubas Taliambong.”
South Cotabato’s 2017 Sand, Gravel and Mining (SGM) Tax Collection has exceeded its 2016 SGM Tax Collection by almost P3 million, the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) reported. The 2017 SGM collection was recently reported by the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), the province’s collection arm, at P21,650, 878.57, while the 2016 SGM collection was recorded only at P18,743,092.83. PEMO revealed that the increase was due to the aggressive collection of PTO and strict implementation of mining and quarry policies and regulations of their office. Nencita Acain, PEMO – Mines & Geo-Sciences Management Division chief said that they expect an increase in 2018 because of the amendments made in the province’s Local Revenue Code increasing the provincial imposition on Sand, Gravel and Mining. Parallel to the increase in tax collection is also the increase in the SGM provincial share which amounted to P8,302,736.83 for 2017 compared to P7,578,246.28 in 2016.
The Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) has completed 11 Food Security road projects from 2014 to 2016 consisting mainly of farm-to-market (FMR) roads with a total project cost of P112,099,041.50 . In a report sourced out from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) – Special Projects Division revealed that 5 projects were completed in 2014, while 2 projects in 2015 and 4 projects in 2016 were undertaken, with 1 project is still on-going. PPDO likewise confirmed that there are some projects that were not started in 2017 but were still proposed by PEO for implementation in 2018. These are the concreting of Modon- Bgy. Upper Sepaka FMR in Surallah with a project cost of P26,761,176.47 (but was adjusted to P10,000.000.0); concreting of Purok Rosas II, Bgy San Isidro-Masagana, Bgy. Katipunan FMR in Sto. Nino with a project cost of P25,500,000.00; and, concreting of Purok Hechanova, Bgy Paraiso –Purok Upper Tinongkop FMR in Koronadal City-Tantangan area with a project cost of P23,700,000.00. Other FMR projects listed in 2018 for implementation are concreting of Purok Pag-asa Crossing to Purok Bagong Silang FMR in Sto. Nino (P30,600,000.00); concreting of Purok Rosas Road from main road to Tilapia fishport of Lake Sebu (P5,000,000.00); and, concreting of New Dumangas FMR in T’boli (P40,000,000.00). .