Thirty-three (33) projects worth P76,573,727.80 were monitored by the Provincial Inspectorate Unit (PIU) in as of October 9 this year. According to Nilo Sintin, PIU chief, the completed projects were road concreting, bridges, lined canals, water system, barangay halls, driers and warehouses, concrete drainage canal, drainage and embankment protection, box culvert, slope protection, multi-purpose buildings, 2-classroom building, 1-classroom building, Senior Citizen building, playground system, grand stand and stage. , PIU likewise included in the report the implemented projects of the provincial government involving its different facilities province-wide. Aside from the completed projects, PIU also reported that 16 infrastructure projects are still on-going and worth P161,026,106.00. PGO-IU regularly submits the status of completed and on-going projects implemented province-wide by the Provincial Engineer’s Office to the Office of the Governor.
KORONADAL CITY --- Solid Waste Management – Technical Working Group (SWM-TWG) Core Group Members decided to conduct an Environment Summit cum Ecology Day on November 22 during a Convenors Meeting and Planning Workshop held yesterday here. Spearheaded by Provincial Environment Management Officer Siegfred Flaviano, the lined up activities approved by the SWM-TWG include weekly bikefest, tree-planting and smoke emission testing starting on November and symposium and recy-composition contest during the whole day summit. The bikefest, tree-planting and smoke emission testing is a collaboration among the Provincial League of Local Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PLLENRO) – South Cotabato and South Cotabato Airshed Governing Board (SCAGB) plus other sectors. The topics and discussant of the symposium, on the other hand, are “Decreasing Plastic Waste through Plastic Bottle Classroom - Palkan National High School and Batang Bantoxics – T’boli National High School. The launching of Green-Silient Schools by RD Foundation and the presentation of Bio-Tech Farms, Inc. of their Fiber Tray Project likewise will also include as part of symposium. With the success of the recy-composition last year, the said contest is still open students this year to high school students who have talents in “jingle” singing, in which winning pieces will eventually be use in their Eco-Caravan Information Drive Campaign of PEMO by 2019, according to PEMO. Flaviano added that this is also an opportune time for them to recognize partners of their different programs through a recognition ceremony and after which, the awarding of the 2017 Search for Model Schools in Solid Waste Management will follow as the highlight of the summit. Different committees were formed during the meeting such as Program and Invitation, Promotion and Documentation, Food and Transportation, Ways and Means and Oversight [...]
The Sand, Gravel and Mining (SGM) tax collection of the province from January to August this year now totaled P13,201,336.32, the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) reported. Its August SGM tax collection contributed P2,044,177.50, one of the highest monthly tax collection for this year, based from PEMO reports. The provincial share for the 8--month collection now has a total of P5,195,479.16. Based from the 8-month collection, PEMO noted that the SGM monthly average tax collection is now P1,650,167.04, which is far higher than last year’s monthly average of P1,561,924.40 only. The trend showed, according to PEMO, that, it might surpass its 2016 SGM tax collection of P18,743,092.83, the highest since the creation of the office in 2007. Provincial Imposition include Sand and Gravel, Mining Tax, Small-Scale Mining Fee, Ore Transport Fee, Occupational Mining Tax, Verification Fee (Sand and Gravel), Filing Fee, Governor’s Permit Fee, Processing Fee, Fines/Penalties/Surcharges, Miscellaneous/Delivery Receipts and imposition based on PD 1856.
T’boli, South Cotabato --- The Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) has launched an enforcement campaign last October 5, this municipality, on errant Small-Scale Mining (SSM) processors or ball mill operators particularly those who have not renewed their processors permit. Environment Management Specialist II Agnes Castanares of PEMO – Mines & Geo-Sciences Division led the team composed of PEMO Minahang Bayan Center staff and Municipal Environment & Natural Resources Office (MENRO) here in enforcing the closure order to several SSM processors in Puroks Oro 1 and Lugan 3 located at the poblacion area. The enforcers wrapped and signed the “packing tapes” placed around the electric motor that drive the ball mills of the plant and coupled it with a warning to the operator that destroying the packing tapes constitute another violation that may cause the eventual termination of their permit. EMS Castanares likewise required the operators to sign the issued written order before implementing the closure. But she assured the permittees that upon payment of the required fees and attached with is the contract dully signed by the Governor, PEMO will act immediately to re-open their plant. Castanares disclosed that their operation involves more or less 45 SSM operators who according to their records, have failed to renew their processors permit. “It may take 3 weeks to fully implement the closure orders that will be serve individually to the permittees but we will implement them,” she added. Ball mill plants padlocked were owned by Verna Baranggit, Precy Villa Agustin, AJ Maguan, Lorna Barilla, Myrna Islao and Maria Luisa Gaking, in Oro 1 and Gerlyn Awid, Nancy Geraldino, Concepcion Casensa and Geraldine Viajante, in Lugan 3.
The Search for Model Schools in Solid Waste Management is now on its final stage as the final evaluation will start on October 3 to 17 among 20 elementary and high schools province-wide. A program conducted annually by the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), the participating schools will be evaluated based on the following criteria: System and Process (60%), Organization and Support System (30%), Community Participation (5%) and Cleanliness and Beautification (5%). The final evaluation and initial evaluation has a weighted average of 60% and 40%, respectively. During the initial evaluation, the participating schools Solid Waste Management Action Plan comprising of Activities, Budget, Time Frame, Expected Output and Responsible Person were evaluated by the team of evaluators. Meanwhile, a Scrapbook or Documentation will be required and evaluated in the final evaluation. Participating schools include Colongulo National High School and Talahik Elementary School in Surallah; Marbel 7 National High School and Marbel 1 Central Elementary School in the City of Koronadal; Sto. Nino National High School and Guinsang-an Elementary School in Sto. Nino; New Dumangas National High School and Lugan Central Elementary School in T’boli; Poblacion Polomolok National High School and Polomolok Central Elementary School in Polomolok; Banga National High School and Banga Central Elementary school in Banga; Dumadalig Integrated School and New Iloilo Elementary School in Tantangan; Liberty National High School and Tampakan Central Elementary School in Tampakan, Cebuano National High School and Belaza Castromayor Community Elementary School in Tupi; and Lake Sebu National High School and Norala National High School. Prizes at stake are as follows: 1st Place – P50,000; 2nd Place – P30,000; 3rd Place – P20,000; 4th Place – P10,000; 5th Place – P8,000. A consolation prize of P5,000 will be given [...]
The Provincial Development Council or PDC has approved the inclusion of ten (10) additional projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) for 2018. Presented by Engr. Bernadette Naval, Planning Officer II, the projects has an estimated project cost of P62,240,000.00 and were endorsed by PDC Technical Infrastructure Development (TIDC) and Economic Development (EDC) Sectoral Committees. The list of projects submitted by TIDC under its Transport, Access and Circulation Program are Construction of RCDO Bridge with Retaining Wall and Slope protection and Box Culvert with Slope Protection at Datal Bob, T’boli (P25,000,000.00); Upgrading of San Jose-Columbio Boundary Road, Koronadal City (P10,000,000.00); Upgrading Junction Provincial Road-Lopez Jaena, to Barangay Katipunan, Sto. Nino (P10,000,000.00). TIDC likewise submitted under its Multi-Purpose Buildings Projects and Other Infrastructures Program, the Construction of Lying-In Clinic at Barangay Koronadal Proper, Polomolok (P2,000,000.00); Construction of Multi-Purpose Building at Barangay Cannery, Polomolok (P5,000,000.00); Construction of Multi-Purpose Building at Barangay Polo, Polomolok (P3,000,000.00); and, Water Supply Program, Construction of Water System at Barangay Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City (P5,340,000.00). The EDC meanwhile submitted one (1) project which is the Installation of LED Lights and Repair of Windows at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center (P1,900,000.00). PDC will endorse the approved additional AIP projects to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for adoption.
Eight (8) Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Road Projects will soon be awarded to their respective winning bidder; this was confirmed by the Provincial Planning and development Office. (PPDO) The first batches of CMGP projects to be awarded were the Upgrading of Banga-Lamba–Derilon–Lampari Road (P71,000,000.00), Upgrading of National Highway Junction-Colongulo-Moloy-Duengas-Talahik Road (P41,240,000), Upgrading of Crossing Talcon-Aflek Road (P27,500,000.00) and Upgrading of Palkan-Cannery Junction-Upper Klinan Road (P65,247,490.00). The remaining projects to be awarded, on the other hand, were the Upgrading of Maltana-Lambayong Road (P49,732,778.00), Upgrading of National Highway-Silway 8-Silway 7 Road (P38,600,000.00), Upgrading of Crossing Aflek-Malugong Road (P16,500,000.00) and Upgrading of National Highway Junction-M. Roxas Polacion Road (P57,106,061.00). Earlier, the Provincial Bids and Awards Division (PBAD) disclosed, that the first batch of CMGP Projects was published for bidding on August 2 while the second batch was published for bidding on August 16. Meanwhile, the CMGP Proposed Priority List of Road Projects for 2018 were scaled down to six (6) projects composed of Tampakan – Tablu Boundary Road (P74,200,000.00), Junction National Highway – Palkan – Cannery – Upper Klinan Road (P98,000,000.00), Centrala – Naci - Lambontong Road (P64,800,000.00),Junction National Highway New Iloilo – Cabuling – New Lambunao Boundary Road (P88,800,000.000, Centrala – Buenavista – Canahay Road (P55,000,000.00) and Tampakan – Sta. Cruz – Topland Boundary Road (P19,200,000.00). CMGP Projects might be turned over to the Department of Public Works and Highways starting next year, according to Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes. The Installation of Slope Protection along the riverbank of Barangay Namnama in the City of Koronadal with an estimated project cost of P200 million meanwhile was endorsed by the Provincial Development Council during their recent regular meeting to DPWH 12 through the Regional Development Council 12.
The Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) in partnership with the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) gave recognition to Best Performing LFUs and Farmers on Bamboo Development from South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces during the celebration of World Bamboo Day on September 18 with its theme, “Kawayan: Kalikasan, Katatagan, Kabuhayan, Kaunlaran.” Awarded from South Cotabato as Best Performing Municipal LGU were Surallah (1st), Tampakan (2nd0 and Banga (3rd) with cash incentives of P10,000.00, P7,000.00 and P5,000.00, respectively. For the Barngay Category, winners were Lamba, Banga (1st), Naci, Surallah (2nd) and Buto, Tampakan (3rd) with cash incentives similar to MLGUs. Individual Farmers, on the other hand, were categorized as Model Bamboo Site either as Bamboo Plantation or Riparian Zone Revegetation (RZR). Winners for Bamboo Plantation were Ernesto Baterbonia (1st-P10,000.00), Eduardo Sulan (2nd-P7,000.00) and Karedia Dalindigan (3rd-P5,000.00 and for the RZR were Sonia Eding (1st-P10,000.000), Marcelino Perez (2nd-P7,000.00) and Jane Abdul (3rd-P5,000.00). For Sultan Kudarat, meanwhile, the Best Performing Municipal LGU is Tacurong City (P10,000.00); Best Performing Barangay LGU is Rajah Muda, Tacurong City (P10,000.00); Model Bamboo Site (RZR) is Jerome Magbanua (P7,000.00). Recognition of LGUs and Farmers on their performance on bamboo development has been a regular program jointly undertaken by PEMO and AVLDA on an annual basis.
South Cotabato celebrated World Bamboo Day today (September 18) with the simultaneous holding of Bamboo Summit and Kawayan Festival with its theme, ‘Kawayan: Kalikasan, Katatagan, Kabuhayan, Kaunlaran” held at the PROTECH Center. Emmanuel Jumilla, South Cotabato Economic and Investment Promotions Officer (SCEIPO) and Program Coordinator of the Kawayan Festival formally welcomed the participants of the whole-day summit and were likewise acknowledged by Rogelio Acosta, Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) Program Manager. Speakers coming from national line agencies were also invited to share their knowledge on various topics, such as “Accessing Government Incentives, Opportunities and Programs Towards bamboo Industry development” by Nadil Hadji Tassin of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 12 and Ria Hallarsis of the Department of Trade and Industry provincial office; Emerging Bamboo-related Technologies, trends and Potentials by Forester Gregorio Santos Jr of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The highlight of the summit was the ceremonial turnover of an Engineered Bamboo School Chair by Surallah National Agricultural School (SUNAS) to members of the South Cotabato Bamboo Industry Development Council (SCBIDC) which will eventually supply 1,000 school chairs to the province as stipulated in the MOA signed by the two parties. Likewise, Best Performing LGUs and individuals from South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat were recognized by AVLDA and PEMO before the culmination of the program.
The Arts, Culture, Tourism and Museum (ACTM) Promotions Unit officially launched the Official Brand and Slogan of South Cotabato for its tourism campaign last September 16 during the Closing Program of the Streetfood Festival held in celebration of Tourism Month this September. Senior Tourism Operations Officer Cesar Sulit Jr., ACTM chief, led the launching by announcing to the audience the province’s official brand, “Land of the Dreamweavers” and likewise official slogan, “South Cotabato, Our Home, Now Your Destination” which was simultaneously followed by an Audio-Visual Production (AVP) produced by ACTM office. The Official Brand and Slogan launching plus AVP elicited thunderous applauses from the crowd who filled up the parking area during the closing program. “The Official Brand particularly the Official Slogan was conceptualized by the ACTM office,” Sulit disclosed during an interview by this writer right after the launching. Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes who graced the occasion said, “we need to strive more because of martial law, the negative perception about our place,” and added that, “at saying naman ang nakuha natin na parangal that from third place, we went up to second place as the Most Competitive Province in the country at alam ko na hindi namin nakuha iyan kung wala sa inyong suporta.” She thanked all those who participated and extended their support that led to the successful Streetfood Festival particularly the Provincial Tourism Council of South Cotabato Inc. headed by Johnnie Victor Ferrer, ACTM, the participating schools and concessionaires, and the public who patronized the 10-day festival. Likewise, the Governor assured her support and prayers for Camille Folio, the reigning Mutya ng South Cotabato 2017 who also attended the launching and will compete this Monday (September 18) at GMA TV Eat [...]