Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) chief Siegfred Flaviano has nominated the Association of South Cotabato Earth Savers (ASCES) or otherwise known as Earth Savers in the Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2017. The Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency spearheads the search in partnership with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) as Secretariat and other national line agencies. It has 2 major awards; the National Outstanding Volunteer Award with categories and sub-categories, namely; Individual (Youth and Adult) and Organization (Profit and Non-Profit), and Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award. Earth Savers, which falls under the Organization (Non-Profit) category, has 44 members only during its inception but later grew to 450 members distributed in the 9 towns and lone city of South Cotabato. Formerly called Deputized Environment & Natural Resources Officers (DENROs), it has been a partner of PEMO since 2010. It was organized to establish support groups in the different municipalities province-wide to help implement environmentally-related programs or [projects and assists in the sustainable conservation and protection of the remaining forest resources within their area of jurisdiction. Significant accomplishments of the organization reported by PEMO include the apprehension and seizure of around 80,000 board feet of illegally cut lumber, conduct of paralegal training among its members, sustained holding of Earth Savers Day in relation to World Earth Day annual celebration every month of June, promotion of proper waste management through the organization of the Young Earth Savers Club and partnership/assistance to fellow non-government organizations. “These accomplishments have brought significant impact in reducing the effect of climate change in the province,’ Flaviano explained. Likewise, the Earth Savers conducted Information, Education and Communication Campaign through their Bantay Kalikasan program, Outreach Program such as supplemental feeding activity in IP communities, Capacity [...]
The province of South Cotabato will celebrate Tourism Month this September with series of activities, particularly featuring its famous and favorite street food. South Cotabato Tourism Council (SCTC) President Johnnie Victor Ferrer disclosed during a meeting held recently with tourism stakeholders that they expect 35 food sellers to participate in the Streetfood Festival which will run from September 8 – 16 from 3pm to 10pm at the parking area of the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center. Aside from food selling, Ferrer added that there will be nightly shows featuring Hotel and Restaurant Management students from different schools and local cultural artists province-wide as well as contests such as Hugot Turismo, Tawag ng Kusina and Food Porn Photography. SCTC will likewise spearhead the organization of the Tourism & HRM Association of South Cotabato which will ultimately culminate in the oath-taking of its officers. Official launching of the “Land of the Dreamweavers” (official brand name and slogan of South Cotabato) will also be part of the 9-day activity. Highlight of the maiden celebration is the Conference on Tourism or ConTour where Resource Speakers will be invited on selected topics arranged by the organizers as well as the launching of depED’s IskulTour. …
Consolidation of results of the initial evaluation of the Search for Model Schools In Solid Waste Management that was held from August 1 – 10 province-wide was conducted recently by the team of evaluators. The evaluators are composed of representatives of PEMO, PIO, DENR 12, DILG Provincial Office, DepEd South Cotabato and Koronadal City Divisions and South Cotabato Foundation, Inc. Based from the revised criteria, mechanics and guidelines of the contest, schools were only evaluated of their SWM Action Plan (60%), ESWM Organizational Structure (15%), SWM Policies (15%) and Presentation (10%) as part of the initial evaluation which has a weighted percentage of 25%. Participating schools in the search were Colongulo National High School and Talahik Elementary School in Surallah, Marbel 7 National High School and Marbel 1 Central Elementary School in Koronadal City, 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 and Cebuano National High School and Belaza Castromayor Community Elementary School in Tupi. Lake Sebu National High School in Lake Sebu and Norala National High School in Norala joined without an elementary school partner. Cash incentives await the top ten (10) winners and also winners in the Special Award category while consolation prizes will be given also to non-winners. The final evaluation which has a weighted percentage of 75% will be conducted on the first week of October. Awarding of winners will be [...]
The Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) reported that the Sand, Gravel and Mining (SGM) tax collection of the province from January to June this year now totaled P9,586,608.82. PEMO earlier reported that the 5-month aggregate SGM collection was P8,042,267.37, while the latest collection for the month of June is P1,537,170.00. The SGM tax collection now has a monthly average collection of P1,597,768.14, based from the 6-month collection, which is higher than last year’s monthly average of P1,561,924.40. The provincial share for the 6--month collection also now has a total of P 3,806,587.9. PEMO was able to collect P18,743,092.83 SGM Tax for 2016, the highest since the creation of the office in 2007, but basing from the trend, it might surpass its 2016 SGM tax collection this year. 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. The
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is now busy preparing for the forthcoming 28th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) slated from September 1 – 3 this year with its venue located at SMX Halls 1 - 4, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasig City. DOT 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera disclosed that PTM, which is organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), will include Business Meetings, Sale ng Bayan and Cultural Events such as Eco-Chorale, Harana ng Kundiman, Patimpalak ng Kasuotang Pilipino, Cultural Dance Competition and the Philippine Quiz Bee Finals. A Pavilion is now reserved by DOT 12, Dillera likewise confirmed, for the SOCCSKSARGEN or SOX LGUs tourist destinations or attractions. “The pavilion which costs P295,000 will be divided equally among LGUs while the concept, design and execution will be shouldered by DOT SOX,” Dillera added. SOX is composed of the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos and the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani. The 3-day daily activity is also divided among the LGUs with DOT 12 and Cotabato City in the morning and General Santos City in the afternoon of September 1; Sultan Kudarat and Tacurong City in the morning and Sarangani in the afternoon of September 2; South Cotabato and Koronadal City in the morning and North Cotabato and Kidapawan City in the afternoon on September 3. PTM is the biggest and longest running travel and trade exhibition that offers more business opportunities to exhibitors and generate more interest to the visiting public in terms of promotion and marketing tourists destinations.
The annual Kawayan Festival of the province of South Cotabato is slated from September 17 – 22 this year; this was confirmed by Forester Mary Jane Manlisis, chief of the Forest and Inland Water Management Division (FIWMD) of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO). Manlisis disclosed that the 6-day activity will start with simultaneous activities on September 17 (Sunday) such as marathon and biking from Koronadal City to Banga Bridge and tree-planting activity. “The municipality of Banga will take charge of the convergence area for the activity as well as the provision of snacks for the participants,” Forester Manlisis added. Likewise, Manlisis further added that the tree-planting materials will be provided by PEMO and MENRO-T’boli, South Cotabato Economic and Investment Promotions Center will take charge of the marathon race and Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) for the biking activity. A Riparian Summit is also scheduled on September 18, the highlight of which is the awarding of best practices on bamboo initiatives with PEMO, AVLDA and South Cotabato Bamboo Industry Development Council (SCBIDC) taking charge of the program. The third day of the festival is devoted to a Bamboo Propagation Training spearheaded by DENR, AVLDA and PEMO and will be followed during the next 2 days by a series of contests such as Luto Kawayan, Laro Kawayan, Likha Kawayan, Pinta Kawayan and Sayaw kawayan, and Bamboo Products Display (Handicrafts). Awarding of winners of the different contests will be on September 22 which will be followed by a closing program. Kawayan Festival is a convergence of the different offices of the province together with partners from different national line agencies and other stakeholders.
The Search for Model Schools in Solid Waste Management, a program conducted annually by the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) has officially started last August 1 with the initial evaluation of participating elementary and high schools province-wide. 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 Schjool 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. A new set of criteria, mechanics and guidelines was implemented this year wherein during the initial evaluation, the Solid Waste Management Action Plan comprising of Activities, Budget, Time Frame, Expected Output and Responsible Person will be evaluated by the team of evaluators. In the final evaluation, meanwhile, a Scrapbook or Documentation will be required and evaluated. The initial evaluation and final evaluation have 25 percentage points and 75 percentage points, respectively. 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 to non-winners who meet the basic minimum requirements. Special Awards of P5,000 each will also be given to schools who are Best in [...]
CITY OF KORONADAL --- As part of the post-T’nalak Festival activity of the South Cotabato Regional Industrial Technology and Trade Expo 2017, a Seminar on Wood Crafting and Finishing Techniques was conducted at the PROTECH Center, this city, last July 26 - 28. APPDC Emmanuel Jumilla, PROTECH Center In-Charge and Chairperson of the 2017 Expo, disclosed that the training aims to re-orient the invited participants about wood and bamboo crafting including finishing techniques to level up their expertise in the said craft. Felix Hilado, a renowned local entrepreneur and craftsman and a perennial winner in wood and bamboo crafting contests, was selected as the Resource Speaker. Participants were oriented first by Hilado on wood crafting design, preservation and finishing techniques before proceeding “hands-on” on wood crafting and driftwood design. Likewise, bamboo staining and finishing techniques orientation was conducted followed by “hands-on.” Some 20 furniture owners and craftsmen here as well as in Banga, Polomolok and Lake Sebu participated in the 3-day training. Finished products were likewise presented after the training for viewing. A short closing program followed of which certificates of training were given to participants and certificate of appreciation to the resource speaker.
Some business establishments in the province particularly those with compliance on environmental permits and land use and zoning were inspected by members of the Provincial Multi-Partite Monitoring Team on Land Use and Environmental Policies and Compliance or PMMT-LEPIC. Created by virtue of Executive Order #07, Series of 2017 signed by Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, PMMT-LEPIC is composed of civil society organizations and institutions in government represented by their respected heads of organizations or duly designated representatives. Seven establishments were physically visited by the team, according to the Provincial Planning and Development Office – Research, Evaluation and Monitoring Division (PPDO-REM), from 2016 to 2017. Those inspected this year include Southern Ventures Poultry farms (Site II) in Upper Klinan, Polomolok. Gemma Construction Batching Plant in Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, Supreme Power Corporation in Paraiso, Koronadal City and Bio-Tech Farms, Banga. Likewise in 2016, those inspected were Sumifru in Poblacion, T’boli, Dole Phils in Surallah, Bio-Tech Farms in Banga and Bio-Tech Feedmill in Tantangan. PPDO – REM also disclosed that PMMT-LEPIC members made their respective report after each monitoring session about their findings particularly on non-compliant establishments and submitted the same to the concerned businesses for their compliance. A copy of the report is also furnished to the concerned national line agency or agencies, PPDO-REM added, for their proper action.
The Sand, Gravel and Mining (SGM) tax collection of the province from January to May this year now totaled P 8,042,267.36, the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) reported. The increase was due to the latest collection for the month of May of P1,537,170.00, which was added to the 4-month aggregate collection of P6,505,097.37. Basing from the 5-month collection, the SGM tax collection now has a monthly average collection of P1,608,453.47, which is higher than last year’s monthly average of P1,561,924.40. PEMO was able to collect P18,743,092.83 SGM Tax for 2016, the highest since the creation of the office in 2007, but basing from the trend, it might surpass its 2016 SGM tax collection this year. 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.