The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated at least P1.15 million for the upcoming participation of its athletes, coaches and chaperones to the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique. The fund which is intended for the 2017 Palarong Pambansa Expenses of the DepEd South Cotabato Division is part of the P42 million Special Education Fund raised by the province from the real property taxes. Out of the said funds, P100,000 is intended as the province’s financial assistance to Cotabato province, being this year’s Head of delegation of Region 12 for the Palarong Pambansa after they play host to this year’s SRAA Meet in February. P350,000 is the allocated budget for the cash incentives to winning athletes, coaches and chaperones; and P750,000 is for their cash allowances. Based on the SEF Budget, the Provincial School Board headed by South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Aance-Fuentes has allocated a total P14 million for the Sports Development Program of the student athletes. These expenses include P1.7 million for the Provincial -Individual and Group events, P1.6 million for the Regional Individual Events elimination (Training); P1. 18 million for the Regional Individual Events elimination (Meet proper), P2.7 million for the 20-day SRAA training and P2.28 million for the 5-day SRAA Meet proper. The SEF funds has also included the 2018 expensed for the SRAA meet after South Cotabato will play host in the next year’s regional meet. The allocated expenses include the following: P2.75 million for the 20-day SRAA 2018 training; P372,000 for the 5-day 2018 SRAA Meet proper, and P245,000 incidental expenses for the hosting of the 2018 SRAA Meet proper.
The SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association has embarked on a 30-day Intensive Training at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in Koronadal City in preparation for the upcoming participation to the 60th Edition of the Palarong Pambansa slated on April 23-29 at San Jose, Antique. DepEd 12 Regional Director Arturo Bayocot said, the training which commenced from March 15 to April 15, 2017 aims to develop solidarity among the athletes who were selected from the different divisions of South Cotabato, Notrth Cotabato, Sararangani, Sultan Kudarat, Koronadal City, Kidapawan City, Tacurong City, Cotabato City and General Santos City. It also aims to establish teamwork and improve the performance of Region XII in the national Palaro . At least 620 total participants composed of athletes, coaches and chaperones coming from the nine division within the region were chosen as the official list. Out of this number, 229 are for the Elementary and 391 for the Secondary levels. All of them are now being housed at the Koronadal National Comprehensive High School for whole duration of said training. Based on the Region Memorandum issued by RD Bayocot, aside from the athletes, participants to the training include SRAA official coaches, chaperons, trainers and sparer; Regional Training Staff, Division PESS Supervisors and members of the working committees involved in the training. Bayocot has ordered each Division Physical Education Supervisors (PESS ) in all of the nine division in the region to ensure that coaches, chaperons and athletes in all events will undergo the training and shall stay the whole duration of the training. “No one is allowed to go home without valid reason.” Bayocot said, He also instructed all participants to bring with them enough clothing from training to Palarong Pambansa proper, [...]
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the Executive Order issued by the municipality of Polomolok for the creation of the Technical Working Group for its proposed cityhood. Polomolok Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti recently issued E.O. 02 Series of 2017 in order for the TWG to study and facilitate the bid for cityhood of the municipality. The said EO also provides that the TWG is necessary in obtaining verifiable indicators of viability and projected capacity to provide services, as required under Section 7 of R.A. No. 7160 for the creation of a local government unit or its conversion from one level to another. Mayor Matti ensures that all the requirements are complied with based on the Section 450 of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 as amended by R.A. No. 9009, otherwise known as “An Act Amending Section 450 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, by increasing the average annual income requirement for a municipality or cluster of barangays to be converted into a component city”. Based on the said provision, municipality or a cluster of barangays may be converted into a component city if it has a locally generated average annual income, as certified by the Department of Finance, of at least One hundred million pesos (P100,000,000.00) for the last two (2) consecutive years based on 2000 constant prices. Polomolok , being a first class municipality has surpassed all these requirements after garnering a total income of P327.1 million in 2014 and P368.8 million in 2015. It is considered not only the richest town in the province of South Cotabato but also in the entire Mindanao based on collected income. In [...]
Indigent clients can now avail of the services from Philhealth even when confined in a private hospital as long as there is a referral coming from a National Government facility. Under the newly introduced Point of Service (POS) program as transition from the Point of Care (POC) Program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth, more health benefits await the poorest among the poor clients with the new scheme. In an interview, PhilHealth XII Regional Vice President, Dr. Miriam Grace G. Pamonag said, the POS implementation will further improve the services of the agency by granting access to quality health care benefits to Filipinos incapable of paying for their health insurance premiums. Pamonag said, indigent patients can still avail of the benefits just like the POC program where in, the indigent clients get covered by PhilHealth even if they are not included in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). “ The POS is a more improved version of the POC.” Pamonag said, Pamonag disclosed the agency is presently setting the guideline for the implementation of the new coverage system which is set to be implemented in April. At least P3 Billion coming from the General Appropriations Act of 2017 was allocated for the implementation of the said program.
The Technical Working Group on Surfacing Personalities Involved on Drugs (SPID) tasked by the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) in South Cotabato has conducted series of activities to fast track the implementation of plans in a bid to help the SPID clients to be re-integrated in the community. During the Consultative Meeting with the Municipality/ City SPID Management TWG held recently, Provincial Health Officer Rogelio Aturdido as the Provincial TWD head called on all Municipal ADACs to establish their own SPID TWG to carry out the tasks at the municipal level through the issuance of an executive order for its creation and naming the head and its secretariat of the TWG. Out of the 11 Local government units in the province, at least four LGUs have not issued an E.O. for said purpose. These are the municipalities of Polomolok, Sto. Niño, Tupi and the City of Koronadal. However, for those who have issued an executive order, the municipality of Tboli has not appointed its chairperson and the municipalities of Lake Sebu and Tampakan has no Secretariat. The rest of the LGUs appoint either its municipal mayor or its municipal health officer as the head of the TWG while the municipal social welfare and development office was appointed as the secretariat. Aturdido said, the twg has provided technical assistance to the LGUs in the conduct of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) to SPID clients and the Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for. People With Stimulant Use Disorder or MIOP training for counselors. It has also tapped the assistance of the Non-Government Organizations such as the Mahintana Foundation, Coalition of Social Development Organizations (CSDO) and the RD Foundation for possible funding support in the [...]
At least 1000 women are expected to gather today at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center for the conduct of the Provincial Women’s Congress in celebration of the Women’s Month with the theme: “We make Change Work for Women”. South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes said, the activity being observed in the province ensures that the celebration will provide avenue for the women to gather and celebrate special occasion, more so feel the importance of the role of women in every aspects of development. Various activities were prepared during the whole day activity. In the morning, there is going to be a cooking contest dubbed as “Luto ni Juana” featuring native chicken as the main dish and “Gandang Juana”, a Make-Up contest for women. Added fun to the activity is the conduct of a Zumba craze for different women groups in color coded attire and parlor games. The program proper in the afternoon will be highlighted with all women achievers of the province spearheaded by South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes with Ms. Bella Lechonsito, former Social Welfare Officer and now the Superintendent, Community Relations Office of the Saguittarius Mines Incorporated, a Tampakan Based Mining Company in the province. The program will also feature Ms. Rona Ortiz of the BKR Food Products and Ms. Meryl L. Rivera, some of the successful women in business. To cap the activity is the awarding ceremony for “Luto ni Juana” cokking contest, “GandangJuana” Make –Up contest, Best Zumba Group, Early Bird Awardee and the giving of the Plaque of Participation to the City/Municipal Local Government Units. The activity is spearheaded by the Provincial Population Office.
Damage to crops caused by various pest infestations in South Cotabato has reached P7.5 million for the first two months this year, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reports. Provincial Agriculturist Justina Navarette said, these pest infestations were caused by the attacks coming from rodents, corn plant hoppers, slug caterpillar and Brontispa in the towns of Norala, Tantangan, Tampakan, Tupi and the City of Koronadal. Navarette said, at least 254 hectares planted with palay, corn and coconut trees owned by at least 320 farmers in the nine affected barangays of the aforementioned towns were affected. Damage to crop in palay caused by rodents has reached P4.73 million in the towns of Norala, and Tantangan which has affected 140 farmers covering 115.7 hectares. Another P1.6 million worth of corn crops was also affected by rodents in the City of Koronadal which covers at least 95. 1 hectares and affected at least 129 farmers. Navarette added, corn planthopper has affected at least P1.1 million worth of corn crops in the five barangays of Tampakan and Tupi which has affected 46 farmers covering 32.7 hectares. The report also shows, at least 2.8 hectares of coconuts were affected in the municipality of Tampakan caused by slug caterpillar and Brontispa with a total value of P246,425.00 “These damage to crops were only initial as only five out of the 11 LGUs have not yet submitted their reports.” Navarette said, During the recent meeting conducted by the Municipal Agriculture Offices of the province, almost all local government units were affected by rodents. Based on the trends on the occurrence of pest infestation in South Cotabato, damage to crops due to rodent infestation has the most number of crop damage for the [...]
The province of South Cotabato is set to establish a Technical Working Group that will look into the issues and concerns affecting the occurrence of pests and natural calamities which caused extreme losses to the farmers’ agricultural produce. This was agreed during the recent conduct of the monthly meeting for all Municipal/City Agriculturist of the province’s ten towns and lone city early this week. Provincial Agriculturist Justina Navarette said the TWG will be headed by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist as the chairperson, the Provincial Risk Reduction Management Office as the vice-chair with the membership coming from the Provincial Agri-Fishery Council (PAFC) and all Municipal and city Agriculture Offices. “We have to see to it that all our efforts are synchronized whenever there problems that may occur, whether concerning pests or any calamity.” Navarette said, She added, crop losses continue to rise in the past year and several pest infestations continue to occur as early the first two months of the year (January and February).
The Local Government Unit of Lake Sebu sets aside P1.6 million from its calamity fund after the declaration of State of Calamity made earlier due to fish kill and rat infestation. Municipal Agriculturist Zaldy Artacho said, out of the said fund, P600,000 is intended for the rehabilitation of the lake affected by the fish kill; P500,000 for the purchase of tilapia fingerlings; P200,000 for the purchase of rice intended for “Food for Work” program, and P150,000 for the purchase of rice seeds and another P150,000 for the corn seeds. Artacho said, the allocation is part of the P12 million total Quick Response Fund allocated for this year intended for the occurrence of calamities, natural or manmade. Lake Sebu Mayor Antonio Fungan on the otherhand disclosed, the released fund was only an initial fund out of the P3.6 million QRF intended for the first quarter this year. “We have not utilized the fund yet.” He said, Fungan added, the local government can request for additional funding when necessary. Based on the 2016 Damage Report submitted by Lake Sebu town on rodent infestation, a total of 140.5 hectares affecting at least 96 rice farmers at Brgy. Luhib with a total loss valued at P4.8 million was reported. Artacho disclosed an initial report of another rodents attack at Brgy. Ned is being validated as extent of damage are still being determined. Meanwhile, the occurrence of the 15-day fish kill last year which caused a total damage of P3.78 million was only 3% of the total damage to crops of 5-day occurrence of fish kill on January 27 -31, 2017 which caused a total damage to crop of P126.5 million.
Lake Sebu fish cage operators approved the 10% lake water utilization as an alternative solution to the recurring decongestion of the lake which caused the recent fish kill that affected P1.4 million tons of tilapia that costs almost P126 million in damage. Municipal Agriculturist Zaldy Artacho said, the solution approved by the 464 operators is considered a “win-win” solution for all in order to recover the lake waters which is considered “dying” if not regulated in due time. Based on the said solution, the 354-hectares Lake Sebu which covers the barangays of Bacdulong, Takunel and Poblacion needs to utilize at least 35.4 –hectares only. However, the water utilization in the lake occupied by fish cage operators reached at least 23.19 percent covering 82-hectares. Said decision was made after a consultation dialogue conducted on Monday by the Local Government Unit of Lake Sebu headed by Mayor Antonio Fungan Jr. and the fish cage operators at Lake Sebu Municipal Gym. Mayor Fungan sets the dialogue to let the concerned fish cage operators to collectively decide for themselves and not only rest the decision to the municipal leaders. Earlier, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist has recommended three options for the fish cage operators. Aside from the ten percent lake utilization, the OPAG recommends the two to three years moratorium on fish cage culture and the implementation of the On and Off season for the lake thereby making a once a year harvest only. Fungan said, “fish cage operators experience a setback in the tilapia industry due to the fish kill but there is no other way but to follow the option they have decided.” The 10 percent lake utilization is based on the Fishery Code The Local [...]