The South Cotabato Athletic Delegation maintains its lead on the second day of the sporting events at the on-going Soccsksargen Regional Athletic Association Meet garnering a total of 22 Gold,23 Silver and 26 Bronze out of the 94 Gold, 94 silver and 98 bronze initial medals at stake for the nine participating delegations. These medals come mostly from final individual events in swimming and athletics and arnis. Tacurong City which specializes in Arnis came second after it harvested 19 gold and five Bronze medals. General Santos City , last year’s fist runner –up is coping on 3rd place after garnering 17 gold,12 silver and 18 bronze medals mostly coming from swimming events. Koronadal City is on the 4th spot with 13 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze Cotabato province has nine gold , 20 silver and nine bronze medals at 5th spot. Kidapawan City and Sarangani province has six gold, and ten bronze medals each with Kidapawan City taking the lead with eight silver medals against Sarangani’s lone silver. They are on the 6th and 7th spotrepectively. Sultan Kudarat is on 8thplace with two gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals, while Cotabato City came in last with no medals yet. This year’s SRAA meet will use the Medal Tally System in accordance with the Palarong Pambansa Scoring System. Last year’s SRAA Meet used Point System method to determine the winner for the sports event but adheres to the Medal Tally Count of the Palaro.
This annual competition will not only be about Sports. It will also be about other disciplines. The Department of Education Region 12 has issued a memorandum for the inclusion of at least seven (7) Special Awards in this year’s SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association These Special Awards will include Best in Saludo ,Best in Uniform, Best in Records Management, Best Host School, Most Disciplined Delegation, Most Eco-Friendly Delegation (adherence to Zero Plastic Policy & Greening Program); and Most Friendly Delegation. For the Most Disciplined Delegation, the criteria include Behavior or proper decorum (40%); Cleanliness of the quarters and surroundings including the mess hall (10%); Time management which include punctuality in all sports events and religious schedule (15%); Regular wearing of uniform and IDs from beginning to end of the meet (15%); and Accuracy, completeness and prompt submission of athletes documents (30%). For the Most Friendly delegation the criteria include visibility (50%) and Display of character before, during and after the game (50%). Criteria for the Best School include Visibility of Teachers and personnel (30%); Responsiveness to the needs of the delegation (20%); Classroom facilities and surroundings (25%); Behavior of the Host School Teachers (25%). Top three winners of each category shall be awarded a trophy and a certificate of Recognition. At least nine athletic delegations will compete in this year's SRAA Meet.
South Cotabato is taking the lead on the first day of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association (SRAA) Meet raking three Gold, four Silver and two Bronzes medals out of the seven final events On Sunday. Sarangani province harvested two gold, one silver and two bronze, while General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat has one gold each. Koronadal City has two silver medals . The rest of the athletic delegations with no medals yet are Tacurong City, Kidapawan City, Cotabato city and Cotabato province. South Cotabato’s Nathaniel Morales topped the list as the first gold medalist for the province for his 1,500mrun (Sec/Boys). His time clocked at 4.14.24 gave an advantage against Lloyd Armada’s 4.29.74 of Koronadal City who won Silver, while Sarangani’s Robert Larano clocked at 4.31.14 won bronze. His female counterparts Angelie Arano and Christy Ann Collado also won gold and silver for the same event respectively. They clocked 5.16.06 and 5.20.20 respectively, while Mary Ann Pabria of General Santos landed third place for 5.24.99. Essa May Agdeppa cap SouthCot’s last gold for the day in Long Jump for Girls Elementary Category. Koronadal City Remeia Terresa Pulido and GenSan’s Princess Lyn Diano won the silver and bronze medals respectively for the said event. Silver medalists were Michael Angelo Batalona , Long Jump (Sec/Boys); John Brian Hare , 1500mrun (Elem/Boys); and Erwin Manafa, Javelin Throw (Elem/Boys). Bronze medalist were Johnny Gil Meder , Long Jump (Sec/Boys) and Prince James Poral , Javelin Throw (Elem/Boys). South Cotabato aims for the grandslam win this year having won for two consecutive years.
He is fondly called “Batok” since he is the only dark skinned child among the brood of eight in their family. A son of a laborer, Nathaniel Morales, 17, from Brgy. Dajay at Surallah town could not help it since he is always exposed to the sun. He might not be blessed with fair skin and a taller height but he has breakneck speed. On the first day of the annual regional sports events at the South Cotabato Sports Complex, Morales gifted the province with first gold medal for his 1,500mrun event on a bright Sunday Morning, February 17,2018. “This is God’s blessing after months of hard work.” He said, A Palaro bronze medalist during the 2017 Palaro in Antique for 3000 Steeplechase, the 1500mrun was not his special event. He disclosed, he did his best having been at the peak of his performance after the 25-day training program. Aside from this, he, together with his teammates has advanced their training program for four months at the SCSC under the tutelage of Olympian Henry Dagmil. He has three more events during the 5-day SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association (SRAA) Meet until Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He still has 3000 steeplechase, 5000mrun and the 4x400mrelay. This early, Morales is already qualified to be one of the athletes for Region at the 2018 Palaro in Ilocos Sur this coming April. “ I need to win my succeeding events to contribute to the winning of my team.” He said, His preparations ranges from waking up as early as 4 am to run three times a week from Surallah to Lake Sebu or Surallah to Koronadal City. Standing at 5’2”, his height is not so important in long distance events [...]
The South Cotabato Police Provincial Office has readied its police force in preparation for the 5-day staging of the Soccsksargen Regional Athletic Association Meet hosted by the province of South Cotabato slated on February 17-21, 2018. OIC-Provincial Director PSSupt. Nestor Salcedo assured the security of all delegates as security plans are put in placed. “We have commissioned police officers in all billeting and playing venues to ensure their safety.” Salcedo said, He also advised all delegates to be vigilant and report any untoward incidents to the nearest police post when necessary. He added, there are also force multipliers that will help them in safeguarding the delegates. Salcedo said, police authorities hopes any incidence of robbery can be avoided through the cooperation of each participants. DepEd Regional Director Arturo Bayocot lauded the SCPPO for having put in placed security plans for said regional meet.
Newly Installed Provincial Indigenous People Mandatory Representative to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Edgar Sambog called on all IP leaders to unite and do not put their tribe in bad light. “We should protect our tribe and maintain our dignity.” He said, During the selection process early this week, Sambog said, he respects any criticisms against him within the IP community but this should not hinder him from performing his task as their IP leader. “ I am not perfect, but I have the sincerity and the passion to serve and lead." he said, He added, whatever he achieved during his first term, he will double his efforts during his second term for the greater good of the IPs. At least 250 participants composed of IP Leaders and elders from the province’s 9 towns and lone city attended the selection process early this week. These came from the municipalities of Lake Sebu, Tboli, Banga, Norala, Surallah and the City of Koronadal for the Second District; and the towns of Tampakan, Tupi and Polomolok for the First District. As the newly elected IPMR for the second term, Sambog will serve his constituents starting April 10, 2018-April, 2021.
The Provincial Indigenous People Mandatory Representative to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will conduct its upcoming selection on Monday, February 12, 2018 for the next term (April 10, 2018-April, 2021) Incumbent IPMR Edgar Sambog said, at least 250 participants composed of IP Leaders and elders from the province’s 9 towns and lone city will attend said activity at the ProTech Center. Sambog added, these representatives will come from the municipalities of Lake Sebu, Tboli, Banga, Norala, Surallah and the City of Koronadal for the Second District; and the towns of Tampakan, Tupi and Polomolok for the First District. Only the municipality of Sto. Nino will not be t included in the selection process since they do not have IPs in their locality. Sambog expects at least four contenders for the said position. Sambog as the first IPMR of the province has several landmark legislation passed at the SP. One of these was with the passage of an ordinance officially declaring South Cotabato as the “Land of the Dreamweavers” as an official brand of the province. The ordinance authored by Hon. Edgar Sambog, as the SP chairperson committee on Culture and the Arts and the province’s Indigenous Peoples’ representative said, the exclusive use of said brand will strengthen and boost tourism industry in the province. Mandated under RA 8371 or Indigenous Peoples Representative Act of 1997 (IPRA law), the IP mandatory representative is required in all local legislative councils and policy-making bodies. Local Government Code or 7160 also provides that the powers and functions of the IPMR should be the same as the regular member of the legislative council. However, the focus should be to recognize, protect and promote the rights of indigenous cultural communities.
The Provincial Population Office has reached out women groups and Indigenous Peoples as it continuously conducts Responsible Parenting and Family Planning advocacy to these sectors Early this month, at least 65 women and IPs attended said advocacy campaign to coming from the Barangays of Tubeng and Palian in Tupi town. Population Program Worker Melanie Chiva said, this group considered as one of the marginalized sectors in the province were given utmost attention by the department. Early this week, another 191 IP individuals who were recipients of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) from Brgy. Bololmala, Tupi also attended the Responsible Parenting and Family Planning (RPFP) seminar spearheaded by the PPO. “We would like to impart more information to these individuals for them to be able to nurture the importance of family planning.” Chiva said, Meanwhile, this early, the PPO also prepares for the conduct of Women’s Day celebration with the focus on serving the marginalized women in the province. This initiative aims to give women more opportunities to improve their condition especially those who have little access to services. With the support of stakeholders the PPO hopes for a successful conduct of the activity more so with the mission of helping the least empowered women.
At least 6000 athletes and delegates will converge at the South Cotabato Sports Complex on February 17-21, 2018 for this year’s staging of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional athletic (SRAA) Meet. DepEd South Cotabato Division in cooperation with the provincial government of South Cotabato will host this annual sports hostilities which will be the prelude to the Palarong Pambansa, the biggest sporting event in the country. Sports Coordinator Alex Floro said, the province’s athletes which is now billeted at the Banga Central Elementary School undergo 25-days rigid training in preparations for this year’s regional meet. Floro hopes South Cotabato will once again emerge as this year’s champion and get the most coveted Grand slam win after winning the championships for two consecutive years. South Cotabato will compete against the athletes from the provinces of Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat; and the cities of Tacurong, Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal and General Santos City. Floro is optimistic SouthCot’s 801-strong member team will deliver in this year’s regional meet considering its homecourt advantage. Floro disclosed the division has complete representatives in all sports disciplines. It has a total of 575 athletes, 139 from the elementary division and 436 from the secondary division; with 144 coaches and chaperones and 82 delegation officials. “We seek the support and prayers from our fellow South Cotabateño for the victory of our team”. He said, Floro also expressed his gratitude to the provincial government of South Cotabato headed by Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes for the utmost support it has extended to the athletes. The province has allocated at least P16 million funds for Sports Development program under the DepEd South Cotabato Division.
The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Project Mindanao Support Office launches the PRDP –Mindanao Documentary Film Competition with the theme” “Building Prosperous Countryside”. PRDP-Mindanao information unit head Sherwin Manual said, the film documentary competition aims to capture and showcase the gains and impact of the project to its beneficiaries. “It also aims to generate support from the stakeholders and help contribute to the institutionalization of governance and service reforms through documenting emerging benefits and good practices.” He said, Based on its guidelines and mechanics, the 7 to 15 minutes film documentary can showcase the benefits of the project by illustrating how it has become “before, during and after” its implementation. Featured subjects can be the proponent group for the Investment component (I-REAP) or the experiences of the beneficiaries within the subproject site through the infrastructure component (I-BUILD). Eligible to join are all information units and offices within Mindanao which implements the PRDP-Project. South Cotabato province has at least three enterprise development projects under the PRDP I-REAP component. These commodities include cassava, coffee and cacao. The Criteria for the contest include Adherence to the theme , 30%; Creativity and Originality, 20%; Video and Audio Quality, 10%; Cinematography, 20% and Visual and Story Impact, 20%. Prizes at stake include P25,000 for Best Film, P15,000 for First Runner-Up and P12,000 for Second Runner-Up. 3 Finalist wills receive P4,000 each People’s Choice Awards (Social Media) –P5,000 Best Artistic Rendition (Cinematography, Production Design ) P5,000 The PRDP accepts entries from February to April, 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be notifies on or before April 23, 2018 while the final judging and announcement of winners will be in May 2018 in time for the World Bank Review Mission.