Two finalist for the this year’s Outstanding Agricultural and Fishery Council (AFC) Chairpersons and Coordinators from Region 12 emerged as national winners during the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries’ (PCAF) National Volunteers’ Day held in Iloilo City on December 5-8, 2017. MAFC Chairperson Stephen Mallorca Divinagracia of Tampakan whom after nine years of dynamic leadrhsip and tenacity in building strong partnership with the Local Government Unit brough agricultural services closer to the farmers of Tampakan. He bested other contenders from 17 regions and won for himself P60,000 cash prize. RAFC Chairperson Dionisio Bautista of Sultan Kudarat has a track record of 15 years of inspiring AFC leadership. He came up with relevant and responsive programs which include the creation of a unit responsible for for the preparation and packaging of farme and fisherfolk project proposals which is now established in all RFO offices dubbed as ALAMM or Alalay sa Magsasaka at Mangingisda office. He also received P60,000 cash prize. Two other nominees from the region made it as top finalists. These include South Cotabato Provincial AFC Chairperson Eduardo Castin and Municipal AFC Coordinator Minda Aperocho of Norala. Earlier, members of the National Technical Committee (NTC) and the Board of Judges (BOJ) went to Region 12 for a validation process. The criteria as based on the essence of volunteerism which is the driving force in community building.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office XII will continue to fight against illegal drugs. This was the statement made by outgoing Regional Director Cesario Gil Castro during the turn-over of command held at PDEA RO XII Office Grounds, Camp Fermin G. Lira, Jr., Bulaong Road in General Santos City. Castro has relinquished his post to DIR II Valente G. Cariño who served as the former Acting Deputy Regional Director of PDEA in ARMM. In his statement, Castro said he has done his best in the fight against illegal drugs. “But my best wasn’t good enough.” He said, Carino on the other hand vows to continue what Castro has started. He added Region 12 will expect more arrests of High Value Targets (HVTs) and the conduct of more High Impact Operations. Carino also called on all Local Government Units (LGUs) and other stakeholders to support the agency as they are strong partners in this battle against illegal drugs.
The Polo Samahang Nayon MPC in Polomolok, South Cotabato was visited by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) as they embarked on a three-day validation process for the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) on November 27-29, 2017. Polo SN MPC as the lead proponent group is the pilot enterprise-development initiative of the P39- million PRDP enterprise subproject in South Cotabato entitled Production of Cassava Granules and Marketing. The visit was part of PRDP’s participation as it joins three categories in the Good Practice Award facilitated by NEDA to honor projects of different government agencies with good practices. The evaluators conducted interview on the beneficiaries of the Crossing Rubber-Lunen Farm-to-Market Road, an infrastructure subproject of PRDP in Tupi. They also conducted a Key Informant Interview with the Provincial Planning Monitoring and Implementing Unit of South Cotabato in Koronadal City. Aside from South Cotabato, the evaluators visited the PRDP project in Sarangani entitled: Enhancement of Production, Processing and Marketing of High-Quality Abaca Fiber.
The Sanggunian Panlalawigan has approved during its regular session at least Php97.7 Million funds intended for disaster risk reduction purposes in the province of South Cotabato. Resolution No. 480 authored by Boardmember Glezel D. Mariano-Trabado and co-authored by BM Ma. Ester Marin-Catorce, BM Ellen Grace N. Subere-Albios, BM. Hilario G. de Pedro VI and BM Sheela Mar D. Baclaan provides the approval and adoption of the 2017 Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund-Investment Plan Supplemental Budget No. 1 and 2 and the 2018 Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management- Investment Plan in the amount of Php 450,000.00, Php2.2 million and Php95.04 million respectively. South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes as the head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has endorsed the Resolution No. 05, Series of 2017 to the August Body for the approval of said funds. The resolution provides that the Local Government Code of 1991 empowers the sangguniang panlalawigan to “(a)dopt measures to protect the inhabitants of the province from the harmful effects of man-made or natural disasters and calamities, and to provide relief services and assistance for victims during and in the aftermath of said disasters and calamities and their return to productive livelihood following said events” and finding the subject in proper order, the SP approved said resolution.
A family from Sto. Nino town was hailed as this year’s Most Outstanding Model Family of South Cotabato during the awarding ceremony held Tuesday in Koronadal City. Despite their humble beginning, Mr. Antonio Jr. and Mrs. Ninfa Pimentel and family worked together to achieve their goal of educating all their children and be free from poverty. “Just like the birds, in anticipation for what will happen ahead they also prepare. So are we.” Mrs. Pimental said. The Pimentel family received a plaque and a cash prize of P20,000. Another family from Tupi, represented by Mr. Reynaldo and Mrs. Amelita Ignacio and family was awarded 1st Runner-up. They received a plaque and a cash prize of P15,000. While Mr. Isaias and Mrs. Adelaide Galzote and family from the City of Koronadal was awarded 2nd Runner-Up. They received a cash prize of P10,000. Other nominees include Mr. Nathaniel and Mrs. Juliet Maguad and family of Banga, Mr. Eduardo and Mrs. Juliet Cabuslay and family of Lake Sebu; Mr. Rodolfo and Mrs. Ma. Ruby Pamplona and Family of Norala; Mr. Alex and Mrs. Marilou Macabacyao and family of Polomolok; Mr. Neptali and Mrs. Rochelle Gedorio and family of Surallah; Mr. Ronilo and Mrs. Norma Dariagan and family of Tampakan and Mr. Jesus and Mrs. Dolores Talatala and family of Tantangan. They received a cash prize of P5,000 each as consolation prizes. The activity was conducted in celebration of the Population Development Week with the theme: Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nation” .
The Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council in cooperation with the Provincial Information Office spearheaded a 2-day training on effective Social Media Campaign on Anti-Illegal Drugs to Information Officers and Police Community Relation Officers in the province of South Cotabato at CCT Retreat and Training Center at Malungon, Sarangani. The activity was participated in by at least 30 IOs and PCR officers provincewide who are social media managers in their respective social media accounts. The training aims to strengthen the campaign against illegal drugs through the government communicators using social media as one of the powerful platform in the dissemination of information. Records show, out of the 103 Million population in the country, at least 60 million are active social media users. In the international scene, out of the 7.3 billion internet users, 2.7 million are active in social media. This only shows how powerful social media is in reaching out to the masses and making the government messages come across the populace. To date, facebook , twitter and Instagram are some of the most widely used social media platforms. However, government social media accounts specifically facebook pages lag behind in terms of the number of likers and followers. The training also aims to increase the number of subscribers or likers on the different social media accounts of the entity represented by the participants for wider dissemination of information. PADAC permanent representative and Boardmember Agustin Dema-ala graced the activity. “The war on drugs is not only about drug operations. It is also about advocacy campaign. Your role as government communicators are important in educating our youth.” Dema-ala said. The Resource speakers was Mr. Sherwin B. Manual, Head–Information, Advocacy, Communication and Education Unit Department of Agriculture Philippine Rural [...]
The provincial government of South Cotabato turns-over P10-million worth of various sports equipment to all municipalities in the province in a bid to strengthen school sports and encourage the youth to engage in sports and not on drugs. The mass distribution conducted in time for the celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) week celebration was led by Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes and other provincial officials. Fuentes said, these sports equipment are guaranteed of good quality . "We prioritize equipment which are a bit pricey which parents and schools cannot afford to provide to the student athletes." She said, These sports equipment which are in complete set include soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, athletics, archery , volleyball, among others. Fuentes said, more are coming next year which include complete set of boxing equipment, table tennis more mats for taekwondo and gymnastics and many more. She added, the provision of sports equipment will be a continuing program of the province more so South Cotabato is the reigning champion in the Regional meet for two consecutive years.
KORONADAL CITY -Sto. Niño Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council was adjudged as this year’s Best MADAC during the culmination Program of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week celebration held on Friday here. South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes as the PADAC Chairperson together with PADAC Permanent Representative Boardmember Agustin Dema-ala led the awarding ceremony and handed the cash prize of P400,000 to Sto. Niño MADAC. Surallah MADAC who won in the last year’s search won 2nd place and received a cash prize of P250,000. Tantangan MADAC won 3rd place and received P100,000. Non-winners received a cash prize of P17,5000 each as consolation prizes. Hayd-Ali Suwaib, Chairperson of the team of Evaluator presented during the awarding ceremony the findings and made some recommendations on how to improve the functionality of the council. One of these is the conduct of "mentoring" and "coaching" especially to the bottom three based on the evaluation process. Suwaib said, there is a need to strengthen the initiatives on the community-based rehabilitation program since most of the municipalities have minimal accomplishments on this area. "Being new in this year's evaluation, there is a need for more improvement next year." Suwaib said, Governor Fuentes announced the increase in the next year's budget for the prizes which are all proposal-based.
It’s going to be a white Christmas for the people of South Cotabato as the preparations are underway for the Winter in Wonderland concept inside the capitol. The Provincial General Services Office has allocated a total of P500,000 for this year’s decorations. Provincial General Services Officer Marlyn I. Almaden said, the provincial government spent at least P365,000 for the Christmas decorations and materials. “We have recycled some materials from the last year’s decorations to save.” She said, Instead of colorful lights and various decors in different designs and sizes , the compound will be dominantly in white. Again, spectators will witness the snowmen, the white lanterns, white Christmas lights and of course the Belen, where Jesus Christ was born. No need to go far and spend thousands to experience white Christmas. Anybody can witness another great Christmas offering from the province, for free. The capitol will be opened to the public from December 1 until January 10, 2018. The One does not need to go in far away land to experience white Christmas and spend more. Starting December 1 until January next year, all are welcome to visit the capitol compound. Decorating the capitol during Christmas season is one of the most anticipated events in South Cotabato. Experience white Christmas for free.
South Cotabato provincial government sees a 10 percent increase in local taxes next year with the passage of the new revenue code which is on its third reading at the Sangguinang Panlalawigan. Provincial Treasurer Alvim Batol said, there is a need for the new revision since it’s been more than five years when the last revenue code has been revised. “ We have to find ways to increase revenue to cope with the present need and time.” Batol said, The Provincial Treasurer’s Office targets a total collection of P1.7 Billion this year. Based on the ten month, it collected a total of P1.5 Billion. Batol said with the remaining P192 million, the province can successfully accomplish its target within the two remaining months before the year ends. He added, the PTO under his leadership is gaining grounds as it was recently awarded as Best Provincial Treasurer on Real Property Tax collection and ranked 3rd as Best in Business Tax collection, fees and charges by the Bureau of Local Government Finance. Despite these awards, Batol disclosed the province is still dependent on Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) fund. “There is a need for us to be aggressive on our tax campaign.” He said, He added, the province has initiated many ways increase taxes.