Koronadal City, South Cotabato- Police authorities here apprehended at least seven minors with the implementation of the curfew hours during the first day of its implementation on Monday. Women and Children Desk Chief Police Chief Inspector Marifel Maganto said, the police are strictly implementing the curfew hours from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am in adherence to the executive order issued by Koronadal City government as one of the security measures set against the possible spill over of terror attacks from Marawi City. Maganto said, all these minors came from internet cafes and were given proper advise before they were taken back to their respective homes. “We are strict with the curfew hours. Parents are advised to look after their children.” Maganto said, Local establishments are also enjoined to adhere to the policy as part of the security measure from the police authorities. Local coffee shops within the city which run from 10 am to 11:00 pm daily opted to close shop by 10:00 pm in adherence to the newly imposed policy on curfew hours. Alongside with the curfew hour implementation is the “ No ID, No Entry” policy on checkpoints situated at the entry and exit points within the city. Meanwhile, the South Cotabato government is set to adjust the scheduled activities of its upcoming Tnalak fest in July to adhere to the curfew hours.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato has passed a resolution in honor of Private First Class Mark Darrel Parba , the slain soldier who was among those who died in a battle against the terrorist groups in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur in May. In a Resolution No. 291 passed early this week, the South Cotabato Board recognizes the heroic act of PFC Parba and conveyed their deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the bereaved family. The resolution states that Parba who is a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a resident of Barangay Carpenter Hill, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato had selflessly dedicated himself in defending and protecting the sovereignty of our country and the right of the Filipino people to peace and freedom. Further,” in recognition of the heroic act and patriotism of the late PFC Parba, the Body shares the grief of his bereaved family over his loss and joins them in their prayer that his soul rests in peace with the Almighty”, the resolutions states. Upon approval of said resolution, a copy was furnished the family of the late PFC Mark Darrel Parba. Earlier, South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes announced the giving of cash assistance to the bereaved family of Parba. Meanwhile, the city government of Koronadal also has given a posthumous award received by his family in a ceremony held earlier at the city hall for his heroism and extraordinary gallantry in pursuit for peace and liberation of Marawi City. Parba’s interment is set on July 2.
South Cotabato guv orders release of P50k cash assistance to family of slain soldier from Marawi City
South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes has ordered the release of P50,000 as financial assistance to the family of slain soldier from Marawi who is a resident of the province. PFC Mark Darell Parba, a resident of Purok Mabuhay 2, Barangay Carpenter Hill Koronadal City has arrived early this week after being one of the casualties of the Marawi siege that claimed the lives of 58 other government forces. Parba, 22, also a son of a soldier, is a newly enlisted member of the military in February and was assigned in Zamboanga Del Sur before his deployment to Marawi City in May. Fuentes said, he hopes the clashes between the two forces will end soon as the governor is worried about the upcoming Tnalak fest celebration in July. She also enjoined the residents to pray for all the soldiers who are going to battle to keep the residents secured. Aside from cash assistance, Fuentes also ordered his staff to send other goods to help augment the needs of the family.
At least 35 religious leaders from the different barangays in the municipality of Sto. Nino attended the 3-day Training on Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Stimulant Disorder (MIOP) initiated by Technical Working Group on Surfacing Personalities Involved on Drugs (SPID) of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council. The training is the fourth in a series of trainings conducted in the province intended for the volunteers that will help administer the community-based treatment and rehabilitation of the SPID clients who were categorized under the low risk and moderate levels. The activity is a continued efforts of the PADAC to capacitate the municipalities in the outpatient and after care treatment of Superfacing Personalities Involved on Drugs in the municipality. Said trainings is set to be conducted in all towns in the province. Other municipalities who have undergone MIOP trainings include Polomolok, Tupi and Surallah.
South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture Region 12 for the provision of P1.82-million worth of farm input for the Rehabilitation of El Nino Affected Mango Trees in the province. Said amount will be used for the procurement of input composed of 500 bags of complete fertilizers amounting to P500,000 and 220 bags of Flower Inducer worth P1.32 million. Provincial Agriculturist Justina Navarette said the counterpart of the province for said program is P64,800 intended only for hauling and labor cost of the inputs. Navarette said, the province suffered from huge losses due to dry spell in 2015 which caused damage to crops not only on rice and corn but also high- valued crops such as mango. Through the provision of said funds, the mango growers hope to recover from their losses and revive the industry. The province expressed gratitude from DA-12 by giving attention to the mango growers more so South Cotabato is soon to be recipient of the P17-Million Mango production enhancement and marketing project from the Philippine Rural Development Project.
Sto. Nino National High School was adjudged as this year’s winner for the Division Level Search for Outstanding "Barkada Kontra Droga" Program Implementers in the Secondary Schools for the School Year 2016-2017. At least ten (10) school entries have undergone evaluation for the provincewide search but SNNHS bested other contenders. Libertad National High School of Surallah won Second Place, while Norala National High School emerged as third place. Other minor awards include Norala NHS as Best NDEP Program Initiatives/ Community Participation;Tampakan NHS as Best in NDEP Corner; Libertad NHS as Best in NDEP Intervention; Lake Sebu NHS as Best in NDEP Practiices/ Innovation; and Polomolok NHS as Best in NDEP Drop-In-Center. Other entries include Tantangan National High School, Cebuano NHS (Tupi), Tboli NHS, and Banga NHS. Sto. Nino NHS will represent the province in the BKD Search Regional Level. The BKD implemented under the National Drug Education Program (NDEP) in schools evolved on a concept of “nationwide barkadahan” which needs the active participation of students and the support coming from all sectors of the society to include the teachers and school administrators, family, government agencies, non-government organizations, the religious sector and other stakeholders. NDEP Coordinator Lilibeth Funa said, the BKD program is one of the flagship programs implemented by the Dangerous Drugs Board under the Office of the President that advocates the youth to serve as role models for a more productive and healthy life away from the ill effects of illegal drugs. It is a peer-based program designed as one of the preventive measures to counter the negative effects of illegal drugs using information and education dissemination campaign and various activities. Funa said, the Deped South Cotabato Division is set to provide technical assistance [...]
Another 106 Blaan pupils of Cebuano Central Elementary School at Tupi town were benefitted from the “Maghinatagay Project” initiated by the active scholars of the Kabugwason paglaum Scholarship Program of the province of South Cotabato. The project composed of the giving of school supplies to the school children in time for the school opening in June 5 is the second in a series of activities launched by the KPSP scholars . KPSP Executive Director Ruel Bagunoc said, the funds used for the said project came from the monthly stipend of the scholars. “We only have little to spare but it will help a lot to the less fortunate ones.” John Mark Rufino, a KPSP scholar said. The school supplies composed of 5 pcs. writing notebook (80 leaves), 1 pad paper(Grade 1), 1pc sharpener, 1 pc eraser and 2 pcs. Mongol 2 pencil packed in a transparent folder bag were distributed to each of the pupils.
Eight scholars of the Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program of the provincial government of South Cotabato will graduate at the state-run university this June 7 with Latin Honors. KPSP Executive Director Ruel Bagunog said, these scholars are all coming from the Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He said, these academic excellence awardees are apart from the six KPSP scholars who graduated in March from different colleges and universities within the region. Based on the reports submitted to Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes, one these KPSP scholars received an award as Magna Cum Laude. She is Kay Cristelle Lavente, BSED English who garnered an average of 1.438% rating. Six others will graduate as Cum Laude. These are Kevin L. Tutor, BS Accountancy with 1.590 % rating; Jergen P. Belvis, BSed-Biology, with 1.590 % rating; Christian Ely F. Poot, AB History with 1.613 % rating; Felly Mar M. Rama, BS Agribusiness with 1.620 % rating; Erick Jhon B. Gallego, BEEd, with 1.660 % rating; and Kaye L. Daga, AB English with 1.736 % rating. Eser Glennmay, a graduate in Diploma in Fish Technology-Fish Processing garnered an average of 1.687 will be awarded With Honors. Bagunoc said, "apart from their monthly stipend these academic awardees will receive cash incentives. P7,500 for Magna Cum Laude and P5,000 each for cum laude and With Honors." He added, the KPSP also grants assistance for those who will take board exams. “We give P10,000 for those who will emerge as topnotchers." He said, Bagunoc disclosed the program also grants scholarships for those who wants to proceed to higher studies such as medicine and law. The KPSP program is being implemented in South Cotabato for the past 13 years.
All schools in Region -12 will accommodate students coming from Marawi City whenever they opt to transfer as a result of the clashes between government troops and the Maute groups in their area , the Department of Education 12 said. DepEd -12 Regional Director Arturo Bayocot said, all children of school age have the right to be in school this opening of classes. Bayocot has ordered all nine divisions including South Cotabato division to take in transferees from Marawi City for them to be able to continue their education especially in the elementary and high schools. However, as of press time, there were no reported cases of enrolment coming from students from Marawi City within the region. “Perhaps they are preoccupied with their safety first.” Bayocot He added, “ affected residents are most likely to settle at regions in Zamboanga Peninsula or Northern Mindanao instead of Soccsksargen since they are nearer than our region.” Bayocot added, the opening of classes in public schools set in June 5 will push through despite the declaration of Martial Law. Based on the official statement coming from DepEd Central office, it emphasized that in cases of war or any conflicts schools will not be used as evacuation centers . Even in Marawi City, only the provincial capitol and the Mindanao State University will be used for the said purpose It also enjoined all sectors to ensure the neutrality of the schools and temporary learning spaces as zones of peace. It also called on concerned groups to spare the students, teachers and personnel from any form of violence, intimidation o or threat. In June 5, the DepEd 12 assured all public schools within the region are ready to start classes [...]
South Cotabato has dominated this year’s Regional Gawad Saka Search by winning six out of ten entries which will serve as region’s official entries to vie for the 2017 Gawad Saka National award. Topping the list for the group category is the family of the 2016 National Gawad Saka winner for outstanding fisherfolk award, Ms. Ruferos Regina of Banga town, who will represent the region for the fisherfolk family category . Other entries for the group category include Tampakan MAFC for the Municipal agriculture and fishery council; and South Cotabato PAFC for the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council category. Three more farmers for the Individual category from South Cotabato are Berlinda Montaño of Banga for the rice farmer category; Jose Lorenzo of Tupi for high value crops farmer category; and Gerardo Cordero of Koronadal City for coconut farmer category. DA-12 Regional Director Milagros Casis said, the regional office had endorsed ten entries from Soccsksargen in this year’s edition of the Gawad Saka national tilt including six entries from South Cotabato. Other entries are Bulacanon Irrigators’ Association of Makilala, Cotabato; Ivy Carolino of Carmen, North Cotabato for the young farmer category; Dr. Emma Sales a faculty member of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato for the outstanding agricultural scientist. “They will undergo rigorous standards and qualifications set in every category.” Casis said, Casis is optimistic that more entries for this year’s search will win the most coveted prize for their respective categories after bagging only two awards last year. These include Regina Ruferos of Banga for the outstanding fisherfolk award and Dr. Sailila Abdula , the current Executive Director of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) as the outstanding agricultural researcher category. DA-12 Gawad [...]