The province of South Cotabato is set to receive another recognition as one of the most competitive provinces in the country from the National Competitiveness Council during its 5th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit and Awards ceremony on August 16, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Vice-Governor Vicente De Jesus will lead the delegation composed of members of the South Cotabato Board and department heads. South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes said she is hopeful to make it big in this year’s competitiveness index after it garnered third place in the last year’s evaluation. Aside from the award as Most Competitive Province, the NNC will also confer the awards for Most Improved City and Municipality during the awarding ceremony . More than 1,500 local government units all over the country participated this year in four categories. These will include 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities These LGUs were evaluated based on their exemplary performance in the four pillars of the index which include Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency. Governor Fuentes said, the award is important since it can boost the morale of the province. “Despite the odds we are facing, we can prove to all that we are still a very favorable province conducive for business opportunities from investors.” She said.
KORONADAL CITY- The Department of Agriculture Region 12 officially awards the ten most outstanding individuals and institutions for the Regional Gawad Saka Search in an awarding ceremony held in this city. DA-12 Regional Director Milagros Casis said, these winners will be the official entry of the region in the 2017 Gawad Saka Search in the national level. Topping the list of winners are farmers , fisherfolks and groups from South Cotabato. South Cotabato dominated this year’s Regional Gawad Saka Search by winning six out of ten entries. Three entries won for the Individual category which include 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. For the group category, the winners, these include the family of the 2016 National Gawad Saka winner for outstanding fisherfolk Ms. Ruferos Regina of Banga town, who will represent the region for the fisherfolk family category; Tampakan MAFC for the Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council; and South Cotabato PAFC for the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council category. Four other entries came from North Cotabato. these include Bulacanon Irrigators’ Association of Makilala; Ivy Carolino of Carmen for the young farmer category; Dr. Emma Sales, a faculty member of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan for the outstanding agricultural scientist, and Mr. Ricardo Pueblo for Small Animal Raiser category from M’lang. Casis called on these winners to help the agriculture department in advocating Climate Smart Agriculture in order to achieve food sufficiency. “More than the plaque and the cash prizes each of you received, let these triumphs serve as inspiration to your fellow farmers.” she said, DA-12 Gawad Saka focal person [...]
Only eight barangays in South Cotabato remained as drug affected barangays based on the report coming from the South Cotabato Police Provincial Office. These drug affected barangays comprise 5.03 % out of the 199 barangays in the province. To date at least 191 or 94.97% are considered a drug cleared barangays as certified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.. These drug affected barangays include Brgy. GPS in Koronadal City; Brgy. Ambalgan in Sto. Nino; Brgy. Kematu in Tboli; Brgy. Ned, Talisay and Seloton in Lake Sebu’ and Brgy. Poblacion and Kipalbig in Tampakan. The report states the degree of affectation of these barangays were classified as “slight” only. PDEA-12 Regional Director Atty. Gil Cesario Castro clarified the barangay drug affectation may change from time to time if the surrenderers will not undergo treatment and will continue to use illegal drugs. He added their office will enforce Section No.15 of the RA 9165 which authorizes them to go after users and pushers. This provision states anybody found positive on illegal drugs will face imprisonment subject to the extent of their violations.
Police Authorities seized at least P1.9 million worth of illegal drugs for the continued drug operations conducted in South Cotabato. South Cotabato Provincial Director PS/Supt Franklin Alvero said, this confiscation was the result of the more than 155 illegal drug operations conducted in the province’s ten towns and lone city for the period covered, January to June, 2017. Out of these operations, 86 were buy-bust, 37 from search warrants, 1 from warrant of arrest, 2 from checkpoints, and 29 from Inflagrante or Police Response, Assistance, Caught in the Act, Chance Upon. Report coming from the SCPPO also reveals, these operations yielded a total of 260 grams of shabu and more than 197 grams of marijuana. Koronadal City Police Station has the most number of operations conducted and has the highest number of illegal drugs confiscated valued at P1.4 million. Tantangan PS on the otherhand has the least number of drugs confiscated valued at P4,000 only. A total of 211 suspects were arrested and at least 652 cases were filed in court.
The Department of Education and the police will join forces to strengthen the advocacy campaign against illegal drug among the youth sector in the province of South Cotabato. Provincial Director PSSUpt. Franklin Alvero said, the South Cotabato Police Provincial Office will adopt the Barkada Kontra Droga program implemented by the DepEd. The BKD 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. Under the DepEd, it is implemented through the National Drug Education Program (NDEP) 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. 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. To effectively implement the program, the DDB in collaboration with the Department of Education and supported by the Local Government Units through its Provincial, Municipal, City and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils launched the annual Search for Outstanding "BKD" Program Implementers in the Secondary Schools. Alvero said, with the DepEd focusing the “in school”, the police on the otherhand will focus on the “out of school youth” . He added the police force will temporarily stop the conduct of Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE program among elementary pupils since there were not enough police force trained to handle the task. The Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council headed by South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. [...]
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato is set to use Filipino language in its sessions in observance of the “LInggo ng Wika” in August 13 to 19, 2017. Vice Governor Vicente De Jesus said, this move is in adherence to Resolution No. 224 which enacts Ordinance No.04, Series of 2011 which is “An ordinance mandating the use of Filipino in the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato during the Linggo ng Wika”. The resolution authored by Hon. Cecile Diel states the celebration aims to promote love and proficiency in the national language and develop preference of Filipino instead of English. The observance is also in honor of President Manuel L. Quezon, in celebration of his birth anniversary on August 19, as the “Father of National Language”. the celebration of the “Linggo ng Wika” dates back to March 26, 1946 when President Sergio Osmeña issued Proclamation No. 35 that designated the period from March 27 to April 2 the “National Language Week” each year. In September 23, 1955, when President Ramon Magsaysay issued Proclamation No. 186 declaring August 13 to 19 of every year as the National Language Week, in honor of the Filipino “Father of National Language”, President Manuel L. Quezon, in celebration of his birth anniversary on August 19. This was later reiterated by President Corazon Aquino through Proclamation No. 19, on August 12, 1988; and President Fidel Ramos issued Proclamation No. 1041, on January 15, 1997. In observance of said ordinance, the proceedings during the sessions of the SP shall be in Filipino such that the use of English shall be limited only to quotes and technical terms and phrases and such other words in English, the translation of which in [...]
At least P215.5 million pesos worth of farm machines and other agri-projects coming from the Department of Agriculture were recently turned-over to farmer groups and local government units (LGUs) in SOCCSKSARGEN Region. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol led the formal turn-over ceremony held at DA-CEMIARC at Tupi town attended more than 700 attendees composed of farmers, fisherfolks, local government officials and other guests and participants. Piñol said the activity is part of the Agricultural Mechanization Program of the DA to increase productivity and lower post-harvest losses in a bid to intensify the attainment of affordable and available food for every Filipino. These farm machineries include rice combine harvesters, farm tractors, floating tillers, corn shellers, shallow tube wells and cassava chippers. Aside from these, a total of P94-M worth of farm inputs were turned-over under the rice program; P80-M corn farmers; P11.3-M for high value crops farmers; P9.2-M for livestock; and P1.2-M under organic agriculture program. The formal turn-over and distribution of the projects was also attended by Undersecretary for Special Concerns Atty. Ranibai Dilangalen and Usec. for Fisheries Eduardo Gongona. Also Present during the turn over ceremonies were South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Sultan Kudarat Governor Pax Mangudadatu, several mayors, vice mayors and local officials from Region 12.
Tricks and other stunts are allowed during the staging of this year’s Mega Crew Hip Hop Dance competition on July 17 at 2 pm at the South Cotabato Sports Complex. This was after dangerous stunts or “Buwis Buhay “ routines are discouraged in the last year’s competition. Provincial Assessor and Committee Chairperson Felix Sadiang-abay said, these stunts are allowed provided that the Hip Hop Competition committee is not liable for any untoward incidents. “Each crew is required to sign a waiver regarding the matter.” Sadiang-abay said, Based on the mechanics set, no lighting designs are allowed except general lights only. The costume of the group is based on their discretion provided it should be decent and nudity is prohibited. At least 15 competing groups have signified intention to join the contest. The participants include Crossover Family of Davao City, GZ Fam of Koronadal City, Kinship of Tacurong City, Makabayan Family of Davao City, TYGA of Davao City, Cotabato Dance Community of Cotabato City, Soul Rebel Crew of Kidapawan City, Electro Beatz of Banga, South Cotabato, HYDRA of General Santos City, SK Dance Company of Sarangani, Elegance of General Santos City, One Blood One Fam of Sarangani, Dugong Maharlika Co. of General Santos City, Prime Legacy of Kidapawan City and Krowmaet Crew of Cagayan De Oro. The groups can perform any element of HipHop dance depending on style except Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom and Folk dances. The Champion will receive P70,000 cash prize a certificate and trophy. First Runner-up will receive P40,000, P25,000 for the 2nd runner-up. Non-winners will receive P7,000 each.
Winners for this year’s Tnalak Fest streetdancing competition will receive bigger prizes as the committee has increased the allocation for the cash awards. Provincial Budget Officer and Committee Chairperson Luz Fontanilla said, the committee almost doubled the cash prizes compared to last year’s allocation. This year’s winners will receive P300,000, P250,000 and P200,000 for the First, Second and Third Placers,as compared to last year’s cash prize of P150,000 for 1st prize; P125,000 for 2nd Prize, and P100,000 for 3rd Prize. Fontanilla said, each contingents also received a seed fund for food allowance and financial assistance of P100,000 each as compared to last year’s P70,000 only. She added, at least 12 contingents will participate for this year's competition. The competing contingents are the following: Madal Be’Lan 1. Lake Sebu National High School 2. Tboli National High School 3. Liberty National High School –Tampakan 4. Koronadal Academy of Tampakan Kasadyahan sa Kapatagan 1. Notre Dame of Sto. Nino 2. San Miguel National High School (Norala) 3. Tablu National High School (Tampakan) 4. Tampakan National High School 5. Tantangan National Trade High School Kadsagayan A Lalan 1.Panay National High School (Sto. Nino) 2. Christian School of Polomolok 3. Purok Sison Elementary School –Surallah Fontanilla said, at least P4.5 million was allocated for the event which came from the Tnalak Fest budget.
This year’s edition of the 2nd Mindanao-Wide All-Star Cheerdance Competition is a certified crowd drawer as more than 7000 spectators witnessed the nine entries compete at the South Cotabato Sports Complex on Friday. Event Chairperson Zenaida Duron said, this is apart from the numerous crowd outside the gymnasium which settled to watch at the LED monitor since they could no longer enter the venue. “As usual, we express our gratitude to all who supported this event." Duron said, Holy Trinity College Baile Real of General Santos City emerged as this year’s Champion bagging the P90,000 cash prize. Another Gensan pride NDDU Sarimanok Pep Squad won the 1st runner-Up and received P70,000 cash prize; while Davao City’s Madayaw Cheer Revolution Cheetahs won 2nd Runner Up – and received 60,000.00. Other contingents who participated in the contest were Zamboanga Barons (Zamboanga City), New Oro All Stars (Cagayan De Oro City), Tulunan All Stars (Tulunan, North Cotabato), Bananoy Magnate All Stars (Panabo City, Davao del Norte), Davao Cheer Fusion Barbies (Davao City), and Koronadal All Stars (Saravia Eagles of Saravia NHS and Crowned Maroons of KNCHS). They received P25,000 as consolation prizes. The Mindanao-Wide All-Star Cheerdance Competition, now on its second year is one of the highlights of this year’s 18th Tnalak festival and 51st Foundation anniversary of the province of South Cotabato