Monday, April 14, 2014

New PNPA graduate from Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani(April 14, 2014) - Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon presents a new graduate of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)during the flag raising ceremony at Capitol Monday, April 14. Police Inspector Ian Marc S. Polestico (center), Mandilaab Class 2014 (Mandirigmang may Dangal at Isipan Laan sa Bayan), belongs to the top 10 of his class. He is best in Math and Sciences as well. Polestico is a product of Alabel National Science High School. At left is his mother, Marilou S. Polestico, a teacher at Alabel National High School. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sarangani celebrates Rep. Pacquiao’s big win

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 13, 2014) – Cheers of victory erupt as Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao wins his fight against Timothy Bradley Sunday, April 13, shown live before a large crowd in a wide screen. Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (foreground) throws a towel in the air and cheers with thousands of spectators who filled Capitol Gym to the rafters. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Free Pacquiao-Bradley show at Capitol gym

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (April 11, 2014) – A TV crew interviews Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon with regards to the upcoming fight of Congressman Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao this Sunday. The local government of Sarangani will be giving a free pay-per-view screening of the Pacquiao-Bradley Fight at the Capitol gymnasium. Gov. Solon also stated that the welcome party for Congressman Pacquiao has already been prepared. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Sulong Sarangani orientation

GLAN, Sarangani (April 11, 2014) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon speaks before residents of Barangay Burias during the orientation of the Sulong Sarangani Program Thursday, April 10. Gov. Solon targets to take Sarangani out of the top 10 poorest provinces of the Philippines by the year 2016 and out of the top 20 by the year 2020. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Provincial Police Strategic Management Unit breaks ground

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 11, 2014) - PSUPT. Jomar Alexis Yap Sr. (left), OIC-Provincial Director, and PSUPT. Ricky Rebua (right), PNP Deputy Provincial Director for Operations, welcome Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon Thursday, April 10, to the ground-breaking ceremony of the Provincial Police Strategic Management Unit at Sarangani Provincial Police Office. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Free immunization and prenatal check-up

GLAN, Sarangani (April 11, 2014) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon visits the immunization and prenatal check-up service in Barangay Burias Thursday, April 10. The recipients thanked Gov. Solon.  “You have given an opportunity for the less-fortunate people to avail such service,” a recipient said. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

QUEST2 scaling up reading skills, shaping careers


ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014) – Some 500 youths in Sarangani have shunned the typical school break loafing with friends to a more sensible summer by transforming failing readers to do better with comprehension.

Summer Reading is Fun of Quality Education for Sarangani Today (QUEST) has been the usually anticipated activity of teenagers of this province during summer season to assist Grade I teachers in mentoring non-readers among incoming Grade II pupils.

Now, Quality Education for Sarangani Today and Tomorrow (QUEST2) emerged as the enhanced and expanded version which Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon explained to have been built "upon the original QUEST legacy by improving and enhancing it based upon the results from the program, plus the reassessed needs of the province today and tomorrow."

QUEST2, Solon said, is a continuing effort of the provincial government under the Sulong Karunungan program to "rescue children who have reading problems."

Education consultant Dan Evans pointed out the QUEST2 version is targeting known failing readers. "Our challenge here in Sarangani is both access to education and participation."

Currently, according to Evans, "less than half of our children are not even enrolling in school. The big challenge of the province is to get more children to school."

He cited a very low attendance in schools that declines from kindergarten to high school and only a slim percentage are going to college. To increase that candidate pool for college, he said, “participation in elementary and high school must be improved."

However, Evans assessed the quality of education in the province is "definitely improving" which he also credited to the efforts of the secretary of education which according to him have made great strides in improving the quality of education.

The summer intern program of QUEST2 will cover 15 days which ends on April 30. By deploying student volunteers into the summer schools, Evans forecast a “focus detention” on pupils who are known failing.

Therefore, he said the tutors will have a great opportunity to "impact the lives of small children of this province because most drop-outs are due to failing in reading. By focusing on that aspect, we will save some children from dropping out of school."

QUEST2 is piloting the project in 20 public schools all over Sarangani which have been identified by the Department of Education to have a large number of failing readers.

Aside from the summer intern program under the education component, QUEST2 likewise incorporates a broad-spectrum volunteer program including service in government offices and tourism sector.

Evans said the program gives the volunteers a hands-on experience and exposure either of the three tracks of QUEST2 specifically education, tourism, and government that could provide them the ability to make an intelligent decision in the future.

The government service and tourism opportunities are for young people who intend to go into public service, the legal profession, or the tourism industry. All of the intern positions provide excellent opportunities to experience the career choice early while contributing to the prosperity of Sarangani Province. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Road to Gumasa lights up when SarBay happens


ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014) - Installation of streetlights along the road from poblacion Glan to Gumasa is underway.

This means the summer getaway in this part of Southern Mindanao will have a well-lit road during Sarangani Bay Festival on May 16-17.

The project will light up approximately four kilometers towards the SarBay site.

The provincial engineering office reported the installation of 52 units of streetlights has started to ensure the road is lighted before the biggest beach party by the bay happens.

The provincial government has earmarked P0.5 million to fund this project while the local government of Glan would counterpart to shoulder the electricity cost.

A ceremonial switch-on will be staged during SarBay, according to Region 12 Tourism Council chair Michelle Solon.

Solon is currently working with the provincial tourism office for SarBay where scores of innovations were planned to be introduced this time.

Gumasa, as a destination, has seen a growing tourism industry in Glan. Provincial tourism officer Larry Asparin pointed out Gumasa resorts have been drawing both local and foreign tourists.

With the increasing tourist arrival every year, Asparin said "this is an indication that we have to prepare the area for the tourists to feel comfortable and safe."

Gumasa caters to many Department of Tourism-accredited resorts along the seven-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand shores.  Native cottages and thatched nipa huts are lined along the beach for shelter to enjoy the view of Sarangani Bay. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blaan kids bonding with Gov. Solon

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 10, 2014)-“Let’s do a wacky pose,” says Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon as he bonds with Blaan kids during his visit at Lamlifew Village Museum Tuesday, April 8. The visit coincided with a media exposure trip for the promotion of tourism in Sarangani, recognizing local tourist spots and most especially the local culture. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Usec. Tan visits Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014) - Undersecretary Nabil Tan, head of Mindanao Coordinating Office under the Office of the Executive Secretary, pays a courtesy call to Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon on April 7. Their discussions revolved around the recently signed peace agreement and expectations. Usec. Tan is holding a planning session in General Santos City and Sarangani. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Sarangani conducts marine mammal stranding response training

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014) - Professor Lemuel Aragones, University of the Philippines professor and president of the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN), gives a lecture to some personnel of the Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Offices and Office of the Municipal Agriculturists of the different municipalities of Sarangani during the first day of the Marine Mammal Conservation and Stranding Response Training-Workshop which runs from April 8-10 at the Kasfala Hall, Capitol Compound. The training aims to have a continuing advocacy drive down to the community level on survey and monitoring of marine mammal occurrence, and technical training, documentation and response on marine mammal stranding. The training is facilitated by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, in coordination with the Provincial Veterinarian's Office, the Sarangani Wildlife Protection and Response Team, DENR 12, and the PMMSN. Also in photo is Rolando Tuballes (extreme left), provincial ENRO. (Tres Besana/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarangani honors scholar-graduates

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014) - Paaral Para Sa Sarangan (PPSS) scholars receive their certificate of recognition during a thanksgiving celebration Monday, April 7. In photo are Board Members Elmer de Peralta (extreme left), Virgilio Clark Tobias (2nd from right), Hermie Galzote (3rd from right), Abdulracman Pangolima (4th from right), and Glenda Revano (extreme right), PPSS coordinator. The scholars are Dr. Jec M. Pane (5th from left) of San Roque, Malungon; Dr. Lormie M. Bermudez (6th from left) of Datal Tampal, Malungon; Romel A. Zamora (4th from left), one of the 30 Indigenous People scholars who graduated; Blanca  A. Marquez (3rd from left), graduated as Magna Cum Laude with a degree of BSEd Major in English at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, from Kiamba; and Wishelyn A. Reyes (2nd from left) of Alabel, academic awardee of BS-Entrepreneur from General Santos Foundation Incorporated. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sulong Karunungan backs PPSS scholarship program

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014) - "Because of your accomplishment, you have opened the opportunity out of poverty," Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said as he congratulates the graduates of Paaral Para Sa Sarangan (PPSS) Scholarship Program Monday, April 7. PPSS started in 2002 to provide assistance to less fortunate Sarangans to support their studies in college. Now, PPSS is considered as a milestone of the Sulong Karunungan component of the Sulong Sarangani Program. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Scholars pledge to serve Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10, 2014)- Board Member Elmer de Peralta leads the scholars of Paaral Para Sa Sarangan (PPSS) as they take their pledge of commitment to serve Sarangani Province to the best of their ability. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Scholars vow to serve Sarangani


ALABEL, Sarangani (April 10,2014) – There is no greater joy for the batch 2014 graduates of the Paaral Para Sa Sarangan (PPSS) scholarship program of the provincial government than to finish college after all the afflictions that they had gone through.

As a payback, the graduates of PPSS, a scholarship program under the Sulong Karunungan component of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon’s flagship program, the Sulong Sarangani, have taken their pledge of commitment to serve their community in the best way they can.

Glenda Revaño, PPSS coordinator, said this is the first time that PPSS scholars have taken a pledge of commitment after the program was implemented 12 years ago.

PPSS Scholarship Program was implemented through Executive Order No. 11 Series of 2002 under then Governor Miguel Escobar. Former Governor Migs Dominguez also implemented PPSS during his 2004-2013 tenure.

“Since it was implemented in 2002, wala pang nangyaring ganito, the scholars have taken the pledge of commitment at na-gather din sila for the first time,” Revaño said in an interview during the PPSS Graduates Thanksgiving celebration Monday (April 7).

Revaño said that for this year alone, there are a total of 110 PPSS college graduates also supported by different partners who were invited in the thanksgiving celebration. However, more than 50 graduates were only able to join the gathering.

“Ang iba kasi nag-change na ng number kaya hindi na nakarating at bakasyon na rin ngayon kaya hindi na na-gather lahat,” she explained.

From 2005 up to 2013, PPSS has produced a total of 289 graduates, 13 Cum Laudes, and 1 Magna Cum Laude. Taking account of the 110 graduates this year, PPSS has a total of 399 graduates since 2005.

Of the 110 PPSS scholars who graduated this year, 58 are from the regular program; 30 are from the off-campus program in Malandag (these graduates are all Indigenous People scholars and have finished their college for five years since they only attended classes thrice a week); others are sons and daughters of Sarangan Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose monthly income is only pegged at 400 dollars; and, some are scholars at the UP School of Sciences in Koronadal City.

Revaño said that 20 percent of this year’s graduates came from the disparity or poorest barangays of the province.

“Binigyan talaga ng priority yung mga nanggaling sa mga disparity barangays natin. PPSS is under the Sulong Karunungan, a component of the Sulong Sarangani Program of Governor Solon,” she said.

She added that Governor Solon just continued the gains of PPSS considering the impact it brings not only to the lives of Sarangans, but to the whole community as well.

PPSS Program has already produced three doctors, nine midwives and several graduates of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, who are willing to serve their respective communities.

“Ang next challenge sa mga graduates ng education course ay ipasa ang kanilang board exam,” Revaño said.

This year, PPSS also produced the second Magna Cum Laude from the municipality of Kiamba.

Blanca Marquez, who graduated as Magna Cum Laude from the Notre Dame Dadiangas University, said that she is forever grateful to the people behind PPSS.

“Malaking tulong po ang allowance na natatanggap namin. Hindi kami ganito ngayon kung wala ang PPSS,” Marquez said.

Marquez also encouraged other PPSS scholars saying that education is not about grades, but attitude. It’s not about knowing it all, but about sharing what you have learned.

Marquez, Revaño said, will get a P5,000 cash incentive from the provincial government. Incentives, she said, are given to graduates with academic awards.

Meanwhile, Governor Solon stressed that the objective of the program is to really give opportunities to poor but deserving students to finish school and attain a degree.

“Education is very important that is why our battlecry is that every student in Sarangani should finish college. It has a lasting impact in the lives of the people and in the community because those who graduated and were able to work can serve their community in return,” Governor Solon said.

It is during Governor Solon’s administration that there is an increase of allowance of scholars under the regular program making it a significant component of his flagship program, the Sulong Sarangani.

“Dati, P1,200 lang ang allowance ng mga scholars every month, ngayon ginawa ng P1,500. As a coordinator, I am also thankful sa mga board members natin dahil sila yung nag-approve ng budget,” Revaño said.

She added that with the help and convergence of the officials of Sarangani namely, Congressman Emmanuel Pacquiao, Governor Solon, Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao and all the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, it is possible that partnership from other external donors could be forged so that the implementation of the PPSS program will be intensified in the coming years.

Today, PPSS external partners are the Phinma Foundation Inc., Alcantara Foundation Inc., University of the Philippines Koronadal, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Sagittarius Mines Inc., and the YACAP Party-list organization. (Joy R. Sevilla/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Monday, April 7, 2014

World Bank presents WSP to locals

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 5, 2014)- World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) country representative Edkarl Galing introduces to Mayor Reynaldo Constantino (foreground) the monitoring and evaluation tools for scaling up rural sanitation program at the Mayor’s Office Thursday, April 3. Sarangani is among the pilot provinces set to end open defecation practice by 2016. The challenge comes in the wake of global efforts to hit the 2015 Millennium Development Goal on sanitation to cut by half the proportion of people without universal access to improved hygiene. Quezon and Negros Oriental provinces are also testing areas of WSP 2016 zero open defecation. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Water Sanitation Program drive in communities

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 5, 2014) – Acting Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro (center) briefs the teams that will inspect and evaluate to scale up rural sanitation program at barangay Talus Thursday, April 3, under the Water Sanitation Program (WSP) funded by the World bank. WSP supports poor people in obtaining affordable, safe, and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. It tapped local and national government units, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to scale up sanitary conditions. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Volunteers join Summer Internship Program orientation camp

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 4, 2014) – “The only way you can move people is when they believe that you love them” is the quote of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon during his visit at the Quality Education for Sarangani Today & Tomorrow Summer Internship Program Friday, April 4. The QUEST2-SIP opened at the Capitol Gym with 414 attendees in partnership with the provincial government, Department of Education, One Young Mindanao, Green Valley College (headed by Romeo A. Sustiguer), and Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

QUEST2 begins

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 5, 2014) – Attended by 414 volunteers, the Quality Education for Sarangani Today& Tomorrow (QUEST2) Summer Internship Program opens Thursday, April 3. The QUEST2-SIP offered three tracks that the volunteers may choose from according to their specialization - tourism, education and government. The QUEST2-SIP is in partnership with the provincial government, Department of Education, One Young Mindanao, Green Valley College (headed by Romeo A. Sustiguer), and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Gov. Solon revs up QUEST2

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 5, 2014) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon talks before volunteers of the Quality Education for Sarangani Today & Tomorrow - Summer Internship Program Friday, April 4. The QUEST2-SIP is in partnership with the provincial government, Department of Education, One Young Mindanao, Green Valley College (headed by Romeo A. Sustiguer), and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Gov. Solon mingled with the attendees, sharing his own experiences, inspiring the volunteers to push further for their success. (Kim Windell tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)