Monday, October 27, 2014

Sarangani towns to receive farm tractors from DA


TUPI, South Cotabato (October 23, 2014) – Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (4th from right) and Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Director Amalia Datukan (extreme right) deliver farm tractors and other farm machineries and post-harvest facilities to recipient local government units and farming associations in the region at Tupi Seed Farm Wednesday, October 22. Sarangani Province with Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (3rd from right) will officially receive farm tractor/s after the necessary documents are complied with. Sarangani is an agricultural province, thus tractors are very helpful to the farmers. Also present in the ceremony were Sarangani town mayors Corazon Grafilo (3rd from left) of Alabel, Alfonso Singcoy (4th from left) of Malapatan and Pepito Catimbang (2nd from right) of Maitum. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

DSWD funds Sarangani AICS


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 23, 2014) – DSWD Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha (center) hands over to provincial officials a cheque worth P3 Million from DSWD to augment the fund of the provincial government of Sarangani for its Aid in Individual in Crisis Situation (AICS) program at the Office of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon on Tuesday, October 21. The fund will be used to help qualified Sarangani residents (indigents and individuals in crisis situation) in their medical/hospitalization and burial expenses, among others, subject to the guidelines set by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan led by Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao, with the support of Cong. Manny Pacquiao, had earlier authorized the governor to sign the Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Gov. Solon thanks SarBay people


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 23, 2014) – A thanksgiving dinner was held on October 17 for the success of the Sarangani Bay (SarBay) Festival. SarBay 2013 was declared champion as Best Tourism Event-Sports/Adventure/Wellness Province Category in the whole Philippines given by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines. Organizers received certificates of appreciation. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

SP accredits NGOs


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 23, 2014) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) headed by Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao unanimously approves the renewal of accreditation of Lamlifew Tribal Women’s Association and Plan International Inc. on its regular session Tuesday, October 21. The two non-government organizations (NGOs) are major partners of the provincial government. The Lamlifew Tribal Women’s Association preserves the Blaan indigenous fabric called “Tabih” that was recently displayed at SM Mall of Gensan. The Plan International, on the other hand, has a thrust of building a society that truly cares for and protects the Sarangani children. (Jerald S. Rubio/VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

Sulong Sarangani goes to remote village


MALAPATAN, Sarangani (October 23, 2014) - Edith Mahilum of the social welfare and development office leads in the evaluation of the well-being of every family and in the advocacy on parents effectiveness and other family issues in Barangay Kinam, Malapatan on Tuesday, October 21. The PSWDO also led in the drive of introducing the Sulong Sarangani flagship program of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon with the support of the Provincial Veterinary Office, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. Seedlings were given to residents as livelihood assistance. (Jake T. Narte/PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Blaan weavers to co-star in Munato Festival Yesterland theme park


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 17, 2014) – This four-day “Mabal Blaan: Weaving the Threads of Heritage" exhibit at SM Mall ended Thursday, October 16, but will be on display again during the Munato Festival on November 27-29 at the Yesterland theme park of the Capitol grounds. The Blaan indigenous fabric called “Tabih” is from Lamlifew Village Museum based in Barangay Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani. This heritage material has only two living keepers of the tradition, Fu Yabing Dulo and Fu Gusiye Buan. (Jake Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE) 

Important note: The Tabih shown above is a modern/contemporary design.

Gov. Solon supports Blaan cultural masters


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 17, 2014) – Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon joins Blaan cultural masters from the Lamlifew Village Museum based in Barangay Datal Tampal, Malungon during the opening of a four-day “Mabal Blaan: Weaving the Threads of Heritage" exhibit at SM Mall on October 13 where the Blaan indigenous fabric called “Tabih” are showcased until October 16. They are organized as Lamlifew Tribal Women’s Association manifesting the role of Blaan women in upholding the identity of the tribe thru crafts. Sarangani Province thru its Sulong Tribu program with the support of the Department of Tourism Region XII aspires that the province will be named as Tabih Capital in Southern Mindanao. The activity is a support to the celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month this October. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Mabal Blaan: Weaving the Threads of Heritage


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 17, 2014) – Emi Englis, Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon and Leonardo "Bing" Cariño pose during the opening of a four-day “Mabal Blaan: Weaving the Threads of Heritage" exhibit at SM Mall on October 13 where the Blaan indigenous fabric called “Tabih” from Lamlifew Village Museum based in Barangay Datal Tampal, Malungon are showcased until October 16. Bing Cariño as team leader and Englis with Arjho Cariño-Turner, Helen Lumbos and Toto Tirando served as curators of this heritage material with the only two living keepers of the tradition, Fu Yabing Dulo and Fu Gusiye Buan. Sarangani Province thru its Sulong Tribu program with the support of the Department of Tourism Region XII aspires that the province will be named as Tabih Capital in Southern Mindanao. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Vice Gov. Jinkee supports coop


KIAMBA, Sarangani (October 17, 2014) – Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao expresses her gratitude to the members of San Jose Multi-purpose Cooperative (SAJOMULCO) for their cooperation and support to the Gal E’ Libun Project of the Office of the Vice Governor during the Gender Sensitivity Training, the fifth and final phase of the series of trainings conducted for the coop, on October 15 at Barangay Suli. Inset is Vice Governor Jinkee gladly conveying to provide assistance to the bakery livelihood program of the cooperative and encouraged the coop members to continue to enrich themselves with other skills and capability trainings that would help improve their lives. (Quenny Dandan/VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Vice Gov. Jinkee gives solar panel to shelter


MAITUM, Sarangani (October 17, 2014) - Orlando Alvarez, coordinator, Special Project of Vice Governor Jinkee Jamora-Pacquiao, delivers to Barangay Captain Ramil Tugade one unit of 30 Watt solar panel on October 13. This facility was installed in a community shelter that accommodates students who temporarily stay during school days and residents of far flung barangays that need a momentary place to lodge while in the poblacion. (Quenny Dandan/VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Vice Governor Jinkee talks on Gal e’ Libun with mayor


KIAMBA, Sarangani (October 16, 2014) – Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao visits Mayor Raul Martinez and talks about her project the Gal e’ Libun of the Office of the Vice Governor Wednesday, October 15, at Kiamba Municipal Mayor’s Office. (Ruel D. Ampatin/KIAMBA INFO CENTER)

Vice Governor Jinkee supports women’s livelihood program


KIAMBA, Sarangani (October 16, 2014) – Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao ensures assistance for the bakeshop livelihood program of the women of Barangay Suli Wednesday, October 15, during the training on Women Health & Livelihood, Gender Sensitivity Program under the Gal e’ Libun Project of the Office of the Vice Governor. (Ruel D. Ampatin/KIAMBA INFO CENTER)

Kiamba vice mayor thanks Vice Governor Jinkee


KIAMBA, Sarangani (October 16, 2014) – Vice Mayor Danny A. Martinez (foreground) expresses his gratitude to Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao for the assistance given to the women of Barangay Suli Wednesday, October 15, during the training on Women Health & Livelihood, Gender Sensitivity Program under the Gal e’ Libun project of the Office of the Vice Governor. (Ruel D. Ampatin/KIAMBA INFO CENTER)

Sarangani marks CMW with energy conservation drive

By BEVERLY C. PAOYON

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 16, 2014) – The Consumer Welfare Month (CMW) kicked off in Sarangani with a series of activities geared towards energy conservation and safety measures with the Department of Energy (DOE) hosting this year’s month-long celebration.

With the theme “Sapat na Impormasyon: Susi sa Wastong Paggamit ng Enerhiya,” Delia Sy of DOE Mindanao Field Office said the department has been conducting a chain of activities aimed at assisting, educating and empowering consumers to instill vigilance against unsafe petroleum products practices.

DOE’s hosting of the Consumer Welfare Month, she said,  would highlight their aggressive campaign on the use of “alternative fuels’ safe and correct practices in the downstream oil industry and energy efficiency and conservation as a way of life” thru holding of symposia which are among the lined-up activities consumers could expect from this month’s celebration.

Sy said the energy sector should continue to work hard to support and sustain this unprecedented economic growth and development “to avoid recurrence of brownouts” that have been happening in Mindanao.

Lamenting on this, she then appealed for consumers to apply energy conservation not only in homes but in work places as well.

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, on the other hand, said using the renewable power potential of the Philippines would likely address issues on power shortage. In the Capitol, street lights are already solar powered as he also revealed a forthcoming plan of installing solar panels in the Capitol which Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao is currently scrutinizing at the level of the legislative branch.

Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry Sarangani provincial director Engr. Nenita Barroso reported that usual monitoring of prices would still be conducted in support to the consumers’ right to choose over quality products.

CWM is held every month of October pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 and spearheaded by the National Consumer Affairs Council as backed by Republic Act 7394, otherwise known as the “Consumer Act of the Philippines,” to improve the management, coordination and effectiveness of the nation’s consumer programs.(Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Students briefed on Sulong Sarangani


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 15, 2014) – Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon inspires Sarangani student-participants in the quiz bowl organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Sarangani during the opening of the Consumer Welfare Month at the Capitol Monday, October 13. Gov. Solon emphasized that the thrust of Sulong Sarangani is to promote free market competition for the benefit of the people-consumers because they can choose the best alternative. His flagship program, with Cong. Manny Pacquiao, Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao, board members, and the municipal and barangay affairs, is a convergence of both public and private resources and investments to achieve prosperity with equality. (Kim Wendell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

LFC submits P868.2M budget to SP


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 15, 2014) – The Local Finance Committee of the Provincial Government of Sarangani officially turns over to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) the P868.2 Million-Executive Budget CY 2015 of the provincial government, in compliance with the mandate of RA 7160 or the Local Code, during its regular session Tuesday, October 14.  The proposed annual budget is expected to be approved before the end of the year so that the implementation of the programs, projects and activities can commence at the start of the ensuing year. The Annual Investment Plan (AIP) has been submitted earlier to SP, the earliest time the AIP was submitted to the legislative body for the past number of years. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Zero Open Defecation in Sarangani by 2016

MALUNGON, Sarangani (October 15, 2014) – Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon and Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao share light moments during the launching of the Zero Open Defecation and pre-launching of JINKEENATION (Joint Initiative in Keeping Effective Ecology Noble Action Towards Improving Our National Sanitation) at Malandag People’s Center on October 10 with Mayor Reynaldo Constantino who has intensified the campaign for the program in his town. Sarangani Province committed and accepted to achieve a zero open defecation by year 2106 where all households in the province will have their own toilets. Gov. Solon believed that clean habits make healthy people and that healthy people are the backbone of a progressive economy. Organized by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank with the Provincial Health Office, Vice Gov. Pacquiao, a known celebrity, was chosen to be the ambassadress of the sanitation program. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Starkey Hearing Foundation donates hearing aids to Sarangani


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 15, 2014) – Richard Brown (center), president of Starkey Hearing Foundation, a USA-based international charity organization, poses with Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members headed by Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao during the regular session Tuesday, October 14. SP did not hesitate to pass a resolution authorizing Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon to sign the deed of donation and accept the donation of millions-worth of hearing aids from Starkey for Sarangani Province for the hearing mission to be conducted in November of this year. The organization has been a partner of the Provincial Government of Sarangani with Cong. Manny Pacquiao and is already providing hearing aids of P10,000-P20,000 for each patient in the province since early part of the year costing millions of pesos but were given free from the said organization. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

ZOD leaders get award


MALUNGON, Sarangani (October 15, 2014) – Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao and Mayor Reynaldo Constantino award a check worth P20,000 to the officials of Barangay Datal Bila for being one of the three barangays in Malungon who have achieved 100% zero open defecation, which means all households in the barangay have their own sanitary toilets. The check was given during the launching of zero open defecation (ZOD) campaign in barangay Malandag on October 10. Receiving the same amount of check are Barangay Talus and Barangay Upper Biangan. (Marvin Soler/VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Vice Governor Jinkee opens learning center


KIAMBA, Sarangani (October 15, 2014) – Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao commends various stakeholders who have worked together and expresses her support during the inauguration of the Sarangani Learning and Resource Center (SLRC) on October 9 at Barangay Datu Dani. Inset, Vice Governor Pacquiao is assisted by Mansueto Cuaton, SLRC director, and Board Member Elmer de Peralta during the cutting of ceremonial ribbon. (Quenny Dandan/VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)