Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Latter Day Saints Charity donates wheelchairs

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 14, 2014) – Parents with their children who have cerebral palsy rejoice to receive the customized wheelchairs given by the Latter Day Saints Charity thru the Serbisyong Sarangan Community Outreach Program of Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon with the support of Cong. Manny Pacquiao, Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao and the board members on Wednesday, November 12, at the Sarangani Capitol Gym. The cost of customized wheelchair ranges from P20,000 to P30,000.  Earlier during the weekend, the Physicians for Peace and Eyecrafter Clinic distributed prostheses and reading eyeglasses to Sarangani beneficiaries. The provincial officials are very glad because of the millions of assistance that are extended by the partner non-government organizations. (Kim Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Latter Day Saints Charity helps Serbisyong Sarangan beneficiaries

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 14, 2014) – Roland Cortez from Sitio Pulutana, Barangay Malandag, Malungon receives his wheelchair from the Latter Day Saints Charity thru the Serbisyong Sarangan Community Outreach Program of Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon with the support of Cong. Manny Pacquiao, Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao and the board members on Wednesday, November 12, at the Sarangani Capitol Gym. Cortez was a victim of hit-and-run. He was grateful to be one of the beneficiaries. During the weekend, the Physicians for Peace and Eyecrafter Clinic distributed prostheses and reading eyeglasses to Sarangani beneficiaries. The provincial officials are very glad because of the millions of assistance that are extended by the partner non-government organizations. (Kim Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Artificial legs for Sarangans

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 13, 2014) – These artificial legs are God’s gift to some less fortunate Sarangans. Thirty-four prostheses were distributed for free during the Serbisyong Sarangan Outreach in Sarangani Capitol on November 8. The cost of each prosthetic leg ranges from P40,000 to P100,000. This project was made possible through the help of Physicians for Peace. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Physicians for Peace co-sponsor community outreach

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 13, 2014) – Physicians for Peace, a non-government organization headed by Dr. Josephine Robredo-Bundoc, was among the sponsors during the Serbisyong Sarangan – Community Outreach on November 8 at Sarangani Capitol Complex. A total of 132 beneficiaries were catered during the outreach. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Serbisyong Sarangan beneficiaries thank sponsors

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 13, 2014) – Beneficiaries of the Serbisyong Sarangan – Community Outreach were overwhelmed with the blessings they received. They expressed their gratitude to the NGOs like Physicians for Peace, Eyecrafter Clinic, and The Latter Day Saints thru Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon.  Serbisyong Sarangan has been partnering with various NGOs to help the needy. (Kim Windell Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Wheelchairs distributed by Serbisyong Sarangan

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 13, 2014) - Dr. Jeafrey Montes (left) and Jean Santiago(right) from Physicians for Peace of the Philippines assist CJ Sandoval in riding a wheelchair. Sandoval, 9, from Barangay Datal Tampal, Malungon was among the recipients of wheelchairs distributed during the Serbisyong Sarangan-Community Outreach held at the Capitol Gym Wednesday, November 12. Serbisyong Sarangan-Community Outreach distributed 65 wheelchairs, in partnership with the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Latter Day Saints Charities, Mormons Helping Hands, Cebu Pacific, City Art, Air Travel and Tours  and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Sarangani headed by Congressman Manny Pacquiao, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and Vice Governor Jinkee J. Pacquiao.(Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarangani holds 1st IP Education Summit

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 13, 2014) – The Department of Education - Sarangani division holds the 1st Indigenous Peoples Education Summit and showcase of indigenous knowledge, skills and practices Tuesday, November 11, at the Capitol gym. The theme is “Kulturang Parangal: Yaman ng Katutubo Tungo sa Pagbabago ng Lipunan”. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

SP members pledge for IP education

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 13, 2014) - Board Members Arman Guili (extreme right) and Virgilio Clark Tobias (2nd from right) lead the signing of pledge of commitment to Indigenous Peoples (IP) education Tuesday, November 11, during the 1st IP Education Summit. Also in photo are Board Members Hermie Galzote (2nd from left), Alexander Bryan Reganit (center) and Cornelio Martinez Jr. (extreme left). (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarangani presents MunaTo Yesterland & MunaTo Festival 2014


The province of Sarangani is celebrating its 22nd founding anniversary and the 12th  MunaTo Festival. This festival commemorates the birth of Sarangani Province with the celebration of its People, Culture, and Treasures.

Sarangani Province was born through the efforts of Congressman James L. Chiongbian in 1992, by the passing of Republic Act 7228.  Formerly the area was part of the 3rd District of South Cotabato. It became a separate province on May 19, 1992.

MunaTo Festival is coined from two Blaan words that means “First People”.  The anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum (Ayub, Pinol, and Sagel), give clues to Mindanao’s early history and of the Philippines as a whole. The carbon dated anthropomorphic jars depict that Maitum was the home of early civilization dating back to the Metal Age. The original jars are currently in the National Museum for safekeeping and exhibition.  Based on the historical time line of the early history of the Philippines, after the Tabon Cave in Palawan, the next earliest pottery is found in Pinol Cave in Maitum.  Thus the claim that in Mindanao, the First People or “Munah To”, possibly are from Maitum, Sarangani Province.

Sarangani Province is young province with a very long and rich history.

MunaTo Festival is a festival that was conceptualized in 2002. The idea was to create a cultural festival that would celebrate the vibrant diversity of Sarangani Province.  It has been celebrated yearly bringing the 7 municipalities of  Sarangani together and featuring the best in each town.

MunaTo Festival 2014

For this 2014, MunaTo festival is taking a new twist in making Sarangani more relevant, more fun, and interactive!  The province of Sarangani is creating this new concept of the MunaTo Yesterland Themepark.  This will allow the students, cultural enthusiasts, and the general public, learn and appreciate History, Social Science, Science, and Culture and Arts in an “experiential” kind of education. This year’s MunaTo Festival is slated on November 27-29, 2014 at the Sarangani Capitol in Alabel, Sarangani. We look forward to seeing you join us in this endeavor.

The Munato Yesterland Themepark is showcasing 12 Attractions.

1.      Cave of the Ancient – This is a light and sound show regarding the anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum, Sarangani.

2.      Tribal Village – This will showcase the Tboli, Blaan, and Tagakaolo tribes. There will be a show every hour about their music, dances, chants and stories.  Also found here are products for sale made by the Indigenous peoples of Sarangani.

3.      Sarangani Wildlife Museum – This is found at the ECPC, where one can see the different animals that are preserved for study. This museum shows the varied species found in Sarangani.  Also at the 2nd floor auditorium will play Sarangani- made films from last year’s Salamindanaw’s entry.

4.      Looms & Beads  - Located at the Kasfala Hall, the Looms and Beads is an extensive, elaborate, and detailed exhibit featuring traditional arts and crafts in Mabal Tabih, Saul (bead works), and other artifacts.  This is an exhibit of Heirloom designs and fabrics  from our Indigenous Tribes in Sarangani.

5.      MunaTo Fotoloco – This is the sculpture of Mindanao artist Kublai Millan found at the Sarangani Capitol depicting the first people. Here people can take their wacky and fun photos.  A photobooth will be available to take photos for a fee!

6.      Sarangani Street Arts – On the back street of the Capitol, several Sarangani artists will create a 3D street art of the different Sarangani tourist destination for those with tickets to take their chance for photo ops.

7.      Glan 100 – Since Glan, Sarangani is celebrating its 100th year this 2014, we are giving a tribute the first settlers of Glan.  We invite you to also try to be one of the Colonos!

8.      Sarangani Historical Lane – Sarangani gives tribute to all the leaders that have served Sarangani Province since its creation since 1992.

9.      Moro Cottages  - The different tribes and Moro themed cottages will be on display with hourly cultural dance show. Here you will learn about the traditional practices for marriage, for childbirth, and the others.  The Moro themed cottages will be a people’s choice competition.  People gets to post a sticker vote for their favorite cottage!

10.  Fabli Guni & Farmers Market – This will be the biggest gathering of Sarangani Produce and Products. Included here will be Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Sarangani Upland Rice varieties including ornamental plants, and potteries. Also for sale, will be Sarangani’s processed foods, Aquaculture harvests, handicraft and furniture, fashion, and even Halal foods.  This is one full market where you can buy and even deal with suppliers!

11.  MunaTo Arcade – This is the section for food and novelty items. Here we will have traders selling snacks, meals, drinks, and other goods.

12.  MunaTo Center Stage  - Found at the center grounds of Sarangani Capitol.  Here, free shows and activities that can be viewed by all Themepark goers.  This includes the daily parade and mascot appearances, the tribal sports and boxing competitions, magic shows, concerts and Pearl of Sarangani.

MunaTo Themepark Rules and Rates:

Everyone coming to the MunaTo Yesterland Themepark can enter for free. 

However, each attraction will require a ticket to enter.  One may purchase a discounted One Day Unlimited Ticket Pass worth P50 and present this ticket at each ticket gate to enter the attractions. So please do not lose your tickets because there will be no replacement for any loss.  If you opt not to get the One Day Pass, one may proceed to the attraction of choice and buy a gate ticket for the rate of P10.00. 

Sarangani residents, Sarangani students, Sarangani workers, and all senior citizens must bring their ID and present at the ticket booth to purchase the One Day Pass for a discounted rate of P30 per ID. No Sarangani ID or cedula or Senior Citizen ID, no discount.

You may book your MunaTo Yesterland tickets in the following outlets:  Sarangani Tourism & Investment Promotion Center (STIPC) – (083) 5085230, Go Sarangani Travel (083) 5528015, or at our Ticket Booth in KCC/Veranza.

Governor Solon leads Serbisyong Sarangan

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 12, 2014) - Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon mingles with beneficiaries who received 34 prostheses and 111 eyeglasses from Serbisyong Sarangan community outreach on November 8 at the Capitol lobby. Wheelchairs, prostheses and eyeglasses were distributed in partnership with the Physicians for Peace Philippines and Latter Day Saints Charity. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Prostheses, eyeglasses distributed by Serbisyong Sarangan

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 12, 2014) - Asma Akmad (center) of the Provincial Governor’s Office and Marlyn Pelegrin of the Physicians for Peace Philippines assist John Mark B. Villegas in wearing his prosthetic leg. Villegas, 10, a Grade IV pupil of Malungon Central Elementary School, was among the beneficiaries of Serbisyong Sarangan community outreach at Capitol lobby on November 8. Wheelchairs, prostheses and eyeglasses were distributed in partnership with the Physicians for Peace Philippines and Latter Day Saints Charity. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Water impoundment in Glan inspected by experts

GLAN, Sarangani (November 12, 2014) – A team led by Jaime Flores (in plaid shirt) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region 12 and Atty. Emma Nebran, executive director of the Environmental Conservation and Protection Center, looks into the cause of a landslide in  Barangay Kaltuad Monday, November 10. The landslide resulted to a water impoundment which alarmed residents. Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management officer Rene Punzalan also joined the team. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Turning hope into reality: The Serbisyong Sarangan story


ALABEL, Sarangani (November 9, 2014) – This November and December, schedules of medical missions are set with the Serbisyong Sarangan program of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon with the strong support of Congressman Manny Pacquiao, Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao and the board members.

These missions target cases such as minor cyst operation, cataract removal, installation of prostheses, and distribution of hearing aids and reading eyeglasses.

There are many true stories of Sarangans who are touched by the unwavering help of this program since it started years ago.

Let us meet Maria Elisa, Jocelyn, Reynante, Danilo, and Grace – five strangers, five lives bound by one inspiring story of hope.

MARIA ELISA Helia has a very special child. Her now 10-year old son was born with cerebral palsy – a congenital disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. There is no cure for cerebral
palsy. What physical activities boys his age would normally take for granted, her son would require assistance. She has to feed, bathe, dress, and carry him. Therapy and special equipment are available to
improve the patient’s muscular strength and movement. For a family surviving on meager income, those remedies are like distant possibilities. But, a mother’s heart is unyielding. Maria Elisa never wavered in her faith that one day God will answer her prayers and bring relief for her growing son.

JOCELYN Jocelyn Tejada’s 18-year old daughter Angelie was inflicted with polio, a highly infectious viral disease that causes permanent paralysis. Jocelyn provides Angelie the physical assistance to move around the house and to accomplish chores. Her husband’s income from driving a tricycle is sufficient only for the family’s basic needs. A crutch is but a luxury. Jocelyn keeps praying for a miracle that would bring relief and lift her daughter’s deteriorating esteem.

Despite the difficulties of these faithful mothers, optimism remained that their bits of savings will eventually afford them to buy a native crutch (saklay) for their children. Good fate came upon them. The information about Serbisyong Sarangan program was widespread that reached remote villages. This time, Elisa and Jocelyn did not want to lose another chance for their children. With their little savings in hand for fare, they rushed and joined the long queue at the Sarangani Capitol Gymnasium. Both received a free wheelchair and earned knowledge on physical therapy from the sessions. Financial assistance amounting to P2,500 a year from the Gender and Development (GAD) fund of the province is provided to each indigent child with cerebral palsy to sustain their medical needs. Their prayers were granted.

“Nagpasalamat kami sa mga nagtabang sa amoa nga gihatagan nila mi ug pansin. Kay kinahanglan gyud namo nag dako. Bisan sa balay lang makatrabaho mi ug tarong kung naa silay butanganan. Para dili sila ug
higda, luoy man gud kaayo. Para pud namo sila madala sa school kay naga-eskwela mang gud ni sila. (I thank those who have helped us. We really need this. We can now do more as we already have this
wheelchair. I pity my son who had been spending most of his time lying. Now we can now bring him to school),” Maria Elisa said.

“Sangko sa langit akong pasalamat, naay mga programa nga ing-ani, salamat kang Gov (I am really thankful to God that there is this kind of program! Thanks to the Governor),” Jocelyn said.

A customized wheelchair for patients with special cases would cost around P23,000. This is the reason why the beneficiaries like Elisa and Jocelyn were very thankful for the blessing.

REYNANTE Astudillo is diabetic. He lives alone, away from family, and is jobless. He used to be a hardworking man before his leg was amputated. “Mahirap tanggapin na nangyari sa buhay ko ito (It is
difficult to accept my fate),” he narrated. Reynante longs for a second chance in life, but nobody believes he is still capable of working.

DANILO Bitol was a fisherman until tragedy struck that caused his leg to be severed and he lost his ability to walk. But, he refused to give in to hopelessness. He trusts that someday he will be given the chance
to do something worthwhile for himself, his family, and the community.

Both Reynante and Danilo admitted that there were times when they nearly succumb to depression and apathy. But they were among those who were given artificial legs or prostheses.    They said they could
never afford a prosthesis that costs from P40,000 to P100,000. Now, their new legs fill them with the confidence to restart their lives.

“Salamat sa atong mga lider karon kay nay programa sa PWDs (Thanks to our leaders for creating a program for PWDs),” Danilo said.

GRACE Popa has a hearing problem. She felt discriminated even to get employment. “Sakit kaayo kay walay mudawat sa ako sa trabaho kay dili daw ko kadungog. Pati gani sa pamilya, wala ko gina-apil sa ilang
isturyahanay (It’s painful to hear that nobody gave me employment because I cannot hear. Even my family, they did not involve me in their conversation),” Grace uttered.

Grace exulted that she finally received hearing aid after a number of years. “Dako kaayo akong kalipay nga natagaan ko ug chance na matagaan ug hearing aid (I am so happy that I have been given a chance to get a
hearing aid),” she cried. Hearing aid costs around P16,000, and P80,000 to P100,000 per body aid. The aftercare hearing services are also periodically conducted to check if batteries, among others, are still functioning.

Apart from the outreach program, the provincial government organized for the first time the Sarangani Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Provincial Federation. The federation is hopeful that services will be
extended to the remote areas of the province.  Gov. Solon pledged the support of the provincial government and urged the federation to come up with a holistic development plans and activities. He strongly believes that despite disabilities, PWDs can contribute to the community in many ways, they just have to be empowered.

Aside from wheelchairs and prostheses, clutches and walkers, hundreds of Sarangans also benefited from free prescriptive eyeglasses that cost from P1,500 to P5,000 each.

The Provincial Government of Sarangani extends its gratitude to the non-government organizations like Starkey Hearing Foundation, Physicians for Peace, Latter Day Saints Charity, Maharlika Charity
Foundation, Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation, Mahintana Foundation, and all other partners, for the millions of assistance and the untiring and invaluable partnerships.

“Let’s thank the Lord for giving us these partners helping us here in Sarangani,” Gov. Solon declared.

Many true stories to hear as Serbisyong Sarangan outreach program continues to hold its modest activities. (Charito Ansagay/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Level up, Vice Governor Jinkee tells women

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 9, 2014 - Vice Governor Jinkee J. Pacquiao encourages officers and members of Women in Development of Sarangani (WINDS) to keep on improving their business skills during the Annual Provincial Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Women (WINDS) Achievement Day
with the theme “Agri-Tourism as an agribusiness venture for rural women” at the Capitol gym on November 6. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

PENRO hosts eco-waste skills training

MAASIM, Sarangani (November 9, 2014) – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) facilitates two days of eco-waste basic entrepreneurial skills training at the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office on November 5-6. The training was a joint activity of the provincial government of Sarangani thru PENRO and the MENRO in partnership with Sarangani Energy Corporation. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Women honors Vice Governor Jinkee

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 9, 2014) - Vice Governor Jinkee J. Pacquiao (2nd from right) receives a plaque of appreciation as guest speaker during the Annual Provincial Rural Improvement Club (RIC)
Women (WINDS) Achievement Day at the Capitol gym on November 6. Also in photo are Jonathan Duhaylungsod (extreme right), OIC-provincial agriculturist, Board Members George Falgui, Virgilio Clark Tobias and Cornelio Martinez. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

All Sarangani barangays receive P10,000 each

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 7, 2014) - Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon joins the barangay captains of Alabel town in the regular meeting of the Liga ng mga Barangay on Tuesday, November 4. Barangay concerns were presented. Cheques worth P10,000 each were also distributed to every barangay in Alabel as “Aid to Component Barangay,” charged under the 2014 Annual Budget of the Sarangani Provincial Government. All other barangays will also receive the same amount. The Sulong Sarangani flagship program continuously brings projects and activities in the municipalities and barangays. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Sulong Sarangani partners with Save the Children

LABEL, Sarangani (November 7, 2014) - Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon with Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao and the board members join the whole province in the hosting of the successful Race for Survival 2014 attended by hundreds of children in whole Mindanao in celebration of the National Children’s Month on October 30 at Sarangani Capitol Gym. Sulong Sarangani with Save the Children, an international independent organization fighting for children’s lives and rights and helping them reach their potentials, pledged to be partners in upholding the welfare of Sarangani children. (KIM WINDELL V. TIBLANI/Provincial Governor’s Office)

True Love Waits in Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 7, 2014) - Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon interacts with the participants of the True Love Waits Caravan with You for You (UFU) Teen Trail Interactive Workshop on Tuesday, November 4, at Alabel Gym. The Provincial Government of Sarangani with Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao’s Gal E’ Libun project and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) converged to raise the level of awareness of Sarangani youth in preventing teenage pregnancy and to convey information and services to teenagers about their rights to better health and improved protection from abuse, neglect, and violence. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Governor Solon’s Sulong Karunungan helps school

KIAMBA, Sarangani (November 7, 2014) - Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon receives a certificate of appreciation from Maria Amador, principal of Severo T. Inong Elementary School in Barangay Kapate, during the 17th Foundation Anniversary of the school on Wednesday, November 5. Gov. Solon gave financial assistance for the school supplies and other needs of the school management as part of Sulong Karunungan program. Teachers, parents and barangay officials were glad because it was the first time that they celebrated their foundation anniversary with the presence of the governor. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)