MAASIM, Sarangani (November 10, 2016) - I spent so much of my childhood fancying of being a pixie or being able to try a magic carpet ride.
I have rocketed through a zip line and hopped in a helicopter but they were not even close to flying.
It was until a few days ago, overlooking the breathtaking Sarangani Bay and suspended in straps attached to an inflatable canopy, I was able to fly.
Thirty minutes away from General Santos City lies Safi Ranch Paragliding Fly Site, the largest paragliding arena in the Philippines. It is located in Sitio Seguil, Barangay Tinoto, Maasim, where it offers about five kilometers of ridge for paragliding soaring and flying.
ALABEL, Sarangani (November 8, 2016) - Vice President Leni Robredo graces Sarangani's celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Month on October 27. The event anchors on empowering the indigenous people (IP) towards unity, peace and progress. Recognition of significant contributions among IPs was also held. The Vice President recalled the greatest contribution of her late husband Jessie Robredo when he was DILG Secretary. Secretary Robredo had issued Memorandum Circular No. 2010-119 which directed all Local Chief Executives to strictly observe the mandate of Republic Act No. 8371, specially Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) Indigenous Peoples mandatory representation in the local Sanggunian, in accordance with the national guidelines for the Mandatory Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Local Legislative Council. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (November 8, 2016) – Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon speaks during the regional launching of the MASA MASID (Mamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamayang Ayaw Sa Ilegal na Droga) Program. Gov. Solon highlighted the Sulong Sarangani - Integrated Barangay Defense System and Development Program (IBDSDP), a volunteer structure organized by the Provincial Government of Sarangani in partnership with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines that advocates peace and order in the barangay level, started in 2008. The MASA MASID program is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership. (Kim Tibani /PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (28 October 2016) – Governor Steve Chiongbia Solon (left), Stephanie Orlino (center) of Smart and DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Isagani Cruz (right) sign a memorandum of agreement on October 27 for the turnover of Technocart and School-in-a-Bag. Smart Communications supported Sarangani's commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Month by partnering with the provincial government and the Department of Education in giving Sarangani school children access to digital education through the Technocart and School-in-a-Bag. The Technocart and School-in-a-Bag packages contain teaching and learning gadgets and internet capable devices loaded with educational modules and apps - which can be easily transported even to remote communities. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (November 8, 2016) - Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino vows to press for children’s development rights in terms of proper education, health and protection during the celebration of Children’s Month on November 4. (Malungon Information Office /Isagani Palma)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (November 8, 2016) – Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino leads the distribution of wheelchairs to persons with disability on November 2 as part of the MSWDO-spearheaded observance of Person With Disability (PWD) celebration dubbed as “Karapatan ng may Kapansanan Isakatuparan, ngayon na!,” at the Sunken Arena Sports Ground. (Malungon Information Office /Von dela Cuesta)
MAITUM, Sarangani (November 8, 2016) - Melencio Balanag Jr. (right, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, hands over the plaque for Seal of Good Local Governance to Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit Monday, November 7. Maitum passed the six Local Governance Assessment criteria which are financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, business friendliness, peace and order, and environmental management. The municipalities of Maitum and Kiamba were the only two municipalities in entire Sarangani to receive the award. (James Doctor/Maitum CDIO)
ALABEL, Sarangani (November 8, 2016)- Paaral Para Sa Sarangan (PPSS) scholar Kristel Joy Sales (3rd from left) of Alabel is presented by officials Monday, November 7, for having passed the Certified Public Accountant(CPA) licensure examination. The scholar, a daughter of media practitioner Migs Sales (2nd from left), studied under PPSS from 2012 to 2016. Also in photo are board members Fredo Basino(extreme right), Eduardo Paras Sr. (2nd from right), Virgilio Tobias (extreme left), Mariafe Gomez (3rd from right) - program manager of Sulong Karunungan and Glenda Revano (center) – PPSS manager. Sales is the first CPA passer of PPSS under the leadership of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon. (Jake Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (November 8, 2016) – The Sarangani Province Employees Union (SPEU) team is presented as over-all champion of the 9th Public Sector Employees Alliance of SOCSARGEN (PSEAS) sportsfest held at Tboli, South Cotabato last October 26-29. The sportsfest was competed by 27 organizations/unions: SPEU, SKAPE, GSCGEA, CEAKOR, TACEA, PGEA, TLGEA, TMGEO, SUMEA, LASEMEU,SANMEA, NOMEA, MALGEA, MALGEU, COLMEA, PQMEA, EMEA, ISMEA, BAGEO, SNAMEA, LEMEA, KAMEA, UPESCO, MSU-FU, GSCWDEA, SKWDEU, TRAFEA.(Jake Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)