KIAMBA, Sarangani (April 14, 2016) - Jhukarnen Jamalol (extreme right) of Sulong Sarangani Program demonstrates basic physical therapy for Cerebral Palsy patients during the community outreach program at Senior Citizen’s Hall Wednesday, April 13. Physical therapy is one of the most important aspects of treating children with Cerebral Palsy. (Jake Narte / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAASIM, Sarangani (April 14, 2016) – A tribal leaders’ consultative meeting is held April 7 at Nomoh Barangay Hall together with personnel from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. The main purpose of the meeting is to organize the ancestral domain claim by the indigenous peoples headed by Municipal Tribal Chieftain Datu Fulung Benjamin Donato as head petitioner and Barangay Captain Luna Tabalao, co-petitioner, for the whole scope areas of more than 5,000 hectares exclusively in Barangay Nomoh inhabited by 100% Tboli tribe since time immemorial. Nomoh Tboli Ancestral Domain Association is the name approved by the tribal groups during the meeting. More than 70 participants came from far flung sitios. Donato said, as provincial assessor, one of the main problems in Sarangani today is the diminishing area of ancestral domain of the indigenous peoples (IP) due to rampant land selling to non IPs and fake claimants of the ancestral domain despite the fact it is prohibited. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 14, 2016)- Governor Steve Solon acknowledges the parents of 42 Indigenous People (IP) graduating students during the meeting April 7 for special tertiary extension service for IP of Mindanao State University (MSU) extension at Barangay Malandag. The 42 IP students are the third batch to graduate since 2009 up to the present with elementary education course under Paaral Para Sa Sarangan program of the provincial government. (Jake Narte / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (April 14, 2016)- Jenifer Kamid, project manager of Kalinaw program under the Sulong Kapayapaan of Governor Steve Solon, conducts a community needs and resources assessment training at barangay Pinol on April 5. It was participated in by barangay officials, farmers and fisher folk organization, youth, women and religious representatives to develop the capacity and enhancement for peace building. The training aims to improve the community based organization and stakeholders in indentifying their needs and assessing their resources in the community for possible livelihood assistance for agri-tourism and for environment promotion and development. (Jake Narte / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 13, 2016) – The last batch of 42 graduating students under the provincial government’s Special Tertiary Extension Service for Indigenous People (IP) are set to march on the last week of May.
This product of the MSU Extension Program in barangay Malandag is the last among the three batches that benefited from the seven-year program which offered Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education only.
The special tertiary extension program of the provincial government was designed for IP students who wanted to become teachers. It was also the province’s response to the lack of teachers in far flung IP-dominated areas.
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 7, 2016) - Aside from infrastructure development, the provincial local government unit (PLGU) of Sarangani has invested as well on the people’s welfare to afford comfort especially to poor Sarangan families.
From the time Steve Chiongbian Solon became governor in 2013, around P8 million was already extended to some 1,799 indigents to settle hospital bills, funeral services, counseling and referral services and other financial assistance thru the Aid to Individual in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.
The provincial government has institutionalized AICS as a specialized and functional safety net for the protection and rehabilitation of distressed and disadvantaged individuals and families in Sarangani.
AICS officer in-charge Amethyst Mangindra reported the PLGU also allocated approximately P1.8 million for the 313 clients catered to during the first quarter this year.
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 7, 2016) - Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in session Tuesday, April 5, study an urgent endorsement letter signed by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon for inclusion in the agenda. It was the endorsement letter from Rene Punzalan, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, about the Draft Memorandum of Agreement between the Province of Sarangani and Philippine Red Cross for the conduct of relief operations for the affected households/populace brought about by the long drought, after placing the entire province in a state of calamity. Data from the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office thru its Consolidated Crop Damage Report revealed that agriculture in the towns of Glan, Malapatan, Malungon, Alabel and Maasim has extremely suffered reaching the damage of P281,091 as of March 2, affecting 90,701 farmers. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 5, 2016) – The provincial government has poured in some P317 million from its local sources in the last three years for infrastructure development, easing up community life in rural areas and luring investments.
But externally funded projects amounting to P954.91 million from the Department of Interior and Local Government Special Local Road Fund and Seal of Good Housekeeping, Agriculture Food Security Program and SELAP, Mindanao Rural Development Program, Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), Department of Health, Department of Tourism and Department of Public Works and Highways have complemented to even boost the province’s infrastructure development in the same period.
Sarangani has accessed another P301 million from PRDP for additional farm-to-market roads (FMRs) that are already in the pipeline.
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 4, 2016) - Sarangani has been reaping domestic and international awards in just a span of two years in the fields of tourism, education, good governance, disaster management, environment and cultural preservation.
Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon described these accomplishments as the offshoot of “transparency and collaboration” with Capitol departments, municipal and barangay LGUs, national government agencies and private partners.
“It is also (because of) teamwork” that earned Sarangani the awards, Solon said.
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 3, 2016) - The Provincial Health Office has once again bagged the award for Best in Local Health Initiatives in Family Planning Program in the whole Region XII during the latest implementation review.
The province runs three major sustainable initiatives – Paaral para sa Sarangan, Tutok Buntis, Resiliency Program for Barangay Health Workers -- which were the bases for the award.
Paaral para sa Sarangan is a scholarship program which gives opportunities for Indigenous People (IP) especially in Geographically Isolated Depressed Areas (GIDA) to become midwives. It is actually anchored in Sulong Sarangani, a poverty alleviation program of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon.