MAASIM, Sarangani (March 14, 2017) - Municipal Tribal Chieftain Fulung Benjamin Donato officiates the wedding of Joko Lumbos and Jelly Ganton in accordance to indigenous culture and traditions on March 8 at Snalang, Tinoto. Chieftain Donato, who is also the provincial assessor, emphasized the value of the Blaan/Tboli rites as he holds a plate of rice for the bride and groom to partake with. An elder sitting between the bride and groom is the one who will declare them a couple. There was no kissing of the bride in the tribal rites. Young Indigenous Peoples (IPs) who witnessed the tribal rites realized the sacredness of cultural heritage from their forefathers. They said, when their time to marry comes, they want the same vows followed. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
DOH Central Office, Manila (March 13, 2017) - Sarangani is one of the two recipients of the “Grant-Aid Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment Rehabilitation Centers Project” which is one of the outcomes of China visit of President Duterte last year.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China acting through its Ministry of Commerce represented by JIN YUAN, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of China in the Philippines; and the Government of Republic of the Philippines through its Department of Health represented by Assistant Secretary of Health Elmer G. Punzalan had the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) this morning, March 13, 2017 at the conference room of the office of the Health Secretary. This was attended by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Vice Governor Elmer T. De Peralta, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin C. Alejandro and DOH Acting Regional Director Francisco V. Mateo. Governor Solon pledged to counterpart the 3-hectares land requirement of the project.
The MOA specified Sarangani and Agusan Del Sur as the project recipients. A 350 million peso worth of Drug Rehabilitation Facility with a 150-bed capacity including Recovery Clinic has been targeted to be constructed this year.
The Chinese Engineers from Tonji University who had an ocular inspection of possible sites in Sarangani 2 weeks ago accompanied by governor Solon and Dr. Alejandro decided to put up the facility in Kawas, Alabel, Sarangani Province. It will be a DOH-operated and managed facility to cater drug dependents from the SOCSKSARGEN area.
Employment opportunities for qualified Sarangans and livelihood in the community is expected to be part of this development. (Dr. Arvin C. Alejandro/Prov'l. Health Officer).
MAITUM, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) - Students for Skills Training on Welding perform the basics of welding at the Municipal Gymnasium on March 7. The qualified beneficiaries of this project are out-school-youth, 4Ps and family heads who will undergo 30 days of training until they meet the objectives of the project. This program was facilitated by Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Nelia Quimsing. (John James I. Doctor /MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
KIAMBA, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) - The Community-Based Monitoring System program kicks off March 3 in a joint effort between the Department of Interior and Local Government and CBMS team. This initiative aims to survey for poverty diagnosis, disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation, and for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals. The CBMS is an organized process for data collection, processing, validation and use of data for various development processes. The CBMS team will make their rounds throughout the different barangays to do their data gathering and to implement their development plans based on the data they collect. (Avery Rotciv Valois Camposano /KIAMBA INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) – Barangay Nutrition Scholar Emma Tabasondra (3rd from left) and other barangay officials receive one sack rice from Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta for the Barangay Health Nutrition Office at Barangay Nagpan on March 7. (Quenny D. Dandan /VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)
KIAMBA, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) – This is the ground breaking ceremony of the double barrel reinforced concrete box culvert in Barangay Lomuyon on March 8. This project is a joint effort between the Lomuyon Barangay Council, BSPMC, and Kalahi-CIDSS. Present in the ceremony were members of Lomuyon Barangay Council and BSPMC. Once completed, the new bridge will connect vital routes along the barangay seaside. (Avery Rotciv Valois Camposano /KIAMBA INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) - Blaan dancer Jo May Ann Castro, 19, from Malungon is a member of the Blaan Performing Arts and Music that presented a tribal dance and music during the March 3 ground breaking ceremony for the proposed three-storey Provincial Legislative Building attended by local officials from the seven municipalities of Sarangani. Sarangani is home of 37% (NSO 2010) of indigenous peoples (IP) in the province -- the Blaan, Tboli, Tagakaulo, Ubo/Manobo and Kalagan. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) - Vice Governor Elmer “Dok Vice” de Peralta, Barangay Nagpan officials, sitio leaders, Vice Governor’s Office staff and Provincial Association of Barangay Council staff strike a pose after the Evaluation and Observation of Barangay Session to capacitate the barangay officials at Barangay Nagpan on March 7. (Quenny D. Dandan /VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) – Vice Governor Elmer “Dok Vice” de Peralta, MD, discusses the importance of barangay legislation to capacitate the barangay officials during the Evaluation and Observation of Barangay Session at Barangay Nagpan on March 7. (Quenny D. Dandan /VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)
MALAPATAN, Sarangani (March 9, 2017) - Barangay Chairman Moner Calulong and his councilors acknowledge the appearance of Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) national artist on mat weaving Bae Estelita Tumandan Bantilan (in tribal dress, center), from Sitio Upper Lasang, during a courtesy call and orientation in the regular session of the Sangguniang Pambarangay on March 1 at Barangay Sapu Masla. Along with them were the representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Reden Ulo and Maribeth Bantilan Farnazo of the Provincial IMPR office who nominated her to the NCCA. From the Office of the President, Proclamation No. 126 on January 6, 2017 upon the recommendation of the NCCA pursuant to RA 7355 which provides for the recognition of National Living Treasures, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Bantilan, 75, as Manlilikha Ng Bayan for 2016. Bantilan was the first declared national artist on mat weaving in Sarangani. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)