KIAMBA, Sarangani (March 21, 2017) - The Kiamba LGBT Organization named Pink Dragons are welcomed by Vice Mayor Danny “Bogi” Martinez (center) to the municipal hall and witnessed by local government unit (LGU) employees during the flag raising ceremony on March 20. This event is another example of how Kiamba has progressed and how Kiamba is accepting of all sectors of society. (Avery Rotciv Valois Camposano /KIAMBA INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (March 21, 2017) - Reynaldo Bungubung (center), regional director of Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG), and Flor Limpin (4th from right), provincial director of DILG, hand over the post compliance marker of 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta together with the board members of Sarangani Province for passing the 2015 criteria symbolizing the province’s journey towards good local governance upholding the standards of transparency, integrity and service delivery, during the flag raising ceremony Monday, March 20. (Jake Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (March 15, 2017) – In a Rabies Community Symposium on Tuesday, March 14, Tessie Castillo, rabies program coordinator of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) explains rabies disease prevention and management. The PHO is among the partners of the provincial veterinarian in the campaign for a rabies-free Sarangani. (Tres Besana /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (March 15, 2017)- “Rabies is a 100 percent fatal disease but is preventable,” says Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Joselito Gleyo during an anti-rabies campaign sortie Tuesday, March 14, where he stressed to students of Alabel National High School the importance of vaccinating their pet dogs and becoming responsible pet owners to eradicate rabies cases in Sarangani. In 2016, his office reported three rabies-induced deaths in Barangay Alegria, Alabel and one in Kiamba. The Rabies Community Symposium held on March 14 forms part of the activities during the Anti-Rabies Awareness Month this March with the theme “Rabies Iwasan, Alaga’y Pabakunahan.” (Tres Besana /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (March 15, 2017) – The provincial government has strengthened its campaign to lessen the cases of rabies in Sarangani by targeting 80% of the total dog population in the province immunized within the year.
This is anchored on Republic Act No. 9482 or the “Anti-Rabies Act of 2007” which provides for the control and elimination of human and animal rabies, alongside the national target to pursue the attainment of a rabies-free Philippines in 2020.
In Sarangani, three human deaths caused by rabies was recorded in 2014, two in 2015 and four deaths in 2016.
Tessie Castillo, rabies program coordinator of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), said the reported rabies cases in the province is only few but this should not be ignored because rabies is detrimental to human health.
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)
ALABEL, Sarangani (March 14, 2017) - The office of the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) spearheads a two-day Strength Weaknesses Opportunities Threats (SWOT) analysis workshop for the proposed IP Development and Welfare Code facilitated by Board Member-IPMR Fulung Fredo Pandian Basino (standing) at the Provincial Kasfala Hall on March 9-10. The workshop was attended by representatives from the provincial and national department agencies, Sarangani Indigenous People Professionals Association (SIPPA), Provincial Tribal Council (PTC), and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). The objectives of the proposed IP Code are the following: to get standards set forth and enforced by a local government agency for the protection of the indigenous people and public safety; to systemically arrange a collection or compendium of laws, rules and regulations; the code will serve as a guide and inputs into the formulation of the LGU’s plans and programs including that of the national government agencies and the civil society groups and private sector. Board Member Basino had sponsored a resolution for the proposed IP Code in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and approved last 2016. Basino said Sarangani would be the first to have an IP Code throughout the country. (Ener T. Toguin for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAASIM, Sarangani (March 14, 2017) – A Sperm Whale is seen at Sarangani Bay on March 7 as a team from the Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource conducts a marine mammal survey within the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape from March 7-10. (ECPC /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (March 14, 2017) - Tourism Operations Assistant Arlex Narte talks about the anthropomorphic jars at the Municipal Museum on March 13 before students from Malalag National High School (Upo Annex) as part of their educational tour to gain deeper knowledge, understanding and familiarization about Maitum history. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (March 14, 2017) - Dr. Junie Basmillo, municipal health officer, and the Rural Health Unit receive 20 pieces water jug and 20 pieces medical kit from the representative of Department of Health Region 12 for the evacuees of the recent flashflood in Maitum. (Afren de Guzman /MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)