GENERAL SANTOS CITY (May 3, 2018) – Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon started his speech explaining the cancellation of SarBay Fest 2017 due to the declaration of Martial Law, during the presscon last April 30. But nothing can stop this year’s festival as Gov. Solon said “we decided to brand this year's Sarbay as Sarbay United”. He also said that “this is the first time that the Department of Tourism under Secretary Wanda Teo has decided to commit and be a part of Sarbay.” Furthermore, “this Sarbay Fest, together with the organizers, we also agree that we will be donating a small portion of amount to help rehabilitate Marawi.” (Jake Narte-Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (May 3, 2018) – Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (3rd from left), his wife Michelle Solon (extreme left), chairperson of the Provincial Tourism Council, Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta (2nd from left) and board members of Sarangani lead the ribbon cutting ceremony of the pavilion for SarBay Festival 2018 after a press call at Veranza Mall on April 30. Organizers also made a free mobile app that contains all concerns about the festival such as maps, entrance fees, bookings, and more! (Jake Narte-Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (May 3, 2018) – Michelle Solon, chairperson of the Regional Tourism Council, explains the increasing number of SarBay- goers since Sarangani Bay Festival was first celebrated. “Sarbay started in year 2006, and at that time we had only about 3,000 goers,” Solon said. “And as of 2016, we had about a hundred fifty thousand goers come and attend Sarangani Bay Festival.” Indeed, Sarbay enthusiasts are getting bigger and bigger which made SarBay one of the biggest beach festivals in the Philippines. Solon, who also chairs the Sarangani Provincial Tourism Council, mentioned the hotel establishments all the way from Gumasa to General Santos City, which are partners of this event because “there is no more rooms available anymore in the main area of Gumasa.” (Jake Narte-Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (May 3, 2018) – Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and his wife Michelle Solon, chairperson of the Provincial Tourism Council, Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta and board members of Sarangani lead the SarBay Festival press conference at Veranza Mall on April 30. Concerns such as security, receptions, fees, schedules and more, were tackled during the event. Organizers, sponsors, and friends from the media were also present. With this, Sarangani Bay Festival which is the biggest beach party in Mindanao that will be celebrated this coming May 24-26 at Gumasa beach, Glan completely ready. (Jake Narte-Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)
QUEZON CITY (May 2, 2018) – On stage, then anti-drug lawyer-turned Malungon town Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino, Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino (center) of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and PDEA12 director Valente G. Cariño pose for a memento during the official launching of the anti-drug agency’s “Balay Silangan Reformatory Program” and signing of a memorandum of agreement and manifesto of commitment between the PDEA and the National Oversight Committee at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City on April 25. (Almin Abejaron/MIO)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (May 2, 2018) – Fresh potable water starts to flow out the main valve as Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino and former Barangay Captain-turned-Councilor Benjamin Santos lead the ceremonial opening of the newly-established P250,000-worth project in Barangay Datal Bila on April 14. In a speech, Constantino congratulated local officials for the successful execution and completion of the LGU-funded Water Level III project, and asked constituents to help in taking good care of it. (Apple Gella/MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (May 2, 2018) – Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino warmly embraces Angel Mie D. Sebial (with eye glasses) and Mariel A. Fabian right after their arrival from the recently held April 15-21 Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The warm recognition was stressed to both SPED pupils after Sebial bagged home the bronze medal under the goal ball competition that was contested by visually impaired students, while Fabian has been granted particular credit for stretching all her best in the 15 years old below intellectually disabled (girls) athletics competition. (MIO News Team)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (May 2, 2018) – Mayor Tessa Constantino is flanked by (from left) Barangay Captain Cresilda Pangalangan, Vice Mayor Jun Escalada, MHO Dr. Rafaida Garay-Hernandez and local government and barangay officials during the official opening of the newly-constructed P0.8M-worth DOH-funded Health Station in Barangay Upper Lumabat on April 19. (MIO News Team)
MALUNGON, Sarangani (May 2, 2018) – Local police, health and government officials led by Mayor Maria Theresa D. Constantino have officially had the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (PDEA) assigned undertaking for Malungon Municipality to be the first-ever Mindanao-based district to replicate the newly launched “Balay Silangan” reformation program.
This developed after the Balay Silangan National Oversight Committee has chosen Malungon Municipality in Sarangani, together with the cities of Caloocan, Cabanatuan and the province of Capiz as the four pilot sites for the implementation of the said program in the country.
Constantino, with local police chief PSupt. Ramon Gencianos and Assistant Municipal Health Officer Dr. Jec Pane, was among the selected ranking government officials and dignitaries invited to grace the April 25 “Balay Silangan” program launching that was spotlighted with the official signing of a memorandum of agreement and manifesto of commitment between ranking PDEA officials headed by DGen. Aaron Aquino and the National Oversight Committee at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.
In partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Social Welfare Department, Philippine National Police, Department of National Defense, Armed Forces, and other national-based government agencies, the newly set up program that is said to be a brainchild of PDEA Dir. Gen. Aquino, focuses on offering temporary refuge, along with a promise of renewed life, for surrendered drug personalities across the country, particularly for those drug offenders who availed of the plea bargaining agreement and have not been assessed as users who need treatment and rehabilitation in a health facility.
Designed as a community-based reformation program that proposes to rehabilitate surrendered personalities, Aquino in an agency released statement, said the program will be stressed on a “home-centered approach that would convince drug offenders to give themselves a second chance in life.”
Aquino, however, also revealed some specific conditions for those who would be able to avail the program, which limits for those listed high value targets of both the anti-drug agency and the police force, including those who are having pending criminal liabilities in court.
“By giving them a new lease of life, drug surrenderers may well become reformers. The government will provide refuge where drug offenders can pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and make themselves whole again,” Aquino added.
Constantino for her part, said the LGU, together with all the local-based government agencies will always stick to its anti-drug policies, as it adheres on all of legal solutions that the government would like to emphasize, specifically on President Rodrigo Duterte’s ardent desire to possess a drug-free nation.
A former legal officer of the elite PDEA12, she is also counted as the first ever local government chief executive to initiate the means of establishing the first-ever Outpatient Reformatory and Treatment Center for Drug Dependents in the whole of Central Mindanao Region. (MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)