MAITUM, Sarangani (July 1, 2016) - The KIWANIS International represented by Jun Domantay (3rd from right) and Sharon Dacera (2nd from left) donates four cases of Manna Packed Rice to the Local Government Unit of Maitum Thursday, June 30. The donation was accepted by Mayor Alexander Bryan B. Reganit (extreme right) and municipal department heads. The Manna Rice packs are intended for severely malnourished and starving children. The vision of KIWANIS International is to serve and feed the children of the world by providing programs that will change children's lives. (James Doctor /MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 1, 2016) - Mayor Alexander Bryan B. Reganit speaks during the turn-over ceremony held at JLC Municipal Hall Thursday, June 30. Reganit laid down his dreams for Maitum by saying “it's time to heal and time to reconcile. If you desire to improve the standards of Maitum, you can do it". Reganit, who was a former provincial board member, also vowed a heightened campaign against criminality and illegal drugs in his first 100 days as mayor. (James Doctor /MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 1, 2016) - Outgoing mayor and incoming Vice Mayor Tito T. Balazon Sr. (left) turns over the symbolic key of responsibility to Mayor Alexander Bryan B. Reganit during ceremonies held at JLC Municipal Hall Thursday, June 30. In his message, Balazon encouraged the new mayor to be brave to face challenges and to be compassionate in his vision for Maitum. (James Doctor/ MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 1, 2016) - Mayor Alexander Bryan B. Reganit is mobbed by well-wishers during the turn-over ceremony held at JLC Municipal Hall Thursday, June 30. The hall was filled by over 300 visitors coming from family members of the new municipal officials, guests, government employees, religious sector, civic and non government organizations and agencies, teachers, youth leaders, entrepreneurs and senior citizens. Mayor Reganit is a son of the late Mayor Felix Reganit. (James Doctor/ MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAASIM, Sarangani (June 30, 2016) - Retreating in the mountains is a breath of fresh air for a person who is raised in the flamboyant and polluted city. But for indigenous Tboli people settling in the deep mountains of Sitio Datal Hofo, the reality is ugly and agonizing.
Tribe leader Luna Dunim, teary-eyed, shared the sorrow of his people.
“We feel that we are left behind. We were born very poor and others have died hopeless,” said Dunim. “War destroyed our school.”
Sitio Datal Hofo, a far flung place in Barangay Nomoh, was once a hub of war between rebels and government troops which destroyed everything including the sitio’s edifice of education.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 30, 2016) - Zuellig Family Foundation president Professor Ernesto Garilao graces Sarangani's 1st Indigenous Peoples (IP) Health Summit Tuesday, June 28. In his speech, Garilao revealed that annual deaths in the Philippines are estimated to be at 3,000 which are reportedly usually coming from the "IP sector who by and large ay malayo and may kahirapan." This IP Maternal in Newborn Care Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) program launched in Sarangani, according to him, is being crafted to "further avoid deaths." He added the Department of Health can make Sarangani a pilot province to be replicated in other communities in the country. (Jake Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (June 30, 2016) - Mayor Tito Balazon Sr. (center) congratulates outgoing Municipal Councilor Jess Bascuna after his speech during the adjournment sine die of the Sangguniang Bayan on June 28. Bascuna was one of the elected board members of the first district of Sarangani. He first dedicated his success to his mother who was present at the session and to God. "She has been my shock absorber during my campaign and to God Almighty, the source of everything," Bascuna said. Balazon had been declared winner of the mayoralty race in the May 2013 elections by RTC Judge Oscar Noel. Balazon had filed an electoral protest contesting the proclamation of votes received by George C. Perrett, now deceased, from Barangay Tuanadatu. Balazon, who was elected vice mayor in the May 9, 2016 elections, was installed, sworn into office and served from June 27 to June 30. (James Doctor/ MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (June 30, 2016) - Outgoing Vice Mayor Jeanne Ablog presides over the adjournment sine die of the Sangguniang Bayan on June 28. The Sangguniang Bayan legislators have passed numerous important resolutions and ordinances during their term which helps to address problems and promote the general welfare, development and attain the vision of the Local Government Unit for its citizens. In her message, the vice mayor said "I lay my cards before the constituents of Maitum. Time for me to practice my profession as Dental Medical Doctor, and to see what the world has to offer." (James Doctor /MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (June 30, 2016) - Vice Mayor Jeanne Ablog, and Municipal Councilor Josephina Marasigan (both in center), and Municipal Councilors Arnold Abequibel (3rd from left), Gendy Thomas Strong (2nd from left), Remigius Mayled (extreme left), Jess Bascuna (3rd from right), Sebastian Parallejas II (2nd from right), and Caleasa Katug (extreme right) during the adjournment sine die of the Sangguniang Bayan on June 28. (James Doctor /MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 30, 2016) - Members of the Barangay Health Board in Sarangani Province present their respective Indigenous Peoples (IP) inclusive barangay basic health system technical roadmap which aligns with the national objectives for health indicators 2015-2016. Representatives from 16 barangays which are densely IP populated attended the 1st IP Health Summit Tuesday, June 28. (Jake Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)