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)
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 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) - 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)
MAASIM, Sarangani (June 30, 2016) – Looking through the eyes of these pupils at Ludin Logan IP Primary School who have to walk to school four kilometers every day is already agonizing. Getting to school is hard among far-flung communities because of the poor transportation and lack of school supplies. Some children even go to school without lunch to eat and slippers to wear. Some of these Tboli kids carry notebooks slid in a plastic bag. Reused cellophanes are common in poor remote places as school bags. These are just some of the underprivileged 123 pupils of Ludin Logan IP Primary School situated in the far flung village of Sitio Datal Hofo, Nomoh, Maasim. (Jake Narte /SARANGANI 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.
MALAPATAN, Sarangani (June 30, 2016) – They are part of the more than 300 personalities related to drug usage, pushing and dealing who voluntarily yielded to the municipal government and attended the Symposium on Drug Prevention Education led by Mayor Alfonso Singcoy Wednesday, June 29. (Jake Narte/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 30, 2016) – Board Member and incoming Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta praises the hard work of barangay health workers (BHWs) during the Indigenous Peoples Health Summit Tuesday, June 28, at Green Leaf Hotel. The activity aims to promote quality health among IP mothers and children of Sarangani province. (Jake Narte/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
<palign="justify">GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 30, 2016) – Sarangani Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro points out the importance of involving leaders from Indigenous Peoples (IP) sector in “bridging leadership” towards addressing maternal and child health. In the 1st IP Health Summit Tuesday, June 28, Alejandro said in Sarangani they are capacitating IP leaders, youth and women representatives to help out in influencing IP communities embrace the health program. (Jake T. Narte/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 30, 2016) – Sarangani Indigenous Peoples (IP) Mandatory Representative Fulong Fredo Basino addresses a crowd of 16 Barangay Health Boards with extended tribal leaders, IP youth and IP women representatives from Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, Glan and Malapatan towns during the 1st IP Health Summit Tuesday, June 28. The summit is the first to be held in Sarangani which is aimed at building co-ownership and co-creation for quality health of IP mothers and children in the province. Basino said Sarangani is adding IP flavor to its health program which is a huge challenge of making it “co-owned by the rest for greater probability of success in the implementation.” (Jake T. Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)