August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Family Planning Month
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 8, 2020) – Maria Razel Bustria, Nurse IV of the provincial health office, talks before pregnant mothers of Barangay Bagacay on August 6. In line with the celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Family Planning Month, the provincial health office, together with the local government unit of Alabel, conducted Tutok Buntis, Tutok Nutrition and Blood-letting activities in barangay Bagacay. It was in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross-General Santos City and Family Planning Organization of the Philippines. “Atuang gina-emphasize diri una sa breastfeeding month na sa panahon sa pandemya, ang gatas ng ina ang isa sa pinaka-siguradong ligtas at handang pagkain para sa mga kabataan at ito ay isang mabisang paraan para maiwasan ang pagtatae, malnutrisyon at iba pang sakit ng mga kabataan. Napapadama din ng ina ang pagmamahal niya sa kanyang anak na higit na kailangan lalo na sa panahon ng calamity o sa panahon ng pandemya,” Bustria said. Bustria also stressed the advantages of the 3 to 5-year pregnancy gap as a family planning method. “Ang tatlo hantud lima ka tuig, igo na sya nga panahon para manumbalik yung mga sustansyang nawala sa ina nung syay nagbubuntis pa at lalo na nung siyay nanganak, naa siyay panahon nga mag-alaga sa iyang anak, panahon para mag-ipon para sa edukasyon sa ilang kabataan, ug maprovide nila ang basic nga panginahanglanon,” she added. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL OFFICE)
Bloodletting on Tutok Buntis, Tutok Nutrisyon activity
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 7, 2020) – The Provincial Health Office, together with the Philippine Red Cross and local government unit of Alabel, conducts a bloodletting drive in line with Tutok Buntis, Tutok Nutrisyon activity on August 6 at Barangay Bagacay gymnasium. According to Nurse IV Maria Razel Bustria, the bloodletting drive was integrated with the Tutok Buntis activity to show the importance of “birth plan” or the “preparation” of the pregnant mothers. “Kauban sa birth plan dapat kung naay mga emergency, naa na sila naka-ready nga donor sa ilang dugo. Kay dili nato malikayan ang isa ka nanay kung manganak, dako o taas ang risk sa hemorrhage,” Bustria said. “Kaning mga nag-donate karon ug dugo atong ma-obserbahan mostly mga tatay. So atong gina-emphasize diri ang father’s role sa pagbuntis sa ilahang partner. Kung ang role sa nanay pagbuntis, ang role sa tatay ang pagsuporta,” she added. The blood-letting drive is in accordance with R.A. No. 7719 or the National Blood Services Act of 1994 and Alabel Municipal Ordinance No. 12-2016-18. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL OFFICE)
BFAR gives catfish fingerlings to fish farmers
MAITUM, Sarangani (August 8, 2020) - Abdila Sendig, a fish farmer from barangay Tuanadatu, receives catfish fingerlings from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on August 5. Some 40,800 catfish fingerlings were turned over to 46 fish farmers from the different barangays of the municipality. The Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted assessment and evaluation of beneficiaries prior to the distribution. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Fishing materials and equipment delivered by govt
MAITUM, Sarangani (August 8, 2020) - Municipal Administrator Ruben Balanag (left) and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nannette Nacional hand over one scaler to Shane Bim Guray (right), a fish vendor from Barangay Kiambing, during the ceremonial turnover of fishing materials and equipment held at the JLC Hall on August 6. The materials which benefited 45 fish vendors and fishing boat owners were given by the office of the provincial fisheries of Sarangani. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Sarangani active Covid-19 cases down by 72% Gov. Solon appeals to public: “Let’s bring it back to zero”
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2020) – While Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationwide, Sarangani Province has not recorded a new case for almost a week since July 30. Despite this positive development, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said the province should not let its guard down until “we make it back to zero”.
Three towns now have zero active cases.
As of August 5, Sarangani has a total of 64 confirmed Covid-19 cases with three active cases and three recoveries in Alabel; zero active case and two recoveries in Glan; zero active case and 10 recoveries in Kiamba; nine active cases and seven recoveries in Maasim.
Maitum has zero active case and six recoveries; Malungon has four active cases and 15 recoveries; and Malapatan with two active cases and three recoveries.
Of the total 64 cases, 46 have recovered, or a recovery rate of 72% and no deaths.
Chavit brings Gracia to Sarangani
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2020) – Mayor Luis Chavit Singson (left) of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, who is also the president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), presents Gracia Telecommunications and Gracia Care Educational TV to Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and all the municipal mayors of Sarangani, guests and officials from the Department of Education regional and division offices, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, on August 4. Hosted by Sarangani and supported by the LMP local leadership, the event was also graced by Atty. Jason John Joyce, mayor of Jose Abad Santos and LMP vice president for internal affairs, and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquaio. As the chairman of the board, Singson said Gracia Telecom’s main objective is “to help in the digitalization of the whole country through the mayors and the local government units.” Gracia Telecom was “established primarily to making lives easy through enhanced communication access.” On the other hand, Gracia Care Educational TV is a multi-platform, cost-efficient distance learning alternative made possible by advanced use of satellite and digital signals. Gracia Care Educational TV’s “service is free to students, as it can be carried by all cable TV operators and broadcasted over free to air TV and to an ordinary transistor radio, as it uses a cutting-edge distancing learning infrastructure to allow students living in far-flung barangays in the province to watch recorded lessons through satellite TV.” (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
DepEd open to Gracia Care Educational TV
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2020) – Department of Education Regional Director Allan Farnazo (left) graces the Gracia Care Educational TV Installation and Presentation on August 4. Farnazo expressed his thanks to Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon for “accommodating and welcoming” them in the province. Farnazo admitted he is anxious of the upcoming opening of classes on August 24. “We promise a lot, but as we promise we want our people to be conscious that all our plans will zero in on safety. Pero kung alam lang ninyo, dito ako sumasandal ng lakas at tiwala sa ating mga political leaders,” Farnazo said. As for Gracia Care Educational TV, Farnazo and Solon both agreed to further look into the possibilities of adopting the technology for the distance learning approach in the upcoming opening of classes in the midst of the pandemic. “We will still elaborate on this,” Solon said. Some DepEd officials, staff and Schools Division Superintendents all over the region also attended the event held at the Capitol gym. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Gracia Care Educational TV Installation and Presentation
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2020) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon speaks before municipal mayors and guests on August 4 during the Gracia Care Educational TV Installation and Presentation at the Capitol gym. Solon thanked Mayor Luis Chavit Singson of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur for coming to Sarangani and for presenting Gracia Care Educational TV which will contribute to the “distance learning concerns ng probinsya.” “Gusto ko po na open-minded ang lahat dito,” Solon encouraged the audience. “Dahil matagal na tayong naghihintay na magkaroon ng sapat na information ang mga areas ng kabukiran natin. Right to information nowadays is the same thing as right to life,” Solon said. “Ang problema natin we keep waiting year after year for information to be given to the hinterlands of Sarangani, at wala pang nakaka-provide ng sapat na serbisyo. Kaya salamat Gracia Telecom for coming. So let’s keep our mind open because baka ito na yung sagot natin na magkakaroon ng information ang mga tao sa Sarangani province especially na yung sa mga malalayong lugar,” he added. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Gracia Care to provide quality and accessible education
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2020) – (From right) Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Allan Farnazo hands over a token of appreciation to Mayor Luis Chavit Singson of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur for bringing and presenting Gracia Care Educational TV in Region 12 on August 4 at the Capitol gymnasium. Gracia Care Educational TV is an educational platform that aims to provide quality and accessible education to students throughout the Philippines through free TV, radio, and online platforms. According to Singson, Gracia Care uses a “cutting edge” provincial distancing learning infrastructure to allow students living in remote barangays in the country to watch recorded lessons through satellite TV. “The service is free to students, as it can be carried by all cable tv operators and broadcasted over free to air TV and to an ordinary transistor radio,” Singson added. Accordingly, Farnazo said, the DepEd 12 is still looking into possibilities in adopting the technology for the distance learning approach in the upcoming school year as the Covid-19 pandemic is still underway. The event was supported by the League of Municipalities of the Philippines with Mayor Singson as the president, Jose Abad Santos Mayor Jason John Joyce as the vice president foriInternal affairs and Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino as the vice president for operations. The event was also graced by the Departments of Education and Interior and Local Government regional officials, and the rest of the mayors of Sarangani Province. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Demo of Gracia Telecom Automated Payment Machine
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 6, 2020) – Mayor Luis Chavit Singson demonstrates to Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao the use of the Gracia Telecom Automated Payment Machine on August 4 during the Gracia Care Educational TV Installation and Presentation at the Capitol gym. Gracia Bayad Center Kiosk is one of the services offered by Gracia Telecommunications Corporation primarily to making lives easy through enhanced communication access. Gracia Telecommunications Corporation was established in 2017 by Mayor Singson of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur as the chairman of the board and his daughter Charissa Singson as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)