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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:22

Gov. Solon alerts towns on deadlier Covid variants

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 20, 2021) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (left) leads the Covid-19 Executive Meeting on April 19 at the Capitol gymnasium. The meeting with mayors discussed the strengthening and additional Covid-19 measures as there is already a reported case of the new coronavirus variant in the nearby towns of Sarangani. Governor Solon said that each municipality should be aggressive in dealing with the situation. “Kinahanglan mas mag-tinabangay ta especially in informing our people regarding this new strain nga gapaduol sa atoa kay mas grabe ni siya because this is associated with an increased risk of death compared with the Covid nga una nato nabal-an,” said Solon. One of the topics discussed was the S-Pass or the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage which is a travel management system that can facilitate local travel where the public can access information on travel restrictions implemented by the different local government units due to the Covid-19 pandemic in which the local government of Sarangani is planning to adopt. Present during the meeting were Mayors Vic Paul Salarda of Alabel; Salway Sumbo Jr. of Malapatan; Vivien Yap of Glan; Maria Theresa Constantino of Malungon; Danny Martinez of Kiamba; and Bryan Reganit of Maitum. (Jake T. Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:21

Sinovac for senior citizens

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 20, 2021) – Jessen Masukat, nutritionist-dietitian from the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 12, carefully transfers some Sinovac vaccines to a storage unit in Sarangani Healthcare Facility (SHF) on April 15. During the activity, a total of 1,200 vaccines was formally turned over intended for all individuals who belong to group A2 or the senior citizens prioritizing the indigents based on the DOH hierarchy of prioritization for the vaccination. According to Maria Razel Bustria, provincial NIP (National Immunization Program) coordinator, from April 19 to 24, the vaccines received will be administered to all the seven municipalities of Sarangani. The towns of Malungon, Kiamba and Glan have already started the roll out on April 19. Malapatan and Alabel towns are on April 20 and 21, respectively. Maasim and Maitum towns, on the other hand have not set their schedule yet for the inoculation activity. According to Bustria, the turned over Sinovac vaccines were still designed for two doses with 28 days interval. She also clarified that the identification of the vaccinees was done by the municipal social welfare and development offices through Raquel Panal, provincial social welfare and development officer. (Jake T. Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:20

Mayors step up measures vs Covid

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 20, 2021) – Alabel Mayor Vic Paul Salarda speaks during the Covid-19 Executive Meeting on April 19 at the Capitol gymnasium. Salarda proposed to create a partnership with the hospitals in General Santos City who have the capacity of testing Covid-19 cases. This would help the contact tracing and identification process of positive Covid-19 cases in which he said, “pinaagi ani, di na nato kinahanglan maghulat og dugay og paspas na nato ma-identify ang mga cases, mas mapunggan nato ang pagkalat niini kay kabalo nata kung kay kinsa o asa ta magsugod sa pag contain sa virus.” Present during the meeting were Mayors Salway Sumbo Jr. of Malapatan; Vivien Yap of Glan; Maria Theresa Constantino of Malungon; Danny Martinez of Kiamba; and Bryan Reganit of Maitum. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr.-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:19

Nutrition governance discussed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (April 20, 2021) – Representatives from the Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Regional Office 12, members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee headed by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, and some provincial heads attend the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) provincial nutrition governance program executive session for the governor on April 15. The meeting focused on strengthening the commitment of the participants in sustaining the progress on nutrition governance and integration and to create an enabling environment for community participation in government processes in the new normal. The discussion also supplemented additional perspective to the governor in assessing and aligning the overall provincial goal for nutrition. Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said “this is just a continuation of the deep dive which was conducted in 2018 regarding our index case on malnutrition.” Also present during the meeting were Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta and Board Members Irish Louie Arnado-Beñola, Joseph Calanao and George Falgui. (Jake T. Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saturday, 17 April 2021 21:29

TourTown Glan welcome arch officially opens

GLAN, Sarangani (April 17, 2021) – (From left) Board Members Jose Tranquilino Ruiz and Ephraim Galzote, Mayor Vivien Yap, Board member Corazon Grafilo, and Municipal Councilor Edwin Pacaldo, take a pose at Glan’s Welcome Arch during its blessing on April 15 at Sitio Cabug, Barangay Kapatan in celebration of Glan’s 11th Mahin Festival. According to Marcelino Dospueblos Jr., architect of the Welcome Arch, the design of the arch and its color combination, including the monuments situated beneath the pillars of the arch are all inspired by the Blaan and Muslim tribe. Dospueblos said the colors of the TourTown Glan text has been “conceptualized already” to make it “lively” for the tourists to see. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. - Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saturday, 17 April 2021 21:29

Glan unveils roadside mural of history, culture, attractions

GLAN, Sarangani (April 17, 2021) – Rev. Fr. Francisco Bajos (right) and Mayor Vivien Yap (left) lead the blessing and unveiling of the newly-repainted mural at Sitio Cabug, Barangay Kapatan on April 15. The mural, which can be seen along the highway of Kapatan, features the history, culture, and tourist attractions of the municipality painted by the Mag’glang Artists and Mugna Heneral Artists from Gensan and Glan. “From the entrance of our municipality, makita nato ang history sa atong lungsod, inubanan sa atong garbo nga mga tourist spots sa lungsod,” Mayor Yap said. The blessing and unveiling of the mural was in line with the new normal celebration of Glan’s 11th Mahin Festival. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. - Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saturday, 17 April 2021 21:28

Glan inaugurates landmark arch

GLAN, Sarangani (April 17, 2021) – (From left) Mayor Vivien Yap, Board Members Ephraim Galzote and Corazon Grafilo, Municipal Councilor Edwin Pacaldo, chairman of the Committee on Tourism; and Board Member Jose Tranquilino Ruiz, lead the cutting of ribbon during the turn-over and blessing of Glan’s Welcome Arch at Sitio Cabug, Barangay Kapatan on April 15. According to Mayor Yap, the arch, which is “presentable and tourist-friendly” is something that “Glanians can be proud of.” This landmark was constructed in the incumbency of Mayor Vivien Yap and was completed on April 8, 2021. The turn-over and blessing of the arch happened during the celebration of Glan’s 11th Mahin Festival on April 15-16. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. - Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saturday, 17 April 2021 21:28

Diving directory of Glan highlights Mahin Festival 2021

GLAN, Sarangani (April 17, 2021) – Mayor Vivien Yap (right), chair of the Editorial Board of “Discover Glan’s other Paradise: Its Underwater” Coffee Table Book for Diving, signs the copies of the book during its launching on April 15 at the Municipal Hall. Yap was assisted by Rhoa Wadingan (center), municipal tourism officer, and Municipal Consultant Joseph Hulguin, vice-chairperson of the Coffee Table Book Editorial Board. The signed books were given as tokens of appreciation to people who are part of the success of the launching of the coffee table book. With the continuing fight against Covid-19, the celebration of the Mahin Festival this year is not the same with the previous celebrations. Yap said “naningkamot ako nga aduna kita’y selebrasyon maski gamay bisan dili na sama kaniadto nga bongga kaayo kay tungod sa atong pandemya karon.” Thus, the unveiling and blessing of the newly-repainted Mural, the turnover and blessing of the Welcome Arch, and the launching of the Coffee Table Book, are among the activities during the celebration of Glan’s 11th Mahin Festival on April 15. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. - Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saturday, 17 April 2021 21:27

Coffee Table Book “Discover Glan’s other Paradise: Its Underwater” off the press!

GLAN, Sarangani (April 17, 2021) – The municipality of Glan launches its Coffee Table Book for Diving entitled “Discover Glan’s other Paradise: Its Underwater” on April 15 at the Municipal Hall. The book features the coral reefs and other marine life that can be found in the Sumbang Point and Binuni Reef dive sites in Glan. Mayor Vivien Yap thanked the people who worked together to help her make Glan’s second coffee table book possible. “Daghang salamat sa tanang mga nakadiskubre niini ug sa mga taong naka-appreciate sa beauty sa atong dagat and thank you to the divers who took these pictures also,” she said. Yap also thanked Tres Besana and Beverly Paoyon, both natives of Glan and staff of the Provincial Information Office (PIO), who are the layout artist and the writer, respectively, of the coffee table book. It was edited by PIO SN Ramos Jr. of Barangay Tango. “There are so many things that Glan can be proud of that we have kept for so long and it is but high time for us now to discover all those and show it off to the world. Kumbaga ibaligya nato ang Glan as one of the most beautiful municipalities in the whole of Sarangani province, and in the whole of Region XII,” Yap said. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. - Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saturday, 17 April 2021 13:30

New Balay Silangan Reformatory Center opens in Malungon

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 17, 2021) – Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino (2nd from left) turns over certificates of completion to 29 Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) during their graduation rites and turn-over of the new Balay Silangan Reformatory Center on April 14 at Purok Maliwanag, Barangay Poblacion. The PWUDs are among the 2nd and 3rd batches of former drug dependents who have already completed their reformatory care at Balay Silangan on March 2020, but were unable to do formal graduation rites because of the pandemic. These PWUDs also completed their training from the free technical course offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The turnover ceremony of the new P9.8-million drug rehabilitation center and graduation rites were witnessed by Regional Director Naravy Duquiatan (3rd from left) of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XII; Judge Oscar Noel (4th from left) of the Regional Trial Court Branch 35, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (4th from right), Vice Mayor Mariano Escalada Jr. (3rd from left), Regional Director Josephine Leysa (2nd from left) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XII; PLTCOL Joedy Lito Guisinga (extreme right), deputy provincial director for administration of the Sarangani Police Provincial Office; and other guests from partner agencies. (Jori Mae Samillano/Photo by Rodelio Tuayon for SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)