LTFRB backs social amelioration for STARTeD
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13, 2020) – Retired Col. Paterno Reynato Padua (2nd from right), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director, gives a short briefing to the first batch of beneficiaries of the distribution of social amelioration for Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Development (STARTeD) on July 12 at the provincial gymnasium. Padua discussed how the LTFRB created and submitted the list of beneficiaries to the Department of Social Welfare and Development office. He cautioned them that the LTFRB will be disqualifying recipients who have received other assistance from the government during the pandemic. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
P5,000 each for drivers under transport alliance
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13, 2020) - Orlando Villegas (left), a 63-year old multicab driver from Alabel town, receives his P5,000 financial assistance handed over by Shierra Usop, Department of Social Welfare and Development officer, during the distribution of the social amelioration for Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Development (STARTeD) on July 12 at the provincial gymnasium. STARTeD is an alliance of drivers and transport groups in Sarangani that focuses on the impacts of giving technical assistance for a more effective and sustainable management of the transport sector in Sarangani. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Plight of drivers and transport groups alleviated
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13, 2020) – Regional Director Cezario Joel Espejo (left) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development talks with one of the beneficiaries of the distribution of social amelioration for Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Development (STARTeD) on July 12 at the provincial gymnasium. Espejo explained the process of the distribution and asked about the situation of the drivers and transport groups during the community quarantine. He also advised them to use the cash assistance given by the government to assist and help them from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Sarangani assists in distribution of social amelioration by DSWD, LTFRB
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13, 2020) – (From left) Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Cezario Joel Espejo, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Regional Director Col. Paterno Reynato Padua and Board Member Arman Guili (extreme right), Committee Chairperson on Transportation, Communication, Public Information and Franchises, discuss the flow and process of the distribution of social amelioration for Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Development (STARTeD) on July 12 at the provincial gymnasium. Padua said “Sarangani is the first province in Region 12 to receive the assistance kasi aside from being recognized, madaling i-manage yung mga drivers and transport groups natin dito.” (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Gov. Solon lauds FRs for returning to the fold
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13 2020) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon extends his gratitude to the 18 former rebels (FRs) for giving back their trust to the government during the Provincial Peace and Order Council 2nd Quarter Meeting on July 10 at the provincial gymnasium. Solon expressed how thankful he is for the presence of the FRs as it symbolized the continuous renunciation of the insurgents from the hinterlands of the communist ideology. Solon said “tungod sa inyong pagbalik sa gobyerno, sulod namo sa among mga tabang na pwede ihatag sa tibuok pamilya ninyo, bisag naa mo sa bukid sa una, pirmi nako gina-sulti na ang gugma namo, bisag unsaon, naa jud sa inyo kay tungod taga-Sarangani mo”. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
18 former rebels get livelihood assistance, firearms remuneration
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13, 2020) – (From left) 1002nd Brigade Commander Col. Potenciano Camba, 73rd Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Ronaldo Valdez and Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon hand over cash assistance to a former rebel during the Provincial Peace and Order Council 2nd Quarter Meeting on July 10 at the provincial gymnasium. A total of 18 FRs were presented and recognized during the event. Each of them received immediate assistance, livelihood assistance and firearms remuneration. Lizette Lopez, PPOC focal person, said “we are so happy because all of them ay nabigyan na talaga ng livelihood and cash assistance. Matagal na din nating hinintay ito, dahil ito talaga yung call natin lahat para matulungan yung mga kapatid nating nasa taas na magsimula muli.” (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
5th Placer in LET transformed hardship into motivation
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 13, 2020) – (From left) Board Member Arman Guili, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Board Member Eduardo Paras Sr. (Liga ng mga Barangay president) and Board Member Rheymar Dian (Panlalawigang Pederasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan president) congratulate Dimple Mangalon (center), one of the topnotchers of the September 2019 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) from Sarangani. Mangalon was honored on July 10 during the joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti-Illegal Drug Abuse Council (PPOC-PADAC) 2nd Quarter Meeting at the provincial gymnasium. Mangalon who is from Barangay Spring, Alabel ranked 5th in the elementary level. She graduated at Mindanao State University-General Santos City and took up Bachelor of Elementary Education major in General Education. Six other topnotchers from Sarangani were recognized and received cash assistance from the Provincial Local Government Unit of Sarangani. Mangalon said “sa akong pag-sulod og college, nakaagi gyud og kalisod ang akong pamilya, kay upat mi mag-igsuon, si papa kay usa ra ka ice truck driver, si mama kay housekeeper pero gigamit nako ang among sitwasyon para maging inspiration para mag-succeed, wala ko na-discourage instead, gi-transform nako siya as motivation.” (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
How Sarangani LGUs are coping with Covid, LSIs & OFWs
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 9, 2020) – Despite the possibility of bringing in more Covid-19 cases into the province, Sarangani local government units (LGUs) from the provincial level down to the municipal and barangay levels continue to assist and accommodate returning Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
This is part of the national government’s “Hatid Probinsya” initiative, a short-term humanitarian effort to assist all stranded individuals, tourists, students and OFWs due to the lack of public transport from Metro Manila to the provinces.
As of July 9, Sarangani has already nine confirmed Covid-19 cases with three recoveries and received a total of 153 returning OFWs and 721 LSIs.
During the 1st Provincial Local Health Board Meeting on July 3, Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said “we are really expecting na tataas yung positive cases natin that will be coming from our LSIs and OFWs unless na mahinto yung pagpasok nila.”
“But,” Dr. Alejandro said, “we cannot do anything naman kasi kawawa din yung mga LSIs and OFWs kasi stranded sila doon sa Manila, nagdugay sila didto and kung kailangan nila og tabang, dili sila basta-basta makakuha labi nag amelioration kay dili sila taga-didto.”
“We really have to accept them because they are our constituents, ang importante talaga sa mga municipalities and mga barangays should have to strengthen yung isolation ng mga dumarating kasi pag dating nila, kailangang naka-isolate ng maayos at talagang wala munang mga bisita,” he added.
With this situation, Dr. Alejandro appealed to the public and the family members of the returning LSIs and OFWs to strictly avoid visiting them at the isolation facility.
He also stressed that keeping away from the LSIs and ROFs until their 14-day quarantine is over is one of the most effective moves the public can do to avoid local transmission.
PROCESS AND PROTOCOLS
Dr. Alejandro disclosed the process and protocols being conducted upon arrival of the LSIs and OFWs in the province.
“Upon arrival sa airport, dinidiretso na natin sila sa isolation facility and do anti-body testing from 3rd to 5th day since pagdating nila, kung makwaan nato silag IGM positive or IGG positive we do the swab test right away and diyan tayo nakakakuha ng additional cases natin.”
Dr. Alejandro said “the key para hindi tayo magkaroon ng local transmission is good isolation protocol and system sa ating isolation facility and attitude ng mga family members nga naa diri sa community nga dili sa maki-istorya o muduol sa atong mga LSIs and OFWs.”
For movements within the province, according to Dr. Alejandro, “pwede naman makapag travel from munisipyo to munisiyo under the MGCQ. Dito sa Sarangani, nasa MGCQ (Low Risk) tayo pero magdi-dipende lang yan sa stricter guidelines per municipality na issued nila.”
Under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ-Low Risk), each of the seven towns in Sarangani has issued their respective checkpoint protocols and measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.
ALABEL: Valid ID is required for individuals coming in.
Workers from the Capitol and private-owned companies who are living outside the town can also present company-issued identifications.
Individuals aged 21 and below, 60 years old and above and those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are required to remain in their residences at all times.
Curfew hours from 10pm to 4am is also strictly implemented.
MALAPATAN: “No ID, No Entry” policy is still observed.
Valid identification card is still required from all constituents, passersby, travelers in each point of entry and out of the municipality.
The Identification Card (ID) must state the birthdate and residential address of the owner such as locator slip, food pass, travel pass, border pass, essential worker pass and municipal quarantine/travel pass.
Curfew hours from 9pm to 4am is still enforced but only for non-workers.
Any person below 21 years old, and those who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks and pregnant women are required to remain in their residences at all times.
GLAN: Individuals and essential workers coming from outside the territorial jurisdiction of the town have to present any valid ID at the checkpoints.
Also, individuals 0 to 15 years old and 60 years old and above, and with immune-compromised or sickness are also barred to go out, not unless for essential travels.
Curfew hours from 9pm to 5am is still enforced.
MAASIM: For individuals entering Maasim especially those who are essential workers must present any valid ID such as company ID and certificate of employment to be presented to the personnel manning the border checkpoints, for record purposes.
Any person below 18 and those who are 60 and above, those with immunodeficiency or other health risks, and pregnant women are required to remain in their residences at all times.
Curfew hours from 9pm to 5am is still observed with the exemptions of those health workers, authorized government officials, traveling medical or humanitarian reasons and individuals providing basic services.
KIAMBA: Medical certificate and valid ID are required for all individuals and private vehicles entering the town.
Individuals aged 18 years old and below, and 60 years old and above and those who have existing illnesses are prohibited to go outside, except for essential appointments such as medical consultations.
Curfew hours from 9pm to 4am is also strictly observed.
MAITUM requires medical certificate, travel pass, and valid ID for all individuals entering the town from other municipalities and outside Sarangani.
Individuals aged 20 years and below, 60 years old and above, and those with existing illnesses are prohibited to go outside their homes.
Curfew hours from 9pm to 5am are also strictly implemented.
MALUNGON: “No ID NO Entry” policy is also enforced.
Valid identification is required from all passersby, travelers coming into Malungon in each point of entry, including upon arrival to barangay destination.
Transiting drivers, helpers, and passengers are required to fill up border pass given at the entry checkpoint and to be submitted at the exit checkpoint for contact tracing purposes.
Age groups 17 years old and below and the elderly or those aged 60 and above, including those categorized with high health risk or those who reside with persons with co-morbidities or other risk factors shall remain at home.
Curfew hours is observed from 9pm to 4am.
MINIMUM HEALTH PROTOCOL
As of this writing Alabel, Malapatan, Glan, Maasim, Kiamba and Malungon towns each have one Covid-19 case, while Maitum town has three.
Alejandro also disclosed that “all our municipalities have something in common despite having yung different specific protocols sa checkpoint and even yung sa loob na mismo ng kanilang town which is the minimum health protocol.”
“Proper handwashing, footbath and thermal scanning is hindi talaga mawawala yan sa ating checkpoints. Meron din tayong social distancing na everybody should strictly practice and observe. These basic components of the protocols ay kinakailangan talaga especially for those individuals coming in Sarangani para talagang mas maiwasan natin yung pagkakaroon ng local transmission.”
“But what’s important ngayon,” Alejandro reiterated, “is we have to contain the virus para wala tayong local transmission and that will be feasible if every individual will be implementing the wearing of facemask, proper handwashing, social distancing and labi na ang social distancing sa mga LSIs and OFWs upon arrival until such time na 14-day quarantine is over.” (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
SaNSA opens in August, “LR on Wheels” launched
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 8, 2020) – The Sarangani National Sports Academy (SaNSA) is now gearing up for its opening of classes on August 24 as it welcomes its first set of Grade 7 student-athletes for school year 2020-2021.
According to Rochelle Morido, SaNSA program coordinator, academic and sports training for this school year will be both offline and online with the observance of the national health standards and protocols against Covid-19.
“Sa sports training when we say online, naa sila’y online learning through interactive videos sa mga social media platforms. While when we say offline, naay mga flashdrive nga ipanghatag containing instructional and demonstrational videos para pod sa mga bata na sundan nila bisag naa sila sa ilang balay, maka-training pod sila,” Morido said.
IP and Muslim scholars benefit from Smart
[8 July 2020] Indigenous peoples and Muslim college scholars of various local government units and organizations in Mindanao will be able to access their online classes with the help of Smart Communications, Inc.
Students supported by various organizations such as the Pegsabeka Organization, General Santos’ AKLAT-GSC, and Sarangani’s Paaral Para sa Saarangan – PPSS of Sulong Karunungan will receive PLDT Home Wi-Fi units to assist them in their studies.