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Thursday, 06 August 2020 15:23

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.

Thursday, 06 August 2020 15:22

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)

Thursday, 06 August 2020 15:21

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)

Thursday, 06 August 2020 15:20

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)

Thursday, 06 August 2020 15:19

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)

Thursday, 06 August 2020 15:17

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)

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 15:17

Sargen swine industry protected; ASF under control in JAS

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 5, 2020) – Glan Mayor Vivien Yap (right) and Jose Abad Santos (JAS) Mayor Jason John Joyce (left) talk during the Gracia Care Educational TV Installation and Presentation on August 4 at the Capitol gymnasium. In the event, Joyce gave an update on the African Swine Fever (ASF) that is currently affecting some parts of the province of Davao Occidental. The municipalities of JAS and Glan are the border towns of Davao Occidental and Sarangani Province. “Kami ni Mayor Yap together with your Governor ay nag-uusap na kung ano yung pwedeng gawin para hindi lalong kumalat yung ASF.” He added, “meron na po tayong Executive Order na naipalabas disallowing the entry of our live hogs and pork products papunta sa Sarangani and sa Gensan, at the same time naglagay na din po tayo ng footbath sa National Highway para ma-disinfect yung mga dumadaang mga vehicles”. Joyce also disclosed that in JAS there are already five barangays who have culled live hogs infected by the ASF, “so we are confident na mawawala na yung ASF sa amin at ngayon yung concentration natin is hindi kumalat dito sa Sarangani kasi mas malaki po yung swine industry dito”. On the presentation of the Gracia Care Educational TV, Joyce said, “I’m looking forward na maka-avail po ang lahat ng local government units pero kailangan din po talaga ng pondo from the province and from the municipalities para makabili po ng TV kung saan mapapanood natin yung mga educational presentations”. The Gracia Telecommunications is under Narvacan Mayor Luis Chavit Singson’s proprietary led by his daughter Charissa Singson as the CEO. The venture aims to provide quality and accessible education to students throughout the Philippines through its schemes; free TV, radio and online platforms. The event was supported by the League of Municipalities of the Philippines with Mayor Singson as the president, Mayor Joyce as the vice president for internal 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. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr.-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:36

Zuellig awards Sarangani health champions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (July 31, 2020) – (On-screen) Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) awards Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, and Dr. Gabriel Fernandez, assistant provincial health officer, as graduates of the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP) module 2 on July 29 at Greenleaf Hotel. The HLGP is a three-year joint program of the Department of Health (DOH) and ZFF that is designed to develop leadership and governance capabilities of Local Chief Executives (LCE) and other local health leaders under the Universal Health Care Program. Patterned after ZFF’s Health Change Model, the HLGP employs a combination of technologies and approaches in bridging leadership for health leaders and health systems approach or technical roadmap using the World Health Organization’s six building blocks of a local health system development; strengthening community health teams and local health boards towards improving health governance, health-seeking behavior and service delivery at the community level; and results management that measures performance in terms of outputs, outcomes, and impact based on a logical program framework. (Jake Narte-Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:36

Champions of health in Sarangani advance Health Leadership and Governance Program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (July 31, 2020) – (From left) Sarangani Board Member Joseph Calanao; Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer; Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta; Board Member Irish Arnado-Beñola; Engr. Ruben Pelones, provincial health office sanitary engineer; and Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon confer during the Institutionalization of Health Leadership and Governance Colloquium on July 29 at Greenleaf Hotel. The officials discussed the different possible health outputs through the Health Leadership and Governance Program to be supplemented in Sarangani. These health outputs will be linked towards achieving the indicators under the Millennium Development Goals that aim to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, ensure environmental sustainability, and address other health problems. The HLGP was made possible through the partnership of United Nations Fund for Population Activities and Zuellig Family Foundation which primarily focused on improving health conditions in rural communities by providing training programs for local government health leaders, including mayors and municipal health officers. (Jake Narte-Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:35

Health Leadership and Governance Program in Sarangani leans to IPs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (July 31, 2020) – Dr. Arvin Alejandro (right), Sarangani provincial health officer, speaks during the Institutionalization of Health Leadership and Governance Colloquium on July 29 at Greenleaf Hotel. The event primarily focused on the Health Leadership and Governance Program that intends to improve the capacity building action plans for health in various rural areas in the country. The HLGP commenced in 2012 through the United Nations Fund for Population Activities. Sarangani Province was among the 16 pilot provinces given assistance for the improvement of health outcomes based on the baseline assessment. According to Alejandro, Sarangani was selected for its uniqueness because of the presence of the Indigenous People (IP). Through this, Sarangani was able to show its aggravated data on IPs which was one of the major turning points why it was included in the project. (Jake Narte-Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)