NICA head: Won’t stop vs terrorists
MAITUM, Sarangani (April 16, 2021) - National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Region 12 Director Eduardo Marquez talks about violent extremism during The Anti-Terrorism Act forum held at the Municipal Gymnasium on April 13. "We will not stop until these terrorists are still in our community," Marquez said as he encouraged all the 19 barangay chairs and the officials of the Local Government Unit of Maitum to take care and look after their constituents against the New People’s Army and other terrorist groups. The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 intends to prevent, prohibit and penalize terrorism in the Philippines. The law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3, 2020 and effectively replaced the Human Security Act of 2007. (John James I. Doctor/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION OFFICE)
Level 1 upgrade of Malungon Municipal Hospital ‘dream come true’
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon speaks during the inauguration of the Level 1 upgrade and thanksgiving celebration of the operating and emergency room complex of the Malungon Municipal Hospital on April 8. Solon thanked all the staff headed by Chief of Hospital Dr. Allen Española for putting their lives on the line to work on the Covid-19 situation in the area. He also acknowledged the Department of Health through Provincial Department of Health Officer Dr. Butch Dulduco for making it possible for the MMH to be a Level 1 hospital. The governor also centered his talk on Covid-19 and reminded everyone to make their guards tighter as there is a surge of cases in the country. Española said, becoming a Level 1 hospital was just their dream and it took them 35 years to achieve the said milestone which is in line with the vision of the governor. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Level 1 inauguration for MMH
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Malungon Municipal Hospital (MMH) Chief Dr. Allen Española (left) and Provincial Department of Health Officer Dr. Butch Dulduco lead the ribbon-cutting of the operating and emergency room complex of the MMH during its Level 1 inauguration and thanksgiving celebration on April 8. The provincial government of Sarangani through the leadership of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon has appropriated funds for the renovation of the main hospital building as well as the construction of the isolation wards and completion of its perimeter fence. As of this writing, the MMH has already performed 13 successful operations of which the last was the delivery of twins through cesarean section. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
One Malungon Radio-Subida FM to enhance delivery of basic education
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Department of Education (DepEd) XII Regional Director Carlito Rocafort (left) and Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon exchange greetings during the launching of the One Malungon Radio-Subida FM on April 8 at the Sunken Arena, Malungon Grounds. Rocafort commended the local government of Malungon headed by Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino for its full and active support on the said milestone. Rocafort said “this one is very commendable considering the situation of the barangays of the town. This will enhance the delivery of basic education because we all know how difficult and how challenging it is to deliver basic education in this time of the pandemic.” He added that the I CAN Program (Innovation and Collaboration in Attaining No limitation in Education) of Malungon is a big help for the improvement of the learning and for the delivery of the basic education for the learners. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
I CAN Program airs on One Malungon Radio-Subida FM
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (left) congratulates Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino (right) during the launching of the One Malungon Radio-Subida FM on April 8 at the Sunken Arena, Malungon Grounds. The One Malungon Radio-Subida FM is a project under the I CAN Program (Innovation and Collaboration in Attaining No limitation in Education) which is a flagship program under Mayor Constantino in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) with an objective to effectively administer basic education in the midst of the pandemic. One Malungon Radio-Subida FM will be the principal source of relevant information, education, and entertainment in the entire Malungon town. According to Constantino, it was a collaborative initiative and unified decision between the Local Government of Malungon and the DepEd since they have seen that radio-based instruction is the most responsive distance-learning modality in this time. One Malungon Radio-Subida FM will help the students in their respective homes to better understand their lessons and properly answer the learning activity sheets provided to them. Solon also said “Malungon is really doing a good job this pandemic, especially in education, kay naa silay kaugalingong panlantaw on how to deliver this og para dili maputol ang drive sa mga bata sa pagtuon ilabi na sa panahon karon.” (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Innovation and Collaboration in Attaining No limitation in Education
MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon greets some barangay captains of Malungon during the launching of the One Malungon Radio-Subida FM on April 8 at the Sunken Arena, Malungon Grounds. The One Malungon Radio-Subida FM is a project under the I CAN Program (Innovation and Collaboration in Attaining No limitation in Education) which is a flagship program under Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) which primarily aims to effectively administer basic education in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The said project was already planned out two years ago with the original purpose of delivering information in times of emergency and calamity but because of the pandemic, the local government has decided to divert its purpose into education particularly for distance learning. Constantino said “ang role ng mga barangays in this project is sila yung magmo-monitor through our sitio leaders. We have given our sitio leaders handheld radios na kaya mas madali ng yung monitoring sa ating mga bata through the supervision of our punong barangay if nakikinig ba (yung mga bata) during a given air time.” (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Serbisyo Caravan goes to Malapatan
MALAPATAN, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – As the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) continuously endeavors to bring the government closer to the people to attain inclusive and sustainable peace, the Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan has officially started its leg in Malapatan with Barangay Kihan as its pilot site.
The journey of the Serbisyo Caravan in the area has benefited approximately a thousand residents from the various services conducted by the joint force of the different provincial and municipal offices led by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Mayor Salway Sumbo Jr., together with the office of Congressman Ruel Pacquiao, and other line agencies headed by the DILG-Sarangani under Provincial Director Samuel Camaganacan and other stake holders.
The Serbisyo Caravan is part of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP)- an umbrella program under the Executive Order No. 70 institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in the country (ELCAC).
This program aims to integrate government programs and efforts to actively engage the involvement of the sectors and communities in the farthest barangays in the province.
As an ELCAC community, various medical, agricultural, livelihood, environmental, educational and other basic social services was provided in Kihan during the caravan.
Barangay Kihan is also one of the barangays in the province to receive P20 million funding for the barangay projects and programs from the Local Government Support Fund-Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) 2021 under the General Appropriations Act 2021 which will be implemented this year.
According to Barangay Chairman Danilo Abdulradzak, out of the P20 million funding, P13 million of it will be put on the concreting of roads going to other upland sitios in other barangays, construction of the water system and putting up health centers in other sitios.
Also, Congressman Pacquiao formally turned over the new barangay hall and covered court amounting to P9 million funded under his office. He also provided housing and financial assistance to a former rebel in the barangay.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta expressed his gratitude to the support of the residents in Kihan and assured that the province will continue its vision in delivering basic services to every Sarangan.
The vice governor also turned over one set of desktop computer to be used by the office of the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and 50 pairs of reading glasses for senior citizens.
Sumbo expressed his joy and gratitude to all the line agencies and offices who have provided various services in Kihan. He also urged the people to live in peace and further said that if there is peace, development can be easily achieved in an area.
Barangay captain Abulradzak also expressed his gratitude for having Kihan as one of the beneficiaries for the Serbisyo Caravan and said that the people have already experienced the real governance that they have long dreamed of.
Also present during the activity were board members Ephraim Galzote, Corazon Grafilo and Provincial Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Rheymar Dian along with Vice Mayor Jean Delos Santos and other municipal officials.
Barangay Kihan which is mainly inhabited by Blaan tribal folk is one of the farthest barangays in Malapatan, located some 28 kilometers northeast of the coastal Poblacion or Malapatan town proper.
It is bounded by Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental in the north and Barangay Pag-asa of Alabel town in the south and is accessible by means of “habal-habal” or motorcycle and "weapon" truck.
Despite the on-going pandemic, the Serbisyo Caravan was successfully implemented following minimum health protocols with the help of the barangay security services who were tightly securing the area by reminding every individual to follow social distancing and the wearing of face mask.
This week, the Serbisyo Caravan is set to benefit the residents of Barangay Upper Suyan and Barangay Kinam, next week. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr., taken on April 7 during the conduct of Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan at Barangay Kihan.
Sinovac 2nd dose done
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Dr. Aileen Brion (center), Sarangani Health Care Facility (SHCF) chief of hospital, receives her jab of the second and last dose of Sinovac vaccine on April 4 during the Covid-19 vaccination activity held at the SHCF, Capitol compound. Brion was accompanied by Maria Razel Bustria (right), National Immunization Program (NIP) provincial coordinator, during the administering of the vaccine. The vaccination team who administered the Sinovac vaccines are composed of staff from the Rural Health Units of Alabel and Malapatan. Dr. Brion was among the 1st batch of frontline health workers who received their initial Sinovac dose last March 7 during the launching of “Resbakuna, Kasangga ng Bida” Covid-19 inoculation drive in Sarangani. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr./SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Frontline health workers take 2nd dose of Sinovac
ALABEL, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Some 139 hospital-based workers and other frontline health workers all over Sarangani receive their second dose of Sinovac vaccines on April 4 during the Covid-19 inoculation activity held at the Sarangani Health Care Facility, Capitol compound. The recipients of the second dose consist of municipal health officers, doctors to the barrios, nurses, medical technicians, pharmacists, radiologists, and other hospital employees who were among the first batch of medical workers who received their initial shot of Sinovac vaccines on March 7, 28 days prior to their second jab. According to Maria Razel Bustria, National Immunization Program (NIP) provincial coordinator, 95% or 139 of the 146 medical workers successfully received their second dose, while two of them were deferred or unable to receive their second dose due to history of allergies and edema. “We are looking forward na itong activity na ito, ito po yung paraan para ma-achieve natin ang full protection against Covid-19,” Bustria said. Despite the completion of the two doses of vaccines needed for each recipient, Bustria noted “patuloy pa rin tayo sa pag-aadbokasiya na i-follow pa rin yung minimum health standards kahit last na ito na vaccine.” (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr.-Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan links up with Serbisyong Segurado
MALAPATAN, Sarangani (April 12, 2021) – Engr. Samuel Camaganacan (left), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-Sarangani) provincial director, initiates the distribution of food packs to residents of barangay Kihan on April 7 during the Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan and Serbisyong Segurado para sa Barangay. This is one of the many efforts of the DILG in the convergence of different local and national government agencies to deliver and provide services and assistance to the people. With the Serbisyo Caravan, the provincial government fully supports the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) under Executive Order No. 70 or the “Whole-of-Nation-Approach” to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in the country. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)