BY: SHAHANA JOY E. DUERME
ALAMADA, North Cotabato, July 28 (PIA)—Nearly 100 bikers from different areas in Region 12 recently joined the province’s Centennial Eco-Tourism Mountain Bike Fun Ride 2014 held in this municipality. Leoginildo Calibara, former vice mayor of Alamada and the focal person of the event said the bikers were members of bikers’ clubs and associations in Mindanao. These include bikers from LGU Pigcawayan, LGU Aleosan, LGU Alamada, Cotabato Government Employees Association, Dr. Dorvelo Bikers Association, Cotabato All-Terrain Bikers Assiciation (CATBA), Cotabato-Pigcawayan Off-Road Bikers Association (CPORBA), Midsayap All-Terrain Bikers Association (MATBA), GTRO- Maguindanao, Midsayap Bikers Association, INTAK-Libungan, Cotabato Off Road Enthusiasts (CORE) , Biking Company Kidapawan City, Pres Roxas Mountain Bike Association (PROMBA) and the Philippine Off Road Bikers Organization (PORBO).
Calibara noted that the participants trailed that 75-kilometer road starting from Aleosan town to Alamada. “The event did not only challenged the bikers but also gave them excitement as they were given a chance to take a look at the majestic Asik-Asik falls in Barangay Dado, which is now one of the major tourist attractions in North Cotabato,” he added. Calibara also revealed the following as winners of the bike challenge: Allan Castillo of the President Roxas Mountain Bike Association (PROMBA) as the heaviest biker with 94 kilograms; Joven Echavez of GTRO as the lightest biker with 42 kilograms; Rodolfo Escaro of PROMBA as the oldest biker at 55; Kurt Louis Espelita of PROMBA as the youngest biker at 12; Arjay Kaul of CATBA as biker with undying spirit biking for three hours and 25 minutes biking duration; Agnes Ivy Alombro of PROMBA as distinguished lady biker and PROMBA as the biggest delegation.
“Cash prizes and certificates of participation from the provincial government were handed to awardees,” the focal person of the event stated. The Centennial Eco-Tourism Mountain Bike Fun Ride 2014 is part of the province’s 100th founding anniversary. For her part, Governor Emmylou Mendoza extended her appreciation to the biking clubs and organizations that joined the fun ride. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta.Cruz-North Cotabato Provincial Government)
Danilo E. Doguiles
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 25 (PIA) -- Members of the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (PSOHNS) here recently handed to the Socksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc (SFFAII) some P269,000 as financial aid to victims of typhoon Yolanda. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 12 on Saturday hosted a ceremony at the East Asia Royale Hotel to acknowledge the contributions of the donor organization and facilitate the hand-over of checks from the PSOHNS to SFFAII.
SFFAII, the umbrella organization of fisheries associations in Region 12, has been tasked to handle funds for the rehabilitation of the Yolanda-devastated communities under the AHON (Tagalog for “rise”) Program. Dr. Howard Enriquez, president of PSOHNS, said, “As an organization, we have a social responsibility, thus through our collective efforts we were able to raise substantial amount of money from our fellows, hospitals, specialty group chapters, and pharmaceutical partners.…a portion of this will be given to your good program AHON.” “We hope that even in small ways we can help improve the lives of the fisherfolk affected by the typhoon.”
BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 24 (PIA) 12 – Nine barangays in nearby Tupi town are set to benefit from various projects as the Department of Agrarian recently approved the release of P2.7 M various rural projects. The barangays were adopted by DAR under its area component of the national government’s PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) program that aims to provide these barangays with community-based projects to bring genuine peace and development. DAR Regional Director Nasser Musali said “the program intends to reduce poverty, improve governance and empower communities in situations of conflict.”
Under the PAMANA grant, “each beneficiary (barangay) will receive P300,000 to fund the implementation of their proposed community projects,” Musali said. The projects that may be funded by the program include connectivity systems, basic services for economic development, agricultural services and industry investments, economic investments in indigenous people’s areas, disaster-preparedness and climate change adaptation interventions. The municipal government of Tupi and DAR signed a memorandum of agreement in April last year for the implementation of the PAMANA program.
Tupi Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo said the grant forms part of the area’s initial allocation under the agrarian reform area component of the PAMANA program. The mayor said five barangays — Crossing Rubber, Kalkam, Lunen, Palian and Tubeng — have proposed for the renovation and construction of multi-purpose buildings. Meawhile, Barangays Acmonan, Bunao and Simbo pushed for the rehabilitation of their potable water systems while Barangay Cebuano proposed for the replacement of the submersible water pump in one of its communities. Once the funds are released, Tamayo said they would immediately proceed with the bidding of the contracts for the identified projects.
“The implementation phase for these projects will likely begin within the third quarter of the year,” Tamayo said. PAMANA is the government’s program and framework for peace and development in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)
BY: CATHERINE T. APELACIO
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 25 (PIA) I learned that whether we like it or not, climate change is here to stay and so we must live with it. But the question is how do we live with it? Well, we may choose to be nonchalant about it or get involved in making the situation a far better off from being a complete debacle at all, although it is in itself if remains ignored. The thing is, the world still has the chance to make what remains better, to salvage it from further getting worse and living with information-enriched mind and most of all learning to be adaptive to the so-called “new normal” of the present day.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 24 (PNA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 released various livelihood packages on Thursday to families of identified child laborers in an urban village here. Ofelia Domingo, DOLE Region 12 director, said the livelihood assistance is part of the interventions that they have set to eventually help transform Barangay City Heights here into a child labor-free area. She said they initially signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with officials of Barangay City Heights for the implementation of the flagship Philippine Program Against Child Labor in the area.
The MOU was signed by Domingo for DOLE-12, chair Lourdes Casabuena for Barangay City Heights and Sister Socorro Del Monte for the Ma. Goretti Home for Girls. The signing of the agreement was witnessed by representatives from the city government, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, Barangay Social Welfare and Development Office, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children and the Occupational Safety and Health Network in Region 12.