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)
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.
BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato, July 24 (PIA) -- Thirty ambulant vendors in Midsayap , North Cotabato recently received NegoKarts intended to improve their mobility while selling their products. The beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment-funded NegoKarts are members of the Midsayap Umbrella Sidewalk Vendors’ Association (MUSVA) who received the aid through the local government unit. MUSVA President Mary Ann Dolendo said the beneficiaries comprised only a part of their association and that the livelihood assistance would set as a model to encourage active participation among other members.
Midsayap Mayor Romeo Araña, and Vice Mayor Albert Luis Garduque, and other local officials, along with DOLE-12 NCFO staff Joemi Pascasio lead the turn over of the assistance to beneficiaries. Mayor Araña in his message urged the grantees to give importance, make use, and take care of the negokarts provided them. He also reminded them to remain responsible citizens of the municipality and to refrain from any unlawful activities, Meanwhile, Pascasio said DOLE’s intention in providing such privilege to the ambulant vendors is to enhance their employment and income-generating capacity. The utmost goal that the association, he emphasized, should be to strive to sustain their livelihood. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from DOLE 12)
Edwin O. Fernandez
COTABATO CITY, July 24 (PNA) -- A night fun run organized by sports officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) helped raised funds for the region’s contingent to the "Batang Pinoy" sports event and highlighted mounting calls for an end to the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Close to 300 employees of the ARMM, including some officials, participated in Tuesday’s Ramadhan night fun run which has two categories – 2 kilometer run for females and 3 kilometer run for males.
“I want to express my sympathy with my Muslim brothers and sisters in Gaza and also support our athletes,” said Nash Camo, winner of the male category. Al-Trekee Dayan, ARMM Regional Sports Coordinating Office (RSCO) director, said they are trying to raise funds to support ARMM’s young athletes who will compete in at least four sporting events in this year’s Batang Pinoy, an annual sporting event organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). Dayan said the qualifying leg for Mindanao participants will be held on the second week of September in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.
He said ARMM’s contingent will compete in beach volleyball, volleyball, swimming and taekwondo. “These are sports where our athletes have demonstrated a comparative edge, especially during the recent Palarong Pambansa,” Dayan said. (PNA) CTB/NYP/EOF
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region12 has recently turned over P1.37 million worth of completed community projects to two municipalities in North Cotabato, an official of the agency said. DSWD-12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said the projects, including three day care centers and a drop-in center, were built under the national government’s Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) initiative.
“These projects are part of the government’s effort to answer the needs of less privileged and vulnerable sectors in which they themselves identified and implemented that are responsive in their pressing needs,” Taha said. According to Taha, a new drop-in center dubbed as “Bahay Pasilungan” was turned over in Poblacion, Midsayap, now serving abused women, children and other individuals in crisis. On the other hand, at least a hundred day care pupils in village of Sadaan and Kimagango in Midasayap and Langayen in Pikit town are now benefiting from the new day care centers.
Alma Villan, 53, a day care teacher of Barangay Sadaan said that the project realized her longing of having conducive classroom to improve learning experience and condition. “People used to call our classroom as dirty kitchen because it was old and dilapidated,” Villan said, who is now 11 years as teacher. “Now, it looks like a beautiful home,” Villan added that with the new facility has encouraged more children to enrol in the village’s day care program, increasing the number of enrolees to 40 at present as compared to on 10 last year.
Meanwhile, DSWD assistant regional director, Gemma N. Rivera said that the recently turned over projects comprises the first batch of GPBP projects in North Cotabato implemented through the agency. “There are ten more projects amounting to P9 million that are now mostly in the completion stage and expected to be turned-over in the communities in the coming months,” Rivera said. These projects include, according to Rivera, the first center for children in conflict with the law (CICL) in the province, day care centers, livelihood centers and many others.
GPBP, formerly known as Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting or BUB, is a planning and budgeting approach in the formulation of the budget proposals of government agencies, taking into consideration the development of poor cities and municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans as endorsed by the basic sectors and civil society organizations. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from HTEstacion-DSWD-12)