BY: SHAHANA JOY E. DUERME
MAKILALA, North Cotabato, July 30 (PIA)—Students in Buena Vida Elementary School and Kawayanon Elementary School in this municipality are now benefiting from their new classroom buildings recently turned over by the provincial government. The infrastructure project implemented by the provincial government was funded P1.3 million each. According to building plan, the roofs and the iron grill walls of the classroom buildings were designed to lessen the heat during sunny days and therefore would no longer require installation of ceiling or wall fans.
Roy L. Oñez, principal of Buena Vida Elementary School thanked the provincial government for the additional structure which the children need. “We are blessed to receive this project from the provincial government. This is what every school in the province needs, additional structures and facilities for the children,” Oñez said. Meanwhile, in Kawayanon Elementary School, the teachers as well as the local officials also extended their gratefulness for the completed project.
Governor Emmylou Mendoza said the project was aimed at uplifting the quality of education in the province. “The provincial government through its ‘Serbisyong Totoo’ advocacy works for the good of its constituents and we will continue to do our part beyond words and promises,” the governor emphasized. She then urged the people to continue supporting the initiatives of the provincial and municipal officials because she said that with good partnership, everyone will be assured of better service from the provincial government. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta.Cruz&VBacarat-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 30 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes as chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region 12. Fuentes said Wednesday her appointment was in response to a resolution passed by the RPOC last April that sought for the immediate designation of a permanent council chair from among the region’s chief executives. Also known as Soccsksargen, Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.
She said the Office of the President issued her appointment as RPOC chair last May 19 but was officially endorsed recently by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). In his letter to the governor, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas noted that Fuentes’ role as RPOC chairperson “is very significant in the light of DILG’s and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) efforts to keep the streets of Soccsksargen free from crimes and lawlessness.” “Ensuring peace and order and public safety is a common goal that we share, and we look forward to a fruitful and productive partnership with you as we continue to keep the communities of Soccsksargen safe and sound,” he added.
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)
BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 28 (PIA) -- General Manager Romano Laurilla, in behalf of the Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative, has expressed gratitude to the Department of Agriculture for the P2.9 million worth of aid they received from the agency. Laurilla was referring to the machineries they recently received in line with their efforts to improve the quality of the organic colored rice they produce. Released to the Don Bosco MPC during the Buwan ng mga Magsasaka at Mangingisda in May, these machineries consisted of a rice color sorter worth P2.28 M, rice seed cleaner (P53,000), and double chamber vacuum packing machine (P160,000).
In addition to these, the cooperative also received a rice transplanter (P294,444) and a seed trading center support of P125,000. In an earlier interview, DA 12 Regional Executive Director Datukan said the assistance provided to Don Bosco was meant to give a boost to the cooperative’s economic activities, particularly in their organic colored rice export business. Laurilla added that the machineries have been installed in the MPC’s rice processing facility in M’lang, North Cotabato.
“These rice mill implements really help in sustaining and improving the quality of the organic colored rice we export,” Laurilla. This is proof, he added, of the support and dedication of the national government to the sustained efforts towards exporting high quality rice product. Based on the latest reports, Don Bosco MPC has already shipped over 70 metric tons of organic brown, red, and black rice to Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and other countries. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from LMSalvo-DA 12)
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.”
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