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Approved CADTs in SOCCSKSARGEN Region covers over 233,000 hectares

KORONADAL CITY,  South Cotabato, Oct 29  (PIA) –   The National  Commission on  the Indigenous  Peoples (NCIP)  12  has already  approved  20 Certificates  of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) in  SOCCSKSARGEN Region, an official of the commission  said  Tuesday. Joey Bogay , OIC  regional  director  of  NCIP 12   disclosed  during the  Philippine  Information Agency 12-led  Kapihan sa Rehiyon  Dose that the approved  CADTs encompasses   a total of 233,530  hectares (ha) in the four provinces. Of these, 166,849  ha are located in Sarangani Province, 159,984 ha in  South Cotabato, 42,694 ha in Cotabato and  30,852 ha  in Sultan  Kudarat.

 

These comprised eight CADTs in North Cotabato, six in South Cotabato, and 3 each  in  Sultan  Kudarat and  Sarangani. “These  approved  CADTs  are  issued to  tribes and communities, not to  individuals,”  Bogay  explained. “Approved  here  means  approved  by the  Commission en banc.” Bogay explained   further  that  they are  20 more  applications  for CADTs  are  currently ongoing  or pending, including   6  in South Cotabato, 5  each in  North Cotabato and  Sultan  Kudarat,  3 in Sarangani and 1 in Maguindanao. 

 

Data  presented also indicated that  NCIP  12  has  surveyed  148,265.78  hectares of  ancestral domains  across the region. Meanwhile,  Atty. Adolf Ryan Lantion, hearing  officer of  NCIP 12   emphasized, “ancestral  domains  cannot  be  sold, disposed  or   destroyed. That is  absolute.” “Ancestral  domain is also  awarded  to  a tribe  while the  CALT (Certificate of Ancestral Land Title) is awarded to a  family or a clan,” he explained further. Today, October 29,  NCIP is  celebrating  the  17th  anniversary of the  signing of    the Indigenous Peoples  Rights Act  (Republic Act 8371) by President Fidel V. Ramos.

 

In commemoration of  the  event,  IP organization leaders  from  across the  region joined  officials  of NCIP  at the  New  City  Hall  for the  IPRA Hour  that  began at 6:00 a.m. The  activity  here  was highlighted  by   rituals   of Blaan and  Tboli tribes and message of  support  from  members of the  women, youth  and other sectors. IPRA’s 17th year celebration is  anchored on the  theme, “IPRA: A ray of  hope in regaining the Indigenous Peoples’ cultural  integrity.” “This  year’s  celebration  is aimed at  reliving  parts of the history  that had  shown  bravery and dedication of the  IPs  for  peace  and  freedom,”  said   NCIP  Chairperson Atty. Leonor Oralde-Quintayo  in a message  read  by  Director  Bogay. 

 

“The  wisdoms gained  in the past are the same  learnings  that the celebration  hopes to impart among the IPs of today’s generation. “Our ancestors  have  fought  and won  battles that made us the IPs  that we are  now…It is  high  time that we unite as IPs and  work for the  betterment of  our  country. ” she continued. Bogay  also  told  PIA that SOCCSKSARGEN Region   is home  to at least  10 ethnolinguistic   groups, namely:  Erumanen  Menuvu, Teduray, Bagobo, Blaan, Tboli, Manobo, Tagakaulo and Bago. “The Bago tribe  who are living in  Laguilayan, Isulan (Sultan  Kudarat) are originally  from  Region 1,”  he  said.

 

“IPs  comprise  approximately 30 percent of the population in Region 12,”  Bogay said.   However, no  specific  data  regarding their  actual  population  is  available because  no  census has been conducted  on their  population,”  he  added. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

 

General Santos City Health Office conveys integrated services to constituents

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 29 (PIA)----- The City Health Office (CHO) here has conveyed the local government’s integrated public health and hospital services to its constituents in a recently held 2-day congress urging them to avail the packages which are intended for them.  Dubbed the “3rd City Health Congress,” the event aimed at providing information on the city health’s services as well as soliciting people’s views on the various issues facing the health sector today.

Aside from providing a glimpse on the status of health care delivery in GenSan, the congress was also poised to generate stakeholders’ commitment in the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) numbers 4 and 5, which are respectively the reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health by 2015. Dr. Edgardo Sandig, city health officer hopes that with the congress people will become informed enough to avail their services.

The packages, he said are divided in three. The first level service is offered at the barangay health stations such as immunization; pre-natal; normal delivery; nutrition; TB DOTS; treatment of minor ailments; environmental sanitation; health education and promotion; referral; and supervision of volunteer community health service providers.

The second level is primary health care or the essential health services available at the CHO such as maternal health which includes pre/post natal care, normal delivery, immunization, responsible parenthood, natural family planning, reproductive health, and dental services; infant and child health which includes immunization and nutrition; control of non-communicable disease and cancer; environmental sanitation/diarrheal control; health education and promotion; management of public health service/ health planning, health information, community/ non-governmental organization (NGO) coordination and mobilization and private sector networking; training of human resource; and basic public health laboratory service.

The third, on the other hand, is the comprehensive package of service being offered at the General Santos City Hospital such as core referral hospital; out-patient consultation services, inpatient medical and surgical care; emergency room care; minor/ambulatory surgical services; major surgical services; management of complicated deliveries; basic orthopedic services; basic abdominal and OB-Gyne surgical care; radiological/ultrasonography services; tertiary laboratory services/blood services; pharmacy services; management system for hospital services; coordination with public health services/NGO, private medical sector, and public-private coordination; and referral. 

Over 300 delegates from the different health sectors, barangay officials, NGOs, people’s organizations (POs) and the civil society organizations (CSO) have joined in the event held on October 9-10 at the Phela Grande Convention Center here. “Today’s local health congress ushers in the best that the local city health department can offer,” Dr. Sandig proudly noted. According to him, the gathering not only geared towards the “Rationalization of Health Care thru the integration of various services and facilities,” but also acknowledged the significant contribution of various players in the health care department.

The congress carried the theme: “Rationalizing Health Service Delivery in Response to Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (Universal Health).” The Universal Health Care (UHC), also known as Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) implemented through the Department of Health, is the national government’s “provision” to ensure that every Filipino receives the “highest possible quality of health care” without a tinge of prejudice from any healthcare provider or health institution/facility.   “It is in the best interest of our city to ensure that we can respond to the health needs of the greater number of residents given the many health challenges and issues facing General Santos City,” Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas- Nograles told participants.

She also cited that health services are the “core responsibility” of local government to fulfill its mandates to the general public. Among the issues that surfaced during the congress include the meager honorarium of rural health workers, lack of medicine supplies and equipment at the City Hospital and rural health units, lack of qualified and skilled staff to attend to healthcare emergencies, lack of coordination between health personnel and barangays to implement certain projects and activities, among others.

Sandig expressed appreciation of the issues and concerns that have been raised saying “this is the essence why we’re having this because we want your ideas, inputs to help us improve our programs and delivery of services.” He assured all participants that the inputs will be incorporated to their plans and policy directions in the next years. Health workers also sought the readiness and support of barangays especially in times of disease management and control. As to MDG implementation, city Councilor Shandee Theresa Llido-Pestaño, chairperson of the Committee on Gender, Family, and Children and Social Issues rationalized the need to double government’s efforts by enhancing coordination systems and strategies among key agencies and stakeholders especially at the local level to achieve MDG target by 2015.

She said that while there are continuous interventions to attain government’s commitment which led to the significant drop in under-five and infant mortality rate over the years, it is also taking long to lower the ratio on maternal mortality.   Under the United Nations (UN) MDG, the Philippine government is duty-bound to reduce maternal death to 52 for every 100,000 live births by 2015, which the country is still way behind.  (CT Apelacio with reports from Lipsy Grace Carayo/PIA 12 General Santos City) 

Source:http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1671414496214/general-santos-city-health-office-conveys-integrated-services-to-constituents

Courier firm, union sign CBA with P2.2 M benefit package

Danilo E. Doguiles

GENERAL SANTOS  CITY,  Oct. 27  (PIA)  --  After only two  meetings, the  management and    workers’  union of the  South Mindanao Courier Co.  Inc. (SMCCI), a subsidiary of courier giant LBC Corporation,  in General Santos  City  signed  a new  collective  bargaining agreement that would assure  millions  worth of  benefits  to the  workers. The National Conciliation and Mediation Board  in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (NCMB 12)   facilitated the  forging  of the agreement.

 Feliciano Orihuela Jr, regional  director of the  NCMB 12  reported  this  accomplishment to  Labor and  Employment  Secretary   Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz during her  visit  here  last  week  for the national  congress of public  employment  services  manager. Orihuela  told  the  Sec. Baldoz that  patience and open-mindedness  among the parties  and the   guidance of NCMB 12 led to the success of the  negotiations. In  response,  Baldoz   lauded  the  regional  office  for  being  pro-active   and  for  bringing  both the SMCCI  and the  SMCCI Employees  Union to  a mutually beneficial partnership.

Hiligaynon News: Abaca Development Program ginaduso sa North Cotabato

BY: EDGAR B. DELA CRUZ

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato Oct 27 (PIA) Ginaduso sa subong sa probinsiya sang North Cotabato ang provincial abaca development program para buligan ang mga mangunguma sang abaka sa probinsiya. Sining karon lang, naghiwat sang paghanas sa pagprodukto sang abaka, pag-ani,  pagproseso kag pagpili sang lanot ang Environment and Natural Resources Division sa idalum sang Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) sa 31 ka mga mangunguma sa Barangay Ilomavis sa Kidapawan City.

Tungod sa paghanas, ginalauman nga maglapad pa ang mga duta nga matamnan sang abaka sa probinsiya kag mapadaku ang produkto sang de kalidad nga lanot nga makahatag sang maayo nga kita sa mga mangunguma kag para mapun-an ang kakulangon sang kinahanglan nga lanot sang abaka sa balaligyaan. Sa subong daku ang bentahe sa pagtanum sang abaka tungod sa mataas nga presyo sini sa balaligyaan nga nagaabot sa P45 hasta P50 ang kada kilo sang lanot.

Sa pihak nga bahin, naghiwat man sang amo man nga paghanas sa Barangay Tumanding sa banwa sang Arakan kag sa Oktubre 29 naman sa Barangay Perez sa Kidapawan City. Samtang, nagpahibalo naman ang dumalahan sang OPAg nga puwede kadtuan ang ila talatapan sa Barangay Amas , Kidapawan City para sa dugang nga ihibalo nanungod sa pagprodukto sang abaka. (EBdelaCruz/PIA12)

 Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1801414390091

Courier firm, union sign CBA with P2.2 M benefit package

Danilo E. Doguiles

GENERAL SANTOS  CITY,  Oct. 27  (PIA)  --  After only two  meetings, the  management and    workers’  union of the  South Mindanao Courier Co.  Inc. (SMCCI), a subsidiary of courier giant LBC Corporation,  in General Santos  City  signed  a new  collective  bargaining agreement that would assure  millions  worth of  benefits  to the  workers. The National Conciliation and Mediation Board  in SOCCSKSARGEN Region (NCMB 12)   facilitated the  forging  of the agreement.

 Feliciano Orihuela Jr, regional  director of the  NCMB 12  reported  this  accomplishment to  Labor and  Employment  Secretary   Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz during her  visit  here  last  week  for the national  congress of public  employment  services  manager. Orihuela  told  the  Sec. Baldoz that  patience and open-mindedness  among the parties  and the   guidance of NCMB 12 led to the success of the  negotiations. In  response,  Baldoz   lauded  the  regional  office  for  being  pro-active   and  for  bringing  both the SMCCI  and the  SMCCI Employees  Union to  a mutually beneficial partnership.

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