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SOCCSKSARGEN Region prepares for 20th National Crime Prevention Week

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept 1  (PIA) – In line with the campaign to curb criminality, the Department of  the  Interior and Local Government (DILG) leads other government agencies in  developing plans for the traditional observance of this year’s 20th National Crime Prevention Week, an official  said. With the assistance of local government units (LGU), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) the implementing arm for crime prevention activities.has lined up evemts in connection with the celebration, Regional Director Atty. Edilberto. Fermil said.

In a statement Fermil emphasized that crime prevention is essential to the development of the region. “The celebration should be vigorously pursued not just as a matter of compliance with proclamation No. 461, but rather as honest implementation of one of tried and tested strategic initiatives towards maintaining peace and order ensuring public safety,” he said. Here in SOCCSKSARGEN region, the celebration starrs Monday,  September 1  with a kick-off ceremony at the Flag Raising ceremony at the Koronadal City National Comprehensive High School (KNCHS).

“The weeklong celebration aims to generate community awareness and appreciation on the importance of crime prevention and in the campaign against criminality,” Fermil added. Fermil also stressed that the celebration endeavors to heighten awareness on the importance of creating self- help communities in preventing crimes. The recent State of the Province Address (SOPA) of South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes affirms the importance of deterring criminal activities. The prime movers of the anti-crime activity call for full support and cooperation of all line agencies in the region through active participation and involvement in the yearly observance of NCPW. (AC Agad/JMP Castillon PIA 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1621409525678

ARMM relief arm helps Maguindanao flood victims

COTABATO CITY (Sept. 1) –- The relief arm of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have been attending to the needs of about 25,000 persons affected by floods that hit 85 villages in Maguindanao’ 11 municipalities, the ARMM humanitarian office said Monday. Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary and chair of the Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART), told reporters that the affected families did not leave their homes despite floods brought about by torrential rains the past few days in Maguindanao and nearby provinces.

A boy was reported killed in Blensong, Upi, Maguindanao after a landslide hit a farmer’s home on Saturday. Three other family members were hospitalized. Affected towns, based on HEART monitoring, were Mamasapano, Ampatuan, Shariff Saidona Mustapha, Pagalungan, Datu Montawal, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Datu Paglat, Rajah Buayan, Datu Piang, Sultan sa Baronggis and Sultan Kudarat.

LGU pushes cultural awareness among Tboli children

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

TBOLI, South Cotabato,  Aug 27 (PIA) --     The  local  government  unit of Tboli   is currently pursuing  school  children in  a  campaign aimed at  preserving  the municipality’s  rich  indigenous culture and traditions  among the   younger  generations. On August  18 to 22, the LGU through  the  Tribal Affairs  Unit  held  a  culture-awareness  seminar  at Laconon Integrated  School  involving   some   75  Grade  4 to Grade  6  pupils. The five-day seminar-workshop included learning of various Tboli dances and playing of indigenous musical instruments.

They  were  also  taught the art of  making  traditional ornaments out  of  beads.  Another  similar activity   is set  in another  school  next  week, according to  a report  from the  Office of  Mayor Dibu Tuan.  The same  will also  be conducted  in other  schools  to  reach  school children in all 25 barangays of the municipality. Said report also indicated  that the  project has been  going on  for  more than   5 years, anchored on the  objective to  orient the  young generations  of  their roots as an ethnic  group.

Such initiative of the LGU,  it says, has brought positive impacts among  Tboli children to take pride of their cultural heritage and create a sense of honor  for their identity as an important  indigenous  people in this  part of the  Philippines. Tboli LGU’s  Tribal  Affairs Unit, which   oversees the  cultural  awareness seminar, is being  supervised  by  social worker Mizpah Sunshine Perong.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from BLugan-Tboli LGU)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611409099825

S.Cotabato, DOLE 12 to distribute livelihood kits to 400 unemployed, informal workers

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

KORONADAL  CITY,  South Cotabato,  Aug 28 (PIA)  --   Over 400  informal  workers  and  unemployed  individuals  shall  soon  be given  income-generating  projects  courtesy of the  Department of  Labor and Employment  (DOLE) 12 and the  provincial  government of  South Cotabato. Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, representing DOLE 12, recently  turned over  to the provincial  government  a check  amounting  to P3,464,447 through   DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Program (DILEEP). The project would provide livelihood starter kits to 432 unemployed and informal workers  and engage them in sustainable  self- employment  through easy to learn livelihood projects

Beneficiaries  will be  identified  and screened  by the  LGU. Vice Governor Cecil Diel  received  the check in behalf of the local  government unit. While expressing   gratitude, Diel  noted that the  assistance  would ensure  that  poor but deserving  South Cotabateños are given the opportunity to uplift their family’s situation. “We continue to be grateful to DOLE Region 12 for its continued funding, we also hope that beneficiaries will value this opportunity to change their lives for the better,” Vice Governor Diel said. On her part, DOLE 12 Regional Director Domingo appealed to beneficiaries not to waste the chance given by the government to improve their present situation.

“We  challenge the  beneficiaries  to  take care of the livelihood kits that DOLE 12 would give them and work   to upgrade these and improve their livelihood,” Director Domingo said. Approved DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits include manicure sets, food processing, carenderia, carpentry, plumbing and household services, vulcanizing, computer repair and programming, Balut Maker, Barbecue making, etc. During the   turn-over ceremony at the covered  court of the  provincial  capitol  building the

Adventure’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative from Barangay Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato also received an amount of P 1,305,980 from DOLE12 for its proposed Retailing of Consumer Goods and Commodities project.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from DOLE 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611409205299

New Armm vice guv, speaker appointed

COTABATO CITY -- Regional Assembly Speaker Reggie Sahali-Generale has been named acting vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) in a record-setting decision that made her the first female second top executive in the 20-year old regional governance. Generale, daughter of Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali, promptly accepted the appointment issued Monday by acting Armm Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong, prompting the regional legislature to elect that same day Ronnie Sinsuat of Maguindanao as its new speaker.

In her brief valedictory remarks at the session, Generale expressed her elation over the confidence endowed her by the Adiong administration, which came into power as a result of the earlier suspension and subsequent detention of former Armm Governor Zaldy Ampatuan in connection with the Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009. Generale described as an added highlight of her "frightening experience" of heading once the male-dominated 24-member regional legislature, which elected as first lady speaker under the Ampatuan administration.

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