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DAF-ARMM to launch online ‘e-farm’

COTABATO CITY, Apr 23 (PIA) – ARMM’s Agriculture and Fisheries Department is set to launch an online system to monitor agriculture projects in the autonomous region, an official announced on Tuesday. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-ARMM Secretary Macmod Mending  said  the project is dubbed as ‘e-farm’ which is funded through the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) scheme. “It is an online web based database management system to monitor geo-tagged farm-to-market roads and other agricultural projects,” Mending said.

(COT) RPOC 12 keeps watch over NPA, BIFF threats in South Central Mindanao

COTABATO CITY, April 24 (PNA) -- Security concerns of communities have remained as top priority of the military and local chief executives in Region 12. Col. Marcos Norman Flores, Jr. Army’s 1002nd Infantry Brigade commander said the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) both remain as big threats to the relative peace currently prevailing in the region brought about by the government peace overture with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“Intensifying security in the Cotabato area remains a priority concern of the 1002nd Brigade,” Flores said. The brigade’s area of responsibility practically covers South Central Mindanao or SOCKKSARGEN, which includes the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, North Cotabato and the cities therein.

DENR conducts classification of caves in Region 12

Noel Y. Punzalan

COTABATO CITY, April 22 (PNA) -- Environment officials in the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN region) have been conducting classification of six caves found in central Mindanao. Datu Tungko Saikol, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR 12) Regional Executive Director, identified these areas as the Linao Cave in Maitum, Sarangani; Cathedral and Avenue Caves in Kabacan, North Cotabato; Kofnit Cave in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato; and Tenobak Cave in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.

Saikol said these caves have been classified as Class 2. These caves have dangerous features and only open to professional cavers or guided education tours to ensure public safety, Saikol said. Class 3 caves are open to the general public but guided tours are highly recommended. These are the Lupi Cave in Kabacan, North Cotabato and Malibato Cave in T’boli, South Cotabato.

6 caves in SOCCSKSARGEN categorized Class II, III

by: danilo e. doguiles

koronadal city, south cotabato, apr.  21  (pia)  --  the department   of  environment  and natural  resources (denr) has  identified   six    caves  in  different  parts of  soccsksargen region as  open to  ecotourism  activities.these  activities,  however, must  be under the guidance  and supervision  of  the denr.

South Cotabato holds first summer youth camp

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Apr. 21   (PIA) --  Some   500   young people  from different  parts  of  South Cotabato   are gathering today  in Tboli town   for the provincial  government backed five-day  summer  youth  camp. Participants  to the province’s first summer  camping event for young people  between   16  years  old  to 25  years  old  come from different  sectors  including  in-school  youths,  out-of-school  youths, youth  leaders,  youth organizations, indigenous peoples,  religious  groups, and many others.   Provincial  sports and youth coordinator   Jinky Avance,  said the  youth camp  is an opportunity   to hone the skills  of  young people and  develop  their  capacities to become more independent.

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