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Tupi to implement P2.7-M worth of peace projects from DAR

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)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611406149811

DOLE-12 releases livelihood packages to families of ‘child laborers’ in GenSan village

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.

Sidewalk vendors get negokarts from DOLE

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)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611406150017

ARMM holds night fun run for athletes; support call to end Israel offensive vs. Gaza

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

Source: http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=2&;sid=&nid=2&rid=665644

DSWD turns over P1.37 M community projects to North Cotabato

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)

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