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ARMM gov calls on stakeholders to guard gains of Mindanao peace process

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 27 (PNA) -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman has urged all peace stakeholders not to let Sunday’s violent incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao involving elements of the Philippine National Police–Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) derail the ongoing Mindanao peace process. As of the latest count, the incident claimed the lives of 49 police officers and 5 MILF fighters.

Hataman said even the MILF concurs that the operation launched by the SAF team was legitimate. He said even Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas called the incident a “misencounter” leading to the “single largest loss of life in the security sector." Hataman also called on both government and MILF not to let the case affect the ongoing peace process, cautioning that detractors might use the incident for their own agenda and try to sow discord and derail the peace process.

BFAR allots P55-M for implementation of TARGET program in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 26 (PNA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has allocated around P55 million for the implementation this year of a new socio-economic initiative for poor fisherfolk in parts of the region. Sammy Malvas, BFAR Region 12 director, said Monday they have identified a total of 3,723 inland and coastal fishermen as beneficiaries of the newly-launched Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation in the Fishery Sector or TARGET program in the region.

He said the recipients were chosen from among the registrants of the agency’s National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) and the database of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12. “We will be providing livelihood assistance to these beneficiaries, who are considered as among the poorest of the poor fisherfolk in the region,” he said during the program’s regional launching here.

DOST opens search for Outstanding R&D Award 2015

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Jan 21  (PIA)  --   As much  as P500,000  awaits   each  winner of the  search for the  Outstanding R&D Award  2015 of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD). The award is open to all Filipino scientists, researchers, and engineers from universities and colleges, R&D institutions, and private industries doing  research and  development (R&D) within the PCIEERD sectoral coverage.

Dr. Zenaida P HR Laidan, DOST 12 regional director said,  there will be  a  winner  from  each of the  following  categories:  Industrial Technology;  Energy, Utilities ans Systems;  Emerging Technology; Special Concerns. Handouts  on the  search  specified  that  R&D  on  industrial technology   covers  processes, chemicals,  mining  and  minerals,  metals  and  engineering and food processing while   emerging  technologies  include   R&D in  materials  science/nanotechnology,  biotechnology/genomics,  information  and  communications  technology, electronic  and  semi-conductor, space technology applications,  and photonic.

ARMM pursues 2015 P120-M BRIDGE program

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) – As the transition to Bangsamoro Government is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2015, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) launched another development program - the Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment (BRIDGE) at the Office of the Bangsamoro People, here recently. The ARMM-BRIDGE concept is patterned after the government’s National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) under the KALAHI-CIDSS convergence program of the DSWD, according to ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia..

“The ARMM-BRIDGE adopts the same mechanism of Community Driven Development (CDD), meaning, the developments that we’re going to undertake is based on the request/needs of the community. “This BRIDGE is an upscaling of ARMM-HELPS program at the municipal level – although, the individual budget can be implemented through municipal wide, community or barangay level," Alamia said. During the launching of the program, Alamia identifiedl 15 target pilot municipalities in the five provinces of ARMM in which each pilot town submitted at least three barangay beneficiaries.

LGU-GenSan braces for Kalilangan 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 15 (PIA)--- The 2015 Kalilangan Festival is definitely another interesting milestone to look forward to this year, not just that it will be grandest for sure but more so it is meaningfully festive. The Kalilangan Festival, as far as James Catalan, station manager of RPN-DXDX can remember has always been festive in its own best way. “It is festive in the sense that it has always been a celebration of heritage and culture, bringing the Muslims, the Christians, and the Indigenous People together to rejoice in their respective distinct culture aside of course from the colourful costumes and the activities,” he noted. 

Last year’s Kalilangan highlighted the diamond year anniversary of General Santos City further taking pride in its untarnished tri-people culture at its peak. This year, organizer Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges (RMMC) announced that the theme revolves around: “Kultura Ko, Identity Ko.” The theme, according to the RMMC management is identical to last year but with “added flavors” to suit in today’s different genre.

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