BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- Some 820 business establishments in Soccsksargen Region have complied with labor standards, an official here said. Department of Labor and Employment 12 labor communications officer Charmaine Dawn Ladot-Sonsona said these comprised 71.7 percent of the 1,144 companies covered in the department’s annual routine inspection. “The level of labor standards compliance in the region is still expected to rise before the year ends,” Sonsona said, “since DOLE allows companies some retrieval period, where they are given some time to correct deficiencies.”
BY: SHAHANA JOY E. DUERME
KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Dec. 4 (PIA)--The chief executive of the provincial government of North Cotabato encouraged the newly elected barangay officials of the towns of Pikit and Banisilan to strengthen public service in all their undertakings. This, according to Governor Emmylou Mendoza is aimed at urging the elected officials to carry out their tasks and responsibilities properly as leaders thereby helping and serving the people. She said that the barangay officials are mandated to become good leaders and partners of the provincial government in the efficacy of giving public service.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 4 (PNA) -- Former South Cotabato governor and second district Rep. Arthur Pingoy Jr. said Wednesday he is ready to “face the music” over the malversation, direct bribery and graft charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with his alleged involvement in the multi-billion pork barrel scam.Pingoy, who has returned to private life after his failed reelection bid for governor in the local and national midterm elections last May, maintained his innocence over the charges and claimed that he has no direct knowledge of the supposed fraudulent transactions involving his congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
The former lawmaker was charged last week before the Office of the Ombudsman for supposedly channeling some P7.5 million of his PDAF to a fake or bogus foundation set up by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.He was among the 34 individuals, including seven former congressmen, who comprised the second batch of respondents in criminal cases -- including plunder -- filed by the DOJ, through the National Bureau of Investigation, in connection with the pork barrel scam.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 6 (PNA) -- The city government is set to launch an enhanced traffic management plan to cope with the foreseen influx of visitors in the area in the upcoming Christmas holidays.Glenvil Gonzales, assistant city administrator, said Friday they are presently revising the city’s traffic management strategies to address possible congestion along major thoroughfares in the area by the second half of the month.
He specifically cited the roads leading to the shopping malls, department stores, churches and other points within the city’s business or commercial district.“We’re expecting some traffic congestion during the holidays since we are the financial center of the region and aside from that, we have several shopping malls and other major establishments here,” the official said.The city’s commercial district is shared by Barangays Dadiangas East, North, South, West and Lagao, where four major shopping malls are located.
BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 4 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) 12 has declared all schools in Soccsksargen Region as zones of peace.Dr. Allan Farnazo, regional director of DepEd 12, said most public and private schools in the region have already responded to the order to put up banners displaying the statement, “This school is a zone of peace” where they can best be viewed by the public. Farnazo emphasized the campaign is part of the advocacy to remind all sectors of the society to spare schools and children from atrocities and other situations that would endanger them.