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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

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.

Farm-to marker road brings better income to farmers in Surallah

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

SURALLAH,  South Cotabato, Aug 26 (PIA) --   Farmers  in a  sub-village in  Barangay Canahay, in  Surallah, South Cotabato  are  now  reaping  gains  from a   farm-to-market  road (FMR) built for them  by the  Department of  Agriculture (DA) 12. Brgy.  Canahay  Chairman  Mario  Defensor  said more than 200 farmers in  Sitio  Bleboy  have  benefited  primarily with  better  income  from their   hard work,  after the opening of the  P4.8-million FMR  that has provided  much  better  road  to transport their   produce. Jose Tangub, president of the Bleboy Communal Irrigators’ Association, explained   that  prior to the  concreting of the FMR in their village,  transporting  delivering products  to the market  was very difficult and costly.

 Tangub recounted that  traders   would only buy their  palay  at P13 per kilogram  or gross earning  only P780 per 60-kilogram sack. Moreover, during  rainy days, when  the products  were  delivered  wet,  8  kilograms  were  further  deducted  from the  total  weight  of  each  sack. Thus, he  said,   a farmer  could  only  get  as  much  as  P676 per sack of  palay,  without counting the expenses for transportation and other  farm  expenses. With the  concrete  road  that  provide  easy  and  cheaper  access to the market,  farmers in Bleboy  can  now  deliver their  produce  at   lower  transportation cost  directly to  traders who  are  now buying their produce at  much reasonable prices,  the barangay captain said. 

Prior to the  construction of the  FMR,  the  Bleboy Communal  Irrigators’ Association  also  received  from DA 12  several interventions  intended to  assist the   development of its  farmer-members.  These  interventions included a  rice thresher  in 2012 under a  counterparting scheme  where  the  DA paid  85 percent of the  total  cost while the  association  shouldered the remaining  15 percent.   In  2013,  DA 12 also  built  for them a  mini-warehouse  with  multi-purpose  drying pavement  valued at  P700,000. “Nowadays, we can say that  we have felt  the  help of the national  government because  the projects  are  directly given to us,” said   Defensor.

According to the  barangay profile, at least  150  hectares of agricultural  production areas   are benefiting  from the  road concreting project. At least  60 hectares of these are devoted to  rice production, 35 hectares  to  corn, and the remaining  55 hectares to  different  high  value crops. Earlier this  year,  DA 12 Regional Executive Director  Amalia Jayag-Datukan  announced that  about P730 million  have  been allotted to  SOCCSKSARGEN Region  for   farm-to-market  road  projects. SOCCSKSARGEN Region  or Region 12  is comprises the  provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan  and Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from  LMSalvo-DA 12)

Source: http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611409000354

 

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 re

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.

LGU seed farm gets P.7-M aid from DA 12

BY: DANILO E. DOGUILES

TACURONG, Sultan  Kudarat Aug 22 (PIA) --  Tacurong  City’s    Seed  Farm  in  Barangay  Rajah Muda  recently  opened  its new mini-warehouse  and an  expansion of  its  multi-purpose  drying  payment  constructed with funding  from  the  Department of  Agriculture 12’s  Agri-Pinoy Rice  Program. According to  City Agriculturist Ramon Losanes, the latest project, which included a 420- square meter (sq m)   drying pavement,  costs  P700,000. The  new  drying pavement has doubled  the size of its  original 420- sq m drying pavement built in 2012, also  with funding   from DA 12.

Losanes added that with the  completion of the  last  project, the seed  farm is  now  fully  functional. The 840 sq m multi-purpose  drying  pavement, he elaborated,  can accommodate   80 to 100 sacks  of  palay while the mini-warehouse  can  store  800-1,000 sacks of palay seeds, fertilizers, and other farm inputs. Farmers  in  Barangay Rajah Muda  are  welcome  to  use the  drying  facitity, he said, noting  further  that  Mayor Lina Montilla  has ordered  that no fee will be charged to farmers who will use the dryer.   Tacurong City’s  8-hectare  Seed Farm  produces quality certified seeds, which are sold to farmers in the city’s 20 barangays at a very low price.

Each bag of certified seeds can be bought for as low as P900. These seeds are made available every planting season. Another mini warehouse with multi-purpose drying pavement was installed at Purok Esmeralda, Barangay Upper Katungal for the benefit of the members of the Mindanao Pioneers Agrarian Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (MINPARBEMCO). Both  facilities were  turned over to the respective  recipients  in  a  ceremony on  Tuesday, August 20.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report from LGU Tacurong Information Office)

Source:  http://r12.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1611408680595

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