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2017 SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Report

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The 2017 Regional Development Report (RDR) of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region showcases the performance of the region during the year. It provides detailed assessment on the achievements made vis-a-vis the targets set in the Regional Development Plan (rdp) 2017-2022.

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2017 SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Report

  1. 1. Republic of the Philippines NATIONAL ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY REGIONAL OFFICE XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) Koronadal City FOREWORD The 2017 Regional Development Report (RDR) of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region showcases the performance of the region during the year. It provides detailed assessment on the achievements made vis-a- vis the targets set in the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022. The report also accounts for the contributions of the various sectors in pursuit of economic growth, poverty alleviation, robust industry and service, sustainable development in environment, agriculture and fishery, accelerating infrastructure, good governance and the rule of law, peaceful and humane society, and resilient communities. The accomplishments in 2017 are the precursors for inclusive growth, high-trust society, and a globally- competitive knowledge regional economy by 2022. Parallel to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 and RDP 2017-2022, the report covers the region’s actions for the enhancement of the social fabric (Malasakit), transformation towards inequality-reducing economy (Pagbabago), and increase in the region’s growth potential (Patuloy na Pag-unlad). Despite the previous years’ challenges, the year 2017 posts a turnaround as the regional economy recovers from a slump in the agriculture sector. Higher growths were posted in the service and industry sectors. The challenge remains for the region to sustain and/or to surpass its current performance. Finally, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII, as the Secretariat of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII, would like to acknowledge all the regional line agencies, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, non-government organizations, and the academe, for providing the data and reports which constitute the substantial inputs for the completion of the report. The support of the development partners affirms the commitment to provide all stakeholders with relevant and necessary information about the development of the region and is vital for the continued improvement of the delivery of basic services and providing equal opportunities to the constituents of SOCCKSARGEN Region. Abante Rehiyon Dose! ARTURO G. VALERO, Ph.D. Regional Director
  2. 2. ii | P a g e Contents Chapter No. Title Page No. 1 The Long View 1 2 Global and Regional Trends and Prospects 3 3 Overlay of Economic Growth, Demographic Trends and Physical Characteristics 6 4 SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Plan Framework 8 5 Ensuring People-centered, Clean, and Efficient Governance 11 6 Pursuing Swift and Fair Administration of Justice 15 7 Promoting Philippine Culture and Values 19 8 Expanding Economic Opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery 28 9 Expanding Economic Opportunities in Industry and Service Through Trabaho at Negosyo 40 10 Accelerating Human Capital Development 50 11 Reducing Vulnerabilities of Individuals and Families 60 12 Building Safe and Secure Communities 67 13 Reaching for the Demographic Dividend 74 14 Science, Technology and Innovation 77 15 Ensuring Sound Macroeconomic Policy 81 16 Levelling the Playing Field through a Regional Competition Policy 85 17 Attaining Just and Lasting Peace 87 18 Ensuring Security, Public Order and Safety 98 19 Accelerated Infrastructure Development 106 20 Ensuring Ecological Integrity, Clean, and Healthy Environment 114 21 Plan Implementation and Monitoring 129 SOCCSKSARGEN Facts and Figures 131
  3. 3. iii | P a g e Tables Table No. Title Page No. 1.1 Activities For Presenting AmBisyon Natin 2040, Region XII, 2017 1 2.1 Gross Regional Domestic Product, by Industrial Origin (In Thousand Pesos), by Percentage Growth Rates, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 5 5.1 Key Accomplishments of CSC XII, CY 2107, Regionwide 13 6.1 Jail Facilities under the Administration and Management of BJMP XII, 2017 16 6.2 Jail Management Priority Programs, Projects, Activities, Region XII, CY 2018 17 7. 1 List of Outstanding Volunteers, Region XII, CY 2017 21 7.2 Status of CADT Application and the ADSDPP, Region XII, CY 2017 25 7.3 List of Socio-economic Projects Implemented, Region XII, CY 2017 26 7.4 List of Educational Assistance Provided to IP students, Region XII, CY 2017 27 8.1 Palay Production (metric tons), Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 28 8.2 Rice Interventions/Programs, Region XII, CY 2017 29 8.3 Corn Production (metric tons), Region XII, 2016 and 2017 30 8.4 Livestock and Poultry Inventory, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 31 8.5 List of Major Programs/Activities Implemented by the PCA XII in CY 2017 34 8.6 Fish Production (metric tons), Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 35 8.7 List of Major International Events Participated by Region XII Agricultural Entrepreneurs in CY 2017 36 8.8 Results Matrix to Expand Economic Opportunities in Agriculture, Hunting Forestry, and Fishery 39 9.1 List of Major Investments, Region XII, 2017 41 9.2 Accomplishments of MSMEs in Region XII, 2016 and 2017 43 9.3 Key Accomplishments in 2017 by Major Indicator, 2016 and 2017 44 9.4 Mining Companies Audited by MGB XII, 2017 45 9.5 Tourist Arrivals, Region XII by Area, 2016 and 2017 46 9.6 Total Number of Foreigners, Region XII per Area, 2017 47 9.7 Accomplishments of Cooperatives, Region XII by Major Indicator, 2016 and 2017 48 9.8 Plan Targets in Outcomes to Expand Opportunities in Industry and Services, Region XII, 2017 49 10.1 Number of TVET Enrolees, Region XII, 2017 50 10.2 Number of TVET Graduates, Region XII,2016 and 2017 51 10.3 Number of Scholarship Slots, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 52
  4. 4. iv | P a g e List of Tables Continued 10.4 Number of Skilled Persons Assessed and Certified, Region XII, 2017 52 10.5 Number of Enrolees and Graduates in Higher Education, Region XII, 2017 53 10.6 Number of Faculty Staff with Post-Graduate Studies, Region XII, 2017 53 10.7 Selected Indicators on Basic Education, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 55 10.8 Selected Indicators on Health and Sanitation, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 56 10.9 Indicators on Health Insurance, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 57 10.10 Results Matrix on TVET, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 58 10.11 Results Matrix on Basic Education, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 59 10.12 Results Matrix on Higher Education, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 59 11.1 Number of Poor Household Covered by CCT, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 60 11.2 KALAHI Projects Implemented, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 61 11.3 Core Social Protection Indicators, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 62 11.4 Number of Students Placed under the SPES Program, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 64 11.5 Number of Job Fairs and Jobseekers Placed for Employment, Region XII 64 11.6 Results Matrix to Reduce the Vulnerabilities of Individuals and Families, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 66 12.1 New Work Housing Projects, Region XII, 2017 67 12.2 Number of Completed Housing Units, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 68 12.3 Carry-over Housing Projects, Region XII 68 12.4 Comparative Matrix SGLG Disaster Preparedness Profile Passers, Region XII 70 12.5 SGLG Indicators for LGU Disaster Preparedness Profile, Region XII, CY 2016/2017 71 12.6 Results of 20th Gawad KALASAG Search, Region XII, 2017 72 12.7 Accomplishments for Housing Projects, Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 73 13.1 Population Growth, Region XII, CY 2015 74 13.2 Age Dependency of the Population (In Percent), 2000 and 2010 75 13.3 Need and Demand for Family Planning among Currently Married Women, Region XII, 2017 76 13.4 Results Matrix for Maximizing the Demographic Dividend 76 14.1 STI Facilities established/upgraded/assisted, Region XII, 2017 78
  5. 5. v | P a g e 14. 2 STI Key Accomplishments by Major Indicator, Region XII, 2017 79 14.3 Plan Targets to Vigorously Pursue Science, Technology and Innovation 80 15.1 Key Accomplishments of BLGF XII, CY 2107, Regionwide 82 15.2 Banking Institutions in Region XII, As of 2017 84 15.3 Number of Municipalities without Banks, by Province, Region XII, 2017 84 16.1 Top 30 CMCI Most Competitive LGUs, Region XII, 2017 86 17.1 PAMANA Projects Implemented in Region XII, 2017 92 17.2 Participants in School of Peace Capacity Building Program, Region XII, 2017 95 17.3 Results Matrix to Attain Just and Lasting Peace, 2017-2022 97 18.1 Crime Prevention and Anti-Illegal Drug (Demand Reduction) Activities, Region XII 100 18.2 Police Visibility and Response, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 101 18.3 Crime Solution and Crime Clearance Efficiency, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 101 18.4 Accomplishment on Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 102 18.5 Accomplishment on Ensuring Public Safety, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 103 18.6 Results Matrix to Ensure Security, Public Order and Safety 104 19.1 Roads and Bridges Projects, Region XII, 2017 107 19.2 General Santos City Accomplishment by Major Indicator, Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 108 19.3 Irrigation Programs and Projects, Region XII, CY 2017 110 19.4 Number of Households with Access to Improve or Safe Water Supply, Region XII 110 19.5 Results Matrix to Accelerate Strategic Infrastructure Development 112 20.1 Emission Inventory (Tons), Region XII, CY 2017 115 20.2 Wastewater Discharge Permit Issued, Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 118 20.3 Number of LGUs with Forest Land Use Plans, Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 118 20.4 Forest Cover, Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 120 20.5 List of Mining Permits/Contracts Reviewed/Endorsed for Cancellation, CY 2017 123 20.6 ECC and CNC Accomplishment, Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 124 20.7 Results Matrix to Ensure Ecological Integrity, Clean, and Healthy Environment 126 21.1 List of Other Intra-regional and Bypass Roads, Road Networks for Development and Funding 129 21.2 List of Ongoing and Completed Intra-regional and Bypass Roads, Region XII, 2017 130
  6. 6. vi | P a g e Figures Figure No. Title Page No. 2.1 Sector Share in SOCCSKSARGEN Economy, 2017 4 3.1 The Regional Spatial Development Strategy, 2015-2045 7 4.1 SOCCSKSARGEN RDP Framework with Corresponding Plan Chapters 10 7.1 Location of Major Tribes, Region XII, 2017 24 8.1 High-Value Crops Production (metric tons), Region XII, 2016 and 2017 32 9.1 BOI-assisted Investments, Region XII, 2017 41 9.2 Value of Exports, Region XII, 2016 & 2017 42 9.3 Tourist Arrivals, Region XII by Area, 2017 46 10.1 Number of TVET Graduates per Province, Region XII, 2017 51 11. 1 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Fund Allocation, Region XII, 2017 61 13.1 Total Fertility Rate vtrends of the Philippines 75 20.1 ENGP Plantation Establishment, Region XII, CY 2017 121 20.2 Map of Monitored Illegal Logging/Timber Poaching Activities, Region XII, CY 2017 122 Images Image No. Title Page No. 17.1 Design Template for CARHRIHL Banner in Government Projects in Region XII 88 17.2 Template Design for Banner Identifying Schools as Zones of Peace 95
  7. 7. vii | P a g e Acronyms 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ACPRP Accelerated Coconut Planting/Replanting Program ADSDPP Ancestral Domain Claims and the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan AEP Alien Employment Permits AEW Agri-Extension Workers AFET Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines AGS Agricultural Grade Salt AHFF Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing AIP Annual Investment Plan ALAB Alay sa Bayan AMCR Average Monthly Crime Rate AOR Area of Responsibility ARMM Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ARTA-RCS Anti-Red Tape Act Report Card Survey ASCES Association of South Cotabato Earth Savers ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations BASIL Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa Program BBL Bangsamoro Basic Law BDRRMC Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee BFAR Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources BFP Bureau of Fire Protection BI Bureau of Immigration BIMP-EAGA Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area BJMP Bureau of Jail Management and Penology BLGF Bureau of Local Government Finance BNS Barangay Nutrition Scholar BOD Biochemical Oxygen Demand BOI Board of Investments BPBH Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program BPLS Business Permit and Licensing System BrEDP Branding Equity Development Program BSP Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas BSWM Bureau of Soil and Water Management BTC Bangsamoro Transition Commission BUC Bishops-Ulama Conference CAAMS Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations CAB Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro CACW Competency Assessment and Certification for Workers CADT Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title
  8. 8. viii | P a g e CALT Certificate of Ancestral Land Title CAPR Cooperative Annual Progress Report CARHRIHL Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law CBDRRM Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management CCB Contact Center ng Bayan CCC Climate Change Commission CCE Crime Clearance Efficiency CCEDP Coconut-Cacao Enterprise Development Program CCSPC Cotabato City State Polytechnic College CCT Conditional Cash Transfer CCTV Closed Circuit Television CDA Cooperative Development Authority CDP Comprehensive Development Plan CHLCP Community Household Level Coconut Processing Enterprise CIDSS Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services CIP Coconut Intercropping Program CIS Communal Irrigation System CJS Criminal Justice System CK Cotabato City-Kidapawan CLUP Comprehensive Land Use Plan CMCI Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index CNC Certificate of Non-Conformance CO Carbon Monoxide COA Commission on Audit COCOBED Coconut-Coffee Based Enterprise Development CoP Culture of Peace CSC Civil Service Commission CSE Crime Solution Efficiency CSPP Conflict-Sensitive, Peace-Promoting CSWDO City Social Welfare and Development Office CVOs Civilian Volunteer Organizations CY Calendar Year DA Department of Agriculture DAR Department of Agrarian Reform DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education DBM Department of Budget and Management DC Department Circular DDB Dangerous Drugs Board DENR Department of Environment and Natural Resources DepEd Department of Education DILG Department of the Interior and Local Government DILP DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program DND Department of National Defense DO Dissolved Oxygen DOE Department of Energy DOLE Department of Labor and Employment
  9. 9. ix | P a g e DOS Datu Odin Sinsuat DOST Department of Science and Technology DOT Department of Tourism DOTr Department of Transportation DPWH Department of Public Works and Highways DSWD Department of Social Welfare and Development DTI Department of Trade and Industry DTI Department of Trade and Industry DUTERTE Drug Use and Trafficking Elimination through Rehabilitation Training and Enforcement EbA Ecosystem-Based Adaptation ECC Environmental Compliance Certificate ECPs Environmental Critical Projects EIA Environment Impact Assessment EICC Energy Investment Coordinating Council ENGP Enhanced National Greening Program EnP Environmental Planner EO Executive Order eSRE electronic Statement of Receipts and Expenditures EWS Early Warning System FC Fecal Coliform FLEMMS Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey FLUP Forest Land Use Plan FSSP Food Staple Self-Sufficiency Program FTAA Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement FWP Family Welfare Program GAA General Appropriations Act GAD Gender and Development GAMPC Greenland Asparagus Multipurpose Cooperative GIA Grant-in-Aid GIMC GRCO-Isulan mining Corporations GIP Government Internship Program GOCC Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation GPH Government of the Philippines GRDP Gross Regional Domestic Product GSC General Santos City HEDP Household Electrification Development Program HH Household HUC Highly Urbanized City HVC High-Value Crops HVCCs High-Value Commercial Crops HVT High Value Target IB Infantry Battalion ICCs Indigenous Cultural Communities ICS Incident Command System ID Infantry Division IEC Information, Education and Communication
  10. 10. x | P a g e IGS Isulan-General Santos ILO International Labour Organization InfraCom Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee IP Indigenous Peoples IPAAD Integrated Public Advisory and Analysis Display Solution IPMR Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative IRR Implementing Rules and Regulation IRRI International Rice Research Institute ISFs Informal Settler Families ISO International Standard Organization IWMP Integrated Watershed Management Plan JMC Joint Monitoring Committee JMSP J. Marquez School of Peace JTFC Joint Task Force Central KALAHI-CIDSS Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services KALASAG KaIamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan KEDP Kaanib Enterprise Development Program LAWIN Landscape and Wildlife Indicator System LCCAP Local Climate Change Action Plan LDRMMC Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council/Committee LDRRM Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management LDRRMO Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office/Officer LET Licensure Examination for Teachers LGCDD Local Government Capability Development Division LGU Local Government Unit LMAG Lebak-Maasim-Alabel-Glan LOI Letter of Instruction LRT Local Revenue Tax LSWDOs Local Social Welfare and Development Offices LVT Low Value Target MDRRMC Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council MGB Mines and Geosciences Bureau MILF Moro Islamic Liberation Front MMK Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan Program MNLF Moro National Liberation Front MOA Memorandum of Agreement MPP Mineral Processing Permit MPSA Mineral Production Sharing Agreement MRF Material Recovery Facility MSMEs Micro, Small, And Medium Enterprises MT Metric Tons MW Megawatts NAPOLCOM National Police Commission NBC Net Borrowing Capacity NCAIDC North Cotabato Agro-industrial Development Corporation NCC National Competitive Council
  11. 11. xi | P a g e NCCA National Commission on Cultures and Arts NCIP National Commission for Indigenous Peoples NCIP National Crime Information Program NCPW National Crime Prevention Week NDFP National Democratic Front of the Philippines NDRRMC National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council NDSC Net Debt Service Ceiling NDU Notre Dame University NEDA National Economic and Development Authority NGAs National Government Agencies NGP National Greening Program NHA National Housing Authority NIA National Irrigation Administration NIS National Irrigation System NPA New People’s Army NPK Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium OAP Organic Agriculture Program OCD Office of Civil Defense OFWs Overseas Filipino Workers OPAPP Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process OPV Open Pollinated Variety OSY Out-of-School Youth PA Philippine Army PAMANA Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan PCA Philippine Coconut Authority PCCI Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry PCECP Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program PCG Philippine Coast Guard PCIA Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment PCO Pollution Control Officers PDEA Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency PDNGR Philippine Downstream Natural Gas Regulation PDP Philippine Development Plan PDPFP Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan PDRRMC Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council PeaceEd Peace Education PESFA Private Education Student Financial Assistance PhilGEPS Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System PIA Philippine Information Agency PIP Public Investment Program PM Particular Matter PMC Philippine Marine Corps PMO Port Management Office PNP Philippine National Police PNVSCA Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency POs People’s Organization PPAS Programs, Projects, Activities and Services
  12. 12. xii | P a g e PPAs Programs, Projects and Activities PPE Personal Protective Equipment PRA Philippine Retirement Authority PRAISE Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence PRIME-HRM Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resources Management PRO Police Regional Office PSA Philippine Statistics Authority PWD Person with Disability QRRPAs Quarterly Report on Real Property Assessments R&D Research and Development RADL Regional Animal Diagnostic Laboratory RBS Radio Broadcasting Services RC3 Regional Competitiveness Coordinating Committee RDC Regional Development Council RDIP Regional Development Investment Program RDP Regional Development Plan RDR Regional Development Report RDRRMC Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council RE Renewable Energy RLAs Regional Line Agencies RMIC Regional Mango Industry Council ROLL-IT Road for Leveraging Linkages for Industries and Trade RPCRD Regional Police Community Relations Division RPMC Regional Project Monitoring Committee RPT Real Property Tax RSDF Regional Spatial Development Framework RTIL Runway Threshold Indicator Light RTWPB Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board SAIDS Sustainable Agri-Industrial Development Strategy SAR Search and Rescue SCPCs Student Crime Prevention Committees SDDCI South Davao Development Co. Incorporated SDGs Sustainable Development Goals SETUP Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program SGLG Seal of Good Local Governance SHES Safety and Health, Environmental and Social Development Program SIAD Sustainable Integrated Area Development SIRV Special Investor’s Resident Visa SKPC Summer Kids Peace Camp SLP Sustainable Livelihood Program SLTs School of Living Traditions SMI Sagittarius Mines, Inc. SMVs Schedule Market Values SNVM Special Non-Voting Member SOCA State of the Nation Address
  13. 13. xiii | P a g e SOCCSKSARGEN South Cotabato, Cotabato Province, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos City SONA State of the City Address SOPA State of the Province Address SP Sangguniang Panglungsod SP Sangguniang Panlalawigan SPES Special Program for the Employment of Students SPMS Strategic Performance Management System SPTs Southern Philippines Terrorists Sq. m. Square Meter SRA Sugar Regulation Administration SSF Shared Service Facility SSM Small-Scale Mining STARBOOKS Science and Technology Academic and Research-based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations STDPs Strategic Tourism Development Plans STI Science, Technology, and Innovation STW Shallow Tube Wells SUCs State Universities And Colleges SWDI Social Welfare Development Indicator SWEET Solid Waste Enforcers and Educators Team SWIP Small Water Impounding Project SWM Solid Waste Management TESDA Technical Education and Skills Development Authority TMC Tribal Mining Corporation TOP Trial Operation Program TRAIN Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion TSD Treatment, Storage and Disposal TSS Total Suspended Solids TUPAD Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers TVET Technical-Vocational Education and Training TWSP Training for Work Scholarship Program UCT Unconditional Cash Transfer UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organizations USM University of Southern Mindanao WDP Wastewater Discharge Permit WESM Wholesale Electric Spot Market WQMA Water Quality Management Area YLS Youth Leadership Summit ZOD Zero Open Defecation
  14. 14. 1 | P a g e Chapter 1 The Long View The SOCCSKSARGEN Region stakeholders supports the long-term vision of “matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay by 2040.” In order to make this aspiration a reality, the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII passed Resolution Number 37, Series of 2016, “Enjoining All LGUs and RLAs in Region XII to Align their Programs and Projects with the AmBisyon Natin 2040.” Thus, in 2017 as a prelude to the planning activities and workshops of different line agencies and local government units, the AmBisyon Natin 2040 was presented to create awareness and orient the participants on the country’s long-term vision as adopted by the region. RDC XII also passed Resolution Number 108, Series of 2016, “Adopting the SOCCSKSARGEN AmBisyon Natin 2040 Song to Advocate the Country’s Long-Term Vision.” The song was composed and arranged by Mr. Ryan Gazo and sang by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII chorale. To support its advocacy, the song is regularly played during the weekly convocations of regional line agencies, as well as during the preliminary activities of meetings. Private stakeholders in the region, especially those from the academe, positively responded as they heeded the call, advocated, and requested for an orientation on AmBisyon Natin 2040. Table 1.1 below presents the list of activities where the RDC XII secretariat would present the AmBisyon Natin 2040, as well as the Philippine/Regional Development Plans 2017-2022. Table 1.1: Activities for Presenting AmBisyon Natin 2040, Region XII, 2017 Activities Remarks ASEAN Youth Forum  Series of activities facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII on March 16, 17, 31, May 23, July 28, and August 30, 2017 in the cities of Koronadal, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Cotabato and the province of Sarangani.  Secondary and tertiary level students from public and private schools attended the activity. Kapihan sa PIA  A recorded broadcast was aired for the entire month of June 2017. The target stakeholders are the media group and general public in the region done on June 27, 2017 and hosted by the PIA XII.
  15. 15. 2 | P a g e Table 1.1 Activities for Presenting AmBisyon Natin 2040 Activities Remarks PIA Radio Program-Informing and Performing  NEDA XII acted as resource person on the invitation of DXKI Radio Station in Koronadal City for their public service segment that discussed the AmBisyon Natin 2040 on June 28, 2017. The activity was aimed at informing the general public about the AmBisyon Natin 2040. Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) Batch '88 Reunion  Batch 1988 of CCSPC was oriented on AmBisyon Natin 2040 at London Beach Resort, General Santos City on July 22, 2017. International World Youth Day The media, faculty and students, as well as the officials and staffs of the City Government of Tacurong were oriented on AmBisyon Natin 2040 on August 12, 2017. AmBisyon Natin, Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) Students and faculty of the Notre Dame University in Cotabato city were oriented on AmBisyon Natin 2040 and PDP on August 12, 2017. Regional Strategic Workshop for Aligning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFPs)/City/Municipal Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) Several activities were facilitated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XII on August 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 29-31, and on September 6-8, 2017, to give an orientation on AmBisyon Natin 2040 for the members of the provincial/municipal/city development councils of the 4 provinces, 5 cities, and 45 municipalities of the region AmBisyon Natin 2040, PDP, and RDP 2017-2022 presentation for Civil Service Commission (CSC) XII CSC XII staff were oriented on Ambisyon Natin 2040 and RDP on September 25, 2017 in Cotabato City. AmBisyon Natin 2040, PDP, and RDP 2017-2022 presentation for Department of Agriculture (DA) XII Staff of DA XII and its attached bureaus, as well as its provincial/city/municipal counterparts were oriented on the aforementioned topic as a prelude to the updating of the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Plan (AFMA) 2018-2023 and on the Investment Programming Workshop on October 4 and November 27-28, 2017 in the cities of Koronadal and Kidapawan. Source of data: NEDA XII
  16. 16. 3 | P a g e Chapter 2 Global and Regional Trends and Prospects SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII) spans a geographical zone covering major portions of the Mindanao River Basin and Buayan-Malungon River Basin areas comprising the provinces of Cotabato (North), Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato extending to the large coastal areas in the southern tip portion of Mindanao containing the province of Sarangani and the City of General Santos. It covers a total land area of 19,035.39 square kilometers or 16.6 percent of the total land area of Mindanao. SOCCSKSARGEN is endowed with resources that can enable the region attain higher growth levels given the needed infrastructure support and the conducive environment for attracting more investments that are expected to generate more jobs. SOCCSKSARGEN’s Economy Speeds up as Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) Sector Recovers The Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) refers to the total value of final goods and services produced in the region for a given period of time. In 2017, the regional economy expanded by 8.2 percent, faster than the 4.9 percent growth posted in 2016. The positive performance was triggered by the recovery of the AHFF Sector from a two-year slump due to extreme dry season in 2015 and 2016. The Agriculture, Hunting, Fishery and Forestry sector registered a very substantial increase as it rebounded from a negative 9.5 percent in 2016 to an 8.7 percent growth in 2017. Agriculture and Fishery vastly improved from a 6.8 percent contraction in 2016 to expand by 8.2 percent in 2017. Fishing likewise rebounded from a 20.6 percent drop in 2016 to grow to 11.2 percent in 2017. The Industry sector grew by 8.4 percent in 2017 but at a slower pace compared to the 13,1 percent growth in 2016. Manufacturing, which accounted for the bulk of the Industry, increased by 10.3 percent in 2017 from 8.4 percent in 2016. Mining and Quarrying also accelerated by 8.0 percent in 2017 from 7.2 percent in 2016. Construction expanded though at a slower pace from 23.9 percent in 2016 to 10.4 percent in 2017. On the other hand, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply declined by 7.0 percent in 2017, a reversal from the 24.4 percent growth a year ago.
  17. 17. 4 | P a g e The Services Sector sustained its 7.6 percent growth as four (4) of its subsectors grew faster in 2017. Other Services and Trade posted higher growths in 2017, from 9.4 percent to 9.8 percent, and from 7.4 percent to 8.0 percent, respectively. Public Administration and Defense from 5.6 percent to 6.2 percent and Transportation, Storage and Communication from 4.5 percent to 6.1 percent also outpaced their previous performances. Financial Intermediation expanded by 7.6 percent in 2017, slower than the 9.9 percent recorded in 2016. Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities decelerated from 8.4 percent in 2016 to 6.5 percent in 2017. In terms of contribution by industry group, the Services Sector continued to account for the largest share of the region’s GRDP at 40.2 percent. It was followed by the Industry Sector with a share of 36.8 percent while the AHFF Sector recorded the least share at 23.0 percent. By sub-industry group, the manufacturing sector recorded the biggest share at 24.9 percent and followed by AHFF with 18.9 percent. Figure 2.1 presents the contribution of Service, Industry and AHFF Sectors to the SOCCSKSARGEN economy in 2017.
  18. 18. 5 | P a g e Table 2.1 presents the performance of the SOCCSKSARGEN economy as measured by the GRDP at Constant 2000 Prices. Table 2.1: Gross Regional Domestic Product (GDRP) by Industrial Origin and Growth Rates (In %), SOCCSKSARGEN, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 (In Thousand Pesos at Constant 2000 Prices) INDUSTRY/SECTOR Level (P’000) Growth Rate (%) 2016 2017 2015-2016 2016-2017 I. AGRICULTURE, HUNTING, FORESTRY AND FISHING 48,789,967 53,052,437 -9.5 8.7 a. Agriculture and Forestry 40,454,221 43,779,899 -6.8 8.2 b. Fishing 8,335,746 9,272,538 -20.6 11.2 II. INDUSTRY SECTOR 78,338,015 84,935,539 13.1 8.4 a. Mining and Quarrying 569,374 615,015 7.2 8.0 b. Manufacturing 52,188,627 57,555,063 8.4 10.3 c. Construction 17,088,518 18,868,159 23.9 10.4 d. Electricity, Gas and Water Supply 8,491,496 7,897,302 24.4 -7.0 III.SERVICES SECTOR 86,054,388 92,610,172 7.6 7.6 a. Transportation, Storage and Communication 15,258,751 16,184,090 4.5 6.1 b. Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household Goods 21,287,805 22,992,438 7.4 8.0 c. Financial Intermediation 10,683,035 11,489,916 9.9 7.6 d. Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities 12,928,407 13,772,905 8.4 6.5 e. Public Administration and Defense; Compulsory Social Security 7,578,926 8,050,899 5.6 6.2 f. Other Services 18,317,464 20,119,924 9.4 9.8 Source of data: PSA
  19. 19. 6 | P a g e Chapter 3 Overlay of Economic Growth, Demographic Trends and Physical Characteristics The Regional Spatial Strategy The SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Spatial Development Framework (RSDF) defines the region’s desired spatial structure based on trends on population, economic activities, and services. It recognizes the increasing roles of cities, particularly the urban areas, as drivers and venues for growth and poverty reduction. It also promotes spatial integration through a well-connected network of settlements and service centers. Region XII continued to adopt the Sustainable Agri-Industrial Development Strategy (SAIDS) to realize its vision as an agri-industrial hub and ecotourism center in southern Philippines. The spatial strategy would propel the establishment of ecozones that will support the region’s industry clusters. Specifically, the spatial strategy focuses on Tri-Corridor Development that shall develop the main and potential corridors involving the establishment of small- to medium-scale processing centers, agriculture and commercial hubs, ecotourism spokes, centers for social opportunities, housing connected by infrastructure support facilities and made resilient by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at all stages of the planning process. There shall be three main corridors as follows: A. The Cotabato City-Kidapawan City (CK) Agri-Industrial and Eco-Tourism Corridor The first corridor is the Cotabato City-Kidapawan City (CK) Agri-Industrial and Eco- Tourism Corridor. The primary growth node in this corridor is Cotabato City with Kidapawan City and Midsayap as intermediate urban centers. The major industries that shall be promoted in this corridor are agri-industrial and eco-tourism development. The economic activities in this corridor could be influenced by the development of Regions XI, X and the ARMM. B. The Isulan-General Santos (IGS) Agri-Industrial and Eco-Tourism Corridor The second corridor is the Isulan-General Santos (IGS) Agri-Industrial and Eco- Tourism Corridor. General Santos City shall be the primary growth node in this corridor with the cities of Koronadal, Isulan and Tacurong as intermediate urban centers.
  20. 20. 7 | P a g e C. The Lebak-Maasim-Alabel-Glan (LMAG) Coastal Development Zone The third corridor shall be along the coastal area of the region called the Lebak- Maasim-Alabel-Glan (LMAG) Coastal Development Zone. The primary growth nodes in this corridor are Lebak, Kalamansig, Alabel and Glan with Kiamba and Maasim as the intermediate urban centers. Maitum shall be an ecotourism destination. Figure 3.1: The Regional Spatial Development Strategy 2015-2045 Source of data: NEDA XI
  21. 21. 8 | P a g e Chapter 4 SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Plan Framework The SOCCSKSARGEN RDP, 2017-2022, adheres to Executive Order No. 5, Series of 2016 (Approving and Adopting the Twenty-Five-Year Long Term Vision Entitled Ambisyon Natin 2040 as Guide for Development Planning). The EO mandates that the succeeding four (4) administrations of government shall craft and implement their development plans towards the achievement of AmBisyon Natin 2040 for a Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay. Realizing the strategies and achieving the committed targets in the RDP under the Duterte Administration necessitates that the entire nation, composed of both the government and the private sector, must adopt an integrated and holistic approach in pursuing development and the AmBisyon Natin 2040. With the issuance of Executive Order No. 27, Series of 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte directed all departments, offices, and instrumentalities of the national government, including government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units to adopt, disseminate, and undertake efforts for the full implementation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 2017-2022 (including the RDP) and the Public Investment Program (PIP), 2017-2022. The issuance of said presidential directive is critical given that the PDP/PIP (including the RDP/RDIP) shall serve as the official guide on all matters pertaining to the Philippines’ and Region XII’s socioeconomic development. With President Duterte’s instructions, all development strategies and objectives contained in the regional and local development plans should be consistent and aligned with the SOCCSKSARGEN RDP, 2017-2022. The SOCCSKSARGEN RDP, 2017-2022 was approved and adopted through RDC XII Resolution No. 77, Series of 2016. The Council decided to completely follow the same outline of the PDP which would include 21 chapters to ensure that Region XII is able to account its contribution to the program thrusts and priorities of President Duterte. Enumerated below are the description and elements of the RDP framework which corresponds to RDP chapters. A basic requirement for inclusive development is that all the people in the country shall carry the pride of being a Filipino and that the people fully trust the government. Hence, it will need the pillar on Malasakit at both ends – from the government and from the citizens. It includes 3 chapters, namely: a) Chapter 5-Ensure people-centered, clean, and efficient governance; b) Pursue swift and fair administration of justice; and c) Promote Philippine culture and values.
  22. 22. 9 | P a g e The Pagbabago pillar seeks to make it easier for the marginalized subsectors and basic sector groups to participate in economic progress. Five chapters support the attainment of strategies under this pillar: a) Chapter 8-Expanding economic opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; b) Chapter 9-Expanding economic opportunities in Industry and Services through Trabaho at Negosyo; c) Chapter 10- Accelerating Human Capital Development; d) Chapter 11-Reducing Vulnerability of Individuals and Families; and e) Chapter 12-Building Safe and Secure Communities. In previous plan periods, the focus of the government was pursuing economic growth within the term of the current leadership. For 2017-2022, the government intends to lay down the foundation of an economic growth that can be further accelerated and sustained beyond the six-year term of the Duterte Administration. With the goal of laying down a robust foundation for a sustainable economic growth, the increasing growth potential or Patuloy na Pag-unlad pillar will employ strategies that will help in: a) Chapter 13-Pursuing an efficient population management to enable its citizens to be productive and engaged in economic activities; and b) Chapter 14-Promoting science, technology use and innovation to drive long-term growth of the economy. Both strategies are new additions to the plan, as the government acknowledges the importance of harnessing the vast potential of a well-managed population and vigorously advancing science, technology, and innovation (STI) in pursuing sustainable economic growth. Ensuring sound macroeconomic policy and enhancing market competition will provide an enabling and supportive economic environment necessary to support the implementation of the strategies geared towards Pagbabago and Patuloy na Pag-unlad. There are two (2) chapters that will focus on implementing the strategies contained in: a) Chapter 15-Ensuring a sound macroeconomic policy; and b) Chapter 16-Leveling the playing field through a National Competition Policy. The strategies under the pillars of Malasakit, Pagbabago and Patuloy na Pag-unlad will be supported by a solid foundation of peace and security (Chapter 17 and 18), balanced and strategic infrastructure development (Chapter 19) and ecological isntegrity (Chapter 20). Not included in the framework but equally important chapters because they establish the economic environment and physical resources are Chapters 2, 3, 4 that cover global and regional prospects, economic growth, demographic trends and physical characteristics, and guiding development framework. The final Chapter which is Chapter 21 discusses plan implementation through priority projects and the monitoring structure and mechanisms adopted in the SOCCSKSARGEN RDP, 2017- 2022.
  23. 23. 10 | P a g e Figure 4.1 presents the framework of SOCCSKSARGEN RDP reflecting the corresponding plan chapters. Figure 4.1: SOCCSKSARGEN RDP Framework with Corresponding Plan Chapters
  24. 24. 11 | P a g e Chapter 5 Ensuring People-Centered, Clean, and Efficient Governance A high-trust society broadens the opportunities for inclusive development. A high- trust society provides the necessary condition for facilitating official and business transactions, as well as interpersonal relationships. This trust is between the citizens and the people, the private sector, and the government. Citizens obey the law and they willingly pay the correct taxes trusting that the government will prudently manage the fiscal resources. Government, in turn, is able to allocate adequate resources for public goods and services, especially to those who need them most. The needy who benefit from the prompt delivery of adequate services are then accorded better chances of achieving more in life. The taxpaying public, meanwhile, is able to pursue further their economic and other interests, secure in the knowledge that their rights over the fruits of their labor are protected, primarily by the government and also by their fellow citizens. The cornerstone of a high-trust society is the trust in government. This chapter discusses strategies to ensure a people-centered, clean, efficient, and effective governance by strengthening institutions, engaging and empowering citizens, and providing enabling mechanisms to improve access to public goods and services. Among the highly commendable steps for the government is to adopt a Good Governance Framework and to strictly abide by its rules and regulations. A. Good Governance The conduct of Anti Red Tape Act Report Card Survey (ARTA-RCS) by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) XII to high density/most complained government agencies in the region was substantially completed in 2017. The ARTA-RCS is a client feedback survey used to gather information on how the 52 regional line agencies (RLAs) in the region comply with the provisions of their Citizen’s Charter. The ARTA-RCS is also a tool to gather information/estimates of hidden costs incurred by clients when accessing frontline services, as well as to rate the agency’s performance vis-à-vis client satisfaction in relation to frontline service delivery. The survey’s focus is aligned with the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan whose thrust of upholding public service excellence is linked to increasing competitiveness and ease of doing business, as well as building trust in public institutions. Frontline service offices covered were: Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs, Department of Health hospitals, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Food and Drug Administration, Government Service Insurance System, Home Development Mutual Fund, Land Registration Authority, Land Transportation Office, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Philippine Ports Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Security System, and local government units.
  25. 25. 12 | P a g e In 2017, only the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Sarangani Provincial Office obtained an Excellent rating in ARTA-RCS, while the rest got either Good or Acceptable rating. The CSC XII also subjected a total of 38 agencies in the region to Citizen’s Charter Validation and ARTA Watch. The ARTA Watch was conducted as a spot check of agency’s compliance to the provisions of the ARTA, such as the posting of the Citizen’s Charter, wearing of Citizen’s Charter identification cards, operationalization of the Public Assistance and Complaints Desk, posting of Anti-Fixer campaign posters, the observance of the “No Noon Break” Policy, and No Hidden Costs. All Frontline Service Providers are gauged according to the quality of service provided, the physical setup in the workplace, and the basic facilities utilized that would ensure client satisfaction. In 2017, the Seal of Excellence Award was conferred to the Social Security System (SSS)-Cotabato City Branch for besting the rest of the agencies in the region in terms of compliance to the provisions of ARTA after a series of verification and validation if indeed the agency is consistent in providing excellent services to its clients. It can be recalled that SSS-Cotabato City got an Excellent Rating in ARTA-RCS in 2015. The award is composed of a Four-Star Seal of Excellence, a wall-mounted glass seal bearing the Seal of Excellence Logo, and a cash reward of Php20, 000.00. Among the on-going program of CSC XII for improving, as well as for assessing and accrediting the HRM systems and processes of agencies is the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resources Management (PRIME-HRM). It is a mechanism design to elevate the HRM of the public sector to a level of excellence through the assessment, assistance and award processes. With the guidance of the assessors, PRIME-HRM helps agencies examine their current maturity and proficiency level in the four core HR areas, namely: recruitment, selection and placement; performance management; learning and development; and rewards and recognition. These tackle HRM systems, practices and competencies and utilized HRM maturity level indicators that meet global standards. Maturity levels indicate how well an organization’s behaviors, practices and processes can reliably and sustainably produce the desired outcomes. The Maturity Levels are as follows: Maturity Level 1- Transactional HRM; Maturity Level 2-Process-Defined HRM; Maturity Level 3- Integrated HRM; and, Maturity Level 4-Strategic HRM. As of 2017, several other agencies in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region were recognized and awarded for meeting the PRIME-HRM Maturity Level 2 standards under the Performance Management System and a total of 82 or 100 percent of agencies under CSC XII jurisdiction that have approved and functional Strategic Performance Monitoring System (SPMS). CSC XII also continued its quasi-judicial function in ensuring fairness and efficiency by resolving/providing decisions to all disciplinary and non-disciplinary cases filed in the agency. Cases filed shall have to be resolved within thirty (30) days from submission.
  26. 26. 13 | P a g e Table 5.1: Key Accomplishments of CSC XII, Regionwide, CY 2107 Indicator 2017 Accomplishment 2017 Target 2016 Accomplishment Growth (%) (2) Vs (4) (1) (2) (3) (4) 1. Number of Competency Exams Conducted 5 2 3 133.3 2. Number of Capability- Building Programs/ Training for Government Workforce, i.e., ALAB, etc., Conducted 100 40 64 154.7 3. Number of Performance Management Programs of All Agencies i.e., Public Resource Management, Results Delivery and Frontline Services Implementation Monitored 38 38 71 - Source of data: B. Transparency The Seal Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award recognizes the performance of the local government units in the areas of transparency and diligence to comply with the ARTA, bringing investment and employment through business-friendly and competitive environment, protecting the constituents from threats to life and security, and safeguarding the integrity of the environment. In 2017, Region XII has a total of 54 LGUs that passed the Good Financial Housekeeping, a component of the SGLG award. Of these, 14 LGUs were listed as SGLG awardees for the year. The following are the awardees: the provinces Cotabato and South Cotabato; the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan and Tacurong; and the municipalities of Kabacan, M’lang and Pigkawayan of Cotabato, Kiamba and Malungon of Sarangani, Surallah and Tupi of South Cotabato, Bagumbayan and Columbio of Sultan Kudarat. The 2017 SGLG was upgraded from 3+1 to 4+1 principle. The Peace and Order was added to the core areas originally composed of Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, and Social Protection, while Tourism, Culture and Arts was added in the essential areas originally composed only of Environment Management, and Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness. The 4+1 principle means that an LGU must comply with the four (4) core areas plus at least one (1) essential area in order to qualify as an SGLG awardee. To have participatory governance, the following programs were enforced: Bottom-Up Budgeting approach to local planning and budgeting; LGUs local poverty reduction action plan; Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-CIDSS and the Citizen Participatory Audit Program.
  27. 27. 14 | P a g e In ensuring public access to information, the full disclosure policy mandated all national government agencies, LGUs and GOCCs to register in the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) for the invitation to bids and awarding of contracts. It is also encouraged to have internet accessibility and make information available online in government websites. Public employees are obliged to diligently prepare and submit their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) to warrant that wealth gained are from compensation and not from unlawful sources. The certification of frontline services with ISO 9001 Certified Quality Management System will reduce processing time and would ease the services in doing business following ISO standards. C. Government Procurement Based on the result of a focus group discussion, failure in government bidding could be attributed to the following: poor planning due to problems on technical specifications, end-user’s delay in procurement report, no detailed engineering, poor cost estimates; leadership issues; BAC members do not know their work due to inadequate training; and incompetence of procurement personnel. The findings of the Office of the Ombudsman revealed the following procurement problems in the government: collusion bidding (pre-arranged bidding), ghost projects and ghost bidding; and falsification/excessive irregularity.
  28. 28. 15 | P a g e Chapter 6 Pursuing Swift and Fair Administration of Justice Swift, fair, and administration of justice that is without delay is fundamental in a democracy like the Philippines and critical to the fulfillment of the long-term vision of the Filipinos of a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay. Moreover, this development strategy is essential in building the public’s trust towards the government which is a commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Filipino people. This chapter of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Plan (RDP), 2017- 2022 is anchored on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 2017-2022, thus, emphasizing the significance of shifting from an institution-based to a sector-based approach in the administration of justice. An efficient and effective cooperation among the five pillars of the criminal justice system (CJS)—law enforcement, prosecution, courts, correction, and community—is necessary for the shift. Reforms have been initiated, but will need to be further intensified and accelerated. A. Jail Management  Provide adequate manpower complement (jail wardens and guards).  Provide logistics support to properly respond to the needs of the population and the community.  Address the congested jail facilities to safeguard the welfare of inmates.  Support the rehabilitation/improvement/expansion and construction of jail and other related facilities.  Increase in subsistence allocation for inmates according to the prevailing price of food commodities.  Provide a special cell for children in conflict with the law, particularly those who are recidivists or repeat offenders. In 2017, significant milestones were achieved in the area of jail management, particularly in the safekeeping and development of inmates. As one of the five pillars of the CJS, it is important that standard humanitarian treatment are given to detainees who are accused before a court but are temporarily confined in jails managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) XII because their cases are still undergoing investigation and waiting final judgement, as well as those who are serving sentence promulgated by the court three (3) years and below.
  29. 29. 16 | P a g e The accomplishments during the period under review were anchored on the four (4) major programs, as follows: a) inmates custody, security and control program; b) inmates welfare and development program; c) decongestion program; and d) good governance. As provided for under Republic Act 6975, the BJMP is mandated to take operational and administrative control over all city, district and municipal jails. Table 6.1 presents the 14 jail facilities where BJMP XII has jurisdiction. Table 6.1: Jail Facilities under the Administration and Management of BJMP XII, 2017 Area and Name of Jail Facility I. Cotabato Province  Polomolok District Jail  North Cotabato District Jail  Koronadal City District Jail  Pigcawayan District Jail IV. Sultan Kudarat  Kabacan District Jail  Sultan Kudarat District Jail  Makilala District Jail  Tacurong City Jail  Kidapawan City District Jail V. General Santos City II. Sarangani  General Santos City Jail  Alabel District Jail  General Santos City Female Dorm  Malapatan District Jail VI. Cotabato City III. South Cotabato  Cotabato City Jail Source of data: BJMP XII In 2017, a total of 28 Jail Officer 1 (JO1) consisting of 18 males and 10 females were hired in response to the objective of augmenting the inadequate manpower complement of jail wardens and custodians in the region. In terms of logistical support to properly respond to the needs of the inmates and wardens, a prisoner’s van was procured and five (5) units of Tanfolgio 9mm pistol were issued to BJMP XII. To address the over-congested jail facilities which reached a regionwide congestion rate of 600 percent, funding was provided for an additional building in the Kidapawan City District Jail. Moreover, during its 57th Regular Meeting, RDC XII passed Resolution No. 49, Series of 2017 entitled: “Supporting and Endorsing the Proposed Construction of a Two-Storey Jail Building in Cotabato City for Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Funding.” The resolution was forwarded to DBM XII with a project cost under capital outlay of PhP 18 million. The building has a total floor area of 496.80 square meters with eight (8) cells and each cell could accommodate 10 inmates based on ideal set-up. In addition, the procurement and installation of CCTVs, as well as rehabilitation of dilapidated jail facilities were given priority to support the strategy of rehabilitation/improvement/expansion of jail facilities in the region.
  30. 30. 17 | P a g e B. Immediate Direction to Address Jail Management Concerns in SOCCSKSARGEN Region For CY 2018, BJMP XII was given priority funding allocation under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) to sustain the implementation of programs/projects/ activities that would respond to the strategies in the RDP, 2017-2022 (Table 6.2). Table 6.2: Jail Management Priority Programs, Projects, Activities, Region XII for CY 2018 Programs/Projects/ Activities Location Amount (Pesos)* Status A. Capital Outlay for New Jail Facilities 1. One (1) Type B Building Cotabato City Jail 8,100,000.00 For construction 2. Two (2) Type A Building General Santos City Jail 28,372,000.00 For construction 3. One (1) Type B Building General Santos City Female Dorm 8,100,000.00 For construction 4. One (1) Type B Building Tacurong City District Jail 8,100,000.00 For construction 5. One (1) Type B Building Koronadal City District Jail 8,100,000.00 For construction 6. One (1) Type C Building Malapatan Distict Jail 4,000,000.00 For construction 7. One Type B Building Makilala District Jail 8,100,000.00 For construction 8. Construction of Perimeter Fence Cotabato City Jail 3,000,000.00 For construction B. Safekeeping and Development of all Districts, City and Municipal Jail Inmates and Services 1. Security and Management of Inmates Regionwide 1,515,200.00 Ongoing 2. Jail Decongestion Regionwide 1,821,275.61 Ongoing 3. Improvement and Maintenance of Jail Facilities and Equipment Regionwide 7,576,356.39 Ongoing 4. Provision of Basic Needs Prisoner’s Subsistence Allowance Regionwide 133,305,300.00 Ongoing Health Care Services Regionwide 28.411,730.00 Ongoing 5. Behavioral Development Education Services Regionwide 80,000.00 Ongoing Physical Fitness Program Regionwide 302,120.00 Ongoing 6. BJMP XII Greening Program and Climate Change Adaptation Regionwide 20,000.00 Ongoing
  31. 31. 18 | P a g e Table 6.2 Jail Management Priority Programs, Projects, Activities, Region XII,CY 2018 Programs/Projects/ Activities Location Amount (Pesos)* Status C. Administration and Governance 1. Professionalization of Jail Services Regionwide 542,760.00 Ongoing 2. Productivity Enhancement Regionwide 409,620.00 Ongoing 3. Managerial Capability Build-up Regionwide 583,800.00 Ongoing 4. Morale and Welfare of Personnel Regionwide 745,000.00 Ongoing 5. Plans and Programs Development Regionwide 244,800.00 Ongoing *2018 GAA Source of data: BJMP XII
  32. 32. 19 | P a g e Chapter 7 Promoting Philippine Culture and Values Filipino values are our own inimitable accumulation of consistent ideologies, moral codes, ethical practices, and etiquette that are held important in our lives that influence our cultural beliefs and practices. Additionally, the Filipino culture is acknowledged as one of the significant factors that shaped the Philippine society and the country’s socio-economic growth. Thus, among the priority agenda of this chapter is to protect and preserve Philippine cultural heritage towards the achievement of sustainable development and significantly contribute to the achievement of the Pagbabago pillar of the SOCCSKSARGEN RDP 2017-2022. Inculcating and Reviving Traditional Filipino Values The Filipinos have an established values system which is believed as an essential part of their lives. The said value system includes the unique accumulation of consistent ideologies, moral codes, ethical practices, etiquette, cultural, and personal values that are upheld by the society. It must also take into consideration the fact that individual values would differ from other individuals even if they belong to the same community because of the influence of religion, upbringing, and other factors such as kinship, obligation, friendship, and commercial relationships. A. Filipino Values Formation Filipino values have evolved even prior to the first formal learning. The parents are often considered as the first teachers in a Filipino household. In SOCCSKSARGEN, among the best practices implemented on values formation by LGUs and other institutions in CY 2017 are as follows:  The City Government of Cotabato through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) adopted and implemented the story-telling project called “Kwento ni Lolo at Lola” for daycare children. It is now forming a regular program in all 62 daycare centers of the City. The grandparents served as surrogate parents to day care center kids. The program mechanism is simple and very modest, in which the CSWDO select a group of elderly or senior citizens to become storytellers. They were also mandated/encouraged to teach basic character values, praying methods and to practice the traditional way of showing respect for elders, such as seeking the hand blessing and having their foreheads touched by the hands of elders. The project also aimed at creating a productive opportunity for the senior citizens/the grandparents. As of CY 2017, there were 236 elderly (55 males and 176 females) who assisted in the story-telling project and which now had served 3,514 pre- school children.
  33. 33. 20 | P a g e  Green Leadership Camp for elementary, secondary, and tertiary students. The activity was initiated by the region’s first-ever recognized national volunteer and licensed Environmental Planner (EnP), retired Col. Celestino F. Desamito, Jr. While leadership skill is being developed during the activity, the participants are also exposed to lectures on nationalism and the love of country as well as the right values and behavior in caring for Mother Nature, such as environmental preservation and protection.  Summer Kids Peace Camp (SKPC). It is one of the special programs initiated by Gov. Emmylou J. Taliño-Mendoza of Cotabato Province to inculcate in the minds of the young Cotabateños the peace and culture-sensitivity as they engage, discover, and develop their skills. For CY 2017, the 7th SKPC was conducted and about 30, 000 fifth grade pupils from the different municipalities of the province participated. B. Strengthening Integrity in Governance Filipino values are essential in the achievement of good governance. The government plays a very crucial role in bringing back these values and in institutionalizing it in the system of governance. In CY 2017, the province of South Cotabato was able to sustain its campaign in mainstreaming the mechanisms of integrity on the organization, programs, projects and activities it implements and, on the services, they are providing to their constituents. The provincial government provides tools and continuous capability training to its employees to uphold the values of integrity while serving its constituents. C. Volunteerism as Filipino Way of Life The RDP recognizes volunteerism as one of its guiding principles in the pursuit of development. Republic Act No. 9418 or the “Volunteer Act of 2007” promotes and exemplifies that volunteerism shall be inculcated in every Filipino as its way of life. An annual search for outstanding volunteers is being facilitated by NEDA XII which aims to highlight the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in helping people and communities and recognize the role of volunteerism in development and nation-building. In CY 2017, the region was able to validate and recognize seven (7) regional winners for their outstanding and exemplary works in various fields. Table 7.1 enumerates the outstanding volunteers in the region.
  34. 34. 21 | P a g e Table 7. 1: List of Outstanding Volunteers, Region XII, CY 2017 Regional Volunteer Awardee Outstanding and Exemplary works 1. Fulung Dan B. Alim of General Santos City is a Person with Disability (PWD) and a member of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Established the PWD General Santos City Multi-Purpose Cooperative and a Panagdait Awardee on his contribution as IP partner in the peace effort. For him, “Do Not Focus On Disability, But On The Ability”. 2. Bautista C. Agbay of Maitum, Sarangani is a recipient of DSWD’s 2016 Bayani Ka! Award. Spearheaded the construction of Mabay Housing Project under Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI- CIDSS). 3. Association of South Cotabato Earth Savers (ASCES) is a non-profit organization based in Tampakan, South Cotabato who acts as environmental vanguard. Their activities led to the apprehension of 162,052.03 board feet of illegally cut lumber and implementation of reforestation projects along the Roxas Mountain Range. 4. Junelia E. Domel of Tantangan, South Cotabato is a consistent Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Regional Awardee and placed 5th at the national level search for outstanding BNS Promoted quality health and nutrition in her barangay and instrumental in strengthening families and couples relationship. 5. Regalado P. Bantilan of Tboli, South Cotabato Initiated the unification of interfaith leaders in Tboli to help maintain peace and order and promote moral recovery program in the community. His motto in life is “Born to lead, called to serve”. 6. Norma G. Adamat of Kidapawan City is a retired teacher and a Girl Scout troop leader. Led the organization of the largest contingent of cha cha cha in Kidapawan City in 2016 defeating India as the holder of the Guinness Book of World Record. 7. Jowahdi M. Salik, a youth volunteer of Cotabato City Helped Muslim communities in terms of environmental concerns and on peacebuilding in conflict-affected schools in the region and the province of Maguindanao. Source of data: NEDA XII and PNVSCA
  35. 35. 22 | P a g e Promotion of Filipino Culture and Arts A. Mainstreaming Cultural Sensitivity among the Filipinos in SOCCSKSARGEN Cultural sensitivity is the awareness of the existence of cultural differences and similarities between people without assigning them a value – positive or negative, better or worse, right or wrong. It merely means that each individual is cognizant that people are not all the same, and that a person recognizes that one’s own culture is no better than any other culture. Moreover, it implies that all cultural groups understand and must respect the characteristics of others. In CY 2017, the National Commission on Cultures and Arts (NCCA) forged partnerships with several Indigenous Peoples’ Tribal Organizations in SOCCSKSARGEN to develop a project in which cultural sensitivity will be mainstreamed and promoted in the communities and among Indigenous Peoples (IP). The said undertaking was also guided by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) XII and the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) in the region. The partnership focused on the discussions about disputes among different IP groups in the area and aimed at providing relevant and timely information on the existing traditional justice system which is still applied to community issues involving the IPs, particularly the T’boli people. B. Culture and Arts Festivals The NCCA provides funds to support the community’s effort to preserve and promote their culture and traditions. The community festivals are considered as an avenue where the community can showcase their skills, artistry, and other traditional crafts to a much broader and wider audience. In CY 2017, NCCA supported the conduct of the Lemlunay Festival in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and the Kafeonan in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. The Lemlunay Festival features tribal rituals that starts early at dawn to the sounds of gongs and ethnic music, leading to the town plaza where cultural dances and ethnic sports are held. It is also known as the T’boli Tribal Festival which came from the belief of the T’boli in a golden age that they call Lemlunay meaning “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”. The term Lemlunay is likened to a paradise that they would like to make for their tribe. It is a place where the people reenergize and renew their vow to work for such a coveted state of life. The festival also united the 6 major tribes of South Cotabato (T’boli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, Tasaday) together with representatives from the different tribes of Davao (Tirurays, Mandaya, Surigao tribes, Langilan, B’laan, Bagog, Mansaka). On the other hand, the Kafeonan Festival showcased the culture, traditions, and contemporary arts and dances of the different groups in Mindanao through theatre and dances.
  36. 36. 23 | P a g e The region also hosted the first Budayaw-BIMP-EAGA Festival on Culture and the Arts. The five-day event gathered about 300 contemporary artists and indigenous cultural masters to celebrate harmony in diversity. The Budayaw activities were anchored on the theme “Taking pride in the creative diversity of the BIMP-EAGA region.” The festival simultaneously showcased the creative works of cultural masters, artists, and cultural practitioners coming from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines. The Philippines put into the limelight the rich culture, heritage, and artistry of Mindanao and Palawan. Budayaw showcased the diversity of creative expressions of cultural masters and artists in the four countries that comprise BIMP-EAGA. It also raised awareness and fostered appreciation of the landscapes, lifescapes, and aspirations of peoples of the region as it featured different lectures, workshops, performances, shows, exhibits, and other activities and events to enhance understanding and solidarity among the multicultural populations of the BIMP-EAGA. C. School of Living Traditions The School of Living Traditions (SLTs) were established as a response to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) call for the preservation of ethnic traditions and to ensure their diffusion to the next generations. It is where a living master teaches skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft. As of CY 2017, there are six (6) functional SLTs in the region which are located in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and Malungon, Sarangani. The SLTs in Lake Sebu teach the young Tbolis on traditional embroidery, T’nalak weaving, and chanting. Meanwhile, the Sarangani B’laan SLT in Sitio Lamlifew, Malungon was established through the efforts of the provincial government in its aim to protect the cultural heritage of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Sarangani. The Indigenous Peoples of SOCCSKSARGEN A. Profile of SOCCSKSARGEN Indigenous Cultural Communities The people of SOCCSKSARGEN are among the Filipinos who are resilient and survivors of the fittest. The people of this region came from five (5) major tribes, namely: T’boli, B’laan, Manobo, Teduray, and Maguindanaon. The B’laans are the most populated among these tribes. They have an estimated population of 450,000 and flourish in the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.
  37. 37. 24 | P a g e The second most populous tribe of the region is the Maguindanaon having a total population of 239, 356 and they mostly thrive in Cotabato Province, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani. The Teduray tribe is the third largest tribe in the region with a population of about 67,745. The Tedurays in the region are found in the cities of Cotabato and Tacurong, the municipalities of Columbio, Isulan, Bagumbayan, Esperanza, Kalamansig and Lebak, Sultan Kudarat Province; municipalities of Alamada, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pikit, Antipas, Arakan, President Roxas, Tulunan, and in Kidapawan City in Cotabato Province. The Obo Manobo are among the least populated ethnic group in the region with a total population of 36,126 and live in the province of Cotabato. The T’boli who settled in the mountain ranges of South Cotabato is the least populated ethnic group in the region. The center of the T’boli culture is within the central part of a triangle whose points are the towns of Surallah, Polomolok and Kiamba and along this triangle are found the three major lakes: Lake Sebu, Lake Lahit, and Lake Selutan where the tribe settled around the lakes. Figure 7.1 shows the geographical distribution or location of the five (5) major tribe in SOCCSKSARGEN region. Figure 7.1: Location of Major Tribes, Region XII, 2017 Source of data: NCCA
  38. 38. 25 | P a g e B. Ancestral Domain Claims and the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) The issuance of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT)/Certificate of Ancestral Land Title (CALT) plays a vital role in securing the indigenous peoples (IPs) security of tenure over their ancestral domains/land which is essential for attaining sustainable peace and development within their P communities. Table 7.2 shows that in CY 2017, a total of 27 CADT applications were approved covering about 575,053.30 hectares, while nine (9) applications are still on the evaluation and processing stage with an estimated coverage of 133, 978.735 hectares. Table 7.2 Status of CADT Application and the ADSDPP, Region XII, CY 2017 Source of data: NCIP XII Pursuant to RA 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, the IPs are required to formulate an ADSDPP to ensure their capacity in developing their ancestral domains/ land. In CY 2017, three (3) ADSDPPs belonging to the Erumanen and Teduray Tribe in Pigcawayan in Cotabato, Manobo Dulangan Tribe in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, and the B’laan tribes in Maitum and Kiamba, Sarangani were formulated and submitted to the Ancestral Domain Office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) XII. C. Culturally Responsive Socio-Economic Programs Among the priority strategies of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 is the provision of equal access of the IPs/ICCs to basic social services and to sustainable livelihood programs. In CY 2017, the NCIP XII allotted PhP 3.46 Million to fund the 16 socioeconomic- related projects that would uplift the IPs from poverty and become more productive citizens. A total of 169 IPs benefitted from various projects provided within the year. Table 7.3 provides the details of projects implemented. PROVINCE CADT Issued CADT Application on Process Number of Hectares Covered ADSDPP Formulated Cotabato 10 4 127, 820.98 1 South Cotabato 8 1 166,604.61 Sultan Kudarat 4 3 32,440.72 1 Sarangani 5 1 248,187.15 1 Region XII 27 9 575,053.50 3
  39. 39. 26 | P a g e Table 7.3: List of Socio-economic Projects Implemented, Region XII, CY 2017 Project Title Location Remarks Sustainable Organic Farming Brgy. Numoh, Maasim, Sarangani Provision of training and planting materials (banana, etc.) to 25 IP farmers. Brgy. Tagbac, Magpet, Cotabato Province Provision of training and planting materials (banana, etc) to 27 IP farmers. Tabih Weaving and Albong making for B’laan ICCs/IPs Brgy. Danleg, Tamapakan, South Cotabato Provision of training and materials to 25 IP women and youth. Traditional costume and beads making Brgy. Bacung, Tulunan, Cotabato Province Provision of training, sewing machines, and other necessary materials to 25 IP women and youth. Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat Provision of training, sewing machines, and other necessary materials to 35 IP women and youth. Support to Monuvu Attire and Beads-making Brgy. Muaan, Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province Provision of training, sewing machines, and other necessary materials to IP women and youth. Provision of Seed Capital for the Balikwat Na Tagakaulo (Trading Store for Tagakaulo) Brgy. Lower Mainit, Malungon, Sarangani Provision of additional capital to existing trading store. Special project for IP women, solo parent, youth and PWDs Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat Provision of basic training on entrepreneurship and food preservation and processing. Reforestation of Denuded Areas Pigcawayan, Cotabato Province Developed 8 hectares of denuded areas for rubber production that benefitted 8 IPs. Reforestation Project Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat Rehabilitated/developed an ancestral domain into highly productive areas which benefitted 24 IPs. Source of data: NCIP XII A priority component of the socio-economic projects that NCIP XII provides to the IPs is education. A total of 364 IP-students successfully availed of education-related programs in CY 2017 as presented in Table 7.4.
  40. 40. 27 | P a g e Table 7.4: List of Educational Assistance Provided to IP students, Region XII, CY 2017 Program Beneficiaries Remarks Educational Assistance Program 301 IP students (106 male and 195 female) Each grantee received PhP 10,000.00 financial assistance per semester. Merit-based Scholarship Program 15 IP students (3 male and 12 female) Scholars received PhP 25,000 per semester. Support to LET Review and other professional board review 48 IP students (48 students took the exam) 14 out of 25 students passed the exams (11 passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers, 1 Certified Public Accountant) and 1 Mechanical Engineer. Source of data: NCIP XII D. Thrusts and Priorities to Sustain the Promotion of Filipino Values, Culture and the Arts in Region XII For CY 2018, NCCA shall continue to implement priority programs, projects, and activities on cultural collaborations and partnership-building for development. It supports the recommendation for government agencies to allocate 1.0 percent of their budget for the implementation of programs intended for IPs and for the conservation and preservation of cultural properties. It proposes the establishment of barangay reading centers, profiling of cultural masters, publication of researches on traditional cuisine, and the provision of training programs to target beneficiaries. NCCA also plans to establish a databank on IP population by ethnic origin, conduct cultural mapping, institutionalize the creation of local culture and arts council and strengthen the promotion on the sensitivity to IP culture and traditions. The NCCA shall continue its participation and strengthen its presence in regional development as a Special Non-Voting Member (SNVM) of RDC XII since CY 2017. RDC XII could provide the platform for the promotion of Filipino values, culture and the arts in the region. It shall continue implementing activities under its mandate for the provision of services on ancestral domain/land titling, human and economic development, and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.
  41. 41. 28 | P a g e Chapter 8 Expanding Economic Opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery The agriculture, fisheries, and forestry (AFF) sector shall continue to play a critical role in regional development. While its share to total regional output is declining, the sector shall remain a major source of labor for various production activities and raw materials for the manufacturing and service sectors. A robust AHFF sector can help sustain food security and strengthen the region’s role as the Food Basket in Mindanao. Appropriate interventions shall be implemented to increase productivity, enhance competitiveness of the region’s AHFF, and to minimize the sector’s vulnerability to climate change conditions. Agricultural Productivity A. Irrigated and Rainfed Palay Production The region’s total irrigated and rainfed palay production increased by 10 percent compared to the previous year’s production. The annual production increase is translated to about 91,878 metric tons (MT) of additional harvested irrigated palay and about 20,395 MT of additional harvested rainfed palay from the CY 2017 projected harvest. Table 8.1: Palay Production (metric tons), Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 Indicator Actual Accomplishment 2017 Growth Rate Gaps (MT) 2016 2017 Target (2016-2017) % (2017 Actual vs. Target) Palay Irrigated 1,003,147.00 1,101,570.00 1,009,692.00 10 91,878.00 Rainfed 197,495.00 217,935.00 197,540.00 10 20,395.00 Source of data: www.psa.gov.ph With the current production, SOCCSKSARGEN is rated as the sixth (6th) largest rice producing region in the country and ranked first on irrigated palay production in Mindanao, with a volume of 1,200,642 MT or an annual record of 3.80 MT of harvested palay per hectare. Cotabato Province is the highest producer of irrigated palay in the region accounting for about 37 percent of the region’s total irrigated palay produced. It was followed by Sultan Kudarat (33%), South Cotabato (28%), and Sarangani (3%). Meanwhile, rainfed palay production posted 17 percent of the total palay production or about 217, 935 MT of rainfed palay. Cotabato Province produced about 47 percent, followed by Sultan Kudarat (27%), South Cotabato (24%), and Sarangani (4%).
  42. 42. 29 | P a g e The increase in the volume of harvested palay was attributed to the implementation of various programs and projects that benefit rice farmers and stakeholders specifically to increase their productivity and lessen the effects of the extreme dry season that struck the region in latter months of 2015 towards the early months of 2016. These interventions were facilitated by the LGUs, DA XII, and NIA XII. Table 8.2 provides the list of programs for rice production. Table 8.2: Rice Intervention/Program, Region XII, CY 2017 Program Type of Assistance Remark Rice Seeds Distribution 6,441 bags Distributed to various adverse ecosystems Upland Seeds Distribution 400 bags Distributed on the Secretary’s Visit in Midsayap, North Cotabato Soil sampling analyses 640 NPK and pH analysis and 97 Fertilizer analysis Conducted in collaboration with the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) 12 Source of data: DA XII Rice seeds distribution was also implemented to augment the losses experienced by the farmers in the previous cropping season and to provide them with good seeds for a much better production. Soil sampling analysis was also conducted to profile the farmers’ field to optimize the plant growth, maximize the resources of the farmers, and for the provision of appropriate assistance on farmers’ soil-related problems. The DA also launched the National Color-coded Agriculture Guide Map. The said guide is a comprehensive map that can be accessed online by the farmers and other stakeholders. Through this map, the farmers can now have a scientific and exact information on what crops are suitable to be planted/ produced in their area. B. Yellow and White Corn Production In CY 2017, the region topped the production of yellow corn in Mindanao, posting an annual production of 1,026,166 MT. About forty-three percent (43%) of the region’s yellow corn production came from South Cotabato, followed by Cotabato Province (28%), Sultan Kudarat (21%), and Sarangani (8%). In terms of white corn production, the region ranked third in Mindanao. The region’s white corn production contributed about 18.0 percent of the 1,257,177 MT corn production. Sarangani province recorded a very significant level and contributed about 30 percent to total production. Despite garnering the spot as the highest yellow corn producer in Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN was not able to attain its CY 2017 production targets. Table 8.3 shows
  43. 43. 30 | P a g e that the white corn production has a gap of about 37,775 metric tons and yellow corn production has a deficit of about 31, 077 metric tons from its production target. Table 8.3: Corn Production (metric tons), Region XII, 2016 and 2017 Indicator Actual Accomplishment (MT) 2017 Target (MT) Growth Rate (%) 2016- 2017 Gap (MT) (2017Actual vs. Target) 2016 2017 Corn White 217,856 231,011 268,786 6.0 -37,775 Yellow 926,154 1,026,166 1,057,243 11.0 -31,077 Source of data: www.psa.gov.ph The increasing production levels of corn is due to the provision of open pollinated variety (OPV) and hybrid yellow corn seeds to farmers. To address the cyclical problem on the fast deterioration and low germination of the purchased hybrid seeds, the government prioritized the establishment and repair of seed cold storage facilities in Tupi, Balindog, and Aroman Research Stations. The region also intensified the production of Trichogramma cards and adult earwigs. In CY 2017, a total of 2.132 million Trichogramma cards were distributed to 14,763 farmer-beneficiaries and 450 thousand adult earwigs were provided to 453 farmers- beneficiaries. The cards are used as biocontrol agents and the adult earwigs are used to capture prey that attacks the corn. Among the primary reasons for the non-attainment of corn production targets for CY 2017 are the following: rat infestation, hopper lodging, delayed planting and harvesting due to increased frequency of the rain, and flash floods in the provinces of Sarangani, Cotabato, and South Cotabato. C. Livestock and Poultry Inventory The region’s livestock industry recorded very minimal decline in its inventory in CY 2017. The carabao inventory decreased by 2.0 percent due to a much lesser demand for draft animals because of farm mechanization. Cattle inventory also decreased by 1.0 percent as an effect of the closure of operation of the Monterey Farm in Polomolok, South Cotabato and the decreasing number of backyard farmer raisers because of the difficulty of finding a grazing/pasture area to feed their cattle. The goat inventory also decreased by 4.0 percent due to the high mortality recorded and the decreasing number of breeders. Fortunately, the hog inventory slightly increased by 1.0 percent as a result of the increasing demand for pork meat within and outside the region. The poultry industry, particularly the production of broiler chicken, posted a sharp increase in inventory by about 83.0 percent in CY 2017. This was due to the establishment of additional broiler and layer farms in the provinces of South Cotabato
  44. 44. 31 | P a g e and Cotabato to meet the increasing demand for poultry meat and eggs. On the other hand, native chicken production slightly decreased by about 5.0 percent. Table 8.4 : Livestock and Poultry Inventory, Region XII, 2016 and 2017 Indicator Accomplishment Growth Rate 2016 2017 % Livestock Carabao 208,684 204,855 -2 Cattle 203,687 201,674 -1 Goat 235,113 226,794 -4 Hog 760,331 764,853 1 Poultry Broiler Chicken 1,424,022 2,601,138 83 Native Chicken 4,721,974 4,500,399 -5 Source of data: www.psa.gov.ph To address the decreasing inventory of livestock, the Regional Livestock Program strengthened its animal health services through the distribution of veterinary drugs and biologics to provincial and city veterinary offices for the treatment, prevention, and control of economically important diseases. Animal disease surveillances were also conducted. A total of 137,300 doses of veterinary drugs and biologics, 1,968 semen straw of well-bred cattle, 2,132 semen straw of well-bred carabao and about 439 kiloggrams of forage seeds were distributed to fifty-four (54) local government unit (LGU)-partners. The Regional Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADL) in General Santos City continued to serve the needs of the livestock and poultry stakeholders in the prevention and control of major animal diseases through the provision of laboratory diagnostic examination services. A total of 3,164 laboratory services were rendered and 54 clienteles were served. The services provided consisted of parasitology, bacteriology, virology, serology, and necropsy. The RADL also catered the analysis of 324 feed samples with 2,155 determinations made. The feed samples were examined to ensure the nutritional benefits that can be derived from it. D. High-Value Commercial Crops Production The top ten high-value commercial crops (HVCCs) of the region recovered to regain their productivity after suffering from the impact of the extreme dry season in the past two years. Banana, cacao, rubber, and sugarcane recorded double-digit increases in production in CY 2017. The production increase of 15.0 percent for banana was due to the additional new bearing hills contributed by the expansion areas in Sultan Kudarat province by multinational companies like Dole-Stanfilco, Delmonte, and Lapanday. Figure 8. 1 presents the performance of HVCCs in the region in CY 2017.
  45. 45. 32 | P a g e Figure 8.1: High-Value Crops Production (metric tons), Region XII 2016 and 2017 Source of data: PSA XII The remarkable production increase of 30.0 percent for sugarcane was due to the favorable weather in CY 2017 and the timely implementation of the sugarcane block farming convergence program of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Sugar Regulation Administration (SRA) in Cotabato Province. The said program provided support to sugarcane farmers to increase their yield and make sugarcane farming more cost-efficient and profitable. Another significant production increase for CY 2017 was recorded for the rubber cup lump. Rubber production in the region increased by 44.0 percent due to the increase in the number of tappable trees and a good buying price for cup lump. The sufficient rain and good agricultural practices of the cacao farmers enabled them to produce by about 21.0 percent more good quality cacao pods compared to CY 2016. As shown in Figure 8.1, a slight increase in production was also noted for pineapple (3%), mango (2%), and abaca (3%). The increase in pineapple production was due to the harvesting undertaken in the expansion areas of Dole Philippines, Incorporated in Alamada, Cotabato Province while the increase in abaca and mango production resulted from the good weather condition in CY 2017. The region’s mango industry is also performing well, particularly on this year’s Mango Festival in Zambales, wherein the Regional Mango Industry Council (RMIDC) XII contingent was able to sell one (1) ton of fresh mangoes and made initial negotiations with the Fruitas Company and three (3) Manila-based consolidators.
  46. 46. 33 | P a g e Asparagus and coffee recorded a sharp decrease of 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively. The decreasing production for asparagus was due to the shifting of asparagus growers to yellow corn production since the market demand for asparagus is low and the income is not very promising. The decrease in coffee production was due to the cutting of less productive coffee-bearing trees and replanting of new varieties in the Sultan Kudarat areas. To ensure increased production and improvement of crops facing production challenges, a massive distribution of planting materials for priority commodities was undertaken. The distribution was aimed at further expanding the high-value crops production base and providing support to the National Greening Program (NGP), Food Staple Self Sufficiency Program (FSSP), and Climate Change Mitigation. The program distributed about 1,046,720 hills of coffee and cacao seedlings that may cover about 1,046 hectares in the region. The program also provided support to growers of high-value commodities, such as banana, mango, and other high-value fruit crops that offer substantial incomes to growers, traders, and processors in the region. Assistance was also given to growers, traders, and processors to capture local, national, inter-regional, and international market potentials to generate a better revenue for the industry stakeholders. Farm mechanization was also introduced and implemented for the high-value crop producers to facilitate and expedite proper land preparation, promote good agricultural practices, reduce the postharvest losses, and increase the farmer’s productivity and income. Coconut recorded a slight production decrease of 3.0 percent. To address the production decline, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) XII intensified the implementation of the Accelerated Coconut Planting/Replanting Program (ACPRP). In CY 2017, a total of 8 hectares were planted to high-quality coconut seedlings supplied by the PCA XII nursery. About 18,800 bags of agricultural grade salt (AGS) fertilizer were applied to 470,000 coconut bearing trees. Several supplementary activities under the Kaanib Enterprise Development Program (KEDP) for the increased productivity of SOCCSKSARGEN coconut industry was also implemented in CY 2017. Table 8.5 presents the list of major PAPs for the coconut industry of Region XII. Also, under the said program, a coconut sugar hub was established in Carmen, Cotabato Province to support the poverty alleviation initiatives of the government. The hub serves as the arm to help the neighbouring small spokes to upgrade to a bigger scale processing and marketing with a big brother-small brother relationship.
  47. 47. 34 | P a g e Table 8.5: List of Major Programs/Activities Implemented by PCA XII CY 2017 Program Activities Coconut-Coffee Based Enterprise Development (COCOBED)+  Provision of 2,368 bags of assorted inorganic fertilizer to 1,498 farmer-beneficiaries covering 1,148 hectares of intercropped coffee where majority are in the fruit-bearing stage. Coconut-Cacao enterprise Development Program (CCEDP)  Provision of 906 bags organic and inorganic fertilizers to 363 farmer-beneficiaries covering an area of 340.5 hectares of intercropped cacao.  Establishment of about 130 hectares of expansion area for cacao with 103 farmer-beneficiaries who received 65,000 asexually propagated cacao seedlings and 260 bags of organic fertilizer. Coconut Intercropping Program (CIP)  Provision of 28 heads of cattle (heifer) in South Cotabato for the coconut-livestock intercropped program. Community Household Level Coconut Processing Enterprise (CHLCP)  Identification of nine (9) new sites and provided with various machinery and equipment for coconut sugar and coconut coir based organic fertilizer processing. Source of data: PCA XII E. Organic Agriculture Program (OAP) In CY 2017, the SOCCSKSARGEN-OAP intensified its support to organic agriculture practitioners to strengthen production and market competitiveness. The program provided about 10,450 kilograms of assorted seeds of organic rice, legumes and vegetable seeds, 275 bottles of soil ameliorants, and 220 heads of animals (livestock & poultry) to various beneficiaries. The local government units (LGUs) in the region also massively implemented the sustainable OAP. South Cotabato was able to convert a total of 457.37 hectares of farmlands into organic production areas and supported the 263 farmers-practitioners on their organic farming-related programs, projects, and activities. F. Fishery Production The region’s fishery sector posted unstable production in 2017. Commercial and marine municipal fishing recorded an increase of about 14.0 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively. However, inland municipal fishing and aquaculture recorded a decreasing production of 13.0 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively, as compared to production levels in CY 2016.
  48. 48. 35 | P a g e The increase in commercial and marine municipal fishing was due to the abundance of the major fish species in the region’s fishing grounds with the implementation of the fishing ban and the increase in the unloading of big-eye and yellow fin tuna for cold storage and for canneries operating in the region. However, the production decrease for inland municipal and aquaculture was due to less fishing activities conducted as some fishermen shfted to rice/palay farming. Some fishermen opted to shift to farming because there were lesser volume of inland fishes to catch and rice farming seemed to be a more profitable source of income. In terms of other priority commodities, there was a significant decrease in high value fishes and shrimps due to insufficient supply of fingerlings and crablets. Table 8.6 shows the fishery production of Region XII. Table 8.6: Fish Production (metric tons), Region XII, CY 2016 and 2017 Indicator Accomplishment (MT) 2017 Target Growth Rate (%) Gap (MT) Actual vs. Target 2016 2017 Fish Production Commercial 242,020 275,163 254,121 14.0 2 1,042 Inland municipal 21,557 18,734 21,773 -13.0 - 3,039 Marine municipal 15,221 15,934 15,373 5.0 561 Aquaculture 13,210 12,413 14,002 -6.0 -1,589 Total 294,024 324,261 305,269 High Value Fish Production Lapulapu 679 234 - -66 234 Mayamaya 103 70 - -32 70 Crabs 49 12.25 - -75 12.25 Total 831 316.25 - 316.25 Other Priority Commodities Seaweeds 71.30 74.87 75 5 0.13 Shrimps 140.00 0.52 42 -100 -41.48 Shellfish 40.82 41.64 - 2 41.64 Total 252.112 117.03 117 2.01 0.29 Source of data: BFAR XII To address the threat of continuing decline in the production of inland fishes, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XII intensified the implementation of its Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BASIL) program. Through the program, they distributed 2,013,500 tilapia and carp fingerlings, established three (3) brush parks, and enhanced seven (7) Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIPs). The agency also strengthened the enforcement of fishery laws through the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program. In CY 2017, around 89 cases of violations in the region were reported.
  49. 49. 36 | P a g e Competitiveness of Agricultural Products The competitiveness of the region’s agricultural products for local, national, and international markets rely on the efforts and support services provided by the agricultural service providers and research and development. A. Market Development Services The region participated in three (3) international events as a way to assess the opportunity of the region’s agricultural produce in the local, national, and international markets and to assist the local agricultural entrepreneurs in promoting and marketing their products. Table 8.7 enumerates the major international events participated by Region XII agricultural entrepreneurs in CY 2017. Table 8.7: List of Major International Events Participated in by Region XII Agricultural Entrepreneurs in CY 2017 Activity Remarks National Agriculture and Food Exhibition/ Natural and Organic Foods at Budapest Hungary.  The activity is the largest agricultural event in Hungary.  There were 13 companies that were linked and matched during the said exhibit.  The region showcased the export quality tropical fruits, seasonings, mixes, sauces, canned sardines, and tuna in response to the invitation of Minister Fazekas Sandor.  The said event was able to generate under negotiation sales for canned tuna amounting to US$294,000; US$650,000 for dried mango slices and on-going negotiations for organic rice and seasonings. Food and Beverages Expo at Osaka, Japan with Greenland Asparagus Multipurpose Cooperative (GAMPC) as exhibitor  GAMPC is the only organized group in the region that supplies asparagus both in the domestic and international markets with 75% of the product directly exported to Japan and Korea.  During the event, the company had a total booked sales of PhP1,032,000 for 2.7MT of fresh asparagus and under negotiation sales of PhP1,530,000.00or 6MT for frozen asparagus.  The above-mentioned output during the forum would further strengthen the production of asparagus in the region. Annual Food and Hotel Asia Forum in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam  The region showcased the region’s export quality products, such as fresh banana, pomelo and mangoes. Source of data: DA XII A strategic planning and preparatory meeting for the region’s rubber industry was also facilitated in 2017. The activity focused on the formulation of the SOCCSKSARGEN’s rubber industry plan in response to the proposed establishment of rubber tire factory in Mindanao.

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