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Regional Development Updates | Vol 15 Issue 2 | April - June 2017

The Regional Development Updates (RDU) is the regular quarterly publication of RDC XII and NEDA XII containing development updates, news, reports and other relevant information on various activities of the Council, Local Government Units, Regional Line Agencies, State Universities and Colleges and Private Sector in the region.

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SOCCSKSARGEN
Economy
Expands
by 5%
Manufacturing contributed the highest share of 24.5% to the total GRDP
while Construction posted the highest growth rate of 25.8%, contributing
8.1%.
Editor-in-Chief
RD ARTURO G. VALERO
Associate Editor
ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN
Contributing Editors
JULIE ESPERANZA B. CHUNG
MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO
ROSA D. LEMANA
MA. LULU E. VALENCIA
JULIET G. BOLANDO
RDU Focal Persons
HELEN L. VESTAL
LALAINE M. SAJELAN
LIBERTY B. ARUMPAC
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
EVIE A. CABULANAN
GWYNETH GRACE B. COLLADO
JUDD NICHOL L. LEONAR
Photographer
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
Layout Artist
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
Contributors
PSA XII
Photographs: tumbler.com,
gensantimes.com, and TESDA XII
EDITORIAL BOARD
The Regional Development Updates
(RDU) is published quarterly by the Regional
Development Council (RDC) XII with
editorial office at the National Economic and
Development Authority Regional Office XII,
PrimeRegionalGovernmentCenter,Carpenter
Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato,
with Telephone No.: (083) 228-9203,
Fax: (083) 228-9203. The Editorial Board
reserves the right to edit the manuscript for
reasons of space and clarity. RDU assumes no
responsibility on unpublished and unsolicited
materials.
HOW TO REACH US
Do you have questions, comments or
suggestions? Send your letters with complete
name and address to our editorial office
mentioned above, or email us at nedaxii@
gmail.com.
CONTENTS
RDC XII confirms NCCA, CHR XII as
SNVM
SOCCSKSARGEN Economy
Expands by 5%
RPMC XII Monitors 17 Projects for
the 2nd
Quarter of 2017
On our cover is the
SOCCSKSARGEN 2016 Report
presented during the Regional
Economy News Conference on
May 14, 2017 in General Santos
City, led by Philippine Statistics
Authority XII. The pictures of
pineapple and tuna depict the
leading food manufacturing
products which contributed the
highest share of 24.5% to the
total GRDP, and the construction
picture which suggests that
construction posted the highest
growth rate of 25.8% in 2016.
The latter also posted 8.1% share
to the regional economy.
33
Koronadal, Tupi got the Kalasag
National Award
RDC XII supports Orientation of
SUCs and HEIs on Responsible
Parenthood and Reproductive
Health Law
SOCCSKSARGEN Region posts
1.7% Inflation in April 2017
RDC XII Supports the 2017 Sox
Regional Skills Competition
Volume 15 | Issue No. 2 | April - June 2017
NEDA XII Staff Garnered a 100%
passing rate for EnP Examination
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April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 3
City of Koronadal, South
Cotabato – SOCCKSARGEN
Region’s economy hikes
up by 5.0 percent in 2016
as measured by the Gross
Regional Domestic Product
(GRDP). This was the highlight
in the concluded news
conference conducted by the
Philippine Statistics Authority
(PSA) Regional Statistical
Services Office (RSSO) XII at
the East Asia Royale Hotel in
General Santos City on May
4, 2017. The news conference
was simultaneously conducted
in the 17 regions across the
country.
The members of the panel
were PSA XII Regional
Director, Atty. Maqtahar
L. Manulon and NEDA XII
Regional Director Arturo G.
Valero. Assisting them were
DTI XII Regional Director
Ibrahim K. Guiamadel and Ms.
Reinelda P. Adriano, Chief of
the Fisheries Statistics Division
of the PSA Central Office.
RD Manulon presented the
highlights of the region’s
economic performance in
2016. He made a detailed
presentation on how
each industry and sub-
industry contributed to the
region’s economic outputs
in 2016. Across the 17
regions, he announced that
SOCCSKSARGEN ranked 10th
in terms of growth rate and 9th
in terms of Gross Value Added
(GVA) contribution to the
national GDP.
RD Valero discussed the
implications of the 2016 GRDP
estimates to the region’s
development initiatives. He
was happy to note that despite
the slump in the performance
in Agriculture, Hunting,
Forestry and Fishing (AHFF),
which was greatly affected
by the El Niño, the other
sectors, particularly Industry
and Services, performed
well and pulled the region’s
economy up to register a
5.0 percent growth in 2016,
faster than the 3.3 percent
growth recorded in 2015. He
called on the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) and
the business sector to put
up more manufacturing and
processing plants to give more
value-added to the products
produced in the region rather
than exporting them in raw
form. He also stressed the
importance of developing the
region’s thriving Micro, Small
and Medium Enterprises
(MSMEs) especially in light
of the recently launched Roll-
on/Roll-off (RORO) service
between Indonesia and the
Philippines which would
cover the route from Bitung,
Indonesia - Davao City -
General Santos City. He urged
the business sector to upgrade
and produce world class
products to be competitive
with other imported goods.
He remains positive that with
a more stable and favorable
weather this year, the region
SOCCSKSARGEN ... page 4
PSA XII Regional Director Maqtahar L. Manulon during the presentation of the
region’s economic performance on May 4, 2017 at East Asia Royale Hotel, General
Santos City (Photo Source: PSA XII).
SOCCSKSARGEN Economy Expands by 5%
By: Edward Donald F. Eloja, PSA XII
4 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017
will outpace its 2016 economic
performance.
An open forum ensued
after the presentations. Ms.
Catherine T. Apelacio of
the Philippine Information
Agency (PIA) served as the
moderator. RD Guiamadel
provided substantial inputs on
the prospects and direction
of the region’s trade and
industry especially considering
the Association of South
East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
integration.
City of Koronadal, South
Cotabato – The Regional
Development Council (RDC)
XII confirmed the membership
of the National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA),
and the Commission on
Human Rights (CHR) XII as
Special Non-Voting Members
of the Council for the term
2016-2019, during the 58th
Full
Council meeting on June 14,
2017 in Koronadal City.
The NCCA expressed its
interest to be a member of
the Council through Ms.
Adelina Suemith, Chief of
NCCA’s Project Monitoring
and Evaluation Division, when
she presented Budayaw,
Celebrating Cultural Diversity
of BIMP-EAGA Region during
the 57th
RDC XII meeting on
March 15, 2017.
By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD
SOCCSKSARGEN ... from page 3
NCCA Chairman, Mr. Virgilio
S. Almario, later sent an official
letter of request to the RDC XII
Secretariat on the matter.
The RDC XII - Regional Social
Development Committee
was tasked by the Council
to deliberate on the request.
During its 2nd
Quarter Meeting
on 31 May 2017 in Koronadal
City, the Committee agreed to
favorably endorse the same
to RDC XII. The Council then
confirmed the membership of
NCCA as SNVM through RDC
XII Resolution No. 62, Series
of 2017, passed during its 58th
Regular Meeting on 14 June
2017 in Koronadal City.
RDC XII Chairperson and
General Santos City Mayor
Ronnel C. Rivera administered
the oath-taking of CHR XII
Regional Director Atty. Erlan P.
Deluvio who was also present
during the Council’s 58th
Regular Meeting.
Section 3 of the Executive
Order No. 325, Series of
1996, allows the inclusion of
Special Non-Voting Members
in the Council, subject to the
concurrence of majority of its
regular members.
RDC XII confirms
NCCA, CHR XII as
SNVM
The news conference
was attended by media
practitioners from 13 radio
stations, 6 newspapers, and
3 television stations in the
region. Also present were
representatives from other
government agencies like
DA, BFAR, DPWH, DSWD,
DENR, PFDA, MinDA and
MGB including those from the
private sector such as SFAII
and the General Santos City
Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, who also served as
resource persons.
The GRDP news conference
is held annually by the PSA to
elicit the support of the media
in disseminating statistics
and other information to the
general public. This year’s
news conference, however,
was held three months earlier
to respond to the clamour
of the planning agencies
for the early release of the
GRDP. (Source: http://psa12.
ph/index.php/en/84-publications/
press-releases/413-press-
release-soccsksargen-economy-
expands-by-5-0-percent-psa-xii-
holds-news-conference)
RDC XII Chair Ronnel C. Rivera administered the oath-taking of CHR XII Regional
Director Erlan P. Deluvio as Special Non-Voting Member of the Council.
April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 5
SOCCSKSARGEN Region posts
1.7% inflation in April 2017
City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The annual inflation rate or the year-on-year change in the
consumer price index (CPI) in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in April 2017 was estimated at 1.7
percent, which was lower than the previous month’s 2.9 percent. The increase in rate means
that the prices of goods and services in the region in April 2017 were 1.7 percent higher on all
commodity groups compared to their prices in April 2016.
During the period, prices of all commodity groups posted increases, except for Communication
which retained its previous year’s index of 89.5. Faster increase in prices were noted in Alcoholic
Beverages and Tobacco (3.0 percent); followed by, Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas, and Other
Fuels (2.6%); Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (1.9%); and, Education (1.0%). On the
other hand, minimal increases were recorded in Health (0.7%); Transport (0.7%); Clothing and
Footwear (0.6%); Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (0.6%); and, Furnishing and
Household Equipment and Routine Maintenance of the House (0.5%).
South Cotabato had the highest inflation rate in the region in April 2017 at 2.7 percent, followed
by Cotabato Province (1.9%), and Cotabato City (1.8%). On the other hand, Sarangani had the
lowest inflation rate during the period at 0.6 percent.
By: Nazar A. Mohammadsha, PSA XII
SOCCSKSARGEN Region ... page 11
6 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017
RPMC XII Monitors Seventeen (17) Projects
for the 2nd Quarter of 2017
By: Judd Nichol L. Leonar, NEDA XII-DRD
City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XII
monitored a total of 17 projects in SOCCSKSARGEN Region during the 2nd Quarter of 2017. This
was reported by RPMC Chairperson and NEDA XII RD Arturo G. Valero, during the 58th Regular
Meeting of RDC XII on 14 June 2017 in Koronadal City.
Done through two (2) separate
regular field monitoring visits,
the 17 projects monitored are
in the provinces of
South Cotabato and
Sarangani, and the
cities of Koronadal
and General
Santos. The
projects monitored
are: (a) roads,
new bridge along
the GSC Western
Circumferential
road, and
school building
construction
projects
implemented by
DPWH Regional
Office XII and
South Cotabato
District Engineering
Office (DEO); (b)
Completion of the
Philippine Halal
Laboratory Building
project of DOST XII;
and (c) the General
Santos Airport
Development
project of CAAP-
Central Office.
The areas covered,
type of projects
visited, as well as the date of visit and number of projects
monitored are shown below:
The RPMC XII Monitoring team during their visit to Surallah-Lake Sebu-Maitum
Road, Lemfenek Section on May 10, 2017.

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Regional Development Updates | Vol 15 Issue 2 | April - June 2017

  • 1. SOCCSKSARGEN Economy Expands by 5% Manufacturing contributed the highest share of 24.5% to the total GRDP while Construction posted the highest growth rate of 25.8%, contributing 8.1%.
  • 2. Editor-in-Chief RD ARTURO G. VALERO Associate Editor ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN Contributing Editors JULIE ESPERANZA B. CHUNG MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO ROSA D. LEMANA MA. LULU E. VALENCIA JULIET G. BOLANDO RDU Focal Persons HELEN L. VESTAL LALAINE M. SAJELAN LIBERTY B. ARUMPAC APOLLO Y. MANLAWE EVIE A. CABULANAN GWYNETH GRACE B. COLLADO JUDD NICHOL L. LEONAR Photographer APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Layout Artist APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Contributors PSA XII Photographs: tumbler.com, gensantimes.com, and TESDA XII EDITORIAL BOARD The Regional Development Updates (RDU) is published quarterly by the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII with editorial office at the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office XII, PrimeRegionalGovernmentCenter,Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, with Telephone No.: (083) 228-9203, Fax: (083) 228-9203. The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit the manuscript for reasons of space and clarity. RDU assumes no responsibility on unpublished and unsolicited materials. HOW TO REACH US Do you have questions, comments or suggestions? Send your letters with complete name and address to our editorial office mentioned above, or email us at nedaxii@ gmail.com. CONTENTS RDC XII confirms NCCA, CHR XII as SNVM SOCCSKSARGEN Economy Expands by 5% RPMC XII Monitors 17 Projects for the 2nd Quarter of 2017 On our cover is the SOCCSKSARGEN 2016 Report presented during the Regional Economy News Conference on May 14, 2017 in General Santos City, led by Philippine Statistics Authority XII. The pictures of pineapple and tuna depict the leading food manufacturing products which contributed the highest share of 24.5% to the total GRDP, and the construction picture which suggests that construction posted the highest growth rate of 25.8% in 2016. The latter also posted 8.1% share to the regional economy. 33 Koronadal, Tupi got the Kalasag National Award RDC XII supports Orientation of SUCs and HEIs on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law SOCCSKSARGEN Region posts 1.7% Inflation in April 2017 RDC XII Supports the 2017 Sox Regional Skills Competition Volume 15 | Issue No. 2 | April - June 2017 NEDA XII Staff Garnered a 100% passing rate for EnP Examination 44 55 66 88 99 1010 1111 2 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017
  • 3. April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 3 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – SOCCKSARGEN Region’s economy hikes up by 5.0 percent in 2016 as measured by the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). This was the highlight in the concluded news conference conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office (RSSO) XII at the East Asia Royale Hotel in General Santos City on May 4, 2017. The news conference was simultaneously conducted in the 17 regions across the country. The members of the panel were PSA XII Regional Director, Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon and NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero. Assisting them were DTI XII Regional Director Ibrahim K. Guiamadel and Ms. Reinelda P. Adriano, Chief of the Fisheries Statistics Division of the PSA Central Office. RD Manulon presented the highlights of the region’s economic performance in 2016. He made a detailed presentation on how each industry and sub- industry contributed to the region’s economic outputs in 2016. Across the 17 regions, he announced that SOCCSKSARGEN ranked 10th in terms of growth rate and 9th in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA) contribution to the national GDP. RD Valero discussed the implications of the 2016 GRDP estimates to the region’s development initiatives. He was happy to note that despite the slump in the performance in Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF), which was greatly affected by the El Niño, the other sectors, particularly Industry and Services, performed well and pulled the region’s economy up to register a 5.0 percent growth in 2016, faster than the 3.3 percent growth recorded in 2015. He called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the business sector to put up more manufacturing and processing plants to give more value-added to the products produced in the region rather than exporting them in raw form. He also stressed the importance of developing the region’s thriving Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) especially in light of the recently launched Roll- on/Roll-off (RORO) service between Indonesia and the Philippines which would cover the route from Bitung, Indonesia - Davao City - General Santos City. He urged the business sector to upgrade and produce world class products to be competitive with other imported goods. He remains positive that with a more stable and favorable weather this year, the region SOCCSKSARGEN ... page 4 PSA XII Regional Director Maqtahar L. Manulon during the presentation of the region’s economic performance on May 4, 2017 at East Asia Royale Hotel, General Santos City (Photo Source: PSA XII). SOCCSKSARGEN Economy Expands by 5% By: Edward Donald F. Eloja, PSA XII
  • 4. 4 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017 will outpace its 2016 economic performance. An open forum ensued after the presentations. Ms. Catherine T. Apelacio of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) served as the moderator. RD Guiamadel provided substantial inputs on the prospects and direction of the region’s trade and industry especially considering the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration. City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Development Council (RDC) XII confirmed the membership of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) XII as Special Non-Voting Members of the Council for the term 2016-2019, during the 58th Full Council meeting on June 14, 2017 in Koronadal City. The NCCA expressed its interest to be a member of the Council through Ms. Adelina Suemith, Chief of NCCA’s Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division, when she presented Budayaw, Celebrating Cultural Diversity of BIMP-EAGA Region during the 57th RDC XII meeting on March 15, 2017. By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD SOCCSKSARGEN ... from page 3 NCCA Chairman, Mr. Virgilio S. Almario, later sent an official letter of request to the RDC XII Secretariat on the matter. The RDC XII - Regional Social Development Committee was tasked by the Council to deliberate on the request. During its 2nd Quarter Meeting on 31 May 2017 in Koronadal City, the Committee agreed to favorably endorse the same to RDC XII. The Council then confirmed the membership of NCCA as SNVM through RDC XII Resolution No. 62, Series of 2017, passed during its 58th Regular Meeting on 14 June 2017 in Koronadal City. RDC XII Chairperson and General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera administered the oath-taking of CHR XII Regional Director Atty. Erlan P. Deluvio who was also present during the Council’s 58th Regular Meeting. Section 3 of the Executive Order No. 325, Series of 1996, allows the inclusion of Special Non-Voting Members in the Council, subject to the concurrence of majority of its regular members. RDC XII confirms NCCA, CHR XII as SNVM The news conference was attended by media practitioners from 13 radio stations, 6 newspapers, and 3 television stations in the region. Also present were representatives from other government agencies like DA, BFAR, DPWH, DSWD, DENR, PFDA, MinDA and MGB including those from the private sector such as SFAII and the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who also served as resource persons. The GRDP news conference is held annually by the PSA to elicit the support of the media in disseminating statistics and other information to the general public. This year’s news conference, however, was held three months earlier to respond to the clamour of the planning agencies for the early release of the GRDP. (Source: http://psa12. ph/index.php/en/84-publications/ press-releases/413-press- release-soccsksargen-economy- expands-by-5-0-percent-psa-xii- holds-news-conference) RDC XII Chair Ronnel C. Rivera administered the oath-taking of CHR XII Regional Director Erlan P. Deluvio as Special Non-Voting Member of the Council.
  • 5. April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 5 SOCCSKSARGEN Region posts 1.7% inflation in April 2017 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The annual inflation rate or the year-on-year change in the consumer price index (CPI) in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in April 2017 was estimated at 1.7 percent, which was lower than the previous month’s 2.9 percent. The increase in rate means that the prices of goods and services in the region in April 2017 were 1.7 percent higher on all commodity groups compared to their prices in April 2016. During the period, prices of all commodity groups posted increases, except for Communication which retained its previous year’s index of 89.5. Faster increase in prices were noted in Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (3.0 percent); followed by, Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas, and Other Fuels (2.6%); Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (1.9%); and, Education (1.0%). On the other hand, minimal increases were recorded in Health (0.7%); Transport (0.7%); Clothing and Footwear (0.6%); Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (0.6%); and, Furnishing and Household Equipment and Routine Maintenance of the House (0.5%). South Cotabato had the highest inflation rate in the region in April 2017 at 2.7 percent, followed by Cotabato Province (1.9%), and Cotabato City (1.8%). On the other hand, Sarangani had the lowest inflation rate during the period at 0.6 percent. By: Nazar A. Mohammadsha, PSA XII SOCCSKSARGEN Region ... page 11
  • 6. 6 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017 RPMC XII Monitors Seventeen (17) Projects for the 2nd Quarter of 2017 By: Judd Nichol L. Leonar, NEDA XII-DRD City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XII monitored a total of 17 projects in SOCCSKSARGEN Region during the 2nd Quarter of 2017. This was reported by RPMC Chairperson and NEDA XII RD Arturo G. Valero, during the 58th Regular Meeting of RDC XII on 14 June 2017 in Koronadal City. Done through two (2) separate regular field monitoring visits, the 17 projects monitored are in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani, and the cities of Koronadal and General Santos. The projects monitored are: (a) roads, new bridge along the GSC Western Circumferential road, and school building construction projects implemented by DPWH Regional Office XII and South Cotabato District Engineering Office (DEO); (b) Completion of the Philippine Halal Laboratory Building project of DOST XII; and (c) the General Santos Airport Development project of CAAP- Central Office. The areas covered, type of projects visited, as well as the date of visit and number of projects monitored are shown below: The RPMC XII Monitoring team during their visit to Surallah-Lake Sebu-Maitum Road, Lemfenek Section on May 10, 2017.
  • 7. April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 7 recommendations were agreed upon by the Committee based on the discussions of the major findings and observations emanating from the two (2) monitoring visits. In addition, the Committee also passed four (4) resolutions which were duly supported and endorsed by the Regional Development Council XII during its 58th Regular Meeting on 14 June 2017 in Koronadal City. The said 2nd quarter meeting cum PSS of the RPMC was attended by four (4) out of the seven (7) members of the Committee, and seven (7) representatives from the implementing agencies and LGUs. Major issues/problems confronting the 17 projects were discussed during the 2nd Quarter RPMC XII Problem-Solving Session (PSS) on May 31, 2017 in Koronadal City. Some of these problems include inadequate, inappropriate and improper placement of early warning signs, non-compliance of some contractors with the approved minimum wage order in the region and Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS), and slow performance of some contractors due to inadequate equipment/ manpower and inclement weather, which caused delay in the completion of some projects. Nevertheless, most of these problems identified had been addressed and acted upon by the implementers at the regional level as reported during the said RPMC-PSS. Likewise, a total of seven (7) The construction of Banwalan Bridge II is 41.12% completed as of May 15, 2017. The bridge is part of the Php120 Million Road upgrading with New Bridge, Construction of Circumferential Road, Airport to Fishport (Western Section, K1671+780 - K1673+197 with Exception (Bridge Component) Bridge; K1671+842-K1671+902 in General Santos City. (Below) The Php48.7 Million construction of 2 units 4-storey 12-classroom School Building at Koronadal National Comprehensive High School, Koronadal City is expected to be completed in December 2017.
  • 8. 8 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato - The City of Koronadal and Barangay Polacion of Tupi, South Cotabato got the coveted Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan (KALASAG) Award on June 8, 2017 during the 18th Gawad Kalasag National Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The city of Koronadal won 3rd place for City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council for Independent/Component City Category, while Barangay Poblacion, Tupi, South Cotabato bagged the 1st place for the Barangay DRRM Committee (Urban) Category. The Annual KALASAG award is the country’s scheme for recognizing various stakeholders who design and implement DRRM programs that protect and shield high- risk communities against hazards and make them more capable in addressing their vulnerabilities and in coping against disasters. Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Retiree Affairs Eduardo D. del Rosario, representing the NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, led the conferment of the 18th Gawad Kalasag Awards to 59 individuals and groups together with the Chairperson of the National Gawad Kalasag (GK) Search Committee and DILG Officer-In-Charge USec Catalino S. Cuy, and NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator USec Ricardo B. Jalad. For the 18th GK, nine (9) Local Koronadal, Tupi got the Kalasag National Award By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD DRRM Councils, two (2) individuals, thirteen (13) groups/institutions and two (2) hall of fame awardees were recognized for their outstanding contributions in DRRM and humanitarian assistance. In picture: NDRRMC XII Chairperson and OCD XII Regional Director Minda C. Morante (2nd from left), Executive Director and OCD Administrator USec Ricardo B Jalad (3rd from left) with Koronadal City Administrator Cyrus Jose Ubano (4th from left) and Mayor Peter B. Miguel (with trophy) received the Gawad KALASAG during the 18th Gawad KALASAG National Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City on June 8, 2017. (Photo source: https://www.facebook. com/NDRRMC/) Kagawad Vicente L. Trabado (6th from left) and Barangay Captain Joselito Yabut (with trophy) received the Annual KALASAG Award - 1st place for Barangay DRRMC Urban Category, for Barangay Poblacion, Tupi, South Cotabato on June 8, 2017 during the awarding ceremony.
  • 9. April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 9 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Development Council (RDC) XII passed Resolution No. 61, Series of 2017, entitled “Requesting the Department of Health (DOH) XII and the Commission on Population (POPCOM) XII to Orient Guidance Counsellors, Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Persons and Health Service Personnel of private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), on Responsible Parenhood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law,” during its 58th regular meeting conducted on June 14, 2017 in Koronadal City. The resolution emanated from the discussion during the second quarter meeting of the Regional Social and Development Committee (RSDC) XII on May 31, 2017. Ms. Alicia Manondog of Sultan Kudarat State University shared her observation that many pregnancy cases happened particularly among first and second year college students. Hence, SUCs and private HEIs need to know the RPRH Law, especially on adolescent sexual and reproductive health which is one of the RPRH key result areas, viz: a) maternal and neonatal health, b) family planning (FP), c) adolescent sexual and reproductive health, d) sexually transmitted infections/ human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (STI/HIV/AIDS), and e) gender- based violence (GPB). Based on the 2011-2014 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data, around 12% of the total births in the Philippines, were born by mothers 10-19 years old, and the remaining 88% by mothers 20-49 years old. The data also showed that about one in every ten women of child-bearing age is a teenager. Teenage pregnancy among 17 to 19 age group has a higher prevalence compared to the 10 to 16 age bracket. Teenage pregnancy in the region showed fluctuating trends. From 4,744 in 2011, the level decreased to 4,503 in 2012 and 4,554 in 2013. However, a sharp increase was noted in 2014 with 4,894 or a growth rate of 7.47%. The increasing prevalence of teenage pregnancy is one of RDC XII supports Orientation of SUCs and HEIs on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law By: Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD the challenges faced by the region that could impact on demographic transition needed to achieve a sustained economic growth resulting from a decrease in the non-working persons in the total population. One of the priority strategies identified in the Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022 is to promote adolescent health and development through responsible sexuality and effective life skills among young people. The strategy is consistent with the Regional Population Management Strategic Plan (RPMSP). Hence, the orientation for key personnel of SUCs and HEIs could help address the issue and reach out to the affected population.
  • 10. City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Development Council XII passed Resolution No. 65, Series of 2017, “Supporting the Conduct of 2017 SOX Regional Skills Competition in General Santos City” during its 58th Regular Meeting at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill on June 14, 2017. The SOX Regional Skills Competition 2017 scheduled in September 2017 is an avenue to select the official entry of Region XII for the upcoming Mindanao Zonal Battle of the Best on December 1, 2017 in Davao City. The winner in the zonal battle will represent the island of Mindanao in the Philippine National Skills Competition, and the National Level winner will represent the country in the 2018 ASEAN Skills Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. The regional competition will be hosted by the City Government of General Santos and will cover the provinces of Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cobatato, as well as the cities of Kidapawan and Cotabato. During the said competition, the crowd can expect a showcase of talents and skills on various trade qualifications adopted and aligned with the ASEAN Skills Competition standards. Moreover, the regional competition will likewise harness the potentials and capabilities of the youth in the region and shall further boost their awareness and appreciation in acquiring technical knowledge through the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Engr. Richard Amparo, the Provincial Director of TESDA Sarangani, mentioned during the RSDC XII 2nd Quarter meeting on 31 May 2017 in Koronadal City, that the competition aims to promote the development of quality vocational/technical and work values among the youth and skilled workers, to foster cooperation among stakeholders, and to recognize workmanship and excellence of Filipino worker. Engr. Amparo further added that among the areas for competition are automotive technology, beauty therapy, cabinet making, cooking, electrical installation technology, electronics, fashion technology, graphic design, plumbing and heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning, hairdressing, industrial automation, information network cabling, IT network system administration, IT software solution for business, mechanical engineering-CAD, mechatronics, restaurant service, web design and welding. In closing, he mentioned that in the 2016 ASEAN Skills Competition, the Philippines was able to get a gold medal in the mechanical engineering design-CAD, silver medal in IT software Solution for business, and bronze medal in electronics, mechatronics, web design, refrigeration and air conditioning. The country is also a recipient of medallion of excellence for graphics design, industrial automation, IT network systems administration, and welding. RDC XII Supports 2017 Sox Regional Competiton By: Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XII-DRD 10 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 201710 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 2017 Provincial Director Engr. Richard Amparo of TESDA Sarangani-Gensan presented the SOX Regional Skills Competition during the RSDC XII Meeting on May 31, 2017 in Koronadal City.
  • 11. April - June 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 11 • Betque, Aurel Raymond P. • Clave, Joseph Didius L. • Collado, Gwyneth Grace B. • Darle, Kate C. • Hatague, Roy B. • Leonar, Judd Nichol L. • Sajo, Myra L. • Serrano, Ruby Abegail C. • Vargas, Melissa Gabrielle H. NEDA XII Staff Garnered a 100% passing rate for EnP Examination By: Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XII-DRD City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII staff garnered a 100% passing rate in the Environmental Planners examination conducted on June 7-8, 2017 at Brokenshire, Davao City. The nine (9) staff who successfully passed the said examination are the following: In April 2017, the Peso Purchasing Power (PPP) in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region was estimated at 64 centavos, down by a centavo compared to the 65 centavos during the same month of the previous year. The highest PPP in the region this month was recorded in Cotabato City at 69 centavos, followed by South Cotabato (Php 0.68), Sultan Kudarat (Php 0.67) and Sarangani (Php 0.65). On the other hand, the lowest PPP in the region was noted in Cotabato Province at 58 centavos. SOCCSKSARGEN Region ... from page 5 The abovementioned staff were encouraged and inspired to take the said examination in response to the RDC XII Resolution No. 46, Series of 2017, entitled “Encouraging Regional Line Agencies to consider having the Planning Officers of their Respective Offices to take the Environmental Planner Licensure Examination.” Based on the result posted by the Professional Regulation Commissions (PRC), only 42.49 percent passed out of the 1,739 examinees.
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