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Regional Development Updates | Vol 15 Issue 4 | October - December 2017

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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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Regional Development Updates | Vol 15 Issue 4 | October - December 2017

  1. 1. 6-7 | RPMC XII visits projects in General Santos City and Sarangani 4 5 11 RDC XII 60th Regular Meeting discusses both National and Regional Development Concerns |3
  2. 2. Editor-in-Chief RD ARTURO G. VALERO Associate Editor ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN Contributing Editors JULIE ESPERANZA B. CHUNG MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO MA. LULU E. VALENCIA JULIET G. BOLANDO GUILLERMO R. MANRIQUE, JR. RDU Focal Persons LALAINE M. SAJELAN SANDRA J. ALIDO LIBERTY B. ARUMPAC APOLLO Y. MANLAWE EVIE A. CABULANAN JOSEPH DIDIUS L. CLAVE Photographer APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Layout Artist APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Contributors DILG XII DPWH XII PIA 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 RDU assumes no responsibility on unpublished and unsolicited materials.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 USec. Navarro Graces the Opening of 28th NSM in SOCCSKSARGEN RDC XII 60th Regular Meeting discusses both National and Regional Development Concerns Selected Pupils, Teachers in Alabel, Sarangani Province Receive Orientation on Road Safety On our cover are activities during the 4th Quarter of 2017 which include the 60th RDC XII Meeting, the project monitoring visits conducted by RPMC XII, 28th NSM Opening ceremonies, the groundbreaking and capsule laying of Koronadal City for the new Sanitary Landfill, and the blessing of the DILG XII Office in the Prime Regional Government Center, Koronadal City. 33 SOCCSKSARGEN conducts Forum on Economic and Financial Literacy Official Blessing of DILG XII New Regional Office Building RPMC XII visits projects in General Santos City and Sarangani Volume 15 | Issue No. 4 | October - December 2017 Work begins on DTI XII new Regional Office Building 44 6-76-7 88 99 2 | Regional Development Updates | October - December 2017 1111 Koronadal City builds Sanitary Landfill 55
  3. 3. October - December 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 3 RDC XII 60th Regular Meeting discusses both National and Regional Development Concerns By: Sandra J. Alido, NEDA XII-DRD City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The 60th Regular Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII was held on 08 December 2017 at The Farm@Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City with a 72 percent rate of attendance. The meeting was highlighted by the presentation of national and regional concerns, among which were the hosting of the 9th National Private Sector Representative (PSR) Convention, the proposed transition to federal form of government and the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awardees of SOCCSKSARGEN Region. The SOCCSKSARGEN Region was chosen to host the 9th National PSR Convention during the previous convention on June 21-23, 2017 in Bohol. PSR Richlie Lyndon L. Magtulis, Lead Convenor of the 9th National PSR Convention and Chairperson of itsTechnical Working Group (TWG), presented the agreements reached during the first TWG meeting on November 15, 2017 in Koronadal City. The Convention will be conducted in May 2018. Among the matters discussed by the Council was the proposed theme which will focus on peace and development. Relative to this, federalism was foreseen as instrumental in the attainment of peace and development in Mindanao; thus, it was proposed to be one of the topics to be presented during the convention. DOT XII Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera committed to support and provide the SOX Tour packages for the delegates to avail of and explore the region during the convention. The Council requested the TWG to finalize other arrangements and necessary requirements in its future meetings. Atty. Michelle Anne P. Viejo presented the proposed constitutional revision and the transition to Federalism Project by the DILG XII. Among the clarifications raised by the Council members were on the proposed configuration and the steps towards its implementation. Atty. Viejo responded that at present, they are still on awareness campaign and the models presented are mere proposals. Hopefully, by 2018, DILG can present the proposed configuration of the federal form of government. Atty Viejo also answered the query on the presence of illegal groups dissembling under the banner of federalism and the same was already reported and coordinated with the PNP. In addition, DILG XII presented the Region XII Awardees for the 2017 SGLG. The following were the awardees: the provinces of Cotabato and South Cotabato, cities of Tacurong, Cotabato and Kidapawan and the nine (9) municipalities of the region, namely: Mlang, Pigcawayan and Kabacan of Cotabato Province; Tupi and Surallah of South Cotabato Province; Malungon and Kiamba of Sarangani Province; and Columbio and Bagumbayan of Sultan Kudarat Province. For the sectoral concerns, a total of 33 resolutions were passed by the Council upon recommendation of its four (4) sectoral and three (3) affiliate committees.
  4. 4. 4 | Regional Development Updates | October - December 2017 By: Danilo E. Doguiles, PIA XII City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – SOCCSKSARGEN Region was fortunate to have USec. Adoracion M. Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority -Regional Development Office as keynote speaker during the opening program of the 28th National Statistics Month (NSM) on October 3, 2017 at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City. USec. Navarro gave her appreciation to SOCCSKSARGEN for inviting her to the event and commended Region XII for being one of the first regions to open the month-long NSM celebration. She hopes to see some of the regional heads in the Statistics Summit come October 19-20, 2017 organized by the National Statistic Committee, where NEDA sits as Chairperson. According to USec. Navarro, NEDA has been part in the By: Sandra J. Alido, NEDA XII-DRD release of the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP), the statistics that describe the economic performance of the region. The early release of GRDP 2016 in May of this year is an improvement in the statistical processes of the country. In September 2017, USec. Navarro participated in the United Nations General Assembly in the United States as the representative of NEDA. One of the concerns they discussed is the generation of multi-dimensional poverty that includes different levels of deprivation, like health status, education and access to other social services. At present, the Philippine’s poverty data is income-based and the generation of multi-dimensional poverty would be another improvement in our statistical system, she added. In her message, she emphasized the importance of evidence-based statistics in decision making. The process begins with the generation of information, then dissemination, interpretation and utilization. Statistics are not just figures, tables, graphs or maps but they speak deeper meaning that need to be explained and interpreted in a rightful manner, depending on the level of understanding of the audience, USec. Navarro said. Another point that she emphasized was the importance of factual information. The USec is very particular on one of the pillars of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, which is the “malasakit.” The concern for the people really matters. She shared the line that says “Facing the truth hurts, but dealing with lies is worst.” She stressed the value of disseminating factual statistics to the people and not to justify and interpret them to the advantage of implementing agencies and decision makers. USec. Navarro Graces the Opening of 28th NSM in SOCCSKSARGEN USec. Adoracion M. Navarro of the National Economic and Development Authority -Regional Development Office received a Plaque of Appreciation as keynote speaker during the opening program of the 28th National Statistics Month (NSM) on October 3, 2017 at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City. With her is Regional Director Arturo G. Valero (in blue) of NEDA XII and Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon of the Philippine Statistics Authority XII. USec. Navarro ... page 5
  5. 5. October - December 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 5 USec. Navarro ... from page 4 The opening of the 28th NSM in SOCCSKSARGEN Region started with a motorcade from the Prime Regional Government Center, Barangay Carpenter Hill, passing through the city streets and ended at Villa Amor Hotel, the venue of the opening program. The activity was highlighted with the presentations of basic sector poverty statistics by the Philippine Statistics Authority Region XII and the Ambisyon Natin 2040 and Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 by NEDA XII. The NSM opening program was participated in by ninety- five (95) personnel from various government agencies and local government units. About ten (10) participants went home bringing with them AmBisyon Natin kit as prizes during the question and answer portion. City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – Finally, the construction of the sanitary landfill (SLF) of the City of Koronadal in South Cotabato took off on Dec. 20, 2017. Mayor Peter Miguel and Vice Mayor Eliordo Ogena led the groundbreaking and capsule- laying ceremony at a six-hectare lot in Purok Pagunsan, Barangay Paraiso where the sanitary landfill will be built. “We hope to make this facility a benchmark for other local government units as far as sanitary landfill is concerned,” Miguel said. Miguel added that he may also open the site to neighboring LGUs in need of containment area for their residual wastes such as plastics and other materials that cannot be recycled “to reciprocate the favor that the management board of the clustered sanitary landfill in Colonggolo, Surallah has extended to us.” According to City Environment Officer Augustus Bretaña, the SLF will consist of residual waste containment area, water treatment facility, administrative building and road development. “Monitoring wells will also be set up in different stations to be assessed every month for contamination of the water sources in the area,” Bretaña said. Also based on the site development plan, the city government will build a plastic thermal burning facility at the SLF. “This technology reduces 70 percent of the plastic into raw materials that may be used in the production of chairs, tables and similar products; thus, only 30% of the plastic wastes will actually be thrown into the SLF, ” he said. Project designer, Engr. Diego Tautho of the A.D.Lacson III construction firm explained that the Koronadal City facility is a Category II SLF. “The SLF will have a .75-meter clay lining. This is designed for a 15 tons of waste per day which is much larger than the volume of waste that the city collects,” Tautho said. Bretaña estimated that Koronadal City produces about 4 tons of residual wastes daily. Koronadal City builds Sanitary Landfill By: Danilo E. Doguiles, PIA XII Mayor Peter Miguel shovels in the soil that jumpstarts the construction of the City of Koronadal Sanitary Landfill at Purok Pagunsan, Brgy. Paraiso. The city government has earmarked Php20 million for the SLF project. Koronadal City ... page 10 PHOTO : PIA XII
  6. 6. PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING 10 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 20176 | Regional Development Updates | October - December 2017 PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING 3. 1.
  7. 7. October - December 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 7 PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING Widening of Nagpan Bridge along the Digos-Makar Road, Malungon, Sarangani Province. The project involves the construction of a 34 linear meter (lm.) bridge in the amount of Php36 Million. Project implementation started on March 14, 2017 and targeted to be completed on November 2, 2017 (revised). As of September 30, 2017, the project has an accomplishment of 46.95% with a slippage of negative (-) 52.27%. DPWH Sarangani Engineering Office (DEO) implements the ongoing project. Widening of Biangan Bridge along the Digos-Makar Road, Malungon, Sarangani Province. The project involves the widening of 45.9 lm. bridge, bridge strengthening, road widening, and construction of flood control structures. The project started on March 7, 2017 and expected to be completed within 210 calendar days (revised). As of September 30, 2017, the project has an accomplishment of 34.44% with a slippage of negative (-) 65.36%. Road Upgrading (Unpaved to Paved) with New Bridge, Contruction of Circumferential Road, Air- port to Fish port (Western Section), K1671+780-K1673+197 with Exception (Bridge Component): K1671+902. The project started on March 30, 2017 and expected to be completed on May 14, 2017(re- vised). As of October 26, 2017, the major components of the project that had been completed, include the 1,376.87 meters of road, the 60 lm. bridge and line canals. The works to be accom- plished include the completion of the slope protection structure at abutment A, the concreting of 130 meters shoulder, and the installation of Bio-Engineering Coco Erosion Net at selected areas. PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XII visited the following projects in General Santos City and Sarangani Province on October 25-26, 2017. 1. 2. 3. 2. RPMC XII visits projects in General Santos City and Sarangani By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII
  8. 8. 8 | Regional Development Updates | October - December 2017 Selected Pupils, Teachers in Alabel, Sarangani Province Receive Orientation on Road Safety By: Joseph Didius L. Clave, NEDA XII-DRD Alabel, Sarangani Province – Guided by this year’s theme on road safety “Wastong Kaalaman sa Daan, Kaligtasang Pangkalahatan,” the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII Road Safety Advocacy – Technical Working Group (RSA-TWG) conducted an orientation on road safety at the Municipal Civic Gymnasium of the Municipality of Alabel, Sarangani on November 17, 2017. A total of 116 elementary pupils and high school students, together with 7 teachers from 5 public schools in Sarangani Province attended the orientation. In her opening message, Ms. Sharon Esportuno, Representative of Sarangani Governor Steve C. Solon, expressed her gratitude to RDC XII for choosing the Province of Sarangani as the beneficiary of the orientation on road safety. She added that the province will continually support the advocacy towards making Sarangani Province a safer place for motorists and pedestrians, particularly for pupils and students travelling to their school. The activity was privileged to have Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) XII Regional Director Rafael Y. Abrogar II who thanked the RSA-TWG for spearheading the conduct of the activity. He enjoined the pupils, student, and teachers present to apply what they will learn from the activity on a daily basis. Private Sector Representative (PSR) Nestor S. Lumawig, RSA-TWG Chairman presented the rationale and objectives of the activity, that is to provide awareness to elementary pupils and high school students on road safety and to develop the habit of observance and compliance of road safety guidelines. The lecturers for the said event were the following: a) Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Marcelo Mendoza of the Sarangani Police Provincial Office (SPPO) who gave a presentation on Statistics on Road Accidents and Road Safety Tips; b) Mr. Renante Caballero of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) XII oriented the students on the Kinds of Roads, Traffic Signages, and Transportation Laws; c) PSR Jose Ronie V. Mondragon, representing the Yellow Bus Line Employees Union, provided a presentation on Safety in Riding Motor Vehicles; and d) PSR Lumawig oriented the participants on Safety Observance in Going to School and Back Home. The activity is part of the Road Safety Day celebration in the region as declared by virtue of RDC XII Resolution No. 69, Series of 2013. This declaration is the region’s support to the UN global launch of the “Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011- 2020,” and the Republic of the Philippines’ Proclamation No. 159, Series of 2011. The event was made possible through the collaboration of RDC XII RSA-TWG, Provincial Government of Sarangani, SPPO, MLhullier- OPEC Tuna, Yellow Bus Line Employees Union, Mahintana Foundation, RD Foundation, Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Incorporated and the JAGS Transport Cooperative.
  9. 9. October - December 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 9 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – In celebration of the Economic and Financial Literacy Week (EFLW), SOCCSKSARGEN Region conducted a forum intended for the youth and workers in the informal sector on November 7, 2017 at Fred Ann’s Food Hauz, Koronadal City. The EFLW forum was spearheaded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office XII in partnership with the Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU). Students from the State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) of SOCCSKSARGEN Region joined the EFLW forum together with their mentors and university officials. The SUCs that participated were the SKSU; University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato Province; Cotabato City State Polytechnic College; and Mindanao State University in General Santos City. The activity was also participated in by workers in the informal sector from cooperatives and non-government organizations, like the Notre Dame Multi- purpose Cooperative; Kaagapay OFW RSC, Inc.; Kagkalimwa Federation; and Oil Palm Growers, among others. The celebration is pursuant to Republic Act No. 10922, which lapsed into law on July 22, 2016, declaring the second week of November of every year as EFLW. The theme for this year’s celebration is “O Kita Mo Na: Pag May Alam sa Economiya at Pinansya, Malaki ang Ganansya.” NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero opened the forum and welcomed the participants. In his message, he emphasized the importance of economic and financial education, especially for the youth that will bring them to a “matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay”, as what the Filipino people aspire for themselves and the country as enunciated in the Ambisyon Natin 2040. The EFLW Forum was privileged to have the following resource persons: 1) Ms. Mary Grace S. Molina, the Department Chairperson of AB Economics, SKSU who discussed the topics on supply and demand, inflation, interest rate, return on investment and circular flow of economic activity; 2) Ms. Eileen A. Berdeprado, Supervising Statistical Specialist of the Philippine Statistics Authority XII who shared topics on the System of National Accounts, methodology and processes of national accounts estimation and the 2016 Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of Region XII; 3) Ms. Zarinah S. Aligsao, Bank Officer II and Head of the Economic and Financial Learning Center of SOCCSKSARGEN conducts Forum on Economic and Financial Literacy By: Sandra J. Alido, NEDA XII-DRD SOCCSKSARGEN ... page 10
  10. 10. 10 | Regional Development Updates | October - December 2017 SOCCSKSARGEN ... from page 9 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas- Cotabato City Branch who discussed about Savings and Budgeting and Financial Services; and 4) Engr. Arlene R. Quintero, Bank Officer II and Head of the Economic and Financial Learning Center of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-General Santos City Branch who tackled the topics on Fraud and Scams and Financial Protection. The activity was also honored to have the representative of SKSU President Dr. Rolando F. Hechanova, in the person of Dr. Ruby S. Hechanova, who gave the closing remarks. Dr. Hechanova is the Liaison Officer and Halal Project Leader of SKSU. In her message, she stressed the value of financial literacy and savings for individual and for the family. The knowledge about financial management should be inculcated in the minds of individuals starting from a younger age that will assure him or her of financial successes in life. She expressed her gratitude to NEDA XII for the partnership in the conduct of the forum in the region. -------------------------------------------------------- Koronadal City ... from page 5 Per contract, the SLF shall be completed in 220 calendar days. The city government has earmarked P20 million for SLF project in addition to P20 million used to purchase the six-hectare lot. Negotiations are also underway for the purchase of 5-hectare adjacent lot that could expand the area of the SLF to 11 hectares. In an interview with the local media, Vice Mayor Eliordo Ogena said that they expect that the case filed against them by the Environment Ombudsman will be dismissed once the project will be completed. In November 2016, the Environmental Ombudsman filed charges against local government officials for violating the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act No. 9003) by continuing the operations of open dumpsite in Barangay Sta. Cruz. Also charged were officials of Kidapawan in North Cotabato, Valencia in Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, General Luna in Surigao del Norte, Marihatag in Surigao del Sur, and Loreto in Agusan del Sur. After closing its open dumpsite, the city government requested the management board of the clustered sanitary landfill in Surallah for the use of its facility, which was originally intended for exclusive use by the province’s upper valley municipalities, namely: Surallah, Sto Niño, Lake Sebu, Norala, T’boli and Banga. The permit, already on extension, will end in June 2018. Bretaña noted that per plan, the Koronadal City SLF will last for 5 to 8 years. “Once the plastic thermal burning facility will be in operation the lifespan of the SLF could be doubled,” he said. The city government is also considering strengthening its “no plastic policy” to reduce the volume of plastic waste disposed to the landfill. Dr. Ruby S. Hechanova, in her closing remarks during the SOCCSKSARGEN Forum on Economic and Financial Literacy on November 7, 2017, stressed the value of financial literacy and savings for individual and for the family. She also expressed her gratitude to NEDA XII for the partnership in the conduct of the forum in the region.
  11. 11. October - December 2017 | Regional Development Updates | 11 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – At the Prime Regional Center, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City the officials and employees of DILG XII gathered on the early morning of October 5, 2017 for the dedication and blessing of its new 3-Storey Regional Office Building worth Php28,891,081.52 with a floor area of 1,764.15 square meters and lot area of 2,625 square meters. DILG XII RD Reynaldo M. Bungubung, CESO IV alongside Assistant Regional Director Lailyn A. Ortiz, CESE and Resident Auditor Rosalina S. Batoctoy lead the cutting of the ribbon. An opening prayer was led by Imam Abdulwadud Abdullah which was followed by a Holy Mass celebrated at the Conference Room by Reverend Father Ernesto O. Bendita. Joining this momentous event was Head Executive Assistant Josephine C. Leysa, CESO V. (L-R) COA Resident Auditor Rosalina S. Batoctoy, DILG XII Assistant Regional Director Lailyn A. Ortiz and, Regional Director Reynaldo M. Bungubung lead the ribbon cutting on October 5, 2017 Office Building dedication and blessing. Official Blessing of DILG XII New Regional Office Building By: DILG XII City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – A groundbreaking ceremony of the DTI Regional Office XII Building took place on January 20, 2017 at the Prime Regional Government Center, Brgy. Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. The Php38 Million office building is to be implemented by the DPWH Regional Office XII and expected to be completed within 300 calendar days. Work begins on DTI XII new Regional Office Building By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD RD Ibrahim K. Guiamadel (3rd from left) lead the groundbreaking event with Congressman Ferdinand L. Hernandez (6th from Left) of the 2nd District of South Cotabato and other Regional Directors. PHOTO : DPWH XII PHOTO : DILG XII
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