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Regional Development Updates | Vol 17 Issue 3 | October - December 2019

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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Sec. Lapeña presides 3rd
RTF-ELCAC Meeting;
TESDA XII RD selected as TWG Chair
Sox conducts forum on SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption
and Production in celebration of 2019 EFLW
Editor-in-Chief
RD TERESITA SOCORRO C. RAMOS
Associate Editor
ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN
Contributing Editors
MA. LULU E. VALENCIA
MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO
GUILLERMO R. MANRIQUE, JR.
GWYNETH GRACE B. COLLADO
LALAINE M. SAJELAN
RDU Focal Persons
EDEN F. RIDAO
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
EVIE A. CABULANAN
MELISSA GABRIELLE H. VARGAS
MICHAEL BJ S. ABELLANA
JOSEPH DIDIUS L. CLAVE
MYRA L. SAJO
Photographer
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
Layout Artist
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
Contributors
PIA XII
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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
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reasons of space and clarity. RDU assumes no
responsibility on unpublished and unsolicited
materials.
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CONTENTS
Task Force to End Local Communist
Armed Conflict already in 4 Provinces,
4 Cities and 45 Municipalities in
SOCCSKSARGEN
Sec. Lapeña presides 3rd
RTF-ELCAC
Meeting; TESDA XII RD selected as
TWG Chair
Aids to former rebels in Region XII
exceed P7M
On the cover is Secretary Isidro S.
Lapeña, CORDS for Region XII
and Chairperson of RTF-ELCAC,
presiding its 3rd
Meeting on October
25, 2019 in Koronadal City. Below
it is the Economic and Financial
Literacy Forum which was conducted
on November 13, 2019 in Koronadal
City.
33
RLUC XII conducts learning session on
RA 11038, visits Mt. Matutum Protected
Landscape (MMPL)
RSDC XII entry wins AmBisyon
Natin rendition competition
Volume 17 | Number 3 | October - November 2019
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2 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019
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Strong earthquakes jolt North Cotabato
66
Tagakaolo school of living traditions
opens in Sarangani1010
RDC XII, NCCA, and ONE brought
smiles to earthquake victims in Cotabato
Province
77
October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 3
Sec. Lapeña presides 3rd
RTF-ELCAC Meeting;
TESDA XII RD selected as TWG Chair
KORONADAL CITY, South
Cotabato – Secretary Isidro
S. Lapeña of TESDA, newly
appointed Cabinet Officer for
Regional Development and
Security (CORDS), presided over
the 3rd
Meeting of Regional Task
Force to End Local Communist
Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) of
Region XII on October 25, 2019
in Koronadal City. In the same
meeting, TESDA XII Regional
Director Rafael Y. Abrogar II was
selected as the Chairperson of the
RTF Technical Working Group
(TWG).
TESDA XII was elected by
majority of the RTF-ELCAC
XII members to lead the TWG
to expedite close coordination
between the TWG and the newly
appointed CORDS for Region
XII.
As specified in Section 3
of the Joint Memorandum
Circular (JMC) No. 01, series
of 2019, operationalizing the
implementation of Executive
Order (EO) No. 70, series of 2018
on Ending Local Communist
Armed Conflict, the TWG shall
serve as the RTF-ELCAC’s
technical arm in operationalizing
EO 70 at the regional level
and the clearing house for key
regional peace and development
proposals, including those
emanating from the Clusters/Lines
of Efforts (LOEs).
As for the other officers of the
RTF-ELCAC XII TWG, PBGen
By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII
TESDA XII ... page 4
Alfred S. Corpus, Regional
Director (RD) of Police Regional
Office XII, was chosen as RTF-
ELCAC’s vice chairperson for
security sector, and RD Eduardo
T. Marquez of the National
Intelligence Coordinating Agency
XII, as vice chairperson for the
civilian sector.
Members of the TWG include the
RDs of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government,
Department of Energy, National
Economic and Development
Authority, Armed Forces of
the Philippines Department of
Foreign Affairs, Department of
Trade and Industry, Office of the
Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Process, Philippine Information
Agency, TESDA, among others,
including two private sector
representatives or PSRs.
Acting RDC XII Chairperson
and NEDA XII RD Teresita
Socorro C. Ramos suggested that
TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña took his oath as Cabinet Officer for
Regional Development and Security (CORDS) on October 25, 2019 in
Koronadal City.
TESDA XII Regional Director Rafael
Y. Abrogar, II was voted by majority
of the RTF-ELCAC members to lead
the Technical Working Group.
for the 2 PSRs one shall come
from the PSRs of the Regional
Development Council (RDC) XII
and the other from the Regional
Peace and Order Council (RPOC)
XII.
For RDC XII, Mr. Carlito Y. Uy,
PSR of South Cotabato to RDC
XII, informed the body that the
In picture : (L-R) RPOC XII Head Secretariat and DILG XII Regional Director
Josephine C. Leysa with Ms. Jermie E. Yeager during the RTF-ELCAC XII Meeting.
4 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019
PSRs of the Council have earlier
agreed to waive their privilege
to sit in the TWG, in favor of
Retired Colonel Celestino F.
Desamito, Jr.. For RPOC XII, the
PSRs have yet to identify their
representative to the TWG. Once
identified, the name of the PSR
will be submitted by RPOC XII
secretariat to TESDA XII.
Task Force to End Local
Communist Armed
Conflict already in 4
Provinces, 4 Cities and
45 Municipalities in
SOCCSKSARGEN
By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII
Koronadal City, South Cotabato
– The Task Force to End Local
Communist Armed Conflict has
been organized in 4 provinces
– South Cotabato, Cotabato,
Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani,
and 4 cities – General Santos,
Koronadal, Tacurong, and
Kidapawan, and 45 municipalities
of the region, as reported by
the Regional Task Force to End
Local Communist Armed Conflict
(RTF-ELCAC) Secretariat and
DILG XII Regional Director (RD)
Josephine C. Leysa during the
Regional Task Force’s 2nd
Meeting
on September 25, 2019 in
Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
According to RD Leysa the
different Task Forces are
currently crafting their respective
Implementation Plans. A Retooled
Community Support Program
(RCSP) Team at the local level is
envisioned to be created together
with the Local Peace Panel and
its engagement team. The RCSP
is supported by the Basic Service
Delivery Team, Citizenship and
Community Participation Team,
and the Peace, Law Enforcement
and Development Support
(PLEDS) Team.
During the said RTF-ELCAC
meeting, the RDC XII Secretariat
shared that the provisions of
EO 70, series of 2018, were
already mainstreamed in the
SOCCSKSARGEN RDP 2017-
2022 Mid Term Update. The
Council, during its 67th
Regular
and Reorganizational Meeting on
September 17, 2019 in General
Santos City, approved and adopted
the said Plan through RDC XII
Resolution No. 82, series of 2019.
Likewise, the priority
interventions supporting
the implementation of EO
70 were included in the
SOCCSKSARGEN Regional
Development Investment
Program, 2019-2022,
Executive Order 70, series of
2018, was signed by the President
to ensure a comprehensive
orchestration of related peace
efforts and initiatives of national
government agencies, local
government units and various
sectors of civil society.
TESDA XII ... from page 3
The meeting was the first one
presided by the new CORDS upon
his appointment.
October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 5
RSDC XII entry wins AmBisyon Natin
rendition competition
By: Myra L. Sajo, NEDA XII
Koronadal, South Cotabato – The entry of the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII was
adjudged as winner in the AmBisyon Natin Rendition Competition during the 2019 Regional Development
Council (RDC) XII Week Celebration conducted on September 26-27, 2019 at Paraiso Verde Resort,
Koronadal City. The Department of Education (DepEd) XII chorale group represented RSDC XII. The
group sang the AmBisyon Natin song with grace and style. The entry of the Macro Economy Development
and Finance Committee (MEDAFC) XII was awarded 1st
Runner Up in the same competition. The entries
of the Economic Development
Committee (EDC) XII and
the Infrastructure and Utilities
Committee (InfraCom) XII came
in as 2nd
and 3rd
Runners Up,
respectively.
The Ambisyon Natin Rendition
Competition was one of the
activities held during the 2019
RDC XII Week Celebration
which was participated in by the
agencies belonging to the four (4)
sectoral committees of RDC XII,
namely: the RSDC, InfraCom,
EDC and MEDAFC.
Each group was composed of
five (5) to six (6) members. They
were given the leeway to choose
the genre for their rendition of
the AmBisyon Natin song, such
as rock, classical, opera and pop
music. Their performance was
judged based on the following
criteria: (1) Technique (Diction,
Blending and Balance) – 50%,
(2) Artistry and Musicality
(Interpretation, Expression and
Style) – 30%, and (3) Overall
Performance and Stage Presence
(Facial Expression and Mastery of
the Song) – 20%.
The competition provided an
opportunity for the participants to
exhibit their talents and creativity,
and served as a venue to further
advocate the AmBisyon Natin in
support of the Country’s Long-
term Vision.
Mr. Ryan Gazo, the composer
himself of the SOCCSKSARGEN
Ambisyon Natin song, served
as the Chairman of the Board
of Judges. He was ably assisted
by Mr. Emil Labrador and Ms.
Lovelyn Langga.
Mr. Gazo was commissioned
by the National Economic and
Development Authority Regional
Office XII to compose and arrange
the SOCCSKSARGEN AmBisyon
Natin Song as a means of
advocating the Country’s long-
term vision, the AmBisyon
Natin 2040, where Filipinos are
envisioned to have a “Matatag,
Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay
by 2040.” The song was officially
launched on November 22, 2016
in General Santos City. The
Council, during its 56th
Regular
Meeting in December 2016,
passed RDC XII Resolution No.
108, series of 2016, “Adopting
the SOCCSKSARGEN AmBisyon
Natin Song to Advocate the
Country’s Long-Term Vision”.
In compliance with the said RDC
XII resolution, AmBisyon Natin
Song is being played before the
start of all Council activities.
Other regional line agencies and
interagency regional bodies also
play the AmBisyon Natin Song
before the start of their respective
meetings and other important
activities.
6 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019
Strong earthquakes jolt North Cotabato
Koronadal City, South Cotabato
- Strong earthquakes with
magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 struck
the Municipality of Tulunan in
Cotabato Province on October 29
and 31, 2019, respectively.
The earthquakes resulted to
20 deaths, 445 injured, and 9
missing. Around 41,448 families
or 207,240 persons were affected.
Three (3) roads were damaged:
one (1) in Kidapawan City –
Davao-Cotabato Road; one (1)
in Barangay Leaga; and the other
road was along the National
Highway in front of Southern
Baptist College, both in Mlang,
North Cotabato. All roads were
assessed as passable as of this
report.
Four (4) bridges in Makilala, one
(1) in Kidapawan City, and one
(1) in Mlang were damaged but
all were also declared passable.
As of Nov 26, 2019, a total of 68
evacuation centers in Cotabato
Province were being utilized by
7,062 families / 35,310 persons.
Around 14, 762 families or 73,810
persons, however, are staying
outside the evacuation centers.
It was deemed essential that
concerned sectors conduct
supplemental feeding programs
for underweight children at the
evacuation centers.
Essential items were
recommended to be provided to
the families in the evacuation
centers, namely: insect repellants
(lotion or spray); clothing; dignity
kits (underwear, sanitary napkin,
toothbrush, toothpaste, bath
soap, shampoo, laundry soap);
solar lamps, flashlights; shelter
tents; tent floorings; blankets;
palettes (tarima); folding beds/
collapsible beds. Source: OCD
XII, PDRRMOs, CDRRMOs AND
MDRRMOs, DPWH XII, DOH
XII, MGB XII, DSWD XII
By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII
Eva’s Hotel in Kidapawan City after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake on October 31,
2019. (Photo Source: https://edition.cnn.com)
The school building in the Municipality of Tulunan after the 6.6 magnitude
earthquake on October 29, 2019. (Photo Source: https://edition.cnn.com)

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Regional Development Updates | Vol 17 Issue 3 | October - December 2019

  • 1. Sec. Lapeña presides 3rd RTF-ELCAC Meeting; TESDA XII RD selected as TWG Chair Sox conducts forum on SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production in celebration of 2019 EFLW
  • 2. Editor-in-Chief RD TERESITA SOCORRO C. RAMOS Associate Editor ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN Contributing Editors MA. LULU E. VALENCIA MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO GUILLERMO R. MANRIQUE, JR. GWYNETH GRACE B. COLLADO LALAINE M. SAJELAN RDU Focal Persons EDEN F. RIDAO APOLLO Y. MANLAWE EVIE A. CABULANAN MELISSA GABRIELLE H. VARGAS MICHAEL BJ S. ABELLANA JOSEPH DIDIUS L. CLAVE MYRA L. SAJO Photographer APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Layout Artist APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Contributors 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 Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict already in 4 Provinces, 4 Cities and 45 Municipalities in SOCCSKSARGEN Sec. Lapeña presides 3rd RTF-ELCAC Meeting; TESDA XII RD selected as TWG Chair Aids to former rebels in Region XII exceed P7M On the cover is Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, CORDS for Region XII and Chairperson of RTF-ELCAC, presiding its 3rd Meeting on October 25, 2019 in Koronadal City. Below it is the Economic and Financial Literacy Forum which was conducted on November 13, 2019 in Koronadal City. 33 RLUC XII conducts learning session on RA 11038, visits Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) RSDC XII entry wins AmBisyon Natin rendition competition Volume 17 | Number 3 | October - November 2019 44 55 88 2 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019 99 Strong earthquakes jolt North Cotabato 66 Tagakaolo school of living traditions opens in Sarangani1010 RDC XII, NCCA, and ONE brought smiles to earthquake victims in Cotabato Province 77
  • 3. October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 3 Sec. Lapeña presides 3rd RTF-ELCAC Meeting; TESDA XII RD selected as TWG Chair KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña of TESDA, newly appointed Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), presided over the 3rd Meeting of Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) of Region XII on October 25, 2019 in Koronadal City. In the same meeting, TESDA XII Regional Director Rafael Y. Abrogar II was selected as the Chairperson of the RTF Technical Working Group (TWG). TESDA XII was elected by majority of the RTF-ELCAC XII members to lead the TWG to expedite close coordination between the TWG and the newly appointed CORDS for Region XII. As specified in Section 3 of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01, series of 2019, operationalizing the implementation of Executive Order (EO) No. 70, series of 2018 on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict, the TWG shall serve as the RTF-ELCAC’s technical arm in operationalizing EO 70 at the regional level and the clearing house for key regional peace and development proposals, including those emanating from the Clusters/Lines of Efforts (LOEs). As for the other officers of the RTF-ELCAC XII TWG, PBGen By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII TESDA XII ... page 4 Alfred S. Corpus, Regional Director (RD) of Police Regional Office XII, was chosen as RTF- ELCAC’s vice chairperson for security sector, and RD Eduardo T. Marquez of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency XII, as vice chairperson for the civilian sector. Members of the TWG include the RDs of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Energy, National Economic and Development Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Philippine Information Agency, TESDA, among others, including two private sector representatives or PSRs. Acting RDC XII Chairperson and NEDA XII RD Teresita Socorro C. Ramos suggested that TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña took his oath as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) on October 25, 2019 in Koronadal City. TESDA XII Regional Director Rafael Y. Abrogar, II was voted by majority of the RTF-ELCAC members to lead the Technical Working Group. for the 2 PSRs one shall come from the PSRs of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII and the other from the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) XII. For RDC XII, Mr. Carlito Y. Uy, PSR of South Cotabato to RDC XII, informed the body that the
  • 4. In picture : (L-R) RPOC XII Head Secretariat and DILG XII Regional Director Josephine C. Leysa with Ms. Jermie E. Yeager during the RTF-ELCAC XII Meeting. 4 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019 PSRs of the Council have earlier agreed to waive their privilege to sit in the TWG, in favor of Retired Colonel Celestino F. Desamito, Jr.. For RPOC XII, the PSRs have yet to identify their representative to the TWG. Once identified, the name of the PSR will be submitted by RPOC XII secretariat to TESDA XII. Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict already in 4 Provinces, 4 Cities and 45 Municipalities in SOCCSKSARGEN By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has been organized in 4 provinces – South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani, and 4 cities – General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, and Kidapawan, and 45 municipalities of the region, as reported by the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) Secretariat and DILG XII Regional Director (RD) Josephine C. Leysa during the Regional Task Force’s 2nd Meeting on September 25, 2019 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. According to RD Leysa the different Task Forces are currently crafting their respective Implementation Plans. A Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) Team at the local level is envisioned to be created together with the Local Peace Panel and its engagement team. The RCSP is supported by the Basic Service Delivery Team, Citizenship and Community Participation Team, and the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Team. During the said RTF-ELCAC meeting, the RDC XII Secretariat shared that the provisions of EO 70, series of 2018, were already mainstreamed in the SOCCSKSARGEN RDP 2017- 2022 Mid Term Update. The Council, during its 67th Regular and Reorganizational Meeting on September 17, 2019 in General Santos City, approved and adopted the said Plan through RDC XII Resolution No. 82, series of 2019. Likewise, the priority interventions supporting the implementation of EO 70 were included in the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Investment Program, 2019-2022, Executive Order 70, series of 2018, was signed by the President to ensure a comprehensive orchestration of related peace efforts and initiatives of national government agencies, local government units and various sectors of civil society. TESDA XII ... from page 3 The meeting was the first one presided by the new CORDS upon his appointment.
  • 5. October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 5 RSDC XII entry wins AmBisyon Natin rendition competition By: Myra L. Sajo, NEDA XII Koronadal, South Cotabato – The entry of the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII was adjudged as winner in the AmBisyon Natin Rendition Competition during the 2019 Regional Development Council (RDC) XII Week Celebration conducted on September 26-27, 2019 at Paraiso Verde Resort, Koronadal City. The Department of Education (DepEd) XII chorale group represented RSDC XII. The group sang the AmBisyon Natin song with grace and style. The entry of the Macro Economy Development and Finance Committee (MEDAFC) XII was awarded 1st Runner Up in the same competition. The entries of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) XII and the Infrastructure and Utilities Committee (InfraCom) XII came in as 2nd and 3rd Runners Up, respectively. The Ambisyon Natin Rendition Competition was one of the activities held during the 2019 RDC XII Week Celebration which was participated in by the agencies belonging to the four (4) sectoral committees of RDC XII, namely: the RSDC, InfraCom, EDC and MEDAFC. Each group was composed of five (5) to six (6) members. They were given the leeway to choose the genre for their rendition of the AmBisyon Natin song, such as rock, classical, opera and pop music. Their performance was judged based on the following criteria: (1) Technique (Diction, Blending and Balance) – 50%, (2) Artistry and Musicality (Interpretation, Expression and Style) – 30%, and (3) Overall Performance and Stage Presence (Facial Expression and Mastery of the Song) – 20%. The competition provided an opportunity for the participants to exhibit their talents and creativity, and served as a venue to further advocate the AmBisyon Natin in support of the Country’s Long- term Vision. Mr. Ryan Gazo, the composer himself of the SOCCSKSARGEN Ambisyon Natin song, served as the Chairman of the Board of Judges. He was ably assisted by Mr. Emil Labrador and Ms. Lovelyn Langga. Mr. Gazo was commissioned by the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office XII to compose and arrange the SOCCSKSARGEN AmBisyon Natin Song as a means of advocating the Country’s long- term vision, the AmBisyon Natin 2040, where Filipinos are envisioned to have a “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay by 2040.” The song was officially launched on November 22, 2016 in General Santos City. The Council, during its 56th Regular Meeting in December 2016, passed RDC XII Resolution No. 108, series of 2016, “Adopting the SOCCSKSARGEN AmBisyon Natin Song to Advocate the Country’s Long-Term Vision”. In compliance with the said RDC XII resolution, AmBisyon Natin Song is being played before the start of all Council activities. Other regional line agencies and interagency regional bodies also play the AmBisyon Natin Song before the start of their respective meetings and other important activities.
  • 6. 6 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019 Strong earthquakes jolt North Cotabato Koronadal City, South Cotabato - Strong earthquakes with magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 struck the Municipality of Tulunan in Cotabato Province on October 29 and 31, 2019, respectively. The earthquakes resulted to 20 deaths, 445 injured, and 9 missing. Around 41,448 families or 207,240 persons were affected. Three (3) roads were damaged: one (1) in Kidapawan City – Davao-Cotabato Road; one (1) in Barangay Leaga; and the other road was along the National Highway in front of Southern Baptist College, both in Mlang, North Cotabato. All roads were assessed as passable as of this report. Four (4) bridges in Makilala, one (1) in Kidapawan City, and one (1) in Mlang were damaged but all were also declared passable. As of Nov 26, 2019, a total of 68 evacuation centers in Cotabato Province were being utilized by 7,062 families / 35,310 persons. Around 14, 762 families or 73,810 persons, however, are staying outside the evacuation centers. It was deemed essential that concerned sectors conduct supplemental feeding programs for underweight children at the evacuation centers. Essential items were recommended to be provided to the families in the evacuation centers, namely: insect repellants (lotion or spray); clothing; dignity kits (underwear, sanitary napkin, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, laundry soap); solar lamps, flashlights; shelter tents; tent floorings; blankets; palettes (tarima); folding beds/ collapsible beds. Source: OCD XII, PDRRMOs, CDRRMOs AND MDRRMOs, DPWH XII, DOH XII, MGB XII, DSWD XII By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII Eva’s Hotel in Kidapawan City after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake on October 31, 2019. (Photo Source: https://edition.cnn.com) The school building in the Municipality of Tulunan after the 6.6 magnitude earthquake on October 29, 2019. (Photo Source: https://edition.cnn.com)
  • 7. October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 7 RDC XII, NCCA, and ONE brought smiles to earthquake victims in Cotabato Province Kidapawan City – Young and adult earthquake victims wore happy smiles after the Regional Development Council (RDC) of SOCCSKSARGEN, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Organization of NEDA XII Employees (ONE) extended help to them in Cotabato Province on 23 November 2019. NCCA hosted a variety show at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Camp in Makilala, Cotabato where 600 internally displaced families (including those at the adjacent Girl Scouts of the Philippines Camp) were camped. Afterwards, they turned over rechargeable flashlights to the camp manager for distribution to the internally displaced families as part of the donations of the NCCA in response to the RDC XII call for assistance to the earthquake victims. Meanwhile, the RDC XII Team was led by a number of staff from the Secretariat. Supervising Economic Development Specialist, Ms. Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, coordinated with the Emergency Operations Center of Cotabato Province located at the Cotabato Capitol Compound, Amas, Kidapawan City. Assisted by the 27th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, under the 1002nd Brigade led by B/Gen Adonis R Bajao, the Team turned over donations in kind, from RDC XII and the Organization of NEDA Employees. Mr. Abril Espadera of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, guided them as to which camp to visit. In the afternoon, the two teams simultaneously staged a program that brought fun to the evacuees at the two camps. The NCCA Team went to Brgy. Balabag, Kidapawan City and presented a puppet show. Thereafter, three Ms. Earth beauties shared practical tips to show love for nature. The air was filled with music from the lovely voices of kids during the talent portion facilitated by TV actress, Ms. Janella of the TV series, “Ang Probinsyano.” The evacuees also enjoyed the community dance led by a group from Davao City. NCAA then turned over food and shelter packs to the camp manager of Balabag Camp for distribution. The other Team went to Greene Academy, San Vicente, Makilala, Cotabato where they facilitated the conduct of games participated by the community. Children and adults who joined and won in the games received prices such as food and mosquito nets. Thereafter, team distributed packs of relief goods to the victims, courtesy of RDC XII and ONE from the following NEDA Chapters: SOCCSKSARGEN, Ilocos, MIMAROPA, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga.. Fun and laughter filled the three camps whose evacuees were once stricken with fear as their homes were ravaged by a series of high magnitude earthquakes on October 16, 29, and 31, 2019. The program/activities and the relief goods distribution were aimed at helping the victims rise from the traumatic and challenging experience. As Mr. One, the ventriloquist said in the NCCA show, “Walang imposible. Sama- sama tayong babangon.” The Regional Development Council XII is the highest policy making body in the region, composed of the Provincial Governors, Mayors of cities and municipalities designated as provincial capitals, Presidents of Provincial League of Mayors, Regional Directors of agencies represented in the NEDA Board, Private Sector Representatives, and Special Non-Voting Members (SNVM) from both the public and private sectors. Some members of the RDC XII, by their own initiatives, already sent donations and provided technical assistance immediately, days after the earthquake, and so with the NEDA employees and NCCA. By: Michael BJ S. Abellana, NEDA XII The RDC Team turned over donation in kind from RDC XII and Organizaion of NEDA Employees.
  • 8. 8 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019 Aids to former rebels in Region XII exceed P7 M By: Danilo E. Doguiles, PIA XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato – Financial assistance released to former rebels (FR) in SOCCSKSARGEN Region, under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), has reached nearly P7.3 million, as pronounced by an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XII. “As of October 22, the cheques distributed to FRs have amounted to a total of P7,288,000,” Josephine Leysa, Regional Director (RD) of DILG XII, reported during the meeting of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF- ELCAC) on October 25, 2019. TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña, the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) in SOCCSKSARGEN Region led the RTF-ELCAC XII meeting where heads of the lines of effort (LOEs) reported their second and third quarter accomplishments related to the whole-of-nation approach to stop insurgency as mandated in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70. Reporting for the E-CLIP team, RD Leysa remarked that the DILG has monitored 159 New Peoples Army combatants and Militia ng Bayan who have returned to the government fold and are enrolled in the reintegration program. “Of the 159 FRs, 114 have received complete assistance,” Leysa said. “Those for the remaining 45 are being processed.” Leysa added that the DILG XII has downloaded funds to the provincial governments of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani for the construction of halfway houses, temporary shelters for FRs while they are being assisted for enrolment in the program. These shelters also serve as facilities for livelihood and life- skills trainings, and psychosocial and other interventions to prepare them in their eventual return to the mainstream of the society. Under the E-CLIP, an FR is assured of safety and security guarantees by the law enforcement agencies; support for relocation for the FR and his or her immediate family; immediate assistance of P15,000 for mobilization expenses while being enrolled in the program; livelihood assistance of P50,000; reintegration assistance of P21,000 to defray subsistence expenses while in custody of the receiving unit, and other incidental expenses, such as securing birth certificate, identification card and others; and firearm remuneration, the amount of which is double the valuation of turned-in firearm. An FR will be also enrolled in PhilHealth and may avail of services of other government agencies such as housing from the National Housing Authority, skills training from Technical Education and Skills Development, livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment, and many others.
  • 9. October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 9 RLUC XII conducts Learning Session on RA 11038, visits Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) By: Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) XII conducted a learning session on Republic Act (RA) 11038 otherwise known as the “Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System or ENIPAS Act of 2018” on October 08, 2019. The learning session was a prelude to the regular meeting of the Committee which was aimed at capacitating and increasing the awareness of the Committee members on the new law so they can pursue its enforcement more effectively. Issues discussed during the learning session were deliberated during the regular meeting for the Committee’s appropriate action. RA 11038 established 94 protected areas in the country and two of these, namely the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) and the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, are within the jurisdiction of SOCCSKSARGEN Region. After the lecture provided by Forester Dirie A. Macabaning of DENR XII, the Committee members traveled to the MMPL area at Sitio Glandang, Brgy. Kablon, Tupi, South Cotabato. The MMPL covers the portions of the municipalities of Tupi, Tampakan, and Polomolok in South Cotabato. It rests on South Cotabato’s highest peak which is classified as an active volcano. It is considered among the province’s vital watershed areas being the source of 25% of the water requirement of the SOCCSKSARGEN area. It is also home to various rare flora and fauna; and a known habitat of endemic birds and mammals such as the Philippine deer, tarsiers, civets, bats, and others. Among the prominent issues in the MMPL are the presence of built-up areas and mono-crop plantation farms in the Strict Protection Zone (SPZ) and the improper disposal of solid waste by the occupants of the said area. The Committee passed Resolution No. 17, series of 2019, endorsing to the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the MMPL the recommendations of the Committee, particularly the implementation of the protected area management and zoning plan. Moreover, DENR XII was also enjoined by the Committee to intensify its information education campaign (IEC) in the communities that encroach the SPZ, and to conduct the “User’s/ Producers Forum.” Likewise, the LGU of Tupi was also requested to strictly implement RA 9003, especially at Sitio Glandang, Brgy. Kablon.
  • 10. 10 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019 Tagakaolo school of living traditions opens in Sarangani By: Danilo E. Doguiles, PIA XII authentic indigenous knowledge,” Tirando underscored. Sulong Tribu is the IP development program of the provincial government of Sarangani. The Tagakaolo SLT construction project started in January 2019 when Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino turned over P200,000 check to Tuklas Katutubo (TK) President, Jason Sibug and Chapter President, Rene Boy Takyawan. The project also received financial support from the Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI). While TK worked for the establishment of an SLT for the Tagakaolo tribe and supervised the construction of the SLT building, the responsibility to operate and sustain the school of living traditions rest on the tribal leaders and residents of Upper Lumabat, Takyawan emphasized. and pass these on to the young generation,” Galgo said. The SLT will also serve as a village museum of weaponry, tools, relics and other artifacts of the tribe. “We will document the indigenous knowledge system of the Tagakaolo tribe and display these inside the SLT for our children to learn from,” said Datu Beto Angonia, municipal vice chieftain for Tagakaolo. “This SLT will remind the Tagakaolo children the importance of their indigenous culture,” Angonia emphasized. Celito Tirando, Manager of Sulong Tribu Program, said the SLT will be developed to fortify the IP education curriculum of nearby public schools. “This will ensure that what is taught in the public school are The Tagakaolo children in Malungon can now learn more about their indigenous culture, beliefs, practices, and history with the opening of the Tagakaolo School of Living Traditions (SLT) in their municipality. The SLT in Barangay Upper Lumabat is the first of its kind facility for the Tagakaolo tribe in Malungon. An SLT and a village museum for B’laan tribe have been in operation in Sitio Lamlifew in Barangay Datal Tampal. Monard Galgo, municipal indigenous people’s permanent representative, said the facility was built in Upper Lumabat because almost all of the residents there are of Tagakaolo tribe. “Through this SLT, the local government of Malungon hopes to preserve the culture and traditions of the indigenous people, specifically the Tagakaolo,
  • 11. Regional Development Council XII Resolutions Passed 67th Regular Meeting, 17 September 2019 General Santos City October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 11
  • 12. 12 | Regional Development Updates | October - November 2019 Sox conducts Forum on SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production in celebration of 2019 EFLW City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – About 59 students from seven schools in Koronadal City actively participated in the forum focused on SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), along with representatives from line agencies, private sector representatives, and the local government units in the region. All in all, the forum registered a total of 115 attendees. The forum was conducted on November 13, 2019 at Maya Pavilion, Paraiso Verde Resort, Koronadal City. The annual celebration of the Economic and Financial Literacy Week (EFLW) is pursuant to Republic Act No.10922. It is celebrated every second week of November and led by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). This year’s theme, “Our planet’s health, the future’s wealth” calls for the concerted efforts towards building an inclusive and sustainable future for our planet through harmonizing environmental protection, social inclusion, and economic growth. In relation to the theme, Ms. Ma. Lulu E. Valencia of NEDA XII presented the Philippines Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework and Action Plan. The SCP was linked to various strategies and/or chapters of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Plan (RDP, 2017-2022) as presented by Ms. Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, also from NEDA XII. Additional inputs relative to the theme were presented as follows: Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals and Report on SDG Watch Goal 12 by the Philippine Statistics Authority XII; Regulatory Tools in Promoting SCP by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) XII; Best Practices on Solid Waste Management by the City of Koronadal; and, Sustainable Tourism Strategies and Policies by the Department of Tourism XII. Likewise the forum included a topic on the National Retail Payment by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which envisions to empower every Juan and Maria by having easy access to financial services. In his welcome message, Hon. Rolando S. Doria, Private Sector Representative for Economic Sector, said “through this forum, we hope to strengthen our collaboration, as student, as government workers and members of the private sector. We need to learn more, and continue to keep ourselves abreast with the relevant socio-economic issues and conditions, gain new insights, nurture new ideas to ensure sustainable practices in everything we do and help in the attainment of SDGs as a whole. BSP distributed commemorative coins to some students who were able to answer trivia questions. Clockwise: Ms. Liza D. Hora; Mr. Ronan Eugene C. Garcia, and Dr. Rolando S. Doria, Private Sector Representatives to Regional Development Council (RDC) XII attended the 2019 EFLW Forum at Maya Pavilion, Paraiso Verde Resort, Koronadal City on November 13, 2019. By: Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII