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ALABEL, Sarangani (October 19, 2022) – Governor Rogelio “Ruel” D. Pacquiao bared the accomplishments of the first 100 days of his administration on Tuesday, October 18, citing his governance direction of bringing “public service closer to the people even to those in “the farthest edges” of Sarangani.
He stitched his report based on his flagship program Sarangani Ronda Probinsya where he said it put “premium to people-centered programs” that improves barangay governance structures, promotes peacebuilding, preserves and promotes cultural integrity of Indigenous People and Moro communities, creates more educational opportunities for the youth and adult learners, and improves the quality of lives of Sarangans.
Pacquiao credited the significant contributions of the previous administrations particularly his predecessor Congressman Steve Chiongbian Solon “for paving the way” for his administration.
He said the active cooperation and collaboration of the department heads, officials, Capitol employees, and partners from various agencies and sectors had set his administration’s “transition and mobilization period into full gear.”
In his inaugural speech on June 30, he laid down his plans of crafting an integrated and sustainable food security blueprint to promote the agro-fisheries production. Now, he reported major steps had already been taken in the establishment of the Agri-Fishery Complex or the proposed Provincial Fishery Complex.
“This will boost inclusive growth in the fishing sector comprising of more than 20,899 registered fisherfolks and another 30,000 plus marginalized fisherfolks,” he said.
He said the framework for the five dimensions of the Food Security and Nutrition Plan such as food availability, accessibility, utilization, governance, and stability had been conceptualized as a “crucial step in our fight against poverty.”
As part of his commitment to provide free maintenance medicine for qualified senior citizens, Pacquiao said 166 had already been served with the initial P7-million budget. He hoped to cater under the program a total of 38,718 senior citizens next year with a P40-million proposed budget.
As he vowed to upgrade health services, Pacquiao reported that Sarangani Provincial Hospital has completed the processing of its Level 2 accreditation.
Once the national DOH Regulatory Department issues the License to Operate, he said “more Sarangans will be catered particularly in the Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A wider range of surgical and medical procedures, equipment and facilities will finally be made available such as the secondary imaging, type 2 ambulance, tertiary laboratory with blood bank and many more.”
The governor said a P20-million fund had been secured for the establishment of the Provincial Dialysis Center, while a P20-million new mobile hospital will be procured to deliver basic health services to patients in far-flung areas.
Among the sectors Pacquiao highlighted in his speech was the infrastructure where he cited various completed and ongoing construction of roads, water system, and other structures including the P8.5 million 3-storey legislative building in phase 5 inside the Capitol grounds which has now been completed.
Pacquiao also cited investment and tourism as among the sectors with “immense potential for development and expansion” and vowed to enhance and raise awareness for tourist sites to accelerate more economic development in the province.
He expressed hopes that the visit of Consul General Li Lin of the People’s Republic of China, under the Invest in Sarangani project, “will build stronger partnerships with the foreign consulates in order to promote Sarangani as a favorable investment destination.”
Invest in Sarangani, he said, will “link Sarangani’s investment opportunities to potential investors” and would revitalize the local tourism and economic industries “as we anticipate a post-pandemic boom which we definitely have to take advantage of.”
Towards the end of his report, Governor Pacquiao said the accomplishments were to “properly honor everyone who has contributed, in one way or another, in delivering on our solemn promises to the People” and to learn from experience and further intensify future efforts.
“By God’s wisdom, courage and strength, we can, and we will defeat the Monster of Poverty. That is why I ask for your prayers as we enter a new phase of our governance,” Pacquiao said.
The 15th Regular Session of the 11th Sanggunian, presided over by Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta, was suspended to pave the way for Governor Pacquiao to deliver his first 100 days report. (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Jake T. Narte
ALABEL, Sarangani (October 13, 2022) - The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) has allocated a budget for the augmentation of support and provision of food and non-food assistance to some indigent out-of-school youth (OSY), children in-conflict with the law (CICL), persons with disabilities (PWDs), and women in Sarangani.
On October 13, 40 indigent PWDs, 50 OSYs, 20 women, and 20 CICL from Alabel town received food assistance. Each of them received seven kilos of rice, canned goods, and noodles.
The activity was conducted with the help of the Child and Youth Development Protection Program, Support to Provincial Juvenile Justice and Welfare Program, Institutional Support to Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities Program, and Women Institutional Development Project.
According to Marilyn Ballocanag, provincial Gender and Development (GAD) focal person, the beneficiaries were identified through the help of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.
"Nasimulan natin itong programa noong kasagsagan ng pandemic para makatulong sa ating indigent Sarangans sa kanilang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan, especially that time na restricted pa tayong lumabas at maghanap-buhay," said Ballocanag.
"Even though COVID-19 is still around and the restrictions are now lowered, we still want to keep it going so we can help more people, especially those who are struggling here in Sarangani," she said.
"Hindi man ganyan kalakihan yung ating nashi-share," Ballocanag said, "at least lang naman naiibsan natin yung kanilang hirap sa kanilang basic needs especially sa food."
Ballocanag reported that they have already conducted the distribution of assistance in Maitum and is set to conduct the distribution in the remaining towns in the province in the next few months.
Denirouxe Labrilla, 4, from Barangay Tokawal, who has severe hydrocephalus, was one of the beneficiaries who received assistance during the activity.
Jessica Labrilla, his mother, thanked the Sarangani Provincial Government, led by Governor Rogelio "Ruel" D. Pacquiao, for "having the heart for indigent PWDs."
"Dako kaayo ang gugma sa atong gobyerno ilabi na sa namo nga mga kabus og adunay mga kapamilya nga ga-antos sa ani nga sakit," Labrilla said.
"Apaw-apaw among pagpasalamat ilabi na kay Governor Ruel Pacquiao og sa tanan niyang mga kauban sa pagpanguna sa atong probinsya tungod sa ilang tabang para kanamo," she added. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (October 13, 2022) - Governor Rogelio “Ruel” D. Pacquiao chaired the 64th Regular Meeting of the Sarangani Provincial Development Council (PDC), and the first PDC meeting under his administration, on October 13 at Tierra Montana Hotel.
Governor Pacquiao, chairman of the PDC, was joined by the rest of the members of the council including the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, the mayors of the seven municipalities or their duly designated representatives, and the chairpersons of other participating councils.
Other members of the PDC include the chairperson of the Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council, chairperson of the Sarangani Provincial Tribal Council or the bonafide council authorized to represent the Indigenous People in the PDC, and
representatives of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
In his opening statement, Governor Pacquiao highlighted that his battlecry, “I will courageously face the monster of poverty in Sarangani” has always been his “driving force in leading the province to the development that we aspire.”
“I earnestly hope that we shall be able to intensify the delivery of basic social and health services, infrastructure support, good governance, and public service as our Annual Investment Program for 2023 has already been aligned with the RP Development Program and was already approved by the members of our Sanggunian,” the governor told the council members.
According to the Provincial Planning and Development Office, the 64th PDC Regular Meeting will primarily focus on its reorganization and its sectoral and functional committees, the review and endorsement of the Supplemental AIP No. 1, CY 2023; and the reversion and re-appropriation of funds for an infrastructure project.
Also, the governor led the turnover of checks worth a total of P14.5 million as the provincial counterpart of the PLGU to the seven municipal LGUs in the updating of the Community-based Monitoring System (CBMS).
The meeting was also attended by the Local Finance Committee (LFC) members and Capitol department and special unit heads.
The creation of the Provincial Development Council is mandated under Section 106 of Republic Act No. 7160 or otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, to each local government unit for the purpose of initiating the preparation of comprehensive multi-sectoral plan, and of assisting the local Sanggunian in setting the direction of economic and social development and coordinating development efforts within its territorial jurisdiction. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Jake T. Narte