Mindanao newsbits for December 30, 2013
Cotabato City (PNA) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has set aside P500 million to come up with model barangays (villages) from the region’s five provinces in preparation for the upcoming establishment of Bangsamoro government. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the model villages would showcase how a community under the new Bangsamoro government will be after the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Each province will have 10 model villages or one model community from each town. Each model community will showcase what a local government should be with all the line agencies of the government present and functioning well. “This forms part of the ARMM preparation for the coming Bangsamoro government, which is slated sometime in 2016,” Hataman said.
PAGADIAN CITY (PNA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has trained 40 selected community volunteers from four disaster-prone villages in this city on Comprehensive First Aid. The Ummah Fi Salam, a Muslim Civil Society Organization, has facilitated the conduct of the three-day training that ended Tuesday. UFS Executive Director Sultan Maguid Marohum said the community volunteers were training on basic knowledge and skills in responding to emergencies brought about by natural and man-made calamities. The training participants are from Purok Darusalam, Barangay Sta. Lucia; Purok Muslim Village, Barangay Kawit; Purok Campo Islam, Barangay San Pedro; and, Purok Sunshine, Barangay Santiago. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council had identified the four villages as disaster-prone areas.
KORONADAL CITY (PIA) – Following its release of six books in the B’laan, T’boli, and Tagakaolo dialects early this month, the international children’s welfare group Save the Children has embarked in another project that would complete its first batch of documentation of indigenous games as well as songs, rhymes, and lullabies. Pailyn Tan, communications officer of Save the Children said the initiative is in accordance with their advocacy to revive and popularize these indigenous people (IP) communities’ traditions. The B’laan, T’boli, and Tagakaolo are indigenous peoples groups living in various parts of South Cotabato, Sarangani, and Davao del Sur. These books, with texts in the respective Lumad tongues, were produced through the non-government organization’s First Read Project.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PIA) – The local government here has already released the Christmas benefit for over a thousand job order (JO) employees of the city. According to Zenaida Eturma, head of the City’s Human Resource and Management Office (HRMO), this is the first time in history that all the more or less 1,633 job order employees received their respective bonuses from the city government. She said JO employees who worked for at least four months or 88 days and above from January to December 15, this year, all received the amount of P5,000 as additional salary on the eve of Christmas day. While those who rendered services for less than 88 days will get a P56.82 per day increase multiplied by the number of working days since they assumed their posts. However, she clarified that “this is only a one-time increase in salary.”
STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur – Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista has fulfilled his promise to the 100 fishermen in the province through his “Bangka Loan” program that was launched here recently. The 100 beneficiaries came from the villages of Darong, Astorga, Coronon, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Tuban, Tagabuli, and Bato. Bautista provided the motorized bangka to the fisherfolk for their livelihood. On the fishermen’s part, they will be paying P50 per day for 18 months for them to own the motorized boat. The governor said that the wives of the beneficiaries were also provided with livelihood projects in order to ensure that they can pay the daily fee. (Cherry Mae Palicte)