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South Cotabato T boli residents benefit from solar power program

Ethnic T’boli villagers got from the government solar power generating sets, among them women weaving T’nalak fabric at night after a daylong farm work......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 24th, 2021

TESDA project to supply solar power to remote village in Lake Sebu

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 3 (PIA) - At least 100 households in one of the hardest sitios in Lake Sebu town will soon have electricity through a skills training from the Technical Educati.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

255 new workers benefit from TUPAD program in NoCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Some 255 individuals are the latest beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program here, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza said Monday.In a statement, the governor said the TUPAD recipients will work from Jul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 11th, 2022

SoCot village dad suspended for refusal to give up 4Ps membership

KORONADAL CITY - A barangay official in the South Cotabato town of Banga is facing a two-month suspension after refusing to surrender his membership in the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for indigents.The quasi-judicial body of Banga's municipal council found San Vic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 7th, 2022

BARMM solon, health body bring med services to Lanao Sur villages

COTABATO CITY - Some 800 residents of two Lanao del Sur villages benefitted from a medical outreach program organized by a lawmaker in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in partnership with the region's Ministry of Health (MOH).In a news release on Friday, the Office.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 10th, 2022

Nueva Ecija irrigation goes solar

CABANATUAN CITY — To provide unhampered water distribution in farmlands in the towns of San Isidro and Peñaranda, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated two completed solar-powered pumps on Saturday. NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya revealed that a total of 273 farmers in Nueva Ecija will benefit from the independent power system irrigation, adding that it […] The post Nueva Ecija irrigation goes solar appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

Go helps PWDs, jobless people in South Cotabato

Persons with disabilities and residents of Tupi, South Cotabato who are struggling to gain access to essential services due to the pandemic got a visit and a package of assistance from Sen. Bong Go recently......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

Citicore seeks big share in green energy space

Citicore Power Inc. is eyeing a significant share in the green energy option program (GEOP) through its agro-solar platform......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

Lapu-Lapu gov’t helps light up 560 Pangan-an homes

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Residents of Barangay Panga-an, an islet barangay in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City will no longer spend the nights in darkness after the city government donated a solar panel set to each of the 560 households in the barangay. The solar panel sets can help provide power to the homes of Pangan-an […] The post Lapu-Lapu gov’t helps light up 560 Pangan-an homes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

Farmers earn from Cagdianao Mining’s greening program

In 2019, the year before the pandemic hit hard on the communities, Cagdianao Mining Corp., a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp., initiated a seedling production program that continues to benefit residents in the Dinagat Islands financially and proves that there is money in ‘greening’ and in environment protection activities......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2021

BARMM mulls infra projects for 63 North Cotabato barangays

Residents of 63 barangays in North Cotabato now under the Bangsamoro region stand to benefit from multi-million 2021 infrastructure projects now on drafting tables of regional engineers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

North Cotabato electric coop technician snatched

Authorities still have no leads on the identities of the gunmen who seized a solar power technician of the Cotabato Electric Cooperative in Arakan town on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2021

South Cotabato steps up anti-filariasis measures

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 November) – Health personnel in South Cotabato have stepped up their interventions to effectively contain and eliminate the cases of the parasitic filariasis disease in at least two villages in T’boli town. Jose Barroquillo Jr., mosquito-borne diseases coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said they are continually […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

South Cotabato to expand palay subsidy program next year

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 November) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is planning to expand the implementation next year of its subsidized buying scheme for palay to accommodate more local farmers. Dr. Raul Teves, head of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said they are currently finalizing the implementing policies of its […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

83 sites in SouthCot to be part of ‘Free Wi-Fi for All’ program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – A total of 83 sites in South Cotabato province have been identified by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as priority areas of the “Free Wi-Fi for All” program. Pam Galenzoga, UNDP institutional development officer, said the province […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Relocation of residents pushed due to ground cracks in South Cotabato village

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 October) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the immediate relocation of at least 50 families in a remote sitio in Lake Sebu town who evacuated early this month due to the emergence of ground tension cracks in the area. Rolly Doane Aquino, head of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

SouthCot health workers gear up for measles, rubella vaccination

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Oct) – Health workers in South Cotabato province are gearing up for the upcoming month-long vaccination campaign for measles and rubella, which is targeted to cover 149,000 children in the area. Genesis Navales, national immunization program coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said they have finalized the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

COVID-19 disrupts town hall services, delivery of learning modules in SouthCot gold-rush town

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 13 Oct) – The municipal hall of the gold-rich town of T’boli in South Cotabato province was ordered shut down while the distribution of learning materials for public schools was suspended for five days due to the growing threats of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the locality. T’boli Mayor Dibu Tuan ordered […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

P47-M dairy project starts in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has started the initial phase of a P47-million dairy production, processing and marketing project in Polomolok town under the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP). Marites Tanseco, project development officer of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, said Thursday the preparations are […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

SouthCot grants 10-year tax holiday to renewable energy firm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has granted a 10-year tax holiday effective next year to a renewable energy company that will soon operate a 6-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Surallah town. Emmanuel Jumilla, head of the South Cotabato Economic and Investments Promotion Center (SCEIPC), said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020