SOUTH COTABATO NEWS ROUND-UP: Pacquiao, Marquez, lechon parade, darlene antonino

DPWH allots P200-M more for
South Cotabato-Sarangani road

    The national government has allocated an additional P200 million for the opening and development next year of another section of the 75-kilometer Lake Sebu-Maitum road network in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani.
    South Cotabato (2nd District) Rep. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said the appropriation was included in the infrastructure allocation of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region under the proposed General Appropriations Actor national budget for next year.
    She said her office earlier lobbied with the DPWH for the additional funding to help speed up the completion of the project, which would mainly connect the municipalities of Maitum in Sarangani and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.
    Fuentes said the additional funds would be utilized to continue with the development of the unfinished portions of the five-section road network.
    She said the road network’s scheduled development works for this year has yet to begin but the DPWH central office is already finalizing the bidding and awarding process for the project that will provide a shorter link between the coastal towns of Maasim and Maitum in Sarangani and Palimbang and Lebak in Sultan Kudarat to the regional center in Koronadal City via Lake Sebu and Surallah towns in South Cotabato. (PNA)

4th Pacquiao-Marquez
fight to settle doubts

    The forthcoming Fourth Act in the historic duel between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez will feature and decide the question on not only who between the two is a better gladiator but, also who between trainers Freddie Roach and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain is the finer guru.
    Both Roach and Beristain have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame house of boxing history, attesting to their distinction as the best in their chosen craft.
    “Three times we fought him (Marquez) and twice we won, But still the doubts remain” the 52-year-old Roach sighed.
    “The fact that Manny beat him twice, proved he’s the better fighter, But the closeness of the results in the second bout (which ended in a split decision) and the third (majority verdict) led the fans to doubt them,” the owner of the Wild Boxing Gym at the heart of Los Angeles analyzed.
    To erase, once and for all, the doubts, we have to exploit new strategies to counter Marquez’s counter-punching style of fighting. And we’ll have to do it s early as in the training camp, “ Roach said, admitting that of the previous trilogy, he has yet to come up with a good strategy to justify Pacquiao’s two wins. (PNA)

Army, LGUs, NGOs come
to aid Maguindanao poor

    TACURONG CITY —     The Army’s 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division and the 601st Infantry “Unifier” Brigade, along with the Maguindanao provincial government conducted a joint medical mission, hybrid seeds distribution and inauguration of farm-to-market roads in the town of Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao in just one day last week in an event described by participants as “hitting three birds with one stone.”
    More than 3,000 less fortunate constituents coming from the conflict affected areas of Amptuan, Datu Hoffer, Sharif Aguak, Datu Unsay, and Datu Saudi Ampatuan, all of Maguindanao flocked to the municipal hall of Datu Hoffer, to avail free services.
    The 601st brigade led by Colonel Edmundo Pangilinan and its units, 33rd, 46th, 68th, 45th and 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion with the partnership of LGU of Maguindanao Province, LGU of Datu Hoffer Municipality, Rotary Club of Tacurong and Sultan Kudarat Doctor’s Hospital joined hands in the conduct of “Grand Medical and Dental Mission.”
    The 6th Infantry Division and the Maguindanao Provincial Medical and Dental Team provided free medical check-up, dental services and circumcision with free medicines, while the Rotary Club of Tacurong and team from Sultan Kudarat Doctors Hospital extended free eye check up.
    Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, 6th ID commander expressed his gratitude for the positive response of the constituents of the said municipalities in the conduct of the activity.
    In the same event, Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, cited the Qur’an in expressing his gratitude to the joint efforts.
    The Koran says that all of us are brethren, Muslims, Christians, indigenous peoples. We don’t need to kill each other because all misunderstanding can be solved peacefully,” Mangudadatu said. (PNA)

Responsible Parenthood
not promoting abortion
By Catherine T. Apelacio
    A government doctor said Reproductive Health does not promote abortion, but is aimed at achieving responsible parenthood to protect both mother and children.
    There is no truth to the rumor that government’s reproductive health promotes abortion. It intends to address maternal mortality rate and promote responsible parenthood, said Dr. Marlyn Convocar, director of the
Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Region 12.
    Dr. Comcovar made this assurance as DOH-CHD launched its family planning (FP) program in the region to bolster understanding of responsible parenthood and women’s reproductive health.
    The campaign which highlights the theme “Responsableng Pamilya, Ngayon Na!” is part of the celebration of FP awareness this month of September.
    The regional director said the year-round family planning program carries the general principles of every pregnancy that is wanted, planned and supported; adequately managed throughout its course; facility-based and managed by skilled birth attendants; and every mother-and-newborn pair secures proper postpartum and post-natal care for mother and child survival(PIA General Santos City)

Mayor Darlene thanks Philhealth

By D. E. Doguiles & Hanah Naanep

    General Santos City Mayor Darlene Custodio thanked the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) as Barangay Bula received P8.5 million from Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) for its rural health unit (RHU).
    Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eduardo Banzon handed the check to Bula Chairman Eduardo Vargas and Mayor Custodio during the First City Health Congress at the Phela Grande Convention Center, General Santos City on Wednesday last week.
    The check represents 1st and 2nd quarter Per Family Payment Rate (PFPR) for 21,651 families sponsored by the local government unit and 12,651 families sponsored by the national government through the National Household Targeting System as of December 31, 2011.
    PFPR is the enhanced version of the capitation fund that Philhealth provides for health care facilities rendering outpatient care for sponsored members, organized groups and Overseases Filipino Workers including their qualified dependents.
    Mayor Custodio said the health congress was a showcase and a product of collective efforts of the government, DOH and other agencies.
    Dr. Busuego lauded the city government for its implementation of the UHC Program by showing its three important thrusts: enhanced facilities, adoptation of financial risks protection through Philhealth and by working on achieving the three main health concerns of the Millenium Development Goal program.

More folks flee
from tribal war

    Close to 300 more families of a remote village in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato have evacuated in the last two weeks due to a worsening tribal conflict in the area.
    John Lorca, operations chief of the South Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said in a radio interview that a total of 400 families or around 2,000 residents have already fled from three remote sitios of Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu to escape from the raging tribal war between Moro and Lumad residents in the area.
    Lorca said the evacuees came from sitios Suhay, Kitae and Narra of Barangay Ned and are currently taking temporary shelter at the barangay proper.
    Since the tribal war started last month, four persons have been killed while around 50 hectares of corn and peanut farmlands in the area were destroyed.
    Troops from the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion have been deployed in the area to help defuse the tension and secure the civilian communities. (PNA)

Lechon Parade to star in
Koronadal charter day

    KORONADAL CITY — Expect a parade of well decorated roasted pigs on October 8 when this city celebrates its charter foundation anniversary.
    For the first time since its creation 12 years ago, a roasted pig (Lechon) parade will be held in Koronadal City, the regional seat of Central Mindanao or known as SOCCSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Saranggani, Gen. Santos City) region, according to Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel.
        Alejandro Simbajon, a roasted pig dealer in Koronadal City said participants are encouraged to have their lechon entries decorated or dressed like a police officer, soldier, chef, student, teacher, or public servant, among others.
    All the 27 villages of Koronadal will have one entry each and the businessmen are expected to display similar number of entries.
    Miguel is expecting about 50 roasted pigs parading in the city’s major thoroughfares come October 8, surely one of the tourist attractions in this booming city. (PIA)

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