MINDANAO ROUNDUP: News in and around Mindanao (July 21, 2018)

Published July 21, 2018, 4:45 PM

by Francine Ciasico

‘Pulis Carvan’

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Police Regional Office in Zamboanga peninsula (PRO-9) formally launched on Saturday the “Pulis Natin Caravan” program that is aimed at bringing police services closer to the people of this city and of Isabela City in Basilan province.

PRO-9 Director Chief Supt. Billy B. Beltran said “Pulis Natin” was a flagship program of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde. The launching of the program was held yesterday morning at Camp Gen. Batalla, Justice RT Lim Boulevard in this city.

Beltran said the caravan will try to bring the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) frontline services to the people of Zamboanga City and Isabela City by catering to their complaints, queries, issues and concerns and other services. (Nonoy Lacson)

Better roads

DAVAO CITY – Barangays Bobon, Dahican, and Don Salvador Lopez in Mati, Davao Oriental will be getting better roads in anticipation of the influx of tourist arrivals in the province, starting with a road improvement grant that was started by the provincial government last week.

The funding, initially worth P25 million for the early phases of the improvement, comes from a Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces program for the repair, rehabilitation, and improvement of infrastructure.

The roads intend to improve the access of people and goods across the different barangays in Mati City. Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang led the groundbreaking ceremony of the 2.4-kilometer road concreting project in Barangay Don Salvador Lopez.

The concreting covers National Highway junction going to Sitio Tambon, Bona-an, Sta. Cruz and New Camotes, and to extend to Barangay Tagbinonga. (Yas Ocampo)

TESDA training

COTABATO CITY (PNA) – In line with the government’s program to help former Communist rebels live normal lives, the Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion in Arakan, North Cotabato, has initiated a skills training program for 25 former rebels at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Lt. Angelique Taban, 19th Infantry Battalion (IB) civil-military operations officer, said Friday the 25 former combatants of the New People’s Army(NPA) will undergo the month-long training that began Wednesday at the TESDA–North Cotabato Provincial Training Center and Institute for Motorbikes and Auto Mechanics Incorporated.

She said Lt. Prolen Bonacua, 19th IB Alpha Company commander, will also help facilitate the carpentry skills training for former rebels, who surrendered to the Army in North Cotabato in recent months.

The beneficiaries will also receive starter tool kits and daily allowance for the duration of the training.

NEDA study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has launched a study to assess Soccsksargen’s poverty incidence and the impact of its economic growth.

Arturo Valero, NEDA-12 (Soccsksargen) director, said Friday they commissioned consulting firm All-Asian Centre for Enterprise Development, Inc. (ASCEND) for the ongoing study, which covers the region’s four provinces and five cities.

Valero said the study primarily focuses on the analysis of the causes of high poverty incidence in relation to Soccsksargen’s performance in terms of the gross regional domestic product from 2010 to 2015.

The NEDA-12 chief said the study aims to determine “the root causes of poverty and the gaps in the implementation of policies, projects and programs” in the region. It will also seek to “analyze and recommend strategies, policies, projects and programs to address the gaps identified.”

Aid to victims

DAVAO CITY (PNA) – Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has extended aid to the victims of strong monsoon waves in Barangay 76-A, Bucana, here on Thursday.

Go led the distribution of construction materials such as wood, roofing materials and some food packs to the 42 residents in the area whose houses were washed out by monsoon waves on Sunday.

Go said the donations were from friends in the private and government sectors. “Let me clarify that I did not own the donations here–I am just helping extend the aid from the government and private sector,” Go said.