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  • Lutayan holds 1st Buntis Congress

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 20 (PIA) --   About a  hundred pregnant   women  in Lutayan, Sultan  Kudarat gathered recently  at  the municipal   gymnasium  for the municipality’s  first Buntis Congress. According to  a report  from the  PhilHealth,  the event, which was  held  on August 23 featured several  doctors  who  discussed  with the local  women   safe motherhood   and other  related  concerns  affecting  health  care  needs of pregnant women. The event was  anchored on the ... Read Full Story - Lutayan hol...
  • 5 Libya repatriates receive financial aid from OWWA 12

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 18 (PIA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)  office in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region has started releasing financial assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Libya. OWWA-12 OIC Regional Director Marilou Sumalinog said their office has already released a one-time grant worth P10,000 each to five OFWs who came in their office last week. “We have already released a total of P50,000 to five OFWs who came to our office... Read Full Story - 5 Libya repa...
  • Enhanced Justice on Wheels to visit North Cotabato in September

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Aug. 18 (PIA)—The provincial government through the Provincial Legal Office will again implement the Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW II) program on September 25 this year. Atty. Jonah E. Denaque-Mineses, provincial legal officer and project leader of the EJOW II said that tthe acitivity  would  bring justice closer to the people particularly the poor. “The activities on September 25 will include mobile court hearings and mobile court-annexed mediation... Read Full Story - Enhanced Jus...
  • PNP collects 8,000 cc in bloodletting activity

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Aug 18 – Officers of the Police Regional  Office  (PRO) 12  have donated  over  8,000  cc  of blood  in  a bloodletting  activity in line   with the  celebration of the 113th Police Service Anniversary. Police Senior Inspector Aldrin Martin Gonzales, PRO 12 spokesperson,  told  Philippine  Information  Agency  the  bloodletting  event  was  held  at the covered court of PRO 12 in Tambler, General Santos City on August 14. Anchored  on the theme  “Dugo... Read Full Story - PNP collects...
  • NorthCot LGU boosts firefighting skills of BFP members

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Aug. 18 (PIA)--To further strengthen the firefighting skills of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) members, barangay and company volunteer fire brigades from eight municipalities in the province and in Cotabato City joined the 1st Gov. Lala J. Talińo-Mendoza Fire Fighting Combat Challenge held recently. In his message, Supt. Adam Ali Guiamad, provincial fire marshall accentuated the big responsibility of firefighters in keeping a fire-safe community and being able to... Read Full Story - NorthCot LGU...
  • DILG shares Sarangani’s rebel program to other LGUs

    ALABEL, Sarangani  Aug 13 (PIA) — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has tapped the Sarangani experience on handling the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) for former rebels (FRs) to be shared to other local government units (LGUs) in the whole country. Lizette Lopez, CLIP program head under the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), joined the replication seminar last May 23 – June 2, 2014 at different venues, in Cagayan de Oro ... Read Full Story - DILG shares ...
  • Tacurong holds 5-day fire volunteer training

    TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat,  July 24 (PIA) – At least  55  persons  here are undergoing  a  five-day  fire  volunteer  sponsored by the  city government  and  facilitated by the Tacurong Bureau of Fire Protection. The training  which is being  coordinated  by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC)   from July 21  to 25  involves   personnel of the City Schools Division, the city government, Tacurong Police Station, Tacurong Search and Rescue Team (TRACER), EORA... Read Full Story - Tacurong hol...
  • Tupi to implement P2.7-M worth of peace projects from DAR

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  July 24  (PIA) 12 – Nine  barangays  in nearby Tupi town are set  to  benefit  from  various projects as the  Department of Agrarian  recently approved the release  of  P2.7 M various  rural  projects. The barangays were adopted by DAR under its area component of the national government’s PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) program that aims to provide these barangays with community-based projects to bring genuine peace and development. DAR Region... Read Full Story - Tupi to impl...
  • Gov’t completes P62-M projects in conflict-affected, vulnerable towns

    KORONADAL CITY,  South Cotabato,   June 19 (PIA) --  The  government, through the Department of Social Welfare and  Development  (DSWD) has  recently finished  and  turned over P62-million  worth of  peace projects  in three   conflict-affected and  vulnerable municipalities in North Cotabato, an official of the agency reported.    Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of DSWD 12 , said that the amount represents 138 community projects through the government’s flagship peace and develop... Read Full Story - Gov’t comp...
  • PRO 12 bares crime prevention, public safety measures

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 5 (PIA)—In line with their  efforts  to strengthen security in all areas of SOCCSKSARGEN region, the Police Regional Office (PRO 12) disclosed its target hardening measures. Police Senior Supt. Florendo Quidilla, Jr., chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division of the PRO 12 said that their measures are divided into two, the crime prevention programs and the public safety and security services. “Under the crime and prevention programs, we ... Read Full Story - PRO 12 bares...
  • PNP awards “Medalya Ng Katapangan” to Pres Roxas police

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,   May 29 (PIA) --  Philippine National Police Chief Allan Purisima conferred “Medalya Ng Katapangan” to 15 personnel of the President Roxas Municipal Police Station Wednesday. The medals, pinned to the honorees in a ceremony at Camp Catitipan in Davao City recognized police officers for bravely defending their post from an attack of at least 100 New People’s Army rebels, PSInp Aldrin Martin González, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 12,... Read Full Story - PNP awards “...
  • Uniformed men are important in keeping peace, says NorthCot gov

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, May 28 (PIA)—Our uniformed men are our front liners in keeping a peaceful condition as well as in protecting the civilians, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza said. Gov. Mendoza  expressed  this  comment at the graduation of the members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP)   at the provincial  capitol  recently. “The PNP SAF is a strong partner of the provincial government in maintaining peace and order and in ... Read Full Story - Uniformed me...
  • AFP remains on heightened alert in N. Cotabato

    KABACAN, North Cotabato, May 27 (PIA)—Peacekeeping forces especially the military in North Cotabato remains  on heightened alert against possibleretaliation of members of the New People’s Army (NPA). This is according to Capt. Manuel Gatuz, spokesperson of the 57th Infantry Battalion, after the lawless elements’ rumored attack following their failed offensive on Tuesday dawn last week in President Roxas town. “We have additional forces assigned to different villages parti... Read Full Story - AFP remains ...
  • BFP-ARMM to hire 200 new firemen

    COTABATO CITY, May 26 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fire Protection-ARMM is hiring  200 new fire fighters this year to strengthen its manpower. Along with its modernization program, the hiring of new personnel is seen to strengthen the capability of the BFP in responding to fires and other emergencies, said Atty. Baltazar Saradain of BFP-ARMM Regional Admin Division. Saradain said the recruitment is also expected to address the insufficient number of BFP personnel and effectively stir public aware... Read Full Story - BFP-ARMM to ...
  • South Cotabato calls for public support on HIV/AIDS advocacy

    KORONADAL  CITY, South Cotabato,  May 23  (PIA)  --  Hundreds  of   health workers,  students, government  officials,  and other   stakeholders    gathered at  Alunan  Ave,  this  city  Thursday  evening to   voice their  support  the worldwide  HIV/AIDS  advocacy.  Highlighting  the event  was  a candle lighting  ceremony   showing   solidarity  with at least  115  countries  celebrating  the  31st International  AIDS Candlelight Memorial last May 18.   Lighted  candles  were  arranged  to  for... Read Full Story - South Cotaba...
  • NAPOLCOM 12 backs survey on handling of youth offenders

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 15 (PIA) –   The  leadership of  the National  Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)  12   has  provided  all-out support  to the  ongoing  field  survey  on the  implementation of  alternative proceedings  on cases involving  children, an  official of the commission said. NAPOLCOM 12  Regional Director  Atty. Edilberto  Fermil   said   for the  two-week  survey,  he  provided the  Manila-based  team  with a logistical  support  and  created  a local  team  to  c... Read Full Story - NAPOLCOM 12 ...
  • Save the Children, DILG 12 strengthen disaster response partnership

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  May  14  (PIA) --    International  chidren’s  welfare  organization  Save the Children and the  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in  Region 12 are joining  forces  to ensure protection of  children  in times of  disasters and calamity. Save the Children Philippines and  DILG  12 signed  Monday  a memorandum  of  understanding  for a partnership  in the  implementation of  Republic Act 4881 and Republic Act 10121  in the region. RA 488... Read Full Story - Save the Chi...
  • Cebuano News: Kapulisan sa Gensan nakadawat ug patrol tricycle

    SYUDAD SA HENERAL SANTOS, Mayo 13 (PIA)—Nakadawat kabag-uhay lamang ang General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) ug duha ka “patrol tricycle” gikan sa usa ka pribadong kompanya isip tabang aron mas mapakusog pa ang pagbantay sa siguridad sa dakbayan. Sumala pa sa taho gikan sa City Public Information Office (CPIO) opisyal nga gihatag sa LYR Marketing Corporation pinaagi sa bise-presidente niini nga si Frederick Rubio ang nasampit nga mga sakyanan ngadto sa hepe sa GSCPO nga si... Read Full Story - Cebuano News...
  • FEATURE: Health Concerns in Summer

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato May 12  (PIA)  --    It’s  summer.  To most  Filipinos  this  time means  days out of school,  vacation, long trips, family bonding, parties, foods, beaches, and other  activities  that may involve  long  hours  under the  scorching heat of sun. This too,  according to Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr.,  head of the  Integrated Provincial  Health Office (IPHO) here  is  a time when people  should also  be  wary about  health problems  that come  along with  the  time.... Read Full Story - FEATURE: Hea...
  • Tagalog News: Libu-libong mga kabataan, nagtapos sa Summer Kids Peace Camp ng N. Cotabato

    MAGPET, North Cotabato, Mayo 6 (PIA)—Libu-libong mga kabataan partikular ang mga grade 5 pupils ang nagtapos sa unang pangkat ng summer kids peace camp (SKPC) ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng North Cotabato kamakalawa. Ang aktibidad na ginanap sa iba-ibang mga pampublikong paaralan sa lalawigan ay nagsimula pa noong Marso 20. Ang unang batch ay kinabibilangan ng mga kabataan mula sa Arakan, Antipas, President Roxas, Kidapawan City, Makilala, Tulunan, M’lang, Matalam, Kabacan, Carmen, a... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • Bishop Gutierrez appeals for public support on CAB

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 2 (PIA)—“Let the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) work for the benefit of all of us,” said His Excellency Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D. D., bishop of  the Diocese of Marbel. Gutierrez  made the  call   at the  meeting  of  the Information Coordinating Network  (ICON), an organization of  government  information officers  in  SOCCSKSARGEN Region on  Wednesday  in Koronadal City,  where the  CAB  was  among the topics  discussed. As ... Read Full Story - Bishop Gutie...
  • OWWA-ARMM holds lecture on MERS-CoV on Labor Day

    COTABATO CITY, Apr 30 (PIA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) is set to conduct a lecture on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) for OFWs tomorrow, Labor Day. OWWA-ARMM OIC Habib Malik said, this is in response to Labor Secretary Baldoz’s order to provide the OFWs with orientation on the MERS-CoV following its outbreak in Middle East. Malik said over 80 participants from different municipaliti... Read Full Story - OWWA-ARMM ho...
  • PNP, military intensify peace efforts in Soccsksargen region

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 28 (PIA)—In a bid to ensure the security of the people of Region 12, police and military authorities are strengthening their efforts particularly to areas in the region vulnerable to tension. At the recent  Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting , Police Senior Supt. Florendo Quidilla, Jr., chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division of the Police Regional Office 12 noted that among their peace initiatives are the establishment of check... Read Full Story - PNP, militar...
  • 1,660 to take Napolcom exam in Koronadal

     KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr 25 (PIA) – Some 1,660 examinees from  different  parts of  SOCCSKSARGEN Region will take part in the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on April 27 that will be administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM). Napolcom regional director Atty. Edilberto Fermil said 520 will take the PNP entrance examinations while 1,140 are distributed to the various promotional test categories. Director Fermil added, they ha... Read Full Story - 1,660 to t...
  • NorthCot LGU expresses support for army troops

    KIDAPAWAN, North Cotabato, Apr. 23 (PIA)—The provincial government of North Cotabato, in its bid to strengthen peacekeeping efforts between the military and the government, expressed full support on the initiatives of the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. Governor Emmylou Mendoza, during the inauguration of the renovated clubhouse of the 6th ID in Camp Siongco, Awang of this town, lauded the 6th ID in its effort of safeguarding its areas of responsibility which include the prov... Read Full Story - NorthCot LGU...
  • CAB won’t create an Islamic state – Bacani

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Apr 23 (PIA) --    The envisioned   Bangsamoro  government will  not lead  to the establishment of   an Islamic  state  in  Mindanao nor  will  Christians  lose  their  lands to  Muslims  once the new  region is in place,  government peace panel member Senen Bacani said.   “The Bangsamoro will be part of the Philippines, it will not separate from the Philippines. Bangsamoro officials will report to the President of the Philippines. The laws of the Philippin... Read Full Story - CAB won’t c...
  • PCG-GenSan says deployed aluminum boats also for rescue

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 21 (PIA)---- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station-GenSan said recently-deployed aluminum boats are also for rescue operations. In mid-March, it has distributed seven aluminum boats with 40HP outboard motor to its sub-stations based here and Sarangani.  The boats, according to Lt. Jay Tarriela, station commander, Coast Guard Station here were obtained by the Department of Transportation and Communications to be assigned in different Coast Guard Stations (CGS) and Co... Read Full Story - PCG-GenSan s...
  • Tagalog News: GSCPO isinegurong mahigpit ang seguridad para sa Semana Santa

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Abril16 (PIA)---Sineguro ng General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) na mahigpit ang seguridad na ipapatupad nito upang maging maayos at ligtas ang publiko ngayong Semana Santa.Ayon kay P/Supt. Rolly Octavio, GSCPO deputy director for administration, ang buong pwersa ng pulis at mga estasyon nito ay nakalagay mula noong Linggo pa sa "heightened alert" para sa Semana Santa.  Ito’y alinsunod na rin sa direktibang ibinaba ni Philippine National Police Director-General Al... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • Conflict-affected families in NorthCot town receive relief assistance

    MAGPET, North Cotabato, Apr. 15 (PIA)—   Families  affected  by the  recent  conflict  here have  received  relief assistance from the provincial government. Cynthia Ortega, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (PDRRMOC) said that   relief goods were  distributed to 107 families in Barangay Manobisa and 82 families in Barangay Amabel. “The residents of both villages have evacuated due to recent encounters between government forces and lawles... Read Full Story - Conflict-aff...
  • Deles lauds all-out support of Maguindanao LGU to peace process

    BULUAN, Maguindanao, Apr. 8 (PIA)   --    Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos Deles cited the unflinching support of the Maguindanao provincial government to the  peace  process, particularly to the  newly-signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).Deles was  here  as the   guest of  honor of the  "Ka-PEACEtahan ng Maguindanao"   kanduli  hosted   by  Gov. Esmael  Mangudadatu. Gov. Mangudadatu  said  the   purpose  of  kanduli, which means   grand  banquet in  Maguindanao  ve... Read Full Story - Deles lauds...
  • Bangsamoro deal a model for conflict-affected countries -- Nonviolent Peaceforce

    COTABATO CITY,  April 2 (PIA) --    Countries  suffering   from   internal armed  conflicts  could look  up to the Philippines, according  to   a  global  nonpartisan  unarmed peacekeeping  organization. Nonviolent  Peaceforce  said in a statement that the newly-signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro   between the  Government and the  Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic  Liberation  Front (MILF) is a peace model  worth emulation by  other  countries. “This is not only a resoun... Read Full Story - Bangsamoro ...
  • LGU-GenSan hosts Kanduli for Peace in support of CAB signing

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 27 (PIA)--- The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is a victory, said City Mayor Ronnel Rivera. “The CAB is a victory--- it is everyone’s victory. It is a victory not only for the Bangsamoro, but for all of us who work for peace,” he said. The signing of the CAB between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be done at around 4:00pm today, March 27 at the Malacanang Palace. In line with t... Read Full Story - LGU-GenSan h...
  • Tagalog News: GENSAN PROTECTOR, ipapatupad ng LGU GenSan

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Marso 26 (PIA)---- Ipinahayag ni City Mayor Ronnel Rivera ang kanyang planong pagpapatibay ng seguridad sa lungsod sa nakaraang City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) kamakailan lamang.Sa iprenisentang proposal, tinaguriang ito GENSAN PROTECTOR or General Santos Peace Reinforcement Operations Towards Effective Community Over-all Response.Ayon kay City Administrator Atty. Arnel Zapatos ang nasabing inisyatibong proposisyon ay mahalaga dahil ito ay magiging katuwang ng mga pulis ... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • 40 police officers undergo stress management seminar

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 18 (PIA)  -- At  least   40  police  officers  from  across  SOCCSKSARGEN Region   recently took a two-day  seminar  where they  were  taught  how to manage  stress. PSInsp. Aldrin  Martin Gonzales, chief of  the Public  Relations  Office of the  Police Regional Office (PRO 12,  said  participants   were  taught  how to  recognize and identify sources of stress and manage stress. They were also trained  to be aware of different effects of stress to  thei... Read Full Story - 40 police of...
  • PNP-Tacurong gets new patrol car from Fil-Chinese Chamber

    TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat, Mar 18 (PIA)  —The Sultan Kudarat Tacurong Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FCCCII)  turned  over  a  new patrol car   to the Tacurong City Police Station  to  help  boost  the  latter’s operations, according to the city  government’s  information office. The new  patrol car, a  multicab fabricated into  a  patrol mobile,    was  turned  over to PNP-Tacurong   through the  local  government unit  on  Monday, March  17. Mean... Read Full Story - PNP-Tacurong...
  • 133 police officers deployed to police stations across SOCCSKSARGEN

    GENERAL SANTOS  CITY, South Cotabato,  Mar 12 (PIA)  --   Some  133 police officers 1 (PO1)    from the  Regional  Public  Safety  Batallion  (RPSB) were   deployed  to different  police  stations   in SOCCSKSARGEN  Region  Monday. PSInsp.  Aldrin Martin Gonzales,  spokesperson of the Police Regional Office  12, the deployment  of PO1s   was  part of the  efforts of the  police regional  office  to   beef up the needed security strength in police stations in the area.    At the setting  out cere... Read Full Story - 133 police o...
  • 13 former rebels in Sarangani get P0.8 M livelihood aid

    ALABEL, Sarangani,  Mar. 12  (PIA)   --  Thirteen   former  New People’s  Army  (NPA)  combatants    from  four municipalities  in Sarangani Province received   P845,000   worth of  assistance  from the  Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP)   and the provincial  government at the Provincial  Capitol  here Monday. DILG Provincial Director Flor Limpin and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) chief Raquel Panal  led the distribution  of  aid  amounti... Read Full Story - 13 former ...
  • SouthCot town conducts massive info campaign for Fire Prevention Month

    TUPI, South Cotabato, March 10 (PIA)—The local government unit of this town in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection is conducting a massive information drive in observance of the Fire Prevention Month this March. Fire marshal senior inspector Maysael S. Wenceslao said that they are intensifying their effort to reach out to all sectors in the municipality on how to prevent incidents brought by fire. “There are many causes of fire like faulty electrical wiring, however, the ... Read Full Story - SouthCot tow...
  • SSS tells OFWs, self-employed, voluntary members to settle underpayments

    COTABATO CITY,  Mar 4 (PIA) --   The  Social  Security  System  (SSS) office here  are  reminding  its overseas Filipino  worker, self-employed, and  voluntary members to settle  any contributions  underpayment  to  ensure that their  monthly premiums for January 2014 are  aligned with the  SSS Contribution Schedule. Sukarno  Pendaliday,  branch  head of SSS-Cotabato  City,  explained in a statement  sent to  Philippine Information Agency 12,  that underpayments  were  due to monthly contributio... Read Full Story - SSS tells OF...
  • Bus company attests labor standards, public safety provide benefits

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Mar. 3 (PIA)  --    Abiding  by labor  standards  and  investing on  safety and  comfort  have won them  the  public  trust and patronage  and ensured profitable  business,  an official  of SOCCSKSARGEN Region’s  leading   bus  fleet said. “Paying our  drivers and conductors   basic  pay  has been  a  practice of  YBL,”  Norlap  Yap, human  resource manager  of  Yellow  Bus Line  Inc. told Philippine Information Agency  12 in an interview regard... Read Full Story - Bus company...
  • North Cotabato's 2014 Summer Kids Peace Camp to reach thousands

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, March 3 (PIA)--Thousands of children particularly the fifth graders of different elementary schools in the province of North Cotabato are expected to converge for this year’s Summer Kids Peace Camp (SKPC) which will be launched on March 27, 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ... Read Full Story - North Cotaba...
  • Tagalog News: Paghihigpit sa seguridad sa Gensan Oval Plaza patuloy sa pagtatapos ng Kalilangan Festival 2014

    LUNGSOD NG HENERAL SANTOS, Pebrero 28 (PIA) – Patuloy pa rin ang paghihigpit ng mga otoridad sa seguridad sa loob ng Oval Plaza kung saan idinaos kahapon ang mga programa sa pagtatapos ng selebrasyon ng Kalilangan Festival 2014. Sa ulat ng Gensan Information Office nag deploy ang General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) ng dagdag na 300 na mga myembro ng kapulisan na magbabantay sa buong selebrasyon ng naturang kapistahan.   Mahigpit na ipinagbawal sa loob ng Oval Plaza ang pagdadala ng &... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • DSWD completes P24.7M peace projects in Pikit, N. Cotabato

    KORONADAL, South Cotabato, Feb 13 (PIA)  -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in SOCCSKSARGEN Region has completed a total of P24.7 million of various community peace projects in Pikit, North Cotabato, an agency official said Thursday. Gemma N. Rivera, DSWD-12 assistant regional director said  these  project  are  already  benefiting  at least 17,319  households in  the said  town, which is often  disturbed  by  conflicts  between  rebel  groups and  government  troops.   Complete... Read Full Story - DSWD complet...
  • DILG Sec Roxas to LGUs: Help P-Noy forge lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao

    DILG Sec Roxas to LGUs: Help P-Noy forge lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Feb12 (PIA) – Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas called on local officials in Muslim Mindanao to fast-track the delivery of programs and projects in strife-torn and poverty-stricken areas of the region. Roxas said,  this is their way of helping President Benigno Aquino III in securing just and lasting peace in Southern Philippines. The DILG Secretary issued the appeal to... Read Full Story - DILG Sec Rox...
  • Over 300 students in NorthCot join youth responders training

    MAGPET, North Cotabato, Feb. 11 (PIA )-- Some  339 student leaders from 69 high schools in the second district of this province participated a three-day training for youth responders initiated by the provincial government of North Cotabato  lat week. Headed by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operation Center (PDRRMOC), the  activity  was held at Magpet National High School (MNHS). Participating high schools came from the municipalities of Magpet, Antipas, Arakan, President ... Read Full Story - Over 300 stu...
  • ARMM HEART provides relief to IDPs in Maguindanao

    COTABATO CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) – Thousands of internally displaced persons received relief assistance and free medical services from the ARMM government last week. Around 758 families comprised of  3,790 individuals from the village of Macasendeg in Midsayap, North Cotabato benefit from the services of the joint team of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) and the Army's 6th Infantry Division. The individuals are originally... Read Full Story - ARMM HEART p...
  • Crame promotes 16 policemen from NorthCot

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Feb. 6 (PIA)--Sixteen Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) in this province were promoted by the Philippine National Police National Headquarters in Camp Crame on Monday, February 3. Sr. Supt. Danilo Peralta, provincial director of the Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO) said that among those who received promotions were two police chief inspectors (PCI), two police senior inspectors (PSI), four police inspectors (PI) and eight senior police officers (SPO). Th... Read Full Story - Crame promot...
  • PRO 12 commits to align with Sulong Sarangani program

    ALABEL, Sarangani, Feb 3 (PIA)  –   The Police  Regional  Office (PRO) 12    is aligning its  programs and  activities in  Sarangani  province  with  the   local  government  unit’s  Sulong Sarangani advocacy. Police Chief Inspector Joefel Remudaro,  head of  the Police Community Relations (PCR) of PRO 12 said  at  the  recent Provincial Joint Peace Security Coordinating Committee   that  the Philippine National  Police ensures activities for Sarangani will be congruent to the LGU&rs... Read Full Story - PRO 12 commi...
  • Soccsksargen youths unite for peace

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 29 (PIA)---- The International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) led half a thousand youths from different places of Soccsksargen in a “world peace walk” at the Oval Plaza here to show and campaign for peace among their peers in the region. The IPYG that visited the city over the weekend is an international coalition of some 128 organizations in 53 countries worldwide. IPYG partners with Mindanao State University (MSU)-GenSan in the latter’s effort to promote la... Read Full Story - Soccsksargen...
  • NorthCot gov lauds peace panels on the signing of the Normalization Annex

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Jan. 28 (PIA)—North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza praised the   Philippine  Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels for the successful signing of the Annex on Normalization as well as the Addendum on the Bangsamoro Maritime Jurisdiction on Saturday. “We commend both peace panels for their untiring work and unwavering commitment to forge the final annexes in order to move forward on the road to achieve lasting peace,” ... Read Full Story - NorthCot gov...
  • Dolefil turns over police assistance center to S.Cotabato town

    TUPI, South Cotabato, Jan. 27 (PIA)--As part of the company’s road safety advocacy, the Dole Philippines Incorporated, has turned over recently a Community Police Assistance  Center (ComPAC) to this town. Atty. Melquiades L. Hernandez III, Dolefil’s corporate affairs division director, said that the establishment of the ComPAC is in-line with their plan of expanding road safety measures and mitigation in South Cotabato province this year. The community police assistance center is ins... Read Full Story - Dolefil turn...
  • Tacurong City holds stakeholders' forum on PWD inclusive development

     KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato Jan 23 (PIA) - The local government of Tacurong  has conducted a City Stakeholders’ Forum on Disability Inclusive Development as a venue to identify problems and concerns  confronting persons with disabilities in the locality. The forum held on January 21-22 at Edjin Pension House and Restaurant at Barangay New Isabela, Tacurong City is the LGU’s initial effort on the mandated observance and implementation of the 3rd decade of person with disabilities ... Read Full Story - Tacurong Ci...
  • Tagalog News: Nalalapit na pagkamit ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao, suportado ng NorthCot LGU

    LUNGSOD NG KIDAPAWAN, North Cotabato, Ene. 21 (PIA)—Muling nagpaabot ng suporta ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng North Cotabato para sa nalalapit na pagkamit ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao. Ayon kay Governor Emmylou Mendoza, puspusan ang kanilang mga ginagawang pagpupulong, dyalogo at iba pang mga hakbang upang masagot ang mga katanungan ng mga mamamayan.Dagdag pa ni Mendoza, katuwang ang mga opisyales ng pamahalaang panlalawigan, patuloy ang kanilang pagsisikap upang maayos ang mga kaguluhan sa... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • Long -lasting peace in Mindanao at hand, says MILF chief negotiator

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Jan. 21 (PIA)-- Peace, which has been so elusive in some parts of Mindanao for a long time is about to happen. This is because, according to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal, members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which he chairs draw near to the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.In a courtesy call to the provincial government of North Cotabato, Iqbal, together with the commissioners of the BTC expressed... Read Full Story - Long -lastin...
  • SouthCot gov asks RDC 12 to lobby for activation of trial courts in Soccsksargen

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 17 (PIA)—The local chief executive of this province has requested the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Soccsksargen to push  the Supreme Court for the activation of trial courts in Soccsksargen region. “We really have to push for this since there are a lot of pending cases especially in the towns of Polomolok and Surallah in South Cotabato which is unfair to both the victims and the suspects,” Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes.   The  regio... Read Full Story - SouthCot gov...
  • PNP promotes 407 police officers in Region 12

    GENERAL SANTOS  CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 16 (PIA)  --  Some 407 police commissioned and   non-commissioned  officers  in Soccsksargen  Region  recently  received   promotions, an  officer of the  Police  Regional Office   12 announced. PSupt Romulo Estocapio,  public information officer of  PRO 12, told  Philippines Information Agency the newly promoted   formally received their new  ranks  on  Monday, January 13  in  a  mass  oath-taking  and donning  of   ranks  at the  regional  headquarter... Read Full Story - PNP promote...
  • South Cotabato warns firecracker victims against tetanus infection

    KORONADAL  CITY,  South  Cotabato,  Jan 15. (PIA)--   After monitoring  injuries  resulting  from  use of firecrackers  during the Yuletide  season, health officials in  South Cotabato   have  shifted their  focus to reminding firecracker victims  to seek  medical  attention to prevent possible  tetanus infection. Provincial  Health  Officer  Dr.  Rogelio  Aturdido  Jr.  said  the  Integrated   Provincial  Health   has  already raised  “tetanus  watch”  which will last until  end  of... Read Full Story - South Cotaba...
  • South Cotabato keeps guard against measles

    KORONADAL CITY, South  Cotabato, Jan.  8 (PIA)   --  Although the possibility  of  a measles  outbreak  here is  slim,   health  officials  in South Cotabato are  not lowering  their  guard against  the  highly contagious  disease. Dr. Rogelio  Aturdido,  head  of the  Integrated Provincial  Health Office (IPHO)  said  that in  2012  at least  94  percent of the  children  9 months  to 12  months  old   in South Cotabato  are ‘fully immunized’ against  measles, mumps, tuberculosis, t... Read Full Story - South Cotab...
  • Cotabato PPO cited as best in law enforcement, crime prevention in Soccsksargen

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Jan. 7 (PIA)-- For exceptionally effecting law and order and carrying out crime prevention in the province, the Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO) was awarded the Best in Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention in the recently concluded year-end command conference of the Police Regional Office 12 in Tambler, General Santos City. The citation is annually given to a police provincial office which has remarkably performed in terms of enforcement of law, regulation... Read Full Story - Cotabato PPO...
  • LGU GenSan to push for a zero firecracker injury this 2014

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 3 (PIA)--- The City Health Office (CHO) here is bent on working harder to achieve a “zero firecracker injury” this year.City Health Officer Dr. Edgardo Sandig maintains the government is dedicated to push its “zero firecracker injury” advocacy urging partners and other stakeholders to get all the more involved in the implementation this year and the next years ahead.  In an interview, Sandig has reported an increase of 33 percent of firecracker-re... Read Full Story - LGU GenSan t...
  • Soccsksargen welcomes 297 new police officers

    GENERAL  SANTOS  CITY, South Cotabato , Dec  11 (PIA) --   Some   297  qualified  applicants  yesterday  took oath  as  new police  officers  1  in  Soccsksargen  Region or Region  12.   Information  from the  Police Regional  Office  12   said the  ceremony was  held at the  Police Regional Office  12  headquarters in Barangay  Tambler, General Santos  City. The  latest  group of  new recruits  is comprised   of  220 male and  77  female  police  officers  who  passed  the  rigorous  vetting  p... Read Full Story - Soccsksargen...
  • S. Kudarat celebrates 23rd Human Rights Consciousness Week

    ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat, Dec. 11 (PIA) -- In a bid to boost  awareness on human rights, the provincial government of Sultan Kudarat joined in the celebration of the 23rd Human Rights Consciousness Week. In a program held recently, Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta P. Rosales through Police Officer Phoebe D. Voluntante, head of the Commission on Human Rights-Sultan Kudarat Province encouraged everyone to stand and fight corruption. “We should fight corruption as this has negativ... Read Full Story - S. Kudarat c...
  • Cotabato governor welcomes signing of power sharing annex

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Dec.  9 (PIA) --    North Cotabato  Gov.  Emmylou Mendoza   described  the December  8 signing of the  annex  on power  sharing   as  a “much  welcome development and early Christmas gift for the peace loving people of Mindanao.” In a message posted on the  provincial   government’s  website, Gov. Mendoza   stated that  the signing of the  annex  by the negotiating panels of the  government and the Moro Islamic  Liberation  Front  (MILF) “c... Read Full Story - Cotabato gov...
  • RDC 12 declares October 21 as Road Safety Day in Soccsksargen

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 29 (PIA)--The Regional Development Council (RDC 12) during the 44th RDC 12 regular meeting yesterday has declared the 21st of October as the Road Safety Day in Region 12. This was after the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) raised the proposal as means  to crreat public  awareness, especially  in the  transport sector on details with regards to safety driving. Private sector representative on transport group Nestor Lumawig said that the said propos... Read Full Story - RDC 12 decla...
  • Tagalog News: 400 mga mananakbo sa Tupi, S. Cotabato nakiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Drug Abuse Prevention Month

    TUPI, South Cotabato, Nob. 26 (PIA)--Abot sa 400 mga mananakbo sa Tupi, South Cotabato ang nakilahok kamakailan sa pagdiriwang ng Drug Abuse Prevention Month sa pamamagitan ng aktibidad na tinawag na ‘Run for a Drug-free Community’. Ang mga partisipante ay kinabibilangan ng mga mag-aaral at estudyante ng Tupi Central School, Tupi National High School, Matutum View Academy College and Institute of Technology at South East Asian Institute of Technology (SEAIT). Dagdag pa dito, nakiisa ... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • “Bike for Peace” highlights Mindanao Week of Peace celebration

    COTABATO CITY, November 26, (PIA) - Hundreds of bike enthusiasts from over all over Central Mindanao will converge to participate in Bike for Peace” from Cotabato City to Kidapawan City on November 30 highting this year’s commemoration of Mindanao Week Peace during the last of November. Cotabato Auxillary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo, OMI, said bikers from North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Koronadal City and Sultan Kudarat are joining the activity that has been a part of the yearly cele... Read Full Story - “Bike for Pe...
  • 400 runners in Tupi, SouthCot join run for a cause

    TUPI, South Cotabato, Nov. 26 (PIA)--Some 400 runners composed mostly of youth from Tupi, South Cotabato took part in the recently conducted five-kilometer fun run dubbed as ‘Run for a Drug-free Community’. Participants include students of Tupi Central School, Tupi National High School, Matutum View Academy College and Institute of Technology and South East Asian Institute of Technology (SEAIT). Also, national and local government employees as well as members of the 27th Infantry Bat... Read Full Story - 400 runners ...
  • “No ransom policy of the government” stands – Mayor Guiani

    COTABATO CITY, Nov. 19,  (PIA) - The government of Cotabato City remains committed to adhere to the no ransom policy  of the government , assured Mayor Japal “Jojo” Guiani, Jr. following the release on Friday evening of kidnap victim businessman Mike Khemani in an undisclosed area between the towns of Kabuntalan and Datu Piang in Maguindanao. Khemani, an Indian national residing in Cotabato City for quite sometime, was forcibly taken by unidentified armed men last October 29, 2013 pa... Read Full Story - “No ransom p...
  • DOH grants over P700,000 worth of medical equipment to RHUs in NorthCot

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Nov. 14 (PIA)--The Department of Health (DOH) handed over a total of 17 sets of medical equipment worth P717,000 to the rural health units (RHUs)  17 municipalities in  North Cotabato. Each set which costs P42,224.70 consists of one unit fetal doppler, two units sphygmomanometer, three units Kelly pad, one unit hemoglobin meter,  one unit two-liter capacity suction machine, one unit emergency light, one unit revolving tool, five units thermometer and five units IV... Read Full Story - DOH grants o...
  • CBCS continues engagement with communities, sectors

    COTABATO CITY, Nov 7 (PIA) - While the exploratory talks between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continues, civil society organizations (CSOs)   dialogue with various sectors and communities in Mindanao to gather people’s views and opinion while explaining updates on the peace process. One of the CSOs that have signed an agreement with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to help in gathering inputs through multi-sectoral consultation/dialogues necessary in craft... Read Full Story - CBCS continu...
  • Gov't troops foil suspected NPA firearms, ammo delivery

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Nov 5 (PIA) --   Troops of the  Philippine  Army and  Philippine National  Police  on Sunday  apprehended   two persons  suspected of  delivering   high-powered   firearms   to New People’s  Army (NPA) combatants  in  T’boli town, this  province. PSupt  Jemuel Siason, acting T’boli  police chief,  said  recovered from the  suspects  were  4 AK-47 rifles, 15 long  magazines  loaded  with ammunitions,  326 live ammunitions  for AK-47        and 10... Read Full Story - Gov't troops...
  • Mlang PNP strengthens initiatives on combating illegal drugs

    MLANG, North Cotabato, Nov. 5 (PIA)— Police authorities here are intensifying their efforts to achieve objective drug-free municipality. This move was further strengthened with the  recent arrrest of  a drug pusher in Barangay Lika  by the  local  police. Confiscated in the operation were  two heat sealed sachet of suspected shabu and P500 marked money. Mlang PNP officer-in-charge Police Inspector Rolando Dillera said, even though illegal drug cases are not so rampant in the town, police a... Read Full Story - Mlang PNP st...
  • PNP-ARMM announces additional quota for new recruits

    COTABATO CITY, Nov. 4 (PIA) – The PNP is again accepting applications for new policemen for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. ARMM Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes announced the additional quota for new policemen in the autonomous region. Delos Reyes said  they are in need of an additional 20 male policemen to fill  vacancies before November 25. Meanwhile, PNP-ARMM Human Resource and Doctrine Development Division acting chief Elizalde Quiboyen said they are now... Read Full Story - PNP-ARMM ann...
  • Gun ban still in force until November 12

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Nov 4  (PIA) --   Carrying  of    firearms  outside  of residence  is  still prohibited and  a violation  of the Omnibus  Election  Code, a  police  official  here  said. PSupt  James  Gulmatico,   deputy  director  for administration of the  South Cotabato  Police Provincial  Office,   in an interview this  morning,  said,  the COMELEC  gun  ban  remain  in force  until  November 12. In relation to the  recently  concluded  Barangay  Elections, the Commission on... Read Full Story - Gun ban stil...
  • Cops to serve as BETs for the special election in NortCot town

    PIKIT, North Cotabato, Nov. 4 (PIA)--Police officers in North Cotabato will be serving as Board of Election Tellers (BETs) for the special election in Pikit town on November 8. North Cotabato provincial election supervisor Duque Kadatuan revealed that a total of 153 policemen will work as BETs for the 12 villages in the said municipality which failed to conduct election last October 28. The official also emphasized that the cops will come from different parts of North Cotabato to ensure neutrali... Read Full Story - Cops to serv...
  • Tagalog News: COMELEC gun ban nananatili, ayon sa PNP

    LUNGSOD  NG KORONADAL,  South Cotabato,   Nob 4 (PIA)  --  Paalala ng  South Cotabato  Police  Provincial  Office,  nananatiling  epektibo  ang    ang  ipinatutupad  ng  COMELEC  gun  kaugnay ng  halalang  pambarangay. Sa isang panayam  ipinaliwanag  ni   PSupt. James   Gulmatico,  deputy  director  for  administration ng SCPPO,  hanggang  sa  Nobyembre  12  pa ang implementasyon  ng COMELEC  gun ban. Kaugnay, rito,  pinaalalahanan  ang publiko  na ipinagbabawal  pa rin ang  pagdadala  ang  bari... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • Shabu remains the most abused drug in Region 12 -- PDEA

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Nov 2  (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 12 confirmed that shabu remains the most abused drug in Region 12. PDEA-12 assistant regional director Atty. Ronniel Pe said that because of the massive availability of shabu in Region 12, it has become a lucrative business for some people in the area. “Shabu is still the most common abused drug in the region,” Pe said. He revealed that supply of shabu usually comes from Cotabato City being transported... Read Full Story - Shabu remain...
  • Dengue cases in Region 12 exceeds 11,000

    KORONADAL CITY ,  South Cotabato, Oct 31 (PIA)   --     As  of  October  19 this year,  dengue  fever  has  affected  11,458  individuals  in  Soccksargen Region, according to a report  released  by the   Department of Health – Center for Health  Development  in Soccsksargen Region  (DOH-CHD 12)  today. According to  the  report  from the  department’s  Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance  Unit  (RESU),   the  number of cases   is  221%  higher compared  to that on the same  perio... Read Full Story - Dengue case...
  • 380 high school students in SouthCot town join drug abuse prevention rogram

    TUPI, South Cotabato, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Some 380 high school students of General Paulino Santos Memorial Institute (GPSMI) in Tupi, South Cotabato recently underwent a two-day Drug Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP). The event which was headed by the Tupi PNP in cooperation with the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) was aimed at strengthening efforts towards  drug-free environment. Under the program, the participants were taught on the salient features of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehen... Read Full Story - 380 high sch...
  • Provincial gov't extends financial assistance to the families of ambushed army troops in Tulunan

    TULUNAN, North Cotabato, Oct. 24 (PIA)—The provincial government of North Cotabato  recently distributed  financial assistance to the families of government forces killed during the ambush in Tulunan town on October 21. In a visit to the bereaved family of Sgt. Alonto Heramis, member of the 1002nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza personally handed the P10,000. Mendoza noted that the same amount were also extended to other families involved in Matalam,... Read Full Story - Provincial g...
  • Midsayap residents bring call for peace to the streets

    MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato, Oct 23 (PIA) – Hundreds of Midsayapeńos took to the streets their call for peace earlier this week. Members of different civic organizations, parishioners and students joined in the walk for peace dubbed as “Panaw sa Kalinaw”. The activity was spearheaded by the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto.Nińo in cooperation with various groups and LGU-Midsayap to show the unity of Midsayapeńos and heed the call for peace not only in the town but for the whole Mindanao... Read Full Story - Midsayap res...
  • Gov. Mendoza denounces ambush of gov’t troops in Tulunan

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Oct 22  (PIA)  --     North Cotabato  Governor Emmylou Mendoza   denounces the  ambush incident  in Tulunan town  Monday  morning  that  killed  nine troops  of the Philippine  Army. “Together with most peace-loving Cotabateńos, I condemn in the strongest sense the reported ambush, and with the use of landmines, of a team of soldiers of the 38th Infantry Battalion, 6 Infantry Division, Philippine Army (PA), lead by a certain Capt. Aguilar,”   Mendoza ... Read Full Story - Gov. Mendoza...
  • Tagalog News: SOCOTECO 1 bibisitahin ng mga tauhan ng NGCP

    LUNGSOD  NG KORONADAL, South Cotabato , Okt  21  (PIA)  --  Inaasahan ng   South  Cotabato  1  Electric Cooperative na  matutuloy ngayong  araw ang  pagbisita ng mga  tauhan  ng  National Grid Corporation of the  Philippines (NGCP)  sa  pasilidad  ng  kooperatiba. Ayon   kay  Socoteco  1 General Manager  Santiago Tudio,  layon  ng  nasabing  pagbisita ang  ma-inspeksyon ng   NGCP  ang   12 megawatt  modular  generator  sets  na  nirentahan  ng  kooperatiba  sa Mapalad  Power  Corporation ng  Alc... Read Full Story - Tagalog New...
  • Gov. Mendoza calls for a peace dialogue on warring clans in Makilala town

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- North Cotabato  Gov. Emmylou Mendoza  recently  gathered   parties  involved in the  land dispute in Sitio Lacobe, Barangay Malabuan in Makilala  in a bid to  finally  resolve the  long-running  conflict. Local  chief  executive   emphasized she want  peace to  prevail in  the  said  sitio. Mendoza, together with a representative from the Department of Agrarian Reform and Makilala Administrator Engr. Remus Villavicencio, urged the tenants to gathe... Read Full Story - Gov. Mendoza...
  • Barangay polls to push through as scheduled – DILG-ARMM 

    COTABATO CITY, Oct, 2013 (PIA) - There will be no suspension of  the barangay elections in the autonomous region despite the reported sporadic firefight in some areas particularly in Maguindanao, assured Regional Secretary Anwar Malang of the Department of Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM). Malang said,  coordination meetings are contunuously being held among COMELEC, DepEd, military, police, local officials and the DILG to tackle and resolve p... Read Full Story - Barangay pol...
  • GPH Panel condemns BIFF violence in some parts of Mindanao

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct. 11 (PIA)--The GPH Panel, in a press briefing held recently, condemned the violent incidents committed by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in different provinces in Mindanao. GPH Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the BIFF attacks showed a total disregard to human life and a willful desire to block the progress towards achieving a peaceful resolution of the armed conflicts in region.From July to September this year, the government panel ... Read Full Story - GPH Panel co...
  • Army calls for stronger ties with LGUs in N.Cotabato

    KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Oct. 10 (PIA)--The 602nd and the 1002nd brigades of the Philippine Army have called for stronger coordination among the local chief executives in North Cotabato to combat threats in the peace and order of the  province. In a recently conducted joint meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) and the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), 602nd Brigade Commander Gen. Ademar T. Tomaro appealed to the LCEs to further enhance the existing civic relationsh... Read Full Story - Army calls f...
  • Cotabato City Police Office gears up security efforts for violent-free barangay polls

    COTABATO CITY, October 11 (PIA)  -  It’s all systems go as far as security measures  for the peaceful, orderly and credible conduct of the nationwide barangay elections here, according to Cotabato City Police director PSSupt. Rolen Balquin. Balquin bared  tight security measures jointly being undertaken by the military and police law enforcers  in Cotabato City  weeks before the conduct of the barangay polls. In a presentation during the Sangguniang Panlungsod regular session Wednesday, Ba... Read Full Story - Cotabato Cit...
  • Socoteco 1 switches on 12 MW modular genset; brownout reduced to 1 hour

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Oct. 4  (PIA)--    If  the National  Power Corp. (NPC)  will not   reduce supply of electricity in the  Mindanao  grid,   the ver 71,000  member-consumers of South Cotabato  1 Electric  Cooperative’s (Socoteco 1) are assured of only up to  1 hour power curtailmen each  day. Socoteco  1 General Manager  Santiago  Tudio  declared  this  in a  meeting with the  press  after  the  commissioning of the  12 megawatt (MW)  modular  generator  sets   in Barangay  M... Read Full Story - Socoteco 1 ...
  • Socoteco 1 guarantees shorter rotational brownout effective today

    KORONADAL  CITY, South Cotabato, Oct 3 (PIA) --  “We  are  taking a risk,”  South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative General Manager Santiago Tudio, said  in an  interview  yesterday morning. Tudio  was   referring  to  the decision  of the local power distributor  and  Mapalad Power Corporation to go on with the commissioning of the 12  megawatt (MW) modular  generators  sets around  10 a.m.  today  despite  lack of needed  permit from the  Energy Regulatory  Commission (ERC). The Alca... Read Full Story - Socoteco 1 ...
  • T’boli town leads peace covenant signing with MNLF

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Oct 3  (PIA) --     A  peace  covenant  between  local  government  officials,  military, police and  members of  the Moro National  Liberation  Front  will be  signed   later  today,  an official  of T’boli  town  announced.   T’boli Mayor  Dibu Tuan, confirmed in an interview this  morning that  he has invited  MNLF  group  operating in the  municipality’s  jurisdiction  for a  meeting  and  signing of  a peace  covenant.   The group, numberin... Read Full Story - T’boli town ...
  • DepEd-Cotabato Division vows to restore normalcy in school affected by conflict

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, October 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd)- Cotabato Division is steadfast in finding means to restore normalcy  in conduct of  classes in Malingao Elementary School in Midsayap, North Cotabato. Although  the  school, which was  caught  in between the  conflict  between   government  troops and  members of the Moro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), has  reopened on  Monday, Sept 31,   fear and  apprehension  among students and  teachers  continue. Schoo... Read Full Story - DepEd-Cotaba...
  • North Cotabato town remains peaceful, says police official

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, September 25 (PIA)--Kabacan town in North Cotabato remains peaceful  the recent clash between the government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a nearby town of Midsayap, explained Kabacan PNP chief PCInsp. Jordine Maribojo. Maribojo made the clarification after  information regarding sighings  of armed groups  in Kabacan particularly in Barangay Kilagasan circulated. The police official noted that according to barangay officials in the v... Read Full Story - North Cotaba...
  • Kidapawan City LGU intensifies peace and security campaign

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, September 23 (PIA)—The local government unit (LGU) of Kidapawan City in North Cotabato is steadfast in strengthening its campaign to secure the safety of the people and the orderliness in the town. This is after the city has received threats from different armed groups. City police director Supt. Leo Ajero said that police personnel have  already been deployed to checkpoints along the national highway connecting the city to different parts of the province. H... Read Full Story - Kidapawan Ci...
  • Text messages on reported MNLF movement in SocSarGen not true, authorities say

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept 22  (PIA) --   Military and police  authorities  have called  on the public not to panic  over  text  messages  that  say  troops of  the Moro National  Liberation  Front  will  harass parts  of  South Cotabato, Sarangani, and General Santos  City (SocSarGen). Capt. William Rodriguez, spokesperson of the  1002nd Brigade of the  Philippine  Army  base in Malungon, Sarangani  said, there  is  no   truth  to these  text messages. A version of the  text  message ... Read Full Story - Text message...
  • North Cotabato government strengthens peace initiatives

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, September 20 (PIA)-- The chief executive of the province of North Cotabato  is intensifying all efforts in securing peace and order in different parts of the province considering the crisis  in Zamboanga  City. Recently, Gov. Emmylou Mendoza, in collaboration with the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, called for a peace dialogue with top officials of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) ... Read Full Story - North Cotaba...
  • DAF-ARMM sees sufficient rice supply

    COTABATO CITY, September 20, (PIA) - Amid reports of rice price increases in the local markets, a top official of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheires in the Autonomous Region (DAF-ARMM) rules out rice shortage in the region. DAF-ARMM regional secretary Macmod Mending, Jr., backs report of market inspection and monitoring personnel  of the National Food Authority (NFA) deployed at   local markets that no diversion and manipulation noted in the prices of commercial rice Mending backs the r... Read Full Story - DAF-ARMM see...
  • DSWD 12 extends aid to evacuees in Zamboanga City

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Sept 17 (PIA) --   Some 3,600   family food packs   as well as   non-food items including  mats, blankets, tarps and others,  were sent  early  today   for   residents  affected  by the Zamboanga siege,  an official of  the Department of  Social  Welfare and  Development (DSWD) 12  said. “The  relief  goods  comprised our initial  aid   because   Director Zorahayda Taha  has  committed  at  least  5,000   food packs  for  Zamboanga City,”  Bonifacio  ... Read Full Story - DSWD 12 exte...
  • ARMM government extends relief assistance to Basilan evacuees

    COTABATO CITY, September 17, (PIA) - ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and DSWD-ARMM Asssistant Secretary Pombaen Kader  left  yesterday to personally deliver  3,000 relief packs for thousands of residents in Lamitan and Basilan  affected  in the spill-over of the clashes between government troops and MNLF rebels associated with Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City. The relief packs consist of rice, noodles and canned goods, NFI mosquito nets,  assorted items for personal hygiene, kitchen utensils, ... Read Full Story - ARMM governm...
  • Police team up with Red Cross on blood donation program

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept 13 (PIA) --   Some 22,500  cc of  blood  were  collected   yesterday  in a  bloodletting  activity  spearheaded  by the Regional Public Safety Battalion 12, Police – Community Relations Section of the Police Regional  Office  12 (PRO 12). PSInsp  Benjamin Mauricio Jr.,  spokesperson of PRO 12,   said  the  blood  were  donated  by  130  police officers  and  troops of the  Philippine Army  who joined the activity at  PRO 12 Headquarters in  Barangay  Ta... Read Full Story - Police team ...
  • Cotabato City Police intensifies intelligence and security plan

    COTABATO CITY, Sept. 13,  (PIA) - Cotabato City Police director PSSupt Rolen Balquin urged the public  to remain calm and vigilant amid the persistent circulation of text messages on presence of MNLF forces in the city out to attack specific areas such as the city hall and the ARMM Compound here. Balquin said  a tight security plan and aggressive intelligence monitoring and gathering jointly is being undertaken by the police, Philippine Marines, city government unit and barangay officials to pre... Read Full Story - Cotabato Cit...
  • MNLF integrees denounce Zamboanga City attack by MNLF-Misuari wing, says Army’s 6th ID spokesperson

    COTABATO CITY, September 12  (PIA) - In reaction to the Zamboanga stand-off, many former MNLF combatants who have been integrated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philipiiner Army (PA) denounce the attack perpetrated by MNLF elements associated with Nur Misuari, according to Army’s 6th ID spokesperson Lt. Col. Dickson Hermoso. Integration of former MNLF combatants with the PNP and PA started in 1997  in compliance with the implementation of the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreem... Read Full Story - MNLF integre...
  • OPAPP cites continuous engagement with the MNLF

    COTABATO CITY, September 11, 2013 (PIA) - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) cites continuous engagement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) since the assumption of the Aquino Administration last July 2010. OPAPP  Secretary Teresita  Deles  made  the  statement in reaction to the attack in Zamboanga City by MNLF members associated with Nur Misuari. Deles also  called for calm and sobriety, adding the government strongly condemns the acts of violence pe... Read Full Story - OPAPP cites ...
  • ARMM regional government to implement PAMANA program

    COTABATO CITY, September 4, (PIA) - The regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is being tasked by Malacanang to implement the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), says ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia. Alamia said, this year,  the  ARMM regional government will implement the PAMANA peace and development program to benefit Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) and other areas... Read Full Story - ARMM regiona...
  • ARMM tightens security measures at regional complex

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept.  3 (PIA) – Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) implemented stricter measures around the Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, the region’s provisional seat of government in Cotabato City. This is to ensure the safety of government workers and visitors in the compound after a series of bomb threats. Abdulrashid Ladayo, head of the compound’s Intelligence and Security Services Office, said that all vehicles entering the compound... Read Full Story - ARMM tighten...
  • PNP-ARMM prepares for peaceful barangay and SK polls

    PNP-ARMM prepares for peaceful barangay,SK polls COTABATO CITY, August 30 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  have  started security preparations for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October. According to PNP-ARMM Director Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, his office is closely coordinating with other security agencies and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to come up with joint security plans to ensure safe and fair... Read Full Story - PNP-ARMM pre...
  • Parallel investigation ongoing on DOH-ARMM supply building fire

    COTABATO CITY, August 30, 2013 (PIA) - The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Cotabato City and the autonomous government conduct  parallel investigations to determine the cause of the August 27 fire that gutted the supply building of the Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM). Fire fighters of BFP-Cotabato City were the first to respond to the fire incident having jurisdiction over the ARMM compound located within the city. Earlier, BFP-ARMM chief Warlito Da... Read Full Story - Parallel inv...
  • 9-man Brunei contingent ends IMT tour of duty

    COTABATO CITY, August 29, 2013 (PIA) - The 9-man team of the Brunei contingent to the International Monitoring Team (IMT) bids goodbye to the officials, people and  other peace monitors as their one year  tour of duty in Mindanao officially  ends early next month. The Brunei- IMT contingent arrived in Cotabato City on  September 8, 2012 and officially assumed membership to the IMT tasked to monitor compliance of the ceasefire agreement by both the government of the Republic of the Philippines (G... Read Full Story - 9-man Brunei...
  • 163 police officers in Soccsksargen complete SCOUT course

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Aug 29 (PIA)   --    Some 163  police officers in Soccsksargen Region  have     recently  completed    PNP Modified Special Counter – Insurgency Operations Unit Training (SCOUT) II  course,   according to a  report   from the   Police  Regional Office (PRO) 12  PRO 12 spokesperson, PSInsp.  Benjamin Mauricio  Jr.  said  a closing  program  sig was  held  yesterday at the  PNP 12  headquarters  to    culminate the  course and honor   the  police  officers. T... Read Full Story - 163 police ...
  • Tagalog news: PMA entrance exam isinagawa sa Tacurong

    LUNGSOD  NG  KORONADAL, South  Cotabato,  Agosto  28 (PIA) --   Abot sa   220  na  nagnanais  makapasok  sa  Philippine  Military Academy  ang kumuha  ng   PMA  entrance  exam  na isinagawa  sa  Tacurong  City  noong  Linggo,  Agosto  25.  Ayon  kay   City  Councilor  Rodrigo   Jamorabon, na siyang  nanguna  sa  pagpapakalat ng impormasyon  hinggil sa nasabing  pagsusulit  at  nag-ikot sa  buong Rehiyon   upang humikayat  ng mga kabataan  na  pumasok  sa Philippine Military  Academy, ito na ang ... Read Full Story - Tagalog new...
  • LGU Tacurong hosts PMA entrance exam

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Aug. 28  (PIA) -- Two hundred twenty aspiring cadets   took the entrance examination of Philippine Military Academy (PMA)  on  Sunday  in nearby Tacurong  City. The  examination, which is one  of the  requirements  for admission in the country’s  premier  military  school,  was   hosted  by the local  government  unit headed  by  Mayor  Lina  Montilla. Applicants trooped to the city gymnasium as early as seven o’clock in the morning for the registrati... Read Full Story - LGU Tacurong...
  • Tagalog news: Maigting na seguridad sa N. Cotabato nagpapatuloy para sa pagdiriwang ng Kalivungan Festival

    LUNGSOD NG KORONADAL, South Cotabato, Agosto 28 (PIA) --Nakakasa pa rin ngayon ang mahigpit na seguridad sa lalawigan ng North Cotabato kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng Kalivungan Festival at ika-99 na anibersaryo ng probinsya na nagsimula noong Lunes. Ayon kay Josephine Abellana, officer-in-charge ng Public Affairs Assistance Tourism and Sports Development Division (PAATSDD), layon nito na masiguro ang kaligtasan ng mga mamamayan na patuloy na nakikiisa sa naturang selebrasyon. Kaugnay nito, nagtalaga... Read Full Story - Tagalog news...
  • Heightened alert sustained for North Cotabato's Kalivungan Fest

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- Peacekeeping authorities in North Cotabato maintained  implementation of intensified security  in North Cotabato  as the  province celebrates   its  Kalivungan Festival  and   99th Foundation Anniversary. Josephine Abellana, officer-in-charge of the province’s Public Affairs Assistance Tourism and Sports Development Division (PAATSDD),  said the sustained  heightened alert  is to assure the safety of thousands of people who are attending  th... Read Full Story - Heightened ...
  • P25.2- M govt peace projects to be implemented in Pikit, North Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 19 (PIA) -- Implementation of several peace projects that will benefit residents of 42 barangays in Pikit, North Cotabato could  begin soon,  according to an  official  of the  Department of  Social  Welfare and Development   (DSWD) 12. Gemma  Rivera, DSWD  12  assistant  regional   director,  said  proposals  for  these  community  projects    are  now  set   for  approval. She  added,  the  Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process i... Read Full Story - P25.2- M g...
  • Cotabato LGU calls for public support against criminality

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, August 19 (PIA) --The local government unit  of Cotabato City has  appealed  to residents  to help authorities  and local  officials  in the   fight against  criminality.   In a recent City Peace and Order Council meeting, Cotabato City Mayor Japal  Guiani Jr., emphasized that public support to crime prevention and solution is important  to prevent  repeat  of  similar  incidents as  the August 5 bombing that  killed  eight persons, including a  child ,... Read Full Story - Cotabato LGU...
  • Top national officials visit ARMM, 6th ID

    COTABATO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) -- ARMM regional governor Mujiv Hataman described the visit of top national officials to the 6th Infantry Divison, Philippine Army (PA) on Tuesday, August 13 as part of a series of sorties to different parts of Mindanao for security concerns and other purposes. The top national officials who arrived here include Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff Ge... Read Full Story - Top national...
  • DENR orders investigation of reported encroachment in project sites

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 12 (PIA) -- Datu Tungko M. Saikol, regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 12 has ordered concerned officials to conduct in-depth investigations on issues of encroachment on the agency managed project areas. The order was coursed through the office of Regional Technical Director Muripaga T. Umpar who is also directed to come up with recommendations The Regional ... Read Full Story - DENR orders ...
  • Death toll in Cotabato bombing rise to 8; injured, 30

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 6 (PIA) -- Cotabato City police director PSSupt Rolen Balquin confirmed this morning that the number of persons killed in the Cotabato car bomb blast yesterday afternoon has risen to eight. “Thirty others were injured but 17 of whom are now safe and have already been discharged from the hospital,” he added. Balquin identified the fatalities as Jeddin Menak, 9 years old; Nasrudin Guialen, 14; Usop Gaji; Samsudin Ah... Read Full Story - Death toll ...
  • 3 relieved police chiefs in Soccsksargen Region reinstated

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 1 (PIA) -- Three of the four chiefs of police who were administratively relieved nearly two weeks ago are now back to their respective posts, an official of the Police Regional Office 12 confirmed. PSInsp Benjamin Mauricio Jr., head of the Regional Public Information Office, told local media yesterday that PSupt. Michael Libanan of Koronadal City Police Station, PSupt. Roel Surmese of Isulan Police Station and PSIn... Read Full Story - 3 relieved p...
  • Military, police vow to work for people’s safety in SocSarGen

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 29 (PIA) -- Government authorities vowed to work for the safety and welfare of the people in SocSarGen (South Cotabato-Sarangani-GenSan) at a meeting last week with business community in the region. “The Army will always work for the safety and welfare of our communities,” said Major General Ariel Bernardo, commander of the Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division. Bernardo assured that “through the spirit of bayanihan and our united efforts, we can protect our c... Read Full Story - Military, po...
  • 7 police stations in Soccsksargen Region receive new vehicles

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 25 (PIA) -- Police Regional Office 12 recently issued brand new patrol cars and motorcycles to seven police stations in Soccsksargen Region to beef up visibility, mobility and crime fighting capability of police forces. PSInsp Benjamin Mauricio Jr, spokesperson of the PRO 12 told Philippine Information Agency 12 this morning that Police Regional Director PCSupt. Charles Calima Jr led the turn over ceremony of the... Read Full Story - 7 police sta...
  • MILF Task Force Sajahatra hopeful on the success of FAB to end conflict in Mindanao

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 22 (PIA) -- The management of the Task Force Sajahatra Bangsamoro of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is looking forward to the realization of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) for the achievement of lasting peace in Mindanao. Sheikh Mahmud Ahmad, member of the said task force and the executive director of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BMLI) said that with the implementation of the FAB, the situation in Mindanao ... Read Full Story - MILF Task Fo...
  • 21 police inspectors undergo field training program

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 19 (PIA) -- Twenty-one new police commissioned officers are currently undergoing field training program in Soccsksargen Region. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr. said the police inspectors were turned over by the National Police Commission (NPC) to the Regional Service Training Unit of the Police Regional Office 12 on Wednesday, July 17, for their training. The turn-over ceremony was held at the PRO 12 Training Facility in Ba... Read Full Story - 21 police in...
  • PNP 12 celebrates community relations month with T’bolis, B’laans

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 15 (PIA) -- Police personnel based in General Santos City celebrated the 18th Community Relations Month among indigenous peoples of T’boli and B’laan tribes in the hinterlands of the city. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., head of the regional police information office, said the activity, held in line with their “Adopt-A-Community program” was conducted at Sitio Klolang in Barangay San Jose last week. Klolang i... Read Full Story - PNP 12 cele...
  • New PO1s in Soccsksargen Region receive badges, advanced to SCOUT training

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 9 (PIA) -- Four days after completing their Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP), Soccsksargen Region’s new police officers 1 (PO1) were formally bestowed their official badge as members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO 12), said the badge of honor ceremony was held at the PRO 12 headquarters in Tambler, General Santos City y... Read Full Story - New PO1s in...
  • 166 new cops hurdle basic training

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 8 (PIA) -- Some 166 police officers 1 in Soccsksargen Region on Friday completed their police basic training, an official of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 confirmed. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., spokesperson of PRO 12, said PO1s have completed the Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP), a training course where the new police officers were exposed to actual police work. They comprised the PSFT Class 201... Read Full Story - 166 new cops...
  • 4 North Cotabato villages receive livelihood projects from OPPAP

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 8 (PIA) -- Four conflict-affected barangays in Midsayap, North Cotabato recently received livelihood projects from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). The projects for the villages of Kapinpilan, Sambulawan, Tumbras and Central Labas were part of the assistance provided by OPAPP under its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program. North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza and OPPAP assistant secretary Howard ... Read Full Story - 4 North Cota...
  • Displaced families of land disputes in North Cotabato return home

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 3 (PIA) -- Affected families in the contending tri-boundary in North Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat have returned to their houses after opposing forces from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have finally “repositioned” their troops. Major Josue Erie, commander of Joint Task Force Barko, described the development as “gains” resulting from government efforts to normalize peace and protect the civilians. Erie said “the area ... Read Full Story - Displaced fa...
  • 90 Region 12 cops undergo counter insurgency training

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 28 (PIA) -- Some 90 police officers of Soccsksargen Region are currently undergoing counter insurgency training, an official of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 said. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., spokesperson of the PRO 12 told Philippine Information Agency 12 the training that started in June 19 is aimed at enhancing the police officers’ skills in responding to insurgency and similar incidents. The pr... Read Full Story - 90 Region 12...
  • AFP, PNP station troops in conflict areas in North Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 24 (PIA) -- A Joint Task Force (JTF) composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to be deployed today to conflict areas in North Cotabato primarily in the tri-boundary of the said province, of Maguindanao and of Sultan Kudarat. According to Mayor Lani Candolada of Tulunan, North Cotabato, the task force includes elements from the 1002nd Brigade of the Philippine Army and from the Regional Mobile Group... Read Full Story - AFP, PNP st...
  • Army Brigade strengthens initiatives in keeping the ‘Bayanihan’ spirit alive

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 14 (PIA)--The 1002nd Brigade of the Philippine Army remains steadfast on its vow to keep the ‘bayanihan’ spirit alive to further promote peace and development in its areas of responsibility. Capt. William Rodriguez, civil military officer of the 1002nd Brigade, based in Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani, emphasized that their troops intensify implementation of Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) especially in remote villages. Under this progra... Read Full Story - Army Brigade...
  • Tension in Matalam, N. Cotabato affects 2 villages in nearby town

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 23 (PIA) -- Residents from two villages in Kabacan, North Cotabato have evacuated due to the clash between forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MILF in a Barangay Marbel in Matalam. The evacuees, mostly women and children left their homes after some armed groups were sighted in their area. Based on the record of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), affected families were fro... Read Full Story - Tension in M...
  • ARMM human rights body strengthens partnerships and collaboration to address human rights issues

    COTABATO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- The Regional Human Rights Commission in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM) assures aggressive partnerships with local agencies and international bodies in its monitoring activities to establish profile mechanism and address human rights issues particularly on forced displacement in the region. RHRC was established last year in the ARMM pursuant to Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act 288 otherwise known as the “ARMM Human Rights Commission Charter of 2... Read Full Story - ARMM human r...
  • Cotabato governor wants conflict between MILF, MNLF in Matalam resolved before June

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 22 (PIA) -- North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza today leads a dialogue among stakeholders to hasten resolution of the conflict between troops of the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Fron (MILF) in Matalam town. “Our most pressing concern now is the opening of classes,” Gov. Taliño-Mendoza said. “If families who have evacuated could not return to their homes so... Read Full Story - Cotabato gov...
  • PNP 12 deploys over 600 police officers for poll duties

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 8 (PIA) -- At least 658 police personnel from the Police Regional Office (PRO) – 12 are being deployed to different parts of Soccsksargen Region for election duties. Soccsksargen Region covers the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal City, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. PSInsp Benjamin Mauricio Jr., information chief of PRO 12 said, 30... Read Full Story - PNP 12 depl...
  • PNP in N. Cotabato town intensifies monitoring on warring lawless elements

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato May 7 (PIA) -- Police force from Matalam PNP strengthens its monitoring and other security measures to secure the safety of the residents of Barangay Marbel from the conflicting lawless elements in the area which started on Sunday. Based on the report from the office of Matalam PNP, at least 200 families have evacuated since Sunday night and are now temporarily residing in the barangay halls of Barangay Kibudok and Salvacion. Police groups are now on full alert a... Read Full Story - PNP in N. Co...
  • “Public consultations heart of the peace process,” says Iqbal

    COTABATO CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- Peace panel chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (Transccom) Chief Mohaquer Iqbal assured massive public consultations in the crafting of the crucial basic law and annexes for the eventual establishment of the new Bangsamoro political entity. During its latest meeting held May 1-2, here in Cotabato City with the support of the United Nations and World Bank, the 15-man Transcom reiterated their unwavering commitme... Read Full Story - “Public co...
  • Teachers continue preparation of peace enhanced lesson plans

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 24 (PIA) -- Public school teachers in Makilala town continue their preparations for the integration of peace education in their classroom instructions beginning this school year. Earlier this month, about 65 teachers from Makilala’s West District completed a two-day workshop on enhancing their lesson plans with peace education. The teachers were able to produce at the workshop some prototype enhanced lesson plans for all subjects from Grade 1 to Grade ... Read Full Story - Teachers con...
  • 57 residents in Polomolok town receive land titles

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 22 (PIA) -- Some 57 residents in a village in nearby Polomolok town do not anymore fear that they could be ejected from their homes. This after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) awarded them titles to the residential lots with average area of 207 square meters in a ceremony held at the Barangay Hall of Barangay Cannery of the said town on Wednesday. Information from the department ... Read Full Story - 57 residents...
  • DSWD, JJWC strengthen pillars of juvenile justice system in Region 12

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 11 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 12 together with Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) led the training of stakeholders and personnel of offices handling children in conflict with the law cases using multi-disciplinary approach. In a three-day session among social workers, judicial officials, law enforcers, local government officials and penologists, DSWD 12 director Zorahayda Taha urged the frontliners of t... Read Full Story - DSWD, JJWC s...
  • PRO 12 beefs up women, children protection desk

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 10 (PIA) -- In a bid to strengthen its police officer’s capability to deal with abuses against women and children, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 has launched a specialized course for Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) officers. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., PRO 12’s public information chief, said some 50 women police officers from across Soccsksargen Region are currently undergoing the said tr... Read Full Story - PRO 12 bee...
  • Mentors undergo orientation on Culture of Peace

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 5 (PIA) -- A one-day orientation on the Culture of Peace (CoP) was conducted in Makilala, Cotabato on April 1 with 103 public elementary school teachers of Makilala West District attending. The orientation aimed to increase the capacity of public elementary mentors to make children’s lives and their communities more peaceful. CoP as it will also be called in the locality, is the first step undertaken by DepEd Makilala and the local government for te... Read Full Story - Mentors unde...
  • Military, DENR seize P13.5 M hot lumber in Sultan Kudarat

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 1 (PIA) -- Environment officials here disclosed over the weekend the recovery last month of approximately 300,000 board feet of lumber and a log loader inside a leased area of private company in Bagumbayan town in Sultan Kudarat province. Government estimates placed the value of the illegal wood products at P13.5 million (computed at P45/bd ft). These could fill 150 trucks if loaded at 2,000 bd ft per transport. These are bel... Read Full Story - Military, DE...
  • 51 Sultan Kudarat residents receive land titles

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 25 (PIA) -- Fifty-one residents of Barangay Laguilayan in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat now officially own their home lots. This after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 12 (DENR-12) awarded to them titles to their lots on March 17 in time with the village’s 56th foundation anniversary celebration. Information from DENR-12 said these recipients availed of Residential Free Patent of 2010 or Republic Act No. 10023 being i... Read Full Story - 51 Sultan ...
  • PRO 12 has new chief

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 21 (PIA) -- Police Senior Superintendent Randolph R. Delfin on Monday assumed his new post Police Regional Office (PRO) – 12’s regional chief directorial staff (RCDS), the fourth highest position in the police’s regional hierarchy. His assumption into office was formalized Monday, March 18, in a ceremony at the PRO 12 headquarters in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City. Police regional director PCSupt. Charles Calima Jr.... Read Full Story - PRO 12 has n...
  • ICON 12 visits Toledo City’s open-pit mine

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 19 (PIA) -- It was a learning experience seeing the operations of the 50-year open pit mining practiced by a mine corporation in Toledo City, an official of Region 12’s Information Coordinating Network (ICON) said. After a three-day venture in the surroundings of Toledo’s open-pit mine, ICON president Michael Ferdinand Flores surmised that the sustainable and responsible mining practices of the Cebu-based mine firm has ensured and maintained a high stan... Read Full Story - ICON 12 visi...
  • Local civil society consortium reaffirms support for peaceful solution to Sabah issue

    COTABATO CITY, March 18, (PIA) -- The Consortium on Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) expressed full support to the stand of President Benigno S. Aquino III for a peaceful and democratic resolution to the standoff in Datu Lahad, Sabah. CBCS executive director Bobby Benito said, he is one among the many sectors who believe that the Sabah crisis should be resolved in a democratic process through peaceful round table negotiations and discussions to reach an acceptable and just agreement. Benito not... Read Full Story - Local civil ...
  • 25 police recruits take oath in Soccksargen Region

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 7 (PIA) -- Twenty-five newly recruited police officers 1 (PO1) formally took their oath Tuesday at Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 Headquarters in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City. Police senior inspector Benjamin Mauricio Jr., chief of PRO 12’s Public Information Office , said the new PO1s were drafted to cover supplemental quota for CY 2012 PO1 Attrition Recruitment of the Philippine National Police (PNP). “The m... Read Full Story - 25 police r...
  • 24 Soccksargen police officers train in hostage negotiations

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 5 (PIA) -- Some 24 officers in Soccsksargen Region have recently completed a course on hostage negotiations offered by the US Department of State. Police senior inspector Benjamin Mauricio Jr., PRO 12’s chief trained officers were from Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) and the Special Action Force (SAF). In a statement, Mauricio said, hostage incidents are one of the toughest situations a police officer could face. To be eff... Read Full Story - 24 Soccksarg...
  • Over 8,000 board feet of confiscated lumber turned over to DENR 12

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 1 (PIA) -- Some 8,000 board feet of sawn lumber confiscated early this week have been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 12. The simple turn over ceremony at the South Cotabato government’s Productivity and Technology (PROTECH) Center along Alunan Avenue was witnessed by government personnel and the media. The formal turn-over of the confiscated forest products with the truck was made by ... Read Full Story - Over 8,000 ...
  • Brig Gen Gapuz assumes post in Central Mindanao

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 1 (PIA) -- Brig. Gen. Romeo Gapuz assumes the top post of the 6th Infantry Division, the military's biggest Army unit in Central Mindanao through a symbolic change of command yesterday. Gapuz was former head of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. He replaced Maj. Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo, who will assume as division commander of the Southern Luzon Command. Gapuz, is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1981. Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, command... Read Full Story - Brig Gen Gap...
  • Feature: Journeying peace in the land of war 'bakwits'

    Whenever the 60-year old farmer Zukarnain Dagandal looks at the sky, he does not see the clear skies and the cotton-like clouds. Instead, he sees images of violent armed conflicts, of planes unloading bombs, of people caught in cross fires, of burning houses, and other kinds of hostilities. He is not the only one to have these images flash before their eyes. He and his fellow villagers in the war-torn village of Pamalian in Pikit, located 20 kilometers away from the town proper, have witness... Read Full Story - Feature: Jou...
  • Army Chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes vows to pursue transformation program

    COTABATO CITY, March 1 (PIA) -- Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes enjoins the officers and men of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division (6th ID) to know and understand by heart the mission of the organization. Gen. Coballes presided the 6th ID’is change of command ceremonies to incoming Kampilan Division commander Brig. Gen. Romero Gapuz from Maj. Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo. Effective Feb. 28, Gapuz assumed the post of Kampilan Division commander vice Ordoyo who has been promot... Read Full Story - Army Chief L...
  • LGU declares 58 public schools as "School of Peace"

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb 27 (PIA) -- The local government of Makilala declared 42 public elementary and 16 secondary schools located in its 38 barangays as “School of Peace.” This effort is part of its continuing partnership with local residents working for peace in the area. The launching held in January also calls for the integration of peace values and practices in the regular teaching lessons for all public schools in Makilala, a report from the local government said. T... Read Full Story - LGU declares...
  • Over 100 election volunteers join PPCRV-ARMM reg'l convention

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 20 (PIA) -- Over a hundred election volunteers from different municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have joined the regional convention on voters education program in Cotabato City on February 16-17 2013. The convention, which was attended by volunteers from the municipalities of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and Cotabato City, was spearheaded by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in coordination with th... Read Full Story - Over 100 el...
  • Beneficiaries thank government for implementation of Sajahatra Bangsamoro programs

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 15 (PIA) -- Saylola Abdulmuin, 53, on Monday, fulfilled a very special wish: to be able shake hands with the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Abdulmain, who is a resident of Zamboanga Sibugay province, was among the first beneficiaries for livelihood component of the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program that President Benigno Aquino III launched in Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Monday. "The ... Read Full Story - Beneficiarie...
  • Army leads “I-Walk for Peace” on Valentines Day

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- The army continues its peacemaking initiatives while promoting a healthy living by leading the “I-Walk for Peace” in Cotabato City this Valentine’s Day. Health buffs from different sectors of the community joined the activity. With the theme "I Walk for Peace and SAFE 2013," the army also launched the SAFE (Safe and Fair Elections) 2013 along with other stakeholders to help establish peace before, during and after elections. Lt. Albert An... Read Full Story - Army leads â...
  • PNP 12 receives blast investigation equipment from US State Dept

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 13 (PIA) -- Police offices in Soccsksargen Region have received blast investigation equipment from the US State Department. Police senior inspector Benjamin Mauricio Jr., head of the Police Regional Public Information Office of the Police Regional Office – 12, said the donation consisted of six units of post-blast investigation (PBI) and explosive incident countermeasure kits. Ed Schlachter, resident program manager of... Read Full Story - PNP 12 rece...
  • Comprehensive GPH-MILF agreement, key to dev't - MILF chair

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb 12 (PIA) -- "Development can only be institutionalized if there is a signed comprehensive compact that creates a new relation between us (MILF) and the central government," said MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim yesterday. Chairman Murad was with President Benigno Aquino III in the launching of the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao. BLMI is situated a... Read Full Story - Comprehensiv...
  • Four decade-old land conflict in Makilala, Cotabato resolved through Kanduli

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb 11 (PIA) -- The historic ritual dubbed “Kanduli sa Kalinaw sa Kalambuan” has resolved a four-decade old Muslim-Christian land conflict in Makilala town of Cotabato province. The disputing groups also signed an agreement in the presence of Secretary Virgilio R. Delos Reyes of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño – Mendoza and Vice Governor Gregorio T. Ipong and Mayor Rudy Caoagdan. The signing of the agreement came... Read Full Story - Four decade-...
  • Almendras visits Cotabato City for launching of 'Sajahatra Bangsamoro'

    COTABATO CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras arrived here, Thursday, for the preparations of the launching of government’s socio-economic program for Bangsamoro on Monday. From Awang airport, Almendras met with officials from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Department of Health, PhilHealth, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Commission on Higher Education and Philippine Army in the region regarding the medical mission ... Read Full Story - Almendras vi...
  • Warring clans in North Cotabato town ink peace covenant

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 1 (PIA) -- Peace and order is expected to be restored soon in Sitio Lacobe, Barangay Malabuan, Makilala, North Cotabato after a peace covenant was signed yesterday between two battling clans in the area. The signing was participated by Datu Tocs Baclid and Danny Llup, representatives of the involved groups. The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) headed the activity since land conflict is the main reason of the clash. The fight started early in 1980s befor... Read Full Story - Warring clan...
  • Candidates in Maguindanao town sign peace covenant

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- Candidates running for top local positions in Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao province signed yesterday a peace covenant for a peaceful mid-term election. The signing was held at Camp Waray, Barangay Kamasi of the said town and was attended by various stakeholders to include incumbent vice mayor Samsodhen Ampatuan Sangki who is running for mayor and the mayoral aspirant Mariam Sangki Mangudadatu, the wife of the governor of Sultan Kudarat provi... Read Full Story - Candidates i...
  • 6ID calls for public’s cooperation on gun ban implementation

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 30 (PIA) --The 6th Infantry Division (ID) appeals for public’s support on the implementation of the total gun ban for the upcoming midterm election. 6th ID spokesperson Col. Dickson Hermoso emphasized that this is to avoid delays on their checkpoint operations in major highways. The official also reminds gun owners to be ready with their documents whenever they pass the area of responsibility (AOR) of the military group for inspection. 6th ID covers the ... Read Full Story - 6ID calls fo...
  • Tagalog News: Kooperasyon sa pagpapatupad ng 'gun ban,' hiniling ng 6ID

    LUNGSOD NG KORONADAL, South Cotabato, Enero 29 (PIA)--Umaapela ngayon ang pamunuan ng 6th Infantry Division (6ID) Philippine Army sa publiko na tumulong sa pagpapatupad ng gun ban sa bansa. Ito ang binigyang-diin ni 6ID spokesperson Col. Dickson Hermoso upang maiwasan ang pagkaantala sa isinasagawang operasyon sa mga checkpoints. Kaugnay nito, pinaaalalahanan ng opisyal ang mga nagmamay-ari ng baril na ihanda ang mga kaukulang dokumento sakaling magawi sa area of responsibility (AOR) ng 6th ID... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • ARMM sets up security plans for 2013 polls

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan 28 (PIA) -- Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao intensifies its campaign for an orderly 2013 polls by discussing security preparations for the whole region. During the meeting, PNP-ARMM Regional Dir. P/CSupt. Gen. Noel Delos Reyes disclosed that based on their reports, lawless elements and the great number of loose firearms in the region continue to be a main security concern. Another security problem is the presence of rido or clan feud, w... Read Full Story - ARMM sets up...
  • PNP-12 gets new regional director

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- After eight months of untainted service, PCSupt. Alex Paul Monteagudo has finally left his post as regional director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 Command in a simple turnover rites held Friday (January 18) at the Police Regional Headquarters here. He was replaced by former Intelligence Group (IG) director PCSupt. Charles Calima Jr. The event was attended by chief executives from the local government units (LGUs) all over Region 12, to include head... Read Full Story - PNP-12 gets ...
  • Fluvial parade for FAB set to sail in Rio Grande de Mindanao

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan 21 (PIA) -- Residents of Central Mindanao will witness a parade of hundreds of colorful and traditional boats along the Rio Grande de Mindanao to show its support to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). The fluvial float parade which is led by 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in cooperation with the provincial government of Maguindanao as well as local officials of different towns is set to sail on January 29. The parade will start at Moth... Read Full Story - Fluvial para...
  • N. Cotabato town to hold a prayer rally for slain vice mayor

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 16 (PIA)--The local government of Kabacan in the province of North Cotabato will conduct a prayer rally on Thursday as a way of calling for justice on the brutal death of vice mayor Policronio Dulay. The activity was pushed by Mayor George Tan after an emergency peace and order council meeting he called on Monday. The rally, which is expected to be attended by different sectors and organizations in the said town, will start in the municipal plaza. Meanwhil... Read Full Story - N. Cotabato ...
  • Police expects peaceful, orderly election in South Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- South Cotabato’s police provincial director expressed confidence for a peaceful and orderly election in his area of responsibility. "I do not foresee any incident of violence during the election period," said PSSupt Randolf Delfin, director of the South Cotabato Police Provincial Office. He said, based on his observation, politicians here have demonstrated a level of professionalism that would most likely result ... Read Full Story - Police expe...
  • FAB consultation series result in PPALMA area, to be reported in Congress

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan 14 (PIA) -- After the intensive information drive regarding the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), one of the issues that the farmers would like to clarify is the assurance that the proposed new political entity will not affect the lands they are toiling. The group of farmers also want to have more consultations on what would be the content of Bangsamoro Basic Law. Farmers and barangay officials from the towns of Pikit, Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Midsaya... Read Full Story - FAB consulta...
  • Cotabato City conducts security planning and consultative meeting

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan 13 (PIA) -- The city government of Cotabato conducted recently a security planning and consultative meeting which was participated by peace advocates, law enforcers, and local officials of the said city. The activity was pushed after the city experienced a series of crimes these past days. The meeting gathered the opinions of participants with regards to the security status of Cotabato City nowadays. Cotabato City Vice Mayor Muslimin Sema explained that the... Read Full Story - Cotabato Cit...
  • North Cotabato town holds educational program on the Framework Agreement

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kabacan, North Cotabato in cooperation with the Kabacan Local Government Muslim Employees Association (KALGMEA) conducted yesterday an advocacy and educational program with regards to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. Municipal registrar head Gandy Mamaluba said the activity was attended by thousands of residents of the area. He said an open forum paved the way for the participants to raise their opi... Read Full Story - North Cotaba...
  • Local PPCRV lauds Army’s initiative to ensure peaceful and honest May 2013 midterm polls

    COTABATO CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- The local head of the Parish Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) lauds Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion (37th IB) for keeping its mandate of ensuring security and stability as peacekeepers. Fr. David Procalla, local PPCRV head lauds LTCol Joel Abregana, commander of the 37th IB for initiating the signing of a peace covenant strictly adhering to fair and honest elections between and among opposing local candidates ahead of the May 2013 midterm p... Read Full Story - Local PPCRV ...
  • LTO to go after violators of motorcycle helmet law

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 3 (PIA) -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) GenSan announced yesterday that they will start implementing any day, Republic Act 10054 otherwise known as the Motorcycle Helmet Law. LTO GenSan chief Ishmael Almanza said they are just awaiting for an order as their basis for the implementation of the law. "We will start any time, if there’s already an order,” he said. Once RA 10054 is in effect, motorcycle drivers who violate the law will be apprehended and appro... Read Full Story - LTO to go af...
  • Region 12 officials support proposed firecracker ban

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan 2 (PIA) -- Health officials in Soccsksargen Region stand behind the plan for a nationwide ban on firecrackers as a solution to the rising number of firecracker-related injuries, especially during the Yuletide season. Dr. Leonor Lozana, non-communicable diseases coordinator of the Department of Health (DOH) 12, said that they fully support the proposal of the DOH central office for the passage of a law banning the trade and use of f... Read Full Story - Region 12 of...
  • DOH 12 pleas for children’s safety in New Year festivities

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 31 (PIA) -- “We appeal to parents and adults not to allow children to handle nor light firecrackers during the New Year celebration,” said Dr. Leonor Lozana, coordinator of Iwas Paputok campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) 12. “Also keep them from places where they may be put in danger of exploding firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices,” she added. Lozana made the request here on Friday after DOH 12’s fire... Read Full Story - DOH 12 plea...
  • PNP 12 assures public safety despite taped firearms

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 30 (PIA) -- Police authorities in Region 12 promised a peaceful and safe celebration to welcome the New Year despite the taping of the muzzles of the firearms of all police officers. Following the ceremonial muzzle taping ceremony Friday, PNP 12 regional director PCSupt Alex Paul Monteagudo, directed all police provincial directors and station chiefs to strengthen the police visibility especially in public convergence ... Read Full Story - PNP 12 assur...
  • Cops seize over P.5 M - worth of illegal firecrackers

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 30 (PIA) -- Intensive operations of police authorities on illegal firecrackers and unauthorized trading of the same led to confiscation of at least P507,000 worth of assorted items in South Cotabato, North Cotabato, and General Santos City. In a report sent to Philippine Information Agency 12 yesterday, PSInsp Benjamin Mauricio, head of the PNP 12's Regional Public Information Office said PNP 12 director PCSupt Alex Paul Monteagudo ordered... Read Full Story - Cops seize ...
  • Alert up for the holiday season in South Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 24 (PIA 12) -- Hospitals and police command in South Cotabato have intensified alert status in time for the holiday season. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said hospitals in the province have been placed under code white alert to provide immediate response to emergencies. With code white alert up, he explained, all medical staff of public hospitals in the province are on call. Code white alert also means... Read Full Story - Alert up for...
  • PNP monitors “priority provinces” in ARMM for 2013 elections

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 20 (PIA) -- Three provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao where hostilities could possibly erupt during next year’s midterm election is being monitored by the police. Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur and Basilan were included among 15 provinces in the country marked by the Department of the Interior and Local Government as “prority provinces” based on reported existence of private armed groups, having so many loose firearms and having election-... Read Full Story - PNP monitor...
  • Solon's office conducts Framework Agreement forum for sidewalk vendors

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 18 (PIA) – The Office of North Cotabato 1st District Congressman Jesus Sacdalan conducted a forum on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro for members of the Midsayap Umbrella and Sidewalk Vendors Association (Musva). Over 100 members of Musva participated in the forum aimed at helping the vendors understand that the signed framework agreement is a guide for a final peace agreement. Resource speaker in the forum was Engr. Jerry Pieldad, Congressio... Read Full Story - Solon's offi...
  • PNP 12 finally gets its command saber

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- Twenty-one years after its establishment in 1991, the Police Regional Office (PRO-12) finally got its symbol authority, the PRO-12 Command Saber. Police deputy director-general Emelito T. Sarmiento came to General Santos City on Monday, December 10, to formally hand the PRO-12 Command Saber to PNP 12 regional director PCSupt Alex Paul Monteagudo PSInsp Benjamin Mauricio Jr., chief of the public information office of PN... Read Full Story - PNP 12 final...
  • 99 new police recruits undergo training in Region 12

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) in Soccksargen Region is beefing up its troop with 99 new recruits, a police official here said. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., public information chief of PNP 12 said these new Police Officer 1s (PO1s) are undergoing a mandatory six-month Public Safety Basic Recruit Course at the Regional Training School-12. Mauricio added that the latest addition to the police force in Regi... Read Full Story - 99 new poli...
  • Sultan Kudarat province remains peaceful, says police director

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- The province of Sultan Kudarat remains relatively peaceful and manageable despite persistent threats, a local official said. Despite bomb and kidnapping threats, carnapping/motor theft incidents, shooting, illegal drugs and other disturbances perpetrated by lawless elements, the province is enjoying relative peace especially during this holiday season. This is according to the report of P/Senior Supt. Rolen C. Balquin, Sultan Kudarat police pro... Read Full Story - Sultan Kudar...
  • Center for health dev't steps up Iwas Paputok campaign in Reg 12

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec 11 (PIA) -- The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) 12 has stepped up its information drive on “Iwas Paputok” as Yuletide season comes nearer. The campaign aims to discourage the public in using firecrackers and fireworks to reduce the number of injuries or even casualties this Christmas. DOH targets for a zero injury this year, it said. In a press briefing, Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH-CHD 12 OIC-regional director has called on the public to... Read Full Story - Center for h...
  • What is the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, vendors want to know

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 11 (PIA) -- It is a measure of maturity of its residents that even vendors would like to be elucidated on a complex issue as the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement. Members of the Midsayap Umbrella and Sidewalk Vendors Association (Musva) admitted that they don’t understand what the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro really means. Musva President Mary Ann Dolendo said that they are willing to help explain the framework agreement to their communities if they... Read Full Story - What is the ...
  • Framework Agreement forum in Sulu generates massive support

    COTABATO CITY, Dec 6 (PIA) -- The continuous information and education campaign through symposia on the Framework Agreement in various areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for better understanding and appreciation of the provisions of the agreement is gaining ground. On Dec. 4, this year, an estimated 500 participants that included political leaders, civil society groups, religious community, local officials and other stakeholders from Maguindanao, Basilan, Davao, Zamboanga ... Read Full Story - Framework Ag...
  • PNP 12 honors three policemen for gallantry

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 recently honored three courageous policemen who fought lawless elements in the city and put their lives at risk in the name of service. PRO 12 Public Information Officer (PIO), PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio, Jr. said that awards, recommendations, and honors for gallantry were given to PO1 Mark Anthony Santillan, PO2 Peter Quinzon, and a SWAT member of the General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) whose identity is withheld for... Read Full Story - PNP 12 honor...
  • Illegal firearms seized in Socsksargen Region

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 5 (PIA) -- Operations against undocumented firearms in Soccsksargen Region have resulted in confiscation of at least 16 firearms as well as ammunition, a report from the Police Regional Office (PRO) – 12 said. Police chief inspector Benjamin Mauricio Jr., head of the PRO-12’s information office, said the operations were implemented from November 1 to 26. Confiscated firearms without pertinent documents included the following: ... Read Full Story - Illegal fire...
  • PRO 12 nabs 40 wanted persons in November

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec 5 (PIA) -- Operatives of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 have collared at least 40 wanted persons in Soccksargen Region in a month-long massive campaign. Police senior inspector Benjamin Mauricio Jr., told PIA 12 yesterday that the arrests were made as a result of 28 operations from November 1 – 26. Arrested persons, he added, are facing charges including kidnapping; murder; frustrated murder; violations of RA 9262 (An... Read Full Story - PRO 12 nab...
  • US Embassy to hold Mindanaw Youth 4 Human Rights Camp

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 4 (PIA) -- The United States Embassy in partnership with the ACCESS Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) Alumni Association will be holding a three-day Mindanaw Youth 4 Human Rights Camp at Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. The activity which will start on Thursday will bring together 50 young leaders ages 18-21 from the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao who have shown outstanding involvement in community se... Read Full Story - US Embassy t...
  • N. Cotabato town highlights Framework Agreement in celebration Mindanao Week of Peace celebration

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- The Local Government Unit of Kabacan in the province of North Cotabato featured the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro in the town’s celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace which started on Monday. Professor Raby Angkal of the MILF Central Committee who graced the event as speaker gave emphasis on the true meaning of the word “Bangsamoro”. He explained that the word is tantamount to the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao who should be give... Read Full Story - N. Cotabato ...
  • PDEA 12 zeroes in on illegal drugs in North Cotabato, Gensan

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov 26 (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 12 is giving special attention on North Cotabato and General Santos City in curbing supply and demand of illegal drugs and other controlled substances. Aileen Lovitos, PDEA 12 regional director said, both locations have remained areas of concern pertaining to the proliferation of illegal drugs, especially methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly know as shabu. She said they are g... Read Full Story - PDEA 12 zer...
  • Cotabato City to require CCTV installation business establishments

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 26 (PIA) - -The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cotabato City is set to implement City Ordinance 3880 or the Cotabato City Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) installation ordinance of 2010. The implementation will start on January next year mandating business establishments in the city to comply with the ordinance. City Mayor Japal Guiani said owners or operators of business establishments will be given 60 days to comply with the requirement otherwise their b... Read Full Story - Cotabato Cit...
  • Region 12 gets 254 new police officers

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 23 (PIA) -- Two hundred and fifty-four police officers were officially added to the police force of Soccsksargen Region (Reg.12), a report from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 said. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., head of the PRO-12 information division, told PIA 12, Friday, that these new breed of law enforcers were conferred their Philippine National Police badge in a Badge-of-Honor Ceremony, November 12. Police Regional Director PC... Read Full Story - Region 12 ge...
  • Cotabato City seeks citizen's help against criminality

    KORONADAL CITY,South Cotabato, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- The city government of Cotabato is calling for the support and cooperation of its residents as it advances its campaign against criminality. The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) made this appeal following reports of increased number of crime incidents from January to October this year. In a recently conducted meeting of the CPOC Executive Committee members, City Police Director Danny Reyes said there were 218 cases recorded for the period of w... Read Full Story - Cotabato Cit...
  • ARMM, MNLF sign an agreement to promote peace, dev’t in MNLF areas

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov 14 (PIA) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last November 8 to help promote peace and development in the region. The agreement aims to substantiate workable partnership with the MNLF in promoting peace and development programs corresponding the Government-MNLF understanding signed last June 2011 at Solo city, Indonesia. The MOA was signed by Atty. Rand... Read Full Story - ARMM, MNLF s...
  • Info drive on Bangsamoro Framework Agreement launched in Pigcawayan, N. Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 14 (PIA) --A community information drive on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement was launched in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato last November 9-10, 2012. Barangay Libungan-Toretta was chosen to be the venue for the launching of the info drive. The launching was spearheaded by House Special Committee on Peace Reconciliation and Unity Chairperson Cong. Jesus Sacdalan. Barangay Officials from 11 Muslim dominated barangays, as well as local government officials part... Read Full Story - Info drive o...
  • DOLE, other agencies seek participation of LGUs in anti-trafficking drive

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 9 (PIA) -- The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-12) here with other government agencies, has sought partnership with local government units in the Campaign Against Illegal Recruitment, Trafficking in persons and Irregular Migration (CAIRTIM). Other agencies involved in the advocacy are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Commission on... Read Full Story - DOLE, other...
  • Irrigators Association in N. Cotabato requests local translation of the Framework Agreement

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 9 (PIA) -- The Midsayap-Pigcawayan-Libungan-Kabuntalan (MPLK) Federation of Irrigators Association is asking for a local translation of the recently signed framework agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). MPLK Pres. Dante Cudal said that through this, the agreement will be easily understood by the people. “When every farmer knows and comprehends the content of the agreement, they will be the... Read Full Story - Irrigators A...
  • DILG-12 releases P24M for Pamana in N. Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- Eight local government units in North Cotabato last week received P24 million for the implementation of several priority projects. This after regional director Buagas Sulaik of the Department of the Interior and Local Government approved the release of the first tranche of the the DILG- Pamana (PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn) Fund to the recipient LGUs. The amount will be used to subsidize programs and projects identified b... Read Full Story - DILG-12 rele...
  • IDPs in Midsayap, N.Cotabato receive recovery, rehabilitation projects

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov. 7 (PIA) -- Residents of Barangay Rangaban in Midsayap, North Cotabato received yesterday, November 6, projects under the Early Recovery and Rehabilitation for Central Mindanao (ERRCM). These include housing, core shelter repair, school building, level 2 water system, hauling truck services, livelihood and barangay health station. ERRCM projects aim to help the internally displaced persons (IDP) to recover from the damages brought by the conflicts. The pro... Read Full Story - IDPs in Mids...
  • Framework Agreement advocates adopt “I am for Peace” slogan, hold assembly

    COTABATO CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) -- While details of the Framework Agreement need to be ironed out, aggressive information and education campaign of peace advocates, supporters and stakeholders are ongoing to generate public awareness and better understanding to achieve the goal of the agreement. With the slogan “I am for Peace” local officials, residents and peace advocates welcomed and joined the peace ambassadors in the conduct of a general assembly cum medical and dental mission, fun ... Read Full Story - Framework Ag...
  • Framework Agreement signifies Mindanaoans’ desire for peace says MSU prof

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Oct 23 (PIA) – A professor here said the overwhelming support reaped by the signing of the Framework Agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signifies Mindanaoans’ long time desire for peace. Mindanao State University-Islamic Studies Professor Maulawi Calimba said people in Mindanao have reached the point of “fatigue” where they no longer wanted the classic war but peace. Calimba also warned all stakeholder... Read Full Story - Framework A...
  • IMT cites “sincerity” of GPH, MILF panels on peace framework

    MAITUM, Sarangani, Oct 19 (PIA) -- The International Monitoring Team (IMT), 73rd Infantry Battalion, provincial and local government of Maitum, and members of the civilian protection component and non-violent peace force on Tuesday (October 16) released seven doves in barangay Ticulab to symbolize their support for Monday’s signing of the framework peace agreement in Malacanang. Dove signified peace, while seven represented the 7th batch of the Malaysian-led IMT assigned in Mindanao since 20... Read Full Story - IMT cites â€...
  • S. Cotabato officials laud peace framework agreement

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct 16 (PIA) -- Officials in South Cotabato see the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro as a forward move to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao. South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. said he welcomes the initiative between the government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “This would not mean an instant solution to the peace that we have been longing for,”he said. “But we remain hopeful that this is the... Read Full Story - S. Cotabato ...
  • GPH-MILF Framework signing ushers dawning of peace -- Antonino

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct. 15 (PIA) -- Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Community, said today’s signing of the Agreement on the Framework for Bangsamoro, “Truly ushers the dawning of peace and forging ahead of broader collaboration for accelerated progress and transformation.” In a press statement, Antonino lauded President Benigno Aquino III for pursuing lasting peace in Mindanao. She said, the Aquino administration has... Read Full Story - GPH-MILF Fra...
  • 250 police officers undergo SCOUT training

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct 1 (PIA) -- Some 250 police officers across Soccsksargen Region are undergoing Special Counter Insurgency Operations Unit Training (SCOUT), an official of the Police Regional Office (PRO) – 12 said. PInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., chief of the public information office, said the 45-day “rigid and tough training” is being conducted by the Regional Special Training Unit 12. “This training is believed to be the toughest and mo... Read Full Story - 250 police ...
  • PNP 12 receives 10 computer sets from PSSLAI

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct 1 (PIA) -- Soccsksargen Region’s Police Regional Office (PRO-12) last week received 10 computer sets from the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (PSSLAI). PCSupt. Alex Paul Monteagudo, PRO 12 regional director, receive the computer units from Lanie Jane D. Gemeniano, who represented the PSSLAI in a turn over ceremony at the police headquarter in Tambler, General Santos City on September 24. PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio... Read Full Story - PNP 12 rece...
  • PNP, AFP tighten security in Region 12

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept 28 (PIA) -- Police and military joined forces in strengthening security in Region 12. During the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting, RPOC 12 chairman and Sarangani Gov. Miguel Dominguez said the collective partnership of government troops, agencies and local government units (LGUs) is a great help for the success of the peace and order situation in Soccsksargen. RPOC 12 officials ordered a tightened security in the region now that filing of Certificate of Cand... Read Full Story - PNP, AFP tig...
  • DSWD 12 boosts LGUs’ handling of database on human trafficking

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept 25 (PIA) -- Soccsksargen Region’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has strengthened the capabilities of local government units in managing the database of trafficked person. In line with the agency’s Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP), social workers, LGU focal persons on anti-trafficking program, and some members of the Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking in Region 12 underwent ... Read Full Story - DSWD 12 boo...
  • PNP 12 rewards tipsters

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept. 24 (PIA) -- Two individuals who provided information that led to the arrest of one most wanted person and the “neutralization” of a bomb expert recently received rewards amounting to P1.3 million from the Philippine National Police (PNP). Police Regional Office (PRO) – 12’s Public Information Office (PIO) said vital information from the tipsters, whose names were withheld for their protection, resulted in the arrest of Hadji... Read Full Story - PNP 12 rewa...
  • Tagalog news: PNP Cotabato masusing iniimbestigahan ang pagkamatay ng dating lokal na opisyal at media

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept3 (PIA) -- Masusing iniimbestigahan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa Lalawigan ng Cotabato ang pagkamatay ng isang dating opisyal ng bayan ng Magpet at co-host ng programa sa radyo ng Philippine Councilors League (PCL). Ayon kay Cotabato PNP Provincial Director SSupt Cornelio Salinas noong Agosto 29, 2012 pa nawala ang biktima na kinilalang si dating Magpet Sangguniang Bayan member Eddie Jesus Apostol Co habang nagsasagawa ito ng treasure hunting sa hangganan ng mga ... Read Full Story - Tagalog news...
  • Kabacan, Cotabato strengthens K5 group campaign

    KORONADAL CITY, August 28 (PIA) -- The town of Kabacan in the province of North Cotabato empowers its K5 group drive or “Kilusan tungo sa Kapayapaan, Kalinisan at Kaunlaran sa Bayan ng Kabacan” which focuses in monitoring the criminality and other detrimental incidents in the said town. K5 President David Don Saure Sr. said the organization was formed as response to the series of killings and illegal drug trade that is rampant in Kabacan. The organization started in 2009 and continues its ... Read Full Story - Kabacan, Cot...
  • Local government Usec commends PNP-12

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 18 (PIA) -- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Peace and Order Rico Puno has commended Police Regional Office (PRO-12) here for its “stellar work” as it celebrated on Tuesday, August 14, the 111th Police Service anniversary of the Philippine National Police (PNP). “We commend you for your accomplishments and we have full confidence in all of you that you will keep up the stellar work,” Puno told them at the PRO-... Read Full Story - Local govern...
  • 22 former rebels in Sarangani receive livelihood assistance from OPAPP

    ALABEL, Sarangani, Aug 18(PIA) - Twenty-two former rebels (FRs) who have returned to the folds of the law received on Tuesday (August 14) livelihood assistance from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through Sarangani’s comprehensive local integration program (CLIP) for its rebel returnees. OPAPP area coordinator Emmanuel Fable said the aid would provide FRs start-up capital to support them as they start a new life as he pointed out “ito (assistance) ay tiw... Read Full Story - 22 former re...
  • CDIC Tampakan sponsors free legal clinic

    KORONADAL CITY, Aug 10 (PIA) -- Residents of Tampakan town will be treated to legal education as the Community Development Information Center (CDIC) prepares for the first Community Legal Forum at Barangay Poblacion. The forum, slated on August 18 at the municipal gymnasium, is aimed at making residents aware of their rights and obligations, Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) Efren Villarina told the Philippine Information Agency here. Villarina said the CDIC has invited high-cal... Read Full Story - CDIC Tampaka...
  • Military and police forces in Region 12 on high alert

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 8 (PIA)--The military and police in Region 12 are on high alert following the series of attacks staged by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Sunday (August 5) in an Army detachments in Maguindano province. The attacks were particularly carried out in the municipalities of Datu Saudi and Datu Unsay in Maguindanao, said PCSupt. Lester Camba, Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 deputy regional director for administration. He said the attack went as far as h... Read Full Story - Military and...
  • PNP 12 to strengthen Pulis sa Barangay program

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Aug 8 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 12 recently bared its plan of strengthening the Pulis sa Barangay program to ensure community cooperation in maintaining peace and order in the locality. In a dialogue with stakeholders last week, PRO 12 Regional Director PCSupt Alex Paul Monteagudo said the General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) has deployed one police liaison officer to each barangay of the city to coordinate with community officials i... Read Full Story - PNP 12 to st...
  • 349 police officers deployed to police stations in Region 12

    KORONADAL CITY, August 8 (PIA) -- Some 349 police officers previously assigned to the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 12 and its maneuver companies were deployed on Monday to their permanent assignments in police stations across Soccsksargen Region. In an email to PIA 12 this morning, PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., head of the Regional Public Information Office 12 said PNP 12 Regional Director PCSupt. Alex Paul Monteagudo, earlier this year, vowed to addr... Read Full Story - 349 police ...
  • Kabacan, N.Cotabato intensifies anti-criminality drive

    KORONADAL CITY, August 8 (PIA) -- The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kabacan, North Cotabato through the help of police authorities in the province and in Region 12 strengthened its campaign against criminality, following a spate of killings in the municipality. Task Force Chrislam Head Police Insp. Tirso Pascual said they are doing visibility and foot patrol in populous areas in Kabacan most especially during market day. “Aside from the public market, policemen are also monitoring the Kabac... Read Full Story - Kabacan, N.C...
  • P1.28 M worth of forest products confiscated since January – DENR 12

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 23 (PIA) -- Some 60,142 board feet of illegal logs, lumber flitches and other forest products have been seized across Soccsksargen Region since January until May 4 this year, a report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- 12 said. The report was made public during DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno’s meeting with members of the media in South Cotabato - General Santos Cit... Read Full Story - P1.28 M wor...
  • Peace education to be integrated in Sarangani public schools

    ALABEL, Sarangani, July 16 (PIA) -- Peace education would soon be incorporated in the basic curriculum in all public schools in Sarangani. Governor Migs Dominguez said this scheme would be challenging considering that the province belongs to a multi-ethnic society. “We are the first one to do this,” Dominguez said optimistic that it would succeed in Sarangani. He noted that key values of excellence, respect and integrity are evident in the Department of Education Sarangani division w... Read Full Story - Peace educat...
  • PNP 12 swears in 212 new police officers

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 12 (PIA) -- Two hundred-twelve new Police Officer 1 (PO1s) have been added to Soccsksargen’s police force, an official of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 office said today. P/Insp Benjamin Mauricio Jr, head of the Police Regional Public Information Office, said the new recruits, who were sworn to office last July 2 at the regional headquarters in Tambler, General Santos City consisted of 36 female and 176 male police officers One hundred thirty-seven... Read Full Story - PNP 12 swea...
  • ARMM general voters registration begins today

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 9 (PIA) -- The 10-day general re-registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, where at least a million voters are expected to be listed, began at 8 a.m. today. Data-capturing machines of the Commission on Election (Comelec) are also expected to have been put in place in various registration centers in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. In June, Congress passed a joint resolution annulling all B... Read Full Story - ARMM general...
  • All systems go for General Voters’ Registration in ARMM

    COTABATO CITY, July 5 (PIA) -- It’s all systems go for the July 9-19 general voters’ registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in so far as preparations and awareness campaign is concerned, the COMELEC, military and police assured. Army’s 6th Infantry Division Chief Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations for Western Mindanao Head Police Director Manuel Barcena, and Maguindanao Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Udtog Tago updated the m... Read Full Story - All systems ...
  • Soldiers in N. Cotabato train on human rights issues

    KORONADAL CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- Some 100 soldiers from the 57th Infantry Battalion and the special forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) underwent a training on human rights’ issues last June 29 in an army base in Poblacion Makilala, North Cotabato. The said training was conducted by the office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) 12 and was participated by soldiers who are assigned in places that are considered as “highly influenced” by the communist guerrillas. Accordi... Read Full Story - Soldiers in ...
  • Local official hopes to resolve soon land boundary dispute

    KORONADAL CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- A local official in Tantangan, South Cotabato is optimistic that the land boundary dispute involving his town and two others will be resolved soon. Tantangan Mayor Arnold Garingo said he expects, “the closure in boundary claims between the municipality of Tantangan with Lutayan and President Quirino town of Sultan Kudarat province after the second round of discussion by officials of disputing towns with the presence of some officials from the Departmen... Read Full Story - Local offici...
  • GenSan crime volume decreases, police says

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 27 (PIA) -- The city’s crime volume has eased this semester, according to General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) here. PSupt. Rolly Octavio, GSCPO deputy director for administration, in a press conference here that crime volume, particularly classified as “index crime,” has gone down by 23 percent for the period of January to June 2012. He explained that index crime refers to those offenses committed against persons and properties. For this year, the nu... Read Full Story - GenSan crime...
  • CIDG chief launches Community Investigative Service program

    COTABATO CITY, June 22 (PIA) -- Director Samuel Pagdilao, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), launched the agency’s program Community Investigative Service (CIS) in Cotabato City and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) last June 19. Pagdilao said the CIS is one program of the CIDG, as the investigative arm of the PNP that seeks the participation and support of the members of community throughout the country in the campaign against all forms of lawlessness a... Read Full Story - CIDG chief l...
  • 37 missing, 765 families affected in Sarangani flood

    KORONADAL CITY, June 15 (PIA) -- Thirty-seven fishermen are still unaccounted or in Sarangani province, according to a report from the Sarangani Provincial Information based on the 4:00 p.m. June 14 consolidated report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO). This brings the total number of fishermen who were rescued or confirmed to have safely returned to shore to 307. Most of them have already returned to their homes. They were part o... Read Full Story - 37 missing, ...
  • Peace project offers brighter future for youth

    COTABATO CITY, June 13 (PIA) -- “The BMLI will not only focus on capacitation but also on facilitation for the youth to gain job and acquire brighter future,” said Government of the Philippines peace panel chair Atty. Marvic Leonen during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Learning and Management Institute (BLMI) project. Last June 8, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshiro Urabe formally turned over the newly completed P4-million BLMI project located at the town of Sultan K... Read Full Story - Peace projec...
  • Gov urges COMELEC to impose total gunban for ARMM list-up

    COTABATO CITY, June 11 (PIA) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) today urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to impose a total gun ban throughout the period of the voters’ re-registration in the five-province region. ARMM Officer-In-Charge Governor Mujiv Hataman said a COMELEC ban on firearms would prevent undue interference by partisan armed groups on the conduct of a new list-up in the region, composed of Basilan, Lanao Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The poll b... Read Full Story - Gov urges C...
  • Residents train on peacekeeping, disaster response in Tupi, S. Cotabato

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- Eighty male residents of different barangays of Tupi, South Cotabato underwent a five-day police auxiliary/disaster respondents training last week, in a move to strengthen the peacekeeping force and disaster response in the municipality. In a report from the local government information center, Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. underscored the importance of empowering selected civilians to work hand-in-hand with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the implementa... Read Full Story - Residents tr...
  • PNP-12 trains 200 police officers on combat prepareness

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- Two hundred police non-commissioned officers (PNCO) underwent a Special Counter-Insurgency Operation Unit Training (SCOUT) course to enhance their tactical skills to combat potential threats in their respective areas of responsibility (AOR). The 45-day training, which was conducted by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 on May 9 at PRO 12 Headquarters here, will end by mid-week of June. PInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., public information officer of PRO-12 sai... Read Full Story - PNP-12 train...
  • PRO 12 Director Mantele retires; Monteagudo assumes office

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 17 (PIA) -- After 30 years in government service, P/Chief Superintendent Benjardi Mantele retires from office today. Mantele also turns over command of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 to P/CSupt Alex Paul Monteagudo in a ceremony at the PNP headquarters in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City at 9:00 a.m. In an earlier interview with local media, Mantele said his final speech as PNP-Soccsksargen’s chief would de... Read Full Story - PRO 12 Direc...
  • Anti-drug planning in So. Cotabato a success

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 15 (PIA) -- The recent action planning workshop of police chiefs in South Cotabato was successful, said Eduardo Siason, permanent representative of the governor to the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC). But Siason said the same planning workshop also highlighted the fact that not all local government units (LGUs) have complied with mandates to allocate funds for campaigns against illegal drugs and other substances. The planning workshop, held at V... Read Full Story - Anti-drug pl...
  • South Cotabato police to lay down anti-drug strategies

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, May 8 (PIA) -- Police officials in South Cotabato will meet Friday, May 11, to craft strategies against illegal drugs and drug abuse. Eduardo Siason, permanent representative of the governor to the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) said, “the action planning would require municipal and city police stations to focus their activities on drug problems in their respective area.” Invited to the anti-drug strategic planning workshop are... Read Full Story - South Cotaba...
  • Tagalog News: CHR sa ARMM bukas na

    LUNGSOD NG KORONADAL, South Cotabato, Mayo 6 (PIA) -- May tanggapan na ang Commission on Human Rights (CHR) sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Ito matapos pormal nang binuksan noong Huwebes, Mayo 3, ang kauna-unahang ARMM CHR Field Office sa loob mismo ng Regional Government Center sa Cotabato City. Pinangunahan ang inauguration nina ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman at CHR chairperson Loretta Anne Rosales at sinaksihan ng mga kinatawan ng iba’t ibang sector sa ... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • Consultation-dialogues continue in Mindanao

    COTABATO CITY, May 4 (PIA) -- The government peace panel continues the conduct of consultations and dialogues in different parts of Mindanao to gather and listen to people’s sentiments and opinions as part of the continuing peace process, assures a member of the government panel. Based on latest published reports, some sectors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) clamor for “transparency” in the government of the Philippines-MILF Decision Points as of April 2012 agreed upon ... Read Full Story - Consultation...
  • New DIPO-Western Mindanao chief commits to prioritize law and order

    COTABATO CITY, May 1 (PIA) -- Newly installed head of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations for Western Mindanao PC/Supt. Manuel Barcena vows to give priority attention for more vigorous peace and security campaign to maintain law and order in the region. Formerly assigned with PNP intelligence command, Barcena assumes his new post on April 17 vice PC/ Supt Felicisimo Khu who is assigned to head DIPO-Eastern Mindanao. On April 26, Barcena held a meeting with members of the Cotabato... Read Full Story - New DIPO-Wes...
  • PNP-12 initiates SWAT competition

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 29 (PIA) -- The Police Regional Office-12 here initiated the 1st SWAT (Special Weapon and Tactics) competition over the weekend to harness even more the skill of members in the elite unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP). For the first time, PRO-12 brought together SWAT Units based in different city and the provincial police offices in the region for a unique contest. PSSupt. Robert Kiunisala, deputy regional director for operations (DRDO), said that for the p... Read Full Story - PNP-12 initi...
  • PDEA-12 seizes P3-M worth of marijuana plants

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 23 (PIA) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 12 uprooted Thursday, April 19, 8,200 fully grown marijuana plants at sitio Bila, a hinterland village of barangay Malabod, Malungon, Sarangani. The seized marijuana weeds have an equivalent value of P3 million, said PDEA-12. Partnering with PDEA 12 were personnel from the Municipal Police Station; the Philippine Army 72nd Infantry Battalion Foxtrot Company; and the 1002nd Brigade, Philippine Army based in Ma... Read Full Story - PDEA-12 seiz...
  • Peace Council objects to establishment of MILF camps in the So. Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 22 (PIA) -- South Cotabato’s Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by Governor Arthur “Dodo” Y. Pingoy Jr. during its second quarter meeting on Wednesday passed two resolutions objecting the putting up of two camps in the province by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Senior Board Member Jose Madanguit, who was the proponent of the two resolutions, disclosed that the acts of the MILF was in violation of the present ceasefire agre... Read Full Story - Peace Counci...
  • No. Cotabato LGUs to get P30M aid from PAMANA

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 22 (PIA) -- At least eight conflict-affected municipalities in North Cotabato are set to benefit from a P30-million PAMANA-DILG Fund for the province this year. A press release from the Information and Development Communication Division of the Office on Friday said that OPAPP PAMANA Area Manager for Central Mindanao Johnnel V. Rañeses confirmed the additional fund assistance during the workshop on Mainstreaming Peace and D... Read Full Story - No. Cotabato...
  • South Cotabato generally peaceful -- PNP

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 20 (PIA) -- “The peace and order situation in the province is generally peaceful, under control,” Police Senior Superintendent Randolf Delfin, South Cotabato Police Provincial Office (SCPPO) Provincial Director, during the 2nd quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held on Wednesday in Koronadal City. For the first quarter of the year, Delfin said, the province’s total crime volume was 793. Of this number ... Read Full Story - South Cotaba...
  • 73rd IB soldiers seize hot lumber in Maitum

    MAITUM, Sarangani, April 14 (PIA) -- The municipal government has taken custody of seized illegal lumber and the two “Saddam” trucks while used to transport these in the cover of darkness, authorities said. Soldiers led by First Lt. Ferdinand Ragos of the 73rd Infantry Battalion intercepted the two trucks loaded with sawn lumber at Mt. Krucat in barangay Upo at 10:20 pm. on April 5. Rolando Tuballes, provincial environment and natural resources officer, also reported to Governor Migs D... Read Full Story - 73rd IB sold...
  • Peace and development volunteers in SocSarGen initiate march for peace

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 16 (PIA) -- Around 600 peace-loving citizens from South Cotabato, Sarangani Province and this city converged recently in GenSan’s Oval Plaza to stage a March for Peace. The peace and development volunteers (PDVs) which included members of civil organizations, the Philippine National Police, 1002nd Infantry Battalion and the Local Government Units of GenSan partnered and initiated the activity to express their commitment to peace and development. Tessie Sugabo of th... Read Full Story - Peace and de...
  • Tagalog News: ARMM Gov suportado ang programang pangkapayapaan

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Abril 14 (PIA) -- Malugod na tinatanggap ni Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu ang programa ng pamahalaan na palakasin ang kakayahan ng mga lokal na pamahalaan para pamahalaan ang kapayapaan at kaunlaran ng kanilang nasasakupan. Partikular na tinukoy ni Gov. Mangudadatu ang programang “Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Local Governance” (MPDLG) na ipatutupad simula ngayong taon ng Office of the Presidential Adviser... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • Peace council imposes gun ban in ARMM

    COTABATO CITY, April 13 (PIA) -- The members of the Regional Peace and Order Council has decided to impose a gun ban and regulate the issuance of firearms in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). ARMM governor officer-in-charge regional governor Mujiv Hataman said that the council has unanimously agreed to pass a resolution proposing the imposition of gun ban in the areas under the autonomous region not only during the election period but also during voters’ registration. Another ... Read Full Story - Peace counci...
  • 2 killed, 18 hurt in bomb blast in North Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 11 (PIA) -- Two persons were killed and 18 others were wounded when a bomb exploded aboard Rural Transit Bus in Carmen town, North Cotabato around 10:40 this morning. P/Chief Insp. Jordine Maribojo, chief of Carmen PNP, identified the fatalities Gladzin Himpiso, 10, at Rona Mae Causing, 18. Police earlier reported three persons died in the blast but later clarified that there were only two fatalities. Those wounded fro... Read Full Story - 2 killed, 18...
  • Police remains on full alert status beyond the Holy Week

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 9 (PIA) -- There is no let up to the security measures implemented by the police personnel in Soccsksargen Region even after the culmination of the Lenten season, an official said. Police regional director P/CSupt. Benjardi Mantele in an interview with local media today announced that all police stations in the entire region 12 will remain on full alert status, now for the Oplan Summer Vacation or Oplan Sumvac 2012.... Read Full Story - Police rema...
  • Cebuano news: GenSan city government andam na sa pag-sugat sa Semana Santa

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Abril 3 (PIA)-- Andam na ang city government sa pagsugat sa Semana Santa, matud ni City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio. Sa gipahigayong meeting sa City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) kagahapon gilatag sa nagkadaiyang mga Council members ang ilang mga planong buluhaton sa tibuok nga tempo sa Mahal na Adlaw. Apan buot ni mayor nga mapinalisar ang mga plano nga ang tanang hapsay ug walay mahimong sipyat sa implementasyon busa karong adlaw ang gihatag nga deadline sa mayor a... Read Full Story - Cebuano news...
  • Gen San city gov't readies for Holy Week

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 2 (PIA)--The city government here is all set for the observance of the Holy Week. In today’s City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting, Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio asked the members to submit to her by tomorrow morning their final reports relative to their respective plan for the Holy Week. “It is important that everything is in place and coordinated well especially with all the chiefs of police and other key line agencies and offices for the Holy Week,”... Read Full Story - Gen San city...
  • PNP 12 on alert for the Holy Week

    KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, April 2 (PIA) -- South Cotabato’s police force has been put on heightened alert for the celebration of the Holy Week, P/SSupt. Randolph Delfin, police provincial director said. Delfin said, as early as two months ago, in accordance with a directive from the Police Regional Office, he ordered all police chiefs under his jurisdiction to plan out and strengthen security measures for the summer vacation. “Included ... Read Full Story - PNP 12 on al...
  • Tagalog News: Peace Caravan na sumusuporta sa GPH-MILF peace talks isinagawa

    COTABATO CITY, Marso 27 (PIA) -- Daan-daang mga opisyal at tauhan ng militar, alkalde kasama ang iba pang lokal na lider, at mamamayan ng limang bayan sa Maguindanao ang lumahok sa isang peace caravan na isinagawa noong Marso 25 sa bayan ng Parang, Maguindanao Nagkaisa ang mga lokal na opisyal ng bayan ng Parang, Matanog, Barira, Datu Odin Sinsuat at Buldon na magsagawa ang peace caravan upang ipakita ang pinalakas na suporta sa isinusulong na usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno at ... Read Full Story - Tagalog News...
  • 400 reservists finish basic military training in Sarangani

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 20 (PIA)-- Four hundred army reservists graduated recently after  six months of First Special Basic Citizen Military Training (SBCMT) under the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) in Malungon town.        Sarangani Lone District Representative Manny Pacquiao was the guest of honor in the closing ceremony of ‘Class-MATATAG’ under the tutelage of 1205th Community Defense Center (CDC), 12th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG), A... Read Full Story - 400 reservis...
  • OPAPP meets with PAMANA beneficiaries in Midsayap, North Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY,  South Cotabato,  March 13 (PIA) --   The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process  (OPAPP) on Friday  met  with  beneficiaries  of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn  (PAMANA) in Midsayap  town to explain the program’s  processes.   A press  release  from the office  of  North Cotabato  1st District Rep. Jesus  Sacdalan  sent to PIA-12  today said&nbs... Read Full Story - OPAPP meets ...
  • Glan to host 2012 joint RP-US naval exercise

    GLAN, Sarangani, Feb. 28 (PIA) — The next joint RP Navy-US Navy exercise of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) will be held here on June 28-July 9, this year.    Codenamed “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Exercise 2012,” the two-week activity aims to strengthen the relationship of both navies and enhance their mutual co-operation, said Navy Lt. Joseph Armand Sieras, NFEM operations officer.   For its Civil Military Operations (CMO), C... Read Full Story - Glan to host...
  • Army Chief cites gains in ongoing peace talks

    COTABATO CITY,  Feb.  28  (PIA) -- Philippine Army (PA) chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista believes that peace and stability in Mindanao would sooner or later be realized with the progress of the 25th round of the GPH-MILF exploratory talks.   Citing positive indications and intensified pro-peace campaign by local officials and the military, Bautista expressed optimism that both sides could possibly arrive at a consensus on signing a peace agreement soon.   Bautista sa... Read Full Story - Army Chief c...
  • Anti-Terrorism Assistance team visits PNP 12

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Feb 25 (PIA)-- A dialogue to strengthen partnership on anti-terrorism initiatives has been forged here between the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 and the representatives of U.S. Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program last week.   The dialogue formed part of the briefing assessment of the ATAP courses that it extends to the country.   PSSupt. Robert Kiunisala, who is himself an ATAP recipient, led other police officials in welcoming the ATA officials headed... Read Full Story - Anti-Terrori...
  • Tampakan LGU revives law enforcement board

    KORONADAL CITY,  South Cotabato, Feb 17 (PIA)  --  The local government unit of  Tampakan  town  recently  revived  its   People’s  Law Enforcement  Board (PLEB), a local  body  where  residents  could   file  complaints  against officers  and members of the Philippine National  Police (PNP).   Tampakan  Mayor Leonardo  Escobillo,  has  appointed c... Read Full Story - Tampakan LGU...
  • Cebuano News: U.S. Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs mibisita sa Pilipinas aron hisgutan ang security and defense cooperation sa duha ka nasud

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Peb. 13 (PIA) -- Gibutyag sa U.S. Embassy base sa Manila ang duha ka adlaw nga pagbisita sa Pilipinas ni U.S. Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro sa niaging semana.   Sa usa ka press release nga gipagawas mismo sa U.S. Embassy, gikanayon nga si Shapiro mikonsulta sa pipila ka mga “senior civilian and military officials” sa Pilipinas mahitungod sa pagpauswag sa defense and security cooperation aron sa kaayohan sa duha ka n... Read Full Story - Cebuano News...
  • OPAPP allocates P10-M for Banisilan, N.Cotabato

    KORONADAL CITY,  South Cotabato  Feb.  8 (PIA) --   North Cotabato  will  soon get  a P10-M  stimulus  fund  from the   Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)  specifically   for  development  projects in  Banisilan  town.   Central Mindanao Area Manager Mr. Johnnie V. Rañeses,  in a recent meeting with LGU officials  at the provincial capit... Read Full Story - OPAPP alloc...
  • Village peacekeepers in Sultan Kudarat get P1.7 M assistance from DA

    KORONADAL  CITY,  Feb.  7 (PIA)  --   Around  1,869   members  of the  barangay  defense  system  in  Columbio  Sultan Kudarat  recently  received   livelihood assistance from the  Department of Agriculture -12 (DA-12)  amounting  to  almost P1.7 million.   Last  week,  the  DA 12 Regional  Executive  Director  Amalia Jayag-Datukan  handed... Read Full Story - Village peac...
  • PNP-12 revisits media relations and protocol in crisis situation

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 30 (PIA)--- The police here have seen the need to revisit media relations in line with its protocol in crisis situation as it conducted recently  a seminar on media relations among police officers to review the organization’s relationship with the fourth estate here. Police regional public information officer Supt. Resty Damaso cited the importance of strengthening police relations with the media saying they are crucial communication partners not... Read Full Story - PNP-12 revis...
  • Hiligaynon news: 4Ps bulig nga kuwarta sa Rehiyon 12 nag-abot sa P1.075 bilyon sang 2011

    KORONADAL CITY Enero 27 (PIA) --  Ang gobyerno nasyunal nagpaguwa sang kabug-usan  nga P1.075 bilyon nga  bulig nga kuwarta sang nagligad nga tuig sa mga manogbaton sang kaayuhan sa ila padayon nga hilikuton sa conditional cash transfer (CCT) sa Rehiyon 12 kag parti man sang Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).   Si Bai Zorahayda Taha, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) rehiyon 12 director, nagsiling nga ang pondo ginpaguwa diretso sa mga 148,660 ka... Read Full Story - Hiligaynon n...
  • Cebuano news: Kriminalidad sa probinsya sa Cotabato mikubos ug 28% sa tuig 2011

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY,  Enero 26 (PIA) – Mitala ug baynte otso porsyento nga pagkubos sa mga insidente sa kriminalidad ang Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO) sa tuig 2011 itandi sa nilabay’ng tuig 2010. Kini ang gibutyag sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa probinsya kabag-ohay lamang kung asa gikanayon niini nga base sa datos sa CPPO mikubos sa 1, 341 ang mga natala nga krimen sa probinysa sa tuig 2011 gikan sa 1,870 sa tuig 2010. Sumala pa nga 613 sa mga nasampit nga krimen an... Read Full Story - Cebuano news...
  • Police undergo training on responding to crime incidence

    KORONADAL CITY,  Jan. 25 (PIA)  --  Investigative  and  tactical capabilities of   police  force in the  Soccsksargen Region   are being  enhanced  with  a training  on  responding to  crime  incidents.   PSupt Resty Damaso, information  officer of  the  Police  Regional Office 12,  said,  some  43  police personnel  from  the provincial  and&... Read Full Story - Police unde...
  • PNP 12 to adopt E-blotter

    KORONADAL CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- Blotters in police stations in the entire Soccsksargen Region are going high tech soon with the launching of PNP Crime Incident Reporting System or e-Blotter here, according to report from the Police Regional Office-12 (PRO-12). In preparation for this upcoming changes, PRO-12 last week held a two-day training on the use of e-blotter where some 53 police personnel from the four provinces and five cities in Region 12 ... Read Full Story - PNP 12 to ad...
  • Cebuano news: PNP 12 gilusad ang “electronic blotter system”

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Enero 25 (PIA) – Gilunsad kabag-uhay lamang sa Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 ang electronic blotter system aron mapadali ang pagtigom ug pag-organisa sa mga impormasyon may kalabotan sa mga nahitabong krimen sa matag presinto sa rehiyon. Subay niini mipahigayon ang PRO 12 ug duwa ka adlaw nga “User Training of PNP Crime Incident Reporting System” aron tun-an ang gitawag ‘e-blotter.’  Gisalmutan  kini sa 53 ka mga personahe sa kapu... Read Full Story - Cebuano news...
  • OPAPP distributes P6-million to Sarangani peace communities

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 19 (PIA)--- The government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program or PAMANA continues to bring hope and deliver assistance to conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.   The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through Director Susana Marcaida, delivered on Monday, January 16 a check worth P6 million for the once conflict-torn areas, now turned peace and development communities (PDCs) in Sarangani under its brainchild program PAMANA... Read Full Story - OPAPP distri...
  • PRO 12 tapes service firearms of police personnel

    KORONADAL CITY, Dec. 29(PIA) -- Service firearms of police personnel in Soccsksargen Region have been taped in preparation for the New Year celebration. The simultaneous ceremonial muzzle taping of the service firearms of policemen in all police provincial, city and municipal offices on Tuesday was spearheaded by the officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office-12 (PRO-12) at its headquarters in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City. PRO 12 spo... Read Full Story - PRO 12 tapes...
  • Army denies violating SOMO

    KORONADAL CITY, Dec 28 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army has not violated its declaration of the suspension of military operation (SOMO) against the New Peoples Army, an army official said.   “Let me clear that out. We have not conducted any offensive operation against the NPA,” Lt. Col. Alexis Noel Bravo, commanding officer of the 27th Infantry Battalion, based in Tupi, South Cotabato said in a telephone interview this morning.   He pointed ou... Read Full Story - Army denies ...
  • North Cotabato holds peace camp for high school students

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 29 (PIA) --In line with its advocacy to begin peace education at young age,the provincial government of North Cotabato begins another series of peace camps, now for high school students. More than 200private andhigh school studentsfrom the province’s 17 towns and 1 city are expected to join the three-day “1st Gov. Lala Mendoza High School Leadership Camp – In the Search for the Paths to Peace” startingDecember 1. During theactivity, students -- leaders... Read Full Story - North Cotaba...
  • Senior citizens in Region 12 gather to show talents

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 23 (PIA) -- “Di ka ba nahahabag habang binabaybay niya ang daan tungo sa kanyang katandaan, kung minsa’y binubulyawan, nilalait, pinagtatawanan. Pakiwari ng iba siya’y laos na at wala nang silbi sa ating lipunan. Ngunit ako’y narito at aking pinabubulaanan, sariwang-sariwa pa rin ang aming mga katangian,” recited Jose Cabradilla, 69. Cabradilla’s poem entitled Nakatatanda Bayani Ka won first prize in the poem recit... Read Full Story - Senior citiz...
  • 30 police personnel finish EOD course

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 21 (PIA) -- Some 29 members of the police force from Western Mindanao and Soccsksargen Regions and 1 from National Capital Region completed a three-month training on basic explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) course held in General Santos City. Participants came from regional and provincial police offices, Philippine Bomb Data Center (PBDC), National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Logistic Support Service (LSS) and Special Action Force (SA... Read Full Story - 30 police pe...
  • 63,000 displaced persons in Maguindanao to receive livelihood aid from New Zealand

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 12 (PIA) -- At least 63,000 internally displaced persons, comprised of about 10,550 farming and fishing households in Maguindanao are set to benefit from a livelihood project that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Government of New Zealand and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) will implement soon. The resolution approving the program... Read Full Story - 63,000 displ...
  • Army helps settle family feud

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 10 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Barangay Kalandagan, Tacurong City, along with the municipal government of Pandag, Maguindanao recently helped in the reconciliation of two families involved in a rido family feud. In a press release, Cpt. Ariel Morlejo, civil military operations officer of 601st IB said, commanding officer BGen. Leo Cresente Ferrer, and Pandag Mayor Datu Zajid M... Read Full Story - Army helps s...
  • Police on full alert following bomb explosion, recovery of IEDs in Central Mindanao

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 10 (PIA) -- Director Felicisimo Khu of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations – Western Mindanao (DIP0-WS) today confirmed police have been placed on full alert in possible target areas in the Region 12 following the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) and recovery of five others in two separate municipalities in the past two days. “All provincial police directors of targeted areas in the region... Read Full Story - Police on fu...
  • PNP sets security plan for Yuletide season, deploys personnel in malls

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 8 (PIA) -- Barely a week after the successful implementation of Oplan Kaluluwa, Region 12’s Police Regional Office (PRO 12) is already on the final stage of setting up security plans for the Christmas season. Police Regional Director P/CSupt. Benjardi Mantele said they have already “set on paper” the security plans in time for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. “We have already written down the du... Read Full Story - PNP sets sec...
  • So Cotabato cops seize 33 homemade guns

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov 5 (PIA) -- At least 33 short firearms were recovered by c in a raid this morning at Purok Manilawon, Barangay Lambuntong, Surallah in South Cotabato. PO3 Edwin Cahurao, Surallah Philippine National Police (PNP) investigator, said they were able to sieze 11 pistols and 22 revolvers, all homemade, from the residence of Honorio Cabalida, alias “Dodong.” Police also recovered machine guns, machine pistols, calibre rifles, M-203 tube, and ammunitions from the su... Read Full Story - So Cotabato ...
  • Soccsksargen’s All Saints’ Day commemoration is generally peaceful -- Mantele

    KORONADAL CITY, Nov. 2 (PIA) -- Yesterday’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day has been generally peaceful, according to the initial assessment of the Police Regional Office 12 (PRO 12). P/CSupt. Benjardi Mantele , PRO 12 regional director said police stations all over Soccsksargen Region have not monitored any untoward incident related to the celebration since October 31 until November 1. He said, with the establishment of Police Assistan... Read Full Story - Soccsksargen...
  • RDC 12 trains trainers on road safety advocacy

    KORONADAL CITY, Oct 18 (PIA) -- To address rising statistics on vehicular and related accidents involving teenagers, the Regional Development Council of Soccsksargen Region (RDC 12) recently conducted a trainers’ training on road safety advocacy. Information from RDC 12 says that statistics show that fatality rate among drivers aged 16 to 19 is four times higher than that of the 25 to 69 years old bracket. Crash fatality rate per 100,00... Read Full Story - RDC 12 train...
  • Former rebels, sympathizers to receive livelihood assistance from DA, Philippine Army

    KORONADAL CITY, Oct 1 (PIA) -- Rebel returnees and former New People’s Army (NPA) sympathizers in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat will soon receive livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture in the region and the Philippine Army.   Lt. Col Alexis Noel Bravo, commanding officer of the 27th Infantry Battalion, said they are now finalizing with DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Datukan the release of P1 million worth of seedlin... Read Full Story - Former rebel...
  • AFP to turn over internal security operations to provincial government

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- All is set for the ceremonies that will signify the turnover of lead role in the management of the internal security operations (ISO) to the provincial government of South Cotabato.   Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr, representing the provincial government of South Cotabato and Maj. Gen. Jorge Segovia, representing the 10th Infantry Division, will be signing a memorandum of agreement on Friday to officially effect the transfer of l... Read Full Story - AFP to turn ...
  • OWWA invites OFWs to avail of livelihood assistance

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept 23 (PIA) -- The regional office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA 12) is inviting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to avail of its livelihood assistance. OWWA 12 Regional Director Abdulgani Umag said the Balik-Pinay Balik Hanap-buhay program, which it implements with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is open to former and returning OFWs who wish to develop income generating projects as option to working abroad. Umag said program is... Read Full Story - OWWA invites...
  • Police director aims at operations readiness of forces, vows to enforce discipline

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept 23 (PIA) -- Police senior superintendent Randolph Delfin, the new police provincial director of South Cotabato assured the public that his administration is on the right track in ensuring security of the entire province. In a recent meeting with the press at the provincial capitol, Delfin announced that he is now focusing on strengthening the operational readiness and restoring discipline among members of the police force under his lead... Read Full Story - Police direc...
  • N. Cotabato police feted for gallantry and exceptional courage

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept 8 (PIA) -- A police officer from Midsayap, North Cotabato is among 10 PNP members feted for their gallantry and exceptional courage in their performance of duty during the 45th anniversary celebration of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) in Makati City today. Atty. Edilberto Fermil, Napolcom 12 regional director, identified the awardee from North Cotabato as SPO4 Hernane Osano, 42, assigned at Midsayap Municipal Police Station. “The heroic deed of SPO4 Osano ... Read Full Story - N. Cotabato ...
  • Security tightened in Tacurong, other areas

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept 3 (PIA) -- Security in the entry and exit points in Tacurong City and other areas in Central Mindanao has been tightened following discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) there on Thursday. P/CSupt Felicisimo Khu, director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations - Western Mindanao (DIPO- WS) said, this is because there is still an imminent threat of terroristic attacks. He said, with the discovery of the fifth IED, operatives are still loo... Read Full Story - Security tig...
  • 587 volunteers finish BPAT training in Koronadal City

    KORONADAL CITY, Sept 2 (PIA) -- Some 587 volunteers were honoured here yesterday for completing their training as members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of the city’s 27 villages. The graduation ceremonies held at the city’s Rizal Park culminates the enhancement training for the barangay police teams, which began on August 9. With such a large number of volunteers, the trainings were done in seven clusters with each... Read Full Story - 587 voluntee...
  • Army assures assistance to media coverage in Central Mindanao

    KORONADAL CITY, Aug 23 (PIA) -- BGen. Rey Ardo, commanding general of the 6th Infantry Batallion, welcomes all media covering events and incidents in their area of responsibility in Central Mindanao, an official of the Philippine Army said. In a press release, Col. Prudencio Asto, chief of 6ID’s Public Affairs Office pointed out that since the Maguindanao massacre incident in November 2009, BGen Ardo has been a text or call away from media personalities asking escorts in their coverage. ... Read Full Story - Army assures...
  • Koronadal city strengthens barangay police teams

    KORONADAL CITY, Aug 17(PIA) -- The local government unit of Koronadal City recently began a series of seminars intended to enhance the capabilities of the members of the Barangay Police Action Teams (BPATs). Mayor Peter B. Miguel said BPATs are being trained for them to be able to effectively assist the city police in ensuring peace and order in their areas of responsibility. Equipping the civilian volunteers with knowledge and capabilities on securing the ... Read Full Story - Koronadal ci...
  • PNoy's meeting with MILF chair a positive move -- local official

    KORONADAL CITY, Aug 13 (PIA) -- President Benigno Aquino III's move to talk with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim is commendable, a local official said. "President Aquino's meeting with Murad is a positive and welcome development for the improvement of the peace and order situation of Mindanao," South Cotabato board member Agustin Demaala, chairman of the committee on peace and order, said in a recent meeting with local press. Demaala, himself a r... Read Full Story - PNoy's meeti...
  • Army tightens checkpoints ahead of Ramadan

    KORONADAL CITY, July 30 (PIA) -- Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division yesterday strengthened security checkpoints in their area of responsibility (AOR). BGen Rey Asto, commanding general of 6ID has instructed field commanders to tighten checkpoint operations effective yesterday in line with the preparations for the celebration of Ramadan. Ramadan is expected to start Monday, August 1. Colonel Pridencio Asto, chief of 6ID's Public Affairs Office said the measure aims to ensure s... Read Full Story - Army tighten...
  • Police arrest suspect in Mayor Yabes’ murder

      KORONADAL CITY, July 28 (PIA) -- After 5 years of manhunt, operatives of the Police Regional Office 12 (PRO 12) have finally cornered the suspect in the killing of Mayor George Yabes of Maitum Sarangani. The suspect, identified as Monding Binasing, alias Mongs or Jomong Mandanding, 39, married, farmer and a resident of Sitio Bobong, Barangay Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City was arrested around 1:00 p.m. at the vicinity of Tamontaka Bobong Road and Sinsuat Ave., Cotabato... Read Full Story - Police arres...
  • South Cotabato, Davao Sur to resolve boundary conflict

    KORONADAL CITY, July 28 (PIA) -- The provincial governments of South Cotabato and Davao del Sur has begun the process of resolving the dispute regarding their actual borders. Members of the provincial board of Davao del Sur were here on Tuesday for a meeting with their local counterparts to start discussions to thresh out boundary conflict specifically involving areas between Tampakan town in South Cotabato and Kiblawan town in Davao del Sur. Vice Gov. E... Read Full Story - South Cotaba...
  • DSWD confirms land dispute displaced 1,500 families in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat

    KORONADAL CITY, July 7 (PIA) -- An official of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD 12) has confirmed that more than 1,500 families from Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat Province have fled their homes and sought refuge among relatives and in evacuation centers.   Bonifacio Selma, disaster operations chief of DSWD 12 said, about 10,000 individuals have been displaced since June 20 when two commanders of the ... Read Full Story - DSWD confirm...
  • North Cotabato’s peace forum goes on under tight security

    KORONADAL CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- North Cotabato government’s resolve to discuss peace was not hampered despite a bomb explosion yesterday just outside the Commission on Audit Provincial Office barely a kilometre from the Provincial Capitol Building. This morning, representatives of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) along with sectoral representatives met at the Gov. Rosario P. Diaz Bldg. Capitol... Read Full Story - North Cotaba...
  • PNP 12 orients troops on police blotter procedures

    KORONADAL CITY, June 26 (PIA 12) -- Police troops in the entire SOCCSKSARGEN Region are undergoing orientation on proper and official police blotter report procedure. These orientation being conducted by the Police Regional Office 12 (PR0 12) based in General Santos City also included other concerns such as Anti-torture law and International Humanitarian Law, and human rights issues and concerns. An orientation was conducted on June 21 at the New City Hall in Ko... Read Full Story - PNP 12 orien...
  • Koronadal placed under heightened alert following bomb threat

    KORONADAL CITY, June 5 (PIA) -- Koronadal City has been put under heightened alert on orders of Mayor Peter B. Miguel following the discovery of two improvised explosive devices (IED) in nearby Tacurong City on Wednesday night. Mayor Miguel said he has ordered the beefing up of the police force and deployment of K-9 units in all entry and exit points of the city to deter lawless elements from getting into the city. “I have also ordered our police personnel to patrol convergenc... Read Full Story - Koronadal pl...
  • Military airboats not for combat operations

    KORONADAL CITY, June 2 (PIA) -- “The airboats are not for use in combat operations,” Col. Cesar Sedillo, 602nd Brigade commander, told members of the media who joined him and North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza in a visit to Barangay Simone, Kabacan Sunday.   During the visit at least 20 members of the media were ferried by six military airboats from Carmen town via Pulangi River to Brgy. Simone – site... Read Full Story - Military air...
  • Tampakan mayor calls for unity, vigilance

    KORONADAL CITY, May 9 (PIA) -- In the wake of ambush and grenade-throwing incidents in his municipality, Mayor Leonardo Escobillo called on the municipality’s constituents to work together to preserve peace and security in their place.   During recent barangay consultative meetings with residents and officials of the municipality’s mining communities, namely Brgy. Pula bato, Brgy. Danlag, and Brgy Tablu, Mayor Escobillo told participants... Read Full Story - Tampakan may...
  • LGU to put up detachment in illegal mining site in Tampakan

    KORONADAL CITY, May 8 (PIA) – Officials of Tampakan municipality this week decided to create a task force that will provide 24/7 security in the “banlas” or sluice mining area, in Brgy Pula-bato and restrain illegal miners from entering the site. Vice Mayor Relly Leysa said, the members of the Sangguniang Bayan has approved a resolution that declared the “banlas” area in the said barangay a no-entry zone. The same resolution call... Read Full Story - LGU to put u...
  • LGU strengthens capabilities of barangay tanods

    KORONADAL CITY, April 26 (PIA) -- In its continuing effort to equip and build the capabilities of the its peacekeeping forces at the village level, the Tampakan LGU trained its civilian volunteer organizations (CVOs), popularly referred to as “barangay tanods,” on community defense. At least 156 barangay tanods from Barangays San Isidro, Tablu, Pula Bato, Palo, Danlag, Liberty, and Buto last week underwent a three-day training where their capabilities on rescue... Read Full Story - LGU strength...
  • PNP beefs up security in public places for the Holy Week

    KORONADAL CITY, April 18 (PIA) -- Security of public places has been strengthened for the celebration of the Holy Week, Philippine National Police (PNP) 12 Regional Director Chief Superintendent Benjardi Mantele said today. Mantele said he has already ordered all police units to beef up security especially in public places including tourists destinations in the four provinces and major cities for the Holy Week. He said this is especially necessary afte... Read Full Story - PNP beefs up...
  • 1,250 youth join peace summit in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat

    KORONADAL CITY, Mar. 15 (PIA) -- At least 1,250 young people in Colombio, Sultan Kudarat joined in the youth leadership summit organized by the 27th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army and the National Youth Commission. The four-day youth summit which started Friday was organized to inculcate among the youth in the area the opportunities of attaining peace and order. They were also taught to become youth peacekeepers and leaders of their communities. Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac, commanding ... Read Full Story - 1,250 youth ...
  • Army chief confirms reports on discharged personnel

    KORONADAL CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) -- Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac, commanding officer of 27the Infantry Battalion based in Tupi, South Cotabato yesterday confirmed reports that a personnel of the Philippine Army was recently discharged from duty and another was punished.   Nacnac said that one army personnel, whose name he did not disclose, was removed from duty after being proven guilty of robbery.   “When we inspected his quarters, we found the stolen materials among his thing... Read Full Story - Army chief c...
  • Security in Gensan airport intensified

    KORONADAL CITY, Mar. 8 (PIA) -- Security of airports and shipping terminals in the region has been strengthened following reports of security threats in the region, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.   PNP 12 Director C/Supt. Gil Meneses said yesterday that they have improved police presence in important locations in the entire region, especially in ports and airports.   This, after a road-side bombing incident in the boundary of Datu Paglas and Pandad towns ... Read Full Story - Security in ...
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