ALS students can excel – Mayor Rivera

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 November 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera encourages ALS students to continue their learning and venture to new fields where they can excel during the first Alternative Learning System (ALS) session on November 20. Mayor Rivera said the city government is working hand-in-hand with the Department of Education in improving the quality of education in Gensan. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

School facilities from RD Foundation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (20 November 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (2nd from left) and RD Foundation assistant vice president Ryan Vidanes (extreme left) sign a deed of donation for 24 armchairs and eight tables given to the Rosario Akyatan Day Care Center in Barangay Labangal on November 18. These school facilities came from the RD Foundation, under its Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko Version 2 program. His program aids the city government and the Department of Education in providing equipment to day care centers. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Mayor Rivera supports RWSAs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (20 November 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera gives his support to the different Rural Waterworks and Sanitation Associations (RWSAs) on November 18 by assuring that the city government will be assisting them in their initiatives and programs. Mayor Rivera said RWSAs are necessary in providing potable water source to the different areas in the city. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Italian assistance to CEO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 November 2015) – In behalf of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, executive assistant Dave Areglado (extreme right) and a City Engineer’s Office (CEO) staff receive on November 9 one desktop computer set with printer donated by the Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Communities Development Support Program (IARCDSP) to the city government for the use of the CEO Planning Programming and Design Division. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

Gensan open to new businesses – Mayor Rivera

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 November 2015) – On the opening of the 10th National Shrimp Congress Wednesday, November 11, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera indicates that General Santos City is open and ready for any shrimp and aquaculture related investments. He also explained that Gensan has complete support facilities such as the airport, seaport, and stable power supply to cater to the needs of new businesses. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Gensan hosts National Shrimp Congress

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 November 2015) – From left, Senator Cynthia Villar, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, City Councilor Brix Tan, PHILSHRIMP president Roberto Gatuslao, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Assistant Director Drusila Bayate lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the 10th National Shrimp Congress held in SM Trade Center on November 11 – 13. It was the first time for the National Shrimp Congress to be hosted outside the Visayas region. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

2nd DTI Regional Trade Fair opens at SM

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 November 2015) – From left, Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines (FOBAP) president Robert Young, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries representative Rey Billena, Department of Trade and Industry Region 12 Director Ibrahim Guimadel, DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, and Malaysian Consul Abdullah Zawawi Tahir lead the opening of the 2nd DTI Regional Trade Fair Wednesday, November 11, at SM City Gensan. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

PESO Gensan receives citation award

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – The Public Employment Services Office (PESO) of General Santos City has received a citation award from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for being the top performer for the region. The awarding ceremony was held on October 26 during the 15th PESO Congress at the PICC, Pasay City. PESO Gensan earned the nomination for 2014 National Best PESO Award – Highly Urbanized City Category. The award was given through City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and PESO manager Nurhasan Juanday. “In Region 12’s more than 60 PESO managers, we are the nominee of the region for the national award mao nga natagaan tag citation as nominee in the national award,” said Juanday. “Among the 1,500 plus participants, 30 lang mi ang natagaan ug citation award. It means nga gina recognize sa national government ang effort nga atong gihimo as far as PESO mandate is concerned,” he added. The citation award recognizes its wholehearted and unwavering support in the promotion and delivery of DOLE’s Employment Program. The award was a result of two previous recognitions garnered by PESO Gensan in 2014 namely; Outstanding Performance as 2013 Best Program implementer of SPES in Region 12 and Outstanding Performance of PESO manager in the delivery of employment programs and services to DOLE clients and LGU constituents in the region. “Last year pa nato nakuha ang regional award mao nga nag qualify ta sa national award,” Juanday explained. Among the LGUs in Region 12, PESO Gensan has the biggest allocation for SPES program. This year’s appropriation as LGU counterpart for SPES amounted to P4 million. “Kung wala ang suporta ni mayor, dili pud ta mag qualify for national kay gipondohan man ug dako ni mayor ang atong ubang program, labi na ang SPES,” said Juanday. He hoped that next year, they will try even harder to win the national PESO award. For now, the office is busy preparing for the 20th anniversary of PESO Gensan institutionalization on December 21. A job fair will be held on November 20 as a prelude to the celebration. In the succeeding weeks, a series of activities will also be conducted such as feeding programs, distribution of livelihood starter kit package, free haircut, tree planting and tribute and thanksgiving. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

Aerobic rice technology introduced in Region XII

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – The aerobic rice technology was introduced in Region XII during the 3rd Aerobic Rice Conference held October 19-23 at Sarangani Highlands Garden and Restaurant in Tambler, this city. The aerobic rice technology, a production system of growing rice, was an output of intensive research and experiment by the Bulacan Agricultural State College (BASC) headed by Josie Valdez, PhD., Aerobic Rice Technology Research and Development project leader. Valdez was targeting a national proposal for aerobic rice technology. She was also advocating for the use of the technology on a regional level through Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) president Rolando Hechanova, PhD., together with Jimmy Olivo, Regional Technical Director for Research Regulation of Department of Agriculture XII. “Sa region naman, we are ready to receive project proposals which are worthwhile. We cannot release funds without proposals,” said Olivo. “The mandated function of the university (SKSU) includes research and extension. Nag-conduct na kami ng varietal trial. This technology is location specific. Posible na ang pwede sa Luzon, di pwede sa Mindanao. Nakapili na kami ng dalawang variety na pwede dito,” Hechanova stated. “This technology made use of two varieties of rice. The lowland variety, high-yielding plus the upland variety. Through breeding, nagkaroon tayo ng aerobic rice variety,” Valdez explained. “This variety is drought-resistant. It is also resistant to pests and diseases. No need to control pests and diseases. Very competitive siya. This must be coupled with appropriate cultural management practices,” he added. Further, Valdez identified long-grain varieties, NSIC RC 23 and NSIC RC 192, which are early maturing for use in this technology. She said, these varieties would take 100 to 105 days before they can be harvested. The aerobic rice can be planted either row-seeded or by broadcast method in three identified areas which are upland, lowland rain fed and water-scarce areas with irrigation system. This rice technology is also better than the conventional method of planting rice when it comes to return of investment when proper procedure is followed. “Itatanim mo yung palay na parang mais. You don’t need to flood the area. You have to plant it dry. It could save 50% water compared to the conventional method of growing rice,” Valdez said. This technology was introduced by scientists from International Rice Research Institute in 2000. Research by BASC commenced only in 2004. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

CDRRMC receives Gawad Kalasag Award

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), a division under the City Mayor’s Office (CMO), has received the Gawad Kalasag Award 2015 as the Best Prepared City – highly urbanized category and GenSan Rescue 727 as the best prepared government emergency response management. The awards were received by Dr. Agripino Dacera in behalf of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera on October 21 at Green Leaf Hotel. The awards were given as a result of an evaluation conducted by regional representatives of RDRRMC member agencies on the programs, projects and activities conducted by the council in 2014. Gawad Kalasag 2015 is an outcome of this year’s search for excellence in Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management in the regional level. In the ceremony, Local DRRM Councils and other stakeholders were given commendation for their efforts being the frontliners during emergency and disasters and in the active implementation of the government’s platform. “Ang official Seal of Good Local Governance at Gawad Kalasag ay mga mekanismo na ginagamit natin para sa pagtatasa at matingnan ang lebel ng kahandaan ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan,” said Dir. Reynaldo Bungubung, regional director of the Department of Interior and Local Government. “Ang dalawang mekanismong ito ang paraan ng national government para mabigyan ng parangal at pagpupugay ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na nagpapakita ng kagalingan at kahusayan sa larangan ng disaster and risk reduction,” he added. As a response from the local government units, Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. of Tupi, South Cotabato highlighted the importance of unity in relation to preparedness in times of emergency. Barangay Cebuano in Tupi was awarded the Best Prepared Rural Barangay during the awarding ceremony. “Pag nagkakaisa ang lahat ng munisipyo, siyudad, probinsya sa buong Rehiyon 12, masasagot natin at pwede nating ipagsigawan, nagkakaisa kami, preparado kami sa Rehiyon 12!” exclaimed Mayor Tamayo. In conclusion, the awardees were left with a challenge by Director Bai Zorahaida Taha,vice chair for disaster response. “The challenge that we face right now is the onset of a bigger, broader and stronger disasters that we may be fully ready to ride on the new normal. Kailangan nating paghandaan yun,” said Taha, regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. “This new normal calls for the bigger collaboration between and among all of us to strengthen coordination and wider participation from our people — groups, communities and ordinary people — willing to extend help in all forms, at any cost. Let us continue working together as partners, as a team, as a family,” she ended. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

DFA pushes awareness on West Philippine Sea issue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), continues the nationwide information campaign in regards to the West Philippine Sea issue in order to raise awareness of ordinary citizens. The multi-sectoral forum was held October 29 at Phela Grande Hotel. It was attended by DFA spokesperson Assistant Sec. Charles Jose and joined by heads from PIA and other panel of resource persons. “This is a matter of national interest. Itataas natin ang antas ng kaalaman at pag unawa ng ating mga mamamayan sa napakahalagang usapin sa South China Sea at West Philippine Sea,” stated Asec. Jose. In the forum, the resource persons were confronted with several intricate questions regarding the possible outcome of the Philippine’s claim on West Philippines Sea including the consequences and steps of the International Tribunal in the enforcement of the possible judgment. Few significant questions asked delved about resolution of sovereignty in relation to maritime claim of the Philippines and the economic activities in the contested area. “Pwede ma-settle yung maritime dispute without settling the territorial dispute first. Hindi dependent yung maritime sa territorial. In the first place, complex yung territorial. Hindi madaling ma resolba and the only way to settle that is through the International Court of Justice,” Asec. Jose explained. Further, he mentioned that in the arbitration case submitted to the Arbitration Tribunal of UNCLOS initiated January 22, 2013, the Philippines only need affirmation of ownership and the nullification of China’s maritime entitlement based on its nine-dash line historical right. Meanwhile, during the forum, recommendations were heard from the participants such as to develop the country’s human capital, station more forces in the disputed area and call for unity and awareness of every individual all over the Philippines. Dr. Emelyn Libunao, staff director of the Program Management Division of PIA, pointed out the four guiding principles to follow in helping resolve the issue and not to sever the ties with China. “We go for peaceful settlements of dispute. We go for respect in the rule of law because we believe that is the great equalizer. Thirdly, the West Philippine Sea is not the sum total of our relationship with China. Finally, war is not an option,” Libunao stated. The DFA and PIA officials also made an appeal to spread awareness on the issue. They said “we appeal to you. Tulungan nyo po kami sa aming advocacy at information campaign. Mas malawak ang inyong reach kaysa sa amin. Help us to spread the message sa inyong mga mimamahal sa buhay, sa mga ka trabaho at ka opisina.” (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

Sports meet opens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera encourages every young athlete to never quit in their respective endeavors during the opening of the Department of Education Sports Meet on November 4. “Champions are not born, they are made,” Mayor Rivers said. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

PESO Gensan top regional performer

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Nurhasan Juanday (2nd from right) is recognized by City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles (2nd from left) for receiving a citation award as top regional performer, thus earning the nomination for the 2014 national best PESO award (Highly Urbanized City Category) last October 26 on the occasion of the 15th PESO congress held at the PICC, Pasay City. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

Ambulance for Gensan from PCSO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 November 2015) – The local government unit (LGU) of General Santos City, as represented by Mayor Ronnel Rivera, receives an ambulance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on November 5. The PCSO also handed a contribution from its local operations to LGU Gensan, amounting to around P800,000. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Mayor Rivera, RDFI deliver armchairs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (6 November 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, through the RD Foundation Inc. (RDFI), gives another set of 51 chairs to the H. Bayan Elementary School in Barangay Buayan Tuesday, November 3. The donation of armchair is under the RDFI’s program Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko where selected persons with disabilities (PWDs) are paid by the foundation to make school armchairs. (Russel Delvo/ Gensan CPIO)

Mayor Rivera to support new IPMR

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (6 October 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said during the National Thanksgiving Day of Indigenous People on October 29 that he will support whoever the next Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) the IP community here in the city will chose. The selection of new IPMR to the Sangguniang Panglungsod ensued after the passing of the first IPMR, Fulong Mario Empal on September 16, 2015. ( Russell Delvo/ Gensan CPIO )

Isabel Angeles Santos, 93

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (6 November 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (left) and Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles (center) console Amado Munda and his family Tuesday, November 3, for the loss of  their relative Isabel Angeles Santos last October 29. Isabel Santos, who died at the age of 93, was the second daughter of the late General Paulino Santos, the founding father of General Santos City. (Russel Delvo/ Gensan CPIO)

Mayor Rivera lights up more streets

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (30 October 2015) – The city government has switched on 194 more streetlights costing P15.6 million from its 2014 supplemental fund. City Mayor Mayor Ronnel Rivera—along with councilors Ramon Melliza, Dominador Lagare III, Arturo Cloma and other city officials—led the ceremonial lighting of the 194 streetlights at the Fishport Junction – Airport Junction in Barangay Tambler on October 8, The lamps were installed in the said junctions under 40 calendar days period.

Abdul Wahid Bualan, the barangay captain of Tambler, said during the ceremonial lighting that the street lights would help deter two problems in their area.

“Una is mga road accidents at pangalawa, mga krimen. Mahirap talaga i-solve ang mga ganitong problema pag madilim ang lugar kaya nagpapasalamat talaga kami kay Mayor Rivera at nailawan na ang aming barangay (First are the road accidents and second, crimes. It is really hard to solve these problems if the area is dim that’s why we are thankful to Mayo Rivera that our barangay is illuminated already),” Bualan explained.

Even Mayor Rivera has his own share of story regarding his experiences in unlighted streets.

“I still remember during my days sa private sector when I had to drive a person who was hit by a truck while he was crossing the road somewhere in Tambler. Back then, most of the highways in Gensan don’t have streetlights and are very dark during night,” Mayor Rivera narrated.

“Unfortunately, the man died when we arrived at the hospital. That experience motivated me to push for a major street-lighting project in Gensan when I became the city mayor,” he added.

The lighting of Fishport Junction – Airport Junction is already the fourth phase of the street-lighting project in Gensan.

The first phase was in the DARBCI-Hadano and Hadano-Makar junctions. One hundred eighty LED street lights and 105 sodium lights were installed in the junctions, respectively. An amount of P32.8 million was spent for the first phase.

The second phase is the 247 LED streetlights installed in the entire stretch of Lagao-Katangawan junction and 190 LED streetlights in the Lagao-Buayan road. A sum of P27 million was spent for this.

Meanwhile, P14 million went to the third phase of the streetlighting in the Katangawan – Batomelong Junction.

The illumination of the main highways of Gensan, however, is not shouldered by the city government alone. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and South Cotabato Electric Cooperative II (SOCOTECO II) also participated in making the streets of the city bright and safe.

DPWH took responsibility for the light posts, while SOCOTECO gave free transformers and electric metering services.

This partnership has notably cut down the cost that should have been shouldered alone by city government of Gensan.

As of now, P90 million have been spent by the city government for the streetlighting project.

“We all know that the resources of the city government is very limited that is why I have to make a way for us to be more cost-efficient so that we can have our services reach more people,” Mayor Rivera said. (Gensan CPIO/ Ian John Lagare)

DepEd’s inventor-principal gets recognition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (30 October 2015) – Department of Education’s (DepEd) inventor-principal William Moraca has been recognized by the City Council. Moraca’s recognition came after he was presented with the Princess Maha Chakri Award. The international award is given to only 10 school heads in the South East Asia region. The list of awardees was announced last October 2 in Bangkok, Thailand during the 60th birthday of Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Moraca is the head teacher of Datal Salvan Elementary School. He gained popularity after inventing the lighting system through solar panel and potable water system that pumps water from a nearby spring by magnetic force. Further, he was the country’s representative to the auspicious awarding ceremony after besting the 16 regions of the Philippines. Also, he was one of the representatives of the 11 countries in Asia which participated in the event. “It’s an honor for us, Generals, that a representative of the country, galing po dito sa General Santos City,” said Gildo Mosqueda, DepEd School’s Division Superintendent. “Mr. Moraca is an inventor. He was able to produce power para magamit yung computers. Ang mga bata nagkaroon ng chance and opportunity to have hands on,” he added. Consequently, not only the school benefited from the invention. Even the household in the neighboring school made use of his inventions. The award is given to school heads for their valuable contribution to education and development and other innovation. On his part, Moraca was elated for the recognition he has received from the City Council after joining the awarding ceremony. He also expressed gratitude to the DepEd officials who supported him and believed in his capacity as part of the work force. “Di nako ma express ang akong kalipay hangtod karon. Sa tibuok Pilipinas, ako ang nag qualify ato. Wala ko nagdahum nga ang akong gamay nga gihimo sa bukid na recognize,” Moraca stated. He divulged of his plan for another innovation and project for Datal Salvan and for the community. “Ga isip kog new project nga ma recycle ang mga basura tanan nga ma turn into uling para dili me magputol ug kahoy. Kalan without blower or fan nga magkaroon mismo ug oxygen within sa iyang kalan,” Moraca mentioned.  (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

NGCP donates water system

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (30 October 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center) and Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)-donated water system in Barangay Batomelong on Wednesday, October 28. NGCP Mindanao District 6 Head Bonifacio  Colipano (5th from left) along with other NGCP personnel were present during the turnover. ( Russell Delvo/ Gensan CPIO)

Water MOA signed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (21 October 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center), General Santos City Water District (GSCWD) board chairman Manuel Yaphockun (2nd from left), and GSCWD general manager Engr. Arn Gellangarin sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Tuesday, October 20, at Barangay Sinawal that allows the city government to use the water testing facilities of GSCWD. Also at the MOA-signing were councilors Jeng Gacal (2nd from right), Rosalita Nunez (extreme right), and Dominador Lagare III (back). (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

New water reservoir inaugurated

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (21 October 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (2nd from left) joins executives of the General Santos City Water District in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the 1,500-cubic meter cylindrical steel reservoir at Barangay Sinawal Tuesday, October 20. This reservoir will supply water to the area of Sinawal and its neighboring areas of Apopong and Labangal. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Hospital project breaks ground

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (21 October 2015) – City Administrator Atty. Arnel Zapatos (5th from left) and city investment and tourism executive assistant Dave Arreglado (6th from right) join directors of Sarangani Bay Specialist Medical Center Wednesday, October 21, in the groundbreaking of the 8-storey hospital at Makar Highway-National Highway Junction.(Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Gensan teacher receives international award

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (18 October 2015) – William Moraca, principal of Datal Salvan Elementary School and an inventor, appears before the Sangguniang Panlungsod on October 13 and received recognition from city councilors. Moraca is the only Filipino teacher chosen by Princess Maha Chakri of Thailand to receive an award for contributing in the field of education and in the development of the quality of life, especially for the disadvantaged. The awarding ceremony was held at Centara Grand and Bangkok convention center on October 2.  (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

City Council to push for clean air ordinance

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (16 October 2015) – Members of the 17th City Council of General Santos are pushing for the urgency of drafting an ordinance for a cleaner air in the city after a deliberation during the 110th Regular Session on October 13. Councilor Beth Bagonoc said the level of pollution in General Santos should be taken into consideration in drafting the Environmental Code for the city. The thrust to control air pollution in the city was even bolstered to be prepared due to a dilemma faced by the city implementers especially those under the Waste Management Office (WMO). “We have no ordinance on air quality regulation, that is why we cannot impose penalties,” said Anelin Cabanlit, Public Service Officer III of the WMO during the privilege hour of the session. The WMO has been conducting random smoke emission testing and regular inspection on industries as part of its programs. However, the inspection is severely limited because of the absence of an ordinance authorizing implementers to include air pollution in the inspection. “When the source is mismanagement of waste, ma pe-penalize lang namin siya based on the solid waste, not on the foul odor na ma cause doon sa community,” Cabanlit stated. “We are so focused on the major industries, big companies and vehicles that we forget the little sources – domestic waste, stagnant water sa bahay-bahay and backyard hog raising. These are the nuisances na pinupuntahan namin everyday na may nag co-complain,” she added. “We lack technical capability. Walang laboratory. Before it is too late, this Council can give a very good legacy to our people. Ayoko mawala ang poultry, ayoko rin mawala ang piggery. But putting all things equal, tao pa rin ang importante,” said Councilor Rosalita Nuñez. Further, Councilor Ed Leyson opined to give immediate action on industries’ violation and practices. “We have to do something about it. Meron namang national law (Clean Air Act),” he said. But while a national law exists, there is a need for a more comprehensive ordinance to be utilized by the city as its basis for full authority and implementation. Meanwhile, the technical working group for the drafting of Environmental Code, which is composed of people from different departments, has to be strengthened and need to convene for that purpose. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

Regional Coffee Congress in Gensan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 October 2015) – On behalf of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, executive assistant for investment and tourism Dave Arreglado gives a welcome address during the 2nd Regional Coffee Congress held at Phela Grande Convention Center on September 29.  This activity was spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and SOCCSKSARGEN Coffee Alliance. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

Police on bikes finish training

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 October 2015) –City Administrator Atty. Arnel Zapatos (3rd from left) awards some of the 26 police officers who completed a seven-day bicycle patrol training on October 5 at Camp Fermin G Lira Jr. This training used the bicycles donated by the city government as weapons in apprehending criminals or preventing crimes. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

Pagibig Fund inaugurates new office

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 October 2015) – From right, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, Pagibig Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Darlene Marie Berberabe, and Maasim Mayor Anecito Lopez lead the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Pagibig Fund General Santos Membership Services Branch at Avior Building, Santiago Blvd., on October 1. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

P80M fishing & farming tools distributed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 October 2015) – Fishing and farming implements worth P80 million are distributed by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (3rd from left), Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles (4th from left), Councilor Brix Tan (2nd from left) and City Agriculturist’s Office head Merlinda Donasco (extreme left) to different agricultural cooperatives in the city on October 7. The fund came from the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, with a 15% counterpart from the city government. Also present in the distribution are Lagao Administrator Jonathan Blando (6th from left) and lawyer Dominador Lagare Jr. (7th from left). (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Mayor Rivera supports quality education

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 October 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera graces the 25th Foundation Anniversary of the Seventh Day Adventist School in Barangay Calumpang on September 30. During the event, the mayor mentioned the initiatives he is continuously doing to improve the educational system of the city, including donation of armchairs and classrooms. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Female trainee tops class

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (10 October 2015)  – Police Officer 1 Kristine Rose Godinez Panaguiton is awarded for graduating on top of her class of police trainees of the Public Safety Field Training Program at the Regional Training Center in Camp Gregorio D Daroza on October 8. Panaguiton got an average rating of 95.34% in a class of 43 students of RTC 12 CL 2014-01 Alpha. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)


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