GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 September 2015) – Residents of Barangay Baluan and Barangay Buayan receive their Philhealth Membership Data Record (MDR) Thursday, September 24, from City Mayor Ronnel Rivera. The distribution was a joint program of the Philhealth and the city government in which they target to release 42,000 MDRs to the marginalized and indigent sectors in Gensan. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and representatives of the Philippine Medical Society, General Santos City Medical Society, and the Kiwanis Club visit Fatima Central Elementary School Thursday, September 24, to conduct a feeding program and nutritional check-up for students. They also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that elaborates the partnership between the local government of Gensan and the said groups for further nutritional programs in city public schools. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 September 2015) – The city of General Santos joins the international celebration of World Tourism Day on September 23 with City Mayor Ronnel Rivera taking the lead. The event was participated in by Gensan Tourism Council headed by Jane Gollon Rivera (2nd from left), Department of Tourism Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera (4th from right), Committee on Tourism chairperson Shandee Llido Pestaño (3rd from right), Councilor Brix Tan (2nd from right), and city government Executive Assistant Phillip Pabelic (extreme right).(Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (3rd from left) leads a ceremonial ground breaking of the water system in Purok 13, Barangay Mabuhay Thursday, September 24. The P1.2-million water system is a grant from the Department of Interior and Local Government thru its Bottoms Up Budgeting program. The fund was downloaded to the Integrated Barangay Affairs unit of the City Mayor’s Office. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 September 2015) – The city government thru the Integrated Barangay Affairs (IBA) launches the Kita Ni Nanay, Para Kay Nanay program Wednesday, September 23. The mothers received 20 chicks each. The program was initiated by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera to economically empower mothers in the city. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (17 September 2015) – Patrick Gallo, 21, appears before the Sangguniang Panlungsod on September 15 and received recognition from city councilors. Gallo, an alumnus of Mindanao State University (MSU), is the latest pride of General Santos City after placing 2nd in the Agricultural Engineering Licensure Examination of August 2015. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libuano)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (17 September 15, 2015) – Pupils of West Elementary School, Junna May Capili (left) who won 6 gold medals; Carl Luisa Tan (center) – 1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze medals; and Angel Kathierine Saraom (right) who also won 1 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals in Rhythmic Gymnastics of Milo Little Olympics Mindanao-wide appear before the Sangguniang Panlungsod on September 15 and received recognition from city councilors. Capili, Tan, and Saraom have qualified for the Milo Little Olympics national competition in Rhythmic Gymnastics with the national finals on October 23 – 25 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (15 September 2015) – The winners of the city’s Project Modelo, was recently announced by the city government. Project Modelo winners were those who properly implemented the city-led initiative that aims to combat crime and climate change at the same time.
The recognition rites was held at KCC Convention Center, on September 5 in line with the Tuna Festival celebration of the city. The event was graced by local officials, headed by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, partner institutions such as Department of Education officials and teachers and Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares.
Congressman Colmenares said he was elated to know that the local government formulated a step to support the fight against climate change and opined on what gave the awardees the motivation to join in this undertaking.
“I’m very happy that you are interested in climate change. We should be thankful for the endeavor towards it. Gusto ko lang idagdag, meron tayong mga projects na magpapagaan sa climate change na nangyayari ngayon,” Colmenares stated.
“I think there are two kinds of impact itong Project Modelo. Una, modelo kasi siya, kaya merong example na pagtutularan ng iba. Others need inspiration to look up to. Second, ang rewards system for those who excel,” he added.
This project, when continuously and thoroughly implemented, is projected to hit two birds with one stone. Aside from addressing and supporting the city mayor’s drive for a clean and green program, the project sought to grapple with equally important concerns on crime, drug addiction, literacy and livelihood.
“I never cease believing that by inculcating in the minds of the youth and how we nurture their development will affect what kind of people we would have in the future. I believe it is not the sole responsibility of the parents to rear a child, but it takes a community to make one. This would be extra challenging,” said Mayor Ronnel Rivera.
“This is where we engage. We innovate programs and adhere to holistic approaches so that our children would be free from fear, violence and protected from abuse and exploitation,” Mayor Rivera added.
At the outset, Project Modelo was meant only for school and community but widened to include smaller LGUs, as articulated by DepEd Assistant Division Superintendent Mario Bermudez. DepEd is the partner implementer of the local government of the Project Modelo.
The seven various categories of the project included Modelong Bahay, Purok, Negosyo, Tanggapan, Klasrum, Paaralan and Barangay. The project also catered activities such as revival of Gulayan Project, Tree Planting, Installation of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Home, Waste Segregation, and Proper Waste Disposal, all geared towards a clean and green community.
“I’m happy you have broken down the awards from the smallest political unit that is the household to the barangay level, and for making various modus for greening and cleanliness to the school. The city has always been advocating for a green and livable community, and this one is in complete consonance with the city government,” said Jane Gollon-Rivera, head of the City Tourism Council.
The purok chairman of the winning Modelong Purok, Purok 16, Promised Land of Mabuhay pledged that even without the competition, they would still strive to be a model purok.
“Ang purok na may angking lakas ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan. Isang munting pamayanan na may pagpapahalaga sa maberdeng kapaligiran,” the basis for judging modelong purok.
The said project was launched last November 2014. It is an LGU-DepEd initiated project. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (14 September 2015) – A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed recently between the Local Government Unit (LGU) represented by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and General Santos Doctors Hospital, Inc. through Dr. Daniel Yap.
Under the MOA, patients referred by the General Santos City Hospital to the Doctors Hospital would be received and accommodated for diagnostic and laboratory services at a discounted cost.
“Yung mga patients that will need laboratory exams, example ultrasound, na hindi available sa city hospital, will be catered by Doctors Hospital. Meron kaming agreement between the city hospital na yung prices here will be lower. Mas makakamura sila,” said Dr. Yap, medical director of Doctors Hospital.
“We also consider yung mga patients kasi most of them are indigent. It is also our part to help them at discounted prices. It will range from 10-20%. No limit po tayo per day sa pag receive ng patients. Kung kailangang gawin, eh di gagawin,” Dr. Yap added.
On the part of the city government, Mayor Rivera expressed his gratitude to Doctors Hospital and commended the staff of the city hospital for the continued partnership geared towards better service to the patients and clients.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng tumulong – sa lahat ng empleyado, doctors at partners natin. We are trying to revive ang ating hospital na talagang maibalik ang kumpyansa ng taong bayan. Hopefully we could expand pa this partnership sa ibang society sa medical field. I hope hindi lang natin ma strengthen sa laboratory kundi sa iba pang services sa hospital,” said Mayor Rivera.
The laboratory services offered by Doctors Hospital would consist of diagnostic imaging, which includes X-ray and CT scan; cardio-pulmo-neuro, eye center, nuclear medicine and endoscopy. Added to the services to be catered by Doctors Hospital is the Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) which will be arriving in December. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (14 September 2015) – The Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) presents Ugnayan sa Sining community performance and exchange tours which features three collaborative productions by some of the most prominent performing groups from the region featuring the RMMC Teatro Ambahanon and MSU Kabpapagariya ensemble from Gensan, Mebuyan from Davao, Helubong Cultural Troupe from Lake Sebu, MSU Sining Kambayoka ensemble from Marawi City and Bayang Barrios from Agusan del Sur Tuesday night, September 8, at KCC Convention Center. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (14 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera leads an inter-agency meeting between the General Santos City Police Office and the City Prosecutors Office on September 9 where he urges the speedy prosecution of cases in the city. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (14 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center) and National Irrigation Authority Region 12 manager Ali Satiol (left) sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on September 9 at Oval Plaza Stadium for the repair of the NIA dam in Barangay Mabuhay. The city government will shoulder the P9.6M cost while NIA will oversee the renovation. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 September 2015) – Dancers of Poblacion Polomolok National High School perform on their way to win 1st prize during the colourful street dancing competition Sunday, September 6. The first prize was P300,000. Four contingents danced from SM City to the Oval Plaza. The street dancing competition was one of the major highlights and most awaited event in 17th Tuna Festival and 47th Charter Anniversary of Gensan. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 September 2015) – Polomolok Poblacion National High School (PPNHS), a contender from South Cotabato, is awarded the 1st prize for the 17th Tuna Festival street dancing contest Sunday, September 6, at the Oval Plaza Stadium. They ousted last year’s champion, Christian School of Polomolok. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera conveys his gratitude to the people of General Santos City and to visitors for making the 17th Tuna Festival successful. He also assured them that next year’s Tuna Festival will be more fun and meaningful. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 September 2015) – The 17th Tuna Festival features students clad in colorfully- and tuna-inspired costumes while dancing in Pioneer Avenue towards the Oval Plaza Stadium during the Tuna Festival street dancing competition Sunday, September 6. The participants were Christian School of Polomolok, Polomolok Poblacion National High School, Sto. Nino National High School (Polomolok), and the Goldenstate College of Gensan. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (6 September 2015) – Residents and visitors enjoy a sumptuous feast of tuna and other seafood during the first ever Sugbahan sa Dalan (Grill on the Street) of the 17th Tuna Festival. Some 120 grills measuring 1.5 meter-long each were placed on both sides of Pioneer Avenue. Around 600 kilos of locally caught seafood and tuna products were grilled and given to the public for free. Many of these fishes were donated by several fishing firms. (Gensan CPIO/Russel Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – The 16th Grand Fish Fest in Fishport Thursday, September 3, features the strength of fishing industry laborers by lifting a 40-kg yellowfin tuna at its tail. Among the 10 participants, Vicente Cambaya held on the longest at almost two minutes. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (3rd from left) and SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc. chairman Joaquin Lu lead the opening of the 17th National Tuna Congress Thursday, August 3, at SM Mall of Gensan. The congress gathers fishing stakeholders to address tuna industry concerns. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – One of the highlights of the 17th National Tuna Congress on September 3-4 is the invitation made by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera to the international, national, and local delegates to actively participate in regional cooperation as a way of addressing the challenges that confront the world’s fishing community. General Santos City, among any other city in the world, is uniquely called Tuna Capital because of the thousands of tuna and fish landings being made here annually, as well as the presence of world-class canneries and support services. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – The 17th Tuna Festival opens with sky art Tuesday, September 1. It ends on Sunday. (Gensan CPIO/Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – This SM City Gensan tuna float won 1st prize during the opening of the 17th Tuna Festival and 47th Charter Anniversary of the city Tuesday, September 1. The first prize was P300,000. Six companies and cooperatives joined the colorful light float parade that rolled down from Veranza mall of Gensan to the Oval Plaza. (Gensan CPIO/Jan Rey P. Libunao)
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – Every year, one of the most anticipated events of the Tuna Festival is the parade of exquisitely designed tuna floats in the main streets of General Santos City–usually starting from SM or KCC Veranza towards the Oval Plaza. Many private companies are participating to show support to the fishing industry of the city. This year, the historically-accented tuna float of SM City Gensan bagged the first prize again, followed by MLhuillier and General Santos City Gardeners Cooperative. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – As part of the 17th Tuna Festival celebration, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera unveils a memorial shrine at Plaza Heneral Santos Tuesday, September 1, for the 300 fishermen who went missing during the height of Typhoon Pablo in 2012. These fishermen came from the areas of General Santos City, Sarangani, and some parts of the SOCSKSARGEN Region. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera speaks during the opening night of the 17th Tuna Festival Tuesday, September 1. The mayor said the celebration focused on giving tribute to the prized catch of Gensan–the tuna–while addressing the issues that are challenging the fishing industry of the city and the entire country as well. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera greets a beneficiary of the Labas Pasyente Program of the city government and Philhealth Tuesday, September 1. The Labas Pasyente Program entitles qualified patients of the General Santos City Hospital to a zero-billing cost, meaning that all of their medical expenses were shouldered by the city government. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera signs the documents for the launching of new facilities of the General Santos City Hospital on Tuesday, September 1. The new facilities are treatment rooms for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, kitchen and nutritional rooms, and other medical and surgical equipment. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (4 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (4th from right) distributes financial assistance Tuesday, September 1, to the families of the 300 fishermen who went missing last 2012 during the height of Typhoon Pablo. This event was witnessed by Las Pinas Congressman Mark Villar (3rd from right) who gave commendation to the effort of the city government of paying tribute to these unsung heroes of the sea. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (3 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera goes to the General Santos City Public Market on Monday, August 31, to inquire on the situation of vendors as well as to monitor the prices of goods sold there. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (3 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, on his 44th birthday, receives well-wishers at City Hall on the early hours of Tuesday, September 1. He was also greeted by his close friend Jonathan Blando (right), barangay administrator of Lagao. Mayor Rivera’s birthday coincided with the grand opening of the 17th Tuna Festival. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (3 September 2015) – Many public utility vehicles at the Bulaong Terminal give free ride–Gensan to Koronadal City route–to hundreds of passengers as part of the 44th birthday celebration of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera on Tuesday, September 1. Some tricycles too, offered free rides to those who came from the suburbs of Gensan. September 1 is also the opening of the 17th Tuna Festival. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (3 September 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, his family, and City Hall employees take a group selfie after taking part in a coastal clean-up activity in Queen Tuna Park Tuesday, September 1. The clean-up was initiated by the Human Resources Management and Development Office staff as part of their participation to the 17th Tuna Festival. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (31 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and PNP OIC City Director PSSUPT Maximo Layugan sign a deed of donation on August 26 for the turnover of new patrol equipment to the police force. These equipment include 14 mountain bikes with complete gears and 30 handheld radios. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (31 August 2015) – Board exam topnotcher Brent Lagare appears before the Sangguniang Panlungsod on August 25 and received recognition from city councilors. Lagare, an alumnus of Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges, is the newest pride of Gensan after placing 6th in the Social Worker Licensure Examination of July 2015. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – Folkloric dancers from Slovenia conducted a lecture-demo of their traditional folk dances as part of the Council of International Organizations Folklore Festival (CIOFF) hosted by the City of Koronadal.
The lecture-demo was a presentation of the Slovenian’s 19th century folk dances.
One dance they taught the participants was the kissing dance which is a fun dance used to traditionally socialize with people in a gathering or occasion.
The activity was attended by the members of the 17th City Council including Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles, City Councilors Shandee Pestaño, Rosalita Nuñez and Brix Tan. Some City Hall department heads, employees, Department of Education teachers, students and visitors took part in the demo.
“Parang na experience mo yung culture nila, tapos masaya kasi you get to assimilate yung culture din nila,” said Pestaño who participated in the dance demo.
The Slovenians were also delighted during the conduct of their demo lessons to the audience who welcomed them through their participation in the one-hour dance tutorial.
“It was really great, really good feeling standing on stage. Obviously, they enjoyed our presentation. It’s the best work for us when they’re smiling,” said Slovenian dancer Anja Draksler.
“We are not professional dancers. We just do this for pleasure in our free time. We are not paid for this. All the work we do for our group, it’s voluntary. All musicians, dancers, singers, everything,” she added.
Slovenians love dance and music. It is one of the few countries where folk dance is really found not just as a performance but as a part of many social gatherings. It is unique not only in its ethnicity but its culture, folklore and tradition.
On the part of the local government, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera extended his congratulatory message to the International Folklore Festival organization for coming, including the City of Koronadal for hosting the festival.
Aside from Slovenia, there were nine other countries who presented pocket performances and lecture-demos in various towns and cities of the SOCSKSARGEN region, together with 10 world class Philippine dance troupes.
CIOFF is the official partner of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its duty is to safeguard, promote and diffuse traditional culture and folklore. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – “Pinasaya nyo ang mundo (namin),” this was the message of youths from Barangay Tinagacan who witnessed the ceremonial lighting of streetlights at the junction of Katangawan and Batomelong recently.
The young ones gathered themselves along the road, together with other elders who were very excited to witness the momentous occasion.
Not only the youths but the adult residents of the area also expressed their gratitude to the city government for addressing the decades-long plight with dark roads.
Abdul Ismael, 42 and a resident of barangay Tinagacan, said the street also illuminated several dangerous areas that are no longer part of the road.
“Tungod sa kadugay nga ginapangita namo diri nga kalipay, karon kay naa naman ang suga, grabe gyud ang pasalamat namo kay mayor. Pila katuig pud, murag 30 years cguro, karon lang nahitabo. Bisag unsa pa, lipay me kay nakita na namo ang kahayag,” Ismael remarked.
Members of the police stationed at Police Precinct Eight (PP8) in Tinagacan said the lights would be a big help to them because this would lessen the cases of vehicular accidents in the area.
“Malaking tulong ito sa amin, sa kapulisan, lalo na sa Tinagacan area. Mostly kasi, maraming vehicular accidents dito sa highway kasi medyo madilim dito noon. Ngayon, maliwanag na. Maiiwasan dito ang aksidente at iba pang krimen. Based on the record namin, maraming disgrasya dito lalo na sa Katangawan,” said PSI Randy M. Eliarda of Police Precinct Eight.
This project covered street-lighting and electrification for the left side of Katangawan up to Batomelong according to Engr. Francisco Provido of the City Engineer’s Office. The contract amount for the project was P14,154,310, with the source of fund from the 2014 supplemental budget.
The project began last June 19 and ended on July 31. It incurred a work duration of 33 calendar days which consisted of 171 units of 35-footer concrete posts with corresponding 174 units of 100-watt LED.
Further, the project was an offshoot of the instruction by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera to the City Engineer’s Office to create a technical working group during the first year of his term in 2013, according to Engr. Provido.
Mayor Rivera was very positive that for the next street-light projects, the other side of the highway will be fully lighted as well. (Gensan CPIO/Sharmagne Villacastin)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – The city has successfully celebrated its first local youth day simultaneous with the International Youth Day 2015 as declared by the United Nations.
The localized UN program featured the theme: Youth Civic Engagement.
The whole day activity was graced by city officials headed by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, who imparted their wisdom on youth empowerment and engagement in the civic affairs of the society.
“I’m glad that many of our young people are actively participating in the civic activities of our city despite the fact that digital technologies seem to be dominating and influencing our lives these days,” said Vice Mayor Shirlyn B. Nograles.
City Councilor Dominador Lagare III also shared to the youths his “ACE” formula in engaging them in nation-building. ACE stands for Awareness, Cooperation and Education, in order to portray the youth as the face of the future.
As the highlight of the activity, a ceremonial signing of executive order on youth representation to the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council completed the event.
The youths were also given their time to throw inquiries directly to the city mayor in the segment dubbed as “Kabataan, magtanong kay Mayor!”
The one-day affair was jam-packed with side programs and services for the youth such as free haircut, massage and beauty care, Pinoy games, COMELEC registration for new voters, and the jamming session for the talented youths.
One of the students was elated and thankful for the launching of the youth day in the city. “Pag ingon nga may International Youth Day, nalipay ko. Para gyud ni sa kabataan nga program. Enjoy siya, daghan me ug nakaila. Social activity pud ni sa amoa nga mga kabataan nga ma develop gyud ang among social skills, ug maka learn sa programs sa government,” said Richelle Viajedor of Dadiangas North High School.
“Ang pinaka gusto nako katong jamming session and ang public speech nga magtanong kay Mayor. Ang confidence namo, na mold siya nga pwede diay bisag bata ka, bisag teenager ka, pwede ka maki associate sa tao nga naa sa government,” she added.
The International Youth Day was first declared by the UN on August 12, 2000.
The local celebration was just recently backed by a resolution which declared August 12 of every year as a Youth Day in General Santos, according to City Councilor Rogelio Pacquiao, chairperson of the Committee on Youth Affairs, Sports Development and Physical Fitness.
Mayor Rivera concluded his executive message to the youth with an encouragement to explore the unfamiliar and push towards the new level of achievement. “One day, we will watch you grow and become full-fledged leaders of General Santos City,” the mayor said. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center) and Barangay Baluan Chairman Armando Diamante hand over 20 sets of seaweed farming implements to the Baluan Fisherfolk Association on August 18. These implements came from the P2 million grant of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to the City Agriculturist’s Office. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – Sec. Francis Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, and City Mayor Ronnel Rivera are having a light discourse during the first day of the 9th National Palm Oil Congress on August 19 in General Santos City. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – Sec. Francis Pangilinan (extreme right), Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center), Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (2nd from left) and Philippine Palmoil Development Council, Inc. president Alfredo Montecillo (2nd from right) open the 9th National Palm Oil Congress on August 19 in KCC Convention Center. The congress is held annually to promote the palm oil industry and other related businesses as an emerging economic driver of the country. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (24 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, Social Security System (SSS) Gensan branch head Jove Colasito, and SSS Southern Mindanao AVP Emmanuel Palma sign documents on August 18 for the implementation of the Electronic AlkanSSSya program in the city government. The E-AlkanSSSya is a program that ensures that all contractual (job order) employees of City Hall will get same SSS benefits as the regular employees. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)