SM City tuna float wins again

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)

Memorial shrine for missing fishermen unveiled

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)

Mayor Rivera opens Tuna Festival

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)

Labas Pasyente Program at Gensan hospital

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)

Hospital opens new facilities

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)

City pays tribute to fishermen

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)

Lagao supports Mayor Rivera

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)

Happy Birthday Mayor

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)

City Hall employees clean Queen Tuna Park

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)

Police patrols gear up

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)

SP honors board exam topnotcher from Gensan

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)

Slovenian folkloric dancers visit Gensan

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)

Tinagacan residents thank Mayor Rivera for road lights

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)

Youth Day celebration successful

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)

Seaweed farmers get BFAR assistance

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)

Officials open national palm oil congress

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)

E-AlkanSSSya goes to City Hall

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)

Gensan’s Largest Fish Display lands in Guinness

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (17 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (3rd from right), Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles (2nd from left), City Councilor Shandee Pestaño (2nd from right), and Port Manager Mario Malinao (extreme left) unveil the Guinness World Record certificate that approves General Santos City as the record holder of the Largest Fish Display. The largest display of tuna took place September 11, 2014 when 25,594,49  kilograms of yellowfin tuna were simultaneously laid in the General Santos City Fishport Complex. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Vendors dialog with Mayor Rivera

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (18 August 2015) – Mayor Ronnel Rivera dialogs with members of the Plaza Heneral Santos Vendors Association (PHSVA) Friday, August 14, at Maharlika Resort for their possible participation in some of the city government’s program. The PHSVA was organized by Valiente Lastimoso of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office – Waste Management Office under Mayor Rivera. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Mayor Rivera leads anti-smoking campaign

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (18 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera says he already quit smoking five months ago to further promote the implementation of the General Santos City Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of 2015. Mayor Rivera made the statement during the launching of the ordinance Monday, August 17, at Robinsons Place which received support from various organizations such as the Department of Health, Philippine National Police, and Joint Task Force Gensan. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Armchairs, tables for day care pupils

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (17 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera visits the Saeg A and B Day Care Center in Barangay Calumpang on August 13 for the launching of his newest educational program called “Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Ko Version 2.0” in partnership with the RD Foundation. In that program, day care centers will receive tables and school armchairs customized for small children. Saeg A and B received 60 armchairs and 14 tables. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

MMDA donates radios for traffic enforcers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 17, 2015) – City Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles receives 20 hand-held radios for the city government of Gensan from Atty. Francis Tolentino, chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, during the flag ceremony at the Oval Gym on August 10. The radio sets will be used by traffic enforcers and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

Mayor Rivera inspects busy junction

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera inspects the Bulaong – Mabuhay junction Tuesday, August 11, to assess the traffic situation in the area especially during peak hours. He disclosed that he already coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the construction of a flyover in the junction which would be on process this 2016. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

EO 23 mandates youth rep in CDRRMC

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 August 2015) – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center) signs Executive Order No. 23 that includes the mandatory representation of the youth in the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC). The signing Wednesday, August 12, in the Oval Gymnasium was witnessed by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles and City Councilor Dominador Lagare. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

City officials, students dialogue on youth day

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (13 August 2015)  – City Mayor Ronnel Rivera (center), Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles (left)  and other city officials answer the questions raised by high school students during the International Youth Day Celebration Wednesday, August 12. Most of the queries were about the city government programs for the youth and policies against drug abuse. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

NSDD launched in Lagao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (9 August  2015) – Pupils from kindergarten to Grade 6 join the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) ceremonial launching initiated by the City Health Office at Lagao Central Elementary School on July 29.  If not removed, intestinal worms can cause poor physical growth, poor intellectual development and impaired cognitive functions in children. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

DLP to boost learning skills

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (9 August 2015) – Desi Magnaye of Davao Christian College explains to the different ALIVE (Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education) teachers how the Dynamic Learning Program of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation will improve the learning capabilities of students during a training Friday, August 7. The DLP training is also partnered by Smart Communications under its Corporate Social Responsibility Division. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

ALIVE teachers take DLP training

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (9 August 2015) – Executive assistant Philip Pabelic (center) conveys to the various ALIVE (Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education) teachers the support of the city government  to their Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) training Friday, August 7, hosted by the Central Visayan Institute Foundation in partnership with Smart Communications. The DLP is a program which trains teachers how to enable students to learn independently and holistically through modified teaching approaches such as the use of Learning Activity Sheets. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

Mayor Rivera, partners fulfill massive street-lighting works

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (11 August 2015) – “In the beginning, the Mayor said, let there be light.”

This is the statement of Engr. Francisco Provido on August 5 during the street-lighting ceremony of Katangawan-Batomelong junction when he described how the mayor himself, being a creation of God, is an instrument.

“That’s why in the beginning of his year (term), he already instructed us–Engr. Pio Lumungsod, the SOCOTECO, the city planning, the city housing, the CEO–to form a technical working group (for the street-lighting project),” Provido explained.

The Technical Working Group was formed in October 2013.

The junction of Katangawan-Batomelong is the fourth phase of the street lighting project of Mayor Rivera. The city government spent P14M for the purchase of 171 units of 35-footer concrete post and electrification of 174 units of LED lights.

Engr. Lumungsod of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said his office, through the Road Board, has purchased the 174 units of 100-watt LED light.

“The DPWH is also helping the city government in installing more street-lights. What we only need from the city government is a memorandum of agreement that they will shoulder the cost of electricity, but we will provide the lights,” said Lumungsod.

Lumungsod disclosed the DPWH has secured P75 million for the lighting of PHILAM road (Calumpang – Airport junction).

Lumungsod added the DPWH has requested P40M from the Road Board for the lighting of Maasim boundary-Bawing townsite junction and Katangawan-Tinagacan junction. This was already complemented by Mayor Rivera by securing P31M from the 2015 supplemental budget. Part of that budget would cover other remaining highways of the city as well.

From the P31M, P15M will be allocated for the lighting of General Santos City Airport – General Santos City Fishport Complex junction. P10.5M will be for the Fishport – Bawing junction, P5M for Bawing to its town site; and P1.3M for the Bawing town site to Maasim boundary.

The city government appropriated P47M in 2014 for the installation of the street-lights in the main roads of the city.

The first phase of the street-lighting project is in the DARBCI-Hadano and Hadano-Makar junctions. One hundred eighty (180) LED street lights and 105 sodium lights were installed in the junctions, respectively. An amount of P32.8M was spent for the first phase.

The second phase is the 247 LED street-lights installed in the entire stretch of Lagao-Katangawan junction, and the third, is the 190 LED street lights in the Lagao-Buayan road. A sum of P27M was spent for both the second and third phase.

Out of the P47 million budget, P14 million was spent on the lighting of the Katangawan-Batomelong junction.

SOCOTECO II has also complemented the street-lighting of Katangawan-Batomelong junction by the installation of 3 units of 10-kVA transformers.

During the Katangawan-Batomelong street-lighting ceremony, Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles commended the efficient utilization of the money of the city government for the street lighting projects.

“What is more noteworthy about this project is that the money of the government is well-spent. I was informed that we have a budget of P47M. Out of the three phases, we have an excess of P14M and that was used here. We can see that the money of the government is prudently and wisely spent,” Nograles emphasized. (Gensan CPIO/ Ian John Lagare)

NHA donates construction materials to calamity victims

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 August 2015) – City Councilors Rosalita Nuñez (3rd from left), Brix Tan (4th from right) and Ramon Melliza (5th from right) lead the distribution of housing construction materials on July 28 to 176 families who were affected by a “buhawi” last April 2014. The materials, which came from National Housing Authority (NHA), consist of 3,520 corrugated GI sheets, 352 plain GI sheets, and 352 lead wire fasteners–all costing P824,234. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

Katangawan-Batomelong lights switched on

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 August 2015) – The junction of Katangawan to Batomelong is now bright as the city government, Department of Public Works and Highways and SOCOTECO II  have installed 174 LED street lights in the area. The lights were officially switched on Wednesday, July 5, at Barangay Tinagacan by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, Vice Mayor Shirlyn Nograles, city councilors, and other government officials. (Gensan CPIO/ Russell Delvo)

It’s Family Planning Month

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 August 2015) – Different schools, non-government organizations and local government units from General Santos joined the Family Planning Month supported by the Department of Health and City Health Office Monday, August 3. This event was held to inform the rights of couples to determine the number and spacing of their children according to their life’s aspirations and have a direct bearing on the quality of their children’s and their own lives.  (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

August busy month for health

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (8 August 2015) – Dr. Jacinto Makilang of City Health Office gives updates on the events in the month long celebration for August of the Lung Month, Eye Month, Family Planning Month and School-based Immunization Program Month during the City Hall flag ceremony at the Oval Gym Monday, August 3. (Gensan CPIO/ Jan Rey Libunao)

City Vet acts to reduce animal bites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (6 August 2015) – The City Veterinarian Office (CVO) continues its operation of impounding stray dogs to prevent problems and reduce diseases caused by animal bites.

According to Dr. Emil Gargaran of the CVO, there have been a total of 473 dogs impounded in the first semester of this year; 360 were euthanized and 113 were released or claimed by dog owners.

For the last two years of operation, there were 710 and 847 dogs impounded for 2013 and 2014, respectively; 548 and 657 dogs were euthanized; and 141and 167 dogs were claimed and released for the same years.

The City Vet began its operation in 2013 according to Dr. Gargaran.

Dr. Larry Cantero said that CVO usually do patrols at around 5 to 6 in the morning.

“Beyond that, mainit na; wala na sila sa kalsada. Hindi ka naman ma-zero sa hulihan, meron talaga yan,” Dr. Cantero stated.

“May courtesy tayo sa barangay. Alam na ng barangay yung batas natin, pinapatupad na natin yan. Hindi na bago sa kanila yan. We have been doing the impounding for almost three years now since the effectivity. Nag full bloom lang siya last two years ago hanggang ngayon,” he said.

When dogs are captured in the vicinity, some dog owners would claim their dog from the city pound after having filled up the release form and paid the fines in the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO).

The impounded dogs would stay in the pound for three to five days. During these days, the pound personnel would wait for the dog owners to claim them. While in the pound, stray dogs were subjected to proper custody, care, shelter and sustenance.

From the lapse of three days after impoundment and the dogs remained unclaimed, they become eligible for adoption and maybe released to any interested party, according to the ordinance.

The abandoned dogs that were unclaimed after the lapse of five days will be subjected to euthanasia, including those which exhibited symptoms of communicable disease.

“We are doing euthanasia in a very humane way naman. Sa tingin mo una-una, maaawa ka. We cannot do otherwise kasi hindi natin kaya itambak dito ang buong aso ng syudad. We only have eight cages with a maximum capacity of 80 dogs,” Dr. Cantero explained.

The dogs were tranquilized first before being injected with potassium chloride directly to the heart. The other way is by putting them by batch in the gas chamber while tranquilized.
Along the implementation of the ordinance, the community has been developing awareness of its effectivity, which caused a drop in the number of impounded dogs for this year. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

DepEd, DOH deworm Gensan pupils

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (6 August 2015) – The Department of Education- General Santos City Division took part in the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) which was ceremonially launched at Lagao Elementary School.

As many as 90, 827 kindergarten to Grade 6 pupils of all 68 elementary schools of DepEd-Gensan joined the national school deworming day on July 29.

The activity was in line with the mandate from Department of Health for simultaneous deworming all over public schools in the Philippines.

“Ito ay simultaneous for the whole country na merong NSDD for our pupils kasi ang target population are school-based children. Simultaneous ito sa ating mga paaralan sa public schools sa Gensan. Isang araw lang talaga ito,” said Dr. Jacinto Makilang of City Health Office.

In the deworming session, the pupils were made to chew one Albendazole 400 mg tablet each to remove or lessen intestinal worms or soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) infections among school-based children. Before it was initiated, however, the pupils underwent preliminary activities.

“Early this morning, before our forum starts, we conducted different activities like the hand washing, supplementary feeding and tooth brushing before the deworming proper,” said Anna Riza Napila, division head nurse.

She further emphasized how intestinal worms or STH can cause poor physical growth, poor intellectual development and impaired cognitive functions in children.

“The highest intensity of infection has been documented among school children aged one to 12 years old. The pre-school aged children ranging from one to four years old suffered the greatest morbidity, while the school children aged five to 12 years old harbored the greatest load of infection,” Napila said.

She even mentioned how malaria and worm infection can cause reduced enrollment and increased absenteeism among school children, and its effect in low-income countries.

“It is estimated that in low-income countries, worm infection can make each school children lose some 3.75 IQ points. It is anticipated that the NSDD strategy will have a major impact on the learning and education of our school children,” she added.

The deworming activity was intensive in its reach to all school children. City Health Office personnel made sure that even children who were not around in the school during the one-day simultaneous activity would be dewormed.

“Pag absent ang bata, bibigyan sila ng two days to follow up, Thursday and Friday. Pag hindi pa rin mahagilap, yung mga BHW sa field, ibibigay yung pangalan at ipapahanap on Saturday and Sunday,” Dr. Makilang said. “Hindi natin makuha ang tamang nutrisyon pag maraming bulate yung bata, so dapat ma deworm sila para makuha yung saktong nutrisyon ng ating mga kabataan,” he concluded. (Gensan CPIO/ Sharmagne Villacastin)

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