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KIDAPAWAN CITY – City Mayor Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 welcomed the traffic enforcers coming from the Regional Office 12 of the Land Transportation Office.

The Mayor reminded the LTO 12 team to exercise fairness in conducting the apprehension of violators of the No Helmet No Ride policy under FULL IMPLEMENTATION of RA 10056 “The Motorcycle Act of 2009” and other related violations under RA 4136 for all single motorcycles presently implemented by the City Government through the Traffic Management and Enforcement Unit or TMEU and the LTO.

In his brief message to the team, Mayor Evangelista revealed that LTO 12 Regional Director Macario Gonzaga is inclined to make the No Helmet No Ride Policy being implemented by the City Government to single motorcycles, a model for all Local Government Units in the region.

The said good practice promotes responsible driving and safety for all single motorcycle drivers and their back ride passengers.
Likewise, Mayor Evangelista gave his all-out support and assured the LTO 12 team of enforcers his assistance in providing the logistical needs of its personnel during the operations. ##(OFFICE OF THE CITY MAYOR)

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Kidapawan City Tourism Stakeholders conducted its annual general assembly today October 27, 2022. A gathering of all Primary and Secondary Tourism Establishments in Kidapawan City participated by 130 businessmen, discussed tourism industry matters, updated Members with the Appointment of Sectoral Officers, and Directions of the Local Government.

The Chairperson, Ms. Blanca Isla-Villarico of TravelScope Travel and Tours, welcomed the participants saying that 2022 marks a year of HOPE for the Tourism Business Sector after it had endured all the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the stakeholders.

“I believe we are all in a symbiotic environment. A day tourist or a long staying tourist will share his or her day’s spending with one, two, or more tourism-related establishments in the city.  And now we all need to build a more vital bridge to make specific programs to our existing Kidapawan City Tourism led programs“, Ms. Villarico said.

City Mayor, Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista was represented by Ms. Janice V. Garcia, the Acting City Administrator, and she emphasized that one of the Major Thrust in his Executive Legislative Agenda is the development of Agricultural Tourism as an economic driving force of the city hence the City Government will continue to support and create programs projects for the growth of the sector.

The Supervising Tourism Operations Officer presented the Directions of the City Government particularly in the tourism Sector. Tourism Branding, Drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Tourism Code highlighting Free Training to service providers, Submission of Tourist Arrival reports and 100 DOT Accredited Primary Tourism Establishments by 2024. Also, she shared on the website development, Festival of Lights, and Charter Day Preparations wherein each sector were given a chance to  recommend events they wish to be hosted by the City Government.

Primary Establishments:

ACCOMMODATION : MR. CJR L. SOLER (DREAMER’S WISH LODGE)

TRAVEL AGENCY : MS. JEANNIE R. CABRERA (CHARLESONS TRAVEL & TOURS)

GUIDES & PORTERS : MR. EDGAR AQUIATAN (KidCiGA)

TRANSPORT GROUP: MR. WARLITO SALUGSUGAN (PRT COOP)

EVENT ORGANIZERS : MS. RITCHIE JOY GAPASIN (CHINAGAP EVENTS AND CONCEPTS)

Secondary Establishments:

FOOD AND BEVERAGE : MS. LAURA CAMILLE SISON (BISTRO LA’ CAMILLE

RESORT  : MR. JONATHAN GABO (CARMS VILLA)

HEALTH & WELLNESS : MS. GEMMA A. OPAY (OLMAG HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER)

SHOPPING CENTER : MR. RONNEL BAUTISTA (GAISANO GRAND MALL)

(City Tourism Promotion Office-gl//cio)

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The Local Government Academy of the DILG is now on its final stage of the CAPDEV formulation preliminaries in Kidapawan City. Five sectors have undergone orientation and workshop with all of its respective sub-sector agencies aiming at uplifting its current capacity status to what has been desired. These are the Environment Sector, Infra Sector, Social Sector, Institutional Sector, and Economic Sector.

As part of the new devolution pursuant to the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling, Local Government Units shall take the lead in the full implemention of all local programs, projects and activities of the government. However, it is customary that government interventions focus on performance output-based investments. Most of the time, the capacity of of government workers and officials to carry out expected performance results are overlooked. On the same cause, performance satisfaction ratings of government deliverables are jeopardized, customers are dissatisfied.

CAPDEV assures that key players in the delivery of high quality government services are given due course and attention. Proficiency trainings, promotions, technological advancement, services automation and mechanization, ease of doing business, and many others are among the capacitance that assures public of quality service through quality service providers.

All identified issues and concerns such as lack of trainings, multitasking, slow promotions and plantilla positions opportunities, low productivity and work inefficiency, financial constraints, unequipped workstations, and others shall form part in the CAPDEV formulation and be integrated in the CDP+ crafting in the upcoming years starting this 2023. 

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Everyone has left except ECHO since the 2019 Series of Strong Earthquakes in Mindanao of humanitarian interventions until this post-pandemic period. With the rapid response of MOVEUP 4 in Kidapawan on October 2019 due the earthquake disaster, hundreds of displaced families from the landslide high risk areas have availed of emergency cash assistance while the project also went hand in hand with the City DRRM Council in the Camp Coordination and Camp Management. The Community Savings Group was formed to financially capacitate at least 31 affected groups cum financial literacy build up. All of the assisted CSGs have raised their start up capital up to ten folds in two years.

SUPPA II on the other hand has capacitated most of the barangay LGU surrounding the foothill of Mt Apo. Enhancement of their barangay Contingency Plans with Anticipatory Actions mechanism is seen as an unprecedented strategy of a Community-Based DRRM approach to eliminate disaster impact. Resilience is being guaranteed through the integration of the global parametrics in the management of hydro-meteorological hazards with the CDRRMO Emergency Operation Center.

Both programs that run in Kidapawan for years now is funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Ms Arlene Aquino, ECHO official came to visit and checked the impact of the two projects to its beneficiaries in Kidapawan.

City Mayor Jose Paolo M. Evangelista has executed an order earlier to form a group that ensures project continuity and well-managed despite transition from change of leadership since forging of previous terms and agreements during the term of former Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista.

CDRRMO has presented measures and interventions in the four thematic areas that has greatly contributed to its DRRM in Kidapawan that are being done in partnership with MOVEUP and SUPPA projects. It includes crafting of flash flood AA protocol and the establishment of its corresponding Early Warning Device for effective monitoring and management of flooding incidents that affects vulnerable communities.

Challenges are bared especially on the supposed behavioral change of people towards disposal of their solid waste. Dumping of garbage to bodies of water such as rivers, creeks and canals is validated as mainly aggravating to recent flash flood incidents. It is seen as potentially next to maybe given due course with the future funding of ECHO.

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, April 26, 2021 – Galen Ray T. Lonzaga formally assumed his post in the City Council as the No. 3 Councilor in Kidapawan City on Monday after being sworn in by Cotabato Governor Nancy A. Catamco with the presence of City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista at the Provincial Governor’s Office, Capitol Compound, Barangay Amas this city.

Lonzaga, eldest son of City Councilor Gregorio Lonzaga replaced the latter following his resignation earlier this month as he cannot perform his duties and responsibilities anymore due to health reasons.

The younger Lonzaga will now be the Chairman of the two committees held by his father namely the Committee on Senior Citizen and Committee on City Cooperative and Vice Chair of the Committee on Barangay Affairs, and promised to instill development and advance the welfare of the sectors being catered or served by his committees.

“I would serve my constituents to the best of my ability and continue the things my father has started especially in the remaining year or more of my term as councilor”, said Lonzaga.

His wife Atrene V. Lonzaga, children, some close relatives and friends witnessed the oath taking.

Lonzaga worked as an Executive Assistant to the City Mayor and handled the City Mayor’s Barangay Affairs Office before assuming his father’s post.

Lonzaga also said he is looking forward to attend his first regular session at the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Kidapawan on Thursday, April 28, 2021. (AJPME/jscj-CIO)

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, April 26, 2021 – Some 419 senior citizens with ages ranging from 60-85 years old were inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine in the 3-day vaccination activity by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) at the Kidapawan  Doctors College, Inc. (KDCI) on April 22-24, 2021.

CESU Operations Chief Dr. Nerissa Paalan informed that the vaccinees came from the five densely or highly populated barangays in Kidapawan City namely Poblacion, Singao, Lanao, Sudapin and Manongol. Paalan said that consecutive cases of Covid-19 infections were previously monitored in the villages of Poblacion and Singao, thus, the more important for them to be prioritized and vaccinated.

CESU recorded 139 senior citizens on the first day of vaccination, 142 on the second day, and 138 on the third day all of whom were rigidly monitored by the CESU before, during, and after vaccination. Vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration rate and body temperature were checked every now and then to ensure they are feeling alright before the actual inoculation.

Furthermore, the CESU said no reports or complaints for any adverse reactions or untoward circumstances were heard from the vaccinees except from minor discomforts from the vaccinated part, mild dizziness, and a little feeling of uneasiness.

As this develops, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista called upon the other senior citizens not to miss this opportunity of getting the vaccine especially those with comorbidity (controlled) such as high blood, diabetes, cancer, and other sickness as they are more prone to complications once infected by the virus.

“We appeal to each eligible senior citizen to get inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine as this is the only way we can stop the virus from spreading and from infecting more individuals.” said the Mayor.

With its Covid-19 Vaccination Roll Out Plan successfully implemented on the first roll out last March 8, 2021, the City Government of Kidapawan, through the CESU and the City Health Office (CHO) has rigorously conducted the vaccinations and following the essential measures undertaken in the conduct of vaccination.

At present, the CESU continue to advocate and campaign for the vaccination to encourage more senior citizens to accept the vaccine and be protected from the deadly virus. The office has also came up with the list of senior citizens from the other barangays and go on with the profiling of seniors eligible for the vaccination.

Meanwhile, aside from the scheduled vaccination of the senior citizens last week, the CESU has also continued to inoculate the remaining front liners in the city. A total of 88 medical and hospital personnel assigned in different Covid-19 isolation facilities were inoculated on the same occasion. (AJPME/jscj-CIO)

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KIDAPAWAN CITY- Newly designated Department of Education Regional Director Dr.Carlito Rocafort, CESO V paid a courtesy visit to City Mayor Joseph Evangelista on April 20, 2021.

Rocafort replaces Former Deped XII Chief Dr. Cesar Bringas.

He received a warm welcome from the Mayor and at the same time  oriented with the current education-related programs implemented by the City Government.

He was

happy to learn that among other LGUs, only Kidapawan City subsidies the Parent Teachers Association fees of the more than 36,000 pupils and students enrolled in all public elementary and secondary schools in the city.

Aside from this, the Mayor informed Dr. Rocafort of the Education Health, Nutrition and Social Welfare development programs for all children.

These programs contributed to the reduction of drop out rates and malnutrition cases among children in public schools.

Mayor Evangelista also revealed that a P5Million fund was approved by the Local Schools Board to be utilized for the printing of learning modules of pupils snd students in the implementation of the blended learning approach in this time of Covid19 pandemic.

Added to this is for the teachers in both public and private schools to be inoculated with the anti Covid19 vaccine for their  protection.

Dr.Rocafort,

 likewise  led the installation of Dr. Natividad G.Ocon, CESO VI, and Meilrose Peralta as the new City Schools Division Superintendent and Asst. Schools Division Superintendent,  respectively.

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2021 – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is offering scholarship program for incoming Grade 11 children of fisherfolks in Kidapawan City. 

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista through City Agriculturist Marissa Aton is calling on interested and qualified sons and daughters of registered city fisherfolks who wants to pursue studies to avail of three scholarship programs namely Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG), Fisheries Industry Leaders Grant (FILG) – a merit-based scholarship for high school graduates, and FCC Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICC/Ips).

Mayor Evangelista said the children of these of fisherfolks can select on the three program components of the scholarship based on their competency but will definitely be as advantage to them.

Under the FCEG, FILG and ICC/Ips scholarships, the students will receive certain privileges such as school and miscellaneous fees amounting to P2,000 per semester; monthly stipend and living allowance amounting to P5,000 upon submission of grades every end of the semester, and book allowance for 2,000 to be given upon enrolment on the first semester of each year.

Aside from those benefits, the scholars will also receive various supports to include On-the-Job Training (OJT) for 3,000 upon submission of certificate of enrolment, Thesis/Special Problem for P7,000, and graduation support for P1,500.

On top of these privileges, a cash incentive awaits those scholars who will graduate with honors or excellence – P20,000 for Cum Laude, P30,000 for Magna Cum Laude, and P50,000 for Summa Cum Laude. 

Interested applicants are advised to visit and submit their applications to the Office of the City Agriculturist situated at the City Hall on or before September 30, 2021. (AJPME/JSCJ-CIO)

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, April 21, 2021 – The City Government of Kidapawan enjoins every eligible senior citizen in the city to get inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine with assurance that every vaccinee will be monitored appropriately.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista informed that the vaccination of Priority A2 or senior citizens with controlled comorbidities will commence tomorrow, April 22, 2021, several weeks after the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) conducted profiling and registration of the city’s senior citizens.

“We urge our beloved senior citizens which are among the eligible for vaccination to please take this opportunity to get vaccinated and also those who are still not on our list to get in touch with our respective offices”, said Mayor Evangelista.

The mayor highlighted that part of the local government’s vaccination roll out plan is to monitor all the eligible seniors from the moment they get inside the vaccination site and upon returning to their houses. This includes monitoring of their vital signs and possible side-effects of the vaccine.

Furthermore, Mayor Evangelista cited the great importance for eligible senior citizens to get vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccines whether Sinovac or AstraZenecia or any brand for that matter because they were given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and are proven safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CESU Operations Officer Dr. Nerissa Paalan disclosed that senior citizens from two barangays – Poblacion and Sudapin will be the first to be inoculated as these are the villages that has logged the highest cases of Covid-19.

Dr. Paalan further said that every senior citizen who were registered in their own Barangay Health Stations (BNS) particularly those with controlled comorbidity was initially required to submit documents such as medical certifications from attending physicians, prescriptions, hospital records or surgical records which were consequently assessed and evaluated by medical physicians, while those who have none will also under assessment by the physician.  

“This is an opportune time for the senior citizens to receive the vaccine because they are at risk of severe infection or the worst situation from Covid-19 considering their ages as well as their comorbidity” said Dr. Paalan as she underscored the presence of trained people to administer the vaccines.

Moreover, she highlighted that those senior citizens with controlled or monitored comorbidities such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and asthma need not to worry because there are teams of front liners to check on their conditions even after they were vaccinated.

A total of 11,599 senior citizens from different villages in Kidapawan City are among the list of vaccinees under Priority A2.  Of this number, some 160 persons (110 from Barangay Poblacion, 50 from Sudapin) will first receive the vaccines as the inoculation starts this week.

The Kidapawan Doctors College, Inc. (KDCI) will be the designated vaccination site for the activity, according to the CESU. (AJPME/JSCJ-CIO)

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, April 19, 2021 – The Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the City Government of Kidapawan has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to facilitate the release of P20M to be utilized for various socialized relocation and relocation projects in the villages of Ilomavis and Perez, Kidapawan City.

DHSUD Sec. Eduardo del Rosario and Mayor Evangelista, signatories of the said MOA, both expressed high optimism for the venture that aims to build more houses for the 2019 earthquake-stricken families from the two barangays this year.

Funded by the DHSUD, the relocation project is under the BALAI Filipino Program of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the City Government for its part shall develop the projects and cause the completion of the land development component in accordance with approved program and schedule. 

The relocation sites have a combined total area of 91,096 square meters which will cater to some 768 families, whose houses were either totally damaged by earthquakes or whose residences were located in areas tagged as high-risk. 

The houses that will be built come with electric and water connections, drainage canals, and road rehabilitation making it more livable and convenient for the beneficiaries.

Mayor Evangelista wasted no time in reaching and coordinating with the concerned government agencies – Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), NHA, DHSUD, as well as other offices to generate funds for the relocation of thousands of families hit by earthquakes to safer areas.

Three relocation sites were already opened and houses formally turned over to recipients by no less than Mayor Evangelista himself. These were in Barangay Ilomavis on July 2020 (357 houses), Barangay Indangan on February 8, 2021 (108 houses), and Barangay Perez on March 26, 2021 (50 houses initially).  

The City Government of Kidapawan is the first LGU among earthquake-stricken areas to fully implement and completely turned over houses funded by national government agencies. (AJPME/JSCJ-CIO)

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