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Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista lauds “Green, Green, Green” project, transforms City Center Islands into landscape

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 13, 2021) – The Kidapawan City LGU expresses its gratitude to the “Green, Green, Green” project of President Rodrigo R. Duterte which transformed the City Center Islands from a mere pavement into a beautiful landscape.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said the funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) amounting to P15M was fully utilized for the repair and beautification of the three-kilometer stretch City Center Islands at the National Highway, Quezon Boulevard, Kidapawan City.

“This area is one of the city’s iconic landmark and we are more than happy to see it’s now fully improved”, said Mayor Evangelista adding that the City Center Islands is the  area that suits best the project.

The center islands’ improvement commenced from the Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Cathedral towards the CAP Building, visible to commuters and travelers routing Cotabato-Davao highway  

The City LGU received the budget last year along with other LGUs and was very enthusiastic to use the funds in an eco-friendly activity and to highlight the city’s support to the national government’s campaign to make more livable cities and municipalities.

The City LGU also believes that the transformation of the city center islands will likewise benefit the residents because it increases accessibility of public open spaces and is a pleasant sight for passersby.

With the total appropriations of P2.5B for “Green, Green, Green” last 2018, the DBM based its allocations for cities and municipalities on their respective population counts and land area measurements. The project forms part of the Duterte administrations’ massive national infrastructure development program – “Build, Build, Build”.     Despite the threat of Covid19 and the increasing risk brought about by the pandemic, the construction was started last September 2020 and was successfully completed by December 2020 right in time for the celebration of the Holiday Season. (CIO_AJPME/jscj) 

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Kidapawan City LGU sustains Farmer’s Market to help vegetable and fruit growers amidst pandemic

Kidapawan City (January 13, 2021) – To be able to support the vegetable and fruit growers in Kidapawan City and help them cope up with the adverse effects of the Covi19 pandemic, the City LGU continued to purchase their harvests and sell it at the Farmer’s Market near the City Hall.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said that farmers are among those heavily affected by the pandemic and the local government has initiated actions to assist them.

“Patronizing the farmers’ crops – vegetables and fruits which we directly buy from them in this difficult time is what they need from the government”, the Mayor said adding that the crops are freshly displayed at the Farmer’s Market.

He urged the consumers to support the local farmers by patronizing the Farmer’s Market which is very accessible to the buying public.

The concept of buying farmers’ produce begun in April 2020 at the height of the Covid19 pandemic. The LGU keenly saw the difficult situation of the farmers who find it hard to bring their products to the market due to restrictions of the quarantine imposed by the government.

“Aside from helping our distressed farmers, we also help consumers avail of fresh vegetables, fruits and even grains; which is vital in the quest for food security for the constituents”, Mayor Evangelista stressed.

The City LGU mandated the Office of the City Agriculturist headed by Marissa Aton and the other concerned offices to ensure food supply and look deeper into the welfare of the local vegetable and fruit growers especially with the present situation.

“We are encouraging our local consumers to buy their vegetable sustenance here in the farmer’s market”, said Aton. She added that doing so will help our local vegetable and fruit growers and farmers in their livelihood in this time of the Covi19 pandemic.

In this regard, the City LGU invites every household to buy fresh produce and support our very own farmers. The Farmer’s Market is open to serve the public from Monday to Friday, 8AM-5PM with minimum health protocols being observed and followed. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City Mayor Evangelista leads inauguration of new Executive-Legislative building 

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 13, 2021) – With high spirits and optimistic of a renewed commitment to serve the people,Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista led the inauguration of the new Executive-Legislative office on January 7, 2021.

The office is situated at the left portion of the City Hall just beside the Office of the City Agriculturist and will now be used by the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Kidapawan and their staff to fine tune and craft responsive legislative advocacies for the people.

The new office is intended to provide a convenient workplace and a more appropriate place for both the Executive and Legislative meetings.

During the inauguration, Mayor Evangelista said the City Government continues to improve its service to the people and the new workplace will inspire the employees to give their best in serving the constituents.

“We continue to aim high for the sake of our people and we strive for better service, thus; this new office”, he said adding that his administration always thinks of ways to inspire City Hall personnel as they are the front liners in delivery of genuine service.

Before its formal opening, the new building was blessed by Fr. Desiderio Balatero, DCK followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony led by the mayor, some department heads along with key personnel from the SP of Kidapawan City.

For their part, the members of the city council expressed their gratitude to what they say is a noble way of inspiring public servants to work and aim for more for the sake of the people.

With this, the city council also thanked the executive for the continued partnership that resulted to many gains and achievements. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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More than 600 Kidapawenos avail free late birth certificate registrations from City LGU

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 12, 2021) – Beneficiaries of the free birth certificate and late registration as well are proud of the Kidapawan City LGU’s program to help indigent individuals secure the said document without having to pay any amount.

Dubbed as “Rehistro Mo, Sagot Ko”, the project aims to help individuals especially those coming from poor families was launched in February 2020 which aims to provide birth certificates and avoid difficulties in the future.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said this project forms part of the basic services intended for his constituents and firmly believes that every individual should possess the document.

“Every Filipino has the right to have an official document that contains his or her birth details but sad to say that still many people who do not have the capacity to secure this on their own, thus; this project came through”, said Mayor Evangelista.

Furthermore, he said that the project is in support to the advocacy of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to register each and every Filipino Citizen and come up with an accurate census.

The City Civil Registrar, City Legal, and City Information Office  served as frontline agencies in processing the birth certificates and in making sure that each client is given appropriate legal assistance and to ensure that at the end of the day everyone is happy as a recipient of the project.

Raul A. Malaluan and Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista, City Civil Registrar and City Legal Officer, respectively are both optimistic that the project will help more individuals residing at the different areas in the city.   

Some of the villages already served include those with significant number of Indigenous Peoples such as Perez, Birada, Balabag, and Kalaisan along with one of the densely populated Singao.

The City LGU also said the “Rehistro Mo, Sagot Ko” project is very timely given the present Covid19 pandemic where people are advised to stay at home and be safe from the virus, aside from decongesting the concerned or respective offices. All they need to do is to wait for the representatives from the City Hall and provide the necessary information needed to make the document. At present, the City LGU said it is preparing to conduct the activity in Barangay Poblacion, Kidapawan City as the next village beneficiary.  (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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CDRRMC proposes declaration of state of calamity in Kidapawan, allots funds for purchase of covid vaccines

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 7, 2021) – The City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council of Kidapawan has recommended the declaration of state of calamity in the entire city after a surge of Covid19 transmission took place and posted an imminent risk among the constituents.

The declaration was agreed upon by the members of the CDRRMC with its Chairperson Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista in an emergency meeting last Monday, January 4, 2021. The council thoroughly discussed the impact of the holiday season wherein certain protocols were violated resulting to the increase of Covid19 cases in the city.

Three resolutions – Resolutions 1, 2, and 3 were actually approved by the council pertaining to the utilization of P28M for the purchase of Covid19 vaccines, four new ambulances, and Information, Education and Communication materials.

“As your City Government continuously strives to be pro-active in addressing the Covi-19 vaccines will be equitable for all Kidapawenos, specially our frontliners and the vulnerable sector. Your City Government will do everything I its power to bring normalcy to the lives of Kidapawenos as soos as humanly possible”, said Mayor Evangelista.

Based on Presidential Proclamation 922 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last year which placed the entire country under National State of Health Emergency and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of Covid19 Pandemic, and the current situation of the city necessitate the declaration of state of calamity, according to the CDRRMC.

 The declaration also conforms to the criteria set by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) under Memorandum Order No. 60, Paragraph 1.

Local Government Units can have faster access to disaster quick response funds for the intended purpose, the moment the state of calamity is declared, giving officials the opportunity to procure or buy vital materials and other significant purchases pertaining to the health crisis.

Mayor Evangelista, publicly appealed to everyone to remain calm and vigilant despite the rise in Covid129 cases and urged the residents to abide with the guidelines set by the government and to strictly follow the minimum health protocols.   

Meanwhile, the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) said that the designated isolation facilities of the city are now at full capacity with 34 actives cases of Covid19 and increasing number of suspects and probable.

But the City LGU has already taken steps and is now converting the city gymnasium to function as isolation facility with 40 bed capacity.

Added to this, the construction of a new building with 20-bed capacity for isolation purposes funded by the Department of health (DOH) will rise in no time, according to Mayor Evangelista. (CIO_JPME/JSCJ)

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Janaury 6, 2021

The Local Government Unit of Kidapawan City will revert to the four-day work per week for its employees beginning Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista signed Memorandum Order No. 39 (series of 2021) which recalls Memorandum Order No. 1865 signed on Dec. 23, 2020that mandated the employees of Kidapawan City LGU to render five-day work, i.e. Monday to Friday starting January 4, 2021 or the first Monday of the year.

Mayor Evangelista stressed that the City Government cannot compromise the health and safety of the employees and constituents who at present expected to go to the city hall for various transactions this month.

“Your wellbeing is our utmost priority and we cannot compromise your safety so we have to reduce the risk of Covid19 by recalling the order mandating a five-day work schedule”, said the mayor.

On the other hand, the essential offices situated within the City Hall premises will continue to operate and serve its respective clients from Jan. 4-20, 2021. Under Executive Order No. 73 which Evangelista signed during the height of the pandemic last year, the offices of the City’s Business Processing and Licensing, Treasurer, Assessor, Planning, Development and Zoning, and Building withskeletal workforce to ensure that important transactions are not hampered especially in this month of January.

Last Monday, January 4, 2021, different government agencies and offices have set-up their tables at the city hall lobby, front area, and the city gymnasium for the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS), an annual activity converging the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and offices within the LGU in one accessible areato cater for assorted permits and licenses and franchises, too.

The City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) disclosed that there are 34 active cases of Covid19 in the city as of January 5, 2021. This, the CESU says clearly manifest a surge of infections and is attributed to the holiday season where many residents went outside their homes to malls and to social gatherings such as Christmas parties and other activities including family reunions.

With these circumstances, Mayor Evangelista once more appealed to the constituents to refrain from going outside except for very urgent reasons or purposes and to consistently comply with the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask, face shield, and disinfection. Lastly, while the four-day schedule workweek is in effect he assured everyone that the LGU will not remiss in its mandate to serve Kidapawenos and will always put public service a topmost priority in these trying times. (CIO_JPME/jscc)

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