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Province of Compostela Valley - Archived News


It’s more fun in ComVal’s Summer treats

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley Province-It's more fun in ComVal as the summer heats up with various sports events hosted by the province.

After successfully hosting the Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet and the Summer High 2012 in April, the local government of Compostela Valley recently opened its 4th Summer Beach Sports Festival filled with exciting beach events.

Dubbed as ‘Hugyaw sa Tag-Araw,’ the summer fun showcases festival events like Beach and Water Volleyball, Reggae Battle of the Bands, Fire Dance Competition, SMB Summer Drink Mix, Biggest Fish Catch Competition, Amazing Beach Race, and Henna Tattoo Body Painting.

The festival also features Kopiat Swimming Challenge, Island Banca Race, Kite Making Workshop for Kids and Sea Kite Flying Competition, Acoustic Band Competition (Beach’Coustic), Bikini Open, and Regatta, Fluvial Parade.

Another highlight is the offered Swimming Lessons by Summer Safety Institute open to all ages even toddlers.

Meanwhile, the province’s Event Managers and Municipal Sports Coordinators are also busy preparing for the coming Sports Festival headed by Provincial Sports Development Coordinator Jayvee Tyrone Uy.

Comval commences 9th Bayani Challenge in Mabini

MABINI, Compostela Valley Province- It’s a shower of blessing in Compostela Valley as the 9th Bayani Challenge commenced on May 8 at Purok 4, San Antonio in Mabini town of this province amidst a rainy afternoon.

This was anchored on the GK1MB or the Gawad Kalinga Isang Milyong Bayani with a rallying call “Pilipinas Ngayon Na!”

Mabini is the second to the last town to be established with a Gawad Kalinga village, a realization of GK champion Governor Arturo Uy’s aspiration to have GK villages throughout the 11 municipalities in the province.

Named “Ang Bag-ong Malamboong Mabini Uswag GK Village (The New Progressive Mabini Uswag GK Village),” this will have 28 houses to be built by volunteers from various government and private sectors.

Usually, a team is formed with at least 15 members including 5-6 skilled workers like carpenters and masons while the rest of the volunteers act as laborers to help in any way they can.

The teams comprise the provincial government of Comval with 10 houses built by different office departments, Office of Cong. Maricar and former Congressman Manuel Zamora with two houses, local governments of Mabini, Nabunturan, Monkayo, Laak, Montevista, New Bataan, and Maco.

Also answering to the call of heroism are the 10th ID AFP/1001st, 71st IB AFP/TCBCI/DEPED and Brgy. Council of Cabuyuan, Knights of Columbus/DYA Sto Nino/Sto Nino Parish, DILG/PNP Lapinigan, Mabini Police Station, MCBCI/ Brgy. San Antonio, St. Augustine Mining Corp./ Russel Mining, Ruthsils Minerals/LGU Pantukan, Omandac family, Barangay Pindasan, and Provincial Consultative body/IP/72nd IB.

Aside from the regular teams assigned with a house to build, other daily volunteers called the Type B comprising the Couples for Christ, youth organizations, students, schools and other government and private institutions also share their time, labor of love and other resources.

Speaking on behalf of the Governor, Senior Board Member Ruwel Peter Gonzaga reiterated the province’s unity starting from the leaders, themselves,who are one in the pursuit of development.

Meanwhile, Mayor Hadji Amir Muñoz expressed his gratefulness to all those who gave their support and answered to the call of helping the poorest of the poor in his town.

The mayor hailed the governor for starting the Uswag-GK initiative.

Comval’s road rehab project to start this month

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley- To fast track the rehabilitation of roads damaged by Typhoon Sendong and excessive heavy rains last January and February, the more intensified ‘Lusong’ concept of road repair will take off this month to all municipalities in the Compostela Valley province.

‘Lusong’ is a Cebuano word for advance, its initials also stands for Lihuk katawhan Ubanan ta ang Sensiro, Organisado ug Nagkahiusang Gobyerno. (Move People, Let’s Join the Sincere, Organized and United Government)

In a joint meeting conducted by the Provincial Engineering Office with the respective Municipal Engineers of the 11 municipalities last April 19, 2012, two teams of heavy equipment will be deployed, one for District 1 and another team for District 2. Both teams will have 10 heavy equipment each to include a back hoe, loader, road roller, two graders and five dump trucks to shorten the numbers of days of work and to fasten the repair.

Each local government unit (LGU) will sponsor one equipment and the rest will be provided by the province including fuel for the rehabilitation of the provincial road sections. Repair for the municipal and barangay roads will be shouldered by the LGU within its territorial jurisdiction.

Top most priority of the repair is the provincial road sections because this connects barangay and municipal roads which is very busy.

Among the priority list are the 11.5-km Sto. Niño-Panag-Cogonon Road of New Bataan, 10-km Araibo-Las Arenas-Tagugpo section of Pantukan and Maragusan, five-km Anitapan-Mascare-Luhong section of Mabini, 16.30-km Elizalde-New Leyte-Panamin-Anitapan section of Maco and Mabini and 49.08-km Elizalde-New Leyte-Cambagang section which connects the municipality of Maco and Maragusan.

Also included in the priority list are the 15.80-km Nabunturan-Saosao-Nuevo Iloco section of Nabunturan and Mawab, 17-km San Roque-San Vicente Junction Highway in Montevista and Nsbunturan, 17.85-km Nabunturan-Gabi-Compostela section of Nabunturan and Compostela, 8.80-km Banlag-Casoon Section of Monkayo and 13.30-km Maragusan-Magcagong-Parasanon-Paloc section of Maragusan.

After the provincial roads, the municipal and barangay road repair will immediately follow but the final identification as to what and when it starts will depend on the League of Municipalities of the Philippines’ meeting result presided by LMP President Laak Mayor Reynaldo B. Navarro.

ComVal builds Gawad Kalinga houses for typhoon victims

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley Province- Soon to rise in Brgy. San Antonio, Mabini of Compostela Valley (ComVal) is a village to be called the “Ang Bag-ong Malambuong Mabini Uswag Gawad Kalinga Village.” Uswag is a Cebuano word that means to make or do progress or prosper, or improve; while Gawad Kalinga is an initiative by the private sector in putting up houses with the help of the beneficiaries themselves.

ComVal will work on the Ninth Uswag GK Bayani Challenge slated on May 8 to 15.

The provincial government lead by Governor Arturo T. Uy will construct 10 houses while the rest of the 18 houses will be built by other volunteer-builders and partners.

The municipality of Mawab will soon host a set of houses to complete Uy’s target of putting up Uswag GK Villages in all the province’s municipalities.

The spirit of volunteerism and bayanihan has been a culture and a way of life for the ComValenyos, making every endeavor easier to achieve by the province.

To date, nine out of the 11 municipalities have GK Villages already with Mabini soon to be the 10th.

ComVal kicks off technology and entrepreneurship caravan

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley Province- A livestock technology and Negosyong Pinoy Caravan has kicked off last May 4 in the province to celebrate the nationwide observance of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month.

The provincial government of Compostela Valley spearheads the caravan, aiming to gather livestock farmers to foster partnership and collaboration in complementing efforts for a sustainable agriculture.

Among the highlights of the caravan include technical presentations covering the field of production, animal health, and exhibits to showcase production efficiency and farmers’ profitability.

The first stop of the caravan was done yesterday at the municipality of Montevista. The caravan will also be held in Maragusan on May 10, to be followed by Maco on May 17, and the last stop will be in Mawab on May 29.

More than a hundred farmers in each municipality are expected to join in the event.

The Provincial Veterinarian’s Office, headed by Dr. Benjamin S. Reyno, DVM, is leading the event in partnership with the Department of Agriculture-XI.

The respective Municipal Agriculturist’s Office and private partners in each town recipient are also supporting the livestock technology and Negosyong Pinoy Caravan.

This year’s celebration of the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks’ Month is anchored on the theme “Sapat na pagkain, sama-sama nating kamtin!”

Troops seize land mines found in truck in Compostela Valley

Soldiers and policemen manning a checkpoint in Pantukan, Compostela Valley, intercepted a dump truck loaded with 12 land mines late Wednesday, military and police officials said Thursday.

The driver of the white Fuso dump truck (RLG-737) identified as Oliver Bulosan, 35, was immediately detained and was being questioned at the Pantukan municipal police station, said Major Jacob Obligado, 10th civil military operations commander.

Senior Inspector Gretchin Cinco, spokesperson of the Southern Mindanao police command based in Davao City, said by text message that members of the Pantukan police and soldiers from the 71st IB were at a checkpoint in Barangay (village) Kingking when they intercepted the dump truck, registered under a Bonito Pido of Camarin, Caloocan City, past 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

She said the driver was fidgety when asked what the dump truck’s cargo was.

“So the policemen and the soldiers started inspecting the vehicle. It turned out he had an illegal cargo,” said Captain Janaloden Sanggacala, 71st IB spokesperson.

Sanggacala said the vehicle came from Davao Oriental.

Cinco said bomb disposal experts from the Compostela Valley police disabled the land mines.

Comval revives old age kite flying tradition

COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley– Kite flying is a long tradition of the people of this province and of Davao region which for sometime has been seemingly forgotten with advent of modern recreational activities.

So when the provincial government, local tourism office, office of the congressman of the first district included this as one of the major activities of the Summer Mania sports clinic, town residents, families, and children embraced it wholeheartedly as this advocates family-based and group team activities.

Jesse Bolo, the mayor of the province’s most bustling town, welcomed the kite flying competition as “an opportunity to revive the core Filipino family value of togetherness”.

“The event reminds me of my childhood and how today’s children are hooked on to computers that they have forgotten the value of physical activities that build both body and mind,” Mayor Bolo said at the event at the CNHS Oval on the date of the competition. He had brought his grandson to join the kite flying activity.

Mr. Eledios Bejasa, Sr. won the biggest flying kite competition and flew away with the P3,000 prize. The P2,000 prize for the smallest flying kite went to Alxis Capitan. Rocille JUmalon topped the more than 40 kites for the best in flat type that carried a prize of P2,000 while the best gurion kite prize of P1,000 went to Jhyanna Dominique Yee. The most colourful kite with a cash prize of P500 went to the entry of Aires Tia.

Representatives from the Kite Association of the Philippines headed by its president for Mindanao Binko Reyes conducted the kite clinic where he introduced basic Filipino kite making craft that uses native materials. The association is an affiliate of the ASEAN Kite Council which is planning to hold a first major kite event in Davao City in the future.

Rep. Maricar Zamora -Apsay described the event, as well as the Compostela-New Bataan biking competition and the six-day Zumba dance exercise introduced by the provincial tourism office, “a much welcome activity” that would infuse more excitement to her regular annual summer sports program in the first district.

The additional events, lumped as Summer High 2012 by the provincial and municipal tourism offices on April 23-28 in the interior highland town, complement the provincial summer beach sports festival along the Mabini-Pantukan coastlines in May.

Like the beach sports festival, Summer High 2012 aims to promote Compostela Valley as a sports and adventure destination in Davao region. The beach sports festival won the national champion award in the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines-Department of Tourism 2010 search for tourism best practice in the sports and wellness category.

In the biking competition on April 28, bikers from Tagum City and Bislig City grabbed the major prizes of P5,000 for first, P4,000 for second, and P3,000 for third in the professional category of the team bike racing competition from Compostela to Bamboo Resort in Andap, New Bataan.

The amateur special prize of P1,000 went to homegrown racers Jumalon brothers. The prize of P3,000 in the fastest racer category went to Jr. LUbanan-Tour D’Jack Team while the most colourful team prize of P3,000 went to Team B Prof. Tour D’Jack Team.

P10.4M political boundary survey launched in Comval town

MABINI, Compostela Valley- The P10.4 million political boundary survey for the municipality of Mabini, this province was launched on April 26 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the region (DENR-XI).

The survey was conducted to define the metes and bounds of its 18 Barangays.

The launching led by DENR-XI’s Lands Management Service (LMS) was participated in by the Barangay Captains, municipal officials and other concerned agencies.

Mabini Mayor Hadji Amir B. Munoz said he is very thankful that finally the political boundary survey for the barangays in their municipality will be conducted.

Munoz assured DENR as well as the contractor Pintor & Realty Surveying, of his full support and cooperation to ensure the timely completion of the project.

DENR-XI Regional Technical Director (RTD) for LMS Atty. Felix S. Alicer oriented the Barangay Captains about the survey and informed them that it is one of the priority programs of DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.

Alicer emphasized that the LGU will not be spending any amount for the survey and technical assistance because it is being funded by the World Bank, urging the LGU to take advantage of it.

He said that a technical conference will still be conducted for barangays with boundary conflicts, so that agreements can be reached if possible and their boundaries can be defined.

Survey contractor Atty. Reuel T. Pintor requested the barangay captains to start gathering all the available documents they have that can serve as the basis for the barangay surveys such as resolutions and maps.

Political boundary survey is very important in order to hasten the quieting land titles in the country, thus preventing unnecessary land conflicts in the future.

Political boundaries give a particular city or locality areas/lines up to which a particular political entity can exercise its authority. It will also provide bases for the tourism, infrastructure, economic and development plans of a given Local Government Units (LGUs).

The Political Boundary Survey is one of the activities under Cadastral Survey provided for in Republic Act 2259 or the Cadastral Act.

Cadastral survey is a survey of extensive areas covering a municipality, city or a portion thereof for general land registration proceedings, agricultural development, and other purposes. It is geared towards establishing project control points, political boundaries and lot surveys.

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