Category Archives: sarangani

Sarangani incumbents file COCs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 16 Oct) – Top incumbent officials of Sarangani Province filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) on Tuesday afternoon under the ruling local political party People’s Champ Movement. Sarangani Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon, accompanied by his wife Michelle, filed his candidacy past 2 pm before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office […]

NPA rebel returnees in Sarangani to receive additional benefits

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Oct) – Returning New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sarangani Province may now receive additional benefits and support packages under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Lizeth Lopez, E-CLIP provincial focal person, said Friday they have started implementing the expanded reintegration program in coordination with the Department of […]

Plastic trash chokes Philippine seas

The Philippines generates an enormous amount of trash and is the third worst ocean plastic polluter in the world, according to a 2015 study in the journal Science. The trash is piling up on land, clogging coastlines, spilling into the sea, and traveling to remote corners of the globe as the country fails to meet […]

22 former rebels to get financial aid from gov’t

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 July) – Twenty-two more former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels from Sarangani Province are set to receive financial assistance under the government’s expanded reintegration program. Lizette Lopez, provincial focal person of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), said Friday they are currently processing the release of the assistance and other […]

Magnitude 5.6 quake jolts Sarangani province

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 July) – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake with epicenter somewhere in Glan, Sarangani shook the province and neighboring areas 6 p.m. Tuesday. The quake was felt as far as Davao City (Intensity IV) and even Kidapawan City (Intensity II), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported. Phivolcs, however, said it […]

2 killed in Sarangani anti-drug operation

GENERAL SANTOC CITY (MindaNews / 9 Feb) – Two suspected “drug personalities,” one of them an incumbent barangay councilor, were killed in an alleged shootout with anti-drug operatives in a coastal village in Malapatan town, Sarangani Province early Friday. Chief Insp. Aldrin Gonzales, public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said suspects Al […]

Construction of Chinese-funded drug rehab center in Sarangani starts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 January) — Development works started on Friday for the Chinese-funded P350 million regional drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Alabel town in Sarangani Province. The Chinese government, through project implementer China Aid, tapped state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd. (CSCEC) to build the facility in a three-hectare lot […]

Magnitude 5.2 quake jolts a portion of Mindanao an hour before New Year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNewws / 01 January 2018) — A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck parts of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat at around 10:53 p.m. Sunday, registering Intensity IV in General Santos City, Lake Sebu in South Cotabato and Alabel in Sarangani, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The quake’s epicenter was at […]

Across generations

Ralph Mattew Dilan, 5, and his group Kagten:The Beauty of Blaan Performing Arts from Malungon, perform at the 4th Indigenous Peoples Congress on IP Day adn Munato Festival celebration at the Capitol Grounds on November 29 in Alabel, Sarangani. The children learn the dance steps from their parents and pass on this tradition to the […]

Sarangani provincial hospital to open in December

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 November)– The provincial government of Sarangani is targeting to open by next month its newly-completed provincial hospital in Alabel town. Sarangani Vice Gov. Elmer de Peralta said Wednesday they are currently finalizing the arrangements for the operationalization of the hospital, which will initially function as an infirmary level facility. He said […]

Passenger van set ablaze in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Nov) – Unidentified armed men burned a passenger van from this city in a coastal village in Maasim town in Sarangani Province on Tuesday night. Sr. Insp. Nemesio Calipjo Jr., chief of the Maasim municipal police station, said Wednesday the van was en route to Maitum town in Sarangani […]

Army pushes for closure of school for Lumad in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 November) — Government troops are pushing for the closure of another school for indigenous peoples or Lumad in an upland village in Malapatan town in Sarangani which they suspected of being run by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and sympathizers. Capt. Rodini Bogador, spokesperson of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion, said Monday they monitored […]

2 terrorists involved in drug trade nabbed in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 Nov) – Joint operatives arrested two alleged members of a local terrorist cell that supposedly doubles as protector of a major drug group in an operation late Wednesday night in Maasim town in Sarangani Province. Gil Cesario Castro, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 12 director, identified the suspects as […]

Raptor migration

The peak season is here. These are some of the 54,000 Chinese sparrowhawks seen on September 29 from Raptor Hill in Glan, Sarangani province. Just two weeks into the watch, the Sarangani Team has recorded 86,000 raptors, breaking last year’s record of 78,817 over five weeks of a “confirmatory raptor migration study.” Photo by Tres […]

Record-breaking: 86,000 migratory birds flock to Sarangani in two weeks

RAPTOR HILL, Glan, Sarangani (September 30, 2017) – It was worth the travel on the long and winding road that leads to Raptor Hill in Barangay Rio del Pilar when on September 29 some 54,000 raptors were recorded in the routine day-long watch of a team from the Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), Sarangani […]

2 miners killed, 1 hurt in Sarangani tunnel collapse

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 September) — Two mine workers were killed while another was hurt after being trapped for several hours inside a collapsed illegal small-scale mine tunnel on Sunday in an upland village in Kiamba town in Sarangani Province. Venancio Wata III, operations team leader of the Sarangani Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said […]

33,575 kids in Sarangani to get immunization

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – Health personnel in Sarangani Province are targeting to immunize some 33,575 learners this year under the government’s school-based immunization program. Ma. Razel Bustaria, maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition coordinator of the Sarangani Provincial Health Office (PHO), said Friday their preparations are underway for the implementation of the program in […]

Wounded NPA rebel yields after a month

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 August) — A wounded New People’s Army (NPA) rebel has surrendered to government troops in Sarangani Province after reportedly being abandoned by his comrades, an Army official said. Col. Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army’s 1002nd Brigade, said the rebel yielded nearly a month after being seriously wounded in an encounter with troops from […]

Maasim barangay chair among four nabbed in anti-illegal drugs raid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) — Joint operatives recovered around P525,000 worth of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, several high-powered firearms, ammunition and explosives in separate raids Saturday against four alleged members of a notorious drug group operating in Sarangani province, among them a barangay chair. Gil Cesario Castro, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency […]

Town in Sarangani declared ‘drug-cleared’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — Authorities have declared the entire municipality of Alabel, Sarangani Province’s capital, as “dug-cleared.” Gil Cesario Castro, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 12 director, said the municipality’s 13 barangays are considered “cleared” of illegal drugs and related activities based on regulations set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB). He said […]

Sarangani province’s premier tourist destination declared ‘drug-free’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 07 June)–The municipality of Glan, Sarangani province’s premier tourist destination due to its fine white sand beaches, is now “drug-free.” Glan Mayor Victor James Yap said Wednesday the town’s 31 barangays were declared “drug-free” following an assessment by different government line agencies fighting the drug menace. He said the town’s villages […]

108 Indonesians living in Sarangani province ‘no longer stateless’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 June) – At least 108 Persons of Indonesian Descent (PIDs) living in Glan, Sarangani for years are no longer “stateless” after they were finally registered, an official said Tuesday. Lawyer Ruben Fondevilla, Department of Justice assistant chief state counsel, said the Indonesians received their birth certificates in line with the provisions […]

“Business as usual” in SocSarGen, despite martial law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) — It’s “business as usual” in this city this city and the neighboring provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s May 23 declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao. Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the operations of all city and national government agencies as well […]

Quake update: 3 injured  in Glan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 April) — Three persons, including a pregnant woman, were injured while several government buildings, houses and other private structures were damaged in the coastal towns of Glan and Malapatan in Sarangani Province as a result of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit the area before dawn Saturday. Ken Dollar Pontilar, staff member […]