By Nur-Ali A. Macabalang
91 donate blood in 1-day event
Ninety one (91) volunteers from civilian, police and jail management sectors converged here on Feb. 9 for a day-long blood-letting event North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco dubbed “Give blood, Save Lives.”
The event was the latest leg of the blood-letting stride jointly conducted periodically by the Office of the Governor, the Integrated Provincial Health Office and the provincial government employees association.
“We have to be ready to provide blood for patients in times of emergencies,” Gov. Catamco said as she thanked the donors among the employees, the provincial police workforce and the Provincial Jail Management and Penology.
1,324 tremor-affected families get P10k each
At least 1, 324 families affected by a series of earthquakes in November 2019 in Makilala and Tulunan, North Cotabato have finally received cash assistance from the provincial government.
North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco, represented by two of her board members, distributed P10,000 cash aid for each of 240 affected families from four barangays of New Caridad (52), Magbok (122), Batang (62) and Paradise (114), all of Tulunan towns in ceremonial rite on Nov. 9, it was learned
The next day, the Office of the Governor held another symbolic rite in Makilala and dispersed P2,500 cash aid for each of 984 families from barangays Luayon (545), Kisante (362), Libertad (6), Leboce (6), Katipunan (8) ), Jose Rizal (16) and Guangan (38).
Board Members Philbert Malaluan and Onofre Respicio fetched in for Gov. Catamco in the Makilala event. Apart from this city, Makkilala and Tulanan towns suffered the brunt of earthquakes that left houses partially damaged.
P85M education facilities, gadgets for public schools
The Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) office in North Cotabato has turned over P85-million worth of school gadgets and facilities meant to upgrade the learning system in elementary and secondary public campuses in North Cotabato.
The turned-over stuff included 70 duplicating machines, 4,841 pieces of 32-gigabyte flash drive, 500 units of class TV sets, and 2,000 initial of 4,000 transistor radio sets, SDS Isagani dela Cruz V said.
′′We are so lucky to have a Governor who is so persistent and supportive,” Cruz said at a symbolic rite here on Feb. 9, referring to Gov. Catamco.
The funds used in the purchased school facilities and gadgets came from the P85-M accumulated under the Special Education Fund under the governor’s office.
Dr. Philbert Malaluan, board member and chair of the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force, received the facilities on behalf of Gov. Catamco.
Catamco has reportedly ordered earlier the use of the whole accumulated fund for purchase of needed classroom facilities and gadgets to “save school administrators and students from travel constraints” amid checkpoint protocols in containing the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. Nur-Ali Macabalang