Tupi is SoCot’s 2nd Most Child-Friendly LGU PDF Print E-mail

The Province of South Cotabato recognized the Municipality of Tupi as the second most Child-friendly Local Government Unit during the province’s regular Monday convocation at Provincial Capitol covered court, October 27.

Tupi, represented by Engr. Debbie Pendon - the Municipal Local Government Operation Officer, received P35, 000 cash prize and certificate.

The Municipality of Surallah copped the first place and won P40, 000 while the Municipality of Polomolok placed in third with P30, 000 cash.

In the barangay level, Poblacion bagged the first place with P9, 000 cash prize, followed by Cebuano with P8, 000 cash prize and Polonuling with P7,000 cash in third place.

South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes together with Lailyn Ortiz, CESE- Provincial Director of Department of Interior in Local Government (DILG) and Nelida Periera- Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer headed the awarding ceremony.

The local government units are evaluated based on the following criteria: Planning and Policy Formulation (15%); Resource Utilization (15%); Service Delivery (40%), Institution Building (10%); Child Participation (10%) and Community Participation (10%).

It may be recalled that last October 8, a composite team from the province arrived in the municipality and conducted the evaluation for the most child friendly municipality/city.

The evaluating team was composed of representatives from the DILG, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), Department of Education (DepEd) and South Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (SC-IPHO).

Green Cross advocates ‘Do good, get dirty’ in SOCSKSARGEN PDF Print E-mail

On their journey towards making a difference here in SOCSKSARGEN, the Green Cross advocates have done a good job in conserving the wildlife habitat and literally gotten their hands dirty as they engaged in Matutum Tarsier Conservation Voluntour activity in Tarsier Sanctuary, Brgy. Linan Tupi, Saturday October 25.

In partnership with Rajah Travel Corporation, three of the Top 9 Green Cross ‘Do Good, Get Dirty’ recent nationwide winners set foot in General Santos City Airport Thursday, October 23, accompanied by one representative from Rajah, one videographer and director.

All first timers in Mindanao, these advocates meandered in the raging and wild rivers of Maitum’s Pangi River and tried the popular water sport activity in Sarangani- the Water Tubing on their first day of outdoor adventure here.

Day after their arrival, they slithered through the Southeast Asia’s highest Zipline, above the breathtaking and scenic view of majestic waterfalls in Lake Sebu.

Moreover, a more challenging engagement in the environment, a job to SAVE A GIANT (Mt Matutum) awaited them on the third day.

Before heading to the Tarsier Village, the Tourism Information Environment Office here led by Rolando T. Visaya, PIO & MENRO-Designate conducted a brief overview of what VOLUNTOUR program is all about, imparting before the visitors what to expect. The tribe and culture of the B’laan, inhabitants of the village, were also included in the presentation.

Upon arrival, the B’laan, dressed in their tribal costume, welcomed the guests in their traditional dance. The community also prepared the lunch serving "native manok" sa kawayan- food native to the indigenous people there.

Commencing the voluntour adventure, Bakan tree saplings were planted by the voluntourists along the Tablao hill with their names installed on each sapling.

And the last leg was the two-hour walk along the established Tarsier trail, passing through the Chapel, 14 Station of the Cross and Tarsier View deck.

The voluntourists commended Tupi’s distinct approach on promoting tourism by means of introducing VOLUNTOURISM (coined from volunteer and tourism) and praised the municipality in serving authentic local experience that nobody can get elsewhere but only in Tupi.

“Tree planting is really good, the trekking is tiring yet fulfilling and the food is delicious and authentic’’, summed up by Trisha Avila, Marketing Executive of Rajah Travel Corporation located in  Makati City,

“Rest assured that this is not yet the last, we will be sending in another batch or more batches of tourists here’’, a good news relayed by Avila.

Meanwhile, Celine Reyes and Vince Golangco, green cross winners, shared the same sentiments with regard to the hospitality of the people in Tupi most especially in Bagong Silang, Linan.

"Napakabait ng mga tao at naramdaman namin na mahal nila ang lugar at meron silang malasakit'', conveyed by Reyes, a wanderlust herself, who planned to come back here to reach the summit of Mt. Matutum.

Golangco, the celebrity winner who thanked the B'laan community, "Love the people, very friendly''.

This green cross advocates batch was the first to embark on the municipality's Voluntourism program where tourists will be more than tourists, but transformed into vanguards and stewards of the environment.

It is in this context that Tupi will be extending similar program to fellow LGU's, academe, companies and other public-private companies to engage in the conservation of tarsier habitat on Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL).





Poblacion is Tupi’s Outstanding Barangay PDF Print E-mail

Barangay Poblacion, a Galing Pook awardee, has been named again as this year’s outstanding BLGU, winning the financial incentive worth P12, 000. This multi-awarded barangay also bagged the first place in Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Award (LTIA) with the cash prize of P7,000.

The Municipality of Tupi has recognize its top performing Barangay Local Government Unit dubbed as ‘Dungog Sang Barangay (Seal of Good Housekeeping South Cotabato version)’ and LTIA last September 11, during the culmination of Tupi’s 61st Foundation Anniversary & 5th Agten Tufi Festival at Tupi Municipal Gymnasium.

Placing second both in Dungog sang Barangay and LTIA is Brgy. Polonuling with the cash prize of P8, 000 and P5,000 respectively.

Cebuano, winning P5,000 came in third place as best performing barangay while Lunen snatched the third place in LTIA with the cash prize of P3,000.

The top 3 winning barangays in Dungog sang Barangay will automatically be the municipality’s entry to the Provincial level, the awarding of which is slated on October 3 at South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

The other four barangays who made it to the top 7 and equally received P3,000 cash prize each, were Barangay Linan (4th Place), Barangay Cr. Rubber (5th Place), Barangay Palian (6th Place) and, Barangay Bololmala (7th Place).

Dungog Sang Barangay Awards System, an adoption of Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Housekeeping, determines good performance in internal housekeeping, particularly in the areas of local legislation, customer service development planning, resource generation, resource allocation and utilization, and human resource management.

The Municipal Technical Working Group is composed of Municipal Local Government Operation Officer (MLGOO), Office of the Mayor (OM), Municipal Accounting Office (MAO), Municipal Planning Development Office (MPDO), Municipal Health Office (MHO), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Office of the Municipal Agrarian (OMAG), Municipal Treasurer’s Office (MTO), Department of Education-Tupi North District and, Department of Education-Tupi South District.





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