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The town is named Malapatan, which means “mala” - pepper and “fatan” place in Blaan.

Malapatan’s unique culture is mainly borne out of the diversity of culture that is inherent in the place. It is inhabited by the three major cultural contributors namely the Blaans (first inhabitants), Maguindanaons (Muslim pilgrims) and the mostly Christian group of immigrants that first settled in the area during the land settlement years.

In its 45th foundation anniversary last June 21, the inhabitants of Malapatan showcased how all this colorful cultural contribution is now interwoven and integrated itself into what we now know as the unique festival called “Pakaradyan”.

“Pakaradyan means festivities,” said Mayor Alfonso Singcoy Sr. “The five-day celebration features the richness of the culture of the town, highlighting efforts in its preservation in the light of pushing for grassroots-based development.”

Among the most unique and vibrant features of the Pakaradyan is the Guinakit Festival – a fluvial parade of colorful boats to commemorate the arrival of Shariff Kabungsuan in the 16th century to establish the first sultanate of Maguindanao and preach Islam in the Philippines.

Engr. Tita Suib, municipal planning officer and tourism officer, said they plan to expand the Guinakit parade by the sea so that all barangays of the town will have an entry in the coming Pakaradyan.

Aside from the Guinakit, the town also boasts of the tribal celebration during the Pakaradyan Festival – a special celebration where each tribe is given a whole day to showcase their culture.

In an interview during the culmination of the Pakaradyan Festival, Vice Mayor Jimmy Bagit said that they purposely have three tribal days so that all tribes can be proud of their unique contribution to the culture of the town.

He added that in the Pakaradyan Festival you can experience the different culinary delights of the tribes such as the Tinagtag of the Maguindanaon’s, the Palapa, Tangigue Steak and sweets laced with coco sugar.

And what Philippine tourist festival would be complete without the street dancing? In Malapatan, they call it the Kadindang sa Lalan or dancing in the streets.

In the end, the Pakaradyan Festival of Malapatan is much like the product of the famed Blaan "dream weavers" of the place who make sleeping mats based on designs they have dreamt off – from the dream of the early ancestors who made a pact to live separately as one in the place full of peppers; respecting each other’s culture and intricacies and silently build together a community where all is unique just like everybody else.

Perhaps Mayor Singcoy said it best in his culmination speech when he said that, “the secret of Malapatan is the mutual respect and reverence we show for other members of different tribes and religion. My father inculcated in us that Malapatan cannot grow without each other. United we stand, for the future of Malapatan.” (PNA) LAP/AVE/Sarangani Information Office 



Students and school officials pose before the newly-finished classrooms of Tuyan Elementary School in Malapatan, Sarangani in southern Philippines. The new classrooms were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Petron Foundation and constructed under the USAID’s Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills project. (PNA photo) scs/jme


As we go south of Sarangani, we visited this small nipa house along the highway where all textiles were made by using this wooden machine and their bare hands and feet. It was really amazing to see these Balungis Women (Balungis is a place in Tuyan, Malapatan) in actual doing this traditional way on making cloth. Nakikita ko lang sila through television documentaries. Malapatan is situated after the town of Alabel, around 45-minute travel from General Santos City.

Balungis Women’s Association is a group of women in Balungis, Tuyan, Malapatan where they are active in making and weaving clothes. Karamihan sa gawa nila ay ini-export as far as USA, Japan and Europe. These women are making money though weaving plus they also helping their community to improve its primary necessities. Most of their products are Inaul, Hand Woven Cloth, Malong, Shawl, Leis and other accessories. The good thing about them is they preserved the cultural way on making woven cloth. And this may be passed on their generations through generations.

If you want to see and buy their hand-made works, visit them along National Highway, Balungis, Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province or you may call their President, Ms. Janaira S. Magangcong through her mobile phone 09061052618 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Balungis Women’s Association is a proud sponsor of Neyem Sarangani Adventure 2010. Special thanks to SOCSKSARGEN Bloggers, the Department of Trade and Industry and Provincial Government of Sarangani.


Republic Act No. 8187, also known as the Paternity Leave Act of 1996, grants paternity leave of seven days with full pay to all married male employees in the private and public sectors to enable the married male employee to effectively lend support and assistance to his wife in her period of recovery and in the nursing of their newly born child.

As the central human resource institution of the government, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is mandated to formulate rules and regulations on the entitlement to leave of absence of officers and employees in the civil service.

The civil service omnibus rules on leave, which contain the implementing rules and regulations of RA 8187 for the public sector, provide the conditions for the grant of paternity leave. However, the rules originally did not specify the period within which the leave may be availed of.

The CSC deemed it necessary to harmonize the public sector policy on availing paternity leave with that of the private sector through the issuance of CSC Resolution No. 1501531 promulgated on Dec. 21, 2015.

Section 20 of the rules now reads as: “Paternity leave of seven days shall be non-cumulative and strictly non-convertible to cash. The same may be enjoyed either in a continuous or in an intermittent manner by the employee on the days immediately, before, during, and after the childbirth or miscarriage of his legitimate spouse. Said leave shall be availed of not later than 60 days after the date of the child’s delivery.”

All rules, regulations, and issuances that are inconsistent with the resolution are repealed, amended, or modified accordingly.


The state-run pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will give away, beginning Dec. 10 (Thursday), a total of P2.6 billion in Christmas cash gift benefits to 235,180 pensioners.

This year’s allocation for disability and old-age pensioners would be 8 percent more than the P2.4 billion granted in 2014, GSIS president and general manager Robert G. Vergara said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the GSIS, pensioners who received cash gifts amounting to more than P10,000 last year will receive a one-month pension not more than P12,600 this year.

For those who got cash gift benefits worth P10,000 or less in 2014, they would get this year one month of pension not exceeding P10, 000, the GSIS said.

“Retirees who availed of the five-year lump-sum retirement benefit and have become pensioners after Dec. 31, 2014 will get their cash gift for the first time this year in an amount equivalent to their one-month pension up to a maximum of P10,000,” the GSIS said.

“Pensioners living abroad and those in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao who are on suspended status as ofDec. 31, 2015 are also eligible to receive this benefit provided they activate their status not later than Apr. 30, 2016. They will receive their cash gift not later than May 31, 2016,” the GSIS added.

As for dependent and survivorship pensioners as well as retirees who would receive regular monthly pension after Dec. 31 this year, the GSIS said they “are not entitled to receive the cash gift.”

“Also ineligible to receive the cash gift are new retirees from 2011 to 2015, as they will only receive their first cash gift five years after their retirement date; members who were separated from the service from 2006 to 2015 before reaching age 60, as they will be entitled to the benefit five years after regularly receiving their pension; pensioners under Republic Act No. 7699 (Portability Law); and pensioners receiving pro-rata pension,” it added.  SFM


Monday, 01 February 2016 03:30

Free Wi-Fi Project goes nationwide

The free Wi-Fi in public places project will install wireless Internet access points in public places such as, town plazas, parks, government offices, health units, and transport terminals including train stations, seaports, and airports. World bank studies have shown that every 10% increase in broadband Internet penetrations translates to 1.38 percent increase in a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office’s free Wi-Fi internet access in public places project will be including class one and two municipalities in its roll out, in order to better reach the class three to six municipalities which were the original target beneficiaries of the project.

The decision to include class one and two municipalities initially stemmed from the low participation in the procurement of providers for the original 967 beneficiary municipalities. A reason cited by the providers was the low price of allocated budget for contract (ABC) for the various municipalities. According to Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the ICT Office, “We intend to increase the budget allocation for Municipal Connectivity for the project, by around 50%, likewise, we will also be including class one and two municipalities in order to better reach classes three to six, the ones who need Internet connectivity the most.” The total number of beneficiary municipalities now stands at 1,435.

Usec. Casambre further stated that providers would need to upgrade and expand their communications infrastructure in order to serve far flung areas, and with class one and a municipalities included it would be easier for them to reach the poorer communities. “Tenders are currently being prepared for the new municipalities with the new budget, and they should be available within the month.” Usec. Casambre added. According to the Project Management Team, 1.6 billion pesos was added to the 2015 unobligated funds for the 2016 budget.

DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo is hopeful that with the increased budget, industry will better participate in the program, “We are looking forward to providing connectivity through our private sector partners especially in the rural areas. With Internet connectivity readily available, their lives can be enhanced with better access to weather information, education, agricultural resources, commerce, e-government services, as well as employment, through online jobs” Sec. Montejo said.

Domestic Internet connectivity to the 14 major cities of the project which will act as hubs for the project was already been awarded to a joint venture between Innove & Yondu Inc. While connectivity to the international Internet was awarded to PLDT, connectivity to various municipalities was awarded to WIT, Converge ICT Solutions and a joint ventue between AZ Communications and Omniprime. While the System and Management and Access component of the project which will oversee the nationwide network of access points and provide the hardware necessary was awarded to Abratique and Associates Inc. which will be utilizing CISCO equipment to deliver connectivity to the end users .


The National Government’s budget balance in November 2015 was at a surplus of P6.0 billion, bringing the year-to-date balance to a deficit of P46.5 billion. The primary balance for the month was at a surplus of P22.0 billion, while year-to-date primary surplus registered at P241.3 billion.

Revenue sustains growth trajectory

Total revenues for the month reached P177.5 billion in November, 12% or P19.2 billion higher than the year-ago figure. Meanwhile, total revenues for the period of January-November reached P1.95 trillion, reflecting a 12% growth year-on-year.

“We approach the P2 trillion mark resolute in our commitment to expand fiscal space for the Filipino people. Hitting our infrastructure spending goal of 5% to GDP this year is no walk in the park; we still have a lot of catching up to do compared to our peers. Thus, we remain firm in our fiscal discipline. We will continue developing our tax administration and enforcement capacity,” Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) hauled in P136.4 billion for the month, 12% wider than year-ago figures. This pulls year-to date collections of the BIR at P1.33 trillion, growing 9% or P106.9 billion from year-ago figures.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) raised P29.1 billion in November, growing by 18% on year-ago figures. This makes total January-November figures amount to P329.8 billion, expanding by 2% year-on-year. While the persistent downtrend of oil prices caused January-November collections on oil to drop by 32%, non-oil collections continue to look encouraging with growth of over 11%.

Meanwhile, income from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) amounted to P3.1 billion for November, pushing the year-to-date total to P100.5 billion, 12% higher than year-ago figures. The Bureau of the Treasury is still 81% above its full year 2015 program.

Expenditures continue double-digit growth

National Government disbursements for the month reached P171.4 billion, expanding 13% year-on-year. For the period of January to November, expenditures reached P1.99 trillion, reflecting an increase of 13% from year-ago levels.

Year-to-date, interest payments amounted to P287.9 billion, 13% or P42.8 billion lower than programmed. Interest payments for January-November 2015 accounted for 14% of expenditures, improving on the 17% share recorded last year.

“Prudent and proactive liability management is reaping dividends for future generations of Filipinos. Our grandchildren will live to have a much lesser burden on their backs. This is a future we want to secure through a sound fiscal position and a resilient economy,” Purisima added.


The Department of Health (DOH) addresses fears and myths associated to deworming as it conducts a Harmonized Schedule and Combined Mass Drug Administration in public schools nationwide against soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and schistosomiasis.

The National School Deworming Day (NSDD) is one component of the Harmonized Schedule and Combined Mass Drug Administration initiative of the DOH to conduct a nationwide, simultaneous effort to deworm all 5-12 years old children enrolled in public elementary schools. School-aged children enrolled in private schools and children who are not enrolled may avail of the free deworming services at health centers, rural health units, and barangay health stations.

The program aims to deworm approximately 15 million school-aged children enrolled in 38,659 public elementary schools in one day through the NSDD and at least 15 million pre-school and school-aged children not enrolled in public schools in a month.

“We would like to reiterate that the NSDD is not a new campaign for DOH. Last year, it was already administered to public schools and we will continue this campaign twice a year. We also ensure that all medicines distributed are certified by World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We appeal to the parents and guardians not to believe in wrong information circulated in social media and in the community. Let us verify our facts by consulting the nearest health facility regarding deworming.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin explained.

The administration of medicines is voluntary and will not be implemented without the consent filled up by the parent or guardian of the child in public elementary schools. Just like any other drug, taking deworming drugs may lead to minimal side effects like dizziness, nausea, headache, and vomiting. These effects are transient, minor, self-limiting, and disappear after some time and can easily be managed with remedies like resting in quiet rooms for a few hours and providing water mixed with sugar.

Last July 2015, the DOH launched its National School Deworming Day in public schools nationwide. Latest data showed that 11,824,013 out of 14,595,002 or 81% of enrolled students were dewormed. Most of the regions in this country accomplished more than the recommended target by WHO which is 75%.

“Let us not deprive our children of the protection among serious illnesses. Ask and verify facts on deworming from your nearest health facility. Makiisa sa National School Deworming Day at ating pahintulutang purgahin ng ating mga health workers ang inyong mga anak.” Garin concluded.


Monday, 01 February 2016 03:03

Bangsi Festival opens

Mayor Pepito Catimbang declares the formal opening of 9th Bangsi Festival Thursday, January 28, at the Pawikan Sanctuary in Barangay Kiambing. The festival presents today a Sugba-sugba sa Kadalanan or the grilling of two tons of flying fish in the main street of the town. (Jake Narte / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)


Monday, 01 February 2016 03:01

Zumbahan sa Kadagatan

MAITUM, Sarangani (January 29, 2016) - Mayor Pepito Catimbang and Vice Mayor Jeanne Ablog join the Zumbahan sa Kadagatan as part of the opening program of 9th Bangsi Festival held at the Pawikan Sanctuary in Barangay Kiambing. The festival presents today street-dancing, the longest flying fish grill and sports events. (Jake Narte / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)


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About Malapatan

Malapatan is a first class municipality in the province of Sarangani, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 72,386 people. As of 2010, it has a total voting population of 35,569 voters.

Malapatan is bounded on the west by Sarangani Bay, on the east by Davao del Sur, on the north by Alabel, and on the south by Glan.