The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 723 out of 1,655 Registered Electrical Engineers and 690 out of 1,953 Registered Master Electricians successfully passed the Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations given by the Board of Electrical Engineering in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi this April 2012. The results were released two working days after the Registered Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination date.

Passing Rates and performance of schools  in the April 2012 Registered Electrical Engineers Licensure Examination   for the three (3)  universities in South Cotabato and General Santos City offering Electrical Engineering courses in their colleges.
Congratulations to all board exam passers and new Registered Electrical Engineers , here are their names:
April 2012 Electrical Engineers Exam Passers

Hello dear readers, just a quick update on our stats.

Last February 12, 2012 or 2 months and 14 days ago I have posted about this blogs' having reached the 600,000 pageviews mark [read the post here], now take a look at our stats as of publication..
Tsk! South Cotabato News Atbp have crossed the 700,000 pageviews mark!
Also check out our latest ranking at
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Madamo ged nga salamat,

In support to the Universal Health Care Program, 530 Philhealth Customer Assistance, Relations and Empowerment Staff (Philhealth CARES) shall be deployed on a rotation basis at government hospitals nationwide effective May 2, 2012.

22 were assigned in Region XII to educate the members, provide essential information on benefits, membership, eligibility and accreditation process and conduct surveys and studies for data analysis, evaluation and other purposes.

As a new engagement process that modifies transaction between Philhealth and its accredited facilities is being adopted, the corporation also has online service system for member verification, individual registration, post payments and others.

The Institutional Healthcare Provider or IHCP portal is designed for health care facilities to ensure eligibility and speed up verification of sponsored members under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) prior to benefit availment.

Electronic Registration and Amendment System or ERAS is for individual registration of members like employed, self-employed, Overseas Filipino Workers including retirees and pensioners to expedite registration processing, amendment of member data and Philhealth Identification Number generation.

E-payment facilities provide window for employers’ Premium Contributions Program via UnionBank's ONEHUB.GOV for convenience, updated posting of contribution within 24 hours, immediate reconciliation of reports and remittances, immediate availment of Philhealth benefits (i.e., hospitalizations), viewing of pending payments, defined corporate policy enforcement and users to limit payment to Philhealth contribution only.

More of these accessible electronic online services are located at   (Hanah G. Naanep)

From the album of Kevin Olmedo
Participants from all over Mindanao attended the Google Map Maker Summit for Mindanao held last Saturday, April 21, 2012 at STI Campus in General Santos City. Most of them were from the cities of General Santos, Koronadal and South Cotabato province. There were also participants who drove all the way from Cotabato City, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Davao City, and Malaybalay City in Bukidnon.

The Google Map Maker Summit is aimed at helping the country's tourism and disaster preparedness through the use of Google Map Maker, a browser-based technology developed to allow users to add and update geographic information for millions of users to see in Google Maps and Google Earth. The Google Map Maker Summit was also conducted in the cities of Baguio last April 14 and Bacolod last April 12. The Mindanao leg of the summit is said to be the biggest in terms of attendance with more than 130 participants.
Some of the partcipants from South Cotabato (standing) at the Google Map Maker Mindanao Summit
Among those present in the Google Map Maker Summit for Mindanao from the province of South Cotabato were Provincial Tourism Officer Cesar Sulit, Eliezer Garcia from ACTS-PPDO, Rolly Visaya of LGU-Tupi, Dominador Siloterio from LGU-T'boli and IT students from NDMU headed by Prof. Arnel Robles. Also present were Sox Bloggers from South Cotabato namely, Alexis Chua, Xyrilloid Landicho, Sheila Marie Dumalay, Lynette Gallinero and Nanardxz.

Google Southeast Asia's head of Outreach Ms. Aileen Apollo de Jesus and a team of Google Geo Advocate and Google mapping experts some of them came all the way from India and Singapore facilitated the summit. 

As you may have noticed, South Cotabato News Atbp has a new look. I've dedicated the last 48 hours in updating the look of our blog, from header to footer, the index page up to individual post pages. This is all to give you and our millions of readers (i wish) a new browsing experience. Our blog now has new features like- the "accordion box" found at the right sidebar and the new search bar at the top right corner to make it easier for you to navigate and find information on this site faster.

So what do you think about the new look of South Cotabato News Atbp? I will appreciate if you submit feedback using the comment box found at the bottom of this page.

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Miss Lembohung Festival. Photo by Mico Eslaban
South Cotabato has much reason to celebrate as Miss Quennie Rose Bautista of Surallah, South Cotabato bagged 1st runner-up in the recently concluded Search for the Aliwan Festival Queen (Reyna ng Aliwan) 2012 in this year's Aliwan Fiesta.

Kwini, a 3rd year Tourism student at the University of Sto. Tomas was also adjudged Best in Evening Gown, Best in Festival Costume and Ms. Mlhuillier. She represented Lembohung Festival of Surallah.
Quennie Rose Bautista in her T'nalak inspired festival costume. Photo by Mico Eslaban.
Congratulations Quennie Rose, you have made every South Cotabateños, especially the Surallahnons proud!

This year's Aliwan Fiesta Festival Queen title goes to the representative from Hinulawan Festival of Toledo City in Cebu, Miss Angeli Gomez.

Aliwan Fiesta 2012 Winners: Street Dancing Competition

Three (3) Special Awards for the Search for Aliwan Fiesta Festival Queen (Reyna ng Aliwan) 2012 were announced earlier during the pageant night held at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, the Best in Talent, Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown awards.

The Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 Best in Talent award was bagged by candidate #20 Ms. Decerie Robledo who represents Ala-eh Lambayok Festival of San Juan, Batangas; candidate #12 Ms.Joy Marie Gangan from Isabela was awarded Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 Best in Swimsuit and our very own Ms. Quennie Rose Bautista from Surallah, South Cotabato won the Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 Best in Evening Gown award, she represents Lembohung Festival of Surallah.

The top winners of the Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 will be announced tomorrow evening in an awarding ceremony right after the Aliwan Fiesta 2012 streetdancing showdown.

You can watch the ALIWAN FIESTA 2012 float parade, street dancing competition and the awarding ceremony  via livestreaming tomorrow starting at 2pm at this link.

Our friends from our neighbor province of Sarangani invites us to join them in the biggest and grandest beach party this year in Mindanao. Get ready for the SARANGANI BAY FESTIVAL 2012!

Check the lineup of activities below for Sarangani Bay Festival 2012 and mark your calendar as early as today.

For inquiries, about Sarangani Bay Festival 2012 contact: Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center – (083)5085230/5085244 or email

KCC Mall of Marbel is in need of the following:

a. Male or Female, not over 27 years old
b. Graduate of any 4-year business related courses
c. With or without experience
d. Must possess strong leadership skills
e. Has good communication skills

a. Female, not over 27 years old
b. Graduate of any 4-year business related courses
c. With or without experience
d. Willing to be trained and must possess strong leadership skills
e. Has good communication skills

a. Male, not over 30 years old
b. Graduate of BS Civil and Mechanical Engineer
c. Preferably with experience
d. Must possess strong leadership skills

a. Male or Female, not over 27 years old
b. Graduate of Marketing or any related courses
c. preferably with experience
d. Must possess strong leadership skills
e. Has good communication skills

a. Male, not over 28 years old
b. Graduate of Refrigeration and Airconditioning
c. Preferably with experience

Interested applicants may submit application letter with 2x2 i.d. picture, resume and transcipt of records at 2nd Floor INFORMATION COUNTER, KCC Mall of Marbel, City of Koronadal, South Cotabato

a. Female, must be at least 18 years old
b. At least 5 feet and 1 inch in height
c. College graduate/ college level
d. Must be computer literate
e. With pleasing personality

a. Male or female, must be at least 18 years old
b. At least 5 feet and 1 inch in height for female
c. At least 5 feet and 3 inches in height for male
d. With pleasing personality
e. No tattoo marks on the body

Interested applicants may apply every Saturday, 8:00AM @ JJ Warehouse (KCC Bodega). Please fill-up Bio-Data and secure PESO Referral from Peso Office.

Enroll your child in different SPORTS CLINICS this summer, enhance and improve their skills in music and let them start learning from different musical instrument, basic photography, and more. Registration is now open for Koronadal City's SUMMER TRAINING FESTIVAL. Check out the poster below.

Registration for the SUMMER TRAINING FESTIVAL is at the CITY SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE located at the 3rd floor of the new City Hall Building, City of Koronadal. For more details, you may also contact the SUMMER TRAINING SECRETARIAT at (083) 228-1739, (0912) 346-5125, (0930) 498-9966, (0928) 552-4646.

Last year's Mutya ng South Cotabato Kultura at Sining Honey Lyn Nonog will represent T'nalak Festival in the Search for Reyna ng Aliwan 2012. A Mass Communication major at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, she is 18 years old, stands 5'7" and weighs 123 lbs. Honey Lyn is from Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Honey Lyn Nonog represents T'nalak Festival at the Reyna ng Aliwan 2012. Photo courtesy of Martin Angelo Dideles.
Surallah's Lembohung Festival will be represented by Quennie Rose Bautista, a 3rd year Tourism student at the University of Sto. Tomas. Kwini is 19 years old, stands 5'7" and weighs 108 lbs.
Joanna Marie Tan of General Santos City
From General Santos City, three ladies are also vying for the Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 title, they are; Joanna Marie Tan, 19, and a graduate of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. The reigning Ms. Tourism of General Santos City Maureen Elvy Paulo, 21 years old, and studying at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University is representing Tuna Festival and the Kalilangan Festival will be represented by 18-year old student from MSU-Gensan - Michelle Camacho.

May one of them come home with the Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 title. Good luck ladies!

The pageant night for the search for Reyna ng Aliwan (Festival Queen) 2012 will be happening this coming April 13, 2012 at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City.

The SOCCSKSARGEN Bloggers invites you to join the biggest Google Mapping event in Mindanao this year! Register now for the MINDANAO GOOGLE MAP MAKER SUMMIT 2012 happening this coming April 21 in General Santos City.

Registration is open to all - students and professionals, business establishment owners, government agency workers especially those involve in tourism and disaster preparedness. Just bring individual laptops at the Mindanao Google Map Maker Summit 2012 and be ready to help mapping your localities.

Joining the Mindanao Google Map Maker Summit 2012 is FREE including lunch and snacks, a chance to meet the Google Geo Advocate Team who will be coming all the way from India and Singapore plus, lots of giveaways from Google including official Google Map Maker Summit shirt similar to the one below.

To register simply fill-up the form which can be found here.

The venue of the Mindanao Google Map Maker Summit will be at the STI Campus, J. Catolico Avenue, General Santos City, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Aside from General Santos City, Google Map Maker Summit will be also happening at 2 other locations in the country this month of April.

April 12, 2012 - University of La Salle in Bacolod City
April 14, 2012 - University of Baguio in Baguio City

More about the Mindanao Google Map Maker Summit at GenSantos.Com

The official website of Polomolok is now up and running! The site has been down since 2010, thanks to the administration of Hon. Mayor Isidro Lumayag and the municipality's IT team, is now back online!

Polomolok's official website will serve as the portal for news, updates on the latest programs and projects of LGU-Polomolok, events and more. Pertinent information about the municipality and the message of the municipal mayor can also be found at the website.

Screenshots of the official website of Polomolok
Index page (official website of Polomolok)
Gallery Page (official website of Polomolok)
Message of municipal Mayor Hon. Isidro D. Lumayag posted at the new official website of Polomolok:


Here in the province of South Cotabato is one of the most promising and progressive municipalities in the country. Starting out as a sixth class municipality, Polomolok, through the years, has grown by leaps and bounds to what it is today.Here in the province of South Cotabato is one of the most promising and progressive municipalities in the country. Starting out as a sixth class municipality, Polomolok, through the years, has grown by leaps and bounds to what it is today.

Nestling in the radiance and grandeur of Mt. Matutum, Polomolok is home to 28,291 households, and 141,459 constituents living in its 23 barangays as of 2010. It is culturally diverse, economically viable, strategically located, politically stable, and generally peaceful.

Previously known only as the home of the world’s biggest pineapple plantation, Polomolok has evolved in recent years. Today, it is an environmental, economic, and tourist destination.

Its environmental facilities and promise are immense. It has a Nursery where unique plants are grown. Its Recovery Facility and Sanitary Landfill take care of the waste disposal of the municipality in a modern, efficient, and effective way.

Polomolok has its own attractions and delights. Aside from the world renowned pineapples it produces, other Polomolok products worth noting are an ever-available supply of fresh and organic vegetables, Alamid (Civet) coffee, and other high value products.

Its physical facilities are favorable to investors and guests. Paved and well maintained roads, educational and health institutions, and a strong local government response and support system, among others, are all in place and ready for service.

Above all, the diverse people of Polomolok are known for its capabilities and professional service, as well as for its friendliness and hospitality.

I enjoin you: See Polomolok for yourself. Visit, invest, and discover this municipality we call home. You can make it yours too!

Click here to visit the official website of Polomolok

Do you like the layout and design of the new official website of Polomolok? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

An elementary public school teacher from Norala, South Cotabato is a nominee this year for the National Teachers' Choice at the Bayaning Guro Awards 2012 spearheaded and organized by Smart Teaching and Educational Providers(STEP) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

Let us support Mr. Joenary Silao of Norala Central Elementary School win the National Teacher's Choice Awards. To vote, you must logged in to your Facebook account, CLICK on this link, and hit the LIKE button. You may also SHARE the photo on your wall and ask friends to "like". 

Mr. Joenary Silao has contributed much in the development of his students and the kids in Norala especially in the field of arts. Below are only some of his accomplishments and awards.

Bayaning Guro Awards aims to recognize and honor exemplary school teachers and principals who have demonstrated superior capacity to teach, love, inspire students and make a difference.

Will a festival from South Cotabato emerge as Aliwan Fiesta winner this year and come home with the P1 million grand prize?
Purok Sison ES Performing Arts Group represents Lembohung Festival at the Aliwan Fiesta 2012
This isn't far as popular festivals from the province of South Cotabato will compete in the upcoming Aliwan Fiesta 2012. These are the T'nalak Festival of the province of South Cotabato, Lembohung Festival of the Municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato and the Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City.
Notre Dame of Sto.Niño represents T'nalak Festival at the Aliwan Fiesta 2012
The T'nalak Festival of South Cotabato will be represented in the Aliwan Fiesta 2012 by last year's T'nalak Festival's Kadsagayan A Lalan champion from Notre Dame of Sto. Niño. This group from the municipality of Sto. Niño was also  grand champion in the street dancing competition of Koronadal City's Hinugyaw Festival 2012 held last January. Last year's Aliwan Fiesta 3rd Placer- the Purok Sison Elementary School Performing Arts Group will once again compete with the other 20 festivals/contingents from all over the country. Purok Sison Elementary School, the three-time Kadayawan Festival of Davao grand champion will be representing Lembohung Festival of Surallah, South Cotabato. Below is the list of contingents for the Aliwan Fiesta 2012 this coming April 14, 2012 at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City.

ALIWAN FIESTA 2012 Contingents & Order of Parade

1. Kalivungan Festival of North Cotabato
2. Ala-eh Lambayok Festival of San Juan, Batangas
3. Pattaraday Festival of Santiago City
4. Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City
5. Boling-Boling Festival Catanauan, Quezon
6. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City
7. Dayang-Dayang Festival of Pasay City
8. Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan
9. Lembuhong Festival of Surallah South Cotabato
10. Salakayan Festival of Miag-ao, Iloilo
11. Padang-Padang Festival of Parang, Maguindanao
12. Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City
13. Buyogan Festival of Abuyog Leyte
14. Taga-Giik Festival of Taguig City
15. Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao
16. Mamang-os at Kambingan Festival of Tuy, Batangas
17. Sagayan Festival of Maguindanao Province
18. Lingganay Festival of Alangalang Leyte
19. T’nalak Festival of South Cotabato
20. Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
21. Pandang Gitab Festival of Calapan City

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