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Kidapawan City to celebrate 23rd Charter Day with meaningful, culture-based contests online

Kidapawan City (January 25, 2021) – Kidapawan City will celebrate it’s 23 rd Charter
Day on February 12, 2021 digitally or through online competitions. This development,
according to Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista is for the City Government to
avoid community gatherings and to comply with the existing minimum health protocols
and at the same time ensure that the Charter Day of the city is given proper recognition.
Under the present situation where mass gatherings are prohibited and both government
and private sectors are banned from having community celebrations, Mayor Evangelista
said it is best for the city to celebrate its charter day and express its gratitude to
Kidapawenos by conducting online competitions such as festival song contest, vlog
contest, online painting contest, E-comics making contest, and photo essay contest.
“This is the best way to commemorate our charter day and be reminded of the sacrifices
of our past and present leaders for the sake of our city. We can still celebrate our
cityhood without the physical or actual presence of the people” said Evangelista
The festival song contest is open to all individuals with original compositions and
arrangement while the vlog contest is open to all individuals or group of three (3) ages
18 years old and above and bona fide resident of Kidapawan City.
On the other hand, the online painting contest is open to all amateur artists who are
residents of the city who must submit only one entry with the theme: Hope for
Kidapawan. Likewise, the E-comics is open to all individuals or group of three (3) ages
18 years old and above.
Furthermore, photography enthusiasts can also submit their entries focused on the
influence to the life of the photographer himself or herself.
Deadline for the submission of entries is on January 31, 2021 on or before 5:00 p.m.
Exciting prizes and recognitions await the winners of these contests.
Interested participants are advised to read the complete guidelines from the official face
book page of the city – City Government of Kidapawan or may log-in at the Kidapawan
City Government website ( Interested parties may also
inquire from the City Information Office through (064) 577-4829 and look for Atty. Jose
Paolo M. Evangelista, Acting CIO or any of his staff. (CIO_ AJPME/jscj)

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City Government of Kidapawan steps up assistance to farmers affected by
Covid19 pandemic, turns over 1 brand new hauling truck

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 26, 2021) – The Kidapawan City Government through the
Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA) has stepped up its support to farmers adversely
affected by the Covi19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, officers and members of the Mua-an Farmers and
Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MFPMPC) received a brand new Fuso Hauling
truck from the city government which aims to hasten the transport of fruits, vegetables
and other products from farm to the market.
Funded by the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and with a counterpart
from the City Government, the truck cost over P1M which initially will be used by the
beneficiary cooperative in hauling freshly harvested bananas.
Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said the truck is part of the continued
assistance of his administration to ensure the farmers continue to be productive, their
crops sold to the market without much difficulty and eventually secure food security for
the community.
“In these challenging times where almost, all sectors are badly hit by the pandemic we
make sure of the unhampered assistance to our farmers, especially the small ones
whose income rely solely on their harvest” said Mayor Evangelista as he again
highlighted the endeavor of the City Government to help in the fast recovery of the
agricultural sector.
No less than Mayor Evangelista himself led the turnover of the brand-new truck to the
representatives of MFPMPC and asked for their commitment in the different programs
and projects of the Office of the City Agriculturist headed by Marissa Aton.
For their part, the recipients expressed their gratitude and promised to take care of the
truck and maximize its use for the benefit of the organization.
Given the concern of transporting farm products from farm to market, the City
Government is set to purchase two more brand new hauler trucks for other farmers’
cooperatives in the barangays in order to advance further the vital assistance to the
agriculture sector amidst the pandemic, according to the OCA. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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January 27, 2021


KIDAPAWAN CITY – SA LAYUNING MAKATULONG SA MGA CONSUMERS na apektado ng nagpapatuloy na pagtaas ng halaga ng produktong pagkain, muling isasagawa ng Department of Agriculture at City Government ang KADIWA NI ATE AT KUYA sa January 29, 2021 araw ng Biyernes.

Magiging venue ng aktibidad ang Pavilion ng City Plaza ng lungsod.

Ito ay pantawid pansamantala na inisyatibo ng City Government upang maibsan ang problema ng mga mamimili sa mataas na presyo ng karne, isda, poultry at ng iba’t ibang klase ng gulay.

Matatandaang unang ginawa ang KADIWA buwan ng Abril 2020 bilang isa sa mga pamamaraan na mabigyang oportunidad ang mga mamamayang hindi basta basta makalabas ng tahanan dahil sa peligrong dulot ng Covid19 pandemic.

Pangungunahan ni City Mayor Joseph Evangelista at mga kawani ng DA XII ang pagbubukas ng KADIWA ganap na alas siyete ng umaga hanggang alas dos ng hapon sa nabanggit na petsa.

Mga regional at local producers and farmers ang magbebenta ng kanilang produktong karne ng baboy, baka, manok, isda, at iba’t ibang klase ng gulay, prutas, at iba pang sariwa at prosesong pagkain sa lugar sa presyong abot kaya ng buying public.

“Kumpara noong KADIWA last April 2020, mas maraming produktong karne ang ibebenta ngayong January 29, 2021”, pahayag pa ni City Agriculturist Marissa Aton.

Tulad ng nakagawian, kinakailangan pa ring sumunod ang mga mamimili sa mga nakasaad na minimum health protocols gaya ng pagsusuot ng face mask at face shields, physical distancing, thermal scanning at disinfection habang bibili sa KADIWA.

Kaugnay nito, sa kabila ng mataas na presyo, ipinababatid ng City Government sa pamamagitan ng City Agriculture Office na sapat ang supply ng pagkain sa lungsod.##(CIO)

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Kidapawan City is third most competitive component city in Mindanao

Kidapawan City (January 22, 2021) – The City of Kidapawan emerged as third among the most competitive component cities in Mindanao based on the ranking of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) for 2020.

The CMCI is a yearly endeavor by both government and private entities which aim to promote a more competitive country and instill excellence among cities and towns while strengthening collaboration and reduce poverty through inclusive growth.

Kidapawan City ranked fifth in 2019 and climbed 2 notches last year, while Tagum City remained rank one in two consecutive years.  Kidapawan rose to rank two after it successfully met the four pillars for competitiveness namely Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.  

“Our data speaks for itself and we are more than happy the CMCI has recognized our efforts and our commitment to make Kidapawan City a more livable place”, said Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista.   

Ten component cities made it to the Top 10 rankings of the CMCI in Mindanao for 2020 as follows Rank 1 – Tagum, Rank 2 – Cotabato, Rank 3 – Kidapawan, Rank 4 – Panabo, Rank 5 – Pagadian, Rank 6 – Dipolog, Rank 7 – Koronadal, Rank 8 – Gingoog City, Rank 9 – Surigao, and Rank 10 – Malaybalay.    

Mayor Evangelista said the City Government is elated with the ranking attained by Kidapawan and attributed this to the strong partnership with the different stakeholders and their continued support to all the programs and projects of his administration.

“We are way ahead of other bigger cities and received the recognition despite the challenges and difficulties brought by the Covid19 pandemic”, the mayor said adding that the current leadership is geared towards economic recovery with the help of the community.

The mayor also highlighted the sacrifices of the city last year as many constituents took a tool from the Covid19 pandemic but does not hinder the Kidapawenos to unite even more and work hand in hand with the City Government.

The DTI Competitiveness Bureau, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and other agencies comprising the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) accumulates and evaluates the data submitted or complied by the cities and municipalities and from the regional level.

The City Government of Kidapawan continues to implement programs and projects geared towards enhancement of business climate and in advancing truthful public service for all. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City council approves budget to purchase Covid vaccines and ambulance vehicles

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 19, 2021) – In a special session held this morning, the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Kidapawan declared a state of calamity in the entire city in response to the increasing number or surge of Covid19 positive cases in the city.

The special session gave way to the urgent passage of three resolutions of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) namely Resolution No.1 -2021, A resolution recommending for the declaration of state of calamity in the City of Kidapawan due to the effect of Covid19 pandemic and authorizing the Honorable City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista to utilize the CY 2021 LDRRMF 30% Quick Response Fund (QRF) for Covid19 response programs, projects and activities amounting to P14,703,000.00; Resolution No. 2-2021, A resolution recommending for the reprogramming of the unexpended balances/appropriations of various programs, projects, and activities funded under the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund 70% CY 2020-2021 to disaster risk reduction and management  programs, projects and activities in the total amount of P19,470,000.00; and Resolution No. 3-2021, A resolution recommending the release and use of unexpended appropriations of LDRRMF Special Trust Fund CY 2017 to address the disaster response requirements of the Covid19 emergency in the amount of P1,300,000.00.

Mayor Evangelista himself was the resource person during the SP Kidapawan special session presided by Kidapawan City Councilor Melvin Lamata, Jr. Chair of the Committee on Legal Matters and Good Governance.  “Any second that we delay the purchase of vaccine is endangering the lives of our people. That we cannot afford”, Mayor Evangelista stressed.

City Vice Mayor Jivy Roe Bombeo and City Councilor Ruby Padilla-Sison were not around during the session. Eleven other councilors were present making a quorum at the session.

Mayor Evangelista disclosed that a total of P28M coming from the 30% QRF and reprogramming of unexpended balances will be utilized to purchase vaccines for Covid19, four new ambulances, and cooling storages.

The City Government targets an estimated 45,901 residents to be vaccinated out of the said funds and after consideration of the roll out of vaccines from the national government covering 50-70% of the population in each province, city, or municipality.

Simultaneous to the approval of the three resolutions, the city mayor signed today Executive Order No. 006 series of 2021 containing the local vaccination scheme of the city. The EO 006 states the priority sectors for vaccination – front liners and senior citizens, and extends to teachers, market vendors, tricycle drivers and “habal-habal” drivers and the media. A vaccination team will be created and will undergo training and the system for acquiring the vaccine is also stipulated in the said EO.

Mayor Evangelista assured the constituents the City Government will be mindful in acquiring the vaccine and underscored the importance of its safety and efficacy.  “We will only acquire vaccines which are approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) and from those pharmaceuticals that are able to secure the Emergency Use Authority (EUA)”, said the mayor.

Meanwhile, the total number of positive Covid19 cases as of today in Kidapawan City is more than 50 with numerous suspected cases being monitored and rigid contact tracing in effect.

The City Health once more appealed to everyone to continue observing the minimum health protocols and do every possible means to avoid being infected by Covid19 virus as the vaccine for Covid19 is not yet available. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City Government bares wide support to agriculture sector amid pandemic

KIDAPAWAN CITY (JANUARY 18, 2021) – With the threat of the corona virus disease 2019 (Covid19) still high and continuing to bring adverse effects to the city’s agriculture sector, the City Government of Kidapawan bares its Support to Agriculture Program from the Annual Budget for 2021.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista disclosed that around P76M will be utilized to implement the program which includes purchase of a farm heavy equipment (back hoe), three refrigerated vans, 2 hauling trucks, establishment of feed mill, 1 additional demonstration farm, and a recovery scheme to further help the farmers who incurred significant losses due to the pandemic.

Mayor Evangelista said that his administration will continue to provide aid to farmers particularly the vegetable and fruit growers based in different villages as well as livestock raisers and fisherfolks.

“We know the difficult situation of our farmers whose income substantially decreased because of the pandemic. We cannot let them totally suffer and carry the burden all along. The budget we allotted for agriculture will empower them in terms of improving crops and livestock production; not to mention our goal of attaining food sufficiency and supply independence” the Mayor also said.

Some P9.5M will be utilized for various crops production including vegetable, corn, pomelo and calamansi; P4.2M for tilapia and mushroom production; P7M for livestock and poultry production; P2.7M for feed mill and a big portion goes to the acquisition of equipment, trucks and vans.

Mayor Evangelista added that the Office of the City Agriculturist is mandated to encourage more fisherfolks to sustain fish production by helping them in burrowing more fishponds. The office will also see to it that farm products such as vegetables, fruits, grains, fish and meat will be freshly sold in the market with the use of the hauling trucks and refrigerated vans the City Government will acquire in no time.

Furthermore, farmers will have an easy time in selling their farm produce as the City Government will continue buying vegetables and fruits harvested by local farmers through the Farmer’s Market program and to sell the same at affordable prices.

Along with these interventions to provide them with an easy way to produce processed food for their tilapia fingerlings and other pellets for livestock as well as fertilizers to boost production. This will eventually save them time and money, according to the City Government.

For her part, City Agriculturist Marissa Aton highlighted the Support to Agriculture Program as a comprehensive action of the City Government to combat ill-effects of Covi19 pandemic to our farmers.

“In response to Covid19, we are doing these as measures to assist local farmers and to help maintain food security which is an essential function of our office”, Aton said. 

The City Government is committed in uplifting the local farmers and continues to formulate strategies to help them cope up with all the challenges confronting them brought about by the Covid19 pandemic.  (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista lauds “Green, Green, Green” project, transforms City Center Islands into landscape

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 13, 2021) – The Kidapawan City LGU expresses its gratitude to the “Green, Green, Green” project of President Rodrigo R. Duterte which transformed the City Center Islands from a mere pavement into a beautiful landscape.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said the funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) amounting to P15M was fully utilized for the repair and beautification of the three-kilometer stretch City Center Islands at the National Highway, Quezon Boulevard, Kidapawan City.

“This area is one of the city’s iconic landmark and we are more than happy to see it’s now fully improved”, said Mayor Evangelista adding that the City Center Islands is the  area that suits best the project.

The center islands’ improvement commenced from the Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Cathedral towards the CAP Building, visible to commuters and travelers routing Cotabato-Davao highway  

The City LGU received the budget last year along with other LGUs and was very enthusiastic to use the funds in an eco-friendly activity and to highlight the city’s support to the national government’s campaign to make more livable cities and municipalities.

The City LGU also believes that the transformation of the city center islands will likewise benefit the residents because it increases accessibility of public open spaces and is a pleasant sight for passersby.

With the total appropriations of P2.5B for “Green, Green, Green” last 2018, the DBM based its allocations for cities and municipalities on their respective population counts and land area measurements. The project forms part of the Duterte administrations’ massive national infrastructure development program – “Build, Build, Build”.     Despite the threat of Covid19 and the increasing risk brought about by the pandemic, the construction was started last September 2020 and was successfully completed by December 2020 right in time for the celebration of the Holiday Season. (CIO_AJPME/jscj) 

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Kidapawan City LGU sustains Farmer’s Market to help vegetable and fruit growers amidst pandemic

Kidapawan City (January 13, 2021) – To be able to support the vegetable and fruit growers in Kidapawan City and help them cope up with the adverse effects of the Covi19 pandemic, the City LGU continued to purchase their harvests and sell it at the Farmer’s Market near the City Hall.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said that farmers are among those heavily affected by the pandemic and the local government has initiated actions to assist them.

“Patronizing the farmers’ crops – vegetables and fruits which we directly buy from them in this difficult time is what they need from the government”, the Mayor said adding that the crops are freshly displayed at the Farmer’s Market.

He urged the consumers to support the local farmers by patronizing the Farmer’s Market which is very accessible to the buying public.

The concept of buying farmers’ produce begun in April 2020 at the height of the Covid19 pandemic. The LGU keenly saw the difficult situation of the farmers who find it hard to bring their products to the market due to restrictions of the quarantine imposed by the government.

“Aside from helping our distressed farmers, we also help consumers avail of fresh vegetables, fruits and even grains; which is vital in the quest for food security for the constituents”, Mayor Evangelista stressed.

The City LGU mandated the Office of the City Agriculturist headed by Marissa Aton and the other concerned offices to ensure food supply and look deeper into the welfare of the local vegetable and fruit growers especially with the present situation.

“We are encouraging our local consumers to buy their vegetable sustenance here in the farmer’s market”, said Aton. She added that doing so will help our local vegetable and fruit growers and farmers in their livelihood in this time of the Covi19 pandemic.

In this regard, the City LGU invites every household to buy fresh produce and support our very own farmers. The Farmer’s Market is open to serve the public from Monday to Friday, 8AM-5PM with minimum health protocols being observed and followed. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City Mayor Evangelista leads inauguration of new Executive-Legislative building 

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 13, 2021) – With high spirits and optimistic of a renewed commitment to serve the people,Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista led the inauguration of the new Executive-Legislative office on January 7, 2021.

The office is situated at the left portion of the City Hall just beside the Office of the City Agriculturist and will now be used by the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Kidapawan and their staff to fine tune and craft responsive legislative advocacies for the people.

The new office is intended to provide a convenient workplace and a more appropriate place for both the Executive and Legislative meetings.

During the inauguration, Mayor Evangelista said the City Government continues to improve its service to the people and the new workplace will inspire the employees to give their best in serving the constituents.

“We continue to aim high for the sake of our people and we strive for better service, thus; this new office”, he said adding that his administration always thinks of ways to inspire City Hall personnel as they are the front liners in delivery of genuine service.

Before its formal opening, the new building was blessed by Fr. Desiderio Balatero, DCK followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony led by the mayor, some department heads along with key personnel from the SP of Kidapawan City.

For their part, the members of the city council expressed their gratitude to what they say is a noble way of inspiring public servants to work and aim for more for the sake of the people.

With this, the city council also thanked the executive for the continued partnership that resulted to many gains and achievements. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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More than 600 Kidapawenos avail free late birth certificate registrations from City LGU

KIDAPAWAN CITY (January 12, 2021) – Beneficiaries of the free birth certificate and late registration as well are proud of the Kidapawan City LGU’s program to help indigent individuals secure the said document without having to pay any amount.

Dubbed as “Rehistro Mo, Sagot Ko”, the project aims to help individuals especially those coming from poor families was launched in February 2020 which aims to provide birth certificates and avoid difficulties in the future.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said this project forms part of the basic services intended for his constituents and firmly believes that every individual should possess the document.

“Every Filipino has the right to have an official document that contains his or her birth details but sad to say that still many people who do not have the capacity to secure this on their own, thus; this project came through”, said Mayor Evangelista.

Furthermore, he said that the project is in support to the advocacy of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to register each and every Filipino Citizen and come up with an accurate census.

The City Civil Registrar, City Legal, and City Information Office  served as frontline agencies in processing the birth certificates and in making sure that each client is given appropriate legal assistance and to ensure that at the end of the day everyone is happy as a recipient of the project.

Raul A. Malaluan and Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista, City Civil Registrar and City Legal Officer, respectively are both optimistic that the project will help more individuals residing at the different areas in the city.   

Some of the villages already served include those with significant number of Indigenous Peoples such as Perez, Birada, Balabag, and Kalaisan along with one of the densely populated Singao.

The City LGU also said the “Rehistro Mo, Sagot Ko” project is very timely given the present Covid19 pandemic where people are advised to stay at home and be safe from the virus, aside from decongesting the concerned or respective offices. All they need to do is to wait for the representatives from the City Hall and provide the necessary information needed to make the document. At present, the City LGU said it is preparing to conduct the activity in Barangay Poblacion, Kidapawan City as the next village beneficiary.  (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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