On July 2, 2020 the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) under the Department of Agriculture, provided 2 units of fiber glass non-motorized banca in Dunguan, Aleosan, Cotabato, this was assisted by Lorena C. Hingco, Municipal Fishery Coordinator of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Aleosan.

The 2 beneficiaries from Dunguan are very happy to receive such assistance from the government.In line with this BFAR also provided (from February-June 2020) Fingerlings (Hito & Tilapia) to Fisherfolks under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program at Barangay Tomado, San Mateo, Dualing and Palacat which have a total of 25 beneficiaries, this include also feeds, nets and styro boxes for each beneficiaries.

The Beneficiaries joyfully received this and said, “Salamat sa BFAR og LGU nga giboligan gyud kami pina agi aning gamit sa pangisda, dako gyud nga salamat sa inyo.”


USM Aleosan

June 30—Up for the ‘new normal school year, the University of Southern Mindanao, a premiere state-run institution in South-Central Mindanao recently opened its new campus here.According to Aleosan Mayor Vicente Sorupia, Jr., this development has been a long dream of parents and their children to have a local college school in the area. “Maka- eskwela na gid ang aton mga kabataan diri sa munisipyo nga wala natagaan tyansa nga makapadayon tungod kay mahal ang tuition kag malayo ang eskwelahan.”

Mayor Sorupia encourages the people of the municipality to support this new milestone of the municipality and aspires to produce more young professionals in the years to come through the local campus.This school year 2020- 2021, USM- Aleosan Campus will offer initially two courses: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Only 1 section per degree course with 50 students are catered this year.USM- Aleosan Campus is located at the compound of Aleosan National High School, National Highway, Barangay San Mateo of this municipality

Launching of Recovery and Wellness Program for Person Who Used Drugs (PWUDs)

(PMSg Agustin T. Amualla, Jr. give advices to the participants related to illegal drugs)

On November 8, 2019 the Philippine National Police of Aleosan conducted a Recovery and Wellness Program for the drug surrenderees, a follow-through program under current administration`s, War-on-Drugs Campaign with the theme “LIGA AT PAGPAPAHUSAY NG MORAL PARA SA PAGBABAGO”.

Rationale: Basketball League will show the skills and strategies that the Person Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) and will now bring them all together and utilize them. It helps the PWUDs to learn about team work, leadership, and sportsmanship. This is a way to get PWUDs active in sports and detoxification from using illegal drugs, especially now that there`s an aggressive campaign getting everybody out of illegal drugs.

(Pastor Benito Campano gives guidance from the Holy Bible on how to battle the urge of taking illegal drugs again)

The PNP-Aleosan`s objective is to encourage, facilitate & enable the Person Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) to participate in sports specifically basketball. To promote camaraderie and teamwork among PWUDs and bring them back to the community to show that they are now renewed and not using illegal drugs.

The participants had been clustered into 6 groups, with the following barangay PWUDs:

  • Cluster 1 – Barangay Pagangan, Bagolibas & San Mateo
  • Cluster 2 – Barangay Malapang, Lower Mingading & Tomado
  • Cluster 3 – Barangay Upper Mingading, Katalicanan & Sta. Cruz
  • Cluster 4 – Barangay Palacat, Pentil & Lawili
  • Cluster 5 – Barangay New Panay & New Leon
  • Cluster 6 – Barangay Dualing, Dunguan & Tapodoc
(On November 9, 2019 started the basketball tournament held at Barangay San Mateo Covered Court)

The program will hold an 8-game basketball league every Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 NN until November 29, 2019. The source of fund is from the Local Government Unit of Aleosan with the amount of P 20,000.00 for the whole duration of the said activity.

37th Founding Anniversary of Aleosan

The preparations for the upcoming 37th Founding Anniversary of Aleosan Municipality is in full swing. The theme for the celebration this year is “Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”

Among those to watch out for are the activities laid down by the local government of Aleosan.

The private sector also played a vital role in developing the program of activities for the 37th founding anniversary of the town of Aleosan.

One to look forward at the annual anniversary is the “Kite Festival”. Also featured during the celebration are street party, agri-trade fair, local products and arts festivals, sporting events and much more.

UK Peak: Aleosan’s Natural Watchtower

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/21 March) — What comes to your mind when you would hear the name of this sleepy town?

For sure, you would always think of war. You would also think of the dreaded vigilante group Ilaga fighting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Ameril Umra Kato of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

But unknown to many perhaps, there’s a in this town where you can see almost the entire plains of the province including the sprawling Liguasan Marsh.

Recently, work led me to this town. But as a photographer, I could not resist going to other villages even beyond the areas I’m supposed to be shooting. I’m always interested in capturing the picturesque landscapes of my province and the daily life of people in the remote areas.

I have been in this town and some barangays several times. But I never knew that there’s a view deck where I can see two of the most significant landmarks of Mindanao: Mt. Apo and Liguasan Marsh.

My friend Christopher Trance, who is also the town’s tourism officer, invited me to explore what he calls the UK Peak, which stands for barangays Upper Mingading and Katalicanan.

After a day’s work, we drove through the dusty roads in the middle of the rolling terrain of San Mateo until we reached Katalicanan proper.

While on our way to the UK Peak, I was already imagining a beautiful sunset on a clear day, a sight I have often seen in Pigcawayan town where I grew up.

After about a 10-minute drive, we started to ascend through the partly-paved road going to the UK Peak. Upon reaching the clearing, I could see the rolling landscape to the west.

“This is it,” said Trance, adding the road network that cuts through the side of the hill is already part of the mountain range where UK Peak sits.

Thin vegetation draped the mountain range, where farmers plant corn, rubber, palm oil, root crops and some vegetables.

It was about 5pm when we reached the top of UK Peak, where a dilapidated hut stands underneath a giant Kamatchilli tree. The view of the hut and the tree reminded me of a classic rural scene that I used to paint when I was a kid.

From the road, we had a short climb for about 100 meters from the road. The mountain range stands just at least 600 feet above sea level.

“The peak is not that tall but it is strategic when you want to have a 360-degree view of the plains in the province,” Trance boasted.

A military communication facility stands beside the UK Peak, proof that the place is really strategic.

True enough, as I stood on the peak, I had a panoramic view of the plains of Kabacan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan and Pikit, the Akir-akir mountain range that divides some parts of Alamada and Libungan, and a view of the mountain range on the periphery of Banisilan and Carmen.

As I stood on the peak, I realized that it’s also a perfect view deck for those who want to have a glimpse of portions of the proposed Bangsamoro territory.

On the southwest, the beaming Liguasan Marsh cuts across the plains of Maguindanao and North Cotabato.

As the sun goes down, Polloc Bay slowly gleams as the skies turned reddish by around 6:30pm. Darkness slowly swallows the view of plains and rolling terrains.

Not contented with the sunset view, I spent a night with some friends in one of the huts near the peak. At night, the neighboring town of Midsayap glows from a distance.

Our host prepared linagpang, a traditional dish common in the rural areas. A native chicken was grilled, chopped and cook again with spices in boiling water. A perfect dish to beat the chilling and windy night at the hut.

The next day, we returned to the peak as early as 5am to capture the sunrise. It wasn’t that picturesque that day because it was a bit cloudy and it drizzled the night before.

But from a distance, Mt. Apo appeared like a cow’s hump. Then after 30 minutes, clouds slowly swallowed the country’s tallest peak.

Tourism Site

Trance said the site is being eyed by the local government as a future agri-tourism site.

Every weekend, he added, the road network leading to the UK Peak is the favorite trail among mountain bikers.

Thus on April 4, the UK Peak would be part of the 24.5-kilometer trail of a mountain bike challenge. A kite flying and making competition will be held at the peak in the afternoon of the same day, my friend said.

The events are among the highlights of the Kasadyahan Festival and the town’s 32nd foundation anniversary on April 3 to 5.

Mayor Vicente Sorupia said the local government will build a resting area for tourists.

Trance said local villagers in the area are also willing to cook for tourists some native cuisines such as tinolang native chicken with kadyos, linagpang and other Ilonggo dishes. (Keith Bacongco/MindaNews)

Source: MindaNews