• NORTH COTABATO PREPARES FOR KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL

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    KIDAPAWAN CITY: North Cotabato is all set for the Kalivungan Festival, a ten-day celebration marking its 99th foundation anniversary and lining up of various colorful activities showcasing the province’s ecotourism potentials and the cultural traditions of its tri-people—Muslim, Christian and indigenous tribes. Organizers led by Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said the local police and military establishments have set up all security arrangements to provide a “climate of revelry” for thousands of revelers, guests and tourists expected to participate in celebration. The commemoration is set on August 26 to September 1, but some activities began Monday for the socio-economic development aspect of the event, provincial media liaison officer Ralph Rafael said. Close to 1,200 resident-job seekers underwent screening at the capitol complex here Monday for 500 work slots offered to the people of North Cotabato by giant call centers based in Davao City, he said. Leaders of the province’s 500,000-strong rubber tree planters also kicked off Monday a three-day forum at Southern Mindanao Agricultural Research Center here where experts would impart them strategies to address emerging constraints in marketing their products, Rafael said. Gov. Taliño-Mendoza said this year’s Kalivungan Festival would hopefully spark “more meaningful” fetes designed to offset the impacts on residents and tourists by combined backdrops of floods and sporadic atrocities in the province and its environs.

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