Communication is essential in every municipality to promote growth in every aspect. Access to information and communication has become a need with the recent development of technologies such as cable tvs, cellphones, and lately, the Internet. Communication plays a vital part in the learning process which, on the other hand, promotes development in the society. With the latest advancements in this sector, a municipality must keep up to sustain growth and development.
The Local Government Unit of Kiamba knows this concern and to keep up with the age of modern communication, has established information and communication facilities for its constituents. Presently, a local postal service solely operates in the municipality for courier mail services. The telephone services are being provided Pilipino Telephone Company (PILTEL). In addition, there are four active cellsites for Smart and Globe subscribers in the municipality, with two situated in the Poblacion area and the other two in Barangay Kling. These cell sites also give access to broadband Internet connection which provides the households with personal computers and laptops their access to the worldwide web. For those who don’t have the privilege of having a PC at home, there are five Internet Cafes are operating in the Poblacion area which caters Internet surfing, printing, and other business/school solutions. Two cable tv providers are also located in the Poblacion area to provide residents news, information and entertainment at home.
Print media, however, is limited in the municipality in terms of its circulation. Local newspapers from General Santos City are commonly, if not the only, source of printed information available. Circulation of such print media could be linked to low sales and demand caused by the presence of tvs and radios, and the emergence of the internet in the municipality.
With these communication and information amenities present, still, not every individual has the convenience of accessing such due to financial constraints and lack of information on these sources. As a result, people in Kiamba still go for postal services, and for speedy mail deliveries, one has to travel to the city to gain access to private courier companies. The LGU is considering possible invitation of these private courier services in the municipality in its goal to address every right of the residents on access to convenient, fast and reliable communication.
Kiamba has two FM Radio Station the MUEWS Radio FM Station and Radyo Natin FM a satellite fed station of the Manila Broadcasting Corporation. Two Cable-TVs also intalled, The Sarangani Cable and Kiamba Cable TV Service Cooperative which provides cable connections to household subscribers making available to viewers television programs from various channels both local and foreign. Telecommunication services are also available in Kiamba. PLDT telephone company provides wireless landline connections to residential, commercial and institutional establishments enabling access to local, domestic and international calls. The town is also a host to three cell sites operated by SMART, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular making cellular phone and wireless Internet as the most effective, affordable and accessible means of telecommunication in the locality. A public postal office also operates in the municipality.
Currently, there is only one particular municipal terminal in Kiamba and it is located on the Poblacion area, the terminal operates with the area of 3,200 square meters and presently accommodates PUJs and Vans bound for other municipalities such as Maasim and Maitum or to General Santos City. Kiamba terminal is also provided with a clean toilets and facilities needed by passengers.
In addition of public land transportation vehicles operating in the municipality. Currently, tricycles, jeepneys, and vans dominate the streets of Kiamba. Tricycles offer transportation of commuters to different areas in the barangay, mostly on the urban areas of the municipality, while jeepneys and vans are for travelling to other municipalities like Maasim and Maitum or to General Santos City.
Currently, Kiamba has no access to rail, sea, and air transports. The marine vessels present in Kiamba are being utilized for fishing purposes only. There were 2 landing strips present in kiamba owned privately by companies operating the area, however, these landing strips are no longer functional since later part of 1990s.
Electric Power Supply
With the population growing in the municipality, so as the number of households depending on electricity and this makes electrical power one of the prime needs in Kiamba. The municipality’s power supply is provided by the National Power Corporation and is distributed by South Cotabato Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO II). All barangays have access to this commodity but only a total of 26.85% of rural households and 18.71% urban households served and energized.
Periodic brownouts and power fluctuations indicate that the power supply in Kiamba is not that fully stabilized yet. Electrical posts that can’t stand harsh weather conditions and overloaded transformers caused by series connections on some households do trigger such power failure scenarios. Illegal tapers that causes irregularity on power consumptions is also a problem not be missed by the municipality. Improvement of electrical facilities along with provisions and ordinances on the power sector are given attention by the Local Government Unit.
The number of households energized by the power supply of the municipality. As shown in this table, a total of 50.69% urban households and 3.75 urban households do not have access to power commodities. Financial constraints/ incapacities on most households could be the cause of such numbers which leads others to resort to cheaper but illegal ways of acquiring power supply. The LGU is looking up on this case as one of their actions to improve the power sector of the Municipality.
The average power consumption of the municipality. The domestic/ residential areas are the major power consumers followed by the commercial areas, public buildings, Industrial areas, streetlight facilities, and other institutions respectively. With a huge number of average consumption mostly in residential areas and only a few households recorded to have access on power supply, It can be said that most of these consumers are from the urbanized areas of the municipality
There is no doubt that water is one of the basic needs in life. Therefore a potable water supply is a must for a municipality to be livable. As for Kiamba, there are two major water supply systems that provide potable water supply on its 19 barangays apart from its other water sources.
Out of the total number of 11,609 households, 5,017 get their water supply from shallow wells, 1,698 from improved spring source, and 27 from deep wells. (see Table 90). With only a half of the household population recorded to have access to these different water supplies system. It can be said that the potable water system in Kiamba needs improvement to further reach the other household populations in order for them to gain access to safe and clean water. With the Local Water Works overwhelmed with such concerns, the LGU is pushing for community-based water management and the creation of BAWASA ( Barangay Waterworks and Sanitary Association) to tap barangays and the community to work hand-in hand with the LGU in the preservation, maintenance, and develop existing and potential water systems in the municipality.
Water sector, if developed, can also be a great factor in improving the Health and Sanitation sector of the municipality, especially in the implementation of water-sealed toilets.
Level I Water Supply System by Type and Number of Population Served
Out of the total number of 11,609 households, 5,017 get their water supply from shallow wells, 1,698 from improved spring source, and 27 from deep wells. With only a half of the household population recorded to have access to these different water supplies system. It can be said that the potable water system in Kiamba needs improvement to further reach the other household populations in order for them to gain access to safe and clean water.
Roads and Bridges
Currently the existing road kilometers are subdivided into system classifications as follows: National, Provincial, Municipal and Barangay Roads . The breakdown of the above roads with their corresponding length is as follows: National Roads have 40.454 kilometers, Provincial Roads have 38.430, Municipal Roads have 48.5 kilometers and Barangay Roads have 96 kilometers. Out of the total road network facilities of the municipality, 8.13% are concretized, 16.7% are Asphalt, 53.60% are made of Gravel and 22.34% are considered Earth roads.
Currently there are 25 bridges that are situated in the barangays of Kiamba as shown in this table. Most of the municipality’s bridges are RCDG (Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder), others are made of concrete and steel, and there are some areas that have bailey bridges connecting the residents from far flung areas of the barangay to the main highway road of the municipality. The most of Kiamba’s bridges are in fair condition therefore every resident is assured of their safety in accessing these facilities.
Data was based on 2011 update of MPDC Office