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Mangrove forests are critical for the stability of coastal areas and the sustainability of fish and marine resources which provide food and livelihood to people in more than 800 coastal towns in the Philippines. USAID, through the Philippine Environmental Governance Project, assisted the local government (Davao City) in establishing, through a local ordinance, the mangrove area as a marine protected area.
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Organizers bare new route for KadayaJuan Road Bike Challenge in Davao City


DAVAO CITY, July 31 (PNA) -- The organizers of the exciting “KadayaJuan Road Bike Challenge”set on August 17 have decided to amend race route due to unsafe roads.

It will now have a total distance of only 106 kilometers according to over-all race chairman Salvador “Jun” Paholio Jr., deputy secretary general for Mindanao of Philcycling.

“Mahirap kasing pilitin yun original na rota kasi delikado dahil sa mga sirang daan lalo na doon banda sa my Buhangin (It is difficult to insist on the original route because some roads are damaged),”Paholio explained.

The original route had a total distance of 120kms. But the race will still have a 20-kilometer mass start from Barangay Maa going to Diversion Highway and towards Brgy. Magtuod, Carmen, Biao Escuela, Los Amigos, Calinan, Lacson, Tamugan and Lumundao.

The Open Elite, 23 Under and 18 Under riders will turn back after reaching Lumundao to the same route that will end also in Maa.

However, the participants in the Executive category will only race for 60 kms.

“There will be two King of the Mountains in the race. The first is at Lumumdao and the other one is at Las Terasas,” Paholio said.

The Open division is a team event with each team composed of three Elite riders, two 23 Under and one 17 Under. Cash prizes, trophies and medals are up for grabs.

The event, which will serve as a pre-qualifying race for Mindanao riders to the LBC Ronda Pilipinas, is organized by the Davao City Sports Consumer Cooperative (DCSCC), 94.7 News FM and 78.3 One Radio Network.

It is sponsored by Congressman Sid Ungab, Emperador Lights Brandy, Racing Edge of Ed Zaldivar, Energy Capsule and Hemroid Herbal. It is sanctioned by Philcycling and backed up by the Barangay Council of Maa and the Kabalikat Civicom Mindanao Region-Davao Chapter.

12th Flight of the Eagles fun run to raise funds anew for green initiatives in Davao City


DAVAO CITY, July 30 (PNA) -- This year's annual 12th Flight of the Eagles Fun Ride cycling event slated on October 5 from Magsaysay Park to the Malagos Watershed Park near the Philippine Eagle Center in Baguio District will again continue to raise funds for the Lunhaw Awards.

“We’re again very pleased to be one of the beneficiaries of the Flight of the Eagles,” said Lunhaw Awards co-organizer Mary Ann Fuertes of the Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) at the SCOOP Session of The Royal Mandaya Hotel last Tuesday.

Also present at the weekly public service sports program sponsored by TRMH, Genesis 88, Mulatto Outdoor Apparel and Beefit Gym was IDIS media advocacy officer Erolle Linus Miranda.

The 40-kilometer fun ride will start at 7 a.m. with the theme, “Bike Safety: Share the Road”.

It is organized by the Cycle for Life, Davao City Water District, IDIS, Philcycling, Office of City Councilor Leo Avila III, Watershed and Environmental Protection Coalition of Davao (WEPCD) and Watershed Management Youth Council (WMYC).

“This will go a long way in providing funds so that the Lunhaw Awards can recognize more deserving green initiatives in Davao City,” Fuertes said.

The funds will also go to the reforestation initiatives in the Talomo-Lipadas area which the annual activity has been supporting for the last 10 years. A part of the proceeds will also go to the installation of bike racks in Magsaysay Park.

Registration fee is P500 inclusive of jersey shirt, lunch pack and raffle ticket. Registration is open until Oct. 4 at the Office of Councilor Avila at Room 212, S Building, San Pedro St.

Davao's children foundation turns 14 in helping orphans

By Lolito T. delos Reyes [(PNA), CTB/LCM/LTDR/LDP]

DAVAO CITY, July 29 (PNA) -- The Love The Children Foundation Inc. (LTCFI) continues to extend in transforming lives and declaring His goodness to the orphans in San Pedro, Marapangi III in Toril here is now on its 14th year.

The LTCFI does not only takes care of the orphanages but is also into community development, livelihood programs, Spiritual development and in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Service provider.

Cindy Chua, co founder of the Foundation, said John, the first kid of the foundation, is now 18 years old and is already working as a welder of a machine shop.

“John grew up to be a very good man, tall and handsome,” said Chua, who founded the foundation together with her husband Tony.

The Chuas first met John, who was then still a 4-year old little boy at a government drop-in center, a place located in the heart of Davao City where all the street children just come to eat, sleep and go back to the streets. John still then did not really have a name yet and was only called “Gong-Gong” which meant “dumb boy”.

He had a scar between his nose and upper lip bitten by a dog. After several visits, the Chuas finally decided to take care of John, who was registered as a Filipino citizen. John was sent to school and now also plays the lead guitar well every Sunday service at the church.

“I thought that there was already no beacon of hope due to my adversities. In Love the Children Foundation, I was taught of God’s love, learned to face the challenges of life and I became a strong and better person,” said John.

He said, “All the negatives I encountered before have been erased because of the good things planted in me through His grace.”

LTCFI is now also engaging the children into livelihood projects and equipping them in preparation for independent living. They were trained and helped in the production of peanut products of the organization, “Love Nuts”.

The “working boys” are now receiving monthly allowance because of their own efforts. For them one of the best things they value was how to earn money from work.

Their eagerness to achieve their dreams encouraged them to save money. They learned proper time management and self-discipline especially in not getting tempted to spend their money on unimportant things.

“On top of that they are also doing their best in their studies with the goal of achieving a brighter future,” said Chua.

During the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda that destroyed the Visayas Region, the kids of the foundation took money out of their own savings to donate it to the typhoon victims.

The foundation is now planning to put up a peanut brittle factory, livelihood center for community development, to open up an office and showcase room in downtown area and go for a higher production of peanut products. It wants to open the Early Childhood Care and Development at the compound.

The foundation has also catered 2,000 indigenous beneficiaries in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for community development and sponsored livelihood projects for the community.

LTCFI has been implementing Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) in 12 barangays of Toril and Talomo district. This project aims to reach families in need of special protection. Most of the beneficiaries LTCFI has been serving are the informal communities, Person with Disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Displaced families and neglected children under the custody of grandparents or relatives.

“LTCFI serves the community with the vision of transforming lives and equipping children with godly influence,” said Chua.

LTCFI was also able to raise 12 spiritual leaders from different communities, equip the “movers” to discipline others; and renovated worship center to gather people to listen to the Gospel. It also continues to receive donations and accepts visitors at their foundation located in San Pedro, Marapangi III, Toril.

Last Sunday, two separate groups from the Jesus The Solid Rock Christian Fellowship WMU Department and the Alpha Phi Omega Housing Society distributed school supplies, food, used clothes and shoes to the children.

LTCFI also accepts donations for the children through its website and donate to its PAYPAL account. Donors may email at the or telefax: (63)(082)291-4645 or mobile nos. +639177002205 or +639228685696. LTCF’s bank account is Philippine National Bank, Toril Branch, Davao City with Account No. 325-914000019. Swift code: PNBMPHMM or routing No. 026003007.

“Be a part of this challenge in transforming lives of the disadvantage children and communities. This is your opportunity to be a blessing and to be blessed. Our unified effort could make a big difference. We need you,” said the LTCF founders.

ICT-Davao chair said 9k jobs available at BPOs in Davao City

By Lilian C. Mellejor [(PNA), LAM/LCMELLEJOR/LDP]

DAVAO CITY, July 28 (PNA) -- The chair of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Davao Industry Development said some 9,000 jobs are available by 2016 to answer needs of too many locators in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms in this city.

Lawyer Samuel Matunog said there are many locators for the 7,500 BPO spaces in the city, but there are no takers in terms of interested applicants either for call center jobs or other needs of knowledge workers.

By first quarter of 2016, Matunog expects about 30,000 additional spaces but doubts if the city will be able to cope fill-up the growing demand for IT-BPO talents.

He said that spaces are available for the soon-to-be completed Felcris complex, the Matina IT Park, SM complexes and the Lanang Business Park, among others.

According to Matunog, the region produces at least 20,000 graduates every year or 50,000 to include graduates from other regions that flock the city to seek jobs.

But, we are not graduating employable workers, Matunog said. He is referring to English language proficiency, other technical competencies that would fill up IT application services like Gaming, finance, among others.

While BPOs offer training, Matunog said most of the locators cannot wait for longer time.

“It takes time to train people,” he added.

Matunog stressed that call center agents may be earning P12,000 to P15,000 a month but, they can earn more if they have knowledge of other languages such as German, French and British English.

For this reason, Matunog said they will hold a special session with the Davao Association of Colleges and Schools (DACS) in Davao City to help in addressing lack of talents in the ICT industry.

Matunog also announced that the industry has established some steps to improve and attract talents to the ICT such as right in promoting the right culture and value for those working in the BPO; voluntary code of decent work; and, overhauling some training programs.

Belinda Torres of Jobs Academy said the three major fields in the ICT that are in demand are IT application services like Gaming, software development and knowledge workers for Math and Finance.

Jobs Academy is as school that provides Bachelor and Diploma course that specializes in Software development, Digital Animation Multimedia, and Game Development.

PWD workers showcase talents in skills competition in Davao City

By Carmela C. Duron [(PNA), CTB/LCM/CCD/LDP]

DAVAO CITY, July 27 (PNA) -– A total of 31 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) here will participate in the Kakayahan Regional Abilympics Competition 2014 set on Monday, July 28 at the TESDA Regional Training Center in Buhisan, Tibungco, this city.

Bearing the theme: “Talino at Paninindigan ng Taong May Kapansanan, Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran, Kakayahan” is a national work skills competition showcasing the distinct capability of Filipino PWDs as workers and entrepreneurs.

Social welfare department Director Priscilla N. Razon said the selected PWDs will participate in Photography, Floral Arrangement, Cake Decoration, Waste Reuse, Painting, Cooking, Creating Web Pages, Desktop Publishing, and English Text Processing. They have different disabilities but most are orthopedically impaired, Razon said.

“This event is one of the highlights in the regional celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week that we celebrate nationwide every July,” she added.

The Abilympics is hosted by DSWD in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Winners of the regional competition will vie in the national competition in Manila, while the national winner will represent the country in the 9th Abilympics in Vietnam in 2015.

Pinay V-League Davao underway

By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan

THE Davao edition of the Philippine Sports Commission Pinay National Volleyball League gets underway at 8 a.m. today at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge William "Butch" Ramirez, representing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, lawyer Jay Alano of the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) commissioner Vic Abalos are guests in the simple opening rites.

PVF regional director Engr. D' Artagnan "Daks" Yambao yesterday, in text messages, said, "Games will follow right after the opening rites."

Yambao thanked Mayor Duterte, Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte, SDD-CMO and Mayor Duterte executive assistant Christopher "Bong" Go for their support in hosting the event presented by PSC Commissioner Akiko Thomson and sanctioned by PVF.

A total of 11 teams, he said, confirmed to join with the University of the Immaculate Conception fielding two teams while the Assumption College of Davao, Davao City National High School, Holy Cross College of Sasa, Maa National High School, Pablo Lorenzo National High School, St. Peter's College of Toril, Sta. Ana National High School, Tagum City National High School and Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School has one team each.

The free-registration girls 17-under tournament aims to provide exposure to secondary girls volleyball teams in the city.

Trophies and medals await winners in the tournament that will also have games on July 29, 30 and 31.

Admission is free at Almendras Gym.

Davao City to submit detailed Little Tokyo rehab plan

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

THE Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) requested the Davao City Tourism Operation Office (CTOO) to submit further details on their proposal for the restoration and the development of Little Tokyo in Mintal.

CTOO officer-in-charge Lisette Marques, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said some of the additional information they were asked to submit were: if portions that will be restored or develop have land titles, or are government-owned land, and if there is right of way matters that need to addressed.

She said Tieza also asked for a clearer and better version of the old and new maps since it is not possible to make a comparison as the scales of each map don't coincide.

Marques said they are continuously feeding Tieza with more information regarding the Little Tokyo.

The cost of the development and restoration of Little Tokyo will be determined by Tieza and not by CTOO.

She said some of the sites in Little Tokyo include the Japanese hospital, market, and cemetery.

Earlier this month, Marques announced in a recent press conference that they have submitted an initial proposal to Tieza through Roberto U. Teo, a member of the Tieza board.

"We are hoping that we will be supported in creating a development plan for Little Tokyo and be able to restore it and be part of our tourism circuit," Marques said.

She said they are seeing an increase in the influx of tourists to the city with the introduction of a restored and developed Little Tokyo.

Marques also pointed out that the development of Little Tokyo has to be studied carefully since the community will be affected in a sense that there will be a need to relocate some settlers in some of the sites in Little Tokyo. She said this is already being done with the help of the barangay captain who informed the settlers that the development will impact them positively.

They are hoping to get the approval from Tieza and the program implementation of Little Tokyo within the year.

Little Tokyo used to be the location of where Japanese are living in Davao during the pre-war period.

Agrarian reform coops ink cacao production agreement with private firm

(DARPO-Davao City/Fraulein G. Montañez)

DAVAO CITY, July 24 – More than 250 hectares will be planted to cacao in selected Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in Davao City after seven agrarian reform beneficiary organizations inked a ten-year Cacao Production and Purchase Agreement with Kennemer Foods International, Inc.

Among the involved ARBOs include the Biao ARB Cooperative (BARBCO) in Tugbok District; Carmen Agricultural Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CAMPC) and Balacan Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative, both in Baguio District; and Suawan Proper Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Marilog District.

The other organizations that signed the agreement were the Fatima Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FMC) and Latungan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Paquibato District; and Callawa Bonggan Employees ARB Cooperative (CABEARBCO) in Buhangin.

The CPPA was recently signed during the yearly gathering of ARBs and stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in Davao City, dubbed as “Pakiglambigit” 2014.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ernesto B. Tan said that with this venture it is expected that at least 300 agrarian reform beneficiaries who are into cacao production shall have an increased net income of P90,000 per hectare with 1,100 trees per hectare in the next five years.

KFII President Simon Bakker said their company is engaged in the commercial farming of cacao, and has the technology, technical and management expertise, and marketing capability required to plant, cultivate, harvest, market and export cacao.

The ARBs, who will be provided with high quality cacao seedlings, will be trained and coached on the proper care, cultivation and harvesting of cacaos which shall be exclusively sold to the company.

Tan said the ARBOs may establish a cacao nursery upon the recommendation of KFII for its cacao production with the close supervision and technical assistance of the company.

KFII shall purchase all cacao beans produced by the seven ARBOs at a competitive price guaranteed to be no less than seventy percent (70%) of the world price of cocoa on the day when the beans are sold.

A total of PhP24 million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform will finance the cacao production.

Ruel D. Larosa, chief of DAR Davao City’s Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD), said that DAR is assisting these cooperatives in the submission of loan requirements with LBP.

International forum seeks to strengthen human resource in EAGA


DAVAO CITY, July 23 (PNA) -- Aiming to revive and strengthen the human resource linkages within the BIMP-EAGA, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) forum is pursued to encourage multi-sector collaboration in technical education, training, and vocational industries within the sub-region.

Organized as a side event to the upcoming 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Meeting, the forum which is slated on October 22 at the Seda Hotel here in this city, will gather more than 50 leaders and human resource enablers from EAGA-member countries.

“We cannot stress enough the significant contributions of a skilled and globally competitive human resource in economic development, and we hope to facilitate open exchanges of ideas on how to further strengthen the TVET sector in BIMP-EAGA during this forum,” said TVET Forum organizer Joji Ilagan-Bian, who is also the founding chair of the Mindanao TVET Association.

Bian added that a new and strengthened collaboration among BIMP-EAGA’s TVET leaders will further expand the employment opportunities for Mindanao and Palawan’s TVET graduates. The two key islands are Philippines’ focus areas for BIMP-EAGA.

“More than a decade ago, we had a BIMP-EAGA Human Resource Development working group, solely focusing on enhancing the competencies and income of the sub-region’s workforce. We are confident that this forum will revive that initiative,” said Janet Lopoz, executive director of the Mindanao Development Authority.

The BIMP-EAGA sub-economic cooperation serves as a test-bed for ASEAN protocols and is seen as a significant building block towards achieving ASEAN Integration in 2015.

Through the Mutual Recognition Arrangements for the services sector, ASEAN member-countries commit to recognize the education or experience including licenses and certifications granted by the Philippine Government to its overseas workers.

Among the expected results of the forum are joint-venture agreements on TVET initiatives within the BIMP-EAGA particularly on student and faculty exchanges, trade skills competitions and the mutual recognition of skills standards among EAGA-member countries.

“We must in a way be able to respond to the various competing labor demands, which will likely emerge within the next 20 years, both here and abroad,” Lopoz said while adding, “the international forum could also facilitate increased socio-cultural exchange in BIMP-EAGA.”

The 2nd BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Meeting is slated from October 23-26 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippine East ASEAN Growth Area while the IMT-GT stand for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle.

Top business leaders from these five countries are expected to converge during the four-day event, with the overall goal of promoting trade, investment, and tourism within the ASEAN region.

SSS 'Alkansiya Program' gaining success in Davao villages


DAVAO CITY, July 22 (PNA) -- The Social Security System (SSS) in Davao has surpassed its target units and collection under its “Alkansiya Program” with 17 units installed in this city and a total collection of almost Php1 million.

Apologio Torrefranca, head of the accounts management, said SSS Davao has already installed 17 units of “Alkansiya” in the barangay level with a total collection of Php 856,545, only a few snotches away from the initial target of two units and 500 members.

To date, SSS has covered 5,000 members under the program.

The “Alkansiya Program” which was launched in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District on Monday, is an SSS program for self-employed, expanded self-employed monthly contributions.

According to Torrefranca, the launching was attended by 200 functionaries and constituents who appreciated the program because they do not have to travel for a day to pay their contribution in the city.

Torrefranca said that under the program, SSS will just present the product and give benefits while the partner functionary or the barangay will finance the “Alkansiya” units.

Torrefranca disclosed that barangay Maa has the most units and barangay Sasa comes in second.

Maa and Sasa are two of the most populated barangays in the city, he added.

Davao cafe patronizes coffee grown by IPs


DAVAO CITY, July 21 (PNA) -– A newly-opened coffee shop is not here only for business but also fends for indigenous people (IP) communities by patronizing their coffee beans from trees grown in the mountains of Mindanao.

Rene Adapon, spokesperson of Dayaw Café, said they get their coffee beans from “Coffee for Peace (CFC)”, a fairly traded coffee grown by indigenous Filipino farmers in conflict areas.

Adapon said they got inspired by CFC’s mission: To help improve the lives of the farmers and their families; to protect and enhance the environment; and, to support the peace builders on the field.

In its website, CFC says: "They believe that economic-ecological transformation cannot be separated from peace building. When we look at nature, we see an organic-relational world (in contrast to the modernistic mechanical-utilitarian worldview). This is how the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines see their environment and we are sharing their lenses".

CFC believes that the best coffee plants grow best under thick forests. The IPs are also using natural and environment-friendly of growing coffee while preserving the environment the traditional way.

"We believe in the advocacy of Coffee for Peace in helping the lives of the IP farmers, we also want to help" Adapon said.

He said the owners are young professionals, one of whom owns Pacifica Coffee in Guam and the other works in Australia). Both owners poured PHP3 million to start Dayaw Cafe.

Adapon said both cousins although doing business and working abroad, always consider helping their compatriots back home.

He said they want to provide a place where people can taste a well blend coffee out of the beans from coffee trees grown in forests by the IPs.

Dayaw Cafe, which is located at the fountain court of SM Lanang, also showcases the art works of lumad artist Boy Espinosa whose work were exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Vermont and San Francisco in the U.S.. The café’s fixtures made use of the Tinalak cloth of T'boli women weavers for peace while the coffee table tops were crafted by lumads out of coconut shells.

Aside from cookies and ckes, Adapon said they are also finalizing a partnership with a local supplier of fresh native delicacies to go with their coffee.

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