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Bidding for Davao air, sea port projects set next year

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

THE National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Davao Region said they are targeting to start the bidding for the development of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (FBIA) and the Davao Sasa Port by next year.

Neda 11 regional director Maria Lourdes D. Lim, during the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan 2014-2016 Roadshow at Grand Men Seng Hotel yesterday, said the bidding will be start once the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, the PPP arm of Neda, completes the document for the bidding of the projects.

"Hopefully, the documents will be finished within the year and the bidding will commence by the first quarter of next year," she said.

The two projects have a combined estimated cost of P59.56 billion wherein the FBIA operations, maintenance, and development project has an estimated cost P40.57 billion while the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project's estimated cost is P18.99 billion. Both projects will be implemented through a PPP scheme.

The two projects were among the 12 new infrastructure projects that were approved by the Neda board last week.

The proponent of the project for FBIA is the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Neda said that the project involves the operations and maintenance of the Davao International Airport. It also provides additional facilities and other necessary improvements to enhance safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency at the airport excluding air navigation control, air navigation services, and their associated services.

The Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project, whose proponent is the Philippine Ports Authority, is aimed at redeveloping and modernizing the port's facilities, operations and maintenance.

"This includes the construction of new quay wall and terminal, procurement, installation and operation of five Ship-to-Shore gantry (gooseneck-type) cranes, 14 Rubber Tyred Gantries, two reach stackers, 30 terminal tractors, 35 container trailers, 10 empty container handlers, and other auxiliary equipment," Neda said.

Old Davao airport terminal to be converted into cultural-trade center

By Carmelito Q. Francisco

DAVAO CITY -- The old Davao airport terminal, which has been unutilized since the opening of the new international building in December 2003, is now being planned for conversion into a cultural and trade center.

The proposal was raised early this month when officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) met with representatives of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to discuss various pending recommendations for the old complex.

There were about 10 different schemes proposed.

Janet M. Lopoz, MinDA executive director, said they decided on a cultural and trade center, which is intended as a leisure complex showcasing Mindanao to passengers.

“There is also a tourism component of the center,” added Ms. Lopoz.

Funding for the building conversion will come from the DoTC and the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority, the project implementation arm of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

Officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, DoT, and the Department of Trade and Industry are now discussing the redesign of the building, which will only need minor renovations.

The center will also be connected to the new terminal building through either an underground or aboveground passage for easier access to passengers.

The privatization of the operations and maintenance of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City is one of the 12 major infrastructure projects approved last week by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board.

The project is estimated to cost P40.57 billion in three phases; the NEDA Board approved Phase 1 last Friday.

The proposed concession period under a public-private partnership scheme is 30 to 35 years. It will cover the provision of additional facilities and other necessary improvements to enhance safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency at the airport.

TF Davao prepares of the holding of the BIMP-EAGA business leaders' confab slated this week

By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines (PIA 11)

DAVAO CITY, Oct 20 (PIA) The military assured its readiness to maintain the security of the city in time for the holding of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East Asian Growth Area Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference from October 23 to October 26, 2014.

Captain Mario Tena, civil-military operations officer of the Task Force Davao said their unit coordinates closely with the city government and the Davao City Police Office in its target-hardening measures particularly on places of convergence.

He said more troops will be assigned in the city serving as troop multipliers of the TF Davao.

“The reservists under the 110th Civil Defense Company will be deployed side by side with our troops,” Tena said.

He said the Eastern Mindanao Command has assigned two of its naval patrol boats to guard the city’s coastline while the 10th Infantry Division will also deploy one composite company to strengthen the fixed and mobile checkpoints.

Tena said the composite team has armored vehicles ready to stop any form of harassment, and is also trained in urban search and rescue operations.

“Our troops are highly trained and ready to respond to any threat before it reaches the city,” he said.

Earlier, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered all police and military units in the region to ensure the safety and security of the public all the time.

BOI-Mindanao reports P2.5-B new investments

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

A TOTAL of seven new investments from four companies worth around P2.546 billion were registered with Board of Investments (BOI)-Mindanao Field Office from July to September this year.

Based on the data released by BOI-Mindanao, there are four in Davao City and one each for Panabo City, General Santos City, and the local government unit of Santiago, Agusandel Norte. Investment areas include manufacturing and renewable energy. These investments will be able to generate 1,315 jobs.

In Davao City, Duraboard Packaging Corp. will be investing P20.37 million for the production of multilayer Kraft bags for export.

Property developer 8990 Davao Housing Development Corp. will be having three investments in Davao City amounting to P901.38 million, these are: the P234.65 million first phase of Deca Homes Indangan, which has 544 units, in Buhangin; P521.73 million expansion of Deca Homes Resort Residencs in Tugbok, which will have 1,341 units; and the P145 million expansion of Deca Homes Resort Residencs in Tugbok, which will have 207 units.

HLC Construction and Development Corp. will be investing in two low-cost mass housing project in Mindanao: the P116.21 million, 188 unit Oakwood Residences in Panabo City and the P200.31 million 361 unit Excellent Living Residences in General Santos City.

The largest single project investment is of Asiga Green Energy Corp. (AGEC), which will be investing P1.308 billion for a eight megawatt (MW) hydro power plant project in Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

Earlier, it was reported that as of the first half of this year, BOI has already registered P14.7 billion of investments. They are located in Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Agusandel Norte, Surigao City, North Cotabato, and South Cotabato.

Investment areas included transportation and storage, real estate, agriculture, electricity, manufacturing, food processing, renewable energy, and tourist accommodation facility, generating at least 1,770 jobs. 8

LGUs urged to comply with accessibility rules for PWDs

By Alexander D. Lopez

Davao City – Most local government units (LGUs) in the country still do not comply with the provisions on accessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) as stipulated in the Accessibility Law or the Batas Pambansa 344, as mandated by RA 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.

This was the assessment made by Carmen Zubiaga, acting executive director of the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA).

“It’s very poor”, Zubiaga pointed out when asked by reporters here to rate the compliance of LGUs with regard to accessibility of PWDs in their respective buildings and other facilities.

RA 7277 provides for the rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance of PWDs and their integration into the mainstream of society.

Among others, RA 7277 mandates a barrier-free environment that will enable PWDs to have access in public and private buildings as specified in BP 344.

The said law states that national agencies and LGUs shall allocate funds for the provision of architectural facilities or structural features for PWDs in government buildings and facilities.

“There are still government facilities in the country that are not accessible to PWDs”, Zubiaga lamented adding that implementation of the provisions of accessibility law among the LGUs in the country is very low.

“Out of 1,200 local government agencies that we screened nationwide only 40 passed the criteria set for the minimum requirement for accessibility law”, Zubiaga stressed.

She said that during the screening, the facilities that they checked were the ramps for rural health units and the ramps and toilets of municipal halls.

“Some have installed ramps but most of these do not comply with the right specifications as stated by the accessibility law”, Zubiaga said.

As specified, ramps must be 1.20 meters in width that is enough for two wheelchairs to meet, she added.

Right now, Cebu City is considered a PWD friendly city in the country because they have adopted the barrier-free tourism as stipulated in their local ordinance that was enacted by the local legislative body, Zubiaga bared.

She said they also conducted studies on the facilities of private establishments in the country, including malls, hotels, restaurants and resorts.

Zubiaga said most of these private establishments still do not comply with the specifications in the accessibility law.

And so far, only SM Malls have fully complied with the accessibility law among private establishments, according to the NCDA official.

“We need more accessibility campaigns and come up with some strategies to encourage different sectors to comply with the provisions of the accessibility law,” she told reporters here.

Zubiaga pointed out that one of the effective means of campaigning accessibility is through trainings and seminars that are packaged with tourism.

Recently, the Department of Tourism in Davao region (DOT-11) and the NCDA conducted a seminar that was aimed to promote a barrier-free and disability-inclusive tourism environment here that was joined by representatives from various LGUs and key players in the tourism industry of Davao region such as the resorts, hotels and restaurants.

Zubiaga said that the NCDA is now working hand-in-hand with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to make accessibility compliance as one of the criteria for an LGU to get the seal of good local governance.

She hoped that through the efforts with the DILG, more LGUs will turn their buildings and facilities into barrier-free and disability-inclusive.

Seal of good governance awards LGUs that exhibit excellent performance in good financial keeping; disaster preparedness; social protection; business friendliness and competitiveness; environment management; and peace and order.

NCDA was formerly called the National Council for the Welfare of Disable Persons or the NCWDP that was created by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 709 issued on February 26, 2008 signed by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.

The council is mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities, issues and concerns of PWDs to all public and private agencies.

It is also tasked to monitor the implementation of laws that ensure the protection of PWDs that include RA 7277 (Magna Carta for Disabled Persons); the Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 (Accessibility Law); the RA 6759 (While Cane Act); and the ILO Convention No. 159 (Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability).

Forum on family farming, food safety set

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas (With PR)

IN LINE with the celebration of World Food Day, advocates of organic farming in Davao City will hold a public forum promoting the importance and benefits of family farming and food safety today, October 17.

The public forum will be held at the Fuschia Room at the City Council while organically grown fruits and vegetables will be showcased at Rizal Park in the afternoon.

Go Organic Davao City (GODC) member and Idis executive director Ann Fuertes said this year's celebration will highlight local family farms which practice organic farming.

"Small holder farmer families are capable of feeding the world," she said.

She said that in developing regions like Africa and Asia, around 500 million small family farms are responsible for 80 percent of all food production.

"These family farms practice the simplest methods of organic farming and are able to produce safe, nutritious and affordable food for their communities unlike food harvested from corporate plantations which use toxic pesticides and are mainly for export," she said.

According to GODC, family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities and is linked to several areas of rural development. It is a means of organizing agricultural forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture productions which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labor.

But organic farming support groups are concerned that family farming is dwindling around the world.

In a press statement, the Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) underscored the expansion of corporate plantations as the key culprit in this dire situation.

"All over the world, farming is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and transnational agri-corporations," said Geonathan Barro, MASIPAG Mindanao Advocacy Officer.

"As plantations expand, they swallow up smallholder family farms. They force farmers to adopt unsafe technologies like genetically modified crops and toxic pesticides," he said.

These agri-corporations also divert farmland and water resource use away from direct local food production towards the production of commodities for export market.

"So instead of sustainable family farming plots, we have monocrop plantations on oil palm, banana, pineapple and Bacillus Thruringiensis (BT) and Roundup-Ready (RR) corn. If this trend continues, we may see a decline in the capability of communities to feed themselves," he said.

To highlight these issues, GODC and MASIPAG are partnering with the Davao City Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture (TCOA) for this month's celebration of World Food Day 2014.

"The global theme for this year's celebration which is 'Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth' is very apt, especially for Davao, since its own Organic Agriculture Ordinance was crafted foremost to protect and nurture local organic family farms," Fuertes said.

Other partnering organizations include the Office of Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, Department of Trade and Industry XI, the City Veterinary's Office and Go Organic Mindanao.

Locally produced Davao chocolate to hit malls


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – A local chocolate manufacturer has signed a distribution partnership with malls in the city after a good reception during the recently held Chocolate Festival here.

Francisco Gonzales, chief operating officer of Coco Dulce, told MindaNews that the initial distribution will hit the shelves of Gaisano Mall of Davao within the month.

He said the chocolate company will also be running a small booth at Abreeza Ayala Mall and is in negotiations with SM City Davao for additional spaces.

Coco Dulce was well received during September’s chocolate festival, according to Gonzales.

“In three days alone, we sold P100,000 worth of chocolates,” he said.

The rising chocolate manufacturer made waves at the SM City Annex in Ecoland, where the chocolate festival was held, as a healthy chocolate that uses coco sugar instead of synthetic sugar.

Gonzales said the low glycemic content in his product was a hit among the health-conscious customers, especially those who were suffering from diabetes.

Asked if there was a plan to expand outside the city and the country, Gonzales said he wanted to first perfect his niche locally before venturing into other markets.

Local demand for chocolates has made the news last year when public officials in the city said cacao farmers need to take advantage of a rising demand for cacao in markets such as Europe as awareness regarding “conflict chocolates” sourced from Africa is rising.

Last year, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said he has tasked the City Agriculturist’s Office to partner with cacao farmers for the distribution of seedlings and training regarding the raw material.

Gonzales, meanwhile, said he was primarily a coco sugar producer, with another partner supplying him with the other ingredients for the coco sugar chocolate.

BFAR-11 to procure vessel for patrolling operations


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will be procuring a 40-foot vessel next year to patrol the region’s more turbulent waters, according to the bureau’s regional director.

In an interview Monday during the launch of BFAR’s Fish Conservation week at its regional office here, Regional Director Fatma Idris told reporters that the 40-foot ship will be made in the Philippines and will cost more than P1 million.

Idris said the BFAR will use the ship to monitor the waters facing the Pacific Ocean, especially during the June to August annual ban on ring nets and bag nets which has been identified by the bureau as the closed season for small pelagic fish.

According to Idris, the fishing ban produced an increase in presence of identified fish species, including yellow fin and other species of tuna.

The agency currently has four patrol boats, with an additional 28-foot vessel patrolling the gulf.

During the closed season, Idris said fishing for small pelagic fish has minimized so much that nearby regions complained of an increase of more commercial fishing vessels, citing Region XII waters as an example.

There has been no confirmed apprehension by the bureau during the test run this year, but it did not mean the agency was not taking action, Idris said.

“When our boats approached theirs, we told them (commercial vessels) to turn off their lights. This means that there will be no catch,” she said. “If their nets are up, bring these down,” she added

Idris said the addition of the bigger boat for the bureau’s small fleet would allow the agency to pursue and apprehend foreign commercial fishing vessels traveling across the Pacific Ocean, within Philippine territorial waters.

This year’s ban on fishing for small pelagic fish, mandated by Joint Administrative Order No. 2, was delayed by more than a month after the agency had to comply with legal requirements such as the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations as well as publication.

However, in an earlier interview with BFAR’s regulatory, licensing and law enforcement division, officer in charge Jose Villanueva said the program was already successful despite the delay.

Villanueva said the JAO contributed to an increased presence of spawns in the gulf.

BFAR-11 registers 40,000 fisherfolks in Davao Region

(PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-11) has listed 40,000 fisherfolks from across the region, who registered online as of this month with the National Program on Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR.

BFAR-11 regional director Fatma Idris said the data is far from the 18,000 list of fisherfolks in Davao Region recorded by the agency in the past years.

Idris underscored the importance of the online registration of municipal fisherfolks as the focus of the celebration of the 51st Fish Conservation Week which commenced on Monday (Oct. 13) at BFAR-11 regional office, this city.

This year’s FishCon theme that states: “Sektor ng mga Mangingisdang Rehistrado at Kinilala, Kabalikat sa Pagsulong ng Pangisdaan Masagana,” is anchored on the success of the comprehensive national registration of fisherfolks, she said.

Idris said the data will be their basis on assessing and identifying beneficiaries for the various livelihood projects of BFAR.

The list will also be useful for PhilHealth to determine recipients for its health care coverage program for the indigents.

The online registration efforts will also help facilitate the implementation of the government’s crop insurance program which will now benefit the fisherfolks.

Idris bared that the bulk of fisherfolks in the region is found in Davao Oriental, saying “We will focus our livelihood projects in Davao Oriental province.”

In a message read by Idris during the FishCon celebration, BFAR director Atty. Asis G. Perez said that more than 1.2 million fisherfolks nationwide have registered since the start of the FishR effort in January this year.

Perez expects that the count will increase before the year ends. “Ngayon may konkreto na tayong basehan sa pagpapadaloy n gating mga programa sa pamamagitan ng FishR, inaasahan natin ang mabilis, angkop at tukoy na pagpapatupad ng mga ito,” he stated.

Apart from the fisherfolk registration efforts, BFAR-11 continues to strengthen its watch over Davao Gulf as the closure season ended August this year, which means that commercial fishing is now allowed from September to May but only outside the municipal waters.

Idris said its two patrol boats still keep on monitoring illegal fishing within the Davao Gulf which covers coastal areas from the municipality of Don Marcelino in Davao Occidental to Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental.

She said the annual closure season from June to August has been effective and successful in protecting the spawning period of pelagic fishes with the 23-hectare gulf area.

“Tahimik ang karagatan. Konti lang na intercept ng ating patrol boats. At pinapaalalahanan lang natin sila,” Idris stated, adding that the agency is also beefing up its information dissemination campaign on fisheries law among the fisherfolks and the local government units in the region.

City Hall Execs cops IBP-CMO title

By Rico Biliran

THE City Hall Executives edged IBP Davao, 80-77, in a heart-stopping Game 2 encounter to sweep the 2014 IBP-CMO Basketball Tournament best-of-three championship series on Saturday at the Hall of Justice Covered Court in Ecoland.

The Executives rode on a big third period and played much resolve down the stretch to clinch the coveted title.

Christopher "Bong" Go, who was fittingly named league MVP, made all the big plays when the Executives mounted a huge fight back in the third frame after trailing by 9, 32-41 late in the first half.

Go banked in eight of his total 16 baskets in the third canto that enabled the Executives to get back in the game and snatch the title-clinching win from the hard-fighting IBP Davao.

Erick John Flores came to the rescue for the Executives in the grinding pay-off period as Go, who averaged 39 points per game from the elimination round up to the Game 1 of the Finals, drew the focus of the IBP Davao's defense.

With Go playing the role of a facilitator, Flores sparked the scoring chores, pumping in seven of his total 18 points in the fourth period.

IBP Davao was in control most of the first half, outlasting the Executives at all fronts behind its steady plays in both ends.

IBP Davao had come close of forcing the series into a winner-take-all but they squandered a near double digit lead in the early going of the third canto and wasted several chances in the dying seconds that saw their series end.

Adrian Paguican paced with 17 points for the IBP Davao. Chok Cadiogan had 12 as Baguio, Salcedo and Ongkiko made 11 points apiece.

Warren Cloribel came out big once again as the combo-guard put up 16 baskets, including six in the third frame.

It was Cloribel and Go who kept the Executives in the game when the IBP Davao threatened to pull away. Cloribel led the Executives in Game 1 win with 33 points.

After a see-saw battle in the opening period that saw both teams sizing each other, IBP Davao went into scoring spree in the second period that gave them a 41-36 lead at the break.

The Executives were up 22-21 at the end of first period.

Children's forum set today

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

AS PART of the children's month and International Day of Girl-Child campaign, a non-government organization will conduct a research forum on the situation of the young girls in seven barangays in Davao City.

Jeanette Ampog of Talikala said the forum will be held at Alexian Brothers Wellness Center, MacArthur Highway, Davao City, Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

She said a research study was conducted on the situation of the girl-children in its partner barangays in July-August 2014.

Ampog said the research respondents are girl-children age 7-17 years old and their parents in its partner barangays Leon Garcia, Sasa, Lapulapu, Matina Aplaya, 76-A, 5-A, and Mintal.

Talikala partnered with the AWO International in the research study, which is part of their project "Reduction of Trafficking Cases for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation Among Women and Children in seven barangays of Davao City" that the NGO is presently implementing.

"The objective of the said research is to help Talikala in designing appropriate programs, which will respond to their needs and at the same time, serves as the baseline data for the organization," Ampog said.

She said the data and the findings will also be utilized to lobby for legislative advocacy and programs.

Talikala will be sharing the research data and findings with its barangay partners, parents, children, government agencies and non-government organizations through a forum.

Little Titans ring clashes get going tonight

By Roy Luarca (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

DAVAO CITY—Rey Loreto, Edrin Dapudong and Denver Cuello embark on different missions when they tangle with foreign rivals tonight in the triple-header of Boxing Revolution II: Clash of the Little Titans at Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

Loreto will test his readiness to defend his International Boxing Organization junior flyweight title on Dec. 13 when he battles Indonesian Heri Amol in front of his provincemates.

Dapudong, who hails from North Cotabato, takes a step toward regaining the IBO super flyweight title he lost by controversial split decision to South African Lwandile Sityahta when he battles Thai Wisanlek Sithsaithong.

Sidelined by a rotator cuff injury for 14 months, Cuello (33-5-6, 21 KOs) returns to the ring against Thai Jaipecth Chaiyonggym in a bid to move back into contention in the strawweight division.

Hobbled by the injury, Cuello blew his World Boxing Council title fight against Chinese Xiong Zhaozhong in Dubai last year.

The Filipinos have been tagged as favorites in the card presented by Sonshine Sports Management headed by former North Cotabato governor Manny Piñol with the all-out support of Evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

The southpaw 23-year-old Loreto holds an 18-win, 13-loss record, including 10 knockouts and enjoys height and reach advantage over the 31-year-old Amol (34-19-4, 14 KOs).

Loreto is scheduled to stake his crown against former titlist Nkosinathi Joyi on Dec. 13 in East London, South Africa.

“I want to bring happiness to my provincemates,” said Loreto, born in Tamayong, Calinan District, during the Davao Sports Association Forum that preceded yesterday’s weigh-in in which all the protagonists made weight.

Dapudong (29-6) also refused to predict a knockout against Sithsaithong, who also expressed confidence in notching his 11th straight win after yielding his first five fights.

According to Piñol, The Clash of the Little Titans is in line with Sonshine Sports and Quiboloy’s vision of bringing world-class boxing to Davao and producing world-beaters.

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