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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

(PNA), LGI/JS/PR/UTB

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.

International forum seeks to strengthen human resource in EAGA

(PNA), LGI/JS/PR/UTB

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

(PNA), FPV/LILIAN C. MELLEJOR/LDP

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

(PNA), JBP/LCM/DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP

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.

Mayor orders probe into toxic wastes

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte called for an investigation Sunday on the medical wastes found in Talomo District and file appropriate charges against perpetrators.

“It was a very reckless and hopeless act to do that. You’re experimenting with the environment. I cannot really divine on how it would impact nga maglubong ka ug syringe diha nga gikan sa hospital. These are dangerous, very dangerous. There’s a law that regulates the disposal,” Duterte said during the Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa on Sunday.

“Sad to say, I have to order the police to investigate and file the corresponding charges,” he added.

Medical wastes such as bottles of dextrose, butterfly syringes, needles and vials were found along the coastal area of Talomo District near Shimric.

City Health Office Sanitation Division head Robert L. Oconer said they suspect that a doctor in one of the hospitals in the metropolis could have thrown the medical waste at Talomo Beach.

Oconer said the CHO is conducting a thorough investigation against the illegal act.

He said the government is poised to take legal action should pieces of evidence will be clearly established against respondent.

He said they received a report that the dumping of medical waste was ordered by a certain doctor to bury the medical wastes there.

“Tanan syringe, kontamidao gyud na. Naay gipangtusok ana nga may sakit diha. Problema diha kay niabot sa akong atensyon as a public issue (All used syringes are contaminated since these were used on sick persons. It has reached my attention as a public issue). Now a beach is a public domain, nobody owns it. You cannot tinker with it. There are penal sanctions,” Duterte said.

“Walay redeeming factor nang imong gibutang diha (Whoever dumped that there cannot be excused). And it is not an excuse, it could never be one,” he added.

The Republic Act 9275 provides that disposal of potentially infectious medical waste into sea water carries a maximum fine of P200,000 per day of contamination and is punishable by imprisonment.

Violations resulting in serious injury and loss of life due to water contamination have corresponding penalties of 12 years’ imprisonment maximum and a P500,000 fine per day of contamination.

Because of the incident, two beach resorts in the area have been temporarily closed upon the order of the CHO.

Oconer said the CHO will conduct water sampling at the beach area of Log Pond and Shimric beach resorts to determine possible contamination from the medical waste found, including bottles of dextrose, butterfly syringes, needles and vials.

Meanwhile, Councilor Joselle Villafuerte said they are going to deal with the situation by calling a committee hearing among all medical facilities such as laboratories, lying-in clinics and other establishments that dispose medical wastes in the area.

She said every clinic and laboratory should have a waste-treatment facility to avoid health risks from the surrounding community.

SHE Futsal League empowering women

(Sunstar Davao)

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT. This was the main message of all distinguished keynote speakers during the opening ceremony of the SHE Futsal League held at SM Lanang Premier Friday evening.

Sun.Star Davao Editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera, who was not available to give her message, was represented by Maharlika Sports Development, Inc. Marketing Assistant Crischa Angela Viacrusis to read her message that says, "Maharlika Sports Development, Inc.'s intention in organizing sports activities all of which are exclusive for women would be the perfect avenue to give focus on women's skills development."

Estremera adds, "By having sports activity like She Futsal, it gives opportunities for a sustained growth and greater playing opportunities for women to excel."

As she says, this event of Maharlika Sports Development, Inc. will not only promote sportsmanship, discipline and fair play but also hopes to find new talents wherever they may come from.

By partnering with SM, Maharlika finds a good partner to support them in providing a safe playground for women to empower themselves.

SHE Futsal is one opportunity that Maharlika, SM, and all its partners are exploring and exploting.

Maharlika Sports Development, Inc. Technical Director Dave Peñano, meanwhile, elaborated on Davao City women who excelled in football.

On the other hand, Peñano shared that Davao City's Women's Football Club has won more competitions nationally compared to the boys football team.

Peñano added that Football team has produced talented and renowned women athletes in softball and running.

This feat started way back in 1994 when women's sports teams were first recognized. Until such time in 1995 that Davao City Women's Football team won its first national title. From fourth place, they moved up to the top spot.

Among top athletes who gave recognitions for Davao City, Peñano cited Ching delos Reyes and Merlo Albano.

Merlo Albano was the last player to be selected and included in the women's national football team.

Another group of women later earned recognition in the under-19 category. One of them was Agot Danton, who played the street football tournament and placed second after the host country Brazil.

Peñano said, "The challenge for us from Maharlika is on how we can continue this activities and keep going forward."

The goal of this event is not only to develop the players, but also the coaches, referees, competition managers, sports development mangers in local areas and other people who are involved in football.

Maharlika is pushing the idealism to not only focus on giving opportunities for girl athletes within the city but also those who came from far-flung areas.

"You will never know that there are talented athletes in the outskirts of Paquibato District waiting to be discovered," Peñano said in vernacular.

Sports Development in essence is providing quality opportunities for anyone and everyone to improve their talents and skills in his or her chosen sports, he added.

SHE Futsal is one of the activities being lined-up by Maharlika for everyone to take the opportunity to excel especially for women.

He ended his message by saying, "Maharlika wanted to have continuity and stability with our activities for everyone to have a perfect environment for development."

Junior Chamber Inc. Dabawenya Daba-Daba chapter President Dianne Marie Tushinka-Tan, on the other hand, believes that gender discrimation is still present in the corporate world and even in athletics.

She said, "gender equality is the long solution to this problem and it will be answered by raising new opportunitites. By partnering with Maharlika Sports Development, Inc, it will open new hopes that women can stand on their own someday."

Also included in the opening program was the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between Maharlika Sports Development, Inc. and partners, Bantay Bata, Hyennas, and Philippine National Police (PNP).

Organizer Edgar Te said that Stella Estremera inspired Maharlika Sports Development, Inc. to organize SHE Futsal.

Maharlika Sports Development, Inc. officials, meanwhile, is thankful to the sponsors and partners for the support in making children and women's life fun.

This is the first step of Maharlika Sports in innovating Football competition in Davao City.

Mindanao MMA expo set Aug. 1

(KRP)

THE 1st Mindanao Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Expo will get underway on August 10 at the Garden Oases Resort and Convention Center, Davao City.

Organizer Colin Silo bared this during the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the NCCC Mall B3 Center yesterday.

Silo said, "This is a pioneering event in martial arts in Davao City. We had problems with our schedule so we've made it to a one day event where we feature simultaneous fights in Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, and MMA," Silo said.

Organizers expect a thousand audience for the said event.

He added, "The goals of the event are to help beginners and amateurs to develop their skills and confidence inside the ring so that they will be prepared to go and compete in bigger leagues."

Silo said, "It is also an opportunity to help local fighters in fulfilling their dreams in mixed martial arts."

A total of 22 gyms confirmed to compete in Jiu-Jitsu while crossfight has attracted 60 fighters. Eight MMA fights will also be staged.

"We hope to cater all matches and audiences in our venue," Silo added. A similar event will be staged in Mati and Surigao.

Tickets are sold at P50 to P100.

Winners will pocket cash prizes and health supplements. The expo is organized by SmokerFight.

Indigenous cuisines of Davao showcased in Singapore festival

By Maya M. Padillo (Correspondent)

DAVAO CITY -- The indigenous cuisines of the 10 tribes of the city are being showcased at the Davao Food Festival, a part of the Davao Cultural Festival, in Singapore on July 15 to 20.

Davao chefs are presenting authentic indigenous dishes -- some based on the book Davao Cuisines by Dr. Macario Tiu -- like the popular lechon (roasted pig) but prepared and cooked in a special tribal tradition.

“This will definitely stir interest among Singaporean markets,” said chef Ed Tuazon of Marco Polo Davao.

Mr. Tiu’s book, which took more than two years of research, includes historical information on the indigenous recipes.

“We did repeat interviews to get the background of the dishes correctly by creating connections to the IP (Indigenous People),” Mr. Tiu said.

“The tribes also want a record to preserve (their traditions),” he added.

Other events during the Davao Cultural Festival are B2B Meetings between tour operators and property firms in Davao and Singapore today, and daily cultural performances by the Kalumon Ensemble highlighting Davao’s music and dances at the Conrad Centennial Hotel.

The Davao Cultural Festival in Singapore 2014 aims to promote the city as a tourism and investment destination in the Asia-Pacific region.

“This is an opportunity for us to share Davao City as destination to the Singapore market and we want to build the confidence of Singaporeans in flying to Davao,” said Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

Mr. Boncato said they are positioning Davao as the ideal weekend destination to Singaporeans for golf, wellness, and island-hopping.

“Those things that are not available in (other) Asian countries,” he added.

The festival also aims to sustain and increase air traffic between Davao City and Singapore and to push the gains of the first Davao Mission to generate more tourists not just from Singapore but other travelers coming via Singapore.

“The mission is important for business to business meetings. The mission also gives the people of Singapore an image of Davao,” said Ganesh Perumal, mangager for Mindanao of SilkAir, the official airline of the mission.

Kiwanis nutrition program in Davao City praised

(PNA), LAM/LCM/LTREYES/LDP

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 15, 2014) – The Kiwanis Clubs of Agila Dabaw and Hamog Dabaw have launched recently a feeding program and jointly led a ground breaking ceremony for Kabacan Elementary School’s nutrition center.

The activity was spearheaded by the school principal Apolinario C. Gambuta, Barangay 76-A Chairman Rolando Trajera, Kiwanis club presidents Angel T. Torrejon and Erdsan Rene S. Suero. They also signed a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the continuing program.

Aside from the improvement of the nutrition center, the project also includes the construction of an additional feeding area, provision of the needed fixtures, utensils, food packages and supplies for the severely wasted children and educating the community on proper nutrition.

Gambuta said they have already identified 93 malnourished school children of which the program should give preferential attention and continued support.

Trajera praised and thanked the two Kiwanis clubs for selecting Kabacan Elementary School as the beneficiary of the noble project and encouraged the group to expand the program to other schools and daycare centers in the barangay.

Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers working to change the world, one child and one community at a time. Its primary focus is serving the children of the world.

'Lumba Bisiklita sa Kadayawan' kicks off August 16

(PNA), LAM/LCM/LTREYES/LDP

DAVAO CITY, July 14 (PNA) -- The “Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte Lumba Bisiklita sa Kadayawan 2014” is slated on August 16 in an out-and-back course in Barangay Magtuod in Davao City.

While the registration is free with five categories all in the mountain bike race, “Participants must still register and fill up a form,” said Salvador “Jun” Paholio Jr., chairman of the organizing Davao City Sports Consumer Cooperative (DCSCC).

The event is sanctioned by Philcycling and is sponsored by the City Mayor’s Office-Sports Development Division headed by OIC William “Butch” Ramirez as part of the Duterte Sports Plan.

The categories are the Open Elite, 23 Under, Junior (18 under), Veterans (31-39) and Masters (40-49). A total of P24,000 in cash prizes plus medals are at stake to the top three finishers of each categories.

The Open Elite and 23 under riders will have a total of three loops while the Junior, Veterans and Master will only have two loops. Each loop has a distance of 12 kilometers.

“The new race track is very challenging with 2.3 kilometer technical and 3.11 kilometer rough road,” said Race Commissaire Carlofer Salonga.

Registration will start on July 15 at the DCSCC, Room 5, 2nd floor, Jaltan Bldg., Magallanes St., Davao City or Phicycling Davao Office, ground floor, Jaltan Bldg., Alley, Magallanes St., Davao City. For more inquiry, call tel. no. 300-3961.

Tourism program eyes rebuilding of Davao’s Little Tokyo, boat landing

(PNA), FPV/LILIAN C. MELLEJOR/LDP

DAVAO CITY, July 14 (PNA) – The City Tourism Office (CTO) is pushing for the restoration of the remnants and ruins of the once Japanese colony in barangay Mintal, this city, known as “Little Tokyo”, whose blueprint was already submitted for funding approval under the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or TIEZA of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

The DoT has also submitted the plans for the rehabilitation of this city’s old boat landing in Barangay Sasa that will be funded also under TIEZA at Php 25 million.

The boat landing used to cater passengers between Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal.

City Tourism Officer Lisette Marquez said the rebuilding of Davao’s “Little Tokyo” and the Boat Landing will further spur the tourism industry in the city.

She said the “Little Tokyo” project will be part of the tourism circuit and attract more Japanese tourists or Davao’s Japanese descendants who annually come for a pilgrimage every September 1.

Marquez said Davao receives 13,000 Japanese visitors annually, the second biggest tourism arrivals in the city.

Marquez admitted that the area planned for restoration is not in exceptional condition anymore because this is already populated by about 20 families (informal sector), a market that used to be the site of a Japanese hospital and base, an old artesian well (poso). The Japanese monument within a school ground, which time and again targeted by treasure hunters and the old cemetery also need rehab. An old house of the Dacudao family that used to be a hospital, is also eyed as part of the heritage tour.

According to Marquez, Mintal barangay captain Ramon Bargamento has initiated talks with his constituents on the plan.

She said the barangay captain has been the flag bearer of the project with the help of the Japanese Chamber and the Japan Development Council in Davao.

A study by Mintal’s 76 Ayson & Campado Banwa states that Mintal was the focal point of pre-war economic activities of the Japanese to which Davao City attributes its pre-war economic preeminence, earning for it the monicker “Davaokuo” and for Mintal, “The Little Tokyo of the Philippines.”

Mintal is a 600- hectare agricultural land. It used to be a Japanese settlement. According to historians, the Japanese opted to engage in abaca business rather than fighting during the pre-war days. The early Japanese migrants referred to it as Mintaro, thus the name Mintal.

The familiar landmarks of Mintal are the Ohta Monument, a monolith in honor of Ohta Kyosaburo, considered by local historians as the “Father of Davao development.”

Other markers and obelisks of Japanese nationals who died as barangay residents during the war can be seen in and around Mintal, Toril and Calinan.

MAYOR Duterte heads Davao City delegation

By Danny Simon

MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte officially represents Davao City as a golf player in the executive division even as he heads the entire city’s delegation in the 2014 Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines-East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendly Games slated to kick off in December this year in Labuan,Malaysia.

In a recent visit to Davao City by the BIMP-EAGA Organizing Committee led by Labuan Parliament Member Datuk Rozman BinDatuk Hj Isli, Gilbert Ching Shin Lon-Senior Assistant Director of Investment Department of Labuan Corporation, Zaini Bin Abdul Azis-Director of Department of Youth and Sports WP Labuan, Saban Bin Bakil-Director of Labuan Immigration Department, Az Aznidan Bin Alidin-Deputy Director of Labuan Branch Accounting General’s Department,Mohammad Rizdun Bin Ibrahim-Special Officer Member of Parliament of Labuan,Suraney Binti Yussof-Assistant Director of Labuan Sports Council abd Fujiah Binti Amit-Operations Assistant Labuan Sports Council, Duterte formally accepted the invitation as part of this year’s edition of the Games in the East Asia Growth Area.

“It is good for the city to participate in this event that promotes friendship, cultural, business and sports cooperation,” the Davao City chief executive said.

Duterte warmly welcomed the Labuan games organizing committee delegates in a formal ceremony held at the Marco Polo Hotel along with City Sports Development Division Office OIC William Ramirez and executive assistant Bong Go.

Aside from Davao City, Palawan also confirmed its participation in the upcoming games.

Meanwhile, host country Malaysia will have Sarawak, Sara Labuan,Maluku,North Maluku,Papua and West Papua cities and towns which woud be joining the Dec. 6-10 sports spectacle.

Brunei Darrusalam, on the other hand, will field a lean but mean delegation, while Ondonesia will send its best athletes from North Sulawesi, Goratalo, Middle Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Middle Kalimantan and West and East Kalimantan.

Medal events in the 8th edition of the games will come from athletics,basketball,football,futsal,archery,sepak takraw,lawn bowl,beach volley,badminton,pencak silat and golf.

According to Go, Davao City will compete in basketball, lawn bowl, athletics badminton and sepak takraw, adding that the city has a good chance of winning medals in the said events.

Ramirez, on the other hand, said Davao City will hold a tryout to make up the selection for the men’s basketball team.

The biennial games is recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission as they fully support Davao City and Palawan’s participation.

The BIMP-EAGA Organizing Committee reminded participants that participating athletes must be bona fide citizens and residents of focus areas of its member-countries and must be amateur players not older than 21 years old.

AFP chief to soldiers: Be nation’s pride

By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Outgoing Armed Forces chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Thursday urged government forces to become a “world-class Army.”

Bautista is set to retire next month.

“We should be a world-class Army that would be a source of pride of our nation,” Bautista told the officers and men of the Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters at Camp Panacan here.

He reminded the soldiers to be conscious of the Army Transformation Road Map as guide in the conduct of their duties as defenders of the country and the people.

Bautista also called on the soldiers to work with the people in discharging their duties to bring about peace in the south.

“You have to continue to work hand in hand among civilian stakeholders for the achievement of lasting peace in Mindanao,” he said.

Bautista noted the important role of the Philippine National Police in jointly pursuing peace and order in the country.

Davao Muslim civic group joins hands with military for peace and development

(PNA), LAM/LCM/PR/LDP

DAVAO CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- Several Muslim communities in this city has unified its forces to help in the peace and development campaign of the government.

The United Muslim Council for Peace and Development (UMCPD), which was formed sometime in 2004, is a Muslim civic organization that organizes the different Muslim community in this city with an endeavor of maximizing peace and development thru a cultural unification.

UMCPD is one of the most active organizations that provided community-based activities for the Muslim communities such as livelihood projects and construction of mosques and Madrasah building of different tribes in Davao.

Their community endeavors made the Army’s 10th Infantry Division (10th ID) particularly the Task Force Davao (TFD) to recognize them to be a legitimate civic organization for its invaluable support to anti terrorism campaign.

UMCPD has contributed in alleviating the condition of vulnerable communities within the 10th ID’s area from 2013-2014 through its initiatives of enhancing the “Bayanihan” effort for peace and development not only the city but also in the whole region.

Datu Mohammad Buhisan, president of UMCPD expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the 10th ID for choosing them as a partner organization which contributed in attaining the successful accomplishments of the division’s campaign. Likewise, the 10ID and TFD have expressed their appreciation and recognition to the UMCPD’s enormous contributions to their campaign.

"Rewards are the greatest realization of our goals. Peace and development can be attained through collaborative effort of our stakeholders,” says Major General Ariel Bernardo, Commander of the 10ID.

Meanwhile, Colonel Macairog Alberto encouraged the people and other civic organizations to continue the partnership in sustaining peace and development as part of the Bayanihan program of the government.

“Alone we can do so little but binding us together we can do so much,” Alberto added.

UMCPD and the Army in Davao City are optimistic that this endeavor will pave the way to the road of peace and the attainment of socio-economic development long awaited by the people of Mindanao.

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