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University of Mindanao grads top teachers' board

By Ruji Peter S. Abat

GRADUATES of the University of Mindanao (UM) in Davao City and Tagum City are among the topnotchers in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Jayrald Dalisay Socorro of UM Davao City placed third in the secondary level after posting a 90 percent mark. Joining her in third spot are Jefferson Flores of Leyte Normal University, and Christian Bernardo Manaloto of Miriam College.

UM Tagum's Doreen Dabasan Calo placed sixth in the elementary level with 87.20. She tied with four other passers.

Socorro and Calo are among the 30,007 passers of the LET that was given last March 29, 2015.

This year's exam saw a 27.42 percent passing rate for the elementary level after 12,103 passed out of the 44,144 examinees. The secondary level LET had a passing rate of 31.63 percent with 17,904 passers out of the 56,596 examinees.

The Professional Regulation Commission announced that the registration for the Professional Identification Card and Certificate of Registration will start on June 1.

Tourist arrivals in Davao seen to increase by 10%

By Antonio L. Colina IV

THE City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) is eyeing a 10 percent increase in tourist arrivals in Davao City during the summer season.

CTOO chief Lisette Marques said that increase in the influx of tourists is propelled by the Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS), which concluded last May 16 at the Matina Town Square (MTS) and gathered the tourism stakeholders, including restaurants, hotels, and other tourism establishments to attract visitors to come in.

The city recorded around 190,000 tourists for the entire summer last year.

VDFS, a spin off from last year's Big Davao Fun Sale, was a seven-week event that started last April 3. In the city, over 200 establishments participated, making the city a must-experience tourism destination.

But Marquez encouraged the accommodation establishments to submit occupancy reports monthly, as the figures might not show the exact industry growth.

"We're gathering it monthly and aside from the data and receipts, it also provides info on season trends, tourist trends. It is also an indicator of the performances of establishments within the sector," she said.

She said this essential information is necessary to guide the industry to move toward a single direction in fostering investment partners and come up with marketing strategies to further attract more tourists.

Also, Davao City s being positioned as the prime destination for the meetings, incentives, and conventions, and exhibitions or Mice, which has been considered one of the strategies to lure in more tourists and boost the tourism industry.

Electrical safety, ASEAN integration highlight Electrical Engineers confab in Davao City

By Jessie L. Casalda [(PNA), CTB/LCM/JLC/LDP]

DAVAO CITY, May 21 (PNA) -- Electrical safety and ASEAN economic integration will highlight the three-day 2015 National Midyear Convention of electrical practitioners and professionals starting on Friday, May 22 at SMX Convention Center in Lanang, this city.

Under the theme “IIEE @ 40: A Journey of Service for Excellence”, IIEE Southern Mindanao Regional Governor Engr. Joseph Darren Claire Solicar said at least 800 electrical practitioners and professionals from all over the country are expected to attend the event.

IIEE Davao chapter vice-president for technical affairs Engr. Leonardo Apalisoc revealed that there will be 12 technical sessions and seven product presentations during the activity which will formally open on May 22.

Among the speakers, Apalisoc said is Dr. Paul Blackmore, an Australian doctor of electrical engineering who flew to Davao just to speak before Filipino electrical practitioners and professionals about the international best practices for distribution and transmission asset risk management.

Blackmore is a consultant for EA Technology in the Asia Pacific region, a specialist engineering consulting, service, and technology provider supporting the electricity supply industry. His specialty practice area is in the implementation of condition and risk based decision support tools to improve asset management decision making.

“We must further professionalize the electrical engineering profession in the country in order to compete with the other electrical professionals within the ASEAN-member nations,” IIEE Davao chapter President Engr. Floyd Gamad said.

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are among the guest speakers on May 23 and May 24, respectively.

This is the second time that the IIEE national event was held in Davao City. In 2009, IIEE Davao City chapter also hosted the IIEE National Midyear Convention. During that time, Engr. Arthur Escalante, a Davaoeño, was the organization’s national president.

Solicar said this year’s midyear convention is an opportunity for electrical practitioners and professionals to enhance their skills and capabilities.

Solicar said the activities will start this morning with a motorcade at around 9:00 in the morning from Roxas Avenue passing through Ponciano Reyes Street, San Pedro Street, Quirino Avenue, JP Laurel Avenue towards SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City.

Participants will also be toured to the newly-opened 300-MW coal-fired power plant of Aboitiz Power subsidiary Therma South Incorporated located in Binugao, Toril and to the switchyard of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) also in Toril.

For newly-registered electrical engineers and master electricians, Solicar said is also holding jobs fair participated by power utilities such as Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), electrical contractors, and other companies to guide young electrical practitioners to the right path of their career.

“This (jobs fair) is an opportunity for young electrical practitioners to pursue their dreamed profession,” Solicar added.

There will also be a Skills Olympics to be held at the EE laboratory in University of Mindanao Matina Campus.

Since electrical practitioners and professionals also need sound mind and body, the 2015 NMYC features sports activities such as golf at Apo Golf and Country Club, Tennis at Belisario Heights, Bowling and Billiards at SMX lanang.

IIEE national officers and staff led by IIEE National President Engr. Ma. Sheila Cabaraban is already in the city since last night.

Members of the Professional Regulation Commission Board of Electrical Engineering namely – Engr. Francis Mapile and Engr. Jaime Mendoza are also here in the city to conduct an interview and preliminary screening for applicants for Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) Licensure.

Engr. Mendoza will also speak on the guidelines on PEE Licensure Exam tomorrow while Engr. Mapile will fly back to Manila to attend to other much earlier-scheduled commitments.

NGCP readies transmission lines for new power supply in Mindanao


DAVAO CITY, May 20 (PNA) -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has been updating its Transmission Development Plan (TDP) in order to accommodate new energy from the ongoing power projects in Mindanao.

NGCP spokesperson Atty. Cynthia Alabanza said that power investments and the availability of transmission lines must be synchronized.

Alabanza was in Davao City for the holding of Power 103, a seminar/briefing for the press on NGCP's system operation. The briefing was held on Tuesday at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao attended by members of media from Davao City, General Santos City, South Cotabato and Saragani Provinces.

Alabanza said there has to be consultation between the investor and NGCP because whatever power that will be generated out of the project must be distributed passing through the transmission lines.

She said NGCP is not allowed to develop transmission lines beyond the generated load capacity.

However, she said that with the new capacities being developed here, the needed lines are now in the pre construction stage.

In its website, NGCP says that the formulation of the TDP went thru a nationwide public consultation aimed at gathering inputs from stakeholders. The TDP will enable the NGCP to effectively carry out its mandate of delivering safe and reliable electricity.

NGCP is required by law under R.A. 9136 otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act to prepare the TDP and approved by the Department of Energy to be integrated with the Department's Power Development Plan and Philippine Energy Plan.

The 2013 TDP outlines the ongoing and future transmission network development in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids for the period 2014-2023. It also includes the latest demand projections and generation capacity addition data as NGCP’s basis for the identification of future transmission constraints and expansions.

The 10-year plan is in response to the challenges resulting from increased demand, new generation projects, and the need for a reliable transmission network in support of efficient market operations. It is being updated yearly.

She admitted they continue to improve their system for faster and better service to their clients. She said they only want to deliver quality power to their consumers.

Meanwhile, Alabanza reiterated the call for everyone to help protect the transmission lines. She said they care about the safety of the public although in Davao, reports on accidents are minimal insofar as transmission lines are concerned. She attributed this to the continuing advocacy in collaboration with the media.

PBGEA open to Asean expansion

By Ace June Rell S. Perez

THE Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA) is open to possibility of expanding banana plantations in neighboring member countries of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

With the upcoming Asean Economic Integration, PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig said in an interview that Asean countries are offering investors to expand their operations, particularly those in the banana industry.

"Big banana players are capable of packing their bags and leave for other countries who are more, let's say 'investor friendly.' We are actually considering the offer of some countries like Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand," Antig said.

But he added that PBGEA is more than willing in expanding the banana industry inside the country than to other countries.

"Although the offers are tempting, I know how important the banana industry is in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. We are more willing to expand the industry to help other regions and provinces to grow and develop economically. As much as possible, we want to make the industry stay in the Philippines and Mindanao," he added.

In 2014, the banana production in Davao Region increased by 6.4 percent, to 3.36 million metric tons (MT) from 3.16 million MT in 2013.

The industry is considered the second biggest export next to coconut contributing over $1 billion in revenue generation in the Philippines.

However, Antig said the Banana industry will face a tough challenge this year, with the prolonged dry spell, something that cannot be controlled, which expected to subside by the second semester of this year.

"If the dry spell will push through, chances are about 20-30 percent of the banana production for this year will be affected. Aside from that we expect to experience man-made calamities and other issues that could affect the industry," Antig said.

Among the big obstacles the industry needs to overcome are the stricter standards for chemicals by some export markets, the entry of Ecuador in the Asian market, and the proposed House Bill 5161, which regulates the establishment and implementation of agribusiness ventures arrangements in agrarian reform lands.

AAK Davao karatekas bags 2 golds in Malaysia’s 16h Milo Open


DAVAO CITY, May 18 (PNA) -- Karatekas from the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao including a 5-year-old girl won two gold medals in the prestigious 16th Malaysian Milo Open Championships held Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Atsuko Kaiyel Tan, daughter of AAK Davao head coach Rommel Tan, won the gold in the girl's kata for 5 years old category.

Tan, a student of the Davao Christian High School, also gave her father's team a silver medal in the girls' kata for 6-7 yrs. old division.

AAK Davao also won another gold with two silvers and three bronze medals in the two-day event participated by 980 karatekas from 21 international teams and 40 local teams.

The other gold was courtesy of the Mix Team Kata in the 13 to 15 years old composed of Jam Ramirez, Darlene Maramara and John Paul Ponce.

Pavel Jervis Bacayo pocketed a silver medal in the men's above 68 kgs. kumuite while Ramirez and Maramara each earned a bronze in the Cadets Kata for boys and girls, respectively. Maramara also bagged the bronze in the Cadets girls kumite below 47 kgs.

The other AAK Davao players were Sofia Agullo and Emmanuel Bayugo.

"I'm so proud of my players especially to my daughter Kaiyel," said Tan, a former national player.

The younger Tan was also a "darling" of the crowd as the other foreign teams including the Iranian team had photos with her.

Disaster management system in Davao to receive more equipment

By Carmencita A. Carillo

DAVAO CITY -- A P545-million fund has been approved by the city council here to beef up the local government’s disaster management system through the procurement of additional equipment, manpower training and infrastructure improvement.

“The budget of P500 million-plus is already available and part of it is made up of the balance from 2014 which we can use anytime,” said Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghirang, chair of the committee on finance, ways and means.

The fund falls under the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund Investment Plan for 2015, which will be divided into the key operation areas of the Davao City Central Communication and Emergency Response Center Team, or Central 911, and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC).

The biggest share will go to the purchase of new vehicles for central operations and community emergency response at P158 million. More than P50 million will be spent for various infrastructure projects, about P61 million for communication and other equipment, P90 million for DRRMC program and operations, and the rest for training and other operational expenses.

Central 911 -- accessible by dialing 911 on any landline or mobile phone within Davao City -- serves as both a call and dispatch center, linking residents to the local emergency resources, including the police, fire fighters, and medical and rescue services.

The city’s DRRMC office has also partnered with various nongovernment organizations through the Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) Project to set up a resource center for both emergency responders and the public.

“It is fitting to place the first resource center at the [city’s DRRMC office] not only because there is nothing of this kind in the Davao Region yet but the city is also a strategic place for it,” said Myra G. Julia, project manager for SURGE.

SURGE will open two more information and resource centers next month, one in Davao Oriental and another in Compostela Valley.

Ms. Julia said the program is also looking to partner with the University of Mindanao, which launched last month a research center devoted to disaster preparedness and mitigation, and is planning to develop a new curriculum dedicated to disaster and risk reduction.

10,000 join K to 12 2nd year celebration

By JC B. Perezm and Ronica L. Melencion (UIC Interns)

AROUND 10,000 participated in the region-wide celebration of the second anniversary of the signing of the K to 12 into a law on Friday at the University of Southeastern Philippines.

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Republic Act No. 10533 or the 'Enhanced Basic Education Act' last May 15,2013.

The said law, also known as the K to 12 act, established a "Universal Kindergaten" and introduced Senior High School (SHS) in public and private schools.

The participants were composed of Deped officials, teachers, and local government officials.

Now on its second year, K to 12 is set to be fully implemented in 2016 wherein Grade 11 will be introduced.

For its implementation, Deped will launch a 'Voucher Program' that will assist Grade 10 completers who will enroll in private schools.

"The education voucher system ay dadalhin ng mga bata para magpa-enroll sa private school, especially those with interests or specialization ay nasa private school. May varying post depende sa category ng city if highly-urbanized or sa track of specialization na pinili nila," said Deped Davao Director Alberto T. Escobarte.

For school year 2016-2017, Deped 11 expects a total of 145,192 enrollees for SHS.

Deped 11 Davao chief of Curriculum and Learning Management Division Luzminda Onor said there are currently 288 schools in the region that are ready to offer SHS, in line with the full implementation of K to 12 education program.

Deped is also building additional 1,233 school buildings for K to 12 implementation.

Davao aeronautics school to expand course offerings on animation, digital designs


DAVAO CITY, May 15 (PNA) -- The Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (AISAT) has established the Institute of Design and Technology Design Arts after seeing the potential of Dabawenyos on animation and digital design.

AISAT, the aviation school which started a couple of years ago in Davao, will still continue to offer aviation courses in addition to the programs on animation and digital designs.

Ronnie Concepcion, head of Information Technology Department, said they would like to match the manpower potential available in this city and the high demand for animation and technical designs.

"The demand is very high aside from the fact that a lot of business process outsourcing (BPOs) are looking for manpower with this kind of skills," he said.

He added that investors on games had look at this region as an investment area just like the newly launched Maata Games that inked partnership between Netherlands and the Philippines particularly Arnheim and Davao City in collaboration with Nextbpo and the developers from the University of Mindanao.

In the digital arts, Concepcion said the students will undergo intensive training in the art of animation as well as graphic design to equip students with skills that require more graphic content and based approach system such as the PEN N' INK ROOM using brand new Apple computers and the instructors are industry leaders.

"We believe there is a talent pool in Davao for digital art," he said.

As this developed, he said they aim to expand in Davao their info hub for IT industries and IT start-up in order to develop skills of people so that there will be a ready pool of young talents. He said this will draw in more foreign IT companies to the city.

Concepcion also said that their school has recently qualified as an assessment center in Animation NCII, 2D Animation NCIII and Visual Graphics Design NCIII.

PEF Davao steps up ‘Adopt an Eagle’ campaign


DAVAO CITY, May 14 (PNA) -- The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) based in Malagos, Calinan, Davao City is launching a new website where visitors could learn more about the endangered bird and give donation for its conservation program.

Andi Baldonado of PEF said at the new website, a visitor will get in-depth information on the Philippine Eagle's biology, habitat and the Foundation's mission in saving its species.

She said the new website features online donation system where visitors can easily give their contribution to PEF's conservation efforts. The interested supporters can touch-base with their Fundraising Officer through this service, she said. The site also caters to online reservation where guests can book their visit to the Philippine Eagle Center.

PEF will also launch the "Adopt A PhilEagle Stuffed Toy" that will be made available at the PEF Center, Marco Polo Ortigas, Maroco Polo Cebu and at Marco Polo Davao.

Baldonado said that one can own a cute and cuddly Philippine Eagle stuffed toy for P550 each. Proceeds of the sales will go directly to the PEF's conservation program.

She also said that this initiative will directly benefit the mission not only through raising funds but also in furthering the awareness campaign on the need to protect the national bird.

Meanwhile, she said there are already 35 birds released to the wild. "Most of our activities are done in coordination with the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) because they are in the community where some of these birds are seen," she said.

While they supported IPs in livelihood activities, she said they are also partners in the reforestation program because the eagles are in their area. Baldonado said there are about 400 pairs remaining in the wild while 35 are in captivity.

Baldonado said the forest is the home of the Eagle and it is where they obtain food, reproduce and nourish their offspring. Unfortunately, illegal logging and irresponsible use of resources resulted in the disappearance of their forest habitat.

Davao region launches ASAPP Salubungan


DAVAO CITY, May 13 (PNA) --National and local government officials, businessmen and private sector representatives will launch ASAPP Salubungan here on Thursday.

With the Department of Agriculture (DA) as convenor for Davao Region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here will participate in the ASAPP Salubungan from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Apo View Hotel.

Participants to this initiative would discuss plans and actions to bring development with the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty.

Anchored on the Philippine Development Plan, ASAPP or Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program intends to reduce poverty in multiple dimensions through the creation of sustainable employment opportunities for the poor.

In partnership with the private sector and the local government units (LGUs), ASAPP key elements are economic growth, employment creation, income redistribution, and strategies to maintain low food price inflation.

Through this ASAPP Salubungan, businesses are enabled to expand and increase linkages with the poor either for raw materials or labor. Hence, better employment opportunities for the poor and growth and expansion for the businesses, siad DSWD regional director Priscilla N. Razon.

In Davao Region, three areas in Davao Del Sur are being targeted for the ASAPP Salubungan –Digos City, Hagonoy and Magsaysay, said Razon.

Thursday's Salubungan will be attended by Gov. Claude P. Bautista; the mayors of Digos City, Hagonoy and Magsaysay; businessmen and other private sector representatives; directors of regional and provincial government agencies such as DSWD, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Agrarian Reform.

Representing Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, Razon will discuss the poverty situation in the three ASAPP pilot LGUs, which will serve as input for the workshops set in the afternoon.

Other points to be tackled during the one day ASAPP Salubungan are: Rationale for ASAPP in Davao Del Sur; Messages/Commitments on Anti-Poverty and Employment Generation; ASAPP Framework and Salubungan Overview; Davao Regional Development Framework [2014-2016]; and Growth Prospects/Opportunities and Priority PAPs for the 3 Focus LGUs.

Following the open forum, the mayors of the three pilot LGUs and heads of the Private Sector will render their Responses and Commitments.

The first Salubungan in the region will then be capped with the ceremonial signing of the Pledge for ASAPP.

Mindanao mountaineering group to hold induction


DAVAO CITY, May 12 (PNA) -- The newly-formed Mindanao Mountaineering Community (MMC) will hold the induction of officers and pledge of commitment on May 16 at 5 p.m. at the Matina Town Square in Davao City with tourism officials leading the ceremony.

“MMC is trailblazing the highlands of Mindanao responsibly and a backdrop of the Department of Tourism Mindanao-wide,” said Founder and Chairman Danilo “Jun” Bacus of Tribung Mindanao Mountaineering Club (Trimmoc).

MMC is composed of mountaineers from different clubs and also freelancers, who are both supporting the preservation of the mountains in Mindanao.

Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato is the inducting officer while DOT XI Regional Director Robby Alado leading the pledge of commitment.

Also to be inducted are External Vice-Chairman Albert Garcia of TEAK, Internal Vice-Chairman Jonas Florencordia of Logsac, Secretary Edlyn Joy Espirit of AGOS, Assistant Secretary Tessa Blianca Bisera of Lapuk, Treasurer Prudencio Rivera Jr. of HADAMS, Assistant Tresurer Dalisa Patosa of MOKSAY, Auditor Edna Parcon of DSPECS, Asst. Auditor Rina Padua of Kidapawan, PRO for Davao Lito delos Reyes of SCOOP Davao, PIO for Northern Mindanao Danver Palmiano of Kwadro, PIO for Southern Mindanao George Garcia of CARE Group, Business Manager Oliver Enot of Sta. Cruz, Assistant Business Manager Alfredo Diaz of Comval Federation.

MMC’s logistics officers are Ryan Adalim (AMECC), Dendo Cervantes (GABON), Michael Jabines and Arnold Ajoc (TRIMMOC), Malyn Magallanes (Butuan), Enecito Sumalinog(Talikod), Jose Abajero and Adonis Guadaquiver (Lapuk).

The technical team is composed of Jeoven Obeso, Cris Pastor and Rowena Pacaldo of CARE Group, Jubert Ubas, Rovick Jane Anoba and Jarhid Bellela of Hadams, Renante Adalim and Ken Bandayanon of AMECC, Wilmar Ramas of MOKSAY, Cris Mantilla of MAET, Reggie Manila of Baktas Mindanao, Jay-ar Silvano of Mindanao Trekkers and Lito Roque of SAVERS-Logsac.

Davao City to host second dragon boat race in Mindanao


DAVAO CITY, May 11 (PNA) -- Davao City will host the second dragon boat race dubbed as "Bugsay Mindanao" showcasing the island people's paddling prowess.

The "Bugsay Mindanao 2: Paddle for Peace" will be held in the coastline of Waterfront Insular Hotel, highlighting Davao Gulf on May 15 and 16.

Event organizer Clarice Jane A. Calolot said this will showcase the prowess of local paddlers in this budding sport of Mindanao.

Calolot, who is also the Davao Dragon Boat Association (DDBA) president, said the event aims to contribute in the promotion of peace and unity in Mindanao through a non-contact water sporting event that is slowly gaining interests among Mindanaoans.

Holding this event here, she said will also showcase the different bodies of water from rivers to sea of different settings and attractions. "This is also promoting tourism through the boat race," she said.

Participants of the race this week will include the Dragons Del Sur, Base Camp Dragons, and Hiraya Minokawa, all under the supervision of DDBA. While visiting teams include Butuan City's FSUU Blue Dragon, Cagayan de Oro's Liceo de Cagayan Dragonoids, Iliugan City's Bakunawa Team and the Agusan del Sur Dragon Boat Team.

The Luzon and Visayas teams were also invited.

She said the racers will compete in the 200 and 2,000 meters class that will feature three categories: Open/Men's Standard Boat (22 crew), Mixed Standard (22 crew) and the Women's small boat (12 crew).

Calolot said the Philippines is a consistent dragon boat winner in the international arena and “we believe that Mindanao can also produce an elite dragon boat racing team that could compete on international waters”.

She said developing an elite dragon boat racing team is not a far-fetched idea because the island has wide shoreline suitable for training and paddling.

The first Bugsay Mindanao that was held last year was hosted by Cagayan de Oro City and overall champion of the race was Hiraya Minokawa of Davao City.

Edward James Mantos, coordinator of Hiraya Minokawa, said their team is composed mostly of youths who are students and some young professionals. They train using an ordinary boat and hand-made paddle of palochina wood from crates.

"We cannot afford the boat and paddle used internationally because it is costly," he said. But during competition we rent out the equipment, he said.

He said the cost of the Kendle Dragon Boat ranges from P200,000 and up but “our members invested on the paddle as it would cost about P3,000 to P5,000”.

Mantos said a member of a dragon boat team must have discipline, a good attitude and is a team player.

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