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Mangrove forests are critical for the stability of coastal areas and the sustainability of fish and marine resources which provide food and livelihood to people in more than 800 coastal towns in the Philippines. USAID, through the Philippine Environmental Governance Project, assisted the local government (Davao City) in establishing, through a local ordinance, the mangrove area as a marine protected area.
USAID, through the Philippine Environmental Governance Project, assisted the local government (Davao City) in establishing, through a local ordinance, the mangrove area as a marine protected area. A crucial part in effective coastal resources management is law enforcement with Bantay Dagat teams playing a crucial role by safeguarding local waters. In Davao City Philippines, Bantay Dagat members protect mangrove areas from illegal cutting, thus conserving areas for fisheries and marine biodiversity habitats.
Google business group to launch GDays Davao
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
- (PNA), LAM/LCM/JGQUIROS/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 24 (PNA) -- Google Business Group Davao (GBG Davao) will launch its first GDays Davao and GBG Women on May 10 at Cap Auditorium, this city.
The program is aimed at educating people on how to use Google technologies as aid in the practice of profession or businesses.
Angel Abella of GBG-Davao said that GDays is a community-organized conference that will feature multiple tracks for businesses, marketers, publishers and content owners by accessing information through Google.
The conference also tends to help Davao community to help spur information and business growth thru digital strategy with tools like Google Apps, Adwords, Adsense, Youtube, Google+ and Analytics, Abella said.
The GBG Women program also aims to increase women participation in GBG communities on entrepreneurship opportunities through digital technology.
DSWD reviews Kalahi-CIDSS Project for VisMin clusters
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
- (PNA), FPV/LCM/ CARMELA C. DURON/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 23 (PNA)-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 hosted the 1st quarter Kalahi-CIDSS Project Review and Evaluation Workshop (PREW) for Visayas and Mindanao clusters with Regional Director Priscilla Razon welcoming participants at Eden Nature Park and Resort.
The workshop also sets planning for the next quarter’s Kalahi-CIDSS program. As DSWD also embraces new responsibilities and advances into NCDDP or the National Community-Driven Development Program, the participants were given an overview about the new endeavor.
During the workshop, the participants went into technical sessions in which issues and concerns of different regions were tackled.
Moreover, Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) was discussed. Participants were directed to encourage community participation by eliciting genuine involvement of various sectors at the local government level.
Duterte assures the resettlement of Badjaos in Isla Verde
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
- By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines (PIA 11)
DAVAO CITY, April 22 (PIA) Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assured that Badjao dwellers of Isla Verde razed in a fire incident in April 4, can return to the area and rebuild houses on a temporary basis.
He told reporters that bringing them to a relocation site in Barangay Los Amigos is no longer an option since majority of the affected dwellers belongs to the Badjao tribe which needs to live near the sea.
“Going to Los Amigos is unrealistic since no one will transfer there,” Duterte said.
He told the Task Force Isla Verde rehabilitation to share a portion of the razed area for the Badjaos.
Duterte said the affected area must be fenced for security reasons.
“Let me stressed that it is temporary, as in temporary, not permanent, they can stay there,” he said.
Duterte said he will confer with the Sangguniang Panglungsod on either material or financial assistance that the city government can give more to the affected families.
He ascertained that the affected families need help.
The five-hour fire incident dubbed as one of the biggest fire that hit the city razed more or less one thousand houses and displaced 3,700 families.
No one was killed in the incident.
1st WOMB Open Golf tourney April 26-27
- Monday, April 21, 2014
- (PNA), FPV/LCM/LOLITO T. DELOS REYES/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 21 (PNA)-- The first Women of Matina Beauties (WOMB) Open Golf tournament is slated on April 26 and 27 at the Davao City Golf Club.
Prizes at stake for two hole-in-one winners. Raffle prizes will also be given to lucky participants.
“We have two brand new Kawasaki motorcycles courtesy of Emcor,” said Dr. Josephine Vergara, president of the organizing WOMB at the SCOOP Session held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.
Registration fee is Php 1,500 inclusive of a dinner and raffle during the awarding night on April 27. The proceeds of the two-day event will go to the Lambag Foundation.
WOMB, composed of the lady golfers of DCGC, is organized by Evelyn Quinsay, Stella Barnes, Sally Antivo, Rose Sara, Virgie Hermiston, Winnie Dixon and JM Balbuena.
The event is also supported by Henry Ngo, Col. Sammy Afdal, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, J Bridge International, Stella Barnes, Peter Deloria and First Line Print.
Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
- Sunday, April 20, 2014 6:39 pm
- By Ayan Mellejor (Inquirer Mindanao)
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A state-of-the-art $3.5-million charity hospital for physically disabled children, which is being funded in part by Philippine-born American football superstar Tim Tebow, is now near completion and is expected to operate before the year ends.
The 17-bed capacity Tebow Cure Hospital in Barangay (village) Lanang here is now 97 percent complete, according to Leron Lehman, the hospital’s executive director.
Lehman said workers have been rushing to put finishing touches on the facility such as the installation of tiles and pipes, even as hospital officials have been completing the requirements for final licensing from the Department of Health (DoH).
He told reporters here on Wednesday that the recruitment of about 45 to 50 staff, including expatriates that would handle surgical jobs, has been ongoing.
The hospital was designed to have a 30-bed capacity but initially, only 17 beds would be commissioned.
Lehman said the facility would accept children with such conditions as clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lip/palate, untreated burns, or hydrocephalus and other physical birth defects.
“We are six or seven months away to the opening,” he said.
The project, which features a six-story building, started in June 2012 and is 70 percent funded by Tebow’s foundation.
The former New York Jets quarterback, who also occasionally plays for the Greater Boston-based New England Patriots, has decided to build the hospital here, in partnership with the Pennsylvania-based Cure International.
“There are a lot of disabled children here in Mindanao and there are a bunch of reasons why their families do not seek medical help…they are poor and cannot afford surgery or transportation. But, you know healing changes everything,” he said.
Tebow is the son of an American missionary-couple, which spent years in the Philippines to spread the Gospel. He was in fact born in Makati.
The hospital, Cure’s first in Southeast Asia, will have an operating suite and sterilization facilities; private clinics and outpatient area including laboratory, radiology and physical therapy, charity beds and private or semi-private rooms, Timmy’s playroom, charity clinic, Spiritual ministry and training activities, according to Lehman.
While the hospital would be 100 percent charity, Lehman said the hospital would provide good opportunities for private practice later.
“But we do not intend for low cost private practice provider. Private practice should not overshadow our charity work,” he said, noting that one of the 24 orthopedic surgeons in Davao City with a 30-year practice has already offered ‘charity time’ in the hospital.
Lehman said Tim Tebow and Cure International have chosen Davao as location for this hospital because needed drugs and other supplies could be easily secured; the city has trained staff; and they could fulfill their mission here despite some challenges.
Lehman also highlighted the commitment of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in terms of facilitating the needs of the project.
The hospital’s annual budget could reach to half million dollars, said Lehman
DOT optimistic over Davao City’s hosting of 2015 APEC meeting
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
- (PNA), JBP/LILIAN C. MELLEJOR/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 19 (PNA) -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato expressed optimism on Davao City’s possible hosting of one of the ministerial meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Philippines next year.
Boncato expressed no doubt on the city’s readiness in terms of security, facilities, credibility and willingness of the private sector in supporting the event.
”Of course, the final decision is with the organizing committee. There is no official announcement yet. But, the city is ready for any kind of meetings,” he said.
According to Boncato, the DOT is hopeful that Davao City will be recognized as one of the host cities of the APEC meetings in 2015.
Last year, the APEC organizing committee shortlisted Davao City along with Metro Manila, Cebu, Bacolod, Boracay, Tagaytay, Clark, Subic, Iloilo and Bacolod, to host one of the APEC’s senior official meetings and ministerial meetings.
APEC has 21 member economies with a primary goal of supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Its mission is to build a dynamic and harmonious Asia-Pacific community by championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration, encouraging economic and technical cooperation, enhancing human security, and facilitating a favorable and sustainable business environment.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, although he was keen to host one meeting, reportedly expressed reservations of holding one meeting in his city, particularly on concerns of security and financial aspect.
Marco Polo – A Hotel in Davao City Really Worth Going To
- Friday, April 18, 2014
- By Angeline Rodriguez
As if heading to Davao City on the Cebu Pacific Air Wi-Fi-full flight and staying at Banana Beach Tagum for a few nights wasn’t enough of a treat, I was also able to experience a peaceful stay at Marco Polo when I went to Davao City last month.
After my insane, activity-filled Tagum days, Marco Polo was exactly what I needed. Although located right in the middle of Davao City, being inside Marco Polo gave me a sense of serenity the minute I walked in. I was also in a bit of a culture shock. After the beach-y vibe of Banana Beach Tagum and the activities that I went through there, seeing such a clean and elegant place took me for a loop – in a good way. It was exactly what I needed to get proper work done and to just relax after having exhausted myself in Tagum.
The minute I saw the room I was going to stay in, I knew it was exactly what I needed. It was simple. It was clean. And it was professional-looking. I felt like a businesswoman on an important business trip (say that in Barney Stinson’s voice). And, most importantly, the beds were extremely soft and comfy. Every single night I was there, I never wanted to get up out of bed. If I didn’t have a bladder, I probably would’ve stayed in bed all day every day, to be honest.
Speaking of bladders, I’m pretty sure everyone will agree with me when I say that cleanliness is the most important thing that comes with a hotel bathroom. Well, Marco Polo definitely did not disappoint. They also provide anything you could possibly need in excess, which is a good thing, so you don’t have to constantly call room service for more towels/soap/shampoo/bath gel/toilet paper, etc.
While staying in Marco Polo in itself already made me feel safe, in general, it is nice to know that they go the extra mile by providing safes for all of their clients to store their expensive belongings in, too. Better safe than sorry, after all!
For coffee addicts like me, Marco Polo has everything covered, as well. A well-stocked coffee-making area ensures that you can get your coffee fix any time of day.
Since I am also a workaholic, having this pretty executive desk to work at everyday made my stay even better. Not only was it ultra comfy, but it also inspired me to get out of bed and actually get a lot of work done while resting and relaxing at the same time. Did I mention that their Wi-Fi in the rooms are really fast? Coz they are! Win-win-win all the way!
Bookworms can also enjoy this cozy lil nook. (I eventually moved this chair to the executive desk coz it was just so darn comfy!) As you can see, there really is no need to leave the hotel room anymore once you reach Marco Polo because everything that you could possibly need can be found in your room alone. (The mini bar is well-stocked, too!)
Aside from all of the things mentioned above, all rooms at Marco Polo also have IDD telephones with voice mail facilities, fax modem ports, and LCD TVs with cable.
Marco Polo has room types for various price ranges from comfy Superior Rooms to luxurious Continental Club rooms to opulent Presidential Suites.
Unfortunately, staying in your room and being a bum can only get you so far. To avoid going crazy (and getting fat), you will have to venture out every once in a while to maintain your sanity. Fortunately, even if you are completely convinced that you don’t want to leave the hotel in order to enjoy the utmost relaxation, there are some other awesome areas at Marco Polo that you can also enjoy without leaving the premises.
Their gym area in itself is perfect to burn some fat, regardless of what kind of workouts you may be interested in.
Marco Polo’s fitness centre is full of strength training and cardiovascular equipment that are sure to keep your heart rate and endorphins going. I was told that the kinesis equipment pictured above isn’t easy to find at other hotel gyms.
The gym doesn’t get crowded, either, and all of the equipment is clean and well taken care of. Besides, even if a lot of people do go, there is a lot of equipment to go around anyway.
They even have a separate aerobics room for your usage.
The highlight of my stay at Marco Polo was definitely their breakfast buffet at Cafe Marco, though. Not exaggerating or anything: Marco Polo has the best breakfast buffet I ever had anywhere in my life. This is probably why the Boys Night Out boys love it so much! This is also why my morning plate always looked like this:
It is very rare to find breakfast buffets that serve all sorts of different kinds of food, where every single kind of food tastes FABULOUS. you know what I mean, right? Some breakfast buffets serve great sushi, for example, but are a bit lacking in the bread department and vice versa. At Marco Polo, however, every single kind of food was DELICIOUS. And they changed up the food every day, too, so you won’t get sick of it if you eat there in the mornings over and over again.
Also, since their breakfast buffet was always so filling, I actually skipped lunch every single day that I stayed there. :p
Marco Polo also has an area called the Continental Club, which offers the ultimate in personalized luxury service for leisure travellers and business executives. The Club has a butler service, business facilities and a lavishly outfitted private lounge with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails.
Guests at the Continental Club may also use the Boardroom with full meet facilities free of charge. They even have a Library with newspapers, magazines and reference books for guests to use as they please.
For even further rest and relaxation, you can head to Marco Polo’s Lazuli Spa. I fell in love with Lazuli Spa at first sight. From the decor to the friendliness of the staff, everything was just perfect. Check out a complete list of their treatments at http://www.lazulispa.com
I loved the vibe of Lazuli overall. They have foot massages, single rooms and double rooms and a Honeymoon Suite. Every room comes with an individual portable media player with a list of music that you can choose from, as well as a choice of color lighting and scents, so you can get a personalized soothing experience all the way through.
Naturally, Marco Polo has a swimming pool, as well. Perfect for both professional swimmers and just-for-fun swimmers, Marco Polo’s outdoor lap pool keeps things simple and fuss-free, completing their wide range of facilities at the hotel.
So, whether you are in Davao City for a short time or a long while, stay at Marco Polo. Not only will you get to relax and enjoy the utmost comfort and relaxation; you will also get to get some work done and work out to ensure the utmost productivity at the same time. Also: you’ll get to taste the best breakfast buffet ever!!! :p
Davao rapid chess open tournament to kick-off on May 3
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
- (PNA), LAM/LCM/LTREYES/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 17 (PNA) -- The third Engr. Allan Diez Rapid Chess Open tournament is set on May 3 and 4 at the second floor of the NCCC Mall here.“This is open to all rapid chess players,” said tournament arbiter Sammuel Yu at the SCOOP Session of The Royal Mandaya Hotel, this city.The champion will earn P4,000 cash prize; the second placer will get P2,000; and, third place will get P1,000. The fourth and fifth placers will each pocket P750. A special award of P500 each will be given to the best players in the Kiddies (14 years old and below), Juniors (20 years old & below) and top female performer.Registration fee is P200 only. The event is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Phils. (NCFP) Region 11 under regional director James Infiesto.
Davao cacao farmers upgrade bean drying process
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:07:32 am
- By Carmencita A. Carillo
DAVAO CITY -- Cacao farmers in this city are cashing in on fermented dried cacao beans, whose price is about one-third more than that of beans dried traditionally.
Eduardo de Vera of Balingaeng Multipurpose Cooperative, a local group of cacao growers, said they used to sell unfermented dried beans at P90 per kilogram, until they saw that fermented beans went for P120/kg.
Fermented dried cacao beans have better quality than the traditionally dried since the fermentation bring out the best and aromatic flavor of cacao, Mr. De Vera said.
The regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) turned over, last February, eight sets of cacao post-harvest facilities and equipment worth P2.239 million. CacaoNet, a federation of farmers’ cooperatives in the region, received the equipment. These include fermenting equipment and dryers to assist the farmers in their expansion project.
Musa Sajid, president of CacaoNet and chairman of the Tamayong Tausog Multi-Purpose Cooperative here, said the quality of cacao beans will depend on how the beans are dried.
“With the tunnel-type solar dryer, it will be easier for us to dry our cacao beans, even during the rainy season resulting to less bean rejection,” Mr. Sajid said.
DA’s High Value Crops Development Program has also provided the cooperative with a storage building for the farmers.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has also encouraged farmers to cash in on the opportunities offered by cacao in the domestic and world market, and has ordered the City Agriculturist’s Office to provide more cacao planting materials and training for cacao farmers.
DA data showed that cacao production in the Davao Region increased 2% to 3,844.3 metric tons last year from 3,762.89 MT in 2012.
Remelyn R. Recoter, DA regional director, said the region’s cacao industry has been enjoying a continuing growth in the past years.
The DA in the region has earmarked P14 million to ensure the continuous growth of the region’s cacao industry. The fund will be used for to buy seedlings, machines and other planting equipment; to establish post-harvest facilities and for marketing assistance.
Two-day eco fair to mark Earth Day in Davao City
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/LCM/DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 15 (PNA) –- Davao City will mark Earth Day with a two-day Eco Fair at SM City Ecoland on April 21 to 23 aimed at encouraging the public to further respect, protect and care for the environment under the theme: "Earth Day is Everyday, Everywhere for Everyone".
Consultant of PCEEM (People Collaborating for Environmental and Economic Management) Juvy Castro said the event is also set to convene advocates from different institutions here in advocating care for Mother Earth.
"We encourage these groups to register during this activity," she said, adding that groups have been invited to work with PCEEM for a long range of advocacy in making Davao City as the most environment friendly city not only in the region but the whole of the country and Asia.
"The challenge is big but, a continuing advocacy could open up the interest of everyone and the public to support this undertaking," Castro said.
She also said that all these efforts are geared towards supporting the objective for ASEAN integration and the need to be competitive.
Ann Rubio, a PCEEM consultant, said, "we encourage everyone to join as we network with all environment enthusiasts".
"We link with everyone from local government units to national agencies, the private offices and the public," she said.
Aside from the exhibits, Rubio said there will be a series of sessions including a tropic on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change with Reynaldo Gil C. Lomarda, president of Greenminds; lectures on Toxic Waste and Chemical Safety Ecowaste Collation; and, Prospects and Challenges of Industry in the Midst of Climate Change by Dairy Best Davao.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region XI will facilitate lecture on Fish Culture of Hito and Tilapia; Water Sanitation Facilities: Bio Sand Filter and Bio Gas Digester by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) XI; while the Vermi Culture and Rapid Composting will be facilitated by the Department of Agriculture (DA XI).
There will also be side events such as the waster market fair at the Parking Area of the Mall; a Zero Waste Workshop for children and Creative Writing Contest.
Philippines to host largest sub-regional trade fair and business gab
- Monday, April 14, 2014
- (PNA), LAM/JS/PR/UTB
DAVAO CITY, April 14 (PNA) -- The Philippines will host this year’s largest sub-regional trade fair and business conference that will gather the top business leaders and traders from two economic sub-regional groupings within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Business players from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand will converge here from October 23 to 26 for the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference 2014, an international event designed to attract foreign investments and promote regional cooperation within Asia and the Pacific region.
BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, while the IMT-GT stands for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle.
“While both growth triangles have their respective road maps, this convergence will enhance our competitiveness by turning the sub-region into a single investment area and production network, thereby accelerating economic growth in Southeast Asia,” said Luwalhati Antonino, Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA.
The international fair and business conference, which will be held at the SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center will feature a series of sub-events designed to strengthen economic, social, and cultural relations in preparation for the ASEAN integration in 2015.
Antonino explained that the trade fair and business conference are follow through events to the 1st BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Consumer Fair and Business Transformation Leaders Conference held in Melaka, Malaysia in December of 2012, where the Philippines expressed its commitment to sustain the convergence by hosting this year’s fair and conference.
Key exporters and producers in the ASEAN region will conduct sharing of strategies during the Business Leaders’ Conference, and will discuss the potential impact of the ASEAN integration on SMEs and on their participation in the supply chain.
Also on the agenda are Climate Change Adaptation and the alignment of the four pillars of BIMP-EAGA, namely connectivity, food basket, tourism, and environment. Investment programs within the Mindanao Development Corridors, the island-region’s spatial development framework, will also be presented.
The trade fair, which will be dovetailed by the Business Leaders’ Conference will showcase the finest and unique products of participating countries as well as current developments in the services sector, technology innovations, and investment opportunities. Business-matching sessions will be conducted simultaneously with the trade fair and the business conference.
“This year’s trade fair will also bring together key business players from other ASEAN countries. We aim to highlight market and investment opportunities for globally competitive products, as well as strategies to escalate private sector participation in integration initiatives of the two growth triangles into the ASEAN market,” said Antonino.
She added that the four-day activity is also a commemorative celebration of BIMP-EAGA’s 20th this year. BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994 in Davao City as a key strategy to accelerate social and economic development of less developed areas in participating countries.
IMT-GT was formed in 1993 with similar goals of promoting trade, investment, and tourism in less-developed states and provinces in Sumatra, Indonesia, Peninsular Malaysia, and Southern Thailand. Both sub-regional groups aim to harness private sector leadership in initiatives to promote cross-border investments and improve connectivity.
Dabawenyo dragon boat paddler to compete in world championship (Sports)
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
- By Lolito T. delos Reyes [(PNA), CTB/LTDR/LDP]
DAVAO CITY, April 13 (PNA) -- A dragon boat paddler from Davao City will be seeing action in the 2014 Club Crew World Championship set in Ravenna, Italy on September 4-7.
Jerson Ray Royana, a member of the Dragon Warriors Dubai, is coming home to Davao this month to also join the 1st Davao Dragon Boat Festival slated on May 1-4 at the Baywalk, Queensland in Times Beach, this city.
Royana wants to paddle for the newly-formed Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw, the first dragon boat club formed in Davao City last April 9.
Royana, however, will still first join the Dragon Warriors Dubai team in the RAK Dragon Boat Festival at the Ras Al Kaima, UAE on April 25-26 before he will fly to Davao.
“Bale yan ang preparation din naming for the Club Crew World championship,” Royana said in a long distance interview Saturday evening by the Philippines News Agency.
Before Royana went to Dubai to work for a fitness gym, he was a be-medalled kayaker, adventure racer and Frisbee player.
“Pero iba ang dragon boat sa kayak. Madalas akong mapagalitan sa simula ng aming coach during the training,” he said.
Royana hopes that the dragon boats will already arrived earlier in Davao City so that the local teams can already prepare and use it.
In his first dragon boat competition, Royana’s team finished second in the 200 meters and third in the 500 meters during the Shangri-la Dragon Boat Festival held October 11-12, 2013.
They finally won the 200m and 2-kilometer race in the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club (ADSYC) Regatta held December 14, 2013.
Last February 28, Royana’s team ruled the 1-km race but placed third in the 3-km event of the Eastern Mangrooves Regatta held at the Moror, Abu Dbabi.
Royana is hoping that he will be able to share also his experience to the Davao paddlers upon his arrival.
3,000 Davao fire victims given food packs
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
- (PNA), CTB/LOLITO T. DELOS REYES/LDP
DAVAO CITY, April 12 (PNA) -- The 1BAP (Banat and Ahapo) Party List together with the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) International Fraternity distributed food packs last Friday to the more than 3,000 victims of a recent fire in this city.
Eva Silaran-Collado, district head of 1BAP in Mindanao, led the distribution of the food packs donated by 1BAP Party List representative Silvestre “Bebot” Bello and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“Vice President Binay, being our fraternal brother in APO, also gave his contribution for the relief goods to the fire victims,” she said.
The food packs were distributed to the victims who are temporarily sheltered at the different public schools and covered basketball courts.
It was followed by a porridge feeding on Saturday morning at Barangays 23 and 22 covered courts conducted by the officers and members of the APO Southern Mindanao Region led by Regional Administrative Director Roger Pialago and the APO Disaster Response Team, which is also headed by Collado.
Former Paglat Mayor Al Langkuno of Maguindanao, also donated P5,000 cash during the feeding activity. Langkuno, an alumni of Alpha Lambda also helped distribute the lugaw with his daughter and fellow APO member Raiza Langkuno of Beta Phi.
Also present were past APO Section 2 Chair Eden Ascaño, Barangay 22 Captain Eduardo Millondaga, Barangay 23 Captain Wateng Uzman, Barangay Council of Women president Ruth Asio and City Health Officer Lucila Capute.
“We will again distribute more relief goods soon,” Collado said.
Barangays 22 and 23 have been already declared in state of calamity by the city government.
1st Ciudades Bike Fest slated for May
- Friday, April 11, 2014
- By Merle Dawn S. Comidoy
THE 1st Ciudades Bike Festival Fun Ride 2014 gets underway on May 25, 2014 from 7 a.m. at Magsaysay Park to Ciudades, Mandug.
Organizer Ferdie James Nervida of Davao XC-Mumhu Riders said in yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at NCCC Mall Davao, B3 Center Lanes that this will be the biggest bike gathering of Davao City for this year.
“When we were planning for the event, we thought of conducting a bike festival that would allow cyclists all over Mindanao to participate,” Nervida said.
He said that young cyclists, BMX riders and the like are invited to join the 15-20 kilometers open bike tournament.
“Family games will also be done in the event such as pump track challenge, log pull challenge and chainless race,” he said.
Winners of the competition will receive cash prizes. A cash prize of P4,000 will be received by the champion while the next two spots take home P3,000 and P2,000, respectively.
Special awards will be given to the youngest biker, oldest biker and biggest delegation.
All interested cyclists just have to pay a registration of P350 inclusive of jersey, lunch, raffle ticket and one day unlimited use of the bike park during the event day.
Ciudades El Centro Park of the Lapanday Properties Philippines Incorporated is open to all individuals who would love to experience various sports activities. Entrance fee is pegged at P30 (Monday to Thursday) or P50 (Friday to Sunday).
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