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1,200 teens join inter-brgy youth basketball opening

By Karlo Paolo R. Pates (With Report from Jeepy P. Compio)

SOME 1,200 teenagers from 182 barangays in Davao City attended the opening ceremony of the Inter-Barangay Youth Basketball League that opened Thursday morning at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Gym.

DCPO spokesperson Senior Inspector Milgrace Cajes Driz, in an interview with Sun.Star Superbalita at the sidelines of the event, said that the event aims to provide an alternative activity for teens and keep them away from bad influences like illegall drugs and gangsterism.

"Programa ni sya sa DCPO ug sa ACTS-CIS Partylist, tumong niini aron malikay atong kabataan sa pagbuhat og dautan, aron di sila mabutang sa CICL (This program jointly organized by DCPO and ACTS-CIS partylist aims to prevent the youth from vices and so they won't become children in conflict with the law)," Driz said.

Elimination games were ongoing as of yesterday presstime in respective barangays where the top two teams will represent their barangays in the main tournament that will unfurl on May 16 until 22 at the DCPO gym. Cash prizes are at stake for the top four teams. Champion will receive P10,000 with trophy while the next three teams will take home P8,000, P6,000 and P5,000.

Top 12 teams in the main tournament will also receive free basketballs and jerseys.

The 12 police stations in the city also provided their own support to this program to further maintain the peace and order in their respective areas of responsibility (AOR).

DCPO director Police Senior Supt. Vicente D. Danao Jr. and a representative of Congressman Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism-Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Partylist Region 11 also attended the event.

Power firm opens its Cleanergy Park in Davao City

(PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

DAVAO CITY, April 24 (PIA) The Aboitiz Group of Companies formally launched its Cleanergy Park, at Punta Dumalag, Barangay Matina-Aplaya, the former sanctuary of Hawksbill Turtle in the Davao Gulf area.

The Davao Light and Power Company, a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Power added structures to provide and enhance visitors’ experience like a turtle sanctuary view-deck, a Mangrove boardwalks, weather station and learning center and a seedling nursery and botanical garden.

Jose Aboitiz, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Aboitiz Power Distribution Group said the park represents the firm’s sustainability mindset- to do well by doing good, always making the right long-term decisions that balance the interests of people, planet and profit.

He recalled spending his childhood days in the area, frowling around during picnics with his family.

“The park nurtures environment conservation and biodiversity enhancement, a flag-ship project in the company’s sustainability mindset,” Aboitiz said.

He underscored that sustainability has been the direction of the company geared towards preserving the environment as they provide energy to the citizenry.

Aboitiz cited these sustainability efforts which include race to reduce program that promotes efficient use of water, paper and electricity, wealth on waste that aims to creatively recycle waste materials after its useful life and the A-Park program that pledged an additional six million trees by 2020 over the 3.4 million already planted in 2010.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in a message read by Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said that the Cleanergy Park comes as the country braces for the impact of climate change.

He urged the people to preserve the environment even if the country’s carbon foot print is insignificant to that of developed and developing countries which contribute much to the global warming leading to changing weather patterns.

Duterte stressed that the environment is the most important and significant in all resources.

“Too much or too little care will not only impact on the economy, but also to the health and welfare of our people. It is the reason that the environment needs thorough focus,” he stressed.

Duterte pledged to support initiatives like that of the Cleanergy Park in form of policies that will lead to real solutions.

However, he pointed out that government alone cannot do it.

Duterte said the engagement of stakeholders is needed and that the Cleanergy Park might be replicated by other entities.

Davao prepares for Kadayawan festival

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

PREPARATIONS have begun for the celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival in August.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) creating the executive committee (execom) that will plan, organize, manage, and implement the activities of the festival.

Duterte signed the order on April 15.

The city government has partnered with the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Foundation Inc., a private sector, in holding the annual event.

Duterte heads the execom with Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte and Rollie Dumalag of Kadayawan sa Dabaw Foundation as vice chairpersons.

The Kadayawan Foundation is in charge for the ways and means committee while the City Tourism Office is part of the secretariat.

Councilor Al Ryan S. Alejandre, spokesperson for the execom, said the city will celebrate the 30th Kadayawan this year.

"We need to be prepared because it's going to be the 30th celebration. It will also give the ways and means committee more time to look for sponsors," Alejandre told Sun.Star Davao.

He said there will be no changes to the roster of activities.

The events are Agri-Trade Fair Exhibit, Kadayawan sa Kadalanan, Pamulak, Tunog Mindanaw, Sayaw MIndanaw, Yugyugan sa Kadayawan and Hulagway sa Kadayawan.

There will also be Kadayawan sa Lumadnong Katilingban, which includes the Davao River Festival, Panagtagbo, Lumadnong Bantawan, Lumadnong Dula, and Hiyas sa Kadayawan.

This year’s Kadayawan sa Dabaw will be from August 17 to 23.

The festival will coincide with Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Interest in fashion designing seen among young Mindanaoans

By Digna D. Banzon (PNA), CTB/LCM/DDB/LDP

DAVAO CITY, April 22 (PNA) -- Young Dabawenyos have shown interest in the fashion designing industry as indicated by the growing number of enrollees in schools offering fashion designing.

This was disclosed by Christine Munda, academic director of Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (FIDA) who noted increasing number of youth taking up the course on fashion design especially in their Academy.

"There is really a growing interest in it," she said.

Citing the trend in their Academy, Munda said students enrolled in the one year course took the path towards production of Ready to Wear dresses while those in the two-year course focus on specialty work and intricate designs.

"What is good with graduates of fashion design is that they would know the production side as they do actual work in school from concept to pattern making and execution of the work," she said.

She said their students are not only from Davao City but some are also coming from the cities of Cotabato, General Santos, Tagum and other neighboring provinces and cities.

"Our students are 75 percent high school graduates while 25 percent are degree holders," she said. She said most of their graduates either get employed in Manila or abroad while others put up their own business.

According to Munda, there are other opportunities for the graduates of fashion design especially there is big demand of fashion designers abroad. And the pay, she said is good ranging between P50T to P60T as starting pay. Others get percentage from the sale of items.

With this growing interest, Munda said FIDA is organizing a graduation fashion show to feature the works of their graduates.

This year's show entitled "ECHOES: Voices from the legends" will showcase the creation of their graduates inspired by famous designers. It is not only honoring the ‘masters’ but the event will also give rise to creativity of the developing artisan-student.

She said it is in this show that fashion industry business players can spot those with potential and sometimes hired on the spot and a way of introducing students to the business industry.

Daciba entries shine


DAVAO City Bowlers Association (Daciba) Michael Jay Pepito and Brendel Pantonial emerged champions in the 15 and 16 year-old age-group categories of the ongoing 38th Fedbop Grand National Duckpin Bowling Championships that opened Monday afternoon at the Mega Dover Lanes.

Pepito rolled a total of 205 pins after two games to pocket the title over David Shem Calida of Daciba and Joemar Yorong who took the next two places.

Calida garnered 194 pinfalls while Yorong scored 173.

Pantonial, for her part, hit 183 pinfalls. She bested fellow Daciba bets Eilaren Mhae Tumapon (180) who placed second and Ariana Kissa Saro of Daciba who came third.

Michael Ang of Daciba and Gabrini Ginoo of Iligan clinched the boys and girls 13-14 titles, respectively.

Ang amassed 203 pins after two games, outclassing Carlo Tendoro of Daciba (222) and Rey Allen Cabrera of Daciba (215).

Iligan's Ginoo toppled 196 pins to annex the crown over Ericha Anne Dela Cruz of Daciba (178) and Jane Charise Pepito (177).

Meanwhile, Justin Enero of Zamboanga and Lauriz Ginoo of Iligan ruled the 7-9 events.

Cel De Jose of Butuan City claimed the men's executive title while Grace Bermudez nabbed the ladies executive plum.

All participating teams joined the flag ceremony at the City Hall last Monday followed by a parade wherein Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office staff Charles Raymond Maxey represented Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Games were still being played as of press time.

Food trip, walking tour highlight Davao fun sale

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

ORGANIZERS of Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS) 2015 are set to stage the Visit Davao Food Trip and Walking Tour on April 23-27 for hotel and restaurant management (HRM) and tourism students in Davao City.

Olan Fernandez Emboscado, author of and resource person for the five-day tour, said in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw, that the event will serve as students' culinary immersion which will feature homegrown restaurants and the local flavors of Davao City.

The tour will be participated in by 10 member schools of the Tourism Educators' Association of Davao City (TeaDC).

Emboscado said the tour will also feature a cultural and heritage walking tour on San Pedro street and will visit the City Hall, Sangguniang Panlungsod, San Pedro Cathedral, Osmena Park, and Museo Dabawenyo.

He said with the cultural and heritage tour, the students will find out the deep history of Davao City and next time they pass by the area again, they will know the story behind these iconic locations.

Emboscado said they will also be visiting the Bankerohan Public Market where students will get a taste of the local delicacies, like puto maya and sikwate, and observe local community life in the market.

He said the food trip will end at one of the local restaurants in the city that are participating in the Madrid Fusion Flavors of the Philippines, namely Bistro Rosario, Tiny Kitchen, and Chippens, among others.

The activity will also include a durian and local fruit tasting and local restaurant exposure for product knowledge and food appreciation.

Jemary Lou Supena, member of TeaDC, said tour will provide a venue for HRM and tourism students to learn and apply the things they learned from school.

PhlPost launches mail express service in Davao, aims for big share of P20-B business

By Lilian C. Mellejor and Digna D. Banzon [(PNA), CTB/LCM AND DDB/LDP]

DAVAO CITY, April 19 (PNA) -- The Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) finally moves up to compete in real-time mail delivery system targeting a big share of the P20 billion business dominated by two companies in the country.

“It is imperative. We want to survive,” said Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz, who was here on Saturday for the launching of PHLPost Express, “Puso Padala” promo for domestic money transfer and turnover of new mail delivery vans.

Dela Cruz is buoyant on PhlPost improved express products and services, aiming to hit at least five percent or P1.5 billion of the P20 billion mail business, which is shared by LBC and 2Go. PhlPost and other courier companies belong to “others” category.

With PhlPost already experiencing a rising trend in revenue since 2010 when it decided to begin the “wheels of change”, Dela Cruz said the increasing growth is not enough to cover for the losses incurred when the internet started to boom. She said they still require more hardwork and invest more for the mechanization or state of the art mail exchange.

In 2014, PhlPost already earned P600 million. It is not yet enough to surpass the yearly losses. We will not stop – we need to be creative, she said in her message to her employees in Davao, Caraga, and Region 12, which makes up the PhlPost area 7 in Mindanao.

Hopefully, Dela Cruz said, they will be able to hit their target of P1.5 billion in two years.

Goodbye to snail mail

Now on its 23rd Corporate Anniversary, PhlPost goes full swing on its express services. PhlPost is bidding goodbye to “snail mail” with the launching of the Express service, now competing with top earners LBC and 2Go but with lower rates.

Express service is the economical way of sending door-to-door items with next day delivery commitment with full track and trace system, SMS notification, and proficient Customer Service Officer to give feedback status of the items from the time of acceptance up to the item delivered.

Dela Cruz said it puts an end to “lost mails and parcels” especially with the tracking system. Importantly, she said it also erases the “magnanakaw” image of the postal company.

The service covers not only domestic. For International destinations, Dela Cruz said they are banking on its membership with the Universal Postal Union and the bilateral agreement with 45 countries for reciprocal exchange of the mail service items.

Dela Cruz said Tracking mails even applies to the last leg of delivery in the far-flung corners of the country.

Paperless money order

Phlpost also bids goodbye to the paper-based money order system. Just like the two leading couriers, it is now capable of delivering real-time, safe, reliable money transfer. Among its features is the SMSM real-time-alert of text notification to the customer on the status of the transaction; Cash Pick-up at any participating Post offices; door-to-door delivery; low service fees with maximum amount of P50,000 per application.

It has launched a Piso Padala promo from April 15 to May 15. Under this promo, the public can send electronic money order at any participating post offices for a flat rate of P1.00 for every P1,000.

Sleeping giant

Dela Cruz disclosed the future expansion of PHLPost given the corporation’s vast operational network, familiarity in the delivery beats, and the long-standing track record in the courier industry.

“We are not over with our problems,” she said. Dela Cruz urges the 9,000-strong PhlPost employees to continue improving delivery efficiency.

She pointed out that their “karteros” are the backbone of their operation. Dela Cruz emphasized agility and speed and the value of discipline that translate into sustainable and reliable mail delivery service

There are 4,000 karteros nationwide. Davao, Caraga (Surigao del Sur) and Region 12 has more than 200

“We can make this work and succeed,” Dela Cruz stressed.

Luis Carlos, Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing and Management Support Services, said PhlPost is a “sleeping giant”.

The biggest income earner of PhlPost is still the mails. Carlos said it is 80 percent of the net earnings. He said the bulk mails come from the government agencies while seven to eight percent of the total revenues are commercial or business mails.

Carlos said they are also moving into e-mall (on-line trading) given the increasing volume of the mails and parcels because of increasing purchases on-line. He said PhlPost will be a big part in the movement of goods and products.For Davao, PhlPost has also started with its “Singing kartero” in partnership with a flower shop for sending flowers, cards to love, relatives and friends.

Other system of improvement is underway that includes the mechanization of sorting mails, the 133 delivery vans with CCTVS and Global Positioning System (GPS) to track movement of letter carriers.

PhlPost has initially invested P1.7 billion for the mail express service.

The skills of karteros will also be improved with at least knowledge of the GPS and internet technology.

Dela Cruz said the improvement is part of their commitment to protect the mails of the public.

“I strongly believe we will stay. PhlPost is a sleeping giant,” Carlos added.

PWC highlights 11 tribes of Davao City in fashion show

By Jenny Molbog-Mendoza (Fashion Nook)

THE Philippine Women’s College of Davao highlighted the 11 tribes of Davao City during the PWC Fashion Design Show 2015 last April 9 at the Abreeza Mall Activity Center.

PWC-Davao’s Fashion Design Program head Emi Alexander Englis said the Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata/Guianan (Djangan), Maguindanaw, Maranao, Matigsalug, Ovu Manobo, Sama, Tagabawa, and Tausug have unique tangible and intangible cultures that surely make a great inspiration for designs.

Having this in mind, nine senior students and 11 undergraduate students of PWC-Davao’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Fashion Design Program considered the artisanal heritage of the city’s tribes in order to come up with this year’s “Thesis Capsule Apparel Collection”.

The graduating young designers were assigned one tribe each to interpret in their creations, while the two tribes were interpreted by the undergraduate students regrouped in two.

Before producing such modern-ethnic and awe-inspiring fashion design pieces, the students had to squeeze out their creative juices in tweaking details from ethnic costumes and giving them a fresh look on contemporary apparel.

After deliberations during the show, British Council’s “Look of Style” finalist Xioti Chiu, former FIP instructor, and current faculty of Helena Z. Benitez School of Fine Arts and Design (HZB-SFAD) Fashion Design Program chose the best among the featured designs.

Simple is not the opposite of complex

For “Best Thesis” awardee Amanda Lee Velasco, “simple is not the opposite of complex at all”. Velasco came up with an all-white collection, a permutation of the colourful patterns of the Matigsalug tribe’s “sinalapid belt”. As a minimalist herself, she strategically composed her accoutrements in boxy silhouettes and textured it with intricate beading patterns which are also in white.

Technology and tradition sublime

Bold and dense but can truly be worn anytime and be offered to any client. Wilson Limon’s “Manata” collection aptly reflected the business savvy and blogger in him. Limon is already an enterprising designer with an online shirting business. For his thesis, he magnified his consciousness and redirected it to local pride of place. His musing brought him to Toril’s Lubogan District where traditional Bagobo Tagabawa artisan Bae Arlyne Salazar continues the beading tradition technique of the tribe called “Pangulabe” or ornate beading. His creations earned him the “Best Material, Technique, and Construction for a Themed Apparel Capsule Collection” award.

Sporty Androgyny

Jozel Ignes, a Mindanao Trade Expo Fashion Accessory Grand Prize Winner, deconstructed the armalis motif of Sama tribe. He converted the motif’s curvilinear pattern into hard-edge geometric tetris as ornamentation and cut strategically panels as pattern on the apparel. Edgy and sporty, his collection was adjudged “Best in Runway Appeal Presentation”.

Passionately dark

Along with Ignes, Alexis Nickole Rule shared the credits for “Best Runway Appeal and Presentation” with her Landap-inspired set. “Landap” is the Maranao malong. Using gold upholstery and lame, she took the lines and magnified “okir” geometrically. “Okir” is the term used for geometric and flowing designs.

Equally remarkable pack

Joanna Tutor is well remembered to be the first to go up the mountains of Paquibato for her field study on the Ata Tribe. Upon return to the city, she was richer with stories from the people and how their landscape influenced immensely their culture.

Bianca Sabellano’s “Linya de Dayan-Dayan” dwelt on the linear patters of the costumes of the Ovu Manobo women. Shades of blue dominated her palette. For the tribe, blue means royalty. Beaded headbands completed the look.

Triangular cut-outs on upholstery and faux leather transported

Juna Paulene Buencamino’s musings from specific elements pointed out by Kaagan Tribe Princess, Bai Sonia Comara Manuel-Vicente, to a collection she can very well relate as a designing woman herself. Buencamino, an experimental fashion accessory design winner in MTE, took that single piece and expand it as garment details on her collection.

Michiko Javilles came up with a jewel colored ensemble punctuated with studs as inspired by “tambuku” buttons from Tausug women’s blouses. Her tent dresses were ready to party.

Cermen Pepe’s streetwear collection has interesting braided leather trimmings combined with silver upholstery and mesh. Inspired by geometric lines from Maguindanao Tribe’s “inaul” fabric, Pepe transposed the olourful linear patterns into stark black and white.

Undergraduate Wild Card

The Iranun and Klata Djangan tribes were each shared by two groups composed by 11 second year students.

The 1st year students shared also the limelight with adorable fashion accessories made from paper clips, toy rings, acrylic beads, loofah, bamboo chops and seeds.

Farmers to benefit from P70-M post-harvest facility

By Cammille Faye Llido (NDDU Intern)

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has set aside P70 million for a post-harvest facility in Davao City, a city councilor said.

Councilor Marissa S. Abella told reporters the Agri Pinoy Trading Center (APTC) will be built on a five-hectare property in Daliao, Toril, which is owned by the National Development Council (NDC).

"We still have no definite date when the construction will start because a memorandum of agreement (MOA) is needed between Davao City and Department of Agriculture," Abella said.

She said the center will be a drop-off center for agricultural produce and will give farmers a chance to improve their skills.

Abella said the APTC will enable agricultural producers to directly sell their harvest to customers.

Summer destination: Eden Nature Park in Davao


DAVAO – Planning to visit Davao this summer? Make sure to add Eden Nature Park to your list.

Located in Davao City, this 80-hectare park lets visitors experience nature, culture and adventure all in one place. It is home to many gardens, orchards, and plant nurseries, a butterfly pavilion, parks for deer and horses and a fishing site, among others.

Thrill-seekers can try some of the park’s attractions such as the SkyRider (zipline), and SkyCycle (bike zipline), go swimming or horseback riding, or explore the mountain trails. Those who want to get a dose of history, meanwhile, can visit Eden’s Tinubdan cultural park, which features the customs and traditions of the indigenous people of Mindanao.

Eden Nature Park has day packages where guests can avail of a buffet lunch (P520 per adult, P330 per child) or plated snacks (P200 per adult, P170 per child). A guided shuttle tour requires a fee of P120, while the SkyRider and SkyCycle cost P150 and P200, respectively.

Guests also have the option of staying at Eden Nature Park’s rooms and lodges.

Tuburan Earth Day Family Adventure run kicks off April 19


DAVAO CITY, April 15 (PNA) -- Tuburan Institute, the city's first Steiner-Waldorf school, is holding an Earth Day Family Adventure Run on April 19 in Tugbok District, this city.

There will be a 7-kilometer trail run for adults and a 1.5 km. nature walk and tree planting for children and their parents. Registration fees are Php 150 for trail run and Php 100 for nature walk.

The trail run will start at 6 a.m. from the Mintal Covered Court and will traverse the Davao-Bukidnon highway, then turn left at the USEP intersection towards New Loon. It will pass through the Tuburan access road and end at the New Loon Creek.

The nature walk will begin at 7 a.m. and will start at the Tuburan green school site and head towards several coconut farms and orchards before ending at the New Loon Creek for the riverbank tree planting.

“The top runners will receive goody bags from participating green business,” said Tuburan Institute director Maya Vandenbroeck at the SCOOP Session of The Royal Mandaya Hotel last Tuesday.

The funds raised will help develop Tuburan's green school campus in New Loon, Brgy Tugbok. “Children need green spaces where they can climb trees and develop their intrinsic appreciation and love for nature. At the Tuburan Institute, we believe that this develops their empathy for the environment and fuels their passion to protect it, which is essential if we are to develop the next generation of Dabawenyos to become environmental stewards,” said Vandenbroeck.

“In line with the school's environmental values, we are aiming for a zero waste impact on the environment. This is why we are encouraging participants to bring their own water containers which they can refill at water stations set up along the route by participating residents of Mintal and Tugbok Proper. Similarly, we will not be using tarpaulin posters; instead we will be using katsa cloth,” she said.

Japanese Yoko Matsuda, a parent of two young students of Tuburan Institute, also called on the public to join the event as a way of celebrating Earth Day 2015.

“This is a perfect opportunity for families to bond together and for parents to inculcate in their children the responsibility of every human to become a good steward and co-creator of the Highest Being's Divine Plan,” she said.

The 2015 Earth Day Family Adventure Run is also co-organized by the Save Davao Shrine Hills Advocates, and the Interface Development Interventions, Inc. Participants may register until April 18 at the following outlets in the city - Bayani's Animal Wellness Center (Maa), Coffee for Peace (Matina), Forest Outdoor Shop (Mintal), Pet's First Veterinary Clinic (Cabaguio) or Balik Bukid Farm and Kitchen (Quimpo Ave). Group registrants may get in touch with Karina at 09228805556.

Marina-XI moves to make Davao-based seafarers world-standard compliant

By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines (PIA-11)

DAVAO CITY, April 14 (PIA) The Maritime Industry Authority has intensified its orientation on the Standards of Trainings Certification and Watch-Keeping reaching out to more seafarers in Davao Region.

Michael John Recto Esplago, maritime education and training standard supervisor of the Maritime Industry Authority said the activity is very important to keep the seafarers aware on how government approaches the STCW being a signatory state.

He said the government adopts the measure in compliance to the international standard in accordance to the Republic Act 10635 mandating Marina as a single maritime administration to impose the STCW.

Esplago said the standard measure covers all maritime stakeholders both in-land and on the sea.

“Workers at sea are covered with the certification while the certification of all those teaching maritime education and training are also included in the implementation of the STCW convention,” he said.

Esplago revealed that Davao Region is very vibrant on seafaring with many applicants hailing from this area, just like Cebu and Manila.

Felisa Orongan, regional director of the Marina 11 said that employment contracts of the majority of seafarers even in Davao Region hail from their offices in Metro Manila.

She said there are half-a-million Filipino seafarers worldwide.

Orongan stressed that Filipino seafarers have to comply the STC W to ensure their employability. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

All set for the May 1 Jobs Fair in Davao City

By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines (PIA-11)

DAVAO CITY, April 13 (PIA) The Department of Labor and Employment formally forged an agreement with its agencies, two malls, and two media partners to support the jobs fair slated on the last week of April towards May 1, International Labor Day.

Atty Jason Balais, acting regional director of the DOLE 11 said 62 business establishments have confirmed to join in the jobs fair in order to provide employment to the residents of the city this year.

He said the DOLE 11 expects more than a hundred establishments to sign in on the Labor Day Jobs Fair.

Balais said 37 local agencies have confirmed to support the activity, where 25 overseas agencies are also expected to join.

He said a total of 3,300 job vacancies have been solicited so far by the DOLE 11 which he expects to balloon by 10,000 jobs on May 1.

“A one-stop-shop composed of other government agencies like the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporated, Employees Compensation Commission and Professional Regulation Commission will provide assistance to the jobseekers to fast-track their application for employment,” Balais said.

He pointed out that the DOLE wants to get more people by hitting 15 percent of the applicants who are hired on the spot during the Labor Day Jobs Fair.

SEDA Hotel Davao launches breakfast for a cause for Mamasapano ‘bakwits’

By Lilian C. Mellejor [(PNA), CTB/LCM/LDP]

DAVAO CITY, April 12 (PNA) – The SEDA Abreeza Hotel here launched Sunday its second “Pamahaw ug Pagtabang: A Breakfast for a Cause project for the families in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that were displaced by the armed conflict since the bloody encounter of armed groups and the Special Action Forces (SAF) in January 25.

The project, which will run for two Sundays: April 12 and April 19, is targeted to hit P60,000 to P80,000 and will be donated either in cash or to buy food items for the beneficiaries through Maguindanao Governor Toto Mangudadato.

It is the second breakfast for a cause project by SEDA hotels although this year only SEDA Abreeza Davao is organizing it as an anniversary event. SEDA Abreeza Davao is celebrating its second year anniversary this month.

In 2013, SEDA hotels were able to raise some P60,000 for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda survivors. The money was pooled through Ayala Foundation.

Kennedy Kapulong, hotel manager of SEDA Abreeza, said that as part of the project they are offering buffet breakfast at a discounted price from P600 to P480 for adults and P280.00 for kids. The menu is non-pork in respect to the Muslims who are also invited to join the fund raising project.

Kapulong said that among those invited were Gov. Mangudadato, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos, Muslim traders at Victoria Mall and Aldevinco Shopping Center, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, who has already sent letters of endorsement to all churches.

Davao City’s own beatbox artist Neil Ray Garcia, a marketing student of the Holy Cross of Davao College provided entertainment for the guests. Garcia won at Talentadong Pinoy competition and recently won for the semi-finals of the Asia Got Talent in Singapore.

Now on its second year, SEDA Abreeza Davao is enjoying high occupancy rate at 65 percent of the total number of hotel rooms. The hotel has 186 rooms. He said 85 percent of the hotel’s clients either corporate or on leisure travel are mostly from Manila, provinces and cities in Mindanao and Cebu. It has also international occupants mostly Japanese, Koreans, Americans and Australians and a small market from Singapore.

Kapulong said the hotel has seen an occupancy growth from 40 percent in 2013 to 65 percent in 2014. He expected an increase this year as they are now focusing on hosting more meetings and events.

“Our primary strength is our location -– the hotel is just 20 minutes to the airport,” Kapulong said, adding that it is also accessible to the downtown area, the business district and other institutions.

According to Kapulong, the breakfast for a cause is just one of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. They are also launching its second treeplanting project this month at the Vanishing Island in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).

Zamboanga, Davao Cities forge ‘sisterhood’ pact

By Joel Locsin / LBG (GMA News)

Will Zamboanga City soon have the Davao-style "911" emergency hotline, and Davao City the Zamboanga-style cultural diversity?

The two cities are poised to begin cultural and best-practice exchanges after their officials signed a "sisterhood" agreement on Thursday.

Mayors Rodrigo Duterte (Davao) and Isabelle Climaco-Salazar (Zamboanga) led the pledge signing event in Davao City, GMA Davao reported Friday.

Under the agreement, both cities are to exchange information and assist each other in implementing their respective programs.

Zamboanga City is eyeing setting up an emergency response mechanism like the "911" central command center of Davao City, the GMA Davao report said.

The "911" system ensures the swift response of firefighters, police and rescue teams to emergencies.

"We have to invest heavily on security because that is the reality that we in Mindanao are facing. But just like Davao, it has had a turnaround economically, financially, and it is something we hope that we would be able to achieve within our term," said Climaco-Salazar.

For its part, Zamboanga City said it is willing to help Davao beef up its cultural presentation and economic activity.

"They (Zamboanga) have the unique culture and we have ours, subculture of the Filipinos and whatever exchanges, endeavors or maybe exchange of students who would like to know the culture of Zamboanga Archipelago, and of course the Caraga region, Davao region," Duterte said.

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