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Phl promotes Davao at China-Asean expo

By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star)

NANNING – The Davao region took center stage as the country’s representative to the “City of Charms” pavilion at the 11th China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Expo (CAEXPO) here this week.

“We are featuring Davao’s products and culture,” said Rosario Tañada-Liwanag, project officer for the CAEXPO 2014.

“The ultimate objective of coming here is to promote, and to encourage investors to come to the Philippines,” she added.

Doris Gacho, project manager of CAEXPO, said Davao – considered a key player in the economic and trade association Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area – offers a lot of business and investment opportunities to foreign investors.

She said among the priority investment areas in the region are agri-business, tourism and recreational facilities.

Other priority investment areas in the Davao region include environment protection, information and communications technology, generation of new sources of energy, transportation and infrastructure and public-private partnerships.

According to the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, investing in Davao has advantages as it is strategically located in Mindanao and offers culturally-diverse and cosmopolitan locations.

It also boasted Davao as one of the three places in the world, aside from the US and Canada, to have incorporated the Integrated Emergency Response System, as well as established health and environment-oriented and crime prevention laws.

“On top of its nature’s wealth, Davao is a culturally-diverse city where 11 indigenous tribes dwell. The cosmopolitan city also accommodates migrants from local and foreign cities,” added CITEM.

Gacho said the response of CAEXPO visitors to the Davao pavilion is very positive, attributing it to the “crowd favorite” performances of members of an ethnic group from the region who were invited to perform during the event.

She said they are eyeing Zamboanga to be the country’s representative to the CAEXPO’s City of Charms next year.

5,000 4Ps beneficiaries to join nat'l family day

By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador

SOME 5,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Davao Region will join the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day and Convergence Caravan on September 28.

Sheryll Jane S. Fernandez, DSWD-Davao information officer for 4Ps, said in an interview that the program will also serve as the launching of their "Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago Campaign".

The campaign, said Fernandez, is the expansion of the coverage of the 4Ps or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.

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"Originally CCT was only designed for five years and it only caters children aging from 0 to 14 years old. With the Kaya Ko campaign or the program expansion, the program will now be catering children 0 until 18 years old and until the child succeeds through high school," she said.

Activities for the upcoming event said Fernandez includes family games, fun walk and the awarding of the Huwarang Pamilya Winner.

Huwarang Pamilya is the annual search to recognize model families under the 4Ps which began in 2012.

The winners of the 4Ps model family search said Fernandez will receive P20,000, plaques and will be the advocates of the "Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Campaign".

Fernandez said Holy Cross of Davao College is the tentative venue for the national event.

Davao City eyes permanent evacuation center

(MindaNews)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 September) – The plan of the city government to build a permanent evacuation structure could be realized soon, according to the head of the City Planning and Development Office.

CPDO chief Marcelino Escalada Jr. said the move is being eyed as a long-term response to calamities such as the fire that hit in April 4 this year.

Speaking at the weekly iSpeak forum at City Hall, Escalada said having a permanent site for evacuees was better than using covered courts in barangays and public schools.

“We should acknowledge that an evacuation center should be part of an urban city,” he said.

He said the CPDO last year planned for the facility, with around P30 million from the city’s disaster fund earmarked for it, but a fire hit 8.8 hectares of Isla Verde earlier this year.

“In almost all calamities that hit Davao city, the first place they go to are schools and covered courts, but these are not designed to be evacuation centers. It can be another disaster waiting to happen,” he said, referring to the fire that hit Rizal Elementary school, one of the evacuation areas of the Isla Verde residents.

City administrator Melchor Quitain, in an earlier interview with MindaNews, said Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte was yet to see the plan.

The discussion came amid discussions on the city’s use of public schools as temporary shelters for over 3,700 families affected by the fire that wiped out two-thirds of Barangays 22C and 23C on April 4 this year.

Public Safety and Security Command Center chief Frank Villaroman said in December 2013 that the city was in the process of identifying six evacuation sites located 250 feet above sea level to accommodate around 400,000 residents from 16 coastal barangays.

Villaroman had suggested locations such as the boundary between Panabo City and Davao City, as well as locations in high areas such as Mandug, Tigatto, and Toril.

He said the contingency plans his office drafted would also require the Traffic Management Center to identify 25 possible streets and roads that would be used to transport evacuees.

Villaroman announced the plans after Duterte himself said that the city should be ready in case a storm surge or another tidal event hit the city, after typhoon Yolanda hit major cities and provinces in the Visayas in November last year.

The plan would involve barangay officials being the first responders and information disseminators in case of calamities. They will also be tapped to marshal the people during the evacuation, he said.

Nurses and doctors would also be needed in the facility.

Possible escape routes, according to the mayor, include those from Indangan to the uplands and Magtuod route in Matina should a natural disaster in the scale of typhoon Yolanda hit Davao City.

Duterte asked the public to take typhoon warnings seriously even if the city is surrounded by natural barriers.

Escalada said the evacuation facility would only house the victims of fires for three months.

“After 90 days, far and wide, they should have recovered and have the means of living,” he said, adding the facility would double as a livelihood training center.

CSC-XI honors Davao City Central 911

By Carina L. Cayon (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission in the region has paid honors to Davao City Central Communication and Emergency Response Center or Central 911 which is recently named as Pagasa Awardee in the Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees for this year.

During the regional awarding ceremony held in the city, CSC-XI cited Central 911 as one of the 11 Pagasa Awardees composing of seven individuals and four groups coming from different regions in the country.

The Pagasa award is conferred on individuals or group for their outstanding contributions resulting from their ideas and performance which have directly brought advantage to more than one department of the government.

Central 911 has won under the group category with two member-awardees composing of team leader Marcelino Escalada Jr. and team member Emmanuel Jaldon.

They will receive the citation together with the other awardees from President Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang this September during the awarding rites in time for the celebration of the 114th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service.

The Pagasa awardees will each be given P100,000 as cash reward, gold-gilded medallion and glass trophy.

Central 911 also made it as a semi-finalist to the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award which is conferred on individuals or group for their extraordinary contributions that have nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony.

However, the final verdict of CSC’s Special Committee on Presidential Lingkod Bayan and Pagasa Awards declared Central 911 as Pagasa awardee.

Established in September 2002, Central 911 is known to be the first of its kind emergency response system in the Philippines and in Asia, and the third in the world after the United States and Canada.

Its key functions include emergency fire response system, K-9 services for anti-terrorism, urban search and rescue teams, police and emergency medical services, operating 24/7.

Aside from the Pagasa and Lingkod Bayan Awards, the Dangal ng Bayan Award is another category in the Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees which is part of the Honor Awards Program of the civil service that recognizes outstanding government officials and employees who show outstanding work performance.

Meanwhile, CSC-XI also bestowed the 2013 CSC Seal of Excellence Award to the Land Bank of the Philippines in the municipality of Bansalan, Davao del Sur and the Public Attorney’s Office of Mati City in Davao Oriental for strongly complying with the Anti-Red Tape Act which is being administered and monitored by the civil service.

The month-long commemoration of the Civil Service aims at promoting, showcasing and celebrating heroism in the public service, with this year’s theme: “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako.”

Local execs endorse Mindanao Development Corridors program

(PNA), SCS/KMC/PR/UTB

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 17 (PNA) -- The Confederation of Provincial Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors’ Leagues Presidents of Mindanao (Confed-Mindanao) recently reconvened and endorsed the Mindanao Development Corridors program as a key strategy that will help the island-region achieve connectivity and enhance its global competitiveness.

At the recent membership meeting, newly-elected Confed president Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel led the promulgation of a resolution supporting the Mindanao Development Corridors, saying that “it is crucial for Local Government Units (LGUs) to adopt the corridors program as a means to ensure that localities are ready to assimilate in anticipation for the ASEAN integration in 2015.”

He added that it is high time for Confed members to start re-evaluating plans, programs, and projects to ensure that these are geared towards preparing Mindanao for the imminent integration in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan or the Mindanao 2020, adopts the Mindanao Development Corridors as a key spatial strategy aimed to improve infrastructure, establish connectivity, and spur the development of growth clusters within the island-region, allowing it to achieve balanced and inclusive growth among its regions.

“This strategy will transcend regional boundaries in terms of commodity transfer which will make regions in Mindanao commercially viable,” MinDA Chair Luwalhati Antonino told Mindanao local chief executives at the meeting.

She added that the initiative also aims to position Mindanao as a single, integrated economy that is able to leverage and fully participate in economic groupings such as the BIMP-EAGA, ASEAN, and the rest of the global economic communities.

“Since our last meeting in 2012, we have moved ever closer to ASEAN economic integration. That is why we are rolling out the Mindanao Development Corridors to help us maximize Mindanao’s potentials into this economic cooperation,” said Antonino.

She stressed that Confed-Mindanao’s cooperation is crucial to achieving the Mindanao 2020’s goals and objectives, particularly in pushing for meaningful governance strategies.

“Our LGUs know their territory better, which make them among our strongest allies in Mindanao’s development planning and in integrating the corridors initiative,” said Antonino.

Pimentel said that members of Confed-Mindanao will exert all efforts needed to assume the role as ‘Mindanao’s voice’ particularly in terms of infrastructure development and national budget allocation.

Established in 1990, Confed-Mindanao is an advocacy group of Mindanao local chief executives which pursues peace and development, nation-building, and other initiatives that promote the Mindanao agenda.

The organization has been instrumental in creating major progresses in the island-region, specifically in the areas of power and infrastructure, connectivity, disaster risk and reduction, and in increasing Mindanao’s share in the national budget.

Pimentel is the first Confed-Mindanao president who hailed from CARAGA region. Outgoing president Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario sits as one of the confederation’s Board of Directors.

Local execs endorse Mindanao Development Corridors program

(PNA), SCS/KMC/PR/UTB

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 17 (PNA) -- The Confederation of Provincial Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors’ Leagues Presidents of Mindanao (Confed-Mindanao) recently reconvened and endorsed the Mindanao Development Corridors program as a key strategy that will help the island-region achieve connectivity and enhance its global competitiveness.

At the recent membership meeting, newly-elected Confed president Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel led the promulgation of a resolution supporting the Mindanao Development Corridors, saying that “it is crucial for Local Government Units (LGUs) to adopt the corridors program as a means to ensure that localities are ready to assimilate in anticipation for the ASEAN integration in 2015.”

He added that it is high time for Confed members to start re-evaluating plans, programs, and projects to ensure that these are geared towards preparing Mindanao for the imminent integration in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan or the Mindanao 2020, adopts the Mindanao Development Corridors as a key spatial strategy aimed to improve infrastructure, establish connectivity, and spur the development of growth clusters within the island-region, allowing it to achieve balanced and inclusive growth among its regions.

“This strategy will transcend regional boundaries in terms of commodity transfer which will make regions in Mindanao commercially viable,” MinDA Chair Luwalhati Antonino told Mindanao local chief executives at the meeting.

She added that the initiative also aims to position Mindanao as a single, integrated economy that is able to leverage and fully participate in economic groupings such as the BIMP-EAGA, ASEAN, and the rest of the global economic communities.

“Since our last meeting in 2012, we have moved ever closer to ASEAN economic integration. That is why we are rolling out the Mindanao Development Corridors to help us maximize Mindanao’s potentials into this economic cooperation,” said Antonino.

She stressed that Confed-Mindanao’s cooperation is crucial to achieving the Mindanao 2020’s goals and objectives, particularly in pushing for meaningful governance strategies.

“Our LGUs know their territory better, which make them among our strongest allies in Mindanao’s development planning and in integrating the corridors initiative,” said Antonino.

Pimentel said that members of Confed-Mindanao will exert all efforts needed to assume the role as ‘Mindanao’s voice’ particularly in terms of infrastructure development and national budget allocation.

Established in 1990, Confed-Mindanao is an advocacy group of Mindanao local chief executives which pursues peace and development, nation-building, and other initiatives that promote the Mindanao agenda.

The organization has been instrumental in creating major progresses in the island-region, specifically in the areas of power and infrastructure, connectivity, disaster risk and reduction, and in increasing Mindanao’s share in the national budget.

Pimentel is the first Confed-Mindanao president who hailed from CARAGA region. Outgoing president Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario sits as one of the confederation’s Board of Directors.

City 2nd overall

By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan (With Karlo R. Pates)

DAVAO City collected a total of 36 gold medals, 24 silvers and 27 bronzes to finish second overall in the just-concluded 2014 Philippine Olympic committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga City emerged overall champion with a harvest of 43 golds, 31 silvers and 32 bronzes, while General Santos City placed third with 34 golds, 32 silvers and 25 bronzes.

Iligan City, with an 18-24-22 medal count, along with Davao del Norte (18-5-16), Koronadal (15-16-13), Tagum City (14-13-15), Cagayan de Oro (13-13-8), Lanao del Norte (10-5-8) and host Zamboanga del Sur (9-13-10) rounded up the top 10.

The swimming team hauled a total of 13 golds, nine silvers and six bronzes to lead the charge for Davao City followed by the dancesports team accounting for nine golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

The city's medal haul also came from karatedo (4 golds, 4 silvers, 6 bronzes), chess (2-1-1), basketball (2-0-0), badminton (1-3-4), tennis (1-1-3), volleyball (1-1-0), athletics (1-0-0), softball (1-0-0) and arnis (0-2-2).

In karatedo, Dabawenya Lya Marie Carrillo emerged champion in kata girls advance +45 kgs. event over Zamboanga City's Hanna Mae Angeles who got the silver. The latter's teammate Sharifa Aini Estino shared the bronze with Davao del Norte's Ma. Erikah Cancio.

Carrillo added a silver in kumite girls +54 kgs. after bowing to Zamboanga City's Sharifa Aini Estino in the final.

Maridel Flores and Ridlo Sumanang gave Davao City's two other golds in kata girls advance -45 kgs. and kumite boys +63 kgs categories, respectively. Flores bested Reanne Christal Bolano of Cotabato City who settled for silver and fellow Dabawenya Ethel Grace Flores and Crystal Brianne Beildas of Surigao del Norte who each took a bronze.

Sumanang, for his part, defeated Marc Ian Naguita of Cagayan de Oro City in their finals encounter. The latter ended up with the silver as Jay Ryan Los Baños of Don Carlos, Bukidnon and Manuel Francis Gealan of Surigao del Norte went home with a bronze each.

The city's boys kata team also annexed a gold while the girls team salvaged a bronze.

Davao City karatedo head coach Bern Rexander Tacay was elated by the showing of his team, saying: "I'm pretty satisfied with their performance. Even to those who did not manage to bring home one because they fought their hearts out. They never gave up."

He plans to hold a victory celebration with the team this weekend where they will also talk about their training program for the Batang Pinoy national championships slated in Bacolod City in December.

"If it's possible, I plan to surpass our two-gold output in the 2012 nationals in Iloilo," Tacay said in a Facebook chat interview on Tuesday.

Fernan Santos, Izzan Nugraha and Leanzy Marie Cacananta copped silvers for the city karatedo team.

The City's other bronze winners were Izzan Nugraha (kumite boys -58 kgs), Fernan Santoso (kumite boys -53 kgs), Ethel Grace Flores (kata girls advance -45 kgs, kumite girls -47 kgs), Leanne Mae Cacananta (kumite girls -47 kgs) and team girls kata team of Izzan Nugraha, Lya Marie Carrillo and Leanzy Marie Cacananta.

Davao City behind schedule in immunization drive

(MindaNews)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 September) — Davao City was behind its own schedule of reaching at least 50% of immunization coverage for measles, rubella, and polio by the second week of September, according to the Department of Health.

In an SMS, DOH XI regional director Abdullah Dumama said immunization coverage for measles and rubella for the region was only 48%, and 47% for polio as of September 12.

For Davao City, immunization coverage for measles was 43% and 42% for polio for the same period.

Speaking Friday at the Philippine Press Institute Health Forum at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, DOH officer-in-charge for health education Mary Divene Hilario said District D in poblacion was the only area that exceeded 50% coverage, at 53% by the end of last week.

Talomo North only reached 21%. The other areas with low coverage were Buhangin and Bunawan, as well as barangays in Baguio, Calinan and Marilog, Hilario said.

Tugbok, meanwhile, reached 68%, with the district predicted to sustain the coverage targets for the rest of the month.

Hilario said that the DOH was still validating the data that the agencies have gathered so far, in coordination with barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars helping the rapid assessment teams determine whether there were children who did not get immunized.

“We will ask the teams to go back to the homes that have children who were not immunized,” she said, adding the agency would not allow even one child to miss the shot.

Hilario said the data gathering was done every hour and that they would place indelible ink on a child’s finger as proof that he or she had been immunized.

She said there were parents who still did not understand that it was necessary for their children to get vaccinated due to fear of needles or lack of awareness.

From January to August 23, the city had 176 confirmed cases of measles out of 2,542 suspected cases.

“In 2013, for the same period, we only had 145 suspected cases,” Hilario said.

According to the Comprehensive Investment Plan for Health, the CHO’s road map for handling health cases in the city, the ideal immunization coverage for each district is 95% to protect children from the highly communicable diseases.

Earlier, the CHO registered the highest report for measles cases in Talomo North, Talomo South and Buhangin.

The three districts had the highest cases due to its density, CHO immunization officer Armi Capili explained.

She said the spike could be attributed to the highly contagious nature of the disease, with each case capable of contaminating up to 20 people.

In 2012, there were only four confirmed cases in Davao City, which Capili attributed to an intensified immunization campaign in 2011. In 2013, the number rose to 50.

As of August 8, incidences of measles in Talomo North numbered 201, while Buhangin and Talomo South had 133 and 116 reported cases at the time.

Eleven had died from the disease as of August 23.

The danger is not in the disease itself but in complications such as blindness, deafness, dehydration, pneumonia, and encephalitis, DOH officials said.

Duterte more interested to Davao City’s problems

By Jeepy P. Compio

DAVAO CITY - In line with the names being mentioned for a presidential bid in the 2016 elections, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said that he wants to answer all the needs of Davaoeños before retiring from politics.

This was shared by Davao City Information Office officer-in-charge Leo R. Villareal in an exclusive interview during Bombo Radyo's program "Good Morning Philippines" Sunday.

Villareal revealed that Duterte plans to retire following his earlier statements that he is old and he is not interested in higher political positions.

Villareal also said that Duterte refused Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's offer to be his running mate.

According to the official behind the Duterte for President 2016 Movement, the mayor still has no new comments on his name being brought up as a presidential candidate.

The mayor, however, revealed that if he was made president, he would enforce a Federal government and prioritize the needs of the people. In another interview, Masanguid revealed that there are times when he speaks with the mayor who says that he cannot do anything if the people are pushing him to run for the position.

Masanguid added that he is confident that Duterte will soon declare to run, and he is strengthening the campaign of the movement along with other barangay captains in the city.

He said there are other groups under them such as Rody United 2016-Mindanao based movement led by businessman Edwin Clapano, Federal Movement Visayas under Alex Volongaita of dyRF Cebu, Kabataan Subok ang Galing Movement, 500 Youth Leaders Laguna-Batangas Chapters, the religious sector, and Non-government Organizations (NGOs) under David L. Diwa.

The Duterte for President 2016 Movement has their main headquarters at Bonifacion street, Barangay 35-D of this city.

Traffic enforcers warned vs accepting bribes

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

AN OFFICIAL of the Traffic Management Center (TMC) warned those personnel who will accept bribes from violators of Davao City's speed limit policy.

"Tanggalon ta ka bisag P20 ra imong gidawat, tanggalon ta ka (I will fire you even if you accept P20 only. I will fire you)," said TMC officer-in-charge Superintendent Rodelio Poliquit during the I-Speak Forum.

Poliquit said they are yet to receive any bribery complaint against the task force.

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Should there be complaints, he said he can easily identify those involved since he has formed a Task Force Speed Limit who are only allowed to arrest violators.

"Kay kung naay reklamo, kamo ra akong imbestigahan (If there's a complaint, I will take time to investigate)," he said.

Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte implemented the speed limit policy in August last year to "obviate traffic accidents resulting from over speeding and reckless driving".

"Pero kung naay makabarog, muingon nga giuli akong P500 nga gihatag gikuha gihapon akong lisenysa, malipay gyud ko ana (I'd be happy if someone will tell me that the TMC personnel returned my P500 and took my license)," he said.

Based on the EO, drivers must observe a maximum speed of 60 kilometer per hour (kph) from Sirawan to Ulas Crossing, from Lasang to Panacan, from Calinan to Ulas Crossing, and from C.P Gracia Highway-McArthur Highway to Panacan.

For vehicles that traverse from Ulas to Generoso Bridge/Bolton Bridge, from Panacan Crossing to J.P Laurel Avenue-Alcantara, and from Ma-a Road Diversion to McArthur Highway, a maximum speed of 40 kph is mandated.

A maximum speed of 30 kph, meanwhile, is ordered from J.P Laurel Ave. Alcantara to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, from Buhangin Crossing-Milan to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, from C.P Garcia Highway-Bacaca Road to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, and from C.P Garcia Highway-Angliongto St. to Bolton/Generoso Bridge.

PBSP eyes more opportunities for Mindanao’s crops

(PNA), LAP/LCM/LOVELY A. CARILLO/LDP

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 12 (PNA) -- The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is eyeing more opportunities for five of Mindanao’s top crops namely coffee, cacao, corn, palm oil and rubber with the recently-launched Mindanao Inclusive Agri-Business Program.

“We see this as an opportunity for promoting inclusive growth in the countryside particularly in Mindanao,” PBSP Mindanao Regional Committee Chairman Paul Dominguez said.

PBSP has been at the forefront of advocating for stronger corporate citizenship with the aim of supporting inclusive national development.

PBSP, which was established in 1970 and now with more than 250 companies as members, is the largest business-led social development organization in the country committed to poverty reduction.

The Program is expected to go full blast with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between PBSP and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) last week.

Even President Benigno Aquino III, who was in the city during the launch, said “the initiative comes at an opportune time, as we seek to transform Mindanao from the Land of Promise to the Land of Promises Fulfilled.

He added that “growing coffee, bananas, or cacao, alongside coconuts, will not only diversify the produce of a community, but will more importantly enable the farmer to earn more, support his family more, and thus contribute more to spurring economic activity, not only in the short term.”

Dominguez said PBSP has been influencing the Philippine business community to integrate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices into their core businesses and advocating the application of business strategies in addressing poverty. The group has began looking at the concept of Inclusive Business for tackling societal challenges since 2010.

PBSP sees Inclusive Business as a strategic response to the challenge of rebuilding lives and rousing the dynamism inherent in the 62 percent of the total households in the Philippines that currently subsist on a daily income of P18,000 a month, he said.

Inclusive Business would help unclog the barriers to poverty reduction, lack of jobs and limited investments.

Inclusive Mindanao Agri-Business Program is expected to promote PBSP’s Inclusive Business Imperative (IBI) campaign in Mindanao. Through the IBI campaign, Dominguez said, PBSP aims to address income gaps in the country.

President Aquino said everyone is well aware of the great potential of Mindanao, especially in terms of agriculture.

Mindanao, after all, is the country’s top source of rubber, cacao, pineapple, banana, coffee, and coconut. Over 40 percent of the country's food supply, and more than 30 percent of the products traded domestically come from Mindanao.

Most parts of Mindanao have been left marginalized for a long time but this program can boost Mindanao’s capacities so that it can catch up and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

The High Value Crops Development Program of the Agriculture Department continues to help build post-harvest facilities and provide equipment for the production of coffee, cacao, and rubber for the region.

A total of 190 Shared Service Facilities that have been set up in Mindanao and this has improved the efficiency in the processing of coco coir, coco-twine, and rubber. These shared services facilities in turn have assisted 1,795 small and micro enterprises and have generated over 7,100 jobs in Mindanao.

Davao City's Central 911 to receive plaque of recognition at CSC Regional Awards Rites

(PNA), LAP/LCM/LOVELY A. CARILLO/LDP

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 11 (PNA) -- The Davao City Central Communication and Emergency Response Center Team known as Central 911 of Davao City will receive a plaque of recognition from the Civil Service Commission (CSC XI) during the Regional Awards Rites for the 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees on September 12.

Central 911 is one of the 11 Pagasa Awardees of the CSC Search, besting 28 other nominees nationwide because of its exemplary performance in public service. While the awarding will be held in Malacanang on a still undisclosed date, the finalists will be given plaques of recognition as Finalists of the Search.

“Central 911 was earlier announced as a finalist for the Lingkod Bayan Award but the Search Committee has chosen it as a Pagasa Awardee because of the scope of its work,” said CSC XI director Annabelle Rosell.

Rosell said they submitted 25 nominations covering the three CSC Awards but only Central 911 was named a finalist. Out of the 11 Pagasa Awardees, seven are individuals and four are groups.

Davao’s Central 911, which is headed by Emmanuel Jaldon, is only the third locality in the world that makes use of the numbers 911 as its emergency number. The two others are Canada and the United States.

Central 911 is both a call center and a dispatch center intended to link residents who need assistance, to the government’s emergency resources, was formally launched on September 27, 2002.

The project was born in partnership with Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) after a successful collaboration on the city’s street lighting project.

DLPC, through its Power-One program which is a product of the Geographic Information System (GIS) developed in 1992, was then capable of pin-pointing with a certain degree of accuracy the location of their poles. When he learned of such a potent instrument to fight criminality in the city, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte broached the idea of using DLPC’s GIS to improve the city’s peace and order situation.

DLPC then came up with a similar software that tracked down the location of both the callers and the nearest responders and called the system Emergency Computer-Aided Dispatch (ECAD) which is at the heart of Central 911’s operations.

Among the emergency resources of the city government are the police, firefighters, medical workers and rescue services.

Included in Central 911’s resources are the Emergency Medical Services Unit, Urban Search and Rescue Unit, Fire Auxiliary Service Unit, and K-9 Unit.

The Search is in line with the Honor Awards Program of the Commission which annually recognizes government officials and employees who have displayed outstanding work performance. The awards are divided into three categories: Lingkod Bayan Award, Pagasa Award and Dangal ng Bayan Award.

The Pagasa Award is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for their outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance that directly benefit more than one department of the government.

As a Pagasa Awardee, Central 911 will receive a cash prize of P100,000, a gilded medallion and a glass trophy.

Cacao industry leaders hold first Davao Chocolate Festival

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

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 10 (PNA) -- The Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (CIDAMI) in partnership with SM City Davao will hold the first Davao Chocolate Festival from September 12 to September 14 at the Atrium at SM Annex along Ecoland, Quimpo Blvd., this city.

CIDAMI executive director Val Turtur said their partnership with SM in holding the three-day activity is to advocate to the people of Mindanao and Davao in particular the island's cacao production.

He said educating the people here about the production of this high-value crop will also promote consumption of chocolates.

With this activity he said it will also help increase the interest of people get involved in cacao production.

About a dozen exhibitors and key players will be joining the Festival as Turtur said there will be actual demonstration of cacao processing right at the venue.

Chocolate makers will also do actual processing of cacao beans which finished products they supply to clients like bakeries, hotels and other high-end restaurants.

SM City mall manager Lynette Lopez said it is their way of helping producers promote their products in mall base events like the Chocolate Festival.

She said they had long been partnering also with farmers and this Festival will also allow cacao farmers show off Ttheir products and introduce their produce to our shoppers.

he exhibit will feature locally produce chocolate candies that are already being marketed internationally.

Turtur said while the dark chocolate candies already are penetrating the international market, we also want the people of Davao and Mindanao be able to have a taste of the world class product.

Other than the exhibit, Turtur said there will be lectures on the proper way of growing cacao.

A techno demo will also be facilitated for the public to be able to learn on seedling production.

Turtur also said that processing of cacao to "tableya" or coco powder is also one of the activities that will be undertaken during the Festival.

On the other hand, SM public relations officer Precious Legario said they had arranged with the different schools so the students including preschool and elementary school children will have the chance to be exposed to an activity that features Davao's cacao production and see for themselves the different products out of cacao beans.

She also said that a contest among students from culinary schools in Davao City will also be held using cacao product as the main ingredient.

President Aquino launches Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program

(PNA), LGI/PND/SSC

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 8 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday thanked the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) for helping the government develop Mindanao’s agricultural potentials through its Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program.

"I am glad to see that the government is not alone through this endeavor. Through the Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program, PBSP and its member companies and supporting agencies seek to engage the private sector to invest in Mindanao by helping build the capacities of its small farming communities, thus enabling them to capitalize on the rich resources and the many opportunities available in the region," President Aquino said during the launch of the program at the SMX Convention Center here.

President Aquino said the launch of the initiative comes at an opportune time, as the government seeks to transform Mindanao “from the Land of Promise to the Land of Promises Fulfilled."

He acknowledged that for a long time, Mindanao was left in the margins, suffering from poverty and underdevelopment, but his administration has worked to reform the system and invest in communities in the region.

“We must boost Mindanao’s capacities, so that they themselves may catch up and contribute to our economic growth,” he said.

The government’s efforts resulted in the construction, upgrading and rehabilitation of 3,491 km of national roads, and 208.4 km of farm-to-market roads, he said, adding that more than P99 billion was allotted for the construction of vital infrastructure in the region from 2011 to 2014, and P63.13 billion has been proposed for infrastructure in Mindanao for 2015.

Some 161.3 km of the Digos-Kidapawan-Pagalungan -Cotabato Road were improved and 39 bridges were rehabilitated early this year, while the Basilan Circumferential Road is expected to be finished soon, he said.

The Lake Lanao Circumferential Road Project in Lanao del Sur is also targeted to be completed next year, he said.

President Aquino further said that the Department of Agriculture has helped build post-harvest facilities and provide equipment for the production of coffee, cacao, and rubber for the region.

He also called on farmers to carry out intercropping to increase the income of the agricultural sector.

Growing coffee, bananas, or cacao, alongside coconuts, will not only diversify the produce of a community, but will enable the farmer to earn more, and contribute more to the region’s economic activities, he said.

The President said he earlier learned that certain companies have already responded to the call to advance inclusive business in Mindanao.

Citing examples, he said that through its agronomy and farmer-connect programs, Nestlé has equipped local farmers with the knowledge and technique for coffee production. The company also purchases the farmers’ produce.

Bali Oil taps poor farmers from communities in Mindanao as contract growers of oil palm trees, he said, adding that in the next five years, the company plans to expand operations and provide livelihood to 22,500 households in the region.

Kennemer Foods International meanwhile trains farmers from rural areas how to plant cacao trees, and purchases their produce, aiming to generate jobs for 18,833 households in Palawan, Mindanao, and Visayas by 2016.

“If the public and private sectors remain committed to the same vision and if we maintain the synergy and trust that we have so far harnessed to undeniably positive results, we can look forward to a Mindanao that will serve as a true convergence point of trade and opportunity not only for the Philippines but also for our region,” President Aquino said.

Present during the event were Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino, PBSP Mindanao Regional Committee Chairman Paul Dominguez, and PBSP Executive Director Rafael Lopa.

Market building to be finished in 2014

By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador

AN ORGANIC market building is set to be finished this year, said an official from the Davao City Agriculturist Office (CAO).

Davao City Agriculturist Roselio Tabay, in an interview, said they will renovate a building near People's Park, which will serve as the permanent building for the organic market.

"Ang target jud ato kay last year so hopefully this year mahuman na gyud na siya (The target was originally set last year so hopefully this year we will really finish it)," Tabay said.

Tabay said that the delay was due to the exceeded budget that came out during the planning for the building.

"Naa gyud toy gihatag na P1.5 million para ana (There was 1.5 million allotted for that), P1 million is for the building and P500,000 for facilities, equipment. Now sa pagplano sa building nahimo mang (when we were planning for the building it turned out to be) P1.4 million so we need to raise another P400,000," he said.

Tabay added they charged the remaining P400,000 to the City Government using their allotted budget for this year which was already approved.

The organic market building will operate for the whole week when it opens.

Currently, the organic market being organized by the CAO is operating every Friday from 1 p.m. onwards at Rizal Park.

3-day 5th Philconstruct 2014 opens in Davao City

(PNA), FPV/LCM/LOVELY A. CARILLO/LDP

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 5 (PNA) -- The 5th Philippine Construction Show (PhilConstruct) officially opened on Thursday afternoon at the SMX Convention Center, SM Premier, with local and national officials led by Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson in the guest list.

PhilConstruct Mindanao is the biggest building and construction expo in the region. This year, over 200 companies participated in the construction show.

“You came to Mindanao five years ago. Patrick Tan brought the first machinery show here in Davao and many of the exhibitors there and now have become part of the growth of the city,” said Department of Tourism (DoT) Assistant Secretary Arturo Bonato Jr. Tan is the Chief Executive Officer of Global-Link MP and organizer of the event.

“We are bringing you a bigger show. Our goal is to bring Davaoenos a comprehensive trade show that would help them discover the latest trends in the different business sectors and how these new technologies could assist them in improving their businesses,” Tan said.

Event Chairman Engr. Ramon Allado said PhilConstruct has been the defining landscape for building and construction in the country but he said “this year’s version in Davao is a spectacular event.”

Allado said the success of the expo opening alone is an indication of the relentless support of partner associations and firm trust of the participants to the organizers, according to Allado.

The trade show will feature three diverse industries including the Manufacturing Technology Davao which will focus on industrial machinery, factory automation, hardware products, power tools material handling and welding technology and accessories.

The event features the plastics and packaging, printing, food & beverage and office automation.

Another feature of the event is the series of seminars known as Technoforum Mindanao. Among the seminars that the public should watch out for are the following: ASEAN Community 2015-Opportunities for an Challenges to the Construction Industry and the Practice of professions, the Authorized Managing Officers Seminar, Updated Traffic City Regulation Seminar, Effective Contracts Administration-Avoidance and Early Resolution of Disputes, Briefing on Equipment and Maximum Load Capacity, Construction Workers Safety and Health Orientation and Tax Updates on the Recent Changes and Developments in taxation.

142-member city team to BPinoy

(PNA), LAM/LCM/LTREYES/LDP

DAVAO City will send a 142-member delegation to the 2014 Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying leg on September 10 to 14 set in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Of the number, 107 are athletes while 21 are coaches and 14 are officials from Department of Education (DepEd) and Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO).

This was bared by the SDD-CMO spokesperson Charles Raymond Maxey during yesterday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the B3 Center of the NCCC Mall of Davao Thursday.

Maxey said the city government of Davao's budget for the upcoming competition is estimated at P1.7 million.

"The city has allotted a small budget for the annual Batang Pinoy competition so the Sports office decided that we will be limiting the number of events. We will focus on individual, softball and 3-on-3 basketball events," Maxey said.

The city will compete in 11 events, including arnis, athletics, badminton, chess, swimming, karatedo, taekwondo, sepaktakraw, tennis and softball.

"Softball and basketball are the only team events in our delegation because the sports office have faith in them considering that Crossing Bayabas National High School is the defending champion in softball girls," Maxey said in the vernacular.

He also said that the composition of athletes in swimming, softball, arnis and athletics will deliver good results for the city.

Maxey added, "I won't give a forecast on how many medals we will get but definitely we'll not go back here empty-handed," Maxey added.

The delegation will leave in two batches with the first batch departing on Sept. 9 while the second batch leaves the following day. They will take a connecting flight from Davao to Cebu to Pagadian.

All city athletes will receive fare and allowance and all Batang Pinoy winners are assured of a budget for the nationals. Cash incentives also await outstanding performers.

The delegation will be headed by SDD-CMO administrative officer Luz "Imsave" Obial and Rico Jhone Biliran.

Blind judokas dominate Kadayawan tourney

(PNA), LAM/LCM/LTREYES/LDP

DAVAO CITY, Sept 3. (PNA) -- The blind judokas of Davao City did not show any handicap and instead impressively dominated their rivals Tuesday in the 29th Kadayawan Judo Championships held at the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Cultural Sports Center in Bajada.

Davao School for the Blind Judo Club (DSBJC) won 6 of the 9 gold medals at stake in the boys and girls division of the one-day tournament organized by the Davao Judo Association and sponsored by the City Mayor’s Office-Sports Development Division.

Host HCDC Judo Club finished second with 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals followed by Jaeger JC of Tacurong City (1 silver and 2 bronzes), Ateneo Judo Club (1 silver, 2 bronzes) and Gan Soo Do Judo Club of AJC (1 bronze).

DSBJC’s golds were courtesy of Oliver Secuya (boys extra lightweight 100 lbs., Renan Dave Manumba (boys lightweight +100 lbs. to 115 lbs.), John Dave Bughao (boys middleweight +115-124 lbs.), Edmond Montecillo ( boys heavyweight 124 lbs.- and above), Angelica Samling (girls extra light -75 lbs. and below) and Reynalyn Buntia (girls lightweight over 75 lbs. up to 90 lbs.).

University of Mindanao (UM), on the other hand, topped the men and women’s divisions by bagging 7 golds, 7 silvers and 11 bronzes.

HCDC also finished second with 3 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes followed by the Cenojas Mixed Martial Arts with 3, 1 and 1 medal count.

Fourth was Kolehiyo ng Pantukan Judo Club with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes followed by Team Kazato Hen Jutsu of Koronadal City with one gold.

UM’s gold medalists were Christian Ly Rondina (men’s colored belt super extra light weight category – 57 kgs.), Wilson Bonhoc (extra lightweight +57-64 kgs.), Jackie Lou Escarpe (light weight +64 kgs.-73 kgs.), John Paul Tanod-Tanod (heavyweight +84 kgs. and above), Shiela Mae Tanlocsin (women’s advance & beginners lightweight +48 kgs.-60 kgs.), Chello Tinga (women’s lightweight +60 kgs. and above), Cyndi Amor Rodriguez (women’s extra light – 48 kgs.) and Juanico Alrobin (men’s heavyweight +84 kgs. and above).

A total of 153 players coming from 10 different clubs in Region 11 and 12 saw action in the one-day tournament organized by the Davao Judo Association and sponsored by the city government of Davao under the CMO-Sports Development Division.

DVO-TV group, Shell launch TEN featuring tourism destinations in Phl

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

DAVAO CITY, Sept 2 (PNA) – The Television Culture Shock Productions and Pilipinas Shell launched the second season of TEN, a travel program aired over AXN featuring 10 tourism destinations in the country in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DoT).

The second season of TEN will first feature Dahican Beach, the surfing haven in Davao Region. Dahican located in Mati, Davao Oriental, has become a frequent destination by both local and foreign visitors.

Reggie Regala, Brand and Communications Manager of Pilipinas Shell, said Davao is chosen for the Mindanao area because Shell recognizes the region as one of the top destinations in the country with its rich diverse culture and scenic destination. Davao has also a lot to offer for Filipino motorists searching for exciting drives.

Steff Cua, Shell marketing manager for retail, said Davao is a growing region and an important market for Shell. Shell noted that eight (8) million liters per month is sold to city residents alone. The total penetration of Shell in Davao market is roughly 30 percent of the total fuel and gasoline retail business.

Shell…said the program provides more information on the ten destinations chosen for the program. This will also help encourage more tourism activities and boost the tourism industry of each destination area. For the initial airing of the AXN program, Dahican in Davao, Batangas, Mt. Isarog in Camarines Sur, Bicol and Baguio City will be featured. The program, which will start airing this month, will be hosted by Jason Godfrey.

According to him, Shell decided to launch the second season after the success of the first season which created a major impact on the tourism industry in as far as promoting destination sites in the country.

Regala said the program is also part of Shell’s 100th year celebration for which it also offer new quality product like its Shell V-Power Nitro+, which is designed to improve engine performance and give Filipino motorists a unique and worthwhile experience on the road.

Regala added that Shell is on a mission to uncover the different turns, terrains and tracks that characterize the interesting sights and road trips only the Philippines can offer.

Anthony Lawrence Yam, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail, said that in celebration of Shell’s 100 years in the Philippines, the search for the 10 most exciting drives is a way to rediscover diverse culture and exceptional environments that characterize the unique landscapes and geography that the country possesses.

Davao Region has now five Bahay Pagasa for CICL

(PNA), FPV/LCM/CARMELA C. DURON/LDP

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 1 (PNA) -- With the completion of the newest Bahay Pagasa in Poblacion, New Corella in Davao Del Norte, the region has now a total of five rehabilitation centers for children in conflict with the law (CICL).

Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD XI) said records show that a Bahay Pagasa center was established in Davao City in 2008; in Nabunturan in 2010; in Banaybanay town in 2012; and in New Corella and Mati City this year.

Four of these Bahay Pagasa or youth care facilities were funded with a PHP 2.5 million budget from Sen. Francis Pangilinan which was coursed through DSWD while Davao City received PHP 2 million.

Razon said the Banaybanay allocation of PHP 2.5 million was directly released to the local government.

“The one in New Corella will be inaugurated and handed over to the provincial government today, September 1,” she said.

Apart from this, DSWD manages its own Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) which served some 131 CICL cases during the first half of 2014.

Originally named Pagasa Home, the DSWD facility was established in 1976 in Maa. The center is now located in a three-hectare rehabilitation complex in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok District.

Mandated to promote and protect the rights of CICL, Razon explained that DSWD will support the Bahay Pagasa operation by providing continuing technical assistance to the local government units to ensure implementation of quality case management and holistic rehabilitation of the CICL.

The passage of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 has prompted various government agencies to carry out strategic actions to address the needs of CICL.

Under the law, CICL aged 15 years and below are exempt from criminal liability. CICL above 15 (plus one day) and below 18 years of age are also exempted unless they act with discernment.

The law provides that these children should be returned to their respective families. However, Razon said there are circumstances wherein this is not possible or run counter to the best interest of the child. There are cases when parents could not be located, where parents are incapable of providing protection, and where the safety of the CICL is threatened or could not be secured.

Located in all regions throughout the country, Bahay Pag-asa is a 24-hour residential facility that provides temporary care and serves as a rehabilitation center to a maximum of 25 male CICL at any given time.

The center provides protection, care, capability building and rehabilitation for CICL in a home-like environment for a maximum period of six months.

Managed by the local government unit, Bahay Pagasa facilitates the immediate assessment of the physical, psycho-social, medical and economic condition of the CICL to arrive at a holistic understanding of the child in relation with his violation of the law.

The assessment will guide the social worker in formulating and executing an individualized rehabilitation plan or program that will address the needs of the child.

Moreover, Razon said the Bahay Pagasa will indirectly serve as another setting for a dynamic interaction and purposive learning opportunities among the provincial and municipal local government units, the community, other line agencies and DSWD.

Meanwhile, she added DSWD XI manages other three residential facilities such as Reception and Study Center for Children, Home for Girls and Women, and Home for the Aged.


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