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Davao City marks new milestone


THE year 2019 is a milestone for Davao City in the field of sports.

During the first half of the year, three major sports competition were hosted in the city - the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet held last January, the Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao last March, and recently, the 2019 Palarong Pambansa last April 27 to May 4.

On May 19 to 24, another sports competition will be hosted by the city for the first time, the National Prisaa Games 2019.

With this, Davao City Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge Mikey Aportadera said the city will once again prove its worth in hosting huge sports events, as it had become successful in recent ones.

Despite having a short rest from the recently-concluded Palaro, Aportadera guaranteed the city will be able to deliver its commitment not only to the organizers, but also to the delegates and athletes who will participate in the competition.

“The city will be providing the logistical support. Our priority will be the welfare of everybody who will come over and participate,” he said.

The sports head’s said safety and security, health, social welfare and accommodation will be assured in their almost one week stay.

“For the city, we have been using a certain template in the hosting of Davraa twice in a row, and the recent Palarong Pambansa,” Aportadera said, adding that the city is confident that the Prisaa hosting will be smooth and successful.

Some 7,000 participants, including athletes and delegates, will be flocking in the city, for the Games to be participated in by 16 regions with 1,200 member schools.

Aportadera said hosting huge sports events had been the vision of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio since then.

“We support her that she wants to host big events, both national and international events here because she sees that Davao City is ready to open its doors to invite people to come over,” he said.

He also said it is one way of developing local athletes to be competitive in big sports events outside the city.

While Davao City is continuously pushing for the development of its sports facilities, including the Davao City-University of the Philippines (DC-UP) Sports Complex, he also said there is a need to push for sports development, both in public and private schools.

“Let’s look at what needs to be done. We also need to improve identification of athletes to compete, so that by the time there will be competitions, we are ready,” Aportadera said.

Hosting huge sports events is also a economic booster, he said, as Prisaa athletes and their families outside Davao City would have the chance to explore different tourist landmarks in the city.

Aportadera said the city is looking forward to host another Prisaa Games in the future, this time, with a more upgraded and word class facilities.

Empowering farmers, fishers in agri event


AS A way to empower and give thanks to farmers and fisherfolks, the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11, together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 11, highlighted the different products of the local farmers in Davao region during the Grand Farmers Fiesta at

Manambulan, Tugbok District, Davao City yesterday, May 17.

“Pasasalamat ito sa ating mga magsasaka at mangingisda that is why we highlighted their products here and also to promote available, affordable, safety food for the people,” DA 11 Regional Director Ricardo Oñate said in an interview with SunStar Davao yesterday.

Oñate, in his speech during the opening ceremony, acknowledged the farmers and asked for continued support to the projects of the government.

Fresh and processed agricultural and fisheries products were on display during the event where Onate said that the agriculture sector has still been facing challenges like in food production especially with El Niño and dry spell hitting some parts of the region.

“Ang food production kaya na nato kay naa naman tay mga technology karon na pwede na nato i-adapt. Daghan ang mga requests na dili nato mahatag, muhangyo lang mi na magsinabtanay lang (We can increase food production because we now have technology that farmers can now adapt. However, if there are requests we cannot approve yet, we hope for your patience),” Oñate said.

Meanwhile, BFAR 11 Regional Director Fatma Idris said that through the event fisherfolks are empowered, adding that the bureau is continuous with its provision of interventions to improve the fishery sector especially now that the fish production is not doing well in the region.

More than 1,200 farmers and fisher folks attended the whole day event which is also part of the celebration of the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month.

DA to help develop IP lands in Davao

By Cherry Mhae Palicte (PNA)

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 (Davao region) will collaborate with other agencies to provide the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) the capability to develop their ancestral lands.

It will be a convergence initiative aimed at providing the intrinsic importance of agricultural land, forests and related natural resources for their sustainable livelihood.

The DA-11, together with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) - Davao and other stakeholders, has already discussed the proposed Ancestral Domain Development Areas (ADDA).

The ADDA project will address the IPs’ heavy dependence on raw forest resources, both timber and non-timber, by providing technical assistance, packaging and social marketing, and developing ancestral domain products following the principles of value chain.

About 10 municipalities have been identified as project sites, among them Boston, Tarragona, and Cateel in Davao Oriental; Maco, New Bataan, and Laak in Compostela Valley; Talaingod and Kapalong in Davao del Norte; Magsaysay in Davao del Sur; and Malita in Davao Occidental.

The NCIP said the ADDA shall be sub-divided into various lots and will be offered to the interested investors following community rules on land allocation and other existing laws.

The investors will be invited by the departments of agriculture, environment, social welfare,trade and industry, and labor.

Based on the map suitability of DA-11, cacao, coffee, abaca, upland rice, corn, peanut, mung bean, and root crops are best suited in the identified ADDA.

Director Ricardo Oñate said on Friday that DA will provide the needs of the IPs, such as seeds, technology and other inputs the agency can offer.

“The projects should not bring harm to the cultures and tradition of the IPs. Thus, this whole nation approach (project) would increase IP youth participation in attaining sustainable food production,” Oñate said.

The project covers several components -- capacity development training of IP farmers, community organizing, forest protection, and planting of high-value crops, coffee, fruit trees, and vegetable garden.

Lawyer Geroncio Aguio, NCIP director, said the convergence effort could possibly generate employment since the ADDA project will invite investors for wood processing, plywood factory, abaca processing (stripping machine and decorticator), organic upland rice, corn and peanut production and marketing, cacao and coffee processing. Aguio said the ADDA pilot area’s integrated facilities will also be built on the project site.

Davao City: New investment hub


OTHERS may be puzzled of why Anchor Land’s first real estate property development outside Metro Manila is located in Davao City and not any other big cities in Luzon or Visayas.

However, at the recently concluded Davao on the Rise, a business forum organized by Inquirer Property and Lamudi.ph, different government agencies and private sectors attested to what Davao City is now in terms of tourism and investment opportunities that make it the new investment hub in the south.

In front of several brokers and real estate agents, City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) head Generose Tecson talked about the constantly increasing number of tourists visiting the city. From 2.4 million tourist arrivals in 2018, Tecson said they are targeting to reach 2.8 million for 2019.

“We understand that before they invest in our city, they are tourists first. So we make it a point to make them have a wonderful experience as tourists here,” she said.

Tecson added that together with the Davao City Investment and Promotions Center (DCIPC), they are conducting tourism and investment road shows in different cities and neighboring countries to introduce what the city can offer in terms of tourism and investment areas.

“We’re adding more activities under the preferred investment areas. We currently have 10 preferred investment areas and one of them is real estate so we’re providing tax incentives. These are local incentives and you can also avail of the national government incentives through the Board of Investments. We’ve also added a few items to further make it attractive, including tax deductions,” DCIPC Investors Assistance and Servicing Unit head Christian Cambaya said.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president Arturo Milan said they continue to lobby the approval of other direct flights from Davao City to neighboring countries to make the city more attractive and more accessible to tourists and investors alike.

“We are also pushing that the Davao International Airport also be under an authority already,” Milan said, adding that extensive attention put toward the airport will benefit the entire city and neighboring provinces and municipalities as the international airport will be the first impression guests will have of the city.

With the joint effort of public and private sectors in making Davao City a feasible area for tourists and investors alike, Tecson said the increasing influx of tourists comes the equally increasing demand for

accommodation facilities especially during conferences and other big events conducted in the city.

Along with this, she encouraged everyone who has accommodation facility business, even small or AirBnB types, to register their business to be properly monitored, regulated, and promoted by the local government.

Anchor Land president Elizabeth Ventura is aware of this dilemma and so by developing 202 Peaklane in the center of Davao City, they wish to be of help especially that the units are perfect investment opportunities for those who seek to buy residences they can rent out.

Ventura shared that 202 Peaklane units are designed with the clients’ value for money in mind so much so that it is the only property of its kind in Davao City with fully-furnished units.

“The actual units are business-ready, meaning, the clients can easily liquidate the unit they acquire because these units are already fully-furnished. They get the idea of what the set-up looks like and how they can be maximized from our model units in the showroom,” Ventura said.

“These units we offer are affordable because the clients will no longer have to spend on the capital in order to turn their investments into profitable properties.”

202 Peaklane offers three types of units -- the lifestyle suites, the lifestyle suites, the premium suites, and the family suites.

The lifestyle units are fully furnished studio residences complete with double decks, multi-functional desks and chairs, cabinets, and a kitchenette. Each comes with separated toilet and bathroom so that the residents can efficiently move around in the unit.

The premium suites are fully furnished studio units with a hotel-like set-up. These units are built with single beds, desks, cabinets, kitchenettes, as well as separated toilet and bathroom.

The family suites are two-bedroom residences with spaces ideal for starting families.

202 Peaklane will rise as the best alternative to hotel accommodation and the best option for vertical living in Davao City, which is just a pedestrian lane across Ateneo de Davao University and Marco Polo Davao.

“We are thankful for the private sectors for working hand-in-hand with the local government for necessary projects for the city’s development,” Tecson said.

Anchor Land is considered a key contributor to change in Davao City’s real estate landscape.

Davao on the Rise was held at Marco Polo Hotel on March 20, 2019. It was supported by SunStar Davao and Anchor Land.

Learning center made of recycled plastic to rise in Davao City

By Digna Banzon (PNA)

DAVAO CITY -- A children’s learning center made out of repurposed plastics will soon rise in the far-flung village of Marilog district here.

Called Eco-brick Project, it aims to highlight the importance of reducing wastes -- especially single use plastics like water bottles, sachets and candy wrappers -- and help the government in managing solid wastes.

Hannah Chloe Cano, vice president for Business JCI-Duwaling and chairperson for the Eco-brick Project, said the initiative is in line with their advocacy to help reduce waste in urban areas. The project is a joint venture of Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Duwaling, SM City Davao and Plastic Solution.

Cano said JCI-Duwaling will collect the plastics to prevent these from going to the sea that could harm the marine creatures or clog waterways that cause flooding.

“We will continue and help the government’s campaign in taking care of the environment, our city and our community even in the simplest way we can,” she said.

Cano said JCI is also conducting eco-brick workshops every Saturday that started on Saturday (March 9) to encourage others to collect plastics and help build the learning center.

JCI Duwaling started the initiative to repurpose plastic bottles by stuffing it with non-biodegradable wastes. For hard plastics like egg containers, disposable spoon, fork, and container will be cut down into smaller pieces to fit into the bottle.

The bottles will become simple, alternative fillers in constructing walls and fences for classrooms, houses, benches, library, etc.

"We encourage the students and the public to participate as we intend to collect some 81,000 eco-bricks at the end of the campaign on March 30," she said.

By April, Cano said their group hopes to complete the learning center at Sitio Magwawa in Marilog, this city as the center will also serve as a daycare center and reading nook especially for the Indigenous Peoples children.

Pet Friendly Davao campaign launched

By Rudolph Ian Alama (PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY (PIA)- Pet advocates in Davao City have launched a Pet Friendly Davao/Pet Advocate Davao campaign aimed at encouraging public and private establishments in the city to be pet-friendly.

Floyd Bascones of The Pawsitivity Project Philippines and one of the campaign prime movers said the project will give seals to various establishments to denote pet friendly places.

“They can either be pet-friendly which means they will welcome pets but with guidelines or be pet-advocates, which means they may not necessarily welcome pets in their establishments but they will help in promoting responsible pet ownership or rabies awareness,” Bascon said.

Bascon said pet advocates can help in putting up posters or flyers to inform the public.

He said there are ordinances about pets in the City which the public may not know.

“Like pets if they are taken out of the house must have leashes or if your pet poops, you have to pick it up,” Bascones said.

He said the Pet Friendly Davao campaign is also a way for pet lovers to help the government in its campaign to make the country rabies free.

Bascones said they have identified 10 establishments which they will be giving a pet friendly seal. Among these include restaurants, a shopping mall, a school and two media companies.

He said they will be coordinating with some already pet friendly restaurants in the city for the respective guidelines of having pets in their premises.

Sta Ana Lighted Garden Park eyed as permanent attraction

By Rudolph Ian Alama (PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY (PIA)- The City Tourism Operations Office is eyeing to make the Light Garden Park at the Santa Ana wharf here in Davao City, a permanent attraction.

“We hope that it would be a permanent structure there because what we are going to do, is to put climbing plants like vines and ferns so that eventually the structures would resemble trees,” City Tourism Chief Generose Tecson said.

The Sta. Ana Lighted Garden, which was launched last week of February and would end this March on the occasion of the 82nd Araw ng Dabaw, consists of a 30-meter lighted tunnel and several palm-shaped lighted structures. There are food stalls and performing bands for the visiting public.

The lighted garden park is open from Fridays to Sundays till March 31. Tecson said the structure is also aimed as a destination for visitors coming for the Ironman race which will be held on March 20 in Davao City.

The City Government has spruced up the once-derelict Sta Ana Wharf. Tecson said they would want to beautify the facility which is owned by the Philippine Ports Authority.

“Until Sta. Ana wharf is transferred to the city government there is still not much we can do that is long-term, what we are doing now are short term improvements just to make sure the place is presentable to visitors and tourists,” Tecson said.

The Sta. Wharf is the jump-off point for several motorboats and sea craft to the different island attractions of Samal Island.

DTI leads opening of Davao’s first Go Lokal store

By Digna Banzon (PNA)

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) spearheaded the opening of Davao Region’s first "Go Lokal" store at the Abreeza Mall on Friday.

DTI Region 11 Director Maria Belinda Q. Ambi said Go Lokal is DTI’s retail concept store showcasing the quality and innovative Philippine products designed and produced by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Ambi said the initiative is also a partnership with the Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI), describing the store as a marketing platform for MSMEs.

This is the reason why, she said, the store is strategically set up in leading retail stores so that MSMEs can go mainstream and connect to a wider consumer market.

Ambi said the products are of world-class quality having undergone rigid product development interventions through the One Town One Product (OTOP) NextGen Program--a DTI initiative that aims to level up MSME products specifically on design, quality, volume, standards compliance, marketability, brand development.

Authentic Mindanao products will be showcased at the store from textiles to brasswork, bamboo, home-grown cacao-based products, processed fruits and nuts, and other products. The products from Go Lokal's regular Luzon and Visayas suppliers will also be featured.

The store will be managed by MTEFI, a Davao-based non-profit organization committed to MSME development.

MTEFI president Dr. Rosevic Cembrano said managing the Go Lokal store is another milestone for the group.

Davao’s 20th Women Summit centers on economic empowerment for women

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

DAVAO CITY (PIA) – The 20th Women Summit, which gathered more than 400 women leaders and women rights advocates from different sectors in the city on Wednesday, focused their discussion on economic empowerment of women.

This year’s summit, bannering the theme “Ekonomikanhong Pagpagahum sa Kababayen-an, Dalan Ngadto sa Tiunay nga Kalambuan (Economic Empowerment for Women, A Path to Genuine Development),” was aimed at urging women to engage in business and get the chance to improve their economic status.

Lorna Mandin, chief of Davao City Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD), stated that educating women on business is also one way of developing economic empowerment, especially to those unemployed women and plain homemakers.

“It’s very crucial when you say women empowerment, and one part is the economic aspect. If women have money or business, she can decide for herself, for her children, her family. But if women are economically dependent on their husbands, they can be controlled, they can be abused,” she stated in an interview.

The IGDD of Davao City , which has been spearheading the yearly women summit, has invited Yana Santiago, a social entrepreneur and owner/founder of Davao-based ethical brand Olivia and Diego to share some insights and experiences in her business.

“We have invited a young woman entrepreneur to inspire women and start sustaining their business because there were women who started their business but stopped in the middle because of fear,” Mandin explained.

To also educate women on the process and requirements on how to involve in business, some government agencies from the economic sector such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Davao City Business Bureau, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Trade and Industry shared their respective procedures.

“Because a lot of business women lacking the legal personalities and have misconceptions on the costly registration and numerous requirements. We want this regulatory agencies to be friendly as much as possible to women,” Mandin stated.

She urged the government agencies to make the business process easier for women.

The IGDD head also believed that economic empowerment for women will also help reduce cases on economic abuse against women by their husband or partner.

IGDD data showed that economic abuse topped the cases on Violence Against Women and their Children with 964 cases in 2017, followed by psychological abuse with 519 cases and physical abuse with 324 cases.

Tech firm vows to help Davao City ICT sector

By Lilian Mellejor (PNA)

DAVAO CITY – A tech-based firm offering real estate management services in the United States has committed to further contribute to the city's growth, particularly in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

At the opening and blessing of Onerent, Inc. in this city on Thursday, Rico Mok, chief technology officer and co-founder of the company, said he is optimistic in the growth of Onerent not only in the city but across the globe as the company continues to carve its own niche in the real estate management.

Mok said the move of the company to a bigger office is part of the commitment to pursue exponential growth.

This as Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag assured the business sector of the full protection of their investments and help to sustain their growth in Davao City by providing a peaceful environment and competent workforce.

Al-ag said this as the city is positioning as the ICT hub with the Philippines. He stressed that the ICT sector is the city’s fastest growing sector where over 50,000 Dabawenyos are employed.

Al-ag also recognizes Onerent for having selected the city as the location of its Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) office serving clients in the United States particularly the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles Riverside and Orange Counties.

Davao is the only Onerent’s base in the Philippines.

“You made the right decision to make Davao City as your home. We have competent people. We make sure, that here, you will have a long-term investment,” Al-ag said in his message.

Mok said Onerent in Davao started with only just five pioneering workers in 2016. Its workforce in Davao now stands at 180.

He recalled that Onerent started its startup business in 2014 in a garage. Together with his two friends, Greg Toschi and Chuck Hattemer, Mok said they developed a leasing platform using technology to help facilitate the leasing process for college students looking for a place to rent.

In the Philippines, Onerent started to hire the first employee from Davao as a freelance opportunity in October 2015. It added six more employees by December in that same year.

Its continued growth prompted the founders to fully transition Onerent from a freelance, work-at-home opportunity to an office-based company. It is now in its new office at the Mezzanine of Metro Lifestyle.

Mok said Onerent takes pride in its hassle-free rental service to modern renters and property owners. It is now managing over US$1 billion in assets in San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange Counties.

Its services include one-demand rental showings, instant tenant screening, autonomous move-ins, AI-powered rental performance data, proactive maintenance recommendations, guaranteed rent payouts, and reliable 24/7 support.

Onerent is now serving over 7,000 properties in over 75 cities. It has served over 30,000 renters and leased more than 200 properties in just 60 days.

MinDA vows to boost opportunities in Halal industry

By Lilian Mellejor and Digna Banzon (PNA)

DAVAO CITY – Seeing the potential of Mindanao as a Halal production hub in the Philippines, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said it will push for an island-wide approach that will maximize opportunities for local businesses.

Amhed Jeoffrey Datukan, MinDa management officer, said Wednesday the agency is eyeing the creation of the Mindanao Halal Council to chart an industry roadmap to take advantage of the estimated USD3-trillion Halal industry.

Datukan said Mindanao has the biggest potential being home to the majority of Muslims in the Philippines and the country’s food basket.

Datukan, however, said this initiative needs the involvement of local government units that will assist MinDA in identifying potential areas of investments in their respective areas.

In Mindanao, only Davao City has its own Davao City Halal Industry Development Council. Datukan said it is working closely with the city government to convert the executive order that created the council to an ordinance.

He said MinDA will also work with Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and the other cities and municipalities for the creation of their own local Halal councils.

MinDA has been actively participating in investment mission, trade and exhibits to explore the Halal market abroad.

On April 3 to 6, Mindanao businessmen will participate in the 16th Malaysia International Halal Showcase at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur.

Datukan said Mindanao has been given 13 slots for local traders to showcase their products and services.

He said MinDA is also tapping the small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) who are active in Muslim-friendly services and production of products to penetrate the export market.

Culinary film competition opens to regional filmmakers

By Rudolph Ian Alama (PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY (PIA)- The first ever event promoting regional cuisine using the platform of cinema has been launched with Cinekabalen Film Festival opening its new Culinary Cinema Section to all regional filmmakers across the country.

The Cinekabalen Film Festival Culinary Cinema Section aims to support the preservation, promotion and appreciation of the vast culinary stories of the Philippines. This is in line with Proclamation No. 469 which declares the month of April every year as “Buwan ng Kalutong Filipino” or Filipino Food Month.

“The culinary cinema section is an initiative to inspire that we have our own regional stories pertaining to food and Cinekabalen will host that special section,” Carlo Enciso Catu, Cinekabalen Film Festival Director said.

Cinekabalen Film Festival is a regional film festival based in Pampanga, their films showcase Kapampangan Language and Kapampangan culture. Catu says the special Culinary Cinema Section which will be open to other non Kapampangan filmmakers is held in partnership with the Cinema Committee of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts.

The competition is open to all Filipino filmmakers who have films centered on culinary stories, tradition and culinary treasures made not earlier than Jan. 2018, maximum running time inclusive of opening and closing credits is 15 minutes, spoken language may be in English or any Philippine language or dialect with subtitles in English.

Music used for the submitted film must be original, licensed or in the public domain. Entries that have been previously submitted or part of any film festival or film competition.

A filmmaker may submit more than one story and entries from abroad will be accepted as long as they are written, directed or produced by filmmakers of Filipino descent.

All entries should be submitted on or before March 31, 2019. Filmmakers will have to send their requirements cinekabalenfilmfestival@gmail.com. These requirements include:

- Online screener of the film via Google drive, Vimeo or Youtube link (password protected)

- Synopsis of the film (not more than 200 words)

- Complete cast and crew list

- Official poster (27″ X 40″ layout)

- Official trailer (not more than 2 minutes)

- Assorted stills and screen captures (in jpeg format)

- Filled up application form: http://tinyurl.com/ckffculinaryform2019

- Filmmaker’s curriculum vitae with filmography (single-spaced, not more than 2 pages) together with their two (2) recent 2X2 photos.

- A copy of any one (1) government issued ID or any proof of residence (Cedula, ID indicating address, Barangay Clearance, etc.)

Catu says one of their big plans is inspired with the Berlin Culinary Cinema in Germany where you watch the films and also try the cuisine featured in the film.

Catu added the winning films in the culinary film section will have cash prizes and the filmmakers will be invited to the Buwan ng Kalutong Filipino Festival 2019 this coming April.

Davao brings 1st Enduro-X Challenge 2-man team March 16

By Lito Delos Reyes (PNA)

DAVAO CITY -- Exciting motorcycle action awaits Dabawenyos with the first Davao Enduro-X Challenge 2-man team slated on March 16 at the Moto-X Farm in Barangay Langub here.

“As the course is very hilly, it is recommended that ropes will be added to your gears,” said organizer Bok Mata of Moto-X Farm.

River section will also be challenging, Mata said.

Mata said a registration fee is set at PHP800 per team (early bird) at Kurmat Enterprises, and PHP1,000 per team on race day.

The categories are the 0 to 230cc, 250cc and up and Underbone.

Big cash prizes are at stake for each category:

0 to 230cc – 1st – P25,000, 2nd-P15,000, 3rd-P10,000, 4th-P4,000, 5th-P2,500, 6th-P2,000, 7th-P1,000;

250cc and up – 1st-P30,000, 2nd-P25,000, 3rd-P15,000, 4th-P6,000, 5th-P3,000, 6th-P2,500, 7th-P1,500;

Underbone – 1st-P15,000, 2nd-P10,000, 3rd-P5,000, 4th-P3,000, 5th-P2,000, 6th-P1,500, 7th-P1,000.

The event is organized by Moto-X Farm and the City Government of Davao and sponsored by Phoenix, Kurmat Enterprises, Fox, Sign Audio, Davao City Sports Development Office, Motortrade, Kawasaki, Ring, KTM Davao, ETG, MAC, Black Mamba, Cobra, Summit, JVF Commercial, Lipovitan, Kamikaze, 92.3 Wild FM, 95.5 Retro and iFM.

PEF puts Davao Region's wildlife in spotlight

By Digna Banzon (PNA)

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) will spearhead “Wildlife is Here” to cast a spotlight on the unique wildlife species found in Davao Region's forests and marine environment.

In partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 11 (DENR-11) and the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), PEF said it will hold a series of events from March 4 to 9 that will showcase the importance of often overlooked species of birds, beetles, butterflies, and marine wildlife found in the Davao Gulf.

PEF Communications Officer Nelizza Marzo said "Wildlife is Here" is in line with the United Nations (UN) World Wildlife Day celebrated globally every March to commemorate the signing date of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Flora and Fauna.

The convention unites 169 countries in the protection of the world's wildlife.

Marzo said PEF and partners will also unveil an interactive exhibit on Sunday that will feature species of birds, beetles, butterflies and marine animals found in the Davao Region. The exhibit will run until March 9 at SM Lanang Premier.

Other activities include the Public Talks at the Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) Auditorium on March 5 with discussion on the Green and Blue Spaces of Davao City by Marigelaine Arguillas, DENR-11 chief of Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Section; forest restoration by Rich Paul Cosio, the watershed management officer of the Energy Development Corporation; Ecological Importance of Wildlife Species by Dr. Jade Badon; Martin Pineda on Birds; Dr. Analyn Cabras on Beetles; and Jose Ricky Biyo on marine animals.

PEF is also hosting the "Nature Contact" from March 6 to 8 at the Philippine Eagle Center.

Marzo said the PEF created "Nature Contact" to offer to the youth a firsthand experience with nature through fun learning experiences to instill conservation values.

She said the activity is open to students from Grade 6 to senior high school with a registration fee of PHP250 per participant. The fee will go to the PEF's Open Classroom Program fund to develop educational materials and activities for public school students in Malagos, Baguio District.

The 2nd Regional Wildlife Summit will also be held at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao spearheaded by the University's Alpha Phi Omega-Lambda Nu Chapter in partnership with PEF on March 9.

It will feature the 5th Regional Wildlife Quizbowl; a wildlife photography contest among students; and a short film-making competition for high school and college students.

CSC-Davao ready for 'pen and paper' eligibility exam March 17

By Lilian Mellejor (PNA)

DAVAO CITY -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) 11 (Davao region) said it is ready for the pen and paper eligibility exam on March 17 where more than 16,000 examinees are expected to take the test.

Evelyn Yparraguirre, CSC-11 chief human resource specialist, said Friday some of the examinees are repeaters, students, and government workers who are "contractuals" and job order employees.

Others have worked with the government but have never had the chance to be promoted because they only hold the sub-professional eligibility, Yparraguirre said, noting that the oldest examinee is a 60-year-old government worker who wanted to be promoted.

She said the exam, which will start at 6 a.m., will be held in various schools at the four testing centers in the Davao region.

Davao City will host the biggest number of the CSC eligibility examinees at 10,000 while the other centers will host either 1,500 or 2,000.

Yparraguirre reminded examinees that cellular phones, calculators and other similar gadgets, wristwatch with calculator, and printed materials are prohibited inside the exam centers.

"We do not usually allow bags but we cannot avoid that so there will be a space provided for all bags," she said.

CSC-11 Human Resource Specialist Edna Plata said that on average, the exam's passing rate is at 10 percent to 12 percent.

The next CSC exam is on August 4. Applications are accepted between May 6 and June 5.

Yparaguirre, however, said CSC will close the acceptance of applications once the quota is achieved.

Aside from the pen and paper exam, the CSC also holds a computerized exam.

Davao City aims to have birthing facilities in health centers

By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines (PIA Davao City-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

DAVAO CITY - The city aims to get the Seal of Good Governance this year by providing birthing facilities in every health center.

Davao City Councilor Joselle Villafuerte, chair of the City Committee on Health said the absence of birthing facilities in most of the city’s health centers was one of the reasons of the city’s failure to get the Seal of Good Governance in 2018.

She said it could have been better if the 17 city health centers have three basis services like the primary health care benefit package, maternity care package and the tuberculosis DOTS.

Villafuerte revealed that there are health centers that aspire to have these four basic services.

However, she observed that only one center here can provide service, an animal bite center, aside from other services like primary health care, maternity care package and TB DOTS.

“It could have been better if all health centers have these four basic services given the vastness of the city and geographically, the barangays are far apart. That had been my dream that all health centers have four basic services to offer, as chair of the Committee on Health, “Villafuerte said.

She said the city government through the Local Health Board is currently happy with the acquisition of license to operate even to half the number or fifty percent of the 17 health centers.

Villafuerte said having the license to operate means accreditation by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation as provider of three of the basic services, and it is a minimum requirement in aspiring for the Seal of Good Governance.

She also said many health centers failed to comply with the PhilHealth policies since they were under construction and the absence of a septic vault for child-delivery.

Villafuerte said the septic vault is used to discharge wastes in childbirth like the placenta.

She said the Department of Health also has changing policies with regards to the placement of the septic vault.

“But there seemed to be a compromise between the placement of the sceptic vault considering the cultural practices like mothers bringing home the placenta and bury it in their yard given the belief that when the placenta is near, the baby is also close to you,” Villafuerte said.

She said that big hospitals are required to have a sceptic vault prior to the issuance of their license to operate.

New BIMP-Eaga routes to boost trade in Davao


INTERNATIONAL trade in Davao City is expected to improve with the development of new linkages within the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga).

Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) deputy executive director and assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro said in a text message Wednesday, February 27, that with the new routes more goods will be traded, which may also increase in volume.

“Davao City has been the transshipment hub and an export gateway. Hence, Davao stands to benefit of more export commodities,” Montenegro said.

“In fact, earlier today, Singaporean agriculture officials visited Davao for a sanitary inspection for a possible export to Singapore of fruits particularly bananas,” he added.

He said the new routes to be opened through the reefer lines which is a new vessel include Labuan in Malaysia, Muara port of Brunei, and Singapore.

“This is an expansion of the Davao-Gensan-Bitung lines. The new route does not limit transport from Davao-Gensan to Bitung, Indonesia,” Montenegro said.

“With the new routes, more goods and at a greater volume are transported among and between places within the routes Davao to Sulawesi and Labuan to Singapore,” he said, adding that there is also a backload opportunity which makes the routes more viable.

Meanwhile, Minda International Relations Division head Jonathan Miral said during the Habi at Kape media forum Wednesday that they will push for the Davao-Manado air connectivity.

“This year, we will be very strong in pushing for the Davao-Manado air connectivity. We have a positive feedback from PAL to serve the route and we hope that we can launch it this quarter, if not, then next quarter,” he said. Manado is the capital city of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia.

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