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SP OKs brgy budgets

April 3, 2019

THE 18th City Council on its regular session yesterday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy adopted separate resolutions returning to Barangays 38 and Kauswagan covering their respective budgets for 2019 with the information that the same are in order and may be given force and effect.      From an estimated income of P2.4 million, Barangay 38 allocated P222,270 representing its 20-percent Development Fund for the rehabilitation of its drainage system.      Moreover, it also has allocated P120,402 and P240,804 for its  five-percent calamity fund and 10% SK fund, respectively.      For its part, Barangay Kauswagan has earmarked P4,917,188 from its Development Fund project for the concreting of the perimeter fence at Capisnon covered court, drainage at Harpy St. Extension, Zone 1, drainage cover at St. John the Baptist to Raagas compound, road at Gawad Kalinga, pathways at Group 5, Zone 5,  and Zone 6, construction of road pavement at Las Piedras St., flood control-declogging of canals, road concreting at Kabina, Zone 1 and at Fairlane, Zone 6 and for its solidwaste program.      It also has allocations for its Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management (70%), Quick Response Fund (30%), and SK fund (10%) amounting to P1,101,445, P474,641, and P3,152,172, respectively.      These will be taken from the Barangay’s estimated income of P31.5 million. The legislations were previously reviewed and endorsed by the committees on barangay affairs and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Yan Lam S. Lim and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, respectively. (SP/JAO)

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China university offers scholarship programs to ComVal

April 3, 2019

DAVAO CITY -- A university in China is offering scholarship program packages on Chinese culture and arts appreciation to Compostela Valley.       Christine Dompor, provincial tourism and investment promotion officer, revealed in an interview that Huaqiao University, one of the biggest and oldest university located in the province of Fujian, China, is offering three scholarship packages for government officials, government employees and Senior High School graduates.       “In the past two years, more Chinese businesspersons are engaging in agribusiness and real estate; and this course would help us in our business undertaking and international relations,” Dompor emphasized.       The first package, she said, is for 15-20 government officials and employees, who will be learning Chinese culture and arts, including the Mandarin language for six months at Ateneo de Davao University.       Dompor said that the AdDU is a sister school of Huaqiao University under the latter’s Confucius Institute, the school’s international relations program.       She said that the second package are for one or two government officials and/or employees to be exposed in the Chinese culture and Arts in China for one year.       “They will have an immersion in China and all of their expenses will be covered,” she said.       The third package, she said, are for one or two Senior High School graduates, who are willing and qualified to school in China for four years.       “Of course, included in the contract is for the students, after graduation, to teach Chinese culture and arts in the Philippines,” she said.       Dompor also bared that Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy has endorsed the third package to the Department of Education to select the deserving students. (PIA11 DabaweNEWS – Michael Uy)

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First Provincial Government-Funded Sanitary Landfill Breaks Ground

April 3, 2019

MANAY, Davao Oriental -- Governor Nelson Dayanghirang has led the groundbreaking ceremony of the first Provincial Government-funded Sanitary Landfill on Friday, March 22, at Sitio Bagsak, Barangay Central in Manay town.      The P30 million project funded under the province’s disaster funds will accommodate residual wastes from all over the Municipality of Manay as it can hold up to 15 metric tons per day. According to a study, Manay produces an average of 1.8 tons per day, the fourth highest garbage-generating municipality in the province.      The Sanitary Landfill, designed by Engineer Earl Bahandi of the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO), includes a Material Recovery Facility (MRF).      Environment and Natural Resources Office Head Dolores Valdesco said that the project is compliant to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which, among others, mandates proper segregation of solid wastes.      Valdesco added that the project has passed Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s standard for engineering and geohazard. She said it will also serve as an ecological park as it will be surrounded with trees that will serve as its buffer zone.      Governor Dayanghirang, who led the groundbreaking ceremony, said that the Sanitary Landfill facility, once completed, will become a subject for benchmarking activities of different LGUs in the entire region.      “Once this project is completed, this will become a destination of government officials from different LGUs because there are not many Sanitary Landfills in the entire region eleven or even in the entire Philippines that is designed such as this one. Our future Sanitary Land fill here in Manay Town is engineered to store residual waste without causing health and water contamination,” Governor Dayanghirang told residents in his speech.      With the sustainability mechanism already planned, PEO OIC Engineer Ruel Dumadag, on the other hand, said that once the project will generate employment when it is turned-over to LGU Manay.      “If properly implemented and maintained, the Sanitary Landfill will have an impact on ‘educational tourism’,” he said, adding that facility is specifically designed for proper disposal of solid waste that reduces harmful effects to the environment and the people, thus, improving the health and safety of the community,” he added.      He challenged the LGU Many to strictly implement waste segregation and recycling as included in the sustainability plan is the incentive strategy.      “Long-term impact of this project are health and wellness, socio-economic activity that will create livelihood and employment, and above all address social environmental safeguards,” he added. / By Riza M. Golez/Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

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PCOO urges LGUs to implement FOI

April 3, 2019

DAVAO CITY -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) encouraged the local government units to implement the Freedom of Information (FOI) program.       In the assembly of the Communication for Development Network of the Regional Development Council XI, Michelle Manza, FOI lead of the PCOO, challenged the information officers especially those from the local government units to push for the passage of local FOI ordinance.       Manza stressed that it is important for the LGUs to have its FOI program since most of the requests in the web portal are local information.       “When we conducted the review of the requests of the FOI portal, we found out that the majority of the requests being raised by the citizens are local information and not held by the central agencies,” she said.       According to the FOI program data, there are only 9 provinces, cities and municipalities, who have already carried out the FOI.       These are provinces of Bohol, Surigao del Norte, Masbate, Ilocos Norte, and Benguet; cities of Laoag in Ilocos Norte and Pasig in Metro Manila; and municipalities of Pakil in Laguna and San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte.       Manza added that four local government units have pending ordinances on FOI, namely Malolos and Baliuag in Bulacan; Legazpi City in Albay; and province of South Cotabato.       She also emphasized that aside from the demand, the local government units can also use the FOI as a tool for transparency and also in preparation of the passage of the FOI bill in Congress.       For now, Manza added, FOI is being utilized by the Filipino people to get to know what the government s dong in terms of programs and projects, and for social awareness.       “FOI also becomes a listening tool for us in the government,” she said.       With FOI, the government can understand what kind of information the Filipino people need to create a sound decision, she said.       The Freedom of Information program is a product of the Executive Order No. 2 series of 2016, which operationalized in the Executive Branch the people’s constitutional right to information and the state policies of full public disclosure and transparency in the public service and providing guidelines therefor.       According to the FOI web portal, there are 366 government agencies, including national government agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and water district.       Manza also recognized the Davao City Water District as the first water district in the country that implemented FOI program. (PIA 11/DabaweNEWS, Michael Uy)

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Oro residents attend anti-rabies forumĀ 

April 2, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Over a hundred residents of this city, as well as people from the academe and other professionals, attended the recent forum on March 28, 2019 about the government's anti-rabies campaign held at the ballroom of Hard Hat Cafe. The said forum focused on the new guidelines of Republic Act 9845, otherwise known as the Welfare Act in line with this year's celebration of Rabies Awareness Month, which carried the theme "Towards Responsible Pet Ownership." Dr Perla Asiz, the city veterinarian said during the Talakayan organized by the Philippine Information Agency regional office 10 that under the new guidelines of RA 9845, villages should organize Barangay Rabies coordinators which would undergo a deputization training as members of Barangay Pamatong Team (BPT). The team would be trained for proper determination of human and animal rabies especially dogs and cats. They will be officially deputized by the barangay for the full implementation of violations stipulated under RA 9845.  Rabies is a viral disease that is 100% fatal but 100% preventable,according to Asiz. The Department of Health(DoH) targeted a Rabies elimination through the tight coordination of all Local Government Units(LGU) in the country on 2020 or next year but in Northern Mindanao who has 5 Provinces with 9 cities,only the island Province of Camiguin is "Rabies Free". The City Veterinary Office declared the villages of Bugo and Tablon in the East and Carmen in the west as villages who has high incidence in Rabies.The city has a total of 6,756 Rabies patients in 2018, 3,110 are patients from the city run J.R.Borja Memorial City Hospital.In Northern Mindanao,Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental has the highest Rabies incidence. Dr. Asiz added that every year,city's dog population are increasing since 90%of the residents are dog owners with 58,217 dogs registered or an increase of 10% from 2017's population of 49,012 with 56,526(97%)are vaccined.She said that 15 years old and below usually are the victims of Dog bites. The Rabies Forum culminated with an awarding ceremony of Top 3 "Best Rabies Compliance" villages which was 1assessed by the Bureau of Animal Industry in Northern Mindanao,a conduit of the Agriculture Department. Prizes at stake are Php25,000.00 for the 1st Prize,Php15,000.00 for the 2nd Prize and Php10,000.00 for the 3rd Prize with trophies.  ###

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COWD clarifies Water Fund from their budget, not City Hall

April 1, 2019

The Cagayan de Oro City Water District has clarified that the P6 million fund for potable water supply development projects the City Council wants the water district to account for is actually funded by COWD. As provided through Cagayan de Oro City Council Resolution No. 7732-2006, COWD voluntarily established a P6 million annual fund for various water system projects or water services improvement in the city and suspended the 10% surcharge on the “city water bills” which was passed and approved on Jan. 30, 2006. “The fund is actually a token assistance from COWD meant to augment the city government’s and the barangay or school concerned funds for small water projects identified by the sitting Local Chief Executive (now Mayor Oscar S. Moreno),” explained COWD Acting General Manager Bienvenido V. Batar, Jr. “We submit an annual report to the Office of the City Mayor on projects covered by this fund and anyone who wishes to look into the details of these projects can submit a request to his office,” he added. Earlier, Councilor Edna Dahino, chair of the City Council Committee on Budget, Finance and Appropriation of the City Council requested COWD for an immediate accounting of the P6 million per year fund which totals P78 million for the past 13 years. Among the city councilors who endorsed the resolution were incumbent city councilors Annie Daba, Ian Mark Nacaya, Zaldy Ocon and former city councilors Jose Benjamin Benaldo, Alvin Calingin, Edgar Cabanlas, Alfonso Goking, Maryanne Enteria, Simeon Licayan, and Alexander Dacer. Batar cited the recent experience of the Suntingon Elementary School at Reyes Main Road in Barangay Bugo which had been reported to have a water problem by the Check My School program through the DepEd School District Superintendent due to the relatively high elevation of the school. “Mayor Moreno referred the project to us for possible funding through our fund allocated for such special projects. Our technical department surveyed the area and COWD constructed a cistern to stock water, a pipeline to pipe it to the higher elevation where it was stored in a water tank and distributed to the various classrooms and buildings downhill by gravity,” Batar noted. Batar said Mayor Moreno evaluates the requests for such water projects from barangays, schools for water supply systems, pipeline extensions and the like, and endorses to the COWD which ones he considers the priority projects to be funded from the P6 million annual fund. COWD then prepares the program of works and other related documentations, fund and implements the priority projects from its P6 million annual fund. Batar further clarified that COWD does not receive any form of subsidy from either the local or national government. “COWD relies solely on its water sales to fund its operations and implement improvements and expansion projects,” Batar noted. “The only payment the city makes to the water district is for the monthly bills incurred by city hall and its various offices. In the City Mayor’s Annual Report for 2018, the City of Cagayan de Oro is listed as having undertaken the construction of five water supply systems in barangays Balubal, FS Catanico, Lumbia, Mambuaya, and Tuburan;  two water improvement projects in Barangays Cugman and Tumpagon; and the rehabilitation/construction, and expansion of the water system in Barangay Taglimao. These were undertaken by the Office of the City Engineer through the Barangay Panubig Project Point Person Engr. Sid  Obligado, who has subsequently been assigned as the current City Building Official.

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