davao region

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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Kiblawan OFC: Stronger and better for six years

April 1, 2019

THE MEMBERS of the Kiblawan OFW Family Circle Association (KOFWCA) celebrated its 6th year anniversary last March 22, 2019 at the  Matas Gym, Poblacion, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. With this year’s theme: “OFW og Pamilya: Katilingban Kita ang Paglaum Ngadto sa Kabag-ohan og Kalambo-an” (OFW and Family: A Community of Hope for Genuine Change and Development), the event was participated by its members and other members of the newly-organiized OFW Family Circles in different barangays of the municipality.      Present during the celebration were Mayor Carl Jason Rama which was represented by his Executive Assistant Genevive Arcadio, Punong Barangay Cesar Poblacion, and Officer-in-Charge Carmelo Elaya representing OWWA XI Regional Director Petrona Bergado.      In his message, Punong Barangay Poblacion encouraged the members to have proper management on the money sent by their love ones who are working abroad, “The amount sent to you is a hard-earned money, so you need to give value on it”, he said. Genevive Arcadio, on the other hand, expressed her warm greetings to the organization and deliver the message of Mayor Rama. She said that the municipal government of Kiblawan will continue to support the programs and projects of the organization.            For six (6) fruitful years, the organization has grown up and able to organize the OFWs and dependents from other barangays. From only one OFC in the municipality, the officers of KOFWFCA exerted effort in organizaing new OFW Family Circles. The newly-organized groups include the barangays of Cogon Bacaca, Manual, San Isidro, Kisulan, Sto. Niño, Panaglib, Bagong Negro, and Maragaa.      Hightlight of the celebration was the induction of the newly-elected officers of the eight (8) OFW Family Circles with Punong Barangay Cesar Poblacion as  the inducting officer. Other activities during the program were raffle of prizes, parlor games and videoke challenge.      An orientation on the various programs and services was likewise held to provide updates and other information to the members of the newly-organized OFCs. OWWA XI Family Welfare Officer Herman Sab presented the programs and services and addressed the queries and concerns after the orientation.      Meanwhile, OIC Elaya gave his inspirational message on behalf of Regional Director Petrona Bergado. He congratulated all the members of the OFC for being one of the OFW Family Circles in Davao del Sur with stable livelihood project and a consistent partner of OWWA in the delivery of its programs and services. He likewise extended  his gratitude to LGU Kiblawan for supporting the organization. Presently, KOFWCA has a total of 437 active members. The group received a livelihood grant from the Department of Labor and Employment under the Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). A total of P306,333.00 worth of materials and supplies was turned over to them last January 15, 2016. The project is operational up to the present providing additional income to its members.      Apart from this, KOFWFCA already has a total P500,000.00 capital and savings which they invested into different projects like micro-lending, cow and hog dispersal, and meat processing (tocino, chorizo, ham).      To address the various pressing needs of the OFWs in the municipality, OFC President Longinos Espina was appointed by LGU Kiblawan as the OFW Help Desk Coordinator. Likewise, they have strong linkage with other government agencies like DTI, DOLE and TESDA, non-government organizations, other LGUs and the academe. The officers are continuously helping the OFW families with welfare concerns by facilitating their needs and endorsed these to the OWWA regional office.      Being recognized as one of the important sectors in the locality, the organization is now included in the annual  budget of the LGU. As part of their social responsibility, the officers of KOFWFCA regularly conducted oplan “linis kapaligiran”, tree planting and growing activities. Likewise, they actively participated in the yearly “brigada eskwela” in different public schools in the municipalty.  (PR)

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3 Dutertes, 60 local bets to kick off Davao campaign

April 1, 2019

DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Sara Duterte, her siblings Paolo and Sebastian or “Baste” and 60 other local candidates will kick off the campaign trail here as the campaign period for the local positions starts on Friday.      Mayor Sara, who has been making the rounds to campaign for the senatorial bets of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), is opposed by Magdaleno Marcellones.      Former vice mayor Paolo is running against two independent candidates -- Rex Labis and Susan Uyanguren-- for the first congressional district.      On the other hand, Baste, who is making a first crack in the political arena, is unopposed for the vice mayoralty post.      Vincent Garcia, meanwhile, will run again in the second district while Isidro Ungab will run for the third congressional district. Both are also unopposed.      For the city council, there are 18 candidates for the first district, 22 in the second district, and 13 in the third district.      The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already expressed readiness for the start of the local campaign.      On Thursday morning, the Police Regional Office-11 (Davao Region), led by Police Brig. Gen. Marcelo Morales, launched an information and education campaign for a safe, secure and credible May 13 mid-term elections.      Dubbed ‘A Ride for S.A.F.E 2019”, the campaign is a call for the public’s cooperation for peaceful national and local polls.      Morales said the police riders play a big role in ensuring that peace and order in the region and communities, adding that they will serve as crime-deterrent during elections.      The S.A.F.E campaign is the second advocacy campaign launch by PRO-11 after the unity walk and peace covenant-signing in January. (PNA)

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EastMinCom to push for localized peace talks with Reds

March 25, 2019

DAVAO City--After President Rodrigo Duterte had terminated the appointments of government peace negotiators holding talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), a military official here said Friday that they would push for the implementation of localized peace talks in a bid to address the root cause of conflict in areas perceived to be stronghold of the communists. Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC), said the implementation of the localized peace talks is in line with the Duterte administration’s new “whole-of-nation approach” that aims to put an end to the 50-year armed struggle. “We are in support to the local peace initiatives of some of our LGUs and national government agencies in Eastern Mindanao,” Balagtey said in a Facebook interview on Friday afternoon. Balagtey cited some of the peace programs initiated by local government units that demonstrate and support the government’s goal of ending the communist insurgency across the country. These were the Peace and Development Zones in Caraga region, and Davao’s Peace 911 – where he described as an example of “participative and inclusive governance” advocated by the local government units. “This is whole-of-nation approach, wherein programs and activities of different member agencies will be synchronized and in support to each other. Our participation will depend on the convergence program that will be crafted. Where we’ll be needed, we will be there,” he added. Balagtey added that the EastMinCom has expressed its full support to a new localized peace new panel that will be tasked to negotiate with the NDFP. “The local government units have their own priorities and they know the issues and concerns that are causing conflict or being used by the terrorist group. We will always be in support,” he added. Last March 18, President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the appointments of the members of the government panel holding negotiations with the  communists. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr., in a statement on Wednesday, said they “will reconstitute the panel at a national scope in accordance with the whole-of-nation approach we are advocating to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace.” (Mart Sambalud / MindaNews)

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