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Phil. Eagle Foundation seeks more donors

By Rudolf Ian G. Alama (PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- The Philippine Eagle Foundation, a private non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyis) is seeking for more donors.

According to Rolando Pinsoy, media officer of PEF, the foundation needs at least P20 million to sustain its operations. He said that for this year about P10-million has been raised by the foundation mostly from grants and donations.

About 70% of the donations come from local sources while 30% are from foreign institutions and individuals.

The PEF is involved in different conservation programs particularly; conservation and breeding at their Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos in Davao City, field research, conservation-based initiatives and conservation education.

At the 8-hectare Philippine Eagle Center, the foundation holds 36 eagles. Of the total Philippine Eagles in the center about 25 are adopted by private entities.

An entity has to shell out P150,000 for each eagle in the adoption program. This would involve the eagle’s food (an eagle consumes and average of 300 grams of meat per day), veterinary expenses, upkeep of cages and salaries for his caretaker.

One of the newest adopters is the Aboitiz Power which recently inked a five year adoption agreement for a single Philippine Eagle. The company shells out P150,000 per year.

Willy Rodolfo branding manager of Aboitiz Power said the company aims to provide P150,000 on a yearly basis rather than giving it in a five-year lump sum, this enables the company to monitor the progress of the eagle’s upkeep.

The City Government of Davao has also been a consistent donor. During the term of Mayor Sara Duterte the city government has been allocating P500,000 for the PEF a five hundred percent increase prior to her term of office.

The Philippine Eagle has been a distinctive symbol and icon of Davao City since its forests is the known habitat of the eagle though the bird-of-prey is also found in the forests of Luzon, Samar and Leyte and in other parts of Mindanao.

With the lack of budget, the foundation would be forced to scale back operations among which is the community-based initiatives where identified communities with Philippine Eagle sightings are given livelihood assistance in the course of habitat protection.

Just this year the PEF has submitted a P2-million request for President Benigno Aquino III that would enable it to fund more conservation projects, the conservation of the Philippine Eagle was once a government project until it was discontinued in 1987.

Since then efforts for the protection of the species has become a private initiative carried upon by the PEF.

Davao school president, more than 100 students rushed to hospital due to food poisoning

(PNA), FPV/ASA/ldp/mec

DAVAO CITY, July 30 (PNA) -– The school president and more than a hundred students of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) here were rushed to hospital two hours after taking spoiled lunch on Sunday.

The students were attending the student leaders gathering called Sui Generis with ADDU President Fr. Joel Tabora as lecturer.

They were declared out of danger.

Mureene Ann Villamor, chair of the student council, said the participants started to get sick around 3 p.m., a couple of hours after taking a pack of chicken adobo, pancit (noodles) and buco salad.

Villamor, who herself was rushed to hospital after feeling nauseated and vomiting several times, said the chicken adobo “smelled terrible.”

“At around 3 p.m., may mga lumabas na sa session hall. Kasi nagsuka suka na. They were not feeling well already. I felt sick as I was facilitating at the open forum. I went to the toilet and found out that many students were indeed sick. They called 911 na,” Villamor said.

Fr. Tabora was reportedly sick himself and was brought to hospital, Villamor said.

More than 50 students were brought to the Davao Doctors Hospital while almost the same number were also rushed to San Pedro Hospital.

Phivolcs Davao needs seismologists, volcanologists to monitor ground activity in the region‏

(PNA), FPV/AS/ldp/utb

DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Davao Region is in need of volcanologists and seismologists to monitor tectonic and volcanic activity in the region.

Desiderio Cabanlit, Phivolcs regional officer-in-charge said during the Kapehan sa PIA here on Friday, currently, there are three seismologists, while no volcanologist was assigned in the region.

He said the region needs a resident volcanologist since they would still have to call the central office to verify a volcanic activity in the region.

The Seismic Monitoring Station located in Mintal was established in 1993 to monitor ground activity in the region. Another seismic station in Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur has also been set-up. But nobody is manning the station, he said.

Cabanlit said Davao has one active volcano in Maco, Compostela Valley Province-- Leonard Kniazeff, and one inactive volcano, the country's tallest peak Mt. Apo.

"We need experts in volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis," said Cabanlit noting that Davao Region is also prone to tsunami.

He said five earthquakes in negligible intensities are recorded in the region daily, all are tectonic in origin. There is an active fault that runs from Surigao City to Davao Oriental, called the Mindanao segment of the active Philippine Fault Zone.

Cabanlit said any movement in the Mindanao segment would also be felt in Davao City. An intensity-8 earthquake in the fault could be intensity 7 in Davao City because of its proximity. The highly-populated urban area of Davao City currently has no active fault. But, there is also a possibility of a tsunami in the Davao Gulf.

During the Japan earthquake in 2011, the tsunamis that devastated the Japanese coasts also reached Davao Oriental even at negligible levels.

Cabanlit said with existing volcanic, seismic and tsunami threats, there is a need for more experts in the region.

Meanwhile, he said, hiring additional personnel is a problem due to unavailability of seismology and volcanology courses in the country's universities and colleges. The nearest country where one can take a course is in Japan. It is a one-year specialization course usually taken by those who earned a geology degree in college.

“Presently, there are less than 300 volcanologists and seismologists in the country,” he said.

1st Minda S&t Expo set in Davao City

(DOST11/RGA/CLC-PIA11)

DAVAO CITY, July 28 -- The first Mindanao Science and Technology Expo (MSTP Expo 2012) will be held on July 31 to August 1 to showcase products and services of the Mindanao Science and Technology Park Consortium (MSTPC) member-agencies.

The expo will feature exhibits, which will be put up by its member-agencies at the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA-11) in Tugbok District, Davao City.

Aside from the exhibits, talks for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), livelihood trainings and a poster-making contest for students among others will also highlight the event.

The expo theme, “Mindanao Science and Technology Park: A Convergence of Inclusive Growth” illustrates a way of converging the agencies in a collaborative effort to promote science and technology innovations.

The MSTPC organized the expo. It is a consortium comprising of members from government agencies, non-government institutions and business groups which have significantly served and catalyzed the science and technology (S&T) development in Mindanao.

The MSTPC aims to build a technology hub which will showcase the member-organizations resources to support innovative researches that will be relevant to the Mindanao’s development.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-11) is inviting SMEs, students and other interested individuals to participate in activities in store for them during the two-day expo as these activities may be useful for them as a future source of income.

This is also an opportunity among the member-agencies to share their resources such as expertise, innovations, manpower and facilities for the development of the community and Mindanao as a whole.

200 volunteers plant 3500 trees

(Hedcor)

DAVAO CITY, July 27 (PIA) -- Some 200 volunteers planted about 3,500 trees in simultaneous tree planting activities held on July 21 in Davao City and in the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Local officials of Barangay Tawantawan Davao City, representatives from the Philippine National Police, the Bagobo-Tagabawas and employees of Hedcor were able to plant 2,000 cacao and 1,500 narra trees.

“The most recent endeavour is mainly for the sustainability of our very own Talomo Watershed. Helping the environment also helps our business, since we are relying on a healthy watershed,” Hedcor Vice President Gregorio Jabonillo said.

“Everyone is committed to plant at least 20 seedlings while working in Hedcor,” Jabonillo added.

As part of the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) of Hedcor, the company conducts programs like reforestation, roadside rehabilitation and riverbank stabilization in the areas that host its hydro plants in partnership with host communities in Davao City and in Davao del Sur.

For years, the company recorded 90% survival rates from the planted trees within the protected areas.

The company’s forester also monitors and maintains the trees planted to ensure their growth. Hedcor has a target to plant 282, 402 seedlings by the end of 2012.

The areas protected are home to seven run-of-river hydropower plants in the region with a total capacity of 47 MW.

The most recent endeavour was also in participation for the Abita’s group-wide tree planting nationwide where different business units of Aboitiz all over the country joined.

Hydropower generation is highly dependent on a healthy watershed. A steady supply of water is the lifeblood of Hedcor’s hydro plants.

Hedcor’s conservation of the watersheds will support the generation of 4.47-MW Talomo Hydro Plants and 42.5-MW Sibulan Hydro Plants. A steady supply of water is the lifeblood of Hedcor’s hydro plants.

New technology eyed to protect forests, says DENR

(PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY, July 26 (PIA) -- From drones to hand-held x-ray machines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is looking at new technologies in protecting the nation’s forests.

During his guesting at Club 888 Media Forum in Marco Polo Davao Wednesday, July 25, newly designated DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said that they are looking into the introduction of these high-tech equipment in the region.

Foremost among the list is the Walleye imaging system which is capable of seeing into and through solid objects.

Fragada said the Walleye could be used in examining container vans particularly if the Department is not allowed to open the vans.

Fragada said they are expecting two of these walleyes to be deployed in Davao if these are acquired.

The Walleye portable x-ray imaging technology utilizes scattered x-ray reflections to create images of concealed objects and is a perfect tool for border and maritime inspections particularly in detecting concealed contraband.

Meanwhile another technology the DENR is eyeing would be the use of drones to watch over forests. The drones could fly over remote forests and take pictures or images if they had detected illegal logging activities.

Fragada said images taken from drones are a lot clearer since they are nearer to the target as compared to using satellites for imaging.

Meanwhile Eriberto Barriga, Executive Vice President of ICT Davao, an umbrella group of Information Communication Technology industry stakeholders in the city said there are numerous IT applications which can help the DENR in their mission to stop illegal logging.

Among them is the use of Google Earth technology which can be used for image analysis. In the province of Laguna, provincial police using Google Earth were able to locate illegal logging sites. Logging activities would appear as white spots in Google Earth maps enabling police to pinpoint the exact location of the loggers.

Barriga said that aside Google Earth there are other applications which could help the DENR and there are developers in Davao which can develop various programs and applications.

One such application he recommends is requiring loggers and logging companies to tag RFIDs (Radio Frequency Identification) in young trees. This way the DENR can monitor if the trees were prematurely cut or there was excessive cutting of allowed volume.

DVO-PSC exec tells athletes the importance of education

by Lolito T. Delos Reyes, (PNA), CTB/LTR/ldp/mec

DAVAO CITY — Athletes must also finished their education to prove that they do not only excel in sports but are also good in academics.

Thus stated Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Executive Director Guillermo Iroy Jr., who was in the city as guest speaker during the 18th So Kim Cheng Sports Awards Sunday night at the ballroom of the Grand Regal Hotel.

“Athletes must not forget education for this is really very important because we will not be forever an athlete.

Coaches must also not stop in learning and dreaming,” said the 42-year-old Iroy, who earned his diploma in BS Commerce Major in Accounting and then finished his Law course at the University of Mindanao in Davao as a scholar for being a football player and a coach.

Iroy doesn’t deny that he came from a poor family and only earned his education through hard work as an athlete.

“Hindi ko po ikinahihiya na nanggaling ako sa UM at Davao at nakatapos po ako dahil sa pagiging atleta ko (I am not ashamed I finished my studies in UM in Davao as an athlete),” said Iroy, who also became then the secretary-general of the Davao Football Association (DFA).

Iroy, a son of a taxi driver, also played for the PHL national football men’s team under the late coach Jose “Sensei” Te.

He also joined the Davao City Sports Office before he went to Manila to be part of the staff of former PSC Commissioner William Ramirez.

He became the Executive Director of Ramirez but later on resigned to join the Office of Presidential Adviser on Revenue Enhancement under Secretary Jun Santiago, husband of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in Manila.

At the start of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration, Iroy was again hired by the newly-appointed and current PSC chairman Ritchie Garcia to become his Executive Director to the present.

“I was hesitant at first to accept the job again. But being a former athlete” who became one of the recipients of the past SKC sports awards, I accepted the offer, Iroy said.

In his address, he thanked UM President Dr. Guillermo Torres and sports director Joaquin Sarabia for giving him the opportunity to become a scholar athlete.

Torres, a car racing enthusiast and drag racer, was also present to witness the UM baseball, sepak takraw and volleyball teams accept their citations in the annual sports award organized by the Davao City Sports Council and by the SKC Foundation headed by their presidents Ben Sur and So Peng Kee, respectively.

Torres also an accompanied "Driver of the Year."

Winner Vincent Floirendo should receive his plaque of honor together with the other outstanding athletes of Davao City, including Athletes of the Year winners FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs), chess Master Austin Jacob Literatus, triathlete Mary Pauline Fornea, judoka Jenilou Mosqueda and swimmer Jose Joaquin Gonzales.

One more firm offers WTE facility for free

(JOP)

AFTER several waste-to-energy (WTE) project proposals submitted to Davao City Council, another one hopes to get the legislative department's nod.

Alan Matthews, director of Global Green Resources Inc. (GGI), in a letter to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio sought the City Government's approval to their plan to put up seven WTE plants in Davao City.

Matthews said the proposed WTE will not cost the City Government even a single centavo.

GGI in its proposal said they will be making use of the technology called pyrolysis —- the thermal decompositions of both organic and non-biodegradable waste in the absence of oxygen.

Should the project proposal push through, the facility can produce up to 48 megawatts of power, 10,000 liters of Bio-diesel and 3 tons of bio-char, a strong fertilizer, per day.

"The key to GGI's technology lies in recognizing and exploiting this fact. Our success lies not in waste disposal, but in waste conversion, unlocking the value of waste by extracting from it an essential and highly commodity - energy," Matthews said.

The project proponent did not mention the entire cost of the project that they are planning to put up in the city.

Once the City Council approves the proposal, the plant can become operational within six months.

"Each year, landfills creep uncomfortably close to the cities they support, bringing the risk of diseases, vermin and water contamination with them. Incineration generates air pollutants that contribute to global warming and eventually find their way into reservoirs and groundwater through rain," Matthews added.

The item is up for the first reading in the City Council's regular session today, Tuesday.

Joseph Felizarta, City Environment and Natural Resources Office chief, said at least 10 firms have so far submitted proposals for the establishment of WTE facilities in the city.

PNP Davao receives P5-M new anti-terrorism device

(PNA), FFC/JLC/ldp/mec

DAVAO CITY, July 23 (PNA) -– The office of the Explosive and Ordinance Division of the Philippine National Police (PNP 11) recently received a new anti-terrorism device worth P5 million from Camp Crame.

Supt. Marcial Mariano Magistrado IV, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO 11), said the bomb X-ray machine was donated by the U.S. government.

He said apart from Davao, the National Capital Region and Cebu also received the device. This machine can easily detect baggage possibly carrying bombs.

“There is no need for the baggage to open. This will be examined by the X-ray device,” Magistrado said.

He said the machine will be used in areas that have bomb threats.

Magistrado also said the machine will be used during the Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival event next month, to augment the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to detect suspicious bomb or improvised explosive device.

“Although, we have the availability of five bomb-sniffing dogs or explosive detection dogs that will aid us in our jobs, the device will boost our capability in bomb detection and control,” he said.

He said the device was tested last July 16 at the regional headquarters upon issuance.

NCCA opens its grants program for 2013

By Alex D. Lopez (davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES – The National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) announced the opening of the 2013 grants program in a press briefing here Thursday.

Renee C. Talavera, NCCA’s head of the Sub-Commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts personally made the announcement during the said press briefing.

Talavera called all cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations, non-government organizations in Mindanao to submit project proposals related to programs in culture and arts.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is set on August 30, 2012.

She added that for the year 2013 priority proposals must fall under the concerns of the four sub-commissions as defined by the 19 national committees of NCCA namely, the sub-commission on arts, the sub-commission on cultural communities, the sub-commission on cultural heritage and the sub-commission on cultural dissemination.

Proposals must capture NCCA’s vision: “Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well-being”.

In a statement distributed after the briefing, the Commission’s Public Affairs and Information Office said that “projects must establish culture as pillar of sustainable development, advance creativity and diversity of artistic expression, and promote a strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts.”

Grants program of the NCCA, through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts or NEFCA is aimed to support “individuals and organizations in fields that are aligned with the Philippine culture and arts and in accordance with the defined priorities of each of national committees.”

For complete details on information regarding the submission of proposals, NCCA encourages interested groups and individuals to communicate with the Public Affairs and Information Office or PAIO of NCCA through land line number (632) 527-2192 or mobile number 0928-5081057. They can also log on to www.ncca.gov.ph or email at ncca.paio@gmail.com.

Persons with disabilities find work online

By Jeanevive D. Abangan

DAVAO CITY, July 21 (PIA) -- Persons with disabilities (PWDs) have found suitable means of earninga living on the internet.

Differently-abled graphic artist head, Darlito Palermo, engineer, said his organization established by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has paved way for about 50 PWDs in Davao City to work online, earning as much as P30,000 a month.

Palermo viewed online jobs as suitable for PWDs who need not go to workplaces which, mostly, have yet to establish accessible features such as ramps.

“The can work at home. They don’t need to go out, commute, and go to work in establishments which are not accessible,” he said.

PWDs are now working online for companies based in Singapore, Netherlands, the United States, Australia, and other developed countries, rendering services as virtual assistants, web designers, content writers, data encoder, remote PC assistant, among others.

Totally blind, 25-year-old Maricel Fornis of Sasa, Davao City shared her experiences working online during the Career and Employment Advocacy held Wednesday at SM City Annex in observance of the 34th National Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

Fornis said she lost her sight in a vehicular accident in February 2002, but she rose from the misfortune by training for online work.

She now serves as the virtual secretary of an executive director of a company based in Singapore. She arranges flight summaries, book hotels, coordinate meetings, and prepare documents for visa applications of her employer.

She views online work as beneficial to PWDs who would be spared from the hazards of mobile barriers because they only have to stay at home and work on their internet-connected personal computers. Working online makes them save expenses for transportation and fuel, she said.

Fornis also shared information about the values and attitudes which had help her stay long in online work. She said one must be determined, resourceful, initiative, conscious about the importance of global services and must be result-oriented.

“Gikinahanglan ang right attitude. Dali lang tun-an ang computer pero dili ang right attitude. Apan ang right attitude ang gikinahanglan kaayo. (Right attitude is needed. It is easy to learn how to use the computer but not the right attitude which is the most important),” she said.

Meanwhile, 30-year old orthopedic Gil V. Alfeche of Sasa, Davao City is now working as a quality control assurance officer of an English online tutorial company based in Singapore.

Recalling his quest for a job, he said he used to repair cellphone services, among other odd jobs after dropping from college as a graduating student of computer engineering of the University of Mindanao.

Because of his desire to look for jobs online, he borrowed money from friends just to buy his own computer unit and connected to the internet. That started opening up fortunes for him.

“Dili lang jud ta mawad-an ug paglaum. (Let’s not lose hope),” he said.


Intel launches 3rd Generation Intel Core processors in Davao

(CRAM)

INTEL Philippines launched on Wednesday in Davao City its Intel Ivy Bridge, a 3rd generation Intel Core processor family that will bring increased performance for gamers, media enthusiasts and mainstream users.

"We are looking at this evolution. It's a fast-paced evolution," Intel Philippines country manager Ricky Banaag said during the press launch at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites Davao.

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Banaag was referring to Intel's new quad-core processors which are available in powerful, high-end desktop, laptop and sleek all-in-one (AIO) designs. The new processors are the first chips in the world produced using Intel's 22-nanometer (nm) 3-D tri-Gate transistor technology.

With as much as 20 percent microprocessor performance improvements and new technologies to speed the flow of data to and from the chips, the new processors further extend Intel's overall performance leadership. All the things people love to do on their PCs--from creating and editing videos and photos, surfing the Web, watching HD movies or playing mainstream games--are now quicker, crisper and more life-like.

Banaag also highlighted the company's efforts to deliver user-centric experiences across a range of mobile devices from the Ultrabook to smartphones and tablets, pointing to momentum across all three.

"Our life experiences are defined by our senses--by what we see, hear and touch," Banaag said in a statement. "These human senses are also at the foundation of Intel's vision for the Ultrabook to deliver a no-compromise, must-have computing experience."

Banaag said they decided to launch the Intel Ivy Bridge in Davao because the city is a key area in Mindnao in the adaptation of technology.

More than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive Ultrabook systems are available now or will be for purchase within 30 days, with more than 110 designs expected in the next year. Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors, these new Ultrabook devices are more responsive and offer enhanced security in a selection of stylish designs for consumers and business users.

In addition to increased responsiveness and enhanced security features, Ultrabook devices powered by the new 3rd generation Intel Core processors deliver up to two times the media and graphics performance compared to the previous generation, long battery life and offer more choice of stylish, thin designs.

This new wave of Ultrabook devices wakes up in a flash, meaning systems will transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than 7 seconds and will also load favorite applications quickly1. Intel® Smart Connect Technology helps keep email and social networks automatically updated even while the Ultrabook sleeps, thus conserving power and battery life.

As security becomes more important to consumers who want peace of mind in the protection of their data and personal assets, the next wave of Ultrabook systems is equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel® Anti-Theft Technology that lets users automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen.

Additionally, all 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook devices have Intel® Identity Protection technology built in to keep peoples' identity safe and ensure that their favorite websites and social networks know it's really them when logging in.

Rain, water-level sensors to be given to LGUs

By Rudolf Ian G. Alama (PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY July 19 (PIA)-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) aims to distribute hundreds of rain and water-level sensors to local government units as part of its disaster risk-reduction and management strategy.

During a press conference of the Regional Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management Council held yesterday (July 18) at the Philippine Information Agency XI office in Davao City, DOST-XI Regional Director Anthony Sales said DOST is planning to give and install 400 water-level sensors and 600 automated rain gauges throughout the country by 2013.

The DOST has already installed 25 water level sensors and 186 automated rain gauges across the country. Sales said that these gauges were developed by DOST’s Advance Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). He added that an automated rain gauge costs around P100,000 per kit while a water-level sensor is priced at P200,000.

The equipment are part of Project Noah (Nationwide Operational Assessments of Hazards) which according to Sales brings to the barangay level the readiness and resilience of residents to disasters.

Project Noah with an estimated budget of P1.6 billion gives real-time warning and information to the public on impending calamities and weather disturbances.

The cost includes the procurement of Doppler radars by the end of 2012. The DOST is planning to install the weather radars in Tampakan in South Cotabato, Aparri in Cagayan Valley and Baler in Quezon Province. The country presently has six Doppler radars in Baguio, Subic, Tagaytay, Virac, Mactan and Hinatuan.

Sales said the Doppler radar and Hinatuan and the planned radar in Tampakan will cover the region.

The DOST-XI has set up six automated weather stations in the region, found in Mati City and Baganga in Davao Oriental, Jose Abad Santos in Davao del Sur, The Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte, the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration) weather station in Davao City, Nabunturan in Compostela Valley Province.

Some of the rain gauges will be installed in Smart and Sun cell sites as part of its partnership with these telecom companies.

Davao Cinematheque opened, Lino Brocka statue unveiled‏‏

By Rudolf Ian G. Alama (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - In what can be hailed as a truly momentous occasion, The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in cooperation with the City Government of Davao inaugurated last June 29, the Davao Cinematheque, a 120-seater premier venue along Palma Gil street for showcasing the cinematic arts — Filipino film classics, indie releases, and acclaimed foreign films — and the first of its kind in the highly progressive southern city. FDCP chairman Briccio Santos in his welcome remarks said that the cinematheque symbolizes, “The lifetime commitment of the Philippine government to advance the cause of the Philippine motion-picture industry, to revive and energize it.”

Gracing the inaugural festivities as guests of honor were chairman Santos, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Danilo Brocka, brother of National Artist for Film Lino Brocka, and French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon. Apart from a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing, a “hand print” ceremony was also held, where the guests of honor laid their hands into clay for posterity and to forever immortalize their presence in the event.

The inauguration also saw the turnover of a working 35-mm projector, a generous donation from SM Cinemas, while a major highlight of the day was the unveiling of the seven-foot statue of Lino Brocka fashioned by sculptor Jonas Roces. The statue was commissioned to recognize Brocka’s numerous artistic contributions in field of cinema, having created such renowned works as Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag, Jaguar, Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim, among others. In his very touching remarks on behalf of his family, Danilo relayed his sincerest appreciation and expressed joy and pride that the memory of his brother is kept alive many years after his untimely passing.

Other guests were Monika Kardova and David Kazda, councilor and Attaché respectively of the Czech Embassy in the Philippines; Christian Merer, Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in the Philippines; Sabrina Baracetti of the Udine Asia Pacific Film Festival and Kim Ji-Seok of the Busan Int’l. Film Festival

Davao City sets week for persons with disabilities

By Rudolf Ian G. Alama (RGA-PIA 11)

DAVAO CITY, July 17 (PIA) -- The city government of Davao declared July 17 to 23 as National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week. This is in line with the national observance of the 34th NDPR week set on the same date.

City Mayor Sara Duterte signed Proclamation No. 09 on July 11, which declares the observance of NDPR week in Davao City.

The NDPR week is held a week prior to the birthdate of Filipino hero, Apolinario Mabini, the sublime paralytic. Overcoming his physical disability, Mabini’s heroic acts during the Philippine Revolution and as one of the leaders of the first Philippine Republic greatly influenced the declaration and observance of the disability prevention and rehabilitation in the country.

The proclamation also recognizes the aspirations of Presidential Proclamation 240 which declares 2003-2012 as the Philippine Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

The decade is aimed at highlighting the goals of the state in promoting the plight of Filipinos with disabilities as well as their rehabilitation, self-development, self-reliance, and integration in the society.

The city proclamation adopts the NDPR’s Week theme, “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development,” where the city government realizes the importance of persons with disabilities by letting them enjoy the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. They actively contributing in nation-building.

Among the events to be held during the NDPR week include Pag-asa games on July 17; career and employment advocacy, entrepreneurship forum on persons with disabilities on the July 18. Also scheduled are regional livelihood and employment summit on July 19 and a job fair on July 20.

Duterte says he will still oppose mining activities in Davao City‏‏

By: Jose Dalumpines with reports from Armando B. Fenequito Jr.(Correspondent)

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reaffirmed his position against mining activities in the city as he stressed that it will bring more social ills than progress.

Speaking in the public affairs program, “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” he said he saw the need to speak out against mining after the crafting of the Executive Order 79 which intends to harmonize the mining industry in the country.

Duterte said his opposition to mining has stood way back in the 90s during his stint as the city’s chief executive. He also urged the national government to understand that his opposition to mining has been his stand ever since.

“I am against mining. If there is anything that I have to do officially, I will speak against it,” Duterte said.

In another forum, the vice mayor said that it will be illegal for anyone to do mining operations in Davao City without the corresponding permits from the government. He said that the military and the police will be ordered to stop any operation.

Duterte said even the communist rebels have strong objections against mining.

“Of course, I will not stop the rebels if that is their belief. I cannot force the New People’s Army to like mining. If that is their sentiment, that’s their business, if they want to do something about it, it is their business,” he said.

Duterte said that while the President is correct in saying that the national law prevails over any local legislation relative to mining, it is his firm stand to oppose mining activities in the city.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Teddy Casiño told reporters last Saturday that he is behind Duterte in declaring the city as a mining-free zone.

“We definitely support the policy of Davao City government not to allow mining. Especially in Davao City which is critical. The floods here have worsened and the water might be affected if mining is pursued,” Casiño said.

Earlier the city council passed on first reading a resolution urging three national agencies to declare especially Paquibato and Marilog districts as mining-free zones after Malacañang signed into law its new mining policy.

The proposal was referred to the committees on environment and natural resources, tourism and agriculture for appropriate action.

The resolution requested the Department of Agriculture (DA), National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to take prompt action.

Duterte said he and his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, already made a stand opposing mining operations on metallic resources such as gold, copper and silver. The vice mayor has been vocal on his opposition against mining since 1997.

Casiño also urged the Aquino government not to use EO 79 to water down the local ordinances protecting the environment from large-scale mining. He said Sec. 12 of the executive order should be removed because it will open its way forcing the local government to open up the areas which they declared as mining free zone.

Davao City to maximize staff services to harmonize revenue collections‏‏

(PNA), CTB/DDB/ldp/utb

DAVAO CITY, July 15 (PNA) — The city government here is currently filling in existing vacant positions in order to maximize the services of staff to help generate more revenues.

City acting administrative head of human resource development Erwin Alfaraque said over 300 vacant positions are being filled up to extend better service to the public.

Alfaraque said adding more personnel will harmonize revenue collection in the city.

He said more personnel are needed in the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) especially that the city is all out in implementing proper waste management and needs to strengthen its monitoring and advocacy on garbage segregation.

“As the city implements the ban on plastics, more personnel are also needed to monitor vendors on the use of biodegradable plastics,” he said.

The City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) is also another Department needing more manpower to ensure delivering services to remote barangays.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio recently approved the filling up of medical officers for the different health centers here.

Among the positions that were filled up were dentists, nurses and midwives.

Alfaraque said some 388 vacant positions in the city government consisted of both supervisory and non-supervisory positions.

Davao City has a total of 9,000 workers under job order deployed in the different departments and offices.

He explained that workers hired under job order are based on programs for a period of six months and renewable when their services are still needed.

There are also workers hired as contractual for technical services, he said.

Alfaraque said they are into renovating some existing buildings that houses different offices such as the City Cooperative Development Authority, City Agriculture Office and the City Veterenarian Office.

He said this is part of the government’s goal of providing better working environment to our workers and we plan to put up a four storey building to house these offices.

Alfaraque said they want the employees to be more productive, and corresponding incentives are given them as prescribed for a P2T productivity bonus yearly.

The grant of the bonus is based on the performance and both employee and supervisor discuss and agree on the ratings.

But he said there are cases that workers failed to meet the rating and were remove because of poor performance for two consecutive rating periods.

He said they do not hesitate to impose and decide on cases like.

“This is because we have strengthened personnel accountability by implementing an effective performance management system,” he said.

City's drainage ready for rainy season

(JOP)

IN THE wake of the rainy season, the City Engineer's Office (CEO) continues with the rehabilitation and maintenance of the city's major drainage system.

Roland Reyes, officer in charge of the CEO, told Sun.Star Davao Friday that they are confident the city is all set for the rainy days, in terms of original capacity of the city's major drainage system.

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"Gi-limpyoan namo ang mga main drainage sa city kay silted gyud kaayo (We have cleaned the city's major drainage because it was silted)," Reyes said.

Reyes assured that the city's drainage systems are well maintained and generally ready for the rainy season.

The CEO has also conducted maintenance works, including the drains along Dacudao and Roxas avenues.

"Ang capacity sa atong drainage system mag agad na sa ka kusgon sa ulan, kung subra ra ka kusog ang ulan, wala na tay mahimo ana, mo baha gyud na (The capacity of our drainage system will depend largely on the extent of the rains. If it's too heavy, then we cannot do anything about it, it will really overflow)," Reyes added.

At present, the CEO has nine drainage priority projects funded through the first supplemental budget.

Of the nine priority projects, three have been completed while the remaining six are now being constructed.

Reyes said they are thinking of proposing other projects to the City Mayor's Office for appropriate action.

Hedcor to plant over 3000 trees to protect Davao watershed

(CLC/PIA XI/Hedcor)

DAVAO CITY, July 13 (PIA) -- Hedcor, the largest developer and producer of run-of-river hydropower plants in the Philippines, will plant over 3,000 seedlings this month at Talomo District to support the sustainability of Talomo Watershed.

Cacao, durian, rambotan, narra (endemic trees) and rubber are among the species that Hedcor will plant in the area as requested by the host community.

This week, Hedcor will plant 1,000 trees in Barangay Tawantawan, Baguio District part of Talomo Watershed.

On July 21, over 2,000 trees will be planted in a simultaneous tree planting activity with the Aboitiz group of companies.

“Tree planting in partnership with host communities, has been observed regularly,” said Engr. Boy Jabonillo, Hedcor vice president for Business Development.

As part of the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) of Hedcor, the company conducts programs like reforestation, roadside rehabilitation and riverbank stabilization in the areas that host its hydro plants.

Almost 45,000 trees have already been planted this year.

Each employee of Hedcor plants at least 20 seedlings annually. Hedcor’s target is to plant 282,402 seedlings by the end of 2012.

Hedcor’s concern for the environment does not stop at tree planting. The company’s company forester also monitors and maintains the trees planted by Hedcor for up to three years to ensure their growth.

“There is a need to preserve our watershed. We ensure its protection and preservation by planting more trees each month of every year and ensuring a high survival rate,” Jabonillo stated.

Hedcor’s conservation of Talomo Watershed will support the generation of 4.47-MW Talomo Hydro Plants.

Hydropower generation is highly dependent on a healthy watershed. A steady supply of water is the lifeblood of Hedcor’s hydro plants.

Another of Hedcor’s various environmental initiatives is the Race-to-Reduce Program in which Hedcor monitors employees’ daily consumption of water, electricity and paper.

This program encourages individuals to become responsible consumers.

Hedcor also partners with its host communities in eco-market activities and practices proper waste segregation. The company pays for segregated garbage that it collects from residents of host communities on a quarterly basis.

Hedcor, the AboitizPower wholly-owned subsidiary, has 19 generating plants in the country.

Hedcor is ISO 14001:2004 certified for Environment Management Systems as a direct result of the company’s commitment to stewardship and environmental activities.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas : and City of Davao Seal Partnership Through Credit Surety Fund

(4-traders)

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in collaboration with the City Government of Davao, participating cooperatives and donor institutions formally launched today the Davao City Credit Surety Fund (DCCSF) at The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City.

The DCCSF is a surety fund established to help cooperatives and their micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) members secure collateral-free loans from banks. The surety fund is the pooled cash contributions of participating cooperatives, local government unit and other partner institutions.

BSP Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will lead the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ushering the creation of DCCSF as the 23rd Credit Surety Fund (CSF) in the country.

Eighteen cooperatives in the city have joined the DCCSF with an aggregate contribution of P5.40 million while the City Government of Davao through Mayor Duterte-Carpio pledged to contribute P5.10 million. The Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund, Development Bank of the Philippines and Land Bank of the Philippines have also expressed strong support to the CSF Program with their contribution pledges to augment the fund.

Different sectors are expected to benefit from this credit enhancement scheme which also serves as an alternative lending window for MSMEs. To enhance the skills of participating cooperatives, the program also integrates training component in the areas of business plan preparation, loan evaluation, risk management and accounting system. The BSP Monetary Board has also approved the rediscounting by banks of loans covered by the sureties issued by the CSF to ensure the flow of credit in the countryside.

Indian investor eyes Davao's potential for rice bran oil‏

(PNA)

DAVAO CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao City director Teololu Pasawa disclosed that an Indian investor who recently visited the city signified interest in the region's rice bran stocks that are left unprocessed to their fullest.

Pasawa said the investors from India made an ocular of an area that they had identified for a possible site of a coconut oil processing plant and saw the stocks of rice bran in almost all areas that they visited.

Although he did not disclose the names of the Indian investors, he said the rice bran also caught their attention for possible processing of oil and integrated this to their major business prospect of processing coconut oil.

He said he was told by the investor that in their country, rice bran is processed into oil and is marketed internationally because the demand is huge and also because consumers value the health benefits they get from using the rice bran oil (RBO).

Meanwhile, Pasawa said the investors are contemplating to set up the coconut processing plant either in Compostela Valley or in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

The proposed plant he said is about 500 tons but its full capacity is 1,000.

Once all documentation and negotiations on the ground are completed, the construction of the plant will proceed within six months, he said.

City willing to assist 'payong payong' owners

(JOP)

TO ASSIST owners of modified motorcycle commonly called as “payong-payong” in Davao City, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio said the city is ready to subsidize the cost for converting their old "payong-payong" to the standard design required by the government.

In her weekly press briefing Monday, Duterte-Carpio said the city is willing to shoulder up to 50 percent of the expenses incurred by owners of payong-payong to the prescribed design by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

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"We can give 50 percent tapos utangon nalang siguro nila ang (then they will borrow for the remaining) 50 percent" Duterte-Carpio said.

But the mayor said the city will only extend financial assistance for payong-payong conversion to those who own, operate, and drive their unit at the same time.

She said it will be more beneficial on the part of the operators to follow the prescribed design to make their operation legal, which means they have a lot of chance to earn more.

She said subsidy will not be extended to those who have operated more than a unit of paying-payong.

The mayor said the conversion would cost up to P9,000, depending on the shop doing the conversion.

Duterte-Carpio, however, said it would be better if the owners of existing payong-payong can find a shop that fabricates the standard design at a cheaper cost.

DOE policy to set health program for renewable energy workers

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

DAVAO CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- A proposed safety and health policy to be imposed in all renewable energy (RE) facilities would ensure protection program for the workers.

The health program and services for workers in RE facilities will be encapsulated in the occupational health requirements under the proposed Renewable Energy Safety, Health and Environment Rules and Regulations (RESHERR).

The Department of Energy (DOE) is finalizing the guidelines which will be required in all RE exploration, development, utilization and system operations in the country.

Lawyer Marissa Cerezo, DOE assistant director for Renewable Energy Management Bureau, said that RESHERR serves as policy guideline for RE operators, developers and contractors in ensuring safety and healthy environment and operations in the workplace.

Rule 6 of RESHERR specifies the occupational health requirements that mandate every employer to provide health program and services for the employees. This covers health examination, management and treatment of occupational injuries and diseases, immunization programs, health education and counseling, keeping of medical records, and other relevant health program. The program also includes health surveillance with biological monitoring, medical surveillance and symptoms injury, inspection and examination activities.

For the health services, the employer shall ensure the provision of necessary medical and dental services and facilities in accordance with the requirements of the occupational safety and health standards by the Department of Labor and Employment.

The employer shall also maintain necessary additional emergency medical supplies and medicines as recommended by the employer’s medical personnel.

Vital sanitary and welfare facilities in the workplace should be provided by the employer as required under Chapter VII of Presidential Decree 856 or the “Sanitation Code of the Philippines.”

Under the health services, the employer shall also ensure that suitable transport facilities are readily available, and sufficient number of persons are adequately trained and readily available to render first aid in the absence of a clinic or hospital near and/or in proximity to the workplace.

DOE has gathered views, comments and recommendations from RE developers, contractors and other stakeholders in a series of public consultations held last month in Baguio, Iloilo, Davao and Manila.

Cerezo said they have a month to consolidate all views, comments and recommendations before they could finalize the policy for approval by DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.

The promulgation of RESHERR aims to guarantee adequate safety and protection against hazards to health, life and property as well as pollution of air, land and water from RE operations.

It is pursuant to Republic Act No. 9513 or the “Renewable Energy Act” of 2008 and RA No. 7638 or the “Department of Energy Act” of 1992.

Pagdilao, Duterte open new CIDG building in Davao

By Alfred Dalizon

PHILIPPINE National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Director Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. and Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday formally opened the newly-renovated CIDG regional office building envisioned to better serve residents of Davao City and other parts of Southern Mindanao.

Pagdilao thanked Vice Mayor Duterte, local government units and non-governmental organizations in Davao province as well as members of the Community Investigative Support (CIS) in Region 11 for extending their full support to the renovation of the CIDG Regional Office 11 headquarters.

The CIDG chief said the newly renovated CIDG office is a testament to the healthy working relationship which CIDG Region 11 chief Senior Supt. Albert Ignatius Ferro has established with the local government as well as the active participation of NGOs and the CIS in complementing the effort of the CIDG to have a decent working place for its personnel in Davao City.

Pagdilao said the renovation which cost more than Php600,000 will give way to a high sense of decency and will certainly uplift the morale of the CIDG personnel in Davao.

During the blessing which also coincided with the oath-taking of 100 new CIS members in the city, Pagdilao stressed to the CIDG personnel the need for an aggressive campaign against loose firearms in and wanted persons Region 11.

Pagdilao said a stepped-up campaign against loose firearms must be implemented in Davao region as deterrence to the possible rise of firearms-related crime incidents in Mindanao as the country braces for the upcoming 2013 midterm elections.

Davao City seeks visitors’ statistics from hotels

(RGA/PIA11)

The city government of Davao urged hotels and lodging establishments to provide visitors’ statistics to government so that a real picture of the tourism and hotel industry can be made. Out of 125 hotels and lodging establishments in the city only 52 gave them the data which was asked by the city, said Jason Magnaye, City Investments and Promotions Center chief and current City Tourism officer of Davao City. Speaking before the Club 888 Media Forum at Marco Polo Davao held on July 4, Magnaye said that with incomplete statistics, they cannot provide industry players and potential investors the true picture of the hotel industry. He said that the city is asking establishments to submit their monthly hotel accommodation reports. The data from these reports can give them an accurate picture of the industry and provide benchmarks for growth targets. Magnaye said that based on the data from the 52 establishments, these hotels posted an average of 47.9 percent occupancy rate with each guest staying an average of two days. Data also show that 90 percent of the visitors are Filipinos while 10 percent are foreigners. East Asians comprise about 37 percent of the foreign guests followed by 21 percent coming from North American countries. About 32 percent of the visitors come for leisure while 29 percent are visiting for commercial and business reasons. The City Investments and Promotions head said that there are big hotels in the city who have not yet submitted their hotel accommodation reports. Magnaye said that in the next two years, they are expecting 1,000 hotel rooms to be added to the city. These include rooms from large hotel developments like the Kukun in Abreeza and the Radisson Hotel in SM Lanang, there are also smaller hotels being put up in the city.

Taxis accepting ATM payment debut in Davao City

(LBG, GMA News)

Cashless commuting debuted in Davao City Friday after a local taxi company deployed cabs that accept fare payment via automated teller machine (ATM) cards.

Premium units of Mabuhay Taxi have ATM card terminals where passengers can swipe their cards to pay their fares, radio dzBB's Davao affiliate reported.

The new cabs also boast of other high-tech features, including global positioning system (GPS) equipment that can transmit each cab's location, the report said.

With the new payment system, passengers need not worry about having the exact change for fares although they have to make sure their ATM accounts have enough funds, it added.

Also, the dzBB report said the cabs will still issue receipts to the passengers if needed.

Official reports 10-percent rise in investments in Davao City this year

(PNA), LAP/DDB/ldp/utb

DAVAO CITY, July 5 (PNA) - Investments in Davao City this year in terms of capitalization are better off than last year, Davao City Investment and Promotion Center head Jason Magnaye said.

He said this based on the figure issued by the Business Bureau.

Without giving numbers, Magnaye set for this year an increase of 10 percent.

He said that total capitalization for investment in 2011 was P187 billion as against 2010's P183 billion.

Magnaye reported that new hotels will open in the city namely Park Inn by Radisson in February 2013 and Cocoon Hotel in December.

"There are indicators of hope especially in terms of infrastructure," he said.

Magnaye said a township project is soon to locate here while other real property projects are in the pipeline.

He also said business registrants under tourism establishments such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and others accounted to 1,166 for the year 2011 while for the first six months this year, there were already 981 or about 84.3 percent as against last year.

Magnaye said they cannot give a complete figure of the arrivals in Davao, considering that less than half of the 125 hotels, inns and other accommodations that registered with the Department of Tourism here, only 52 submit regular reports as to arrivals and occupancy.

"We cannot present a hundred percent picture that is why we continue with our appeal to these tourism establishments to support our program through regular reporting," he said.

Magnaye noted that of the 52 establishments that submitted data, there were about 147,486 domestic tourist arrivals from January to April this year in Davao with 13,106 foreign visitors, and an average length of stay of two days.

Mt. Hamiguitan, Apo seek spot in Unesco Heritage Site list

By Antonio L. Colina IV

THE American Chamber of Commerce (ACC) in Davao City announced Tuesday that two mountains situated in Davao Region are vying for a spot in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage sites list.

Sonny Dizon, president of the ACC-Davao, speaking in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City, said these mountains are Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental, and the country's highest peak, Mt. Apo, in Davao del Sur.

Dizon said there are 29 natural wonders in the country vying to be included in the Unesco World heritage sites.

He said if the Unesco would declare these mountains as world heritage sites, initiatives on preservation and conservation will follow.

Dizon, however, said preservation and conservation initiatives must commence, with or without the declaration.

"It has to be done as soon as possible," he said.

Meanwhile, Dizon labeled Mt. Apo as the "giver of life," considering the fact it gives fertility to the soil.

"It (Mt. Apo) is like a sponge, without it rains will be out of control," he said, adding that the mountain also helps prevent flashfloods in the lowlands.

He said that the objective of Unesco in identifying the next world heritage site is to preserve the ancient ruins and natural wonders of nature.

The declaration of new Unesco World Heritage Sites is done once every three years. Some of the criteria include biodiversity, social effects, and threatened status of the sites.

"It is not the public that will put us there. There is a panel of judges who would decide," he said.

He said some local executives in Davao Region sent last week a letter of expression of support to the Unesco Philippines central office in Manila.

Dizon said he has not yet received the schedule as to when will be the declaration, adding that its central office in the country would like to keep the selection process a secret.

Mayor declares 2nd week of July MSME Week in Davao

(PR)

DAVAO City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte declared the second week of July as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Week celebration in Davao City through Proclamation No 6 Series of 2012 as concrete manifestation of its commitment to actively advance the concerns of MSME in Davao City.

Spearheaded by the Davao City Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, several activities are lined-up for the MSME Week celebration slated on July 9 to 13 such as the MSME Week Exhibit at the Davao City Pasalubong Center and Abreeza Ayala Mall, Seminars and Trainings for MSMEs, Financing Forum, Food Safety Seminar in Public Markets, among others.

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Other activities are Solid Waste Management Seminar by City Environment and National Resources Office (CENRO), Knowing Your Currency and Briefing on the Credit Surety Fund (CSF) by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Financing Forum, Techno-Demo on Scented and Decorative Candle Making by DOST XI, Food Safety Seminars in Public Markets, Financial Management Seminar by DTI DCFO, Branding and IPO Seminar, How to Start a Business and Simple Bookkeeping Seminar, and Anti-Corruption & Integrity Initiatives Seminar by DCCCII.

At present, 30 producers are joining the Exhibits showcasing their products and services such as processed food, souvenir items, home decor, jewelry, miracle oil, skin care, beads and bags, etc.

Also, showcases of OTOP or One Town One Product, and Davao Branding System will be displayed at the exhibit venues during the weeklong celebration.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises who are interested to join the exhibits and trainings may contact Fem Garcia of DCCCII at telephone no. 2264433; 2214148, and/or DTI Davao City Field Office at tel no 2240511 local 208 and look for Arriel Nengasca.

Heaven Scent: An Art Exhibition Showcasing Filipino Good Values

By Michael Angelo Dakudao

Davao City is the visual arts centre in the Mindanao region. Research works state that the most noteworthy developments in the field of the visual arts in Mindanao have been attributed to Davao. The pioneering art institutions in Mindanao were established in the city such as the Fine Arts Department of the Philippine Women’s University; and the Ford Academy of the Arts which was founded in 1980 with the praiseworthy partnership of writer/educator Madame Aida Rivera-Ford and the National Artist Victorio Edades. The respected Jose V. Ayala also founded the Art Association of Davao which did its share in nurturing and developing fine artists and art organizations which became the backbone for the Davao Artists Foundation of later years. The Davao Artists Foundation is “a federation of art groups and individuals which aims to uplift the plight of artists and give the artists a unified voice in the community.”

Art lovers Fe and Nick del Rosario contributed immensely in professionalizing the city’s gallery system in the early 1970’s along with Ma. Josefina “Josie” Carriedo-Tionko, the proprietor of the Asiatic Gallery. Not to forget the no-nonsense (strict in other words) artist-entrepreneur, Julito “Lito” N. Pepito, who once provided a home for Davao artists in his Atelier Karl Strasse Gallery, “the clearing house of the Davao Artists Foundation.”

It was, indeed, a blessing that I got to talk with the always prim-and-proper Josie Carriedo-Tionko recently. Naturally, the topic was on arts and the Davao artists. Bina Balchand, Chito R. Gavino III, Celso R. Pepito, Lito N. Pepito, Josie Carriedo-Tionko and Arnel Villegas are putting up the Heaven Scent Art Exhibition this coming July 2-8, 2012, at the SM City- Davao’s New Annex Wing.

“Throughout the centuries and the civilizations that developed over time, Art has been used as a tool for education. Art educates and shows the beauty and dignity of the body-soul union and its relationship to God. Art inculcates the importance of preserving nature and its benefits to mankind. Art vividly records the culture and the achievements of a nation. Art majestically shows the good, the true and the beautiful in God’s creation,” Josie explained convincingly straight from a true artist’s heart. Naturally, Davao’s self-taught triumvirate of contemporary visual arts namely Josie Carriedo-Tionko, Lito N. Pepito and Arnel S. Villegas are all excited to join the other Davao artists for the opening this July 2, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.

“The art exhibition, which we are all so honoured to be invited to giving us the opportunity to showcase our own artworks, aims to bring back the good values to the Filipino people, especially the youth of our land. The theme of the art exhibit is ‘Heaven Scent.’ Heaven connotes beauty, happiness, bliss, and most of all, Godliness…This is a visual arts exhibit about nature and goodness—of matters that seriously figure in people’s daily lives,” Josie added.

In fact, this art exhibit is the Davao artists’ reaction to what they described as the “sacrilegious and blasphemous public presentation of works deceptively posing as art.” As this particular group of Davao artists explained, “This art exhibit is a wake-up call to a fast secularizing society and the dangerous path it is threading on which is the total rejection of Truth. It is an urgent reminder to return to the basics of Righteousness. Art and all the other human endeavours must be, first and foremost, for the greater glory and honour of God.”

“In a way, the exhibit will surely give us a good perspective of the several trail blazers in the local art scene in the interpretation of their own Heaven Scent. With the cooperation of SM City-Davao, the Heaven Scent exhibit will definitely promote good values, friendship and cultural understanding,” Josie Carriedo-Tionko, who is quite known for her peaceful and tranquil works of art, opined.

“On my part, I look at this exhibit as a good opportunity to generate pubic interest for Filipinos to further develop their sense of understanding towards the importance of art in nation-building. In our country, visual artists are stereotyped as starving artists and do not get as much respect accorded their counterparts in more developed countries. As an artist, I feel more appreciation, recognition and respect from foreigners whenever I’d exhibit my artworks abroad,” said the friendly visual artist cum photographer cum businessman, Arnel S. Villegas.

Davao principals, teachers attend kids protection gab

By Antonio L. Colina IV

THE Department of Education (DepEd) conducted on Saturday an orientation on Child Protection Policy in schools to around 300 teachers and principals in Davao Region.

In an interview at the Alexian Brothers on Saturday, Maria Antonia Diaz, DepEd regional assistant schools division superintendent, said the orientation was intended to educate teachers and principals on the DepEd Order 40, or the policy and guidelines on protecting children in school from abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying and other forms of abuse.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro issued the order last month to DepEd regional offices in the country.

"We advocate to promote the Child Protection Policy to principals and teachers so that they will know about the policy," she said.

Diaz said that after the orientation, the Education department in the region is hoping the public schools will become more adept at handling cases of abuse within the concerned school.

The Child Protection Policy indicates two main forms of child exploitation -- are sexual and economic exploitations.

In the policy, it also shows three kinds of violence against children committed in schools -- physical, sexual, and psychological.

Meanwhile, the policy provides preventive measures to address the cases of bullying and cyber-bullying, and corporal punishment.

Diaz added it is necessary that principals and teachers will know about the policy so that they can correct the traditional approach of teaching just like collecting fees from students as payment for every violation.

"Nag-change na ang atong society (Our society has changed already)," she said.

John Diviva, program coordinator of Plan International, said the Child Protection Policy was emulated from the non-government organization's initiative to pilot-test a child program policy program in some schools in Quezon City in 2008.