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Protein 6.7 gm Cow's milk: 3.2 gm
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USAID, through the Philippine Environmental Governance Project, assisted the local government (Davao City) in establishing, through a local ordinance, the mangrove area as a marine protected area. A crucial part in effective coastal resources management is law enforcement with Bantay Dagat teams playing a crucial role by safeguarding local waters. In Davao City Philippines, Bantay Dagat members protect mangrove areas from illegal cutting, thus conserving areas for fisheries and marine biodiversity habitats.
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Council approves city, Unicef MOU

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

THE 17th City Council approved on first reading a memorandum of understanding (MOU) entered between the City Government of Davao and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) relative to the procurement services of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF).

The RUTF will be used in the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) project of the city.

A draft of the MOU read that the Unicef will be the one in-charge of procurement services, in which the organization will provide the supplies, equipment and services.

Aside from standard supplies or supplies whose specification are recommended by them, the Unicef will also provide non-standard supplies or supplies that are not listed in the Unicef supply catalogue or list at the time of procurement.

The City Government, on the other hand, will make advance payment to the Unicef as set out in the cost estimate given. The Unicef will make the arrangements of the air shipments of vaccines.

City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pushed for the implementation of a global protocol that will be integrated in the nutrition program of all barangays in the city to manage the rising problem on malnutrition.

Duterte signed Executive Order 26 last May 27, seeking to integrate and institutionalize the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (Imam) in the local health system of Davao City.

“Imam is a set of updated and scientifically-proven protocols that can be used by health providers to manage acute malnutrition cases in the target age group of 6-59 months, who are the most vulnerable,” the EO reads.

The EO mandates that the Imam protocol will become part of the minimum service package in nutrition in all barangays.

Duterte directed the CHO to lead the implementation and integration of the Imam down to the barangay level.

10th ID gets 4 ambulances

By Ivy C. Tejano

THE Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division received Saturday four brand new 4X4 emergency vehicles donated by Davao City Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles at the Army's 10th Division's Bayanihan Center in Panacan, Davao City.

10th ID spokesperson Vergel Lacambra said the congressman personally turned over the vehicles around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

He added that the donation was timely as it will boost the operational readiness and capability for humanitarian assistance and disaster response of the division.

Major Cerilo Bermudez, the Army's chaplain in Region 11, blessed and prayed for the vehicles' noble and safe transport, Lacambra said.

He added that the division commander Major Gen. Eduardo M. Año thanked Nograles and other well-meaning individuals who facilitated the donation.

"Sabingani Major General Año, it's a dream come true and an answered prayer, as this new ambulance will surely boost the morale of the troops knowing that if something happens to them while performing their duties there's an ambulance with life support equipment that could assist them," Lacambra said.

Año assured the congressman and the public that the new ambulances will also be available for public use in the conduct of Peace and Development Outreach Program especially in far flung communities, Lacambra said.

2nd series of city-wide social survey released


THE Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), through the University Research Council, released Friday the second series of the City-Wide Social Survey (CWSS).

Project leaders for CWSS Mildred Estanda and Dr. Christine Diaz said during the presentation of the survey Friday at the Addu Finster Auditorium that the sample size was composed of 630 respondents who were chosen randomly across the three districts in Davao City; 51.4 percent of the respondents were females while the rest were males.

The survey was conducted from October 20 to 26 and was administered with the help of four field supervisors and 22 enumerators.

Diaz said the topics in the survey included socio-demographic characteristics, household facilities, labor forces, awareness on topics including the Asean 2015 integration, political issues, peace and order, social inequality and happiness index.

"We have adapted a random sampling with a sampling error of positive negative four and a 95 percent level of significance. So despite our limited sample size we can assure that our survey is reliable. In fact, we have also adapted the Social Weather Station method and in their case they had a sample size of 1,200 respondents and that is on the national level," Estanda said.

University Research Council chair Lourdeista Chan told guests that the survey is primarily intended to acquire comprehensive data on the socio-political and economic profile of the city.

"But even though our surveys have not included any recommendations, these series of surveys may also help lawmakers, business players and other sectors in making policies and other development programs," Chan said.

Gabriela Women's Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan, who was among the guests during the launch of the survey on Friday, urged the researchers to make the survey more available for the public, as it may be a good basis especially for lawmakers and civil society groups to address the pressing concerns in the city.

This statement was affirmed by Davao City Councilor Bernard Al-ag, who vowed to make use of the data if it has been thoroughly disseminated to the public.

Davao City working on nutrition strategy for mothers, children


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – The city council committee on health is fine-tuning an ordinance targeting to implement a maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (MNCHN) strategy for Davao City.

In an email interview Wednesday, council committee chair on health Mary Joselle Villafuerte said the committee was set to invite interested stakeholders to make the ordinance more comprehensive.

According to Villafuerte, maternal mortality in the city as of 2010 has been at 62 deaths per 100,000 live births, with the figures above the Millennium Development Goal of 52 per 100,000 live births.

This means that 15.5 infants died in every 1,000 live births.

The proposed ordinance could help lower infant mortality, Villafuerte said.

She said the main reason for the high figures was the absence of a health-seeking behavior, which made pregnant women unaware of the importance of accessing pre-natal services.

The councilor also attributed this to a shortage in supplies, equipment, facilities and trained service providers that led to the continuing services of hilots or “traditional birth attendants.”

The MNCHN program provides for the access of services for the poor, ensures the adequate source of safe blood supply, conducts the health promotion activities for MNCHN services, and plans for appropriate service delivery, governance, regulation, health human resource, financing, and health information systems.

The ordinance also aims to link up with public and private comprehensive and basic emergency obstetric and newborn care facilities, as well as partnerships with skilled birth attendants and hospital birthing facilities.

The MNCHN ordinance also provides for alternative distribution points and other sources of MNCHN commodities, as well as other support for transportation and communication channels by different sectors such as representatives from government and non-government organizations.

Imports in Davao reach P15B in Q2

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that Davao Region's total imports for the second quarter of 2014 reached $354.68 million, which is equivalent to P15.95 billion.

Based on data released by PSA-Davao, the total imports increased by 25 percent to $354.68 million, or P15.95 billion ($1=44.97 as of November 26), from April to June this year as compared to the $283.34 million, or P12.74 billion, in the same period in 2013.

The top 10 imported commodities are mostly construction materials, minerals, chemicals, paper, machines, and wheat.

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude, topped the list as the most imported product in the city at $88.19 million. The major source of the commodity is Taiwan at $75.52 million. It is followed by Singapore ($12.09 million), Thailand ($523,991), and Malaysia ($55,519).

The second most imported products are uncoated kraft paper and paperboard, in rolls or sheets, at $15.19 million. The United States is the major source of the commodity at $9.03 million. It is followed by New Zealand ($2.40 million), Australia ($1.86 million), Russia ($475,663), and Germany ($330,811).

Placing third are structures and parts of structures at $13.74 million. These include bridges, bridge sections, lock-gates, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frame works, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, shutters, ballustrades, pillars and columns, among others.

Taiwan is also the major source of these commodities at $12.25 million, it is followed by China ($645,750), South Korea ($544,901), India ($74,423), and Colombia ($512,674).

Also among the top 10 most imported commodities are nitrogenous mineral or chemical fertilizers ($13.09 million); steam or other vapor generating boilers ($12.53 million); other uncoated paper and paperboard, in rolls or sheets, not further worked or processed ($12.20 million); machines and mechanical appliances having individual functions ($11.87 million); insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, anti-sprouting products, plant growth regulators, disinfectants and other similar products ($11.41 million); glazed ceramic flags and paving and glazed ceramic mosaic cubes ($10.92 million); and wheat and meslin ($8.67 million).

Imports are coming from Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, United States, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Germany, China, South Korea, India, Colombia, Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia, among others.

New program to boost Davao's position as Mice destination

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

TOURISM industry players have joined forces for “Let's Meet in Davao Mice” program in a bid to boost the city's position as a preferred destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and events (Mice).

The Let's Meet in Davao Mice program is a collaboration between the Davao City Government, Davao City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO), Department of Tourism (DOT)-Davao, the Mice Execom, and other Mice partners like hotels and restaurants.

The program aims to assist planners and organizers succeed in their Mice programs and objectives in Davao Region; to increase Mice activities in Davao in a bid to position the city for the Mice market; to make Davao as a choice for Mice activities; and to promote and market Davao City as one of the preferred tourism destinations.

Program components include "arrival resources," which can be availed as incentives in hosting events in Davao; Mice desk equipped with necessary information about Mice; and industry sector participation from accommodation facilities and hotel industry sector that will give out special Mice rates.

The program will be a year-round initiative that will run from 2015 to 2016.

CTOO officer-in-charge Lisette Marques told Sun.Star Davao that they came up with the program to make Davao City more attractive for the hosting of Mice activities and programs.

"We would like to really make it more advantage or attractive for them to conduct meetings here," she said.

Under the collaboration, DOT-Davao will co-organize road shows spearheaded by the CTOO and Mice Execom; provide the CTOO the support to top 10 key events or Mice accounts that will be targeted with the Mice Execom for 2015 and 2016; and give incentives as indicated on the Mice Manual 2014-2015.

The Davao City Government will spearhead the road shows this year, inviting media partners, Mice planners, and tourism associations in various locations in Manila; work on the possible issuance of a council resolution to waive permits in the installation of streamers around the city for Mice related events registered through the Mice website (; provide with the DOT the support to top ten key events or Mice accounts; co-presenter of DOT in the program; and provide policy direction and promotional and logistical support.

The Mice Execom shall be the consultative body that will be working with the DOT and CTOO in the processes of the Mice program; come up with incentives; familiarization tour for targeted associations and organizers; and co-spearhead the road shows.

Partner hotels will give special rates for the Let's Meet in Davao Mice program valid for 2015 to 2016; display the Let's Meet in Davao Mice program logo or poster; and promote the program through their own campaigns or channels.

Partner restaurants will give out special rates for the program valid for 2015 to 2016; display the program logo and posters; and promote the program through their own campaigns or channels.

Marques said they are hoping to get 10 big Mice activities for 2015 through the Let's Meet in Davao Mice program.

DMSF launches high-end CT scan

By Antonio L. Colina IV

THE Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) Inc. launched Monday a P48-million worth Philips Ingenuity Core 128-Slice CT Scan that will support the hospital's operation.

In a press conference on Monday, DMSF Inc. president Jonathan Alegre said the acquisition of a new medical equipment is a milestone for the hospital since it can expedite the process of diagnosing a patient.

With state-of-the-art medical equipment in place, Alegre is hoping to serve more patients with quality services at an affordable price.

DMSF is not the first hospital to acquire a 128-slice CT Scan, but the hospital is the first one to utilize a medical equipment manufactured by Philips, which is safer since it uses low-dose radiation.

Dr. Samuel Bangoy, a radiologist of DMSF, said that it is not anymore how advanced the technology in place that's needed but rather how safe it is to the patients.

In this case, the Philips 128-Slice CT scan takes only a shorter time to come out with the results, thus the lesser the patient's exposure to radiation.

"To scan an entire body, it will only take about 10 to 15 minutes. Before, it takes hours," he said.

He added that they are also hoping to serve patients of the other hospitals in Davao City who will need the services of the 128-Slice CT Scan.

Council urged: Allow e-trikes to travel on city streets


A COMPANY engaged in manufacturing of electrically-charged tricycles requested the City Council to grant them a franchise allowing e tricycles to travel around Davao City.

The Philippine Etrans Manufacturing Corp. sent a letter to Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV, expressing intent to register their electric vehicles.

Song He, director of Phil. Etrans, said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) only allows e-tricycles' registration under private vehicles.

"There is a need for us to apply for the registration for our electric vehicles because if the same will not be registered, the purpose of our company in providing or or manufacturing electrically charged vehicles will be defeated since it cannot be used to cater the public or the commuters of the city," he said in his letter.

The company manufactures maximum of 3,000 vehicles per month like e-motorcycles, e-tricycles and e-jeepneys.

P6-M for city's SAM kids

By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador (KGL)

AN OFFICIAL from the Davao City Health Office (CHO) said Thursday that they will allocate around P6 million for the Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) kids as one of their priorities in 2015.

SAM kids are identified as not only underweight but are the ones who can die anytime because of hunger.

CHO head Joy Villafuerte, in a media interview, said that CHO's other priorities for their 2015 budget, which will still be around P270 million, are family planning and the promotion of healthy lifestyle.

"We wanted to focus also on the lifestyle kasi yan man talaga ang prevention, health lifestyle wala kang hypertension, heart disease o diabetes," she said.

Villafuerte also said that they plan to increase the supply of the implanon (an injectable rod for women that helps prevent pregnancy). For their Department of Health (DOH) counterpart projects, Villafuerte said that they will focus on finishing all their structures and facilities like health centers, wellness centers and pediatric centers.

"Facilities and equipment yung focus nang DOH while yung sa amin yung routine," she said.

Davao Media Freedom Day celebration today

(Sun Star Davao)

MEMBERS of the media industry in Davao City will be coming together today, November 22, at Ateneo de Davao University for the pre-empted celebration of the 5th Davao Media Freedom Day.

Davao Media Freedom Day was organized and officially declared as such by no less than former Davao City mayor Sara Z. Duterte last November 23, 2010 as Davao media’s move to perpetuate the learnings that can be gleaned from the Ampatuan Massacre.

Thus, the Davao Media Freedom Day is celebrated in time with the number of years since the massacre. But with November 23 this year being a Sunday, activities have been set earlier, which is Saturday.

This year’s theme is: “Gagged. Threatened. Killed. #Free?” to underscore impunity and the government’s inaction on the Freedom of Information Bill.

In the morning will be an amazing race type of game organized by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Nico Alconaba, as well as an essay writing contest for those who cannot join the race to be handled by Sun.Star Superbalita managing editor Alger Dura.

Participating media groups will be setting up a mini exhibit for students to browse around and get a feel of how it is to be in the media industry.

In the afternoon will be a forum that will have Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate and National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP)’S Nonoy Espina as guest speakers with panel of reactors from local media outlets including ABS-CBN Davao, GMA-Davao and 109.5 Balita FM.

Judith D. Dalagan, chair of the AdDU Mass Communication Department, will be the one to welcome the participants composed of journalists and Communication Arts students, while Sun.Star Davao’s Stella A. Estremera will be giving the brief history of the celebration.

Estremera, along with Zarate and AdDU’s Gemima Valderrama, is a member of the group that first convened the celebration.

For this year’s celebration, the main movers are Sun.Star Davao, Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA-Davao, ABS-CBN Davao, 105.9 Balita FM, NUJP, Mindanao Times, Mindanews, and Communications Majors Alliance of Davao City with the support of the Mindanao Development Authority.

MinDA assures monitoring of the P8.6B investment prospects from BIMP-EAGA confab

(PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) – An official of the Mindanao Development Authority assured that the agency will continue to monitor and keep track of the developments of the P8.6 billion worth of investment prospects of Mindanao drawn from the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders conference recently held in the city.

“Certainly, we’ll keep track and monitor developments of those projects so we’d be able to see conclusions of those investments discussed in the form of Memorandum of Agreement or Joint Venture Agreement which will signal the start of the investments,” stated MinDA’s investment and promotion director Romeo Montenegro.

Montenegro said exchange visits by companies such as from Thailand and Malaysia will be expected as the generated investment leads of projects will continue to be explored by Mindanao key players and foreign counterparts.

Earlier, MinDA said that the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines–East ASEAN Growth Area and the Indonesia Malaysia Thailand–Growth Triangle (BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT) initiative will serve as Mindanao’s platform for the upcoming Economic Community.

“Mindanao is expected to be ahead in terms of taking advantage of the opportunities in the ASEAN integration,” said Montenegro who recently graced as among the guest speakers during the 12th Mindanao Communicators Network Congress held recently in Zamboanga City.

He said among the big ticket investments that were explored during the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT business matching included the proposed coffee plantation in Sultan Kudarat and the oil palm plantation in North Cotabato amounting to P1.5 billion each.

Another project prospects were the oil depot in the Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao worth P440 million and a P350 million worth of corn processing facility in South Cotabato.

Discussions have also been going on concerning the possible establishment of connectivity between the Port Labuan in Malaysia and Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao.

Montenegro said the investment prospects are spread across Mindanao including the Bangsamoro areas, adding that “efforts to draw investments towards Bangsamoro areas are equally improving with the anticipated setting up of the Bangsamoro government later on.”

Mindanao export products will also be pushed to be able to top into the larger market of Asean which is assured of 600 million consumer population from the ten ASEAN member countries, he said.

Mindanao will also be able to present itself as investment destination for the production expansion of several multi-national companies in terms of locating their products in Mindanao, Montenegro stated.

The MinDA official believed that Mindanao will have a higher chance of drawing investors, noting its competitiveness advantages such as the cheaper cost of electricity and the presence of more productive labor and agriculture sectors.

MinDA has said that “Mindanao will be positioned as ASEAN’s food basket with the eventual goal of becoming the primary source of industrial crops, producing mass volumes of essential raw materials necessary for processing into more valuable products.”

Council approves P5.8B 2015 budget

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

THE 17th City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday the P5.8-billion 2015 budget.

The annual budget is pegged at P5,813,841,960 -- P4,589,920,456 goes to general fund proper while P129,862,807 will cover operational expenses of the eight economic enterprises and P1,094,058,697 for development fund (infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects).

The City Mayor's Office (CMO) gets the highest chunk of the 2015 budget with a total appropriation of P1,691,979,732 or 36.9 percent of the general fund proper.

The CMO budget includes funds for the peace and order program, the Central 911, Traffic Management Center and eight other units/offices like the Business Bureau, Lingap, Crisis Intervention, Barangay Development, Traffic Signalization Project and Intensified Canal Clean-Up and Drainage Project and Sidewalk vendors Demolition Team.

Gov. Generoso Bridge II opens

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

AFTER being delayed for over a month, Governor Generoso (Bankerohan) Bridge II finally opened Monday, allowing a now easier flow of traffic in the area.

The rehabilitation of the bridge began on April 23 of this year with an allocation of P63 million and to be done by Oscar Sarmiento Construction.

The completion date was supposed to be on October 6 but it was moved to November 6 then to November 15 due to construction delays.

The opening of the bridge was lead by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Davao headed by Regional Director Mariano Alquiza and the City Government of Davao headed by lawyer Mariano Alquiza.

Personnel and the officials of the Traffic Management Council were also present during the opening.

"Lipay tang tanan kay nahuman na ang tulay although naay pa'y gamay gamay na buluhaton sa ilalom pero ma-agihan na ang kalsada (We are happy that the bridge is already finished although there are a few more finishing touches that needed to done under the bridge but it is now passable by motorists)," Alquiza said.

The rehabilitation of the bridge was done after it was discovered that the main posts or piers holding the bridge were weakened brought by long use, constant battering from flood debris, and illegal quarrying operations.

The Governor Generoso Bridge II rehabilitation project included the strengthening of the piers or the main posts. An asphalt overlay on the bridge was also done.

"The bridge is good as brand new," said Alquiza, adding that the bridge will have a longer life span brought by the rehabilitation.

DPWH project manager engineer Alvin Cabueñas said there will be a monthly inspection on the bridge and a yearly detailed inspection as part of their maintenance.

Dutch firm taps BPO firm to develop multi-layer online game

By Reuel John F. Lumawag (KRP)

A DUTCH-OWNED company Maata Games has tapped Davao City-based business process outsourcing (BPO) company for the development of a new massively multi-player online game (MMOG).

The partnership will be the first of its kind to be done between the Davao-based ICT-BPO company, Next BPO Solutions Inc. (NBSI), and the Netherland-based game development company.

MMOG is "an online video game which can be played by a very large number of people simultaneously."

Entitled as Erectus, the game is about the clash of civilizations of Homo Sapiens and Homo Erectus 130,000 years ago. The game is targeted for players who are 16 years old and above.

The development started early this month and is expected to be completed for launch on March 2015, wherein it will be first introduced in four languages -- English, Dutch, Japanes, and Tagalog.

Maata Games managing partner Paul Ludwig told reporters on Friday evening that the conceptualization, designing, and the development of the gameplay and storyline has already been done in the Netherlands and the programming and coding will be done here in Davao City by five developers from NBSI.

He said they have sent a scrum master to prepare the Davao City developers for the game development of Erectus. Ludwig will be travelling back and forth between the Netherlands and Davao to check on the game development.

Ludwig said once completed, Erectus will be a free to play browser-based game wherein players will "raise" their civilization to attack or form alliances with other players. He said an in-game shop will be available where players can purchase things to boost their camp.

He said they have considered outsourcing the work in Eastern Europe but decided to go for the Philippines because the cost of doing business here would be cheaper.

"One thing that I was very sure of is programmers here are really qualified to do the job... I am certain the job here will be done properly," Ludwig said, adding that what makes the Philippine programmers unique is that they are able to work efficiently in a team environment.

He said the partnership between NBSI and Maata Games will not be a one-time partnership but will be a continuing one once the game is launched. After the browser-based Erectus is launched, they are hoping to develop it into a mobile game application once they are able to grab a large market of players.

He said what set this game apart from their competitors is it is more focused on the storyline and has a lot of history in it.

"The project basically shows that it can be done here in Davao City. We are very competitive in the skills side," said Xavier Eric B. Manalastas, president and chief executive officer of NBSI.

"This is a good milestone for the software industry of Davao City. We are very pleased to showcase the quality and capabilities of our developers here and the Maata Games has selected Davao City to be the launching pad for their global game," Atty. Sam Matunog, president of ICT Davao, said in a statement.

Pamasko bowling opens on Dec. 4


IT'S all set for the Mayor Rody and Vice-Mayor Pulong Duterte Pamaskong Handog Open Bowling tournament that will begin on December 4 at the Fair Lanes Bowling Center.

Games are also scheduled on December 9, 11 and 12.

Sunday Bowlers Club board of director Emie Orteza bared this in a text message to Sun.Star Davao recently.

A total of P35,000 and trophies are at stake.

The event is sponsored by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte through City Mayor's Office chief of staff Christopher "Bong" Go and Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) headed by William "Butch Ramirez.

Davao sets incentives for MICE market

By Carmencita A. Carillo

DAVAO CITY -- The tourism sector here remains confident of capturing a significant share of the Meetings, Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) market even after the city failed to make it as one of the six venues for the Asia Pacific Economic Meetings (APEC) in 2015. “APEC or no APEC there are many opportunities for Davao City,” said Arturo P. Boncato, Department of Tourism (DOT) assistant secretary.

The local government, DOT and the tourism private sector signed an agreement on Nov. 13 for a more aggressive MICE campaign for Davao City in 2015-2016.

MICE incentives for 2015-2016 have also been lined up, including arrival assistance resources and discounts from participating shopping malls, among others.

Ma. Felisa Marques, City Tourism Officer, said they are also working on the possibility of having the city council issue a resolution that will waive all permits and fees in the installation of streamers around the city for MICE-related events that have registered through the website.

Davao was considered one of the contenders for at least one APEC meeting as it topped the readiness and security preparedness requirements of the committee during their inspection.

However, it was not included in the final list after various foreign travel advisories were issued against Mindanao.

The areas approved to host the APEC meetings are Metro Manila; Bagac, Bataan and Clark, Pampanga in Central Luzon; Tagaytay City and Cavite in Calabarzon; Legazpi City and Albay in Bicol Region; Boracay, Aklan and Iloilo City and Iloilo Province in Western Visayas; and Cebu in Central Visayas.

Mr. Boncato said there are still smaller APEC meetings and working group discussions next year and there remains a chance that Davao could serve as the venue.

“Next year is APEC year and even if Davao is not part of the approved major destinations, there will still be opportunities for the city because the events here will focus on mini destinations, “ he said.

Mr. Boncato pointed out that Davao’a hosting of two international events this year proved the city has both the facilities and the capacity for MICE activities.

The city hosted the Philippines Development Forum (PDF) on the Bangsamoro, which was attended by representatives of international funding institutions alongside government officials, and the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area-Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (BIMP-EAGA IMT-GIT) Trade Fair and Leaders Conference last month.

Torotot festival set on December 31

By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador

DAVAO City will again hold the Torotot Festival on December 31 in another bid to make it to the Guinness Book of World Record, an official of the 2014 Pasko Fiesta executive committee (Execom) said.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, spokesperson of the 2014 Pasko Fiesta sa Dabaw execom, said during the I-Speak Media Forum at the Davao City Hall Thursday they will stage it with the support of the same telecommunication company and they will make it "bigger and better" than last year.

He said that for the upcoming Torotot Festival, they will clarify the time of blowing the torotot or party horns, which will be at 10 p.m. of December 31 in order to beat Japan's record of 6,900 people.

"We only had 3,500 attendees inside the area last year so we did not beat their record," Alejandre said.

He also said that for this year, they will also tap several barangays to make the torotots.

"We will make the torotots here in Davao kasi nalaman natin na yung ts orotots last year was from Manila pa pala and we also want the barangays to have an additional income," he said.

Alejandre said they are currently looking for an area to hold the said event.

"We are actually looking for another place because our night market is at Roxas Avenue so we are looking for San Pedro St or Sta. Ana Avenue for the approval of the TMC but they really want to stage the event in Roxas but it may be crowded so that's the two areas," he said.

All systems go for biggest party in Mindanao

(PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY- All is set for Carte Blanche 2014, the biggest dance party in the southern Philippines.

To be held this Saturday, November 15 at the concert grounds of the Crocodile Park here in Davao City, organizers are eyeing to break the record of 10,033 attendees during the first staging of the electronic dance music festival.

Event organizer Kat Dalisay says they are preparing for a much bigger event than last year.

“We have 100 bouncers, four mobile patrol vehicles with 10 policemen, 10 security guards, two ambulances and six first aid stations.” Dalisay said.

Dalisay who have now patched up with the City Government after a controversial squabble said the organizers- the Manic Nightnings Productions which she heads is fully cooperating with the City Government for the event.

“We have invited Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte and the City Councilors to come to the event.” Dalisay said. She is also hoping that City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would also drop by during the party.

Dalisay also said that she instructed the emcees and DJs to not to utter any foul language and be sensitive to the crowd. She said they will try to avoid the Ramon Bautista controversy, where the famous comedian was declared persona-non-grata by the City Government for his politically incorrect remarks during his spiel which occurred at a rave party in the city.

She also added that the city’s ordinances involving liquor and smoking will be strictly enforced during the party.

Apart from controversies and prohibitions, Dalisay said the City Government is supportive in her endeavor by linking her up with the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) association in the City. Her father Albert Dalisay was recently elected as officer of the group.

Dalisay said that part of her vision is that Carte Blanche will become a major tourism draw for Davao City.

Help desk for deaf mutes in city offices

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

A DAVAO City councilor is proposing an ordinance requiring private and government offices to set up an assistance desk for deaf mutes.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, chair for committee on tourism and beautification, lodged the proposed ordinance before the City Council.

"Based on the foregoing premises, there is a need to enact an ordinance that shall ensure persons with disabilities, more particularly the deaf mutes, will not be disenfranchised of their rights in civil society and to guarantee their full inclusion and integration in society," the proposed resolution of Alejandre reads.

He cited the 1987 Philippine Constitution that provides the "highest priority" to implement rules that will protect rights of all people.

He also cited Republic Act 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.

The proposal is set to be approved under first reading during the regular session today, November 11.

Secure Davao during Yuletide season, Duterte orders cops

By Alexander D. Lopez

Davao City – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has recently gathered the top officers, stations commanders and key personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Task Force Davao here for a command conference in preparation for the Yuletide season.

“Parating na ang Pasko. There will be an increase in crime against property”, Duterte told the media here in an interview prior to the conference.

Senior Supt. Vicente Danao, Davao City police chief and Col. Macairog Alberto, commander of Task Force Davao, were also present during the conference.

Appearing before the Sangguniang Panlungsod last month, Senior Supt. Danao told the local legislators here that crime volume in the city had increased to 15.7 percent during the third quarter of 2014.

From 4,354 incidents in the second quarter, crime volume rose to 5,166 in the third quarter, Danao added.

Crime index also increased from 2,011 in the second quarter to 2,255 in the third quarter this year, the police chief noted.

Despite the increase in crime volume and index, Danao averred authorities posted a high crime solution efficiency of the police in the city that was at 53.21 percent during the period.

With the trend in the number of crimes in the previous quarter, Duterte gave the police force the marching orders to secure homes, properties and the residents here during the celebration of Christmas.

Among the strategies that were given priority were increased police visibility and regular foot patrol by both the police and members of the task force in specific areas in the city during the holiday season.

P20-M for archives building

By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador

DAVAO City Administrator Melchor Quitain said that they have allocated a budget of P20 million for the construction of a separate archives building for the city.

Speaking during the I-Speak Media Forum on Thursday at the Davao City Hall, Quitain said that they plan to put up the building in front of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (Dcott).

"Doon na lahat yung mga records, separate talaga yan from the City Hall kasi kailangang safe from fire kasi if you would just look at kung saan nakalagay yung mga records natin ngayon, matatakot ka talaga and once those records are lost, wala na talaga," he said.

The city's archives are currently located and stored inside the Davao City Hall.

Davao Spes has 956 grantees


THE Davao City's Public Employment Service Office (Peso) already placed a total of 956 grantees for their Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) as of last year.

Peso-Davao City manager Lilibeth Pantinople, speaking on Thursday's I-Speak Media Forum at the Davao City Hall, said that Spes is an employment program for students and out-of-school youths aging from 15 to 25 years old.

Pantinople said the program is open for those "poor but deserving" students in the city.

She also added that the city is also the first one to implement this program "all year round."

"Ang uban summer jobs lang ang ilang ginahimo, so ang atua naa tay partner nag-commit gyud sila na mag-all year round (Other offices only offer summer jobs, so here we have partners who committed to do this all year round)," Pantinople said.

At present, she said there are around 200 students who are for employment under the Spes program.

3,000 jobs up in Peso fair

By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador

FORTY-five local and 14 overseas companies with some 3,000 positions will be up for grabs as the job fair organized by Davao City's Public Employment Service Office (Peso) unwraps on November 14 at NCCC Mall Davao.

Peso-Davao City manager Lilibeth Pantinople, on Thursday's I-Speak Media Forum at the Davao City Hall, said the job fair was sponsored by the City Government of Davao.

"Hopefully, daghan gyud ta'g matabangan ana karung November 14 sa NCCC mall of Davao (We hope to help more in the job fair)," Pantinople said.

She said that some of the positions available during the job fair will be for call center agents, sales personnel and nurses.

For requirements, Pantinople advised those who are interested to wear business attire and bring different sets of documents so that they can easily be hired on-the-spot.

"Kung gusto ninyo mag-abroad, dapat naa gyud muy passport kung walay passport (If you want to go abroad you should have a passport and if there's no passport), pwede na to follow and ang atong certificate of employment to prove na naa gyud tay experience kasi isa mana sa requirement sa abroad na with experience jud (because experience is one of the requirement abroad)," she said.

As of 2013, according to Pantinople, out of the 30, 214 job vacancies they have referred 18,964 job seekers and placed 12,365 of them for regular employment both local and overseas.

Other job fairs organized by Peso-Davao will be on November 23 at SMX Lanang as sponsored by Rated K and on December 8 at Abreeza Mall in line with the Department of Labor and Employment's anniversary.

Pantinople also said that in order to "fast-track" employment in the city, they are also conducting a mini-job fair in their office located at the Davao City Hall rooftop.

Pnoy to visit Davao City for Phil Devt. Forum

(PIA/RG Alama)

DAVAO CITY- President Benigno Aquino III is set to attend the Philippine Development Forum tomorrow (November 6) in Davao City.

The President will be giving a speech during the PDF which will highlight the Bangsamoro Development Plan. The BDP contains the blueprint for socio-economic rehabilitation for the new Bangsamoro region.

"‎This Bangsamoro Development Plan is important because it gathers the collective hopes and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people, government leaders, partners in the business and private sectors, and civil society organizations, into a concrete plan. It is a vision of the Bangsamoro, by the Bangsamoro, for the Bangsamoro,"‎ said Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles.

Deles alongside Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, National Economic Development Authority head Arsenio Baliscan will be present during the Forum. Representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Development Agency will be present to present the BDP.

The BDP was developed through the Mindanao Trust Fund currently administered by the World Bank. The MTF is a multi-donor facility that was started in 2006 to support economic and social recovery and promotes inclusive and effective governance in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

The two-day PDF (Nov. 5-6) is the primary mechanism of the government for facilitating substantive policy dialogue among stakeholders on the country’s development agenda. The Forum also serves as a process for developing consensus and generating commitments among different stakeholders toward critical actionable items of the Government’s reform agenda.

Asean cites Davao City as Clean Land

By Arianne Caryl N. Casas

THE Asean working group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities recognized Davao City as "clean land" under the big cities category.

Davao City received a certificate of recognition during the 15th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution held in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) last October 28-31.

City administrator Melchor Quitain and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) officer-in-charge Engineer Liza Madrazo personally received the recognition in behalf of the city government of Davao.

Quitain said the working group has recognized the city's effort in maintaining its "clean and green" environment.

In a letter addressed to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte dated June 10, Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr., Asean chair and DENR undersecretary for field operations, said city was chosen by the Asean working group on environmentally sustainable cities during the meeting in Phuket, Thailand on May 17 to receive the certificate of recognition for Big City Clean Land.

The other recipients for the big cities category awards were Tangerang, Indonesia (clean air), Phnom Penh, Cambodia (clean water) and Davao City, Philippines (clean land).

Meanwhile, the recipients for small cities are Da Lat City, Vietnam (clean air), Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (clean water) and Roi-et, Thailand (clean land).

Ignacio said a selection panel composed of representatives from 10 Asean Member States (AMS) convened to nominate and evaluate cities from these countries to determine which of these qualify for the Asean Environmentally Sustain Cities (ESC) Award and for Certificate of Recognition for Big and Small Cities using clean air, clean water and clean land indicators.

This is done every three years since 2008.

The merits of all nominees were then reviewed and deliberated on by the Asean working group of ESC according to the set criteria after which the awardees are selected, the letter read.

Meanwhile, the countries that received 3rd Asean ESC Awards (2014) are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The cities of Bandar Seri Begawan, Battambang Municipality, Balikpapan, Luang Prabang, Melaka, Yangon, San Carlos, North West District, Chiang Rai City, and Hue City also received the same award.

Madrazo said the city will continue with its projects and programs for the preservation of a clean and green Davao City through its greening program, reforestation program, proper solid waste management program and pollution control program.

City hosts int'l banana symposium on Nov. 19-22

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

SOME 300 foreign and local delegates are expected to attend the 2014 International Banana Symposium on November 19 to 22 at the SMX Convention Center Davao at SM Lanang Premier.

The event is a highlight of the Davao Trade Expo (Date) 2014 that centers on the theme "Davao: From Local Agriculture to Global Agribusiness".

Organizers said they expect the number of participants to exceed their target with walk-in participants. As of Monday, they already have recorded 215 registered delegates.

Date 2014 chair Luciano Frederick P. Puyod III, who guested in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said the forum will tackle various challenges and opportunities pertaining to the global banana industry.

Topics that will be discussed include market opportunities, technological advances, climate change and its impact, banana breeding, corporate social responsibility, precision farming, banana chips and processed bananas, global good agricultural practices and other certification systems, shipping trends, and global situation of Fusarium or Panama Diseases.

Puyod said the conference will feature 22 local and foreign speakers from Belgium, Cuba, Iran, China, and Korea.

He said the topics will be interesting to both players coming from the banana industry and the agriculture sector in general since some of the things that will be presented during the symposium can be applied in other industries of the agricultural sector.

"The banana industry is one of the country's top export products. We are among the top-ranked exporters in the world, thereby, making us Asia's banana exporting capital. We hope that Mindanaoans can take advantage of the learning that they can get from our local and foreign speakers and delegates," Puyod said in a statement.

The symposium is co-organized by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII), Bioversity International, Banana Asia Pacific Network (Bapnet), and the Department Of Agriculture (DA).

Aside from the banana symposium, Date 2014 will also feature some 200 exhibitors coming from agri-trade and agri-industrial sectors, food, machineries and equipment, post-harvest facilities, agricultural chemicals, animal husbandry, fertilizers and pest management, financing, ICT and logistics, among others.

"All other industries are more than welcome, because Date is not only about agriculture, but about all the other businesses in Davao and Mindanao. We even have exhibitors from auto, handicrafts, real estate, and banking sector. So this open for everyone whose business is to make business," Antonio dela Cruz, DCCCII president, said in a statement.

The trade expo is a flagship event of DCCCII in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), City Government of Davao, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA), Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association (MBFEA), Bioversity International, International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain, and Bapnet.

Davao Chess club inducts new officers

By Karlo R. Pates

THE new set of officers of the Metro Davao Chess Club Association, Inc. for the year 2014-2015 were recently inducted at their office beside the Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, Osmeña Park, Davao City.

Newly-installed president SP04 Clementino Lansam along with Alfred Moulic (vice-president), Joseph Gener Palero (secretary), Antonio Cuaki (auditor, Perkins Bayron (auditor), Alexander Clavite (liason), Reynaldo Quiñones and Cirilo Galagar (maintenance), and advisers Davao City 1st District Councilor Leo Avila III, National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Regional Director and International Arbiter James Infiesto, and City Administrator Melchor Quitain pledged their continouos effort to promote the sport of chess in Davao City.

The MDCCAI, meanwhile, thanked Councilors Mabel Sunga Acosta, Al Ryan Alejandre, April Marie Dayap, Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes, Engr. Madrazo Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), and Tony Dacudao and Boy Sarmiento of Seabreeze Davao.

Four arrested for beating up policeman in Davao City

By Danjo Revilla (, ABS-CBN News Davao)

DAVAO—Four men were arrested for beating up a police officer in Davao City.

SPO2 Richie Lozano of San Pedro Police Station was beaten up by Abdul Manalao, Adzmin Kumayog, Markson Jackson Reyes and Harold Tomawis.

The quarrel started when one of the suspects was about to puke in front of Lozano and his girlfriend.

Lozano then spoke to one of them to ask him to take his business elsewhere. But when he did, the three other suspects approached him and started beating him up.

The suspects, however, said they beat Lozano up because he was about to draw his gun.

San Pedro Police Commander Ronald Lao commended Lozano for not firing his gun at the suspects even though they ganged up on him.

The four suspects are facing charges for attempted murder and direct assault to a person in authority.