Mindanao Times » Amalia Cabusao http://mindanaotimes.net Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 #DavaoCreativeCity2022 http://mindanaotimes.net/davaocreativecity2022/ http://mindanaotimes.net/davaocreativecity2022/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:00:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62204 ]]> Art energizes the collective consciousness of the people. It articulates the unique culture of a community and is vital to the well-being of society.

Artists from various disciplines: music, visual arts, film, theatre and those in art education, came together last Wednesday to envision a roadmap for arts and culture in the city, at least in the next three years.

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Councilor Pilar Braga, chair of the committee on education, science and technology, and arts and culture, said the city is open to support the initiatives of various art groups which have seen a renaissance in the past couple of years. With the ordinance signed by Mayor Sara Duterte reconstituting the city art council early this year, Councilor Braga felt it was only proper to convene a wider group of artists to articulate what they want to achieve and how they can collaborate towards developing arts and culture, the soul of the community.

It was also a gathering of friends who have not seen each other for years. Former members of the Kulturang Atin Foundation, Inc., an artist collective popular two decades ago, is reviving community-based theatre, with training and performing component on integrated arts. They have recently organized Alampat.PH. The presence of Alampat.PH members Jojie Benitez and literary icon Don Pagusara added sizzle to the already well-attended affair.

Alfred Galvez of the Art Portal Gallery, shared his observations on the numerous exhibits happening in the city, mostly in malls. He raised the issue of the lack of venue and art spaces to really mount bigger exhibits. Still, what is happening now, especially with the prolific exhibits done by Alex Alagon’s Bintana Art Gallery and Tabularasa, shows the expanding visual arts community.

Artist Vic Secuya gave his thoughts on the arts and the possible direction it should take considering the current excitement generated by visual artists. His insights made the direction of the workshop clearer and the goals better pronounced.

Visual artist Vic Secuya

Visual artist Vic Secuya

It was a dynamic and creative committee hearing as participants were each given the chance to express where they want to go and how to get there. Since they were articulate and well-grounded on arts, the facilitators, Patmei Ruivivar, Oscar Casaysay and this writer, were quick to identify the goals of the group.

Gatchi Gatchalian, enterprenuer and events guru, contributed to the branding of the roadmap which collated inputs from Vic Secuya, Angely Chi, Jojie Benitez, Ric Obenza, Datu Bago Awardee 2018 and many others. “Creative City” was the focus of the discussion which eventually got the approval and satisfaction of everyone. Creative city, identified as Baguio (although art educator Dexter Tanedo pointed out that they received three of the 11 categories) by UNESCO is seen as the benchmark in the roadmap. A creative city, it was pointed out, does not only mean thriving arts spaces but includes a creative economy, as well.

“Culture is a driver of development, led by the growth of the creative economy in general and the creative and cultural industries in particular, recognized not only for their economic value, but also increasingly for the role in producing new creative ideas or technologies, and their non-monetized social benefits. Culture also enables development. It empowers people with capacities to take ownership of their own development processes,” UNESCO said in its Creative Economy Report in 2013.

The vision as articulated by the artists is to be the leading creative city in the Philippines by 2022. Gathering artists together in one venue and talking collectively about the future of the arts is a great feat in itself.

Amalia Cabusao (right) with Patmei Ruivivar and Councilor Pilar Braga collating the workshop results.

Amalia Cabusao (right) with Patmei Ruivivar and Councilor Pilar Braga collating the workshop results.

Alex Alagon of Bintana Art Gallery

Alex Alagon of Bintana Art Gallery

Angely Chi, curator of Art Portal Gallery and member of Pasalidahay.

Angely Chi, curator of Art Portal Gallery and member of Pasalidahay.

A youth artist posting his dream for the future of the arts

A youth artist posting his dream for the future of the arts

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Abstract of Happiness http://mindanaotimes.net/abstract-of-happiness/ http://mindanaotimes.net/abstract-of-happiness/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2018 16:00:30 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60010 ]]> Celebrating positivity through art

It was serendipity that local artist Alex Alagon and visiting Munich-based Dabawenya Edna Ullman met at the Museo Dabawenyo last June. Alex was in another room where a group of artists had their exhibit while Edna was in the Peace Room at the museum for the opening of her first solo exhibit in Davao City.They were introduced by a mutual friend and after sharing some highlights of their lives – how they emerged from darkness to incredible light – both decided to collaborate on a back to back exhibit that celebrates happiness.

“Abstract of Happiness” was done in record time, the inspiration too great to be ignored. Happiness, after all, cannot be contained as it springs free from a joyful and thankful heart. It is the triumph of goodness and love over the adversities of life. They both worked on 10 paintings that portrayed their own personal visual rendition of happiness.

Alex, who has made it his mission to help other artists and mentor budding ones, worked on defining happiness we feel day to day, exploring abstract art as his medium this time. For instance, on his painting number 9, he shared that “Happiness is having the assurance that there will always be food on our table, shelter above our heads and our love ones in our embrace.”

Happiness is indeed something that answers the physical and the metaphysical needs of man. It is finding the contentment deep in our hearts in a world ravaged by greed.

Edna has exhibited at Leopoldstrafe in Munich, Germany, St. Tropez, France and KunstSalon, Bad Tolz, Germany. She professes that she could not have made her painting by herself. It is through the guidance of angels that she creates her oeuvre which she does using her bare hands.

Her aura of happiness is infectious and just looking at her can make one smile. She very candidly talks about the phase in her life when she “died” because she felt unloved and unappreciated despite the sacrifices she has done for her family. This episode is long gone, with the help of friends who showed her the light, so she now dedicates her life to positive consciousness and touching lives of people through art healing.

In a previous interview with Mindanao Times lifestyle artist Marilyn Roque, she said “I paint with a brush or with my bare hands. Abstract art allows me to express myself – no words, just my emotions flowing through my strokes. Each piece is a message to the viewer that no matter what the circumstances, we must find happiness and contentment in life.”

Edna will be going home to Germany next week and she pledged to maintain contact with her new found friends and find ways to collaborate with them in the future.

Artists from other groups attended the exhibit and even if there was a slight quake, the program went on without a hitch.

The program had a very competent emcee, Anton Lagda and the food was catered by visual artist Trixie Borja Borbón. The exhibit will run until July 10 at the Ground Floor, Corporate Center of Abreeza Ayala Malls.

Thanks Alex Alagon for the photos.

 

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Davao Artists | The opportune and decisive moment http://mindanaotimes.net/davao-artists-the-opportune-and-decisive-moment/ http://mindanaotimes.net/davao-artists-the-opportune-and-decisive-moment/#comments Sun, 01 Jul 2018 02:32:44 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59747 ]]> Felcris Art Centrale has become one of the busiest art galleries in town, with never a lull in painting exhibits, week after week.

Last Sunday, June 24, the relatively new art group simply called Davao Artists opened its exhibit with the title Kairos, a Greek word which means “a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action: the opportune and decisive moment.”

Perry Crusit-Liquigan, defines themselves as “a group of people who share an interest in art.” Even if there is no formal instruction (although Perry studied at the Ford Academy of the Arts) its members learn from each other through structured criticism and appraisal. Perry said the “standard of work ranges from complete novices to accomplished artists.”

The mission of Davao Artists is altruistic – to conduct a series of free art workshops for kids and adults and to connect local artists and professionals of high skills levels with others through art classes and community outreach.

Kairos, as theme of the exhibit means this is the “opportune moment, the special season, and the right time.” Perry said “it’s the time when God acts, and we respond.”

At the launching, Perry noted that the art scene of the city was never this vibrant with spaces for young artists to show their talent to the world. It is in this space in time that artists should endeavor to create and paint.

So for the young artists, what they have now is kairos,  the opportune moment and the right time.

The group Davao Artists mounted the exhibit “Kairos” now ongoing at Felcris Centrale.

The group Davao Artists mounted the exhibit “Kairos” now ongoing at Felcris Centrale.

The exhibiting artists are: Perry Crusit Liquigan, Brian Jay D. Apostol, Rey Mark D. Gipulao, Grenlie Jumamoy, Dianne M. Fernandez, Athren Tidalgo Batulan, Niño Acero, Kim Pombo, Aran Neil Espra, Jamar Marave Ladjahasan,  Jeramie Ejara Cutin, Dresfie Codriga, Mat Licmuan, Vecilyn Adlaon Sarona, Chafari T. Cajes, and Janlynel Casicas.

 

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Marking 500 years of Magellan’s world tour http://mindanaotimes.net/marking-500-years-of-magellans-world-tour/ http://mindanaotimes.net/marking-500-years-of-magellans-world-tour/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:00:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59490 ]]> Man has gone to the moon, explored the surface of Mars and identified new planets and stars in the vast universe, but five hundred years ago, man had yet to prove the earth was round.

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Filipinas Quincentenario 1521-2021, a private-led organization is initiating a grand event to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world, the arrival of Christianity in our isalnds, and giving recognition to Datu Lapu Lapu of Mactan as the first Malay hero to successfully resist foreign domination.

Ferdinand Magellan, born in Portugal, but it was under the Spanish flag that he sailed in 1519 with the intention of reaching the Spice Islands by sailing west around South America. Known as the first man who circumnavigated the world. He died on April 27, 1521.

Ferdinand Magellan, born in Portugal, but it was under the Spanish flag that he sailed in 1519 with the intention of reaching the Spice Islands by sailing west around South America. Known as the first man who circumnavigated the world. He died on April 27, 1521.

In one of the oldest homes in Davao City, at the Habana residence along Rizal St., we met Joaquin “Jack” Rodriguez who is the force behind this commemoration. Jack himself traces his genealogical roots to Luisa Azaola  and Jose Ma. Gonzalez. Luisa was the widow of Don Jose Cruz de Oyanguren. Jack is also the grandson of Joaquin Serra Rodriguez, the appointed governor-at-large of Davao by American Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing before 1915.

Jack explained the significance of the historic event, sharing that King Felipe VI of Spain has convened the National Commission in Spain which will be responsible for organizing the events for the commemoration of the 500 years of the first world tour.

On Oct. 9, 2017, the Philippine Quincentenario Center Inc, represented by Jack forged a collaborative agreement with the ‘Sevilla 2019-2022,’ the Spanish Commission, for a reciprocal celebration in their respective countries.

Since then, there were various collaborative meetings with private institutions, the most notable of which was the roundtable discussion with dignitaries from Spain, Argentina and Filipino nationalists, history scholars and leaders on August 16, 2017. Other meetings were with the Los  Ultimos Filipinos at La Tienda in Makati on August 18, 2017, the Rotary Club of Manila, Knights of Colombus general assembly in Cebu, Sugbu Quincentenario with Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Butuan City with Mayor Ronni Vic Lagnada.

In Davao City, Jack had a meeting last Wednesday with Arch. Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines, where they shared updates on events within the Magellanic cities of the Philippines. The Archbishop said that the CBCP has organized a commission handling the quincentenary program which is based in Cebu City.

To engage Dabawenyos in this milestone, Jack also met with Councilor Pilar Braga, committee chair on education, and who also chairs the Davao Historical Society.

“We  hope  to gain  the support of the city government  thru Mayor Sara  Duterte  because the Filipinas  Quincentenario  does  not only zero-in on  history  alone but is also concerned  with  tourism,  navigational  science,  arts  and  culture.  This is a national event   and since Davao City is the home place of the first President from  Mindanao, we are interested to participate,” she said.

She will be drafting a resolution to the city council to be part of the international initiative by organizing local events relevant to the commemoration, Incorporating the spirit of the Filipinas Quincentenario.

The draft resolution states: “We believe this piece of world history is important to us as a people and as a nation because it deals with the beginning of our nation. The first arrival of the Spaniards in our shores dates back to that episode in 1521. Along with it, we also saw the shining moment of our race when our forefather, Lapu Lapu bravely defended the island of Mactan from foreign domination. Hence the Filipinas Quincentario anchors this commemoration program on three over riding reasons:

  1. The assertion of our freedom from foreign intervention that was started by Lapulapu in 1521.
  2. Filipinas Quincentenario 1521-2021 constitutes the marker as we review the seminal nodes in our history over the past 500 years that led to our nationhood;
  3. The arrival of Christianity on Philippine shores and how it evolved as the main Christian belief system in the country.

Jun Alvizo, executive director of the Philippine Quincentario Center Inc, said that they are working to hold a World Summit in the Philippines next year , to be participated by the circumnavigation nations. In the Philippines the circumnavigation cities are identified as Zamboanga, General Santos, Dumaguete and the Magellanic provinces are Cebu province, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Samar and Butuan City.

This summit is expected to lead to an organization of the Circumnavigation Nations of the World that will be in the forefront in fostering peace and in addressing challenges confronting  mankind in the 21st century, such as threats to world security and environmental problems.

Mankind has explored beyond its own planet and discovered amazing things that couldn’t have been imagined by scientists, navigators and explorers 500 years ago. We wonder what the next 500 years would look like.

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Permits crushed http://mindanaotimes.net/permits-crushed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/permits-crushed/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 14:16:20 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=58010 Read more ›]]> - City council junks sand and gravel quarry applications

The City Council on Tuesday quashed the motion for application for allowable use of five sand and gravel quarry and earthfill quarries through nominal voting, a move that could lead to an amendment of the local zoning ordinance.

In the nominal voting, the city council was sharply divided with half voting in the affirmative while the rest abstained or voted no due to insufficient legal requirements presented on the floor. Nominal voting allows each councilor to explain the vote on the plenary.
However, the five applications were denied because each request needs 21 affirmative votes, or three-fourths of all 26 councilors, in accordance with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.
Proponent Councilor Elias Lopez, chair of the Housing, Rural and Urban Development Board, presented for approval five applications for quarry permits that have passed the City Development Council Executive Committee and the Local Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals.
Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, who called for a vote during the presentation of the first quarry permit application, said during the zoning board’s deliberations, there were already issues raised regarding the problem of bad roads to the quarry site and the collection of taxes to those who continue to transport sand and gravel at night when there is no one to monitor the transactions.

Dayanghirang, chair of Finance, Ways and Means and Appropriations, sits as the representative of the city council to the local zoning board.

Dayanghirang said he does not want to take any part in what could only be disadvantageous to the government, saying that the Treasurer’s Office should settle the matter first. He also proposed to add an insertion on the application for tax collection at night time.

This motion was tabled for another deliberation as Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag wanted to finish the applications that all passed first reading by the council.
Dayanghirang, who initially wanted to abstain due to the reasons he cited, later voted for the approval of all five applications.
Councilor Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta, chair of Peace and Public Safety, questioned the insufficient requirements of the application for additional allowable use as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance. She said that there are 13 requirements plus the addendum from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) which she concedes might not be applicable to quarry permits.
“If it is not applicable, then let us amend the Zoning Ordinance. If our legal basis is an ordinance, then we should follow the law. There is a need to be clear first on what guidelines to follow under the zoning law. If the zoning board gives the certification, they should also specifically say which of the requirements are complied or not complied,” she said in an interview during the session’s recess.
Among those considered not applicable for quarry permits are the Davao City Water District (DCWD) for certification of water supply availability and the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) for certification of power supply availability.
Acosta, however, said that the five quarry operators can still apply but it would be in their interest that both executive and legislative departments first talk about the guidelines to make the transaction efficient and fast.
This sentiment is shared by lawyer-councilors Bonifacio Militar, J. Melchor B. Quitain Jr. and Jesus Joseph Zozobrado III who either abstained or objected the motion to approve the application due to questions on its legal basis.
Acosta stressed her support to the overall campaign of the government to fast track infrastructure development but the need to be prudent and cautious in following legal procedures have to be considered.
Councilor Jimmy Dureza, after the failure of the five applications to move forward, inquired whether the city council does not want to take part in the build, build, build campaign of the government.
Presiding officer Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag said that it was not about stopping quarry operations but on ensuring that the legal requirements are met and promised to sit down with the executive department to thresh this snag the soonest time possible.
In an interview during the short recess, Dureza said that there has to be a little sacrifice.
“Where are we going to get aggregates if there are no quarry operations?” Dureza said underlining the need to regulate quarry operations because of what’s happening for instance in Barangay Callawa where the quarry operations and transportation of sand and gravel are observed at night which has also destroyed the roads.

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Datu Bago: Davao’s local hero http://mindanaotimes.net/datu-bago-davaos-local-hero/ http://mindanaotimes.net/datu-bago-davaos-local-hero/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:29:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54526 ]]> MEMBERS of the Datu Bago Awardees Organization, Davao Historical Society, Department of Education, and Museo Dabawenyo joined Councilors Pilar Braga and Bai Halila Sudagar in reading the fine print of the resolution to enact an ordinance declaring Datu Bago as a local hero of Davao City.

THE DESCENDANTS of Datu Bago led by Bia Bairendan with Datu Bago Awardees Macario Tiu, Amalia Cabusao, Marina Bello-Ruivivar, Sally Leuenberger, Fe Bada Arobo, Carmelina Francia,and Councilor Pilar Braga; and Councilor Bai Halili Sudagar, Agnes Caharian Dacono and DBAO executive director Maria Julieta Torres after the discussion on the resolution at the Councilors Lounge last Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

THE DESCENDANTS of Datu Bago led by Bia Bairendan with Datu Bago Awardees Macario Tiu, Amalia Cabusao, Marina Bello-Ruivivar, Sally Leuenberger, Fe Bada Arobo, Carmelina Francia,and Councilor Pilar Braga; and Councilor Bai Halili Sudagar, Agnes Caharian Dacono and DBAO executive director Maria Julieta Torres after the discussion on the resolution at the Councilors Lounge last Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

 

Descendants of Datu Bago from the Kagan tribe were also present led by Bia Bairendan Bago with Alim Mahmod Mamona, Islamic teacher at the Almunawaran Islamic School.

The resolution stated that based on researches made by Prof. Macariu Tiu, Ernesto I. Corcino and Dean Damian Mercader Lomocso, Datu Bago was a hero who fought the invading Spaniards and hindered them from conquering Davao.

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Davao was the last unoccupied territory in the Philippines and Datu Bago heroically defended it against the Spaniards. If Philippine history is viewed as our people’s struggle to remain free or become free, like Lapu-lapu of Mactan, Cebu, Datu Bago surely is our local hero.

In 1969, the city under the leadership of the late Mayor Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo, created the Datu Bago Awards named after Datu Bago, as the highest award to be bestowed on a Dabawenyo who has contributed to the development of the city with exemplary competence and dedication and who best serves as a model of excellence and an inspiration to Dabawenyos.

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It quoted former Mayor of Davao City, now President Rodrigo Duterte in a message during the conferment of the Datu Bago Awardees that:

“The city government of Davao remains steadfast in its belief that Datu Bago was an extraordinary Davaoeno who typifies the pioneering spirit in many of us, especially in all our Datu Bago Awardees.

We named the city’s highest distinction in his honor because we only do not pay proper respects to the old warrior; we re-live his heroism each year as we confer awards to our distinguished citizens.”

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Since then up to the present, 154 Dabawenyos were honored and this has become an annual event during the Araw ng Dabaw celebration in March.

This proposal, authored by Councilor Pilar Braga, herself a Datu Bago Awardee, and co-sponsored by Councilor Bai Halili Sudagar, will be presented to the city council for approval.

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OMB-Min transfers to new building http://mindanaotimes.net/omb-min-transfers-to-new-building-2/ http://mindanaotimes.net/omb-min-transfers-to-new-building-2/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:25:52 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=50709 ]]> THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman in Mindanao transferred to its new building yesterday after 29 years renting at the Herrera Building in Alvarez Street, this city.

Its new address is at Libra St, GSIS Village, just behind the GSIS Building in Matina.

In a simple ceremony, the inauguration was attended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Office of the President Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain, City Administrator Zulieka Lopez, Chief of Staff Raul Nadela Jr. and other local officials and executives.

The new site, according to Ombudsman Morales, is not “just a place where OMB Mindanao employees report for work. Most importantly, it is the place where citizens in this part of the country find refuge in the face of government abuse.”

She said the “greater foundation of OMB Mindanao as an institution lies in the integrity of its people” and “measured by the strength of their moral courage in the unrelenting pursuit of good governance. It is gauged by the steadfastness of their keen dedication in addressing people’s grievance against government inaction, delay or abuse.”

Mayor Sara Duterte, in a message read by City Administrator Lopez, said she hopes the new workplace will inspire the institution to “protect the people of Mindanao against social injustices and promote efficiency, integrity, and accountability in public service.”

She urged them “to act promptly to complaints against officers or employees of the government and enforce administrative, civil and criminal liability when the evidence warrants in order to promote efficient service by the government to the people.”

With a total contract cost of P180,677, 299, the groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on May 7, 2015. The construction of the new building started on Jan. 15, 2016 and was finished on Nov. 8, 2017.

Deputy Ombudsman Rodolfo Elman said the new building is a “magnificent edifice” but the more “enduring grandeur and legacy lies not in the beauty of the building, but in the people who give life to the structure— their integrity, competence, and passion to do what is right and just. This is the true foundation upon which this building stands.”

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OMB-Min transfers to new building http://mindanaotimes.net/omb-min-transfers-to-new-building/ http://mindanaotimes.net/omb-min-transfers-to-new-building/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:10:44 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=50685 ]]> THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman in Mindanao transferred to its new building yesterday after 29 years renting at the Herrera Building in Alvarez St, this city.

LANDMARK  The Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao moved to its new stately building at Libra St. GSIS Village, Matina on Tuesday after 29 years of working on a cramped space at its old rented office. The inauguration yesterday was attended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Undersecretary Melchor Quitan, City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, national and local officials and executives. (PR/OMB-Min)

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The Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao moved to its new stately building at Libra St. GSIS Village, Matina on Tuesday after 29 years of working on a cramped space at its old rented office. The inauguration yesterday was attended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Undersecretary Melchor Quitan, City Administrator Zuleika Lopez, national and local officials and executives. (PR/OMB-Min)

 Its new address is at Libra St, GSIS Village, just behind the GSIS Building in Matina.

 In a simple ceremony, the inauguration was attended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Office of the President Undersecretary Jesus Melchor Quitain, City Administrator Zulieka Lopez, Chief of Staff Raul Nadela Jr. and other local officials and executives.

The new site, according to Ombudsman Morales, is not “just a place where OMB Mindanao employees report for work. Most importantly, it is the place where citizens in this part of the country find refuge in the face of government abuse.”

She said the “greater foundation of OMB Mindanao as an institution lies in the integrity of its people” and “measured by the strength of their moral courage in the unrelenting pursuit of good governance. It is gauged by the steadfastness of their keen dedication in addressing people’s grievance against government inaction, delay or abuse.”

Mayor Sara Duterte, in a message read by City Administrator Lopez, said she hopes the new workplace will inspire the institution to “protect the people of Mindanao against social injustices and promote efficiency, integrity and accountability in public service.”

She urged them “to act promptly to complaints against officers or employees of the government and enforce administrative, civil and criminal liability when the evidence warrants in order to promote efficient service by the government to the people.”

With a total contract cost of P180,677, 299, the groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on May 7, 2015. The construction of the new building started on January 15, 2016 and was finished on Nov. 8, 2017.

Deputy Ombudsman Rodolfo Elman said the new building is a “magnificent edifice” but the more “enduring grandeur and legacy lies not in the beauty of the building, but in the people who give life to the structure— their integrity, competence, and passion to do what is right and just. This is the true foundation upon which this building stands.”

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Investing in education for IPs http://mindanaotimes.net/investing-in-education-for-ips/ http://mindanaotimes.net/investing-in-education-for-ips/#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2017 01:51:48 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=50160 ]]> Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.

Education is the premise of progress,

in every society, in every family.

-Kofi Annan,

former UN Secretary General

 

EDUCATION is a great leveler. The country badly needs skilled human resources to prop up the growing economy and make it sustainable. This is why access to education for all is a priority of the government, including improvement of the quality of education in all its levels.

DBAOI executive director Ma. Julieta Torres and Atty. Geroncio R. Aguio, NCIP XI chairperson.

DBAOI executive director Ma. Julieta Torres and Atty. Geroncio R. Aguio, NCIP XI chairperson.

An education project is in the pipeline for the Indigenous Peoples in the city, which will provide assistance to students in the tertiary level. The Datu Bago Awardees Organization, Inc., National Commission in Indigenous Peoples and the Republic of San Marino, recently signed an agreement to support this project.

The Republic of San Marino may only have the same population as our Paquibato district, but it is one of the wealthiest countries in the world based on GDP per capita. Its economy relies heavily on finance, industry and tourism. It has a very low unemployment rate, no national debt and enjoys a budget surplus. It shares borders with Italy.

MR. GUILLERMO P. Torres Jr., chairman of the DBAO,Inc, and members of the organization during the signing of the memorandum of agreement.

MR. GUILLERMO P. Torres Jr., chairman of the DBAO,Inc, and members of the organization during the signing of the memorandum of agreement.

It is one of the oldest state in Europe, with its constitution enacted in 1600, and to this day remains the world’s oldest constitution still in use.

San Marino will give free micro-insurance to each IP college student and their respective nuclear family who will be approved by the NCIP, and a short financial management lecture to introduce to the indigenous peoples the purpose of the insurance and how to claim it

The NCIP will conduct the screening and selection process. The screened-in list will be the basis of the selection of scholarship grants by different schools , with the coordination of the DBAOI. It will also provide 10,000 pesos per semester as educational assistance to the IP scholars.

JEAN Henri D. Lhuillier, Consulate General of San Marino in the Philippines.

JEAN Henri D. Lhuillier, Consulate General of San Marino in the Philippines.

The DBAOI will provide NCIP with the names of the grantees confirmed by the respective schools and solicit funds from the private sector entities and individuals to augment the grant of the NCIP.

It will also monitor the scholars and to motivate them to value and appreciate education and ensure that they will contine to avail of the benefits of the Tripartite program.

This was signed by Jean Henri D. Lhuillier, Consulate General of San Marino in the Philippines; Atty. Geroncio Aguio , NCIP Chair in Region XI and Mr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., chairman of the DBAOI.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge, pays the best interest.”

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Fake notaries nabbed http://mindanaotimes.net/fake-notaries-nabbed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/fake-notaries-nabbed/#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:05:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=49921 ]]> TWO EMPLOYEES in the office of a lawyer who passed away in 2015 were apprehended by officers of Calinan Police Station for conducting illegal notary transactions.

 Anabelle Sanchez Avergonzado and Jacqueline Tasong Ando, both residents of Calinan, were charged for falsification of public documents and other crimes. They

represented themselves as staff of the law office of late Atty. Dennis Ampon, who died sometime in 2015.

 The two were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the Calinan Police Precinct and were presented for inquest before Prosecutor Rogieliza Verallo yesterday.

 Chief Insp. Michael Uyanguren, the Calinan station commander, planned the execution of the entrapment operation after receiving reports of the alleged illegal activities perpetrated by the two employees who have been notarizing legal documents by forging signatures.

 The operation was an offshoot to an inter-agency meeting hosted by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) – Davao City Chapter involving the Philippine National Police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, National Bureau of Investigation, Registry of Deeds, Land Transportation Office, Office of the City Mayor and the courts to stop fake notaries and unethical law practices on Sept. 12.

 The inter-agency meeting defined a system of coordination and cooperation among agencies to identify, apprehend, and prosecute fake notaries.

 IBP – Davao Chapter President Rogelio Largo feared that if this issue is not addressed immediately, the problem will continue to cause illegal transfers of ownership of properties, give rise to cases in court and affect the integrity or credibility of legally notarized documents.

 “We have strongly issued warnings against these perpetrators through the mainstream and social media,” Largo said.

 He added that IBP is serious with the multi-sector crackdown of illegal notarizations by non-lawyers who counterfeit notarial seals and stamps and forge signatures of licensed notaries and improper notarization by secretaries or staff of lawyers and other illegal practices.

 “This is just the beginning of the continuing campaign against illegal and unethical practices in the legal profession,” Largo added.

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