Mindanao Times » Contributor http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:04:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 First Malasakit Center in Mindanao launched http://mindanaotimes.net/first-malasakit-center-in-mindanao-launched/ http://mindanaotimes.net/first-malasakit-center-in-mindanao-launched/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:04:08 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62467 ]]> The first Malasakit Center in Mindanao was launched yesterday just across the Southern Philippines Medical Center along Dumanlas Road.

Special Assistant to the President Sec. Christopher Go led the opening with City Social Services and Development Office head Maria Luisa Bermudo and Lingap Para sa Mahirap officer-in-charge Josephine Mitaran.

The Malasakit Center aims to provide a one-stop shop to provide services and assistance to the families of patients in settling medical needs and expenses.

It houses booths of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and Department of Social Welfare and Development

The establishment and sustenance of the Malasakit Center is funded by the civic funds of the Office of the President, which aims to help Filipinos in marginalized areas.

With the pilot opening of Malasakit Center in Davao City, Go said the government is set to expand the center throughout Mindanao.

There are already a number of Malasakit Centers in Visayas and Luzon.

Currently, the city government is working on a three-story air-conditioned building of Malasakit Center in SPMC to offer better services to the public.

Go also emphasized that no requirement is needed to avail the services of Malasakit Center as it is open for all Filipinos.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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Personnel dev’t committee renamed to comply with CSC http://mindanaotimes.net/personnel-devt-committee-renamed-to-comply-with-csc/ http://mindanaotimes.net/personnel-devt-committee-renamed-to-comply-with-csc/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:00:57 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62437 ]]> The Personnel Development Committee (PDC) was renamed into the Human Resource Development Committee upon the signing of Mayor Sara Duterte of Executive Order No. 21 on Aug. 24, 2018.

The EO also covers the amendment of policies in the selection of nominees in training, career development, and scholarship programs by the city government of Davao.

The members of the HRDC will formulate the internal rules and procedures for an equitable and rational availment of scholarships, study grants, and training without discrimination to age, sex and gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, civil status, disability, and political affiliation.

One of their main functions is to evaluate the nominations submitted by the heads
of departments/offices with respect to scholarship opportunities are equitably availed by deserving officers and employees.

Applicants for the study leave grant should also be evaluated to ensure that the field of study is pursued by the same officials and must be relevant to their official duties and responsibilities or the agency’s mandate.
The HRDC will also conduct screenings and interviews and other related activities
in selecting candidates for training/scholarship grants and study leave. Selected applicants will be recommended to the appropriate body through the Department of Interior and Local Government, National Economic Development Authority, Civil Service Commission, and other institutional bodies offering the same applicants for scholarship programs.

The committee is also tasked to direct the preparation of endorsements and
contracts on scholarships and study leave.

The creation and renaming of PDC into HRDC is part of the government’s compliance with the requirements of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) of the Civil Service Commission.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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K to 12 remains a challenge for private schools – DACS http://mindanaotimes.net/k-to-12-remains-a-challenge-for-private-schools-dacs/ http://mindanaotimes.net/k-to-12-remains-a-challenge-for-private-schools-dacs/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:00:27 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62439 ]]> The Davao Association of Catholic Schools admitted that the K to 12 program remains a challenge for private schools.

Jimmie Loe Vega, executive director of the DACS, said the private schools have to compete with the government’s free educational services.

He said it’s a challenge on how to maintain the quality of education while at the same time sustain the resources to ensure the students and teachers are equipped with the right tools to maximize learning.

With that said, Vega said the local educational system needs to be upgraded to produce graduates that can compete with other countries.
Some may believe that the program will cause additional burden to parents but Vega understood how the government is looking at it on longer-term, especially on the employability of the graduates.
“If we insist on 10-year basic educational program, that would present a difficulty
for our students,” said Vega.

In the implementation of K to 12 program, the DACS already received a lot of
positive feedback from parents. Students who graduated from senior high school have
transitioned much easier when they continued college or went on to join the

He said half of the total senior graduates in the Philippines are from private

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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Zero-billing policy in Davao del Norte http://mindanaotimes.net/zero-billing-policy-in-davao-del-norte/ http://mindanaotimes.net/zero-billing-policy-in-davao-del-norte/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:04:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62388 Read more ›]]> Davao del Norte is implementing a zero billing policy in the hospitalization of poor patients in the province.

The policy was made possible through the simultaneous opening of Malasakit Centers at the provincial district hospitals in the municipalities of Kapalong and Carmen, in the Island Garden City of Samal and at Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City, led by Governor Anthony G. del Rosario on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The Malasakit Center will serve as a one-stop office to assist indigent patients in their medical needs through the combined efforts of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Office of the President through Mayor Sara Duterte, and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Davao del Norte is said to be the first province to implement zero billing policy in Davao Region. Other provincial government executives in Davao Region are also set to launch one-stop hospitalization assistance center in first quarter of next year, said Del Rosario. (Regina Mae Ronquillo)

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DOLE grants P1.240-M to DA to empower farmers http://mindanaotimes.net/dole-grants-p1-240-m-to-da-to-empower-farmers/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dole-grants-p1-240-m-to-da-to-empower-farmers/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:01:39 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62390 Read more ›]]> The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) donated P1.240 million to the Department of Agriculture in support of its Mag-uumang Mekaniko Program, or the farmer mechanic program, on Monday, Sept. 17.

On June 5, 2018, both departments signed a memorandum of agreement to upgrade competencies of farmer-mechanics especially in the remote farm villages of Davao Region.

The grant will provide sustainable self-employment through easy-to-learn livelihood projects.

Sixty-two beneficiaries will receive P20,000 worth of starter-kits. Each kit includes a combination wrench, T-type box wrench, thickness gauge, piston spring compressor, Phillips screw driver, flat screw drivers, socket wrench set, Allen wrench, pliers and tool box.

The starter kits will allow the farmer-beneficiaries to improve their services and to establish their own village-level repair shop.

Through the partnership of the DOLE and DA, the farmer-beneficiaries will be trained how to repair and maintain farm machinery and equipment. Training modules will be prepared by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech). (Regina Mae Ronquillo)

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Commentary: “Famous” During Martial Law http://mindanaotimes.net/commentary-famous-during-martial-law/ http://mindanaotimes.net/commentary-famous-during-martial-law/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 02:20:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62386 ]]> Young people who want to overthrow the government in response to political intrigues have no idea how oppressive martial law was during the Marcos regime.

At the Ateneo de Davao where I was Humanities Division Chairman when Martial Law was declared in 1972, classes were suspended. I remember joining an archeological digging at Talomo beach and at a hill in Samal Island. The newspapers printed nothing but sports news and the doings of Imelda Marcos… Soon after classes resumed, two of my brightest students were incarcerated at the Constabulary barracks after our ATENEWS office was raided and an innocuous article entitled “Portrait of the Atenean As Activist” was held as exhibit. I decided to bring my literature class to the barracks and with permission from the military hold classes there.
We arranged six double-deck bunks and huddled over our lessons. Mild-mannered Tiny dela Paz had top honors at risk since he was held prisoner. The quiet ATENEWS editor Ms. Mahipus hardly said a word; two burly guards had their eyes screwed on our pretty girls. Not all an ideal class situation!
Occupying a separate cell in another building was the portly professor Alfredo Salangga. At my request, he and Tio Godo Consunji would be brought out to make-shift stands where we could sit with them. Freddie would react obstreperously when the guard would take our pictures. Years after his release, this brave writer would add an R to his name making it Alfrredo. Finally there was a mock trial at the Constabulary tennis court where we, a noisy crowd of students and teachers stood behind a high wire fence as the accused “activists” including foreign priests were brought out. They would be greeted with riotous cheering.
On the third day when a beauty queen was supposed to testify against subversives, the trial was discontinued. And later, most of the accused were released.
A heavy gloom pervaded the Ateneo campus. So oppressive was it that we had to find release through farce and Shakespearean drama. I directed 10 Shakespearean tragedies and comedies during the eleven years I taught at the Ateneo. Everybody would participate including our top Jesuits and our deans. One memorable play was “Man of La Mancha” with the late Father Paul Finster as Don Quixote and myself as the bar girl Dulcinea.
One faculty member would cry his heart out at the faculty lounge because the bulk of the faculty refused to join him in demonstrating with tobacco factory works in front of their workplace. We did not think it was our business. Later, this man was jailed for leading a protest march.
At one time, I attended a conference in Manila where Press Secretary Kit Tatad assured that we could speak out. This was a time of total blackout of opinion. Upon my return, I was invited by a group of Rotarians including some from Manila and when I told them that it was time we test the government on the matter of free speech, they – the Rotarians stared at me in absolute disbelief.
In the 80’s, I had set up my own school – then called the Learning Center of the Arts. At this time, the military could go up any house at any time without warrant of arrest.
One fateful day, I received an invitation along with other heads of schools to meet with the new commanding officer – a tall dark mestizo officer. He said he wanted to know our problems. I took him at his word.
I told him about recent happening in Buhangin – about a teen-ager pursued by military who went down on his knees with his hands up in the middle of the main street but was gunned down nevertheless. The family and friends brought his coffin in a funeral march down Buhangin road.
Shortly afterwards, three youths were being pursued on suspicion of something or other. They were watching TV not far from the back of our house – at the house of our PTA President, — Lino Diamante. These boys were habitual viewers from the neighborhood and were always welcome.
On this night, there was a sudden barrage of gunfire from the military demanding that the youth come out. The Diamante family crouched in the bathroom – the only cemented place in the house that was being pierced with bullets. A long time after the gunfire ceased, the Diamantes peered out into the street where they saw the three boys sprawled unmoving as in death. It seemed an eternity before the military inspected the bodies. Amazingly, two were unhurt. The third was seriously wounded and only then was he brought to the hospital.
After I recounted these incidents, Officer E asked me what my name was. Two photographers snapped my picture. Ten pointing a finger at me he said. “This is exactly the kind of rumor-mongering that is plaguing our country!” Then he proceeded with a long harangue about the evil of rumor-mongering.
“Any more problem?”
Two nuns from Mintal brought out their situation: In front of their school building in Mintal, squatters built stalls with “kakanin” to offer the students. The nuns could not eject them.
Officer E then went into a lengthy sermon on how the religious were brewing dissent. The nuns were speechless.
He then turned back to me and castigated me for my rumor-mongering – a grievous sin.
It was at this point that I got up, laughed and blurted out: “I’m very famous already!”
This broke the tension. Everybody laughed. The meeting was over.
The following day, the USIS held a little program at the building near the present fly-over. Officer E was in the front row and I – right at his back. During the singing of “Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas” I had the tremendous pleasure of shouting at his ear.
“Ibon man may layang lumipad, Kulungin mo at umiiyak…”
Not much of a revenge but the only kind I could muster.
Not long afterwards, Marcos was forced out of Malacañang, Officer E was reported to have tried but failed to keep control of the Davao airport. That was the last I heard about the man who made me “famous”.

By Aida Rivera Ford

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Soul to Screen: Establishing connection to our soul http://mindanaotimes.net/soul-to-screen-establishing-connection-to-our-soul/ http://mindanaotimes.net/soul-to-screen-establishing-connection-to-our-soul/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:51:22 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62368 ]]> Filmmaking, like any other art is a profound way to translate obscure messages into comprehensive representations.

These obscure messages could be something that confound us or maybe with deep meanings that most of us refuse to dig out. Whatever the reasons, one thing is undeniable, things like this once happen in our own backyard.
Ej Fernandez, a young acclaimed Davao City filmmaker, embodies social issues into his films that convey powerful messages that would open our eyes on things we usually sleep on.
Sunday – Sept. 16, 2018, Fernandez presented four of his masterpieces at Cinematheque Centre Davao through his Soul to Screen event; Translated, Baligya, Traysikad and Higants Tols Duwin.
The idea of Traysikad came to light when Fernandez himself noticed a female student from Ateneo de Davao University talking with a tricycle driver.
“I wondered what they were talking about, so I took that idea and came up with Traysikad story,” explained Fernadez.
The story actually depicts the increasing rape cases in Davao City and it also teaches everyone not to “judge a book by its cover.”
Higants Tols Duwin, on the other hand, is inspired by his own son who has a playground covered by trees at the back of their house; however the trees were cut down.
From that idea he created a film about children who fight against the big land development firm to protect the trees which they considered as their playground.
Another film entitled Translated revolves around a man who is a German national and a woman from Davao. It shows how they overcome language barrier through a friend who acts as a translator.
The most controversial short-film among them is the Baligya. It somehow talks about the on-going issue on the war on drugs of the Duterte administration. The film uncovers an “open secret that no one dares to talk about.”
“Basically, the story would just suddenly appear right in front of me and I would like to tell it to everyone. Then I add social issues,” said Fernandez as he recalled a statement of Akiro Kurosawa, a Japanese film director and a screenwriter that says “you don’t come up with the concept, it is given.”
“Maybe I was just an instrument,” Fernandez added.
Soul to screen event is his 5th film showing. Some of his films are uploaded on his Facebook page, EJ Fernandez Films or what he called as “online alternative short films.”
The proceeds will be spent for his upcoming first ever feature-length film entitled “Mik, mak and Lord.”
“If you watch it especially if you’re from Davao, there are familiar themes, but you have never seen it that way, delivered that way,” said Fernandez as he described Mik, mak and Lord.
Aside from being a film-maker, Fernandez also has a heart on nurturing the skills of his students. He is a former Media Information Literacy instructor at ADDU and currently, he is a Contemporary Art instructor at Philippine Women’s College inspiring more youth to make their dreams come to life.
“Personally, I hope to wake them up, that they could actually pursue their passion or maybe earn from it,” said Fernandez.
The overall ideas of the films aim nothing but to establish solid connection with the audience. The powerful messages behind the films produced by EJ Fernandez are one way to let us realize what’s really happening around us and our eyes has to see it; our soul has to feel it.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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City government to intensify support for cacao http://mindanaotimes.net/city-govt-to-intensify-support-for-cacao/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-govt-to-intensify-support-for-cacao/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:06 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62328 ]]> The city government is looking at enhancing its support to the cacao industry to ensure its growth.

At the opening of the Davao Agri-Trade Expo at the SMX Convention Center yesterday, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio said that the city government must strive to ensure that the city maintains its standing as the top producer of cacao in the country.

“It is our goal to be declared as cacao and chocolate capital of the Philippines,” said Duterte as based on the records of the city, it has 30 cacao consolidators, traders, and processors.

The city government has focused its resources on the establishments of fermentation and processing facilities, distribution of seedlings and solar dryers to help boost cacao industry. Along with its partners, the city government has also been training cacao producers to help them enhance the quality of their produce.

At present, the city has also about 70 cacao nurseries and operators in 38
cacao producing barangays in the city even as it is among the top areas
that produce in the country.

“We are home to award-winning chocolates and we also have the only
chocolate museum in the country,” she added, referring to the cacao museum of the Puentespina group in Malagos that was opened about a year ago.

Duterte also called on the national government to help the city develop
its cacao industry. “In order for us to become such (cacao and chocolate
capital of the Philippines), we need to continuously provide ample support
to our local cacao farmers,” she added.

In 2017, the city opened Cacao City, a one-stop shop retail store for locally grown cacao products along Palma Gil Street.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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DDH hosts medical summit   http://mindanaotimes.net/ddh-hosts-medical-summit/ http://mindanaotimes.net/ddh-hosts-medical-summit/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:52 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62302 ]]> The Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) will be conducting its first Healthcare Innovative Partnership Medical Summit this coming Saturday, Sept.22.

Medical practitioners from across Mindanao will be attending the event to witness the interactive sessions on best healthcare practices. The DDH has been “a long term innovator and pioneer on healthcare landscape in Mindanao.”

“This is a new program, our new project together with our learning and development team,” explained assistant director for medical education Dr. Ronald P. Tangente.

The upcoming event of DDH focuses on its healthcare partners to exchange ideas with them.

Dr. Alfred Batalla, an expert in interventional cardiology, will deliver the first topic on “Inside the State-of-the-Art Catheterization Laboratory.”

Dr. Ma. Ramona B. Reyes, an experienced medical practitioner in orthopedic and spine surgery, will take on the “Current Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgey (MISS).”

Dr. Romeo Vincy Naranjo, a specialist on general and endocrine surgery will be discussing on “Minimally Invasive Surgery: Where Are We Now?” This is an innovation that provides surgery with less damage to the surgical site, less pain, and reduced complication for the patients.

Dr. Ma. Lourdes, a specialist in oncology and radiology, will talk about the “Current Trends in Radiation Oncology.”

So far 30 healthcare executives have confirmed to attend the said event including medical directors, chiefs of the department of surgery, head nurses and admins. Regina Mae Ronquillo

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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44 OFW abuse cases recorded in Region XI http://mindanaotimes.net/44-ofw-abuse-cases-recorded-in-region-xi/ http://mindanaotimes.net/44-ofw-abuse-cases-recorded-in-region-xi/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:43 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62300 ]]> The Rural Worker’s Association (RWA), a non-government organization, claimed to have served 44 cases of abuse against overseas Filipino Workers from January to July 2018.

Data from the group revealed that the total clients reached 37. Of the total, 33 are females and only four are men.

Kuwait had the most number of cases with 12, followed by Saudi Arabia with five cases. This was followed by Taiwan with four cases and Riyadh with two cases. Other places abroad with recorded OFW abuse cases were in Dammam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Jeddah, Lebanon, Korea, Pakistan, and Malaysia.

The reported work-related complaints involved physical abuse, food deprivation, multiple employer, verbal abuse, illegal recruitment, and expired contracts. There were also non-work related cases such abandonment, teen pregnancy, livelihood and health problem.

As of July 2018, clients were referred to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, City Social Services and Development Office, and Department of Social Welfare and Development for immediate repatriation, legal assistance, and medical assistance.

The OFWs came from Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok (eight), followed by Calinan District (5 cases). Other abuse victims were from Matina Crossing, Bucana, Sto. Niño, Bago Ishiro, Bangkal, Catalunan Grande, San Rafael, Marilog, Tamugan, Buda, Sta. Maria and Matan-ao.

 By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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