Mindanao Times » Julianne A. Suarez http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:50:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 P20.5M assistance http://mindanaotimes.net/p20-5m-assistance/ http://mindanaotimes.net/p20-5m-assistance/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:53:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62288 ]]> -City approves aid to Ompong victims

The CIty will give P20.5 million to the victims of Typhoon Ompong.

City councilors, during the suspended rules in yesterday’s regular session, approved the ordinance authorizing City Mayor Sara Duterte to release the fund.


The city mayor can utilize portion of the 30% Quick Respond Fund (QRF) from the 5% Calamity Fund of the City Government as aid to the local government units declared under the State of Calamity following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.


A total of P8.5 million assistance will be extended to the victims while P12 million will be allotted for food assistance.



The provinces of Abra, Benguet, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Kalinga and Tuguegarao City were allotted with P1 million each while the municipality of Mayoyao in Ifugao province will get P500,000.



The city was set to distribute 10,000 food packs yesterday for more than 70,000 families, with 270,000 individuals, displaced due to the typhoon.


The typhoon entered the country on Saturday, leaving at least 74 people dead, 74 wounded, and 55 others still missing.


Heavy damages on agricultural commodities and infrastructure were also reported.


The city has been helping areas affected by typhoon in the past years.


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3 job fairs to be held http://mindanaotimes.net/3-job-fairs-to-be-held/ http://mindanaotimes.net/3-job-fairs-to-be-held/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:51:58 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62273 ]]> The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region XI and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will holds three jobs fair to help the construction industry, said Councilor Antoinette Principe.

Principe said the events will ensure that Dabawenyos are prioritized in the hiring process. “Providing employment and livelihood opportunities for the people of Davao has always been in the government’s agenda,” she added as the first event will be at the Gaisano Mall of Toril atrium tomorrow, Thursday.

The second will be on October 12, at the Calinan Gym from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the last leg is set on November 16 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mintal Gym.

Principe said about 25 local employers and 10 foreign ones are expected to join the events.

“I hope these job fairs will provide Dabawenyos the chance of landing stable jobs,” Principe said.


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IBP to offer legal services down to grassroots level http://mindanaotimes.net/ibp-to-offer-legal-services-down-to-grassroots-level/ http://mindanaotimes.net/ibp-to-offer-legal-services-down-to-grassroots-level/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:48:06 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62260 ]]> The Integrated Bar of the Philippines will offer a community legal aid fair to 500 residents of Barangay Talomo Proper in line with the celebration of the National Law Week.

The National Law Week is set on Sept. 17 to 22 and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines spearheads the underlying activities, including the newly established program named Community Legal Aid Service (CLAS).

The program involves newly inducted lawyers starting with those admitted to the Bar on June 2018 and those who would be admitted in the subsequent years will have to provide pro-bono legal services not less than 120 hours in a one-year span.

“They can avail themselves of the services of these lawyers under the supervision of the IBP,” IBP-Davao City chapter president Rogelio Largo said during the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City.

The newly registered 47 Lawyers in the city is set to assess the community for legal needs that remain unmet or unserved.

“They give back to the community because it is part of their duty to promote justice and enhance the respect for the rule of law and there is no better way to do that except to render pro bono legal services especially to those who are underprivileged,” said Largo.

Although the IBP has provided legal services, the CLAS is different as it will not just give advice to those who consult but will analyze if there is a need for follow-up representation for their cases.

Once the required 120 hours for the newly installed 47 lawyers for one year, they will be granted credits.

Failure to the show compliance to the mandatory legal aid requirement will mean a declaration as a “member not in good standing,” which will hinder them to secure a notarial commission, which is a requirement to be a notary public.

Furthermore, the sanction also mean that a lawyer cannot apply for positions in the government, which requires a clearance from the IBP.

Other than the Community Legal Aid Fair, the IBP along with the civil society organizations, law schools, and the Integrated Gender and Development Division will also set the paralegal training for development workers on Sept. 18 to 20 and the gender sensitivity and capability enhancement training for police investigators on Sept. 19 to 20, and the students legal education roadshow at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School on Sept. 19.

Scheduled on the same day are the inter-law school debate and public speaking contest at the Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) gym involving Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, Jose Maria College, and the host institution RMC.


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Council passes ordinance to decongest terminals http://mindanaotimes.net/council-passes-ordinance-to-decongest-terminals/ http://mindanaotimes.net/council-passes-ordinance-to-decongest-terminals/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:34:26 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62244 ]]> The City  Council yesterday passed on third and final reading the measure to allow more van terminals and bus loading/unloading points outside the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT).

During yesterday’s regular session, the councilors approved the recommendation of the committee on transportation and communications to amend the existing ordinances concerning the bus and van terminals.


As pushed by the committee, headed by Councilor Conrado Baluran, van operators can now put up terminals in the districts of Toril, Calinan, Buhangin, and Agdao, aside from the existing terminals in Old Matina and Bajada areas.


Legitimate van operators can choose their terminals in the stated approved places provided they comply with the necessary requirements by the local and national laws.


Bus operators can have loading/unloading point in Catalunan Pequeño for southbound route; Dumoy or Puan areas for South/North Cotabato–Davao route; and Panacan, Buhangin, and Bajada areas for northbound routes.


Presently, buses with lines outside the city are only allowed to load and unload at the DCOTT.


With the new approved ordinance, city officials are hopeful that it will decongest DCOTT, particularly the street of Candelaria where the entrance of DCOTT is located.


The new measure is also aimed to provide comfort and transport accessibility and opportunities to the commuting public by providing new terminal sites for buses and vans.


Another objective of the ordinance is to generate more revenue for the city because more buses and vans are now coming in and out of the city given the increasing number of trips.



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Brgy. Mintal youth runner-up in Mr. and Ms. Chinatown ’18 http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-mintal-youth-runner-up-in-mr-and-ms-chinatown-18/ http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-mintal-youth-runner-up-in-mr-and-ms-chinatown-18/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:23:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62230 ]]> Carly Jane Chua, a resident of Barangay Mintal, was hailed as 2nd Runner-up in the recent Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2018 held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sept. 2.

Chua, the sole representative from Mindanao, was among the 14 males and 14 female candidates nationwide.

She was recognized by Generose Tecson of the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) during the flag- raising ceremony on Monday.

In an interview, Chua said that she will continue to pursue do-it-yourself environmental projects, which was her advocacy during her reign as the Diwa ng Dabaw 2017. She’s encouraging the youth to use recyclable materials on various projects such as ballpen holders, vases, and others.

“I want to alter the attention of the youth from being greatly attached to social media. Let us use our creativity in using recyclable materials for it to become useful projects in the community,” she said.

Chua also thanked the support of the local government, especially through the social media.

“Even though my fellow Dabawenyos were not physically present during the event, but the support I get was seen through the social media of the various areas in Mindanao. With that, I am very thankful,” she said in her speech.

Last year, a Dabawenya also topped the same pageant with Joy Wu being crowned as the Miss Chinatown Philippines 2017.

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More studies for bats pressed http://mindanaotimes.net/more-studies-for-bats-pressed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/more-studies-for-bats-pressed/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:15:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62224 ]]> The Monfort Bat Sanctuary in Barangay Tambo, Samal Island, home to the largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette fruit bats, is now pushing for further research to closely study the nature and the activities of bats at night.

Norma Monfort, initiator of the Monfort Bat Sanctuary, along with the Bat Conservation International and Christopher Newport University, is now finalizing plans to have scientists study how far the bats journey at night and where do they forage for food.

“It is very essential that we understand the economic impact to the places where the bats go to at night,” said Monfort.

Innovations to conserve bats’ sanctuary is also pushed such as the installation of artificial bat cave or the chiroptorium.

“This year, we are really going to push through and we thought of using container vans and the engineers are going to emulate conditions of the bat cave inside and hopefully it will work,” said Monfort.

“(The container van) is a lot cheaper. We all have empty caves all over North (of Davao) but the bats choose to stay (in the Monfort Bat Sanctuary) because they are not disturbed here,” she added.

“To destroy a colony, it is very hard to get it back growing so that is really my campaign to build a chiroptorium,” she said, explaining that most bats only produce a single offspring a year.

Once successfully made, the artificial bat cave is the first one out of the United States. Monfort also said that she has donated three hectares of land for the eyed expansion.

Currently, the Monfort Sanctuary is home to 2.5 million bats from the 1.8 million in 2010. The overcrowded cave for bats is feared to pose threats, especially to pregnant and lactating female bats.

“If we lose the bats, who are going to pollinate at night?” she said.

Three years ago, the local government of the Island Garden City of Samal have passed the Bat Conservation Ordinance and this provided funds for the bat festival.

It has been stopped, however, due to lack of manpower. Monfort said they hoped to resuscitate the Bat Festival this coming November.

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Mintal SK offers free photocopies http://mindanaotimes.net/mintal-sk-offers-free-photocopies/ http://mindanaotimes.net/mintal-sk-offers-free-photocopies/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:00:08 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62101 Read more ›]]> The Sangguniang Kabataan Council of Barangay Mintal under SK Chair Kendall Joyce Abrio is offering free photocopy and printing services for all youths aged 10 to 30 years old.

In a message sent to TIMES by Abrio, the concept was patterned after the SK Council in Barangay Ninoy Aquino in Angeles City.

“I said to my council that it is possible for us to do the same since we already have a computer and a printer with scanner that we requested from the Office of the City Mayor,” said Abrio.

“I asked the committee head on education, SK Kagawad Marlo Brua, to draft the guidelines so that we can discuss it in our regular session,” she added.

The project was implemented on Sept. 11 of this year and a week after, only a few have availed.
“We are still making a new publication material scheduled to be posted today. We are extending our services beyond the 8 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday office schedule, because maybe they are still in school at that time,” she added.

To avail of the free printing and photocopy services, the name, contact details, number of pages availed and signature must be provided log book for monitoring purposes since the maximum pages to be availed is 20 pages per week.

All documents must be related to education and other related legal/formal documents and free bond paper is provided for documents two pages or less. Extra bond paper should be provided by those documents are more than the specified pages.

The SK Council also gives option to send the document to the Facebook Page Sangguniang Kabataan ng Barangay Mintal and have it picked up the following day.

However, the council discourages documents with large and heavily colored pictures and the service is subject to availability of resources.

Other than the free printing and photocopy services, Abrio affirmed that they also have seminars on disaster risk reduction, human trafficking, anti-illegal drugs, sexually transmitted infection awareness, and gender sensitivity.

“In November, we will start our month-long activities in preparation for the Araw ng Mintal on Dec. 5,” she said.

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Gumalang pushes for longer ID validity http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-id-system-in-gumalang-pushed-for-longer-validity/ http://mindanaotimes.net/brgy-id-system-in-gumalang-pushed-for-longer-validity/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 16:00:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62103 Read more ›]]> The Barangay ID system of Gumalang in Calinan District will be amended to ensure that it’s no longer coterminous with the sitting punong barangay.

The amendment was pushed by Councilor Melchor B. Quitain, who chairs the committee on rules, privileges, laws, and ordinances.

Prior to the amendment, the ordinance was also amended so it would not violate the provisions of the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution.

The ordinance was passed by Punong Barangay Elena Acain on the note that the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao entailed IDs at checkpoints for security reasons.

The ordinance cited that most of the residents of Gumalang cannot afford to get IDs and some institutions providing IDs require prior identification. Hence, the barangay council has come up with the ordinance as they deem they are the best entity to issue IDs to their constituents.

Furthermore, the ID system of the barangay is also aimed at easing up transactions in private and government agencies. The acquisition of the ID requires a residency of six months and a PSA-authenticated birth certificate.

The ordinance was approved on second reading in the last regular session of the City Council.

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Organ donation reinforced in the region http://mindanaotimes.net/organ-donation-reinforced-in-the-region/ http://mindanaotimes.net/organ-donation-reinforced-in-the-region/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2018 02:01:59 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62081 ]]> The SPMC Human Advocate and Retrieval Effort (SHARE) organized the second intermediate transplant procurement management to raise awareness on organ donations, especially among dialysis patients in the country.

“Currently, there are 35,000 Filipino dialysis patients. The region is now third nationwide with 1,200 new dialysis patients recorded last year,” said Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-ang, organ procurement specialist of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

“In SPMC, there are five new dialysis patients in a day and 100 patients monthly on average,” she added.

Bad-ang said the only way that patients may opt out of dialysis is through transplant. However, there is a gap between donors and patients in need of donation.

Due to urgency, families of patients usually go for living donors, which only perpetuates kidney-selling.

“What we and the World Health Organization and every country (are pushing for) is to try to get the best out of the deceased donations to lower the use of the living donation,” said Elena Kontov of the Sister Transplant Coordinators.

“Living donation entails that a healthy person should undergo a surgery to save another,” she said. “Our advocacy here is for those declared as brain dead to help others lives through their organs.”

“Once a patient is declared brain-dead, the ventilator is the only means that keeps them alive. What we want is before that ventilator to be removed, the patient may be able to donate his or her organs,” she added.

This year, there are only four cadaver donations recorded but the waiting list for patients for donations in the Philippines is so high.

According to Bad-ang, as of last year, there were 168 recorded brain-dead in the region but was not yet converted to organ donors, hence, they need to boost further the advocacy.

“In the Philippines, we can harvest the liver, the two kidneys, and two corneas so five people can be benefited,” said Bad-ang.

Among the challenges is the notion among the public that organ donation is against the teachings of the religion.

In the five-day event, they have gathered the Muslim and Roman Catholic leaders to show that there is only a poor orientation on the acceptance of organ donation but it is not against religion.

“If you have helped people, it is not against religion,” she added.

Six international delegates trained the 45 participants. These are Gloria Perez, Head of the TPM and Donation & Transplantation Institute (DTI) of Barcelona; Entela Kontov, international coordinator of Sister Transplant Coordinators; Sara Alcantata, intensivist from Madrid; Carmen Pantis, anesthesiologist and transplant coordinator from Romania; Alberto Sandiumenge, intensivist and Transplant Coordinator from Madrid; and, Farina Younan, national transplant coordinator from Lebanon.

Sponsored by Department of Health Region XI, the TPM is bound to be emulated in other regions through their respective regional DOH offices.

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Group calls on council to craft law on OFW benefits http://mindanaotimes.net/group-calls-on-council-to-craft-law-on-ofw-benefits/ http://mindanaotimes.net/group-calls-on-council-to-craft-law-on-ofw-benefits/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:00:15 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62039 Read more ›]]> Members of an advocacy group sought help from the City Council on Tuesday’s regular session to push for a resolution that will push for further benefits and privileges for the overseas Filipino workers.

Dr. Celerino Umandap, overall coordinator of the Advocates and Keepers Organization of OFW Inc. (AKO-OFW), said most of the members came all the way from Kuwait to speak on Tuesday’s regular session.
They were introduced by Councilor Pilar Braga.

The AKO-OFW is a recognized non-government organization by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, which aims to promote the rights of OFWs and their families. It is registered in the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission and was organized in 2015.

Umandap urged lawmakers to push for OFW discounts on medical and dental services, medicines, and lodging.

“It is just one way for us altogether to recognize the OFWs sacrifice and heroism,” said Umandap, adding that although OFWs are labeled as modern-day heroes, the tag usually remain in words alone.
Braga, meanwhile, moved to pass a resolution to support the AKO-OFW.

“Davao City will be very supportive of your organization because your advocacies are noble, very humanitarian in nature and because of the promotion and protection of the welfare of our modern heroes,” she said.

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