Mindanao Times » Ma. Cecilia Badian http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:50:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Playground made of old electric poles mulled http://mindanaotimes.net/playground-made-of-old-electric-poles-mulled/ http://mindanaotimes.net/playground-made-of-old-electric-poles-mulled/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:38:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59287 ]]> THE CITY government, Davao Light and Power Co. Inc. (DLPC), and Aboitiz Foundation Inc. will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of a playground facility made of used wooden poles.

Lawmakers yesterday passed the ordinance under suspended rules authorizing Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to enter and sign the MOA on behalf of the city.
There will be two playground facilities to be constructed for the city.
One is the City Child Minding Center at Davao City Recreation Center, Poblacion District, and Balay Dangupan in Lower Cabantian, Buhangin.
Meanwhile, the City Budget Office has certified on May 21 that the city government has provided a whole year appropriation under the Calendar Year 2018 Annual Budget for the salaries and other personnel benefits of the Office of the City Social Services and Development (CSSDO). The employees are directly involved in the implementation and monitoring of the Child Minding Center and Balay Dangupan.
According to the MOA, the Davao Light will fund the project and the city will ensure the proper implementation of the project.
The Aboitiz Foundation, meanwhile, will act as the overall director for the project, release portion of the funds equivalent to the project cost, and pay for the expenses incurred in connection with the project.
The estimated total cost of the project is P273,000.

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Lawmakers to inspect Ma-a slaughterhouse on foul odor http://mindanaotimes.net/lawmakers-to-inspect-ma-a-slaughterhouse-on-foul-odor/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lawmakers-to-inspect-ma-a-slaughterhouse-on-foul-odor/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:00:52 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59254 Read more ›]]> The City Council’s committee on environment and natural resources is set to conduct an inspection on the Ma-a slaughterhouse.

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, in presenting the report regarding the alleged foul odor emanating from the slaughterhouse, said members of the committee, along with the City Health Office, will visit the city-owned establishment.

The issue stemmed from the complaint of the residents of the Woodridge Park subdivision against the operation of the Ma-a slaughterhouse sent to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

Ismael D. Tabije, president of the Woodridge Park Homeowners Association, in a letter, wrote, “Every now and then, foul odors coming from the facility reaches our village and it is causing so much inconvenience among the homeowners.”

“We are also worried that the foul odor is an indication of unsanitary operation of the slaughterhouse which could possibly cause the spread of bacteria and viruses,” the letter added.

Maa Slaughterhouse is being managed by Bankerohan Livestock Multipurpose Cooperative, through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Venture with the City Government of Davao.

Based on the committee report, the foul odor emanating from the slaughterhouse is due to the non-existence of a wastewater treatment facility.

With this the committee recommended to pass a resolution enacting an ordinance approving the Memorandum of Agreement to be entered into by and between the City Government of Davao, Bankerohan Livestock Multipurpose Cooperative, the Department of Science and Technology, relative to the implementation of Wastewater Treatment System Upgrading Program in Davao City.

The committee also urged the Maa Slaughterhouse to find ways and means to reduce the foul odor while the proposed wastewater treatment facility upgrading program of the city is still on process.

Last 2016, the Maa slaughterhouse was certified as a Class “AA” facility by the National Meat Inspection Services of the Department of Agriculture.

The Class “AA” abattoir should be complete with facilities and operational procedures sufficiently adequate to slaughter food animals, or premises to cut and pack carcasses or primal parts based on the rules and regulations governing the accreditation of meat establishments.

The facility has the capacity to process around 500 hogs, 10 large cattle, and 20 goats each day.

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City Council to probe PLDT copper wire theft http://mindanaotimes.net/city-council-to-probe-pldt-copper-wire-theft/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-council-to-probe-pldt-copper-wire-theft/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:55:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59229 ]]> THE COMMITTEE on transportation and communications will look into the massive stealing of copper wires, which reportedly contributed to the slow Internet connection.

Councilor Conrado Baluran, in his privilege speech, said he received complaints from his constituents with regard to the poor and slow connection of the PLDT-related services.
With this, Baluran has called on the PLDT to explain. A representative assured him that they will improve and provide better services but they are also asking for the help of the City Council.
“It was only then that I was informed that there is a massive and rampant stealing of cable line facilities in our city. Those cables are made up of pure copper wires. The said incident is the primary reason why there is a service interruption in the Internet connection and telephone lines,” Baluran said.
Baluran also explained that a full length of stolen cable wire will affect about 400 households, which will suffer from slow or loss of connection.
A kilo of copper wire will cost P500 in the junkshop.
“This kind of illegal activity must be stopped,” he said. “Also, we must prevent criminals posing as linemen or cable man from entering our households to ensure the safety of our loved ones.”
The item was passed on first reading yesterday.

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Lawmakers approve P1.2b SB 1 http://mindanaotimes.net/lawmakers-approve-p1-2b-sb-1/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lawmakers-approve-p1-2b-sb-1/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:22:02 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59207 Read more ›]]> The City Council approved on suspended rules on Tuesday the first supplemental budget (SB1) for this year amounting to 1.2 billion.

Based on the approved resolution of the SB1, the bulk of the appropriations was lodged under the General Fund proper in the total amount of P848,889,364.143, which is equivalent to 70% of the total appropriation.

Part of this will be for the salary differential and other personnel benefits adjustment of the officials and employees due to the implementation of the third tranche of the salary schedule.

The second bulk of appropriation or the 28% is under the Development Fund in the total amount of P336,305,018.45 (P150,770,232.45 for non-infrastructure projects and P185,535,018 for infrastructure projects).

The remaining P21,487,313.35 or 2% of the appropriation is for Economic Enterprises allotted for the operations of the markets, slaughterhouse, cemeteries, Davao City Recreation Center, Magsaysay Park, and the Pasalubong Center.

The SB was proposed by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair on the committee of finance, ways, and means and appropriations.

The SB1 was sourced out mainly from the surplus from last year’s operations in the total amount P702,824,191.63, followed by the various reversions of appropriations amounting to P423,836,211.02.

The third source of fund in the SB is the unappropriated balance of Annual Budget 2018 in the amount of P155,816,153.

Following the unappropriated balance is the 15% share of collection from the Office of Building Official of P4,979,718.17.

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City asks PRRD to declare Aug. 17 and 20 as holidays http://mindanaotimes.net/city-asks-prrd-to-declare-aug-17-and-20-as-holidays/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-asks-prrd-to-declare-aug-17-and-20-as-holidays/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:37:23 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59057 Read more ›]]> The City Council on June 13 approved under suspended rules a resolution requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Aug. 17 and 20, 2018 as a holiday in Davao City in celebration of the Kadayawan Festival 2018.

The resolution was passed through committee on tourism and beautification chair, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre.

Based on the resolution, Aug. 17 marks the highlight of the celebration while Aug. 20 will be allotted for Araw ng Pasasalamat.

“To enable the people of the City of Davao to participate in the events, the 2018 Kadayawan sa Davao Festival Executive (EXECOM) requests that Friday Aug. 17, be declared as Indigenous People’s Day and Monday Aug. 20, be declared as non-working holiday for Araw ng Pasasalamat,” the resolution read.

Once approved, a five-day holiday will be enjoyed by Davaoeños since Aug. 21 is Ninoy Aquino’s day.

Last April 23, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed an executive order creating the executive committee and sub-committees of the 2018 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.

Executive Order No. 08 Series of 2018 appoints her as the chairperson with City Administrator Zuleika Lopez as her official representative. Assistant City Administrator lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo is the vice chair.

The EO mandates that the execom shall plan and ensure the smooth coordination of programs, events, and activities.

They are also tasked to 1) encourage greater private sector participation in the staging of all events and activities, 2) ensure the optimal exposure of the Festival both locally and internationally, 3) find ways and means to support the effective implementation of programs, events, and activities during the celebration, and 4) invite and/or call for a meeting all national and city government offices, as well as any private person or entity to ensure the successful staging of the Festival and perform such other acts that are necessary to effectively and meaningfully carry out its mandated functions.

This year marks the 33rd year of the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.

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City Council supports Dengue Awareness Month http://mindanaotimes.net/city-council-supports-dengue-awareness-month/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-council-supports-dengue-awareness-month/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 02:50:21 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59100 ]]> THE CITY Council has passed a resolution supporting the observance of the Dengue Awareness Month in June every year


Jointly authored by Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte, chair of the committee on health, and Councilor Melchor Quitain, Jr., chair of the committee on rules, privileges, laws and ordinances, the resolution was passed on suspended rules last June 13.

In supporting the observance of the Dengue Awareness Month, the resolution read that “the prevention and control of dengue will require concerted and collaborative efforts among the various and local government agencies and private sector.”

“The celebration marks a more intensified campaign for community awareness and participation in the elimination, destruction or reduction of breeding places of mosquitoes causing dengue infection especially during the rainy season,” the resolution added.

The month of June has been declared Dengue Awareness Month in the Philippines to build public awareness on the preventive measures against the mosquito-borne viral disease, through Proclamation No. 1204 by then President Fidel V. Ramos on April 21, 1998.
The Department of Health issued Department Circular No. 67-Bs 1998 on March 9, 1998 for the Observance of Dengue Awareness Month in June every year, in support of the Administrative Order 281 issued by Ramos on July 23, 1996 creating the Tepok Lamok Dengue Sapok Program, 4 O’clock Habit.

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Pulong to file criminal, civil charges vs Trillanes http://mindanaotimes.net/pulong-to-file-criminal-civil-charges-vs-trillanes/ http://mindanaotimes.net/pulong-to-file-criminal-civil-charges-vs-trillanes/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:05:07 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59030 ]]> FORMER City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has vowed to file criminal and civil complaints against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes for implicating him in the controversial P6.4-billion shabu smuggling last year.

In a statement released on Thursday, nearly six months since he announced his resignation from his post on Dec. 25, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son said he would press charges against the senator for viciously destroying his name, maligning his reputation and integrity, and for deliberately manufacturing lies and spreading black propaganda against him.

“Senator Trillanes manufactured lies and deliberately spread these lies with the obvious intention of destroying my name and maligning my reputation, with a view to impacting negatively against our beloved President,” Paolo said.

He added that the senator’s parliamentary immunity could not protect him from his libelous remarks during media interviews, as these were made outside the halls of the Senate.

“The Senator was apparently emboldened by his false reliance on and abuse of his parliamentary immunity. But this immunity does not apply to libelous remarks made during media interviews, clearly as these attacks were done outside the halls of the Senate — and definitely not when these were discharged with the pure intention of destroying me,” he added.
The resigned vice mayor previously dismissed the accusation as pure lies and based entirely on gossip, downplaying it as a “desperate black propaganda against the President and his government.”
Paolo and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, filed a civil damage suit against Trillanes for accusing him of graft and corruption.
Paolo and Carpio were among those implicated as members of the so-called Davao Group, which was reportedly behind the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling last May 2017.
The shabu shipment came from China and arrived via the Manila International Container Port in Tondo, Manila.
On May 2, the Office of the Ombudsman’s special fact-finding team has cleared Paolo and Carpio from the P6.4B shabu smuggling case
The panel dismissed the case for “lack of basis.”
Duterte resigned as vice mayor on Dec. 25, 2017 out of “delicadeza” after his name was dragged in the smuggling and his spat with his then 17-year-old daughter, Isabelle, became public.

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Rush hour http://mindanaotimes.net/rush-hour/ http://mindanaotimes.net/rush-hour/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:57:48 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59013 Read more ›]]> - Councilors ask City Hall to resolve traffic light mess

The City Council has passed a resolution urging City Hall to immediately act on the defective traffic lights in the city.

The councilors are urging the Office of the City Administrator to immediately resolve the delay in the enhancement, improvement, and implementation of the modernization of the city’s traffic signalization system.

On suspended rules, the councilors on Wednesday approved the resolution authored by Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Committee on Transportation and Communications.

The resolution also urged the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) to effectively manage and control the vehicular and pedestrian traffic of the city.

Dionisio Abude, CTTMO head, in his council appearance last June 5 told the councilors that 23 of 63 intersections in the city have defective traffic lights.

Of the 23 defective traffic lights, Abude said 11 are flashing and the 12 others have spare parts that needed to be replaced.

Abratique and Associates Philippines, the service provider for the maintenance of the traffic signalization system of the city, said it has no existing contract with the local government since 2016.

Efren Abratique, president of Abratique and Associates Philippines, said they can’t continue to provide maintenance and install modern equipment unless a new contract will be executed between the company and city government.

Abratique admitted that the reliability and efficiency of their system has been depleted through the years due to several factors, including the wiping out of their installed equipment because of public-work related jobs on the streets.

“For the promotion of efficacy of the City Transport System and in furtherance of an optimum utilization of road network of the city, there is an urgency to execute the contract for the maintenance of the City’s Traffic Signalization System between Abratique and Associates Philippines and the City Government of Davao,” the resolution read.

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City looking for investors for 3 satellite terminals http://mindanaotimes.net/city-looking-for-investors-for-3-satellite-terminals/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-looking-for-investors-for-3-satellite-terminals/#comments Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:31:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=58621 Read more ›]]> The proposed three satellite terminals in the city to decongest the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland are now open for private investors.

Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the committee on transportation, said that the investors will have to identify the location of the satellite terminals in Buhangin, Catalunan Pequeño, and Dumoy or Puan areas.

“It’s up to the city to decide if it’s going to be through public-private partnership,” he said.

Baluran added that prior to the construction of the satellite terminals, Sec. 4 of City Ordinance No. 0192 Series of 1986 must first be amended.

The law limits the establishment of terminals in Matina Crossing and Bajada areas.

He said there’s a need to establish terminals in Barangay Dumoy for the buses coming from the south, Buhangin area for the north-bound buses and Catalunan Pequeño for the buses from Cagayan de Oro City and Bukidnon.

Meanwhile, Baluran is also planning to pass an ordinance to abolish all the existing exclusive taxi lanes in all business establishments including hospitals, schools, and shopping malls.

He said that the proposals were submitted to the City Legal Office to ensure no legal infirmity.

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Council to NCIP: Affirm Codilla as IPMR http://mindanaotimes.net/council-to-ncip-affirm-codilla-as-ipmr/ http://mindanaotimes.net/council-to-ncip-affirm-codilla-as-ipmr/#comments Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:19:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=58627 Read more ›]]> The City Council urged the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) to issue a certificate to affirm Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla as the indigenous peoples’ mandatory representative (IPMR) in the city.

During Tuesday’s regular session, the legislators unanimously approved the proposed resolution of councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado to ask the NCIP to issue a certification of affirmation in favor of Codilla.

As IPMR, Codilla will be serving as a city councilor.

But NCIP Regional Director Geroncio Aguio yesterday signed a notice informing Codilla that they will not issue a COA as she failed to qualify on the basis of her IP affiliation.

Codilla comes from a mix of Bagobo-Klata, Bagobo –Tagabawa, Ovu-Manobo, but most of her ancestors are non-lumad.

NCIP’s guidelines state that for a person to represent a certain tribe, she has to have at least one grandparent who comes purely from the tribe.

“Based on the report of the provincial office, your failure to reach the 25% Bagobo-Klata blood and the five-year track record certified by the NCIP as required by your local guidelines will not warrant the issuance of the certificate of affirmation in your favor,” the notice read.

The Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) claim book is primarily the tool used by the NCIP in tracing the genealogical lineage of an IPMR.

In the session, Lolita Tecson, tribal chieftain in Biao Janga, told the council that her family, including her cousin Codilla, belongs to the Bagobo-Klata clan.

Codilla was supposed to take her oath of office on April 27 after emerging as the winner in a five-cornered fight in the IPMR selection.

However, it was deferred as the NCIP refused to issue her affirmation.

The mandate of Aguio in revalidating the genealogy and other documents on the selection of Codilla was in accordance with the National Guidelines for the Mandatory Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Local Legislative Councils.

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