Mindanao Times » Raniel Laure http://mindanaotimes.net Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:04:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Random Thoughts | A leap to disaster http://mindanaotimes.net/a-leap-to-disaster/ http://mindanaotimes.net/a-leap-to-disaster/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:57:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60129 ]]> “The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of unitary form of government, which has been in existence or set up originally by the Spaniards. It has always been a strong central government” (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), “Du30: Presidential form of federalism better.” (Philippine Daily INQUIRER, June 18, 2018)


Obviously, PRRD is fed up of “a strong central government” which we presently have. Thus, he wants badly to shift to a highly decentralized governmental system which is a Federal System soonest.
Unfortunately, the Consultative Committee PRRD created to prepare the first draft of a Federal Constitution have a different idea. They prefer the worst type of Permissive Federalism. They still would like to maintain a strong Federal Central government with 18 weak Federal Regions (States). Knowingly or unknowingly, the Con-Com is opting for a weak Federal Republic. Hence, the members of Con-Com want our country to shift to a weak Federal Republic from a weak Unitary Republic! This is not what PRRD promised to our people. Undoubtedly this is a leap to disaster!
Let’s talk of money matter. Presently, in our Unitary System all collected taxes are generally divided this way: 20 percent is allocated to our Local Government Units (LGU’s) and 80 percent to our National Government.
Federal advocates including PRRD, have been saying that when we shift to a Federal System, 20-30 percent of our taxes will be allocated to the Federal National Government while 70-80 percent for Federal Regions (States) including their LGU’s.
The Con-Com proposal we heard is this: 40 percent for Federal Regions and their LGUs and 60 percent to our Federal National Government. Clearly, not much change from the present allocation.
Let’s talk now of politics. We have 18 Federal Regions (States) and the election of senators will be regionwide. If two senators per region will be elected, it would mean 36 senators. This means more than 12 senators than what we have presently. There will be more senators with less responsibilities!
Regarding our Federal Regional Governments, Con-Com’s proposal is 18 Federal Governors and 18 Regional Vice-Governors plus 18 SETS of regional Sanggunian Members. Wow grabe! This might precipitate the abolition of our existing provinces to rationalize our overall political structure.
On top of these, thousands of government officials and employees will have to be appointed in the administration of our Federal National and 18 Regional Governments. This explosion of our bureaucracy, no doubt, is frightening to say the least. Surely this would mean more taxes from our people!
Per info, Con-Com still wants big businesses to pay their taxes in Makati instead of where their business activities are done. True federalists want the latter way than the former. Something is fishy here. Do we see the hands of big business in the Con-Com? Are there members of Con-Com connected directly or indirectly to big business? Is genuine Constitution Reform being compromised by Con-Com for political convenience or expediency at the expense of developmental organization?
In addition, many of our people also want to include the shift to a more inclusive economy system, strengthening of our political party system, which includes government funding and campaign expenditures and penalizing political turncoats and banning of political dynasties “through a set executor provision” in our new Federal- Presidential Constitution.
What lessons can we learn from all these happenings in our shift to a Federal System? Better yet, what unsolicited advices can we give PRRD on this tough-nut issue to save our nation? These are:
1. Go for RevGov in a democratic way in changing our flawed Constitution and shift to a truly Competitive Federal System.
2. Instruct the Con-Com to adopt incremental strategy in the creation of Federal Regions (States) starting with five big and rich Federal Regions(States) as recommended by the Kilos Pederal sa Pagbabago with more exclusive powers. We may also add a Bangsamoro Federal Region.
3. Require big businesses to pay taxes where they operate.
4. Adopt more or less 70-30 percent tax share in favor of Federal Regional (State) Governments.
It has been rightly said that all “Politics are local.” That’s why the foundation of a federal political structure is its Federal Regional Governments with their corresponding LGUs. Hence, a foundation of strong Federal Regions will make strong Federal Republic. A foundation of weak Federal Regions will result to a weak Federal Republic.

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Power firm turns trash into cash http://mindanaotimes.net/power-firm-turns-trash-into-cash/ http://mindanaotimes.net/power-firm-turns-trash-into-cash/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 01:38:30 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59959 ]]> For forty years now, AboitizPower run-of-river hydro business unit, Hedcor, has been supporting its host communities in every way possible, driven by the Aboitiz Group promise of advancing business and communities.

Hence, apart from its significant tax contributions to the communities, as well as various corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects, Hedcor continues to seek opportunities to collaborate with the local government units (LGUs) in driving change for a better world.

In support of the Benguet Provincial Ordinance 11-150, mandating the retrieval of empty pesticide containers, Hedcor assists its host communities, which are mostly farmlands, in complying with the said ordinance.

Since 2016, Hedcor has collected close to 5,000 pieces of assorted pesticide containers from the towns of La Trinidad, Bakun, and Sablan in Benguet. Aside from assisting the host communities in the collection of pesticide containers, Hedcor also rewards them with simple tokens of appreciation for being active partners in its environmental conservation efforts.

In addition to the collection of empty pesticide containers, Hedcor also conducts The Community HazWaste Training, wherein the communities, which are mostly into farming, are educated about the safe use and proper disposal of pesticides.

Moreover, Hedcor has an Ecomarket Day, a monthly program that enables junk shops to collect recyclables from the host communities. This has become a fun livelihood activity that children in the neighborhood look forward to. Not only do they help their parents clean their homes by segregating unusable items, but they also earn money for their school allowance.

“The children are most excited when we go to the communities to collect recyclable wastes,” said Lito Ayyokad, Hedcor Pollution Control Officer. “In the eyes of a child, discarded items are seen as additional allowance: plastic bottles for one peso each, tin cans for 50 centavos each, and scrap metals for five pesos per kilo,” he added.

Hedcor believes that by going to the households to collect recyclables, it benefits the host communities while helping preserve the environment.

“Along with the door-to-door collection of recyclables, we also educate our host communities about proper waste segregation. We encourage them to pick up waste products on their way home, segregate these properly, and prepare these for the next Ecomarket Day,” Ayokkad said.



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Rerouting causes monster traffic http://mindanaotimes.net/rerouting-causes-monster-traffic/ http://mindanaotimes.net/rerouting-causes-monster-traffic/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:32:20 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59279 ]]> IT WAS a monster traffic jam!
Yesterday’s dry run of the rerouting at Talomo area caused a massive vehicular bottleneck, affecting residents living in the city’s southern area.

It was an apparent parking lot starting from the corner of Matina-Balusong Road and MacArthur Highway up to Davao-Bukidnon Road junction at Barangay Catalunan Pequeno of the Talomo-Puan Bypass Road — or a stretch of around three kilometers – as vehicles were on bumper to bumper.
At 4 a.m. yesterday, City Hall started the implementation of a supposed 68-hour traffic rerouting at Talomo area in preparation for the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH)’s widening project of one of the Talomo bridges.
However, at 6 p.m. yesterday, City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) head Dionisio Abude lifted the dry run that was supposed to end on Friday.
By today, the traffic will resume to normal, Abude said.
The CTTMO chief said he will submit his observation for the day-long dry run to the DPWH so they can formulate any decision on the matter.
“Ako ang akong report sa trapik one word lang: grabeeeeeeeeh,” third district Councilor Mary Joselle Dilig Villafuerte said on a facebook post.
Yesterday, commuters were trapped at the traffic jam for over an hour. Traffic at the area usually runs for five minutes in usual hours and up to 10 minutes on rush hours.
Residents, mostly school children, of Sitio Ulas in Barangay Talomo Proper walked home for a kilometer from the corner of Diversion Road-MacArthur Highway in Bangkal, obviously avoiding being trapped at the Talomo-Puan Bypass Road.
Talomo Bridge I was closed to traffic yesterday as the DPWH conducted a dry-run and inspection of the bridge.
With the closure, the city government announced a one-way traffic scheme in Ulas area.
Outbound vehicles from downtown used the Talomo-Puan Bypass Road while the inbound vehicles from Ulas used the Talomo Bridge II.
The test run, DPWH XI said in a separate advisory, is for the implementation of a widening project.
In a report of the Philippine Information Agency XI, “the road-widening was originally to be implemented in 2016, however, road-right-of-way problems stalled the project’s detour bridge. The opening of the Diversion Road extension in late 2017 provided the DPWH-XI an alternate road for rerouted traffic.”

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Don’t pay NPA http://mindanaotimes.net/dont-pay-npa/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dont-pay-npa/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:53:02 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=57130 ]]> DILG warns against ‘permit to campaign’ fees in rebel-infested areas.

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Davao region yesterday warned barangay and youth candidates from giving funds to the communist rebels to gain permits to campaign in areas controlled by the Reds.This as the police regional command is monitoring hotspots areas in the region, particularly those under NPA control, following the murder of a re-electionist barangay captain in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

DILG Regional Director Alex Roldan said barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan bets would be charged for rebellion if they gave funds to the communist.

“It is illegal,” Roldan said on the act of candidates who give funds to the communist rebels. “We discourage that.”

Since the authorities are not privy to any deal entered by the candidates with the rebels, Roldan admitted it is really a “problem during election.”

Candidates, particularly in rebel-infested territories, are forced to pay the New People’s Army (NPA) for security reasons.

Roldan said he is coordinating with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to monitor candidates if they gave funds to the rebels in exchange for the permit to campaign.

“If there’s evidence that the candidates gave fee to the NPAs, then they could be charged for rebellion,” he added.


The Davao Police Regional Office XI is in the process of consolidating the election watch list areas and areas of concern

Chief Insp. MIlgrace Driz, spokesperson of PRO XI, said the provincial security join coordinating committee, led by the Commission on Elections, convened yesterday to identify the election watch list areas.

“We are focusing on these areas because the Comelec will make measures,” Driz said.

The Comelec action may include the deployment of police and military personnel in far-flung areas and areas that are identified to have the presence of communist group and private armed group and those with history of previous election-related violence.

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ART CENTRALE: ANOTHER VENUE FOR TABULA RASA AND ART MINDANAO http://mindanaotimes.net/art-centrale-another-venue-for-tabula-rasa-and-art-mindanao/ http://mindanaotimes.net/art-centrale-another-venue-for-tabula-rasa-and-art-mindanao/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2018 03:01:26 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56118 ]]> ARAW ng Dabaw 2018 celebration at Felcris Centrale was graced with the opening of Art Centrale on March 17, 2018, located at the ground floor of the mall. The event was honored by the presence of DOT ASEC for Mindanao Ms. Eden David, Ms. Jinky Rayo a member of the International Watercolor Society who flew in from Manila to attend the event, two Datu Bago awardees- journalist Ms. Amy Cabusao (2017) and artist Rick Obenza (2018), Mr. Samuel Ang of Boysen paints and Albert Cañete of Felcris Centrale.

PHOTOS from top left clockwise: At the opening of the GAMA (Group of Aspiiring Mindanawon Artists Art Group) first art exhibit and the Art Centrale Art Gallery- Mr. Roland Pino-on- President of GAMA, Daryl Descallar, Datu Bago Awardee 2018- Rick Obenza, Brando Cedeño, International Watercolor Society artist and special guest Ms Jinky Rayo, DOT ASEC for Mindanao Ms Eden David, Dinky Munda, journalist and Datu Bago Awardee 2017 Ms Amy Cabusao, Albert Cañete fo Felcris Centrale and Mr. Samuel Ang of Boysen paints. At the Art Centrale Art Gallery- Tabula Rasa artists Brando Cedeño, Daryl Descallar, DOT ASEC (BIMP-EAGA) Ms Eden David and Tabula Rasa artist Dinky Munda.

PHOTOS from top left clockwise: At the opening of the GAMA (Group of Aspiiring Mindanawon Artists Art Group) first art exhibit and the Art Centrale Art Gallery- Mr. Roland Pino-on- President of GAMA, Daryl Descallar, Datu Bago Awardee 2018- Rick Obenza, Brando Cedeño, International Watercolor Society artist and special guest Ms Jinky Rayo, DOT ASEC for Mindanao Ms Eden David, Dinky Munda, journalist and Datu Bago Awardee 2017 Ms Amy Cabusao, Albert Cañete fo Felcris Centrale and Mr. Samuel Ang of Boysen paints. At the Art Centrale Art Gallery- Tabula Rasa artists Brando Cedeño, Daryl Descallar, DOT ASEC (BIMP-EAGA) Ms Eden David and Tabula Rasa artist Dinky Munda.  Mr. Albert Cañete of Felcris Centrale welcomes guests and artists to Felcris Centrale, DOT ASEC Ms. Eden David appreciates the works of artists and emphasizes the importance of art in tourism, Datu Bago Awardee 2018, Rick Obenza makes his mark in the opening of Art Centrale. Ms. Jinky Rayo creating the first image on canvas during the opening of Art Centrale.

The event was the opening of the Art Centrale Art Gallery by Tabula Rasa, where paintings and sculptures are now on display and The First Art Exhibit of GAMA (Group of Aspiring Mindanawon Artists) of which works from colored drawings to paintings and sculptures by 14 members are exhibited. Members of GAMA are George Abaigar, Rolando Pinoon, Jay Moscoso Alora, Leo Patos, Monica Bustamante, Virgelio Aurelio, Brigel Razonable, Rollie Jan Satera, Julius Lu, Zhor Junavee Antocan, Rey Racho, Richard Gonato, Reynaldo Logronio and Joni Fil Rebortera. It was attended by family and friends of the exhibiting artists.

The GAMA art group members began when they met during an art competition sponsored by the Department of Health in Davao City. All participants saw the potential and talent of each artist and the opportunity of forming a group where they can continue to encourage each other in honing their art skills. They decided to hold a simultaneous event at the opening of Art Centrale at Felcris Centrale launching the group’s first art exhibition. The group’s art pieces range from a variety of mediums from colored ballpen on paper to acrylics, wood sculpture and others.

PHOTOS from left: Ms . Jinky Rayo sits as the night’s model for a live portrait drawing by the exhibiting artists. The members of Group of Aspiring Mindanawon Artists with DOH- Standing from left to right Rey Racho, Rollie Jan Satera, Yasuy Mandangan Avila of DOH, Rey Logronio, Monica Bustamante, Julius Lu, Brigel Razonable, Leo Patos. Sitting and quatting- Joni Fil Rebortera, Richard Gonato, Virgelio Aurelio, Rolando Pino-on, Zhor Junavee Antocan and George Abaigar. Not in the photo is Jay Moscoso Alora.

PHOTOS from left: Ms . Jinky Rayo sits as the night’s model for a live portrait drawing by the exhibiting artists. The members of Group of Aspiring Mindanawon Artists with DOH- Standing from left to right Rey Racho, Rollie Jan Satera, Yasuy Mandangan Avila of DOH, Rey Logronio, Monica Bustamante, Julius Lu, Brigel Razonable, Leo Patos. Sitting and quatting- Joni Fil Rebortera, Richard Gonato, Virgelio Aurelio, Rolando Pino-on, Zhor Junavee Antocan and George Abaigar. Not in the photo is Jay Moscoso Alora.

Ms. Jinky Rayo, a member of the International Watercolor Society whom Dinky Munda, Jr. and Queenie Munda met during the Art Fair Philippines 2018 in Manila flew in from Manila to witness the occasion and grace the opening of the event. During the cocktails, Ms. Rayo sat as a model for an on-the-spot portrait session by the GAMA and Tabula Rasa artists,

The location of Felcris Centrale is an ideal place for artists to showcase their works, as art enthusiasts and art collectors view their works. This spot is intended as an art destination in Davao City where art piece hunters may visit to find the works to match their taste.

We thank the management of Felcris Centrale under the leadership of Mr.Clark Yap for supporting art and artists of Mindanao and that art also adds great value to the Felcris Centrale’s image as a fine place for shopping and dining, We look forward to creating art events and workshops to delight the consuming public and enjoy art at Felcris Centrale.

Congratulations to the GAMA artists on their first exhibit. We invite all Mindanawons and visitors of Davao to visit Art Centrale at Felcris Centrale- The Heart of Art in Davao!

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Editorial | Making way for Alveo Ironman 70.3 http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-making-way-for-alveo-ironman-70-3/ http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-making-way-for-alveo-ironman-70-3/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:06:34 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56058 ]]> THIS could be one of the biggest international sports events that the city will be hosting and the excitement generated from the competition itself and its side events, has pumped up the energy of sports enthusiasts.

The Alveo Ironman 70.3 triathlon will be on Sunday and stretches of road from the city to Panabo will be closed for a maximum of 12 hours. This will adversely impact the traffic situation in the region but everyone is enjoined to bear the inconvenience to make way for this international sports event.

Mayor Sara Duterte has urged Dabawenyos and visitors to plan ahead their activities for March 25 to avoid being caught in the expected traffic jam. This day falls on a Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week, and there are about five big Churches situated along the route of the triathlon. Also, the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) is scheduled in the city and examinees from the provinces of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte will take their exams here. We can only imagine the transportation woes of those who will brave the streets for very important errands on this day.

The streets are also expected to be filled with enthusiasts and fans who will be cheering their athletes to victory.

The city government and organizers have been issuing traffic advisories since early this week. While people are encouraged to watch the event, it is prudent for people to heed the mayor and plan the day ahead, especially if you’re planning to bring the family out this Sunday.


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Line of Sight | Destination: Unknown http://mindanaotimes.net/line-of-sight-destination-unknown/ http://mindanaotimes.net/line-of-sight-destination-unknown/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2018 03:05:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=55270 ]]> TRAINS – there’s something fascinating about them. Perhaps it’s the rhythm? With a pace that begins slowly, its gears clickety-clacking along the tracks, moving gently again, then clickety-clack, until the train gradually regains a state of inertia. Or maybe because it mirrors the rhythm of life, the changes of pace, the ups and downs. It offers us a glimpse of the endless sky, before throwing us into a dark tunnel, our fear constantly hammering in our head. Then the tunnel ends, all uncertainties are forgotten, until you reach your journey’s end.

SARAH Romarate

SARAH Romarate

I think it’s because of these reasons, out of all possible acronyms, our lawmakers chose to name the Philippines’ tax reform as TRAIN. Our TRAIN, the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law, couldn’t be called less.

Just like in a train station, Filipinos have been waiting for TRAIN to arrive. It has been a long wait, a wait that has made people examine the ordinary and ask questions about things previously taken for granted. “Do we really need change?” said the woman in her black heels as she stood by the platform near the rails. A man in his mid-thirties shrugged at the question and asked, “Will it benefit everyone?”   Nearby, a group of people were thinking the same thing, “When is the train coming? We want it NOW!”

At last, the people hear the chugging engines and the roaring steam from the edge of the station. The crowds jostle and brace themselves as the train slows to a screeching stop. The train has finally arrived. Passengers scramble to find seats, hopeful that the TRAIN will bring them to where they long to be, at the same time dreading the possibility that it will take them to a place they never really wanted to go.

Like other trains, our tax reform started gently with the release of the first package. Other passengers may find it too slow for their liking, wanting this mode of transport to immediately carry them to their destination. Alas, that is not how the train works. Additional rules and regulations will be released gradually, until the train regains the state of inertia. The TRAIN will also encounter various stops, such as the second package of the tax reform and the implementing rules and regulations that are yet to be approved.

All that the passengers can do is hold on and trust the government. Hold on to their seats (or to their straps, if they are standing), lest they find themselves stumbling. There are already many issued regulations related to tax reform, and so much more will be released by tax authorities. Boarding the TRAIN without knowing the packages that come with it is like riding towards the unknown. You may end up getting lost. Aside from holding on, all that the passengers can do is trust, trust that the train driver – government officials – will usher us safely to our intended destination.

The train still has a long way to go. Nobody knows where it will lead us, but it is on the right track. Someday, our grandchildren would want to hear how we rode the train. Trust me, it is worth a bedtime story. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

Ms. Romarate is senior tax & outsourcing official of P&A Grant Thornton, leading audit, tax, advisory, and outsourcing firm in the Philippines, with 21 partners and over 850 staff members. It has offices in in Makati, Cavite, Cebu and Davao. For comments on this article, please email sarah.romarate@ph.gt.com or PAGrantThornton.marketscomm@ph.gt.com.

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Lopez: Council can’t relinquish ‘mandate’ on property unless http://mindanaotimes.net/lopez-council-cant-relinquish-mandate-on-property-unless/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lopez-council-cant-relinquish-mandate-on-property-unless/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:02:36 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54666 ]]> THERE is a need to amend the Local Government Code in order for the city government to let go of its mandate to review and approve development permits, and other applications related to property, real estate, and housing, a councilor said.



Councilor Rene Elias Lopez, speaking to reporters at the weekly Pulong Pulong ni Pulong, said that the city government’s hands were tied since the law, also known as Republic Act 7160, requires them to review applications.

Property developments have to go through a stringent process, through various agencies which include the local government’s legislative body before their development applications are given the go signal by each location.

According to real estate developers, this was a cause of delay in the development of homes, which also include low cost housing for the urban poor.

“That would lighten the load of the councilors at the city council,” Lopez said.

Last week, the Office of the Vice Mayor heard a report about a certain councilor from the third district who was allegedly asking for grease money for an application.

Lopez has since denied that his committee, the mother committee on housing and urban and rural development, was involved in any illegal activity.

Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag added that his office has started its initial investigations on the rumor.

However, there was no name that was forwarded to the Vice Mayor since the rumor circulated.

Al-ag said that the complaint likely came from a developer who sought for a permit of allowable use for a quarrying activity.

There are five pending applications for allowable use for quarrying.

Lopez said that applications for allowable use for quarries require the assistance of three other committees, namely the committees on public safety and security, environment, and finance.

Lopez called “improbable and impossible” that the committees would have time to influence any application by quarry developers, as the applications would also have to go through the plenary when it reaches second reading.

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DavOr’s abaca industry to get boost, bares report http://mindanaotimes.net/davors-abaca-industry-to-get-boost-bares-report/ http://mindanaotimes.net/davors-abaca-industry-to-get-boost-bares-report/#comments Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:16:48 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54596 ]]> DAVAO ORIENTAL — The Provincial Government which has set ambitious targets to increase and improve the province’s abaca production is now complementing efforts with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) for programs set to give the local abaca industry a boost.


Among the programs being set is the Sustained Abaca Disease Management Program. PhilFIDA XI Regional Director Eduardo Holoyohoy said that the agency has already allocated a budget intended for 450 hectares of abaca plantation for this year with the provincial government to provide counterpart fund.

He said the priority areas for the project are the towns of Manay, Baganga, Caraga, Cateel, and Boston. He added that those areas not included in the budget for this year will be prioritized in the following year.

Improvement of the abaca fiber is also among the programs that the agency is focusing on. He said that poor quality of abaca fibers being sold in volumes is a challenge that the agency is trying to tackle. He said the problem poses a threat to the industry because of the production of low quality fibers that is incompetent in the global market.

Addressing this, Hoyohoy said he has already met with abaca traders early in January and has come up with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) banning the buying of abaca in what they called “all-in buying”. This means that big players in the market will only buy abaca fibers based on its quality by sorting it to different grades. Hoyohoy said this will not only improve quality of the abaca produce here but also in the rest of abaca-producing regions.

Meanwhile, PhilFIDA also partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to supplement their existing post-harvest facilities. DTI implements the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for abaca farmers. Under the program, farmers and small entrepreneurs’ competitiveness is being improved by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.”

“As of now we are on one direction with the provincial government to address all these problems because abaca is an important commodity in Davao Oriental where there are several farmers depending on it,” Hoyohoy said.

Aside from these projects, various programs were also laid out through the funding earmarked under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP). Some of these projects are abaca seed production, abaca expansion and rehabilitation, and livelihood training support.

The province’s promising abaca industry is being eyed to get more developments amid the wide demand and supply gap of abaca in the local and global markets, he said.

Since the country is among the world’s biggest supplier of abaca, he said that the agency and its partners are determined to address the major problems that the abaca farmers encounter.

In the country, Davao Oriental ranks second to Catanduanes in terms of volume of production, contributing 10.11% to the country’s total national fiber production of 58,393 metric tons.

In the whole region eleven, Davao Oriental remains the leading producer of abaca. In 2016, Davao Oriental has produced 7,352.43 metric tons, higher than Davao Occidental’s 2,234.43 metric tons harvest on the same year.

To ensure effective implementation of the progams for abaca, Holoyohoy furthered that they will be involving barangay officials in the program implementation. “We cannot do it alone, especially because of the high transportation cost due to the distance and the difficult and unpaved roads going to the areas.”

Holoyohoy said the Provincial Government’s role in boosting the abaca industry here is of major importance, especially because of the agency’s limited budget which is expected to cater more than 6,000 hectares abaca farms here, primarily located in the hinterland villages.

The Provincial Governor’s Office which is now taking the lead in the province’s abaca industry program is bent at reviving and boosting the province’s “sleeping industry” as it holds a promising economic benefit especially for the upland communities where the Mandaya Indigenous Peoples ancestral domains are located.

Abaca which grows in areas with higher altitude is deemed suitable to be planted in the ancestral domains in the uplands where accessibility and limited economic opportunities are the main challenges.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, who has set new policies by prioritizing the province’s ancestral domains where most of the province’s poor lives, says that boosting the abaca industry in the province would mean huge benefits for the IP communities.

With Davao Oriental’s ancestral domain covering a total of 348,763 hectares which consists 67 percent of the province’s total land area, the Provincial Government feels that it is high-time for the government to focus its interventions on the ancestral domains. PR

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Economy of the city in better shape: Sara http://mindanaotimes.net/economy-of-the-city-in-better-shape-sara/ http://mindanaotimes.net/economy-of-the-city-in-better-shape-sara/#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 02:51:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53733 ]]> THE ECONOMY of the city only “took a temporary dip when Martial Law in Mindanao was declared” as it has bounced back since as the city government recorded increase in the businesses and tourist arrivals in the city by the end of 2017, Mayor Sara Duterte said.

MAYOR Duterte

MAYOR Duterte

Duterte said in the recent 50th Installation of Officers and Trustees of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at SMX Davao Convention Center that the year 2017 ended with the registration of 40,000 businesses with total investment value of P272 billion.

Based on the data from Business Bureau, the figures increased from 39,000 with total capital of P230 billion in 2016. The City Tourism Operations Office also recorded a hike in tourist arrivals, reaching two million last year from about 1.7 million the previous year.

“We kicked off the year with a bang — a thriving tourism industry, numerous business conferences scheduled and increasing interest from foreign investors. Then, we took a temporary dip when Martial Law in Mindanao was declared. But we came back and stood tall, quick and strong,” Duterte said.

The gross sales of the hotels in the city also finished with an increase in December last year from dipping low in the first few months when Martial Law was declared on May 23, based on the reports of real estate service firm Prime Philippines.

In a statement released by the City Information Office, Prime Philippines founder and managing director Jet Yu said the gross sales of the hotels in the city increased by 25% to 100% in August to December from 10% to 25% decrease in the few months after the declaration of Martial Law.

The declaration, he said, had also “minimal to no effect on the gross sales of residential condominiums” in the city.

Ricardo F. Lagdameo, vice president of homegrown developer Damosa Land Inc., also said last week that the impact of Martial Law was temporary in the property development sector as, based on the company’s sales figure, buyers have resumed looking for properties that they want to buy.

“We may not have reached that level before Martial Law, but we have noticed the increase in interest of the market,” said Lagdameo as he expected that the market will eventually get back to its high level before May 23, 2017.

Investments also have also continued to increase in the city.

In a data from Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC), among those that were granted last year with fiscal incentives by the Davao City Investment Incentive Board included the projects of Urbaneast Developments Inc., Davao South Feedmill Corp., Davao Thermo Biotech Corp., Apo Agua Inc. and Primeland Properties Inc.

Even after Martial Law declaration, the DCIPC recorded that among the upcoming projects in the city are Azuela Cove, Mesa Tierra Garden Residences, Peak Parksuites, Obsidian Suites and Ivory Residences and Dusit Thani Residences.

There were also foreign investors that bared interest to put up their projects in the city like the Japanese chocolate company, Japanese processer of fruits and vegetables and Korean manufacturer of air-conditioning systems. There were also Chinese and Korean firms that signified intention to put up a railway system in the city.

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