Mindanao Times » Warren Elijah Valdez http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:51:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Ex-Guv of Tawi-Tawi pay fine over erroneous SALN http://mindanaotimes.net/ex-guv-of-tawi-tawi-pay-fine-over-erroneous-saln/ http://mindanaotimes.net/ex-guv-of-tawi-tawi-pay-fine-over-erroneous-saln/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:41:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48477 ]]> THE FORMER governor of Tawi-Tawi has pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Former governor Sadikul Sahali pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan for six counts of violation of Sec. 8 of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

Sahali was re-arraigned with the assistance of his counsel and was told of the consequences of his plea. By his plea, he was believed to have admitted all the material facts alleged in the information filed against him by the Ombudsman.

Sandiganbayan ordered Sahali to pay a fine of P5,000 for each count, with a total of P30,000 and a subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency.

In December 2015, the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao found probable cause to indict Sahali due to his non-compliance with the rules on the filing of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

It was discovered that his SALNs from 2007 to 2011 were not subscribed before a notary public, while his 2012 SALN was unsigned.

Moreover, all SALNs were also submitted beyond the April 30 deadline.

Under Sec. 8 of RA 6713, “public officials and employees have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities, net worth, financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.”

It also requires every government official and employee to file the SALN within 30 days after assumption of office, or on or before April 30 every year thereafter, and within 30 days after separation from the service.

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Center served 1,000 in August http://mindanaotimes.net/center-served-1000-in-august/ http://mindanaotimes.net/center-served-1000-in-august/#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2017 01:34:37 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48439 ]]> THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI said the region’s One Stop Service Center of OFWs (OSSCO) served about 1,000 clients in its first month of operation following its opening last August 11 in Gaisano Mall.

According to the information from DOLE XI’s official website, the center served 506 overseas clients and 831 local clients during the first month.

It said that most of the OFWs obtained National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance with a total of 165 clients, followed by Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) with 48 clients, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) with 39 clients.

For local clients, 153 clients availed services of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), 140 for the HDMF, 130 for Social Security System and 85 clients for the services of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

However, even with OSSCO XI serving local clients, DOLE XI director Raymundo Agravante stressed that the OFWs are still the main priority of the OSSCO services.

“OSSCO Davao with its lead agency being the POEA, prioritizes in catering on the needs of our OFWs. That is why we are continually inviting all our OFWs that we have this facility made accessible for their convenience,” he said.

Among those services that can be obtained from the center are those of Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC); Bureau of Immigration (BI); Philippine National Police (PNP).

It also covers the agencies of BIR, SSS, PSA, HDMF, OWWA, and PHIC.

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BFAR continues to train fisherfolk http://mindanaotimes.net/bfar-continues-to-train-fisherfolk/ http://mindanaotimes.net/bfar-continues-to-train-fisherfolk/#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:09:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48308 ]]> THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XI is continuously conducting trainings to fisherfolk in the region following its plan to distribute fiberglass boats this year.

BFAR XI director Fatma Idris said this will equip them with skills on how to properly operate the fiberglass boats once it is distributed.

Idris noted in an earlier interview that a technical team from BFAR XI went to Manay, Davao Oriental to conduct a training to some 100 fishermen who were given supplies needed for the building of fiberglass boats.

She said there are 150 fisherfolk in Davao Region who will be receiving fiber-glass fishing boats expected to be distributed sometime in November.

Each of the fiber glass boats is estimated to cost around P70,000.

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COURT FILES: Woman charged with alleged theft http://mindanaotimes.net/court-files-woman-charged-with-alleged-theft/ http://mindanaotimes.net/court-files-woman-charged-with-alleged-theft/#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:07:02 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48302 ]]> THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor found probable cause to indict a woman for alleged shoplifting last Sept. 18.

Prosecutor Rizalyn Y. Gonzals charged Joanna Ramos Estorba for theft pursuant to Sec. 6 of Rule 112 of the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Julie Doydoy Ramirez, an authorized representative of Gaisano Mall of Toril.

On Sept. 18, Arlene Duco, the lady watcher of the Gaisano Mall, allegedly saw the respondent took some items cosmetic items all worth P410 – one lipstick (P165), three bottles of nail polish (P95) and nipper (P150).

Duco then noticed the respondent trying to leave the store without paying. Duco asked for proof of purchase but the suspect failed to present any, leading to her arrest. Respondent is currently detained in the Toril Police Precinct.

Drug suspect charged

 A MAN will be facing trial after he was arrested for allegedly selling illegal drugs last Sept. 23.

The Office of the City prosecutor found probable cause to indict Ariel Bahinting for violation of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

Bahinting was arrested by elements of Calinan Police Precinct in their anti-illegal drugs operation at Purok 35, Lagazo Street, Calinan. He allegedly sold to an undercover police a one sachet of shabu.

Upon body search, they recovered three more sachets of shabu and one medium size sachet containing marijuana fruiting tops. The urine sample taken from him also tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Bahinting is now under the custody of Calinan Police Precinct.

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Custom’s 9-month collection surpasses year-long target http://mindanaotimes.net/customs-9-month-collection-surpasses-year-long-target/ http://mindanaotimes.net/customs-9-month-collection-surpasses-year-long-target/#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:02:06 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48291 ]]> THE BUREAU of Customs-Davao said the Port of Davao is the top performing Collection District nationwide in terms of revenue collection this year.

Atty. Erastus Sandito Austria, BOC’s District Collector of District XII (Davao), told reporters yesterday that the revenue collection from January up to this month has already reached P1.6 billion, which is more than their usual target revenue collection.

The usual target collection, he said, “only ranges from P1.1 billion to 1.2 billion.”

“We have consistently met our target. We have been meeting it on month-to-month basis. We are even exceeding our target,” he said.

He added that they are expecting that by next year, there will still be an increase in the target revenue collection from the port considering the growing economy in Davao region.

“The local economy here is still picking up,” he said, noting that next year there is an expected influx of trade participants coming to the region through the Davao port.

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Man charged for weed possession http://mindanaotimes.net/man-charged-for-weed-possession/ http://mindanaotimes.net/man-charged-for-weed-possession/#comments Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:53:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48262 ]]> THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor found probable cause to charge a man following his arrest last Aug. 19 for allegedly carrying illegal drugs.

Prosecutor Irene Joy Tala-Montero recommended for the filing of violation of Sections 11 and 12 in relation to Sec. 25 of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) against Amer Candao Avido.

Around 7:30 a.m. of Aug.19, while a police officer was rendering duty at the vicinity of Roxas avenue, he saw Avido holding a black sling bag heading to his location. The policeman approached the respondent to inspect the bag as part of the security measure.

Upon seeing the police officer, Avido allegedly ran away which forced the police officer to give chase. He was cornered with the help of the other policemen.

Upon checking the black sling bag, the police officer recovered four self-sealing plastic sachets containing suspected dried marijuana leaves with fruiting tops, one piece black improvised wood pipe, one rolled cigarette paper used as improvised tooter, and one rectangular shape plastic adhesive cellophane containing several self-sealing transparent sachets placed inside a color blue pouch inside the bag.

He was then arrested and was brought to the Sta. Ana Police Precinct. The suspect also tested positive for THC-metabolites, a byproduct of marijuana.

“The conduct of the said test is justified considering that during the arrest of respondent, the complainant avers that respondent appeared to had reddish eyes, uneasy and pale which are manifestations of a person who is under the influence of illegal drugs,” the resolution stated.

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Villar to propose bill for dev’t of livestock, poultry industries http://mindanaotimes.net/villar-to-propose-bill-for-devt-of-livestock-poultry-industries/ http://mindanaotimes.net/villar-to-propose-bill-for-devt-of-livestock-poultry-industries/#comments Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:37:28 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48225 ]]> SENATOR Cynthia Villar has vowed to pass a law that will ensure a bigger budget for livestock, poultry and dairy industries in the agricultural sector.

In the second day of the 19th Davao Agri Trarde Expo (DATE) on September 22 at SM Lanang Premiere, Villar said she will file a proposal in the Senate that will ensure the development of the livestock, poultry and dairy sub-sectors.

“In that (proposed) law, we will make sure to provide substantial budget for livestock, poultry, and dairy,” said Villar, adding that it is unfair for example, the livestock industry to get a measly budget when it is the source of a third of the output in the agricultural sector. She, however, did not qualify her statement, particularly on the value of the contribution of livestock industry to the sector.

She said that the budget for a certain sector must be commensurate to its contribution to the economy.

During the budget hearing of the Department of Agriculture, Villar, Senate committee on agriculture and food chair, said she called on Secretary Emmanuel Pinol to come up with a better budget proposal for the livestock sector which resulted in the P5 billion budget, up from P2.7 billion.

She said she will find ways to ensure that the allocation intended for the sub-sectors will be equitable in relation to the entire budget of the sector.

She added that the public must “remember that the agriculture sector is not only about rice and vegetables. Kailangan kasama din ang livestock, poultry, and dairy.”

Engr. Wilfred Teves, DATE 2017 chair, earlier urged the government to look into the plight of the livestock and poultry sub-sectors and help them grow.

Teves, also the vice president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that there is a need for government to help the sub-sector map their development to ensure that they provide better contribution to the economy.

“We are facing many challenges so we need the help of everybody,” said Teves, adding that among these challenges is sourcing funds for the expansion of livestock and poultry raisers. With CQF

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COURT FILES: Ombudsman suspends Ex-Maguindanao mayor http://mindanaotimes.net/court-files-ombudsman-suspends-ex-maguindanao-mayor/ http://mindanaotimes.net/court-files-ombudsman-suspends-ex-maguindanao-mayor/#comments Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:34:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48222 ]]> THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of a former Maguindanao mayor and four others after they were found guilty of simple neglect of duty.

The ombudsman has ordered former South Upi, Maguindanao mayor Abdullah Campong suspended without pay for three months and one day.

The suspension order stemmed from the local government unit’s failure to remit the Pag-IBIG contributions for the months of April to November 2007; delayed remittance of GSIS contributions; and failure to remit taxes withheld on compensations of its employees from January to December 2007.

According to the decision, Campong, as a head of South Upi, violated Presidential Decree No.1752 (Home Development Fund Law of 1980), Republic Act 8291 (GSIS Law), and Republic Act 8425 (Tax Reform Act).

Aside from Campong, four others were also ordered suspended including: Municipal Treasurer Onfore Natividad; Municipal Accountant Kusain Masurong; Municipal Budget Officer Leonardo Tolitel, Jr.; and Cashier II Clara Tolitel.

Simple neglect of duty is defined as “the failure to give proper attention to a task expected of an employee resulting from either carelessness or indifference.” Warren Elijah E. Valdez

Rider charged

A MAN will be facing a criminal charge following a motorcycle accident last Sept. 9.

The Office of the City Prosecutor found probable cause to indict Jessie U. Panganoron for reckless imprudence resulting in slight physical injury under Art. 365, 1st paragraph, 3rd case in relation to Art. 266 of the Revise Penal Code.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Remedios Peal Marama.

Prosecutor Delfin M. Suarez,Jr., in his Sept. 19 resolution, stated that at around 8:05 a.m. of Sept. 9, Remedios was crossing the pedestrian lane in front of Coca-Cola plant in Bago Aplaya when the suspect bumped him with his motorcycle.

The doctor who attended her recommended surgery for multiple injuries.

The prosecutor found sufficient evidence that prove the suspect acted recklessly which resulted to the incident. Sec. 42(c), Art. 3 of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code provides that, “the driver of any vehicle upon a highway within a business or residential district shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing such highway within a crosswalk, except intersections where the movement of traffic is being regulated by a peace officer or by traffic signal.”

“Respondent should have yielded the right of way of the complainant who was crossing in a pedestrian lane,” the resolution said.

Moreover, the traffic investigator concluded in his traffic accident report that the main cause of the accident was “human error.”

Panganoron is now under the custody of Talomo Police Precinct.

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Seda Abreeza Hotel obtains another star http://mindanaotimes.net/seda-abreeza-hotel-obtains-another-star/ http://mindanaotimes.net/seda-abreeza-hotel-obtains-another-star/#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:09:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48171 ]]> THE Department of Tourism has granted another star rating to Seda Abreeza Hotel, increasing its number of stars to four.

 Kennedy Kapulong, hotel manager, said that the hotel management is happy as the increase in their star rating symbolizes that their effort to improve the quality of service has been achieved.

 “DOT has recognized our efforts to keep up with the standards that they have set,” Kapulong said, adding that the hotel will continue to improve the quality of services that it provides to its clients.

 “It is a challenge for us to keep up with the status. That is why we have to keep up with the trainings and upgrade the knowledge and skills and our facilities,” he added.

 Tourism Regional Director Roberto Alabado III said the rating improvement pushes the hotel to provide better service as clients will expect that when they patronize it, they will get their money’s worth. “The higher the stars, the higher the quality of service the company is giving,” he said.

 He said the star accreditation comes with a point system that undergoes many processes that scrutinize all facets of an accommodation business, among them the availability and quality of the facilities.

 “There are so many factors to be checked with point system. The point system will decide the number of stars a hotel could have,” he said.

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9 new groups to benefit from tourism program http://mindanaotimes.net/9-new-groups-to-benefit-from-tourism-program/ http://mindanaotimes.net/9-new-groups-to-benefit-from-tourism-program/#comments Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:08:10 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48169 ]]> THE Department of Tourism (DOT) XI has signed a memorandum of agreement with nine groups that are identified as beneficiaries of the tourism industry skills program.

 Tourism Regional Director Roberto P. Alabado III said that the nine groups include a consortium, 4 civil society organizations and 4 hotels and resorts.

 Employees of the groups will undergo trainings identified so their skills will be enhanced, said Alabado last week. “The beauty of this program is it seeks to address the need of the private sector,” he said, pointing out that unlike in other programs, it is the beneficiaries that identify their needs in terms of training.

 Under this programs, groups submit proposals to the agency, identifying the skills that they want their workers to be trained in. The applications that are granted receive about P5 million each in training activities.

 Under the setup, small and medium enterprises are identified as priority sector in the training.

 The program took off from the initial run in 2013 which was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through a training grant from the Canadian International Development Agency. The initial fund for the program, which ended in 2016, was at $7.1 million.

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