Mindanao Times » Community http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:21:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Apo Production Unit, Inc. inaugurates satellite office in Davao City http://mindanaotimes.net/apo-production-unit-inc-inaugurates-satellite-office-in-davao-city/ http://mindanaotimes.net/apo-production-unit-inc-inaugurates-satellite-office-in-davao-city/#comments Sat, 08 Sep 2018 05:32:55 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61860 Read more ›]]> Davao City’s rapid financial and economic growth in the region has become a reality, thanks to the city administration officials whose outstanding leadership and with great resolve, continued to create a favorable atmosphere for business, commerce, trade to thrive in this bustling metropolis.

INAUGURATION of APO Production Satellite Office at Topaz Tower Damosa. Mike Dalumpines, Chairman & CEO, 6th from left.

INAUGURATION of APO Production Satellite Office at Topaz Tower Damosa. Mike Dalumpines, Chairman & CEO, 6th from left.

Last Sept 3, APO Production Unit, Inc, a government owned and controlled corporation inaugurated its satellite office right here. APO Production Unit, Inc. is the official printer of the Philippine Passports for the DFA, BIR cigarette stamps, and other accountable forms of most government agencies. It is capable of printing high security and high volume documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates.

Michael J. Dalumpines, a Dabaweno, Chairman and CEO of APO Production Unit, Inc. together Ms. Daisy M. Galvadores, Reg. Sales Manager, Mr. Alvin R. Reyes Gen. Manager, Philip Dionisio, APO Pres., Joecel Obenza, EVP. Mr Benito Rivadenera, A.C., attended the simple inauguration and ribbon cutting to officially open its satellite office located at the 4th floor Topaz Tower Center, Damosa IT Park, at J.P. Laurel ave., Lanang, Davao City.

Vice Mayor Bernard E. Al-ag, who represented Mayor Sara Duterte, delivered an inspirational message during the ceremony. President and CEO, Mr. Dalumpines, delivered a message acknowledging the need to establish an office here in Davao to serve Mindanao’s LGUs for their documentary requirements. The satellite office will soon be marketing its service to the region and Mindanao as well. This will make APO more accessible and more efficient in dealing with the LGUs requirements.

APOs new satellite office in the city will enhance APOs image and visibility which in turn will create a steady harmonious relationship with the LGUs in the region and the entire Mindanao. (PR)

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UM 5th batch of outbound exchange students sets off next month http://mindanaotimes.net/um-5th-batch-of-outbound-exchange-students-sets-off-next-month/ http://mindanaotimes.net/um-5th-batch-of-outbound-exchange-students-sets-off-next-month/#comments Sun, 08 Jul 2018 07:27:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60001 ]]> Exploring new places and immersing in the rich culture of our neighbors in Asia are luxuries that many people long for; but to engage in these experiences and get to attend reputable schools in these other countries as well? Truly a dream come true!

Ten deserving students of the University of Mindanao passed rigorous screening from school department heads last January and starting next month will be off to UM partner institutions in Thailand, Malaysia, and Taiwan as the fifth batch of students under UM’s Outbound Exchange Program.

The Outbound Exchange Program has two components: the AIMS (ASEAN International Mobility for Students), which is only offered to students who are enrolled under the Engineering and International Business programs; and the UMAP (University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific), which is open to students who are enrolled in any Level II programs of the University.

Three UMians shared with us their experiences from their time as outbound exchange students and why they think every UMian should give applying a shot.

Kenneth Namoc, Irrah Laygo, and  Mark Garvida belong to the 2017-2018 batch of outbound students, and while all three agreed that programs such as the Outbound Exchange allowed them the opportunity to fly internationally for the first time, it was also their desire to expand their horizons and experience life outside of their comfort zones that pushed them to apply for the exchange program.

Irrah Laygo

Irrah Laygo

“This is a once in a life time chance that I could have that’s why I don’t waste it,” said Mark.

Mark Garvida

Mark Garvida

Kenneth, who studied Accountancy, added that the program allowed him to see his chosen field of study from the perspective of another culture, while Irrah said that while there were ups and downs during her stay at Malaysia, it was still an enriching time.

Kenneth Namoc

Kenneth Namoc

“Not only in educational perspective but also in social, spiritual, as well as in survival,” she said.

All three studied in Malaysia, and lauded the teaching and studying methods enforced there.

“The way they conduct lecture is quite different because we only meet twice a week for each course and there is only one assessment which is the final exam, so you are really expected to do well during the whole semester. The courses I enrolled enhance my critical thinking because most of our school works are case studies and oral presentations,” said Kenneth.

Irrah adds that Malaysian professors don’t spoon feed their students,  while Mark said critical thinking was developed because of their methods.

Asked what they’d like to see more of in the University of Mindanao as well as in themselves that they learned from their time schooling abroad, all three point out that their Malaysian classmates were very diligent in their work and did not procrastinate on their projects, rarely asking for deadline extensions in submitting their work.

“The students there are really committed in every task given to them. They always gave their very best in each school works. They are also competitive but in a friendly and not intimidating manner,” added Kenneth.

As with all the previous students who braved the unknown and came out of the situation better, smarter, and wiser; all three encourage those who are hopeful to try their best in applying as outbound exchange students.

For those interested, you may inquire at the International Affairs Office located at second floor of the UM Embassy campus or call 226- 3526.

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UM Scholars http://mindanaotimes.net/um-scholars/ http://mindanaotimes.net/um-scholars/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:25:38 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59452 UM scholars.jpg

Councilor Pilar C. Braga meets her scholars under the Special Education Assistance of the City Government all coming from various schools and colleges with 35 students from the University of Mindanao. PR

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Cotabato Light: Going beyond power http://mindanaotimes.net/cotabato-light-going-beyond-power/ http://mindanaotimes.net/cotabato-light-going-beyond-power/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:56:46 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=57125 ]]> WHEN the Aboitiz group acquired Cotabato Light and Power Company some 83 years ago, part of the package was a facility that was and still is part of the fabric of the Cotabato community-the ice plant.While everyone at Aboitiz Group knew by heart the pillars of the group – power, food, land, banking, and infrastructure – many have lightheartedly wondered whether it should add a sixth leg: ice-making.

For more than 80 years now, AboitizPower has played a role in sustaining the livelihood of the residents of Cotabato City through Cotabato Light's ice plant, which supplies fish vendors ice blocks to preserve their products.

For more than 80 years now, AboitizPower has played a role in sustaining the livelihood of the residents of Cotabato City through Cotabato Light’s ice plant, which supplies fish vendors ice blocks to preserve their products.

“We have customers who have been buying ice blocks from us for many decades. Cotabato City is far from the sea so we need ice to keep fish fresh as they come into the city,” said Jerry Baisac, an ice plant employee for 30 years.

Many ice plants have come and gone in the last eight decades but Cotabato Ice Plant – as it is formally known – still stands with its four employees today, churning out 37 tons of ice daily, serving its community alongside the power distribution business.

Cotabato Light currently serves more than 40,000 households within its franchise area, which covers Cotabato City, as well as parts of Datu Odin Sinsuat and Sultan Kudarat municipalities in the province of Maguindanao. Its ice plant may serve fewer customers, but it remains modestly profitable and also gives deep meaning to the community where it stands.

1.KEEPING IT COOL. Jerry Baisac (leftmost), an employee of Cotabato Ice Plant for 30 years now, supervises the loading of ice blocks onto a customer’s fish delivery truck.

1. KEEPING IT COOL. Jerry Baisac (leftmost), an employee of Cotabato Ice Plant for 30 years now, supervises the loading of ice blocks onto a customer’s fish delivery truck.

“The ice plant represents what we in AboitizPower have always stood for. We could have just stayed with power distribution because we are experts there. But the community needs the ice plant, so we kept it for the sake of the community,” Cotabato Light COO Ben Arkoncel said.

Somehow, the ice plant has helped businesses and the community grow. In the 60s, the plant had a daily production capacity of 15 tons, which increased to around 70 tons in the 1990s, until it reached 120 tons.

The facility currently manufactures ice blocks weighing between 10 kilograms and 160 kilograms, perfect for those from the fishing industry who need to preserve their products until these reach the market and households eventually.

Mike Katog, a resident of Cotabato City and one of the ice plant’s regular customers, explained how the company helps him sustain his fishing business.

“Malaki talaga ang tulong ng ice plant sa amin. Nagpapasalamat talaga kami dahil mayroon kaming napagkukunan ng ice upang mapanatiling sariwa ang aming mga produkto (The ice plant is really a huge help to us. We are thankful because we can keep our products fresh with the ice you produce),” Mike explained.

“Our service and support to the businesses and economic growth of Cotabato City go a long way back. With the ongoing developments in our region, we will remain a valuable partner of the people of Cotabato in advancing their businesses and our communities,” Arkoncel said.

Close to two generations of Cotabateños have seen the work Cotabato Light has done for the community. The company vows to continue providing excellent service to its customers and stakeholders for more generations to come.

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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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DCHHS Filipino-Chinese Community celebrates Lunar Chinese New Year http://mindanaotimes.net/dchhs-filipino-chinese-community-celebrates-lunar-chinese-new-year/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dchhs-filipino-chinese-community-celebrates-lunar-chinese-new-year/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:06:34 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54557 ]]> SINCE the start of February, the Filipino-Chinese community of Davao has prepared for the Lunar Chinese New Year on Feb. 16. As an annual tradition, the oldest Chinese School in the city- the Davao Chong Hua High School (formerly known as Davao Central High School) held its Lunar Chinese Celebration last Feb. 15, Thursday, at its school grounds.

THE LION Dance Presentation of selected High School and Senior High School Students

THE LION Dance Presentation of selected High School and Senior High School Students

To show how beautiful and preserved the Chinese culture is, different presentations of Chinese culture and traditions were showcased. There were numerous presentations of Chinese traditional dances including the Drum dance, the Lantern dance and the famous Dragon and Lion dances. There were also presentations of Chinese chorale and poem reading.

Aside from these performances, an exhibit of the Chinese artworks of students was mounted. There were Chinese paintings, masks, lanterns, knots and fans. There was also a column showing the predictions regarding the different Chinese Zodiac Signs.

THE DRAGON Dance Presentation

THE DRAGON Dance Presentation

The celebration of Lunar Chinese New Year showcases the strong relationship between the Filipino and Chinese community not only in Davao Chong Hua High School but also in the city. Photos by Walter Valencerina, DCHHS English Principal


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K-12 work immersion program of Senior High school students http://mindanaotimes.net/k-12-work-immersion-program-of-senior-high-school-students/ http://mindanaotimes.net/k-12-work-immersion-program-of-senior-high-school-students/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:02:57 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54551 ]]> GRADE 12 Senior High School Students have started their work immersion related to their selected academic track or their selected vocational course. The immersion trains students and strengthen their skill or expertise for their work in the future. It is part of the K-12 program which prepares students to work in companies.

CHRISTMAS party of Senior High School Students

CHRISTMAS party of Senior High School Students

According to the Department of Education, this program is an 80-hour hands-on encounter which Senior High students must experience to open them to the genuine working environment setting and improve their abilities learned in school. The Department of Labor and Employment said work this is an integral part of the K to 12 Program in fully realizing its goal to produce job-ready graduates equipped with industry-based skills. DOLE strongly affirms that work immersion contributes to the full realization of the objectives of the K to 12 Program.

INTRAMURALS 2017 of Senior High School Unit

INTRAMURALS 2017 of Senior High School Unit

Through this program, the students can be ready for their big step in working and be comfortable and familiar with business-related conditions in line with their specialization. Students experience the social interaction in work environment that would help them as they graduate and face real life. Work immersion is useful as it enables Senior High students to decide if what they have chosen in school is what they want to have as a career. Being able to test their skills and knowledge in practice will help them develop their career choice.

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Maxima Aquafun #ValenTimes promo http://mindanaotimes.net/maxima-aquafun-valentimes-promo/ http://mindanaotimes.net/maxima-aquafun-valentimes-promo/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:18:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54393 Read more ›]]> Get a chance to win an overnight stay worth P5,000 (inclusive of amenities) at the Maxima Aquafun in Samal Island by following these instructions:

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DA, Aboitiz turn-over farming system to Bangsamoro Development Agency http://mindanaotimes.net/da-aboitiz-turn-over-farming-system-to-bangsamoro-development-agency/ http://mindanaotimes.net/da-aboitiz-turn-over-farming-system-to-bangsamoro-development-agency/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:36:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54154 ]]> The Department of Agriculture Region 12 and the Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. represented by its vice president for corporate external venture Christopher Camba,  turned over Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming systems to the Bangsamoro Development Agency on Feb.  2,  2018 at Barangay Lugay-Lugay Cotabato City.

DA 12 and the Aboitiz Equity Venture, Inc.  turned over Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming systems to the Bangsamoro Development Agency on Feb.  2,  2018 at Barangay Lugay-Lugay Cotabato City.

DA 12 and the Aboitiz Equity Venture, Inc. turned over Hydroponics and Aquaponics Farming systems to the Bangsamoro Development Agency on Feb. 2, 2018 at Barangay Lugay-Lugay Cotabato City.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution, or the roots may be supported by an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel.

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

This is the fifth site of the project, with the others situated in the cities of Quezon and Taguig in Metro Manila, the cities of Davao and Cotabato in Mindanao. This is in support of the DA12 program of PAGKAIN  para sa masa – urban agriculture to encourage households to do urban farming.

This is part of Aboitiz Company’s corporate social responsibility to help build the capability of the farmers in modern urban farming using the technology and equipment given to them. They are trained in the management of the hydroponics / aquaponics farming system. This also aims to establish the agriculture development in the city with a very limited area as well as serve as learning and training center for other people who are interested in urban farming.

Another goal of this project is for the normalization effort to turn warzone areas into productive communities, Archit. Eduard Guerra of MILF JNC was also present during the turnover as a representative of the MILF families who are also beneficiaries of the urban farming project. Zahruhmin Andong Midtimbang, the Brngy. Cpt. of Barangay Lugay-Lugay,  stated that this is really a big help not only in their barangay  but also to neighboring barangays in Cotabato City, to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to battle malnutrition.

This is a nationwide project which started inside the offices of the agriculture training institutes in Diliman Quezon City. With the collaboration with Aboitiz company, it has since turned into a revolution of urban gardening.

With the cooperation of the citizens, this farming system can ensure an abundant produce of fresh and non-toxic vegetables that will promote health and wellness to the peopl. (April Piquero NDU, BACom3)


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4 bakeries of Pantawid, livelihood beneficiaries launched in District 3 http://mindanaotimes.net/4-bakeries-of-pantawid-livelihood-beneficiaries-launched-in-district-3/ http://mindanaotimes.net/4-bakeries-of-pantawid-livelihood-beneficiaries-launched-in-district-3/#comments Sat, 27 Jan 2018 03:17:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53492 ]]> District 3 now boasts of four bakeries owned and managed by 65 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


The Brgy. Biao Joaquin (BBJ) bakery was launched on December 8 of last year while the Salaysay Bagobisa Bakery SLP Association and Upian Bread Makers SLP Association, both in Marilog District, were launched on December 29. The Tawantawan Bakery SLP Association in Baguio District is set to open this last week of January.

All of the 65 Pantawid beneficiaries are graduates of the Bread and Pastry Production training, also conducted by the SLP.

“Dako kaayo among kalipay nga kami nahatagan og dungag nga kapital sa among gamay nga bakery diri sa barangay. Kini usa ka hagit kanamo tanan nga palamboon gayod ang gibubo sa amo nga grasya sa panggamhanan (We are overwhelmed with happiness with the additional capital we received for our small bakery. We are all inspired to make good of this blessing from government),” Gina Bisnar, one of the members of the BBJ bakery said.


The Sustainable Livelihood Program aims to enhance the capabilities of poor Filipino households and individuals by strengthening their skills, competencies, abilities and resources in accessing income-generating opportunities to help improve their socio-economic well-being. (DSWD)

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