Mindanao Times » Uncategorized http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Vinta aid only until Tuesday, October 2 http://mindanaotimes.net/vinta-aid-only-until-tuesday-october-2/ http://mindanaotimes.net/vinta-aid-only-until-tuesday-october-2/#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:44 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62638 Read more ›]]> The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) announced that they have set today, Oct. 2, as the deadline for the calamity assistance to typhoon Vinta victims with active and inactive OWWA membership.

“We have already announced to all the provinces (in the region) because we can no longer prolong it until next year,” said OWWA-Davao Officer-in-Charge Carmelo Elaya.

The assistance in line with the Workers Assistance Program (WAP) of OWWA to its members and their families who were victims of the typhoon which hit Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley (ComVal) and this city on Dec. 22, 2017.

As of record, a total of P7,980,000 has been already given to victims.

This constitutes the P 1,399,500 distributed to 622 claimants in the city last March; P1,152,000 to 478 claimants in Cateel, Davao Oriental given last August; P946,500 to 482 claimants in Montevista, ComVal; P1,884,000 to 775 claimants in Nabunturan, ComVal; and P2,598,000 to 1,102 claimants in Monkayo, ComVal.

All the assistance to ComVal victims were given last month.

Claimants with active OWWA membership received P3,000 while those with inactive status received P1,500.

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Editorial: No rape is justifiable http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-no-rape-is-justifiable/ http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-no-rape-is-justifiable/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:46:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61655 ]]> It is never a woman’s fault to get raped, the Philippine Commission on Women, a government body for gender equality and women’s empowerment said in a statement released after the controversial issue on the rise of rape cases.

“A woman’s body, her appearance, or her clothes are not invitations for rape or any form of sexual violence … Women are raped because their bodies are viewed as sexual conquests and objects, that can be owned and abused by men – a mindset which stems from the unequal power relations between men and women.”

It added that “as long as there are people and institutions that trivialize rape, normalize sexual violence, embolden perpetrators, and put the blame on women, rape culture will continue to persist. Rape is a crime and a human rights violation. No rape is justifiable.”

PCW said that rape is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women in the Philippines, ranking third (13.1%) of the total reported VAW cases in the country from 1999 to 2009. This figure might be a little outdated but this still is not a true representation of the problem because the cultural and social stigma of rape prevents women from reporting what happened to them to the authorities.

Republic Act No. 8353, known as the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, expanded the definition of the crime of rape and re-classified it as crime against persons. This means that as crime against persons, “anyone who has knowledge of the crime may file a case on the victim’s behalf. Prosecution continues even if the victim drops the case or pardons the offender.”

In 2017, the Center for Women Resources reported that, based on the 2016 PNP data, 74 percent of the reported 9,943 rape cases are committed against children.

“Rape is a crime and it is not something that should be used to reaffirm the value of women. Women and children are raped because there are rapists, not because they invited people to rape them,” CWR executive director Jojo Guan said.

Instead of reducing the issue into a word war, the fact that it is now brought into the light of day should compel government institutions to study and seek ways to stop the abuse, especially in the homes where the children are most vulnerable.

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Honoring My Mother: September means http://mindanaotimes.net/honoring-my-mother-september-means/ http://mindanaotimes.net/honoring-my-mother-september-means/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:44:30 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61657 ]]> Two songs prominently feature the month of September. One talks about seeing you when summer is gone, and the other, reminds you to wake up when the month ends.

Well, what do you know, it is that time of year again folkies, and just to be a tag official about it, let’s talk a bit about what makes this month “espeysial,” not only among songsters but ordinary people as well.

Here, most of us pinoys believe that, despite all the “kayod” (struggles) we face in life from the months of January up to August, come the first of September, things will slowly begin to take on a new (and more positive) turn somewhat.

For one, Christmas songs will begin their gradual takeover of the airwaves and every shopping mall’s house music. The establishments’ facades will likewise undergo slow transformation as the days roll on. In fact, SM, Abreeza and Gaisano have already begun installing Christmas lights on their walkways people! All these, unimportant as they may seem, lighten up our mental load somewhat with the thought that better times are definitely up ahead. For others with weathervane sixth sense, they will attest that come the first of September, the wind chill changes somehow, steadily bringing a brrr kind of breeze (thus Septembrrr, get it?).

Now, I have heard this many times before, that the Philippines is where the longest celebration of Christmas holidays is at. This may be true, although I have also heard that some cities in Asia have begun to do the same thing. Here, Christmas “starts” in September and ends in mid-January. Some skeptics primarily see this as a marketing and commercialized scheme, because the subject where they garnered 3.0, Finance 101, tells them that everyone spends more during Christmastime. However, while it is true that business takes advantage of this opportunity, it’s actually more than that.

As a people, we are many things. It could be that, for one, we always look forward to celebrating, and doing so with loved ones, family, and friends is the greatest passion ever for us Filipinos. Have you counted how many holidays we celebrate in a year? There’s fiestas, festivals, foundation days, heroes’ birth and death anniversaries or what have you, not to mention Holy Week and Muslim holidays.

Lastly, despite our general status as a relatively not well-off bunch, compared to other countries, we always find hope, joy and happiness in the little things, and hearing Christmas carols and welcoming the cooling breeze are just some of them. Who cares if many of us use these as excuses for R & R or respite from the day-to-day undertakings, this is a good thing right?

In the end, God knows, what we are, are really a unique group of happy, smiling and sturdy people who know how to appreciate a good thing and more important, anticipate an up and coming good time. As a dear friend used to say, work hard and rest easy.
Now, wake me up, let’s cool some beers.

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City announces events for Civil Service anniversary http://mindanaotimes.net/city-announces-events-for-civil-service-anniversary/ http://mindanaotimes.net/city-announces-events-for-civil-service-anniversary/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:42:59 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61659 ]]> City government, headed by the Human Resources Management Office (HRMO), will participate in the 118th Philippine Civil Service Commission Anniversary.

City HRMO Erwin P. Alparaque head announced the activities aligned for this year’s anniversary during the Flag Ceremony yesterday.

A Thanksgiving mass was celebrated at the San Pedro Cathedral was attended by the City Government Officials yesterday.

On Sept. 24, 78 retired city government employees will be honored through a thanksgiving program at the Grand Men Seng hotel.

Meanwhile, the R.A.C.E. to Serve fun run will take place.

“All government employees are enjoined to participate in the said fun run,” Alparaque called.

A bloodletting activity is also set on September 23.

“Lingkod Bayan: Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makabayan” is the theme for this year’s celebration.

“All are encouraged to participate and give full support for the celebration of the Philippine Civil Service anniversary,” said Alparaque.

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Crime rate down http://mindanaotimes.net/crime-rate-down-police-also-record-better-solution-efficiency-pro-xi-director/ http://mindanaotimes.net/crime-rate-down-police-also-record-better-solution-efficiency-pro-xi-director/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:41:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61661 ]]> -Police also record better solution efficiency: PRO XI director

Crime rate in the region slightly declined in the first semester this year compared to the same period in 2017, data from the Police Regional Office XI revealed.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales said that based on their record, there were 33 crime incidents for every 100,000 people in the region. That’s a slight dip from the 35 incidents per 100,000 people in 2017.

“The crime rate of Region XI is one of the lowest crime rates in the country compared to different police regional offices,” he added.

At the same time, the regional director said they were also able to increase the crime solution efficiency, a metric used by the police when they arrest and file a case against the suspects.
He said from 72.83% in 2017, the rate improved to 73.6% this year. He attributed the cooperation of the community in helping solve the cases by giving information on the identities of the suspects.
The regional police director said Davaoeños have been very helpful in giving information on the social media page of the police and the PRO XI hotline. The CCTVs of the Public Security and Safety Command Center has also been instrumental in pinpointing the perpetrators.
Morales led the celebration of the 24th National Crime Prevention Week from Sept. 1 to 7 in yesterday’s flag-raising ceremony held at the City Hall Drive. The celebration is mandated by Presidential Proclamation 461 signed in 1994.
“The fight against criminality is an unending war of our noble profession as policemen,” he said in his speech. “Yet, with the vibrant spirit and allegiance of Filipino’s unsung heroes of today’s generation, no atrocities or criminal elements could depict the highest degree of awareness and concern of the people.”
A Social Weather Stations survey from March 23 to 27 this year revealed that 1.5 families have had experience with criminal elements. The common crimes included robbery, burglary, car theft, carnapping, and physical violence within the previous six months from the time of the survey.
“As part of the PNP’s campaign on anti-criminality, this office will continue to tap our stakeholders, especially the LGU, academe, and other law enforcement forces to curtail and suppress the lawlessness and criminality,” he added.
Nat’l ID system eyed
to aid investigations
Meanwhile, Morales said that the national ID system will have a big impact on crime prevention, “especially that we can have a database of the Filipino citizens for the purpose of investigations.”
“From this, our investigators can use such to identify suspects, victims, and even witnesses that will pave way for a better investigation,” Morales said yesterday during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City.
Meanwhile, he assured that the National ID System will never be used to invade the privacy of citizens.
“This can also be used to locate missing persons,” Morales said.
The National ID system was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on Aug. 6 of this year.
Morales also emphasized the advancement of the newly established regional Crime Laboratory which is capable of forensic examination involving electronic data, like those from cell phones, digital cameras, CCTV, among others.
Currently, the laboratory has the fingerprint identification system and the data is collated by the laboratory. These include data from the NBI or police clearances applications.
“These data are stored in the database for future reference so that it may be the standard for comparison later, as necessary,” Morales added.

By Rhoda Grace Saron and Julianne Suarez

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DSWD gives P63-M to city for supplemental feeding program http://mindanaotimes.net/dswd-gives-p63-m-to-city-for-supplemental-feeding-program/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dswd-gives-p63-m-to-city-for-supplemental-feeding-program/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:39:36 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61663 ]]> Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao Region represented by assistant regional director Raquel E. Nuñez turned over P63,150,600 to the City Government for the Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP) for children in the daycare centers of the city.

A check was turned over to Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag and City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) chief Maria Luisa Bermudo during the regular flag raising ceremony at the City Hall grounds.

About 34,693 preschoolers of the 695 daycare centers throughout the 182 barangays of the city are targeted for the said SFP.

This has been the sixth time DSWD XI turned over aid for the SFP through a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Government to provide for the feeding of the children enrolled in daycare centers aged three to four years old.

“This has been our working attributes for our children because we know that we have increased in numbers,” Nuñez said.

“The amount that we have for this year is 50% (more) than the amount we had in the previous turnover,” she added.

Meanwhile, Bermudo reported that this fund will be immediately cover the 120-day feeding cycle.

The CHO will prepare the menu and provide the intervention. “The City Health Office will also take part in the SFP to monitor the nutritional level of the food served to the children,” she said.

“Medical interventions, if necessary, shall be provided through the different district and barangay nutrition offices of the city,” said Bermudo.

The parents will be also assisted by the daycare workers to teach them about the nutritional values of the food they will prepare for their children.

“The monitoring of the nutritional values of food served should not be done in daycare centers alone but within the homes itself,” Bermudo added.

“The reason it is called supplemental feeding is because we do not want our kids to be severely overweight or underweight because we sometimes tend to disregard the nutritional value of the foods we provide to our children,” Bermudo furthered.

“Through the supplemental feeding program, we are able to supplement, we are able to augment to the daily needs of the children,” she said.

After the 120 feeding cycle, an evaluation of the status of the nutritional value of the kids will be done.

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NPA commander, 4 others surrender in Davao Norte http://mindanaotimes.net/npa-commander-4-others-surrender-in-davao-norte/ http://mindanaotimes.net/npa-commander-4-others-surrender-in-davao-norte/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:37:45 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61665 ]]> Commander of the New People’s Army (NPA) and four others surrendered to the 60th Infantry Battalion and the 56th Infantry Battalion in Asuncion, Davao del Norte at 2 p.m. last Friday.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, identified the leader as Sison, 34, alleged company commander of the Section Committee 3, Sub-Regional Command 4, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee. He was also a member of the Ata-Manobo tribe in Sitio Taguango, Barangay Sua-on, Kapalong, Davao del Norte.

The three others were alias JR, 25, team leader of Andoy Platoon of the same section committee and resident of Sitio Taguango, Sua-on; Eugene, 22, team leader of Andoy Platoon and resident of Sitio Basilica, Barangay La Fortuna, Veruela, Agusan del Sur; and Cristina, 19, of Secom 3 and a member of the Agusanon tribe and resident of Sitio Basilica.

During the initial interview, they revealed that they were left behind by their comrades in Sitio Kilangkog, Barangay Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur. Fearful for their safety, they decided to surrender instead.

Maj. Gen. Noel S Clement, commander of the 10th ID commended troops’ accomplishment.

“When people knew and benefited from the government programs, they are empowered to tell others. The surrender of the NPA leader, who feared for his life, together with his three comrades, is an indicator of the growing united people’s support for ending armed struggle in attaining long and lasting peace,” Clement said.

The surrenderees are currently undergoing interview/custodial debriefing at headquarters if the 60IB.

Meanwhile, another NPA member surrendered to the soldiers of 56th Infantry Battalion at its headquarters in Barangay Sto Niño, Talaingod thru the efforts of a concerned citizen.

Lamosao identified him alias Alex, a member of Iskwad Tersera, Platoon Caloy, Guerrilla Front 53, operating in municipalities of Quezon, Kitaotao, Kibawe, Damulog, Dangcagan and parts of San Fernando, all of Bukidnon .

He said he also handed over his M16 rifle, four rifle grenades, and detonating switch with two batteries, to Lt. Col. Edwin Paredes, the battalion commander.

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DC is secure, top cop assures http://mindanaotimes.net/dc-is-secure-top-cop-assures/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dc-is-secure-top-cop-assures/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:36:28 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61667 ]]> Davao Police Regional Office yesterday said that 175 PNP personnel augmented to the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will be deployed to crime-prone areas.

Meanwhile, the regional office has directed personnel and station commanders to intensify security preparations following another IED explosion inside Renz internet cafe at corner Valencia and Valdez Street, Barangay Kalawag 2, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday night, killing a student and wounding 15 others.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales. The PRO XI director, ordered all units to strengthen and tighten security measures, intensify intelligence monitoring, and conduct proactive measures in coordination with their counterparts in the AFP and other law enforcement agencies.

“We are saddened about the report of another explosion since the community in Region 12 is affected. Here in the city, we have not lowered our alert level,” he added. “We are still on full alert status.”

He said all station commanders are also directed to conduct random inspections to make sure their personnel are on duty during their shift.

The Regional Mobile Force Battalion is also tasked to conduct random mobile checkpoints as support to established checkpoints on the city’s entry points. Checkpoints outside Davao City like in Bansalan town, Digos City, and Tagum City also provide another layer of security.

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UM sets bloodletting on Sept. 12 http://mindanaotimes.net/um-sets-bloodletting-on-sept-12/ http://mindanaotimes.net/um-sets-bloodletting-on-sept-12/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:34:32 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61669 ]]> The University of Mindanao Administrative Employees Association (UMAEA) will organize the 44th mobile blood donation program on Sept. 12.

The venue will be at the UM Professional Building Hall, Matina Campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Elsa E. Sevilla, UMAEA president, called on teachers, employees, students, and walk-in donors to participate in the activity.

Sevilla advised that donors should be at least 50 kilos, must be healthy, and should have enough sleep prior to the activity. The association partnered with the Department of Health XI for the event.

Successful donors may access their proof of donation from either the DOH-XI or UMAEA.

Sevilla said they are targeting to collect 100 bags of blood. Breakfast or lunch will be provided to the donors, depending on what time will they arrive.

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184 mass supporters of NPA pledge allegiance http://mindanaotimes.net/184-mass-supporters-of-npa-pledge-allegiance/ http://mindanaotimes.net/184-mass-supporters-of-npa-pledge-allegiance/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 01:32:28 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61671 ]]> One-hundred eighty-four mass supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered to the 71st Infantry Battalion underwent a reorientation at the Barangay Carcor gym in New Corella, Davao del Norte on Saturday.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said the orientation was conducted by the 71st IB, under Lt. Col. Esteveyn Ducusin.

The 184 mass supporters of the Guerrilla Front 33, Sub-Regional Command 4, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee came from five barangays such as, Carcor, New Bohol, Poblacion, San Jose and New Cortez.

He said they also took an oath of allegiance to the government.

Maj. Gen. Noel Clement, the commander of 10th ID, congratulated the participants of the activity.

“They have expressed reaffirmation of their allegiance to the Philippine government and its constitution. With no people supporting their cause, the remaining NPA terrorists are expected to go down, back to the folds of the law, and join mainstream society,” the division commander added.

The activity was graced by New Corella Mayor Rhodora S. Alcoran; Vice Mayor Joel S. Jumawan; Chief Insp. Jay Nocidal, acting chief of the New Corella Police Station; Carcor Barangay Captain Filbert C. Dawal; New Cortez Barangay Captain Alfredo S. Batingal; New Bohol Barangay Captain Victor N. Lepurga; Poblacion Barangay Captain Henry Bercilla; and San Jose Barangay Captain Elvie Mantica.

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