Mindanao Times » under_HEADLINES1 http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:51:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Lawmakers aim to block adjusted taxi fare rates http://mindanaotimes.net/lawmakers-aim-to-block-adjusted-taxi-fare-rates/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lawmakers-aim-to-block-adjusted-taxi-fare-rates/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:54:45 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56948 ]]> Two councilors are planning to pass a resolution opposing the recent taxi fare rates in the city.

“These new taxi fare rates raised negative impact both to taxi drivers and commuters. Taxi drivers manifested that some people no longer take taxi for a ride due to economic reasons, more so, now with this new increase in taxi rates,” councilors Conrado Baluran and Danilo Dayanghirang said in a draft of the resolution.

The joint resolution was supposed to be filed on Tuesday afternoon, April 17, during suspended rules but there was no longer any quorum in the afternoon.

Baluran and Dayanghirang, in citing their opposition on the taxi fare rates in the city, said that “commuters expressed in social media that minimum wage earners can no longer afford the new taxi rates.”

The new fare is P13.50 per kilometer from the P3.50 for every 300 meters traveled. There will be additional P2.00 per minute of running time from last year’s P3.50 per two minutes waiting time. The flag down rate will remain at P40.00

The taxi units here in city had started the calibration process early this year

Dayanghirang, in an interview, said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has no grounds to effect the taxi rate increase. “The fact is there was no consultation done in the city,” he said, adding that “the economic situation in Manila and other cities is different from the city of Davao.”

Representatives of LTFRB regional office were invited to be present in the next session to shed light into the matter and answer the questions of the council members.

Meanwhile, Metro Davao Taxi Operators Association (MDTOA) chair Rogelio Largo said that taxi operators have no authority over taxi fare rates.

“Davao taxi operators had no hand in fixing taxi fare rates. Only the LTFRB can order either the increase or decrease of taxi fares,” Largo said in a text messages sent to TIMES.

Largo also claimed that “the new taxi rate prescribed by the LTFB was part of the modernization program. Before the new rate was implemented, taxi units had to comply with the requirements of taxi hailing platform, CCTV, dashboard cameras, GPS and WiFi.”

In October last year, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board approved the order to increase the fare for taxis.

Under the agency’s order dated Oct. 4, 2017, passengers would be charged P13.50 per kilometer from P3.50 for each succeeding 300 meters and the waiting time would be P2 per minute from P3.50 for two minutes.

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Group wants additional P104 to minimum wage http://mindanaotimes.net/group-wants-additional-p104-to-minimum-wage/ http://mindanaotimes.net/group-wants-additional-p104-to-minimum-wage/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:50:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56866 ]]> A LABOR organization has petitioned the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) XI to increase by P104 the minimum wage set in Davao region.

Sofriano Mataro, regional vice president of Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) and spokesperson of Nagkaisa-Davao, said in yesterday’s press conference at the group’s office in Roxas Avenue that they proposed an across-the-board hike in minimum wage.

“It is high time that the pay should be increased, considering the hike in inflation and the impact of the tax reform law that pulled up prices in some products,” Mataro said. The region’s inflation rate, for instance, grew to 4.1% in March from 2.5% a year ago, basing on the data from Philippine Statistics Authority.

The last wage order issued by the RTWPB was in December 2016, which imposed minimum wage rate of P340 to non-agriculture and retail and service with over 10 workers, P335 to agriculture sector and P325 to retail and service with less than 10 workers.

In the four-page petition of ALU-TUCP, the proposed hike is essential to help workers “(a) cope with the increasing cost of living, (b) meet the basic needs of workers and their families, even if only partially, and (c) giving meaning and substance to the country’s policy of equitable distribution of income and wealth.”

The petition was submitted to the RTWPB XI on March 26.

In response to the petition of the labor organization, RTWPB XI chair Raymundo Agravante said in his letter to ALU-TUCP on April 5 that they will treat the group’s request as an input as the board is currently reviewing the present minimum wage set in the region.

“The Regional Board on its Jan. 17 meeting has already initiated a motu propio review of the current minimum wage order through the conduct of consultations with various agencies and organizations as it carries out its mandate to review, and, if proper, adjust the regional minimum wage,” Agravante said, who is also the regional director of Department of Labor and Employment XI.

The review also includes looking on the current economic condition of the region, including the impact of the tax reform law.

But Mataro said they have yet to be consulted by the RTWPB XI in their review on the minimum wage. He said the wage board should consider their proposal to help minimum wage earners restore their purchasing power, now that the prices of products are on the rise.

“As in the past wage orders, the RTWPB XI’s evaluation is most likely to end up giving loose change to workers,” Mataro said.

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Candidates swarm Comelec http://mindanaotimes.net/candidates-swarm-comelec/ http://mindanaotimes.net/candidates-swarm-comelec/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:37:33 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56810 ]]> CANDIDATES for barangay and youth elections have swarmed the various offices of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) in the region.

In the city’s first district, the Comelec has already received 437 certificates of candidacy as of press time. No figures were given on the two other districts, but an official said the figure could likely be the same.

Lawyer Marlon Casquejo, Comelec assistant regional director who is also the in-charge of the city’s first district, said they did not encounter any problem since the filing of the candidacy started on Saturday.

The filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) polls will last until April 20. The election is set on May 14.

A report from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Compostela Valley showed that the Comelec has received 51 COCs from the 11 barangays of Mabini, 72 COCs from 21 barangays in Monkayo, and 33 COCs from 16 barangays in New Bataan. Figures from other provinces were yet to be released.

The poll body also reminds the public that the bearing, carrying, and transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons will be strictly prohibited during the election period.

Comelec Resolution 10197, promulgated Sept. 14, mandates that “during the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission.”

On Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was rescued by the police after a bladed weapon was seized from his possession at the Calinan Public Market.


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CTOO to tourists: Patronize legitimate tourism spots http://mindanaotimes.net/cto-to-tourists-patronize-legitimate-tourism-spots/ http://mindanaotimes.net/cto-to-tourists-patronize-legitimate-tourism-spots/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:06:04 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56751 Read more ›]]> The City Tourism and Operations Office (CTOO) has urged tourists to book only with legitimate tourism firms, including tour operators.

CTOO officer-in-charge Regina Rosa Tecson said they should be certain that the tourism company has insurance so that their safety will not be compromised.

“Take due diligence,” Tecson said.

She warned tourists who pick resorts and transportation group online to check the legality of the company.

“What if an accident will happen, do they have insurance?” Tecson said. “If something happens to you, it will be much more expensive.”

Tecson issued the statement as the local officials are looking into reports that most tourism spots in the city don’t have business permits.

The CTOO is set to meet with the other City Hall offices later this month to discuss the unregistered tourism resorts in Marilog District and in Times Beach, Matina.

“We are planning to meet with the other city offices such as the Business Bureau to discuss about it so our inspections will go smoothly,” Tecson said.

Tecson said they have yet to officially receive a resolution from the City Council on the creation of the task force that will inspect the unaccredited and unregistered tourism establishments.

The City Council passed on March 20 the resolution requesting the creation of the task force.

“There is a need to look into these establishments if they indeed followed the ordinances of the city, including the Amended Tourism Code as to their integrity, minimum standards to be complied with, as well as environmental and other concerns,” the resolution read.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, author of the resolution, said there are 30 inland resorts in Marilog.

However, only Seagull Mountain Resort and Hill 88 Hideaway have business permits. (John Paul Gabila | UM Intern)

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Police, military monitor groups http://mindanaotimes.net/police-military-monitor-groups/ http://mindanaotimes.net/police-military-monitor-groups/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:21:22 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56700 ]]> SECURITY authorities are now monitoring private armed groups and other threat groups that may affect the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections next month.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) XI, said the police will be placed under the Commission on Elections (Comelec) starting April 14 up to May 18.

With this, the police will implement various Comelec-issued resolutions relating to peace and order situation before, during and after the elections.

Among the resolutions is Comelec Resolution 10197 which imposes gun ban during the election period, Driz said.

For now, the police could not yet determine any areas of concern.

“If there are (intense) rivalries between barangay candidates, it is one of the parameters that we consider if we declare areas of concern,” she added, adding that previous election-related incidents in the barangay may also be considered.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said the military will also conduct security operations even prior to the election period.

He said line battalions are also task to coordinate with the nearest police stations in relation to the elections.

With the surrender of several NPA members and supporters, Lamosao said “we can’t see any possibility of any trouble.”

Lamosao said there will be more conferences to identify the problematic areas.

Last Tuesday, Comelec held a conference with the police and military to discuss the coming elections.

On the other hand, National Telecommunications (NTC) XI director Nelson Canete said they will intensify their operation against illegal use of handsets of the candidates running in the May 2018 elections.

Canete said users of handsets must have existing permits.

He said they will not hesitate to confiscate those who are using handsets without NTC authorizations.

He urged the candidates to seek permits first from NTC before issuing handsets to supporters.

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DCWD to invest P87.5-M to boost Toril water supply http://mindanaotimes.net/dcwd-to-invest-p87-5-m-to-boost-toril-water-supply/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dcwd-to-invest-p87-5-m-to-boost-toril-water-supply/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:44:39 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56641 ]]> THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) will set up a production well in Toril to stabilize the area’s water supply.

Jovana Cresta T. Duhaylungsod, deputy spokesperson of DCWD, said on yesterday’s @ Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that the project, which is up for bidding next month, has a budget of P87.5 million.

“This is targeted to be set up soon and be completed next year,” Duhaylungsod said, as the project is needed to serve especially the areas that currently experience low water pressure to zero water supply.

Most of those areas, she said, are in the elevated portion of Toril District incluuing Upper Piedad. She said those suffered low to zero supply of water with the increase of demand, which now reached to 9,000 service connections.

The new production well will tap the water source in Toril.

Apart from Toril, Duhaylungsod said some areas in the second district, such as Cabantian, Indangan and Communal, also experience low water pressure to zero water supply as “those were geographically far from the production wells.”

The supply problem in those areas, she said, will be addressed once there would be the bulk water project of Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., a joint venture firm of Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) and JV Angeles Construction Corp.

“It will tap the surface water in Tamugan,” Duhaylungsod said.

Presently, Arturo M. Milan, adviser for Mindanao of AEV, said they are waiting on the approval from Department of Agrarian Reform to grant them the permit to construct the bulk water project.

“We needed to secure a permit from DAR to convert the area (where the project will be set up) from agricultural land to industrial land. We hope that our request will be approved by June so we could start the construction,” Milan said.

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Supporters launch movement for Bong Go’s senatorial bid http://mindanaotimes.net/supporters-launch-movement-for-bong-gos-senatorial-bid/ http://mindanaotimes.net/supporters-launch-movement-for-bong-gos-senatorial-bid/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:17:07 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56587 ]]> SPECIAL Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go could hear the clamor coming from Davao City even as he was miles away accompanying his boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, in a state visit in China Monday night.

Go, called SAP after his position, heard the cheers via phone patch from volunteers who launched the Bayan for Bong Go (B4BG) movement on Monday night to urge the official to run for the Senate in national elections.

The official called up organizers of the movement through Viber and addressed them in between schedules while he was in China along with the President’s entourage.

Go was apologetic, asking for patience from the supporters as he intends to focus on work in the next few months instead of any political plans.

“Bigyan niyo lang ako ng konting panahon, trabaho po muna ako ngayon,” he said. “Marami pa akong dapat gawin na trabaho. Sana maintindihan niyo ako.”

However, Go said he would be deciding soon, four months before the deadline of the filing of candidacy for the 2019 Senate elections.

“Pagdating ng panahon magdedecide naman po ako, at sana nandiyan pa rin kayo, at magsama sama tayo.”

Go said that the Office of the President continues to be open to help those who are in need.

The B4BG movement was launched at the Grand Regal Hotel Monday night.

The group said it was relying on the manpower of the barangay leaders in the 42,000 barangays in the Philippines.

Around 1,200 volunteers, mostly barangay and local government officials coming from Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and the regions in Mindanao, including those in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), were in attendance.

Organizers said they were thinking of pushing for Isabela or Ilocos as the next location of a road show to urge Go to consider the legislative position.

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Bebot Clarion takes oath as newest city councilor http://mindanaotimes.net/bebot-clarion-takes-oath-as-newest-city-councilor/ http://mindanaotimes.net/bebot-clarion-takes-oath-as-newest-city-councilor/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:41:14 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56532 ]]> NEWLY appointed councilor Carmelo “Bebot” Justo Clarion took his oath of office before Mayor Sara Duterte yesterday at the City Hall in the presence of his family.

Immediately upon assumption of office, the 46-year-old Clarion said that “I am honored and happy to accept this appointment.”

Clarion was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte based on the recommendation of Mayor Duterte and members of the ruling local party, Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, to fill in the third district council seat vacated by Bernard Al-ag who was promoted to Vice Mayor following the resignation of Paolo Duterte last Dec. 25.

The Local Government Code, on its Section 45 (1), mandates that in case of a permanent vacancy at the City Council of highly urbanized cities and independent component cities, the President, through the Executive Secretary, is allowed to appoint a new member.

As per Local Government Code, it will be the party, where the person who caused the vacancy belongs to, who will nominate the replacement.

Both resigned vice mayor Paolo Duterte and councilor Al-Ag are members of the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.

Clarion expressed his gratitude to the Dutertes – President Rodrigo, Mayor Sara, Paolo, and Councilor January Duterte – and all the members of the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, particularly Al-ag, for supporting him to become part of the city council.

Right before he assumed his council seat, Clarion served as barangay captain of Mulig, Toril District since 2010.

Welcoming the newbie at the city council, Vice Mayor Al-ag said he expects Clarion “to advance the interest of the 3rd district through legislation.”

It was resigned Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte who pushed for Clarion to the council, believing his experience as barangay official will help ease basic grassroots issues in the third district.

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KMU claims police illegally detained Coca-Cola laborers http://mindanaotimes.net/kmu-claims-police-illegally-detained-coca-cola-laborers/ http://mindanaotimes.net/kmu-claims-police-illegally-detained-coca-cola-laborers/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 02:37:21 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56486 ]]> THE KILUSYANG Mayo Uno (KMU) claimed that the 10 arrested members of the Kilusang Manggagawa ng Coca-Cola (Kimaco) are being illegally detained.

Carlo Olalo, KMU secretary-general in Southern Mindanao, said in a statement that the Talomo Police Precinct under Chief Insp. Ronald Lao detained the 10 protesting workers beyond the period provided by law.

“The 10 workers, who were brutally arrested during their protest on Monday at 9 in the morning, have been in detention for more than 48 hours without any information being filed in court,” Olalo said.

He said that “Lao’s insistence on not releasing the detained workers is a clear violation not only of Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code, but more importantly of the workers’ constitutional right to liberty.”

With this, KMU is currently looking into filing of charges against Lao.

KMU members staged a protest rally in front of the Talomo Police Precinct on Wednesday evening, demanding the immediate release of the detained workers.

Police claimed that the members of the Kimaco were arrested for allegedly blocking the entrance of the Coca-Cola FEMSA Plant in Barangay Bago Aplaya, Talomo District. Three criminal charges were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against the labor members on Monday afternoon for public disorder, grave coercion (Art. 286 of the RPC) and disobedience to a person in authority.

But the KMU said the arrested protesters never harassed any individual, obstructed the traffic, and committed illegal acts to warrant their arrest.

The group said neither the police nor the prosecutor’s office has jurisdiction over the strike because it is a labor dispute that should be under the jurisdiction of Department of Labor and Employment.

“This is a case of criminalizing the workers’ legitimate exercise of their right for redress against grievances, right to assembly and protest. The illegal arrest and continued arbitrary detention of the workers are but attempts to silence workers who are standing for their rights and fighting ENDO (end of contract,” Olalo said.

The Coca-Cola workers staged a strike Monday morning to demand the reinstatement of 70 workers who were laid off by their agency last month.

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NCIP ready to fill post vacated by Sudagar http://mindanaotimes.net/ncip-ready-to-fill-post-vacated-by-sudagar/ http://mindanaotimes.net/ncip-ready-to-fill-post-vacated-by-sudagar/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:17:15 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56449 ]]> THE NATIONAL Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said the seat will be vacant only on April 18, contrary to the statement of Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag on Tuesday declaring the post of Indigenous Peoples’ representative at the council open.

During the regular session Tuesday, Al-ag announced that Incumbent IPMR Councilor Halila Sudagar ended her term last March 30.

For Cristito Ingay, head of the NCIP in the city, Sudagar has until April 18 to vacate her post.

“Insofar as the NCIP is concerned, (the term) should not be based on the issuance of certificate of affirmation (COA),” Ingay said. He did not elaborate any further.

Even then, the NCIP is ready to fill the post that will be vacated by Sudagar.

“The validation for the IPMR to the council is set on April 5, upon which the selection of the next IPMR shall be based,” Ingay said.

He added that the selection is set on April 12.

The implementing rules and regulation of the City Government of Davao Ordinance Number 0448-10 “providing for mandatory representation to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of the six major IPs within its territory,” provides that the IPMR should be a natural born Filipino, registered voter of the city, bona fide IP by blood or consanguinity, acknowledged leader of the tribe, has continuously engaged in IP undertakings, able to read and write and is knowledgeable of the IP customs.

Sudagar was set to turn over her post to a member of the Klata tribe.

Based on the term-sharing scheme of the city ordinance, Ata was the first, followed by Kagan, then Bagobo Klata, Babogo Tagabawa, Matigsalog, and the Ovu Manuvu.

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