Mindanao Times http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:56:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.20 CULTURAL POTPOURRI| Boysen Paints Inaugurates Its New Office http://mindanaotimes.net/cultural-potpourri-boysen-paints-inaugurates-its-new-office/ http://mindanaotimes.net/cultural-potpourri-boysen-paints-inaugurates-its-new-office/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:56:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48983 ]]> SAMMY Ang, the head honcho of Boysen Paints Davao, led the inauguration of the newly renovated Boysen Paints Office located at 59 Damaso Suazo Street, Poblacion District, Davao City, last October 5, 2017. “Kahit umuulan, tuloy ang ligaya. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is coming to help in the celebration of the No. 1 Paint in the Philippines. This newly renovated office, thanks to Architect Connie Sanchez-Dy and Interior Designer Adeline Infante-Malbog, took two years to accomplish. It naturally earned for me the ire of my Boysen bosses in Manila,” revealed Sammy Ang to his hundreds of guests composed of Davao’s architects led by Architect Manuel Chiew, engineers, contractors, among others in the construction industry. Sammy’s special guests from Manila included Justin Ongsue (VP for Sales & Operations), Ruben Cueto (VP for Marketing) and Jerry See (Regional Sales Manager for the LuzViMin regions).

BOYSEN bright colors for Boysen Davao’s office inauguration

BOYSEN bright colors for Boysen Davao’s office inauguration

In her welcome message, Mayor Sara congratulated Boysen Paints and thanked the company for its trust and commitment by opening its Mindanao head office in Davao City. She mentioned that the country’s number one paint has provided Davaoeños the much needed jobs; while making the City’s architectural landscape truly bright and colorful. It was Msgr. Julius Rodulfa, the President of the Holy Cross College of Davao City, who blessed the Boysen Office. Davao’s No. 1 event planner, Annie Paz Lim, took charge of decorating the place while Baby Maceda-Montemayor’s Villa Margarita Hotel Catering Service along with Aling Ayang’s provided the delightful nourishment for the guests.

Walter Neal Boysen founded Boysen Paints in Oakland, California, USA, in 1926. Working for six years as a salesman for the PPG Paint Company, Walter gained experience and began manufacturing paints under his own label. His business steadily grew and expanded through the use of heavy advertising campaigns; and creating a network of dealer accounts.

BABY Maceda-Montemayor and her crew at the VIP room

BABY Maceda-Montemayor and her crew at the VIP room

It was in 1953 when brothers Jimmy Ongking and Vicente Ongsue together with Ung Han Leong established the Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc. (PPBPI) as a re-packer of paints and lacquer thinners under the trade name Columbus. In 1958, the company expanded its operation and started paint production with the introduction of Nation House Paint, an economy grade paint. Two years later, PPBPI acquired the license to manufacture Boysen Paints in the Philippines from the Walter Neal Boysen Company of Oakland, California, USA. This made it possible for new technology access resulting in a line of premium grade Boysen decorative coating for architectural and some industrial application. Pacific Paint’s Boysen captured the premium quality paint market in the Philippines in the mid 1970’s; outselling all the leading US brand paints that also operated production facilities in the country.

In the year 2000, Pacific Paint’s Boysen built a fully integrated state-of-the-art manufacturing facility outside of Metro Manila that is the biggest and most modern production facility in the country to this day. In 2001, Pacific Paint’s Boysen ranked no. 58 in the world’s top paint makers. By 2010, Boysen Paints became the 51st largest paint company in the world. It has a steady growth of export to China, Guam and Saipan.

BOYSEN bright colors for Boysen Davao’s office inauguration

BOYSEN bright colors for Boysen Davao’s office inauguration

“Yes, through its 64 years of existence in the Philippines, Boysen Paints has retained its No. 1 position as the leading paint manufacturer, supplier of home and industrial paints, and other paint products in the country. Boysen Paints is the recipient of Reader’s Digest’s Most Trusted Brand for seven straight years since 2006,” said the papa Boysen of Davao, Sammy Ang, with pride.

Congratulations, Boysen Paints-Davao and papa Sammy Ang. More power to you.

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FREEZE| Rae Diaz Santos Entertainer Entrepreneur http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-rae-diaz-santos-entertainer-entrepreneur/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-rae-diaz-santos-entertainer-entrepreneur/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:52:32 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=49003 ]]> RAE Diaz Santos is a professional singer, jingle writer, businesswoman, and a proud single mom. Oozing with confidence, this woman knows no borders in selling whatever stuff and services she has to offer.

RAE and daughter Nathalys

RAE and daughter Nathalys

 Rae grew up in a strict environment with a colonel stepfather. Their family was financially well off until the colonel passed away.

 She spent her elementary years at Ateneo de Davao University, her first three years in high school at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, proceeded to Southpoint School to finish her senior high school year. In college, she studied computer science, shifted to interior design, shifted to hotel and restaurant management until she decided to stop in 2010 to concentrate on her singing career.

 Her first time to perform in front of a crowd was when she was in grade two. She joined the school glee club until grade six. In college, Rae got her first gig with Kaye Cal, Jester, and John – members of what later became Ezra Band. They were then known as KC’s Cream.

RAE performing a Kings of Leon song with Damon Tagle

RAE performing a Kings of Leon song with Damon Tagle

 Rae claims to have had a session or two with almost all of the popular local bands since 2008. She joined the local auditions for The Voice but she did not make it to the show. To improve herself, she went to Manila and gained fruitful experience with Andrew Barrios (nephew of Bayang Barrios), Dan Billano (singer at Singing Bee and The Voice finalist), and The Zoo Band where Arnel Pineda used to be. With her band called Bratinella, Rae performed in a private party for ABS-CBN top gun Freddie M. Garcia. She also writes political and commercial jingles – including one for Panaderia. Music plays a major role in supporting her basic needs but she also worked as an assistant marketing manager at Molito Mall in Alabang.

 Rae is also into an online business of selling her own bleaching cream called Nathaly’s Bleach. She learned the formula from her mother who was a skin care consultant – since Rae was still in grade two. Her mom used to have a home clinic and opened a clinic downtown in 1996 until 2012. Rae renewed her interest in the bleaching cream because she needed extra income to raise her daughter.

 Rae is transparent about what she does and her Facebook page is full of announcements about her products, singing engagements, and her lovely daughter. Her gigs are usually at Parking Space at Torres, Club Asiano in Camudmud, Samal, and in private events.

PERFORMING with The Don at Taboan, Matina Town Square

PERFORMING with The Don at Taboan, Matina Town Square

 She goes live every now and then on Facebook to sing and also to demonstrate how to use Nathaly’s Bleach. Probably next month, Rae and her daughter will go back to Manila to widen the market for her product and get a certification from the Food and Drugs Administration.

 Rae keeps her dream to have a music album alive for a very good reason: she has a good singing voice.

 Good luck, Rae.

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Villarosa, Escandor head gross winners in 8th UMAGA tourney http://mindanaotimes.net/villarosa-escandor-head-gross-winners-in-8th-umaga-tourney/ http://mindanaotimes.net/villarosa-escandor-head-gross-winners-in-8th-umaga-tourney/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:38:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=49005 ]]> JUBEN Villarosa and Boyet Escandor submitted better cards to claim separate gross titles and head the list of winners at the close of the eighth edition of the University of Mindanao Alumni Golf Association (UMAGA) tournament played over the weekend at the Matina Davao City Golf Club.

Villarosa finished with 32 to bag the Class A gross title leaving past closest rival Elvie Naranjo (28) for the first runner-up honors.

Escandor on the other hand, took the Class B division gross crown with 30 on top of runner-up Ariel Roca who wound-up nearest with 28. Sharing the limelight will be Don-Don Zamora who claimed the Class C gross champion with 31 along with Romeo Noro (22) who took the Class D gross and Edwin Valledor (33) for the (Seniors 65 years-old and up).

Gross runner-up winners also saw Roy Quemada (26) – Class C, Jose Colmenares (19) – Class D and Fred Albarillo (32) – Seniors 65 years-old and up.

For the net division, the honor roll consists of Benhur Villarosa (37) – Class A champion, Alex Sy (30) – Class A r-up, John Servillon (42) – Class B champion, Dado Mahipus (40) – Class B r-up, Jules Domingo (48) – Class C champion, Danny Hernandez (43) – Class C r-up, Faye Jayno (44) – Class D champion, Jong Canlas (41) – Class D r-up, Fred Abundo (43) – Seniors 65 years-old and up champion, Jimmie Testado (41) –Seniors 65 years-old and up r-up.

Special designed trophies and merchandise were given to the winners during the awarding rites which followed shortly after the final round, Sunday afternoon.

Proceeds of the tournament will benefit a particular charitable institution which will be determined by the UMAGA officers led by president Reuben Erickson and vice president Joel Detoya.

Backing the event as major sponsors were the University of Mindanao, the Mindanao Times, University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network, the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Ace-specs, Davies Paints Incorporated and Motortrade.

Minor backers saw Mayor Allan L. Rellon, Ms. Gloria E. Detoya, UMCoop, Koppel, Eco-Edge, RDL Pharmaceuticals, Boysen Paints, Topsteel, Techno Trade, San Josue Steel, Power Steel, Union Galvasteel, Jose Tubigon, Gilbert Comprado, Jimmy Mortillero, RGY Construction, Rody Villaruz, Marlou Loquina, Cargo King, Liveraide, Total Quartz, SM City Davao, Engr. Edward Sevilla, Boy Elma, Engr. Rolando Bacheller, Atty. Joseph Dominic Felizarta, Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, Arch. Romy Birrey, Ambassador Bahnarim Guinomla, Miss Faye Jayno, Atty. Alejandro Cobol, Atty. Val Sarabia, Eduard Feltaver, Atty. Francisco Villano, Pocholo Sienes and Edward Sevilla.

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EDITORIAL| Talking about rebuilding http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-talking-about-rebuilding/ http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-talking-about-rebuilding/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:28:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=49001 ]]> AT NOON yesterday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed initial reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed during a military operation that also led to the rescue of 17 hostages in the early hours of Monday.

Their deaths, according to Lorenzana, signal the end of the fighting in Marawi that has taken the lives of so many Filipinos – soldiers and ordinary civilians – as the direct consequence of war or as a result of the fighting. This is not to mention the thousands of lives that have been changed forever and the loss of the rich material heritage of the Meranaos. Yesterday was a much awaited breakthrough in the conflict that has been going on for close to five months.

Secretary Lorenzana has not announced the termination of hostilities in Marawi but hinted that it might be within the week. He was also non-committal on the lifting of martial and acknowledged that even as the leaders are dead, terrorists have cells in Basilan, Sulu and in Central Mindanao.’

Officials are now talking about the P10-B package for the rehabilitation of Marawi. Lorenzana is also the head of Task Force Bangon Marawi.

Victor Taylor, development worker who has done extensive in Basilan and Zamboanga, in his Mindanews column “Addressing the challenges posed by the Abu Sayaff Group” said that “ … any attempt to address such as what has occurred in Marawi needs to consider the multi-faceted nature of the problem.. It needs to be recognized that the problem is complex and rooted in the history of what is now the southern Philippines and the centuries of resistance against outside forces seeking to subjugate the peoples of the region and exploit the resources of the area.”

So as we begin to talk of rehabilitation, it is prudent to proceed with caution and be mindful that whatever rebuilding that we imagine will be what the community needs.

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LUGAR LANG| PAB, you are beautiful http://mindanaotimes.net/lugar-lang-pab-you-are-beautiful/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lugar-lang-pab-you-are-beautiful/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:27:55 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48996 ]]> I HAD MEANT to write about poetry for this column because I was giving a lecture for the staff of the Ateneo de Davao school paper this week. I imagined I was going to write about how we must use poetry today for more important purposes than “hugot” about unrequited love. I thought I would write about the protest function of poetry. Then I saw the posts of DSWD Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy against Jover Laurio, a.k.a. Pinoy Ako Blog (PAB), and I was enraged.

 Pinoy Ako Blog, which is maintained by Maria Josephina Vergina Laurio, or Jover, has only a few thousand followers (compared to other more controversial blogs or blog-alikes), but last week, she became a sensation because of the cyberbullying she experienced from self-proclaimed “Thinking Pinoy,” RJ Nieto, pro-Duterte administration “social media influencer” Sass Sasot, and ASec Lorraine Badoy. As Laurio herself admits, she is an ordinary patriotic citizen who wants to express her indignation at the impunity of the Duterte administration. She is not a writer, nor any kind of authority, but as her blog suggests, she is every Filipino who has been failed by this government, which promised change but delivered death: “Makikita mo si PAB sa mga taong umasa ng matinong pagbabago at nabigo na madugong pagbabago ang nagaganap.”

 And now that the Duterte troll army is attacking her systematically, she is indeed every Filipino who is swimming against the current and refusing to be borne along by the force of populism and harassment. It’s not that she has not been affected by all the bullying that began when her identity was revealed. Laurio admits that she even filed a leave of absence from work due to the threats she has been receiving. Amidst all this, she turned to her adoptive mother, who told her, “Laban lang,” keep fighting. I admire her for carrying on. I myself have wondered to what extent I will keep up the fight even though I have not been bullied as much. (I don’t count being “unfollowed” on Facebook or in real life as bullying. Go ahead.) I must admit that the recent Facebook “buyboy” rants of both the Davao mayor and vice-mayor against persons who “owe” the Duterte family (whether personally or politically) have made me shudder. “Watch out,” my partner warned. But I am such small fry, I think I have no reason to be afraid. Also, I don’t owe them a thing.

 That’s the thing with being self-made. I don’t have to worry about my benefactor disapproving what I do or write. I don’t have to repay anyone’s largesse. I can be true to what I believe in. And I hope principles last longer than terms of office.

 I wonder though about some people who work for the Duterte administration. I wonder if the vitriol they spew is really what they believe in or if they’re only doing it because they are in the payroll, or in the waitlist for an appointment. Take for instance, this Lorraine Badoy, whose recent posts about Jover Laurio are not only ad hominem but so crass one wonders what neighborhood she grew up in and what qualifies her to be in the Department of Social Welfare and Development. In her own words: “her ugliness is extraordinary…the dirt in her pusod is extraordinary, and so is the libag in her kilikili.” What is the relevance of the dirt in one’s navel and armpits to the issues at hand? Clearly this Badoy has reached the limits of her logic.

 In addition to that tirade about ugliness, the good Assistant Secretary has also unearthed photos of Laurio in a swimsuit and went on to lambast her for her less than perfect body, even comparing Laurio to herself. Then she preempts those who would accuse her of body shaming by calling them “ulol” or idiots. This was what made me furious. Our taxes are paying for her salary and she is spending her time insulting and bullying a woman for her physical appearance. So many years of feminist efforts to convince women that they are more than their bodies, and that they should cultivate their brains so that they could aspire for more than catching a man have come to naught. Here, in this golden moment in Philipppine government.

 Part of me wants to strike back at Lorraine Badoy, as others have done, and say, “Have a look in the mirror. You are not so hot yourself, Lola.” But what would that make me? Instead, I would rather rush to defend Laurio and tell her to carry on, that she is beautiful, as her mother assures her, because of the courage with which she asserts what she believes in.

 Dissent is beautiful, especially in the face of a concerted effort to silence it. Protest is beautiful, whether in blog or poetry or placard form. It’s not the size of your belly that you shall be judged by; it’s by the size of your heart. And paid hacks just don’t have it in them.

 Follow or message me on Twitter @jhoannalynncruz

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ROUGH CUTS| A new approach is already a ‘must’ http://mindanaotimes.net/rough-cuts-a-new-approach-is-already-a-must/ http://mindanaotimes.net/rough-cuts-a-new-approach-is-already-a-must/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:26:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48999 ]]> TUESDAY last week we had one rare chance of having breakfast with Yas Ocampo, one of this paper’s reporters covering the city government beat.

 The good thing in that meal together was that he took the tab for our coffee. There were a lot of issues that we talked about. However, as we were sipping our coffee, from its aroma float the seed of an idea that both of us believe is worth looking into by the honorable members of the Davao City Council as well as the planners of the executive department of the local government administration.

 Reporter Yas shared with us his observation on the seeming inability of the city to put a stop to the cases of street riots among the youths. He also told us that he could not understand that despite curfew for minors there seems to be no fear among this sector to go out of their residence and roam around the city streets.

 According to reporter Yas the sidewalks of Davao City’s major roads are not yet rid of young denizens sleeping using flattened paper boxes as mat. The benches of the city’s public plazas are still the cold beds of many young individuals.

 This scenario continues to exist despite interventions from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

 After separately analyzing the situation the two of us came out with almost exactly the same conclusion. And that is, that the local government may need to radically change the approach it is taking in addressing the issue of juvenile delinquency in the city.

 Of course it cannot be denied that the increasing number of children in conflict with the law (CICL) is deeply rooted in the family where the youthful  hooligans come from. And the two of us are also equally aware that the reason they seem to be vagabonds is because their having left their residence is the lack, or even absence, of parental care. Thus, instead of going home, many of them prefer to stay with their friends who are similarly situated and establish strong bond of kinship with them.

 When they are supposedly “rescued” by the police and turned over to the care of the CSSDO (since they cannot be put behind bars even for serious criminal infractions), the most that the latter office can do is call the parents and do some “moralizing” lecture on them especially in the aspect of parental responsibility.

Unfortunately however, the issue of changing parental attitude is a matter that is beyond the proovince of either the CSSDO or the police. It is a deep-setted behavioral aspect in the lives of the errant youth’s parents.

 So reporter Yas and us thought of perhaps floating the idea that our councilors may be interested in picking up and developing a policy that may help provide an appropriate intervention on the youth hooliganism problem in the city. Of course the police support is still needed in this strategy.

 Primarily we are addressing our (Yas and us) idea to lady councilors Mabel Sunga Acosta, chair of the SP’s public safety committee, and Pilar Braga, chair of the education committee, whose council body could initiate crafting a new ordinance that will govern the implementation of an appropriate approach in dealing with the juvenile vagabonism problem.

 Our idea is for the City Council to pass an ordinance that will authorize the police and the CSSDO to “rescue” as much as possible all young street dwellers, hooligans or not, put them temporarily in a holding area where the CSSDO can draw out from them the innate talents they have. Such talents as singing, dancing, drawing and illustration, swimming, athletics, and others, may be the key to their complete re-make.

 As a major component of the ordinance, it must include a definite program and a host of competition projects where the various talents among the concerned errant youths are focused.

 Of course the council shall provide the corresponding budget in order to make the program operational.

 And there has to be some kind of monetary and opportunity incentives in order to show to the erring youths the government’s appreciation on their willingness to participate and be reformed in the process.

 Also, the ordinance shall include provisions that will engage the parents, or in case they have none – the nearest of kin, in the implementation of the activities relevant to the different projects involving the youth.

 As to the adolescents who have already moved up to the level of the CICL, we think of recommending to the City Council and the CSSDO their tapping of the behavior-changing program Outland Adventure Camp. This was implemented years back for a batch or two of CICLs. However, because it was only done on an experimental basis and there was no component for follow-up activities and monitoring, like many palliative projects it withered even before it can show signs of positive effects.

 Reporter Yas agreed with us that we need not look far for a model of such intervention. A program of the same kind is successfully implemented by ther Davaoeno Butch Ramirez-led Philippine Sports Commission. And we are referring to the sports programs for various lumads in the entire country.

 Hence, we strongly believe that the two lady councilors can pick some useful tips from this little idea. From there they may call for support from the Council’s or City Hall’s expert planners to craft a long-term program for the young hooligans and potential CICLs. And with the two of them backing it up with an ordinance, the city might just be able to get the right approach in dealing with the long nagging social problem.

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EGALITARIAN| Friday the 13th indeed http://mindanaotimes.net/egalitarian-friday-the-13th-indeed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/egalitarian-friday-the-13th-indeed/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:25:39 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48994 ]]> WELL, this had been a very old belief. It stem from the story of Jesus’ last crucifixion where 13 individuals were gathered in the upper room the night before his death. This belief, according to behavioral science studies have altered the way people behave on a Friday. Some avoided going out, some would decide to cancel a flight due to this superstition. The other which is far more portentous, it is the gathering of 12 witches and 1 devil.

Mine takes a different stride. Last Friday I was flagged down by LTO amidst confusion of LTO Law, City Government’s decision of traffic relief and the Magna Carta for the disabled.

For all I believed, turning left from a middle lane is a fine turn during those times as all other big trucks who are using the road did the same. The arrow pointing to left and the circles are on green suggesting that vehicles can turn left while the oncoming vehicles of the opposite side wait for the left-turn-arrow to disappear.

Time then was different, the City just allowed a single lane of the Diversion road. That Friday evening, commuters suffer a bumper-to-bumper traffic for yet another closure of the Diversion road for another threat of landslide at Shrine hills. So time was really different, as my case is totally different from the rest of the drivers. I am a polio victim who drives own car.

Going to the morning of that Friday, knowing that Maa road is a traffic relief for motorists, lo and behold, the LTO flagged me down. So slowly I moved to the shoulder, opened my window, and prepared the license. Then I asked the LTO agent what was wrong, he said, “Sir, bawal ang middle lane magturn left” Then I asked, dugay na balaod na? Ang CTTMO ginapaliko gud mi” (this of course due to the diversion road closure). Without answer, he took my card went into the front (where he could have seen my PWD sticker) and asked for my signature then told that you can use this for 3 days referring to the TOP. Then I told him, “sir PWD baya ko, ikaw ako pangitaon sa LTO if ako kuhaon ang license” as I was already thinking of the trouble to park, to walk at the LTO office and how to insert in the throng of people waiting at the LTO office.

As I was staring at my front, a black SUV was allowed to go without even a citation. And what was that for? To me, it was a message that a disabled is an unwelcome driver. I am a disabled person. Yet I had my car registered after modifying it, I sought approval of two doctors to allow me to drive. Our experience is a triple worse than what ordinary driver can experience. Of an estimated 40,000 registered persons with disability in Davao City, there were only around five to 10 of us who drive own car. It is my conscious effort to make my fellow disabled acquire cars; my first witness to this is Reden Martinez, the president of ADAP. Most of us disabled who drive our car know the fundamental of the laws, as we are aware of our privileges set by the Magna Carta and the BP 344.

When I turned left to Maa, there was no thought that it was a traffic violation. There was no signage to tell the public not to turn left. The big trucks which were advised to use the Maa road are using the middle lane to turn left. For the longest time, the CTTMO personnel had been there since, and neither reminder nor citation to that effect to educate the public that it is prohibited.

To this end, is it really hard to be considerate and feel for others who have different conditions in life? I was asked by the Chief of Operations of the LTO, do you expect to be always given consideration when you violate the traffic rules. My answer is NO. Do not consider us when we beat the red light, do not consider us when we over speed. These are deliberate acts to cause trouble.

Consider us when we park near the entries or exits of the building, consider us if there seemed to be incongruence with the LTO law and the Welfare Law (Magna Carta for Disabled and the BP 344). The LTO agent seemed to decimate the essence of welfare and decided to exact enforcement. Let this be a guide, John Locke’s social contract decides that it is the role of the government to ensure protection of the marginalized before the law; a special grant of attention to them for they need more for them to stand equal with rest in face of the law. I think, it is just right that every person should feel for others, please feel for us also, and feel for the disabled, the senior citizens, the pregnant women. We need your understanding of our concerns. It does not make you less of a person, in fact, it makes you stand better in the barometer of humanity.

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Lifting of VAT exemption on low-cost housing opposed http://mindanaotimes.net/lifting-of-vat-exemption-on-low-cost-housing-opposed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/lifting-of-vat-exemption-on-low-cost-housing-opposed/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:16:51 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48987 ]]> THE SUBDIVISION and Housing Developers Association (SHDA) has pushed for value-added tax (VAT) exemption on low-cost housing units.

 “We are requesting the national government that it should be on status quo, where the exemption on VAT should remain for socialized housing units to mid-cost housing units that ranged from P450,000 to P3.1 million,” SHDA board member Cecille Ilagan said.

 Ilagan said yesterday in the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex that the proposal of the national government to lift the exemption was “anti-poor.” She said this would pose negative impact on the market.

 The proposed comprehensive tax law, she said, included a provision where 12% VAT would be imposed to low-cost housing units. The proposed law is currently in the Senate for further review.

 But Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said in a statement that this would only mean a slight price increase as the units would remain affordable for the buyers “because even if the 12% VAT is applied on low-cost and socialized real estate developments, the tax increase will actually be only around four percent because VAT inputs can be credited instead of the usual practice of padding the final price to offset the cost of input VAT.”

 “Now if we remove their VAT exempt privilege, then they can already credit all their VAT inputs and they will no longer need to pass on their added costs in the final price of the housing unit. That’s why our estimate is that the increase in the final price is only 4 percent and not 12 percent because the input VAT can now be credited, and the less the markup of developers, the lower the additional increase” Chua said.

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Diversion Road now open 24/7 http://mindanaotimes.net/diversion-road-now-open-247/ http://mindanaotimes.net/diversion-road-now-open-247/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:16:02 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48993 ]]> THE LANDSLIDE-HIT portion of the Diversion Road is now open 24/7.

 The Department of Public Works and Highways XI (DPWH) yesterday opened for 24 hours the traffic in the restricted portion of the highway, particularly in the foot of Shrine Hills, after more than a week of partial closure that caused monstrous traffic around the city.

 “Starting today, 16 October 2017, the Old Dumpsite Section of the CP Garcia Highway shall be opened to vehicular traffic on a 24/7 basis,” Dean Ortiz, DPWH spokesperson, said in a Facebook post.

 The city shut down vehicular traffic in the area right after the first landslide was reported on Sept. 30.

 Works to clear the road from debris lasted for almost two weeks, severely affecting motorists passing the main McArthur Highway in Matina and Bangkal areas.

 “DPWH, (in accordance) with the city government of Davao, reserves the right to close the road anytime if deemed unsafe,” Ortiz said. “Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution especially during this wet-weather condition.”

 Half of the existing road was opened last week for limited hours until 9 p.m.

 But continuous rains forced the government to close anew the road on Oct. 13 due to threat of another landslide in the area.

 The local government has threatened to sue at least two property owners upslope of the Shrine Hills for construction works allegedly without permit.

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Council okays 654 measures http://mindanaotimes.net/council-okays-654-measures/ http://mindanaotimes.net/council-okays-654-measures/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:15:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=48990 ]]> THE CITY council passed 89 ordinances and 565 resolutions from January to June this year, the body’s performance report bared.

Of the ordinances, 46 were submitted along with committee reports, while the others were passed under suspended rules.
In the resolutions, 157 were passed with committee reports, while the rest were presented under suspended rules.

According to the report, general administration items topped the lists with 57 ordinances and 348 resolutions passed.

It was followed by miscellaneous with one ordinance and 348 resolutions. In the social services, 31 ordinances and 42 resolutions were passed.

 The report also revealed that councilors Bernard Al-ag, rules committee chair, and Conrado Baluran, transportation and communication committee chair, passed the most number of ordinances with 21 each.

 The most notable ordinance passed was the Anti-Terrorist Group Ordinance that punishes the act of recruitment and membership to local and international terrorist groups. Those who will violate the ordinance will pay a fine of P5,000 or will be imprisoned within one year or both at the discretion of the court.

 The semi-annual performance report also showed that councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair of the committee for finance, ways & means and appropriations, conducted the highest number of committee and public hearings as his committee conducted 21 hearings to tackle 77 items.

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