Mindanao Times http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:54:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.22 WANDERLUST| Kapamilya network holds media event http://mindanaotimes.net/wanderlust-kapamilya-network-holds-media-event/ http://mindanaotimes.net/wanderlust-kapamilya-network-holds-media-event/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:39:10 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51774 ]]> AS A WAY to thanking the people and organizations who supported the number one and the largest media conglomerate in the country, ABS-CBN invited more than 200 entertainment and lifestyle print, broadcast and online media from across the country for their annual year-end gathering, dubbed as “Just Love: the ABS-CBN Christmas Party.”

COO Cory Vidanes and Integrated Corp Comm’s Kane Errol Chua

COO Cory Vidanes and Integrated Corp Comm’s Kane Errol Chua

Held last December 14, Thursday, at the Dolphy Theater inside the ABS-CBN Studios in Quezon City, the event kicked off with a video montage of Kapamilya celebrities greeting and thanking the press for their enduring support to their projects and the network. An “in memoriam” video also gave tribute to the members of the press who passed away in recent years.

BIANCA Manalo and Nicole Cordoves with “Miss Q&A” winner

BIANCA Manalo and Nicole Cordoves with “Miss Q&A” winner

Singer, songwriter and actor Ogie Alcasid, who recently extended his exclusive contract with the network until 2019, surprised the media with his rousing medley of hits. Actor Vin Abrenica, The Voice former contenders Klarisse de Guzman and Daryl Ong also entertained the audience with their musical numbers. Meanwhile, actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith dropped by to personally greet the press.

ACTRESS Jasmine Curtis-Smith

ACTRESS Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Aside from the raffle, where more than a hundred winners took home prizes, “I Can See Your Voice” and It’s Showtime’s “Miss Q&A” were also replicated in the party where members of the media were selected to participate in the said contests from ABS-CBN’s top-rating shows.

THE VOICE finalist Klarisse de Guzman

THE VOICE finalist Klarisse de Guzman

The Voice grand champion Mitoy Yonting, comedian John Lapus and Ogie Diaz played “SING-vestigators” of the Korean mystery music game show franchised contest while former Binibining Pilipinas winners Bianca Manalo and Nicole Cordoves scored for the latter.

HOSTS DJ Chacha and Ogie Diaz with actor Vin Abrenica

HOSTS DJ Chacha and Ogie Diaz with actor Vin Abrenica

The program was capped by the thank-you messages by the network’s integrated corporate communications head Kane Errol Chua and chief operating officer Cory V. Vidanes.

MEMBERS of the lifestyle and entertainment press

MEMBERS of the lifestyle and entertainment press

“Just Love: the ABS-CBN Christmas Party” was hosted by celebrity DJ Cha-Cha and entertainment writer and comedian Ogie Diaz.


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SCENE CITY| Damosa Land lights up for Christmas http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-damosa-land-lights-up-for-christmas/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-damosa-land-lights-up-for-christmas/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:33:28 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51766 ]]> CHRISTMAS is made more wonderful in Damosa as it lit up for Christmas in this merriest season of the year. The whole complex is washed in colorful lights with the oversized Christmas trees, which seem to invite everyone to enter the compound and Christmas arc that leads to the monthly Food Fest, as the main attraction this year. It’s definitely Christmas time!

P SQUARE serenades the spectators with wonderful Christmas songs before the Christmas Lighting Ceremony.

P SQUARE serenades the spectators with wonderful Christmas songs before the Christmas Lighting Ceremony.

RICARDO F. Lagdameo, Vice President of Damosa Land, Inc., and Davao City Councilor for 2nd District Al Ryan Alejandre light up the whole Damosa Complex.

RICARDO F. Lagdameo, Vice President of Damosa Land, Inc., and Davao City Councilor for 2nd District Al Ryan Alejandre light up the whole Damosa Complex.

DAMOSA Land’s team led by VP Ricardo F. Lagdameo with Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre marvel at the enchanting arc entrance to Damosa Food Fest.

DAMOSA Land’s team led by VP Ricardo F. Lagdameo with Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre marvel at the enchanting arc entrance to Damosa Food Fest.

THE EYE-CATCHING oversized gift boxes and trees covered with bright lights at the Damosa Car Park give everyone the joyful feeling of the Christmas season.

THE EYE-CATCHING oversized gift boxes and trees covered with bright lights at the Damosa Car Park give everyone the joyful feeling of the Christmas season.

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The Pearl of Davao http://mindanaotimes.net/the-pearl-of-davao/ http://mindanaotimes.net/the-pearl-of-davao/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:27:21 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51761 ]]> WHAT does it take to be a finalist for the Hotelier of Year award for Sales and Marketing?

We take a closer look at the story of one of the finalists for 2017, Pearl Peralta-Maclang from Marco Polo Davao.

A seasoned hotelier, Pearl has over 34 years of success stories in sales and marketing.



With a strong background in managing and leading hotels and resorts and full of positive dynamism, Pearl accepted her first assignment in the Mindanao region in October 2015, as the Director of Sales and Marketing of Marco Polo Davao.

Her presence in the region as a professional has set the tone for sales & marketing in Mindanao. One of her strong selling points is her capacity to invent new ideas and think out of the box, such as implementing sales blitzes that carrying the rich culture of the region and the hotel brand.

Pearl has been very instrumental in raising and intensifying Marco Polo Davao’s reputation as the first and only premier hotel with best personalized service in the Hospitality Industry in Mindanao. Because of her marketing efforts, MPD has been at the front of the mind for national TV and print media interviews.

She is also known for her passionate approach towards the personal and professional development of her team. One has described her as a highly people oriented individual who has the natural talent to speak and engage with associates from different generational timelines and guests from all walks of life. Her leadership gained the S&M department the highest score in the 2016 Associate Engagement Survey because of her commitment to train and empower associates.

Hoteliers like Pearl who have an exciting passion for the industry and the country are a rare breed nowadays. Pearl’s admirable wisdom inspires others to face challenges with a creative energy and positive disposition—truly deserving to be one of the top hotelier awardees for 2017.

She and another alumna from Marco Polo Davao were the only hoteliers from the Philippine hotels to make it to the finals.

The Hotel of the Year award is “the only accolade in Asia that honors the dedicated professionals of the hotel industry”. It started in 2014 where top hoteliers from Greater China, Asean and North China will be carefully judged and examined by panel of experts. The panel of judges consists of representatives from Forbes Travel Guide, Google, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), Les Roches, Edipresse Media Asia & The China National Hotel Association.

The awarding was held at Star City, Macau on Thursday.

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EDITORIAL| Again, political will please http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-again-political-will-please/ http://mindanaotimes.net/editorial-again-political-will-please/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:24:24 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51760 ]]> TRAFFIC during this time of the year is expected to be heavy as movement of people is always expected to be intensified.

But even before the Yuletide season, traffic had become a very big mess because of the usual factor: the city roads, particularly those leading to its center, could only absorb so much volume of vehicles. The problem has been compounded by the entry of more vehicles from nearby provinces as more people want to shop in the city’s mall or simply visit places, including their relatives.

The debate on the traffic has become more relevant with the discussion on whether public utility jeepneys should be abolished or not as there is this argument that they are a big factor to the traffic congestion.

Although there is no denying that public utility vehicles are among those plying the main roads, the fact remains that, based on the data of the Land Transportation Office, their number is just about a 10th of the total number of vehicles as many of the vehicles that are usually present on the roads are private ones.

In Metro Manila, the Metro Manila Development Authority is even eyeing to prohibit drivers-only vehicles from using the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, one of the most congested streets in the metropolis.

But what the government agencies have not considered is imposing an age limit of vehicles from the streets that even those very rickety ones are still allowed to be registered. What has aggravated the problem is that there are so many vehicles, private or otherwise, that are not registered.

To solve the traffic problem, the government needs the political will especially in weeding out those vehicles that are supposedly not allowed to be present on the road. And this is just the first step.


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TIMESMAN| Worst traffic ever! http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-worst-traffic-ever/ http://mindanaotimes.net/timesman-worst-traffic-ever/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:23:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51758 ]]> OUR DRIVING from our new place at Damosa to the downtown area last Wednesday was the worst ever I experienced in my more than 50 years of holding the steering wheel.

Jin Lorenz who took over the steering wheel from me, with three of his classmates from Ateneo who were reviewing at our house for their exams the following day, were also onboard. We were on the way to attend the Christmas Party of the TIMES held at the old Acropolis along C. Bangoy Street fronting the PLDT. We dropped JL’s three classmates somewhere along Bajada while the two of us proceeded to the venue.

The usual 30-minute travel time from Damosa to downtown became more than three hours even when we used our usual route. His effort was no match to the traffic chaos that we encountered.

And since we missed attending the TIMES Christmas Party that night because of the traffic, we just passed by the drive thru of Jollibee in Bajada for our late meal on the way back to our residence at about 9 o’clock already. We never knew if the south side of the city also experienced the same predicament.

I hate to say, but I will not be amazed anymore by the solutions that the government would come up on the traffic problem. We expect that this nightmarish traffic will forever be with us and of the coming generations.

No amount of phasing out of dilapidated PUJs and replacing them with buses or monorails can ease traffic. This is my own observation and let our traffic experts in the government contradict that. Nagsasayang lang kayo ng pera ng bayan.

But I am also human who gets affected by this mess. However, there is still a solution to this problem if IF (with big letters) the local officials will only reconsider reviving the recently-dumped reclamation project.

For one, traffic maybe eased a little even if it will not be totally solved because additional roads will be constructed that will serve as alternate routes.

Second, the drainage systems will be improved as under the proposed roads, giant culverts will be placed underneath to temporarily solve the perennial problem of city’s flooding;

The next issue that it could address is that commercial area will be included while residential site and recreational park will also be in the plan, again to temporarily solve unemployment and the housing problems.

And finally, the city will be beautified and will ultimately become a destination both of domestic and tourists

The alleged questionable contract can be solved. Anyway, natural lang may kalukuhan kung kuwarta na ang pinag-uusapan!


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ROUGH CUTS| Private pay parking facilities now a must http://mindanaotimes.net/rough-cuts-private-pay-parking-facilities-now-a-must/ http://mindanaotimes.net/rough-cuts-private-pay-parking-facilities-now-a-must/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:22:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51756 ]]> WHAT, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is still urging the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prepare a feasibility study (FS) for the Davao-Island Garden City of Samal bridge?

It’s been several decades since we started hearing of that particular infrastructure project. And we thought all the way that the project’s FS has already been prepared. Are our local government and regional leaders still unable to convince the national leadership that as far as the bridge project is concerned the issue of economic viability should not be the main criteria in approving the construction?

We are certain that the return on investment (ROI) on the Davao-Samal Bridge may not be seen at this point in time. But we can be certain it will come as soon as the bridge is completed.

Remember the San Juanico Bridge that connect Leyte and Samar? Was not that project being ridiculed as a capitulation of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to the whims and caprices of his wife Imelda who is from Leyte.

Yes, it was not given a Chinaman’s chance to realize an ROI. But look now. That bridge has not only become an iconic landmark but also a major link in the movement of people and goods from Mindanao to the Visayas and then to Luzon and vice versa.

In the case of the Davao-Samal Bridge, once this is completed the Island Garden could immediately become a major magnet of both local, national and international investors.

Look at what Lapulapu City is now and its adjoining town Cordova. The two island local governments are now hosts to tourism establishments as well as industrial estates. The entire Mactan island is now connected to the Cebu mainland with two bridges. A new 8.7 kilometer span is already being started and is expected to be completed in two years’ time.

We see this scenario happening in Samal.

But of course what is importgant is that all documentary requirements for the approval of the project must be complied with.

That is why we are surprised upon learning that the DPWH is still urging the ADB to come up with the project’s feasibility study when this should have long been done. If there was no such FS what then was the basis of the members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in reviewing and deliberating on the project?

What was the study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for? How is it different from the one being sought to be conducted by the ADB?

And how much will this FS cost the government?


Really, it is about time that Davao City should have private pay parking facilities.

We have seen this lack of parking spaces evolved over the years. And it has gotten worse these last two or three years.

We have observed that more and more Davao residents now own vehicles and every time they get out using their private cars they crowd every available parking space. This apparently new status of Davaoenos is brought about by bigger disposable income and easy access to credit because so many brand new and second hand car dealers are competing for customers.

Adding to the mess is the absence of laws or ordinances that mandate building owners to provide sufficient parking spaces in the compound of their structures. Of course the situation is not true in condominiums, hotels and malls. The former sells spaces for parking use of condo unit occupants, while the latter two businesses provide parking spaces for its customers for free. Otherwise, without parking spaces available, hotels and malls will be abandoned by their customers.

So with the local government of Davao City set to provide tax incentives to companies and individuals who will invest in the construction of pay parking facilities, vehicle owners are hoping that there will be a major relief in the lack of parking areas in the city.

For now they just have to live with the fact Davao is now among the most congested cities in the country and that if nothing is done about this soonest we will be experiencing what Metro Manilans are suffering on a daily basis.

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Concept store for local products up next year http://mindanaotimes.net/concept-store-for-local-products-up-next-year/ http://mindanaotimes.net/concept-store-for-local-products-up-next-year/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:20:14 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51750 ]]> PRODUCTS of homegrown businesses can be easily accessible soon with Go Lokal, a retail concept store that would be set up by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) next year in the region.



 Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, regional director of DTI XI, said the pop-up store is aimed at attracting especially the C, D, E markets. She said they are looking to set it up either in Robinsons Place in Tagum City or in Abreeza Mall in Davao City

 “Go Lokal is aimed at bolstering the promotion of local products,” Ambi said.

 The mall would buy the products from the enterprises and operate the store while the DTI would provide the necessary fixtures and other requirements for the establishment of the project in the region.

 Go Lokal is a Filipino concept store for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase products crafted, designed and produced by the local entrepreneurs.

 With this, the DTI said in a statement that it would provide a free marketing platform for the entrepreneurs. “We want our MSME partners to gain access to the local consumer market and ultimately, to the global export market,” the department added.

 The project is part of the department’s “One Town, One Product (OTOP) Next Gen” program. In the region, the department allotted P7.9 million for the program that aims to provide interventions for enterprises and bolster the promotion of local products.

 Romeo N. Vasquez Jr., trade and industry development specialist, said earlier that the program is a re-launch of OTOP “but a level higher than the previous OTOP. It is now more technology driven unlike before.”

The agency, Vasquez said, has identified 40 MSMEs that are qualified for OTOP Next Gen program.

 This includes trainings, product and brand development, and market exposure, where the products of the businesses would be featured in DTI’s concept store dubbed “Go Lokal!” that are in partnership with SM Kultura and Robinsons Malls.

 In DTI’s statement, OTOP Next Gen is envisioned to have “a more inclusive and prosperous Philippines with employment and income opportunities for all. DTI exists to be the main economic catalyst that enables innovative, competitive, job generating and inclusive business.”

 OTOP, DTI explained, is a “priority stimulus program for MSMEs as government’s customized intervention to drive inclusive local economic growth. The program enables localities and communities to determine, develop, support and promote culturally-rooted products or services where they can be the best at or best renowned for.”

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Bongbong hits ML oppositors http://mindanaotimes.net/bongbong-hits-ml-oppositors/ http://mindanaotimes.net/bongbong-hits-ml-oppositors/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:14:43 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51748 ]]> FORMER Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. said those who opposed the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao are responding politically and not in terms of intelligence assessments.

 Marcos was in the city on Saturday afternoon to attend a wedding officiated by Mayor Sara Duterte at City Hall.

 “We should hear listen to the local communities… the local leaders and the residents of Mindanao,” Marcos said. “Because they know what’s happening in their community.”

 He said local residents know the danger they are facing from terrorists.

 “In my talks with local leaders – mayors and governors, they are saying there is still threats and that Martial Law is still needed,” Marcos told reporters.

 Bongbong’s mother, Imelda Marcos, was among those 240 legislators who voted in favor to extend the Martial Law for the whole year of 2018 in Mindanao as request of President Rodrigo Duterte.

 The Senate voted 14-4 in favor of Joint Resolution No. 13, which extends the Martial Law from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 next year.

 “I think in accordance with their assessment, the decision of the president is correct,” Marcos said. “The support given by the Congress is also right.”

 Marcos said he believes that the threats of ISIS-link terror groups are not yet finished.

 Asked if he would support the enforcement of Martial Law outside Mindanao, Marcos said it is not part of the discussions yet.

 “I don’t hear the president saying he’ll place Visayas and Luzon under Martial Law,” Marcos said. “I don’t know where they get the information.”

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Dads okay creation of Maritime Council http://mindanaotimes.net/dads-okay-creation-of-maritime-council/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dads-okay-creation-of-maritime-council/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:13:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51746 ]]> THE CITY council has approved the ordinance creating the Davao City Inter-Agency Coordinating Council on Maritime Safety and Security.

 The ordinance, known as “Maritime Coordinating Council Ordinance of Davao City,” addresses the challenges of criminality, terrorism, anarchy, insurgency, economic sabotage and violent extremism through the maintenance of peace and order within its maritime territory jurisdiction.

 Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta, committee chair on peace and order, authored the ordinance that was passed on the third and final reading on Dec. 12.

 Based on the ordinance, the council will be composed of the city mayor as the chair, the Coast Guard District Southern Mindanao (CGDSEM) as vice-chair, and Public Safety and Security Command Center as the secretariat.

Also included in the council are the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Eastern Mindanao Command, Davao City Police Office, Regional Maritime Unit XI, Naval Forces of Eastern Mindanao, Task Force Davao, Central 911, Tactical Operations Group XI, Philippine Ports Authority XI, Bureau of Customs XI, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency XI, Liga ng mga Barangay, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources XI, City Agriculturist Office, and Maritime Industry Authority XI.

Among the functions of the Maritime Coordinating Council is to implement measures to address all maritime safety and security issues, conduct search and rescue operations, and enforce laws on environmental protection in the maritime waters within the territorial jurisdiction of the City in support of the concerned government agencies.

The council must also sustain and monitor the protection of the maritime environment and other issues and events that may affect the local safety and security situation of Davao City in support of concerned government agencies and NGOs.

It should also maintain a constant and up to date city risk assessment on criminality, terrorism maritime emergencies and smuggling happening in the maritime waters and coastal areas within the city.

The council should also develop plan to integrate and orchestrate law enforcement operations affecting public safety and security along the coastal water of the city.

The budget for the Maritime Coordinating Council and its entire operations will be under the Office of the City Mayor and will be appropriated in the annual or supplemental budget.

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Inday Sara: Country not yet ready for federalism http://mindanaotimes.net/inday-sara-country-not-yet-ready-for-federalism/ http://mindanaotimes.net/inday-sara-country-not-yet-ready-for-federalism/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:11:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=51744 ]]> MAYOR Sara Duterte is not amenable at this time for a shift to federalism that her father is pushing, despite the city stands to benefit from it.

 “It is in my opinion that the political climate of our country is not ready for federalism,” the president’s eldest daughter said.

 “My problem is that other parts of the country are not ready for federalism because as I said, our country is a country of warlords, and that is the truth,” the mayor said.

 Mayor Duterte said some areas – regions, provinces towns and cities – are not ready to be independent and be federalized “if they are not ready to choose the right people to lead their State.”

 She said there is a need for a political maturity from the voters who would choose their leaders.

 Mayor Duterte said she is not totally against federalism.

 In fact, she said, Davao City stands to benefit the most in this form of government.

 “Because Davao City is able to do a lot of things because of our funding,” she said.

 Last year, the Commission on Audit said that majority of the city’s sources of funds remain dependent on its internal revenue allotments.

 “Davao City, being one of the largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area, has more extensive revenue-raising power on real property taxes,” the said.

 But Mayor Duterte said she will respect whatever decision of the Congress on the matter.

 “I am just a mayor and that is my opinion,” she said.

 On the extension of Martial Law, the mayor said there is a general climate among local government leaders in Mindanao to support the move.

 “We do not have any objections with the extension of Martial Law here in Mindanao,” she said.

 “I fully support it,” Mayor Duterte said. “In fact, it brings benefit to the Davao City and Mindanao.”

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