ROUGH CUTS| This very laudable project

COLLEGE Behind Bars.

     This is the best rehabilitation project so for persons who are in conflict with the law and presently detained. The project is set for implementation inside the Davao City Jail in Maa. The school will start classes on August 11, 2017.

     One thing unique about this project is that it is an initiative of a non-government organization (NGO) in coordination with the University of Southeastern Philippines (UseP). The NGO behind this very noble project is the Social Entrepreneurship Institute SEI) whose president is Dr. Aland Mizell, a columnist of this paper. His vice president is lawyer Susan Cariaga, who is no stranger in the education discipline. Atty. Cariaga is President of Thompson Christian School. She also used to be an executive of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII).

     The building that will house the classes are already in place and the classrooms are furnished by the SEI.

     According to Dr. Mizell and lawyer Cariaga there are 70 inmates out of 300 who applied to enroll who qualified after the conduct of an entrance examination. They will be taking Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and BS in Agribusiness degrees.

     After some serious evaluation of the future performance of the inmate students the College Behind Bars will be introducing additional diploma courses. What interests us on this rehabilitative venture is the plan to include a discipline on anger management. We believe this one is very appropriate and will definitely “hit the nail on the head.”

     For this laudable endeavor we congratulate Dr. Mizell, Attorney Cariaga, UseP President Dr. Lourdes Generalao, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Director Serafin Petronio Barreto Jr., and the Maa Jail Management team of Warden Supt. Grace Taculin And Asst. Warden Sr. Insp. Roberto Gotico.

     We are hoping that the vision of the SEI to have this College Behind Bars project be replicated all over the country.

     It is this kind of project that will really attain the best kind of rehabiilitation to those people who want to go back to the right track in life.

     To Dr. Mizell it’s nice to have you in Davao. You are indeed a blessing to the Davaoenos, specifically to the inmates now languishing their time in jail while waiting for the disposition of their cases by the courts.

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     We are glad our good friend at the City Environment And Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Engr. Elisa Madrazo is pursuing the plan to have Davao City’s major rivers desilted. The desiltation proposal is a P100 million investment plan for disaster mitigating strategies submitted to the city legislative body by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Management Council (CDRRRMC). The desilting project was not considered a priority by the City Council.

     But Madrazo, the woman who we know always maintains her ears, eyes and feet on the ground, rightly observed that because of over siltation the city’s rivers are now constricted with small islands on its center. And these islands are impeding the flow of water downstream. As a consequence, during continuous heavy rains, the rivers overflow on low-lying plains along the waterways. The next thing that Davao residents see are flooded areas of the city.

     An earlier report said the city council has questioned the magnitude of the cost. But what the council has failed to consider is the huge destruction in properties, infrastructures and lives of people in the city in the past many floods that rampaged the city and the many more to come if they continue to ignore the signs of the times.

     What is worst is that while the city officials appeared tentative in spending for projects intended to address risks confronting Davao, the Commission on Audit (COA) is calling their attention on their failure to implement disaster prevention, mitigation and response programs. And the COA was even emphatic in saying that their act is one kind of negligence and a clear violation of certain laws on disaster prevention and response management.

     We are hoping that the CENRO head will be persuasive enough to convince the City Council to act with dispatch on the desilting project once it is re-submitted for the local lawmaking body’s consideration.

     Or, do the honorable councilors have to wait for a more destructive flood to devastate the city for them to understand the need for desilting Davao’s rivers?

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     Our condolence to the family of our late friend Manny Maningo, a resident of Talandang, Tugbok District. Manny, is a retired executive of a multi-national drug company who decided to spend his retirement money in buying a farm and make it a productive fruit plantation. While his official residence is at Central Park in Bangkal, Davao City he prides himself of being a farmer with his nurse son helping him.

     Unfortunately, some unknown people who might have axes to grind against him or felt threatened by his possible future career move, decided to eliminate Manny from this world. So just before sunrise last Tuesday several armed men wearing bonette barged into his house and shot him dead. Good thing his son Marc was not liquidated although he sustained injuries after trying vainly to save his father.

     The police are still gathering clues on the identity of the suspects and determing the motive of the merciless killing.

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