SCENE CITY | Canadian Chamber of Commerce Marks Canada Day in Davao City

A QUIET and simple dinner was held at Seda Hotel in Davao City on June 23, 2017 to celebrate the 150th birth of Canada.

Nilo Claudio, member of the Canadian Chamber Commerce of the Philippines gave us a brief background of how deeply rooted our relationship with Canada has become. He mentions the San Pedro Cathedral, where the late Canadian Archbishop Clovis Thibault’s remains are interred underneath. All of the priests we remember when we were grade school students at the Immaculate Conception College (Now UIC) were Canadians.  Holy Cross of Davao College and Holy Cross of Digos, Davao del Sur, were founded by Canadians from the Society of Foreign Missions. Mentioned by Nilo Claudio to have graduated from this school were OPAP Sec. Jesus Dureza, who graduated Valedictorian and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who became Mayor of Davao City and now President of the Philippines. San Pedro College and San Pedro Hospital are institutions established by the Canadians, so with Remase at Catalunan Grande, a seminary for those who are studying for priesthood. Nilo Claudio said “We are what we are today because of Canada”, referring to the 70 years of Canada’s presence in Davao City.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Julian Payne (4th from left) with Japanese Consul/Director Tomoko Dodo, Nicole Hao Bian of I Chef, Joji Ilagan Bian of JIB Career Center and Nilo Claudio of CanCham

CANADIAN Chamber of Commerce President Julian Payne (4th from left) with Japanese Consul/Director Tomoko Dodo, Nicole Hao Bian of I Chef, Joji Ilagan Bian of JIB Career Center and Nilo Claudio of CanCham

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President in the Philippines Julian Payne said that Filipinos have changed the face of Canada, which used to be an Anglo-Saxon Territory. He added “The event today is a token of our presence in Davao.”

The occasion was graced by Officers and Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Alex Valoria of ANFLOCOR, Joji Ilagan Bian and Nicole Hao Bian, Japanese Consul Tomoko Dodo and invited guests who offered a toast to celebrate Canada Day. Rowena Gempesaw took charge of the evening’s program. Emcee was Paco Domingo.

Cultural dances were performed by the Madayaw Kultural Dancers of the City Government of Davao and Sinag Tala Cultural Dancers from John Paul College of Davao.

 The Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) was established in 1989. It is incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines as a non-profit organization.

Membership is open to Canadian, Philippine, and other third country corporations and individuals that have Canada-Philippines business interests. The membership includes large multinational corporations, small and medium business enterprises, and persons involved in a whole range of business activities including international trade, investment and labor mobility.

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Rotary Club donates funds for Boys Town Davao

Boys Town Davao was born out of a desire of a lady Psychologist named Dr. Lourdes “Unding” Solis to house and rehabilitate boys on the streets of Davao city begging, stealing and being used by professional criminals. They were sleeping at the doorways and at the wharfs. She gathered concerned citizens of the city to compose the first group to help these boys. The first groups of boys were provided temporary quarters at the Police department by the chief of Police who was the husband of Dr. “Unding” Solis.

LETTY Tecson-Averion receives the Check donated for Boys Town from Rotary West of Davao

On October 17, 1970, the group started to solicit help from prominent citizens of the City to provide these boys with their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Col. Honorio Garcia donated two (2) hectares of land in Ma-a through the efforts of Judge Vicente Cusi, The Knights of Columbus built the first building. Boys Town Davao was later on officially organized into a Foundation called Welfare Action Foundation – Boys Town. The City Government was tapped to help subsidize the needs and expenses of Boys Town. A skills training project was made possible in coordination with NMYC.

On February 23, 1977, seven years after a noble dream was fulfilled, Dr. Unding Solis passed away. Mrs. Soledad Roa-Duterte was then designated by the group to assume the directorship of Boys Town. She immediately embarked on introducing backyard projects such as raising pigs, poultry, rabbit, goat and ducks. Different personalities assumed the presidency to help keep Boys Town pursue its dream to house and provide these indigent boys with basic education.

          In November 1999, Welfare Action Foundation of Davao Inc. (Boys Town Davao) offered the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the management of Boys Town. A MOA was forged and signed on June 28, 2000. Fr. Franco Uras assumed the position of Executive Director, a position created for the person to manage Boys Town.

Boys Town Davao has been regularly sending boys to take up skills training in Don Bosco Makati and later Don Bosco Mati. Boys Town Davao, with the help of philanthropists and Rotary Clubs, send three graduates to pursue a four year college course.

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