TIMESMAN| Why not include other areas for Datu bets?

MIDWIFE John Mark ”Marky” Jocson Odani of Purok Greenfield, Barangay Wali in Maitum, Sarangani who was this year’s 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Kabataan Pilipino 2017 recipient

may not be the only modern day hero deserving of such award. There are lots of them in the hinterlands wanting to help other people not expecting to be rewarded. Only their stories and sacrifices were never been known to people like us in the rural areas and the media.

Marky, according to the report, came from a poor family and was only 10 years old when his father died. He has one sibling and is the eldest. His mother is a barangay treasurer and was then receiving monthly honorarium of less than a thousand pesos.

“But young as he is, and poor as his family is, Marky has already displayed a willingness to help other people…” and when he grew up and earned the degree of midwifery in 2015 and passed the board exam that same year, he chose to stay in his barangay where no one wanted to be assigned.

Marky’s remarkable dedication and commitment to the Indigenous People (IP) earned him this Bayaning Kabataan Pilipino 2017 Award.

His story also inspired me to recommend to the city government and officers of the committee of the Datu Bago Awards that already launched its search for 2018 Datu Bago recipients to expand the scope of its coverage for qualified candidates not only within Davao City but the whole of Mindanao or across the country like what the Geny Lopez’s nationwide search and other awarding organizations are doing to give chance to other Filipino residents.

While the annual Datu Bago Award given during the celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw is only for deserving Davaoenos who served and contributed to the development of the city and its residents, let’s be reminded that not all awardees of Datu Bago Award in the past years have their roots in Davao City. Some came from outside of Davao City– from the Visayas and Luzon, like TIMES founder GET and later his son GPT who are from Batangas, Chuck Nunez from Cebu, or Tinay Zuno from Bohol, just to name a few, who found their second roots here and their contributions to the growth and development of the city merit recognitions.

What I am trying to say, whether you’re a Tagalog or Visaya, or born in the city but grew up in foreign countries, you can still be a Datu Bago recipient provided you have passed the selection standard.

Ang nakikita ko kasi sa pagpili taon-taon ng kandidato, limitado lang sa abot ng kanilang mga mata ang napipiling manalo.

I am not saying that past awardees were not qualified, they were all deserving. Kaya lang, I thought of this idea because time may come that no one deserves anymore to be a recipient dahil naubos na. To think that many people nowadays have only the color of money and power in mind and no longer to serve others.

And another thing, since our then Mayor Duterte is now an occupant of Malacanang, for sure he will say Amen to my suggestion as he not only a leader of Davaoenos now but all Filipinos.

Saludo ako sa iyo, Marky!


While eating durian (my first to taste of this king of fruits this year) with Jin Lorenz at the fountain section of SM Premier in Lanang last Sunday, I asked the vendor how much is the cost per kilo of durian? The vendor answered: “Sir, P120 ho dahil kulang ang harvest ngayon dahil sa climate change.”

I almost swallowed the seed of the durian upon knowing the price. Imagine, in last year’s Kadayawan, almost every day, Jin Lorenz and I ate durian because it only cost P35 to P50 per kilo.

But I immediately recovered from shock after realizing the increase in cost can be justified as it is not only durian and other fruits that are affected by climate change but shrimp production as well.

According to Anders Haagen, a co-owner of Anderlude Seafoods Corp. changes in weather patterns concern them as these would affect the growing and production of shrimps in their three locations in the region –Dumoy in Davao City, and Sta. Cruz and Hagonoy in Davao del Sur.

The only consolation on the shortage supply of durian nowadays, the vendor said: “Sir, kulang tayo ngayon pero ang season ng durian ay aabot pa hanggang Oktubre next year dahil marami ng harvest.”

Tama ka, pero marami naman maha-high blood dahil sa sobra naman!


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