Construction of new houses to quake survivors in Davao del Sur underway

December 31, 2019

MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur - The construction of new homes for quake survivors in Davao del Sur is now underway, as the project is now being started by the National Housing Authority (NHA) Those victims of the recent quakes who were rendered homeless would benefit the housing project of the government. Thousands of families in Davao del Sur were rendered homeless as a result of three powerful tremors that hit the province.  The local government has acquired 2.5 hectare of land in barangay Malawanit, says Mayor Arthur Davin in an interview with reporters. The land, the mayor said, was purchased by party list Dumper PIDA (Philippines Taxi Drivers Association) through the initiative of Rep. Claudine Diana Bautista. In a report by Inquirer.net, NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada has already conducted occular inspection of the relocation site in Purok 5, barangay Malawanit last week. The strong quakes displaced a total of 117 families in barangay Malawanit alone. But there were a few who get help from non-govenrmental organizations and were able to build their new houses. 

Gov't employee in Davao Sur shot dead

December 30, 2019

DAVAO DEL SUR - A government employee in Magsaysay town, this province, was shot dead Friday (Dec 27) by still unknown assailants onboard a vehicle while the victim was riding his motorcycle in Barangay Poblacion. The local police, headed by Major Jeffmar Tercero, identified the fatality as Philip Marl D. Ruelo, a job order employee of the local government in Magsaysay town, this province. Police initial investigation disclosed that after the shooting incident, the victims was rushed to the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital but attending physicians and nurses pronounced him dead. The police are still "facing a blank wall" as to the motive of killing the government employee by still unidentified suspects who shot him on broad daylight. Investigation also disclosed that there were some witnesses who saw the suspects already roaming in the area prior to the shooting incident which lead to the untimely demise of the victim.     

Refresh & NCCC donate Upcycled Chairs to Davao School

December 20, 2019

Matina Elementary School in Barangay Matina received an early Christmas treat as Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Refresh Mineral Water donated school chairs to the Davao-based school. The chairs are made from used plastic bottles collected during the mineral water brand’s Refresh-Return-Recycle program. “We are really amazed by the project—making chairs out of recycled plastic bottles. It is the first time we saw the process of making these chairs. Thank you for the opportunity,” Jocelyn Lucena, Master Teacher at Matina Elementary School during a turn-over ceremony held in Barangay Matina in Davao City last December 12. A sustainable partnership Last August 2019, Refresh Mineral Water partnered with NCCC Supermarket in Davao City to place disposal bins in 30 NCCC Supermarket branches where mall-goers could dispose their used plastic bottles. With the help of Winder Recycling Company (WRC), all collected bottles were repurposed into classroom chairs. Refresh-Return-Recycle Refresh, a mineral water bottle made from 100% recyclable material, launched its Refresh-Return-Recycle campaign to encourage everyone to incorporate more sustainable practices in their lifestyle, especially on the proper disposal of single-use plastics.  Aside from its partnership with NCCC, Refresh Mineral Water has been conducting activities to further encourage people to practice proper waste management. Last September, it held a roadshow in select universities in Luzon where students were taught the virtues of recycling. For more updates about Refresh Mineral Water and its Refresh-Return-Recycle campaign, visit its Facebook page at Facebook.com/RefreshWaterPH.       Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Refresh Mineral Water and NCCC Malls partner to provide school chairs to Matina Elementary School in Davao City. Present during the turn-over ceremony last December 12 (from second) NCCC Assistant Vice President for Operations Jezza Damada, URC Cold Beverage Marketing Manager Jewel Capones Moudang, and Matina Elementary School Master Teacher 1 Jocelyn Lucena.     Universal Robina Corporations’ (URC) Refresh Mineral Water led by (third) Jewel Capones Moudang, Marketing Manager for Cold Beverages, and (second) Jezza Damada, NCCC Malls AVP for Operations, turn-over school chairs to Matina Elementary School represented by (third and fourth) Aura Aguilar Abitong, School Coordinator, and Jocelyn Lucena, Master Teacher 1.  


December 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday assured the dependents of killed-in-action soldiers and killed-in-police-operations officers (KIA-KIPO) of government assistance to attain comfortable lives.   Speaking before the dependents of the fallen soldiers and police personnel during a thanksgiving party in Malacañang, President Duterte said that through the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP), they will receive the support they need.   Under the CSBP, the dependents of KIA soldiers and KIPO officers will receive financial, employment, livelihood, educational, housing and healthcare assistance.   And before his term ends, the chief executive vowed to institutionalize the program to cover personnel from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).   The President also thanked the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other concerned agencies for ensuring that the CSBP is implemented properly.   Despite the challenges ahead, the President has expressed optimism that with the steadfast dedication and firm leadership that those organizations have displayed, the government will not waver on its promise of uplifting the welfare of the people, especially those who have sacrificed their lives in order to protect and serve the country.   The administration will continue to do its best to honor the KIA soldiers and KIPO officers' memory by staying true to the commitment of upholding the country’s sovereignty, preventing lawless violence and protecting democratic institutions, the President said. PND


December 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday urged the newly-promoted uniformed personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to protect people’s interest by demanding accountability and ensuring social justice.   Twenty-seven personnel from various services were sworn in by President Duterte in Malacañang.   In his address, the President told the newly-promoted personnel to contribute to the development of the nation by being a catalyst in the society.   “I am here because I love my country, and I love the Filipino people. Narinig ninyo 'yun? Iyon na 'yun. So ang hinihingi ko sa inyo, join with your compatriots sa Armed Forces pati police,” he said in his speech.   He told the new officials that they could be part of a social pressure group demanding change along with political parties, civil society, the media and the military.   “Pressure group, partido, political parties. Pressure doon sa... Then the civil society, they create the pressures in the society and the democracy. Then you have the... Itong media. It's a pressure group. Then you have the military. Also a pressure group,” he said.   “Pagkasabi nilang, ‘Adre, huwag naman ganun. Walang lokohan 'to. Ibigay na ninyo sa Pilipino kung ano tapos okay na tayo.’”   Although acting as pressure group, he clarified that it should not mean inciting a rebellion but just a move to protect people’s interest.   President Duterte continued to rail against the water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, describing the 1997 agreements as a classic case of economic plunder.   The President wants the concession agreements modified. The Department of Justice has been working to revise the concession agreements with the two water concessionaires after finding several “onerous” provisions in the agreements.  PND

[Transcript] Speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the oath-taking event (first part)

December 10, 2019

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Sa Pasig. Magkano ang isa? I mean may tao kasi na gustong mag-donate. And so he asked me to find out how much he would spend for one or two [boats?]? DOTR SECRETARY ARTHUR TUGADE: Napakamura ho ‘yung capacity ng 28 hanggang may spillover na 34 ang presyo ho diyan na ginamit namin sa Cavite --- Cavite-MOA-Cavite-Lawton. Ang presyo ho niyan 7 million lang isang unit. Iyong ang capacity ho 54 umaabot ho diyan mga 12 po --- 10 to 12 ho. PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Sabihin ko sa kanya. SEC. TUGADE: Yes, sir. PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Maganda ‘yan. Wala… In the meantime… In the meantime that there is no collusion inside. That would entail huge amount of money. Gentlemen, we have to innovate --- that’s the word to replace invent, to innovate, how we can survive until the finish line when I shall end my term. Alam mo kasi ‘yan si Art, classmate ko ‘to. Ito ang class valedictorian. You are lucky. He was our class valedictorian sa law school. Iyong bago akong Presidente we realized the impact of the EDSA congestion on the lives of the people commuting. Alam mo sa totoo lang hindi ko lang masabi na --- hindi ko masabi-sabi na naaawa talaga ako sa tao. Alam mo hindi para sa atin eh kasi --- eh ako mag-chopper ako kung ayaw ko ng traffic. And it’s not me who decides, ‘yung security guys. Pero ‘yung mga tao na mag-commute hanggang umaga. Alam mo the average worker ng gobyerno o private, they go home at about mga 8, 9. They ride the bus, ‘pag traffic diyan, it will take her to arrive something at 11 at any of the junctions there. And she takes another ride or two rides para makauwi ng bahay. Kaya pagdating ng bahay maglaba pa ‘yan. Ayusin ang mga bata tulog na, at maglaba, maglinis. Tapos magluto ng pagkain hanggang umaga for breakfast. Dumating ‘yan minsan alas-onse, alas-dose, ala-una. Matutulog ‘yan alas-dos, alas-tres. And she wakes up at about 5, 4. She wakes up the children tapos prepare them for school. Basta kaya ng ano ihatid niya, or isama niya ihatid niya, then she reports to work. Ganun kahirap at kapurgatoryo ang Pilipino. Kaya ako you have to understand my mouth kung saan napupunta. Galit talaga ako sa oppression and I hate corruption. Matagal akong mayor, 23 years sa Davao. Hindi ako pinagyayabang, totoo naman eh. At naging Presidente ako. I never lost an election. In 1988, tuloy-tuloy na ako. Ang problema lang na hindi ko masyado magawa ‘yung nagawa ko sa Davao kasi nilinis ko talaga. At ang Davao there’s a rising middle class because maraming negosyo, maraming pumasok ang mga hotel. Dusit is there. Lahat na. Lahat ng hotel nandoon na and it’s always fully booked. And the flights if you may want to go to Davao, talagang mahal ang pamasahe at waiting ka pa doon sa hotel mo. Mag-motel ka na lang. Ganun ka --- ang Davao. Pero you know hindi ito libre lahat eh. Things will develop hindi ‘yan on its own. Maybe ‘yung catalyst ng nature pero kung hindi mo talaga pipilitin. Development and progress in Davao, I have to tell you frankly, dumating ‘yan na maraming nagbayad. Kriminal nagbayad sila ng buhay nila. The NPAs magkaibigan man kami niyan that’s why they want to talk again. You know magkaibigan kami. My views of life has always been left. Hindi ako komunista pero ‘yung tingin ko sa land reform ganun. Because umalis kami tatay ko sa Cebu, wala naman kaming niyugan, wala naman kaming minahan. So he ventured to Mindanao, married a Mindanaoan. Tapos he went to Davao. It was a hard life. Noong naging mayor ako sinabi ko talaga, siguro about four years old pa ako, 1948 something, I still remember distinctly the long ride Butuan going to Cagayan via Cotabato. Wala pa naman ‘yang… There were no roads yet na connecting Davao to Butuan to Bukidnon, anywhere. At the time, it was a long and winding road. Kaya alam ko ang buhay at alam ko kung gaano kasakit ang mahirap. Kaya ako nagwawala. Just like the --- what’s going on now. These guys keep on writing me letters begging me --- begging me --- bilyonaryo ha, begging --- begging me just to talk to them. Alam mo ang ginawa nila, that’s plunder. Ikaw Art alam mo ‘yan. Economic plunder. You know they would not only lose their money, they would lose their pants there. Ipapakulong ko talaga sila kasi gusto ko mga bilyonaryo makatikim naman ng… Kasi sabi nila walang mga drug lord na pina-ano… Bakit si Parojinog ba sa Ozamiz maliit na tao ‘yon sa gobyerno? Espinosa? Drug lord --- they were drug lords. And they died. Maraming barangay captains far and in between the years na naging presidente ako, marami ring namatay. Basta pumasok ka droga sabihin ko sa’yo. I’ve said it before and I say it now again, magkadeperensiya tayo ng trabaho if you are not satisfied with my decision and you can always come and talk and we will have a remedy. Pero sabihin mo sa mga tao ninyo huwag talaga pumasok sa droga, p***** i** papatayin ko talaga. Papatayin… Anybody for that matter, talagang hihiritan kita. As I said it will destroy the country. And if you destroy my country, I will really kill you. Na ganun na lang ako katindi.


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