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LTO XI vows to implement Citizen’s Charter Program

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Land Transportation Office XI officer-in-charge Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jesus Joseph Zozobrado III yesterday vowed to implement the Citizen’s Charter and Road Safety Advocacy Program in all offices of the LTO in Region XI.

The Citizen’s Charter and Road Safety Program was formally launched in Region XI yesterday, December 15, at the Grand Menseng Hotel, with LTO Assistant Secretary Arturo Lomibao in attendance.

“The Citizen’s Charter may as well be the center piece of LTO’s operations as it is based on our vision of establishing a well-developed transportation system that will play a vital role in improving the lives of the Filipino people,” Zozobrado said.

And since travel is an unavoidable part of daily life, it is LTO’s goal to provide the people with a more viable, efficient and secured travel, he said. But that is only part of LTO’s mandate, which requires us to be in close contact with the very people that aim to serve, he added.

To make the public benefit from government…

Street dance to stop juvenile delinquency in Davao

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Davao City’s local hip hop dance community Groove Unlimited Dance Community will pitch in to keep street children away from becoming juvenile delinquents by teaching them how to dance starting January next year.

Groove Unlimited, an umbrella organization of hip hop dancers who share their passion for dancing, as founded by Bryan Grandeza and Cristopher Nellas in 2005.

“We were tapped by the local government to teach street dancing to children from the different barangays of Davao City,” Grandeza said. Aside from being a hip hop dancer and choreographer, Grandeza is also a Muay Thai black belter and represented the country (along with his brother Steve Grandez) to the World Kickboxing Championship in Dublin, Ireland last month.

The “PLDT-Smart Smartkids ---Samahang Ayaw sa Riot 1st Street Dance Competition in Davao City” project, which was launched at Taboan, MTS in Matina Monday, will run from January next year and will culminate in a street dance competition during the Araw ng Dabaw cel…

Mindanao Heart Fund needs more funds to help heart patients

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Over 200 pediatric and adult heart patients from all over Mindanao are waiting for simple heart treatments, from simple 2-D echocardiograms to open heart operations, to be conducted by the Mindanao Heart Center. However, these patients may have to wait longer than necessary until enough funds are sourced for their treatments.

For one, the one year old Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Fund is not even a full-pledged foundation yet so it could not yet avail of financial and other support from local and foreign donors. The Fund only has P200,000 in its coffers, and still lacks P800,000 to meet the Securities and Exchange requirement for those wanting to establish a foundation.

“The most we can do right now given our resources is to help two children and 2 adult heart patients undergo a 2-D Echo examination every month,” Fund Board of Trustee Dr. Mark Maruya said. A 2-D echo examination costs P1,100 so for that and other related services alone, the Fund needs at least P10,000 a month to su…