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Innovators urged to join 2nd Startup Davao

Dabawenyos who have innovative ideas that can make life better are encouraged to join the 2ndStartup Weekend slated at Ingenuity, Centron Building, Quirino Avenue in Davao City on August 9 to 11, 2013.
“If you have innovative projects no matter how crazy they are and even if you do not have technical knowledge then you should join the Startup Weekend,” event head organizer Dulce Rose Lada said. People from all walks of life should join the Startup because even if they do not know how to make the web or mobile applications, they can team up with other IT professionals to push for their projects, she added.
Startup Weekend is a movement of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of discovering startups and launching them into successful ventures.
Lada said the last time they had the Startup, a nurse who was fed up with the system of getting numbers  and waiting in line for such number to be called became part of a Startup Project which created an App which sent a message to the person ne…

Mixed reactions in Davao for Pnoy’s SONA

The State of the Nation Address (SoNA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III got mixed reactions from the Dabawenyos but these reactions were generally favorable to the President.
“I like the SONA. Its straight forward and at least this time the President discussed the accomplishments of the administration,”  Al Qalam Institute of Ateneo de Davao University director Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan said.
Lidasan said the whole speech talks about social transformation. “How we must mature as a nation,” he added.
Glan municipal councilor Atty. Cyril John Gido Yap said Aquino’s SoNA was just like all the other SoNAs. “Fair lang its always been rhetorics sa SoNA,” he said.
On the other hand, Davao city councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, who is chair of the council committee on Finance, Ways and Means and Appropriation, said the President’s speech was so far okay.
“So far the President’s has specific example on his campaign against corruption such as the syjuco and pagcor case,” he said.
The President slammed…

Pnoy's 4th State of the Nation Address: SONA or SANA?

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The country will be at a standstill for most of the day as the people wait for the 4th State of the Nation Address (SoNA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III at around 3:30 today.

Pnoy's past SONAs have been well-applauded primarily for his choice of the Filipino language. However, the past SoNAs have been much criticized because he always found a way to blame the past administration for how the government worked.

With Pnoy halfway towards his Presidency, it is time he stands up for all the faults and successes of his administration. No more finger-pointing this time Mr. President!

Malu Barry back in Davao concert scene after 19 years

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Homegrown talent Malu Barry is set to perform at the Nobi Alfresco Bar at Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City tonight, July 20, 2013. This will be the first time in 19 years for Barry. The lounge act "A Song for You" will be directed by Norie Sayo, with special guests "The Don".

Barry became popular in Manila's entertainment world in the early 1990s because of her husky voice which is reminiscent of the world-famous singer Karen Carpenter. She has also appeared in several films including The Untold Story: Bizconde Massacre, Anabelle Huggins Story and Laro sa Baga among others.

Davao to install 130 more CCTV’s worth P100M in time for Kadayawan

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Davao City is set to install additional 130 close circuit television (CCTVs) worth P100 million in its bid to reach its goal of up to 300 CCTVs all over the city in the future.
“The cameras which will be designed by IBM will be installed for protection and traffic management,” Public Safety and Security Command Center Chief, Retired P/Chief Superintendent Francisco Villaroman said during the iSpeak Media Forum held at the Davao City Hall Thursday.
He said there are at present around 130 CCTV cameras all over the city. These and the additional ones will ensure that the urban centers and the main intersections are properly covered, he said.
“We really need the CCTVs to be up especially in time for the Kadayawan,” he said. The Kadayawan Festival will kick off on August 9 and will culminate on August 17 and 18.
However, he said, the new cameras will be installed on installment basis. The executives from IBM Manila were in the city Wednesday and met with the Abratique Group to coordinate the …

Davao CCTVs fail to monitor fleeing kidnap gang due to wrong info

The remaining 10 members of the “Bye-Bye” kidnap-for-ransom-gang which evaded the authorities after a shoot-out in C.M. Rector Avenue Thursday may have already left the city, although no one knows for sure.
Two of the gang members were kicked on the spot outside Allied Bank while another one died on the way to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. The fourth member is now in the custody of the authorities but ten more are on the run and the authorities have no idea where they were headed after the shootout.
“Unfortunately the witness gave the people on the ground wrong information as to the description of the vehicles so our cameras were not able to monitor them,” Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Chief, Retired P/Chief Superintendent Francisco Villaroman said during a press conference Thursday.
Villaroman said a CCTV was installed right in front of the area where the shootout happened. However, he said, “hindi pa nakakabit ang monitor when the incident happened so we…

Airlines not feeling the pinch of foreign travel advisories

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Most of the airlines flying to and from Davao City are not affected by the different foreign travel advisories issued by their governments against the cities of Davao, Zamboanga and Cotabato.
Among the countries that have issued the travel advisory separately are big tourism markets including Australia, Canada and the United States of America.
“We had informal discussions with the airlines but we are still gathering data for possible cancellations as a result of the travel advisories,” City Tourism Officer Lisette Marques said during Thursday’s iSpeak Forum at the Davao City Hall.
Marques said Silkair is a regional airline and these countries are their market so it is of course affected by the travel advisory. However, she said, most of the airlines in the city are focused on the domestic market so they are in no way affected by the advisories.
She said they have not also seen cancellations in relation to the Kadayawan as a result of the advisories. “The Ad Congress cancellation is anothe…

P2.5M Padre Pio Chapel to rise in Davao del Sur

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Devotees of the miraculous Padre Pio are set to build a P2.5 million green chapel in barangay Lago in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur to serve as a source of enlightenment for everyone and not just for Catholics.
Padre Pio, who has become popular worldwide for his many miracles, got the gift of stigmata while kneeling in front of as crucifix in 1918.
“This is not only a chapel but is set to become a religious landmark in Davao del Sur,” devotee and Padre Pio Movement in Davao member Edgar Canda said during ISpeak last Thursday at City Hall.
Canda’s family, who hails from Davao del Sur, has donated 2,000 square meters of land where the chapel will be built. An elevated portion of the land will be allocated for the Padre Pio Chapel while the lower level will be for the Bagobo Museum, he said.
“By building the Padre Pio Chapel here we want to promote culture and faith as one,” Canda said. But what sets the Chapel apart, he added, is that it will be based on green architecture as designed by Archite…

Philexport to look into closure of Iran banana market due to shipment problems

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The Philippine Exporters Confederation is set to form a group that will look into the possible closure of the Iran banana market to Davao banana exporters due to the United States economic embargo on Iran.
“We are not aware that our banana exports are no longer being sent to Iran but we will surely look into this especially with the Mindanao Exporters Congress,” Philexport XI Chairperson Domingo Ang said during Club 888’s media forum held at the Marco Polo Davao Wednesday.
The Mindanao Development Authority reported that banana is the number two dollar earner of Mindanao next only to coconut, with a 14.94 percent share in the total Mindanao export. Mindanao’s banana exports increased by 33.85 percent, from $467.3 million in 2011 to $625.5 million in 2012.
Ang said the problem will definitely be discussed during the Mindanao Exporters Congress slated in the city on August 1 to 3, 2013. The Congress will focus on topics like Improving Exports to Increase Philippine Competitiveness as well…

Coconut still top priority over palm

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The Mindanao Development Authority reiterated that coconut is still a top priority for the government despite the growing popularity of palm oil.
“The production of palm oil is only being encouraged and promoted in idle lands and in no way should palm compete with the existing coconut plantations,” Mindanao Development Authority’s Romeo Montenegro said at a press conference held at the Marco Polo Hotel.
He said coconut copra and palm kernel remains the top dollar earner of Mindanao with a 21.26 percent share in the total exports of Mindanao as of 2012. However, he said that coconut exports decreased by 19.48 percent, from $1.1055 billion in 2011 to $.89 billion in 2012.
The MINDA report shows that coconut or copra got the largest share of Mindanao’s exports to the United States amounting to $359 million or 43.2 percent of the total exports to the US. Coconut copra was also Mindanao largest export to the Netherlands amounting to $303.68 or a share of 61 percent of the total exports to the…

Daniel Padilla concert aims to raise P1M for seminary repairs, scholarship

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The Association of Former Seminarians of the St. Francis Xavier College Seminary in Davao City are hoping to raise P1 million through the “Daniel Padilla Live!” Concert slated at the Holy Cross Gym on August 3.
“This is a fundraising concert that aims to raise funds to help rehabilitate the seminary,” former seminarian Dodong Ocon said yesterday. He said there are many dilapidated buildings in the seminary that needs repair and improvement.
Greg Calamba, Association Cluster Head, said they also need funding for the scholarship program of the seminary because there are many seminarians who cannot afford to pay for the studies as well as their bed and board. He said they need roofing for the dormitory and the refectory or dining area.
“There are around 150 seminarians studying at the College now,” he said. Each seminarian needs at least P20,000 for bed and board. While he does not have the exact amount, he said that each seminarian needs more or less P500,000 to complete four years of coll…

58 trafficking cases filed in court yields 6 convictions

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A total of 58 trafficking cases in Region XI have been filed in court since Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking Law was enacted in 2003 and it has yielded only six convictions.
“A total of 13 trafficking cases have been dismissed because the victim has desisted and is no longer interested in pursuing the case,” Assistant Regional Prosecutor Barbara Mae Flores said during yesterday’s Club 888 held at Marco Polo Hotel.
She said trafficking means to exploit, transport, recruit, hire or harbor the victim using threat and force or take advantage of the victim’s vulnerability. The purpose of trafficking is for sexual exploitation, forced labor or sale of human organs, she added.
Said 12 of these cases have been archived which usually happens when the accused has not been arrested, while 26 are still active or pending in court. One suspect was acquitted from the trafficking case, she added, although convicted in a child prostitution case.
Department of Social Welfare and Development Socia…

Business good alternative to employment-Davao Chamber

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The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is encouraging new graduates and job seekers to consider business as a good alternative to employment.
“Many Dabawenyos are not very much aware of the opportunities of small businesses and this is something which they should seriously consider,” DCCCII President Architect Daniel Lim said during the opening of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Week at Abreeza Mall Monday.
The MSME Week will be an ideal venue for small and medium entrepreneurs to showcase their products. More importantly, he said, it will also provide them with additional entrepreneurship knowledge in the areas of Business Management, Franchising and Marketing among others through the series of seminars that will be held in different venues throughout the week.
Lim said being and entrepreneur means being able to have full control of your time and your own future. He said food remains a good prospect for future entrepreneurs as there is always d…

SEATCA cites Davao as model smoke-free city

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The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) gave a plaque of appreciation to Davao City not only for its anti-smoking policy but also for the efficient implementation of such policy during the two-day Regional Workshop on Smoke-Free Laws which opened at the SM Convention Center in Lanang Monday.
SEATCA is an alliance of various sectors coming from ten Asian countries that aims to help the member-countries fast track and establish tobacco control policies.
“We have an eight-country (Asian) delegate to this Workshop hoping to learn from Davao City’s successful implementation of its smoke-free city campaign for many years,” SEATCA director Bungon Ritthiphakdee said in an interview. Other cities have good laws and policies on smoking control but the problem is the implementation, she added.
She said the different countries have different regulations when it comes to controlling smoking. Others follow the national law which they implement in the local or city level, she said, and thi…

Davao City to complete installation of 8 water monitoring equipment this July

Davao City is set to complete by this month the installation of eight water measurement equipment which was provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as part of Project Noah.
Through Project Noah, DOST aims to make use of technology to improve the country’s disaster risk reduction activities and responses.
“We have received the warning devices last May but we are still waiting for financing for the construction of fences for the equipment,” Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office Chief Pepito Capili said during yesterday’s Kapihan held at Abreeza Mall.
Capili said DOST wants to ensure the safety of the equipment considering that monitoring equipment installed in Barangay Suawan last 2010 was stolen two months after its installation. Part of the agreement was for the local government to pay for the fencing.
Among the equipment awaiting installation are six water level monitoring equipment to be installed along the Suawan River, Tamugan, Davao River, Pangi Bri…

Top 10 Dabawenyo bowlers get chance to join SM Bowling Cup

Up to 10 top bowlers from Davao City will be given a chance to fly to Manila sometime this year for the SM Bowling Cup Finals.
“Players with minimum scores of 190 up will be considered as qualifiers for the SM Bowling Cup,” SM Lanang Premier marketing officer Jose Marlou Young said.
He said the SM Bowling Cup is a yearly bowling tournament that gives away brand new cars and cash prizes to the winners.
Young said three Chevrolet cars are up for grabs during the SM Bowling Cup Finals. Those who qualify in the Davao leg, he added, will have to travel to Manila for the finals.
The SM Bowling Center in Lanang, which opened last May, is the first in Mindanao. Young said the bowling center is the sixth of seven branches all over the Philippines. The latest branch is in SM Southmall.
“We are promoting the SM Bowling Center as a hub that is perfect for families and friends,” he said. The Davao branch has 16 bowling lanes, four billiard tables, four KTV rooms and PS3 for gamers.

PNP Davao fired up by Mayor’s speech but needs more equipment to bolster Davao PNP’s efficiency

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The Philippine National Police in Davao City got fired up with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that he will intensify the campaign against drug pushers and perpetrators of heinous crimes in the city but the police force can improve its efficiency with additional firearms and equipment.
“The Mayor’s statement during his oath taking has given lots of encouragement to the police to perform our jobs well considering that the chief executive is very supportive,” Davao PNP Director PS Supt. Ronald dela Rosa said during Monday’s Kapihan held at SM Annex.
However, he said, PNP Davao’s operations would be more efficient and effective given more resources for moving, shooting and communication. The PNP’s movement would be enhanced if we have more patrol cars, he said.
Dela Rosa said that at present, each PNP station has one to three units. However, the urban stations including Stations 1,2,3,4, and 5 would be more effective with up to six patrol cars. The outlying stations can make…

DTI to conduct roving academy for SMEs

Aspiring Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Davao Region can increase the chances of setting up their own businesses through the SME Roving Academy.
“The SME Roving Academy is a machinery for information, communication and knowledge creation of Philippine SMES which aims to guide existing or aspiring entrepreneurs establish their own business or sustain existing ones,” Romeo Castañaga of the Department of Trade and Industry said during Monday’s Kapihan held at SM City Annex.
Castañaga said that with the launching of the SME Roving Academy during the 1st Philippine Investment Conference (I-Con) in Davao City last June, entrepreneurs can expect a package of interventions to help them start or sustain their businesses.
While the Conference aimed to showcase the investment opportunities in the country, it also aimed to steer interest towards the cluster based industrial development strategy to fasttrack countryside growth and development. He said they targeted 600 participants to the…