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Water district building toilets along Dvo River

September 18, 2017

DAVAO CITY - The Davao City Water District (DCWD) is building a dozen new technology toilet cubicles in barangays along the banks of the Davao River. “Under our Corporate Social Responsibility we identified areas in need of toilets where we can address their sanitary problems.” Atty. Bernard Delima, spokesperson of the DCWD said. Barangay 76-A and Barangay 40-D (Bucana) will have six toilets each constructed in identified lots donated by the respective barangay . The location is located along Davao River’s estuary. Delima said the toilets will be using Norwegian technology provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). “DOST will be providing the technical expertise while we provide the financing.” Delima said. A six cubicle toilet costs around P120,000, which is cheaper as compared to a regular toilet, where a two-door cubicle will cost around P100,000. The DCWD is planning to identify three to five more riverside barangays for the toilet project. The technology provides a water treatment facility which reuses wastewater, thus saving as much as 50% of water as compared to a regular toilet. pia

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Pres Duterte to allow peaceful demonstrations

September 18, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave his word that he will allow the Reds and other organizations to hold peaceful demonstrations in public areas. During his interview with Erwin Tulfo’s “Sa Totoo Lang” aired via PTV 4 on Friday, September 15, the President relayed his thoughts on the day of the protest. “You promised to bring all the Lumads from the mountains na sympathetic sa inyo. I would urge it, that you do it para makita talaga natin ang mga naghihinakit rin sa gobyerno,” the President said, referring to the statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to bring Lumads to their demonstration. “So if it’s a massive demonstration, at this early, I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday para walang masaktan, walang ano kung may demonstration diyan, magkagulo. Walang trabaho ang gobyerno ‘yang araw na ‘yan at ang klase suspended. At lahat ng public places dito na gusto ninyong i-occupy, kunin ninyo,” he added. President Duterte assured that he would assign a lean number of policemen who will only be assigned to maintain traffic. “As a matter of fact, I’m giving you all the space, all the streets. Wala nang permit-permit. Sige, bahala kayo,” he said, noting that the right for redress of grievance, the right to free expression, and the right to free speech are guaranteed under the Constitution. The Chief Executive, however, appealed to the protesters to remain peaceful and not to break the law. “Ito lang ang hinihingi ko sa iyo: Huwag ninyong gawain na magsira kayo, you vandalize, magsunog kayo ng mga ganun-ganun,” he said. “If you remain peaceful, I can assure you, no military or policeman other than the traffic cops will show their face there to threaten you,” the President said. During the same interview, President Duterte said bank accounts of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV abroad are maintained at a certain range “to avoid detection in terms of large amounts of money.” According to the President, the lawmaker has several currency accounts in Shanghai, Zurich, Geneva, and Singapore. In addition, he said Trillanes has online savings account in ANZ and ABN AMRO in Shanghai. The President said all foreign accounts of the senator are flagged as having international transactions. He said Trillanes has four savings accounts in Cayman Islands, which were opened online, and four accounts in British Virgin Islands. “Balances of these accounts are below 700, whereby most of the accounts are within the USD 100,000 – 300,000 range to avoid detection in terms of large amounts of money,” he said. “Our providers suggested that before closing his Zurich bank account and Singapore bank account --- since all of these accounts are single accounts without co-depositor --- additionally the information that we provided has existing slips as evidence of these two accounts and were acknowledged to be in existence,” the President said. According to Duterte, the U.S. bank account in Zurich has a balance of $75,000 and the DBS account in Singapore has a balance of 193,000. pnd

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Resetting of bgy, SK polls, May 2018 gets nod, 213-10

September 12, 2017

Voting 213-10, the House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading House Bill 6308 which seeks to postpone the October 23, 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to the second Monday of May 2018. To reset the synchronized barangay and SK polls, the bill seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9164, as amended by RA No. 9340, RA No. 10656 and RA No. 10923. The bill provides that all incumbent barangay and SK officials shall continue to hold office until the next elections is held. Section 3 of the bill titled Hold Over provides that “Until their successors shall have been duly elected and qualified, all incumbent barangay officials shall remain in office, until sooner removed or suspended for cause.” Section 1 of RA No. 9164, as amended by RA Nos. 9340, 10656, and 10923, has been further amended to read as follows: “Section 1. Date of Election. – There shall be synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections, which shall be held on July 15, 2002. Subsequent synchronized barangay and SK elections shall be held on the last Monday of October 2007 and every three years thereafter: Provided, That the barangay and SK elections on October 23, 2017 shall be postponed to the second Monday of May 2018. Subsequent synchronized barangay and SK elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every three years thereafter.” The measure further provides the following: “Section 4. Assumption of Office. – The term of office of the barangay and SK officials elected under this Act shall commence at noon of June 30 next following their election: Provided, however, That the term of office of the barangay and sangguniang kabataan officials elected in the May 2010 elections and subsequently thereafter, shall commence at noon of June 30 next following their election.” Furthermore, the bill states: “Section 4. Use of Appropriations. – The following appropriations for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) shall be considered as continuing appropriations and shall be used exclusively for the conduct of the barangay and SK elections: (a) the available balance of P901,150,000 appropriated for the SK elections and P155,167,000 appropriated for the SK registration under Republic Act No. 10651, otherwise known as “The FY 2015 General Appropriations Act”; and (b) the available balance of P5,914,992,000 for the SK and barangay elections and P422,734,000 appropriated for the SK and barangay registration under Republic Act No. 10717, otherwise known as “The FY 2016 General Appropriations Act.” Rep. Robert Ace Barbers (2nd District, Surigao del Norte), a principal author of the bill, said it is paramount to postpone the barangay and SK elections this year in support of President Duterte’s call to reset the polls because he does not want those financed by drug lords to win. Moreover, the President said that if the barangay polls will proceed, the winners might be financed by drug money, said Barbers. “In support of the President’s call to eliminate drugs and corruption among our barangay leaders, the immediate approval of the measure is highly recommended,” said Barbers, chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs. ARB

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Jaywalkers in Davao to get stiffer penalty

September 12, 2017

DAVAO CITY – Jaywalkers in Davao City will face stiffer sanctions if caught by traffic enforcers. Those caught jaywalking will be given a City Traffic Citation Ticket (CTCT), requiring them to pay a fine of P100 or undergo a 4-hour compulsory service. Previously, jaywalkers were mandated to undergo a seminar. Aside from jaywalking, the CTCT also includes several traffic offenses such as illegal parking and obstruction of traffic. There are also fines for other offenses such as reckless and dangerous driving, P1,500; not wearing of seatbelts, P300; speed limit violation, P500; no safety helmets, P500; no registration, P500; modification of mufflers on motorcycle, P500; no driver’s license, P500; excess passenger, P500; illegal parking, P500; failure to switch headlights, P1,000; obstruction, P500; truck ban violation, P1,000; disregarding traffic signs, P500; no PUV driver’s ID, P1,000; loading and unloading of passengers in undesignated areas, P1,000 and driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, P5,000. The Land Transportation Office will not renew the offender’s driver’s license if the citation ticket is not yet paid. Jaywalkers may have the option to render community service as supervised by the City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) if they cannot pay the P100 fine. These community services may include cleaning the city’s parks or preparing meals in the city’s six residential facilities. PIA

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Dutete awards ‘heroic’ soldiers

September 11, 2017

DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte handed out several awards to distinguished military and civilian personnel of the Eastern Mindanao Command during its 11th anniversary rites held at Camp Panacan in Davao City. The Commander-In-Chief who was Eastmincom’s guest-of-honor handed out Gold Cross Medals to 1 st Lt . Robert Wanawan Jr., 2 nd Lieutenant Dennis Cortejo, PFC Alex Gocela, SSgt, Dexter Baldisaca and Cpl Renato Antecristo. 1 st Lt . Wanawan of the 28 th Infantry Battalion was cited for gallantry in action during an encounter with a group of New People’s Army guerrillas in Lupon, Davao Oriental which resulted in one NPA killed and the recovery of guns and improvised explosive devcies (IEDs). 2 nd Lt . Dennis Cortejo and Pfc Alex Gocela of the 39 th Infantry Battalion were cited for their heroism during an encounter with the NPAs in Kiblawan Davao del Sur which resulted in the death of two guerrillas and the recovery of firearms. SSgt. Baldisaca and Corporal Antecristo of the 25th infantry battalion were recognized for their gallantry in action during a clash with NPAs in Laak, Compostela Valley province which resulted in the deaths of eight guerrillas and the recovery of several firearms, IEDs and paraphernalia. Silver Cross Medals were given by the President to Lt. Co. Arlino Sendaydiego of the 4 th Military Intelligence Battalion for the implementation of Martial Law-Special Action Group (ML-SAG) & Case Operation Plan “HAPSAY” which netted several loose firearms. Also given silver cross were SSgt Arleen Mordeno for her achievements as Indigenous People Desk Non-Commissioned Officer of the 4 th Civil Military Operations Battalion during the peaceful negotiation and other acts as project personnel which resulted to the peaceful surrender of an NPA guerrilla together with two M16 rifles, carbine rifle along seven Milisyang Bayan. A Silver Cross Medal was also given to Col. Adonis Bajao of Joint Task Force General Santos for the successful operation, which netted in Abdulazis Manganbit Tungan alyas Ramram Tungan of Al Khilafa Philippines (AKP), a Maute-linked group. Another recipient of the Silver Cross was the former Task Force Davao chief Col. Erwin Bernard Neri for the capture of Cayamora Maute. Best Enlisted Personnel was SSg Rey D Tamiok gaining the highest score among the five recommendees with a total accumulated points of 94.22% rated by the Awards and Decorations Board. Best Civilian Enlisted award went to Ms. Charmaine Calungsod as she gained the highest score with a total accumulated points of 90.26% rated by the awards and decorations board. PIA

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IP leaders acquire basic computer literacy training

September 11, 2017

TAGUM CITY – To boost the efficiency in inter-agency communications by our local IP community, Tagum City’s tribal leaders are now equipped with basic skills and literacy in using the computer and its certain applications. In partnership with the City Government of Tagum, the University of Mindanao Tagum College offered a free training on Basic Computer Literacy for Tribal Leaders. The training featured a series of seminar workshops that taught the participants on how to use the computer and some of its essential applications for business communication such as MS Word and PowerPoint. This activity fell under the banner project of the UMTC Department of Engineering Education Community Extension Service, coordinating with the City Tribal and Muslim Affairs Office and City Literacy Coordinating Council. Complete with high-quality facilities and PC units, the UMTC Computer Laboratory served as a conducive venue for the workshop, maximizing the effectiveness of learning how to deal with basic computer applications through interactive hands-on training. The first set of workshop scheduled last September 2, 2017, was well-attended by a number of tribal leaders composed of 22 Brgy. Tribal Chieftains, 3 Brgy. IPMRs, 4 Federated Presidents (Youth, Women, Elder, Bagani), and 22 Brgy. Tribal Secretaries). The training on Basic Computer Literacy for Tribal Leaders is scheduled every Saturday afternoon and runs until October 14, 2017. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum

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