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Maute’s patriarch withheld ‘vital info’ on Marawi siege

August 30, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- The chief of police in Davao City regrets the death of the patriarch of the Mautes as he could have the vital information on the Marawi siege launched in May. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said it was unfortunate Cayamora Maute, the father of brothers Abdullah and Omar who led the attack on Marawi City in May, died. Tagum said in two days that Cayamora was held in Davao City before his immediate transfer to Manila, he was not cooperative with the police authorities during the investigation. “He was not cooperative. There was no voluntary information,” Tagum said in an interview Monday. But Tagum still believes the Maute patriarch was obviously the main solicitor for support to the ISIS. He said Cayamora even sent his children for foreign training. Cayamora had previous affiliations with Islamic groups. He reportedly led the Maute group during his younger days. It may be recalled that Cayamora together with three family members were arrested by Task Force Davao after they were intercepted at the Sirawan checkpoint in Davao City on June 6. Cayamora was nabbed along with his second wife Kongan Alfonso-Maute, daughter Norjanna Balawag-Maute, son-in-law Bensarali Tingao, and the van driver Aljon Salazar Esmael. During his arrest, Cayamora concealed his identity by sporting a clean cut image (no more beard), and body and face covered with malong, prompting them to hold the family for further verification. When Cayamora was asked to remove the cover of his face, the soldier suspected him to be one of the persons in the gallery of the Maute terrorists. Posters of the Maute terrorists are posted in all checkpoints, police and army vehicles since the declaration of Martial Law. According to reports, Cayamora was rushed to the hospital after complaining of weakness and difficulty in breathing on Sunday dawn. He was reportedly given antibiotics and constantly monitored, he added. Cayamora again complained prompting jail nurse to conduct nebulization and put oxygen support. Cayamora was diagnosed to be suffering from hypertension, diabetes, pneumonia and viral hepatitis when he was committed to the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. PNA

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Duterte assures private investors Of ease of doing business in PH

August 30, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte has assured the private sector the government has taken measures to ensure ease of doing business in the country. “We intend to establish an environment that is more conducive for new investments to prosper and for existing businesses to expand and grow,” the President said in his speech during the unveiling of Azuela Cove in Davao City Friday. Duterte said Azuela Cove is a manifestation of the government and the private sector’s commitment to vigorously pursue economic development in many parts of the country. Azuela Cove is 25-hectare development in Lanang that will become the city’s prime waterside business and residential district. It is the brainchild of Aviana Development Corporation which is a joint venture company of Davao’s Alcantara Group of Companies and Ayala Land, Inc. It will also include the construction of St Luke’s Medical Center, the first locator at Azuela Cove. The site was an old plywood plant and sawmill owned by the Alcantaras. The Alcantara Group of Companies is into a wide range of industries including power generation, agribusiness, forestry, transportation, real estate development, and construction-related industries. Ayala Land Inc. first ventured to Davao City through Abreeza estate. Ayala brought in Abreeza Mall then Seda Hotel with a total investment of P15 billion over the last eight years. Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president and COO of Ayala Corporation, said Ayala would bring in P20 billion investments in Davao and Mindanao by 2026. He said the Ayalas are also committed to help Mindanaoans and the administration’s campaign to rehabilitate and reconstruct Marawi. Duterte commended Aviana Development Corporation, Ayala Land, Inc., and the Alcantara Group of Companies for the initiative. “This joint venture shows what we can achieve when we foster strong ties with our partners in the private sector,” he said. Duterte said Azuela Cove is expected to boost commercial activity in the city as it will bring more jobs for the people of Davao City and neighboring areas. The President is optimistic the construction and operations alone would open more opportunities for Davaoenos with an estimated 6,500 workers to be employed. He said the surrounding areas are also expected to benefit from the increase in land value and the opportunities that will follow. “This property development will further define the city as a thriving hub in Mindanao,” he said. Duterte said Azuela Cove will make the community more sustainable as it will have condominiums, events tent and other amenities. He added he is also happy of the decision of St. Luke’s to establish inside the estate. “This state-of-the-art facility will help us address the medical needs of our people, contributing to the realization of our vision to have a more comprehensive and universal healthcare in the region,” he said. The President stressed the launch of Azuela Cove is made possible due to the boldness and vision of the real estate industry. “This sector has been by our side in spurring growth in other sectors including commerce, employment and housing,” he pointed out. He wished that the collaboration of Alcantara and Ayala would open more opportunities and bring about prosperity and progress in Mindanao for the future generations. PNA

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Davao to host 1st reg’l coaches’ forum

August 29, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- Davao City will host the first Regional State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Coaches’ Forum on September 1 and 2 at the Ritz Hotel @ Garden Oasis in Bo. Obrero. SCUAA has invited Philippine Olympian Association member Akiko Thompson, Ateneo de Davao University Athletic Director Noli Ayo and Davao del Norte Sports Science Officer Kris Mishael Junasa as speakers in the forum. The topics are Coaching Phylosophy and Sports Management. Coaching Phylosphy will tackle on Developing Coaching Objectives, Coaching Style and In Pursuit of Excellence in Sports. Sports Management, on the other hand, will have topics on Sports Related Injuries, Prevention, First-Aid, Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning. Registration fee is P2,400 inclusive of the meals and materials. “This is in preparation also for our incoming Regional SCUAA Games set on October 26-29 in Tagum City,” said PASUC regional sports coordinator Dr. Jose Alther Rivera. The Regional SCUAA Games will be hosted by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) Region XI headed by its chair Dr. Irvin Generalao. “We are inviting the coaches and sports officials from all the different schools, colleges and universities,” said Rivera, also sports director of the University of Southeastern Philippines. Expected to join are from USEP, Davao del Norte State College (DNSC), University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine Aquatic School of Technology (SPABMAST), Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) and Compostela Valley State College (CVSC). (Lito delos Reyes/PNA)

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ASEAN Socio-Cultural pillar symposium held in Davao

August 29, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- In line with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a symposium on Socio-Cultural Community and Nation Building was conducted on Thursday (August 24) at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. Socio-cultural community is one of the pillars of the ASEAN Community, along with economic and political-security communities. The event was initiated by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), ASEAN Society (AS), in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-Philippine Mission to ASEAN. According to their briefer, the symposium brings the analyses and perspective of eminent academics and government officials in the region on building the pillar. Pampanga representative and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave the keynote address during the opening program. The morning session featured panel discussion on Building ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and Nation Building with Civil Service Commission Chairperson Alicia Bala, ASEAN Deputy Secretary General for ASCC, and Senior Adviser on ASEAN, EU Economic and Social Commission for ASIA and the Pacific (ESCAP) Larry Maramis. Four concurrent fora filled the afternoon session. These include ‘What does ASEAN mean to ASEAN people?’; Networking, innovation, education, social protection: Building ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community for the future; Towards a more resilient and sustainable ASEAN; and Strengthening Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and other sub-regionals towards a stronger ASEAN Community. It was attended by representatives from government agencies, private institutions, civil society organizations and the academe. (PIA11, Michael Uy)

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PIDS survey: Filipinos moderately familiar on ASEAN

August 29, 2017

NABUNTURAN, CompostelaA Valley -- Filipinos are moderately familiar with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), survey says. In a survey conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), 50.2 percent of the 289 respondents said that they are moderately familiar with ASEAN, 32.5 percent are very familiar, 13.1 percent are somewhat familiar and 4.2 percent are slightly familiar. Funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), the survey was conducted in 2016 in three major cities in country representing Luzon, Visayas ang Mindanao – Quezon City, Cebu City and Butuan City. Moderate also describes the awareness of Filipinos on their benefits as members of ASEAN with 46.4 percent of respondents; while 30.1 percent said that they are very familiar with the benefits, 17.3 percent are somewhat familiar and 4.2 percent are fairly familiar. Only 2.1 percent or about 6 respondents said that they did not know about the benefits of ASEAN membership. The survey results also showed that the most pressing concerns faced by the Philippines nowadays are internet connection, poverty, corruption, agriculture and food security, and energy provision and prices. To increase more the level of awareness among Filipinos, the respondents recommended to increase media coverage on ASEAN, celebrate ASEAN Day in public schools yearly like that of UN Day, and encourage the singing of the ASEAN Anthem in schools and government offices. Another recommendation points out on the use of textbooks to educate students and educators not just about ASEAN history but also about its programs, integration agenda and impacts on the lives of its peoples. (PIA11, Michael Uy)

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2nd Comval Congress for lady legislators held

August 28, 2017

Compostela Valley -- The Lady Local Legislators’ League of the Philippines (4L Phils.), Compostela Valley Chapter held its 2nd Provincial Congress on August 16-18, 2017 at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City. The 4L is an all-women organization composed of Lady members of the different Sanggunians of ComVal Province from the provincial, municipal and barangay. It is headed by Hon. Vivencia L. Secuya, Provincial Board Member of the said province. With the theme, “The Leader In Me: Empowering Women through Service and Advocacy,” it aims to give equal opportunity for women to promote and legislate measures for the rights and welfare of women, children and their family. As leaders of their respective communities, the activities would enable them to assist and be more effective in formulating ideas to strengthen government policies in the future. It also aims to develop their leadership skills and further enhance the role of women in the society. The highlights of the event include the Search for Mutya ng 4L 2017 won by Ms. Michelle Lim of Maco. On the other hand, the representative from Pantukan bagged the 1st place in Dance Competition; and Annie Grace Arnaez won the “Tawag ng Tanghalan 4L.” (Sheldane Mahinay // IDS ComVal)

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