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Green design is cheaper
Read 791 times | Posted on July 26, 2013 @ 5 years ago

DAVAO City––Although the green designs for buildings in the Philippines has just started, it is becoming a trend and a good opportunity for Mindanao to go for it.

This was said by Architect Romolo Valentino Nati, chairman, ITALPINAS European Design & Eco-Development Corporation in a press conference held during the conduct of Mindanao Energy Efficiency Forum on Tuesday at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

Nati said there is a need to correct the impression that green design is costly saying “we should help correct this kind of stereotyping.”

The design of the building helps ensure natural ventilation as Nati said we need to control the temperature inside the building.

He said the use of aircondition units is 60 percent of the total power consumption and with green designs the consumption of energy can be reduced.

Nati’s corporation has built an eco-friendly mix use building in Cagayan de Oro City where funding was accessed through the Renewal Energy facility of the Bank of the Philippine Islands.

He said the mix use building offers the same price range with the other buildings in the market.

Meanwhile, Noel Verdote, operations officer, Sustainable Energy Finance, International Finance Corporation said only few projects fall under renewable energy and investment size is large.

He said there is a huge opportunity for investment on energy efficiency of about 97 billion dollars for 97,000 investment decisions.

But he said despite the huge opportunity, it is not perceived as a core business because more is focused on top line growth and competing internal interests.

He also said that the potential is underestimated because decision makers underestimate energy losses by half and technical personnel focus on reliability and not on efficiency.

He also said there is also the lack of turnkey package as solutions seem fragmented and ambiguous while the value of savings uncertain and the need for external financing.

Verdote said several banks and other financial institutions have facilities to fund projects on renewable energy even as he said that the need to innovate must continue.

And this can be done through microfinance, the ESCO financing and Green buildings for commercial retrofits, construction of green buildings and green mortgages.

He also said that banks like the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) provide funding for energy efficiency projects for SMEs and the savings they generate from energy consumption is used to pay for the loan. –Digna D. Banzon of PNA



Davao folks see no change as Aquino gives 4th SONA
Read 403 times | Posted on July 23, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By Earl O. Condeza,
Cheryll D. Fiel,
John Rizle Saligumba,
Ace R. Morandante,
and Tyrone A. Velez
all of DavaoToday.com

DAVAO City––As President Benigno Aquino III presents his State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, Davao residents found little changes in their lives in the past year.

Folks such as Eddie Lopez, a garbage collector whose wrinkled face, thin frame and white hair makes him look older than his age of 47, said nothing has changed for his lot.

“Murag walay paman koy nakita nga milambo. Parehas namo, wala man. parehas lang man gihapon. Daghan pa gani ang mga naglisod pa karon. (For us, I don’t see any improvement. There are so many people living in hard times now.)”

As a collector he saw more poor people lying despondent in the city’s streets, including elderly and children. “Naa diha sa may Osmena park o, pirting daghan pod pod diha nagpait. Look at Osmeña Park now, there’s so many people sleeping there).”

The poverty situation betrayed Aquino’s boast of the country’s 7.8% growth rate the past year.

Gabriela Women Partylist Representative Luzviminda Ilagan said poverty has increased in the country, citing statistics that the number of families who consider themselves poor have consistently increased from 8.9 million at the start of Aquino’s term in 2010 to 10.5 million in 2012.

Even Davao’s business community remained skeptical of the country’s economic growth.

“The present improvement in the economy is not the work of (Aquino’s) administration but the results of previous efforts. Fundamentals do not happen overnight,” said Stephen Antig, executive director Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association.

Amado So of the Davao Chinatown Development Foundation was more blunt, saying “(T)he growth only favors his allies and contributors from the business sector. I think only the business process outsourcing (BPO) have grown and this only benefits the youth.”

So said the business community wants the President to address more important industries such as manufacturing which would generate more jobs and income.

For Dodong Basilio, head of Kilusang Mayo Uno Davao Region, Aquino has not done anything to alleviate workers’ woes, “(W)ala naaprubahan ang 125 accross the board wage increase, nagpadayon ang contractualization, ang presyo sa mga palaliton misaka samtang nalansang ang suholan (The bill asking for 125 pesos wage increase was rejected. Contracutalization continues while prices are inflationary.)”

Domingo Ang, chairman Philippine Export 11 said the economic growth should address the country’s problem of poverty. “At the end of the day the benefit should be to the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) and to masses to ironically alleviate poverty in this country of plenty.”

Ilagan said inflation has made life difficult for the poor. “The price of rice has gone up by 2 pesos per kilo. The prices of diesel and gasoline have gone up by at least 8 pesos since Aquino held office in 2010.”

A jeepney driver, Roselle Fernandez, complained that frequent oil price hikes affect his earnings. “Pagreduce gamay anang gasolina nga 50 centimos, pagkahuman saka napod dayo’g paspas. Unsaon nalang man ni? (They rolled back gasoline for 50 cents, but they will double it next time around. What’s going on?)” he lamented.

Rep. Ilagan noted that “Researches indicate a 4.3% inflation rate in the cost of public utilities while a 2.6% inflation rate was posted for the cost of food and basic commodities in the past three years of the Aquino administration. This has made it extremely difficult for poor Filipino families to cope. Sa sobrang taas ng presyo ng bilihin, mas marami ang gutom, mas marami ang naghihirap! (with high prices of goods, more people are hungry, more people are suffering!”

Aquino’s Conditional Cash Transfer program that was supposed to reduce poverty incidence, also got the flak.

“Pagkaon unta ang unahon pero ang CCT giduso ang pagpa-eskwela. Apan tungod sa walay kwarta ang tawo ipalit na lang nila ni og bugas ug pamasahe sa mga bata (Instead of prioritizing food, CCT is intended for education. But since families have no they will spend it to buy rice and for transport fare for the children),” said women urban poor leader Corazon Espinoza from Samakana.

Aquino raised the CCT budget from P19 billion in 2010 to P39 billion in 2011 and again to P45 billion this year; but people criticized this for not addressing basic problems.

Davao’s youth such as Baian Lindo-Valdez, a graduate of Masters in Applied Social Research, found the CCT a “band-aid solution which does not alleviate poverty.”

Kit Frias, editor in chief of the University of the Philippines Mindanao publication Himati, told Aquino to “teach them to fish, not to take dole outs. Do not underestimate your people.”

Farmer leader Malen Uyanguren complains that CCT is being used to discourage people from criticizing the administration.

“Gigamit ang CCT aron bungkagon ang mga organisasyon sa mga kabukiran kay kung ikaw mamiyembro tanggalon ka kung moapil og rally, o kung dili katambong sa meeting. (They are using CCT to dismantle our organizations in the farms, because they will remove our members if they join rallies or if they fail to attend meetings. There are so many requirements),” said Uyanguren.

Davao folks are also wary of Aquino’s private-public partnership as it is threatening to privatize social services. Consumers and members of Daneco have formed a Save Daneco Movement (SADAMO) to protest Aquino’s law that wrests their hold of the cooperative and allows the entry of the private power firm Aboitiz Company to take over.

Likewise consumers and workers of the Davao City Water District are opposing moves by Aboitiz to take over the water utility company.

Malen Uyanguren is worried of moves to privatize Davao’s public hospital Southern Philippine Medical Center. “Ang SPMC danggapanan unta sa mga mag-uuma; asa nalang man moadto ang mag-uuma nga dili na makakaya sa gastos sa hospital? (We farmers will go to SPMC for treatment. Now where will we go if we can’t afford the cost of hospitalization?)

Lindo-Valdez said this is forcing the issue of “”Quality’ of needs at the cost of the access and the right of such need. The government becomes inutile and lackey-yes-men-salesmen for the private sector instead of serving its people.”

Overall, Davao folks said Aquino lacked a clear plan to address the country’s woes.

“There’s a fine line between growth and development, and what we need is the latter. Although such development does not happen over time, there should have been at least a few changes for the good. Pero wala eh. (But there’s none),” said Lindo-Valdez.

“He needs to give clear cut plans and not motherhood statements,” said Antig.

Security guard Nelson Bintia wanted the President to address human rights, saying even in the justice system the poor remain marginalized.

“Daghan ang mga kasong wala nasolve., labi na katong mga ultimo lang gyud nga mga tao.Labi na tong nahitabo sa Maguindanao massacre, hangtod karon wala lang gihapon wala gihapoy hustisya nga nakab-ot. klarong ebidensiya pero wala gihapoy desisyon nahitabo. Dapat ato, pangitaan tog pamaagi ssa atong pangulo nga siya may first concern (Many cases remain unsolved, especially those affecting the poor like the Maguindanao Massacre, because the culprits are rich. There’s still no justice even when the evidence is glaring. He’s the president; he should do something about it),” Bintia said.

For Daisy Jane Banugan, a former reporter and now councilor in Caraga, Davao Oriental, she wanted the president to act “on corruption especially in LGUs since there are still corruption cases in the ombudsman that are not yet resolved.”

She also wanted to know the president’s agenda on the indigenous peoples or Mindanao Lumads whose ancestral land have been threatened by large-scale mining, logging and militarization, which is an issue in her community.

“Lami man gud buhian ang storya nga nindot kaayong paminawon. Mas maayo pod nga dunay buhat. Useless man gud ang storya kung walay buhat. (It’s nice to hear sweet words, but we would like to see actions. Words are useless without action),” says Bintia.

Perper Cagula of Kabataan Partylist said “In three years, there is enough to know what Aquino’s speech would be about. Aquino has done nothing, he has deprived us of our right to education. Thus, in this SONA, the youth have no illusions of change.”

“Ang grado nako kang Noynoy, sama sa buslot nga kaldero: zero ug walay pulos (I grade Noynoy as a broken cooking pot: Zero. He’s useless),” says Espinoza.

(Earl O. Condeza, Cheryll D. Fiel, John Rizle L. Saligumba, Ace R. Morandante, Tyrone A. Velez/davaotoday.com)



Head of San Pedro police station fired
Read 437 times | Posted on July 21, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By MARLON GAYOG of Mindanao Daily-Davao

DAVAO City police director Sr. Supt. Ronald dela Rosa has relieved the head of the San Pedro police station last Thursday for slight negligence of duty.

Supt. Eliseo Malana was fired as head of the San Pedro police station over his failure to act on the complaint of a taxi driver against a certain police officer 3 Galvan, said dela Rosa when interviewed by the Mindanao Daily-Davao.

He said Galvan has been accused of physical injury.

As this developed, dela Rosa has named Supt. Joel Consulta as new head of San Pedro police station while Malana has been given a “floating status.”

Dela Rosa revealed the information after the Mindanao Daily-Davao tried to get his side over the reported plan to replace him as head of the elite police force of Davao City.

The Mindanao Daily-Davao learned from dela Rosa that no order or directive coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Manila in regard to his replacement.

Fresh from his appointment as new head of the San Pedro police station, Consulta has detained and subsequently sued the manager of Dream21, a beerhouse operating on Gahol Street in Barangay Bajada.

In a sketchy report, the still unnamed beerhouse manager and dozens of customers were brought to the San Pedro police station after policemen raided the Dream21 for violating liquor ban and curfew.



Duterte: police ops ‘legal, proper, moral’
Read 365 times | Posted on July 16, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By JOHN RIZLE SALIGUMBA of DavaoToday.com

DAVAO City––Mayor Rodrigo Durtete argued that the Davao City Police rescue operation last week that killed three suspected kidnappers was “legal, proper and most certainly moral.”

Speaking to reporters at Grand Men Seng Hotel Monday, the mayor defended the police action amidst criticisms from the Commission on Human Rights and Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte.

CHR chair Etta Rosales called the police shooting “murder” after seeing a video taken from an amateur phone on the scene, while Valte described Duterte’s “shoot-to-kill” order as illegal.

“Shoot to kill does not translate into murder,” explains Duterte. “(A) shoot to kill order and giving of reward are legitimate tools of the government.”

He said he gave the order because he wanted police operations to be “precise” in neutralizing suspected criminals.

He also said that the order was to prevent “criminals from retaliating” which may result to collateral damage.

Duterte added that in last week’s operations where the police engaged with armed suspects, he preferred a “dead criminal” instead of a wounded policeman.

“If they will be shot because they did not shoot a criminal, I will kick them,” Duterte said while complaining of high costs for hospitalization for injured police officers.

Reacting to news that the CHR will conduct an investigation on the matter, Duterte said he is backing up the police even if it means they will “go to jail altogether.”

The mayor advised Rosales and Valte to check “their facts first.”

After watching the video footage of last week’s operation, city police’s counsel Salvador Panelo said there was “nothing there that (was) criminal.”

“The law allows counter-assault,” the lawyer added.

Panelo said the reaction of Rosales was a “cinematic reaction” given that “she was not a lawyer.”

Duterte said if the footage is taken to court, he would ask “Saan galing yung putok? (Where did the shot came from?)”

The mayor then dismissed the video as “good for entertainment”, “hogwash” and “garbage.” At the same time, the mayor challenged interested parties to build up evidence if there was excessive force in last week’s police operation. (John Rizle Saligumba/davaotoday.com)



Govt, MILF agree on wealth sharing
Read 356 times | Posted on July 15, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By Carolyn O. Arguillas of MindaNews

DAVAO City––Finally. The Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally reached an agreement on the Annex on Wealth-Sharing at around 10:40 p.m. Saturday in Kuala Lumpur and signed the document at midnight.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles told MindaNews at 11:03 p.m. that the panels were just “cleaning up text of the annex for signing.”

“It was signed at midnight,” MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal told MindaNews in a text message.

The Annex was signed at 12:07 a.m. Sunday, July 14.

Deles said “perseverance” led to the breakthrough.

The final nod was reached after six days of negotiations, including a two-day extension. But it actually capped an 11-month negotiation on wealth-sharing that started in August with the technical working groups of both parties.

As of 8:30 p.m., Iqbal had told MindaNews that there were still “four to five major issues” that had to be resolved and that the government peace panel was awaiting the response of President Aquino.

The Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities was signed in January, leaving only two more annexes for completion: the Annexes on Power-Sharing and Normalization.

The four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) will complete the comprehensive peace agreement.



Bat poaching
Read 463 times | Posted on July 11, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By MART D. SAMBALUD of DavaoToday.com

KAPALONG, Davao del Norte––The local government of Kapalong has taken measures to put a stop on alleged bat poaching and to protect the town’s caves from possible degradation.

“The bat cave conservation management plan will enable us to formulate and implement policies that will protect our bat caves from the abuses of some people who visited the caves for tourism and research purposes,” said Roderick Parcon, coordinator for the town’s Municipal Tourism Office (MTO).

Parco told davaotoday.com they are alarmed over reports that some local residents and even tourists have been poaching bats in various caves at Suaon Natures Park in Sitio Sambayon, Suaon village.

He also cited a 2003 report that bat poaching activities were prevalent in the town with the scale of 80 to 90 percent. Even at birthing time, local residents allegedly poached bats for pulutan (finger food).

The nature park has twelve caves that are home to various fruit and insect bats, according to the Davao Speleological and Conservation Society (DSPECS). Out of the total caves, only 9 have been mapped and assessed as potential for cave tourism and research.

The MTO is now conducting surveillance in some known caves particularly the Kapunit and Otso Caves which were surveyed and classified as cave tourism by the Cave Committee in Region 11.

In a bat rootstrain measurement conducted by DSPECS in 2009, it was found out that Kapunit cave is home to 1.2 million fruit bats (rousettus amplexicaudatus) while the Otso cave was home to insect bats (Rhinolophus sp.).

Parcon said they crafted a comprehensive Bat Cave Management Plan to serve as a baseline to conserve, preserve and protect caves from possible degradation of the natural resources within a cave system.

It is the first in Davao Del Norte province, he said, and once it’s approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, “it will be a pioneering cave management plan in the Philippines.”

The implementation of the plan is said to help the local government, landowners, visitors, tourists and other stakeholders in formulating a commitment to protect the bats and the caves by organizing educational campaigns that will focus on the importance of bats, its significant contribution to the environment, among others.

Parcon said this has been the town’s second time to craft a Cave Conservation Management Plan. The first was for the Otbot and Kalina caves in year 2011 to 2012.

In 2011, the local government issued Municipal Ordinance 744 also known as the “Integrated Tourism-Environmental Education Program,” which mandates its MTO to organize educational forum on the conservation, preservation, protection and appreciation of natural resources that can be found in caves.

The said ordinance, which conforms to Republic Act No. 9072 or the National Caves and Caves Resources Management and Protection Act of 2003, also aimed to promote active participation from different stakeholders from local residents, land owners, village officials and various cave guide associations in formulating and undertaking development projects and programs for ecotourism activities.

“We hope that through our comprehensive plan and by intensified educational campaign it will raise the level of awareness of the people that bats are not intended for food consumption by humans,” Parcon said, adding that “Bats, too, have unique and important role in our environment and in the whole structure of our ecosystem.” (Mart D. Sambalud/davaotoday.com)



‘Sham friendship’
Read 463 times | Posted on July 10, 2013 @ 5 years ago

By ACE R. MORANDANTE of DavaoToday.com

DAVAO City––Their series of protests had one clear message. They only want to protect the Filipinos from the risks of war between foreign countries, a war that is not of our own making.

Thus, any form of “arrangement” that would allow the temporary, worse permanent, basing of foreign troops in the country is a big no-no for leftists led by the umbrella organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).

“The Aquino administration only puts at risk the lives of the people because the US government only wants to position their troops in our country with the objective of waging war against China and North Korea,” said Sheena Duazo, spokesperson for Bayan in Southern Mindanao.

Her statement came at the heels of the government’s proposed “access arrangements,” which seeks to allow foreign troops, from US and Japan in particular, to stay and make use of Philippine facilities for a period of time.

But as to the number of forces and facilities, as well as the length of time — these are all still “undetermined,” Duazo worries.
Earlier, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan said that regardless of its name — be it access arrangement, military exercises or routine port calls — it would only mean the same thing: unlimited foreign military basing in the Philippines.

Suazo, on her part, lamented that the historic ousting of US troops and the abolition of military bases 22 years ago through the widespread people’s protests and Senate vote, would only be put to waste should the G.I Joes’ are welcomed back.

On September 16, 1991, the Philippine Senate voted to reject the proposed Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Security which would have effectively extended the 1946 US-RP Military agreement for another decade. The Senate acted due to the massive protests against the US bases in Subic Bay.

Meanwhile, Ilagan expressed her apprehension that the conduct of joint military exercises between the US and Philippine troops in disputed areas like the Scarborough “will intensify conflict with China and neighboring countries.”

The access arrangements, she pointed out, will not only violate Constitution and our sovereignty, but would only “create a situation of unpeace, unnecessarily inviting conflict and military hostilities.”

The country would become a magnet of aggression, she said, when territorial conflicts with neighboring countries could be resolved through diplomatic and nonmilitary forms.

Sham friendship

Duazo said US government’s long-time plan of making our country the second front in its war of aggression smacks of a “sham friendship.”

She said, there has been no reason, after all, to celebrate “Fil-Am Friendship” considering the many incidents that put our citizens in unfavorable situations versus US troops, recalling for example, the rape against ‘Nicole,’ a woman from Mindanao, by US Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Smith in Subic Bay.

“Those who became victims of rape by US troops, until now, have not achieved justice,” Duazo said.

Women’s group Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (Samakana), an affiliate of Gabriela, also feared the imminent repercussions on women and children should foreign troops stay in the country.

“It will only result to more human rights violations. Expect more rape, harassment and killings of ordinary people when these foreign soldiers stay here,” said Corazon Espinoza, spokesperson for Samakana.

She pointed out that the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement didn’t even help our Filipino soldiers enhance their capacity to fight against possible foreign enemies and that we have been recipients of refurbished war materiel.

“Contrary to their pronouncements, all the war materiel we get from US are not for free. We have been paying for those,” Espinoza said.

Effect in Mindanao

Recalling the presence of US troops in Mindanao, Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, said it only worsened the security condition in the island.

He said the US troops didn’t thwart the notoriety of the Abu Sayyaf Group and only bolstered kidnapping in areas where the joint military exercises or Balikatan were conducted.

“The people’s rights were disregarded, and the VFA was rendered inutile while the Philippine government covered up the reported human rights violations by US troops in Mindanao,” he said, adding that their presence only bolstered the US government’s “economic supremacy in Southeast Asia” after it has secured ownership rights to oil-rich and mineral-rich areas like the Sulu Sea Basin. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)



Security tightened
Read 295 times | Posted on July 09, 2013 @ 5 years ago

DUTERTE: ANY threat to human life is considered alarming.

By JOHN RIZLE SALIGUMBA of DavaoToday.com

DAVAO City––“Ang advisory, dili nato maquestion kay dili na ato (We can’t question it because it didn’t come from us),” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told reporters on Saturday afternoon. He added the usual precaution to take is to “tighten security, (increase) vigilance and to pray.”

Duterte has convened government agencies concerned with the peace and order and security to address the advisory issued by the United States, Canada and Australia, which directed their citizens to avoid travelling to several areas in Mindanao including Davao City.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), in a statement posted in its website, has advised Canadians against all travel to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, which includes Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao; as well as to the Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga del Sur, Sarangani, Lanao del Norte, Davao, North and South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, meanwhile, has cancelled last July 1 all travel by embassy staff to the cities of Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga. Three days after, the United States Embassy in Manila restricted the travel of its personnel to the same cities including the Sulu Archipelago.

The said advisories were made due to the alleged serious threats of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, violent crimes and clashes between armed groups.

“The Embassy wishes to remind all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain an appropriate level of personal security in all circumstances by reviewing your personal safety plans; remaining aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitoring local news sources for updates,” the US Embassy said.

Duterte said he can’t question the integrity or the capability of the Americans, Canadians and Australians to come with this kind of advisory as he noted that any “threat to human life” is considered “alarming.”

Chief Superintendent Jaime Morente, the outgoing Regional Director of the Philippine National Police, said he already ordered the city police director to increase their troops’ visibility.

“Foot patrols (and) the checkpoints are 24/7. One of the stations at any one time should be conducting a checkpoint in the three entries to the city including the fourth from Samal Island,” he said.

He noted that their moves would be “continuous and random” but they would still observe police operational procedures, like police officers wearing their nameplates and officials supervising those with vehicles.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Director Ronaldo dela Rosa said they will intensify “police intelligence” and “target hardening.”

“We are appealing to the public to bear with us as you will experience inconvenience (because of this) as our checkpoints will be here and there to address the possible threat,” he said.

Cancelled
Following the security threats, the city’s planned hosting of the Philippine Ad Congress in October is cancelled.

“I said good riddance and we just have to adjust. It’s a failed ambition to host it here in Davao City because of these developments. We can’t do anything about it,” Duterte said.

The city’s chief executive said he can only hope that “those with bad intentions would not do such (terrorist) acts.”

Reassignment
Morente and dela Rosa, this city’s high-ranking police officers, are set to be reassigned following protocols from the Camp Crame.

Dela Rosa is said to take a new post as a Training Supervisor.

Dela Rosa, however, said he sees three officers qualified to take his post, namely, Regional Criminal Investigation Unit Chief PSSupt. Albe rt Ignatius Ferro, Office of Regional Intelligence Division Chief, PSupt. Michael John Dubria and Office of Regional Logistics and Research Development Division Chief PSSupt. Vicente Danao, Jr. Meanwhile, Morente said he still doesn’t know who’s going to replace him. (John Rizle L. Saligumba/davaotoday.com)



Davao transport leader shot dead
Read 391 times | Posted on July 04, 2013 @ 5 years ago

DAVAO City–A leader of a transport group was killed Tuesday morning while leaving his house in Maharlika, Matina Aplaya.

Antonio “Dodong” Ortega Petalcorin, 56, married and treasurer of the Metro Davao Transport Cooperative was shot several times by an unidentified lone gunman, police authorities said.

Davao City Police Office Chief Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, said the gunman casually left on foot, heading to a waiting motorcycle. The suspects fled towards the Times Beach area.

In the last decade, Petalcorin used to lead transport strikes in Davao City as leader of the militant Transmision-Piston. He fought against the city’s rerouting scheme and the incessant oil price increases. He later left Transmision and formed his own group, the Network of Transportation Organization, composed mainly of drivers of his fleet of jeepneys operating the Matina Aplaya route, as well as other operators. He later joined the National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Union and the Alliance of Progressive Labor. davaotoday.com



DavSur guv sees a drug-free province
Read 297 times | Posted on July 03, 2013 @ 5 years ago

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur — Newly-installed Governor Claude Bautista has vowed to eradicate illegal drugs in the province in three to four months.

The time-frame he gave was shorter than what he had promised during the election period when he said he would stamp out the drug menace within six months.

In a press briefing after his oath-taking Sunday afternoon, Bautista said he has felt that even before election time, intensified anti-illegal drugs operations were conducted by joint forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and there was no let-up.

“We can solve this problem in three to four months time,” he told members of the media from the cities of Davao and Digos.

But he said he would need a provincial director of the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DDSPPO) whom he could work with and would share his vision.

Presently, Sr. Supt Ronaldo Llanera is still sitting as the DDSPPO director and anytime soon he would be reportedly replaced by Sr. Supt. Michael Dubria, the deputy regional director for intelligence at the Police Regional Office 11.

Llanera was never around during the oath-taking ceremony but Dubria attended the activity. (PNA)

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