ENVIRONMENTALISTS participating in the revisions of Davao City's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (Clup) welcomed the City Council's decision to protect Shrine Hills from further urbanization by designating it as a protected zone.
Idis policy advocacy specialist Chinkie Pelino lauded the move as a "strong exercise of political will" as the City Council in a special session last Thursday moved to declare Shrine Hills as an Urban Ecological Enhancement Sub-zone.
THE business sector expects Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to continue the things that his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, has started.
In an interview after the State of the City Address (Soca) of Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday, Eriberto Barriga, executive vice president of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-Davao, said there is a lot to expect from the father, who is the incoming mayor of the city.
MAYOR Sara "Inday" Duterte-Carpio cited her accomplishments during the State of the City Address (Soca) which she delivered before the regular session of the City Council Tuesday afternoon.
Duterte-Carpio, however, admitted that several projects which she intended to establish were not implemented like the tenement housing, waste-to-energy, and the mass transit plan.
DAVAO City's top two officials -- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte -- avoided each other during the lady local chief executive's State of the City Address (Soca) at the City Council session hall Tuesday afternoon.
Duterte-Carpio and the vice mayor, her father, didn't greet each other or shake each other's hands before and after the former delivered her Soca.
THE Davao City Council, under its proposed zoning ordinance, may revoke the special use permit already issued to memorial parks that are to be built in identified Water Resource Zone in the city.
But the revocation will only happen after memorial parks concerned will undergo requirements of "due process" and if the City Council receives a written complaint from a community against a proposed memorial park.
STUDENTS of Josefa Llanes Escoda Elementary School in Gem Village, Ma-a are already used to suspension of classes whenever heavy rain is experienced in their community. The reason: their parents know that their school will be flooded.
In an interview on Thursday, students Stephen Apelledo, 11, and Roy Cañete, 11, said they would have wanted to attend classes, but that’s not possible after Wednesday heavy rains that flooded several areas in the city forcing more than 300 families to pack up and leave their homes.
THE poor people are hit hardest when flooding occurs in Davao City, a leader of an environmental group said.
Pointing out the assessment of International Institute for Environment and Development, Juland Suazo of Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao said most houses of the poor in cities are built on rivers and low-elevation sites on coasts, the city included.
A HEAVY downpour that lasted for two hours triggered floods in some areas in Davao City Wednesday night and displaced at least 371 families.
The rain also stranded hundreds of commuters and stalled some motorists along city streets as water rose chest-deep. Several schools also suspended classes as a result of the flooding.
THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Davao advised residents in flood and landslide-prone areas in the city to be vigilant at all times as the low pressure area (LPA) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility.
In a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao Thursday, Pagasa Davao chief Gerry Pedrico said that as of 11 a.m of Thursday, the LPA was estimated at 580 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone.
AN elementary school in Gem Village, Maa suspended its classes Thursday as eight classrooms were submerged by knee-deep water after flooding hit Davao City Wednesday night.
Cecilia Cardoza, principal of Josefa Llanes Escoda Elementary School, said the classrooms cater to 15 morning and afternoon classes.