Coliform in Davao beaches a tourism turnoff

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:20 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- The high levels of coliform in beaches are not only an environmental problem but for tourism too, an official said.

Cloudy weather until March 30

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

TO THOSE who plan to go to beaches this weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) advised that the weather will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers.

In its weekly outlook, Pagasa said the cloudy weather will be until Monday, March 30.

Women groups form peace action plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:43 p.m.

VARIOUS women peace advocates gathered Friday to create an action plan pushing for peace in Mindanao.

Women's Peace Table, a network of women's organizations, conducted the Mindanao All Women Conference at Seda Hotel from March 27 to 28.

Women's group: Peace `goes beyond the president`

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

ISSUES on peace "goes beyond the president," an official of the Women's Peace Table said Friday.

"Our view is that, this peace agenda goes beyond the president kahit sinong president yan may obligasyon na itaguyod ang kapayapaan it just so happen that it is President Aquino who initiated this, sa amin beside the point yun. It goes beyond the question of the president," said Aurora Javate de Dios, Co-convener of the Women's Peace Table and executive director of Miriam College's Women and Gender Institute, during the Mindanao All Women Conference press briefing at Seda Hotel.

Adlawan appointed RTC Branch 13 judge

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

THE cases lodged before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 13 in Davao City are expected to be decongested as Rowena Apao-Adlawan was officially appointed as presiding judge recently.

A source from RTC Branch 13 who requested anonymity said Adlawan took oath before RTC-Davao City Executive Judge Pelagio Paguican on March 12.

More benefits for prosecutors mulled

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

THE Regional Prosecutor for Davao said they may propose for additional health benefits for all the prosecutors in the country claiming that fiscals may have more health risks as most of them are overworked.

Regional Prosecutor Antonio Arellano, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, expressed concern over the shortage of health benefits despite their existing hospitalization assistance program through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

IBP-Davao has new president

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City Chapter will have a new president effective on April 1.

Outgoing IBP-Davao City Chapter president Jose Edgar Ilagan, in a memo posted at the IBP Lounges at the Hall of Justice in Ecoland, named lawyer Marie Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes as the incoming president whose term will take effect on April 1 and will end on March 31, 2017.

El Nino to affect Davao City's 11,000 farmers

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

THE Davao City Agriculturist Office has requested the Department of Agriculture (DA) to conduct cloud seeding to ease the effects of El Nino.

In a letter to the DA’s regional office, City Agriculturist Rocelio T. Tabay, said El Nino could affect at least 7,000 hectares of land planted to rice, corn, vegetable and other high-value crops.

Aquino’s lies on Mamasapano ‘dragged down his ratings’

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

BAYAN Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Thursday blamed the decline in President Benigno Aquino's trust and performance ratings on his failure to accept accountability in the Mamasapano incident.

The ratings will “will further decline as President Aquino continues to lie on his accountability on the Mamasapano incident," Zarate said in a statement.

Another policeman relieved for using shabu

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

A MEMBER of the Bunawan police was relieved Wednesday after he tested positive for shabu use. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Sr. Insp. Milgrace Driz refused to name the officer pending the result of a confirmatory test.

Chief Insp. Simplicio Sagarino Jr., Bunawan police chief, said the policeman has been in the force for 18 years.

Grudge possible motive in recent killings in city

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:23 a.m.

THE Davao City police is looking at personal grudges as a possible motive in the rash of killings in the city.

Based on initial investigation, most the stabbing or shooting victims are involved in crimes, so a personal grudge or vendetta could have triggered the incidents, Davao police spokesperson Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz said.

Davao mayor reconstitutes water resource management body 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reconstituted the Davao City Water Resource Management Task Force to “protect and conserve” water resource areas in the city.

Duterte recently signed Executive Order (EO) 10, which amends EO No. 37 series of 2012 that created the group.

P32M for Davao feeding program

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 a.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region turned over a check for P32 million to Davao City government as assistance to the city's Supplementary Feeding Program.

The check was handed over last Monday by DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon to the City Mayor’s Office chief of staff Nathaniel Dalumpines.

Businesses must accept any govt-issued ID for senior citizens

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:20 a.m.

THE Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (Osca) in Davao City is planning to set a monitoring body to ensure business establishments grant discounts to senior citizens.

Davao City Osca head Azucena Bajao said her office will also remind establishments they have to accept "any valid government issued ID in lieu of the Osca ID that they are issuing."

Davao terminal expects up to 60,000 passengers 

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

THE Davao City Land Transport Terminal (Dcott) expects from 50,000 to 60,000 passengers daily during Holy Week and the summer season.

Dcott General Manager Alejandro Alilin said terminal usually handles 35,000 to 40,000 passengers daily, but the volume started to rise last March 21 because of the school break.

Ateneo de Davao grad places 4th in bar exams

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:18 a.m.

A GRADUATE of the Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) College of Law placed fourth in last year’s bar exams.

Gil Garcia II had a rating of 84.55, putting him in a tie with University of the Philippines' Mark Leo Bejemino and De La Salle University Lipa's Reginald Laco.

Local zoning board formed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte created a committee that will act on the complaints and violations on any of the provisions under the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

By virtue of Executive Order 9, Duterte assigned the city legal officer, city assessor, city engineer, city planning and development coordinator, city environment and natural resources officer, two representatives from private sector, and two representatives from non-government organizations as members to the Local Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals (LZBAA).

Government urged to stop power privatization

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:35 p.m.

AFTER the Aboitiz Power Corporation announced that Therma South's coal-fired power plant is ready to supply power to its customers in Mindanao, the "No to Coal" alliance called on the National Government on Wednesday to reverse the trend of privatizing the electric power industry.

Dr. Jean Lindo, spokesperson for the alliance, said now that the coal-fired plant is ready to supply power, Davao City would definitely face the contamination that will be brought by the coal-fired plant.

Security also tight for lawyers' confab

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

ASIDE from the lenten season and summer vacation, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has also beefed up its security measures for the Prosecutors League of the Philippines Inc. (PLP) 27th National Convention of Prosecutors in Davao City on April 6 to 10.

Expected guests include Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Compostela Valley Province Governor Arturo Uy, and Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.

2 hurt in blast

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:26 p.m.

TWO civilians were injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the New People's Army (NPA) exploded on Tuesday afternoon in Barangay San Jose in Monkayo town, Compostela Valley.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner identified the wounded as Marcelyn Domicillo, 12, and Rosalya Andaya, 58, both residents of Sitio Patong in Barangay San Jose.

Septage, sewerage management law to be implemented

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:25 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) Environment Sanitation Division is just waiting for the "go signal" from the city administrator to start the information campaign for the full implementation of the Septage and Sewerage Management Ordinance in the city.

In an interview Wednesday, CHO Environment Sanitation Division chief Robert L. Oconer said that he formed two teams currently getting the number of households along the coastal barangays with and without comfort rooms.

Food terminal in Toril approved on 1st reading

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:22 p.m.

THE Davao City Council had approved on first reading the proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Trade and Industry-National Development of Corporation (DTI-NDC) for the establishment of a food terminal in Toril.

In a privilege speech during Tuesday's regular session, Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair of the City Council's committee on agriculture, said that she received a copy of the proposed MOA between NDC and City Government for the establishment of the Agri Pinoy Trading Center (APTC).

Prosecutor: PNP-IG request violates law

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

THE private prosecutor in the murder case of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King insisted that the request of the Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) to maintain custody of the accused police official is a violation of the law.

RPO-Davao to adapt template in filing criminal cases

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

IN A bid to hasten the resolution of cases, the Regional Prosecutor's Office (RPO)-Davao will adapt a template that will be used by all prosecutors across the country in filing criminal information before the court.

Speaking during Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at the SM City Davao Annex, Regional Prosecutor for Davao Antonio Arellano said they have conducted seminars and workshops in preparation for the adaptation of the template for offenses.

Only 1,000 persons allowed to visit Mt. Apo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- Climbers wanting to scale the highest peak in the country, Mt. Apo, will be limited to only 1,000 persons this summer, as the area is experiencing dry season and the threat of forest fire is high.

Duterte sends condolence on Lee Kuan Yew’s death

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:23 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte sent his condolence to the Singaporean people and the family of Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday.

In a letter to the Singapore Embassy in the Philippines Charge d' Affairs Scot Loh, Duterte said Lee’s death is “not only Singapore’s loss but the world’s as well.”

Troops clash with NPA in New Bataan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:22 p.m.

GOVERNMENT troops clashed Tuesday with communist rebels in a town in Compostela Valley. No soldier was wounded in the fighting in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Lt. Vergel Lacambra, spokesperson of the Army's 10th Infantry Division, reported.

The New People’s Army (NPA) fighters left behind an improvised landmine, rifle magazines, two-way radios and personal belongings, Lacambra said.

3 nabbed in separate drug busts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

THREE suspected drug pushers were arrested Monday night in Davao City as police stepped up their anti-narcotics drive.

First to be arrested was Ramil Pressores Nunez, a resident of Barangay 76-A, who handed a sachet of suspected shabu to a police officer who posed as a buyer.

2 bodies dumped in Davao City

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

THE bodies of two men were dumped in separate areas in Davao City.

One body was found at the coastal area in San Isidro, Caparida Compound, Monday morning. It had several stab wounds in the face and the back of the head.

Mt. Apo trekking fee may be raised

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:19 p.m.

TREKKERS in Mt. Apo may have to pay a higher climbing beginning in May.

The Mt. Apo Natural Park-Protected Area Management Board (MANP-PAMB) said it will hold a public hearing before raising the fee.

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