Multi-billion investment in Davao

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

DAVAO CITY'S property development sector gets further boost with the entry of another big national player bent on pouring in multi-billion investments, mostly for horizontal residential projects in the city next year.

Taking advantage of a new market segment, the so-called affordable market that is emerging in the city, whose economy is projected to be driven by manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the next few years brought about by stable power supply, property developer Eco Dwellings Corp. has focused its expansion in the city.

Duterte: Nothing's wrong if Sara represents exporter

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said there is nothing wrong if former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is hired as legal counsel for Peking duck exporting company.

Instead of berating the company, Duterte said hiring his daughter is just "part of the job."

Rebels welcome to spend Christmas in city

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the New People's Army (NPA) rebels are welcome in the metropolis should they want to spend the Yuletide season here.

“Pahibaw-on lang ko nila. Kung magpasundo sila, sunduon nako nila, (They must inform me. If they want, I can get them there),” Duterte said Wednesday.

Man who tried to stab cop charged

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

CHARGES were filed Wednesday before the City Prosecutor’s Office against a suspect who tried to stab a policeman in Barangay 76-A in Davao City.

Facing charges for violation of attempted homicide is Renato Makinano Onggay, 25, resident of Purok 2, Barangay 76-A.

No violation committed

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

A BUHANGIN police official, who is facing administrative charges after filing an appeal for his promotion, requested the Regional Trial Court (RTC) to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Police Regional Office (PRO) to prevent the imposition of the misconduct offense filed against him, claiming he committed no violation when he filed an appeal.

DOH to give free vaccination next year

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) will be giving out three doses of rabies vaccination for animal-bite victims for free next year.

DOH-Davao medical officer-in-charge for rabies Dr. Gracita Berguia said this is due to the agency's increased budget, which can now support all the three doses needed for rabies vaccination.

Court junks motion to submit footages of slay suspects

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 Judge denied the motion filed by the public prosecutor who requested for a subpoena asking a local TV station to submit the footages of its interview with the suspects in the Ramon Teodoro Garcia homicide case.

RTC Branch 17 Judge Evalyn Morales, in an order dated December 12, dismissed the motion filed by Prosecutor Carlos Castaños.

Crime incidents in Davao down

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) reported a 19.9 percent decrease in the Region's crime volume from January to November 2014.

PRO Davao Region spokesperson Antonio Rivera said the crime volume in the region went down from 77,874 in 2013 to 62,352 during the same period this year.

Police hunt Ecoland, Maa robbers

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

POLICE authorities here are looking for those involved in the series of robbery incidents in Davao City on December 17.

Talomo police commander Alfredo Santillana said only two robbers were behind these incidents in Ecoland and Maa on Wednesday.

Anti-trafficking drive intensified

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

THE advocacy unit (AU) of the Interagency Council Against Trafficking (Iacat)-Davao Region Network has intensified its advocacy campaign against human trafficking this year.

Carina Cayon of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in her report during the Iacat-11 Network year-end assessment held at Hotel Tropika in Davao City on December 12, has cited the different accomplishments of AU for this year.

German firm invests P1.2M for marine protection study

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

A GERMAN company will invest P1.2 million to conduct research on Davao City's marine protected areas calendared on year 2015-2016.

Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair for committee on agriculture and food, said the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will allocate P1,268,000 through the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) Extension Office that will facilitate the research.

Anti-trafficking ordinance hoped to be implemented in 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:17 p.m.

DAVAO City Councilor Leah Librado-Yap said she is hopeful that the proposed ordinance on anti-trafficking in persons will be implemented next year to prevent further violations and protect victims.

Librado-Yap said the committee on women, children and family relations are currently working on the ordinance with a proposed title, "An Ordinance Implementing and Enforcing Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act Of 2003".

Alleged drug pusher nabbed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:16 p.m.

POLICE arrested Tuesday evening a suspected drug pusher at Kilometer 12 in Panacan, Davao City.

The suspect was identified as Joey Andrew Pantoja Suganob, alias Andi, 36, a resident of St. John at Km. 12 in Panacan.

Documentation of 4Ps beneficiaries continues

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao continues to verify beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in order to identify and remove those who are no longer qualified in the program.

In an interview, DSWD-Davao information officer for 4Ps, Sheryll Fernandez, said that as of December this year, they have delisted a total of 365 households.

Anti-rabies program held

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

VARIOUS government organizations conducted a city-wide health forum with different barangay leaders in Davao City on the national rabies prevention and control program on Wednesday.

Dr. Ma. Vilma V. Gonzaga, medical coordinator for the Davao City Health Office (CHO) rabies program, said in an interview that the forum was conducted due to five deaths from animal bites that they have recorded this year.

Visiting lumads are safe

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:14 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office assured Wednesday that visiting lumads, who are to celebrate Christmas in the city and are allowed to ask gifts from residents, are safe, as the agency has continued to monitor their health conditions at various shelter areas.

This developed amid reports that two of the more than 11,000 visiting have died due to diseases.

2,000 lumad families get gift packs

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:00 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- At least 2,000 lumad families from four districts in Davao City received Wednesday goods and gift packs from multi-stakeholders at the Task Force Davao (TFD) Headquarters, Sta. Wharf in Barangay 27-C.

Sara defends exporter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

THE 17th City Council approved on second reading Tuesday its favorable endorsement for the establishment of the first Peking duck dressing plant in the country in Barangay Tamugan, Davao City.

Former Davao City mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, who is a lawyer by profession, represented businessman Vicente T. Lao, CEO of Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures Corp., during the council deliberation on Tuesday. The company is into exporting dressed Peking duck to Japan.

IP rep cites issuance of land title by NCIP

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

COUNCILOR Berino Mambo-o lauded Tuesday the certificate of ancestral domain title issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) but is cautioned with external threats.

Mambo- said the commission recently issued a certificate of ancestral domain title (Cadti) to the 87,000-hectare property of Ata tribe.

Quarantined OFW released on December 21

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

AN OVERSEAS Filipino worker (OFW) who came from West Africa and who has been quarantined in Davao City is expected to be released on December 21 after exhibiting no symptom of the dreaded Ebola virus.

The male OFW came from Sierra Leone arrived in Davao City from Singapore last November 28.

Guard killed in drug buy-bust

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

A SECURITY guard who is believed to be a drug pusher was killed in a shootout with police authorities in a buy-bust operation at Purok 1, Barangay 19-B, Bajada in Davao City on Monday evening.

San Pedro Police Station commander Ronald Lao identified the suspect as Jake Richard Artieda Ronimo, alias Tol, 27, who hails from Cotabato City and a transient resident of Davao City.

5 nabbed in pot session, to face raps

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

STA. Ana Police Station has yet to file charges before the City Prosecutor's Office against the five suspects who were arrested in a pot session in Barangay 37-D, Quezon Boulevard in Davao City.

Police identified the suspects as Angeline Tibay dela Cerna, 20; Marcel Santiago Marigon, 27; Rizel Flores Inutan, 18; Roberto Diwa Cruz, 42; and Rudy Solarte Eranjo Jr. of Barangay 37-D in Quezon Boulevard.

Sajahatra Bangsamoro drive benefits 1,085

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

A TOTAL of 1,085 in Davao Region benefited from the pilot implementation of the National Government's Sajahatra Bangsamoro initiative.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao social welfare officer III and assistant focal person of the program Dalmin Faith Igana, in an interview, said they started implementing the program on October this year.

DSWD to add 14,000 more social pensioners in 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) targets to add 14,084 more poor senior citizen beneficiaries in Davao Region for their social pension program next year.

In an interview, DSWD social pension focal person Angelic B. Pana said these additional senior citizen beneficiaries are those who are under the "waiting list" and the number will be divided based on the number of the indigent senior citizen per area.

Woman faces estafa, illegal recruitment

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

A WOMAN is facing estafa and illegal recruitment charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after enticing two siblings to pay for the processing fee for employment in Japan that never materialized in 2013.

Facing charges for estafa and for violation of the Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 is Odessa Refamonte, a resident of Magallanes St., Davao City.

Arraignment of Dakudao scion reset

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

THE arraignment set before the sala of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 for the member of a prominent family who was arrested in a raid at their compound in Lanang, Davao City on October 15 was postponed due to his pending motion.

Based on the calendar of activities of RTC Branch 16, Santiago Dakudao III was set for an arraignment Tuesday to determine whether he pleads guilty or not to charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

84 houses razed in Mati City fire

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

DAVAO CITY -- An electrical short-circuit caused a fire that razed down 84 houses at the downtown area of Mati City, Davao Oriental Monday afternoon.

NPA leader with P2.5M on his head falls

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

DAVAO -- A top-ranking leader of the New People's Army (NPA) operating in southeastern Mindanao was arrested Sunday at a joint military and police checkpoint in Barangay Magnaga, Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

Ombudsman Mindanao solves 1,109 cases

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

THE Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao had disposed some 1,109 cases as of December 2014.

Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao lawyer Rodolfo Elman, speaking during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at The Annex of SM City Davao on Monday, said that from 1,800 cases this year, they have reduced the case load to 979.

Badjaos Family Day slated Dec. 20-21

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

SOME 500 Badjaos are set to celebrate their annual Family Day on December 20 and 21 in Davao City.

The activity, which was organized by Badjao community leaders Pastor Edjl Adjarani and Felecisimo "Jun" Morales way back in 1992, is aimed to preserve their culture.

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