DPWH continues road network rehab in Agusan Sur

DPWH continues road network rehab in Agusan Sur

By Jun Tagabunlang

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur – The Department of Public Works and Highways Agusan del Sur 1st District Engineering Office (DPWH Agusan del Sur 1st DEO) has continued the rehabilitation efforts to pave road networks in its area of responsibility.

According to DPWH Agusan del Sur 1st DEO District Engineer (DE) Jose Caesar A. Radaza, construction works are underway in the city of Bayugan and municipalities of Sibagat, Prosperidad, San Luis, Talacogon and Esperanza.

This came after reports claimed that Radaza has been doing nothing to implement road rehabilitation in those areas especially in San Luis and Talacogon.

“We have been doing everything to fast track road rehab projects here in our area of responsibility,” he said. In fact, his office is set to hire 539 workers in villages for road repair and maintenance for this year.

This will be under the Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP), which aims to help the government’s employment program. The CBEP provides temporary or immediate employment to skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled workers in the community where infrastructure or non-infrastructure projects are undertaken.

To date, 401 jobs have already been generated under CBEP.


All set for 7th Kialegnon Festival

Preparations are underway for the incoming 7th Kialegnon Festival in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.

The celebration will be from September 22 to September 28, 2014.

Several competitions, events and activities have been lined up to spice the festival.

As an opening salvo, Lumbang Kialegnon (Megathon Challenge) will be the contest of endurance, stamina and energy. It is five-event race that includes Karang Race, Bikathon, Walkathon, Marathon and Carabao-Balsa Race as the last event for the finish line.

Prizes are up for grabs for winners of the lined up cmpetitions.


Davao solon to focus on building more roads, hanging bridges

DAVAO CITY — Rep. Isidro Ungab said he would be pushing the building of more roads in the third district during his last term of office.

Ungab said the third district has a large land that needs more roads.

Aside from roads, the third district also needs more bridges to cross the many existing creeks, according to Ungab, adding that there is also a need to build additional hanging bridges in far-flung areas of the district and to upgrade some of the existing ones for easier and safer access by students going to and from schools, especially after rains cause the water level to rise.

The third district is home to most of Davao City’s poorest of the poor, the congressman observed, which is why he said that he would develop agricultural modernization in his third district to help poor farmers earn more.

On a bigger scale, he said that Republic Act No. 10351 (An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco) which he co-authored, is in the process of collection and implementation.

He said that 85 percent of the collection from these taxed commodities will go to national health care, such as Philhealth.

1st Phil iCon to gather 600 stakeholders in Davao

DAVAO CITY – The first-ever Philippine Investment Conference (Phil iCon) is expected to gather at least 600 industry cluster stakeholders from all over of the country.

Dubbed as “Investing in Priority Industry Clusters for SMEs: A Conference”, the two-day event is slated on June 25 to 26 at SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier here.

The Phil iCon is spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry-Regional Operations and Development Group (DTI-RODG) in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The event which banners the theme “Industry Clustering Towards Inclusive Growth” is aimed at creating awareness on the cluster-based industrial development strategy through the National Industry Cluster Capacity Project (NICCEP), a technical cooperation project of DTI and JICA.

Furthermore, the event is likewise aimed at promoting various promising industries in the Philippines as investment opportunities for existing and would-be investors, particularly for Japanese businessmen.

The focus industry clusters are: milkfish, dairy, coffee, bamboo, tourism, information and communications technology (ICT), health and wellness, and wearables and homestyles for Luzon; gifts, decors, and housewares (GDH), tourism, ICT, and health and wellness for Visayas; and, banana, mango, coconut, seaweeds, wood, mining, tourism, ICT, rubber, poultry, tuna, and palm oil for Mindanao.

“The over arching goal is to spur development and growth in the countryside with infusion of fresh investments and creation of employment opportunities,” said DTI-Davao Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto, who also chairs the Conference Regional Cooperators’ Committee.

Loreto added that being a convergence of industry leaders, DTI is very optimistic about generating the most necessary inputs and strategies on how to corner more investments for the country’s three islands.

“We all know that more investments means more job opportunities that’s why we really are working double time to make the conference truly successful,” she said.

Davao’s Infiesto to officiate in 4th Asian Indoor Games


DAVAO CITY — Davao City Deputy Sports Chief James Infiesto will again be assigned as a technical official in the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games slated on June 27 to July 7 in Incheon, South Korea.

Infiesto, a licensed world chess federation FIDE Arbiter and now also a FIDE National Instructor, was also the technical official in the 14th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championships held last June 5-14 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

He was assigned as the chief technical official in the Under 20 and Senior divisions.

“It’s an honor for me to be assigned as a technical chief being a Mindanaon,” said Infiesto at the SCOOP of The Royal Mandaya Hotel sponsored by TRMH, Genesis 88, Mulatto Outdoor, Beefit Gym and Dexter’s Pizza @ The Stadium.

Infiesto also performed some magic tricks during the opening program together with his partner Skye Dionela of Bonjee Entertainment.

Infiesto was invited in South Korea by the organizing committee headed by its president Kim Young Soo and the Olympic Council of Asia president H.E. Ahmad Al-Fahad Al Sabah.

Infiesto, the regional director of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and deputy sports chief of the City Mayor’s Office Sports Development division, is now aiming to become a FIDE International Arbiter.

Meanwhile, Infiesto lauded the performance of the two players from Davao City -– Ella Grace Moulic of the Holy Cross of Davao College and John Marvin Miciano of Ateneo de Davao University -– who won four silver medals in the 14th ASEAN Age-Group.

He said the victory of the two was like winning the gold because a lot of players are really good, citing the strong entries of China, India, Vietnam and Mongolia.

Moulic, who bagged three silver medals in the team event of the girls Under 16 is now seeing action in the Asian Youth Championships from June 19 to 27 in Sari, Iran.

“We expect Ella to get her ratings after her campaign in Iran already,” said Infiesto.

Lagdameo takes oath as Davao Norte solon


CARMEN, Davao del Norte, — Davao del Norte Second District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Lagdameo Jr. took his oath Tuesday morning for his third and last term on the occasion of the 45th founding anniversary of this town.

In his speech after his oath-taking before a huge crowd of officials and populace, he thanked them for the new mandate they gave him, saying he chose performance and services than be enshrined in the landscape of his district without much publicity.

Lagdameo also lauded town officials and the people for making Carmen progressive and for pole-vaulting it as a first class municipality during the terms of reelected Mayor Marcelino Perandos.

He said that because Carmen is centrally located in his district he would be holding office in the town from his old and traditional base in nearby Panabo City.

Perandos, on his part, expressed gratitude and jubilation for the great strides that his town has taken due to collective efforts of the past and present officials and the unity of people as well.

Perandos is entering his third term beginning July 1.

Protester’s child appeals to PLDT’s Manny Pangilinan

DAVAO CITY — An eight-year old child of one of the protesting-members of the Digitel Employees Union (DEU) wrote a letter addressed to Manuel V. Pangilinan, president of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), to listen to the demands of her father and his companions to be reinstated.

Grade 3 pupil Pearl Benild Furaque told Pangilinan in her letter dated April 21, 2013 that her father, Jesse, was one of those who went on an 11-day hunger strike at the PLDT main office in Makati, and then asked him to grant her wish for her father and all other children’s fathers who were dismissed from work by Digitel before PLDT bought it last year.

“Sir MVP at PLDT management, di po ba ang sabi na pag ang bata ay nag-pray kay Jesus ay pinapakinggan? Sana po pakinggan nyo ang aking kahilingan na makabalik na po sila sa kanilang trabaho. Malapit na po ang pasukan. Salamat po, pray ko rin po kayo kay Jesus na ingatan din kayo (Sir MVP and PLDT management, they say that if children will pray to Jesus they will be heard? I hope that you will also listen to my simple wish for my father and his companions to be reinstated. School opening is already near. Thank you sir. I also pray to Jesus to take good care of you),” Pearl Benild said.

She said that she already missed her father, who already failed to go home because he was in the picket line for 11 days already.

But as of this time, there were still no words coming the end of Pangilinan on the appeal of the protester’s daughter.

The High Court, in its October 10, 2012 decision with finality, ordered Digital Telecommunications Philippines Inc. (Digitel) to implement the order of the Department of Labor and Employment directing Digitel to commence collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations and at the same time declared the dismissal of 13 Digitel employees as illegal.

By the time the SC final decision came out, PLDT already owns Digitel. PLDT  bought Digitel last year with a promise that the merger would not cause lay-offs.

There were about 87 remaining members of their union that opted to fight it out with the telecom giant to enforce their worker’s right for a CBA. It was learned that more than 300 of their members opted to accept PLDT’s offer of early retirement plan for the Digitel employees. (ASA)


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