Archive for September, 2012

Multi-awarded inventor wants invention incentives law implemented

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – Multi-awarded inventor Edgar Delibo is pushing for the implementation of the Republic Act (RA) 7459 or the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act, that provides tax incentives for Filipino inventors and inventions.

Delibo, who owns the Dok Alternatibo Group of Companies, is a recipient of  various awards for his inventions of herbal medicines, food supplements and natural cosmetics products.

He said the intent of the said law is to recognize and grant incentives to inventors particularly extending tax exemptions for every invention.

“But sad to say it was not implemented. Unfortunately, I was not given the privilege for said tax exemptions by the Bureau of Internal Revenue based on the said law despite effort on my part,” he said.

Delibo said the BIR only granted him income tax exemptions which  according to him  runs counter to the intent and purpose of the law.

“In fact, the BIR billed me with millions tax payable before the conduct of actual investigations on their level,” he said.

Delibo said the entrapment operation that resulted to the arrest of BIR regional legal officer Roderick Orallo was the sad effect of the failure of BIR to fully implement the said law in as far as tax policies are concerned which he was persistently asking them ever since.

On September 27, 2012, elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11 arrested Orallo for allegedly extorting P50,000 cash from Delibo.

Delibo said some personnel of BIR XI earlier asked compromise money of P20,000.00 to settle the case they filed against him plus the “for the boys” money of P30,000.00.

“It was so malicious because the government will only earn P20,000.00 while the people trusted to implement the law gained P30,000.00. Said scenario really lost my trust and confidence as inventor, businessman and taxpayer. I was made a victim of robbery extortion by the BIR despite the fact that I am supposedly clothed with inventions act privilege which was not granted in the guise of blurred implementing policy of the law, how much more the small, neophyte inventors, investors and taxpayers,” he said.

He said he asked the police assistance not to really pinpoint the individual involved “but to make statements that there is an evil culture of corruption within the bureaucracy.” (ASA)

Davao solon is country’s best AFP reservist

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY — Third District Rep. Isidro Ungab was recognized as this year’s Best Reservist Field Grade Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Ungab is the battalion commander with a rank of lieutenant colonel under the 22nd Ready Reserve Infantry Division based in Almendras Gym Compound, Trading Boulevard, this city.

He was honored by his fellow reservists in a simple ceremony Sunday morning infront of the Almendras Gym. The award was given earlier by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin last September 8 at Camp Aguinaldo during the celebration of the 33rd AFP Reservist Week.

In his message, Ungab said the recognition is not really for him alone but the entire battalion that works hard to go beyond rather than of what are expected from plain civilians.

“This is the result of our team efforts. We were there to help victims of disasters like floodings in Bangkal and the typhoon Sendong in Iligan,” he said.

He said it was a tall order when he rose above the challenge to head the battalion when he was also busy in many things.

Aside from attending his constituents in the city’s third district, he was also appointed in December 2011 as the chairman of the house committee’s ways and means and went on schooling to enrol Masteral of Development Management (MDM) at the Development Academy of the Philippines and to get the General Staff Corps (GSC), the highest military career course.

Ungab’s classmate in MDM and GSC is Mayor Sara Duterte, who herself a reservist with a rank of lieutenant colonel.

In getting the GSC, one has to complete a 10-month AFP Command and General Staff Course at the AFPCGSC College School. This is a pre-requisite to be a full pledge colonel.

From just one battalion, the 22nd Read Reserve Infantry Division has already three battalions. Mayor Duterte is the battalion commander of the first district, Lt. Col. Edgar Violan, working with the regional Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), commander of the second district and Ungab in the third district. (ASA)

Davao school paper advisers undergo training

By Anthony S. Allada

MORE than a hundred school paper advisers of various public elementary and high schools in the city were gathered in a two-day training to improve and enhance more their skills of campus journalism.

The two-day event dubbed as “Division Training of School Paper Advisers” was held at the Davao City National High School Training Center last September 27 and 28.

The training was conducted free of charge for all participants and was initiated by the Division Association of School Paper Advisers (DASPA) and Active Network of Alternative Educators (ANA-Ed) under executive director Eduardo R. Fernandez with the sponsorship of Motortrade Davao.

Melanie Estacio, Education Program Supervisor (EPS) of the Department of Education-Davao City Division, posed a challenge to all participants to be more aggressive and passionate in giving importance to campus journalism.

“Don’t just think of the competition (referring to the annual Regional and National Schools Press Conference competition). That you can compete in the national level. You go and train your students for life,” Estacio said.

She said that as school paper advisers “you must be resourceful enough to generate funds so that you can come out a quarterly campus publication.”

It has been a practice of every school to come out its own campus paper once a year and for the sake of competition only.

Fernandez, who has been a campus journalism trainor for more than a decade already, said that his group is willing to conduct regular trainings for school paper advisers as well as their students without really thinking immediately of financial matters.

“My group will be the one to source out funds to push through with more campus journalism trainings and seminars,” he said.

He said even the school paper advisers themselves have to be trained because their role is very critical in dealing with their students. (ASA)

 

Duterte’s party bares line-up

By Anthony S. Allada

THE Hugpong sa Tawong  Lungsod, the local party founded by Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is fielding 10 city council candidates in the first district, 12 in the second and 10 in the third district.

Duterte read the list Friday night infront of Hugpong members, barangay captains and other supporters during the party’s convention at the SMX Convention Center Davao located at the 3rd floor of the newly-opened SM Lanang Premier.

Incumbent first district city councilors like Nilo M. Abellera Jr., Edgar Ibuyan, Leah Librado, Melchor Quitain, and Emmanuel Galicia are in the line-up. Others are comebacking Leo Avila, Bonifacio Militar, and Mabel Acosta. Newbies are Oscar Casaysay,and Dumoy barangay captain Jessi Mar Culaste.

In the second district, the candidates are reelectionists Al Ryan Alejandre, Louie John Bonguyan, April Marie Dayap, Tomasing Monteverde, Jimmy Dureza, and Marissa Salvador-Abella.  Making a comeback are Danilo Dayanghirang, Diosdado Mahipus and Gerard Bangoy. New faces are Panacan barangay captain Arnold Apostol, Rachel Batiganzo, wife of big-time miner Nelson “Tata” Sala, and Malen Cabling, sister of last-termer councillor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.

While in the third district,  city councilors Victorio U. Advincula Jr. Karlo Bello, Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, Rachel Zozobrado, Bernard Al-ag are seeking reelection. The five others are newcomers  Jose Marie Baluran, son of councillor Conrado Baluran, Jocel Villafuerte, wife of councilor Louie Villafuerte, Gerard Braganza, Eduardo Trinidad, GMA 7 Davao Testigo host Antonette Prinsipe.

Catalunan Grande barangay captain and Association of Barangay Captains president Paolo Duterte is running for vice mayor while the elder Duterte and Mayor Sara Duterte could be running as city mayor and first district congressman or vice versa.

Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano and Rep. Isidro Ungab are both running in the second and third district, respectively, to seek their third term. (ASA)

Businessman loses trust to BIR

By Anthony S. Allada
DOK Alternatibo owner and inventor Edgar Delibo has admitted he lost his trust to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for bribing him in exchange of settling his tax code case it filed against him.
“I really felt great loss of confidence to the government processes particularly with BIR and hopefully, not to the entire Government of the Republic of the Philippines,” Delibo said in a statement sent to Edge Davao Saturday morning.
On Thursday noon, elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11 arrested BIR regional legal officer Roderick Orallo for allegedly extorting P50,000 cash from Delibo.
Delibo said some personnel of BIR XI earlier asked compromise money of P20,000.00 to settle the case they filed against him plus the “for the boys” money of P30,000.00.
“It was so malicious because the government will only earn P20,000.00 while the people trusted to implement the law gained P30,000.00. Said scenario really lost my trust and confidence as inventor, businessman and taxpayer. I was made a victim of robbery extortion by the BIR despite the fact that I am supposedly clothed with inventions act privilege which was not granted in the guise of blurred implementing policy of the law, how much more the small, neophyte inventors, investors and taxpayers,” he said.
He said he asked the police assistance not to really pinpoint the individual involved “but to make statements that there is an evil culture of corruption within the bureaucracy.”
Delibo cited the  government’s non-implementation of the Republic Act No. 7459 or the Inventors and Inventions Incentives Act that resulted to the filing of a tax code case against him before the City Prosecutor’s Office.
“The intent of the said law, which is to recognize and grant incentives to inventors particularly extending tax exemptions for every invention, was not implemented. I was not unfortunately given the privilege for said tax exemptions by the BIR based on the said law despite effort on my part,” he said.
He said the BIR only granted him income tax exemptions which  according to him  runs counter to the intent and purpose of the law.
“In fact, the BIR billed me with millions tax payable before the conduct of actual investigations on their level,” he said.
Delibo said the said entrapment operation was the sad effect of the failure of BIR to fully implement the said law in as far as tax policies are concerned which he was persistently asking them ever since. (ASA)

Monster traffic hounds J.P. Laurel

By Anthony S. Allada
THE MONSTER traffic has continued to take its toll at the long stretch of J.P. Laurel Avenue since the SM Lanang Premier, the city’s second mall of Sy-owned SM Malls, was opened to the public on Friday.
Traffic Management Center (TMC) chief Desiderio Cloribel admitted the bumber-to-bumper traffic could have been immediately remedied if other entrance and exit point in R. Castillo Street had been opened.
Cloribel had to pull out around 200 TMC personnel at their respective posts at downtown streets to be force multipliers manning the heavy traffic at the area but to no avail.
On Friday morning,  thousands of people including non-residents of Davao City were early birds to see for themselves the much-anticipated mall’s grand opening and were all amazed of the friendly and smiling faces of mall employees while being mesmerized of the “live mannequins” at the entrances.
Because of the traffic, motorists especially taxicabs opted to pass through the already busy R. Castillo Street in Agdao district area.
Cloribel said there was already a plan to have another route in R. Castillo Street after the barangay hall of Ubalde will be demolished and transferred to another location.
The SM Lanang Premier would be SM Prime’s biggest and first-of-its-kind premier mall development project in Mindanao, offering convention and hotel amenities to this city that has become the nation’s favorite convention venue during the last decade.
Also making a landmark is the country’s longest dancing fountain with a 122-meter stretch of water jets while soon to open would be SM Bowling Center and the Science Discovery Center.
The mall has a floor area of 144,002 square meters and sprawls on a 100,000-sq.m. lot with an origami-inspired structure.
It caters SM mall mainstays: SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, Watsons, Ace Hardware, and other major SM retail affiliates that were the first to open their stores here when the first SM City began operation 10 years ago.
An addition to the city’s need for a modern convention facility, the mall opens SMX Davao Convention Center on its third floor.
To complement the facility, the Park Inn Hotel by Radisson would also be operational by February 2013, in time for the holding of Asia’s main travel and tour conference called MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Events).
SMX Davao is 2.5 kilometers from the Davao International Airport and 4-6 kilometers away from the domestic and international seaports.
With function and meeting rooms accommodating around 5,000 delegates or up to 380 exhibit modules, it is envisioned to become the leading venue for meetings, conventions, and exhibitions in the southern region of the country. (ASA)

Part of Davao City waterless in 3 days

 By Anthony S. Allada

SOME parts of Davao city will be waterless in the next three days as the Davao City Water District (DCWD) is set to tap pipelines from its mainline on September 25, 28 and 29.

DCWD spokesperson Imelda Magsuci said on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or for eight hours, Dona Luisa Teachers Village and its immediate environs will be waterless for the tapping of newly installed 4-inch diameter Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipeline to the existing 6-inch diameter mainline.

On the same day at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or four hours of water service interruptions will be implemented at four housing villages in the southern part of the city for the tapping of pipelines to the mainline.

The third schedule will be on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, or a total of five hours at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) and its neighboring areas for the same reason of tapping of the newly installed 4-inch diameter PVC pipeline to the existing 6-inch mainline.

Magsuci said water supply may be restored earlier if work goes on smoothly or later if unforeseen problems arise.

She said downtown residential areas may experience low pressure and appealing the consuming public to understand.

The would-be affected consuming public is hereby advised to store water in clean containers, she added. (ASA)

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