Archive for February, 2013

2 “hot” Porsche sports cars recovered in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — Operatives of the Highway Patrol Group in Region XI have recovered two luxurious Porsche sports cars believed illegally smuggled in the country.

HPG 11 Director, Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel, said the two cars were found at an autoshop at the back of the Victoria Plaza Mall along J.P. Laurel Avenue here Saturday.

Pimentel said initial investigation showed that the vehicles were left behind at the shop for some remodeling but was found to have questionable documents.

He said the cars were registered at the extension office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Pimentel said a Porsche car could amount to P5 million each but should be registered with importation papers.

One of the vehicles bears the plate number KFF-351 while the other has no plate number.

He said charges are being readied for filing at the City Prosecutor’s Office against the owner.

Fire hits Davao lodging inn

DAVAO CITY  – A fire hit a four-storey downtown lodging house along Anda Street here at 11:55 a.m. Sunday.

Initial investigation conducted by the Bureau of Fire and Protection 11 showed that the fire started at the fourth floor of the Sunkuz Lodging Inn, owned by businessman Richie Violan.

Baby Mejorada, inn attendant, told fire investigators that she was about to turn on the electric fan at Room 416 as there were lovers who just checked in when the fire erupted.

Firefighters immediately arrived and controlled the fire at 1:15 p.m. already.

The BFP estimated the cost of damage to more than P200,000.

No one was reported hurt in the incident.

 

17 houses buried in Davao del Norte landslide

DAVAO CITY -– At least 17 houses were reportedly buried after a landslide brought about by heavy rains hit Barangay Mambing in New Corella, Davao del Norte Sunday afternoon.
According to the Davao Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Davao del Norte showed that no casualties were reported as of this time since residents were already advised to evacuate from the area which was destroyed by typhoon Pablo last December 4, 2012.
The PDRRMC is set to visit the area to know the extend of damage brought about by the landslide occurrence.

Motorcycle company holds 2-day Mindanao conference

DAVAO CITY – The Motortrade Nationwide Corporation, a fast-growing distributor of motorcycles in the country, is holding a two-day Mindanao Business Conference 2013 that starts today at the Grand Regal Hotel here.
Severo P. dela Cruz, senior adviser of Motortrade, said that 250 participants are gracing the event from the company’s 85 branches all over Mindanao.
“Participants mostly compose of store managers, suppliers and officers of Motortrade,” he told the PNA.
He said the yearly event is a kind of gathering and it is a time for presentation of plan to set the direction of the company for expansion, strengthening of corporate social responsibility, performance audit, and over-all evaluation.
Motortrade has been in existence since 1979 “to help families for easy access of mode of transportation, that is motorcycle.” (ASA)

Magnitude 6.2 quake jolts Davao del Sur town

DAVAO CITY — A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off Sarangani town in Davao del Sur at 12:47 this afternoon.

According to Desiderio Cabanlit, regional director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) here, the epicenter of the earthquate was located 32 kilometers southeast of Sarangani.

He said intensity III was also felt in Davao City, intensity II in General Santos City and Butuan City.

The earthquake was tectonic in origin which means it was caused by the movement of a local fault.

Cabanlit said aftershocks and damages are not expected from the quake. (ASA)

DSWD to mark Adoption Consciousness Week

DAVAO CITY — To highlight the various issues on adoption and generate public awareness and support for the legal adoption program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and its partner child-caring agencies will lead the Adoption Consciousness Week celebration on February 18-24, 2013.

The week-long celebration kicks-off with “Love Walk 2013” at the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Luneta, Manila, spearheaded by DSWD-National Capital Region, in coordination with the local governments of Manila, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Makati City, Foster/Adoption Support Group (FASG), and child placement agencies, such as NORFIL and Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF).

Bannering the theme “Love sees beyond differences,” which focuses on the unconditional love of adoptive parents for their adopted children regardless of their biological differences, the walk will be followed by testimonies of adoptive parents who will share their experiences with their adopted children.

Proclamation No. 72 dated February 3, 1999, mandated the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day on the first Saturday of February.

However, to enable a longer time to advocate issues on adoption, the National Organizing Committee chaired by the DSWD agreed to celebrate it on the third week of February.

Highlighting the celebration is a Music Event on February 22 at Bonifacio High Street, Global City that aims to bring together big names in the entertainment industry in support of the advocacy campaign on legal adoption.

Other activities include an adoption forum and setting-up of Adoption Information Desks which   provide a venue for prospective adoptive parents to clarify matters on domestic and inter-country adoption. Social workers from DSWD, Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB), and child caring agencies will man the Adoption Information Desks to be set-up at Global City on February 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.

In 2010, a year after RA 9523  otherwise known as “An act requiring certification of the DSWD to declare a child legally available for adoption as a prerequisite for adoption proceedings” was enacted on March 12, 2009, DSWD’s Adoption Resource and Referral Office (ARRO) received 89 applications from prospective adoptive parents.  This was followed by 112 in 2011, and 96 in 2012 for a total of 297 applications for adoption. In 2010, 68 children were placed for adoption; 86 in 2011; and 89 in 2012.

The DSWD facilitated the processing of domestic adoption cases leading to the permanent placement of 243 children based on data on domestic adoption from 2010 to 2012.

On the other hand, the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) placed 3,972 children for adoption from 2000 to 2012.

ICAB is an attached agency of DSWD created by virtue of RA 8043, Inter-Country Adoption Act, and is the central authority on all matters regarding inter-country adoption of Filipino children.

Davao del Norte to launch learning institute

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – The provincial government of Davao del Norte is set to enter into an agreement with the Davao del Norte State College (DNSC) and the Philippine Councilors’ League-Legislative Academy (PCL-LA) to start the Davao del Norte Learning Institute (DNLI).

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario will lead the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA), together with DNSC President Dr. Jonathan Bayogan and PCL-LA Executive Director Dr. Helario Caminero, during the convocation program on February 18, 2013 at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan in Tagum City.

DNLI is an academy established by the provincial government of Davao del Norte to serve as a learning facility for government employees, barangay functionaries, and out-of-school youths, pursuant to the governor’s P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda.

According to the terms of the accord, the PCL-LA shall provide the innovative curriculum materials, instructional modules and learning designs for the institute, and the like.

At the same time, the DNSC shall confer the diplomas/certificates for the customized baccalaureate and masters degree programs upon compliance with policies and standards, and so forth.

The DNLI, in turn, shall provide the venue for the instruction, trainings and meetings, as well as, secure the essential financial and logistical support, among other responsibilities.

Del Rosario said the institute will initially offer the special program on Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)to undergraduate employees of the Capitol, using specialized curricula for practical education.

He said the program will not only provide opportunity for the personnel to upgrade their educational qualification, but will enhance the area of public service and governance in the province, as well.

 

 

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