Archive for June, 2013

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.

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