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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.


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)


Compostela Valley solon boasts of passing 10 landmark legislations

DAVAO CITY, April 29 (PNA) — With her first term as district representative winding down, Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora of Compostela Valley’s first congressional district, expressed pride in what she termed as her humble contribution to lawmaking in the 15th House of Congress.
“We may not be as vocal as other legislators in pushing for our legislative advocacies and priorities but, in our modest reckoning, we have sufficiently and diligently done our sworn duties and responsibilities as the representative of our people,” said Zamora, who is running unopposed for her second term.
Among the many bills and resolutions she principally authored and co-authored in the national assembly, at least nine legislations stood out for having been adopted by the legislature or signed by the President into law
They were the Republic Act (RA) No. 10445 nationalizing the Bango High School in Barangay Ngan, Compostela; RA No. 10252 creating two additional Regional Trial Court branches for Compostela Valley Province to be stationed in the municipalities of Mabini and Compostela; RA Nos. 10147, 10155 and 10352 or the General Appropriations Acts for FY 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively;  RA No. 10149 or the Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations Governance Act of 2011; RA No. 10156 conferring civil service eligibility to Members of the Sanggunian Bayan, Panlungsod and Panlalawigan under certain circumstances; RA No. 10361 or the Kasambahay Law; RA No. 1015 or the Mandatory Kindergarten Education Act; RA No. 10354 or the Reproductive Health Law; RA No. 10351 or the new law on Excise Taxes governing alcohol and tobacco products; and House Concurrent Resolution No. 22 urging the President to create a Presidential Task Force for Typhoon Pablo victims.
Zamora has also expressed optimism that other legislative proposals which she actively supported and pushed for, including the establishment of the Compostela Valley State College, creation of the ComVal Department of Education Schools Division, the new K to 12 Basic Education Program, universal Philhealth coverage\all of which are either pending with the Office of the President for signature or awaiting enrolment for executive action will also be passed into law before the adjournment of the 15th Congress.
“We look forward to doing more in the lawmaking front when our constituents grant us a new mandate in the coming elections,” she said. (PNA)

Angara says surveys are 90% accurate


DAVAO CITY, April 30 (PNA) — Aurora Representative and Team Pnoy senatorial candidate Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said he is a survey believer because he finds it to be 90 percent accurate.

In an interview during his recent visit here in the city over the weekend, Angara said that the results of pre-election surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia only slightly differ from the final and official results.

He described survey non-believers to be neophytes in running for national elective offices and only have a little grasp of what a survey really means.

Angara said when he was not yet a lawmaker, he would always accompany his father, former Senate president Edgardo J. Angara, and would keenly observe the accuracy of the surveys.

“There was a time when my father ran for vice president and we found in the survey that his rival, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, had been leading all the time. And the result was then true. He lost to Arroyo,” he said.

Based on the latest SWS survey, Angara ranked 9, a big leap from his 12th rank in the March survey among with eight other Team Pnoy senatoriables.

“As we can observe, nine of us from Team Pnoy have been consistent in the ranking. So that means, the possibility is 9-3 in favor to us and three from UNA (United Nationalist Alliance),” he said.

But he said the rankings could still change and there is still a possibility for a 10-2 victory for the administration ticket.

He is referring to Vice Presidential daughter Nancy Binay and San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito Estrada from UNA to get the two slots.

The 10 Team Pnoy senatorial aspirants who could make it to the Magic 12 are Senators Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Koko Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes, former rep. Cynthia Villar, Rep. Sonny Angara, Grace Poe and former Sen. Jamby Madrigal. (PNA)

IP party-list hopeful courting Mindanaoan votes


DAVAO CITY, April 29 (PNA) -– The Luzon-based Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na Inc. (ANAC-IP) party-list candidate, has focused their campaign in Mindanao areas since this month in efforts to land a seat in the House of Congress.

ANAC-IP, which is a first timer in the party-list derby, is based in the province of Isabela and its first nominee is Jose Panganiban Jr., the current vice mayor of Angadanan town, and a pure-blooded member of the Itawes and Gaddang cultural minority.

In a press conference Sunday night at the Grand Menseng Hotel, Panganiban said that as of April 1, they concentrated to campaign in Mindanao because they wanted to make it feel that their group is the genuine party-list representing the voice of indigenous peoples not just in Luzon but in the entire country.

“We had conducted a series of caucus with various tribal leaders and council of elders. We also conducted summits here in Davao, Cotabato, Zamboanga, and General Santos City. On Tuesday, our biggest summit-rally will be held in Cagayan de Oro City,” Panganiban told reporters.

He said that even as ANAC-IP is not yet a party-list it has already helped 5,000 IPs as scholars to different schools in Luzon.

“We want that we can reach all IP groups in the entire country and this is the only way that we can do so – to be voted upon as party-list representative,” he said.

Panganiban said that there are laws and government offices that should protect the rights and interest of IPs but nothing has happened.

“We have to amend the IPRA (Indigenous People’s Republic Act) Law because it has a lot of loopholes,” he said. (PNA)

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