Davao City Vice Mayor lambasts NCIP for delayed IP rep certification

DAVAO CITY (May 23) –– – Vice Mayor  Bernie Al-ag lambasted the regional office of the  National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)  for dilly-dallying the issuance of the  certificate of affirmation for Bae Cherry Ann Ortiz  Codilla, the   Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) to the City Council,. Codilla was elected and has been proclaimed …

Davao Councilors prepare for paperless sessions

DAVAO CITY (May 18) — Local legislators here are bracing with the digital technology, they are now  preparing to  a paperless session day. The City Councilors underwent a training in the hope of fully implementing a paperless session. As it is  now, the office of the City Council Secretary prepares voluminous documents every Friday for  …

How Wealthy is House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (Part 2)

DAVAO CITY (May 14) —- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admitted his properties in Siargao, Surigao del Norte and in Mati Davao Oriental, saying he reflected all these in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). However, he denied having a P500-million worth of properties in Siargao alone. Critics of Alvarez claimed, he has …

World’s Miniature Mosques on Display in ARMM Trade Fair

COTABATO CITY (May 12) – Around 24 miniature mosques are on display here as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officially launched on Friday an exhibit of ‘Mosques Around the World. Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) foundation executive director, said the exhibit is a competition participated in by the region’s various offices …

New currency banknotes, coins, presented to Duterte

MANILA (May 10) —The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Wednesday, presented to President Rodrigo Duterte the new generation currency (NGC) banknotes and coins, with the Chief Executive encouraging the public to use the new currency wisely and responsibly for national development. The BSP Monetary Board led by Gov. Nestor Espenilla Jr. presented the NGC …

What is Press freedom?

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Press freedom is defined in many ways and its appreciation by the public has changed. According to merriam-webster.com, it is “the right of newspapers, magazines, etc., to report news without being controlled by the government.” The legal definition also stated that it is “the right to publish and disseminate information, thoughts, …

Bishops’ group supports release of PDEA narco list

MANILA, Philippines  — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) has supported the effort of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in releasing the names of 207 barangay (village) officials reportedly involved in illegal drugs trade in the country. Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP-ECMI chairman, said the electorate needs to …

Fostering a culture of safety

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For years, Mindanao has been the hotbed of conflict and peace issues ranging from political atrocities, ideological clashes between the government and rebel groups, terrorism, extremism to land conflicts among farmers, Indigenous communities and company owners. Even the world’s worst single attack of journalists took place in the promise land nine …

‘Science of Addiction’ now in DepEd-11 curriculum

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — – Starting June, students in formal education from Grades 4 to 12 in both public and private schools and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) will take lessons on drug education. The enhancement of school curricula with the inclusion of the “science of addiction” is part of the Davao city government’s campaign …