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Journalist from Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines

Comval execs harvest Sandugo awards

Sandugo Award. Vice Gov. Ramil L. Gentugaya receives the National Sandugo Outstanding Local Government Executive Award in behalf of Gov. Uy last July 26, 2011 at Diamond Hotel, Manila. .

By Rodielyn A. Manugas

           Governor Arturo Uy, all of the mayors of the 11 municipalities and 80 barangay captains are awardees in the National Sandugo Outstanding Local Government Executive Award this year.

            Vice Governor Ramil L. Gentugaya and Provincial Board member Ruwell Peter Gonzaga in behalf of Gov. Uy received the awards during awarding rites on July 26, 2011 at Diamond Hotel in Manila.

             Getting the highest award is Gov. Uy with his Super Achiever Award, in the contest being undertaken by the Department of Health (DOH).

The province gathered 9,463 blood bags of 500 cc units from donors this year, which is the basis for the Sandugo awards, one of the highest in the country for a province.

DOH Center for Health Development Assistant Regional Director Dr. Salvador Estrera informed Gov. Uy in a letter dated July 14, 2011 that the local executives were among 193 throughout the country who passed screening by the DOH awards body.

             In the blood donation drive, Maco topped the list with 1,966 bags, earning for.Mayor Arthur Carlos Voltaire Rimando, a Sandugo awardee for the 7th time, the Super Achiever Award for municipal mayors..  Following Maco is Compostela with  1,819..(IDS COMVAL)



PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011

‘Chainsaw Gang’ in Davao City Council?

                                                  CHAINSAW EXTORT GANG cartoons by rOgerb.


PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011

‘AAA’ denies role in P2.5 M extortion on housing developer

TRIPLE A? Abellera, Advincula, Al-ag

DAVAO City Councilor Nilo Abellera Jr. denied the existence of “AAA” group in the City Council whose members have been rumored to have received “thank you” money from a real estate developer amounting to P1.5 million.

Councilor Nilo Abellera, City Council committee on trade and commerce chairman, is tagged as among the “AAA” councilors together with Councilors Bernard Al-ag, chair of City Council committee on medium-end housing, and Victorio Advincula Jr., former floor leader.

The best thing to do is that the person who spread the rumor must also specify who among the councilors are involved. I deny any involvement or to have asked or demanded from any developer,” Abellera told Sun.Star Davao in a text message.

Abellera said it will be unfair for the members of the City Council whose first or family names start with letter A.

Both Al-ag and Advincula refused to comment when asked about the “AAA” issue.

The issue stemmed from a Development Permit issued by the City Council to a real estate developer last month.

Right after the issuance of the Development Permit, text messages detailing the alleged bribery proliferated.

Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte earlier admitted having received the same text message from an anonymous sender informing her of the alleged bribery.

The Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao has already initiated an investigation to look into the alleged bribery report involving some city councilors. published in SUNSTAR DAVAO

Good and bad days for South Cotabato



A day last week in Davao City is a proud day for South Cotabato.

In a conference attended by stakeholders in mining, government officials, media  and the public including foreign investors, South Cotabato’s ”hidden” wealth was bared: large volume of copper and gold under its bowels waiting to be tapped for the benefit of the province and her people.

The conference was the 2nd Mindanao Mining Summit at Grand Regal Hotel organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.

In Mindanao, when talking about gold and copper, people used to think of Mt. Diwata aka Diwalwal in Monkayo, Comopstela Valley, where big and small scale miners have been mining for the precious metals for over thirty years now.

Today, the buzzword is Sagittarius Mining Inc. or SMI of Tampakan, South Cotabato.

In that Davao City conference, it was revealed how rich South Cotabato is, the volume of gold-and-copper deposits astounding those outside of the mining sector present in the conference..

What made the day prouder for the people of South Cotabato is the revelation of the mining chamber’s president, Herminio Disini.

Disini said more than $6 billion worth of investments in mining in Mindanao is in the pipeline topped by the SMI Tampakan gold and copper project worth $5.9 billion.

That should make South Cotabato as home to the biggest single investment in Mindanao, ahead of Davao City where Aboitiz Power of the Aboitiz group of companies is building a $2.9 billion 300MW coal-fired power plant.

Not only that. South Cotabato, once SMI operates, would also be home to the largest gold mining project in the Philippines and the largest copper mine in the world.

How rich is the South Cotabato deposit? A projected yield of an estimated average of 375,000 tons per annum of copper and 360,000 ounces per annum of gold in concentrate, for 17 years, the estimated lifespan of the SMI project.

BLAAN CHILDREN. Their future insured by economic prosperity from mining

What gives for the people of South Cotabato? Revenues. Millions of dollars in revenues for the progress and development of the province and its people..

The SMI Tampakan gold project alone would generate $1.2 billion in revenues by 2018, basing on the price of $1,200 per ounce today, according to Disini.

Last year, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje spoke before an international mining conference in Singapore attended by large foreign investors, where he assured investors of protection for as long as they stick to the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 which mandates environmental protection of the environment as the core policy of the country’s mining industry. Paje could have inspired investors to pour their money in the Philippines given the billion-dollar investment figures cited by Disini in the Davao City conference.

But there are bad days looming for South Cotabato.


In Cagayan de Oro last week, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and his brother, Abante-Mindanao Party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez, said they sought a probe of government’s support to mining in Mindanao, zeroing in on the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa), whose chair Luwalhati Antonino has expressed vocal support for SMI, in particular.

The brothers in House Resolution 1313 also asked appropriate House committees to investigate the mining sector’s alleged adverse impact on the environment.

Now, here we a situation of government (as in Paje) luring investors and government officials (as in the Rodriguez brothers of Cagayan de Oro City) making life hard for the investors.

If this is not economic sabotage, we don’t know what to call it.

The people of South Cotabato should violently react to this assault on their future by the honorable congressmen of Cagayan de Oro City, and pray that the hand of God place the economic saboteurs in the bowels of Tampakan, there to die and be buried forever for spoiling the future of South Cotabato and the country.

The Valencia Water District (VWD)

Getting Stronger at 31

                  “Breaking barriers and limitations in providing improved water services for urban and rural development.”

      Thirty one years ago, the Valencia Water District (VWD) was born out of the basic requirement for safe, potable and affordable water supply. During that time, Valencia was recognized as the commercial hub of the Province of Bukidnon. With several major financial investors, domestic immigrants, and the constant rise of businesses over the years, Valencia significantly benefited from hosting these socio-economic developments. Accordingly, as Valencia’s population and financial market escalated, the need for reliable water supply likewise remarkably increased.

      Thus, Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 80-61 dated August 1, 1980 created the VWD, operating initially as a small water district in serving the water needs and demands of Valencia. Its Conditional Certificate of Conformance No. 141 was obtained from the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) on October 24, 1980.  Moreover, when the Municipality of Valencia was reclassified into a city, VWD was renamed Valencia City Water District (VCWD) following the mandate of Presidential Decree No. 198, the charter governing water districts nationwide.

      There were only six personnel when VCWD started its operation, with meager facilities as follows:  2 intake boxes from Sitios Cabanuangan and Maulawan, 227 cubic meter ground reservoir, 47 km. dilapidated transmission and distribution lines, and 275 unmetered connections, on top of a measly flat rate of P10.00 per connection, per month.

            Sometime in the year 1985, with the facility of the first approved loan from LWUA, VCWD was able to successfully undertake   several developments in the form of implementation of the metering of all water connections, repair of leakages, installation and improvement of transmission and distribution lines, among others.

      Back in the year 1990, VCWD only had 2,100 service connections. To date, VCWD has 13, 619 active water connections, 9 service barangays, 9 pumping stations, 6  reservoirs, and 6 spring sources. It is also engaged in micro-forest program by buying out lands for watershed development and expansion, boosting a total of 17.528 hectares located at Sitios Cabanuangan, Hindangon and Barobo, and home to about 60,000 grown-up mixed tree species. Conversely, VCWD has an average production of 303,504 cubic meters as of the month of June. VCWD’s success can be attributed to its 117 highly performing employees, maintaining an impressive staff productivity of 1:129 higher than that of the DBM requirement of 1:120.

      From its humble beginnings, VCWD already achieved major accomplishments in its effort to continuously deliver quality water to all its concessionaires, to name only a few: replacement and abandonment of leaking pipes and distribution lines, rehabilitation works geared toward a comprehensive and expanded water supply system, human resource development, strengthened the mechanisms to enhance customer service, watershed development and expansion, intensive application of effective marketing strategies, development of computer program for the billing and collection system, continuing modernization of its existing water supply, and the completion of its new Administration Building to cater to its increasing number of personnel, to name only a few.

      VCWD’s achievements were not without turmoil and tribulations, yet with unwavering diligence, hard work and perseverance, the District has definitely seen it through. In the year 2004, it was re-categorized from small to big water district, and has earned several awards and recognitions for its 2006 operations, to wit: water district with high collection efficiency, innovation, watershed management and development program, creditworthy water district, 100% service coverage area, and nominee for 2006 outstanding water district.

             “We aspire to deliver quality water supply 24/7 especially to the elevated portions of the City, and we hope to reduce our non-revenue water, improve customer satisfaction and put up more infrastructure to better serve our most valued concessionaires,” declared Ms. Ma. Socorro Ester R. Paluga, General Manager of VCWD.

      VCWD is indeed, getting stronger at 31. It continues to remain steadfast in its mission of providing quality water service to the City of Valencia and looks forward with a renewed hope of more productive years to come.



PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011

Guvs glad over Pnoy’s pledge to mitigate impacts of 2012 IRA cut

By  Romulo D. Tagalo

Malacañan Palace, Manila — Anxious on the impending 4.8 per cent cut on Local Government Units’ internal revenue allotment (IRA) in 2012, members of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) trooped to Malacañan Palace for a brief dialogue with President Noynoy Aquino last August 7, 2011.

Early in the day, the governors consolidated their positions in its 19th General Assembly at the Century Park Hotel, Manila, where 50 governors attended for a crucial deliberation. Various options were raised in order to avert the reduction which is expected to result in reduced social welfare spending.

At the outset, the governors agreed to insist upon the President the P5 billion collectible due to LGUs as an offshoot to the Mandanas vs. Ermita case. It can be recounted that during the time of Pres. Estrada, the IRA releases were short of P20 billion, which became the subject of the aforesaid court litigation. The Arroyo government paid 75 per cent through a Land Bank-facilitated monetization scheme charged to the national government coffers in seven years. The scheme was made possible during Gov. del Rosario’s presidency of the League of Provinces in the Philippines (LPP), and Union of Local Authorities in the Philippines (ULAP)

“In our meeting with the President, Sec. Butch Abad briefed him about this long overdue balance. We expressed the general sentiment of all LGUs about the negative impact of this IRA reduction next year, especially on our health program and other social services. And we are glad that President Pnoy pledged to consider our plea,” Governor del Rosario said.

“I think that among other options, this one was feasible; and sure enough, we had no trouble convincing the President of our position,” he stressed.

Gov. del Rosario was one among the seven governors originally chosen by the assembly to meet and present the proposal to President Pnoy.

The budget cut for LGUs is said to be the true impact of typhoons Peping and Ondoy in 2009, since the 40 per cent IRA allocation is computed against the local tax collection three years prior to any fiscal year.



PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.74, August 15-21, 2011