Indonesian Consul General Eko Hartono is looking forward to stronger trade tries between Mindanao particularly Davao City and Indonesia.
The newly assigned Consul Hartono attended the recent launch in Davao City of the inaugural flight of the Mid-Sea Express Davao-Manado flight on March 18.
Mid-Sea Express would fly the route every Sundays using a 19-seater Jet Stream aircraft.
Considering that Davao City and Manado have been progressing, Hartono said there is need for both governments and private sectors to work together in sustaining the new flights.
Shelley Sondakh, BIMP-Eaga (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area) executive secretary, said the challenge now is how to make use of the linkage as part of the master plan of Asian connectivity.
Mid-Sea Express Makes Maiden Flight from Davao to Manado
23 March 2012 – The Philippine Consulate General in Manado reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that after months of discussions and preparations, a Mactan, Cebu-based airline, Mid-Sea Express finally made its maiden flight from Davao to Manado on March 18, landing at Manado’s Sam Ratulangi International Airport after a one hour and 45-minute flight.
The maiden flight is indicative of the two Philippine and Indonesian governments’ sincere efforts to resume direct air links between the two cities.
Philippine Consul General in Manado Jose D.R. Burgos welcomed the flight at the airport with Vice Consul Ricarte Abejuela III, PLO Lt. Col Noel Beleran and other Consulate staff.
Others who also welcomed the flight included Provincial Office Head of Transportation and Communications Eng. Parlindungan Tampubolon, Manado City Chief of Immigration Lumaksono SH, officials from the Governor’s Office, Ms. Shelley Sondakh of the BIMP-EAGA Secretariat, Mr. Jeffrey Rantung of the Provincial Tourism Board, North Sulawesi Mindanao Business Council Chairman Sam Calamba, Mr. Larry Marzan representing the Filipino Community in Manado, and airport officials.
The aircraft was a 20-seater British Aerospace Jetstream EP.
Its passengers included Indonesian Consul General in Davao City Eko Hartono, three crewmembers with the pilot, Capt. Mapagtapat Ongchanco, co-pilot John Austria, the flight engineer, and five other passengers, including representatives from Ashnor Travel and Tours and the Davao General Sales Agent (GSA) of Mid-Sea.
The local GSA, Mr. Budiman Iton Massa of PT Bumi Mas Travel and Tours, arranged for the aircraft’s schedule. Mid-sea Express will fly between Davao and Manado every Sunday but flight frequency may be increased as demand grows.
The Governor’s Office of North Sulawesi held meetings last March 12 and 15 to discuss preparations for the maiden flight and other matters meant to address administrative and operational requirements of the flight.
The creation of a Joint Committee for the direct flight was suggested to ensure sustainability and the active marketing of the Davao-Manado route.
From Manado, travellers could take onward flights to places like Jakarta and Bali. At present, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have direct flights between Manila and Jakarta. END
The Department of Trade and Industry in Davao Region (DTI-11) has cited the economic gains achieved this year and will plan out for strategies to adopt in sustaining the milestones.
The third quarter report of DTI-11 revealed that the bottom line results of its various initiatives have increased significantly.
The value of exports generated through the Export Pathways Program (EPP) reached US$42.52 million, which is 132 percent of the agency’s annual target and 51 percent higher compared to the same period last year.
Monitored domestic sales hit P564.30 million, 75 percent of this year’s sales target and 64 percent higher than last year’s figure. Generated amount of investments during the period under review, on the other hand, amounted to P8.639 billion, 128 percent of the agency’s annual target and 35 percent higher than last year’s P6.384 billion.
DTI-11 director Marizon S. Loreto said that the increases in the figures can be attributed to the strong partnership of the office with other government agencies and the private sector.
THE JAPANESE TUNNEL RESORT AND RESTAURANT, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Davao City
Japanese are knocking at the doors of the Tokyo office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to inquire about how they could retire in Davao City, said DOT Region Eleven director Art Boncato.
We are now closely working with the Philippine Retirement Authority office in Davao to entice the increasing number of retirees in Japan to choose Davao as their second home, said Boncato. ” Our tourism office in Tokyo has recorded an increase in inquiries about retiring in the Philippines paticularly in Davao, he adds.
Japan is the second biggest foreign market of Davao with at least 12,000 arrivals in 2010, DOT data showed.
Boncato bared the good news about Japanese eyeing Davao for retirement, after arriving home from the DOT-led Philippine Business Mission to East and West Japan and the Japan Association of Travel Agents (Jata) Travel Showcase held recently. ROGER M. BALANZA
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The Catholic Church has priests in Mindanao who are “fake.”
Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla said Catholics in Mindanao are warned against priests from the controversial “Saint Pius X Society (SPPX).”
SPPX questioned the authority of the Pope on several occasions; while its priest were validly ordained they do not have legal or canonical status in the Philippine Church, according to Capalla.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the SSPX, organized by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in
1969, rejected modern rites of the liturgy, some portions of the Vatican II documents and questioned papal authority on several occasions.
Lefebvre consecrated four bishops in 1988 against the will of then Pope John Paul II, leading to the excommunication of the four bishops in 1991.
Radio station employees-members of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Davao Employees Union (RDEU) have again conducted an hour-long lighting protest in front of the station’s premises to denounce the delay in the conduct of certification election by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 11.
The RMN union members conducted the street protest after no certification election was conducted despite the decision of the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) dismissing the RMN management’s petition to block the conduct of certification election.
Based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Labor Code, certification election is the process of determining, through secret ballot, the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the employees in an appropriate bargaining unit, for purposes of collective bargaining.
The BLR decision affirming the conduct of certification election came out on January 28, 2011, but it was already two months as of yesterday, March 28, still, no such process was held.
When RMN Davao union employees followed-up the matter before the DOLE 11, they were only told that the DOLE regional office was still waiting for the documents from BLR in Manila.
After a month and nothing happened, the union members then commissioned someone to get a certified true copy of the documents but despite the presentation of the documents to DOLE 11, still, the labor office failed to act claiming that they have yet to wait for BLR’s order.
The delay in the conduct of certification election prompted the RDEU to inquire before the BLR on the status of the documents. The BLR however, asked for a letter-request, which the union also complied.
RDEU president Rey Hernan Fabe in a statement also lambasted the management for dilly-dallying the process while making apparent repressive acts against the employees.
Fabe assailed the mounting of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in almost every corner of the station without consultation from the union members.
RDEU’s action was supported by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Davao City chapter and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Southern Mindanao.
In a statement, the NUJP Davao said the conduct of certification election “is crucial given the low wages the employees receive amid fast rising prices of commodities. Union members also look forward to a CBA negotiation as a way to assert protection in the workplace, such as decent wages and security of tenure.”
The NUJP Davao added that the longer the delay, the longer union members have to bear the repressive acts of the management against them.
“Given that the right to association is constitutionally-guaranteed, it is just that the DOLE ensures that the petition of workers for a CE is granted promptly,” the NUJP said.
The NUJP Davao stressed that “the fight of media workers of RMN Davao is the fight of all media workers. In the end, it is the people who will benefit from a press whose rights are amply protected.”
After the activity at the RMN, some of the RDEU members together with the NUJP and KMU stormed at the DOLE 11 office to bring the matter to officials.
DOLE 1I officer-in-charge Joffrey Suyao, at first, revealed that they are still waiting for the other party, Mindanao Congress of Labor (MCL) to respond to the BLR.
MCL was the previous union of RMN Davao employees. However, it was already canceled long time ago due to its failure to comply with the requisites set forth by law for labor unions.
RDEU asserted that they should not suffer from MCL’s failure to comply with the process.
Suyao assured RDEU that they would act on the matter as soon as possible
A Catholic priest is said to be part of a million peso black propaganda drive against Davao Port Customs Collector Anju Nereo Castigador.
Known as leader of an anti-corruption group watching graft in government agencies, the priest’s agenda was bared after he reportedly lobbied for the Customs officer’s ouster in Malacanang, said a reliable source who begged to be anonymous.The source tied the smear campaign to a group with business in container yards whose contract with Customs was rescinded and blamed on Castigador.The P4 million smear fund reportedly was split halfway between a media group and a local anti-corruption group.