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Damosa Land’s Seawind Tower 3 Topping-Off

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Seawind Condominium is a six (6) tower condominium designed to be the next living destination for people who are looking to live the very life that they have always wanted. It is the first vertical project for Damosa Land Inc (DLI).

Seawind Condominium is located at Sasa Onse, Davao City.READ2

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Municipality under Alvarez’s district joins growing list vs. Speaker

The provincial legislature of Davao del Norte, along with a first-class municipality under the congressional district of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, have joined  the growing list of local government units (LGUs) that have thrown their support behind the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor)  and the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc.(TADECO).

The LGUs were one in acknowledging  the valuable contributions of the BuCor-TADECO deal in invigorating the economies of, creating jobs in,  and providing social services to, in their respective communities along with fulfilling the agreement’s primary goal of rehabilitating inmates at the Davao Penal Colony.
They issued their statements of support following the move by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who represents Davao del Norte’s first district, to initiate a congressional inquiry into the Bucor-TADECO agreement and declare the deal null and void for supposedly being disadvantageous to the government. 
At least two hearings have already been conducted by the House committee on good government and public accountability on the issue during the first regular session of the Congress.
But the town of Asuncion, a first-class municipality under Alvarez’s district, have opted to back the BuCor-TADECO deal.
Resolution 2017-148 adopted by its  Sangguniang Bayan last July 11 said that it was “earnestly supporting” the agreement because the deal not only contributes to Davao’s economy but also generates “employment to thousands of workers, more particularly in the neighboring localities including Asuncion.”
The Sangguniang Bayan of Asuncion also pointed out that besides providing jobs to inmates, TADECO’s banana operations also created some 30,000 jobs and “secured the livelhood and future of at least 181,000 residents.”
It said the significance of TADECO’s operations to the lives of Davaoenos was the reason Davao del Norte Governor  Antonio Rafael del Rosario has enjoined all LGUs in the province to support the BuCor-TADECO agreement.
Meanwhile, a separate resolution sponsored by the majority of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao Del Norte, and unanimously adopted on June 19, stated the provincial legislature’s support for the JVA and cited the relevance of TADECO “to the lives of the 181,000 residents of the province”  who are dependent on the company’s business operations.
The resolution was issued with the support of Del Rosario and was adopted with Vice Governor Alan Dujali presiding over the Sanggunian proceedings.
“The JVA rehabilitation program brought pride to the Province of Davao del Norte because its success is well known in the entire Philippine Penal System and as a matter of fact, BuCor wanted it replicated in its Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan,” Resolution 364 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan read.  
The resolution likewise stated that in 2016 alone, TADECO paid BuCor a total of 142,719,662.00 which equates to P26,900 per hectare and the former also paid approximately P438,000,000.00 in taxes and fees to the Philippine government.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which decided to adopt a resolution of support for the BuCor-TADECO deal after receiving the position papers of both Tadeco and the Office of the Speaker, also called on the LGUs in District I “to give their support to the JVA due to its social and economic benefit to the entire Province for so many years.”
All the LGUs in the second district comprising Panabo City and the municipalities of Braulio E. Dujali, Carmen, the Island Garden City of Samal and Sto. Tomas have already issued their separate resolutions of support for the BuCor-TADECO JVA.
Last May 29, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Panabo adopted a resolution “earnestly supporting the joint venture agreement” between TADECO and BuCor, which it said has a “vast contribution  to the economy of the neighboring cities and municipalities  within the Davao Region.”
In its resolution, the Sangguniang Panlungsod said the TADECO-BuCor agreement “had [been] reviewed and approved by no less than Six (6) Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretaries, namely, Juan Ponce Enrile (1968-1970),  Vicente Abad Santos (1970-1979), Ricardo C. Puno (1979), Catalino Macaraig Jr. (1979-1981), Sedfrey Ordonez (1987-1990), Simeon Datumanong (2003), and Raul Gonzales (w004-2007).”
“It has also passed through fourteen (14) Secretaries of Justice who upheld its validity,” the Sanggunian also said in its resolution.
The Sangguniang Bayan of Sto. Tomas said in a separate resolution adopted on May 22  that it is backing the BuCor-Tadeco accord “so as not to displace the thousand workers and its contribution to the economic development of the communities and country.”
The town of Tibal-Og in Sto.Tomas, through its Sangguniang Barangay also  released a resolution last May 23 backing the JVA, which stated that the presence of Tadeco “tremendously boosted the fast economic development activities benefiting the entire province of Davao del Norte.” 
The Liga ng Mga Barangay of Sto. Tomas, meanwhile, unanimously adopted a resolution last May 18 supporting the JVA, which it said, “helped to rehabilitate the inmates inside the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF) and prepare them for their eventual reintegration to society by providing them with a decent means of livelihood while serving their sentences to become a productive citizen in the community.”
Mayor Virginia Perandos of the municipality of Carmen pointed out that “TADECO has been playing (a major role) in the development of the entire province of Davao del Norte in general, and brought quality standard of living for  the people with its employment opportunities, including many of the BuCor inmates.”
A resolution unanimously adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan of Carmen on May 23 expressed its support to the JVA, and said the “presence of banana companies including Tadeco boost the economic activity not only of the Municipality of Carmen, but throughout the Davao Region.” 
The Liga ng mga Barangay of Carmen has also adopted a separate resolution backing the BuCor-Tadeco JVA. “Fifty percent of our labor force are working [in companies like TADECO, Dole Philippines and other agro-industrial establishments in the locality and other neighboring cities and municipalities,” the Liga said in its resolution. 
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Bayan of Braulio E. Dujali pointed out in its Resolution dated May 15 that besides creating jobs, providing revenues for the municipality,  and constructing roads and other infrastructure, TADECO has also regularly conducted medical outreach programs for the town’s “poor communities through the Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation” and helped the town realize “its electrification program which benefited a good number of households and even those located in the outskirts of this town.” 
The resolution stated that Tadeco contributes more than half of the municipality’s total annual income. 
The Braulio E. Dujali chapter of the Liga ng mga Barangay have also come out in support of the JVA, stating in its unanimously adopted resolution that “Tadeco is one of the highest-yielding banana plantations in the world that provides employment to thousands of workers.”
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of the Island Garden City of Samal stated in its resolution that many of the inmates who benefited from the JVA came from the city.
Its  Liga ng Mga Barangay noted in its  May 10 resolution that the JVA provides employment to hundreds of workers in all of the 46 barangays within the city.



Only President Rodrigo Duterte can order the cancellation of the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) covering sharing agreement over the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) reservation area in Davao del Norte.

This legal position taken by Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has inspired local government units (LGUs) of Davao del Norte to raise the issue to Malacanang with an appeal for President Duterte to dump attempts by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez  to have the JVA cancelled.
bucor-tadeco-deal-may-7-2017_BCF4D83757ED4B628690E00744C30F4EAlvarez claims that the Tadeco-BuCor deal  is anomalous and disadvantageous to the government. The Speaker has requested the DoJ to declare the JVA as illegal and has initiated an inquiry to look into the deal at the House of Representatives.
According to Aguirre, declaring the JVA as illegal is not within the powers of the DoJ.
Only President Rodrigo Duterte can make such a declaration, said Aguirre at the joint committee hearing on May 9  of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and the Committee on Justice.
With the cancellation or not of the Tadeco-BuCor JVA resting solely in the hands of the President, Davao del Norte LGUs plan to appeal to President Duterte to spurn Alvarez’s attempts to cancel the contract.
Citing its job generation and positive economic impact on the province and its people, Davao del Norte LGUs have passed resolutions in support of the JVA involving over 5,000 hectares of the Dapecol reservation area that Tadeco developed into a banana plantation under a sharing agreement with BuCor and as a rehabilitation project for Dapecol inmates.
 “We will compile the resolutions of the LGUs in a petition to President Rodrigo Duterte as an expression of the collective sentiments of the people of Davao del Norte in support of the Tadeco-BuCor deal and against attempts by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to have the JVA cancelled,” said a source, who asked anonymity, privy to the move to bring up the Tadeco-BuCor JVA to President Duterte.
The Davao del Norte provincial government led by Governor Anthony del Rosario has supported the JVA through a resolution passed by the Provincial Board.
Likewise, the municipal councils  in the Second District also passed similar resolutions.
In the First District, congressional district of Alvarez, the  municipalities of Asuncion, Kapalong, Talaingod and  New Corella,  and the City Council of Tagum City, are preparing their own resolutions also in support of the Tadeco-BuCor deal.
The House has already conducted two hearings on the Tadeco-BuCor deal.
Tadeco, one of the country’s biggest banana producer and exporter owned by the family of Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr., insists the deal was legal and reviewed and approved by Congress.
Tadeco president and CEO Alex Valoria insists that despite Alvarez’s claim,  the JVA is valid and legal and  highly beneficial to the government.
At the joint committee hearing on May 9, Valoria presented key points on the constitutionality and legality of the Tadeco-BuCor JVA in response to the erroneous allegations by Alvarez  against the company. Valoria also cited the tremendous contribution of Tadeco to the economy of Davao del Norte, BuCor’s share in the deal and taxes Tadeco paid to the local and national governments.