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Sara to gov’t workers: Adopt ‘Davao Brand’ in serving public

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Mayor Sara Z. Duterte encouraged fellow public servants to practice the “Davao brand” of public service.

“Our Davao brand of service should be the kind that we want to be served if we are part of the general public. Our brand of service should be friendly and accommodating, responsive, proactive, and fast and efficient,” Mayor Sara told the members of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies of Region 11 (ARENA-11) on Monday.

Mayor Sara was the guest speaker during the organization’s flag-raising ceremony.

Duterte said that to better serve the public, government agencies should adopt thorough planning, use relevant data, and observe “standards of excellence.”

“We must veer away from phrases like “depende sa unsa man gusto ni Mayor” (it depends on what Mayor wants) or “puwede ra na basta musugot si Mayor” (it is okay as long as the Mayor permits). We are bound by the laws of our land and we should conscientiously plan how to execute the mandate of our offices and take advantage of systems and technology to do so,” she said.

Sara also encouraged government agencies to strengthen cooperation and ensure that the collective aspirations of the Davao Region are achieved.

“Nothing is insurmountable when we are working together with one common goal — driven by common energy, commitment, and dedication for public service,” Duterte said.

She also lauded the “tireless, committed, and dedicated men and women” of ARENA-11 for their contribution to the growth of the region and of this city.

“I humbly encourage all of you not to stay in the comfort of your air-conditioned offices, and instead, we must set forth and find those who urgently need our help,” the mayor said.

Duterte added: “I believe that our gathering today in a ceremony for the symbol of our country is a perfect way to start the year and perfect time for us to look back at the best practices that we put in place, implemented, and shared with each other to accomplish our plans — with renewed optimism that we will be able to sharpen these best practices, even more, to accomplish greater things for the people of Region 11”. (PNA)


Government to protect defenseless, vulnerable



Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea has expressed concern over human rights violations by communist rebels in its failed attempt in more than fifty years  to topple down the government.


Countless human rights abuses against our people have been committed by communist armed groups that have been battling the Philippine government for more than five decades, said Medialdea in his speech on Monday, Sept. 9, during the annual commemoration of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
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“These groups are relentless in seeking the downfall of our government and the death of our democratic ideals,” the Palace official  said in his speech read by Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Michael Ong, during a program held at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)..
But as the country  continues to confront various terror threats head-on with the strong arm of the law and all available resources at its disposal, Medialdea said the government will remain committed to protecting the defenseless and vulnerable in every armed conflict.
“We continue to impress upon everyone the Philippine government’s committed adherence to the guiding principles of IHL while addressing the threats to national peace and security,” said Medialdea.
“This commitment is summed up in this year’s theme, ‘IHL: Protecting the Defenseless in Times of Armed Conflict’,” Medialdea said.
He added that for the first part of 2019, these communist groups have perpetrated several atrocities such as: summary execution of police officers; planted landmines in Negros Oriental; brutally killed leaders of indigenous peoples in Oriental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, and Agusan del Norte; destruction of development projects, such as the hydropower plant in Oriental Mindoro, and the burning of the construction equipment for the Kaliwa dam project in Quezon; and attacked companies, fruit plantations and mining firms in Mindanao whose owners resisted their extortion activities.
“This local terrorism is even aiming to spread its influence in schools. Fifty- five (55) so-called Salugpungan schools in remote villages were found to be used by the terrorists to train more than a thousand children from indigenous peoples communities as child combatants,” he said.
High schools and universities, he added, have likewise become hotbeds for recruitment.
“True to the spirit of IHL, it (PH government) shall stay faithful to the law (Republic Act 11188) that ensures special protection of children in situations of armed conflict; the national plan of action on women, peace and security (2017-2020) that embodies protection of women and girls in conflict situations,” Medialdea said.
The government will also stay committed to the mission of the National Task Force created and chaired by no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte, to put an end to local communist terrorism as stipulated in Executive Order No. 70, he added.
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) is a partnership between the government and like-minded sectors of society — under the whole-of-nation approach — that shall advance and sustain all these efforts.
Medialdea also expressed his deepest gratitude to all the men and women in uniform who courageously stand on the ground to confront these threats while upholding their role as protectors of our people.
“Your work continues to define the Philippine government’s strong and firm commitment to International Humanitarian Law. God bless and keep you always,” he said.
The national observance of IHL Day is pursuant to Executive Order No, 134 (s. 1999) that declares every 12th of August as such.
This year’s commemoration was, however, postponed by the ad hoc Inter-Agency Committee to Sept. 9 during the DFA’s flag-raising ceremony.
Being a party to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocol II Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts, the EO provides that the Philippines adheres to the principles of humanitarian laws or the laws of armed conflict.
The annual commemoration aims to enhance understanding by officials and personnel of government departments, law enforcement agencies, and local government units of the principles of IHL, and to raise the people’s consciousness and promote greater awareness of the same.
Activities for the observance of IHL Day are prepared by the ad hoc Committee co-chaired by DFA and Department of National Defense, and composed of representatives from DFA, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Manila, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Commission on Human Rights, and the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat. (with PNA report)



4 villages under state of calamity

Four barangays in Davao City were placed under state of calamity Thursday afternoon after a localized thunderstorm brought heavy rains that caused massive flooding on Wednesday evening. VIDEO

The City Council to approve Wednesday afternoon a total of PHP50-million assistance package for the affected families and individuals.

The four barangays directly affected by the flash floods are Tugbok Proper, Los Amigos, Talomo, and Wangan, which are traversed by Talomo River, one of the city’s biggest rivers.
A total of 17,795 individuals or 3,559 families were displaced by the floods.
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Marilyn Agonia, assistant head of City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), said in an earlier press briefing that the amount will be used to purchase medicines, food and non-food items, and for cash assistance.
Rodrigo Bustillo, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) operations and warning head, said some of the residents did not heed the call of the CDRRMO for evacuation.
Bustillo said that as of 4:30 pm their team activated the siren as an early warning for the residents to leave their houses.
“Many did not listen to our call that’s why we conducted a force evacuation at 5:30 pm. But there are residents who are still hesitant to follow,” Bustillo added.
As a result, many of the families who failed to comply with the warning were trapped in their houses.
“We are just happy that there are no reported casualties in the incident,” Bustillo said, adding that six shanties near the river were damaged.
One of the lessons that can be drawn from the incident, he said, is the importance of sustained disaster preparedness in the villages.
He also urged Dabawenyos to listen to advisories to avoid being caught up by natural calamities. (PNA)

Davao City, Jinjiang City sign sisterhood pact

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Mayor Sara Z Duterte signs the agreement with Jinjiang Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Committee Chair Liu Wenru in Fliport Hotel, Jinjiang on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Davao CIO)

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte underscored the sisterhood pact between Davao City and Jinjiang City of the People’s Republic of China as key to better and closer relations between the two cities and their people.

“Fostering an exchange of ideas on identified fields will bring the people of our two cities closer, strengthening the bilateral ties between our two nations even further,” said Mayor Sara, who signed the agreement with Jinjiang Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Committee Chair Liu Wenru in Fliport Hotel, Jinjiang on Tuesday.

The signing of the sisterhood pact was a result of the visit of the representatives of the Municipal Government of Jinjiang in February 2017, when the officials presented their interest to establish friendly ties with Davao City.

Sara said sister city relations between the two localities seek to establish cooperation in the fields of tourism and culture, trade and commerce, health and wellness, and education, science, and technology.

“On its own, Davao City stands as a strong community. But with partner communities and sister cities like Jinjiang, we stand stronger,” she said in a press statement on Thursday.

Jinjiang is Davao City’s second sister city in the People’s Republic of China and eighth international sister city.

Chief Information Officer Jefry Tupas said Mayor Sara and Jinjiang officials also witnessed the signing of the four Memorandum of Understanding documents between businessmen of Davao City and Jinjiang City that included the Tourism Exchange Agreement to support the Davao City-Jinjiang direct flight, and the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Davao University.

The Davao City-Jinjiang direct flight will be launched on December 18.

Tourism stakeholders have been looking forward to the Davao-Jinjiang direct flight to boost further the tourism industry, said City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson, saying the route will be another addition to the direct international flights to Davao.

On October, the Cathay Pacific Group’s regional airline Cathay Dragon launched its Davao-Hong Kong four-times-weekly service to Davao City. (Lilian C Mellejor/PNA)