Mati City receives 2 child-friendly awards

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the plaques during the flag-raising ceremony at the Mati City Hall grounds.

The awards were given last year but was only handed over to the Mati local government unit on Monday, said Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat, who received the plaudits with Vice Mayor Glenda Rabat-Gayta and members of the city council.

During her acceptance speech, Rabat thanked the agencies who have seen their efforts in protecting the rights of the children.

“In every award received is a challenge to do better. We hope that we could do better in the future so that we could be more deserving of whatever recognition given us,” she said. (PNA)




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Mandaya villagers shared music, dances, and traditional cuisines, and took part in friendly traditional  competitions during the annual Kalindugan Festival in Davao Roeintal on October 25.

During the festival, grade-schoolers from the different sitios treated spectators and visitors with a full display of their cultural heritage through various presentations. Accompanied by the beat of the drums made of indigenous materials and other traditional instruments, the children donning their customary Mandaya clothing stomped their feet as they danced with enthusiasm and energy showcasing the Mandaya way of life and a glimpse of the past depicting their tribe’s struggles and victories.




Davao Oriental’s housing program will  benefit more than 700 homeless residents with the signing of a lease agreement between the residents, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and the owner of a 15.6-hectare property.  .

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HOUSING PROJECT. Chermaine Morante, mortgage examiner of Socialized Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) explains to the beneficiaries the terms and conditions contained in the lease agreement the parties signed on Thursday (Oct. 17, 2019). At least 746 beneficiaries, belonging to the Mandaya Muslim Bisaya Homeowners Association, signed the document at the Capitol covered court. (Photo courtesy of Davao Oriental PIO)
Provincial Information Officer Karen Lou Deloso said the 746 beneficiaries signed on October 17, the lease agreement with the SHFC funding the land acquisition under  its Community Mortgage Program (CMP) .
SHFC, the agency tasked with implementing the government’s socialized housing program for the homeless,  is headed by president Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, a lawyer and former member of the Davao City Council.
The lease agreement between SHFC and members of the Mandaya Muslim Bisaya Homeowners Association covers the 15.6-hectare land in Sitio Magay, Barangay Don Martin Marundan, Mati City, where the housing project will rise.
“Prior to the signing, officers from the SHFC explained to the beneficiaries the contents of the agreement,” Deloso said.
Under the agreement, each beneficiary shall pay the monthly rental of PHP369.42 per month, payable for 25 years.
Flordeliza Tabanao, Provincial Housing Coordinator, said that following the signing of the agreement, the SHFC will pay the landowner so that the site development and project construction can begin.
Tabanao said that the provincial government hopes to start the construction next year after meeting all requirements.
Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat said the project is “a welcome development to address the housing backlog in the city.” (PNA)

Inday Sara’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago draws more local members


The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is drawing more members as Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio accepted at least 1,830 village leaders of Davao Oriental province on Sunday.

During the mass oath-taking at the Davao Oriental State University Gymnasium here, Duterte-Carpio urged them to aim for projects that will alleviate poverty and have strong impact in people’s lives.

Also present during the mass oath-taking were the Governors Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental and Tyron Uy of Compostela Valley, Senator Cynthia Villar, Representatives Corazon Malanyaon of the first district of Davao Oriental and Zahid Mangundadato of the second district of Maguindanao, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and the local officials of the province.

Duterte-Carpio, who is the founding chairperson of the HNP, said this can be done through careful planning of their programs and projects during their term. HNP was organized by the presidential daughter together with the governors of the Davao Region.

“What we want is a strong Davao region. Atong pakusgon ang atong rehiyon pinaagi sa mga proyekto nga maka alibyo sa kalisod sa atong mga constituents and strong impact in their lives (What we want is a strong region. Let us make our region strong by initiating projects that will alleviate poverty of our constituents and strong impact in their lives),” she said.

The mayor stressed the importance of good planning as the foundation of tangible development, which she said will decide whether a village official should stay in their office in the next elections.




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Duterte-Carpio said HNP was created to position the Davao Region as a development hub in the country.

The mayor also said HNP will field a full regional slate in the 2019 mid-term elections.

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The HNP slate was expected to battle it out with the candidates of the Alvarez Wing, an independent  political bloc organized by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez outside of the ruling PDP/Laban, of which he is the secretary general.

HNP will reportedly field former Davao del Norte governor Dolfo del Rosario to challenge the reelection bid of Alvarez in the province’s First District.