Archive | April 2007

Court battle begins on city’s ban on aerial spray

DAVAO CITY – From the halls of the city council and the newsrooms, the battle over the legislation to ban aerial spraying has proceeded to the court room.

The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, which indicated filing the suit in March, has asked the court Wednesday for a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the city government’s implementation of the ordinance banning aerial spraying.

PBGEA filed the case at the Regional Trial Court Wednesday asking the court to declare the ordinance null and void.

The city government stood firm over the ordinance as Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said last month the city government will defend the legislation in court.

The city council approved the controversial ordinance on March 23 and gave the banana industry three months up to June 23 to prepare shifting to ground spraying.

City Administrator Wendell Avisado welcomed the suit saying the City Legal Office is ready and prepared to answer the case.

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Seedlings for Pasalubong?

seedlings.jpgOnly in Mindanao!
Well, not quite new but let me say something about this. Somewhere between the boundary of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur is a string of stalls selling Falcata and other seedlings for pasalubong!

If I heard them correctly, the box containing at least a hundred seedlings, cost around P60-85! It could be a good investment if one has an area to plant these seedlings, actually take some time planting, and growing it as well.

Would you choose this pasalubong over say, Agusan Sur’s bulad or dried fish?

According to the attendant, one of the biggest buyers is an agricultural plantation executive  in Bukidnon. They bought a total of 72, 000 seedlings. Wow! What about starting it now?

Istambay in San Francisco

Istambay sa Mindanao got a new title today: Mr. Posing. It’s quite embarrasing but if that is what it takes to pose in front of Agusan del Sur’s wide oil palm plantations, I’ll do it.

When we saw the palm trees along the highway in San Francisco, ADS; we asked Gigi to stop the car. And I went up for a pose. Maybe that photo could land in a magazine cover someday, nyahahah.

For many reporters, to be called Mr. Posing, instead of Mr. Expose, is quite a reputation. Life is beautiful we should not waste it right? As a friend would say, “the last time I checked, this is still a free country.

There has been a lot of promise about oil palm plantations. We have yet to hear the good stories and also the downside.

Maybe one day I’ll have a date with the oil palm farmers for a story.

Rice Cakes in Mawab, Compostela Valley

bibingka.jpgOne of our favorite stops going  east of Davao City is Bibingka City in Mawab,  a small town in Compostela Valley province.

I like the taste of their bibingka or rice cake. It is typical Filipino. Also, bingka (the Cebuano term) is so natural in Mindanao’s rice-producing provinces. I (or is this Skippy’s take?) took a photo of bingka on display in Bibingka City.

I think it cost us P10 for a pack (made up of two pieces) of rice cake.
The packaging is so humble it could use a lot of improvement. But it is good and definitely a good snack for a day’s trip.

Mindanao Peaceweavers on Sulu: “spare relief operations, ceasfire now”

Today, April 29, the Mindanao Peaceweavers has called: “Spare relief operations from election interests, ceasefire now”

FULL TEXT OF STATEMENT: “From war zone, to economic zone” is the official slogan of the Province of Sulu.

But it is “back to war zone again”– that is how civil society describes
the situation in Sulu today. In this tiny, but perennially embattled
island, what is abnormal has become normal. Read More…

Catholics told to be ‘good shepherds’ in polls

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur – Catholics around the country are called to be good shepherds to the public, including politicians, a priest told parishioners here as the church marked Good Shepherd Sunday.Fr. Edgar Clare, parish priest of neighboring Cantilan town, said in his first mass homily everyone is called to emulate Jesus Christ as a “good shepherd.

He said the call is especially true for the upcoming May 14 elections when church members are asked to vote responsibly and to help ensure elections are fair, clean and peaceful.
“Do not just think of yourself only, take good care also of the rest of the flock,” he told around 500 churchgoers. Read More…

Davao in Surigao

Just very quickly: After experiencing Surigao del Sur in our quick trip to the province facing the Pacific, my friends and I decided to produce a “new” TV ad for second district Rep. Prospero Pichay.

The script includes a scene with the actor planting “pechay” along a muddy portion of the Surigao highway.

We thought of a genuine scene so we dropped by Tandag’s public market early morning to buy the green leafy vegetable.

We found out most of the vegetable supply in the market came from Davao City! Read More…