Archive | June 2007

Brothers pledge continuity in Samal governance

PEÑAPLATA, Island Garden City of Samal (MindaNews/28 June) — It was a brother to brother affair at the turnover rites as the city’s newly elected officials took their oath of office in this tourist island city on Wednesday.

Outgoing Mayor Rogelio Antalan, 69, elder brother of mayor-elect Aniano, 66, was emotional in his parting speech, exhorting the incoming officials for excellence in work and partnership with the people, two strategies he said that took in his full nine year term.

Antalan said they can boast of their achievements because it is a product of a “successful partnership between the executive and the city council and the people of IGACOS (Island Garden City of Samal).” Read More…

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Duterte takes oath with congressmen, except Nograles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) —  President Arroyo’s two Dabawenyo allies, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and House Majority Floor Leader Prospero Nograles, will not take their oath of offices at the same time.

Duterte will take his oath Saturday, with two of Davao’s three congressmen at the City Hall entrance with a reception at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

Judge Antonina Escovilla of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 2 will administer the mayor’s oath while Judge Emmanuel Carpio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio will swear in reelected 2nd district Rep. Vincent Garcia and 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab.

Nograles told MindaNews in a text message Thursday that he will take his oath in Manila over the weekend, administered by President Arroyo.

He said he wasn’t invited to Duterte’s oath-taking. The invitation sent by the Office of the City Mayor for the oath-taking did not have the legislator’s name on the program.

Read the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.

Lost and Found in Samal

After cocktails at the party launching Duty Free Philippines’ return to Davao on Wednesday, I hurried to Samal Island with another reporter to cover the inaugural ceremonies of the newly elected city government officials there.

Somebody told me my energy was amazing, it was already past 1p.m. when we took the ferry from Sasa Onse to Babak pier.

It wasn’t, however, a sound decision. Of course, not because the coverage was not worth it.

I always find solace in the island across that’s why I wasn’t able to resist the temptation to tag along. Rural life is irresistable, especially when work gets into your nerves as stressful. To cross the Davao Gulf with the 15-minute boat ride was like taking a dose of stress management. Read More…

DOT, BID check on Korean-owned establishments in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) — The Department of Tourism and the Bureau of Immigration
and Deportation have inspected establishments reportedly owned by Korean tourists here in the
aftermath of the city council’s move for regulation, the Tourism regional director said.

DOT Southeastern Mindanao chief Sonia Garcia admitted some Koreans have put up enterprises in
the city without permits, but attributed it to “ignorance” of the requirements. Read More…

Prayers everywhere for Fr. Bossi’s release

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — Everywhere one goes, it seems that everybody is praying for the release of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi.

In the celebration of the Catholic Holy Mass in small chapels, parishes, and even in the blessing of new establishments like Davao City’s Duty Free shop, the faithful pray for his release weeks after Fr. Bossi was kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay.

“We pray for the safety and freedom of Fr. Bossi,” a church servant read a litany of the mass’s traditional Prayers of the Faithful, which is customized based on specific concerns of the community where the spiritual service is held.

Read the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.

Litany of feats, peek at future mark city council exit call

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — As in every curtain call, the
adjournment of the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod here was
marked with a litany of feats from outgoing councilors, a pitch on
their next steps, and a peek at those who will replace them.

Outgoing Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan took the stage with his exit speech
citing at least eleven legislation as among major achievements in his
full nine-year three terms.

Sara Z. Duterte, daughter of reelected mayor Rodrigo, graced the
affair with other new members of the council, held four days before
she will assume as the new vice mayor.

The two-hour closing ceremony of the legislative body’s 14th council
also marked the SP’s return to the newly-renovated session hall in
preparation for the convening of the new council. Read More…

(New) Duty Free Philippines back in Davao with 2 shops

Sorry for an indiscretion. I realized an earlier post on the subject was inaccurate. I hope I could give better information from this.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — Duty Free Philippines opened today
its shops at the Davao International Airport, one of two stores it is
opening here after it pulled out in the late 1990s. It returned to
Davao due to the city’s rising tourist arrivals and a growing
remittance of returning overseas Filipino workers.

Michael Christian Kho, DFP general manager, said they have opened at the Davao
airport for the first time because of the bright prospects of the
local tourism industry.

He said Davao City’s tourism has notably increased and DFP considered
the comeback after careful feasibility studies. DFP opened two small
shops within the airport, at the departure and arrival areas selling
liquor, tobacco, confectioneries and chocolates, fashion and
accessories, and perfumes. Read More…