Archive | June 8, 2007

Good news, bad news at LTO Davao

From afar, I’ve been hearing the Land Transportation Office Davao Central Office saying they have been working on an ISO 9000 accreditation for its office systems and service delivery.

Wow, this is indeed good news considering the reputation of LTO offices in general for fixers, long queues, and alleged red tape. To think of it, LTO officials and personnel hold in their hands the power to regulate millions of vehicle drivers around the country who risk Filipinos of lives and properties everyday due to road accidents. License is power.
I went there last Thursday to accompany a friend renew his license, and also to see for myself how this buzz about ISO certification is changing the landscape.

I’ve talked to three people seated outside buildings in the heat of the afternoon sun waiting for their turn to transact business. They said the process is much systematic now compared before, with reference to a year or two ago. Officials, too, pitched on the process of renewal and improvement in the agency. Good news! Read More…

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Election watchdog thumbs down PPCRV score for COMELEC

Election watchdog Kontra Daya thumbed down the “needs improvement” rating the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) gave the Comelec on its perfromance in the election saying it is an ‘accolade undeserved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).’

Fr. Joe Dizon, Kontra Daya spokesperson, said in a press statement posted at the group’s blog at http://www.kontradaya.wordpress.com, “We are disappointed by how the PPCRV rates the Comelec. We expect them to join us in asserting that heads must roll because Comelec has miserably failed in ensuring honest and credible elections.”

Dizon pointed out that Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos has not implemented substantial reforms. “Comelec’s complicity in massive fraud cannot just be ignored. Abalos, among other election officials, like Lintang Bedol and Rey Sumalipao must be axed.” Read more here.

Davao dumps ‘too commercialized’ Kadayawan

DAVAO CITY – Commercialized revelries would have to give way to
cultural education.

The city government here announced this today and disclosed that it
would discontinue holding high prized street competitions and street
parties that had drawn participants from many provinces in Mindanao.

Wendel Avisado, city administrator and co-chair of the Kadayawan
Festival 2007 steering committee, told reporters today that the
Kadayawan, renowned as the “festival of festivals in Mindanao” would
push through in August.

“But revelers would have to brace for fewer commercialized activities
as the city government prefers a highly educational appeal, with focus
on the uniqueness of the city’s blend of tribal communities,” he said. Read More…

Duterte takes leave for Manila tests, treatment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / June 8) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took a 10-day
sick leave effective Friday to submit for medical tests and treatment
in Manila, the City Hall announced today.

Duterte earlier announced the leave of absence to undergo a major
surgery, but he said it would be only after his inauguration on June
30.

He told reporters Friday that he has been experiencing pain in his
upper spinal column resulting from a motorcycle accident many years
ago. He said this was aggravated in a latest accident near the
Bangkerohan public market.

Duterte said the pain was bearable when he was younger “but recently,
I am having a hard time moving around,” he said.

His aides said he needed a “major orthopedic operation.”

City administrator Wendell Avisado said the mayor chose the Cardinal
Santos Memorial Hospital in Quezon City for medical examinations and
possible treatment. Read More…

Farmers elated, but seeks DAR protection over Davao Oriental land grant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / June 8)  Twenty seven farmer beneficiaries
were happy after the Department of Agrarian Reform announced Thursday
they would be awarded the contested 29-hectare estate in Gov. Generoso
town, Davao Oriental after nine years of wait.

But the group raised fear over their security and would ask the DAR to
protect them from harassments after they would be installed as the
rightful owner of the land, said the Task Force Mapalad, a
non-government organization supporting the farmers.

In a statement released to news organizations, Task Force Mapalad said
DAR “should ensure their safety once they install the beneficiaries at
the ARCAL Estate in Mandug village against any possible harassment
upon their installation on July 13”. Read More…