Banana Industry conducts free medical clinic for IPs

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The La Panday Foods Corporation (LFC) and the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) in partnership with the local government unit of Hagonoy Davao del Sur conducted another free medical clinic for the indigent community of Sitio Camocaan on July 15, 2014 at the community court of the Sitio in Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

 
More than 700 people were given free medical assistance and services which include consultation, tooth extraction and medicines. A supplemental feeding program was also conducted.

Demetria Manggaga of Sitio Camocaan, together with her husband  and grandchildren, were among those who benefited from the clinic.
 
“ Maayo gyud ilang gibuhat dri sa amua, labaw na sa paghatag ug mga tambal. Akong mga apo ky nangasakit labaw na akong bana, lisud magkuha ug tambal sa hospital ky puno kaayo, naa higayon paulion nalang ka ug wala gyud kay madala na tambal.” (This medical mission is really appreciated here in the community, especially the free medicines. My grandchildren are sick and so is my husband and it’s difficult to get medical assistance from the hospital because they are already full. There were even instances where they just sent us home without any medicine.)
 
Hagonoy Municpality Mayor Franco M. Calida expresses his gratitude to La Panday and PBGEA for being the government’s partner in helping out the community. “This   has been a regular effort and the Indigenous People (IP) in the area really need this. Aside from the regular medical clinics, the banana industry has also put up a Day Care Center in the area.)
 
Mr. Hernani Geronimo, Head of the Strategic Human Resources Department of LFC shares, “We have been operating in this community for a long time and this is our home too. We want the community to have their basic health and medical requirements checked. It’s good to make sure that those in the community achieve a certain healthy physical well-being so they can be more productive. If the community is healthy and progressive then we achieve a certain degree of success as well. The local government unit cannot do this alone and they need all the partners they can get, and we are privileged to have been a major development partner of the local governement and Mayor Calida. “
 
PBGEA Executive Director Stephen Antig adds, “The success and survival of the industry rests on the health and well-being of the growers, the workers, the families and the communities that sorround the farmlands that protecting their health and well being is of utmost importance and central to our operations with the belief that quality of life is an important measure of business performance.”
 
Datu Ramil Morillo, Sitio Camocaan’s Tribal Chieftain acknowledges the shared effort of the company and the government. “Nakatulong gyud. Unta magpadayon pa ang partnership sa company ug sa gobyerno sa paghatag ug ing-ani nga serbisyo sa publiko. (This truly helped and we hope that the partnership between the company and the government continues to bring services like this to the public.)

Each year, the banana industry shells out more than hundreds of millions of pesos for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects/activities that endeavors to uplift and empower the local community.
 
The industry’s community development interventions are focused on the improvement of the quality of lives of all banana stakeholders and the general public through the following programs: health-related activities, medical/dental interventions including supplemental feeding programs and provision of potable water supply systems; environmental interventions; scholarship grants for dependents of workers; skills training and livelihood opportunities to augment household incomes; disaster prevention, relief and rehabilitation support service and assistance in times of calamities; and various infrastructure projects. 
 
More than three million individuals are dependent on the banana export industry for their basic needs and self-esteem. The industry also helps mould the future of two million children in Mindanao.
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The banana industry in partnership with the local government unit of Hagonoy Davao del Sur conducted another free medical clinic for the indigent community of Sitio Camocaan on July 15, 2014 

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 The banana industry wants to make sure that those in the community achieve a certain healthy physical well-being so they can be more productive. If the community is healthy and progressive then the industry achieve a certain degree of success as well. 

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 A young resident of Camocaan happily clutching the free vitamins and new slippers that were distributed during the free medical clinic conducted by the banana industry.

LFC_Medical_Mission_July_15,_2015_(20)[1] More than 700 people were given free medical assistance and services during the medical clinic which include consultation, tooth extraction and medicines. The medical clinic was conducted by the banana industry . A supplemental feeding program was also conducted.

LFC_Medical_Mission_July_15,_2015_(25)[1] Each year, the banana industry shells out more than hundreds of millions of pesos for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects/activities that endeavors to uplift and empower the local community.

DAVAO CITY WORST HIT IN CASE OF MAGNITUDE 8.3 EARTHQUAKE

911PHIVOLCS WARNS ANEW OF ‘KILLER QUAKE’

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BY ROGER M. BALANZA

If it stages a comeback, the Magnitude 8.3 killer quake that hit the Davao Region and killed more than 500 people nearly a century ago would cause much heavier damage today in Davao City because of its population, geological foundation and physical development.

     On the whole, the quake would leave a swathe of devastation accross  the Davao Region.

Davao City has its 911 Emergency Central with expensive and  sophisticated disaster response trained emergency personnel.

Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon said nobody is completely prepared to cope up with damage of a  major earthquake.

But ahead of any disaster, Jaldon said 911 is putting focus on community preparedness through conduct of awareness and education campaign.

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‘PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE’ IN GANDANG GABI VICE TONIGHT

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

The wait is over for what could be a blockbuster edition of Gandang Gabi Vice: Comedian-host Vice Ganda skewering presidential contender Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the ABS/CBN top-rated Sunday show at 10:30 tonight.

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    After appearing recently in Tony Taberna’s Punto Por Punto in the public affairs program Umagang Kay Ganda, the tough-talking Duterte will be put on the line of Vice Ganda’s no-holds-barred verbal foray into the life of the popular mayor now counted as a potential successor to President Benigno Aquino.

Duterte has barged in surveys into the Top 3 contenders to the presidency, landing third behind front-running Vice President Jejomar Binay and second  placer Senator Grace Poe.

Duterte has yet to declare his bid for the presidency and the public pushing him to run may in Vice Ganda’s show hear the answer to the persistent question: Will Duterte run for President in the 2016 election?

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BELMONTE WANTS ‘ACTION MAN’ DUTERTE TO BE ROXAS’ VEEP

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BY ROGER M. BALANZA

After Senate President Franklin Drilon described him as the smartest ‘presidentiable’ in the 2016 election, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte has also heaped praise on Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

He is an action man, said Belmonte in a report in ABS/CBN News.

Duterte has emerged as a potential presidential candidate landing third in surveys for presidential preference that had Vice President Jejomar of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the lead followed by  Senator Grace Poe.

Duterte, who has previously said he was not running for President, has fanned hopes he would join the presidential derby by saying he would reveal his plan during filing of certificate of candidacy for the 2016 elections in October.

Belmonte, a stalwart like Drilon of the administration Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno Aquino, wants Duterte to run not for President but as running mate of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the LP’s presumed standard bearer.

He is definitely an action man, Belmonte told ABS/CBN in an interview in the Hague where he is part of the  government delegation in Philippine ‘s arbitration case against Beijing over territorial rights to the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Belmonte said Duterte fits in as the “best  alternative” to Senator Grace Poe who has rejected an offer to be Roxas’ running mate.

An action man like Duterte is what Filipinos need, he said.

The House Speaker also said Duterte enjoys massive support because of his strong stand against criminality.

Aquino was expected to announce the LP’s  standard bearer during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.

 

 

 

DAVAO CITY WORST HIT IN CASE OF MAGNITUDE 8.3 EARTHQUAKE

QUAKE 2

PHIVOLCS WARNS ANEW OF ‘KILLER QUAKE’

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

If it stages a comeback, the Magnitude 8.3 killer quake that hit the Davao Region and killed more than 500 people nearly a century ago would cause much heavier damage today in Davao City because of its population, geological foundation and physical development.

     On the whole, the quake would leave a swathe of devastation accross  the Davao Region.

PHILVOLCSThe quake would cause much heavier damage in the Davao Region, warned Desiderio Cabanlit, research specialist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Davao Region.

At the AFP-PNP press conference on July 8 in Davao City, Cabanlit advised the public to be prepared for a possible earthquake anytime.

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The advice was a reiteration of the warning made by Janila Deocampo, Philvolcs-Davao officer-in-charge, who said earlier that geologists have found two new fault zones in Davao City in the course of an ongoing study updating the Davao Region fault zone map.

Deocampo had also warned about a possible quake similar in intensity to the 1924 shocker.

Historically, strong quakes return after 100 years, also said Deocampo.

The April 15, 1924 quake, one of the strongest recorded in the Philippines, killed more than 500 people in the Davao Region which was then a sparsely populated region.

Deocampo earlier said if the quake recurs, Davao City would suffer severe damage unlike in the 1924 quake which had its epicenter in Mati, Davao Oriental.

She said Davao City stands on solid rock foundations that would make earthquake shocks more damaging.

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While Davao of 1924 was a less inhabited and undeveloped community, today it is Mindanao’s premier city and home to nearly 2 million people and its urban and business centers dotted with tall buildings.

Cabanlit confirmed Deocampo’s earlier statement on the discovery of the two new faults but refused to make any comment as the study has to be completed yet.

The study, he said, would establish the exact location of the new fault zones. Cabanlit did not give a time frame.

We will have the study published in our website, he said.

He said the 1924 would factor in a recurrence of a new earthquake in the Davao Region.

The past earthquake would be the possible generator of another earthquake, he said.

Mati, at the tail end of the Philippine Fault that dissects the country from Luzon to Southern Mindanao and the epicenter of the 1924 earthquake, is often visited by tremors.

Davao City has its 911 Emergency Central with expensive and  sophisticated disaster response trained emergency personnel.

Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon said nobody is completely prepared to cope up with damage of a  major earthquake.

But ahead of any disaster, Jaldon said 911 is putting focus on community preparedness through conduct of awareness and education campaign.

In case of a tsunami alert, the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has a plan for residents of shoreline areas who would be mass evacuated to higher parts of the city.

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