FEATURE: Blaan ako at proud ako

Miss Fatima Kate Bisan for #MissEarthPhilippines2021

BLAAN, tribong ayaw ng karamihanBlaan, kung banggitin ng iba ay BilaanBlaan, mga blaan na halos kinamumuhian Blaan, tinuturing lamang na kahihiyan

“Ay Bilaan!” Ekpresyon kapag kayo ay nagulat”Daw Bilaan ka” kapag mayroong di kaaya-ayaIilan lamang yan sa mga diskriminasyong aming natatanggapIilan lamang yan, pero para samin napaka bigat READ MORE

Davao City gov’t to prioritize hiring of fully vaccinated workers on Jan 1, 2022


Davao City gov’t to prioritize hiring of fully vaccinated workers

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has issued Executive Order (E.O.) 45-A, which mandates the hiring of fully vaccinated individuals starting January 1, 2022.

E.O. 45-A, signed on September 20, is the new version of E.O. 45, also known as “An Order Mandating The Vaccination Of All City Government of Davao Plantilla, Job Order, Contract of Service, and Volunteers For COVID-19 and Stipulating Sanctions For The Refusal of Such,” that was signed by the mayor on September 15.

The E.O. 45 version did not state when the hiring of fully vaccinated only city government workers will take effect.

Both EOs ordered the mandatory vaccination of all City Government of Davao employees on or before November 30, 2021, and failure to do so will be meted with sanctions.

A plantilla personnel who refuses to undergo vaccination shall be held administratively for insubordination and shall be penalized with a one month and one-day suspension to six months for the first offense; and dismissal from the service for the second offense, under Section 50 (d) of the 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (2018 RACCS).

An exemption from the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination may be possible due to medical reasons, such as contraindications of available vaccines to a person’s comorbidity. The Vaccine Cluster of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force will have to endorse the exemption to the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO).

Out of the 20,000 city government employees, 12,000 have already been vaccinated without any death recorded. 

“The unreasonable refusal of some personnel to get vaccinated should not be allowed to bring to naught the cooperation of the majority, their effort to achieve herd immunity and their right to a healthy disease-free environment,” Mayor Duterte said.

She also said that while the local government unit (LGU) recognizes the right to health of government personnel, including the right to refuse vaccination, this should bow to the superior right of the majority consisting of other city government personnel and the public at large.

The new directive was issued in the wake of the COVID-19 surge in Davao City. Of the COVID-19 deaths from August 29 to September 4, it was found out that 42 of the 46 who expired were unvaccinated.

In the Special Hours program of 87.5 Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) program held Monday, September 20, Mayor Duterte said: “If you are a person who feels aggrieved by the EO because you are a city government personnel then you go to our City 

DAVAO CITY SECURITY COMMAND CENTER AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM among 6 ‘smart city’ projects set for completion

The Intelligent Transportation and Traffic Systems with Security in Davao City is among 6 smart city projects that the government will push to completion. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the Philippine government has expressed its commitment to finish the smart city projects during the 4th Asean Smart Cities Network (ASCN) Annual Meeting held virtually on Monday.

The five other projects which were showcased by the DILG during the ASCN meeting are the Command Center Upgrade and E-government Services in the City of Manila; Bus Rapid Transit System and Digital Traffic System in Cebu City; and Converged Command and Control Center and Intelligent Transportation and Traffic Systems with Security in Davao City.

Davao City’s Converged Command Center, on the other hand, is now in the second phase of its five-phase implementation scheme with digital infrastructure, underground cables, aerial installation of fiber optic cables, and additional closed-circuit televisions or CCTVs for surveillance currently being installed. Its complementary project dubbed as High Priority Bus System (HPBS) is now 70 percent complete while the design of depots and terminals for electric bus (eBus) is 30 percent in progress.

In a news release on Wednesday, DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Marlo Iringan, who represented DILG Secretary Eduardo Año to the meeting, said while the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis stalled the implementation of smart city projects, the Philippines — through its participating local government units (LGUs) — remains committed to pursuing its smart city initiatives. READ MORE

Davao City named ‘Chocolate Capital of PH’ in new law

Senator Cynthia Villar Wants Davao City To Be The Cacao and Chocolate  Capital

Davao City declared PH 'Chocolate Capital'

 May 27, 2021, 3:45 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law declaring the city of Davao as the “Chocolate Capital of the Philippines” and the entire Davao Region (Region 11) as the “Cacao Capital of the Philippines.”Republic Act 115471, signed by Duterte on Thursday, recognizes… Read More


DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (right) and Department of Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado. Esperon said Saturday (Jan. 23, 2021) some 215 barangays in the Davao Region will be given PHP20 million worth of funds for the Barangay Development Program under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. (PNA photo by Prexx Marnie Kate Trozo)

NTF-ELCAC grants P20-M dev’t fund for 215 villages in Region 11

 January 24, 2021

DAVAO CITY – A total of 215 barangays in the Region 11 (Davao) will be given PHP20 million worth of funds for the Barangay Development Program (BDP) under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).In a press conference here on Saturday, National Security Adviser… Read More

Davao QR code mandatory starting Feb. 3

All offices and establishments to scan DQR of all individuals entering their premises

 January 22, 2021

DAVAO CITY – The implementation of the Safe Davao Quick Response (DQR) code for all individuals entering offices and establishments will become compulsory starting February 3.”Based on the pilot testing, the system can now function for the purpose it was developed. Thus, (the) mandatory… Read More

Dabawenyos told to help prevent dengue

 January 22, 2021

DAVAO CITY–The City Health Office (CHO) has reminded Dabawenyos to continue doing the “4 0’clock Habit” or the 4-S strategy to prevent the surge of mosquito-borne diseases, especially that the city has been experiencing occasional downpours.Data from the CHO Tropical Diseases… Read More

DAVAO CITY posts highest single-day record of 105 recoveries

81 to 82 percent recovery rate

 January 21, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Posting 8,568 recoveries since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic broke out in March, this city registered between 81 to 82 percent recovery rate, the city government said in a statement Thursday.Dr. Ashley Lopez, the local government’s Covid-19 focal person, said… Read More


The lone Mindanao local government unit in the list

With PHP19.784 billion in total assets last year, Davao City has landed the 10th spot among the richest cities in the country in 2019, according to the Commission on Audit’s (COA) Annual Financial Report (AFR) for Local Government.

Released on Thursday, the COA report listed Makati City as the wealthiest city in the Philippines, with PHP233.7 billion in assets, followed by Quezon City (PHP96.4 billion), Manila (PHP64.8 billion), Pasig (PHP45.6 billion), Cebu City (PHP34.7 billion), Mandaue City (PHP32.1 billion), Taguig City (PHP29 billion), Caloocan (PHP20.5 billion), and Pasay (PHP19.7 billion). Read More