ASF hits Davao Occidental town

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) has confirmed that pigs from a backyard raiser in Sarangani, Davao Occidental died from African Swine Fever (ASF).

In an interview on Tuesday (Sept. 21), Dyck John Camillo, officer-in-charge of town’s Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO), said they got the confirmatory result from the DA on Monday, Sept. 20.

He told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the ASF case – the first in their town – was reported by a hog grower to their office on Aug. 30.

“We were informed that various pigs from a backyard raiser in Barangay Tucal have died. Along with the personnel from the Provincial Veterinary’s Office, we immediately went to the affected area and upon validation, we noted more or less 26 hogs affected,” Camillo said.

He said blood samples from Barangay Tucal or “Ground Zero” and its neighboring barangays were sent to DA-11 and results were released on Monday (Sept. 20).

On Sept. 17, a laboratory test performed by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao of samples from suspected infected live domestic pigs in Barangay Tucal, Balut Island showed the presence of a viral DNA from the ASF virus.

Camillo said the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian has suggested implementing strict biosecurity measures at the borders of every barangay and a lockdown on all barangays with ASF cases.

“No culling or depopulation was implemented yet. Currently, we are accounting for the affected hog raisers since there is an ongoing validation on the ground,” he clarified.

Upon the receipt of the result from DA-11, Mayor Virginia Cawa issued Executive Order (EO) No. 26 or the temporary banning of the entry, exit, transportation, distribution, and sale of wild/domestic live pigs and their products including pork meat in Sarangani town.

“The stringent implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to prevent the widespread of this contagious hemorrhage disease of pigs which may cause a threat to the health of the populace,” Cawa said in the EO.

The EO ordered local officials to be vigilant in the conduct of meat inspection in all establishments that sell meat in all respective barangays of concern, assure proper disposal of condemned carcasses and parts, and deputize Meat Inspection Officers at the Purok [sub-villages] level of each barangays who will report any disease outbreaks in their respective areas.

Concerned officials were also instructed to “establish quarantine checkpoints in all entry and exit points of every barangay municipal-wide and conduct sanitary inspections prioritizing identified affected localities, and ensure said areas are properly decontaminated, and submit a regular report as to the status of operations weekly.” (PNA)

PHIVOLCS: No tsunami threat in Mindanao after 7.1-magnitude quake

 January 22, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Davao Occidental and other parts of Mindanao on Thursday night, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) said there is no destructive tsunami threat.At around 8:23… Read More

7.1 magnitude quake jolts DavOcc, parts of Mindanao

 A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked on Thursday night the province of Davao Occidental, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In a report, Phivolcs traced the epicenter of the tremblor in the town of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental around 8: 23 p.m.

It has a depth of 116 kilometers, Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs also recorded the intensities as follows:

Intensity V – City of General Santos
Intensity IV – Davao City
Intensity II – City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Phivolcs also reported the instrumental intensities in the following areas:

Intensity V – Kiamba, Sarangani
Intensity IV – City of General Santos; Alabel, Sarangani; Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Intensity III – City of Kidapawan City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur; City of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental
Intensity II – City of Cagayan de Oro; City of Surigao, Surigao del Norte; City of Borongan, Eastern Samar
Intensity I – City of Catbalogan, Samar

Meanwhile, Phivolcs also discounted any threat of a destructive tsunami after the strong earthquake in the area. (PNA)


HELP FROM DAVAO. Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte sends aid to Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental on Monday (Jan. 4, 2021) after a diarrhea outbreak hit Barangay Butuan in the said town. A senior citizen died while 33 others were hospitalized due to diarrhea on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Jason John Joyce)

Help pours in

 January 5, 2021

DAVAO CITY – An outpouring of help from various groups and organizations continues for Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental after a diarrhea outbreak hit Barangay Butuan on Sunday.Mayor Jason John Joyce on Monday said a senior citizen died while 33 others were hospitalized due to the outbreak.He… Read More

MAGNITUDE 8.3 DAVAO KILLER QUAKE OF 1924 RECALLED as magnitude 6.9 quake jolts Davao del Sur


A magnitude 6.9 quake jolted Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake struck 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao at 2:11 p.m.



The latest tremor to hit the Davao Region had a depth of 3 kilometers. A devastating eathquake also rattled Davao del Sur and neighboring South Cotabato on October 16, 23 and 29 this year. In 1924, the Davao Region was hit by a Magnitude 8. 3 killer quake, the strongest to hit the region. Authorities said giant quakes could recur in about 100 years.
In the Sunday quake, Intensity 7 was felt in Matanao and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, and Intensity 6 in Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan, Sarangani; and Koronadal City.
Other recorded intensities:
Intensity 5 — Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
Intensity 3 — Kalilangan, Talakag and Dangcagan, Bukidnon
Intensity 2 — Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
Intensity 1– Zamboanga del Sur
Phivolcs said aftershocks and damages are expected. (PNA)

Gov’t services reach isolated villages in Davao Occidental

Thousands of residents from a “Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area” (GIDA) in the Davao Occidental town of Jose Abad Santos (JAS), benefited from the convergence of government services on Monday.

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SERVICE CARAVAN. Residents of Barangays Quiapo, San Isidro, Kalbay, and Molmol in Jose Abad Santos town, Davao Occidental, benefit from a convergence of government services, on Monday (November 18, 2019). Various services were delivered by the member-agencies of the Davao Occidental Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. (Photo courtesy of PIA-11)

Member-agencies of the Davao Occidental Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) organized the service caravan in Barangays Quiapo, San Isidro, Kalbay, and Molmol in JAS town.

Governor Claude Bautista said the service caravan aims to support the government’s drive to address communist armed conflict in far-flung areas where the communist New People’s Army (NPA) maintains a presence.

Bautista said the activity was the second service caravan for Barangay Molmol, the farthest barangay of JAS where government services had been scarce because of distance and road inaccessibility.

“That’s why we are here to let you know that the provincial government will continue to provide services. We are here to let you feel that the government will always be here for you,” the governor assured residents, as he called on people’s cooperation and support to attain lasting peace and progress in the province.

On the other hand, JAS Mayor Jason John Joyce assured his constituents that government services will reach the farthest and the poorest area.

“We want your wives and children to be safe. They don’t have to join the war. The government is always ready to provide assistance,” Joyce said, referring to the recruitment of the NPA in areas where government presence remains minimal.

Bautista and Joyce led the turnover of food packs and PHP1,000 assistance to each senior citizen in the village, populated mostly by Manobo and Blaan families.

The governor also witnessed the distribution of Certificates of Landownership Award (CLOAs) to four farmers by the provincial officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform.

The provincial LGU targets to hold the third ELCAC convergence of services to Barangay Marabatuan, also in JAS, before yearend. (PNA)

Mayor Sara’s ‘Hugpong’ inks alliance with 9 political parties

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Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), a young and fast-emerging regional political party from Davao, on Monday formally forged an alliance with nine political groups, three of which were national parties.

HNP chairperson and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte clarified that the alliance was made – not for her political ambition – but to give different groups a chance to support the advocacies of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I’m not running for senator. We’re just really trying to unite everybody who wants to help the administration of President Duterte until 2022,” the presidential daughter said in her speech during the signing of the alliance agreement in Parañaque City.

The three national parties that have allied themselves with HNP are the Nacionalista Party (NP), National Unity Party (NUP), and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which are among the biggest political parties in the country.

On the other hand, the six local political groups are the Bohol-based Alyansa Bol-anon Alang sa Kausaban (KABAKA); Aggrupation of Party for Progress (APP) from Zamboanga del Norte; Ilocano Timpuyog from Ilocos Norte; Pampanga Kambilan; PaDayon Pilipino from Region 10 (Northern Mindanao); and Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP) from Quezon City.

Mayor Sara said the alliance would help politicians at the local level to find a national political party they would want to join.

“This is our solution to those who are not residents of Davao region,” she said in a media interview.

Mayor Sara said the HNP was formed as a regional political party only last February after politicians outside Davao City expressed their intention to join the Hugpong ng Taong Lungsod.

“Officials from other municipalities and cities in the region asked me if they can join the Hugpong ng Taong Lungsod but I told them we cannot help them because we are limited only to (our) area of responsibility (in) Davao (City),” she explained.

The HNP, she said, eventually decided to ink an alliance with political parties outside Davao as more groups, this time outside the region, also expressed their intention to be part of HNP.

“I brought it up with the leaders of the region and they said we cannot say ‘no’ to the people who wanted to help our President. So they said, and it (HNP) is their brainchildren, we will have alliances with national parties so that those who have no national parties, they can now choose if they want (to be an) NPC, NP or NU member,” Mayor Sara said.

She told the media that President Duterte has no role in the new alliance agreement but “we would like to have an alliance” with the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“But our governors and other leaders said they (PDP-Laban) have to settle (their) internal problem. So once it is settled by the President, then we will open because we need other national parties that are allied (with the President),” the Davao City mayor said.

HUGPONG ALLIANCE. Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte and HNP’s new political partners do President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature fist bump after she signed an alliance agreement with nine national and local political parties at the Blue Leaf Filipinas in Paranque City on (Aug. 13, 2018). Sitting from left are Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of Serbisyo sa Bayan Party; Zamboanga del Norte first district Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos of Aggrupation of Party for Progress; Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos of Ilocano Timpuyong; National Unity Party president Fredenil Castro; Mayor Sara Duterte; Nacionalista Party national director Sen. Cynthia Villar; Mark Leandro Mendoza of Nationalist People’s Coalition; Nadya Emano-Elipe of PaDayon Pilipino; Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda of Kambilan; and Norris Oculam of Alyansa Bol-anon Alang sa Kausuban (ABAKA). Davao Occidental Gov. Claude Bautista (standing 3rd from right) and HNP sec-gen Anthony del Rosario (extreme right standing) as well as Senator JV Ejercito and former senator and now Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano and other HNP officials join the group photo. (Photo by Jelly Musico/PNA)

When asked if HNP is also open to possible alliance with the Liberal Party of former President Benigno Aquino III, Mayor Sara replied, “The LP group is not supportive of the direction of President Duterte.”

UPDATE:  Lakas-CMD eyes alliance with Mayor Sara’s Hugpong

“So the reason why we have this alliance, the reason why we are united together is because we want to support the term of President Duterte until 2022,” she said.

She noted that she nearly cancelled the signing of the alliance agreement to sympathize  with the thousands of people affected by widespread flooding caused by the southwest monsoon rains in Metro Manila over the weekend.

“Many have complained because some were already here in Manila since Saturday and they have already spent a lot. So I would like to express my apology for the timing,” she said, adding that partners of the alliance have raised PHP1 million in financial assistance for the flood victims, particularly in Quezon City and Pampanga.

Mayor Sara handed the financial aid to Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda of Kambihan and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of SBP.

Thanking the representatives and members of each political group for coming despite the bad weather, she said: “We truly appreciate your coming to support the alliance signing.”

Aside from Pineda and Belmonte, Senator Cynthia Villar also came over to sign the agreement for NP; Zamboanga del Norte 1st District Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos for APP; Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos for Ilocano Timpuyog; House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro for NUP; Mark Llando Mendoza for NPC; Nadya Emano-Elipe for PaDayon Pilipino; and Norris Oculam for ABAKA. (PNA)

Davao del Sur Araw celeb to lure investment

bautistaLed by Governor Claude Bautista, Davao del Sur will celebrate its founding anniversary in a weeklong activity with an aim to position the province as an investment haven.

Celebrating Davao del Sur’s Best and Beautiful is the theme of the 47th Araw ng Davao del Sur which officially opened June 23 and will culminate on July 1.

       Along with the theme is the official tagline “Anhi Ta” which means to live, invest and enjoy in Davao del Sur.

       The theme and the tagline both aimed at alluring both domestic and foreign tourists and even the business community to invest in this fast growing province with several tourist destinations.

       This year’s commemoration of the founding anniversary of the province is focused on showcasing what is best and beautiful of Davao del Sur to highlight the province as the most strategic and best investment hub in the region, and even in the whole island of Mindanao




Press statement

19 April 2014

Gov. Bautista’s discernible backing for Joyce is a continuance of his self-conservancy


Davao del Sur governor Claude Bautista’s uttered defense of Jose Abad Santos Mayor James “Jimmy” Joyce on the April 13 disarming of the

latter’s private armed group come unsurprising.  It is a manner among cliques.

Gov. Bautista asserted in a media interview that the New People’s Army disarmed a group of civilian security forces, contending further that the attack is but another apparent atrocity against the civilians.

The group punished by the Red fighters of the Alex Ababa Command – Front 71 on April 13 is, without doubt, a band of armed mercenaries working for Joyce and not mere civilian volunteers.  They were employed for the mayor’s protection and instrument of his repressive rule, as well as agents of his criminal activities and illegal operations. 

Such object is a legitimate target of the NPA’s tactical offensives, and is ought to be punished for their depravity to the people.

Gov. Bautista’s discernible backing for Joyce is a continuance of his self-conservancy.  As Gov. Bautista’s trusted collaborator in Davao Occidental, Joyce is an adherent of his governor-boss’s terroristic ploys and an abettor of his vicious schemes.

A boss’s dissoluteness is always his cohort’s deeds.  While Gov. Bautista is trying to cover-up Joyce’s band of private army, he is also keeping for himself a company-strong private armed group in Malita alone. 

This makes Gov. Bautista the most powerful warlord in the provinces of Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental, and Jimmy Joyce is only one of his trusted subordinates.

It can be recalled that on July 5, 2010, the NPA disarmed Berto Carabona, Gov. Bautista’s henchman in Brgy. Little Baguio, Malita, Davao del Sur.  The Red fighters confiscated an M203 grenade launcher and a .30 caliber Garand rifle from his possession.

The existence and spread of warlordism is ambiguously continuing to fulfill some politicians’ greed at the expense of the impoverished people.  Their domination only aggravates oppression and repression, pushing further the resistance of aggrieved masses.  The revolutionary movement is one with the oppressed in realizing genuine justice and in punishing grave offenders. 

The NPA will continue to carry out tactical offensives that will ceaselessly weaken and smash-up the warlords’ rule and the oppressive state in entirety.


Ka Efren Aksasato



Far South Mindanao Region (NDF-FSMR)