Mayor Sara tests positive for Covid-19

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Office of the City Mayor confirmed in a Facebook post Saturday night.The statement said she has mild symptoms and is currently in isolation.“The family requests for complete privacy at… Read More

FLASHBACK. Davao Peace 911

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018. Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina, then of the Davao City Legal Office and focal person of Peace 911, the peace and development counter-insurgency initiative of Mayor Sara Duterte in communist rebel-influenced Paquibato District , during the Araw ng Sitio Kinsekinse, Barangay Salapawan,where she joined the celebration, consulted wih tribal leaders, and conducted free legal consultation and site inspection of a proposed rehabilitation and improvement of a vital road network. CTTO William Araneta Belaguas


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 

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Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte visits four (4) different vaccination sites in the city Friday morning.

Mayor Duterte went to SM Lanang vaccination site, Buhangin Central Elementary School, the Marino Partylist Vaccination Program at the Matina Town Square (MTS), and Matina Apalaya Central Elementary School vaccination site.

Sara expressed her gratitude to all our health and non-health frontlines, partner government agencies, and private sector partners.

mayor also urged the public to get vaccinated with their 1st and 2nd doses.

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INDAY SARA is Guest Speaker in NORDECO Virtual Special General Membership Assembly August 21, 2021

“Arise As One:Championing National Development and Building Sustainable Communities through Rural Electrification”

DOTr eyes completion of Davao High Priority Bus System in 3Q 2023

 August 17, 2021

MANILA – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Tuesday said planning for the Davao High Priority Bus System (HPBS), also known as the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, is ongoing and is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2023.In a… Read More

FEATURE: Eliza Evangelista Lapina: From fighting communist rebels to promoting good governance

If pushing for good governance in Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte is an easy job for lawyer Eliza Evangelista-Lavina, this is because she used to come from a place where many people fear to tread.

Before being named as Municipal Administrator of Sto. Tomas munipality, Evangelista Lapinaplayed a key role in a special body aiming to drive away communist rebels in Davao City’s highland district of Paquibato, by bringing government closer to the people.

PEACE 911 formed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte brought basic government services to the epicenter of the communist insurgency in the tri-boundaries of Davao Region-Bukidnon-Cotabato area.

As Peace 911 Focal Person, Eliza Evangelista Lapina coordinated a monthly caravan of city agencies bringing health, agriculture, legal, social, education, cooperatives, civil registry, land transportation and other basic services to 14 barangays of the mountainous district. Peace 811 also enhanced community peace with presence of police and military which also engaged in road repair and construction.

Sto. Tomas town is lucky to have Eliza Evangelista-Lapina helping her father, Mayor Ernesto “Tatay Erning” Evangelista , in steering the town to progress and development through good governance.

On September 16, 2019, the young lady lawyer was named as Municipal Administrator of Sto. Tomas. She was this time at the forefront of a new war—not of the communist insurgency—but ridding the municipal government’s bureaucracy of “corruption and malpractices.”

Attorney Elai

Fondly called as “Attorney Elay,” Elisa, as the chief administrative officer, will coordinate, lead and direct the department heads, officers and employees in the administration of the municipality in accordance with the policies and plans approved and established by the local chief executive.


Administrating the affairs of the municipality is a managerial skill that Lapina is adept at.

During her stint as the Peace 911’s head, she has proven herself not just a hands-on leader but also good at coordinating, and working both with the masses and government agencies.

Peace 911 was implemented in Davao City in compliance to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70 or the Whole of Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace.

The success of Peace 911—its principles and mechanisms—is now seen as a template to implement EO 70 and replicate the best practices of the peace and development initiative across the country.

Corrupt-free governance

Like her mayor-father, Elisa takes the job seriously. It took her several months to decide and vacate her post as the Peace 911 focal person under the leadership of Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte.“

It takes a lot of discernment to leave a job that I am passionate about. But my decision to help and join in the administration of Tatay Erning is perhaps my response to a higher calling of public service.

It is a tough job, really,” Lapina, a peace and rights advocate, said.

When asked what prompted her to resign as Peace 911 focal person, Elisa said she wants to help her mayor-father lead a “corrupt-free” governance while giving the constituents of Santo Tomas the services they had long been deserved.

“My father wants to leave a legacy of corrupt-free governance. Of course, we don’t do it overnight or by Thano’s snap. Removing corruption in the bureaucracy is a painstaking step to begin with. But it has to be done,” she said.

“My father wants to leave a legacy of corrupt-free governance. Of course, we don’t do it overnight or by Thano’s snap. Removing corruption in the bureaucracy is a painstaking step to begin with.

But it has to be done,” she said. She would later confirm cases of corruption involving some municipal officials and admit that it would take time to do more intelligence gathering to build up cases against them.

“Not under my father’s term,” she warned, adding that malpractices performed by municipal officials and conduct unbecoming by wayward employees must be fixed to allow the delivery of public services unhampered.

“I think the message is clear and that is we need to exact a high and exacting standards of honesty in public service. Tatay Erning’s political will to stamp out corruption in the municipal government’s bureaucracy remains resolute,” Elisa said.

Unseen hand

While critics of her mayor-father say that she’s the “unseen hand” behind the major revamp in terms of the structure, assignments and affairs in the municipal government, Elisa, with equal bravado, said:

“Let them rant ‘till Kingdom come. They are entitled to their opinion, anyway.”She described the changes his mayor-father implemented since he took his office as the town mayor last July 1 as nothing but “compliance to all the law.”“We only corrected what needs to be corrected. It is expected that along the process, some will squeak because the new bureaucracy won’t favor them,” she said. New brand of public service

What inspired her perhaps was her motivation to render a new brand of public service emanating from her mayor-father’s politics of performance. “A government that is sensitive to the needs of people.

is what drives me and motivates me each day,” she said. “The people of Santo Tomas should feel that the government is working for them,” she said. Prior to her assumption as the municipal administrator, Lapina spent 20 years in the government service.

She was designated by Presidential Daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as one of the members of Davao City Advisory Committee on Peace and Development until appointed to be the focal person of Davao City’s Peace 911.

She worked as a Computer Programmer back in 1999 in the local government unit of Davao.

She completed her Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Mindanao as a working student

Shen then pursued Bachelor of Law and passed the Bar exam in 2012. In 2012, Lapina was appointed as Attorney IV in the City Legal office by then Mayor and now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Reprinted with minor revisions, originally published in Municipal Government of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte, September 16, 2019

INDAY SARA: Stay united, strong vs. pandemic

 June 12, 2021

DAVAO CITY – In time for the celebration of the 123rd Philippine Independence on Saturday, Davaoeños were reminded they can emerge victorious from the Covid-19 pandemic through adherence to safety protocols.Mayor Sara Duterte, in a statement, told her constituents “it is only when… Read More

Davao City forms anti-red tape body

 June 8, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte created the Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART) to help expedite business and non-business-related transactions in the city.In a statement Tuesday, the City Information Office said Duterte issued Executive Order (EO) No. 32, series of 2021, known as “An… Read More