Digos City declares yearlong mourning period over Governor Cagas’ death

 June 13, 2021

DAVAO CITY – A year of mourning was declared by Digos City Mayor Josef Cagas over the death of his uncle, Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Ralota Cagas.The period of mourning will be from June 10, 2021 to June 10, 2022,Cagas, 77, died on June 10 due to Covid-19 complications.Mayor Cagas said the… Read More

DAVSUR GOV. CAGAS BRAVES 6.6 MAGNITUDE QUAKE TO SIGN SOCIAL HOUSING DEAL WITH SHFC

cagas housing 1Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas did not care if after  shocks from two 6plus magnitude earthquakes that rocked Tulonan in nearby Cotabato continue to rock his province and threaten government buildings including the Provincial Capitol.

Gov. Cagas had declared October 30 as “no work day” at the Capitol as engineers check damage to the building. But on the day, the governor had a date with his homeless constituents.

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On the day, he was to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the government agency tasked with implementing the government’s socialized housing for the homeless Pinoys.

As the specter of another earthquake and more after shocks looms over the province, Gov. Cagas, with his staff and a few Capitol employees, signed the MOU, atop tables hurriedly parked at the Capitol lobby, with SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.

 

 

 

6,000 gobble up 800 roasted pigs in Davao eat-all-you-can lechon feast

About 6,000 residents of the city and nearby communities partook in the eat-all-you-can pork lechon (roasted pig) inside the Rizal Park in Digos City in Davao del Sur on Sunday.

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LECHON FEAST. Digos City residents feasted on about 800 heads of roasted pigs during the free eat-all-you-can lechon inside the Rizal Park in Digos City, Davao del Sur, on Sunday (Sept. 8, 2019). The first ever free lechon is in line with the 19th Araw ng Digos celebration. 

Mayor Josef Fortich Cagas said the first-ever free lechon to some residents of the city is in line with the celebration of the 19th Araw ng Digos celebration, which falls on the same day.

“Actually, we planned to give 12,000 tickets to our residents but due to lack of time and available venue, we opted to cut the number into 6,000 so that every ticket holder can be accommodated,” Cagas said.

Ticket holders were divided into four batches starting 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. wherein they will be given 25 minutes to eat the tasty lechon as much as they can.

The first batch came in after the culmination program held at the Rizal Park was formally closed.

The lechon eat-all-you-can became the highlight of the founding anniversary celebration, in addition to the much publicized ‘Litsonan sa Kadalanan’ wherein more than 800 heads of pigs were cooked and displayed for sale along Magsaysay Street in Digos City.

Commercial traders of roasted pigs usually started cooking at dawn Sunday to serve early buyers who were already lining up to buy a kilo or a whole lechon for their family and guests in their respective residences.

Meanwhile, Governor Douglas Cagas was the guest speaker of the culmination program with Rep. Mercedes Cagas and Vice-Governor Marc Cagas also in attendance. 

About 10,000 people from national and local government offices, private institutions, non-government organizations, and civic organizations, among others, joined the parade that converged at the Rizal Park.

The weeklong festivities of the 19th founding anniversary was formally opened on September 2 wherein scores of sports and entertainment showcase commenced despite the rain brought by the low-pressure area in this part of the country. (PNA)

DUTERTE TO REBS: STOP THE WAR

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As NPA continues attacks vs. govt troopers

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday warned the New People’s Army (NPA), saying that the communist rebels should stop waging war against the government.

The President expressed his frustration over the continuing attacks by the NPA on government forces despite the ongoing peace talks.

“Would you please stop waging war? Alam mo hindi ko kayo maintindihan. Unang sabi doon sa itaas, si Sison ordered to engage government forces in this struggle… That they changed it so that they will stop until such time matapos itong sa Marawi siege. Kasi walang — ang sabi ko nga eh, there will never be a space for you kung terrorist ka, kayong mga komunista. Wala kayong space diyan sa terorista,” Duterte said.

“In the meantime kung mag-usap tayo in the future, then stop waging war kasi baka itong mga sundalo ayaw na rin makipag-usap,” Duterte said during the 50th Araw ng Davao del Sur held at the Davao del Sur Coliseum in Digos City.

“Kami, utusan lang kami lahat. We are just co-workers in government basta pulis. But the only reason na medyo mataas ako, but I do not control everything and I cannot control everybody,” he said.

“You decide. Do not create something which is not acceptable also to me and to the guys doing the fighting,” he added.

At the same time, the President renewed his commitment to bring peace to the country, reiterating his intention to negotiate with major rebel groups, including the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front.

However, he said the government will never negotiate with the ISIS-inspired Maute group that occupied Marawi City.

The President also mentioned the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, sympathizing with the soldiers fighting for the city’s liberation from the Maute group.

He said he always prays that the war will end soon because he does not like people dying.

He said the military offensive in Marawi City will continue until the last terrorist is taken out.

The President meanwhile underscored the hard work of the Davao del Sur’s founding fathers.

“So, one is that I would like to credit the founding fathers of this province for their tireless effort to make what is now Digos,” the President said.

“Maganda na ang Digos ngayon, Davao del Sur,” he noted.

The President however said the only concern today for the province is illegal drugs, as he warned the local police force to stay away from the drug trade.

“Alam mo, ang problema lang ninyo is droga. Medyo malakas pati — I’m also — I would like to warn the police here,” Duterte said.

“Lay off sa drugs ha, kamong mga pulis kay alam mo na. Huwag kayong pumasok diyan kasi kasali kayo sa statistics diyan,” he said. (PND/PNA)

Davao edges Digos in Battle of the Executives

cmo_dvo-22BATTLE OF EXECUTIVESThe Davao City Executives turned back Digos City Executives, 97 – 84, in a friendly basketball match on Monday at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

      Christopher “Bong” Go put a brilliant game finishing with double-double as the sweet-shooting guard pumped in 35 points on top of 10 assists to lead the way for the Davao Executives.

      Go was on fire right from the opening tip, erupting for 17 with baskets from different variety- floaters, fall-away and   pull-up jumpers, running jump shots and from behind the arc.

      Davao Executives wrapped up the first period with a 16 points lead, 35 – 19, and dictated the tempo of the match en route to victory.

Glen Escandor backed Go up with 13 points as Gil Ciudadano joined the scoring bash with 12.

      By the time the third period ended, the Davao Executives were leading by 18, 78 – 60, and were never threatened anymore the rest of the way.

      Cabrera paced with 22 for the Digos Executive squad led by Mayor Joseph Peñas, Digos City Hall department heads, chief of police from various Digos police precincts and personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection

      Next friendly game is set on September 8 in Digos City. (Rico Biliran)

 

BASKETBALL: Davao edges Digos in Battle of the Executives

GO PUMPS 35 POINTS

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The Davao City Executives turned back Digos City Executives, 97 – 84, in a friendly basketball match on Monday at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

Christopher “Bong” Go put a brilliant game finishing with double-double as the sweet-shooting guard pumped in 35 points on top of 10 assists to lead the way for the Davao Executives.

Go, the executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, was on fire right from the opening tip, erupting for 17 with baskets from different variety- floaters, fall-away and   pull-up jumpers, running jump shots and from behind the arc.

Davao Executives wrapped up the first period with a 16 points lead, 35 – 19, and dictated the tempo of the match en route to victory.

Glen Escandor backed him up with 13 points as Gil Ciudadano joined the scoring bash with 12.

Digos Executives displayed their wares by mounting a big fightback in the second period with tough plays from Cabrera, Navarro and Manalang that cut the deficit to single digit late in the period.

But the Davao Executives regrouped superbly with Go came out firing on all cylinders in the third canto to push the lead back.

By the time the third period ended, the Davao Executives were leading by 18, 78 – 60, and were never threatened anymore the rest of the way.

Cabrera paced with 22 for the Digos Executive squad led by Mayor Joseph Peñas, Digos City Hall department heads, chief of police from various Digos police precincts and personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection

Manalang and Navarro finished the game 13 and 10 points respectively.

Next friendly game is set on September 8 in Digos City. (Rico Biliran)

Davao City is not a garbage dump’

‘BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has cringed at the thought that Davao City would be a dump for garbage of neighboring cities, as proposed by solid waste management companies offering to handle the city’s tons of garbage.
I don’t like it. Even the Dabawenyos would not like that, he said at the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on Sunday.
Davao City cannot be a garbage dump of others, he said in the program.
Two companies—Herhof of Germany and Sinova of the United States–have offered waste-to-energy solid waste management technologies to the city government.
Both need from 1,000 to 3,000 tons of garbage daily to feed their plants for operational viability, a long shot from the city’s garbage turnout of 300 to 400 tons a day.
To fill in the volume need, both companies have also proposed to buy garbage from neighbors like Tagum City and Digos City.
Herhof remains as the single offeror for the garbage handling contract, after the city legal office dumped the Sinova proposal for various legal impediments.
The Davao City Council has already approved a resolution intending to consider the proposal of Herhof. The legislative body is set to pass another resolution Tuesday this week, giving authority to Mayor Sara Duterte to sign a Memoranndum of Understanding with the German firm.
Mayor Duterte and five city councilors are set to visit a Herhof plant in Germany in October to observe its operation.

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PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.78, September 19-25, 2011

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P13M livelihood projects released to DavSur residents

By Carina L. Cayon

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – More than 10,000 residents in the province have benefited from the various livelihood projects amounting to almost P13 million that the provincial government released from 2008 to 2011.

From the 2008-2011 report of provincial livelihood coordinator Jeremias P. Rebuyon, a total of P12,918,380 worth of livelihood assistance were provided to 10,864 beneficiaries from 70 barangay local government units and community organizations across Davao del Sur.

Rebuyon’s report listed animal dispersal and micro-financing as the most utilized projects.

He reported that the provincial government has released last year a total of P1.035 million for 211 beneficiaries who ventured into goat, swine and carabao dispersal, photocopying, micro-lending and sugar trading.

The provincial livelihood office has also recorded in 2009, 1,038 recipients of the livelihood financial assistance worth P2,774,380. The beneficiaries came from 29 barangays and people’s organizations.

In 2008, Rebuyon reported 32 organizations with 9,502 beneficiaries from different municipalities were provided with a total of P7.836 million for projects such as goat, swine and carabao dispersal, micro-financing, meat shop and mini store, bag weaving and agri-feeds.

For this year, Rebuyon has a list of four barangay LGUs and two community groups with 113 beneficiaries who have availed of livelihood projects which amounted to P1.273 million.

Nilda Aniñon, provincial information officer, said the livelihood projects were part of the I-HELP program which she said is the core program of Governor Douglas Ra Cagas for the province.

Aniñon said I-HELP which stands for infrastructures, health, education, livelihood and peace and order started in 2007.

She stated that Cagas intends to improve and expand I-HELP into I-HELP Plus, Plus, Plus to include other programs like tourism, agriculture and housing as part of the priorities in the province for his second term.

According to Aniñon, the governor is molding Davao del Sur to be an agro-industrial, commercial and eco-tourism area in the country. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

 

MILITARY-REBEL CLASHES TRIGGER MASS EVACUATION

Rebel-military clashes are driving away farmers to safer grounds not only in Compostela Valley province but also in Davao del Sur.

About 160 persons from barangay Balutakay in Bansalan municipality on Sunday hurriedly packed belongings to seek shelter at the town center, after troopers briefly clashed with New People’s Army rebels who burned an abandoned Army barracks in the barangay.

Major Lyndon Paniza, commanding officer of the Army 72nd Infantry Battalion, said the 20-man rebel band of the NPA Front Committee 18 under Kumander Hasmin fled the scene after the brief clash.

In Compostela Valley, farmers and tribal people in New Bataan and Compostela municipalities, fled their farms amid continuing military campaigns against the rebels.

Paniza said the troopers traded gunfire with the rebels who torched an old barracks abandoned months ago by the 72nd IB troopers. There was no reported casualty from both sides.

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas and Bansalan Mayor Edwin Reyes yesterday met with the evacuees to persuade them to return to the barangay over assurance by military the rebels had fled.

The Balutakay clash is the first in the farming village not known to be infiltrated by communist rebels. Front Committee 18 is known to operate at the province’s boundary with Davao City. In boundary barangay Kapatagan two weeks ago, NPA rebels shot dead a sitio leader who allowed the military and police to set up a training camp in his village.

Davao City 911 clone

Copycat Digos City to

create own 911 center

 

            Digos City is setting up its own emergency response center, the first city in the Davao Region to copy Davao City’s famed 911 Emergency Center.

            Mayor Arsenio Latasa said he is still looking for a name to pin on the project for a little bit of originality even as he admits he was inspired by Davao City’s 911.

            We are developing a concept for the project, that would be patterned after that of Davao City, he said.

            Latasa said he was inspired to copy 911 due to its effectiveness in responding to c crime incidents in Davao City that led to low crime rate.