Tagum City set to host three national events

17 02 2010


Tagum City – All roads lead to this city next week as three simultaneous national events are set to be staged here – the 9th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival, the 3rd National English Jazz Chants Festival, and the 2010 National Schools Press Conference – which is a first in the city’s history.

More than two weeks of series of events will showcase the city to the rest of the country starting with the 3rd National Jazz Chant Festival which will be held from February 15 to 17; the Musikahan Festival on February 19 to 28; and the 2010 National Schools Press Conference which is slated from February 21 to 26.

Speaking during a press conference here at the still unfinished Tagum City Hall last Tuesday, Alma Uy, Tagum City Tourism Council chair and wife of Mayor Rey Uy, expressed confidence on the economic boost that the three events would bring to the city.

She said that 250 tents were already set up at the New City Hall that would sell food, souvenir items, even ukay-ukay, to the visitors and participants of the three events.
At least 30 exhibitors from Zamboanga, 20 from Davao City, and at least one booth for exhibitors from Regions 1 to 10, showcasing their native delicacies and products, have already booked for the two weeks of series of events.

This is a good way for our small businessmen to earn during the festival,”
Uy said.

The Tagum Tourism Council targets revenue of some P5 million for the three events and tourism officials are confident that this amount will be achieved.

Uy computed that if the expected 20,000 audience that would gather at the Tagum City Trade Center and Cultural Pavilion would spend at least P50 on the night of the Musikahan Festival, an easy P1 million would be earned just for one night.

During the Musikahan Festival, Sutherland, a business process outsourcing company would also set up a jobs fair to recruit possible employees from the city and nearby provinces.

For the National Schools Press Conference, around 4,000 participants from all over the country are expected to come.

Uy said that they have employed 18 caterers to provide for the meals of the participating students.

The National English Jazz Chants Festival has also contributed its fair share in the income generation pie as it also has its own generated sponsors.


Home Lot Certificates for the Landless: Mayor Uy’s surprise gift on Valentine’s Day

16 02 2010

On February 14, Mayor Rey T. Uy surprises the informal home settlers of Tagum City during their assembly. Home lot certificates of RTU Grand Village IV of Barangay Apokon were awarded to 356 recipients of 536 lots available with a standard model size of 60 to 80 square meters designed to cater the welfare of the relocated Tagumeños from the affected areas of Barangay Poblacion (Baex Creak), Barangay West (Purok Mauswagon and Purok Malinawon), Barangay Apokon (Purok Maganda, Purok Pagaran), and Barangay Visayan Village (Purok Santol, Purok Durian, Purok Assessor, Chinese School of Purok Malinawon).

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“As a father of our city, it is your welfare that I care most” says Mayor Uy as he reminded the settlers to take care of their land titles. The RTU Grand Village is a ready to use housing area to establish a community with drainage, widened roads, septic tanks prepared by the City Government of Tagum for the settlers.
Mayor Uy wishes for a peace-loving community where garbage will also be properly disposed. Even to the details of drying clothes and raising a family, the Local Chief Executive wants the village to be always presentable as it will soon become a model of housing village initiated by City Government.
SP Chair on Housing Councilor Nickel Suaybaguio Jr. cheered the crowd when he said, “patience pays off, it has been a while that we have waited for this moment to have our own home lot.” Since Mayor Uy wanted everything to be perfectly in place, the relocated lot owners waited for a while to get their land titles.

As a symbol of a united spirit between the church and state, Msgr. Ulysses Perandos did solemnize the village. Assisted by Lay Ministers, the home lots of RTU Grand Village IV was sprinkled with holy water.

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City of Tagum Mayor Rey T. Uy awards one of the home lot certificates to a recipient with a standard model size of 60 to 80 square meters last February 14, 2010 at RTU Grand Village IV of Barangay Apokon in this city together with (next to Mayor Uy) Vice-Mayor Allan L. Rellon, PCUP XI Commissioner Luzviminda V. Salcedo, Coun. Reynaldo T. Salve, Coun. Raymond Joey D. Millan, Brgy Kagawad Ian Neo and Coun. Alan D. Zulueta.

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With Mayor Rey Uy and elected officials, Diocese of Tagum Vicar General Msgr. Ulysses L. Perandos blesses the concrete monument during the giving of Home Lot Certificates on Valentine’s Day at the RTU Grand Village IV of Barangay Apokon in this city.

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With Mayor Rey Uy and elected officials, Diocese of Tagum Vicar General Msgr. Ulysses L. Perandos leads the prayer for RTU Grand Village IV of Barangay Apokon in this city.

1,374 Davao inmates to cast votes in 2010

1 02 2010

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 21 – A total of 1,374 Davao City jail inmates are expected to vote in the 2010 elections, this was the record gathered from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the Davao Region.

Jail Director Rosendo M. Dial said of the 2,026 detainees in the region, 1,374 are eligible to cast their votes next year following the Commission on Elections (Comelec) implementing guidelines on inmates’ registration and its Minute Resolution No. 09-0307.

Dial said of this figure, Davao City Jail has the highest of number inmates with registered 968 voters; followed by Tagum City Jail in Davao del Norte with 151; Davao City Female Jail 117; Panabo City, Davao del Norte Jail, 74; Davao City Jail-Annex, 40; Digos City, Davao del Sur Jail, 20; and Samal City in Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte Jail, four. The rest of small jails have no registrants as inmates failed to qualify during the registration process.

Dial said according to Comelec’s resolution and guidelines, there will be an off-site and on-site voting, adding that the Comelec will put up a satellite precinct inside those jails having more than 200 registrants (detainees) while the smaller jails with less registrants will resort to escorting inmates outside jail.

Detainees need to obtain a court order to be allowed to go out and vote outside jail premises, he said.

Dial said the court order was the result of the series of meetings held by the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of concerned government agencies and civil society chaired by Dial, regarding the participation of inmates all over the country in future electoral processes.

With the resiliency of the 1987 Constitution, however, he said the TWG learned that inmates could indeed register and vote under the constitutional presumption of innocence.

On May 2009 Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento approved the mechanism that will allow inmates to cast their ballots in the 2010 elections through satellite registration and escorted voting.

This is the first time in Philippine election history that these detainees who have not been given a final sentence will be empowered to vote, Dial said.

He said the legal basis for instituting this concept sprung from the constitutional provision under Article III Section 1 and 14 which says “the accused is always presumed innocent of the crime committed until proven guilty by the court.”

The Comelec allows them to vote because their cases are still pending in court, he added.

Meanwhile, BJMP regional director S/Supt Emmanuel Sicio assured the public and political candidates that the BJMP Davao will remain neutral in the exercise of inmates’ right to vote. (PNA) FFC/JLC/lvp

Source: balita.ph

Tagum City Hall close to becoming billionaire, says official

1 02 2010

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 13 — Tagum City is close to having a billionaire city government in terms of income earned from local and national sources, according to City Treasurer Edgar De Guzman.

We’re close to becoming a billionaire in the next two to three years from now,” reckoned De Guzman.

He said the city government “is so liquid” in income as in 2008 it already earned more than P400 million in local taxes and fees, and more than P400 million in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share from the national government.

He said that by February he could already come up with the final total of actual income earned in 2009 as final figures of almost a hundred of income sources are still being collated and finalized.

He added that the city government under the administration of Mayor Rey Uy has pushed in recent years increases of its local income more than the rates of increases of IRA resulting to the overall increase in total income.

We are just innovative to generate more income that is flowed back for the development of the city such as the many visible infrastructures that marked the administration of Mayor Uy,” De Guzman said in response to the issue that the city government has been indiscriminately increasing taxes to the complaints of local businessmen.

He added that the Uy administration has managed to introduce “new local taxes and fees” that “substantially” increased local sources of city’s income such as the annual road maintenance fee, drainage maintenance fee, reforestation, conservation and ecological protection fee, and education support program fee.

He said these fees covered in the 2008 revised revenue code of the city actively pushed by Mayor Uy were duly approved from the city to provincial levels passing public hearings and consultations.

In implementing these, at first there was resistance of the affected people but sooner it faded out as they knew that the additional individual fees are just in small amounts such as P20 or P50 that became big if pooled in totals,” he explained.

He cited that annual road maintenance fees last year totaled P5.79 million, while the drainage maintenance fee has P1.2 million, reforestation, conservation and ecological protection fee has P5.27 million, and the education support program fee has P8.61 million, all contributing to increased total local income.

“Some local government units in fact have replicated our experience in innovating to raise our local revenues, and show to the people that their taxes are moving,” De Guzman said.

For Tagum City, the real property taxes in gross receipts has been maintained through the years as a top local revenue source with P81 million share in 2009, and contributing next were business tax and income from city’s various economic enterprises such as the public market, slaughterhouse, livestock facility and public cemetery. (PNA)

Source: balita.ph

Comelec-Davao Norte registers a total of 464,788 voters

1 02 2010

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 19 – The provincial office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has registered a total of 646,788 voters with 18,973 fresh new registrants, presumably the youths who would vote for the first time on the coming May polls.

Provincial election officer Atty. Marlon Casquejo said the number of these new voters is evenly and scarcely scattered in all towns and cities of the province with roughly each of their municipal or city number delivering an increase of only six percent of their respective places.

Overall, Casquejo said they delivered an increase of only five percent to the total registered voters of Davao del Norte for the coming polls.

The consolidated progress report of the Comelec Davao del Norte provincial office was signed by Casquejo after the Nov. 16, 2009 election registration board hearing.

The province’s new total number of registered voters though has only jumped by two-percent increase from the 454,460 total registered voters during the barangay election on Oct. 29, 2007.

Casquejo said Tagum City has the highest number of fresh new voters with 4,441 while San Isidro town has only 623.

The city also stands to be the most votes-rich with its 112,831 voters constituting about 24 percent of the total registered voters in the province, followed by Panabo City with its 87,404 voters constituting 18 percent and placing third is the three-district Island Garden City of Samal with its 52,230 voters.

The hinterland Talaingod settled as the town with smallest number of registered voters with its 9,205 voters, an increase of three percent from 2007 barangay election while total voters in Asuncion, Kapalong and San Isidro towns and Panabo City had their number of voters dropped in the range of two to seven percent, he said.

The total registered voters of the towns and cities of Davao del Norte are: Tagum City -112,831; Panabo City -87,404; Sto. Tomas -58,215; Samal Island City -52,230; Kapalong -33,711; Carmen -33,407; Asuncion -27,429; New Corella -25,479; San Isidro -13,551, Braulio E. Dujali -11,326; and Talaingod -9,205. (PNA)

Source: balita.ph

Tagum City’s hosting of 2009 NSPC – final

21 01 2010

NSPC Schedule - Billeting Quarters with Contact

Sun.Star’s Network news reported that the parents of student-journalists who will participate in this year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) are urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to transfer the venue of the event away from Mindanao citing security concerns.

In the same story published last week, it mentioned that one of the parents who declined to be named said he would not allow his son, a second year student in the National Capital Region (NCR) who won the regional elimination in news writing last year, to attend the NSPC.

The parent said that they are worried for their children that the NSPC will be held there — anyone would be worried too because of what happened adding that DepEd should move the venue to a ‘safer’ place in Luzon or the Visayas to assuage their concerns.

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He said the DepEd should ensure that all the concerns, especially about security should be fully addressed before they will allow their children to participate.

The parent said they are just being careful, adding that his concern is also shared by other parents of campus journalists he has talked to in recent days.

In a timely turn of events, the City Government of Tagum in a meeting presided by Vice Mayor Allan L. Rellon during the City’s Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting on January 8, 2010 agreed that they would make a stand that security measures will not be taken lightly.

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In a press release published in local dailies including this paper and in the DepEd Central Office official website based in Pasig City, it emphasized Tagum City’s reputation as a peaceful and child-friendly city as conferred by the Office of the President and later recognized again by the DILG Regional Office XI under the leadership of Director Quirino Libunao. The City Government of Tagum regularly convenes the Peace and Order Council to coordinate closely with the participating agencies in assessing the city’s security.

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) declared Tagum as the 7th Most Competitive Medium-Sized Cities of the Philippines. As home of Festivals and City of Parks, the Department of Tourism has also declared Tagum as the Palm City of the Philippines and the Music Capital of the South. It has also won the national award as the Best Literacy Program Implementor for Component City Category.

DepEd Tagum City Division Superintendent Nenita Lumaad also asked the AFP and PNP to make a security statement to ensure the safety of the public particularly the delegates on the upcoming nationwide event.

City’s Chief of Police PCI Giusseppe Geralde assured that Tagum is the safest place to live while Army Captain Eddie Valde of 1003rd Brigade also assured the Council that their Battalion has continuously monitored the areas for the students’ guided tour in the eco-tourism park of Davao del Norte. Army Reservists from 1102 RCDG Command Center have also expressed their commitment in rendering their services to protect the reputation of Davao Province as a peaceful community.

City Mayor of Tagum Rey T. Uy has established five Police sub-stations constructed in strategic places in the entry and exit points of the city and also purchased a couple of bomb sniffing dogs under the care of Tagum’s Swat Team. In guarding terminal areas, monitoring devices like CCTV cameras have been installed all over the transport vicinity.

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has attached his assuring letter to the DepEd Committee that all participating students and coaches of NSPC are guaranteed safe in the province.

City Councilor Alan Zulueta said that Tagum is an insurgent-free area so he asked the tri-media to help them disseminate that they are ready for the NSPC.

In the final Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on January 12-13, 2010 attended by Dr. Lolita M. Andrada and Dr. Yolanda Quijano, bureau chiefs of BSE and BEE and Chair and Co-chair of NSPC 2010 respectively, the group finally agreed that Tagum City will be the host of the NSPC on February 22-26, 2010.

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2010 National Schools Press Conference to be held in Tagum

8 01 2010

Known for its landmark as Palm City of the Philippines, the City Government of Tagum led by Mayor Rey Uy will host the 2010 NSPC on February next year. 5,000 students and their advisers from private and public schools coming from 17 Regions of the country are expected to participate in the seven (7) writing events of English and Filipino categories.

Mayor Uy speaks before the NSPC 2010 coordinators with the School Division Superintendent Nenita Lumaan during the recent holding of joint committee meeting held at DEPED Office in Energy Park.

As part of the preparation, a joint committee meeting was recently held between the City Government of Tagum and DepEd family to closely coordinate and better serve the thousands of delegates flocking in during the big event of the city.