Archive for February, 2010

NEWS: Silvosa hits critics on luminous motorcycle stickers

Posted in panabo mayor joe silvosa with tags on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

feb 25

Panabo City Mayor Jose “Joe” Silvosa lambasted critics to the city policy on imposing the bearing of luminous stickers to single motorcycles in the city, saying “they’re making irresponsible comments meant to destroy my administration in this political season”.

Unnamed critics presumably Silvosa’s electoral rivals have earned non-minced words from the mayor who responded to the charge that the policy reeked of charging a new taxation burden to owners of single motorcycles.

In the revised revenue ordinance number 04 approved last year, single motorcycles are required to bear luminous stickers issued by the city government and owners have to pay sticker pay of P100 and P50 monitoring fee every year

But in an interview Silvosa replied: “It is intended for the protect people and property and it is within the power of the local government unit and the Sangguniang Panglungsod to enact such measure”.

He said that on the particular score of preventing crimes, and “given that most of those who committed crimes in the city were riding on single motorcycles, the luminous stickers can help law enforcers in their pursuit, investigation and arrest, and if motorcycles which don’t bear our stickers and which are used by criminals can be immediately presumed to be coming outside Panabo”.

“It serves as a deterrent to crimes,” he said adding that crimes such as holdups and extrajudicial killings where single motorcycles are being used for the entry and exit of criminals have been happening anywhere else as reported by local tabloids.

He said his pretentious rivals were bankrupt of legitimate issues to hit him and have only to peddle petty and irresponsible ones.

Silvosa, a Lakas reelectionist for second term, is seen by pundits as on higher upperhand in this electoral time as he is currently rivaled by Engr. Rico Peligro (Liberal Party), younger of Davao del Norte provincial administrator Rufo Peligro, and reportedly an irrigation and cableway contractor concentrating in Zamboanga Peninsula .

Peligro is reportedly backed up by a politically bound San Agustin Parish priest Rex Barte in Panabo. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

OPINION: The Darjan’s List (Part 2)

Posted in 2010 NSPC TAGUM, NSPC 2010 TAGUM with tags on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

feb 25

Today’s frequent long power interruptions caused by low Mindanao grid could have been worst had Briz, Darjan and Co. not made innovations in the enforcement of the contracts to Daneco’s clearing contractors. Or so Daneco board director-treasurer Ananias Darjan Jr claimed. But maybe they just cured one long-pestering problem in Tagum City . Had it not of the strong political will of City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy they could not have accomplished so much in the clearing of trees, tree branches and other materials that fall into electrical lines especially during strong winds to cause brownouts.

We learned that it was then the lack of clearing or rather the inefficient clearing activities of clearing contractors which accoutned for about 50 percent of causes in the power interruptions in the city. Besides pilferage, power interruptions caused by non-clearing contributed to the high systems loss incurred by Daneco. Then it was practised that even if clearing contractors accomplished only 50 percent to the quota of clearing works, the management paid them 100-percent of the amount contracted, claimed Darjan. By instituting strict enforcement of contracts, by October last year clearing contractors would have to accomplish 100 percent if they wanted Daneco to pay pay them 100 percent, and it paid off, resulting to continuing decreases of Daneco’s systems loss from the range of 15 to 18 percent down to single digit to as low as 6 percent, Darjan boasted.  And for that matter, Briz, Darjan and Co. scored. But Daneco OIC GM Allan Laniba isn’t the cause of this. The problem then had long been there before he leads the management.

Since we’re already in the issue of electrical lines, we’ll get from the drawers the issue on pole rental of telephone and cable companies. Darjan said collection of pole rentals from companies which use Daneco’s poles in their respective service lines has been neglected. Uncovered was that the pole rental was still pegged at P3.50 per post, the rate of the 90s while NEA  had already approved in 2006 for its escalation to P270 per pole per year for more than 20 pounds of wire or cable, and P170 per pole per year for less than 20 pounds of wire or cable. The new rate is accordingly justified as Telcos and cable companies used heavier lines and cables made of copper wires while Daneco uses only aluminum wires. Darjan bared that the number of poles Daneco has was not also updated in the years  2006 to 2009, and given the old rental rate used and management’s neglect on collection, it grossed only over P1.3 million last year from this income source. “We could have collected about P40 million,” Darjan said adding that Tagum City alone boosts to have more than 10,000 poles while there are only few towns in its service areas which have no telephone and cable companies. (To be continued)

BLOGS AND BITS: Tagum City is currently hosting the 2010 National Schools Press Conference. It is a coveted gathering each school paper adviser has to attend. Well, you know, a many or a few school paper advisers are de facto legit commission-ners of the printing press, puera delos buenos- unknown to the intelligent campus journalists (no pun intended, just telling no grain of salt on this sleuthing)….At times, OB means not official business but Oli Balay (Owi Bahay). It’s in the ETC in the purpose of the itinerary of official travel that travelling government men gets high in converting OB as time for finest rest and recreation, far away from home…. Davao del Norte District 1 congressional sure winner Anthony Rafael del Rosario (AGR) was recently hit of “good” black propaganda spread again by the Malicious Text Brigade (I initial as MTB) in the province. The black propa text messages asked receivers for prayers for AGR to recover from already Stage 4 hodgkin lymphoma cancer. Stage 4 means AGR’s cancer has advanced already.  Oh, my gulay!  AGR was already “perfectly” and “completely healed” of it many months back, as he responded early last week over an FM station in the city. His father governor and mother Madam Inday were even surprised of it after receiving separately those black text messages. Maybe early election losers who can’t really wage a good electoral fight against AGR are just sour-griping this early before March 26, the official start of campaign period for local candidates…. But it’s well known now that the campaign period for local candidates had long started- last year pa. They have been campaigning already in their handshaking to barangays and in their clever posters and tarpaulins, and in their goodies- rice, noodles, tinapa, etc…. Kodus to the newly elected officers of the Reporters in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley Assn., Inc. (RDCVAI). Working reporters, being the news and information backbone, in the media industry close ranks to protect their rights and advance their welfare. Thanks there were no kungkos around last Thursday last week at Pots and Grills. (e-mail:

NEWS: Oil palm growers optimistic on bullish outlook of industry in Mindanao

Posted in Bembot Espanola, CK Chang with tags , on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

feb 19

Oil palm growers who converged yesterday at the Davao del Norte Capitol in Tagum City have similarly expressed optimism that oil palm production would continue to increase in hectarage in Mindanao even as the country is still importing oil palm products from nearby Southeast Asian countries.

CK Chang, president of Philippine Palm Oil Development Council, Inc. (PPODCI), said that ten years ago the country has only some 20,000 hectares of oil palm trees but at present it has already 45,000 hectares of it mostly found in Mindanao .

“But we are still importing oil palm products from Malaysia and Indonesia,” he said as he cited wide-ranging uses of the plant in food industry, for one, like it is being used as materials of products like coffeemate, instant noodles and others.

Increase in oil palm production in Mindanao is expected, he added, as the growing population would continue to appreciate oil palm products and consume more of it.

He said their the current production thrust in the opening and expansion of hectarage of oil palm is the organizing of growers as cooperatives and the accessing of financing from Land Bank of the Philippines.

He said that in the statistics of PPODCI, a non-government organization organized by mostly growers in Mindanao, the island has over 35,000 hectares devoted of oil palm trees, while Palawan and Bohol have only 6,500 and 3,500 hectares, respectively.

In Mindanao, Agusan del Sur is the number 1 palm oil producer followed by Sultan Kudarat while “Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley are catching up in production,” Chang said.

In the last two years, average net income of growers is P2,000 per hectare per month while the average buying price ranges P4,000 to P5,000 per ton, he said.

On the other hand, grower and PPODCI director Bembot Espanola of Compostela Valley , urged local government authorities to extend support to oil palm industry even as he described the general lack of support of the national government to the industry.

He said that the industry has been put under the care of Philippine Coconut Authority, which “has not budget to nurture our undertaking”.

“If only all local government units would replicate what the North Cotabato provincial government has been doing in its plant-now-pay later program, the oil palm industry would be given a good boost right from the ground,” Espanola added.

He said that individual oil palm growers average to have 3 hectares of oil palm farms and by it “at P5,000 income per hectare he grosses P15,000 per month, which is already sufficient income for his family” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News).

NEWS: Daneco OIC GM says BOD resolution making his post vacant is “invalid”

Posted in daneco board of directors with tags on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

feb 18

Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative OIC general manager (GM) Allan Laniba described as “invalid” the resolution of the board of directors approved Saturday on 7 versus 5 minority votes that affirmed the earlier 6-votes resolution that declared the GM post as open and vacant.

In an interview, Laniba, invoking the legal opinion of Daneco counsel Atty. Jess Albacite, said that from the very beginning when board Resolution Number 293, series of 2009 was approved on December 12, 2009 by only 6 votes the last Saturday’s resolution affirming the issue of majority votes was already invalid.

He said not a simple majority of 6 votes were needed but 2/3 votes of the Board of Directors (BOD) members or 7 votes were needed to make the GM post open and vacant.

Laniba is already now on his over 9 months of serving as OIC GM after the untimely death of former GM Edgar Savellano. The board designated Laniba as OIC GM on April 4, 2009 and National Electrification Administration on April 15, 2009 confirmed with the board’s action giving Laniba a “probationary” 1 year tenure as OIC GM.

The BOD itself then presided by pro-Laniba board president Dr. Antonio Segumpan, MD recommended Laniba to take the place of Savellano, but later the Segumpan’s presidency was wrested by the current president Dean Briz, who along with several directors, has been ostensibly blocking the appointment of Laniba as permanent GM.

The board now is locked in a struggle with hairline vote margin switching to and pro either favoring Laniba or Briz depending on the issue, besides the main target of Briz and company to frustrate Laniba from capturing the most coveted and perks-laden GM post.

The permanent GM post itself carries a monthly salary of over P60,000 and fat representation allowances and incentives and powerful fiscal, management and at times political influence to reign in the affairs of the power cooperative including putting into his wings vocal and critical directors.

Earlier, NEA threw the BOD the challenge to resolve the issue on majority votes to make the GM post vacant as egged out by Resolution No. 293 which was approved by 6 votes favoring Briz while only 4 votes were opposed and 1 vote was abstention.

Laniba and Albacite contended that 6 votes for the declaration of vacancy was not the majority per parliamentary rules and as the board has 12 members with one presiding, 7 votes was the majority vote.

But in last Saturday’s board meeting, Briz and director-treasurer Ananias Darjan Jr managed to get 7 votes to affirm Resolution 293.

Briz and company contended that Laniba’s term as OIC GM could anytime be cut by the Daneco BOD citing a NEA ruling that the management of a power cooperative is vested on its board of directors, and therefore it could anytime declare the position open and vacant for application by anybody.

Briz and company have since then been asking NEA to publish the vacancy to a newspaper of national circulation with Daneco shouldering for the cost of publication, which NEA has not yet acted on at press time with the pendency on the issue of majority votes.

As the two protagonists locked horns on the issue of replacing or maintaining Laniba, Briz and company have been blowing the lid off in baring alleged anomalies and “deficiencies” happening in Daneco with unresolved management issues harking back to the time of late first GM Atty. Jose Amacio as well as the rectifications made by the current BOD.

Laniba and company on the other hand contended that Laniba’s OIC GMship leading his becoming as permanent GM has already been settled by prior acts of the BOD to confirm Laniba’s designation as OIC GM and not to open and make vacant the position and to  endorse Laniba as permanent GM per board resolution on July 11, 2009 which net 8 votes and 1 opposing vote of Briz.

But shortly after mid last year NEA administrator counsel Atty. Edgardo Piamonte, in response to the separate letters of Briz, Darjan and director Roman Calicdan questioning Laniba’s appointment, first threw the issue to the board to resolve it as a collegial body.

Segumpan, then the board president that time, answered NEA stating that the issue was already settled by the BOD.

On September 16, 2009 NEA through Piamonte wrote the BOD giving Laniba 1 year up to April 2010 to prove his worth before his permanency as GM, with Laniba to be subjected NEA evaluation and confirmation.

Briz said it is the BOD which first selects and endorses who the GM is from qualified applicants after the making the post open and vacant as published by a national newspaper.

“The six votes of the Board cannot repeal the previous decision of the Board not to open the vacancy, and the endorsement of Laniba as permanent general manager… again six votes do not constitute a majority number, therefore cannot establish or approve a motion… It must constitute 2/3 votes of all the members of the Board,” stated the legal opinion.

Last Saturday, however, Briz and company got 7 votes to affirm Resolution 293, but they failed to terminate Laniba as OIC GM in the consequent resolution by rotating department managers to become OIC GM with 4 votes versus 5 votes in favor to Laniba.

Briz said, in an interview, they still have cards close to their chest to lay for Laniba and company in the coming days saying first that Laniba has to step down when he applies for the permanent GM position and all applicants inside Daneco “can not become an OIC, transition or caretaker GM when that time comes.”

But Laniba branded that the latest affirming resolution was already “dead” and “invalid” as it was based on “invalid resolution”.

“To affirm an invalid resolution is an invalid act. Dapat nag pass sila ug laing resolution nga lahi sa 293 (They should have passed another resolution different to 293),” Laniba said in separate interview.

Voting in favor to the affirming resolution were directors Darjan, Miguel Fermil, who moved the resolution, Roman Calicdan, Brendo Ceniza, Dr. Roberto Alam, MD and Samuel Lacierda. But Alam and Lacierda chose to abstain in the subsequent resolution terminating Laniba from his job and rotating OIC GMship among department managers. Voting not in favor to the affirming resolution were directors Dr. Antonio Sebumpan, MD, Eugenio Ramonida, Engr. Dan Gervacio, retired Col. Dominador Cruda ug Orlando Bugas. They all thumbed down the subsequent resolution. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Gibo’s “parallel organization” raises eyebrows of Comval incumbents

Posted in VICE MAYOR JESSIE BOLO COMPOSTELA with tags , on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

feb 17

Eyebrows of incumbent officials in Compostela Valley have been raised while others were reportedly “slighted” by the move of the administration presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr in forming a “parallel organization” that has now been campaigning for him in the barangays in an effort of boosting his sagging candidacy.

Officials of the province including Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, who is the only governor who sticks with Lakas-Kampi-CMD throughout Region XI, were reportedly “slighted” by the move of directly tapping barangay officials as campaign coordinators of Teodoro without giving protocol of at least informing them, said a town mayor who talked on the condition on he not be named.

He said that what happened to his town when the still unnamed coordinator of Teodoro, specifically moving on the instruction of Lakas-Kampi-CMD regional stalwarts based in Davao City , was that the municipal coordinator, who is the poblacion barangay captain, is running as councilor under the Liberal Party. The mayor is reelectionist under the local Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Also, he added, the municipal coordinator in Compostela town appointed by Teodoro’s coordinator happened to be poblacion barangay captain Willy Ang, who is the younger brother of Councilor Rodolfo Ang, the mayoralty standard bearer of Aksyon-Demokratiko running against Vice Mayor Jessie Bolo whose running mate is last-termer Mayor Reynaldo Castillo of the administration party.

The source said that they were really caught flat-footed by the move when the Teodoro’s campaign organization composed of barangay captains was formed two weeks ago.

He said that the organization is parallel to what the provincial Lakas-Kampi-CMD has been working out that also taps barangay captains as campaign coordinators.

He said that Teodoro’s coordinator had poured big amount of campaign money to the tapped municipal coordinators which as of press time he could not yet confirm as to the amount given.

It was also two weeks ago that Teodoro’s campaign tarpaulins flourished in the province.  (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Olano throws support to AGR, laughs off report he bought Yayong

Posted in emily alvarez with tags on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte

Emily Alvarez, “mortal political enemy”

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Davao del Norte District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano (independent Lakas) is throwing his support to congressional candidate Anthony Rafael del Rosario (Liberal Party) and not to former boardmember Emily Alvarez (Nacionalista Party).

He said that he has been considering Anthony’s father Governor Rodolfo del Rosario as his “inspiration who developed me” starting when he became a boardmember in 1998.

“He (RDR) is a total politician, I could not forget that. If he has only a rival now I would have supported him all-out,” he added.

He told reporters in a press conference Saturday that Anthony’s rival Alvarez has since then considered him as a “mortal political enemy” as they fought in 2004 and 2007 elections.

Olano, who is graduating already from his third term, is running now for mayoralty against reelectionist City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy, former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza and ex-police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay.

Olano also laughed off report that he already “bought” Gementiza so the latter would withdraw from the race and support him.

“Wa koy ikabayad ana. Kung naa lang unta koy kwarta, seguro nakumpleto ang akong mga councilor (I have no money for that. If I have, I could have completed my lineup of councilors),” he said.

Running with Olano for the ten-man city councilorship are last-termer boardmember Macario Bermudez, former councilor Tristan Aala, Dexter Welborn and Erwin Ang.

As of now, he said he picked only six senatorial candidates to support who are Bong Revilla, Lito Lapid, Silvestre Bello, Raul Lambino, Rey Langit and Ramon Guico.

He said he has already “talking points” with vice gubernatorial candidate Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel but as of press time they have not yet firmed up an agreement. Israel is battling with reelectionist Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr, running mate of unopposed Governor Del Rosario.

Israel is running without a gubernatorial candidate after ex-Miss Universe Margie Moran, wife of former Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.,  backed out close before the deadline of the filing of certificate of candidacy.

District 2 political kingmaker Tonyboy was said to have announced to mayors in District 2 mayors last week to support Israel . (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Cong. Olano clarifies report tagging him third biggest spender in Congress

Posted in congressman arrel olano with tags on February 24, 2010 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

feb 15

Davao del Norte Congressman Arrel Olano (first district) clarified earlier published report tagging him as the third biggest spender in the House of Representatives saying that he did not misuse people’s money and that he just religiously complied with the new baseline form required by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to all lawmakers and all government employees in 2008.

In a press conference Saturday, he said that his P7.848-million expenses cited by the report published in the Philippine Star last February 5 was just within the bounds of expenditure allowed and proper to his office and to his chairmanship to the committee on rural development and his membership to the important oversight committee and other House committees.

He recalled that in early 2008 when the CSC introduced the new baseline form which included itemized listing of expenditures there were complaints relating to the detailed filling up of the form, but the congressman complied and “declared all” his reimbursable expenses including those he incurred in his participation to committees in pursuance to transparency sought by CSC.

He said that he did not know whether other House members did the same although he learned that the form was not really fully implemented that in the middle 2008 the CSC stopped requiring it from lawmakers.

“But in 2009 the (CSC) announced that the compliance to the form was not voluntary but compulsory, and I did not change my way of reporting on baseline expenses,” Cong. Olano said.

But he asked readers on the report including reporters to look at it again and compare his expenditure to other lawmakers mentioned in the report who made only scarce presence in Congress but incurred higher expenses.

He said that Negros Occidental Rep. Julio “Jules” Ledesma IV made only his presence in Congress when President Arroyo delivered her State of the Nation Address but he incurred P5.782-million expenses, while Abono Rep. Robert Estrella, who was cited by the report as the most frugal incurred PP5.703 -million expenses.

Also, Olano also said that his expenses were used for various purposes including maintenance and other operating expenses, research, travels, communication and fees for his two consultants.

He admitted that in all his congressional budget for these would amount to over P600,000 monthly, and “that is applicable to all 268 congressmen” besides the budget that went for the salaries of his staff and to projects funded by what is dubbed as pork barrel.

The report that in 2008 each lawmaker has allocations of P300,000 for “consultants”, P540,000 for research, P500,400 each for public affairs, P600,000 each for MOE (maintenance and other expenses), P1 million each for district staff allocation and P189,600 each for communication expenses.

On the way of graduating from this third term, Olano is running now for mayoralty in Tagum City under independent Lakas-Kampi-CMD. He is squaring off with reelectionist City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy, former Governor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza and ex-police investigator and businessman Cesar Cuntapay. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)