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NEWS: Supreme Court Chief Justice Puno in Tagum City today

Posted in chief justice puno in tagum with tags , , , on September 9, 2008 by cha monforte

sept 5

Welcome CJ to the Palm City!
Justice on Wheels to dispose cases of aged, overstaying inmates of Davnor, Comval

Chief Justice Reynato Puno will arrive in Tagum City today bringing in the Supreme Court’s Justice on Wheels (JoW) mobile court program to Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.

The JoW mobile court will hear, mediate and decide cases especially involving those inmates who are above 70 years old and detainees whose cases had dragged for longer periods than prescribed by law or those who have finished serving their sentence or were overstaying.

Puno re-launched the “Justice on Wheels” program last July to increase the access to justice by the poor, declog courts of unnecessary and unimportant cases and decongest jails nationwide.
Chief Justice Puno will bring along with him the especially-designed Justice on Wheels bus which has two court chambers inside it where hearings will be made, and in matter of hours, these would lead for the release of inmates.

In a phone interview with Sidlak yesterday, Atty. Gilbert Torrijos, Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court in Tagum Atty. informed that aside from the two hearings inside the JoW vehicle, which will park inside the compound of the Davao del Norte Provincial Rehabilitation Center,  two other hearings will be made in designated rooms inside the provincial jails of the two provinces.

The provincial jails of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley are all located at Mankilam, Tagum City.

Atty. Torrijos also said that other hearings for JoW will simultaneously occur at the Hall of Justice in the Capitol complex at Mankilam.

He informed that Chief Justice Puno in the morning will be the keynote speaker of a forum with the indigenous people, farmers and firsherfolks to be held at the Bulwagan ng Panlalawigan.

Aside from hearing cases, JOW mobile court activities also include jail inspection and medical checkup for detainees.

Chief Justice Puno has been personally spearheading in the deployment of mobile court room nationwide to look at the plight of the inmates and fast track their cases.

Reports said that so far it led to the releasing of at least 60 inmates in the places they have visited.

The JOW has already visited city jails in Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Kalibo, Aklan, Cebu and will have the provinces of Davao del Sur and Sarangani as the next stops in this current Southern Mindanao sortie, reports added.

Thus, all roads will lead today to Mankilam for the 16 judges in the two provinces as well as for lawyers in the cases selected for JoW hearings.

At present, Davao del Norte has a total of 9 courts which are the 4 Regional Trial Courts (RTC) and 1 Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) in Tagum City, 2 RTCs and 1 MTCC in Panabo City, and 1 Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) in Carmen town.

Compostela Valley, on the other hand, has 1 RTC and 1 MCTC in Nabunturan capital town, 1 MCTC each for Mabini, Monkayo and Compostela, and 1 each for Laac and Maco.

Recently, the Supreme Court reported that court-annexed mediations like the JoW program had settled at least 28,563 or 70 percent of the total 40,729 cases that underwent mediation in the last six years that declogged courts.

Wikipedia reported that JoW, borrowed from Guatemala justice system, was first launched in the Philippines on 2004 with World Bank and Asian Development Bank funds. 4 buses were converted into mobile courtrooms, to have served Manila and other regions. The Manila City Jail was built for only 1,000 inmates but is now crammed with 4,602.(Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Olaño: “I’m alive and kicking”

Posted in olaño with tags , on August 12, 2008 by cha monforte

aug 12

No heart attack
Trains sight on mayor, VG, BM post

Davao del Norte 1st District Cong. Arrel Olaño has denied reports that he has lately suffered a heart attack in Manila saying that far from it he is physically fit and healthy even as he said that he is training his sight to run either as a city mayor or vice governor or boardmember in 2010 polls.

Cong. Olaño bared this range of options in his political career as he is finishing his present third term during last Thurday’s edition of Kapihan sa Kapitolyo press conference at Bulwagan ng Lalawigan at Mankilam provincial government complex.

The congressman admitted that he called up the press conference with Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley mediamen through the Philippine Information Agency to squelch reports that he suffered a heart attack or that he was brought to as hospital in Manila due to a heart ailment.

He was accordingly mum on where the report or rumor came from. Neither did he attribute it as possibly coming from his political detractors, said mediamen who attended the press conference.

Olaño however said that one constituents of him who had earlier got wind of the rumor cried upon seeing him “alive and kicking”.

On the issue of the Value Added Tax, the congressman believed that it is vital to the government’s revenue generation should not be removed by the Arroyo administration.
He also opined there is a need for consultations as to the creation of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity which in the recent peace agreement has expanded the territory of the present Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).(Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Standing on fragile sand

Posted in dti davao norte, tagum business with tags , , , on July 31, 2008 by cha monforte

aug 1

The Department of Trade and Industry provincial office Wednesday gave a not so rosy picture of Tagum City’s economy as its chief specialist Vedastito Galvez bared of a low 30-percent yearly renewal rate of businesses after the five-year period of effectivity of business name registrations. That even while there was 74-percent increase of the business name registrations from 2006 to 2007.

Since while the city seems to have already an economy and a business configuration that can already feed its own growth and urbanization since it became a gold boomtown towards the mid 80s, DTI’s statistics on lowest 30-percent renewal rate of business registrations would either imply that these microenterprises, with capitalization of less than P3 million, on where the city’s formal economy has been dependent of, there is unsustainability of micro livelihood and businesses, or this backbone of the city’s economy has just always been beaten black and blue by the uncontrollable macroeconomic blues causing the collapse and bankruptcy of microenterprises. Or a combination of both of these.

The DTI’s renewal rate needs to be treated seriously as each business registration is virtually a business in place and operational, while the DTI provincial office said that it cancels out businesses registered that it catches to be non-operational within six months after the release of business names. Indeed, DTI statistics don’t lie.

If this is so, then Tagum’s economy might be already standing on loose, fragile sand of its economic fundamentals, and its continued sustainability might have only been propped up by continuous streams of microenterprises which put up their chips, while the bad effects of losing microenterprises are only offset by the informal sector of the vast slippered folks and lowly vendors in the underground economy. Unfortunately, those in underground economy have been shut out from the official DTI statistics, and we could not further postulate and assess.

Even then, it has always been the informal sector of the underground economy that has been the savior whenever the country’s economy suffers a crunch like the one that is pinching us ad infinitum nowadays. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Wish from DavNor and Comval for today’s SONA

Posted in comval, tagum with tags , , , , on July 29, 2008 by cha monforte


july 28

Today President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will deliver her State of the Nation Address. It was the concept of “super regions” that spinned so much among her last year’s themes after her other hit on bankang papel on her SONA seven years ago. Now we are guessing what’s cooking up in the minds of her speechwriters and propagadandists for today’s menu.

They might have risen early today and throng around the President in making last-hour revision of her SONA considering the collapse of the peace talks between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front. Missing this theme in today’s SONA can portray the President like she’s building a castle for the Republic out of the sand.

Malacanang sounded off yesterday that there was nothing to expect for her speech today. What when the Batasang Pambansa has just been refurbished by millions-worth facelift in giving her a red carpet treatment. Maybe the speechwriters and propagandists just wanted to douse cooler water to a pent-up situation generated by giving much hoopla about the President’s eighth SONA that will be delivered amidst rising fuel prices, a rice crisis and persistent allegations of corruption. It also follows a week when the President gained the infamous distinction of being the most unpopular leader since the Marcos dictatorship was dismantled in 1986.

We expect a highlight of her “Katas ng VAT” program that smells political goodies for her allies that controlled the Lower House and  a roaring applause or a standing ovation for that theme is a good possibility for the salivating congressmen used up with the pork barrel. “Katas ng VAT” has a national touch that even Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley can partake via Daneco’s P500 credit memo by next month which could benefit a half of its poor member-consumers.

For our province and Mindanao, we wish the President to go straight to her specific prescription to lower the prices of rice, perhaps order for the arrest of hoarders and smugglers in the rice cartel as specific, doable solution rather than drumbeating of the long-range and tiresome solutions like agricultural modernization, hybrid seeds, irrigation etc. Such specific action can contribute to the bigger problem of the rice shortage and insufficiency in Mindanao as well as give her a good glimpse for her audience which include the ever-lambasting militants.

We could not wish the President to call for a particular solution on how to stop increases of oil prices like a contra statement to oil deregulation since she has lately been dangling her patronage via this “Katas ng VAT”. But for the Mindanaoans concerned on peace, we expect her a categorical directive for the government negotiators to go back to negotiating table and leave those already settled issues relating the Moro ancestral homeland,  or better still, ask the Congress before her to immediately pass a law for the holding of the plebiscite for the inclusion of 700 other barangays to the Moroland aside from the ARMM.

After all the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity could be created without resorting to a Charter Change (Cha-cha). Lest, we forget she should never utter a word about Cha-Cha in her SONA today at the risk of getting more foes than friends. For such could further sink her popularity to a bottomless pit. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Tagum City website updated with major ordinances for city councilors

Posted in tagum with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

July 28

The official website of Tagum City government on has been updated showing a plenty of major ordinances for years 2007 and 2008 days after it was charged of not having a single ordinance crediting to the present council.

Before the end of last work week, the city official website’s link on City Ordinances has already posts of eighteen  major ordinances passed by the present crop of councilors.

On various categories, for the present year 2008 the City Council has passed thus far ordinances creating the city’s consumer protection council, establishing the technical-vocational institute, the Tagum City Trade School, institutionalizing the literacy program, imposing rates for the sale of bidding documents and other fees,  appropriating new schedule of market values of real properties, allowing the transfer of City Hall to the new site at Apokon, requiring the sale and use of iron fortified rice, reclassifying of two parcels of land for Magdangal Martinez and NIA properties, granting burial assistance to senior citizens, and burial assistance of P3,000 for World War II and Korean War veterans.

For the year 2007 posting, the link has ordinances establishing the city vocational and technical educational scholarship program¸ adopting the mace of the official seal of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, enacting the comprehensive city fisheries ordinance, repealing City Ordinance No. 90-s. 2003 on the investment incentives code, repealing City Ordinance No. 257, s. 2002 on granting medical/ burial/ financial assistance to all barangay officials and functionaries in the city in cases of sickness, accidents, hospitalization and death, as amended; reclassifying a parcel of land owned by Veneering Master Woodphil Corp. from agricultural to industrial purposes, adopting the 2008 guidelines in the organization of purok, establishing gender and development code, and adopting the 2007 revenue code of the city.

Monday last week, Vice Mayor Allan Rellon admitted that the city website was just not updated with outputs of the present council.

He immediately put the city’s information technology division to task of uploading major legislations of the present councilors saying “in fairness to the City Council”. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Davao del Norte, Comval electric coop asks P30 M share from “Katas ng VAT”; To benefit a half of 120,000 members

Posted in daneco with tags , , , , on July 28, 2008 by cha monforte

july 25

The Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative has asked a P30-million share from the national government’s ‘Pantawid sa Kuryente Katas ng VAT’ program.

Some 60,000 member-consumers having monthly electric consumption of 100 kilowatt hour or lower are potential beneficiaries of the more than P30 million share requested from President Arroyo’s subsidy program based on Daneco’s records on low-electricity consuming members, said Daneco general manager Edgardo Savellano in an interview yesterday.

He said he is expecting for the subsidy to arrive next month and he will subsequently effect a credit memo of P500 in the electric bills of low-electricity consuming members particularly for those consuming only 100 kilowatt hour or less in month.

Daneco’s request transmitted Tuesday through the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the chosen conduit of the President’s power consumption subsidy funded out from the Value Added Tax earnings.

NEA will first evaluate then approve our request, said Daneco public relations chief Allan Laniba.

Laniba explained that the P500 credit will be entered and deducted by the bill of concerned members and in case there will still be balance of P500 credit it will be carried over to the next month’s billing until it is consumed.

Daneco has over 120,000 member-consumers at present.

For its 37 years of existence now, Daneco is already billionaire cooperative deriving about P1.2-billion operating revenue as of November 2007, per report of Daneco official website on

The electric cooperative covers the entire Compostela Valley and most of Davao del Norte areas including the Island Garden of Samal.

It has already energized 100 percent of the barangays under its coverage areas, the Daneco website stated. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Successful Araw ng Nabunturan but…Town dad files measure to correct wrong Araw to June 23

Posted in nabunturan with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

July 24

The Araw ng Nabunturan was successfully celebrated yesterday for the town’s 51st founding anniversary but Councilor Raul Caballero has wanted that the next Araw be celebrated on June 23 and not July 23 to correct a historical error.

Caballero called the attention of his colleagues on this on Tuesday’s session as he filed a resolution rectifying the date of the creation of Nabunturan as a municipality from July 23, 1957 to June 23, 1957 and hence celebrating the Araw ng Nabunturan every June 23 and not July 23 every year.

Based of newly discovered evidence the councilor retrieved from the Office of the President, he presented that House Bill No. 4770 entitled “AN ACT DIVIDING THE MUNICIPALITY OF COMPOSTELA, PROVINCE OF DAVAO, INTO TWO MUNICIPALITIES, ONE TO RETAIN THE NAME “COMPOSTELA” AND THE OTHER TO BE KNOWN AS THE MUNICIPALITY OF NABUNTURAN” became a law on June 23, 1957, without the signature of President Carlos P. Garcia by virtue of the provisions of Article VI, Section 29 (1) of the 1935 Constitution.

Caballero said that prior June 23, 1957 House Bill No. No. 4770 was passed by the House of Representatives on May 14, 1956, enacted as Republic Act No. 2038 by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled on the fourth session on January 28, 1957, and finally passed by the Senate on April 25, 1957.

He said that there is a need to rectify the historical error of making July 23, 1957 as the date of the creation of the municipality of Nabunturan and to celebrate the municipality’s founding anniversary every June 23 instead of July 23 every year for the sake of correctness and truth.

Caballero attached to his resolution a copy of Republic Act No. 2038 with a certification from the Office of President stating that the real date when the House Bill No. 4770 “became a law on June 23, 1957, without the signature of the President, by virtue of the provisions of Article VI, Section 29 (1) of the Constitution.”.

The councilor asked that copies of his resolution when already approved be forwarded and furnished to all government offices and agencies operating, barangays, puroks, schools, sectors and all parties in Nabunturan for information dissemination purposes.

Dumfounded by Caballero’s newly discovered evidence, his colleagues had it immediately referred to a committee for final probe, study and recommendation. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

The gameplan

Posted in don antonio floirendo sr, tadeco, tony boy floirendo with tags , , , , on July 19, 2008 by cha monforte


Politics may do Tadeco in. It may break apart this vast plantation that is touted as one of the biggest banana exporters in Southeast Asia. Why not a possibility, when the only thing that is permanent is change. In the first place, politics in our country breaks apart relationships, friendships and families. Look what politics has done to the Osmenas in Cebu, for one. The Osmenas are in the stature of national capitalists than the regional stature of the Floirendos in Davao del Norte.

But there’s still a little threat on Tadeco’s chopping off as seen in its continued legal and physical stranglehold of the leased Dapecol’s land. That little threat hides off as soon as it gets started, although we still don’t really know whether there was that smear job launched by sinister politico elements to threaten the kingpin Don Antonio Sr., his siblings and kins via a CARP intrigue, and either way – fuel more fire in between Gov. Rodolfo Del Rosario and former Cong. Antonio Floirendo Jr., or rekindle valued memories to what the governor, being erstwhile right-hand man and manager of Don Antonio Sr., has done to protect Tadeco most importantly from the rampaging sequestration moves during Cory’s presidency, and by the protective political clout of the governor that envelops the banana empire in the subsequent national administrations up until this day.

But we still don’t buy the idea that the known Dolfo could just initiate and push real land reform program that would chop off an empire that in the first place raised him to become a national figure and political titan in the province starting since three decades ago.

We find that the CARPization issue of Tadeco isn’t a smear job at all. If it did not come from any of the potential ARBs (agrarian reform beneficiaries) coops or entities, or from those long claiming to have titles of Dapecol, it is a preliminary, one portent of things to come from a political gameplan of any among those who want to capture top political posts in Davao del Norte. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Magugpo of our dreams

Posted in tagum city with tags , , on July 3, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

Tagum has changed a lot. When it was still Magugpo then when my late father worked in the Bureau of Lands in 60s and 70s, it had already the rudiments of single-detached middle class houses right in its town center. Today’s rundown buildings in Quirante I, II and Rizal streets had the bustling bazaars and merchandises showing the city’s early urbanization. I still could recall it had already bowling alleys back then in the 70s where my father surveyor frequented with his Magugpo good, jolly friends.

Even at so tender age, I could recall their chuckles in a modest carenderia near the bowling alley, and how they feasted over White Horse sontury (?) wine and hamon (cheap yet in those days). It was the sontury’s pendant hanged around its neck that fancied me to collect like a toy as a young boy. I had the innocent pleasure of staying in brief interludes in Magugpo as my father used to stay in there during workdays and traveled for home during weekends in Nabunturan through the still tortuous rough road along the risky Mawab cliff. Was it CBC bus liner that dominated, scarcely plying in Davao City-old Davao del Norte route?

During the first crack of my adventurous teenage days, I and Nabunturanon friends went even dangerously hitch-riding logging trucks bound to Davao City just to land in Tagum to watch FPJ films in the city’s moviehouses that always came standing room especially during Saturdays and Sundays. Well, include the erotic Tagumpay and Lovel? Please correct me. Or later, but before the great gold boom 1983 start, we went foraying in new medium supermarkets that rose up to buy the always imitated Levis pants and Collesione, brands that were great to win high school sweethearts, for the first dance on Valentine’s promenade in Assumption.

Friends had too passing flings and chases after Tagum and SMC’s beauteous high schoolers and later the coeds. But we were unlucky the cellphone was not yet invented at that time. At times, we returned back home staggering after a drinking bout with Tagum friends. We were lucky Yayong’s tricycles were a-plenty and found the north-bound buses at the old Pereyra’s and the decrepit CR to empty our gall bladders.

Tagum – Magugpo back then is the point, where east meets west, north meets south. In my awakening, Tagum was already a beehive of economic activities. I had no recall it was a sleepy town from its homesteaders’ origins carved out by its intrepid Cebuano, Boholano and Tagalog migrant pioneers – the Misas, Senanggotes, Baura Suaybaguios, Pereyras and Pulmanos.

Well, it’s good thing names of Magugpo pioneers well as the names of heroes are still engraved in Tagum streets, unlike in Nabunturan where the latter’s names were massacred and replaced by names of those who only became dead public officials, elected or appointed, without minding how they lived before, whether or not they are exemplars of today’s youths. Don’t put malice for sacrilege for this, please. This is my honest opinion, and well…besides the point.

Well, later I covered the Capitol, and met media acquaintances and friends- late publicist Tony Feo, Noel Pabuaya, businessman and proprietor of PageStar printing press located infront the old Manajeros printing press, late Wennie Ymalay, the two Eddies –Calledo and Rojo, all of Tony’s defunct Village Vision. We were with the Northern Star of late Cesar Sotto Jr.

It was Tagum of the undivided Davao del Norte. Petty, smaller turfs were not yet demarcated then until big politicians became gerrymanders, when cornered by terms limits, in the post-EDSA days. Oh, how they chopped up the big province into pieces, to each and according to his turf. Which separates Comval, Davnor and Igacos now into smaller political turfs. But nonetheless, Tagum remains to be a bullish and magnetic sub-regional centre that influences even the confines of Mati and Agusan del Sur.

When it was buoyed up more by the gold boom in the 80s on the rubrics of the past abaca and continuing banana booms, it further soared in economics, widening its servicing base which could now seemingly feed itself. It’s really now a city- foremost with its gigantic malls, the resto bars that once served only metropolitan Davao and spreading residential enclaves. Indeed, the once slender Magugpo in our youth has now come of age. (For online edition, visit my blog at:

Comvalenyos are Dabawenyos, too

Posted in comval, davao city, davao del sur, davao oriental with tags , , , , on July 3, 2008 by cha monforte


On July 1, 1967 the oldest, biggest, original Province of Davao was broken up into three provinces: the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte, today’s Davao Oriental and today’s Davao del Sur (less Davao City which was created ahead as chartered city on March 16, 1936). The other day, these three provinces, with the smaller Davao del Norte, simultaneously celebrated their 41st founding anniversary- to the gross exclusion of Compostela Valley.

Now just because Compostela Valley has changed its name, shaking off the word Davao, the province was grossly now excluded from the celebration. Remember that Comval is a former part of Davao del Norte territory, and therefore its territorial founding is just as the same on date. Comval was effectively carved out or separated from Davao del Norte on March 8, 1998.

What now if Comval is changed to Davao de Oro? Can the province now be enjoined to join the celebration as much it has already a word Davao in its name as it was once a part of the old Davao del Norte.

Or in another way of seeing things in history, Comval has all the rights under the sun to celebrate the 41st founding of Davao del Norte, which was the other day, from where it came from. This if we take Davao del Norte as greater than and the origin of Comval and not the other way around- Davao del Norte from Comval as posed under the perplexing “what comes first the chicken or the egg” question. But with it, much it is still same: Davao del Norte was celebrating for being part in the creation of the original Davao, and in the same way Comval, for being part of the creation of the original Davao del Norte, is supposed to share, too, with the latter’s rejoicing the other day. A whole can never exist without its parts. Or a part sliced can never exist without the whole.

It’s the territorial logic that should be taken than the nomenclatorial demarcation. Thence, organizers of the latest 41st founding anniversary of three Davao provinces are time and again since 1998 guilty of committing historical error for grossly excluding Comval from the celebration. When will they ever rectify? Perhaps they could only do so if Comval’s name is changed to Davao de Oro as Cong. Way Kurat has contemplated on and off in Congress. A rose is still a rose whatever its name. Comvalenyos are as much Dabawenyos in blood, history and association. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)