Archive for monkayo

NEWS: Daneco prexy admits he txt OIC mgr questioning Manila travel

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by cha monforte
By Cha Monforte
oct 14
Guesting over a radio program in Tagum City, the recently elected president of the board of directors of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative admitted yesterday that he sent a text message to Officer-In-Charge General Manager Allan Laniba asking him whether the travel the latter was making in Manila earlier had prior approval with officials.
BOD president Dean Briz, on live interview with “Hataw sa Serbisyo” anchor Pat Lucero Pacquiao over 85.10 Radyo Natin FM, said that he sent his text message while Laniba was already in Manila “just to ask (him)” and “to show to me the document” relating his travel and  “to put things in proper order”.
Briz said that he has long been employed in the government and as far as he knows any government employee traveling for official business “has to ask permission to his immediate head”.
But he said that Laniba sent back a text reply saying that he never heard in Daneco through the years that its general manager had to ask first permission from the board of directors before he travels outside.
The tiff between Briz and Laniba over the sending of a questioning text message while the latter was on official travel in Manila was the recent in the reported tug-of-war wrangling between Briz-lead BOD and the OIC management led by Laniba.
Briz was reportedly supported by some 8 directors, who catapulted him to became the president last month replacing the Laniba-supportive former president Dr. Antonio Sebumpan in the midst of allegations that Briz allegedly engaged into vote buying to have him elected as new president.
Laniba is reportedly supported now by only four directors including the old Daneco stalwart Atty. Jess Albacite.
This, as  local radio commentators employed with the city government has lately kept on castigating Laniba and praising Briz.
City Mayor Rey Uy earlier said to this writer in an interview that Laniba “is not ought to the there (as OIC GM)” and not fitted to take the place of late Daneco GM Edgar Savellano saying “Daneco needs a highly competent, highly technical person… and who has managerial capacity.”
The Tagum city council two months ago endorsed the bid of their fellow councilor Mylene Baura, a certified public accountant and a lawyer,  to apply as Daneco GM.
In separate interview with this writer after Laniba was endorsed by the then BOD majority led by Sebumpan while Briz was still with the minority, Baura said that she was keen to remain with the council than to be with Daneco.
On the same radio interview yesterday,  Briz has maintained that the Daneco GM has yet to be declared and published vacant even as he apparently dodged the issue of the 6-month probationary status of the being OIC GM of Laniba as approved by NEA saying only that “he is still the OIC GM now”.
He however said that since when he assumed as president the BOD has changed the disbursing rules by “giving blanket authority” to the Daneco treasurer to sign disbursement papers and checks, and in his absence by him, fueling speculations that the new Daneco BOD has already intruded into the work of management.
He also bared that Daneco areas especially Laak and Monkayo have been experiencing frequent brownout these days due to the shortage of power supply from National Grid Corporation of the Philippines of at least 10 mega watts. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: “Monkayo, you’re in good hands!”- MB

Posted in mayor brillantes, monkayo with tags , , on September 9, 2008 by cha monforte

aug 31

For once he wiped his sweating forehead in the middle of his 4th State of the Municipality Address last Thursday, and broke a dialect for a pause in his speech.

But the tens of thousands of the townfolks of mostly young crowd of secondary students and teachers obviously took it for a game to a kind of mayor, evidently beloved by the Monkayo people now, for bringing in solid and tangible gains and accomplishments for the town and the laurels of his workforce after a turbulent period stigmatized by Diwalwal.

“Under the Brillantes administration, Monkayo, you are in good hands!” thundered Mayor Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes Jr. in like a coup de grace finish of his Thursday’s SOMA, his 4th in his two consecutive terms until at present.

A roaring applause of the young was heard inside the jampacked newly improved municipal gymnasium, Brillantes another infrastructure landmark after bringing in a new municipal hall and two market public market buildings in his first term.

The town at present is celebrating its 54th Araw ng Monkayo and the 13th Kariyawan Festival which will culminate this coming Thursday, Sept. 4.

For almost an hour, the mayor reported his administration’s gains and accomplishments such as the town’s No. 1 rating achieved in 2007 throughout the Compostela Valley Province in the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Local Government Performance Management System. For this he said your “taxes is moving”.

After completing the new municipal hall and the two public market buildings, “now we are ready to hold big events because of the completion of the newly renovated municipal gymnasium, big enough to accommodate 5,000 people. Pwera buyag, ang atong gym mao ang pinakanindot sa tibuok probinsya, di ba? Makita na usab nato nga mas napanindot na ang plaza. Malipayon na kaayo kita nga naa nay masuroyan labi na ang atong mga kabataan uban sa ilang mga pamilya. Nakita nato ang tennis court nga na bag-o na ug isunod na pod nato ang freedom stage. Sa pagkakaron, gisugdan na ang construction sa 17 stalls nga fruit stands diha sa taboan area., “ he said.

Beginning this year he said that a P2 million budget would be allocated each year in his current term which will result to the concreting of all the streets and roads in the poblacion. For this, he thanked his local sanggunian for the support through their Municipal Ordinance No.06-2007.

Brillantes also reported his significant gains in the areas of infrastructure, potable water systems in the barangays, social services like the strengthening of 27 DOH standard health programs, municipal-wide medical and dental outreach program, housing assistance, provision of Red Cross Insurance for the market vendors, operators, drivers and conductors, jewelry making training for the persons with disabilities, women and students, and the intervention through the Task Force Bugas during the rice crisis.

The Brillantes administration for the last year’s feat has garnered awards such as the Sandugo national award for surpassing the blood sufficiency program of the Department of Health, and through Mrs. Danielle de Leon for winning the Most Outstanding MSWDO throughout Region XI; through Mr. Panfilo Alcala for winning in the National Gawad Saka Awards 2007 (Rice Farmer Category) of the Department of Agriculture, and for the six other Provincial Gawad Saka Awards, two of which became regional awardees; and the regional award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the good solid waste management program of the mayor.

Brillantes also pledged to sustain his Municipal Scholarship Program which at present has 198 scholars enrolled in various technical-vocational schools in the province. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Brillantes twits P90-M Nabunturan bond float; It’s already 3-4 big projects for him

Posted in humol with tags , , , , on July 19, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr. has made sort of verbal sniping to the controversial P90-million bond flotation in Nabunturan when he recently remarked that the amount of which could already make up to three to four big infrastructure projects in his own municipality in today’s prices.

“Not only one but three to four,” he said to a question posed by the press.

He added though he was only estimating, taking into account the current high inflationary rates, and should not be misconstrued as intervening in the internal affairs of Nabunturan.

The question was posed as Brillantes made ostensible accomplishments in his own town after he has served for one three-year term and one year in his current second term as mayor in his town.

During this four-year period, Brillantes had completed through bank borrowings four sparklingly modern, high impact projects that include the P16-million new municipal hall, P16-million new municipal gym, P11-million new market building and P11-million solid waste management system.

In sum , he accomplished four big projects at a total of P54 million only, compared to the P90 million for only one public market building.

Observers said that even the old-time pioneers in the Monkayo have been surprised to see that their town’s poblacion has experienced great facelift under the leadership of Brillantes, who came only in Monkayo in the 80s from outside to join the gold rush in Diwalwal.

The Brillanteses are known to have big mining operations in Diwalwal. They started from the scratch of small scale mining during the heyday of the gold rush.

The mayor said that he always thinks and ponders in his study table at home on what to do to develop Monkayo.

He said that when he decides it’s always well thought and deeply reflected especially the on repercussions of the project to his people.

Asked on what made him make Monkayo as it is now, “because I am not a trapo (traditional politician),” he shot back.

The hammer of Way Kurat

Posted in way kurat with tags , , , on July 18, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

Forget RMS in the equation 2010. Monkayo Mayor Manuel Brillantes Jr. would seem to have a point in this even if so many things would still have to happen before that Dream 2010. Well, we also heard about his brother Lito possibly gunning again to one of the best coveted political posts in a province. It’s either the post of the governor or of the district congressman that is fancied by next-in-line provincial and municipal officials in the country. Roger M. Sarmiento might have already his good, old days that he becomes a has-been. Not until Cong. Way Kurat has established his own name by pounding hardly his home district’s soil with a hammer he borrowed from RMS. That’s proverbially.

There’s also Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya setting his own sight to the 1st District congressional post that Cong. Way Kurat is leaving by 2010, but the latter, reports say, wants the hammer to be turned over to her daughter Boardmember Maricar than to its owner- RMS. It was some three years ago that I really enjoyed seeing a Way Kurat heaping all praises and thanks to RMS on ACQ TV as he was being interviewed by the self-appointed son of god Pastor Quiboloy. That was after his first term but before his current term. How he thanked RMS then who nodded to complete his series of term. Way Kurat was also anointed and praised by the interviewing pastor, though in the drowsy enthrallment that I was in in that night of the tete-a-tete interview, figures without halos came hovering in my mind. It was a throwback scene of the film “The Dumb and The Dumber.” Err, I didn’t intend that, pardon Father, just being honest.

Maybe it was the good ways of Way Kurat that he has established a solid leadership and following in his district. A district, not the province, which belongs now to a unifying and some say, statesman Gov. Chiongkee Uy. But who else is most popular person and politician in Comval now? It’s not The Undefeated Pros Amatong. Actress Iwa Moto of Casoon, Monkayo? But she’s only an actress who doesn’t want to be known as taga bukid for hailing from Comval. S_it! It’s Way Kurat. Thanks for his calibrated scene-stealing dramatics: in carrying the ballot boxes, sweeping the floor of the Congress, giving kalamansi seedlings to fellow congressmen at the height of the impeachment try against Madam Arroyo. The unwanted sight of Way Kurat seen over ANC was his comical background act of his getting of a dried speck on his nostril when an opposition congressman delivered his anti-Arroyo speech during the nominal voting during the impeachment proceedings in Congress. Well, he already knew this issue during the last local campaign period. I’m a fan of Way Kurat, too, especially that RMS had then chickened out from getting his hammer. But maybe, the former congressman was still recovering that time by the loss of a loving wife Korina.

BLOGBUZZ: The Gov said it the other day that VG Ramil is most senior than Maricar, and while though it’s painful for him the principle of the equity of the incumbent must rule and prevail in the newly merged Lakas-Kampi party. Looks like there would be early reconfigurations that threaten the unified political landscape in Comval. It’s good the cat is already out from the bag as horse-trading and backroom negotiations can still be made. The Gov can still iron out kinks and crack a powerhorse, gigantic admin party anyone could not beat and easily get the monolithic INC’s blessings. Not in the dreams of Joecab’s holdover followers that has more number than the Sarmiento remnants. It’s also good for Way Kurat to get the vice gubernatorial slot while Maricar can have her easy reelection for the last term as boardmember so as not to rock the boat. After all, a vice governor Way Kurat can only wait for two terms for Gov Chiongkee to graduate in his three terms. Yes, Time travels so fast, electorally. And be the next Comval or the first Davao de Oro governor by 2016. (For online edition, visit my blog at:

The paradox of being no-good politicos

Posted in brillantes, colina, maragusan, monkayo with tags , , , on July 5, 2008 by cha monforte


By Cha Monforte

Good-natured, honest observations are being heaped now on the leadership of Monkayo Mayor Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes Jr. and Maragusan Mayor Cesar Colina Sr. Friends in political circles just commented that although the two mayors are not college graduates yet they are excelling in managing the affairs of and modernizing their respective municipalities. They’re accomplishing and moving things unexpected of them. They’re both businessmen. They’re even seen as bullies and no-good politicos.

They’re unlike the traditional politicians who want to please and waive their hands to everybody, even to the carabaos in the ricefields, so that their friendly pogi image would be maintained and kept their political career ever shining in public. This type is sticky in our politics.

We have seen a plenty of them who belong to this trapo mold among incumbent mayors in Comval and Davao del Norte, and on how they reached their consecutive three terms. One of whom is Nabunturan Mayor Macario Humol, who in his last term, at this late – surprise?- wants to modernize his town via an exorbitant P90-million bond flotation for the construction of a new market building right at the heart of his town. The mayor is a do-gooder, compromise- and nod-adept centrist. He got his agricultural college degree far up from Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon.

They say he keeps rolling up his sleeves since he tasted his first term and has accomplished a lot. But aged true-blue Nabunturanons now are now questioning what he has got to accomplish in his three terms when they still see the same face of their hometown since they were still boys and girls who came running naked on the cemented Arabejo street during rainy days.

Which brings us to the great facelift of Monkayo under the two terms of current Mayor Brillantes. This mayor engaged in bank loans to construct a modern munisipyo and public market, well-paved municipal road, launch a good solid waste management program and refurbish well the old gymnasium at the town center.

He is now reportedly busy attacking the problem of not having potable water and the inadequacy of water systems in the barangays. He placed these gargantuan projects out from a bank borrowing that has fix and smaller interest rates and not from the so-called bond flotation that many don’t understand, and in Nabunturan case, puts the local government in grossly disadvantageous position, which is violative to the anti-graft law.

We heard the PNB is moving on to Mayor Brillantes to pay the balance of his old loan by letting him borrow a bigger amount reportedly to the tune of P150 million so he could further modernize his town.

As to Maragusan Mayor Colina, a first termer, he already has street-smart sounding governance battlecy, “Atsop Maragusan!” This colloquial vernacular word is a greeting of like being enthralled to something. It’s about appreciation, attraction, beauty. It expresses Colina’s personality of being like a street-smart while being a cola magnate as he has been. Colina is it! Besides constructing a new 96-stall public market which replaced the one that was gutted by a fire two years ago at a cost of only P3.4 million from his own municipal coffers (look ma, no bank borrowing, no bond float), he is reportedly now busy in paving all the streets in the poblacion. Atsop gyud bay! Somebody commented who just went down from the town which is touted as the Baguio of Davao Region.

Here lies a paradox of being no-good politicos: non- trapo mayors are modernizing their towns at cost-effective and efficient manner and blazing new, innovative trails in governance against the usual barriers of resources, while the trapo ones are sustaining if not stagnating the spatial makeup of their towns and are always drawn into the whirlpool of traditional, non-trendsetting governance.

It really counts a lot when you introduce and complete a facelift in places long known to be old and stagnant. What a wonder it brings and ushers to an expectant populace. Such breezes through our imagination and captures a snapshot of the leader’s vision. Maybe it’s because Brillantes and Colina are both businessmen? But no, Carmen Mayor Marcelino Perandos in Davao del Norte isn’t. He is only once a municipal registrar. He’s too a no-good politico. But look what a facelift he made for his flood-prone town only during the first year of his first term. He got his munisipyo, lawn and bus terminal sparkling and noticeable. Kodus to them. (For online edition, visit my blog at:

Not a farfetched scenario

Posted in davao del norte, land use with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2008 by cha monforte



By Cha Monforte

Whenever strong and long rains fall in Compostela Valley mainland, the towns referring to the pioneer Compostela town configuration- Mawab, Nabunturan, Montevista, Monkayo, Compostela and New Bataan, flood later develop particularly in the strait of downland barangays straddling along the Manat River from Monkayo down to Compostela and portion of Nabunturan.

Like the town of Carmen and adjacent barangays of Sto. Tomas and Dujali that straddles in the proximity of drain of Saug river in Davao del Norte, this particular Comval area is flood-prone and at its heart, backflow of waters from Monkayo and Agusan river (mercurized as it is now after two decades of being flushed of the golden murky waters from Diwalwal) will concentrate and mix with floodwaters from the mainland highlands, submerging ricefields, banana plantations and even the town centers of Monkayo and Compostela as experienced some two years ago.

There are similar topographical cases in the region of this particular Comval area which only became flood-prone with deeper level of floodwater starting not too long ago. It pesters the mind that this came about after decades of unabated illegal logging and slash-and-burn (kaingin) activities in the highlands that subsequently silted so much the river channels down to chain. And small and large mining activities in the province of gold contributed to this dismal consequence since whenever there’s mining it is sure as tomorrow that adjacent forests are swallowed up by the mine’s requirements of timber for underground fortification and makeshift housing purposes.

There’s now a grim scenario that if deforestation continues to occur in the highland ranges and mountains in the mainland and Agusan del Sur including Mawab’s Masara ranges, though the latter drains to Hijo River towards Davao Gulf, in the next few years highland flood and backflow waters would come so big and strong down to the mainland’s flood-prone flashpoint.

It would not be farfetched to reckon now, heaven forbid, that a big, high flood would come submerging the lowland town centers of the mainland in a specter of the what recently dawned to Iloilo City where floodwaters almost climbed to the roofs of houses.

It was unpredicted, a surprising flood that the amiable Ilonggos did not ever imagine to strike at that worst throughout their history. What a doomsday warning to the Comval mainland officials and people if trees continue to fall to the ground and rivers go silted. (For online edition, visit my blog at