Mayor Sara to create special office for children

The Davao City government here will establish an office that will implement programs specific for children and separate from those that are already being implemented by the City Social Service and Development Office (CSSDO). This was bared by Mayor Sara … Continue reading Mayor Sara to create special office for children

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Phantom philanthropist donates to Davao City center for children with cancer

Who is Jun Bacolod?  Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday thanked a phantom philanhropist who plunked in a donation of P100,000 to a special unit for children with cancer at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. Duterte is helping raise funds for the KIDS OF HOPE, a project of the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc.  which has gathered several young cancer patients since its establishment last year. I do not know you but thank you, he said in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN. The faceless Good Samaritan who carries the name Jun Bacolod … Continue reading Phantom philanthropist donates to Davao City center for children with cancer

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Kadayawan, SMI, Blaans and children’s education

THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA We find it timely to write about Indigenous People  because Davao City is celebrating this month the 2011 Kadayawan Festival, the festival of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest and in honor of the city’s tribal communities, their customs and tradition. While the Kadayawan, like other Philippine festivals, has been invaded by the virus of commercialism, it is worthy to note that its original indigenous concept has remained. The Hiyas ng Kadayawan (Festival Gem) search, for example, has limited contestants to girls with indigenous and Muslim roots. Kadayawan, and other festivals anchored on concepts on the indigenous, … Continue reading Kadayawan, SMI, Blaans and children’s education

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Summer camp set for Davao City kids with disabilities

By GAIL DENZON The Davao City Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (DCCWDP) is in full swing for the 12th summer camp dubbed as “Kamp Pag-asa 2011” on April 7-12. The summer camp at the Talomo Central Elementary School would be joined by children with disabilities whose mental age ranges from 7-15 years old. “We’ll be happy to see new campers giving importance to the children with special needs”, camp over-all coordinator Jose Allado said. Day Care Workers and the Davao City Social Services Office will recommend who can join in said camp, he said. He further said that this … Continue reading Summer camp set for Davao City kids with disabilities

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IN DAVAO CITY: Search on for kids with hearing, visual defects

A team of doctors would soon fan out to public schools to ferret out hearing- and visually-impaired pupils whose learning process are placed at a disadvantage by the physical defects. Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said there could be pupils in public schools too poor to buy spectacles or hearing aids whose defects are not known to teachers. Most of these pupils end up poor learners due to the disabilities the children carry through without being cured, he said. As part of his program on education, Duterte said he has tapped friends from the medical profession to help him in the … Continue reading IN DAVAO CITY: Search on for kids with hearing, visual defects

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Drug body bares scholarship grants

50 children are PDEA’s “Iskolar ng Bayan”  At least 50 children from poor parents were initially chosen as “Iskolar ng Bayan” pilot project of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at this region’s capital city. PDEA Northeastern Mindanao regional director Joey S. Quifriones said the scholarship program was in pursuance of Campaign Plan: “Bandila”, a noble project of the agency that humbly attempts at an application of the “thinking out of the box” principle and, therefore, a deviation from the usual and traditional demand reduction program and efforts of the agency. The program promotes and enhances the goodwill and good … Continue reading Drug body bares scholarship grants

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte spends day with cancer-stricken children

May 31 for Boy, 7, was a memorable day that brought color to the white-painted room that he had called home for three months now.             His mother, Anna Marie, could only share with the exuberant joy of Boy who had been diagnosed with cancer.             Anna Marie and Boy, who are from Agusan del Norte, have been staying at the House of Hope since last month, as their impoverished family seeks medical attention for the young cancer patient. HOUSE OF HOPE             House of Hope is now home to children stricken with cancer and their families from far-flung areas … Continue reading Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte spends day with cancer-stricken children

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Inter-agency body vs human trafficking

  COTABATO CITY – Cases of illegal human trafficking involving at least 17 women from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have prompted concerned agencies and groups to meet on efforts to review and strengthen the enforcement Republic Acts 9262 and 9208. The two laws focus on violence or abuse against women and children. During the day-long gathering at El Comedor Restaurant here, organizers formed the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC) for the purpose. Organizers elected Pearl Danz of the ARMM’s Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as chairperson, with representatives … Continue reading Inter-agency body vs human trafficking

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Violence vs. women up

There is a continuing annual increase in incidents of violence against women in Davao City, according to the Integrated Gender Development Division (IGDD). In 2004 the city recorded 107 cases, 120 in 2005, 399 in 2006, 363 in 2007, 497 in 2008, and 611 in 2009, to a total of 2097 for six years, said IGDD head Lorna Mandin, citing records from the City Mayor’s Office of Special Counsel (OSC) which handles Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) cases. Mandin enumerated the cause of the increase in society’s tolerance of violence against women and increased awareness among women that the … Continue reading Violence vs. women up

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Sec. PUNO strenghtens drive vs. violent gender-related crimes

‘Post-trauma’ centers for women, child victims of violence By ROGER M. BALANZA A police center to assist children and women victims of violent crimes will soon be established all over country, to help the victims cope up with their traumatic experience.  Interior and Local Government Ronaldo Puno said in Davao City on Friday that the Women and Children’s Protection Center would backstop the Women and Children’s Protection Desks (WCPD), now in place at police precinct levels all over the country. Puno, concurrent National Police Commission (Napolcom) chair, was in Davao City last week as guest speaker in two gatherings of … Continue reading Sec. PUNO strenghtens drive vs. violent gender-related crimes

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ComVal gov bares children, women programs

ComVal to ban unlicensed ‘hilot’             Compostela Valley Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy is banning untrained birth attendants or manghihilot as part of comprehensive health care program for children and mothers.           Uy said he would ask the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance imposing regulations on birth attendants even as infant mortality rate is slight, during his State of the Children’s Report held on Wednesday during culminating activities of Children Month.           The governor noted that most of the infant deaths were delivered at home, with pneumonia and diarrhea as top causes. Records show a slight increase in infant … Continue reading ComVal gov bares children, women programs

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