Marikina shoemakers open store in Davao City

Branded shoes too pricey for you?

Then go to Davao City’s Pasalubong Center where you can now avail quality, fashionable, and affordable shoes following the opening of the first Marikina shoe store for Dabawenyos and tourists.

From the country’s known shoe capital, the Marikina Show Trade Fair Marketing Cooperative of the Philippines comes to Davao City for the first time to offer a variety of handmade and machine-made shoes.

The opening of the shoe store at the Pasalubong Center is also city government’s way of promoting and helping the cooperative of the shoemakers, shoe manufacturers, and artisans of Marikina City – a sister city of Davao.

With the tagline – Gawang Marikina, Gawang Kinikilala (Made in Marikina, a recognized brand), the Marikina shoes are known for its quality, comfort, and durability.

“Gawang Marikina is competitive, matibay, comfortable, fashionable, bagay sa OOTD (outfit of the day) mo,” Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said at the opening of the shoe store on Friday.

Teodoro also thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for patronizing and wearing Marikina-made shoes.

President Duterte has been promoting and sporting Marikina-made shoes and other locally-made products to encourage Filipinos to help local manufacturers and producers.

“It may be a simple act of wearing a locally-made shoes but it made a great impact on our industry,” added Teodoro, who led the 25-member delegation of Marikina-based Philippine Footwear Federation Inc. (PPFI) and local government officials for the ceremony.

Acting Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte lauded the efforts of Marikina City for reviving the country’s shoe industry.

Cultivating local ingenuity and craftsmanship is what Davao City needs and the whole country, Acting Mayor Baste said.

“High-quality shoes from 12 manufacturing companies in Marikina is now available at the Marikina shoe trade fair store and some of these manufacturers supply materials for Sperry shoes,” Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) Officer-In-Charge April Marie Dayap told the City Information Office during the interview.

Available shoes include Marikina’s bestsellers – the Half Shoes and Flip Flops that are priced around P1,400 and P90, respectively. There are also shoes for combat, driving, police, office, school shoes for kids and adults, among others. The Valentino shoes are the most pricey at P4,000.

Marivick, one of Marikina’s shoemakers guaranteed that their items stand out over the rest because of its quality and affordability compared to other shoes which are sometimes painful to wear. CIO

Davao flood victims get aid

The Davao City government allocated P50 million worth of assistance for the victims of the August 28 flood that badly hit four barangays, which were declared under state of calamity.

The amount was endorsed and approved by members of the City Council Thursday afternoon.

The amount covers the food, non-food, financial, agricultural and medical needs of the 3,559 families affected by the flooding.

This will benefit victims in barangays Talomo, Balingaeng, Los Amigos, Tugbok, Wangan, Calinan, and Catalunan Pequeño.

The budget will come from the Quick Response Fund of the city.

Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) Operations and Warnings head Rodrigo Bustillo said that due to the massive swelling of the Talomo River, four barangays were declared under state of calamity – Talomo, Wangan, Los Amigos and Tugbok.

“We are very lucky that there is no casualty recorded due to the flood, but we have to instill in the minds of the people that these affected areas are considered as hazard and no build zones and hopefully they respond to our call to vacate the area,” he said.

Bustillo said that the rescue operation ‪on Thursday night‬ could have been avoided if only the residents responded to the call of the CDRRMO and the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) to evacuate.

“The City follows a no rescue policy that is why we strongly warn these people to conduct pre-emptive evacuation, but they do not cooperate with us. A rescue operation is not easy, even the rescuers are at risk,” he said.

After the thunderstorm, the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) immediately sent hot meals to the evacuation areas to fulfill the needs of the victims for hot food.

“Community kitchen was immediately set up to provide hot meals to the affected families. For now, we are still validating the total number of affected individuals since the assessment is still ongoing,” CSSDO Assistant Head Marlyn Agonia said. CIO

Flashflood displaces Davao City residents

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Rushing floodwaters displaced several residents of Tugbok and Bangkal areas in Davao City on Wednesday afternoon, August 28.

Flashfloods were reported in Kilometer 20 Barangays Los Amigos and Balengaing in Tugbok District around 4:30 p.m.

Heavy rains were reported in the said that caused the rushing floodwaters.

Emergency teams were readily dispatched in the affected areas by the Central 911 and the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Operations Center.

Aside from Tugbok, the lower parts of Central Park in Bangkal also reported rising floodwater.

Electricity in the area was readily cut off to avoid electrocution.

As of 07:47 pm, authorities broadcasted forced evacuation in Barangays Matina Aplaya, Matina Crossing and Matina Pangi.

The affected residents are temporarily housed in the different barangay halls.

Rescue and evacuation by Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Talomo was also implemented due to the overflowing of Talomo River. The floodwater was reportedly at waist level.

Areas affected are Ulas, Taal 1 and Taal 2, Sunny Village, Teachers Village and Morio-Morio Village.

The city government also deployed two dumptrucks for Brgy. Talomo.

Wingvan and dumptrucks were also deployed to transfer affected families from Tugbok to Los Amigos evacuation center.

Duterte off to China for 5th visit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leaves today for an Official Visit to the People’s Republic of China upon the invitation of the Government of China.

This is the President’s fifth visit to China and will cover the capital Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou, which the President will visit for the first time.

In Beijing, President Duterte will meet with President Xi Jinping to take stock of developments in bilateral relations and in the region. 

The Leaders are expected to exchange views on further deepening and broadening bilateral engagement in areas of interest to both countries, such as defense and security, infrastructure and development cooperation,and energy, in order to strengthen the Philippines and China’s Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation.

Several key agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

The President will also grace a dinner banquet to be hosted by President Xi.

President Duterte will also meet Premier Li Keqiang to discuss ways of spurring and intensifying Philippines-China economic ties, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and ASEAN-China cooperation.

In Guangzhou, the President will be received by PROC Vice President Wang Qishan and top political leaders of Guangdong Province. President Duterte will likewise attend Gilas Pilipinas’ first 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup game at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center. 

Grab and DOT team up inviting Filipinos to re-discover the Philippines

Manila, Philippines – Grab Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism launched a partnership as part of its commitment to support the DOT’s National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022. The partnership aims to promote national tourism and help grow the tourism economy in the country.

In a memorandum of understanding signed on August 28 at Intramuros, Manila, Grab through its transport solutions, agreed to showcase the Philippines’ natural wonders, tourist attractions, heritage and culture to both local and foreign tourists.

“As the Philippines’ leading everyday Super App, Grab recognizes our unique role beyond our core service offerings of transportation and mobility. We are excited and humbled to be working with the Department of Tourism as its partner in promoting tourist attractions in the Philippines,” Grab Philippines President Brian Cu said.

To help promote Philippine tourism to prospective tourists within Southeast Asia, Grab-partner vehicles operating within the region shall highlight and disseminate digital tourism materials produced and developed by the DOT.

“As a Filipino myself, I couldn’t be prouder being given this rare opportunity to help make people appreciate our beautiful country. Through this initiative, we hope to instill a keen sense of nationalism and pride amongst our kababayans,” Cu added.

In the same event, Grab also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Intramuros Administration to conduct a Pilot Test of GrabWheels within Intramuros for a period of three (3) months, free of charge to the public.

GrabWheels, as a personal mobility solution, aims to provide exceptional value to the Intramuros experience as a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way for tourists and visitors alike to explore Intramuros, and to help decongest the roads within the walled city. Thirty (30) GrabWheels units will be deployed for tourism use of the public and will be seen at key areas within Intramuros.