Apo Agua to fast-track Davao bulk water project

Apo Agua to fast-track Davao bulk water project

Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. is taking the lead role in the construction of Davao City Water District’s Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project to fast-track its completion that will provide 300 million liters of safe water daily to over one million Davaoeños.

Apo Agua made the decision following setbacks in the timetable for the construction of the project due to complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and other contributing internal factors. Prior to this development, the project’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Contractor, J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation had full responsibility for the construction works.

With Apo Agua in the lead, it would aggressively pursue as many construction work streams as possible, in parallel with each other, as the main catch-up strategy. Despite a very tight timetable, Apo Agua targets project completion by the end of 2022, considering a swift and seamless transition.

Duterte files anti underage drinking act



Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Z. Duterte, along with Rep. Eric G. Yap, has filed House Bill No. 1753 which prohibits the access of unqualified individuals to alcohol beverages.

Known as the Anti-Underage Drinking Act, the bill prohibits those aged below 21 and those with physical and mental disabilities from purchasing or obtaining liquor and other alcoholic beverages.

First time violators, especially minors, will be brought to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) for counseling.

Second time violators will be made to attend, together with their parents or guardian, two consecutive regular session of BCPC.

Third and subsequent offenders will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for appropriate counselling.

Establishments who violate the law would also be fined P50,000 or imprisonment of not more than 3 months. Revocation of license to operate a business would also be imposed to frequent offenders.

Sayaw Kadayawan all set August 18

Sayaw Kadayawan all set August 18

The Sayaw Kadayawan 2022, an Indigenous-inspired dance competition of theatrical tribal suites depicting indigenous epic, folklore, and traditions of Davao City’s 11 tribes, offers a total cash prize of P1,290,000 to winners of the open and children’s categories on August 18, 2022 at the Bantawan Stage in Magsaysay Park.

In the guidelines and mechanics posted on the Kadayawan sa Davao Facebook page, the event is open to all dance groups consisting of students, out-of-school youth and community-based performers in Mindanao.

The open category is for adults and youth dance groups with performers above 12 years old or if in school are grade 7 and above. But young performers of 12 years old and not younger than seven years old who wish to compete with more experienced groups are also allowed to join.

However, the children’s category is exclusive for children aged seven to 12 years old or if in school, the equivalent of Grade 1 to Grade 6. Grade 1 pupils below seven years old on August 19 are not allowed, but Grade 6 students above 12 years old but below 15 are still allowed to join as long as they do not exceed one-fifth of the total performers.

Interested entrants should submit a video of their production for the preliminary judging with complete uniform and props. It comprises five percent of the total average score for judging.

The top seven open and first five children’s entries will receive cash prizes. The open champion will claim P200,000, a trophy, and medals, while the next two placers will take home P150,000 and P100,000 and trophies. The fourth to seventh placers will settle for P40,000 each.

Meanwhile, the children’s top prize is P150,000. The runner-up will win P100,000, and the third placer will pocket P70,000. The fourth and fifth placers will have P30,000 each, while the next 20 entries will not go home empty-handed with a consolation prize of P15,000 per group.

Entries must be submitted on August 14, with one or two copies of accomplished official sayaw entry forms, 10 copies of the storyline/synopsis of the dance presentation with the tribe-in-focus, the source of material and a brief description of the process of research; two to three copies of the list of participants with respective ages; children’s entry form must include a certification of age compliance signed by the school principal or the mayor; and four copies of the list of props and sets with specified description accompanied by visual illustration and dimension.

Each participating group is required to designate one representative who will coordinate with the Sayaw Kadayawan Committee.

Out-of-town participants will be provided by the Kadayawan sa Davao Sayaw Committee with modest accommodation and five meals, inclusive of dinner on August 17 until breakfast on August 19, good for 25 participants, one choreographer, and one official representative per group.

Meeting between 1st District Congressman Paolo Z. Duterte and Consul General of China, Li Lin



A modest dinner between First District Congressman of Davao City, Paolo Z. Duterte, and the Chinese Consul General in Davao City, Li Lin, reaffirms continuing friendship between the two nations and specifically identifies the program which will be supported by government of China in Davao City;

On July 9, 2022, the top two officials in Davao City had met in the residence of the Consul General following the latter’s invitation to the former for a table blowout;

It was during the same occasion that the Chinese Consul General presented to Hon. Duterte the program which the government of China will support under latter’s fresh term and the present government of the Republic of the Philippines. In the said meeting, the support for the livelihood programs for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Davao City was the highlight of the conversation.


Congressman Duterte in turn manifested his full support to the program and in fact committed to Consul General Li Lin that he is willing to work hand in hand with the consular office, all for the purpose of alleviating socio-economic condition of our IP brothers and sisters in Davao City;

Likewise, the meeting opened the opportunity for Hon. Duterte to express his gratitude and profound appreciation for the continuing support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the infrastructure projects undertaken by the Philippine government and to the many programs that revitalized Philippine economy.



Clearly, this is another step to a proper direction and a very bright future for the two nations. The First Congressional District of Davao City through Representative Paolo Z. Duterte will ensure that the program will be properly managed so as to guarantee full support to all our Indigenous Peoples in Davao City.