Rain, quake fail to stop UniTeam’s Mindanao Miting de Avance

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — Despite a four-hour heavy rain and an earthquake, thousands of supporters of the UniTeam led by consistent frontrunners Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Vice Presidential hopeful Sara Duterte, on Thursday stayed to be part of the party’s Mindanao Miting de Avance here.

The venue, which was the same rally site as the UniTeam’s contending party, was already full and spilling off as early as 2 p.m. even if the event was scheduled to start late afternoon.



A rain-drenched Hermogenes Villanueva, 71, from Asuncion town, said they will stay until the end of the event.

“Magpabilin mi. Naa sab akong mga kauban diri. Nanganhi lang gyud mi para mulantaw sa rally. Andam ko mo-suporta nila, dili ko sa uban nga kandidato,” Villanueva, who came with her wife and granddaughter as early as 11 in the morning, said.

While the crowd was enjoying the entertainment of the grandest political gathering held in the province, an earthquake happened.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology later saidr it was a 5.8-magnitude tremor with the epicenter in Tarragona, Davao Oriental.

Despite the rain and tremor, Samra Esmael-Buisan, a utility worker, said she will remain in the venue to wait for the BBM-Sara tandem.

“Gusto namong makita si Sara Duterte ug BBM. Sila akong iboto isip presidente ug bise-presidente nako tungod maayo sila magdala. BBM-Sara unta madaog kay sila ang magdala ug kaayohan [sa nasud],” the 23-year old mother said.

UniTeam senatorial candidates Larry Gadon, Harry Roque, Win Gatchalian, Robin Padilla, Gibo Teodoro, Jinggoy Estrada, Mark Villar and Migz Zubiri, and SAGIP Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta attended the event.

The Miting de Avance here was the UniTeam’s second after it kicked off a successful gathering in Guimbal, Iloilo on May 3. HNP MEDIA

Kadaugan ni BBM dili na mapugngan

BBM pun-an pa ang 180,000 ka plantilla positions sa gobyerno ug himoong regular ang mga JO workers

Maayong balita sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno nga hangtud karon wala pa nahimong regular o permanente ang status. Gibutyag ni Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard bearer ug presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., nga panahon na aron hatagan og atensyon ang mga trabahante sa gobyerno nga hangtud karon wala pa gihapon ma-regular sa trabaho bisan kung kwalipikado.

Matud ni Marcos, nabati niini ang kalisod sa tanang mga Pinoy ug daghang mga trabahante nga dugay nang nagserbisyo sa gobyerno ang hangtud karon nagpabiling contract of service o ba kaha job-order workers.

“Dunay 180 tawsan ka bakanteng plantillas busa unahon nato nga punoon ug ayuhon dayun silang mga JO workers sa national ug LGUs atong paningkamotan nga ma-regular basi sa pondo sa gobyerno ug kung unsay nakalatid sa balaod,” dugang pa ni Marcos.

Sa kasamtangan, daghang mga job order workers sa gobyerno ilabina ang mga naa sa local government units nga ga-sweldo lang sa 10 tawsan matag bulan.

Sobra kini ka ubos kung ikumpara sa minimum wage sa mga naa sa pribadong sektor nga 537 pesos kada adlaw o ga-sweldoh og 13,962 matag bulan.

“Ang ato man ganing minimum wage ubos na kaayo, unya naa pa man diay mas ubos ana ug ang naka-grabe kay kadto pa hinoong ga-serbisyo sa gobyerno,” gibutyag ni Marcos. “Halos dili nako mahuna-hunaan kung giunsa kini pag-antos sa atong mga JO workers.

Ato nang tarungon aron malipay sad tawun ang ilang pamilya,” gawas niini, ang mga trabahanteng casual ug job-order way labot kadtong mas ubos pa gyud ang sweldo mao pay dili makadawat og benepisyo sama sa mga Christmas bonus ug 13th month pay nga gakakuha sa mga regular o permanenteng empleyado.

Tungod niini, gibutyag ni Marcos nga dili lamang sa pribadong sektor dunay dakong problema sa kontraktwalisasyon, kung dili dugay na usab kining problema bisan sa gobyerno tungod kay kadaghanan kanila mga job order o contract of service lamang.

Sa kasamtangan, mokabat sa 600 tawsan hangtud 700 tawsan job-order workers ang naa sa gobyerno. Naa sa 180 tawsan usab ang ibutang nato sa ‘unfilled plantilla positions.’

Usa sa hinungdan nganung dili ma-regular ang pipila ka JO worker tungod sa kakulang sa kwalipikasyon, partikular na ang eligibility gikan sa Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Kung si Marcos ang pangutan-on, gusto niining mopasa og balaudnon nga mahatagan og higayon ang mga empleyado nga consistent nga nakakuha og ‘outstanding performance ratings’ sulod sa tulo ka tuig, aron ma-promote ug mahimong regular.

“Kung maayo usab ang ilang rekord sa trabaho ug consistent ang outstanding performance ratings, basin pwede na silang himoong regular bisan kung walay civil service eligibility,” matud ni Marcos.

“Dili sakto nga nag-serbisyo ang mga empleyado nga contractual, job order o moa (memorandum of agreement) workers sa taas nga panahon nga walay employer-employee relationship.

Sakit sad para sa ilaha kay wala man lang silay madwat nga benepisyo busa angay lang nga ihatag nato kung unsay dapat, ilabina ang ilang dignidad,” saysay pa ni Marcos.

Dugang pahayag niini nga ang mga government workers ang frontliners sa gobyerno– duna may pandemya o wala busa kung swertehon nga makadaog sa Mayo 9 nga eleksyon, paningkamotan niyang ma-regular sa trabaho ang liboan ka mga JO workers sa gobyerno.

Sara thanks MNLF for endorsement

Assalam Alaikum!

Let me express my sincerest gratitude to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for expressing support to my candidacy as Vice President and the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos as President in the May 9 elections.

Datu Albakil ‘Thong’ Jikiri, National Vice Chairman for Military Affairs of MNLF, made the announcement recently in Zamboanga City, citing their confidence in the wisdom and sincerity of both I and Mr. Marcos.

MNLF’s support is essential to our cause of bringing about meaningful and lasting peace and development in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

As the national government’s partner in peacebuilding in Mindanao over the years, MNLF’s support to the UniTeam will serve as a solid foundation in our pursuit of continued peace and development and equality of rights and opportunities for our Moro brothers and sisters.

As a Mindanawon, I will always protect and support the interest of Mindanao and its people — knowing the role of Mindanao in the growth of the entire country.

Magkasama po tayo at magiging magkatuwang upang masiguro ang patuloy na pag-unlad at kapayapaan sa Mindanao at ng buong bansa.

Mahalin natin ang Pilipinas.

Shukran.

Sara Z. Duterte

CCLEX to help boost regional development

Says Bong Go as he highlights Duterte legacy of uplifting lives of Filipinos


Senator Christopher “Bong” Go joined President Rodrigo Duterte in Cordova City, Cebu for the inauguration of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) at the CCLEX Toll Plaza on Wednesday, April 27.

Expected to be one of Cebu’s iconic landmarks, the CCLEX is an 8.9-kilometer road that would link mainland Cebu to Mactan Island through the town of Cordova.

The CCLEX, developed by the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), is anticipated to serve at least 50,000 vehicles daily given its design speed of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour (kph), significantly helping decongest traffic in the area.

One of the major infrastructure projects under the Duterte Administration, the CCLEX is also expected to create more economic opportunities for the province and the Visayas.

In his speech during the inauguration, President Duterte thanked the late Cordova mayor and Presidential Legislative Liaison Office secretary Adelino “Addy” Sitoy for their huge support for the project, saying, “The third bridge that connects to Cebu was made possible because their vision and aspirations were for the people of Cordova, and maybe for all.”

The President then congratulated CCLEC and the provincial government of Cebu for completing the CCLEX despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“Your support for this administration’s goal to boost regional development, provide a comfortable life for every Filipino, and realize our vision to be a strongly connected nation is truly commendable. While your hardwork and dedication to ensure the completion of this monumental task are equally note-worthy,” Duterte remarked.

“It is also an opportune and relevant time to inaugurate the CCLEX as it coincides with the celebration of our ancestor’s victory in Mactan of more than 500 years ago… The state-of-art infrastructure will provide a solution to the perennial traffic issues of Metro Cebu,” he continued.

Go likewise congratulated Cebuanos for achieving two milestones as it consequently celebrated the 501st anniversary celebration of the Victory of Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City and the inauguration of CCLEX.

Earlier that day, the senator was also with the President for the commemoration of the historical event that demonstrated the bravery and courage of Lapu-Lapu against the Spaniards. The ceremony was held at the Liberty Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City. The event likewise marks the closing of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Go reiterated that he will continue to support more infrastructure initiatives that would benefit the nation and would promote more sustainable economic opportunities across the country.

The senator has been supporting various infrastructure initiatives of the government throughout different regions in his capacity as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance to help provide more livelihood prospects for more Filipinos.

“Isa na naman pong proyekto ang nagtapos sa Build, Build, Build program at ito po ay aking ikinatutuwa dahil inaasahan ko na napakaraming Pilipino ang matutulungan nito. Sabi nga, tayo ay nasa Golden Age of Infrastructure ng bansa!,” expressed Go.

“Pero higit pa rito, tugma ito sa layunin natin na maramdaman sa bawat sulok ng bansa ang mga magagandang programa at proyekto ng gobyerno upang maisakatuparan ang pangako ni Pangulong Duterte na mabigyan ng mas komportableng buhay ang bawat Pilipino,” he added.

He then urged the next administration to continue and pursue further the Build, Build, Build program as he reiterated how it has notably given Filipinos the comfortable life they truly deserve.

“Kahit na po patapos na ang termino ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy ko pa rin po susuportahan ang mga inisyatiba ng gobyerno lalo na kung ito ay magpapabilis sa serbisyo at makakatulong sa ating mga kababayan. Basta para sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino, ipaglalaban ko ito,” Go reassured.

“Nakita naman po natin na sa anim na taon na pamumuno ni Pangulong Duterte, pag-aangat ng buhay ng Pilipino ang kaniyang pangunahing agenda. Kaya naman aking ipagpapatuloy ito at sana po ito rin ay ipagpatuloy ng susunod na administrasyon,” he appealed.

Bong Go lauds passage of MDDA law

Says improved gov’t coordination and public service delivery to further boost development in Mindanao



Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law Republic Act No. 11708 which creates the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority on Wednesday, April 27.

Go, who authored and co-sponsored the measure, assured his fellow Mindanaoans, especially Davaoeños, that the MDDA will improve the coordination among the local government units of Davao City and of nearby areas, resulting in better delivery of public services and integrated development planning, among others. This, he said, will benefit Mindanao as a whole.

“Considering the rapid urbanization of Davao City and increasing population of the cities of Panabo, Tagum, and the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte, napaka-traffic na po sa ngayon; the City of Digos in Davao del Sur, papunta po kanila (Senator) Bato; and the City of Mati in Davao Oriental, papunta rin po sa amin; and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur, Carmen in Davao del Norte, Maco in Davao de Oro, and Malita in Davao Occidental, it is imperative that we create an agency which can centralize and oversee the development efforts and initiatives that deal with the challenges faced by Davao,” Go explained.

He said that the MDDA will help address the growing needs of Davao City and nearby areas through the services it will provide. These include development planning, transport management, solid waste disposal and management, urban zoning, land use planning, shelter services, health and sanitation, as well as public safety.

The MDDA shall have jurisdiction over Davao City and the nearby cities of Panabo, Tagum and the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte; the City of Digos in Davao del Sur; the City of Mati in Davao Oriental; and the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Hagonoy, Padada, Malalag and Sulop in Davao del Sur; Carmen in Davao del Norte; Maco in Davao de Oro; and Malita in Davao Occidental.

The governing board and policy-making body of the proposed authority shall be the Metropolitan Davao Development Council (MDDC), which shall be composed of the Chairperson of the Regional Development Council-Region XI, the governors of the five provinces, six city mayors, and nine municipal mayors.

The MDDA is tasked to consult, coordinate, and work closely with the local government units, the Regional Development Council of Region XI, national government agencies, people’s organizations, non-government organizations, and the private sector operating in Metropolitan Davao.

In coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Finance, the MDDA can also interface with foreign assistance agencies to obtain financing support, grants and donations in support of its programs and projects.

“Bukod pa sa aking mga binanggit, magiging tulay din po ang MDDA para mapagbuklod ang publiko at pribadong sektor dahil isa sa mga mandato nito ay ang pakikipagtulungan sa mga pribadong organisasyon, at sa mga businesses na nag-ooperate sa Metropolitan Davao,” said Go.

Since Davao region is one of the leading centers of development in the country, Go said that the MDDA is envisioned to serve as a gateway to extend the development to other regions in Mindanao.

“Dahil sa mabilis na paglago ng ekonomiya ng Davao City at karatig-LGUs nito, panahon na po upang magkaroon doon ng isang sentralisadong ahensya na siyang magbibigay ng iisang direksyon at magsisilbing gabay sa urban planning ng mga lugar na ito,” Go said in a previous interview.

“Kaya naman, muli akong nagpapasalamat sa aking kapwa mambabatas sa pagsuporta sa panukalang ito,” he added.

Meanwhile, Go also lauded Duterte for issuing a proclamation reserving certain parcels of land of the government in Barangay Bago Oshiro, Davao City for the establishment of the Davao Regional Government Center.

The establishment of an RGC in Davao City aims to foster administrative efficiency and improve the delivery of public service through the adoption of a one-stop government center to serve the Davao Region.

A total of 59 government agencies with assigned lots in the proposed RGC confirmed their involvement in the project, as well as their commitment to develop their respective lots.