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  • AdDU grad places 9th in Civil Eng exam despite pandemic, changes in exam sked
    by Iona Finlay C. Mendoza on May 13, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    DESPITE the multiple times the Civil Engineer Licensure Exam was moved and canceled, topnotcher Ray Christopher Pascual from Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) was determined to push through — and it reaped beautiful results.On the morning of Thursday, May 12, 2022, Ray was awakened when his phone was blowing up with a series of calls and messages, congratulating him on his achievement that he did not know about yet.“I had to wash and slap my face a bit to make sure what I was seeing on the topnotchers page was for real. Indeed, it was for real and the initial euphoria kicked in as I immediately prayed and thanked God that all my hard work and sacrifices, along with His guidance, has paid off,” Ray said.“Until now, everything still feels surreal,” he added.Studying for the exams was not an easy feat for Ray, especially when the reviews were reduced to an online setup rather than in-person classes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also said the multiple cancellations of their scheduled exam were discouraging.“Adjusting to this setup was quite difficult due to the presence of many distractions at home as well as the environment not being optimized for learning,” he said. “I had to keep pushing through to pursue my goal which is to pass the examination no matter what it takes.”With enough perseverance and inspiration to fuel him, Ray achieved his goal with flying colors. He ranked ninth, long with 26 other topnotchers.Ray earned a score of 91.85 percent rating and he is also the only topnotcher from Davao City.His alma mater, Ateneo de Davao, with 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent passing rate, was also recognized as one of the six top performing schools nationwide with a rate of 82.93 percent.“My family has been and will always be my biggest motivation to become a great civil engineer,” Ray said. “Everything I do and all the effort I put into studying is all for them as I see how hard they work and sacrifice to support my journey. Their efforts have pushed me to go past my comfort zone and have the desire for excellence.”His advice for future exam takers? “Preparation is a marathon and not a sprint.” Consistency is key to studying and reviewing for the exam to avoid the dreaded burnout.“Believe that you have what it takes to exhibit excellence and always think positive,” Ray said. “So long as you do your best and aim for greatness, you will never fall short of what is required of you.”

  • Get vaxxed, get 1 kilogram rice
    by Iona Finlay C. Mendoza on May 13, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    DABAWENYOS who will get their vaccination against Covid-19 will receive a rice subsidy from the City Government, according to Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser.In a radio interview on Friday, May 13, Schlosser clarified that those eligible for the rice subsidy are the general public from five to 18 years old and above.It is also applicable to any vaccine doses, from first dose, second dose, to first booster and second booster dose in all vaccination hubs, whether pediatric or the regular vaccine hubs.“Naga hatag gyod ta (We are giving) incentives because we wanted to invite them. We want na pag ma-invite sila, ma-educate nato sila and ma-spread nila ang benefits sa bakuna (Once we invite them, we can educate them about the vaccine and in turn, they can tell people about its benefits),” Schlosser said.Beneficiaries will receive one kilo of rice each, regardless of age or if they belong to the same family or household that has already received a subsidy.Schlosser said everyone who has yet to get administered with any of the vaccine doses is eligible and entitled to the rice subsidy provided by the city government.In addition, there are no additional requirements needed to be submitted to receive the subsidy. Schlosser said people only need to present their vaccine cards and SafeDavaoQR.The spokesperson hopes that the rice subsidy will entice more Dabawenyos to get their vaccines, especially with the booster doses since its rollout progress has been slow.“Ginaenganyo gyod nato sila (We are enticing them). This is not the first time na nag hatag ta og incentives (that we gave incentives), ato na na-try tanan na incentives (we’ve tried different incentives),” Schlosser said.The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force is also strengthening their vaccination efforts for City Government employees.Schlosser said during a previous interview on Wednesday, May 11, the task force is targeting to vaccinate at least 727 employees from the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Dabaw on May 12 and 13.The task force has also administered booster doses to three government offices, including the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) wherein 16 individuals were vaccinated, 25 from the National Irrigation Administration, and 30 individuals in the Social Security System (SSS).More than a thousand employees are also eyed for booster dose vaccination in the Bureau of Fire Protection, banks, business process outsourcing (BPO) offices, banks, and other private offices.As of the latest, Schlosser said around 20 to 21 percent of the target vaccination population is administered with the booster dose vaccine, which is at 252,267 as of May 6 out of the total of over one million people fully vaccinated.

  • 10 routes in Digos, Davao del Sur under PUV modernization program
    by Iona Finlay C. Mendoza on May 13, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Davao named 10 routes in Digos City and Davao del Sur that will be under the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program in Davao Region.On May 6, 2022, LTFRB-Davao officially awarded transport cooperatives Dipatransco, Dasutransco, Mintrasco, Makibamag, Katco and RB Trans Corp a Notice of Selection that allows them to ply the routes with modernized PUVs.Routes Zone 3 Digos City to Poblacion Malalag route and vice versa was awarded to Dipatransco with initial 10 units; Zone 3 Digos City to Tacul Magsaysay via Hagonoy and Matanao and vice versa was awarded to Dipatransco and Dasutransco with 10 units each; Zone 3 Digos City to Inawayan, Sta. Cruz and vice versa was awarded to Minstransco with nine units and Makibamag with 15 units; and Zone 3 Digos City to Upper Bala, Magsaysay Route and vice versa was awarded to Mintransco with nine units and Dasutransco with 10 units.Aplaya, Digos City to Poblacion Bansalan via Kapatagan route was awarded to Katco with 15 units; Barangay Sinawilan Central Terminal via Super Highway Loop to RB Trans Corp with 15 units; Aplaya, Digos City Loop Service via Barangay Tres de Mayo and Barangay San Miguel to Dipatransco with 13 units; Barangay Colorado Central Terminal (New Business Center) via National Highway and vice versa to Dasutransco with 10 units; and lastly Digos City to Sta. Maria and vice versa to Mintransco with 12 units.Under the PUV modernization program, a subsidy of P160,000 will be given to drivers and operators who wish to be part of the program. The subsidy, in turn, may be used to pay for the downpayment on the modernized units.LTFRB-Davao said the transport cooperatives will apply for loans from funding partners Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines to finance the modernized PUV units which cost around P2.3 million to P2.5 million each.According to LTFRB-Davao Director Nonito Llanos III, a five percent downpayment is required for the loan with an interest of six percent.As of the latest, LTFRB-Davao has yet to determine when these units will ply the routes in Davao del Sur and how much the fare will cost since the transport cooperatives are prioritizing first the funding of loans.The office is also in the process of identifying other routes in Davao Region to be included in the PUV Modernization Program.

  • Don Marcelino school 1st school in DavOcc with in-person classes
    by Krizzy Daugdaug on May 13, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    ON MAY 16, 2022, Luisa Joyce Mallari National High School (LJMNHS) in Don Marcelino will be the first school in Davao Occidental where limited face-to-face (F2F) classes will be conducted.About 94 schools, 53 elementary schools, and 40 secondary schools submitted an application to conduct limited face-to-face classes but only LJMNHS has been approved.Other schools that applied are being evaluated and may reopen soon.Lorenzo E. Mendoza, school division superintendent (SDS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Davao Occidental, said the requirements of DepEd for limited face-to-face classes include an intent letter for application, School Safety Assessment Tool (SSAT) Compliant, local government unit (LGU) Support including the Tribal Council, and Parent Consent.After the requirements are accomplished, the School Division Office (SDO) composite team with the recommendation of the SDS will submit the schools for approval to conduct face-to-face classes by the Regional Director of DepEd-Davao Region.“No specific year level or classes priority for Limited the F2F but we give priority to those marginalized learners and to those learners that need our assistance,” Mendoza said.”This is an effort jointly done by DepEd and other stakeholders especially the community, parents, LGUs, and local IATF (Inter-agency Task Force) so that the safety of the teachers and learners will be secured as we progressively open our in-person classes,” Mendoza added.These limited face-to-face classes are in line with the 00-OSEC-2022-003 and stipulated in the Regional Memorandum 009 or the Reiteration of the Interim Guidelines on the Expansion of the Limited face to face classes in the Davao Region.Mendoza said that with the cooperation of LGU and Local IATF, they make sure their schools are compliant with the protocols and the SSAT. The school is advised to strictly adhere to the memorandum’s provisions.Even with face-to-face classes being implemented, other modalities such as module, online, radio-based, and TV-based and blended learning are still being used until the declaration of the pandemic will be lifted.

  • Duterte-Carpio ‘has not made final announcements’ on priorities for DepEd
    by Ralph Lawrence G. Llemit on May 13, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    THE camp of outgoing Davao City Mayor and presumptive vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio belied the claims of her close supporter who said her priority, once she becomes Education secretary, will be making the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory.In a statement forwarded to the media, Liloan, Cebu Mayor and Duterte Carpio’s spokesperson Christina Frasco clarified that despite the recent statements of lawyer Bruce Rivera in an interview, the mayor has not said issued statements about making ROTC mandatory.”There has been no discussion on this matter either with Atty. Rivera or with the DepEd pending the official proclamation of the VP-elect,” Frasco said.”While VP-elect Sara looks forward to fulfilling her role as DepEd Secretary, she is respectful of the transition process and therefore all policy discussions will be had post-proclamation,” Frasco added.Rivera said in an interview on Wag Po! on One PH on Thursday, May 12, that the mayor wants to return the mandatory ROTC among youth.”Inday [Sara] really wants to return the mandatory ROTC,” he said.Duterte-Carpio, on the same day, said that she accepted the position of being DepEd secretary offered to her by her runningmate, presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as she vows to produce “skilled learners” in the country.Duterte-Carpio, who was promoted as colonel in the Reserve Force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in 2018, earlier proposed a mandatory rendering of military service for all Filipinos 18 years old and above when she gets elected as vice president.Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in a statement on Wednesday evening, May 11, said she is ready to work for the orderly transition of the DepEd leadership.

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