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  • Apo Agua targets to start operating bulk water supply project in H1 2023
    by Iona Finlay C. Mendoza on September 27, 2022 at 2:55 am

    After moving its target date for operations several times, the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP) is targeted to start operations in the first and second quarter of 2023, said project implementer Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc. In a media forum on Monday, September 26, external relations officer May Che Capili said the first optic point of DCBWSP, which will start in the first quarter, will be in Tugbok. After which, the progressive ramp-up of the remaining seven optic points in the city will follow through, particularly in barangays Calinan, Talandang, Mandug, Indangan, Cabantian, Panacan, and Dumoy. The target start of operations of the DCBWSP was initially in 2021 before it was rescheduled to 2022 and further delayed to 2023 due to circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition of contractors. Capili said J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation is no longer in charge of the construction of the project and Apo Agua has since taken the lead along with other specialized contractors. “Sa mga niaging bulan, naninguha gyod ta nga makuha ang mga kritikal na dokumento, materyales, og equipment aron (In the past months, we worked hard to acquire the critical documents, materials, and equipment so) we can sign up the new contractors and ramp up the construction in the coming weeks,” she said. At the same time, Apo Agua targets to conduct 24/7 work in critical areas by next month to maximize the construction of the project. Specialized partner contractors will also focus on the water treatment facility and the remaining mechanical, electrical, and civil works. “Next ana is ang testing and commissioning of the critical facilities (After that, the next thing we will do is the testing and commissioning of the critical facilities),” Capili said. Once the bulk water supply starts operating, it will deliver at least 300 million liters of water daily in addition to the 330 million liters delivered by the Davao City Water District (DCWD) per day. In total, the water supply of the city will soon double. “With that quantity, makaya na namo ma-meet ang (we will be able to meet the) water demand during peak hours of water usage, in such a way that those areas with low pressure and no water during peak hours, ma-address na nato ilang concern (we can address their concerns),” DCWD spokesperson Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod said. Until then, DCWD will continue to implement projects to fill the gap in the water supply and demand, especially in areas experiencing recurring interruptions during peak hours including portions of Panacan, Sasa, Lanang, Cabantian, Communal, and Tugbok. The spokesperson added that at least 29 percent of DCWD’s clients experience water supply problems but the rest have 24 hours of water service with no interruption. “Although it’s not widespread, we were able to increase the water supply availability and pressure in several portions of our operations… but it’s not our ideal scenario because these are interim solutions. At the end of the day, we need an additional big amount of water supply,” Duhaylungsod said. ICM

  • Brgy. Malagos classified as high risk, 12 other barangays moderate risk for Covid-19
    by Iona Finlay C. Mendoza on September 27, 2022 at 2:50 am

    BARANGAY Malagos in Davao City is classified as high risk for Covid-19 for the period of September 25 to October 1, based on the latest Covid-19 Heightened Risk Assessment Map. The map, released by the city government, shows that Brgy. Malagos has a high average daily attack rate (Adar) of 20.73 wherein 22 confirmed positive cases were recorded in the past two weeks. In total, Malagos has had 181 cumulative cases, out of the projected population of 7,582 residents, since the pandemic started. Twelve barangays are also identified as moderate risk during the same period, namely barangays 4-A, 7-A, 9-A, 13-B, 19-B, 20-B, 28-C, A. Angliongto, Sr., Baganihan, Matina Crossing, Mulig, and V. Hizon, Sr. Of these, Barangay 4-A has the highest Adar of 14.61 wherein four cases, out of a population of 1,956, were confirmed in the past two weeks. It is followed by Barangay 13-B with an Adar of 14.4, Barangay 20-B with an Adar of 13.42, Barangay 9-A with 12.94, Barangay 28-C with 10.83, and Barangay 7-A with 10.8 Adar. The rest of the barangays not mentioned are considered low risk of the coronavirus. At the same time, Davao City also remains at low risk of Covid-19 an Adar of 2.77. In the past two weeks, 736 cases were confirmed positive out of the projected population of 1,897,861 in the entire city. Since the pandemic started, the city has logged 77,485 confirmed positive cases. In a previous report, Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said the number of confirmed active cases is decreasing. ICM

  • 11yo boy found dead along riverbank after drowning
    by Jeepy P. Compio on September 27, 2022 at 2:45 am

    AN 11-year-old boy, who just got home from school, was found dead along the riverbanks of Matina Gravahan in Davao City after drowning on Monday morning, September 26. According to the mother, her son was coming home from school but she did not expect that he would go to the river. Police Major Rosario Aguilar, Ecoland Police Station chief, identified the victim as Jason Dawang Muda, a resident of Purok 1, Tondo, in Matina Gravahan. According to Aguilar, the incident happened around 11 a.m. Muda was sitting on the bamboo raft watching other kids swim when he slipped and fell from his position. His body later floated up to the surface. Rescuers found the victim’s body at 2:05 p.m. Paramedics from Davao City Central 911 tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead. With reports from KAMM Media Network

  • OVP launches food trucks to fight malnutrition
    by Krizzy S. Daugdaug on September 27, 2022 at 2:41 am

    IN a bid to address malnutrition in the country, the Office of the Vice-President launched three Kalusugan food trucks in Davao City on Monday, September 26, 2022. “For now we are yet to identify the areas, one for Luzon, one for the Visayas, and one for Mindanao. We will be having a meeting with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) next week,” Lemuel Ortonio, Assistant Chief of Staff of the Office of the Vice-President (OVP), said in an interview on September 26, 2022. The Kalusugan Food truck is said to serve a specially designed menu for the children. “This will serve as a mobile kitchen that will deliver warm, and nutritious meals to children suffering from malnutrition,” Ortonio said. He said that the Kalusugan Food Truck will be deployed in schools as it will be implemented in collaboration with the Department of Education and the NNC of the Department of Health (DOH). It will be deployed for 120 days per area. “The OVP will target schools and institutions across the country that have identified large numbers of malnutrition and undernourished children. In this way, we will be able to provide care, and basic nutrient requirements for vulnerable children to enable them to reach their potential and become healthy,” Ortonio said. Meanwhile, Ortonio said that they also aim to serve poor developing areas that have been affected by natural calamities such as typhoons, floods, landslides, earthquakes, and even human-induced calamities like fire, armed conflict, and terror attacks. “We hope for a future that sees no Filipino children suffering in hunger, a future where children are healthy, nourished, and eager to learn at school,” Ortonio said. KSD

  • City to be placed under 2-min. lockdown during security exercise
    by Krizzy S. Daugdaug on September 27, 2022 at 2:39 am

    A TWO-minute city-wide lockdown will be implemented during a portion of the upcoming simulation exercise (simex) this week, said Task Force Davao (TF-Davao). “It is just a two-minute lockdown kung saan ti-testingin po natin ang kahandaan ng ating land, sea, and airforce joint security forces (where we will test the readiness of our land, sea, and air security forces) in an event of terror attack in Davao City,” Col. Darren Comia, Commander of TF Davao, said in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on September 26, 2022. Comia said there will be a rerouting of traffic along F. Torres where the simex will be held. “I-reroute natin yong ibang kalsada (We will reroute the traffic), its because kailangan nating paghandaan ito at ayusin ang ating simulation exercise na malapit sa katotohanan (because we need to prepare and manage the simex similar to how it will unfold if it happens),” Comia said. Comia said the City Transport and Traffic Management Office Davao City (CTTMO-Davao), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), and Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will assist with the rerouting. On September 23, 2022, the Davao City Security and Safety cluster announced that they will hold a simulation exercise that involves security crises like grenade throwing, active shooter, and hostage-taking. According to the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Head PCol. Angel Sumagaysay, the following agencies will join the simulation exercise:Task Force-Davao, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coastguard, Maritime Police, Tactical Operations Group-Davao of the Philippine Air Force, City Transport and Traffic Management Office, 911, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency-Davao, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Philippine National Police-Crime Laboratory, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Fire Protection, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, City Information Office and other supporting agencies. Meanwhile, Comia encouraged Dabawenyos to support and cooperate during the simex as it contributes to the overall peace, security, and order in Davao City. KSD

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