Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao to hold 4-day fleet training in Davao City

admin   •   October 25, 2017   •   4849

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy begins tomorrow the four-day unilateral fleet training exercise in the Davao Gulf which aims to test the capability of the four ships of the Philippine Navy.

These vessels are the ship 31, patrol craft 119, PC376 and the PC383.

“We will check the armaments, our guns. So this is a four-day activity. It will be participated by our naval reservists here in the Eastern Mindanao,” said Task Force Seahawk Commander Capt. Jose Ma. Ezpeleta.

The training includes testing the command and control of the ships, naval operations of the group, naval gunfire, and their capability in terms of humanitarian assistance disaster response at sea.

“When we see a better way when we conduct naval operations, we will also test it. Of course, the communication between ships,” said Ezpeleta.

Meanwhile, more or less 200 naval personnel will participate in the training like those from the naval special operations unit, naval task group 71 and naval reservists. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Muling pagbiyahe ng provincial buses sa Davao, ipinagpaliban

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinagpaliban muna ang nakatakda sanang pagbabalik-operasyon ngayong araw ng pampublikong provincial buses na bumibiyahe mula Davao City papunta sa iba’t ibang lalawigan sa Davao region.

Ayon sa management ng Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), hindi pa umano handa ang mga lokal na pamahalaan ng mga karatig-lugar na tumanggap ng mga pasaherong manggagaling sa Davao City na may naitalang mga kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Dili musugot atong mga kasigpit nga municipalities and provinces, di pa sila ready nga mudawat sa atoang mga pasahero nga maggikan diri sa Davao City because they don’t have facilities yet pa daw, hatagaan pa nato silag panahon,” ani Aisa Usop, ang head ng DCOTT.

(Ayaw pumayag ng mga kalapit nating municipalities and provinces, hindi pa sila ready na tumanggap ng ating mga pasahero na manggagaling dito sa Davao City because they don’t have facilities pa raw. Bibigyan natin sila ng panahon.)

Ayon kay Usop, humihingi pa ng karagdagang panahon ang mga karatig-lalawigan na makapaghanda ng isolation centers para sa mga pasaherong maaaring makitaan ng sintomas ng COVID-19.

Nasa ilalim na ng general community quarantine (GCQ) ang Davao City simula noong May 16 at ngayong araw sana nakatakda ang pagbalik sa operasyon ng provincial buses sa Davao Region.

Nilinaw naman ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board na hindi pa talaga maaaring bumiyahe ang lahat ng provincial buses dahil hindi pa naiisyuhan ng special permit ang mga ito.

Sa ilalim ng GCQ guidelines, maaaring payagang bumiyahe ang ilang piling uri ng transportasyon sa isang lugar kung may special permit ito at nakakasunod sa health and safety protocols.

Kabilang sa protocols ang pagsusuot ng face mask para sa mga pasahero, driver at konduktor; ang pagpapatupad ng mga hakbang bilang pagsunod sa social distancing measures gaya ng pagmamarka sa mga upuan kung saan lang maaaring pumuwesto ang mga pasahero; kailangan ding gumamit ng cashless o contactless na paraan sa pangongolekta ng pasahe upang mabawasan ang physical contact.

Nakasaad rin sa guidelines na limitado lang ang bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring isakay sa mga pampublikong bus, jeep, taxi at traysikel upang maiwasan ang pagsisiksikan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marisol Montaño)

Davao City spent over P400 million for COVID-19 fight — Sara Duterte

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2020

The Davao City government has spent at least P476 million for its response against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Sara Duterte said.

In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio, Duterte said the fund was sourced from the city’s internal revenue allotment (IRA) under the national budget.

She said the city’s one month IRA amounted to P476 million and all local government units (LGUs) have been mandated by the national government to spend the budget for COVID-19 response.

Aside from the P476 million, Mayor Sara also said that the city also sourced out funds from its 2020 budget, which include the peace and order fund, City Mayor’s Office, and Public Enhancement Service Fund.

Duterte said the city’s biggest expenditure remains for food, including rations to residents.

As of May 8, the city has already distributed a total of 788,656 food packs. The food rationing started on March 23.

Aside from food rations, the city government also shouldered the hospital expenses of COVID-19 patients and the cost of cremation for those who succumbed to the virus.

Duterte earlier announced she has donated her one-year salary to a trust fund to help medical workers acquiring the disease from their work.

As of May 20, the city has recorded a total of 206 coronavirus infections, with 25 fatalities and 100 recoveries.

Duterte on short visit to Davao City — Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte travelled to Davao City on Friday (May 15) to visit his family.

The President opted to stay in Metro Manila in the past two months to focus on his work amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and due to tight restrictions under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). 

Aside from family visit, the President intended to check on the situation in Mindanao relative to the health crisis.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is now in Davao City to visit his family whom he has not seen in months and to assess the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Mindanao,” Roque said. 

The Palace spokesman assured, however, that the President will be present in the scheduled meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 on Tuesday (May 19). 

“Rest assured that he will be back in Malacañang in time for the next IATF briefing,’ Roque concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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