Davao night market bombing survivors receive P3.4-M livelihood assistance

admin   •   August 14, 2017   •   3352

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — More than 60 victims of Roxas night market bombing received P50,000 worth of livelihood assistance each from the local government of Davao City last Saturday.

The P3.4 million total worth of financial assistance came from donations of different individuals, non-governmental organization and foreign donation.

“So ang katuyuan gyud nato aning livelihood assistance nga sila mismo economically mabalik tong ilahang ekonomikanhon nilang panginabuhian para masuporta lang pamilya eventually masuportahan nila ilang tagsa tagsa nga kaugalingon,” City Social Service & Development Office Head Maria Luisa Bermudo said.

(So our goal regarding this livelihood assistance is to economically bring back their livelihood in order to support their family and eventually support themselves.)

The victims are very grateful for the help they received.

“Hinaut unta nga magkitakita lang gehapun ta although dili na ingani nga mga event pero murag nagka family naman gud sa tanan nagkailaila nagyud so daghang salamat,” bombing survivor Joanna Reyes said.

(I hope we can still see each other not just in these events because we are like a family; we all know each other now, thank you very much.)

“Actually kang Presidente Duterte, dako kaayog tabang siya sa ako salamat kaayo sa amua nga gitabangan mi tanan og labi na kang Mayor Inday Sara daghan kaayong salamat,” bombing survivor Erickson Nacario said.

(Actually, to President Duterte, he has helped me a lot. Thank you from all of us whom he has helped, especially to Mayor Inday Sara, thank you.)

Almost one year has passed since the bombing in the city where 15 died while more than 60 were injured. – Marisol Montaño | UNTV News & Rescue

No ‘Sara for President’ in 2022, no term extension —Pres. Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said there are groups urging his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to run for president in 2022 but the Chief Executive expressed his opposition to the idea.

He stressed that the presidential seat is not for a woman to fill.

“My daughter inuudyok naman nila, sabi ko, ‘My daughter is not running,’” he said during the launch of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project in Quezon City on Thursday (January 14).

“I have told Inday not to run kasi naaawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko . Hindi ito pambabae. Alam mo, the emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different. That is the sad story,” he said.

Rumors about the younger Duterte’s possible 2022 bid surfaced after a Pulse Asia survey conducted from November 23 to December 2, 2020 revealed that one in every four Filipinos expressed support for the presidential daughter’s bid for the presidency in the next election.

As for him, the Chief Executive said he will not accept any offer of term extension even if Congress moves to amend the Constitution for that matter.

On Wednesday (January 13) the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments began discussing the proposed change in the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

Critics of the Duterte administration slammed such a move, claiming it is a front of Duterte allies to push for term extension and scrapping of term limits among politicians.

“Kaya nga hinihingi ko ang Congress, akala nila term extension ,” Duterte said.

“Maski ibigay mo sa akin on a silver platter, maski ibigay mo sa akin libre another 10 years, sabihin ko sa iyo, p***** i** mo, iyo na lang iyan. Tapos na ako,” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Davao City’s Roxas night market to re-open Sept. 12

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2020

The Davao City government announced it is re-opening the Roxas Night Market on September 12, six months after the imposition of community quarantines to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement on Thursday, the city government assured the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), and Task Force Davao including the City Health Office, are ready to implement strict security and health protocols against the transmission of the virus.

DCPO Director, PCol. Kirby John Kraft has reminded the public to follow security measures such as the no-backpack policy, prohibition of bringing non-transparent water containers, and wearing of jackets that are part of the culture of security. 

Also, people going to the Roxas Night Market will undergo facial recognition by lowering the face mask for 3-5 seconds.

“One entrance, one exit policy” will also implemented and market-goers will be subjected to bag inspection and body temperature check at the entry point.

”We also put up a separate cubicle where inspection or search of all females will be conducted. We emphasize that it is for all the women, not only to those who are wearing the hijab to avoid discrimination,” Kraft said.

Roxas Night Market-goers are advised to bring their identification cards for security and contact tracing purposes.

City Health officers and Civil Security Unit (CSU) personnel will be present at the entrance to ensure that appropriate steps for the contact tracing will be enforced, the city government said.

“CCTV cameras were put at the entrances of every section of the Roxas night market in order to take clear images of those entering, as well as their respective ID’s,” said Angel Sumagaysay, the head of PSSCC. 

As part of the health protocols, people must always wear their face mask and face shield except when eating or drinking and observe a two-meter distance from other people. Handwashing stations and footbaths are also in place.

According to Kraft, more than 160 security personnel will be dispatched in the area.

He also called on the public to follow all the security and health protocols for everyone’s safety.

“Hinihingi naming ang kooperasyon po ng bawat dabawenyo at ang kanilang pakikiisa upang maging matagumpay itong atong reopening ng Roxas Night Market (We are asking for everyone’s cooperation for a successful reopening of the Roxas Night Market),” he said.

The Roxas night market is open from 5 p.m to 11 p.m.

Davao City limits movement of residents, visitors amid COVID-19 fears

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Davao City has implemented travel restrictions for its residents and visitors in an effort to combat the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area.

In the guidelines issued Thursday, the Office of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said travel to and from Davao City will be limited, and all residents are barred from going outside the city.

Short-term visitors are also advised to leave the city immediately, while travelers planning to visit the city may still do so but are “requested to postpone their trip until the state of public health emergency is lifted.”

The guidelines, however, emphasized that the city is not on lockdown.

In a local radio interview, Duterte-Carpio urged non-Davao residents to think about observing preventive measures rather than pursuing trips to the city at this time.

“If you are not a resident of Davao and you get the disease here, you can spread it in your hometown once you go back. It would be better if we take preventive measures,” she said.

The presidential daughter appealed for public understanding over the drastic action, explaining that the city has limited health facilities and that they “cannot afford a wide spread infection of COVID-19” there.

“Many people will die if we will not take action,” she said. “To wait for one positive patient before taking action is too late for everyone.”

She added that since health is a primary public concern, it is within her mandate to remind the public of what should be done.

“It is my obligation to do so,” she said.

Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte-Carpio earlier said she is under home quarantine as a precaution after a lunch meeting with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian who was in contact with virus-infected guest at the Senate.

Gatchalian and several of his colleagues are also under self-quarantine.

The Philippines has so far recorded 52 confirmed infections, with five fatalities.

Due to the growing number of coronavirus cases, the country has been placed under a state of public health emergency by the president.

He also placed Metro Manila under a month-long community quarantine beginning March 15 to April 14 as most of the cases were reported in the region.


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