Digital transformation propels Davao City to world’s 100 super cities

This city has jumped to one of the world’s 100 super cities and the only one in Mindanao not only because of its thriving business outsourcing sector, but also the city government’s digital transformation. This was disclosed Thursday by Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, the chief of the ICT Industry and Countryside Development of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), who cited the city government’s digital transformation specifically in public safety, disaster resiliency, quality of life and infrastructure. Ibrahim said Davao City has joined other Philippine super cities–Bacolod, Metro Manila,…

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Davao City launches 2018 Kadayawan Festival

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the launching of the 2018 Kadayawan Festival at the Marco Polo Hotel on Monday, urging Dabawenyos to join in celebrating unity and for visitors to experience the best of the city. Mayor Sara said Kadayawan serves as a reminder for Dabawenyos to go back to their roots and history in Davao’s journey, to where it is today as a city founded on virtues of respect, tolerance, acceptance and solidarity. “Kadayawan is a celebration of everything that madayaw (good) about Davao City – the food, the sights,…

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Bigger, Grander Kadayawan Festival set

This year’s Kadayawan Festival will be bigger, both in terms of budget and activities, officials said. During Monday’s official media launch of the festivity, City Tourism Office-in-charge Regina Rosa Tecson revealed that this year’s Kadayawan will have a P44-million budget, P2 million higher than last year’s. “The City Government will shoulder P12 million for the prizes and the food of the security personnel while the private sector will be the one to raise the remaining amount,” she said. Tecson said that the city is eyeing a total of 200,000 foreign…

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Davao City named top Model City in the Philippines

Davao City was recognized as the country’s top model city during the recently concluded Manila Times Philippine Model Cities Forum and Awards on Tuesday at Manila Conrad Hotel in Pasay. Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is grateful for the award but said that Davao should continue to soar high. “We are happy with the recognition and proud to hold the award, but we should not stop with the award and the recognition. We should ensure that the things that we enjoy now is also anchored in sustainable development,” she said in…

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Mayor Sara opens P28-M children’s playground, other public facilities

The Davao City Government opened on Thursday more leisure spaces where children and their families could bond together, as well as an improved health center and public restrooms. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the formal opening and blessing of two children’s playgrounds in Osmeña Park, and another at the Marfori Botanical Garden. The city government shelled out a total of PHP18 million (PHP9 million for each park), with each park featuring giant sculptures of animals, such as a giraffe and an elephant, as well as an obstacle tube, slide…

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Pres. Duterte leads inauguration of Davao River Bridge

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday led the inauguration of the Davao River Bridge widening project, which is expected to ease traffic congestion in the city and improve the movement of goods and services. “Today’s inauguration of the new and improved Davao River Bridge symbolizes this administration’s commitment to usher in an era of rapid infrastructure development,” Duterte said in his speech. “Aside from this bridge being widened from four to six lanes, it is now made of much better and more durable materials, as well as equipped with various installations…

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Mayor Sara: No misuse, loss of funds in school equipment purchase

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday brushed aside speculations of funds misuse in the procurement of equipment for public elementary and high schools here in Davao City. In a press statement issued Tuesday, Mayor Sara said the city government has already complied with the Commission on Audit (COA) report pointing to the lacking documents supporting the procurement of equipment for public schools. Duterte-Carpio issued the statement following reports that the Commission on Audit (COA) has called the attention of the city on the procurement of the equipment. “The required document, information…

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Defeated poll bet in Davao City dies

A candidate who lost in Monday’s election for barangay captain died of illness on Monday night. Amil Bangsa Manding, former chief of Barangay 23-C, was already trailing behind his opponent in the election minutes before he expired at about 6 p.m. At half-past 5 p.m. on Monday, Manding garnered 332 votes against incumbent Alimodin Wating Usman, who was ahead with 465 votes. When Manding voted at about 2:45 p.m. at the Mini Forest voting station, he was seen being carried by relatives sitting on a chair. Supporters around him barred…

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[LOOK] Mayweather meets Bong Go in Davao City

DAVAO CITY – American boxer Floyd Mayweather made a surprise visit to the city and met with Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go at a hotel here early Friday. No details of the 2 a.m. meeting had been provided but Go is also a known boxing fan aside from his passion for basketball. Mayweather was with former Ilocos Sur governor Luis Chavit Singson, a close ally and adviser to Senator Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather arrived in Manila on Tuesday for what was described as a trip aimed at embracing his…

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Davao City puts up all-gender restrooms

The Davao City government has converted the restrooms at the ground floor of the Sangguniang Panlungsod building to ‘ all-gender restroom ’ to accommodate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. This was announced by Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag, who said the all-gender comfort room is seen to reduce discrimination against people who have other sexual preference. This move also strengthens the city’s implementation of the anti-discrimination ordinance approved in 2012. “We are just finalizing the signage, anytime next week we will launch it. It will be placed at…

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