Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mindanao Convention of Regional Youth Advisory  Councils 

Last March 18, 2015 Coun. Mabel Sunga Acosta was invited  by the National Youth Commission to express her words of welcome to the Mindanao Convention of Regional Youth Advisory Councils held at Grand Regal Hotel , Davao City.

Coun. Acosta express her words of welcome to the participants 
The said convention was attended by Commissioner Earl P. Saavedra - National Youth Commission-Office of the Commission Representing Mindanao , Gibby Gorres-Chief of Staff of the Office of the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of OCCEO -National Youth Commission, Coun. Mabel Sunga Acosta representing the City Government of Davao, government regional agencies and youth organizations all over Mindanao.
The participants of  RYACs Mindanao Convention 
The Regional Youth Advisory Councils are composed of representatives from government agencies that carry out relevant programs, projects, activities and services that directly benefit the members of the youth sector. The said inter-agency structure also serves as an advisory body to the Commission similar with existence of the National Youth Advisory Council. Furthermore, RYACs act as NYC's arms in the regional level given the need to pursue relevant policies and interventions through localization and needs-based approaches.(
Region XI participants with Coun. Acosta(left), Commissioner Saavedra (center) and
Mr. Gorres -Chief of Staff - Office of the Chairperson  National Youth Commission(right)
The said convention served as the converged first quarter meeting of the RYACs of the island of Mindanao.
39th SSEAYP batch  meets again (NL Mabel Acosta , AYL Joseph Fresnoza & Neil Lastimosa-Caraga)

Photo Courtesy of Mr. RYAN VILLODRES

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Excerpt from The Bottomline with Boy Abunda and Rep. Sitti Djalia-Turabin Hataman

Boy Abunda: Ano ba ang tama, Moro o Muslim?
Djalia-Turabin Hataman: Parehong tama, ang Muslim refers to the followers of Islam-- yung faith ang pinag-uusapan natin ang Moro pertains to the political and cultural identity of the people.

[BA: So yung isa may faith, yung isa naman political.]

BA: Sino ang Filipino Moro?
DTH: Technically we define it.. . Moro consists of 13 ethno-linguistic tribes, dyan siguro naririnig natin ang Tausug, Maranao, Maguindanao, Yakan etc. bale 13 po yan lahat and these are the group of people na pinaniniwalaan na hindi na colonize mula pa sa panahon ng Kastila hanggang sa Amerikano pero dahil nga sa naging parte na rin ng aming homeland ang Pilipinas so we also consider ourselves as Filipinos.

BA: Interesado ako doon, bago dumating ang Kastila, sino kayo? At paano kayo naging bahagi ng Pilipinas?
DTH: Ako, bilang isang Tausug I can speak for the Sulu Sultanate which is said to be established as early as 1405. Mayroon po kaming sariling paraan ng pamamahala, meron kaming sariling sibilisasyon wala pa noong Pilipinas at we entered into treaties with other countries as early as the 1500s.

BA: So you were a sovereign state?
DTH: Nation, yes.
Kung paano kami naging bahagi ng Pilipinas base sa kasaysayan na alam namin na “The Bangsamoro Narrative”. Nung binenta ng mga Kastila ang Pilipinas sa mga Amerikano sa … treaty kahit hindi nila sinakop ang aming homeland ay ipinasok nila ito but the Americans were very much aware na hindi po kami bahagi ng Pilipinas. So, ang ginawa po ng mga Amerikano maliban sa pakikipaglaban, digman ay nag introduce sila ng ibang paraan ng pananakop economically. Inintroduce nila ang konsepto ng American democracy so unti unti ho slowly [ninanakop]. Nung 1935 Constitution meron po sa ibang Moro leaders, meron silang sinubmit na paper asking na kung pwede ang Pilipinas ay ma-retain as part of America and then after 50 years tsaka po tayo magkaroon ng plebisito kung gusto ba ng mga Moro maging bahagi ng Pilipinas o hindi.

BA: Anong nanyari doon?
DTH: Hindi ho siya pinakinggan.

BA: Ng Amerika?
DTH: Oho. So nung nag run ang Philippine Independence parang automatically naisama na ho kami. Kaya some of our historians would say we were illegally annexed to the Philippines. Kung titingnan ho natin no mahaba-habang period din na walang kaguluhan sa Mindanao prang slowly tinanggap na rin namin. Meron akong kaibigan na nagtanong, “Saan ba nagsimula ang gulo nung pumunta ba yung Christian Settlers sa Moro land?” And yung realization namin, kasi base sa kuwento ng mga lolo at lola namin noh, they welcomed indigenous people and the Moro people, welcomed the Christian settlers to our homeland. They established friendship, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, so siguro ang naging problema ay nasa naging polisiya ng gobyerno at administrasyon at nag resulta sa marginalization ng Moro people.

Watch now.

Rep. Sitti Djalia-Turabin Hataman is a Kaya Natin Champion for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership. The Bottomline with Boy Abunda plays on the ABS-CBN channel with replays on Sundays at 1 pm.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Araw ng Davao 2015 Schedule of Activities



Blessing and Turnover Ceremony of Multi-Purpose Building
of New Matina Elementary School

The City of Government of Davao through the Office of Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta officially turnover the newly constructed multi-purpose building at New Matina Elementary School, New Matina Gravahan, Barangay 74-A, Matina Crossing, Davao City on March 4, 2015. 
Ribbon Cutting with Ms. Eleonor R. Duterte with Coun. Mabel Acosta and Dr. Nelson C. Lopez from DepED


This newly constructed multi-purpose building is lovingly dedicated to the late "Soledad Roa Duterte" also known as “Nanay Soling”, whose purpose as an educator, civic leader, social activist, and women and children's welfare advocate, has served the country and the community well. This project was granted through an allotment for an infrastructure project for the City Government of Davao when Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta of the First District of Davao City, was chosen as one of the 2009 Ten Outstanding Councilors of the Philippines (TOCP), which was awarded in 2010. The TOCP is an Annual Search jointly sponsored by the Philippine Councilors League, Office of Senator Angara, and the JCI Philippines. 

Ms. Eleonor R. Duterte representing the Duterte Family
The celebration was attended by Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta, Ms. Eleonor R. Duterte representing the Duterte family, Mr. Jose Anson D. Macaday, the school head of New Matina Elementary School, Dr. Nelson C. Lopez, the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Division of Davao City, Barangay Kagawad Joy Encabo of Barangay Matina Crossing, purok leaders, New Matina Elementary school teachers, PTA Officers, and students. The celebration was officiated by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel M. Gonzaga, parish priest of St. Francis of Assisi of Maa. 
TEAM ACOSTA with Brgy. Kagawad Joy Encabo and Mr. Jose Anson D. Macaday -School Head 
(Photo Courtesy of Mr. Ryan Villodres)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Make a Difference: Project Hope Philippines 3
 (West Fairview Elementary School)

39th SSEAYP Ambassadors of Goodwill
The 39th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) Philippine Ambassadors of Goodwill or its batch name called “Bugkos Lahi”, headed by National Leader Mabel Acosta and in partnership with 39th SSEAYP Singapore Contingent headed by Ms. Joy Lim conducted its third Project Hope Philippines in Quezon City on February 27-28, 2015.  This year’s beneficiaries are students from West Fairview Elementary School in Quezon City. 

Sir Ryan of 39th SSEAYP Philippines with the West Fairview Grade 3 pupils
Turn-over of sound system and educational materials to West Fairview Elementary School
On the first day of activity, the batch turn-over a complete set of sound system and educational materials like books to the West Fairview Elementary School and a story-telling session with the Grade 3 pupils was also conducted.  An alumni dinner was also held at Island Seafood, Techno hub, Quezon City.

39th SSEAYP Alumni Dinner with Philippines and Singapore 
On the second day, the contingent conducted programs such as Basic Theater, Leadership Training and Disaster Risk Reduction Management to the pupils and officers of the school paper and pupil government organizations of West Fairview Elementary school.

Basic Theater Workshop facilitated with Ms. John and other PY's 
Leadership Training facilitated with Mr. Jojo & Ms. April 
Disaster Risk Reduction Management Workshop facilitated with Ms. Jen & other PY's 
This year’s PPA was a collaborative effort of Philippines and Singapore 39th SSEAYP and supported with the SSEAYP International Philippines (SIP) Alumni and Negrense Volunteers for Change.

NL Mabel Acosta (left) & NL Joy Lim (right) with SSEAYP International Philippines (SIP) Ms. Leah Florentino (center)


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Dabawenyo's Guide to Davao City

New to the city? On a weekend trip and don't know where to go? Don't you worry we know all the places but let us recommend you a fine few for starters. (Click the pic to enlarge)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TEAM ACOSTA organized a Bloodletting Activity :
"Let your Love Flow, Let your Life Glow"

On February 13, 2015, the Office of Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross-Davao City Chapter, Punong Barangay and Barangay Councils of 1-A and 2-A, organized a Bloodletting Activity with a theme: "Let your Love Flow, Let your Life Glow" at Brgy. 1-A Covered Court, Magallanes St., Davao City. 

The activity produced 30 bags of blood starting from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn. Free Legal Service is also offered to the participants and barangay constituents for legal concerns, from the Law Office of +Villarica, Coronel, Pojas, Caharian. 

Kag. Roy Tecson of Brgy. 1-A with TEAM ACOSTA

Coun. Acosta  with Crossroads Davao
AGILA Riders with Team Acosta
Legal Services with Atty. Jeff Coronel
Thanks to the following sponsors and volunteer blood donors who made the event successful: PSWRI Nature's Spring, JCI Davao, Mindanao Youth Development Council Inc., Office of Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Sr., Kgd. Elfred Corias of Bgy. Maa, Davao City Health Office, Trimok, AFP Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, Davao Agila Riders, Knight Hawk, WS Dept. Store, Barangay 9-A, Barangay Magtuod, Kgd. Inday Panao of Bgy. 76-A Bucana, Crossroads Davao, College of Criminology- Rizal Memorial Colleges and others.

Coun. Acosta awards a Certificate of Appreciation to the Philippine Red Cross

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Ryan Villodres

Executive Order No. 49