Mabel Sunga Acosta

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Green uniforms all over the place. Women are starting to assemble. People are so excited for another gathering. This was the scene last April 24th when the Girl Scout of the Philippines Davao Council held their Induction of Officers and Turn-over Ceremony  at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. Everyone went to the place with their smiling faces ready to witness the new set of officers take their oath as the front liners of GSP Davao for the Triennium 2015-2018.
Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon (Photo credit: Team Acosta)
GSP Davao Council Triennium 2015-2018 (Photo credit: Team Acosta)

The induction was graced and led by Hon. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Governor of Province of Davao Oriental. After the pinning ceremony,Gov. Malanyaon delivered her speech as the guest speaker.
Right after her speech, the Outgoing Council President Mrs. Charita P. Puentespina led the turn-over ceremony and was accepted by the incoming Council President, Mrs. Binelda J. Sunga. As part of the turn-over ceremony Gov. Malanyaon and outgoing president Puentespina signed a Deed of Donation putting a seal to Camp Alano, Toril, Davao City.

Gov. Malanyaon and Outgoing President Charita Puentespina signing the Deed of Donation

Gov. Malanyaon pinning the Incoming President Mrs. Binelda J. Sunga (Photo credit: Team Acosta)

(Photo credit: Team Acosta)
(Photo credit: Team Acosta)

(Photo credit: Team Acosta)

That the association is divided in five sections according to age:
  • Twinkler Scout - ages 4 to 6 (Pre-school)
  • Star Scout - ages 6 to 9 (Grades 1-3)
  • Junior Girl Scout - ages 9 to 12 (Grades 4-6)
  • Senior Girl Scout-ages 12 to 15 (Grades 7-10)
  • Cadet Girl Scout-ages 15 to 21 (Grades 11-12 and Colleges)

Friday, April 24, 2015

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 11 Series of 2015


Big events should have big preparations. In order to ensure success of this year’s celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival, the Office of the City Mayor released this Executive Order to mobilize the local government and other concerned parties. This aims to effectively balance the concerns of the tourism industry and the protection of the rights of the city’s indigenous peoples in the city’s celebration of the festival.
Leading the committees for Davao’s biggest festival, the office of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered to create the 2015 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival Executive Committee as well as specifying their functions. In this EO, official events were also declared.
Be informed. Be excited. Madayaw Dabaw!

Funfacts: Did you know that the first title of the feast "Kadayawan sa Dabaw" was "Apo Duwaling Festival"? It was a contraction from the things the city was known for: Mt. Apo, Durian and Waling-Waling. The first festival was done in 1986 which was aimed at promoting Davao as a peaceful city. In 1988, "Apo Duwaling" was renamed "Kadayawan sa Dabaw" which is Dabawnon expression for anything that is good, excellent and brings great fortune. It was derived from the aboriginal word "dayaw" meaning good or "madayaw" referring to things of great value, profitable, superior or beneficial.


Philippine BIZCAMP ® Training

Philippine Bizcamp Inc. Team with the panel of Judges (Photo Courtesy: Team Acosta)

“Nothing is forever” said Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when he was asked about his thoughts of the band 1D. But in this world, truly the only constant thing is change, nothing last for a lifetime not even businesses or livelihood. That is why the Philippine Bizcamp Inc. together with ALC Explo and General Services Inc. conducted training for Key Stakeholders of Giant Stone Mining Corporation, Core Mining Corporation, Core Mining Corporation, Kiamba Mining Corporation & Kafugan Mining Inc. to help the settlers living near the mining area think of plans and ways on how will they continue to have a source of living if in case the mining operations cease to exist.

In this event, Coun. Mabel Sunga-Acosta was invited to be part of the jury to critique the Livelihood Business Plan presentations of the participants which took place at the Casa de Habana Function Room, Habana Compound, JP Rizal St., Davao City last April 23, 2014.
Panel of Judges (Photo courtesy: Team Acosta)

Good to know: PHILIPPINE BIZCAMP INC. is a non-stock, non-profit organization with a passion to help people help themselves.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Ateneo de Davao College of Law debate Team brought home the bacon”

(From left to Right) Karina Ana Bote (3rd Year), John Frederick Derije (Fresh Graduate), Ria Danielle Lumapas (2nd year)
(Photo Credit: Team Acosta)
Ateneo de Davao College of Law successfully bagged the championships for the ANC Square Off: The Firm Debate Season 10 last March 27, 2015 at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theatre. The last two teams standing were Ateneo de Manila and Ateneo de Davao University arguing the motion “LIBRT the TRO issued by the Court of Appeals to restrain the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay is not moot and academic.” The AdDU Law Forensic Team argued for the affirmative side while AdMU took the negative. In the end, Ateneo de Davao College of Law made history by winning the season’s championship.
Members of AdDU Law debate team are Ria Danielle Lumapas (2nd year), who was the Judges’ choice of Best Speaker, Karina Ana Bote (3rd Year), who was also awarded as People’s choice of Best Speaker and John Frederick Derije (Fresh Graduate).
Asked about their debate experiences prior to the championships, Ana said she started doing debate way back High School and shared that “It’s actually my third time in the competition nung nanalo kami”. John also shared that debate has always been part of him but just until practices. “Yun yung first competition ko”- referring to the ANC season 10 championships. 

Talking about their Square Off journey, “I just need 4 minutes not to screw up. Nung natalo kami ni Ria nung season 8, umiyak kami sa balcony. Sinabi naming ni Ria na di kami magququit  dito. Magiging champions kami.” Karina shared. John also spilled his thoughts during the competition, “First round pa lang nung season 10, eliminations pa lang kini-claim ko na na magiging champions kami.” This positive mindset of John brought laughter to the group. 

The Sqaure Off is not just any debate competition. During the interview Ria described it as, “Ang square off kasi you really have to research for it, not just for your side but also the opposing side kasi you need to preempt kung ano yung pwede nilang sabihin. Yung lagi naming sinasabi na “No stone left unturned” so hindi kami papasok dun sa round na meron pa kaming questions regarding the motion so dapat lahat ng pwedeng angle at atake (we are prepared for it).”

The team is utterly very thankful to all those who have been with them before and during the competition. To all their teachers, mentors and advisers that made them competent as they are. But the team made mention the huge contribution of their coach Atty. Vincent Juan for their success. 

According to Karina, “Pero yung coach naming talaga is si Atty. Vincent Juan, grabe every night talaga kasama naming siya, pati sa Manila, hindi na natutulog. Kahit nga sa dreams sleep talk siya about the debate.” Adding to this Ria said that “Kasi si sir Vince siya yung first na nagchampion sa Ateneo debate 7 years ago beating Ateneo de Manila as well.”

This has truly been very significant and historical for the Ateneo de Davao College of Law as well as for the City of Davao. Kudos for these very brilliant individuals! We are very proud of you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Coun. Mabel Sunga-Acosta delivering the Mayor's speech during Fortrust's Launching event (Photo Credit: Team Acosta)

Another good news for the Dabawenyos! FORTRUST EDUCATION SERVICES, an international education agency based in Australia, opened their first Mindanao branch and its here in Davao City. In their launching last April 17, 2015 at Seda Hotel, Bajada, Counilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta as the Chair of the Education, Science & Technology and Art & Culture, graced the event in lieu of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Councilor Acosta delivered the Mayor’s speech and extended her support for the newest education agency in Davao. Fortrust offers free consultation, free application and free processing for most study-work-live arrangements in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and UK. An advantage for the Dabawenyo students is that they also assist in scholarship programs so more and more students can experience world-class education.

This could be another opportunity for you.


Tayo ng magbrigada Eskwela!

For students, summer is still in the air but for the Department of Education, school days are somewhere in the corner. In preparation for the upcoming SY 2015-2016, DepEd together with the various stakeholders will commence the annual “Brigada Eskwela” on May 18-23, 2015. This school maintenance activity aims to improve our public schools that will in turn be conducive for students’ learning.

Thus, having this national effort, DepEd invites everyone to volunteer by helping clean and do maintenance services in the different schools nationwide. The department also encourages everyone to donate materials and other supplies that can be used in the repair and rehabilitation of school facilities.

Let us take part in this effort to contribute for the education of our younger generation. Be involved by VOLUNTEERING to the schools near you. Team Acosta will also take part of this huge activity, hence, if you would like to volunteer and provide manpower, you can contact us through numbers: (082) 222-0855 loc. 221 and look for Ms. Eden Colina. You would also like to send materials and other supplies; you can reach us through the contact numbers stated above or visit our office at Rm. 221, Sangguniang Panlungsod, San Pedro St., Davao City.

Let us help our children have a wonderful school year ahead!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Dabawenyo's guide to Keeping Cool and Conserving Energy This Summer

It's bound to get hot these days and everyone's turning on their fans and air-conditioning which can get very costly. Follow our guide on simple ways to reduce energy consumption and battle heat exhaustion.   (Click to enlarge.)

Livelihood Skills Training Brgy. 24-C

“Ahhh, so that’s how we do it!”- This seemed to be the message on the faces of the senior citizens who joined the livelihood program held last April 18, 2015 at Brgy. 24-C. 

The program started around 9 am converging the members of the said barangay’s Senior Citizen Association and Women’s Association. For this training, Team Acosta taught the participants how to make Spanish sardines and Siomai. There are about 49 people who benefited from this activity.

Fun facts:
Sardines are named after Sardinia, the Italian island where large schools of these fish were once found. Also, sardines (fishes- not yet canned) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids helpful in preventing heart diseases. The omega-3 fatty acids found in sardines play a major role in controlling heart diseases.