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Region 9’s finest products star in ZAMPEX 2014

By Michael Vincent Cajulao (DTI-9)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 17 – The region’s finest products take center stage in the 2014 ZamZboanga Peninsula Trade Exposition on Oct. 8 -11 at the Garden Orchid Hotel this city.

At least 90 exhibitors from all over Mindanao regions and the neighboring countries Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia will be showcasing their products, varying from food, handicrafts, and other products during the four-day activity.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-9 OIC-Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain said ZAMPEX 2014 is a great venue for local businessmen to promote their products that will be identified with Zamboanga Peninsula.

Aside from the exhibit, technological demonstrations will also be held for interested individuals or groups who wish to start their own businesses.

The techno demo is slated on Oct. 9-11 with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) taking charge of the NutriFood demos which include buko (coconut) and squash products on October 9; the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) will be demoing on seaweeds and bottled sardines while the Department of Agriculture will handle cooking demo on organic banana and “mamon preciosa” on October 10. The Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) will be showcasing abaca rope and bag making on the last day, Oct. 11.

Doctor Jain is also inviting the public to come to the venue to appreciate local products and gain ideas on starting their own business.

“This is a free activity. There is no entrance fee for those who want to go to the venue and attend our demos. The public can also appreciate and buy our local products of their interest in the venue”, Jain said.

ZAMPEX 2014 will also feature a garden show care of the Zamboanga City Local Government, Business Matching with prospect buyers from Home Accents Group of the Philippines (HAPI), Philippine Chamber of Handicraft, Inc. (PCHI), Phil Food Processors & Exporters Organization, Inc. (PHILFOODEX), and the Integrated Food Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (INFOMAP) invited. A one-day seminar on Franchising is also set on October 9.

ZAMPEX 2014 is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry-9 in partnership with the Local Government of Zamboanga, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Core Group-9, Zamboanga City Economic Zone and Free Port Authority (ECOZONE), PLDT and Globe Telecom.

Displaced children in Zamboanga immunized


ZAMBOANGA CITY - Mass immunization has began for thousands of young children from displaced families in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines to protect them against measles, rubella and polio.

The immunization of children aged 0-5 years started this month and will run until October under the nationwide campaign to protect an estimated 11 million children from diseases. The International Committee of the Red Cross together with the Philippine Red Cross are supporting the primary health-care activities of the local government.

“Through this support, children of displaced families will be fully covered by the campaign. This support is part of our continued assistance to displaced persons in Zamboanga, which includes improving the health of vulnerable groups like infants and young children,”said Beatriz Karottki, the ICRC’s health coordinator in the Philippines.

Children of families displaced by rebel attacks last year have been staying in seven transitional sites are being vaccinated by four ICRC and PRC teams of volunteers, nurses and health staff augmenting the City Health Office immunization teams.

September was declared national immunization month by the Department of Health. A nationwide vaccination campaign called “Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio” (Safe Against Measles and Polio) has been launched to reduce and eventually eliminate cases of measles and rubella, and to maintain the country’s polio-free status, achieved in 2000.

The ICRC has been providing assistance to thousands of people displaced in Zamboanga City since the onset of the crisis in September 2013, together with the National Society. It continues to improve access to clean water and sanitation at several temporary sites, and to enhance the health and nutrition of thousands of people who remain displaced.

City gears for Hermosa fest

By Sheila Covarrubias

Preparations for the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, the biggest annual event in honor of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar in October 12, are now underway.

The office of the City Mayor through the City Tourism Division has finalized the calendar of events for the 2014 Hermosa festival with the theme “Levanta con Fuerza y Fe; Marcha con Alegria, Devocion y Unidad.”

The City Government-sponsored activities will kick off with the Celebracion de Victoria y Pa on September 29 during the flag raising ceremony at 8am in front of City Hall.

The Hermosa opening program will be October 1st at 5pm at the City Hall frontage to be followed by the Las Cruces Exposicion Disenio at 7pm at the Garden Orchid Hotel.

The conferencia de cultura, artes y Historia del Zamboanga will run from October 2-3 at the Centro Latino while the Cosechas de Zamboanga, an agri-trade fair will be held from Oct. 2-15 at the Plaza Pershing. The city-wide cleanliness campaign dubbed Limpieza para mejor del Ciudad de Zamboanga will be at 2pm on October 3.

The Festival de Musica Chabacano (Chabacano Music Festival) will be on Oct. 6 at 7pm at Centro Latino while the Festival de Comida Zamboanga (Zamboanga Food Festival) will be Oct. 8 at 7pm at Centro Latino.

The mainstay program “Wow Sardinas”, a sardine-eating activity will be held Oct. 9 at 5pm at the R.T. Lim Boulevard. Balikbayan Night and Mascota de Zamboanga will be Oct. 10 at 7pm at Centro Latino.

October 11, the eve of Fiesta Pilar, will be filled with events starting off with the Regatta de Zamboanga at 8am at the R.T. Lim Boulevard followed by Baile de Calle (Street Dance Presentation) at 3pm at Paseo del Mar. The fiesta main program will be held at 530pm at the Paseo del Mar to be followed by the Danza La Vida (Life dance) will be at 7pm at Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

The Copa del Alcalde (Torneo de Golf) will run from October 11-12 from 8am to 5pm at the Zamboanga Golf Course.

October 12 will be focused on religious activities and the Fort Pilar shrine will be the center of activities.

Other agencies, institutions and organizations have also lined up activities for inclusion in the calendar of events for the 2014 Hermosa Festival.

DENR supports move to transfer lot ownership in Zambo’s Sta. Cruz Island


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through theProtected Area Management Board (PAMB) is supporting the move to transfer, turnover or donate at least five lots on the Greater Sta. Cruz Island to the city government from the national government.

The support was made through a resolution the PAMB approved Friday in a meeting after Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar requested the city government to own, manage, protect and preserve the lots instead of privatizing them.

The PAMB is the policy-making body of the Greater and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape (GLSCIPLS).

City Assessor’s Office records showed the five parcels of land with an aggregate area 104,891 square meters located in the Great Sta. Cruz Island, facing the Island of Basilan, were titled in the names of the Republic of the Philippines.

The lots, being under the national government, were also managed by the Privatization and Management Office (PMO), Office of the President, whose representative came to this city last May 23 and conducted a site inspection of the lots with the assistance of the local government.

It is recalled, the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the City of Zamboanga, the DENR and PAMB signed a memorandum of agreement in June 2011, transferring the development, management maintenance, operation, conservation and protection of Greater and Little Sta. Cruz Islands to this city.

Salazar deemed it proper and necessary for the city government to develop, manage, protect and conserve the entire island to include the subject lots thereon considering the entire Great Sta. Cruz Island is part of the protected landscape pursuant to Republic Act 7586 known as the National Integrated Protected Areas Systems (NIPAS) Act of 1992.

Meanwhile, the PAMB has also passed another resolution seeking to prohibit or regulate maritime navigation the Greater and Little Sta. Cruz Islands.

The second resolution was passed following observation that the sea between the two islands was used for dynamite and other illegal modes of fishing, thus destroying its maritime resources.

The PAMB also observed that a shoal would emerge between the islands during low tide, thus posing danger especially to wooden-hulled vessels.

However, it was agreed that the passage between the two islands may be limited to vessels used for scientific maritime research and tourism purposes, provided prior permission is given by the PAMB.

DepEd allocates Php104.4-M to build schools buildings in Zamboanga City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 13 (PNA) -– The Department of Education (DepEd) has allocated Php104.4 million for the construction of school buildings in this city’s first district.

First district Rep. Celso Lobregat, who is pushing for the implementation of school building projects, said the funding allocation falls under the Current Year (CY) 2014 Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) Batch 3 of DepEd.

Lobregat said that Php44.95 million of the Php104.4 million funding allocation is for the reconstruction of the Sta. Barbara Central School, which was destroyed during the 20-day September 2013 standoff.

The standoff started September 9 when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members infiltrated Barangay Sta. Barbara and three other nearby coastal barangays.

Lobregat said that two units of three-storey 15-classroom buildings will be constructed at the Sta. Barbara Central School.

Aside from Sta. Barbara, the funding had been allocated as follows: three-storey 15-classroom building for Ayala Central School, Php22.47 million; two-storey six-classroom building for Sinunuc Elementary School, Php8.22 million; three-storey 15-classroom building for Sta. Maria Central School, Php22.47 million; and, two-storey four classroom building for Luyahan Elementary School, Php6.29 million.

Lobregat has requested for the implementation of the school building projects the soonest possible time in a recent meeting with DepEd officials in Manila.

DepEd Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro has instructed that the architectural design of the buildings to be constructed should follow the design of the city government to harmonize with the existing school buildings here.

Zambo City allocates P11M to open new roads


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 12 (PNA) -– The city government has allocated P11 million to open four new roads in a bid to help decongest traffic in this city.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Friday the P11-million allocation includes funding to pay lot owners where the new roads will be opened.

Among the new roads that will be opened are from Gov. Camins Avenue to Gov. Ramos Avenue; Veterans Avenue to Talon-Talon Loop; Mayor Agan Avenue to Veterans Avenue; and, Baliwasan to Johnston Road.

Salazar is happy to note that Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz has expressed support to the opening of the road from Gov. Camins Avenue to Gov. Ramos Avenue.

Salazar and Dela Cruz met Thursday and discussed matters concerning the opening of the new roads in this city.

The road linking Gov. Camin Avenue to Gov. Ramos Avenue will cross the property in Barangay Sta. Maria of the Centro Pastoral, which is owned by the archdiocese of this city.

Meanwhile, Salazar appealed to lot owners to support the local government’s program in opening new roads as this will also help spur economic development aside from decongesting traffic in this city.

She said they will be properly compensated if and when the opening of new road will affect their properties.

Zambo ICT Council, DOST set IT roadshow


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 11 (PNA) –- The Zamboanga Information and Communication Technology Council (ZICTC) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to conduct the first Information Technology (IT) Startup Roadshow in this southern port city.

ZICTC president Louel Saavedra said Thursday that the roadshow is scheduled to be held on September 19 at a local hotel in this city.

“The event will provide our students and professionals the much-needed spark to realize their potentials for startup projects and ideas that will bring them to the enviable level of Angry Birds and Candy Crush creators,” Saavedra said.

Saavedra said among the topics that will be tackled during the roadshow are: startup innovation and trends; startup talk; pitching basics and fire pitches; startup ecosystem and support; and, intellectual property concepts/startup support from government.

He said the roadshow is expected to be attended by more than 500 students, professionals, and entrepreneurs from the region.

He said that ZICTC Consultant Nicholas Luff is set to attend the activity.

The ZICTC gears to make this city as the next ICT hub and develop the local Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

The ultimate aim of the ZICTC is to transform this city into one of the leading centers of ICT and BPO in the country.

City’s disaster management office inaugurated

By Bong Garcia

THE Zamboanga City Government has inaugurated the newly-completed P27.2 million two-storey building that will house the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) (ad interim) this city.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has led the inauguration of the CDRRMO located along Pettit Barracks. The inauguration was held Monday.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the CDRRMO will also address matters concerning public safety aside from responding to disasters.

Apolinario has been designated by Salazar as the officer-in-charge of the CDRRMO (ad interim).

Salazar has issued an administrative order creating the CDRRMO (ad interim) purposely to set direction, development, implementation and coordination of disaster risk management program in this city.

The CDRRMO (ad interim) shall remain in force until such time the CDRRMO is activated and institutionalized through a City Ordinance.

The CDRRMO is manned at present by 12 personnel coming from the different city government offices.

Apolinario said the CDRRMO will have its own budget, staffing pattern, facilities and equipment once the office will be institutionalized.

The CDRRMO includes various divisions and units such as the Administration and Training Division, Research and Planning Division, Operations and Warning Division, Closed-Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) unit, Traffic management unit and Emergency Responders Unit.

Some of the CDRRMO rescue equipment that include aluminum ladder, chain saw, communication equipment, portable generators, bolt cutter and microphone with siren.

The others like tents, towerlight, backhoe and grader are soon to arrive while the two rescue boats with engine and trailer and six rescue boats without engines have been submitted for bidding, according to Apolinario.

Zambo City inaugurates disaster management office


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 8 (PNA) -– The local government has inaugurated Monday the P27.2 million two-storey edifice that will house the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) at Pettit Barracks, this city.

Together with national and local officials, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led the inauguration of the CDRRMO.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the CDRRMO will not only respond to disasters but will also address public safety.

“The mayor wanted us to also address public safety aside from disaster response,” Apolinario added.

Salazar has designated Apolinario as officer-in-charge of the CDRRMO (ad interim), which shall be in force until such time the CDRRMO is activated and institutionalized through a City Ordinance.

Salazar has issued an administrative order creating the CDRRMO (ad interim) purposely to set direction, development, implementation and coordination of disaster risk management program in this city.

At present, the CDRRMO is manned by 12 personnel with Apolinario as the head.

Apolinario said the CDRRMO will have its own budget, staffing pattern, facilities and equipment once the office will be institutionalized.

The CDRRMO includes various divisions and units such as the Administration and Training Division, Research and Planning Division, Operations and Warning Division, Closed-Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) unit, Traffic management unit and Emergency Responders Unit.

Some of the CDRRMO rescue equipment include aluminum ladder, chain saw, communication equipment, portable generators, bolt cutter and microphone with siren.

The others like tents, towerlight, back hoe and grader are soon to arrive while the two rescue boats with engine and trailer and six rescue boats without engines have been submitted for bidding.

TESDA allocates P4-M for employment training in Zamboanga City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 6 (PNA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has allocated P4 million to conduct special training for employment in this city.

TESDA Regional Director Lorenzo Macapili said the training will be conducted in coordination with the offices of first district Rep. Celso Lobregat and second district Rep. Lilia Nuño.

Macapali said a total of 484 individuals or at 242 each districts will be trained. The beneficiaries of the training will be chosen by the two congressional offices.

Macapili said the beneficiaries will be trained on automotive, plumbing, electrical, masonry, electronics, manicure and pedicure, massage, facial and make-up, air-conditioning, refrigeration, welding and food.

Macapili said the training on refrigeration. Welding, plumbing and automotive will be conducted at the TESDA training center in Barangay San Roque, this city.

He said the training, which is targetted to culminate by the November this year, is aimed to equip the beneficiaries the proper knowledge to be productive individuals.

He said the beneficiaries will also be given livelihood started kits upon graduation to be able to start earning a living.

DTI set to install ‘Timbangan ng Bayan’ in Zambo, Isabela markets


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 5 (PNA) –- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is putting up 10 “Timbangan ng Bayan” in the different markets here and in nearby Isabela City to ensure the consumers get the right value of their purchase.

DTI Provincial Director Eng’r. Rolando Acuña said Friday the Timbangan ng Bayan can be used by the buying public to double check the weight of what they purchased like meat, rice, fish, and other commodities.

The weighing scales will be installed in the following markets: waterfront public market, two units; Sta. Cruz Commercial Center, two units; Aderes Flea Market, one; LB Wet Market, one; Yubengko Wet Market, one; Recodo flea market, one; and, in Isabela City Public Market, two.

“The Timbangan ng Bayan will now be the basis if a weighing scale (of a particular store) is calibrated correctly,” Acuña added.

He said the move is aimed to deter unscrupulous businessmen from tampering their weighing scales.

Zamboanga City initiates citywide clean-up drive


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 4 (PNA) -- The city government is leading a massive citywide clean-up drive as part of the effort to build back better Zamboanga.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will lead the activity which will kick off at 3 p.m. Friday with the participation of all concerned stakeholders.

The different schools in the city, including colleges and universities, national government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), city departments, barangay, police and military have already their respective areas of assignments for the simultaneous activity.

Salazar said cleanliness and sanitation should be the daily concern of everybody to pave way for good health and healthy communities.

Salazar said everyone should do his or her part in maintaining cleanliness and sanitation in the workplace, community and the city.

“Cleanliness springs a healthy environment that is free from diseases and consequently helps ensure a better city. Maintaining the upkeep of our city will boost this city’s campaign to build back a better Zamboanga,” she added.

DSWD conducts orientation to newly hired community workers

By Jocelyn P. Alvarez (FPG/JPA/PIA-9)

Zamboanga City, Sept. 3(PIA) - More than a hundred newly hired community development workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9 attended recently a two-day pre-deployment orientation to acquaint them with their tasks and duties.

Attending the said orientation were Area Coordinators, Community Technical Facilitators (Engineers), Community Financial Facilitators and Community Empowerment Facilitators who were hired under the Kalahi CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) of the DSWD.

They will soon be deployed to the different target municipalities in the region to implement the NCDDP in coordination with the municipal and barangay local government units. They are also tasked with providing technical assistance to the community volunteers.

DSWD-9 in a news statement said “the two-day orientation tackled the processes, features and basic principles of the program. Aside from this, pre-entry activities and the technicalities of the program implementation were also briefly discussed.”

The said orientation was the first in a row, as two more batches will be conducted in the cities of Pagadian and Dipolog.

The DSWD news statement further disclosed that a total of 46 Area Coordinators, 46 Engineers, 46 MFAs and 248 CEF were hired, and are scheduled to be deployed in first week of October after undergoing an extensive training and orientation on the program.

Kalahi CIDSS-NCDDP is an expansion of the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy that has been proven effective by the Kalahi-CIDSS Program for over 10 years. The program rests on the main objectives of empowering the communities, improve local governance and reduce poverty.

Anti-measles drive launched

By Juseph G. Elas (WMSU-OJT)

Aimed to eradicate polio and measles, the City Health Office (CHO) yesterday launched a month-long measles (rubela) immunization program and the oral polio vaccination program in the city.

Mayor Beng Climaco, Department of Health regional director Nimfa Torrizo and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos spearheaded the launching after the flag raising ceremony in City Hall Monday, Sept. 1.

“We placed an immunization post in all barangays so we ask all government employees to help us spread this information to your neighbors,” said Dr. Agbulos stressing that all other activities such as trainings on health have been halted to give way for the said campaigns.

The program is said to cater the second dose of anti-measles vaccine to children aged zero to five years old for free.

Parents can bring their children to health centers in their barangays to avail of the free vaccines.

Measles is a very contagious (easily spread) infection that causes rash all over the body. It is also called rubeola or red measles. It is one of the leading causes of death among children.

Nationwide, measles killed 122 000 individuals in 2012; that is 330 deaths in a day and 14 deaths per hour.

In retrospect, there was an increase in the measles cases in transitory shelters at Taluksangay and Tulungatung just last month. The CHO then responded by conducting vaccination activities.

Agbulos expressed positivity that the city government will give the CHO a hundred percent support since one of the main thrusts of the Climaco administration is health.

“We want to cater the measles vaccination to all children ages below five years old so that measles will be completely eradicated in Zamboanga,” Dr. Agbulos said.

Also, Dr. Agbulos underscored that the CHO wants to maintain the country’s zero-polio status, thus, the oral polio vaccination will also be a part of the month-long program.

“The vaccination will cater to children nine to 59 months,” Dr. Agbulos finished.

The anti-measles and anti-polio campaigns are implemented nationwide by the Department of Health.

Zamboanga City launches search for the most pet-friendly barangays


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 1 (PNA) –- The city government through the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet) has launched the search for the most pet-friendly barangays in this southern port city.

City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola said Monday the launching of the search for the most pet-friendly barangays is aimed at ensuring compliance with City Ordinances 241 and 242.

City Ordinance 241 is otherwise known as the Zamboanga City Rabies Control and Eradication Ordinance while the Ordinance 242 is known as the Zamboanga City Pound Ordinance.

Arriola said the awarding for the search, which is the first time to be held, will be on September 29.

The Zamboanga City Rabies Eradication and Control Coordinating Council spearheads the activity.

Arriola said the winning barangays will receive a plaque and trophy from the Department of Health. Two winners--first and second placers--will be chosen.

He said the barangays will be adjudged base on the following: number of vaccinated pets, number of registered pets; number of impounded pets; number of incidents of rabies; and, cases of dog bites.

He said they are planning to hold the search for the most pet-friendly barangays a yearly activity.

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