Zamboanga City News
Zambo sanitary landfill Phase 1 project completed
- Sunday, March 9, 2014
- (PNA), PDS/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/PJN
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Mar 9 (PNA) --The construction of this city’s sanitary landfill Phase 1 has been completed and ready for use.
City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo said that they are only waiting for the formal turnover of the project to start using the facility.
Despalo said the Phase 1 of the sanitary landfill comes in two contracts worth P75 million.
The first contract involved the amount of P65 million for the construction of the first cell, lining facility, leachate collection and treatment facility.
The second contract worth P10 million is for site development to include administration building, roads, fence, and drainage system.
Despalo said the Phase 1 of the sanitary landfill composed of cell number one that has an area of two hectares.
Despalo said the first cell would be filled up in three years time providing sufficient time for the construction of the second cell.
The entire sanitary landfill has a total area of 10.6 hectares and will consist of four cells which can accommodate this city’s solid waste disposal for a period of 10 years.
The cost of the entire project is P300 million.
Zambo needs P3-M for cloud seeding operation
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
- By R.G. Antonet A. Go [(PNA), CTB/TPGJR/RGAAG/RSM]
ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 8 (PNA) -– The Office of the City Agriculturist has requested Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar to allocate P3 million funds for the conduct of cloud seeding operations in the city.
The cloud seeding operation is aimed at inducing rainfall to cushion the effect of the dry spell besetting the city.
Carlito Rubares, the supervising agriculturist at the Office of the City Agriculture, said the funds once approved and allocated would enable them to conduct 31 sorties to drop into the clouds a total of 15,500 kilograms of iodized salt.
Rubares added at least 500 kilograms of iodized salt will be dropped in each sortie into the seedable clouds to induce rains.
Rubares said the cloud seeding will be conducted in coordination of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM).
He said the conduct of cloud seeding is an option to induce rain to cushion the effect of the dry spell hitting this city.
The dry spell prompted the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) to imposed water rationing starting Thursday in this city.
Eng’r. Arnulfo Alfonso, ZCWD’s Technical Services Group Head, earlier said cloud seeding would mitigate the problem of water supply shortage.
300 IDPs get updates on Zambo rehab plan
- Friday, March 7, 2014 10:22 am
- By Jocelyn P. Alvarez
ZAMBOANGA CITY - In response to the pressing need of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) for accurate and timely information regarding recovery and rehabilitation initiatives, the City Government of Zamboanga provided some 300 IDPs and camp leaders updates on the ongoing rehabilitation plan for Zamboanga City.
The information caravan conducted March 6 at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex included brief discussions regarding shelter, livelihood, social and health services, as well as the status of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Rehabilitation (Z3R) plan.
The IDPs actively participated in the open forum in which they aired their concerns and queries.
Sheila Covarrubias, City Information Officer said the information caravan conducted yesterday was the first out of a series of planned caravans set for the different evacuation centers and transitory sites.
Present during the caravan were the representatives from the City Government, the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), providing some updates on the ongoing rehabilitation plan for Zamboanga City.
In her message during the information caravan, Mayor Beng Climaco appealed to IDPs to help and cooperate as the city government continues to explore all options to address the problems and concerns brought about by the September conflict and the subsequent humanitarian crisis that followed.
Coast guard gets 18 modern motorboats
- Thursday, March 6, 2014 18:07
- By Nonong Santiago
The Philippine Coast Guard yesterday morning inaugurated at least 18 newly acquired modern motor boats at the grandstand of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao at Upper Calarian, this city.
Coast Guard District Commander Southwestern Mindanao, Commodore Leopoldo Laroya who led the inaugural rites, called his men to use the speedboats proficiently in their fight against criminality, piracy and other coast guard related activities at sea.
Laroya said the modern motor boats were purchased by their head office, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), purposely to augment their fighting capabilities and security patrol in Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Zamboanga Coast Guard Station Commander Lt. Junior Grade Jomark Ange disclosed that of the 18 motor launches, at least five will remain in Zamboanga City while the rest will be distributed to Pagadian City, Cotabato City, Bongao, Jolo, Mapun and Basilan Province.
According to Ange, the multi-role patrol boats will not only be used solely to fight crimes but also for search and rescue as well as environmental protection and other coast guard related operations.
He said aside from the speedboats, the DOTC also turned over one big truck to them for the purpose of transporting the speedboats to other areas in times of emergencies and towing purposes.
Phivolcs installs new, modern intensity meter at Zambo Seismic Station
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- (PNA), FFC/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/UTB
ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 5 (PNA) -– The Zamboanga Seismic Station of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is now equipped with a new and modern intensity meter, a Phivolcs official announced Wednesday.
Phivolcs-Zamboanga City officer-in-charge Allan Rommel Labayog said the P1 million intensity meter was installed Tuesday at local seismic station in Barangay Sta. Maria, this city.
Labayog said the installation of the new and modern intensity meter boosts the capability of the Zamboanga Seismic Station in terms of measuring earthquake intensity and its waveform.
Labayog said that the Phivolcs central office as well as those in other areas could immediately get data from the Zamboanga Seismic Station since the intensity meter is connected on-line through the internet.
He said the new and modern intensity meter replaces the old and less technologically advanced equipment they have in this city.
He said the intensity meter was acquired with the assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He said that Phivolcs is also planning to install modern intensity meters in Isabela City, Basilan and in Tawi-Tawi.
DOE holds info drive vs. illegal coal mining
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:20 pm
- By Dominic I. Sanchez
ZAMBOANGA CITY - In the effort to curb the proliferation of illegal coal mining in Zamboanga Peninsula, the Department of Energy (DOE) has conducted an Information, Education and Communication Campaign on the Guidelines on the Accreditation of Coal Traders and Registration of Coal End Users” on Feb. 27 at the Garden Orchid Hotel here.
The activity was participated in by local coal mining stakeholders, line agencies including the Philippine National Police (PNP).
DOE Undersecretary Ramon Allan V. Roca emphasized that illegal mining spawns several other problems including the use of unsafe methods of mining, the denudation of protected forest areas and especially the exploitation of children in their illegal operations.
“We need your cooperation to stop illegal mining and child labor. If you continue to buy coal from illegal traders, you are becoming part of child exploitation. These children carry the coals on their backs, like carabaos,” explained DOE’s coal division chief Engr. Nenito Jariel Jr.
In addition to the above-mentioned issues, another effect of illegal mining is the loss of revenue for the local government units.
“The total LGU returns for the last 5 years in coal mining is P22,899,304. More can be earned, but because of illegal mining, LGUs are deprived of their income,” explained Jariel. “Illegal miners never remit, ang laki ng nawawala sa inyo (much has been lost from you).”
Meanwhile, Director Rino Abad of the Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB) said: “Ang daming illegal operators na yumayaman. Di sila nagbabayad ng tax, walang mga permit. Di sumusunod sa mining guidelines.”
(Many illegal operators have enriched themselves. They don’t pay taxes and have no permits. They don’t follow the mining guidelines.)
“If we continue to patronize them, magkawatak-watak ang (it would break up the) oil industry; as a result, legitimate operators and mining actors will be discouraged and put up business,” Abad explained.
“Once there is too much illegal mining in a province, a ban will be imposed upon the area. Once a ban will be imposed, end-users will have to import, at higher prices. Lahat po tayo maaapektuhan (All will be affected).”
“We are appealing for all stakeholders, the LGU partners and law enforcement agencies to take part in the advocacy and prevention of illegal coal mining,” Undecseretary Roca told the participants.
Tzu Chi- rebuilding lives with great love
- Monday, March 3, 2014 2:55 pm
- By Jocelyn P. Alvarez
ZAMBOANGA CITY - She was among the crowd, patiently sitting in the corner of the Tzu Chi Eye Center with her son clutching on to her. She was warmly talking to her child as he got quite impatient and started to cry.
Are you nervous? An older child sitting beside her asks the woman, and she just gave him a gentle smile.
How old is he? I asked the woman, she replied “one ma’am.”
I learned that Manang Lita (not her real name) came in with her one year old son for herniorrhaphy, a surgical operation for the correction of hernia.
Lita, who was nervous and at the same time thankful, said, if it wasn’t for this opportunity, her family probably wouldn’t be able to give her son immediate medical attention as they cannot afford such operation.
“Ang laki talaga ng pasalamat namin mam sa Tzu Chi, sa libreng operasyon, sana patuloy sila sa pagtulong sa gaya naming mahihirap.”
(We are really grateful to the Tzu Chi for giving free surgical services and I hope it will continue extending help to the poor like us.)
Tzu Chi …. restores hope, rebuild lives with great love
Manang Lita was one of the hundreds of patients who receive great love and compassion from Tzu Chi foundation through the foundation’s surgical medical mission.
Leonisa Dapiosan, senior nurse of the Tzu Chi Eye Center said a medical team travelled all the way from Manila for the surgical medical mission conducted Feb. 28 to Mach 01 here In Zamboanga.
The medical team from Manila was composed of 18 members that included surgical doctors, anesthesiologist and OR nurses who arrived here Thursday for the conduct of free herniorrhaphy and thyroidectomy.
Dapiosan said, hundreds of indigent patients from all over the region availed themselves of the free surgical operations of the two-day medical surgical mission of the foundation.
“Marami from Zamboanga City, meron din from Sibugay, Dapitan, Dipolog and Basilan,” (Many are from Zamboanga City, some are from Sibugay, Dapitan, Dipolog and Basilan) said Dapiosan, referring to the patients.
Sense of fulfillment
Staff nurse Jun of Tzu Chi-Zamboanga said in previous years, medical surgical mission was conducted every quarter of the year, but now, due to declining number of goiter and hernia cases, the conduct of the mission was reduced to twice a year. “It’s not because dahil marami nang ayaw na magpa opera, we realized na siguro mas nababawasan na ang kaso ng goiter at hernia, kaya pa konti ng pa konti ang nagpapa opera,” (It’s not because they don’t want to be operated on, but we realized that the cases of goiters and hernia are really going down, so the number of those who want to avail of the medical services is also getting fewer) Jun said.
“Because of this, nagkakaroon kami ng self-fulfillment , one evidence doon is kokonti na lang ang mga kaso na nakikita namin that’s why we also extend services to neighboring provinces like Ipil, Dipolog, some parts of Sibugay Province, General Santos City and as far as Tabaco Albay just to conduct surgical mission,” Jun explained.
(Because of this, we got self-fulfillment. One evidence of this is that the number of cases was going down, that’s why we also extend services to neighboring provinces like Ipil, Dipolog, some parts of Sibugay province, General Santos City and as far as Tabaco, Albay just to conduct the surgical mission.)
Aside from the medical surgical mission, Tzu Chi Zamboanga also does free eye check-up and cataract operation and free prosthesis program.
“We have now maker of prosthesis and the manufacturing facility is very accessible here in Zamboanga City, that’s why we no longer need to conduct medical mission for prosthesis because we could directly refer our patients to the manufacturer because it can be made here,” Jun pointed out.
Proof of Zambo post-siege build-back? Successful bird fest hosting and win in regional athletic meet
- Sunday, March 2, 2014 9:31 am
- (Philippines News Agency)
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The two-day 9th Philippine Bird Festival that drew big delegations from different parts of Asia and the city’s winning the Regional Athletic Meet in Dipolog City are proof that the city is on its way to recovering from the Zamboanga siege in September 2013, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said.
“Let us stand united and give better future to the children,” Salazar said after the elementary pupils from six public schools competed in the field demonstrations, featuring their colorful bird-inspired costume and props at Paseo del Mar.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) organized the event that opened Friday afternoon.
For his part, DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo Bungcato, Jr. shared DOT’s significant gains in its campaign to bring in foreign tourism, stressing that as of the latest count about 4.7 million foreign tourists visited the country last year which translated to USD4 billion in revenues.
“Tourism as an engine of growth is not only felt in Manila but all in many urban areas like Zamboanga City and the conduct of the Bird Fest in Zamboanga is very historic as DOT is now implementing the National Ecotourism Strategy and Action Plan,” Bungcato said.
He said the Bird Festival was very significant to this city’s efforts of finding peace.
“Because birds are messengers virtues the human beings should emulate; birds are messengers of freedom as they fly anywhere anytime they want to; birds are messengers of hope as their presence indicates the environment and ecology are in perfect shape and; birds are messengers of peace,” Bungcato said.
A record from DOT regional office showed that the activity has attracted 70-strong contingents from different parts of the country and Southeast Asia.
The contingents came from the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Malaysian Nature Society, Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Amazing Journey Asia Media (Malaysia), Snarovski Optik (Singapore), Katala Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Birdwatch Palawan, Penagmannaki (Negros Oriental), Philippine Native Plant Society, Polillo Island Biodiversity Conservation, Earth Island Institute, Save Freedom Movement, City of Balanga, Province of Bataab, and 30 participants from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.
Highlighting the opening of the festival was the field demo competition participated in by pupils from Tetuan Central School, Catalina Vda de Jalon Elementary School, Boalan Elementary School, Sta. Maria Central School, and the Zamboanga East and West Central Schools combined.
Only one grand winner will be chosen for a prize of P20,000 while the non-winning schools will receive P5,000 consolation.
The most lively participant will receive P10,000.
Zamboanga City regains ZPRAA title
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
- (PNA), CTB/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/PJN
ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 1 (PNA) -- The Zamboanga City delegation regained the championship title in the 2014 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Meet despite the lack of adequate training facilities due to the standoff last September.
This year’s ZPRAA Meet was held from February 23 to 28 in Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte province.
The 731-strong Zamboanga City athletic delegation obtained 240.67 points in the elementary level and 333 points in the secondary level or a total of 537.67 points making it the overall champion in both levels.
“We are happy to inform you that we regain the championship in both levels,” City Schools Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad said.
Last year, Zamboanga City ranked second in both elementary and secondary levels in ZPRAA Meet.
Coming in second is Zamboanga del Sur, last year’s overall champion, with a total haul of 435 points- 159.50 for the elementary level and 275.5 points for the secondary level.
Third placer is Zamboanga del Norte with a total of 433.67 points- 235.67 for the elementary level and 198 for the secondary level.
Dipolog City came in fourth with 179 points for the elementary level and 252.67 points for the secondary level or a total of 431.67 points.
Sibugay Province came in fifth with 270.5 points, 157 points of which for the elementary level and 113.5 points for the secondary level.
Pagadian City is 6th placer with 256.5 points--145 points for the elementary level and 111 for the secondary level.
Isabela City ranked 7th with 148.34 points, 83.67 of which for the elementary level and 64.67 points for the secondary level while Dapitan tailed with 111.67 total points –49 points of which for the elementary level and 62.67 points for the secondary level.
Natividad said Zamboanga City hauled highest points in baseball (boys), basketball (boys), softball (girls), swimming-boys and taekwondo (boys and girls) in the elementary level and in arnis boys, athletics (boys and girls), basketball (boys), swimming (boys and girls), table tennis (girls) and taekwondo (girls) in the secondary level.
He said that it is providential that this city has regained the title even if the athletes were not able to use the sports complex, which has been converted to an evacuation center by families displaced by the September 2013 siege.
The sports complex still houses at present more than 3,000 families waiting for their transfer to the transitory sites and permanent homes in siege-affected areas.
“True to our words, stand up Zamboanga the athletes gave their best to regain the ZPRAA throne even though we don’t have a sports complex,” Natividad said.
The local athletes have utilize the grounds at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School when they trained in preparation for the participation in ZPRAA.
Meanwhile, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has commended this city’s delegation headed by Natividad saying Zamboanga’s victory is proof that Zamboangueños are resilient and determined to rise above the challenges.
DPWH: Saudi gov't pledges $5M to help Zamboanga City reconstruction
- Saturday, March 1, 2014 1:10 am
- (JDS, GMA News)
Saudi Arabia's government has pledged to help in reconstruction work in Zamboanga City, which was damaged in attacks by followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari last year.
The Department of Public Works and Highways said the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has commited to financing rehabilitation, reconstruction, and community development projects in Zamboanga City.
It said SFD Technical Department director general Hasan Alattas informed the DPWH of the availability of a grant amounting to $5 million.
"Elated with the positive response of the Saudi government to his request, Secretary (Rogelio) Singson said the availability of financial assistance will put into action the Zamboanga City Road Map to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R), a concept plan developed by the national government in partnership with UP Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP PLANADES) and City Government of Zamboanga to prepare the rehabilitation plan for the barangays severely affected by the conflict that include Rio Hondo, Mariki, (and) Sta. Catalina," the DPWH said in a statement.
Last December, Singson met in Manila with the SFD Technical and Financial Mission headed by Project Consular and Director General of Asia Region Mohammad Al-Arifi.
At the time, they discussed the possibility of a grant for the construction of a mosque, an Islamic school, a water supply and sewage system, and the rebuilding of houses.
The rehabilitation plan also incorporates the principle of “Build Back Better Zamboanga” to construct better road networks in the affected areas.
It also involves disaster and climate change-resilient infrastructure and public facilities, particularly against flooding and high tide.
SFD Mission also discussed with Singson, DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut and Project Manager Sharif Madsmo Hasim of DPWH SFD-assisted Mindanao Roads Improvement Project its intent to extend the existing loan package with DPWH for the completion of Mindanao road projects.
This includes the improvement/rehabilitation of dilapidated pavement sections of Basilan and Lake Lanao Circumferential Roads until December 2014.
Zambo is hotspot for birding, says int’l bird expert
- Friday, February 28, 2014 4:45 pm
- By Dominic I. Sanchez
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Birders, or bird-watchers from all over the world are interested to visit Zamboanga because of the presence of a great variety of species here, said an international birding expert during a bird-watching trip at the Zamboanga City State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZCSCMST) fishpond in Rio Hondo.
Mark Wallbank, a birder from the United Kingdom said that there are approximately 185 different species that are either migrants or residents, and this is a good reason why many birders want to personally visit the area.
Wallbank is one of about a hundred local and international birders who are in the city from February 27 to March 1 for the 9th Philippine Bird Festival made possible by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“One reason why the birds migrate here is because the environment is so wonderful,” explained Wallbank to high school students who participated in the bird-watching trip.
“The birds like Zamboanga so much,” quipped Wallbank.
One specie known as the great and little egrets, which are considerably large white birds have nested in good numbers in the area.
“These birds are originally from China and have come here to mate, mainly because they like the weather and environment. The eggs will eventually hatch here,” Wallbank said.
In one hour, the bird enthusiasts were delighted to spot and identify 20 different species.
The Philippines has about 670 different species of birds. Zamboanga’s species make up about 28% of the total.
Activities for the bird festival included a parade on February 27 leading to Paseo del Mar, and various bird-watching trips at the Intake Watershed, Bog Lake and Mount Baluno until March 1.
Spanish Embassy official calls on Zamboangueños for continuous cooperation with Spain
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/TPGJR/PR/UTB
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 27 (PNA) -– Speaking before the crowd during the commemorative program for the 77th Dia de Zamboanga (Zamboanga Day) on Wednesday afternoon, Spanish Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Ignacio Perez Cambra called for continued mutual cooperation between Zamboanga and Spain.
“We nurture high hopes of implementing new projects which will deepen the knowledge of Spain and its culture as means to encourage Zamboangueños to do the same and preserve their unique heritage,” he said.
“To this aim, you will always have a partner in us,” Cambra guaranteed.
He said through “culture and our contribution to the effort rebuild this beautiful city after the recent calamities, we aim to be partners in bringing about prosperity for all Zamboangueños, irrespective of their faith and ethnicity and true to the spirit of harmonious coexistence that has prevailed for hundreds of years and continues to do so.”
“As soon as we delve a little into the history of the Philippines and especially the period we shared we feel attracted to this beacon of Latin culture and way of life in Asia which was for over three hundred years the farthermost outpost of the Spanish crown,” Cambra said.
"Thus it is no wonder that sooner rather than later we find the chance and feel the spell ourselves. A spell made up of a rich history and culture, a distinct personality with regard to the rest of the Philippines, a deep pride of its faiths and beliefs and an iron will to get back on its feet whenever a tragedy befalls it, such as the bloody terrorist attack it suffered last September, he said.
Cambra likewise expressed admiration to the Chabacano language, citing how renowned American linguist John Lipski described the language as “not an illegitimate offspring of Spanish but the result of cross fertilization of two rich cultural traditions.”
“Over 115 years after the end of the Spanish presence in the Philippines, your language has evolved on its own to the extent of becoming a full-pledged one, capable of transmitting knowledge as any of the most widely spoken languages could do with the same precision and wit.”
He said one proof of the future of the Chabacano language can be found in one of the most important global platforms for the transmission of knowledge-- the Wikipedia--which has many articles on the subject.
Cambra represented Spanish Ambassador Pedro Domecq, who was indisposed.
Zambo City to host 9th Philippine Bird Fest
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:18 pm
- By Jocelyn P. Alvarez (FPG/DIS/PIA9-ZBST)
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Close to a hundred participants coming from the different regions of the country and other countries are starting to arrive in the city today to attend the 9th Philippine Bird Festival, an annual undertaking and the country’s largest celebration of avifaunal diversity and ecotourism promotion.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Chief Information Officer Roservirico Tan said “birders, bird watchers, conservationists and tourism promoters from all over the country and abroad are expected to flock to the Paseo del Mar to attend the event,” which will run from Feb. 28 to March 1.
Tan disclosed that international organizations such as the Malaysian Nature Society, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, Wild Bird Society of Taipei, Tourism Malaysia and Swarovski Optik will be participating in the festival, alongside local organizations and institutions including the Katala Foundation (Palawan), Birdwatch Palawan, Penagmannaki (Negros Oriental), Haribon Foundation, Earth Island Institute, the Philippine Native Plant Society Conservation Society and Save Freedom Island Movement
Tan said tons of activities are lined up during the said bird fest. He encouraged the public to come and view the bird fest which will be held at the Paseo Del Mar. “It is open to the public, free of charge. It will feature bird watching trips, an exhibit on the natural history and bird photos by the city’s leading and amateur nature photographers, films and lectures, and fora on eco-tourism and birdlife management.”
“An activity center featuring bird-themed folklore, crafts and games will be on top for the young and the young at heart, “ Tan added
This year’s bird fest activity is anchored on the theme Pajaros: Bula sin Miedo, sin Lingasa”— Zamboanga’s Spanish-based Chavacano for “Birds: Fly without Fear, without Worries.”
The activity aims to promote the bird watching hobby as a nature tourism activity and drum up support for conservation and restoration of coastal wetlands and the Pasonanca Natural Park, right in the heart of Zamboanga City.
The bird festival is also part of this year’s Feb. 26 Dia de Zamboanga celebration, jointly-hosted by the City of Zamboanga, the Department of Tourism IX and the DENR IX.
RCWC to strengthen promotion, protection of children’s rights in Zambo peninsula
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- By Dominic Ilagan Sanchez (FPG/DIS/PIA9-ZBST)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 25 (PIA) -- The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) composed of different government and non-government agencies has completed the drafting of their work and financial plans covering a period of three years starting 2014-2016 in a strategic planning workshop held on Feb. 18-20 in a local hotel here.
CWC consultant Maria Virginia Liquigan emphasized that “there are still several areas where the local council needs to improve on.”
“We have identified four areas that we need to strengthen,” Ms. Liquigan said, referring to 1) advocacy on policies and programs for children to LGUs, partners, media and stakeholders, 2) planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs, 3) provision of technical assistance, and 4) reporting.
The RCWC member-agencies were divided into four such groups according to their agency function to come up with a detailed plan to enhance and improve on the current mechanisms. In general, the plan seeks to have a public well informed on the rights of the children, as well as on the programs and services for them.
Ms. Liquigan pointed out that there has been no conduct of a “State of the Children Report” by LGUs in the region, which is preferable to be said every year by the local chief executive. She recommended the RCWC to market this idea to the LGUs, since this is seen to rouse more local accountability towards children’s programs.
In addition, the lack of a databank on children is seen as a major gap in the RCWC. Although various data are generated from the LGUs such as the number of children having access to basic facilities, education, health, and others, there is no general repository of these data, which, as Ms. Liquigan emphasized, “can be very useful for the CWC to come up with more effective programs, projects and activities.”
Moreover, there are still cases of child abuse and child labor in the region. The plans are seen to enable the LGUs to become more responsive pro-actively to address such issues in their localities.
Several municipalities and cities in the region have already been classified as Child-Friendly like Dipolog City. But, as noted in the discussions, several LGUs have still yet to receive the Presidential Award, and to strengthen the functionality of their Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPCs). Many have very modest budget for the implementation of local children’s programs. Ms. Liquigan stressed the principle that “provision of funds for children’s programs should not be seen as charity by the LGUs; it is a right due to the children.”
After the three-day planning sessions that were seen to address the aforementioned gaps, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director Consejo H. Usman, as secretariat to the RCWC, still committed the agency’s support to the plans.
“We will be supporting, both technically and financially the plans that the RCWC had drafted to ensure their successful implementation for the next three years,” said Director Usman. Like the DSWD, the member-agencies will be contributing their own technical and financial resources.
RCWC member-agencies that attended the planning workshop include the DSWD, the National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Non-government organizations include the Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Network (CAPIN) and Human Development and Empowerment Services (HDES). Representatives from the local governments of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga City were also present.
The CWC was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 603, or the Child and Youth Welfare Code.
Cinematheque opens in Zamboanga
- Monday, February 24, 2014 12:16 am
- By Marinel R. Cruz (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
To provide another alternative screening venue for independently produced movies, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will open its fifth cinematheque in Zamboanga City on Wednesday.
The inauguration of the 160-seater Zamboanga Cinematheque will be witnessed by FDCP chair Briccio Santos, local government officials and foreign dignitaries.
According to Santos, it is only fitting that the fifth cinematheque is located in Zamboanga City, “which is one of the pioneering locations that actively exhibited films even before World War II.”
Earlier, the FDCP established cinematheques in Bacolod, Baguio, Iloilo and Marawi.
“We hope that with this [new cinematheque], the glory of movie-going will be revived,” the FDCP chief said.
“The facility is designed to be an alternative screening location of diverse films ranging from Filipino classics to foreign works,” the council posted on www.fdcp.ph. “It will also serve as a venue for workshops and symposiums as well.”
The inauguration on Wednesday will coincide with the opening ceremony of the 2014 Zamboanga International Film Festival, which will be held until Sunday.
Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves,” a 2012 Spanish silent film based on the fairy tale Snow White, is the opening film.
Also to be unveiled that day is a statue of the late filmmaker Manuel Conde, sculpted by artist Jonas Roces. Conde’s son, actor-director Jun Urbano, is guest of honor.
Also expected to attend are Jorge Domencq, Spain’s ambassador to the Philippines; Michel Stanilas Villar, counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of France; Celso Lobregat, 1st District Zamboanga City representative; and Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, Zamboanga City mayor.
- Winning scripts
Meanwhile, the FDCP chose nine winners for its 2013 Genre Film Scriptwriting Competition.
The first three winners received P200,000 each: Eduardo Lejano for his script “Habagat” (hybrid); Agustin del Mundo Sugatan Jr. for “Jeepney, Jeprox, A Pinoy Rak” (comedy); and Jose Alejandro M. Eduarte for “Wakasan” (action).
The six succeeding scripts each won P100,000: “As One” (horror) by Juvy Grado Galamiton; “Bacao” (thriller) by Edgardo Vinarao; “Frat War” (horror) by Hector M. Fernandez; “Maligamgam” (comedy) by Jerome Zamora; “Misteriyoklas: The Beki Files” (hybrid) by Mario L. Mendez Jr.; and “The Unbelievers” (action) by Reuben R. Canoy.
The nine winning scriptwriters will participate in a story-pitching session to be held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City next month.
City sets documentary of Zambo mayors
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
- By Bong Garcia
YOUNG Zamboangueños will have the opportunity to take a trip down the memory lane as the Zamboanga City Tourism Office is launching on Monday its newest educational activity showcasing local history and leaders.
The activity, dubbed the Documentary of Zamboanga City Mayors, will feature a presentation on the history of Zamboanga City and the profiles of this city’s leaders who have held the post of “Alcalde” (Mayor) for the past 77 years.
The City Information Office said in a statement that the event is aimed to provide the students the knowledge about this city’s past and heritage.
A total of 690 students form 22 elementary, secondary and tertiary schools will participate in the opening of the documentary on Monday.
The documentary, which is set to be held at the Centro Latino, will be in three separate batches from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Documentary of Zamboanga City Mayors is part of the line-up of activities for the 77th Dia De Zamboanga (Zamboanga Day).
This year’s Dia de Zamboanga will banner the theme of Build Back Better.
The celebration of the Dia de Zamboanga marks the day when the first set of city officials headed by Mayor Nicasio Valderoza was installed into office.
Three-day peace journalism training reels off in Zamboanga City
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
- (PNA), SCS/TPGJR/PJN
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 22 (PNA) -- A three-day training course on Peace Journalism for selected college students opened here on Saturday, aimed at building capacities of college writers and aspiring journalists who will contribute to the building of the local print media as mechanism for peace.
The three-day course involves an intensive training for 14 young journalists, mostly editors, writers or senior mass communications students of government and private universities and colleges in this city.
It is being held under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Enhancing Governance Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE) in partnership with the city government's Public Information Division.
City Hall information office chief Sheila Covarrubias said the students will undergo a 10-day practicum in some media outlets after which they will report back to the organizers for outputs and feedbacks after the three-day training.
Covarrubias said the training program includes review on straight news writing, understanding conflict; understanding peace; introduction to the theories and concepts of peace journalism; review of news features writing; discussion on peace, conflict and violence in journalism; war journalism versus peace journalism; review of feature writing; conflict resolving media; journalism ethics and visioning.
ENGAGE, a US-funded project, views the training course as one of the necessary steps to address peace building needs of this city.
There is also a need to open up avenues among the local print media and organizations on peace journalism.
The print media and media establishments in general are among the potential mechanisms for promoting peace and mechanisms.
This potential can only be maximized if these medium is infused with the principles and practice of peace journalism and good governance as part of the realm of development communications.
NYC invites youth leaders for 10th Nat’l Youth Parliament
- Friday, February 21, 2014 11:23 am
- By Jocelyn P. Alvarez
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The National Youth Commission (NYC) here invites youth leaders to actively participate in the 10th National Youth Parliament (NYP) slated on May 15-19, 2014 in Metro Manila.
Applicants must be active youth leaders, ages 15-30 years old, and must not have been a previous NYP delegate.
Successful applicants will form part of the delegates to the 10th NYP.
During the parliament, delegates will have the opportunity to get involve in plenary debates and discussions aimed at coming up with policy recommendations.
The parliament stimulates our law-making process, as the policy recommendations made during the NYP are subsequently endorsed and lobbied to concerned government institutions.
“This is a nationwide gathering of young leaders, conducted every two years, where the delegates can scrutinize youth issues and recommend policies that will enhance our youth situation in the country,” said Evangelyn Olandag of NYC 9.
Olandag said the successful applicants will be given free food and accommodation during the duration of the parliament.
“Free food and accommodation will be accorded to them kung nasa Manila na sila (when they are in Manila), but travel expenses from point of origin to Manila and back will be shouldered by the participants,” Olandag explained.
Interested applicants are advised to submit or email their application letter/ letter of intent together with the fully accomplished 10th NYP application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application form and guidelines may be downloaded at www.nyc.gov.ph
Video resume is strongly encouraged as this is what the Screening and Selection Committee will use in assessing the applicant‘s delivery and persuasion skills since both are essential qualities of a would-be-delegate to the NYP. It is the closest thing to a face-to-face interview which the committee opted to do away for practical reason.
Applicants may send/email their video resume to email@example.com
“For applicants who are not yet technology savvy, they may visit our office (located at 3rd Floor, Land Bank building, Veterans) and we can assist them in encoding and sending their application data, they may use our computers there,” She said.
Deadline for submission application of application is on March 21 and the notice of successful and unsuccessful applicants will be released on March 28.
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