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Zambo City provides alternative livelihood to farmers to cushion effects of El Niño


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 13 (PNA) – The local government is initiating moves to provide alternative livelihood opportunities to farmers affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

Diosdado Palacat, city agriculture officer, said the program was to help cushion the effects of the El Niño on the lives of the farmers.

Palacat said they had asked the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide livelihood assistance to the farmers.

Palacat’s office has reported that 947 farmers were so far affected as of Feb. 5 by the prolonged dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

Some 860 hectares of land planted to different agricultural products worth Php 17.7 million have been damaged by the prolonged drought.

Palacat said DOLE had already replied positively to the city government’s request and is making available a cash-for-work program for the affected farmers with Php 280 daily salary for a period of one month.

He said one-month job will cover desiltation of rivers, irrigation canals and irrigation dams.

He said more workers were needed to fast track the city government’s desiltation project although the program is ongoing.

He said the farmers would be a welcome addition to the workforce.

He said they were also coordinating with the FAO for the possible implementation of the rice-for-work program where the farmers would render services in exchange for a sack of rice.

Zambo barangay to operate first Material Recovery Facility


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) –- San Roque, a barangay located six kilometers northwest of City Hall, is soon to become the first barangay in this city to have its own Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

Joselito Macrohon, San Roque barangay captain, told the Philippines News Agency they allocated PhP2 million for the purchase of the equipment to be used at the MRF such as bioreactor and shredder.

Macrohon said the MRF will be fully operational next month, citing the bioreactor arrived Wednesday and will undergo dry run.

Macrohon said the MRF will serve as the economic enterprise of the barangay since they will be producing organic fertilizer to be sold to farmers in this city.

The bioreactor is used to convert biodegradable garbage to organic fertilizer.

Macrohon said they collect daily 4,000 to 6,000 kilos of garbage and 60 percent of these are biodegradable, which can be converted into organic fertilizer.

He said they will implement the “no segregation, no pick-up policy” once the MRF will be operational to hasten the fertilizer production.

Macrohon said the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) are assisting them in the establishment of an MRF.

PAGASA's 3rd doppler radar station in Zamboanga to operate in March


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 10 (PNA) -- The third doppler radar station of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) here in Mindanao, barring some hitches, is set to be operational in March, this year.

Maribel Hasanah Enriquez, chief meteorological officer of the PAGASA-Zamboanga station, told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday, that the equipment for the doppler radar station arrived here Tuesday.

PAGASA has allocated PhP100 million for the project.

The station is located inside Camp Basilio Navarro that houses the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) headquarters in Barangay Upper Calarian, this city.

Enriquez said they are just waiting for the arrival of Finland-based personnel, who are experts in the operation of doppler radar station, to install the equipment.

The doppler radar, which was purchased in Helsinki, Finland, will be used to measure amount of rainfall, rain intensity and other weather conditions.

Once installed, Enriquez said the third doppler radar station will start operations next month.

She said the local PAGASA personnel are set to undergo training in preparation for the operation of the station.

The other two stations are located in Tampakan, South Cotabato and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Zambo holds drought contingency workshop

By Bong Garcia

ALL is set for the conduct of the three-day workshop for the development of a Drought Contingency Plan to establish actions and procedures to cushion the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon.

The workshop organized by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) will be held from Tuesday until Thursday with the participation of the different stakeholders.

Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, CDRRMO chief, said objectives of the workshop are to establish actions and procedures for managing water supply and demand during drought conditions.

Apolianrio said it is also aimed to draw a plan that enables to maintain essential public health and safety, minimize adverse impacts on economic activity, environment resources and city’s lifestyle.

He said the first two days of the activity will be highlighted by presentations on the current situation such as the extent of El Niño in this city.

He said the contingency planning is the first of its kind which will better equip this city during similar incidences in the future.

Zamboanga City has been declared under a state of calamity as the water level at the Pasonanca diversion dam depletes continuously brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

The Office of the City Agriculture has reported that the damage to agricultural crops as of January 29 has reached the P14 million mark with over 800 farmers affected.

Zambo’s Chavacano language now has its own orthography

By Vic Larato

After almost two years in the making, Zamboanga City has finally produced and is now promoting the orthography of its unique and Spanish derivative language called Chavacano, a feat that no administration in the past had ever done nor even just a thought of it.

Dr. Jose Genaro R. Yap-Aizon, the mayor’s executive assistant for Education, Culture, Arts and History, explained that the orthography refers to the set of rules and/or standards on the usage of a language, and its primary function is to apply graphemes in the oral statements and written pronunciations of the language.

(Note: A grapheme is a set or a part of a system of writing that includes the letters or the alphabet (consonants and vowels), diphthongs; stress, syllabication, spelling, accents and punctuations, and the hyphens.—Ed.)

A linguist and a language professor himself, Dr. Aizon pointed out that the orthography is very vital to the preservation and promotion of a language, especially like the Chavacano of Zamboanga, which lends meaning from the word creole [defined as a language of mixed origin: a language that has evolved from the mixture of two or more languages, and has become the first language of a group].

History has it that the City of Zamboanga, highly urbanized and chartered in 1937, is presently home to nearly one million but united and peace-loving Zamboangueños of diverse faiths, cultures and traditions.

Along with these diversities is the reality that in a multilingual and multiethnic society, the people were born to speaking different vernaculars or dialects and languages. And in the case of Zamboanga, the Spanish-based creole language called Chavacano is widely spoken by the majority of the population.

Study showed that Chavacano borrows heavily from Spanish vocabulary minus its grammatical structure. It also combines vocabulary words and makes use of certain grammatical rules from English, Tagalog, Bisaya, Tausug and other dialects in this part of the country.

Today, the Zamboanga Chavacano is one of the oldest creoles in Asia, which has survived for than 400 years.

While previous administrations had taken steps to preserve and promote the Chavacano language due to the perceived threat of extinction brought about by the influx of non-Chavacano-speaking migrants, Aizon said it is only during this present administration that the orthography was produced, and thus forms as the basis of language.

From a linguist’s perspective, Dr. Aizon said the importance of orthography cannot be overemphasized, especially for language instruction.

It increases clarity and self-confidence in communication; the standard usage of letters and symbols makes language learning easier and more accurate, and it can define learning assessment standards.”

For language preservation and maintenance, the standard usage of Chavacano orthography prevents confusion or misunderstanding.

“One cannot just produce a book or dictionary of a language without the basis—the orthography. It should come first and foremost before any other promotional publications of a language,” he quipped.

Now that the Zamboanga Chavacano has already its own orthography, which was submitted last Dec. 4, 2015 to the Komisyon ng Wika as part of its archives for future reference, Aizon said the preservation and promotion of Chavacano language now stands on a solid ground.

It now forms part of the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) instructional materials for Grades 1 to 3 in all the subject areas.

And, to formally launch the Chavacano orthography, the city government conducted last week a series of trainings among MTB-MLE teachers on how to use the orthography in teaching.

Dr. Aizon further stressed that the focus is on language maintenance or the way Chavacano is being used by the present generation of Zamboangueños in adherence to the principles of MTB-MLE.

Although the Chavacano orthography is a wok in progress and is still evolving towards a standardized written academic language, Aizon said it can be used as a common reference for consistency.

He thanked the civil society organizations, academic institutions and the people from different professions who contributed their time, talent and resources to the making of the Zamboanga Chavacano Orthography.

“It was really a long and tedious process, almost two years in the making,” he recalled. It all started from the city government’s open invitation to all universities in Zamboanga for a research on the Chavacano orthography.

Of those invited, only the Ateneo de Zamboanga University had responded positively, thus it was given a grant by the city government to do the research, which ran from August until October 2014.

The research output was presented to, critiqued, revised and improved by the participants of the five-day Zamboanga Chavacano Orthography Congress on Nov. 19-23, 2014 at Paseo del Mar’s Centro Latino Convention Hall. One of the objectives was to determine the different Chavacano word variations.

The participants were representatives of the different sectors, such as the academe, religious, military, police, barangay officials, business and civic leaders, and other stakeholders.

Then, a committee was organized with Dr. Aizon as chairman and co-chaired by Michelle C. Reyes, chairperson of ADZU Languages Department.

The members are Dr. Maria Yvonne Socorro H. Ramos, chief of staff, Western Mindanao State University; Dr. Victoria D. Mangaser, division supervisor, Department of Education; Dr. Valeria G. Corteza, division supervisor, DepEd; Maion Guerrero, chair of Communications Department, ADZU; Joylito Lahoy, assistant chair of Languages Department, ADZU; Prof. Julie Uy-Cabato, director of Language Development and Resource Center, WMSU; Prof. Elinor T. Cudia, director of Komisyon ng Wika, WMSU.

Other members include Dr. Erlinda C. Espinosa of Silsillah Foundation, Dr. Expedito H. Malbago, a professor of the College of Liberal Arts, WMSU; Prof. Claro Potenciano, also of WMSU College of Liberal Arts; Prof. Josefina S. Mendoza, Prof. Norma C. Conti, Felino Santos, a journalist.

Councilors Rogelio L. Valesco, chairman of the Committee on Education, and Vincent Paul Elago, chairman of the Committee on Tourism, both of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, are honorary members.

The next step now, according to Dr. Aizon, is to write and produce the Chavacano lexicography or dictionary.

Young Zambo City leaders recognized

By Jasmine Mohammadsali

Five young leaders made the cut to the 10th Senator Roseller T. Lim Award, one of the commemorative activities slated for the 10thDia de Roseller Lim on February 9.

The local government of Zamboanga and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Zamboanga on Friday, February 5, recognized Arnold Ferolino, Kenneth Al-John Abas, Arthur Joshua Rodriguez, Nafieza Mohammad, and Raemond Angelo Karagdag as five of the most outstanding young leaders in the City.

Dubbed the Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders or FOZYL, the award is a tribute to the exemplary character of the first and only Zamboangueño Senator Roseller T. Lim and is conferred to youths who possess and demonstrate qualities of leadership, excellence, and commitment to service epitomize by the late Sen. Lim.

The formal conferment of award will be held on February 9 at the Astoria Celebrity Hall, Grand Astoria Hotel as the culminating activity of the 10thDia de Roseller T. Lim commemorative program.

The 10thDia de Roseller Lim will be held on February 9 with a commemorative mass at 4 PM at the Carmelite Monastery chapel, to be followed by the commemorative program at 5 PM at the Senator Roseller T. Lim Monument at Normal Road.

The commemorative activities will highlight not only the legacy but also the 101st birth anniversary of Roseller T. Lim who, to date, holds the distinction of being the City’s first and only Senator.

Zambo press club joins World Interfaith Harmony Week observance by conducting bloodletting activity


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 6 (PNA) – The Zamboanga Press Club, Inc. (ZPCI) on Saturday spearheaded the conduct of a bloodletting activity as part of its participation in the observance of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) in this city.

The bloodletting was one of the activities lined up on the second to the last day of the week-long WIHW observance that kicked off Feb. 1.

The activity, dubbed as “Sangre mio es tu vide (My blood is your life),” has yielded 32 units of blood or a total of 14,400 cubic centimeters (cc). It was held at the ZPCI office at Pilar Street, Barangay Zone IV, this city.

Among those who joined the ZPCI’s bloodletting activity were marine engineering students of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST); Alpha Kappa Rho fraternity members; cycling enthusiasts; walk-in blood donor advocates; ZPCI officers and members; and, other concerned individuals.

The activity was realized with the support of the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter, City Hall Information Officer Belen Sheila Covarrubias, and Dr. Milavel Nazario, ZSCMST president.

Roel Pareño, ZPCI board chairman, said the bloodletting activity was part of the organization’s health program geared towards advocating the importance blood donation.

“The ZPCI is looking forward to do another round of bloodletting activity in the future in coordination with other agencies,” Pareño said.

Dr. Ma. Eileen Ruste, PRC-Zamboanga chapter blood center physician, said the activity was of big help to the local PRC blood bank.

The local PRC blood bank caters to the patients needs not only from this city but to included the nearby provinces of Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Aside from the bloodletting, the other activity lined up for the second to the last day of the WEIHW include Harmony Youth Day; Moral Ascendancy Program on WIHW spirit for the police; Education and the Education-Formation for the female inmates at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC); and, Poster and Slogan Making Contest also at the ZCRC.

On Feb. 7, the WIHW activities include the prayer and message of WIHW during the Eucharistic celebration; special service at the Home for the Aged; and, the culminating activity of the WIHW in the afternoon.

This year’s WIHW observance is anchored on the theme “Celebrating Harmony: A journey towards World Peace.”

The observance of WIHW stemmed from a resolution approved by the United Nations on Oct. 20, 2010 in recognition of “the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people.”

February 26 is holiday in Zamboanga City

By Bong Garcia

MALACAÑANG, through Proclamation 1212, has declared February 26 as a special non-working holiday as Zamboanga City is celebrating its 79th Charter Day Anniversary.

Issued on January 28, 2016 and signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. by the authority of President Benigno Aquino,

Proclamation 1212 emphasizes that it is fitting and proper that the people of the city be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

Proclamation 1212 was issued on January 28. It was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., by the authority of President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III.

February 26 marks the day when the first set of appointed city officials led by Mayor Nicasio Valderosa took their oath of office in City Hall.

Meanwhile, on Monday, February 8, Chinese New Lunar Year, is also declared a holiday nationwide per Proclamation 1105 series of 2015.

On the other hand, February 25, which marks the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution is also a special non-working day by virtue of Proclamation 1071, series of 2015.

BIR intensifies tax collection efforts in Region 9


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 4 (PNA)--The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is intensifying efforts here in Region 9 to meet its PhP7.8 billion target collection goal, which is higher by PhP1.4 billion than last year’s PhP6.4 billion.

Manuel Mapoy, Revenue Region No. 15 officer-in-charge, on Thursday told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) that the efforts include the conduct of tax mapping to meet the target collection goal of PhP7.8 billion.

The conduct of tax mapping is to identify the sources of revenues in barangays, municipalities, cities and provinces.

Mapoy said the revenues include income tax, real estate tax, value added tax, excise tax and others.

Revenue Region No. 15 covers the following revenue district offices (RDOs): RDO-91, Dipolog City; RDO-92, Pagadian City; RDO-93-A, Zamboanga City; RDO-93-B, Zamboanga Sibugay; RDO-94, Isabela City, Basilan; RDO-95, Sulu; and, RDO-96, Tawi Tawi.

Mapoy said he has designated revenue collection quota to the seven RDOs under his office in a bid to meet the PhP7.8 billion target revenue.

He said the collection quota are as follows: RDO-91, PhP1.6 billion; RDO-92, PhP1.2 billion; RDO-93-A, PhP3.3 billion; RDO-93-B, PhP626,064; RDO-94, PhP276,550; RDO-95, PhP287,152; and, RDO-96, PhP401,095.

Last year, the Revenue Region No. 15 has a collection deficit of almost PhP1 billion since they were only able to collect PhP5.5 billion and the target collection goal was PhP6.4 billion.

Pag-IBIG Fund-Zambo grants calamity loans to members


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 2 (PNA) -– The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) popularly known as the Pag-IBIG Fund on Tuesday announced the agency is accepting application for calamity loans in this city.

Mary Jane Reyes, member services branch operation head of Pag-IBIG Fund-Zamboanga, said the loan is aimed to financially assist its members affected by calamity brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

This city has been recently declared under state of calamity due to the prolonged dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the El Nino phenomenon in the country may intensify from moderate to strong in the last quarter of 2015 up to the first quarter of 2016.

Reyes said a HDMF member can avail loan as much as 80 percent of their total savings from Pag-IBIG. The money can be used to mitigate the effects of the El Niño to the lives of its members.

She said so far 2,000 Pag-IBIG members have already applied for calamity loans. There are 108,000 Pag-IBIG members in this city.

She said the Pag-IBIG member can receive the loan within five working days provided they have completed all the documentary requirements.

Zamboanga City joins World Interfaith Harmony Week


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 1 (PNA) – The week-long observance of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) kicked off Monday with individual flag raising ceremonies of the participating agencies as the opening salvo.

The WIHW ends February 7.

It is to be followed by an Interfaith conference on the reflection of the present realities in the context of the common word.

Fr. Sebatiano D’ambra said the observance of the WIHW has three main objectives and these are: to continue maintain international links with the initiators of the WIHW who are committed to promote harmony in the world, especially among cultures and religions;

To formally launch a national partnership initiative to encourage many on the national level to celebrate the WIHW offering guidelines and suggestions in the spirit of service while leaving to each group their own autonomy and creativity to implement the WIHW with their own resources;

And, to spread through media initiatives done on international and national levels in relation to the WIHW and to invite to Harmony Village, Zamboanga City before the end of 2016 from each of the provinces or groups who celebrate the WIHW in their places, for sharing of experiences and commitment to support one another.

D’ambra said several activities were lined up in the different venues for the weeklong observance of the WIHW in this city.

To ensure greater participation, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued Executive Order 161 enjoining all schools, government entities, private institutions, non-government organizations, parishes, church-based communities and other people’s organizations to join and support the weeklong observance.

This year’s WIHW observance is anchored on the theme “Celebrating Harmony: A journey towards World Peace.”

NFA tells grains businessmen to renew license on time


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -– The National Food Authority (NFA) has urged grains businessmen to renew their license on time to avoid payment of penalties and surcharges.

Camilo Magtrayo, NFA regional director, made the call, citing those who will fail to meet the deadline will be slapped with a surcharge fee equivalent to 25 percent of the total license cost and another 25 percent for every month thereafter.

Magtrayo said there are over 2,000 businessmen who are holders of NFA-issued business permits in the entire region.

In this city, Magtrayo said they have scheduled the whole month of January for the renewal of license for grain businessmen under the first district including the main public market and the Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex.

He said grains businessmen within the second district have until February to renew their license.

He said they include businessmen engaged in line of activities such as retailing, wholesaling, milling, warehousing, transporting, manufacturing, threshing, corn shelling, mechanical drying, packaging, poultry and hog raising, and importing.

DOST encourages public to avail services at SciTech Info Center

By Jocelyn P. Alvarez (FPG/JPA/PIA9)

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-9 encourages the public to visit and avail its various Science and Technology (S&T)-based services available at the SciTech Information Center (STIC).

Thelma Diego of DOST-9 said the department’s STIC offers free use of computers and Internet among other services.

“This is the department’s effort of reaching out and empowering local communities through the use of Information and Communication Technologies for the development of our constituents,” Diego said.

She informed that the STIC is hosting hands-on Computer Literacy Training for individuals or groups. “The Computer Literacy Training include basic computer and Internet applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, power point presentation, emails, social media platforms, among others,”

There are 10 computer units available for public use.

“We have also training on online access and filing of government documents / clearances like NBI, NSO, SSS, PhilHealth, among others; Non-Formal Education – access to Alternative Learning System (ALS), TESDA skills training, Rotary eLibrary, Values and Character Formation intended for out-of-school youths and civil society group,” Diego said .

Undeniably the advent of science and technology has brought leap of development in the life of today, while it is true that our forefathers lived their lives and enjoyed well when there was no technology but technophiles argued that the emergence of S&T has made practically everything better, be it in education, banking, agriculture, marketing, transportation, employment generation and information.

Take for instance in education, before the introduction of technological advancement, education was typically difficult to access and comprehend. Today, anyone can get educated even right at their fingertips without literally or physically going in a structured building called school. Internet and Distant Learning have made this possible.

Other S&T services available for the public include Technology & Livelihood Resources – materials on many business prospects and opportunities are available for aspiring or prospective entrepreneurs who want to transform their ideas into real business and profits; Philippine’s 1st Digital Science Library - Science and Technology Academic Research Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) which contains thousands of collections of library materials such as books, journals, researches and investigatory studies, livelihood videos, among others; Print and Non-Print Materials such as books, journals and other references; and S & T Film Showing. “Any interested groups can schedule for screening of S&T films on various topic,” Diego concluded.

Zambo City mulls ways to assist El Niño-hit farmers


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -- The Office of the City Agriculturist (OCA) is exploring options to provide assistance to farmers affected by the prolonged drought caused by the El Niño phenomenon.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said one of the options is the proposal of the Cagayan de Oro-based German company that expressed willingness to donate solar water pumps to the affected farmers.

Palacat said he has also submitted the necessary documents to facilitate the emergency procurement of support and operations to address the effects of El Niño.

Palacat reported that the El Niño phenomenon has already damaged 14,903.84 metric tons of agricultural products, including rice, corn, and assorted vegetables worth PHP12.98 million.

He said the damage covers 716.07 hectares of agricultural crops with an estimated 43.79 hectares are expected to have a chance of recovery.

He said a total of 779 farmers were affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

Meanwhile, he advised the farmers for the meantime to plant drought-resistant crops.

8,889 businessmen in Zambo renew business permits


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 28 (PNA) –- The City Permits and Licensing Division (CPLD) announced that 8,889 businessmen have renewed their business permits on or before the January 20 deadline.

Benjie Barredo, CPLD chief, told the Philippines News Agency that the 8,889 were among the 9,392 businessmen who were issued business permits in 2015, which means 503 of them have expired permits as of this time.

Barredo said that a 25 percent surcharge per quarter will be slapped against the 503 businessmen who failed to meet the January 20 deadline.

Barredo said that 1,625 of the 8,889 businessmen have been issued with permanent business permits since they have already accomplished all the requirements as of January 25.

He said his office issues temporary business permits to businessmen once they will apply for renewal to enable them to continue the business operations unhampered.

However, they are required to accomplish all the requirements so that they will be issued with a permanent business permit.

He said they have set a schedule to conduct inspection to ensure those with temporary business permits will comply with the needed requirements.

He said that 91 percent of the businesses in this city are micro, medium and small enterprises (MSMEs).

National climate change confab set in Zamboanga City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 27 (PNA) -- Stakeholders, including international aid agencies, will gather in a two-day national confab on climate change in this city.

The two-day event is to be held from February 3 to 4 and will be hosted by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) through the Ateneo Research Center (ARC).

The primary goal of the two-day conference is to provide a venue for the sharing of research findings and best practices from different fields and industries in terms of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation to hazards brought about by the climate change.

“I can no longer be denied. We are experiencing drastic environmental changes today--from extreme flash floods to critical water supply level that has lead the local government to put our city under a state of calamity,” ARC Director Teresita Montano said in a statement on Wednesday.

“That is why it is important for us to address these impeding situations and act on them,” Montano added.

Dr. Enrico Paringit will address the role of research and the local government in disaster risk reduction and management.

Paringit is the program leader of the University of the Philippines’ Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) Program.

The other plenary speakers include, from government institutions: Director Romeo Fajardo, civil defense deputy administrator; Dr. Oscar Victor Lizardo, chief science research specialist, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project-NOAH); and, Engineer Sarah Jane Samalburo, chief science research specialist on data processing of DREAM program.

From the academe, Dr. Rosa Perez of the Manila Observatory in Ateneo de Manila University, will speak on climate change-related hazards and their implications on water and food security; Engineer Guada Calalang of Xavier University, an expert on soil reference system for food security; Engineer Dexter Lo who will relate the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) experience of Xavier of University in Cagayan de Oro City; and, from local government, Dr. Elmeir Apolinario who will share Zamboanga City’s challenges and response to disaster.

This national event is organized by ADZU’s ARC, in coordination with the local government, and the Region IX offices of the DOST, Office of the Civil Defense, Department of Tourism, and the Commission in Higher Education, which also endorsed the conference together with the Department of Education and City Division Office and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The two-day event climate change confab is anchored on the theme “Research in Changing Times: A National Conference on the Role of Research and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.” Foundation turns-over 2-storey classroom building to Talon-Talon Elementary School

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, January 26 (PIA) – A two-storey building with 14 classrooms was turned-over yesterday by the Foundation to Talon-Talon Elementary School, this city.

Allan Pineda, better known as Apl de Ap of the Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas and founder of Foundation together with some of its partners attended the event.

Pineda’s foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of Filipino children through education, technology and music.

Pineda said education is “the only ticket to a better life”. He encouraged the pupils of Talon-Talon Elementary School to use the classrooms for learning and building of their dreams.

“Learn. Dream big and believe in yourselves. You have the power to change your lives and change other people’s lives,” he urged.

More than 600 pupils of Talon-Talon Elementary School will benefit from the school building project. The program was launched last 2013 through the "Macaroons for a Cause" advocacy of Red Ribbon Bakeshop that hopes to address classroom shortage in the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Vice Mayor Cesar S. Iturralde, who represented Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar in the turn-over ceremony expressed the city’s gratitude for the educational assistance extended by the Foundation and furthered that it was in line with the mayor’s flagship program on education.

The project is a collaborative effort of the Foundation, Red Ribbon Bakeshop, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and Franklin Baker Philippines.

Nine inmates complete 2-day ICT training in Zambo jail


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) – Nine inmates at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) have completed a two-day information communication technology (ICT) training in preparation for the launching of the eCenter at the detention facility.

Maria Teresa Camba, Mindanao cluster head of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST)-Information Communication Technology Office, said Saturday the training was conducted from Thursday until Friday at the ZCRC.

Camba said the inmates were trained on Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ed) platform for center managers to enable them to assist in the day-to-day operation of the eCenter, which will be established soon.

The platform serves as the portal to various contents for education and livelihood, among others.

“These trained selected inmates will help run the eCenter in the ZCRC on a day-to-day basis where they will assist the Center Manager who is a jail guard,” Camba added.

The conduct of the training is a joint project of the DOST-ICT office, Rotary Club of Zamboanga City-west and the ZCRC.

Australia offers local graduate studies scholarship for Mindanaoans

By Emmanuel Dalman Taghoy (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PIA) – The Australian government through the Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF) is now accepting applications for the In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP)-2.

The scholarship is open to all Mindanaoans who are interested to pursue their graduate studies and is committed to work for the development of the Bangsamoro.

Eligible applicants should have at least two years of work experience; have not been the subject of any disciplinary actions that warranted suspension or expulsion from employers. This requires a certification of no pending administrative case from employer.

Moreover, the applicant should not be a beneficiary of any scholarship or other education assistance program at the time of application or during the duration of the scholarship; and lastly, the applicant must pass the program entry requirements of the academic institution where he intends to enrol.

Over 15 graduate programs are up for grabs available in various academic institutions in the Philippines, such as Public Administration (public policy, analysis, governance, finance, procurement); Peace and Development Studies; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Climate Change Adaptation; Human Resource Management and Development; Organisational Development; Development Communications; Program Management; Entrepreneurship; Micro-Finance; Engineering (civil and mechanical); Public Health; Social Welfare and Protection; Gender and Development; Educational Studies (teaching strategies, early childhood, assessment); School Management; TechVoc for Senior High School; Agricultural Development/Rural Development; and Local Economic Development.

The ICSP hopes to help strengthen select Philippine institutions or individuals in priority fields relevant to current development trends. It complements the Australia Awards Scholarships that provides partners with options for long term study.

Its pilot scholarship offering was launched last 2012 with a total of 99 awardees from Mindanao, based particularly in conflict and post-conflict affected areas.

Submission of applications is due on February 15, 2016.

For more information, interested applicants may visit their website at:

Zambo civil registrar office tells public to register life cycle events on time


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 23 (PNA) – The local Civil Registrar’s Office has called on the residents to register their family life cycle events on time to avoid payment of penalty.

The family life cycle events include birth, marriage and death, which are required to be registered before the Civil Registrar’s Office.

Atty. Alexander Eric Elias, civil registrar officer, made the call as they envisioned to increase the timely registration of birth, marriage and death.

Elias said his office has recorded a decline of 854 in delayed birth registration from 9,053 in 2014 to 8,199 in 2015.

Elias said there was a decline of 65 delayed marriage registration from 104 in 2014 to 39 in 2015 while a decline of 21 in death registration from 188 in 2014 to 167 in 2015.

He said under the law, a child must be registered within 30 days after he or she was born while marriage within 15 days and death within 30 days. On time registration is free.

The penalty for delayed registration are as follows: delayed birth registration, Php 50 and additional Php 80 fee for certification of no record; delayed marriage registration, Php50 and Php80 for certification of no record; and, delayed death registration, Php50 and additional Php 80 for certification of no record.

The payment for birth registration, if the parents are unmarried, is Php100 acknowledgement fee.

Elias said it was important to register the life cycle events on time as government entities usually require pertinent papers such as birth, marriage, and death certificates in its transactions.

Meanwhile, Elias said there was an increase of 651 in timely birth registration from 16,325 in 2014 to 16,976 in 2015.

For marriage, there was a decrease of 129 in timely registration from 1,840 in 2014 to 1,711 in 2015 and an increase of 162 in death timely registration from 4,784 in 2014 to 4,946 in 2015.

Gov't to build training center for farmers

By Bong Garcia

THE Zamboanga City Government has allocated P3 million to construct a training center for farmers in this city.

The training center will be constructed inside the campus of the College of Agriculture campus of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) at Sitio San Ramon in the village of Talisayan.

The construction of the training center will be done in two phases.

WMSU president Milabel Ho said the first phase of the project will start this month and is scheduled to be completed within 140 calendar days while the second phase next year.

Ho said the farmers can be trained using the latest technology and empower them in the area of agriculture with the center in place.

They can also be trained to venture into agribusiness, according to Ho.

She said the training center will also benefit the students taking up college of agriculture.

Terry Narvaez of WMSU College of Agriculture said the first phase of the project will include the construction of the office and the training center.

He said the second phase will include the construction of dormitory, dining area and kitchen.

US experts, ZCWD execs, other officials tour Primewater site


Two groups of officials looking to extend help in improving water production facilities in the city toured yesterday the 50 million-liters-day Prime water bulk production facility in Pamucutan, in the city’s west coast.

The tour apprised the visiting officials of the progress of work in the Villar Group financed project which is envisioned to come on stream middle of this year.

One group headed by ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez comprised of experts from the Florida Water facility, who are tied up on a mentoring program with the local water firm and members of the Be Secure Project of the USAID.

The group consisted of Chris Pettit and Maurice Tobon, experts from Florida, Yolly Gomez of Water Links, Cagayan de Oro Water District Director Joel Baldelovar and some members of the UNICEF group.

Other sites visited by the group of Vasquez included the filtration plants and the ZCWD intake, the STP ( Sewer and Septage) facility, Pumping station in Gov. Camins and the collection center in Putik.

ZCWD is currently engaged with USAID in securing financing and technical expertise to help address the persistent water shortfall of the water firm in the city.

The other group was led by Technical Service group (TSG) Assistant General Manager Arnulfo Alfonso and principally composed of Board Chairman Engr. Efren Aranez, Vice Chair Edwin Caliolio, and board members Dra. Mila Fernandez, Jose Vicente Atilano III and Esther Orendain.

Also with the group were other ZCWD officials Rudy Vega, David Capopes, and Erlyn Godinez.

Meanwhile, Assistant General Manager Arnulfo Alfonso announced that the Primewater Plant will start testing the facility by March, and could come on stream as early as April this year, a good six month from its original schedule of September this year.

Depending on the progress of work by Ecosystem in the pipe-laying project, water could start flowing down to Ayala by then to ease the projected severe water shortage in the area.

Zamboanga City Water District is currently engaged in four major infrastructure projects worth 1.7 million pesos.

These combined is expected to improve potable water delivery to 56 barangays service areas with over 55 thousand active connections.

Farmers’ training center to rise in Zambo City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 20 (PNA) -– The national government has allocated PHP3 million to construct a training center for farmers in this city.

The training center will be constructed inside the campus of the Western Mindanao State University’s (WMSU) College of Agriculture in Sitio San Ramon, Barangay Talisayan, 26 kilometer west of City Hall.

The first phase of the project will start this month and is scheduled to be completed within 140 calendar days. The second phase might be implemented next year.

“With the center, the farmers can be trained using the latest technology and empower them in the area of agriculture. This is also for them to engage in agribusiness,” Dr. Milabel Ho, WMSU president, said.

Ho said the training center will also benefit the students taking up college of agriculture.

Terry Narvaez of WMSU College of Agriculture said the first phase of the project will include the construction of the office and the training center.

He said the second phase will include the construction of dormitory, dining area and kitchen.

“We really need the facility to train the farmers on technology transfer,” he said.

Police install new chief in Zambo City


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -- Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, has directed Senior Supt. Luisito Magnaye to "double" the accomplishments of his predecessor at the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO).

Antonio issued the directive as he installed Magnaye on Thursday as the new ZCPO director vice Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, the outgoing local police director.

"Just do what your are suppose to do," Antonio told Magnaye during the turnover of command ceremony at the ZCPO headquarters.

Magnaye acknowledged that he is facing a great challenge as the new ZCPO director

Magnaye, as the ZCPO director, has jurisdiction over 11 police stations and one public safety company.

He encouraged all the chiefs of the 11 police stations to diligently do their respective tasks.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said that, as the chief executive, she will continue to support the ZCPO for the betterment of this city in terms of peace and order.

"I will not be at your back but I will walk with you because I want you to succeed in your tasks," Salazar said.

She wished Casimiro "the best of luck" in his next assignment.

Casimiro has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the police, military, and government officials as well as from the other sectors who on one way or the other have supported him during his stint as the ZCPO director.

Casimiro has served as the ZCPO director for one year, nine months and 16 days.

Antonio awarded Casimiro as Medalya ng Kasanayan (PNP Efficiency Medal).

Zamboanga City hires skilled, unskilled workers

By Bong Garcia

THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso) is facilitating the hiring of some 600 skilled and unskilled workers to undertake housing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R).

Belen Sheila Covarrubias, city information officer, said on Friday that the applicants could either be internally-displaced persons (IDP) or non-IDPs from the city’s 98 villages.

Covarrubias said the hiring is from January 8 to 30, and is done in the villages where there are interested applicants.

After hiring, Covarrubias said the laborers will undergo a learners’ training to be implemented by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) through the “Earning While Training” Program.

She said the 14-day training is intended to help laborers upgrade their skills and eventually advance their positions and ensure increase in pay rates.

The Z3R is the reconstruction plan implemented in the areas affected by the 21-day September 2013 siege.

DOT encourages Zambo folks to venture into farm tourism


ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has encouraged local folks to venture into farm tourism business.

Mary June Bugante, DOT regional director, said on Saturday that farm tourism attracts people, especially nature lovers, to visit a particular place.

Bugante said this city has the potentials to venture into farm tourism as there are areas that can be developed.

Bugante said these include flower farm in Barangay La Paz; durian farm in Barangay Patalon; and, dragon fruit farm in Barangay Cacao. There are also aquaculture sites that could be developed.

“Farm tourism is a good way of attracting people to visit the place and when well managed, farm tourism has a bright future in Zamboanga,” Bugante said.

She said a well managed farm would entice tourist to experience farm life and “personally experience harvesting fruits or vegetables themselves.”

In the region, she said that so far the municipality of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur has already taken steps to develop farm tourism.

Meanwhile, the City Tourism Office said the NJB farm in Barangay Ayala can served as a model for those interested to venture into farm tourism.

The NJB farm processed and bottled cow’s milk and maintains different kinds of farm animals. They have also mango orchard, mini forest and natural swimming pool.

Zambo DOST hikes SETUP budget to Php 55 M


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has increased the budget of its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) by Php14.25 million to Php55 million this year from Php40.75 million last year.

Martine Wee, DOST assistant regional director for administrative support and technical service, said they had increased the budget allocation to be able to assist more small and medium enterprises in the region.

Wee said they would be able to assist about 48 SETUP projects this year with the increase of the budget allocation.

“The fund (allocation) is getting bigger and bigger which means the national government has seen the impact of the program,” Wee said.

“Here in the region, those who we assisted have improved their business,” he added.

SETUP is a nationwide strategy to assist manufacturing and processing enterprises under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting technological innovations to improve their operations and boost productivity and competitiveness.

SETUP focused on six priority sectors such as the following: food processing; furniture; gifts; decors and handicrafts; marine, aquatic horticulture resources; and, metal and engineering.

Wee said they were now accepting letter of intent and project proposals for evaluation.

He said qualified to apply were any small and medium scale business that fall within the six priority sectors.

The DOST first implemented SETUP in Regions 9, 10, 11, 12 and CARAGA and it now being adopted by all the other regions in the country.

Pag-IBIG-Zambo accepts mass wedding applications


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 15 (PNA) – The Home Mutual Development Fund (HDMF), or the Pag-IBIG Fund, has received 73 applications for its mass wedding this year in this city.

Mary Joanne Reyes, Pag-IBIG Fund member services branch head, told the Philippines News Agency on Friday that they have so far approved the applications of 12 of the 73 couple-applicants.

The mass wedding, dubbed as “I Do. I Do. Araw ng Pag-IBIG,” is a nationwide activity of Pag-IBIG Fund for its registered members, which will be held on Feb. 12.

Reyes said those interested to avail of the free civil wedding can submit their application papers with the Pag-IBIG-Zamboanga Office. The deadline is on Jan. 22.

Reyes said free wedding accessories and reception will also be given to the couples and their godparents. A house and lot will be raffled off to lucky couple.

She said those who wish to avail of the free civil wedding must submit the following documents: parents consent; birth certificate; certificate of no marriage; marriage contract; and, marriage license.

She said that the quota for the local Pag-IBIG office is 100 couples.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will be the solemnizing officer of Pag-IBIG’s mass wedding in this city.

Reyes said the conduct of the mass wedding is Pag-IBIG’s way of rewarding its members.

“We want to give back to Pag-IBIG members what is due to them,” she added.

BFP installs new fire marshal in Zamboanga City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 14 (PNA) -- The public are enjoined to be fire safety conscious in order for them to help save lives and properties.

Chief Insp. Clint Cha, newly-installed fire marshal of the Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD), made the call on Thursday as he envisioned to increase the public's level of awareness in fire prevention.

Cha said he also envision to establish links with the barangay officials to strengthen with the campaign on fire prevention.

Cha, upon assumption as ZCFD fire marshal, has ordered all the sub-station chiefs to subject their respective fire trucks and aparatus to constant maintenance checkup.

There are 13 fire sub-stations under the ZCFD covering this city's 98 barangays.

Cha has assumed as the new ZCFD fire marshal on Monday and has replaced newly-promoted Senior Supt. Dominador Zabala Jr.

Zabala was reassigned as the new BFP assistant regional director for administration.

Cha, before his new assignment, has served as the ZCFD's deputy fire marshal and provincial fire marshal in Region 10.

Mayor Beng bares vision: “A world-class Zamboanga”

By Dominic Ilagan Sanchez (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, January 13 (PIA) – In her State of the City Address (SOCA) yesterday (January 12), Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar finally shared a feasible and promising vision for the city: “A world-class Zamboanga.

“As we expand Zamboanga City, we not only look at a 3-year plan, but prepare the city for the next 30 and 50 years. We ask ourselves, where do we envision Zamboanga City to go?” said the mayor.

Among the many priority programs which were endorsed by the Regional Development Council include a world class seaport to be located at the Zamboanga Ecozone and Freeport Authority, and the long-awaited transfer of the Zamboanga International Airport, to which the mayor received much applause.

“The transfer of the airport is number one in the list, which means that the project will start within the timeframe,” Mayor Climaco-Salazar said. The said airport will be located in barangay Mercedes-Talabaan, and is projected to be completed within six years.

According to the lady chief executive, the city is due to be “redesigned” and “extended” towards Mercedes, Talabaan, Zambowood, Culianan and Boalan. Stakeholders that include representatives from both local and national government agencies, non-government organizations and civil society groups opined that these developments may well solve the congestion problem in the city, and pave new opportunities for business and economic growth outside the city proper’s 7-kilometer radius.

“We entered into a contract with Palafox and associates who will work in the updating of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Comprehensive Development Plan, and the Zoning Ordinance. Let us take the opportunity of the expertise of Architect Jun Palafox to bring into reality our vision of a world-class Zamboanga!” said Mayor Climaco-Salazar.

In her report, she pointed out radical developments in the city, in spite of falling victim to the infamous 2013 Zamboanga siege. “We have built back better,” she emphasized, saying that Zamboanga looks to be more promising and more resilient than ever.

The mayor outlined the increase in local revenues, the presence of new businesses like CityMall and KCC, the creation of thousands of new jobs, and the influx of tourists, among others.

“The sleeping giant of Mindanao has awakened,” she stressed, saying that Zamboanga City now is more than ready to be at par, or even best other cities in the country and all over the world.

The mayor also emphasized everyone’s vigilance to maintain peace and security in the region, saying that every resident has a stake in ensuring peace and order.

“Threats still remain, and we need to strengthen our defenses. Denying a safe haven for terrorists is a shared responsibility,” she said.

Mayor Climaco-Salazar said that without the support of the different sectors, the achievements would not have been possible. “We want everyone to contribute to this dream that we all aspire for.”

“Antes pensaba kita dehao kita na maga otro lugar na manada aspeto, pero ahora, ya dale kanatun el oppotunidad para keda igual o mas bueno pa kanila, tiempo ya para dale mira cay mas bueno, mas grande el potential, mas unido, mas mafuerza y mas valiente el Ciudad de Zamboanga!” (Before, we thought that we were left far behind other cities in many aspects, but now, we have been given the opportunity to be like them, or even better. It is time to show the world that it is better, there is more potential, more unity, more strength and more courage here in the city of Zamboanga!)

Congress includes Pasonanca Park, Sta. Cruz Islands in the 97 protected areas of the country

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Pasonanca Tree House
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Pasonanca Boy Scout Center

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 12 (PNA) -- The 12,000 hectares Pasonanca watershed and the Sta. Cruz Islands are soon to be declared as among the protected areas in the country.

Second district Rep. Lilia Nuño announced this during the State of the City Address (SOCA) on Tuesday citing both the House and the Senate passed their respective versions on the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2015 (ENIPAS) which will strengthen the conservation of 97 protected areas in the country.

Nuño said the ENIPAS will be submitted for bicameral conference committee meeting when Congress resumes its session on January 18.

“I am happy to report that we were able to include the two Sta. Cruz Islands—Greater and Small—in the list of protected areas in the ENIPAS bill,” Nuño said.

“Along with other local bills in the House, my measure on the Pasonanca Park was incorporated into the ENIPAS omnibus bill,” she added.

The ENIPAS bill, once signed into a law, would convert the 12,000-hectare Pasonanca watershed into Pasonanca Natural Park.

It would be then be maintained for conservation purposes and would be developed for scientific, educational and recreational use.

“Once this bill (ENIPAS) is passed into law, the Pasonanca Natural Park and the Sta. Cruz Islands will be used to educate the public on the importance of conservation and the protection of its rich biodiversity,” she said.

The Pasonanca watershed and the Sta. Cruz Islands are home to diverse species of fauna, including the endangered species of Philippine raptor, notably the Philippine eagle.

Likewise, flora is abundant in the area and widely distributed in the different types of ecosystems.

Creating a Reservoir by building a Dam

  • By: Franklin H. Maletsky, founder of
January 5, 2000

At the source of the Tumaga river which is only about 5 kilometers from the barangay of Pasonanca, the river can be dammed. It is naturally bordered by hills and mountains from 200 to 400 meters high.

By doing this the City of Zamboanga will never ever suffer from water shortages. There will be enough water supply even for the farmers. I have lived in Tumaga most of my life and this river never ran dry. The old folks much older than I am, attest to this same fact. This man-made lake may even be used for recreational purposes.

There is also a possible second benefit. That is electricity from turbines installed.

If there is pro-active planning for this construction turbines for generators can be planned into the construction of the dam. There will be enough electricity generated from these turbines to provide ample electricity for the entire City of Zamboanga (from Limpapa to Licomo).

If the city does not have the budget for this project, I am absolutely positive that private investors will be lined up to put up the dam. This will give Zamboanga City ample supply of water and electricity.

Imagine that! No more black outs and no more water rationing.

This is the proposed area of the Reservoir. Mt. Culumbato (Pulumbato) will be located to the right of the Dam. It is a natural border. The area of the reservoir (LAKE) will be approximately 4 square kilometers. That is a good sized lake that can conserve all the water during the rainy season. No more flooding incidents. No more water rationing. No more blackouts.

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PPA privatizes PTB operation at Zambo port


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 11 (PNA) -– The Zamboanga City Integrated Port Services, Inc. (ZCIPSI) is set to introduce improvements once it will take over the management of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at the local port.

ZCIPSI is set to take over the management of the PTB on Saturday, January 16, after the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has decided to privatize the operations of the facility.

Samuel Simon, ZCIPSI president, told the Philippines News Agency on Monday that among the improvement they will introduce include the cooling system of the facility; new chairs; first aid station; and, other things needed for the comfort of the traveling public.

Simon disclosed they have allocated PHP12 million for the first year of operations of the PTB under the management of ZCIPSI.

“We will do our best to improve the service of the PTB,” he said.

ZCIPSI is a locally-based cargo-handling firm with an existing contract with the PPA.

Simon said the passenger terminal, which caters to more or less 3,000 passengers daily, will be handled by 60 ZCIPSI personnel to be headed Jenny Piñanola as the PTB manager.

He assured the traveling public that the terminal fee will remain at PhP11 per passenger.

“The terminal fee will remain at PHP11 for a period of two years. It is part of the contract (with PPA),” he said.

He said they can request for an increase in the payment of the terminal fee after a two year period.

Meanwhile, Eng’r. Liberto Dela Rosa, PPA port manager, said the formal turnover of the facility is scheduled to be held in Friday, January 15.

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