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Trichograma lab to help Zambo farmers

By Bong Garcia

THE Office of the City Agriculture announced that a trichogramma laboratory has just been opened in Zamboanga City and is seen to serve the local farmers.

City Agriculturist Diosdao Palacat said the laboratory, which is located in the village of Vitali, will help local corn farmers in increasing their harvest with the use of environment-friendly and egg-based parasitoids also known as trichogramma.

With the help of the facility, the farmers will no longer use chemical pesticides, which have been found destructive to corn crops, thus reducing farm hazards, he said.

Palacat said the trichogramma is most effective to control crop pests, which are basically polyphagous and easy to raise in a laboratory.

The trichogramma card will be available in the first cropping season this year, he said.

City allocates P117-M for Public Safety Project

By Vic Larato

The P117-million appropriation, which was contained in the 2015 Supplemental Budget Ordinance the City Council approved on second reading Tuesday (March 24), is not intended entirely for the purchase of security surveillance cameras or CCTVs.

The amount represents the total cost of the city government’s Public Safety and Surveillance Project (PSSP), of which the purchase of close circuit TV (CCTV) cameras is only one of the components.

The PSSP seeks to establish a world-class data center that is reliable, secure and scalable to be an intelligent citywide command center retrofitted with data security firewalls, fire control, precision cooling, network monitoring system, and will house various servers for different applications running the public safety program.

It will also include a world-class Incident Response Management System (IRMS) similar to the popular 911 call and dispatch system found in other countries. The IRMS will be manned by call center agents to monitor and record calls and incidents, including spatial GIS Mapping (Geographic information System).

Under the P117-million project, the command center system will have integrated security surveillance, traffic management surveillance and mapping system, which can integrate digital radio communication system and other sensor or data such as GPS, river/rain sensors, GSM Text-Blast system, population, police, tourism, disaster-related data, and future citizen-participatory mobile apps.

In a nutshell, the P117-million appropriation is not for surveillance cameras alone but for the entire myriad of network infrastructures under the PSSP of the city government, endorsed and certified urgent by Mayor Beng Climaco. The project is similar to Erap’s Emergengy Response System in the City of Manila, 911 Central of Davao City and Makati City Command Center.

The project is anchored on the present administration’s priority thrusts on Security, Health and Education (SHE). It is the Mayor’s vision to have a smarter city.

Zamboanga City readies for Earth Hour 2015 observance


ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 26 (PNA) – Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has issued an executive order calling on the residents and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to support this year’s observance of Earth Hour.

This, as preparations are underway for this city to join on Saturday the annual observance of the Earth Hour, a global call to action for energy efficiency and conservation.

City Hall Information Officer Belen Sheila Covarrubias said the Earth Hour activity in this city will be held at the Plaza del Pilar.

Salazar’s order also calls for the hanging of banners and streamers; the active mobilization, involvement and participation of the police, military, firemen, and other departments to ensure the safety and security of the public; information dissemination; and the commitment of at least one city-wide major initiative related to energy efficiency, conservation, and climate change.

Covarrubias said the Earth Hour 2015 program, entitled "Earth Hour Jam 2015," will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza del Pilar.

Covarrubias said an opening program will be held featuring the Earth Hour Night Bicycle Riders by the Zamboanga City Fitness Cycling Club Organization (ZAFCO), and an Earth Hour Jam.

She said the highlights of the program will be sessions on Earth Hour and the current power situation in the city to be led by City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Reynaldo Gonzales and Zamcelo General Manager George Ledesma, respectively, and will be followed by the Earth Hour countdown.

From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., lights of all city government buildings, major landmarks, and streetlights will be turned off to symbolize this city’s solidarity with the approximately 7,000 participating towns and cities worldwide.

The Earth Hour Philippines is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.

2 firms hire workers in Zamboanga City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 25 (PNA) -– The city government through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) announced that two out-of-town companies are hiring workers in this city.

Ma. Socorro Rojas, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) chief, said one of the two companies is based in Davao City that needs workers to undertake a project here.

Rojas, who is also the PESO head, said among the workers the Davao City-based firm needs are as follows: welders, masons, carpenters, laborers, backhoe operators, forklift operators, dumptruck drivers, boomtruck drivers, tinsmith, payloaders operators, and hollow block makers.

Rojas said the other firm that needs workers is based in Manila, which will establish a branch in this city.

She said the Manila-based firm needs the following: female store manager preferably a graduate of any business or medical related courses; female store supervisor preferably graduate of any business or medical related courses; female pharmacists with professional license; female pharmacy assistants who is a graduate of any four-year course or at least two years college; cashiers, female, not more than 25 years old, graduate of any four-year course; female sales clerk, not more than 25 years old and at least high school graduate; sales utility clerk; male stock clerk, not more than 25 years old and at least high school graduate; drivers; and, coordinators.

She said that qualified and interested applicants are advised to bring a filled-out resume with their latest picture and register at PESO, CSWDO, Pettit Barracks, this city until Thursday.

Zamboanga hydroelectric plants eyed as GOCC

By Bong Garcia (Sunnex)

THE proposal to declare hydroelectric power plants in Zamboanga as government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) is now with the Senate.

Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar revealed the development at the Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting on Tuesday.

Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Luwalhati Antonino is pursuing the proposal, which Salazar initiated two years ago when she was House deputy speaker of Mindanao.

Salazar said putting the plants under state control will protect the interest of Mindanao people if and when the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is enacted.

"When I was in Congress, we had the Energy Summit in Davao and out of that, I proposed that we do not declare hydro complexes private and so I filed a bill in Congress to turn it into a GOCC," Salazar said.

She said the plants need to be repaired by the government.

"Imagine, for more than 32 years already, the plants have not been rehabilitated. This is the contribution that we have and I am sure that Congresswoman (Lilia) Nuño and other representatives will support us," she added.

Present during the RDC meeting was Nuño, some local government officials, regional directors, NGO partners and other members.

National Economic Development Authority-Zamboanga Penindula Director Socorro Ramos presided the meeting.

LGU, DSWD lead 11th women with disabilities day fete

By Henry Salac

The City Government of Zamboanga and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 9 (DSWD – RO9) will spearhead activities in line with the observance of the 11th Women with Disabilities Day today, March 23.

The observance is in line with Proclamation 744 and based on the DILG issued Memorandum Circular No. 2015 -23 dated March 04, 2015.

The proclamation declares the last Monday of March of every year as “Women with Disabilities Day.” The theme of this year’s celebration “Juanang May Kapansanan, Kapasyahan Mo ay Mahalaga sa Bayan!”

The activities lined up for today include a forum to assess the rights of women with disabilities set at Cecille’s Catering and pension house in Tumaga organized by the DSWD-9 and the Persons with Disabilities Unit (PDAU) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office. It is believed that Women with Disabilities Day espouse the importance of ensuring respect for women PWDs’ inherent dignity, full and effective participation and inclusion in society and equality between them and men.

PDAU this year, cites one successful Woman with Disability in the person of Rowena Nunag Gregorio, 32 years old of Pasay Road, San Roque in this city.

Gregorio graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) School Year 2003 – 2004 and is now working at the Brent Hospital & Colleges Inc. as a Caregiver Course instructor.

Gregorio is orthopedically disabled which was caused by a motorcycle accident with her husband on May 22, 2009. The tragedy happened when the motorcycle, driven by her husband, collided with a 10-wheeler truck. Her legs were pinned down by the truck that required the amputation of both legs.

Despite her disability, Gregorio remains to have a positive outlook in life. She does not regard her disability as an issue not only because of the strong support from family and friends but due to her strong faith in the Almighty. “I believe that God has other plans for me and that he is guiding me to fulfill my mission as part of the PWD sector,” she declared.

City profiles tourist sites

By Sheila Covarrubias

The City Tourism Office is in the process of profiling man-made and natural attractions to identify the tourist spots in this city.

City Tourism Officer Sarita Sebastian-Hernandez said Friday the profiling is set to be completed in June, this year.

Hernandez said they have so far completed the profiling of more than 10 man-made and natural attractions in the different barangays.

It includes the Merloquet Falls in Barangay Sibuglao located 80 kilometers east of City Hall and the Greater Sta. Cruz Island.

This city consist of 98 barangays, eight of which are island villages.

“The reason why we are doing this (profiling), we want to do the profile of the different tourist spots in Zamboanga City and eventually, be able to identify whether there is a need for it to be developed,” Hernandez said

“It’s (the profiling is) very important because tourism is a continuing industry,” she added.

She further said that they are also in the process of identifying potential tourist sites aside from profiling the man-made and natural attraction.

City gears for ‘Summer na Zambo’ fest

By Sheila Covarrubias

Summer time in Zamboanga is expected to be another hit, as the City Government finalizes the calendar of activities for “Summer na Zamboanga” 2015.

Aimed to involve the community and to provide wholesome entertainment to local residents as well as visitors during summer, the month-long festival will have its grand kick off on April 10 at 4pm at the City Hall grounds.

But prior to the grand opening however, the city government will join the global community in the observance of Earth Hour, a 60-minute power shut-off to send the strong message to take action on global warming, on March 28 at 7:30pm at Plaza del Pilar. The Women’s Month celebration will also culminate on March 30 at 4pm at the Western Mindanao Command grandstand and open field, with the “Unido Fuerza de las Mujeres Para Paz” activity.

The Dia de Mam Caling which marks the birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat will be held at 7am on April 26 at Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca. The following day, April 27 will be the youth forum, Speak Out Zamboanga at 8am at Centro Latino.

Other highlights of the Summer na Zamboanga include the Zamboanga Hip-hop dance competition with eliminations set on May 2 at 9am at Centro Latino and the grand finals set on May 8 at 1pm at the City Coliseum. The Kite-Flying festival, a competition of colorful and uniquely shaped kites will be held on May 9 at 9am at the Paseo del Mar.

Danza Verano: the grand bash at Sundown will be held 4pm on May 15 at Paseo del Mar while May 16 will be Juego de Antes starting at 3pm at Paseo del Mar.

On May 18 the city will commemorate Dia de Vicente Alvarez marking the heroism of Gen. Vicente Alvarez. It will start with the wreath laying ceremony at 7:30am at Plaza de Gen. Vicente Alvarez fronting City Hall. The much awaited Festival de las Bellas y Flores is scheduled on May 22 with a parade at 5pm from the Fire Station in Ledesma Street towards the City Hall grounds.

May 1-30 will be the month-long summer learn to play program where children 5-15 years of age will be given free training on 26 sports events.

Various private groups have coordinated activities with the City Government also in line with the Summer Festival and these include the Out of School Youth Summit organized by the Mindanao Youth for Development set from April 29-30 starting at 8am at Centro Latino; ZC Youth Leadership CSO Internship Program from April 27-May 27 and numerous others.

Vitali receives P13.2 million projects, free med services

By Jasmine Mohammadsali

The Dia de Alcalde, a service-oriented caravan, touched base with residents of Vitali Thursday afternoon, March 19, as City Mayor Beng Climaco motored east of the City to bring the full range of social, health, agriculture, and civil registration support of the local government to the barangay.

Together with teams from the City Health, City Veterinarian, City Registrar, and City Social Welfare and Development, Climaco met and joined the more than 300 residents who flocked to the Vitali Covered Court to avail of the free services brought by the caravan.

Dia de Alcalde is among the platforms utilized by the local government to deliver critical services to far-flung barangays.

Included in the roster of services provided free of charge are medical consultations, dental services, provision of basic medicines and vitamins, farming and agri-technology demonstrations, veterinary services, and civil registration support.

Aside from the Dia program, Climaco likewise turned over five infrastructure projects to Vitali and nearby barangay Mangusu—all worth P13.2 million. For Vitali, the Mayor turned over a public market building (P2.214 million), communal irrigation (P1.496 million), and fencing for the Vitali VocTech (P993,961)

On the other hand, Mangusu received Php 8.6 M worth of infrastructure projects which included a 2 store 4 classroom school building (P4.6million) for the Mangusu Elementary School and a farm-to-market road (P3.995million).

Residents of both Vitali and Mangusu, represented by their Chairpersons Jose Alavar and Ismael Malik, expressed their appreciation for the services and projects provided by the local government as well as the opportunity to personally express their needs and concerns to Climaco and local officials.

Accompanying Climaco were City Councilor VP Elago and City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo.

Earlier this week, Climaco also brought the Dia de Alcalde to the barangays of Lapakan and Latuan.

PAEMB approves coral transplantation project


ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 19 (PNA) -- The Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PAEMB) has approved the implementation of a coral reef rehabilitation project in Sta. Cruz Island recently.

PAEMB is an inter-agency created to oversee the development of Sta. Cruz Island and other protected areas in this city.

To be spearheaded jointly by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) and the Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative (SPC), the project, entitled “Application of Coral Transplantation Technology to Harness Potentials of Sta. Cruz Islands, Zamboanga City for Underwater Tourism and Improved Productivity of the Coral Reef Resources,” will involve transplanting 10,000 live coral fragments and setting-up 10 coral nursery units (CNUs) using transplanting technologies approved by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

It will also identify and establish a stream of dive sites, train stakeholders, partners, and community-based stewards to jumpstart and sustain coral restoration and eco-tourism, and promote science-based coral reef management.

Professor Arthur Panganiban of the ZSCMST said that the project is an active restoration initiative to mitigate the degradation of coral reefs caused by overexploitation, pollution, and other destructive practices, to be implemented at the western part of the Greater Sta. Cruz Island for a span of one year.

“Few of the areas are in excellent condition. The other dive sites are parang rubble na lang (only rubble), and these areas are the target of the rehabilitation,” Panganiban explained, when asked about the condition of the coral reefs within the area of the Greater Sta. Cruz Island.

Panganiban further said that the protection of coral reefs will need to combine local management efforts with active restoration initiatives such as coral transplantation, noting that passive restoration is not enough as coral reef ecosystems are degraded at a rate that is too fast for nature to catch up or recover.

Coral transplantation is defined as the physical relocation of coral from a site of inhospitable conditions to where the coral is more likely to thrive.

The SPC, ZSCMST’s partner in the initiative, is a non-government organization (NGO) accredited by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) to undertake coral restoration.

‘Dia del Alcalde’ visits Latuan

By Sheila Covarrubias (Daily Zamboanga Times)

The Dia del Alcalde, an outreach mission intended to bring the government closer to the barangays, yesterday served the far-flung village of Latuan, approximately 52 kilometers east of the city.

Mayor Beng Climaco personally led the mission showcasing the city’s frontline services on health, veterinary, agriculture and civil registration. She also brought along representatives from the Philhealth to help explain to the residents about the City Government’s Philhealth sponsorship program.

Inhabited by over 2,000 residents, the barangay is basically a coconut producing area and planted with various other agricultural crops.

Mayor Climaco said the Dia del Alcalde is a venue where the government showcases its program thrusts on Security Health and Education (SHE) as well as a forum where she can dialogue with the barangay residents regarding projects and issues affecting their communities.

Hundreds of residents trooped to the barangay hall to avail of the free services rolled out by the local government that included free medical and dental services, demonstrations on agricultural technology, free civil registration and free vaccination of pets.

Rosita Macarandan, Latuan barangay chairperson, thanked Mayor Climaco and the City Government for bringing Dia del Alcalde to her barangay and for serving her constituents.

Such services are badly needed by the barangay residents, who mostly cannot afford to avail of due to financial difficulty and access to agencies providing the services.

Meanwhile, Mayor Beng Climaco took the opportunity of exploring one of Latuan caves dubbed as “seven-door cave” upon the invitation of the barangay residents and to help promote eco-tourism in the barangay.

Seven-door cave is approximately 1.5 kilometers away from the barangay hall and is fast becoming a tourist attraction as different groups and tourists visit the site. Various mineral formations can be found in the cave.

ZCPO, SCC forge scholarship pact for cops’ kin

(Daily Zamboanga Times)

Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Chief Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro disclosed yesterday that full scholarships will be provided to dependents of police personnel incapacitated or killed in the line of duty.

This, after the ZCPO formalized its partnership with Southern City Colleges (SCC), represented by its president Edwin Caliolio, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Friday, March 13.

Under the agreement, full scholarships for elementary, high school and college will be provided to dependents of any police personnel injured or slain in the performance of their duty beginning 2016.

Children of the slain Special Action Forces (SAF) in Mamasapano, including those who hailed from Luzon and Visayas, were also offered educational scholarships, noted Casimiro.

“I told our personnel that even if anything happens to us in the line of duty, we are already assured that our children will be able to have a decent education,” said Casimiro.

The police chief said that scholarship grant will be institutionalized as part of the City Police’s programs and projects for its personnel and their dependents.

Meanwhile, the ZCPO continues its crackdown against illegal drugs with 20 operations conducted from March 9 to 15, resulting in the arrest of 27 suspects.

Police personnel were also able to intercept at least 8,386 board feet of good lumber at RT Lim Boulevard which were turned over to CENRO 9.

A total of 81 individuals were apprehended for violations of different City ordinances. Sixty one were issued citation tickets while 17 rendered community service.

As part of its internal administrative cleansing mechanism, Casimiro reported that the ZCPO has dropped from its rolls 16 personnel with AWOL cases.

“It will be an injustice to the men and women of ZCPO who are working in the streets, day and night, rain or shine. There are people on AWOL, and still, they are receiving their salaries. We are pushing for the stoppage of their pay and allowances,” said Casimiro.

OWWA-9 lauds ‘Search’ winners

(Daily Zamboanga Times)

The Regional Welfare Office-IX of the Overseas Workers Welfare administration (OWWA-RWO-9) has a lauded the winners in the “National Search for the Outstanding Sons and Daughters of OFW.”

A total of 40 participants joined the search nationawide with only 20 winners chosen including Alab Carl Gatinao and Ian Isaiah from Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Alab and Isaiah are OWWA’s pride; they serve as inspiration to all the sons and daughters of OFW. You are really a good model to all the youth and hope of our community, “ OWWA Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain said.

He said OWWA will continue to serve the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) and to improve more the programs and services to all the stakeholders.

He also extended his congratulatory message to the parents of all winners in the recently concluded “National Search for the Outstanding Sons and Daughters of OFW Students Achievers 2014,” sponsored by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines ( CBCP) and the Episcopal for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) ,

“I really salute all parents who are working abroad and sacrifice their lives just to give a good future to their children,” Jumdain said.

‘PNP-BOI report failed to cover Noy’s Zamboanga visit’

By Jaime Laude With Marvin Sy, Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines — Top security officials, who asked not be named, said the BOI report was a mere elaboration of what the public already knew about the Mamasapano incident.

They said the BOI, as a fact-finding body, should have focused on determining the real purpose of the President’s visit to Zamboanga City, supposedly to assess the damaged caused by an explosion that killed two people and wounded 52 others.

“The BOI report is just an amplification of publicly known facts. The probers appeared to have evaded the President’s visit to Zamboanga,” one of the security officials said.

In its report, the BOI admitted that the body failed to look into the presence of Aquino in Zamboanga City due to lack of access.

There were unconfirmed reports that Aquino was monitoring the Mamasapano operation from Zamboanga City.

“The board could have come up with an honest-to-goodness report on the Mamasapano incident had they included in their efforts to determine the presence of the President as well as his defense, military and police officials in Zamboanga City,” another security official said.

According to the security officials, the BOI limited the President’s supposed liability in Oplan Exodus to breaking the PNP chain of command when he allowed suspended PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to take part in the high-level anti-terror operation.

The BOI said Purisima provided inaccurate information to the Aquino while then SAF commander Director Getulio Napeñas committed lapses in implementing the operation and erred in taking orders from a suspended superior.

The report said the Chief Executive violated the PNP chain of command when he “exercised his prerogative” by directly dealing with Napeñas instead of with PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina before and during the SAF operation.

Supporters of suspended SAF chief Napeñas were dissatisfied with the BOI report on the Mamasapano clash.

Napenas’ spokesman Lexy Victore said the BOI failed to summon other key players involved in the botched police operation.

Victore said there was cover-up in the report.

Retired police Chief Superintendent Tomas Rentoy III, chairman of the PNP Academy Alumni Association Inc., said they are satisfied with the BOI report but this will be subjected to a thorough study by their legal counsel.

Meanwhile, the military leadership is mum over the reported non-cooperation of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang with the probe body. ‘Same intel sources’

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday dared members of the government peace panel to disprove his claims that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was harboring high-value terrorists instead of engaging in squid tactics.

Cayetano made the statement after members of the peace panel criticized him for saying that the MILF protected Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, before he was killed by SAF commandos in Mamapasano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25.

Members of the peace panel said the senator’s allegations should be verified first by the security agencies.

Cayetano said that all the information he has came from the police and military, the same sources of intelligence available to the peace panel.

He said that during the Senate’s hearings on the Mamasapano clash, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said that the peace panel has updated intelligence about the presence of terrorists, insurgents and their camps and that these were from the military and the police.

Cayetano said that the e-mails that he presented during his privilege speech earlier this week between Marwan and his brother regarding the protection being given to the former by MILF commander Wahid Tundok were used by prosecutors in the United States.

“These are all factual. Why won’t they open their eyes and look at this?” Cayetano said.

“The most important question is, was I telling the truth? If I was lying and all the materials I presented were not true, the peace panel should have said it outright,” he added.

Instead of engaging in what he described as squid tactics, Cayetano said the peace panel should just address the issues that he has raised about the MILF.

Cayetano said Marwan was not only being coddled by the MILF, but the group had arms build-up and links to terror groups al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah.

City Hall calls for water conservation

By Sheila Covarrubias

Due to continuous dry spell, City Hall airs an urgent appeal to all residents to help conserve water by recycling and using the commodity appropriately.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office OIC Elmeir Apolinario issued the call in the light of water scarcity in the city that led the Zamboanga City Water district (ZCWD) to impose a water rationing scheme starting last week.

Apolinario yesterday convened a meeting with representatives from the ZCWD, City Agriculturist Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office and the City Mayor’s Office to discuss plans and measures on how to cope with the aggravating water situation.

“Let us all do our share as concessionaires by not wasting water,” Apolinario said citing the need to reducing the volume of water for the plants, washing cars, washing clothes and washing dishes among others. “It is okey to have no power but not water.”

Other than conserving water, the public should also be wary of illegal connections and use of booster pumps especially at this time when the water supply has gone down.

ZCWD Engineering Department head Engr. Marli Acosta De Fiesta said the water level at the Pasonanca intake is below normal and that the water firm can still manage through the rationing schedule it provided. However, as to how long it can supply water, will depend on the weather, she said.

On the other hand, Apolinario said barangay officials should also help the ZCWD and the City Government in monitoring water lines in view of persistent reports that some scrupulous individuals resort to line tapping in areas where there is strong water pressure.

“The barangays should be in the forefront because the ZCWD cannot do it alone. Please help monitor water thievery through fire hydrants or lines in areas where water pressure is strong,” Apolinario added.

City sets 20th Summer Sports fest

By Sheila Covarrubias

The city government through the City Sports Division is now finalizing preparations for the Basic Summer Camp dubbed “Learn-to-Play A Sports Program.”

Now on its 20th year, the sports activity will be from May 1-31. Registration of participants will start second week of April. The program provides free training on 26 sports disciplines to ensure the youths with a wholesome and worthwhile experience during the summer season. Over 200 instructors have been tapped to train the participants.

The month-long program, which is open for free to children ages 5 to 15, will be held in various venues to include the barangays and private institutions.

The sports events include aikido/arnis (8 years old and above); athletics (6 years to not more than 12); basketball (5 years old and above); baseball, body building (12 years and above; boxing (8 years above); chess (5 years and above); dance sport; fencing; football; gymnastics (5 years above); judo; karate-do (5 years above); lawn tennis; muay thai; pencak silat (7 years above); sepak takraw; softball; swimming (8 years above); table tennis (6 years above); taekwondo (4 years above); volleyball; weightlifting; wrestling (5 years above) and wushu (5 years above).

The Learn-to-Play a Sports activity has been proven to be a very successful sports and youth development program, for which most Zamboangueño athletes had won medals in national and international competitions.

Last year a total of 2,883 children participated in the program.

Health office marks zero rabies case

By Bong Garcia

ZAMBOANGA City has registered zero rabies case last year, a local health official said.

"This was a big achievement for Zamboanga City in 2014," said City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, adding that they continue monitoring rabies infection this year in the different parts of the city.

He said the monitoring is done in coordination with other concerned stakeholders.

Agbulos said the number of cat and dog bite cases have reached 5,574 in Zamboanga City since January this year.

The city is currently observing the Anti-Rabies Awareness Month, which is being observed nationwide every March of the year.

This year's Rabies Awareness Month is anchored on the theme: "Bakunadong Pusa't Aso, sa Rabis Protektado. Sama-sama nating labanan ang Rabis."

In Zamboanga City, the annual activity kicked off last week with a motorcade that started from Pettit Barracks, passing through the main thoroughfares downtown up to Pasonanca park, where a short program followed.

Vaccination of pets and film showing highlighted the launching program in the observance of Rabies Awareness Month.

ZCWD holds in-house Project Dev’t Training

By Allen Abastillas

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), through its Corporate Planning Department and Human Resource Department, conducted a three-day Project Development Training held last March 4-6, 2015 at the Le Jardin, Marcian Garden Hotel, this city.

The said training was primarily aimed to enhance capabilities of ZCWD personnel along the area of project development and management specifically as to the formulation of project proposals envisioned to address particular issues/concerns/needs which are considered mission-critical in the operations of the organization.

Morning session of Day 1 was devoted to the lectures presented by Engr. Marlito Cabadsan of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office VII (NEDA – RO VII) on the Overview of Development Planning Process and Investment Programming as well as a workshop session by group on Problem Tree Analysis.

The workshop session on problem tree analysis was especially helpful in culling and cascading out the organizational concerns and issues faced by the water district.

Meanwhile, the afternoon session of Day 1 was packed with the group presentation on problem tree analysis as well as another group workshop on Objective Tree Analysis. There were also lectures on Project Definition and Identification, Alternative Analysis,Market Analysis and Technical Analysis aspect of a project proposal.

Participants were then kept informed as to the basics and the strategies involved in conducting a market study as well as the consequent follow-up conduct of a technical analysis which shall determine the nature, size, and scope of a particular project, its project components as well as the attendant outputs in reference to the said market study.

Day 2 of the training was facilitated by Director Efren B. Carreon of NEDA – RO VII and dealt with the lecture presentation on the Formulation of the Project Proposal during the morning sessions.

Here, participants were made aware about the primary components of a project proposal which consists of the following: 1) executive summary, 2) situation description, 3) market study/analysis, 4) technical study /analysis, 5) financial study/ analysis, 6) economic analysis, 7) organization and management as well as the 8) attendant annexes to the document.

During the afternoon sessions, participants dabbled with exercises on computations for the weighted average cost of capital (WACC), net present value (NPV), benefit-cost ratio as well as the internal rate of return (IRR) which are important measurements in the viability of projects during the lecture on Financial Analysis.Afterwards, participants were also taught how to compute for sensitivity of IRR and NPV given a certain change in economic variables during the module on Sensitivity Analysis.

Dir. Carreon also facilitated the sessions for the third day of the training which mainly revolved on Project Organization and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Social Impact Analysis, Logical Framework, and the Overview on Public-Private Partnership.

Dir. Carreon stressed on the need for the conduct of monitoring and evaluation to regularly assess on the project’s progress and evaluate on the milestones achieved and the gaps in project implementation.

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