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ICRC donates vehicle to PRC-Zamboanga City chapter


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 22 (PNA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has provided a boost in terms of mobility to the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga City Chapter.

This, as the ICRC has donated a van-type vehicle worth P1 million to the PRC-Zamboanga City Chapter.

ICRC Sub-Office Zamboanga Deputy Delegate Chappy Daclan handed over the vehicle Monday to PRC-Zamboanga City Chapter headed by Victor Liozo, Jr.

Liozo said the newly-donated vehicle will be of great help to the PRC-Zamboanga City Chapter in its delivery of humanitarian services here.

Liozo said the vehicle will be used by the staff and volunteers who are currently serving the families displaced by the siege in September 2013.

He said the donation of the van has brought to 10 units the total number of vehicles of the PRC-Zamboanga City Chapter.

He said the other nine vehicle units of his chapter consist of three ambulances, three pick-ups, one water tanker, one motorcycle and a van, which is under repair.

City holds diabetes screening, clinic

By Bong Garcia

AT LEAST 350 individuals availed of the diabetic screening and clinic on Monday held by the Zamboanga City Health Office.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said the screening and clinic, which was held after Monday’s flag ceremony, was part of the Diabetic Awareness Week.

Agbulos, without citing specific figures, disclosed that “notably big numbers” of the 350 who availed the screening and clinic “are diabetic.”

Agbulos has said that diabetes remains as the Number 9 in the mortality list of deaths in this city.

He said that diabetes registered more than 2,000 mortality in 2013 based on the diagnosis of the local medical practitioners.

Meanwhile, he said his office is set to organize the diabetes support group in this city.

He said the support group will help them in the advocacy of prevention and control of diabetes.

Zamboanga City opens new transitory site for folk displaced by 2013 siege

By Joel Locsin/JDS (GMA News)

The Zamboanga City government opened last Thursday a new transitory site to clear evacuation centers of residents affected by the failed siege by followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari last September.

Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the site was built on property offered by the Silsillah Dialogue Movement in Sitio Paniran, Barangay Sta. Catalina, MindaNews reported.

Climaco-Salazar said at least 15 families were moved to the new transitory site. The families are from the Don Gregorio Memorial School, Zamboanga East Central School and the sports complex.

These families are to benefit from the permanent housing project to be constructed for the Paniran Homeowners Association in Barangay Sta. Catalina.

Earlier transitory sites include the sports complex and those in Barangays Taluksangay, Upper Calarian, Tulungatung, Mampang and Rio Hondo.

Meanwhile, assistant city administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said efforts are underway to build a ninth transitory site in Sitio Buggok, Sta. Catalina.

Apolinario, who heads the temporarily shelter cluster, said the construction of the ninth transitory site will start next week.

Climaco-Salazar said the single recovery shelter units that could house 15 families were constructed by the International Organization for Migration, with help from Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the governments of Japan, Canada and United Kingdom.

For his part, Silsilah founder Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra said allowing the free use of Silsillah’s property was a way of helping the city government to help the evacuees.

Philippine Veterans Bank inaugurates newly-renovated branch in Zambo City


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 19 (PNA) -- The Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) has inaugurated its newly-renovated branch Friday afternoon in the city.

PVB Executive Vice-President Jesus Vicente Garcia spearheaded the inauguration of the local PVB branch along Gov. Lim held at 5 p.m.

The event was attended by government officials and members of the cross section of the society.

Archbishop Romulo Del Cruz officiated the mass and blessing of the newly-renovated PVB branch.

Garcia said PVB has unique services such as Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card which could be used as debit card, identification card, and as a time keeping card.

Garcia said the bank also have pick-up services for big-time depositors of PVB.

“We are bringing the bank right at their doorstep. They do not have to go to the bank, we go to them,” Garcia added.

He encourage depositors to continue patronizing the PVB citing they always think of something new “so they will enjoy” the services.

The PVB products and services are the following: deposit services; loan services; treasury products; trust services; investment banking; international services; and, other services.

DTI-9 wants SMEs to be disaster resilient, ready for AEC 2015

By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao (FPG/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 18 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry-9 is making sure that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are ready for any disasters that may hit the region, thus, this year’s SME Roving Academy (SME Caravan) is aimed at making them disaster resilient and equipping with the opportunities the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will bring.

Newly minted DTI-9 Industry Development Division Chief Mr. Lowell S. Vallecer said this year’s roving caravan includes seminars that will equip SMEs against calamities and opportunities for growth.

“What makes our caravan different from last year’s is that we have included a forum on ASEAN Economic Community, and Business Continuity Planning to make our SMEs disaster resilient. This will be for our Dipolog City leg,” he said.

Vallecer added that they will also be conducting Financing forums for Pagadian leg to support budding businesses in the area, while Zamboanga Sibugay SMEs will be treated to a Visual Merchandizing Seminar.

“Visual Merchandizing will teach our SMEs how to dress up their stores or establishments to make it more attractive to potential customers,” Vallecer said.

As part of the core activity of the caravan, DTI will still be conducting product development seminar to help SMEs improve their products and also the one-on-one consultation with concerned government agencies to help SMEs secure needed assistance from product development, access to finance and market. The caravan also informs SMEs on the different policies of the government in conducting business.

The SME Roving Academy 2014 will be held from July 21 to 26, kicking off in Dipolog City, then in Pagadian City, in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, and finally in Zamboanga City to cater for SMEs not just in Zamboanga but also those from Isabela City, Basilan.

DTI-9 OIC Regional Director Dr. Sitti Amina Jain is enjoining all stakeholders to participate in the caravan to help SMEs in the region grow and spur economic advancement.

“SMEs should be given utmost priority as they are the very backbone of the country’s economy,” Director Jain said in the previous meeting with SME-9 Core Group.

BSP-Zamboanga sets ‘Coins for Trees 2014’ activity


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 17 (PNA) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will hold a tree planting activity dubbed as “Coins for Trees 2014” in a bid to encourage circulation of coins and at the same time protect the environment.

BSP Economic and Financial Learning Center head Hermogenes Buenaflor said Thursday the tree planting activity is scheduled to be held on Saturday at the BSP’s mini-forest at the Cesar Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong, Pasonanca, this city.

Buenaflor said it was dubbed “Coins for Trees 2014” since each of the participants will have to pay P50 for each tree she or he will plant.

Buenaflor said the P50 payment should be in coins of different denominations ranging from P10, P5, P1, and .25, .10, .05, and 1 centavos.

“The first objective is to get the money back, particularly of lower denomination coins, into circulation and second is to plant trees for the future generation,” Buenaflor said.

He said they are targeting to plant this year a total of 300 trees of hard wood species such as Narra and Mahogany.

He said the proceeds of the tree planting activity will go to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Zamboanga City chapter.

He said the program is now on its second year. He recalled that they have planted 300 tree seedlings last year.

DOT organizes tourism clubs in Zamboanga Peninsula schools


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 16 (PNA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is organizing Tourism Clubs in the different schools here in the region aimed at boosting the tourism industry.

DOT Regional Director Mary June Bugante said Wednesday she will meet initially with the teachers and students of 15 selected schools from the different parts of the region as part of the preparation for the organization of the school’s Tourism Clubs.

Bugante said the meeting will be held Thursday (July 17) at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) in this city.

“This will only be the first of the series of meetings we will conduct,” she added.

Bugante’s office covers the provinces of Zamboanga del Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isdabela, Pagadian and Zamboanga.

She said the organization of Tourism Clubs in schools is important as “they will serve as our partners in the development of the tourism industry in the region.”

ZCHS-SPED joins 2014 NDPR Week celebration


The Zamboanga City High School Special Education Program together with the other schools with SPED program in Zamboanga City Division will join the nation in celebrating the 36th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week celebration on July 17-23, 2014.

The 36th NDPR will be spearheaded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the other members of the National Working Committee.

Bearing the theme: “Talino at Panindigan ng Taong may Kapansan: Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran”, the celebration aims at promoting the capabilities, skills and talents of Persons with Disabilities which is geared toward improving their lives and uplifting their economic status. Some local activities lined up for this annual celebration include Motorcade, Opening Program and Presscon as the kicked off activities on July 17, 2014 at the Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum, Roberto Villares Rd., Don Alfaro St., Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

Other activities for the week’s celebration are: (1) Enhancement of Talents and Skills Seminar for PWDs on July 18, 2014 at Garden Orchid Hotel and Division SPED Camp for students with Special Needs at Boalan Elementary School from 8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. (2) Filipino Sign Language Awareness Seminar for ZCHS SPED Teachers and their Deaf students at Zamboanga City High School and Division SPED Teachers Get Together Party at Gazebo, Astoria Regency, Pasonanca on July 19 (3) Holy Mass at St. Ignatius Parish Church, Tetuan on July 20 (4) Seminar for Division SPED Teachers on Instructional Materials (IM) on July 21. Venue will be announced later. (5) Processing of Passport for PWDs on July 23 at the Department of Foreign Affairs 1:00 P.M- 3:00P.M.

This year’s celebration coincide with the 150th birthday of Apolinario Mabini on July 23. The celebration is also considered the biggest and widest disability-related event in the community. It has been celebrated annually since 1979 to bring to the forefront public awareness and consciousness on various concerns of persons with disabilities and this is also a way to develop and strengthen cooperation and partnership among different sectors of society on disability in order to uplift the economic conditions of Persons with Disabilities.

Zambo police, crime laboratory conduct capacity-building training


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 14 (PNA) -– The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) in coordination with the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) is conducting a capacity-building training to selected personnel from the different Police Stations to enable them to process crimes scenes involving minor cases.

ZCPO Officer-in-Charge Supt. Angelito Casimiro said Monday that the first to have undergone the capacity-building training was the ZCPO’s Police Station 10 located in Barangay Labuan, this city.

Casimiro said the capacity-building training for selected personnel of Police Station 10 was held last Saturday, July 5, and “this (training) will be going through every Saturday until all the (Police) Stations will be capacitated.”

“Every Saturday, the RCLO and our investigation branch will be going to the different Police Stations to train our personnel on Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) so they won’t be dependent on the RCLO,” Casimiro added.

Casimiro’s command has jurisdiction over 11 Police Stations covering this city’s 98 barangays.

He said the conduct of the capacity-building training is aimed to lessened the work load of the RCLO personnel “who are doing a lot of crime scene investigation in the whole region.”

He said they will only rely on the RCLO personnel to process crime scene involving heinous cases once all of the 11 Police Stations will complete the capacity-building training.

Archdiocese of Zamboanga with USAID, Asia Foundation launches ‘YEZ for Peace’

By Sayson, Rominalyn Tan & Mendaros, Kristine Joy Juaton (WMSU Masscom Interns)

The Social Action Center of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asia Foundation launched the Youth Empowering Zamboanga Peace for Peace Project at Centro Pastoral convention hall in this city on Saturday.

The event’s goal is to promote peace and understanding among Christian and Islam through empowering and nurturing children as future leaders with the support if their respective families and other stakeholders towards project sustainability in the community.

It was attended by the youth ages 13-17 from the barangaya of Sta.Catalina, Talon-talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco that were directly affected of Zamboanga stand-off, with the social participation of Social Action Volunteers.

Barangay chairmen Teodyver Arquiza of Talon-Talon, Leonard Aliangan (Mampang), Mujib Abdulhussin (Arena Blanco) and Jimmy Villlaflores (Sta. Catalina) whose villages are the main beneficiaries of the project were also present.

During the launching Archbishop of Zamboanga, Most. Rev. Romulo Dela Cruz, Arcdiocesan Youth Apostolate Director Mr.Mark Saavedra, USAID Philippines representative Mr.Jules Benitez, and Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar gave their commitment and support to the project.

A testimony of one youth, a victim of the siege in Zamboanga last September, from Barangay Sta.Catalina and also the induction of the YEZ for Peace officers of the four areas by the mayor also highlighted the event.

In an interview, Program Organizer of YEZ for Peace Zamboanga, Cyril Ganob said that the event helps in promoting peace in Zamboanga because of the social action.

“We believe that all people of Zamboanga must be healed from what had happened last September 2013 and healing starts from the young people,” Ganob said.

“Young leaders have to be identified and empowered to commerce the innitiative on peace building in order to build peace and empower communities to be peace weavers.”

Ganob added that the young people will pass through series of capability building, skills for life training, leadership training on peace building, inter-religious dialogue (Muslim and Christian) and they will also have a capability building for the barangay and BCPC Officials and for the parents of the youth.

The expected outputs for the project include the 120 children project partners identified for the establishment of YEZ for Peace recognized by the community as effective mechanism whereby child participation is highly promoted.

Also to ensure the functionality of Barangay Council for Protection of Children (BCPC) and youth task force in the area based on the guidelines set by the Department of Internal Local Government (DILG), and to identify and give full support to 120 parents and other stakeholders the success of this project.

300 avail of Dia de Alcalde in Ayala

By Sheila Covarrubias

Over 300 people including children availed of free medical and dental services during the “Dia del Alcalde” Program held in Ayala in line with the barangay’s fiesta celebration Friday, June 11.

Of the total number, 200 benefited from medical services and 50 availed of free dental services –all delivered by the medical and dental staff from the City Health Office (CHO). 50 other young boys availed of the free hair cut courtesy of personnel from the 11th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT).

Over a thousand students from the Ayala National High School on the other hand, received free school bags which Mayor Beng Climaco personally funded and distributed as part of her advocacy on education.

The Dia del Alcalde program is an outreach activity featuring frontline services of the City Government. It is literally bringing the government closer to the people and coincides with barangay fiesta celebrations.

Aside from the CHO, personnel from the City Agriculturist Office also gave out free seeds and demonstrations to farmers while staff from the Civil Registrar’s Office rolled out services on official documentation of significant events such as birth and marriage among others.

The City Veterinarian’s Office likewise gave out free animal vaccination.

Meanwhile, the Dia del Alacalde program will visit barangays Quiniput on July 18, Lamisahan on July 24 and Sibulao on July 30.

Zamboanga City unveils P2.2-M projects


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- The local government has recently completed the rehabilitation of a mini-terminal and 22 stalls at the Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex in this city.

The projects, costing P2.2 million, were inaugurated on Wednesday by Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and City Administrator Antonio Orendain, Jr.

Orendain said the mini-terminal serves as terminal of mini-buses and jeepneys plying the routes to the barangays of Curuan, Tolosa and Vitali east of this city.

Orendain said 16 of the 22 stalls will be occupied by the charcoal vendors while the remaining six are for assorted products.

He said the rehabilitation projects are aimed at helping boost economic activities at the Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex, which is among the economic enterprise of this city.

He said the newly-completed projects will also provide more convenient and better spaces for both concessionaires and the buying public.

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