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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW activity in Dipolog successful, says DENR

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) -Hundreds of Dipolognons from all walks of life flocked to the two planting sites here in support of the“TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW”simultaneous tree planting activity last Sept. 26.

The simultaneous Mindanao-wide tree planting activity,which was conducted from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. was an attempt to break the Guinness World Records of India which had planted 1,945,535 trees for one hour in 408 different locations with 340,200 participants.

Ms. Elsie M Adorable, TreeVolution focal person for Upper Dicayas planting site, said 350, instead of the expected 250 volunteer-planters composed of the members of the Puti Bato Upper Dicayas Farmers Association had registered and planted 5,000 seedlings of cacao, coffee and narra.

Aside from the members of the Puti Bato Upper Dicayas Farmers Associaiton, other groups joining the said activity included the members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), barangay officials, teachers and students of the colleges and university in the city, GSIS, SSS, LBP, DCWD, academe, religious sector, and non-government and civic organizations.

On the other hand, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rodney Benedicto together with 125 participants from 101st Infantry Brigade, Police Public Safety Company(PPSC), City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), Barangays Turno, Minaog and Sicayab planted 2,500 seedlings of mahogany, narra and other timber trees at the five-hectare public land above the rellocation site in Upper Dicayas.

“Based on initial feedback from TreeVolution focal persons, the tree planting activity was very successful. In fact, planters have finished planting earlier than the allotted time,” said Geoffrey Zayas, community environment and natural resources officer for the province’s second district. For this, he thanked the mayors and local leaders in the barangays and all stakeholders, especially the planters for their support to the one-hour activity.

Meanwhile, CENRO-Dapitan chief Jose Mario Reyes also reported that 1,674 joined the tree-planting activity at Alvenda, Mutia and planted 42,550 of rubber and falcata seedlings at the 100-hectare public land identified for the purpose.

Reyes said the tree planting activity in Mutia town had only registered an accomplishment of 85.1 percentdue to the difficult terrain of the planting site. CENRO-Dapitan targeted to plant 50,000 assorted timber trees in 100-hectare public lands in the whole first district of Zamboanga del Norte.

Similar tree-planting activity were also undertaken by CENRO-Liloy and CENRO-Siocon, all of the third district of Zamboanga del Norte.

From the initial reports submitted by TreeVolution focal persons, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marlon Velasco has expressed optimism that the Mindanao-wide tree planting activity in the six regions ofMindanao would beat the existing Guiness World Records of India.

The Sept. 26 TreeVolution activity was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

500 participants join TreeVolution challenge in Dipolog

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – Some 500 participants from the different government and private organizations joined the TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW activity on Friday, Sept. 29 in the two planting sites at Puting Bato, Barangay Upper Dicayas this city.

Among those who joined the simultaneous tree planting activity were officials and employees of the city government of Dipolog, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Department of Education (DepEd), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), 101st Infantry Brigade Philippine Army, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Public Safety Command (PPSC), Dipolog City Police Officers, members of the Medical Doctors Association, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, Pilipinas Natin, religious groups, fraternities, media, non-government organizations as well as students from St. Vincent’s College and Jose Rizal Memorial State University.

While the barangay health workers of Upper Dicayas served as medical and rescue team for the said event, some policemen were also sent to secure the entire planting sites.

Protected Area Wildlife & Coastal Zone Management Specialist and TreeVolution focal person Elsie Adorable of CENRO-Dipolog reminded the participants before the start of the activity that they should not take photos but just concentrate on planting trees during the hour-long activity.

“There will be official photographer and videographer to document our activity today. We also have here our secretariat, stewards, independent witness, site marshals and official time keeper to assist and facilitate the success of our activity,” Adorable explained.

At exactly 8:30 a.m., a whistle was blown to signal the start of the one-hour simultaneous tree planting. All the six regions of Mindanao participated in the said activity.

Planters were also not allowed to go out of the planting sites before the end of the activity at 9:30 a.m.; otherwise, points would be deducted from the total number of participants.

After the simultaneous tree planting activity, the website of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) reported that a total of 3, 373, 763 trees were planted in six regions of Mindanao by 183, 858 planters.

This figure already surpassed India’s record of having planted 1,945,535 trees simultaneously for an hour in various locations.

However, the Philippine entry will still have to be assessed and verified by the Guinness World Record Adjudicators. Should they find the Philippine entry true and correct, an official Guinness World Records Certificate, confirming the country’s feat in this world record attempt will be sent.

Anti-shabu drive in Zampen nets 3

By Dan Toribio Jr.

Three persons were arrested in three separate operations carried out by agents of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency and the police in Zamboanga Peninsula recently.

Around 9:30 p.m. last Thursday, men of the Dipolog City Police Station led by SPO1 Roy Pactol Vertudes, PO3 Lemuelle Gudmalin Poracan and PO2 Lord Jericho Narvaez Barral-PDEA representative RO IX, conducted a drug buy bust operation at Quezon Avenue, Miputak, Dipolog City and nabbed Mitchell Biolango Y Timtim, 34.

Confiscated from Biolango’s possession were two big plastic sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu, one small plastic sachet wrapped with masking tape containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu, one small transparent plastic sachet wrapped with masking tape containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu as buy-bust evidence, a needle, two disposable lighters, two strips of aluminum foil, a black karbonn cellphone, two improvised packs served as container of shabu, a pencil case, a Guess pouch, P100 in different bills as proceeds money and P250 as marked money.

Biolango was informed of his constitutional rights as an arrested person and proper documentation and markings were done at his residence which was witnessed by Mrs. Merlinda Tenorio of the Department of Justice, Ms. Joy Engoc from the media, Barangay councilors Raymund Yu and Paul Clark Gudmalin of Barangay Miputak, Dipolog City.

Biolando was brought to ZANORTE Hospital for medical examination and was later detained at the Dipolog City Police Station.

Around 10:30 a.m. also on Thursday, policemen led by Chief Insp. Modhin Acub Pantaran, OIC, PIB, PAIDSOTF and ZDS-PDEA conducted a drug buy-bust operation at the vicinity of Peoples Mart, Pajares Avenue, San Lucia District, Pagadian City that resulted in the arrest of Casan Ampaso Y Ali, 32, of Barangay Pawak, Salvador, Lanao Del Norte.

Police and PDEA agents confiscated from his possession a heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu and P400 marked money.

During his arrest, lawmen confiscated two big rectangular size heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated weight of five grams and 50 small heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated weight of 1.27 grams.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesda, policemen led by Chief Insp. Modhin Acub Pantaran, OIC, PIB, PAIDSOTF and ZDS-PDEA conducted a drug-buy operation at the vicinity of Purok Kawayan, Barangay Balangasan, Pagadian City that resulted in the arrest of Pheller Abing, a private employee. Lawmen confiscated from his possession a heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu and P300 marked money.

Aside from the buy-bust item, lawmen confiscated 14 heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated weight of .38 grams and P200 marked money.

All roads head for “TreeVolution” in six Mindanao regions today

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

PAGADIAN CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) – Zamboanga Peninsula region will plant today 700,000 trees in 1,000 hectares in support of the “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW,” a simultaneous tree planting activity for an hour in six regions of Mindanao.

TreeVolution aims to plant 4.6 million trees to break India’s record for most trees simultaneously planted in multiple locations.

Regional Director Arleigh Adorable of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9 said the planting sites for the said activity are located in areas identified for the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, and the city of Zamboanga.

Based on the ocular inspection made by the provincial personnel of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, the planting sites in the region’s three provinces and Zamboanga City are all ready, as staking and brushing of the area have already been done by the DENR. The seedlings were already brought to the sites also.

In Zamboanga del Norte, the planting sites are in the municipalities of Mutia, Katipunan, Manukan, Jose Dalman, Sindangan, Siayan, Leon Postigo, Salug, Godod, Kalawit, Baliguian, Siocon and Sibuco, and Dipolog City.

For Zamboanga del Sur, the locations are in Pagadian City, Midsalip, Labangan, Dumingag, Molave, Sominot, Tigbao, Kumalarang, Dumalinao, Pitogo and Bayog while in Zamboanga Sibugay, the participating towns are Ipil, Tungawan, Roseller T. Lim, Imelda, Mabuhay and Titay.

Today’s TreeVolution has to beat the more than 1.9 million trees planted simultaneously by India in multiple locations.

Labason pushes for development of tourism industry

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte with report from Abundio Puro)

LABASON, Zamboanga del Norte, Sept. 25 (PIA) - In an effort to develop this town’s tourism potentials, the Municipal Tourism Office (MTO) has recently held a one day seminar on Tourism Awarenes and Sustainability for resort owners and restaurant operators at Kulz Resto Bar here. The activity aimed to update the resort and restaurant operators on the tourism programs and projects that would help improve their facilities and services.

For his part, Mayor Eddie Quimbo reminded the resort owners and operators to comply with the requirements set by the municipal government more particularly on cleanliness in their surroundings and courtesy in dealing with customers.

In a related development, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in coordination with the municipal government here has declared the Murcielagos Island Ecological Park as an eco-tourism destination owing to its natural beauty and huge potential for attracting tourists who would like to experience the true essence of nature where “the sea, the moon and the sun meet in the horizon.”

The Murcielagos Island Ecological Park is part of the 251-hectare Murcielagos Island Protected Landscape and Seascape consisting of two islands locally known as Bayangan and Baiudyong, located off the coast of this town.

These islands, which could be reached by boat in 45 minutes from Labason, are endowed with white coral sand beaches and seabed, unique type of biodiversity and rich marine resources, making them ideal for bird watching, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, hook and line fishing, photography, camping, island tour, and other beach-type sport activities.

With the military, PNP and members of Special Police Auxiliary Units being deployed in the islands, Mayor Quimbo sees no problem on security and safety of the visitors.

Government to put up potable water pumps in 10 provinces

By Rain Castro (

MANILA - The government has released half-a-billion pesos to build more potable water pumps in the country's poorest provinces.

In a statement, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it approved the release of P565 million for the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

The allocation will benefit 38 water districts in 10 provinces, including Abra, Kalinga, Masbate, Camarines Sur, Western Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao Del Sur.

Besides putting up the pumps, the money will also be used for laying down pipes to connect households, or the so-called Level 3 water supply system.

“We have given the LWUA the go signal to develop these water systems and bring reliable and sustainable water supply services to communities in need. In the short-term, we're after the immediate improvement of health and sanitation conditions in these areas," Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

Fire hits Dipolog City

By Bong Garcia

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said that an estimated P2.5-million worth of properties went up in smoke in an almost three-hour fire in Dipolog City, an official said Tuesday.

Dipolog City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Richard Timosa said the fire broke out around 8:20 p.m. Monday in the village of Estaka, Dipolog City.

Timosa said the fire almost gutted down the two-storey semi-concrete building that houses the Department of Education (DepEd)-Zamboanga del Norte Division Office and razed to the ground three house made of light materials.

Timosa said they were informed by the security guard on duty that the fire started at the promotions office of the DepEd-Zamboanga del Norte Division Office and rapidly spread.

Timosa said the possible cause of the fire was faulty electrical wiring as the security guard noticed "electrical sparked" before the incident and even tried to extinguish the blaze with fire extinguisher.

He said the security guard immediately called the fire station as the latter failed to extinguish the fire since the promotion office was locked.

He said the fire, which reached third alarm, was contained and declared fire out at 11 p.m. through the joints efforts of responding firemen from nearby Dapitan City, and from the towns of Katipunan, Piñan, Polanco, and Rizal aside from Dipolog City.

Creation of rubber industry board pushed

Ma. Victoria I. Palomar, (Media Relations Service-PRIB, noodls)

A lawmaker is pushing for the creation of a national rubber industry development board to provide a strong foundation for the development and stability of the rubber industry in the country.

Rep. Isagani S. Amatong (3rd District, Zamboanga del Norte) said the establishment of the Philippine Rubber Industry Development Board (PHLRUBBER) though House Bill 4886 will maximize the country's production of rubber.

Amatong bewailed the lack of testing facilities in the government and private sectors and the absence of an industry-focused government institution/organization, which could have improved quality, productivity and access to good market.

"The Philippines is a known rubber producing country but has insignificantly contributed to a dismal one percent of the world's rubber supply. Given the rich and fertile soil of our area, there is so much potential in rubber that can contribute to the national economic development," Amatong said.

The Mindanao solon said the demand for natural rubber in the world is steadily increasing and that in 2013 alone, the expected volume of world demand for natural rubber reached 11.3 million.

"To date, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected the demand to reach 11.9 million and the IMF predicts the market to reach at 15.4 million metric tons by 2020," Amatong said.

Under his proposal, the PHLRUBBER or Board shall serve as the country's rubber development board. It shall be an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and shall be composed of the secretaries of DTI and the Departments of Agriculture (DA), Agrarian Reform (DAR), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Science and Technology (DOST), Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Likewise, the Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; President/CEO of the Land Bank of the Philippines and two representatives each from the Academe, Philippine Rubber Industries Association Inc., Natural Resources Processors, Small Holders Association and Federation of Rubber Cooperatives shall form part of the Board.

The Board's major task is to promote the development and growth of the rubber industry by improving productivity, quality, and expanding manufacturing and export of rubber and rubber products.

Among the specific responsibilities of the Board are to act as the top advisory body in all initiatives and concerns relevant to the rubber industry, promote investment in public and private lands, joint ventures in rubber planting, processing, and rubber products manufacturing as well as advocate for supportive policies including the provision of rubber industry development funds, long-term finance, private equity, and investment incentives.

The bill provides for the creation of an Executive Committee to assist the Board in the planning of programs and projects and identification and generation of resource to be chaired by the DTI and DA and shall likewise be constituted with the membership composition to be appropriately identified by the Board.

The said committee shall oversee and monitor the implementation of the Philippine Rubber Industry Master Plan and shall prioritize and recommend strategic interventions and ensure availability of resources to support program implementation.

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