Zamboanga del Norte Province, Philippines News
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PRC-Zambo. Norte living up to its mission
- Friday, December 6, 2013 9:24 am
- By Mary May A. Abellon (PIA9)
Through the years its services have never faltered. It continues to extend help to all and sundry regardless of creed, race, religion and political aspirations. That is the Philippine Red Cross!
- Fundamental principles
As a humanitarian movement affiliated with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the members are guided by seven fundamental principles that center on humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality, Hector Julius Soledad, PRC-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter administrator, told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in an interview.
He stressed that these standards are the guiding principles that inspire all Red Cross staff and volunteers to do humanitarian services, as these are the values that define their character, purpose and existence.
“Being a Red Crosser is more than just a philosophy but a way of life,” he declared.
The PRC-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter has organized the Red Cross Action Team (RCAT) which is composed of 50 volunteers that include doctors, nurses, engineers and students who are ready to assist and respond to any natural or manmade disaster.
RCAT volunteers and staff provide, first aid, psychosocial support, and act as disseminators of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
The local chapter has received equipment and training support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
It was also a recipient of the 2011 Capacity Building Project of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).
The federation donated one unit of rubber boat with engine for water search and rescue operations during disasters.
- Service teams
PRC provides six major services, namely, blood services, disaster management, safety services, community health and nursing, social services and the volunteer service.
In 2011, it formed the 24/7 Emergency Response Unit (ERU), which is a team of emergency responders within Dipolog City in partnership with the city police station through its hotline, 143.
Also, the local chapter has Water Search and Rescue Team / Land Search and Rescue Team (WASAR/LASAR) composed of rescuers trained in water and land search and rescue operations.
- Red Cross 143 in barangays
The PRC- ZN Chapter also launched the Red Cross 143 in various barangays of Zamboanga del Norte to teach people how to protect themselves in times of disaster by inculcating in them the value of disaster preparedness to readily respond to any type of calamity.
It aims to have 44 volunteers in a village composed of a leader and 43 members who serve as eyes, ears, hands and feet of the Red Cross in the community.
Each 143 volunteer trained on disaster preparedness and response, health and welfare and voluntary blood donation.
- Always First, Always Ready, Always There
“I agree with PRC Chairman Richard Gordon that the essence of being a Red Crosser is practically innate in all of us Filipinos and that all those who have not yet realized it, need a little push to awaken them that our country needs our collective participation,” PRC-ZN chapter representative Nidoh Gen Regencia said.
“We want to make a difference in serving the people in times of disaster, as our motto says: Always First, Always Ready, Always There,” he added.
Administrator Soledad also emphasized that the volunteers are grouped according to their passion, field of expertise or personality to maximize their potentials.
- Other services
“We also helped families who lost contact with their loved ones either locally or internationally. To restore family communication is one of our advocacies,” Soledad said.
Another continuing program of the PRC is the blood donation campaign. Soledad said those who donated blood to the Red Cross are not only helping other people but their families as well. Blood is the most important commodity for a human being to live.
“The donated bags of blood will be deposited here and if someone needs blood, he can withdraw from the Red Cross provided he will replenish it and pay for the processing fee,” Soledad clarified.
The PRC continues to accept volunteers who are willing to give humanitarian services. Interested individuals can visit the PRC at their convenience.
ZNFEPA touches lives, builds community
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:47 am
- By Mary May A. Abellon (PIA9)
DIPOLOG CITY - Mother Teresa has once said:”At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, and how many great things we have done. But we will be judged by ‘I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in’.”
Indeed not all of us can do great things! But we can do small things with great love. What we only need is a heart full of grace and a soul crafted by love.
There are groups formed to emulate these values of helping others to stand on their own, exemplifying the virtues and desirable qualities that help men become responsible citizens.
As a civic organization, the Zamboanga del Norte Federation of Parents Association (ZNFePA) has proved that there’s no small things in helping others to become effective and competent in their own ways.
This organization is espousing various advocacies involving social, economic and quality life issues.
For its volunteers, doing community service is a passion and enthusiasm to help others in a way they help themselves. They uphold the spirit of volunteerism by encouraging the members to do community services and humanitarian aid.
- Non-profit, non-sectarian organization
As a non-profit, non-sectarian and non-government organization operating in the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan as well as in the municipalities of Katipunan, Manukan, Roxas and Sindangan, ZNFePA was established on April 16, 2008. However, this organization has long existed for more than 20 years ago in Zamboanga del Norte.
It is composed of families from three community associations, namely, the Bantay Dagat Parent’s Association (BDPA) in Dipolog City, Kasilinganan Parent’s Association (KPA) of Roxas town and Sto. Nino Bayanihan Parent’s Association (SNBP) of Sindangan municipality.
“These community organizations are the key players in the development of children and families in their respective communities in partnership with the local government units and other stakeholders,” said Mark P. Yaba, ZNFePA manager.
“The resources contributed by the sponsors and donors to ZNFePA are pooled together and used for the developmental programs and projects planned by the members themselves based on the priority needs of children, families and community where they operate,” Yaba stressed.
- The guiding principles
The organization envisions a united and self-reliant parent federation that develops children and families to become healthy, educated, values-motivated and responsible as well as cooperative and committed members living in peaceful and progressive communities.
It aims to establish a strong and harmonious relationship between and among the citizens, officials and the community with a parent federation helping develop opportunities among children to grow up with desirable values.
“We want to establish and promote vital networking and linkages with the government, private sectors and non-governmental organizations in the fields of health, education, and other social services,” Yaba added.
One of the primary goals of the organization is to enhance and develop capabilities and potentials of its members for social enterprise and entrepreneurship.
- Devotion to help
Today there are already 600 community volunteers in 51 barangays covered by the organization.
ZNFePA is implementing its programs in partnership with the ChildFund, an organization committed to child development. ChildFund sponsors all its projects which have already benefited 4,000 individuals through scholarship grants, training and others.
Children under sponsorships are receiving allowances for their personal needs and studies since the time they got sponsors until they finished their studies. Yaba disclosed that many ZNFePA scholars are now successful in chosen professions and careers. One of them is Rem Ryan Rebutaso who now teaches in a public school. Some are also successful in their business ventures while others are employed in public and private agencies/offices.
Some of the scholars have also become ZNFePA employees and a good number continue doing volunteer works for the organization.
With its commitment to help children, ZNFePA put up water systems in some Day Care Centers (DCC) and home, and center-based food gardens. It also intensifies “Positive Deviance Inquiry” among parents and caregivers in the community.
- Pledge to serve
ZNFePA implements programs involving health and nutrition, early childhood care and development, education, children and youth development and micro-enterprise development in partnership with the local government units, agencies and private individuals.
Its program for the children has been divided into three life stages such as the Integrated Program toward Health and Secure Infants and Young Children for Life Stage 1, catering to children from zero to five years old with Early Childhood Development, Home-Based Food Production, Safe Motherhood and Maternal New Born Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) as program components.
Life Stage 2 for children aged 6-14 years giving emphasis on basic education completion, life-skills acquisition and confidence-building, and child development. Under this setup, ZNFePA gives full support to the barangay council for the protection of children, provides socialized education assistance, conducts thematic camps, peer tutorials and child development sessions, and organizes children’s association in which children can formulate programs and activities on their own.
In Life Stage 3 is for 15-24 years old. It seeks to reinforce opportunities for capacity enhancement, employability and enterprise development for the youth.
“We organized the children and the youth for them to voice out their thoughts and ideas and step by step they can learn how to handle any problem coming their way,” Yaba pointed out.
“They are taught how to speak before the public, to make records and reports. It’s like the children learning to become independent to carry out the activities they planned,” Yaba said.
“We are here to guide them, provide funds to be used in any project they come up with, and most importantly to instill in them the values our organization promotes,” he concluded.
JCI Philippines to launch TOFARM in Dipolog
- Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:56 pm
- By Mary May A. Abellon (PIA9)
DIPOLOG CITY – The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines in partnership with the Universal Harvester, Incorporated will be launching the search for “The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines” or TOFARM on Dec. 6, 2013 at the Top Plaza Hotel this city.
Farmers’ cooperatives or associations, irrigators, fisherfolks and livestock raisers, municipal agriculturist, agricultural technicians and local media are invited to attend the said activity which will start at 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The search is an initiative of the Philippine Jaycees now JCI Philippines in recognition of the resiliency, ingenuity, and the strength of working Filipino farmers. This award started in the 70s.
It is open to all Filipino farmers, fisherfolks, animal raisers, organizations, cooperatives, farm communities, academe, agriculture scientist, public employees, and business entities in rural and urban areas.
The search also seeks to encourage the youth to venture in agriculture and to stimulate investment and scientific researches to achieve sustainable food supply.
Moreover, the award aims to promote farming as a noble and profitable undertaking by strengthening advocacy and support for agriculture.
It also recognizes best practices, techniques and technology in farming and, at the same time, raises funds to support capacity building and laboratory facilities for the farmers.
Zambo. Norte schools’ press confab set Dec. 5-6 in Dipolog
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:26 am
- By Franklin P. Gumapon (PIA9)
DIPOLOG CITY – All is set for the annual provincial schools’ press conference on Dec. 5-6, 2013 at the Teachers’ Gym here in the city.
Dr. Fe Jebone-Lakian, English supervisor of the provincial schools division, disclosed that public and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are going to participate in the said press conference.
The activity involves lectures on newswriting, feature writing, editorial writing, sports writing, science and technology writing, editorial cartoon and others with active media practitioners and journalism teachers as resource speakers.
Individual writing competitions will also be given to the student-participants in newswriting, feature writing, editorial writing, sports writing, science and technology writing, copyreading and headline writing both in English and Filipino.
All division winners will vie for similar writing competitions in the regional schools’ press conference to be held next week at the Farmers’ Haven, Provincial Government Center (PGC), Dao, Pagadian City.
Regional English Supervisor Visminda Valde said the participants to the regional press conference will be billeted at the Governor’s Garden, a place within the PGC.
This year’s theme is “Campus Journalism and Transformational Leadership.”
For the past years, Zamboanga del Norte school division has consistently produced qualifiers for the national schools’ press conference and many of them managed to get top awards.
DOLE grants P210-T passenger van to Dipolog City airport porters
- Monday, December 2, 2013 11:12 am
- By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zambo. Norte with report from MegzLigutom-DOLE-ZN)
DIPOLOG CITY - The provincial office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Zamboanga del Norte has recently turned-over one unit passenger van to the porters association here.
DOLE-9 Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano turned-over the passenger van to the Dipolog City Skycap Porters Association through its president, Victoriano D. Victoriano, in a simple turnover ceremony held at Dipolog City airport last Nov. 21.
The P210,000 Suzuki passenger van, with plate no. JEV 351, together with its registration documents was turned-over to the association during the culmination of the three-month series of trainings conducted by the 3Y member-agencies to the porters.
Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy together with 19 representatives from the private sector and other government agencies under the 3Y program witnessed the vehicle turnover.
3Y program stands for LocalitY, IndustrY, and Service QualitY.
In her message, Mayor Uy urged the members of the association to take good care of the unit and used it to cater to the needs of the incoming domestic and foreign tourists. She also assured the association of the city government’s continued support to the program.
In his acceptance speech, Victoriano also assured the donor agencies of the association’s commitment to use and maintain the vehicle.
Earlier, the DOLE with the 3Y members through its Workers Development Program conducted a three-month training to the members of the association on NC II Driving cum auto-Servicing, Tourism-related trainings, organizational and financial management, and health and hygiene.
Director Cano was hopeful that the 3Y program, which advocates the promotion of quality service and customer satisfaction, would boost the tourism industry in Zamboanga del Norte and thereby improving the porters’ income.
Former village ‘maestra’ rears two generals
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
- By Antonio P. Rimando (Correspondent)
SINDANGAN, Zamboanga del Norte—Gloria Bandong-Yano, 86, of Barangay Disod in this coastal town, started as a classroom teacher in an adjacent village grade school, and is perhaps the only former educator in the country who produced two sons who both later became Army generals in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Incidentally, Yano—who retired as public elementary school principal at age 63—is also the current chairman of the Office of Senior Citizens Affair (Osca) of Sindangan, a post she has been occupying for the past five years.
As Osca municipal chief, which carries a salary grade 16 amounting to P16,000 a month, the octogenarian former school administrator volunteered to receive a reduced monthly honorarium of P10,000 “just to serve my fellow elderly constituents.”
Previously, she was the longest-serving president of the over 8,000-strong Sindangan Senior Citizens Association (SCA).
Yano’s oldest son—with her late spouse Iñigo Yano (who died as a municipal councilor)—was former commanding general of the Philippine Army. Lt. Gen. Alexander B. Yano later rose to become a five-star general as AFP Chief of Staff, the first Mindanaoan to reach the AFP’s highest post. After his retirement in 2009,Yano was appointed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as ambassador to Brunei Darussdam.
Alexander, married to Ilocana military nurse Estela Aragon whom he met during his stint as 1st Lieutenant in Tarlac, was commander of Task Force Zamboanga during the November 27 and 28, 2002, Cabatangan, Zamboanga City, crisis, a serious military problem, which he ably resolved through commendable diplomatic means that resulted in the safe release of 35 women, 15 children and 60 males held hostage by heavily armed Moro National Liberation Front rebels.
Yano’s second son, Maj. Gen. Cesar B. Yano, followed the footsteps of his older sibling. Cesar was previously deployed to various field assignments in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao before he was sent to the US as “Defense Attaché” in Washington. He reached the military compulsory retirement age of 56 in May 2013.
Yano said her two older sons were both graduates of the prestigious Philippine Military Academy at Fort Pilar in Baguio City where they also excelled in athletics.
Gideon C. Vidal, incumbent president of Sindangan SCA, described Yano as “one of the most respected elders not only in the first class town of Sindangan but also in the entire province of Zamboanga del Norte,” Western Mindanao’s biggest and most populous province.
Vidal said Yano, whose “sunset age” has never dampened her passion for tending to the needs and problems of her elderly-citizen colleagues, “is a mother worth emulating for having played an extraordinary role in molding her five children into successful professionals.”
Her three other children are Iñigo Yano Jr., a civil engineer; Ophelia B. Yano-Martinez, a physician, and Marcelo B. Yano, a prominent businessman-town councilor.
Yano, whose recent birthday was a grand family reunion attended by all her five children, their spouses and her 14 grandkids, now lives alone with some domestic helpers in the family’s ancestral home at barangay Disod.
She told the BusinessMirror during her birthday celebration late last month, “I want to leave this wonderful world happily serving other people.”
Rebels burned construction equipment
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
- (1ID, PA)
KUTA SANG-AN – Fifteen (15) communist rebels belonging to Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) burned construction equipment at Sto. Gusay, Brgy Titik, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte on 19 November 2013 at around ten in the morning.
According to Lt Col Leonel M Nicolas, Commanding Officer of 10th Infantry Battalion with military jurisdiction over the area, personnel from the ASR Construction Company were constructing the connecting roads between the Provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte when the burning happened. The equipment were identified as follows: one (1) backhoe loader, two (2) bulldozers and one (1) service jeep.
Cdr, 10IB pointed out that the burning incident was a desperate action by the communist rebels on the on-going combat operation launched by government forces for almost two (2) months now against the flagging leaders of the WMRPC. As these rebels have nowhere to go and their extortion activities depriving them of people’s support, they resorted to criminal acts like arson. It will also be recalled that last September 2013, government forces have engaged the same rebel group that resulted to the death of Henry Celajes aka “Jong-jong,” the Deputy Secretary of Section Committee “Joji” at Brgy Gala, Tudela, Misamis Occidental. This operations led to the recovery of assault rifle and discovery of two (2) of the rebels’ major camps in separate occasions.
The residents of Brgy Titik and the peace-loving citizens of the nearby communities have expressed their condemnation about the atrocities committed by these communist rebels by saying; “Look at the possibilities if those roads were constructed - progress will come and will surely lift our lives better. However, these rebels have nothing to contribute in the improvement of our communities; instead they bring in miseries. Certainly, these rebels will not expect any of our support.”
Zambo. Norte engineering office completes P831-M water development projects
- Friday, November 29, 2013 4:13 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte with report from Mishel Monderamos)
DIPOLOG CITY – The Provincial Engineering Office (PE0) of Zamboanga del Norte has implemented and completed P831-million worth of water development projects during the first five months of the administration of Governor Y. Uy.
This was contained in the report submitted by Provincial Engineer Renato Ajero to the governor through the PEO’s Barangay Waterworks Development Unit (BWDU).
Ajero said these water projects include the construction of water supply system at Barangay Canim in Sibutad town, repair and rehabilitation of the water supply system at Barangay Dos, Katipunan and the installation of pipelines at the Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex during the holding of the Girls Scout council encampment in Dipolog City recently.
The provincial engineer added that construction of P1.6 million water development project is going on in Sirawai town while the PEO is also processing the papers for the implementation of another P2.6 million worth of water development projects for the other municipalities in the province.
It could be recalled that Governor Uy has considered water development project as one of the priority agenda of his administration as he always puts emphasis on the importance of potable water for a healthy community.
CHR to hold human rights forum in Dipolog
- Thursday, November 28, 2013 2:59 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda (PIA9)
DIPOLOG CITY - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of National Defense (DND) is slated to hold a forum on human rights and anti-torture here on Dec. 10, 2013 to cap the Human Rights Consciousness Week celebration.
Republic Act 9201, which declares every Dec. 4-10 as National Human Rights Consciousness Week and the International Human Rights Day in the Philippines, mandates all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations to make people aware of their basic human rights in relation to the functions and services offered by these government instrumentalities.
Atty. Frederick Ian S. Capin, CHR-9 regional director, said the forum aims to raise public awareness and knowledge on human rights matter, both among people who are lucky enough to enjoy their rights, those who are not so lucky, and those who have little freedom and few rights.
Capin said the forum is also in pursuance of Republic Act 9745 otherwise known as the Anti-Torture Act of 2009. Its target participants are officers and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) with resource persons from DILF, AFP, and CHR-Central Office.
It can be recalled that every Dec. 10, people around the world commemorate the International Human Rights Day as the United Nations General Assembly had adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights on December 10, 1948.
11th PFLCW congress bats for women empowerment
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:51 pm
- By Mary May A. Abellon (PIA9)
DIPOLOG CITY – A three-day seminar-workshop capped the 11th general assembly of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women (PFLCW), which was held here last Nov. 20-22.
Aimed at empowering the women in all aspects of social, political and economic endeavors, the activity also sought to determine the various opportunities and issues that go with women empowerment programs and projects.
Speaking in the said assembly, Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy lauded the unswerving efforts and commitment of all officials and members of the PFLCW in empowering the women through various development initiatives to contribute to nation building.
The participants were acquainted with the rights and laws protecting the women against violence and all forms of abuses.
They were also given lectures on entrepreneurship and eco-livelihood tour at the Livelihood Skills and Development Center (LSDEC) where they were taught how to make t-shirts, cassava chips, bottled sardines and noodles.
Dipolog was chosen to host this year’s PFLCW assembly, as the city was one of the awardees in the 2012 Search for Outstanding Local Council of Women (LCW) of the Year. PFLCW believed that its members could learn a lot from LCW-Dipolog’s successful projects.
With this, women leaders from the different municipalities and cities were able to gain better ideas in advancing the causes pursued by the women sector. Present during the assembly were PFLCW chair Myrna T. Yao and national coordinator Edna Madrigal, Women in Nation Building chair Atty. Anna Luz Cristal, Heide Ong of Yellow Boat Foundation, Polanco MTC Judge Deborah G. Nazario, Lerma M. Campanerof DILG-Dipolog, Councilor Jasmin Pinsoy, Assistant City Information Officer Leonor Rabino, City Civil Registrar Rosemarie P. Miranda, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy and LCW delegates.
The PFLCW assembly was anchored on the theme, “WE (Women Empowerment) Inspire by Breaking Barriers.”
Zambo. Norte officials to undergo anti-terror training
- Monday, November 25, 2013 2:31 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zambo. Norte with reports from Editha Pagente-Tomong)
DIPOLOG CITY - The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be conducting today and tomorrow an anti-terrorism training for elective officials in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, according to P/SSupt. James B. Mejia, police provincial director of Zamboanga del Norte.
Mejia said the training, which is dubbed “Terrorist Targets: Operationalizing the whole nation,” will be conducted in the eight regions of the country including region 9.
“This is in compliance with the directives earlier issued by President Benigno Aquino III, it being the priority concern of the regions in Mindanao, Cebu and National Capital Region(NCR),” Mejia stressed.
Among those invited to attend the training is Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy, Vice Governor Senen Angeles, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP), particularly Board Member Julius Napigquit who is the chair of SP’s committee on police and peace and order together with his vice chair, Board Member Joven Zamora, and Board Member Romulo Soliva.
Also attending are city/municipal mayors of the different cities/municipalities in the Zamboanga Peninsula as well as the PNP officials assigned in the region.
On the first day of the training, there will be a ceremonial signing of the manifesto to be administered by the technical experts from the Department of National Defense (DND), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and other law enforcement agencies.
It can be recalled that the Zamboanga Peninsula region is confronted with all the terrorist groups operating in the area like the Communist Party of Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other Moro rebels.
Man freed from prison is shot dead in Dipolog City
- Sunday, November 24, 2013 7:21:10 am
- (Mindanao Examiner)
DIPOLOG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 24, 2013) – A man who was recently freed from prison was shot dead by a lone assailant while drinking with friends in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province in southern Philippines, police said.
Police said Edgar Partosa, 43, was instantly killed in the attack which occurred at Purok Malipayon in the village of Miputak. The gunman escaped after Partosa several times and investigators said five bullet casings from .45-caliber pistol were recovered from the scene.
Partosa was recently released from jail in May on order from Judge Rogelio Laquihon, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 6 after dismissing the criminal case against the man for violation of Section, 11 Paragraph 3, Article II of Republic Act 9165 – also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act - under criminal case docketed under criminal case number 11673.
Police said Partosa was with his friends at a convenience store when the gunman arrived and without any warning opened fire on the victim. It was unknown whether any of Partosa’s drinking buddies were able to identify the killer.
The motive of the attack is also unknown, but police are investigating the murder.
P15-M PAMANA road project to be implemented in Siocon town
- Friday, November 22, 2013 3:22 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA-Zambo Norte/with report from Edith P. Tomong)
DIPOLOG CITY - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Zamboanga del Norte has recently granted authority to Governor Roberto Y. Uy to enter into a memorandum of agreement MOA with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the concreting of the provincial road in the third district of the province.
In its regular session Monday, the provincial board approved the resolution passed by Board Member Julius Napigquit, presiding officer pro-tempore, granting Governor Uy the authority to ink a MOA with DILG for the concreting of a 1.3-kilometer provincial road at Barangay Malipot, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.
As stipulated in the MOA, the DILG will fund the project through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Pillar 3 project amounting to P15 million.
For its part, the provincial government shall extend technical assistance during the execution of the project to ensure transparency and accountability.
This project is the national government’s intervention for conflict-affected and vulnerable areas in support of the peace initiative pursued by the present administration.
The PAMANA is also part of the President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract as articulated in the Philippine Development Plan from 2011-2016 to achieve a comprehensive, just, peaceful and orderly community.
Dipolog hosts 12th ZANDIDAP council jamboree
- Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:42 pm
- By Mary May A. Abellon (PIA9)
DIPOLOG CITY – A total of 1,610 junior and senior boy scouts joined the 12th Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog, Dapitan (ZANDIDAP) Council Urban Scout Jamboree held at the Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex in this city last Nov. 13-17.
The participants who were divided into four sub-camps with their teacher-coaches came from 68 schools in the province including the two cities of Dipolog and Dapitan.
The four sub-camps were “Makakalikasan” for participants from the first and second congressional districts, “Makadiyos” for third district, “Makatao” for Dipolog City, and “Makabansa” for Dapitan City.
Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP), the activity was anchored on the theme, “Scouting: Education for Life,” which implies that the scouting activities are designed to develop every scout to become independent and to survive any challenges that may come his way.
In her message during the opening program, Schools Superintendent Natividad P. Bayubay of the Zamboanga del Norte schools division reminded the participants of the environmental issues confronting the country like the earthquake in Bohol and the strong typhoon that hit Leyte.
“Let us dedicate this urban jamboree to the global movement to save what has been left on earth. Let us link arms to break the barriers of race, ideology and political belief to make this province, region, nation and this world a better place to live in,” said Bayubay who also served as division scouting commissioner.
She, however, urged the scouts to make new friends, share experience and make most of the once-in-a life time experience of the jamboree.
Among the activities conducted during the whole duration of the jamboree were leadership training, lectures, community immersion, tree planting, teambuilding, etc. with emphases on climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster preparedness, environmental protection and responding to any emergencies.
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