Zamboanga del Norte Province, Philippines News
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Five-hour power outage set in ZANECO service area Saturday
- Friday, March 7, 2014
- (PNA), LGI/JS/UTB
MANILA, March 7 (PNA) -- A five-hour power outage is scheduled Saturday in some areas being serviced by the Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative (ZANECO).
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), in its Twitter account, said the outage in ZANECO service area is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.
”(This is) to facilitate replacement of aged wooden cross arms and corroded insulators of structures along Ipil-Salug 69kv line located in the Municipalities of Liloy and Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte and Municipality of Titay, Zamboanga-Sibugay,” it said.
DOLE-Zambo. Norte distributes computer set to LGUs
- Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:22 am
- By Mary May A. Abellon
DIPOLOG CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Zamboanga del Norte through Provincial Director Henry P. Tianero has distributed computer sets to local government units (LGUs) in the province for the National Skills Registry System (NSRS).
NSRS is a program which aims to create a readily available database that shall aid in addressing the country’s growing problem on talents mismatch.
“This is for job facilitation by registering people with ages 15-60 years old stating their personal identification, contact number, educational background, job experience and their preferred occupation,” Butch Jayson Tormis, NSRS focal person said in an interview.
The cities of Dapitan and Dipolog were the first wave recipients while the municipalities of Liloy and Sindangan were the recipients for the second wave and the third batch of beneficiaries were the municipalities of Polanco, Piñan, Labason and Manukan.
Recipients for the fourth wave are the municipalities of Osmeña, Gutalac, Salug, Jose Dalman, Katipunan, Siayan, Tampilisan and Rizal.
Salug town received said computer last March 3. The entire computer set is worth P23,300. Tormis explained that the NSRS is important in the aspect of skills mapping.
“The Bureau of Labor and Employment (BLE) provided us with software for the registration of the workers within the LGU. The website of philjob.net will be the main repository of all the data being gathered from all LGUs in the country,” Tormis added.
Tianero also made it clear that this program is intended to create a pool of workers registered from each barangay of every municipality/city.
“You will see how many unemployed in barangays. With this system of registration it would be easier for employers to access qualified workers to particular job,” Tianero stressed.
Fire incidence in Dipolog dips
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014 3:38 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY - The fire incidence here has decreased in 2013 compared to 2012, according to Sr. Inspector Richard Timosa, the City Fire Marshall.
Timosa said in an interview on Saturday during the opening program of the Fire Prevention Month here that the fire incidence in 2013 was less than that of 2012. “This positive development can be attributed to the people’s awareness and vigilance about fir,” he stressed.
The month-long celebration started with a unity walk from Dipolog City Blvd., a holy mass and a short program at the city fire station with student-interns from Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU), Andres Bonifacio College and Saint Vincent’s College (SVC), personnel from Rescue 117, and Philippine Red Cross in attendance.
In her message, City Councilor Jasmin Pinsoy has commended the local firefighters in minimizing fire incidence in the city, as she vowed to provide them with the needed support in their advocacy campaign.
“Fire is useful but a tool to irreparable destruction …. Fire creates but it also destroys if one overlooks its danger,” Pinsoy said.
The lady councilor also urged the BFP personnel to set aside personal differences and stay united and work for a common goal which is to build safe community for people to live. She also reminded them of their prime duty as the protector of the people’s lives and properties.
Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Fire Marshall Romeo Medalla, on the other hand, appealed to Councilor Pinsoy to make representation with the city council in requesting the city leadership to donate a fire truck to Dipolog City Fire Station to augment its firefighting capability.
The theme of this year’s 48th Fire Prevention Month Celebration is ”Isulong ang Kaunlaran. Sunog ay iwasan, Kaalaman at Pag-iingat ay Kailangan.”
HPG-9 chief warns against buying carnapped vehicles
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:18 am
- By Allen Abastillas
Sr. Supt. Severino B. Agustin, Highway Patrol Group-9 chief, yesterday reminded the public especially those who want to acquire a second-hand or used motorvehicle to verify first the records or status of the vehicle with the HPG-9 or Land the Transportation Office 9
Agustin explained that the usual modus operandi of carnappers is to tell prospective buyers that they are putting a motorvehicle on rush sale saying that they have a problem or they are going to travel somewhere and they need money.
“Check with the HPG-9 and LTO-9 before paying for the vehicle to the vendor,” Agustin advised.
He advised buyers of used cars or second hand motorvehicles to assert their rights before paying so that their money will not go to waste or be cheated.
HPG-9 operatives under Agustin have recovered several motorvehicles which were carnapped or stolen in other places in the country.
If a buyer of used car asks for clearance from HPG-9, Agustin’s operatives always check it with the Vehicle Information Management System to determine if that car is stolen or carnapped.
Many motorvehicles have been impounded by HPG-9 because they are in the list of vehicles with alarm/ status warning from the VIMS which is internet linked nationwide.
Meanwhile, Agustin disclosed that his men have arrested a carnapper and a criminal case was filed against him. The suspect with two companions seized a Honda XRM motorcycle at gunpoint last January 10 ,2014 around 1:40 p.m. in front of Candelaria Elementary School in the municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte. He was arrested in an eintrapment operation at the Zamboanga City National High School West.
The owner of the Honda XRM is a public school teacher in Zamboanga del Norte. He was fortunate because the gunmen did not shoot him.
Agustin said the name of the arrested suspect was withheld because the case is already in court.
‘Abolish 19 losing, scam-tainted GOCCs’
- Monday, March 3, 2014 12:00 am
- By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines - Two Mindanao lawmakers proposed yesterday the abolition of 19 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) for either losing money or being unnecessary.
Some of the state firms which Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Maximo of party-list group Abante Mindanao are seeking to abolish in Bill 3807 have been linked to the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.
The scam-tainted GOCCs include the National Agribusiness Corp. and Zamboanga del Norte Rubber Estate Corp., which are under the Department of Agriculture, and Natural Resources Development Corp.-Philforest Corp., which is attached to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The other government firms the Rodriguez brothers want dissolved are the Batangas Land Co. Inc., Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel, BCDA Management and Holdings, Cottage Industry Technology Center, Freeport Service Corp., GY Real Estate Inc., Human Settlements Development Corp., Kamayan Realty Corp., Marawi Resort Hotel, Masaganang Sakahan, Inc., NDC-Infrastructure Corp., Northern Foods Corp., Philippine Aerospace Development Corp., Philippine Convention and Visitors Corp., Pinagkaisa Realty Corp. and the Trade and Investment Development Corp.
Bill 3807 provides that all officers and employees of these GOCCs should be given separation pay equivalent to their salary for two and a half months. The funds should be provided in the national budget.
The bill also sought to transfer the agencies’ functions to other government offices. The Departments of Finance and Budget and Management, and the Commission on Audit would be mandated to issue implementing rules and regulations.
“Consistent with the Aquino administration’s austerity measures, it is high time that the government remove the excess fat and spends only for things that are truly vital to the country,” the Rodriguezes said.
They said the government has around 120 GOCCs, many of which are unnecessary, underperforming and losing money.
However, the lawmakers said taxpayers are still paying for the expenses of these GOCCs, including the officers’ and employees’ salaries.
“This is aside from the P7.28 billion that the government extends to these state-owned subsidiaries as subsidies from January to May, or P2.25 billion more than the P5.03 billion recorded in the same period in 2013,” they said.
The lawmakers said these subsidies are booked as expenses and continue to put a strain on the government’s widening budget deficit.
Earlier, militant party-list groups led by Bayan Muna sought the abolition of the National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC), a subsidiary of Land Bank of the Philippines, and Technology Resource Center (TRC) for involvement in the pork barrel scam.
The newest state witness, Dennis Cunanan, is deputy director general (on leave) of TRC.
Cunanan and NLDC president Gondelina Amata are among government officials and personnel facing plunder and other criminal charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.
- Sunday, March 2, 2014 18:40
- By Jonas D. Macasa Jr., P02 (Duty PNCO)
On or about 10:00pm of February 27, 2014, a Vehicular Accident transpired along the national highway of Poblacion, Leon B Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte involving Two (2) vehicles, wherein Red Haojue single motorcycle without plate number attached, driven by Samuel Juano, of legal age, married and a resident of Mangop, Leon B Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte; and One (1) Black Wrangler owner type jeep bearing plate number KAJ 206, owned by Ruperto S Jamora Jr. of Poblacion Leon B Postigo Zamboanga del Norte and driven by Rolando S Jamora, 50 years old, married, and a resident of Poblacion Leon B Postigo Zamboanga del Norte were involved to a vehicular accident.
Initial investigation conducted disclosed that to Red Haojue single motorcycle was travelling from Poblacion Public Market towards the residence of Rolando Jamora and National Highway of Poblacion, Leon B Postigo, the latter accidentally bumped the Black Wrangler owner type jeep that was also travelling from opposite direction.
Driver of Red Haojue single motorcycle sustained fracture at his left leg and injuries on the different parts of his body and was rushed to Sindangan District Hospital for medical treatment while the driver of Black Wrangler jeep and the two (2) vehicles involved were brought by the responding team to Leon Postigo Police Station for proper disposition.
09067691121 is the contact number of Leon Postigo Police Station.
On or about 9:00pm of February 27, 2014, elements of Jose Dalman Police Station led by SPO1 Francisco Lemitares Mansinadez under the supervision of PInsp Casiano Dagayloan responded to the report from a concerned citizen that a vehicular accident transpired along the National Highway of Barangay Siparok, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte.
Initial investigation conducted by the responding team disclosed that one red Honda Wave 125 with Cab bearing plate Number 6657 JL, driven by Johny Inoferio Y Jasmin, 30 years old, resident of Poblacion, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte with passenger identified as Omandam y Aplicano, 37 years old, resident of same place, was travelling from Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte bound for Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte and upon reaching at the place of accident particularly curved portion of the road, the driver lost control of his driven motor cab causing to swerved and bumped at the road guard.
Both driver and passenger, who were believed to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor sustained injuries on different parts of their body and were rushed to ZANORTE Medical Center for medication.
Vehicles involved now impounded in Jose Dalman Police Station for proper disposition.
0999840744 is the contact number of Jose Dalman Police Station.
Jalosjos still disqualified to run for elective post — CA
- Saturday, March 1, 2014 18:13
- By Mary May A. Abellon
The Court of Appeals (CA) has ruled that former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos remains disqualified to run for any elective office.
In a 12-page ruling written by Associate Justice Pedro Corales, the CA’s 15th Division denied for lack of merit the appeal filed by Jalosjos.
The CA upheld the Feb. 21, 2013 order of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 dismissing the petition for mandamus filed by Jalosjos.
Concurring in the ruling were Associate Justices Mariflor Punzalan Castillo and Amy Lazaro-Javier.
The appeal arose from the re-arrest of Jalosjos a day after he walked out of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and flew to his hometown in Zamboanga del Norte.
Jalosjos was sentenced to serve two life terms for raping an 11-year-old girl.
He was granted executive clemency by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after serving only 13 years in prison and was given a certificate of discharge on Dec. 16, 2007.
Jalosjos returned to the NBP upon learning that then Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez was suspending his release through a resolution.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) learned that Jalosjos was supposed to be freed in 2009, when he turned 70, and not on Dec. 16, 2007.
In the CA ruling, it said that Jalosjos failed to establish the existence of DOJ’s ministerial duty to correct his prison records.
Citing a Supreme Court (SC) decision, the CA said that “the effectivity of the accessory penalty of perpetual absolute disqualification does not depend on the duration of the principal penalty or on whether the convict serves his jail sentence or not.”
The CA added that Jalosjos’ claims were already moot and academic.
Zambo. Norte to purchase new heavy equipment
- Friday, February 28, 2014 4:41 pm
- By Mary May A. Abellon
DIPOLOG CITY – The provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte will purchase 25 new heavy equipment to be used in the implementation and construction of infrastructure projects in the province.
The provincial board has recently approved the allocation of P61,305,000 from the P91,305,000 appropriation under the 2014 GeneraL Supplemental Budget No. 1 for the acquisition of said the heavy equipment consisting of 3 bulldozers, 5 six-wheeler dump trucks, 3 back hoes, 1 telescopic crane, 4 road rollers, 1 loader truck, 1 tanker, 4 graders and 3 payloaders.
These will be distributed to the province’s three districts for speedy implementation and completion of all infrastructure projects lined up by the provincial government.
Vice Governor Senen O. Angeles also vouched for the need to procure brand new and high-quality equipment saying, “our existing equipment are old and some are dilapidated and worn-out.”
“The existing heavy equipment are not sufficient since some of these are undergoing repair while the new equipment purchased by the past administration are not serviceable. So, we need additional fleet for each district,” he added.
In a related development, the provincial government is set to give Dipolog City P30-million as financial assistance out of the supplemental budget which comes from the 2013 un-appropriated balance. This will be used in the implementation of the city’s infrastructure projects.
“For ten years, the city has not received anything from the provincial government. Hence, it is high time for the city to receive such an assistance from the provincial government,” Board Member Romulo Soliva said.
Police intercept explosive chemical in Zamboanga del Norte
- Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:33 pm
- By Roel Pareño (philstar.com)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Alerted police personnel tracked down and intercepted two plastic bags of chemical explosives attempted to be slipped in to a bus terminal in Sindangan town, Zamboanga del Norte, an official said Thursday.
The official said the local police of Sindangan town initially received information from their agent that suspicious powder was being transported by a female courier on a passenger bus plying the Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte to Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay Monday.
Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesman of Police Regional Office 9 (PRO), said police forces were immediately alerted and tracked down the chemical explosive that was later identified as potassium nitrate at the bus terminal in Sindangan town.
Police investigation disclosed that nine kilos of chemical explosives were contained in two plastic bags being transported by an unidentified female passenger.
Police Inspector Rochel Galo, who led the operation of the Sindangan Police Station, disclosed the suspected courier boarded the bus at Barangay Galas, Dipolog City and disembarked at Dohinob, Roxas town after requesting the driver of the bus with body number 10413 to transport the chemical powder to Ipil town with P20 freight fee.
Huesca said the police were conducting further investigation to determine the use of the intercepted explosive chemical and the motive of delivering it to Ipil town, capital of Zamboanga Sibugay province which celebrated its 13th founding anniversary with a three-day festivity that started Monday.
Police and military forces in the province have been alerted to monitor possible bombing attack by a still unidentified group.
Labason town employees undergo SPMS seminar
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:13 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda (with report from Abundio D. Puro)
Labason, Zamboanga del Norte – In compliance with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 1200481 dated March 16, 2012, the municipal employees here have undergone a training on Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) held last Feb. 18-19 at the New Legislative Building in this municipality.
Regular, coterminous and casual employees attended the seminar with Atty. Jerry N. Mayormita, provincial director, CSC-Zamboanga del Norte Field Office as resource speaker.
Mr. Cipriano Andalop, acting municipal human resource management officer, said the seminar sought to equip the participants with appropriate knowledge on SPMS especially in identifying the Major Final Outputs (MFO), Support to Operation (STO) and the General Administration and Support (GAS) in each office/department of the local government unit (LGU).
The CSC employs the SPMS as a performance measurement system to continually foster improvement of individual employee’s efficiency and organizational effectiveness in support of Executive Order No. 80 which directs the adoption of a performance-based incentives system for government employees.
It was also learned that CSC Resolution No. 1200481 has required all government agencies including the LGUs to have a CSC-approved SPMS by Jan. 2015.
With this, all performance-based human resource movements and/or developments and interventions such as promotion, scholarship, training, and all salary increment shall be based on a CSC-approved SPMS. The absence of an agency SPMS will be a ground for the forfeiture of incentives and similar grants.
“Adoption of SPMS by LGUs is necessary so as not to hamper the granting of the employees’ benefits and incentives,” Mayormita pointed out.
DAR chief leads groundbreaking of P58-M irrigation project
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)
DIPOLOG CITY, Feb. 25 (PIA) – Secretary Virgilio R. De Los Reyes of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) arrived here last week for the groundbreaking of the P58-million irrigation project of the Dipolog City Communal Irrigation System (CIS).
The said project, which is part of DAR’s Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP) II, is expected to be completed on Aug. 23, 2014, benefiting the rice farmers of barangays Bandera, Poblacion South and Anastacio of Polanco town and barangays Gulayon, Turno, Sta. Filomena, Galas, Olingan, Punta and Sinaman in Dipolog City with a total irrigable area of 750 hectares.
Secretary de los Reyes disclosed that ARCP II projects were augmented by the savings realignment from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Office of the President.
DPIA President Gomercindo T. Dimasuhid said that the project would help improve the farmers’ produce and income.
In her message, Mayor Evelyn Uy said “all these projects will not be meaningful without the presence of Secretary de los Reyes. I hope DAR will continue giving us projects.”
Aside from Governor Roberto Y. Uy and Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, the municipal mayors of Sindangan, Polanco, Labason, Baliguian and Manukan also attended the said activity.
464 CLOAs distributed in Zambo. Norte
- Monday, February 24, 2014 5:18 pm
- By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY - Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes has distributed a total of 464 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Zamboanga del Norte during his recent visit here, covering 756.7044 hectares of land with 394 beneficiaries.
In a ceremonial turnover ceremony held at Top Plaza Hotel here, Secretary de los Reyes personally handed the CLOAs to the ARB representatives from Godod, Sirawai, Siayan, Sindangan and Dapitan City.
Two hundred ninety seven CLOAs were received by Felix Ligutom for Godod, 34 CLOAs by Majid Baid for Sirawai, 81 CLOAs by Eufrocina Quitong for Siayan and Sindangan, and 52 CLOAs by Abraham Bayron for Dapitan City.
De los Reyes also distributed 225 CLOAs for Zamboanga del Sur, 144 of which were received by Expedito Padigos Sr. for Dumingag town and 81 by Flordeliz Dagooc for V. Sagun municipality.
In the same occasion, the secretary also turned-over to the Zamboanga del Norte provincial government 20 multi-million ARCP2 projects with Labason town receiving 8; Sindangan, 3; Leon Postigo, 4; and Baliguian,5.
The event was also witnessed by Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, DAR-9 Regional Director Julita Ragandang, municipal mayors, farmers, and the other stakeholders.
De los Reyes came here to grace the groundbreaking of the P58-million rehabilitation project of Dipolog Communal Irrigation System at sitio Banicapt in barangay Galas this city.
The project is funded under ARCP-2 with 50 percent counterpart from the city government.
It will be implemented by Vicente Lao Construction and is expected to be completed in 210 days. Once completed, the project is expected to benefit not only the 486 ARBs in the area but also the residents of nearby barangays.
“The completion of the project is expected to increase the cropping intensity of the farmers in the area and improve their living condition through increased crop production,” the secretary said.
The project traverses barangays Gulayon, Sta. Felomina, Galas, Olingan, Punta and Sinaman. Posted by PIA IX at 5:05 PM
Monday, February 24, 2014 RCWC to strengthen promotion, protection of children’s rights in Zambo peninsula By Dominic I. Sanchez
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) composed of different government and non-government agencies has completed the drafting of their work and financial plans covering a period of three years starting 2014-2016 in a strategic planning workshop held on Feb. 18-20 in a local hotel here.
CWC consultant Maria Virginia Liquigan emphasized that “there are still several areas where the local council needs to improve on.”
“We have identified four areas that we need to strengthen,” Ms. Liquigan said, referring to 1) advocacy on policies and programs for children to LGUs, partners, media and stakeholders, 2) planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs, 3) provision of technical assistance, and 4) reporting.
The RCWC member-agencies were divided into four such groups according to their agency function to come up with a detailed plan to enhance and improve on the current mechanisms. In general, the plan seeks to have a public well informed on the rights of the children, as well as on the programs and services for them. Ms. Liquigan pointed out that there has been no conduct of a “State of the Children Report” by LGUs in the region, which is preferable to be said every year by the local chief executive. She recommended the RCWC to market this idea to the LGUs, since this is seen to rouse more local accountability towards children’s programs.
In addition, the lack of a databank on children is seen as a major gap in the RCWC. Although various data are generated from the LGUs such as the number of children having access to basic facilities, education, health, and others, there is no general repository of these data, which, as Ms. Liquigan emphasized, “can be very useful for the CWC to come up with more effective programs, projects and activities”.
Moreover, there are still cases of child abuse and child labor in the region. The plans are seen to enable the LGUs to become more responsive pro-actively to address such issues in their localities.
Several municipalities and cities in the region have already been classified as Child-Friendly like Dipolog City. But, as noted in the discussions, several LGUs have still yet to receive the Presidential Award, and to strengthen the functionality of their Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPCs). Many have very modest budget for the implementation of local children’s programs. Ms. Liquigan stressed the principle that “provision of funds for children’s programs should not be seen as charity by the LGUs; it is a right due to the children.”
After the three-day planning sessions that were seen to address the aforementioned gaps, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director Consejo H. Usman, as secretariat to the RCWC, still committed the agency’s support to the plans.
“We will be supporting, both technically and financially the plans that the RCWC had drafted to ensure their successful implementation for the next three years,” said Director Usman. Like the DSWD, the member-agencies will be contributing their own technical and financial resources.
RCWC member-agencies that attended the planning workshop include the DSWD, the National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Non-government organizations include the Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Network (CAPIN) and Human Development and Empowerment Services (HDES). Representatives from the local governments of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga City were also present.
The CWC was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 603, or the Child and Youth Welfare Code.
Ta ama yo contigo Zamboanga
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
- By Jinggoy I. Salvador
WHAT is love? Love is giving in to your wanderlust and flying to a place you haven’t been before.
You get to your destination and ask, “Why only now?” Maybe it’s fate saying that the time to see the place has come.
Zamboanga del Norte is one of those places for me. A plane ticket on hand was left unused for a year but thanks to DOT Asec. Arturo Boncato and DOT-IX RD June Bugante, I finally got to zoom to the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” on board Cebu Pacific. I know nothing about the place other than the neighboring city of Dapitan as Rizal’s place of exile. But I was with in very good hands traveling with the tourism mavens who know the place best.
Love is Dipolog, the capital city of Zamboanga del Norte. Like the orchids the place is famous for, the city is blooming. Dipolog has retained the charm of the past even with the infusion of modernity that blends in with the well-preserved historical landscape. Expect more than the famous bottled sardines when you visit and fall in love with these sites:
1. The Dipolog Boulevard, the 1.6-kilometer esplanade, with a flourishing dining and entertainment along the parallel property is the city’s most happening spot attracting locals and tourists.
2. The quiet streets and the well-preserved heritage houses, public buildings and the church like the Casa Bernedo, a century-old house owned by the Bernedo family, now a small museum and the city’s Center for Culture and the Arts, and the 1896-built Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary has an altar designed by Jose Rizal.
3. Immortalized are the people that shaped the city—the Monument of Three Prominent Dipolognons in front of the old town hall- Pascual T. Martinez, the first appointed Mayor, Fr. Nicasio Y. Patangan, the first Filipino Diocesan Priest of Mindanao and Eugenio R. Margate, a farmer who introduced the Margate System of planting rice; Pagsalubok Circle and the “Fountain of Blessings”, with the three statues representing the three cultures prevailing in Dipolog raising an offering to the heavens.
Love is Dapitan, the “Shrine capital of the Philippines.” This was where our National Hero spent fours years of his life in exile and he made sure his time and many skills—as physician, educator, engineer, artist, etc.— were put to good use. Today, the city’s vibe is still pulsing with everything Rizal, and where the hero left his mark, a landmark stands.
1. The 16-hectare Rizal Shrine, the major historical landmark in the area, stands on a property Rizal bought with money he won in a lottery. A tour of the area will take you to a museum (detailing his life and works), the replicas of his home, medical clinic, pupil’s dormitory and workshop, the Rizal and Josephine Bracken’s heart-shaped Mi Retiro love rock, the impressive aqueduct he and his pupils constructed, an ampitheater, the now century old tree he planted, and many more.
2. At the Sta. Cruz Beach by the Dapitan Bay (aka Sunset Boulevard) is the Punto de Disembarco de Rizal en Dapitan shrine stands on the spot where the exiled man first set foot in Dapitan on July 17, 1892.
3. The 900-sqm Relief Map of Mindanao designed by Rizal was created to beautify the town plaza and serve as a teaching tool in history and geography. It’s at the Dapitan Plaza front of the St. James Church where Rizal regularly heard mass during his exile.
Beyond history, Dapitan is a leisure and entertainment destination as well. Check these out:
1. Dakak is a land, water and air adventure zone 30-minutes from the city center. Whether you fancy beachcombing or diving, exploring the hilly terrain on an ATV or a galloping horse, or fly over a natural and stunning landscape via the 1.3 kilometer long Zipline (the longest dual zipline in Aia) with a 300-meter drop, there is something for you to get your adrenaline rushing. But why settle for one if you can have it all?
2. Take a River Cruise, a serene 1-½ hour boat cruise through Dapitan River. Food and live entertainment (the theme from Hawaii 5-O is the welcome and farewell tune) come with the package.
3. Enjoy Fantasyland in Gloria de Dapitan. Think Universal Studios on a smaller scale where rides can be fun and extremely challenging. If your gut can stand it, try the Zimerman rollercoaster, Sky Drop Tower and 5D Theater.
Love is exploring beyond city limits. A 2-hour, 80-kilometer drive to Sindangan is worth the trip if a feast of freshly caught seafood awaits you. I assure you, nothing can be sweeter and delightful than this experience.
You won’t notice the long drive when you’re coasting along a picturesque coastline and the Sulu Sea at the background. A stop at the Manukan Municipality will be a treat, it’s home to the biggest and the smallest— the “world’s biggest cock” happens to be a functional building where Manukan Tourism Office is, and Junrey Balawin was declared the world’s shortest man by the Guiness World Record on June 2011.
Drive through Katipunan Municipality as well. This is where the second oldest Catholic Church in Mindanao is, the San Sebastian Javier.
Short, sweet and fun. I got more than what I expected from this trip to Zamboanga del Norte. I have yet to discover more of the place, soon! Ta ama yo contigo Zamboanga! I bid you not with an “ultimo adios” but with a “hasta la vista.”
Thank you DOT Asec. Arturo Boncato, DOT-IX Regional Director June Bugante, the tourism staff Alki, Stephanie and Charles, Cebu Pacific Air (flying to Dipolog 4 times weekly).
ZamboPen regional athletic meet reels off Sunday in Dipolog City
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
- (PNA), CTB/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/PJN
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 22 (PNA) -- The 2014 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) meet reels off Sunday, Feb. 23, in Dipolog City, capital of Zamboanga del Norte province.
The ZPRAA meet, which is set to end Friday, Feb. 28, will see action from athletes of eight school divisions from the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian and Zamboanga, and the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Norte.
The week-long sports competition will have 51 athletic events.
Division of Zamboanga City Athletic Association (DZCAA) manager Ricarte De Sosa said the delegates from this city are determined to regain the championship title of the regional annual sports competition.
De Sosa has expressed confidence that the city will be able to regain the ZPRAA title which it lost only last year to Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.
“Zamboanga City has long been the perennial champion of the ZPRAA. We lost the title only last year when we ranked over-all second in both elementary and secondary,” De Sosa said.
“This time we hope to regain the title. Our athletes have been practicing to this day for that goal,” he added.
DBM-9, LLBO hold barangay administration training in Dipolog
- Friday, February 21, 2014 11:21 am
- By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY - A total of 1,040 barangay budget officers participated in the three-day budget administration training conducted here by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the League of Budget Officers, Region IX Inc.(LLBO-INC) recently.
The training was simultaneously held in three separate venues on Feb. 12 - 14 at the Top Plaza Hotel, Zamboanga del Nore Convention and Sports Center and at the second floor of Building I in Dipolog Boulevard.
Participants from Leon Postigo, Katipunan, Roxas and Labason held their training at Top Plaza while those coming from the municipalities of Pinan, Polanco, Mutia, Siayan, Jose Dalman and Siocon held it at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports and Center.
The third group which was composed of participants from the municipalities of Rizal, Sibutad, La Libertad, Sergio Osmena, Gutalac and Kalawit was holding it at the 2nd floor of Building I, Dipolog City Boulevard.
Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy expressed her gratitude to the DBM for holding such seminar in the city and she hoped that the participants will apply their learning from the three-day training in handling the barangay funds.
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