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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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PCSO opens Dipolog branch

By Alfonso T. Ruda (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zambo del Norte)

Dipolog City, Oct. 21 (PIA)---The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) officially started its operation here yesterday, October 20, 2014 at the old Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Hospital site in Barangay Biasong, this city.

According to PCSO-Zamboanga del Norte Officer-in-Charge Analiza Narciso, the opening and blessing ceremony of the new PCSO Provincial District Office was held at 2 P.M. yesterday with PCSO Chairman Atty. Ferdinand M. Rojas gracing the affair.

The establishment of the new PCSO here was realized after the Provincial Board approved the amended resolution pushed by Zamboanga del Norte Second District Board Member Atty. Crisologo Dicerdo, granting authority to Governor Roberto Y. Uy to sign the amended Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PCSO, allowing them to establish its office at the site of the old Provincial hospital in Dipolog City.

Under the MOA, the Provincial Government authoirzes the PCSO to use the 159 square meter lot at the old Provincial hospital for its Provincial District Office. Furthermore, the PCSO is allowed to use the area for 25 years for free, to extend their mandated services to the people.

With the establishment of the PCSO Provincial District Office here, the poor people who are in dire need of medical assistance could already have easier access under the Individual Medical Assistance Program like hospitalization consisting of medicine, laboratory and diagnostic examinations, oxygen, blood processing and other medcal needs.

PCSO also announces that the share of the Local Government Units in the province for sold lotto tickets will be as follows---the Provincial Government gets 2 percent from the Charity Fund while Dipolog City and the LGUs get 5% from the said fund.

The PCSO is mandated by law to raise revenue to fund its many health-related programs that will benefit the underpriviled sector of our society.

Governor Uy and Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, together with the Provincial and City Government officials and employees are expected to join PCSO Chairman Rojas during the opening and blessing ceremony.

ZNPPO-DOJ joins Children’s Month Celebration

By Bong Garcia

LILOY, Zamboanga del Norte, Oct.20 (PIA)---The Zamboanga del Norte Parole and Probation Office (ZNPPO-DOJ, in coordination with Liloy Mayor Felixberto Bolando and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) joins the whole nation in the observance of “Children’s Month” this October.

According to ZNPPO-DOJ Liloy Sub-Office chief Jason M. Quilo said among the activities was a lecture of Liloy MSWDO OIC Ms. Shiela S. Naong to the probationers, parolees and applicants for probation from Liloy and six other municipalities of this province held recently at the Senior Citizens Building, this municipality

Naong conducted a lecture on Republic Act 9262, otherwise knows as “Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act” and R.A. 10364, otherwise known as the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012” to 41 probationers, 4 parolees and 3 applicants for probation from Gutalac, Labason, Godod, Kalawit, Salug and Tampilisan, this province.

In a related development, President Manuel M. Roxas Volunteer Probation Aide (VPA) Association headed by its president, Jesus Ademar L. Bagaipo, in coordination with Roxas Mayor John Hendrick Vallecer and MSWDO head Femilina Ordiz conducted it 4th Supplemental feeding Activity at Barangay Langatian on October 16 which benefitted a total of 168 children and Pre-schoolers of the said barangay.

This year’s Children’s Month Celebration carries the theme “”BATA KASALI KA, IKAW AY MAHALAGA.”

DOST distributes water filters

By Bong Garcia

THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is distributing 200 units of ceramic water filter to poor families in Zamboanga Peninsula.

DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said the target beneficiaries of the water filters are selected indigenous peoples (IPs) in Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay and Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Manzano said the distribution of the water filters is in line with the government's program to provide the people access to potable and clean water.

Manzano said they initially distributed last week 30 units of locally developed water filters to the families of Subanen Workers Association in Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Manzano said the remaining 170 units of water filter will be distributed to other target beneficiary-families within this month.

She said the water purification system (WPS) is a simple technology that consists of a container and filtering medium, which is the ceramic pot filter (CPF).

She said the ceramic filter is made up of red clay coated with nano-colloidal silver as the anti-microbial agent that replaces the chlorination process in traditional water filter systems.

She said the ceramic pot typically sits or hangs on top of a large plastic container, which is fitted with a tap at the bottom. A lid is placed on top of the filter to prevent contamination.

She said the system is capable of purifying tap water, deep well water, and raw water tainted with up to three percent suspended particles or silt and convert these into safe drinking water.

The Industrial Technology Development Institute(ITDI) of the DOST said the water filter has passed the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for drinking water in terms of microbiological and chemical analysis.

Manzano said the grant of water filters( is one of the initiatives of DOST under the project entitled, "Community Empowerment through Science and Technology."

Party-list Rep indicted with plunder for PDAF scam


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of plunder charges against Representative Edgar Valdez of the Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC), Janet Lim Napoles and John Raymund De Asis in relation to the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to P95 million from 2007 to 2009.

The P95 million PDAF was released through 16 Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) coursed through the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), Zamboanga del Norte Agricultural College Rubber Estate Corporation (ZREC), National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) and the Technology Resource Center (TRC) as Implementing Agencies (IAs), using the Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation, Inc. (SDPFFI), Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation, Inc. (MAMFI), and the Philippine Social Development Foundation Incorporated (PSDFI) as NGO-partners.

In a Joint Resolution approved on 14 October 2014, Ombudsman Morales also found probable cause for seven counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) against Valdez, Napoles, De Asis, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) officials Mario Relampagos, Rosario Nuñez, Lalaine Paule and Marilou Bare; ZREC representatives Salvador Salacup and Eduardo Nolasco; NABCOR officials Alan Javellana, Romulo Relevo, Ma. Julie Villaralvo-Johnson, Maria Ninez Guañizo, Victor Roman Cacal, Rhodora Mendoza; TRC officials Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana, Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, Marivic Jover; NLDC officials Gondelina Amata, Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Gregoria Buenaventura, Ofelia Ordoñez, Sofia Cruz, Chita Jalandoni; SDPFI representatives Noel Macha; MAMFI representatives Theresita Samson, Eulogio Rodriguez, Margarita Guadinez; and PSDFI representatives Evelyn De Leon and Roy Bongalo.

The Joint Resolution found that during the term of Valdez, he continuously endorsed the implementation of his PDAF-funded livelihood and agricultural products to Napoles-controlled NGOs. From 2007 to 2009, MAMFI received P15 million while PSDFI received P18.9 million, and SDPFFI received P46 million. The funds were supposed to be used for livelihood projects, farm inputs and farm implements, agricultural starter kits, technology transfer training via video courses and printed materials, vegetable seeds, gardening packages, knapsack sprayers, concentrated fertilizers, and other tools and equipment.

It stated that the PDAF of Valdez was never used for the intended projects as these were considered “ghost” projects, with fabricated documents submitted for its liquidation. The mayors and municipal agriculturists reported that they never received anything from the office of Valdez, or from any of the project partners. In fact, many of the names appearing on the lists as farmer-recipients were neither residents nor registered voters of the municipalities.

In his sworn testimony, Benhur Luy testified that Valdez received kickbacks and commissions amounting to P57,787,500.00 from 2004 to 2010 with the payoffs usually made at the JLN office in Ortigas. Whistleblowers Marina Sula and Merlina Suñas claimed that they often heard Napoles call Valdez by his code name “kuryente.”

In approving the Joint Resolution, Ombudsman Morales stated that Valdez showed “a pattern – a combination or a series of overt or criminal acts – directed towards a common purpose or goal which is to enable him to amass, accumulate or acquire ill-gotten wealth.”

Meanwhile, the criminal charges against notaries public Editha Talaboc, Delfin Agcaoili, Jr., Joel Gordola, Antonio Santos, and accountants Lucita Solomon, Susan Victorino and SDPFFI incorporator Doreena Bazan were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

A copy of the Joint Resolution was also forwarded to the Anti-Money Laundering Council for its appropriate action on possible violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

With the issuance of this Joint Resolution, the Office of the Ombudsman has completed the resolution of the first batch of criminal complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation and Field Investigation Office.

Geographic Information System training set

By Bong Garcia

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has scheduled a three-day training of trainers (ToT) on Geographic Information System (GIS) for Disaster Preparedness and Response.

DILG Regional Director Paisal Abutazil said the ToT will be held next week from October 21-23 in Pagadian City, which is aimed to develop additional technical people to assist the villages in formulating their own hazard maps.

Abutazil said the training will be attended by the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) staffs of 11 towns coming from Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay.

The 11 towns are the following: Liloy, Salug, Gutalac and Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte; Dumingag, Tukuran, Kumalarang, and Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur; and, Payao, Titay, and Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

They comprise the second batch of Local Government Units (LGUs) to undergo ToT.

The first batch had undergone ToT from August 18-20 this year in Pagadian City. They also comprised 11 LGUs.

"The Local Government Units (LGUs), being at the forefront of disasters, play a very crucial role in disaster preparedness and management and thus, the prime movers at the local levels have to be fully capacitated and equipped with the technical know-how in all aspects of DRRM," Abutazil said.

He said the training is important for participants to appreciate the use of hazard maps linked to planning as it is also prerequisite to Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP) set by December 2014.

New legislative building in Labason town inaugurated

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga Norte with report from Abundio Puro)

LABASON, Zamboanga del Norte, Oct. 16 (PIA) – Finally the legislative building here is finished.

After nine long years, this town has acquired its new legislative building that Mayor Eddie Quimbo together with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, municipal officials and employees inaugurated recently with Fr. Esquerion A. Santisas officiating the blessing of the building.

Rev. Carmelo Arguiles of the Labason Alliance Church also came to offer a thanksgiving prayer for the new edifice.

It could be recalled that the construction of the new building started in 2005 using the municipality’s P1 million funding from its 20 percent Economic Development Fund (EDF) and another P1 million from the provincial government. However, the said funding was not enough to finish the project.

Seeing the importance of the said edifice in local governance, Mayor Quimbo immediately appropriated an additional P800 thousand from the town’s 20 percent EDF to finish the project right after his assumption to office on June 30, 2013.

Former town officials also came to grace the blessing and inauguration of the said building.

Dapitan studes vow support to climate change advocacy

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 15 (PIA) – Some 210 students of Dapitan City National High School (DCNHS) who attended a forum on climate change adaptation and mitigation Friday, Oct. 10, took the challenge of becoming effective communicators and multipliers for climate change advocacy campaign.

The forum, which was attended not only by the officers of the Supreme Student Government (SSG), class organizations, Youth for Environment and Science Organization (YES-O), boy scouts, girl scouts and science clubs, but also science teachers and barangay officials, sought to weaken public’s apathy to climate change.

“We are glad that we are one of the recipients in this advocacy forum on climate change,” Regie Bait-it, science master teacher, said in her welcome message.

Information Center Manager Alfonso T. Ruda of the Philippine Information Agency-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Information Center (PIA-ZNPIC) said “promoting public awareness and calling for people’s action on climate change are the two main reasons why the said forum is being held.”

"We will have to prepare for what will happen to mankind [with climate change]," Ruda stressed.

PIA-9 Assistant Regional Director Franklin P. Gumapon also urged everyone to participate in combating the ill effects of climate change.

“We can have economic growth without compromising our environment by complying with all the requirements set by the government and avoiding prohibited acts against our environment,” Gumapon’s answer to a question raised by a student concerning industrialization and environmental protection.

As part of climate change adaptation, Gumapon also asked the students living near the rivers to tell their parents to relocate or transfer to safer places, and not wait for something to happen.

At the end of the forum, the participants elected their officers for the school’s Climate Change Resilient Youth Advocates who would lead the campaign for the protection and preservation of ecosystem.

The officers also led their fellow participants in reciting the “Kalikasan” pledge.

2 killed as AFP truck, motorcycle collide in Zambo Norte

By Jaime Sinapit (

MANILA - A village councilor and his backrider died after their motorcycle collided with a military troop-carrier vehicle Monday in Barangay Datu Tangkila, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The officer-in-charge of the Public Information Office of the Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9), Senior Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, said the collision happened 5:30 p.m. Monday on the national highway.

Councilor Marcelino Abitan, 40, and Venancio Mandasay, 40, both residents of Barangay Nacibak, Leon B. Postigo, were on board a motorcycle when the military truck hit them, sending them hurtling down the road. They were brought to a hospital but died while being treated.

Under police custody for investigtaion and possible filing of charges is Corporal Jay-ar Dalloran, a member of the Army's 10th Infantry Battalion.

He was driving the KIA KM450 Military Truck (SLF-704) that collided with the motorcycle Grandstar GX 150R (HW-3780) of the two men.

The investigation report of the Sindangan Municipal Police Station said the AFP truck tried to overtake two motorcycles on its lane, but instead crashed into the victims' motorbike, which was coming from the opposite lane.

Sammuddin said the victims were thrown several meters away from the crash site.

The military truck crashed into the fence and water pipe of a deep well owned by one Alfredo Tabañera, said to be a former barangay chairman.

PIA-ZNPIC conducts 2nd CCAC forum in Dapitan

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DAPITAN CITY - The Philippine Information Agency-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Information Center (PIA-ZNPIC) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Education (DepEd) has conducted on Friday, Oct. 10, the second leg of its advocacy forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation at the Dapitan City National High School (DCNHS) this city.

A total of 210 students consisting of officers and members of the science club, YES-O and Supreme Student Government (SSG) participated in the said activity with their science teachers.

Barangay officials and a health worker of Barangay Banonong also turned up during the forum.

In her welcome message, Master Teacher Regie Bait-it representing school principal Sherlito Sagapsapan, pointed out the importance and relevance of the forum to address the ill-effects of climate change.

Bait-it thanked PIA for choosing DCNHS to be a part of the campaign, urging the students to listen attentively to the video presentations and lectures during the forum.

PIA-9 Assistant Regional Director Franklin P. Gumapon cited the importance of the forum and explained to the participants the factors that contribute to climate change such like the use of fossil fuels by big factories, vehicles and other machineries.

Gumapon shared his experience in Tacloban City which was hardly-hit by super-typhoon Yolanda late last year and his recent trip to Taganak Island where he personally witnessed two of the 5 species of turtles found in the Philippines.

Taganak island is one of the islands comprising Turtle Islands municipality in the province of Tawi-tawi.

The forum was conducted to promote awareness on climate change among the youth particularly the students as well as the community to come up with an appropriate and comprehensive plan of action to mitigate the impact of climate change on the humans.

The activity ended up with the election of officers of Climate Change Youth Advocates, recitation of the Kalikasan Pledge and commitment signing.

PIA-ZNPIC has targeted six fora to be conducted in the province this year.

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