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Dipolog City hosts 24th Mindanao Business Conference

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, Sept. 1 (PNA) -– The three-day 24th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon), the biggest annual gathering of businessmen, government and other stakeholders here in the Southern Philippines, will kick off Wednesday in this city.

Atty. Paul Gudmalin, president of the local chamber of commerce and industry, said the 24th MinBizCon which is scheduled from September 2 to 4, will highlight discussions to further boost Mindanao’s competitiveness as the integrated ASEAN economic community, which is set to be launched this year.

Gudmalin, who is the co-director of this year’s MinBizCon, said they expected to surpass the number of conference delegates when this city first hosted the event in 2008.

“We are all set to receive all delegates coming from all over Mindanao, Manila and other regions of the country as the entire city has prepared to showcase the best of Dipolog and Mindanao,” Gudmalin said.

The MinBizCon is the platform of the Mindanao business community to discuss issues and concerns which are effectively captured and integrated into what is called the “Mindanao Business Policy Agenda,” a set of policy resolutions submitted to the national government for appropriate action.

“The holding of this conference is very important since we are discussing key issues timed on the ASEAN integration,” said Edwin Capili, chair of the local chamber of commerce and conference co-chairperson.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Manuel Roxas II is this year’s MinBizCon guest of honor. He will address the conference on the closing day.

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles will present issues and concerns about the ongoing Mindanao peace process.

The MinBizCon is likewise an opportunity for the local governments and the business community to package the area as an ideal investment and tourism destination in Mindanao.

This year’s MinBizCon is anchored on the theme “Winning the ASEAN, Gaining the Global Market.”

The three-day event will also highlight the business and investment opportunities in the host area together with the tourist attractions of this city being part of the regional tourism center of the region.

This city is also known as the Bottled Sardines capital of the country.

Cop, militiaman wounded in shootout

By Bong Garcia

A POLICEMAN and a militiaman were wounded in a shootout in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Monday.

Senior Superintendent Romulo Cleve Taboso, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula spokesman, said the incident occurred around 9:05 p.m. Sunday in the village of San Nicolas, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

Taboso identified the wounded policemen as Police Officer 1 Gil Cañero, who is assigned in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, and Albino Luna, of Balubuan detachment, Sirawai.

Investigation showed that Cañero was on the way home together with Reymar Lacandalo after attending a meeting in the village of San Roque, Sirawai, when they spotted Luna walking with a handgun at his hand.

Luna shot Cañero on the right thigh instead of heeding the advice of the latter to hide his firearm.

Taboso said Cañero fell on the ground and managed to return fire, hitting Luna in the head and chest.

He said both the policeman and the militiaman were admitted at a hospital in Zamboanga City.

Beneficiaries in poorest province share impact of DSWD programs

By Lei Mohammad (DSWD 9)

“Ang tabang gihatag a DSWD labi pa sa pinansyal. Gipahibaw mi sa proseso, satuy-unun arun maka participar mi sa mga programa ug uban pang proyekto.” (More than the money, DSWD has given us the opportunity to know and understand the purpose of these programs and the chance to participate in the implementation of these programs and services.) sharedModissaOcom of barangay Balatakan, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte.

Ocom was one of the department’s beneficiaries who sharedtheir experiences with the core programs of DSWD during the CSO-led Project Tour last Wednesday conducted simultaneously in Jose Dalman and Mutia, Zamboangadel Norte, the formerly identified poorest province in the country during the 2009 assessment.

The activity which is dubbed as Voice of the People: Listening to those who matter most,aimed to encourage and empower the beneficiaries to be articulators of change brought about by the implementation and delivery of the core social protective programs and services of DSWD. The activityprovided opportunities for over a hundred partner beneficiaries in Zamboangadel Norte to inspire others by sharing their stories of change through the collaboration with and participation of local media outfits.

One of the beneficiaries also expressed her high hopes for the pantawid program to continue. “Daku kaayu’g kausaban ang gihatag sa pantawid. Dili na mi maglisud magpa-iskwela sa mga bata. Hinuun, ipadayun nila ang pantawid para sa mga kabus.” (Pantawid has changed our lives. We no longer worry over our children’s education. We hope that pantawid will continuously help the poor people.)aPantawid beneficiary related during her testimonial.

ForifeNuñez, aKalahi-CIDSS volunteer who was part of the team who implemented and built a Barangay Health Station in their community narrated how Kalahi has become instrumental in improving the health services and as well as encourage participation among community members identifying solutions to the communal problems.

“Kami jud ang nagpiliunsaka project ang among kinahanglan. Kining health station amu gyud ni gipangayu. Pasalamat mi sa Kalahikay karun naa na sya, dili na milayumaglakawparamagpa-immunize ug magpatambal.” (We were really the ones who chose the project, we really asked for this project. We thank Kalahi because now that we have health station, we no longer have to walk far just to have our kids immunized and treated by nurses.)Nuñez said in her testimony.

Aside from the media partners, some representatives from the national government agencies like Department of Health and Department of Labor and Employment were able to engage with some beneficiaries to assess community issues that need a multi-sectoral approach and intervention.

MegajaneLigutom, DOLE provincial staff committed to partner with the DSWD in all its efforts and endeavors in empowering the poor communities and providing them better opportunities in accessing basic social services.

“On behalf of the DOLE family, we were, we are and we will commit to serve those people who need our services and program the most. We are always ready to partner with DSWD in ending the vicious cycle of poverty through whichever manner our department is mandated to intervene.” Ligutom said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Jose Dalman Mayor Rachel Ferrater thanked DSWD for bringing in various programs and projects in their municipality.

“Thank you to the DSWD for giving Jose Dalman these programs. Because of Pantawid, SLP, Kalahi-CIDSS and other programs and services, the people in Jose Dalman are now ready to face bigger opportunities and embrace positive changes in their lives.” Ferrater said in her welcome message.

The 2-day activity aimed to encourage their partner beneficiaries to share their testimonial on how the department has helped them achieve change in their lives, what these changes are, and what their plans are for the future given that they now have changed lives.

Trader shot while hosting party in ZamboNor

By Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

A 50-year-old businessman was wounded when he was shot inside their house while hosting a party the other day in Zamboanga del Norte.

The victim was identified as Edgar Cansino, 50, married, businessman and resident of Bgy. Nono-yan, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte.

Police are now conducting manhunt operation against the suspect identified as Lukod Jaya Pawa, 30, married, also of the said barangay.

Reports said the incident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. inside the house of the victim.

Initial investigation showed the victim was busy attending to their visitors when the suspect arrived and for unknown reason shot the victim with the use of a cal. .45 pistol.

The victim sustained gunshot wound at the back of his body and was rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment.

After the incident, the suspect fled towards unknown direction.

Authorities are now conducting follow-up investigation to determine the motive behind and arrest the suspect as soon as possible.

P5-M CENRO building to rise in Manukan town

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte with reports from Maribel G. Acama)

MANUKAN, Zamboanga del Norte, Aug. 28 (PIA) – The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) for Zamboanga del Norte’s second district will soon hold office here as the construction of its new building has formally started following a ground-breaking ceremony held here Tuesday.

The P5-million two-storey building will be erected on a 300-square-meter lot at Barangay Poblacion,which was donated by the municipal government.

Following a uniform design for CENRO offices nationwide, this building can accommodate 60-70 employees. It is the first CENRO office to be constructed in region 9.

Regional Director Arleigh Adorable of the Department of Natural Resources (DENR)-9, said the presence of CENRO office in Manukan would eventually fast track the titling of lands/lots as well as the implementation ofall itsprograms, projects and services to the benefit of all stakeholders in the province’s second district.

In thanking the municipal officials for donating the lot, Adorable hoped “their generosity will not cease as additional space is needed to showcase our agency’s services like the establishment of forest nursery where tree seedlings can be raised and given to the citizens of second district, upon their request, for climate change mitigation.”

For her part, Mayor Enriquita Winters of LGU-Manukan hoped that with the establishment of CENRO in Manukan, the issues and concerns of her constituents especially on the titling of municipal lots would soon befinished.

PENRO Nelson V. Velasco, CENRO Geoffrey S. Zayas,municipal officials as well as staff and personnel of PENRO-Zamboanga del Norte attended the said activity.

Peace process, ASEAN integration, tourism top 24th MinBizCon agenda

By Teofilo P. Garcia, Jr [(PNA), CTB/TPGJR]

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 27 (PNA) – The over-all condition of the peace process, factors that will help Mindanao to propel in the ASEAN market, and tourism are among the top agenda at the three-day annual gathering of business leaders during this year’s 24th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon).

This year’s MinBizCon is scheduled to be held from September 2 to 4 at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention Center. It is anchored on the theme: “Winning the ASEAN, Gaining the Global Market.”

Organizers said the business confab is expected to find clarifications at the pressing issues that Mindanao business leaders need to understand as they craft policies to propel the economy of Southern Philippines.

The gathering is noted to be the premiere annual convention of commerce and industry leaders, policy and decision-makers, entrepreneurs, investors and advocates of growth and development of Mindanao.

Based on its program, the organizers of the 24th MinBizCon highlights the needs for the business sector to understand the dynamics of the Mindanao’s over-all peace process, particularly the envisioned Bangsamoro Autonomous Region that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region is now being discussed in Congress to reach a legal foundation for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), which the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed in March 2014.

Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process, is set to deliver a special presentation on the Mindanao peace process.

The other topics to be discussed in the 24th MinBizCon include the emerging tourism circuits in Mindanao, how to make business more inclusive, to level-up the human resources of Mindanao, good governance, financing, and global marketing.

The MinBizCon organizers said these topics are fundamental factors for the business sector to look into as they try to position Mindanao in the integration of the ASEAN market.

Aside from Deles, the other speakers during the business confab are Local Government Sec. Manuel Roxas II, Former Finance Sec. Juanita Amatong, Tourism Assistant Sec. Arturo Boncato, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Alfredo Yao to name a few.

The organizers expect that at least 1,000 participants coming from the different parts of Mindanao and of the country will attend the 24th MinBizCon.

2 state firms in 'pork' scam abolished

By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Two government corporations under the Department of Agriculture (DA), which the Commission on Audit (COA) has linked to the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, have been abolished.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala yesterday told the House appropriations committee chaired by Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab that he has closed down National Agribusiness Corp. (NABCOR) and Zamboanga del Norte Agricultural College Rubber Estate Corp. (ZNAC-REC).

“They are now winding down their affairs. We are no longer downloading funds to them,” he said.

He was responding to questions raised by Rep. Antonio Tinio of party-list group Alliance of Concerned Teachers. ADVERTISING

President Aquino has a standing order to concerned officials to abolish corporations and agencies linked to the pork barrel scam.

Despite the closure of NABCOR and ZNAC-REC, Alcala said the government is pursuing cases against their officials whom the Office of the Ombudsman has charged before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Aside from the two corporations, two other DA agencies had been linked to pork barrel fund irregularities. These are the National Agricultural and Fishery Council and National Dairy Authority.

NABCOR and ZNAC-REC, together with National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC) and Technology Resource Center (TRC), figured prominently in the COA special audit report on the alleged misuse of billions in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations of scores of senators and congressmen in 2007 to 2009.

The NLDC is a subsidiary of Land Bank of the Philippines, while TRC is under the Department of Science and Technology.

The PDAF was the P25-billion annual congressional pork barrel until the Supreme Court scrapped it in November 2013 for being unconstitutional. It allocated P200 million for each senator and P70 million for each member of the House of Representatives.

Sens. Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Revilla Jr. are facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the PDAF scam.

Charged with them are alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, the senators’ senior aides and officers of the agencies that served as conduits of the lawmakers’ PDAF allocations.

A fourth senator, Gregorio Honasan, has been charged before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the same scam.

Other agencies that have been linked to PDAF irregularities are the Natural Resources Development Corp. (NRDC) and Philippine Forest Corp., which are under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

Zambo Norte’s No. 4 wanted person falls

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 25 (PNA) -– The police have arrested one of the most wanted persons in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, an official announced Tuesday.

Senior Supt. Romulo Cleve Taboso, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) spokesman, identified the arrested most wanted person as Agustin Cresencio, 44, of Singatong, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Taboso said Cresencio was arrested around 9 a.m. Monday in Barangay Singatong, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Taboso said Cresencio is listed as the No. 4 most wanted persons in the town of Katipunan.

He said Cresencio is facing charges for two counts rape with no bail bond recommended before the court in Dipolog City.

Gov’t agencies ramp up info drive on human trafficking

By Allen Abastillas

The Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office, in coordination with the Zamboanga City Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (ZCSBATTF), has intensified the information dissemination campaign on how to prevent and combat human trafficking in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Chief Insp. Alex Lorenzo, chief, PCTCWMFO, said his office is closely coordinating with the different local government units in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in launchng the information drive in partnership with members of ZCSBATTF, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Justice, Departmenf of Social Welfare and Development, Visayan Forum, Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group, Maritime Police, Naval Intelligence and Security Group and the ZC Local Government Unit.

Lorenzo disclosed that most of the victims of human traffickers come from the municipalities in the region, provinces and slum areas in the different cities in the country.

He said most of the rescued victims recruited by illegal recruiters and human traffickers are from poor provinces and municipalities in the country.

“ I advise people especially those who want to work abroad not to believe the sweet talks and promises of human traffickers so that your will not end up in a lion’s den,” Lorenzo said.

He stressed that people who want to work abroad or be recruited should assert their rights for their safety and security.

“They should ask the recruiters their legality to recruit like the approval and license from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and license from Department of Labor and Employment. They should visit the two offices of the government and know the status and license of their recruiters,” Lorenzo said.

Meanwhile, In answer to the calls of Pope Francis to combat and prevent human trafficking, Lorenzo has started to visit the different churches in the city to ask the help of priests or leaders of other religions to include in their sermon about the evil designs of human traffickers and illegal recruiters who are destroying human dignity and families.

Lorenzo said he has asked religious leaders to help the government in the crackdown against trafficking.

Abandoned Mahogany Lumbers Recovered in Godod

By Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Jonas D. Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

Godod, Zamboanga del Norte - Elements of Godod Municipal Police Station conducted a police operation after a member of BIN reported that several flitches of lumber in different dimensions were found at Sitio Rebe, Barangay Poblacion at about 4:30 PM on August 15, 2015.

Said lumbers were said to be abandoned by the still unidentified owner. The team recovered fifty-four flitches of lumber believed to be mahogany tree. The said lumbers will be forwarded to the DENR office in Liloy town.

Rescued hostages reunite with families

By Jenny F. Manongdo

Two rescued Coast Guard men had a tearful reunion with their families yesterday, nearly four months since they were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

“I never lost hope. I have always known that God would give us His mercy,” said Judith, wife of Rod Pagalingan, who, along with Gringo Villaruz and Aliguay barangay chairman Rodolfo Boligao, was abducted by the notorious group last May 4 in the island village of Aliguay.

The two rescued hostages were flown to Manila, a day after daring escape through gunfire in Sulu.

They arrived in a van at 11:15 a.m. at the PCG headquarters. Both men wore identical blue shirts with the words “PCG Lives” emblazoned at the back.

Pagalingan, still unshaved, embraced his wife and three-year-old child Alina as soon as he stepped out of the van. Villaruz’s family was expected to arrive later in the afternoon from Zamboanga del Norte.

The two rescued hostages were brought to the second floor before they were allowed to speak to the media.

Only three questions were entertained during the brief interview.

Pagalingan said they got the chance to escape after a firefight broke out between government forces and Abu Sayyaf men.

“Nung nagka-encounter sila sa PNP at Army, nawala focus nila sa amin…tumakbo na kami. Wala nang isip isip. Tumakbo lang kami,” said Pagalingan.

Both hostages were held in separate huts.

Pagalingan said he nearly fell off a ravine in his dash to freedom amid the fierce exchange of gunfire.

Fifteen ASG fighters were killed during the rescue operation, according to the military.

The operation came nine days after the beheaded body of the barangay chairman was found in Maimbung, Sulu.

The rescued Coast Guard men could not say how many hostages are being held by the rogue group which numbers around 200.

“Magkakahiwalay kami,” Villaluz said.

PCG commandant, Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said there was no ransom paid.

“A lot of back-channeling happened. We did not pay any ransom because the government has a strict no ransom policy.

In the first place, ransom is not included in the budget of Coast Guard,” Isorena said.

The PCG official disclosed that in the beginning, the Abu Sayyaf demanded P100 million each for the three captives, including Boligao. Later, he said, it was decreased to P10 million each and then later, P3 million.

“The deadlines were changing…We did not give in to their demands,” Isorena added.

Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, who was among those who welcomed the rescued hostages, reiterated the government’s no ransom policy.

“If we gave in, they might think that the PCG is giving out ransom and they might just wait for the next PCG personnel to kidnap,” Abaya said.

Pagalingan and Villaluz were deployed in Barangay Aliguay following a request from local authorities after tourists from nearby Dakak resort started docking in the island village as part of their tour.

Abaya said the experience has taught them to assess the dangers in possible deployment areas as they mull over the possibility of providing firearms to personnel deployed in high-risk locations.

Woman drowned by windstorm

By Bong Garcia (Sunnex)

A WOMAN drowned during a windstorm while her two companions were saved by fishermen offshore Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the fatality as Analiza Baquir, 30, a resident of Ba-ao village Dapitan City.

Sammudin said the incident occurred around 4:50 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Boulevard in the village of Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City.

Bacquir was swimming together with her cousins, namely, Analiza Pactol and Victoria Tinaytay, when they were swept by big waves spawned by windstorm.

Samuddin said Pactol and Tinayatay were rescued by fishermen, while Baquir was found two hours later at the seawall in the nearby Bagting village.

He said Baquir was rushed to the hospital but she did not make it alive.

DSWD implements PhP5.9-M Kalahi-CIDSS projects in Zambo Norte town

(PNA), SCS/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 20 (PNA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is implementing seven projects worth PhP5.9 million in the municipality of Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte.

The projects are being implemented through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS-NCDDP).

Elpidio Lapad, DSWD regional project manager for Kalahi-CIDSS, said on Thursday the projects include five day care centers, road graveling and construction of hanging bridge.

Lapad said the day care centers are almost completed and these are located in the barangays of San Miguel, Diland, Head Tipan, Newland, and Diolen.

He said the implementation of the 500 linear meters road graveling and the hanging bridge have yet to start.

He said all of the projects, which were identified by the community-beneficiaries, are set to be completed by December of this year.

He said the municipality of Mutia, which comprises of 16 barangays, has been a recipient of Kalahi-CIDSS projects for five years now.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development strategy that empowers the people to make decisions for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects to address the needs and identified by the community themselves.

Notorious drug pusher falls

By Bong Garcia

POLICE arrested in an anti-drug operation a suspected notorious drug pusher in one of the towns of Zamboanga del Norte.

Senior Superintendent Cleve Taboso, of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula, identified the suspect as Shieka Aliacbar, 29, a resident of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Taboso said Aliacbar was arrested in a drug bust around 10:40 p.m. Monday in the village of Ramon Magsaysay, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Aliacbar is listed as the Top 11 on the watch list of drug personalities in the municipality of Sindangan. Confiscated from her possession were 23 small-sized plastic sachets of suspected shabu; P9,322 cash in different denominations believed to be proceeds in the sale of prohibited drugs; an identified cart of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces; a motorcycle; three mobile phones; P500 “marked money,” and prohibited drugs paraphernalia.

The suspect was detained while appropriate charges are set to be filed against her, said Taboso.

MSMEs in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 29.4%

By Bong Garcia

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recorded an increase of over 7,000 in the number of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the past five years in Zamboanga Peninsula.

DTI officer-in-charge Regional Director Sitti Amina Jain said the MSMEs have increased to over 31,000 in 2014 from 24,000 in 2010, representing a 29.4 percent growth.

This is based on the data gathered by the Philippine Statistics Authority, he added.

Jain said the main contributory factor in the increase of the MSMEs is the region's good business climate.

PHO-ZN assures safety of SIP on children

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

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) -The Provincial Health Office of Zamboanga del Norte (PHO-ZN) has assured the parents of the safety of their Grades 1 and 7 schoolchildren who would be subjected to the School-based Immunization Program (SIP) starting yesterday, Aug 17.

During last Sunday’s Kapihan sa Dipolog radio program, Ms. Fely Ortega, provincial immunization coordinator, assured that the vaccines to be used are safe, effective, not exposed or expired and approved by the World Health Organization(WHO) and to be administered only by trained health workers coming from the concerned Rural Health Units and the PHO.

Health and Promotions Officer Wilma Bulahan, on the other hand, said the implementation of the program was delayed in province to give way for the massive information and dissemination on the possible reactions/effects of the vaccines on the children.

Bulahan admitted that the Department of Health (DOH) had learned a lesson from the lack of massive information dissemination during the nationwide deworming activity, which caused panic among schoolchildren when some experienced stomach pains after taking the deworming pills. “We delayed the implementation of the program to Aug. 17 instead of the original schedule of Aug. 3 to first meet with various stakeholders like the municipal and barangay officials as well as Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs).

Moreover, the DOH has also issued an advisory for students, teachers, parents and guardians on the conduct of SIP.

The students should eat before getting vaccinated and never massage the injection site after vaccination. They are also advised to go to the nearest health center should symptoms of side effects persist.

“If one faints due to fear of injection or sight of blood or having not eaten prior to immunization, let the student lie down until he/she regains consciousness and to bring to the nearest hospital if still not conscious after 15 minutes. On swelling, or pain or redness on injection site or fever, warm compress using clean cloth and water and give paracetamol every four hours. Rashes are just a normal reaction of the body to vaccines,” Ortega said.

Dr. Eduardo Luayon, provincial health officer, also urged the parents to send their children to school during the scheduled SIP in their school to avail of free health services from the government. The vaccination would cost as high as P3,500 with private clinics.

Department Memorandum Order No. 0148 issued by DOH on May 15, 2015 has mandated the conduct of SIP every August in collaboration with Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the different Rural Health Units (RHUs).

The SIP is a follow up to Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) immunization for under five years old children to interrupt current measles transmission in the older population.

Ortega said the overall objective of the campaign is to protect the targeted population from the consequences of measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and human papillona virus infection.

ZSCMST-HRM champion in 5th Zampen Tourism, Hospitality Education Congress

By Dir. Marife Rosalejos-Villafranca (ZSCMST Media Affairs)

The Council of Tourism and Hospitality Educators of Zamboanga Peninsula (CTHEZP), in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education Region 9, organized a 5th Zamboanga Peninsula Tourism and Hospitality Education Congress at Dipolog City last August 7-9, 2015. The said event was participated by the different state colleges and universities and private institutions in the region and convened at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center.

The said congress imparted the theme ” Hospitality Education in the Contemporary World : Trends, Innovation and Complexity. “ One of the objectives of the Congress was to function as a motivating program and get to bring together educators and students to interrelate, lead intellectual discourse in relation to hospitality and tourism industry and foster cultural exchange and fellowship among attendees.

With the trust, confidence and support of Dr. Milavel Depacaquivo-Nazario, president of the Zamboanga State Colleges of Marine Sciences and Technology, to the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, she sent student-participants to the said event along with three coaches — Dean Justine Mae Nur, Ms.Marialyn B. Vicente, the Program Adviser and Ms. Ann Dispo. The team CHRM of ZSCMST was able tograb the over-all champion title in the competitions. The following adjudged winners of the different events : first placer for Synchronized Flaring — Joe Marie D.R. Almonte, Rey C. Daclan, Allen Paul V. Palacio, Nashalie Mae C. Gonzales, Jojie C. Yalon. First Placer for Floral Arrangement — Anrey P. Agustin and Juvi C. Hipone. First placer for Table Napkin Folding — Marc Joseph A. Atanoso. Second Placer Buffet Skirting – Dwayne Anthony A. Cabot and Jhonriel B. Deoduco and Market Basket – Ogie Boy Buscas and Ana Jollain T. Gonzaga. Third Placer Bartending — Elvin B. Tubil, Cake Decorating – Junmar T. Tanador and Antonio C. Amarille.

Parallel to the College’s vision to transform individuals to become globally competitive, the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management of ZSCMST is afire to prepare its students to get ready for competitions and national competencies through its outcomes-based education and they are set for next year’s congress.

Congratulations Team CHRM! Kudos for the job well done.

P60 debt triggers bolo duel

By Bong Garcia

TWO persons were injured in a bolo duel following an argument over P60 debt in Dipolog City, the police reported Sunday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the two men as Eduardo Babor, 54, and Mario Alawet, 32.

Babor was admitted in a hospital, while Alawet, who sustained minor injury, was detained at the police headquarters of Dipolog City.

Samuddin said the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday in the village of Punta, Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

He said that prior to the duel, Babor confronted and demanded Alawet to pay his P60 debt, which Alawet refused to pay and denied owing such amount.

Samuddin said a heated altercation ensued and the duo, who were both armed with bolo and believed to be drunk, engaged in a duel.

‘School-based Immunization Program’ kicks-off in Zambo. Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is scheduled to conduct the 2015 School-based Immunization Program (SIP) in the province starting this month.

In a media forum held recently at Mibang Hotel here, Ms. Annette Tan, provincial head of DOH-Zamboanga del Norte disclosed that the immunization would be conducted in all public schools starting Aug. 17 to Grades 1 and 7 pupils to boost their immune system against contagious diseases.

“The school-based immunization of school-aged children is one of the programs of DOH to protect the health of the students,” she explained.

This campaign, a follow-up to the Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) immunization of under five years old children aged 9-59 months aims to catch-up immunization to interrupt current measles transmission in the older population.

“The immunization helps protect a child against contagious diseases such as measles, German measles, tetanus, and diphtheria which have been proven deadly if not prevented,” Tan added.

Furthermore, to avoid what happened during the deworming activity conducted last July 27, Tan said a consultative meeting was earlier held between the DOH and DepEd officials as well as the parents on the possible side-effects or reactions of the children during and after the immunization.

Expected to benefit from this SIP are 2,403,301 Grade 1 pupils who will receive MCV and Td; and 1,674,371 Grade 7 pupils who will be receiving MR and Td.

BSP conducts ‘Financial Education Expo’ in Dipolog

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

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) conducted a “Financial Education Expo” Wednesday (Aug. 12) at the Top Plaza Hotel this city.

The program was participated in by the representatives from the different sectors in such as the city government of Dipolog, Association of Barangay Chairmen, provincial government of Zamboanga Del Norte, Department of Education (DepEd), Banking Community, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Dipolog of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.(DCCII).

Mr. Eduardo Morbida, acting deputy director and head of BSP-Ozamis Branch, said ’’the program will give insights and encourage participants to ask questions and explore our (BSP) financial market.’’

Various learning activities complete with audio-visual presentations, graphic displays, and interactive activities were given to the participants.

The outreach learning activities aimed to assess and determine the most appropriate approach to apply in handling financial concerns vis-a-vis the importance of financial education, financial regulators system, the basics of budgeting, saving, investing and borrowing, financial planning for life-cycle events, and credit card awareness.

DAR marks 27th CARP anniversary; reports accomplishment

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR-PIA Zamboanga del Norte with report from Grace O. Montallana)

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 13 (PIA) – As the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), DAR-9 has reported its accomplishments in the Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) program.

Assistant Regional Director Agnes Maata disclosed that as of June 30 this year, DAR-9 had already distributed 226,200 hectares of land to 121,515 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs), leaving a balance of 4,641 hectares.

It has also surveyed 68,038.5793 hectares of new lands and subdivided 68,488.435 hectares of Collective Certificates of Land Ownership Award, and a total of 36,149 hectares were placed under leasehold covering for the benefit of 20,171 ARBs.

Some 491 agrarian cases have also been resolved by the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB), benefiting 284 ARBs.

Moreover, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Mohammad Dassan Adju said three major projects are now being implemented by the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), namely, the Cacao Production and Processing Project in the 13 municipalities with 31 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) worth P31.650 million; the P3.4 million-Rice Mechanization cum Palay Production for Guinles Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Polanco town and a unit of FT Combine Harvester Model 4LZ 2-OD for Guinles Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (FMPC) worth P3.4 million and the another P1.2-million for flat bed dryer for the ARBOs in Mutia, and; Abacca Production and Processing worth P1.184 million.

For the rural infrastructure projects, it has also implemented 56 sub-projects in 20 ARCs worth P245 million. These include 4 barangay health centers; 8 Day-care centers; 3 multi purpose centers; 3 potable water system(level 2); 15 rehabilitation of Farm-to-Market road; 16-room school buildings; 2 solar dryers, and; 3 irrigation systems.

Dar-9 Regional Director Felix Aguhob said the province also benefited from the P58-million irrigation projects and the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) program wherein ARBOs are given financial assistance to produce agricultural products for its supplemental feeding program including Micro-Financial Agricultural Program in Dipolog City wherein farmers become a well developed and progressive farming.

To give more color to the 27th CARP’s anniversary celebration, Dipolog City also served as host to DAR’s sports event at the Dipolog City Sports Center in Olingan.

Aguhob said, Dipolog City was chosen to be the venue of their regional sports activity because of its cleanliness and favorable peace and order, and also, in recognition of the support extended by the provincial and city governments resulting in the successful implementation of DAR-initiated projects in the province.

Entrepreneurial dev’t, financial seminar held in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA-ZN) with report from Joan Felpinosas)

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) recently conducted an entrepreneurial development training and awareness seminar for 53 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at Boulevard Function Hall this city.

In her message to the participants, Ms. Lourdes Balais-Amores, DOLE-Zamboanga del Norte provincial head, emphasized the importance of the said seminar to address the concerns of the returning OFWs.

The activity aimed to orient the returning undocumented OFWs on the programs of the NRCO and help them start a new business using the income they earned abroad.

Mr. Sherwin Mendizabel of NRCO presented the NRCO programs and services as well as the benefits the OFWs may derive from them.

Both Mendizabel and Amores gave lectures on how an OFW could commence a new business starting from production, organization and work and financial plan, including the tips and pieces of advice on how to manage one’s business effectively and efficiently.

A turnover of starter kits to Myrna Sumondong, one of the beneficiaries of NRCO’s livelihood assistance program, was done after the training.

Rape Suspect, 2 Other Wanted Persons Arrested

Police Inspector Dahlan T. Samuddin with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Dapitan City - Elements of Dapitan City Police Station conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay Opao, Dapitan City at about 7:05 AM on August 4, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Welmar Omamdam y Cubian, 26, resident of aforementioned place.

This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for Violation of City Ordinance 107, docketed under Criminal Case No. B-42853-42854 with recommended bail bond fixed at ₱2,000.00 issued by Presiding Judge Kenneth P. Rosal of MTCC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 2, Dipolog City, dated August 3, 2015. Suspect is temporarily detained at Dapitan City Police Station prior the release of his commitment order from court.

Zamboanga Del Norte - Elements of Sindangan MPS conducted law enforcement operation in the service of warrant of arrest for rape in relation to RA 7610, non-bailable, against an inmate identified as Jerry Gabas Cuarisma Jr., 27, resident of Barangay Tamil, Jose Dalman at Sindangan District Jail, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 3:15 PM on August 3, 2015. Said document was issued by Judge Reymar L. Lacaya, of Branch 11, RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte dated July 27, 2015 docketed in Criminal Case Number S-5128. Subject person is currently detained at Sindangan District Jail for the same crime committed.

Zamboanga City – Detective Management Unit of Zamboanga City Police Station 3 conducted an operation in Barangay Bolong at about 4:20 PM of August 4, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Saturnino F. Rebollos a.k.a. “Antonio Rebollos” / “Daddy”, resident of Urban Poor, Barangay Cabaluay. The arrest came by virtue of warrant of arrest for Rape defined and penalized under Article 266-A (2) of the Revised Penal Code as amended by R.A 8353 docketed under Criminal Case No. 30940 issued by Judge Peter V. Eism of RTC Branch 15, dated July 8, 2015 with a recommended bail bond of Php 120,000.00. Suspect is presently detained at the detention cell of said station pending his turn-over to court concerned.

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