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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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Pantawid Pamilya brings down poverty incidence in Kalawit town


KALAWIT, Zamboanga del Norte, Oct. 31 (PIA) – Poverty incidence in this town has gone down from 57 percent in 2010 to 47 percent in 2013 following the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Mayor Eugenio Baliling told a group of media men joining the media tour organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD)-9 here recently.

Mayor Baliling, who has served the municipality as elective official in various positions since its creation in 1990, shared his observation that before the Pantawid program, people would always ask the town officials for help ranging from coffin for their dead loved ones, medicines, transportation and other services.

“Years after the implementation of the 4Ps in my town, you can count on your fingers those who would come and ask for help,” said the mayor adding, “The beneficiaries can now stand on their own.”

Cecilia Pillado, 58, a Pantawid beneficiary from Barangay Palalian, in an interview said the cash assistance enabled her to send her children to school. Two of her eight children have just finished college.

To achieve sustainable livelihood for 4Ps beneficiaries in the region, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) and DSWD-9 have adopted a program dubbed Convergence Initiative and Partnership for Poverty Reduction (CIPPR), which would engage the beneficiaries in resource conservation and protection, productivity enhancement, climate change mitigation and adaptation in support of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).

In Godod and Kalawit towns, the family-beneficiaries underwent a cash-for-work program for 22 days to plant rubber trees in their own farms, which are situated in public lands. Each family was paid P200 a day.

In five to six years from planting, these rubber trees will start producing latex and are ready for tapping. Rubber latex now sells for P40 to P50 a kilo.

Godod and Kalawit belong to set 1 areas in the implementation of 4Ps in Zamboanga del Norte along with the municipalities of Siayan, Sibuco, Baliguian, Gutalac, Jose Dalman, Roxas, Sergio Osmeña, Sindangan, Leon Postigo, Manukan and Katipunan.

Barangay tanod shot, hurt in Zambo Norte

By Eugene A. Lasprilla

A barangay tanod was shot and injured inside his house at Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Bulanit, Labangan Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte, last Monday.

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9), Officer in-charge of the Public Information Office (OIC-PIO) Inspector Dalhan Samuddin identified the victim as Artemio D. Acope, 60, married, of the same place.

Samuddin said the victim sustained a lone gunshot wound on the left side of his stomach and immediately brought to Aisa Medical Hospital in San Pedro District, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur for medication.

Samuddin added that personnel of Labangan Municipal Police Station led by PO3 Cristopher M. Omamos, chief investigator, were deployed to the victim’s house for ocular investigation and recovered spent shell of Caliber .45 Pistol.

Police said that the victim was inside their house at about 7 p.m. of Monday when the suspect abruptly open fired towards the house.

The suspect wearing close-type helmet hurriedly fled to unknown direction after the incident on board a motorcycle color black without plate number attached.

A follow-up investigation was conducted by the local police to identify and arrest the perpetrator.

Samuddin revealed that the motive of the incident is still unknown.

Katipunan and ZC PNP Scores 2 in Drug Bust

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Jonas D Macasa Jr. and PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

Zamboanga City - Anti-illegal drug operatives of Sinunuc Police Station conducted a buy-bust operation in Zone 9, Southcom Village at about 10:50 AM on October 26, 2014. This resulted in the arrest of Mary Grace Pamugas Cuvero and the confiscation of sixteen sachets of suspected shabu, marked money, cellphone and other drug paraphernalia. Suspect is detained at Sinunuc PS for proper disposition.

Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte - Katipunan Police Station arrested Wilson Tumobag y Cirra during the conduct of a drug-bust operation in Barangay Uno at about 11:00 PM on October 25, 2014, which also resulted in the confiscation of four sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, and marked money. Proper documentation of evidences were witnessed by a representative of the Department of Justice, barangay officials and media. Suspect is detained at Katipunan MPS while confiscated items were forwarded to Zamboanga Del Norte Crime Laboratory Office for examination.

ZAMPEN business groups seek bigger market in 2nd BIMP-EAGA Trade Fair


Some of Zamboanga Peninsula’s leading business companies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) aim to introduce the region’s best products and grab a share of a bigger market in the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair in Davao City on October 22-26.

Department of Trade and Industry-9 Director Sitti Amina M. Jain said the trade fair aims for our local businesses to take advantage of the bigger Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle markets to realize opportunities of the ASEAN Integration.

“We are not really after the sales that our participants may generate during the trade fair. The importance of this activity is business matching. We want our local businesses to have markets from our neighbouring countries in the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT areas as we prepare them for the ASEAN Integration”, Jain emphasized.

Jain said Region 9’s participants to the trade fair are Universal Canning, Mega Sardines, Montaño’s Bottled Sardines, Arcenal Food Industry and Zambo Tropical.

To help local exhibitors defray the cost of joining in the trade fair, Mr. Ferdie Gamorot of the Department of Agriculture-9 said they, together with some government agencies, allocated budget for the exhibitors.

“Our office allocated P3-M for our exhibitors, and I know also of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) also allocating P1.1-M. These constitute about 90% of all the assistance given to our exhibitors. The remaining 10% were given by other partner agencies”, Gamorot explained.

Also part of the activity in Davao is the Business Leaders Conference and the Business Meeting Session. Side events include Water for Peace and Development Forum, International Exporters and Importers Forum, Sessions on Doing Business in Free Trade Areas, the 6th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines Summit, BIMP-EAGA Technical Vocational Education and Training Leaders’ Forum, East ASEAN Street Food Festival, Friendship Golf Tournament, Women Leaders’ Café, East ASEAN Film Festival, and Business Start-Up Conference.

The 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference was organized by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and the Mindanao Business Council, in partnership with the City Government of Davao, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

9-hour brownout in parts of Zamboanga del Norte and Sur on Tuesday

By Joel Locsin / KG (GMA News)

Parts of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur may have a power interruption lasting up to nine hours on Tuesday, Oct. 28, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines said.

In an advisory, NGCP said the power interruption may last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.

This will cover areas serviced by the Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur electric cooperatives (Zaneco and Zamsureco-1), it said.

The NGCP said this is to make way for the preventive maintenance of high voltage equipment at Sandal and Polanco Stations and preventive maintenance along Aurora-Molave-Polanco-Dapitan-Roxas 69kv line.

To avoid arrest, man who allegedly raped daughters of live-in partner commits suicide in Zambo Norte

By Jaime Sinapit (

MANILA, Philippines - A man committed suicide through piercing his stomach with a sharp bolo before policemen could arrest him for raping the daughters of his live-in partner aged eight and six in Barangay Mabuhay, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The man was identified as 31-year-old Arcenio Martonillas, according to thr official investigation report of the Liloy police released by the Public Information Office of the Police Regional Office in Region 9 (PRO9-PIO).

The suicide took place at around 5 p.m. on Friday, October 24, inside the house of Marichu Acabo, 27, mother of the two girls.

“The responding team heard a thumping sound coming from the house. Immediately the responding team called the suspect by identifying [themselves] as police officers but no one answered," said Senior Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, officer in charge of PRO9-PIO.

"[They] decided to open the door and found out the bloodied suspect lying on the floor with wounds on his stomach. [He was] brought to the Liloy Integrated District Hospital for medical treatment but the attending physician declared [him] dead on arrival,” added Samuddin.

Investigators said the suspect warned his live-in partner that he would kill himself if she reports to the police what he did to Acabo's daughters.

Martonillas allegedly raped the victims at around 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, while their mother was in Barangay Polandoc, Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Sibuco barangay chiefs see less devastations, deaths vs calamities


Jackaton C. Dodong looked even more drained to count losses natural disasters left yearly, only recently did he feel relieved when Atro Mining Vitali Inc. (AMVI) and Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB) began geohazard mapping to mitigate future devastations and deaths.

His house and livelihood once flushed off by flood two years ago, Dodong disclosed in an interview, adding that many of his relatives unfortunately suffered the same every year.

With all similar disasters besetting the country lately, Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program (GMAP) has preoccupied the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to identify areas susceptible to various natural or geologic hazards. This time, Zamboanga del Norte’s Sibuco municipality is GMAP’s target beneficiary. To implement the program, MGB-9 has tapped AMVI to provide technical professionals accomplish it.

“Our people indeed have needed guide as to when and where shall they scamper for safety,” Dodong said in the vernacular. Or, this may lead them where to safely establish their dwellings and livelihood, he continued. “Geohazard mapping is most welcome development,” he said.

He has lived for 30 years along with his Kolibogan tribe by the stream-mouth of Sulogan River, where Barangay Mantivuh is –his turf.

Sulogan River is a stream in Sibuco with an average elevation of a meter above sea level. The barangay has 70% flooding risks. But, according to a government webpage, it is also exposed to town’s 100% earthquake hazard scaling 7 Richter magnitude once every 50 years.

In the most recent typhoon incidents, undocumented numbers of livestock, farm animals, including fishing bancas were washed away. While several cassava, rice and corn farmlands damaged as river overflowed over his barangay. This is not to mention human lives lost in some places. According to Dodong, flood water can become several meters deep during high tide.

Sibuco is Zamboanga del Norte’s southernmost bay municipality. The town has 28 barangays and Brgy. Mantivuh is one of its rural coastline areas hosting more or less 700 people. Marriage relocated Dodong there from Zamboanga City’s barangay Labuan.

He is now the incumbent barangay captain of the place where most of his tribesmen make their lives out of hook-and-line fishing.

The barangay captain has been a fisherman himself since 40-years back. He asserted their catch has so far remained a high priced quality in markets outside Sibuco. But risks and uncertainties kill local development opportunities, he lamented.

Dodong was one of the 28barangay captains from the municipality to attend the launching of the AMVI-MGB geohazard mapping activity in Zamboanga City late last week.

He further said that his people, along with the rest of the Sibuco townfolks, will be delighted to learn this new development.

MGB-9 Regional Director Alfredo Relampagos, on the other hand, said in his speech that although geohazards cannot be totally prevented, their impact on people, properties and environment can however be minimized.

He also disclosed that the “government’s lack of geologist-personnel constrained MGB to tap AMVI’s technical capability to assist the government implement the program.”

He said that AMVI’s activity for geological hazard mapping is part of latter’s corporate social responsibility stressing further that this costs the government nothing.

Elson S. Ogario, AMVI president, said in a press statement that being a good corporate citizen the company has accepted the task MGB assigned.

Ogario also disclosed that AMVI is a large scale mining operator, the Philippine government recently approved to start mine development and commercial productions in Brgy. Vitali, which is 73 kilometers easternmost of Zamboanga City.

AMVI is a responsible mining entity, he added admitting that the company shoulders all the activity’s expenses being part of the agreement.

Meanwhile, Sibuco Mayor Norbi Edding has organized strategy for the security for the whole activity duration.

In a statement, he assured that they have already maintained peace and order situation even as bad stories went on around since.

Edding stressed that Sibuco is even safer to tourists. Investors today have expressed confidence over the municipality, he added arguing that “to prove it a multi-national power company is now in our town.”

The mayor further anticipated influx of investments for Sibuco anytime soon once geohazard mapping is done.

Labason celebrates Elderly Filipino Week

By Alfonso T. Ruda (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zambo del Norte, with report from Abundio Puro)

LABASON, Zamboanga del Norte, Oct. 24 (PIA) - About 700 elderly participated in the opening activity of the Elderly Week celebration on October 20, 2014, held at the Municipal Plaza, this municipality.

The Elderly Week which runs from October 20-24, 2014, kicked-off with a parade through the major thoroughfares of the town and ended with a brief program at the municipal plaza. The activity was spearheaded by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in cooperation with the Labason Senior Citizens Association.

In his message read by Sangguniang Bayan Member Franco Angelo Buctuan, Mayor Eddie Quimbo urged the senior citizens to continue supporting the government as all its programs are geared towards their benefits and welfare.

He cited the 20% discount enjoyed by the senior citizens on every purchase of goods and services as well as the salient features of Republic Act 9994, otherwise known as Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 that provides more benefits and privileges to the elderly.

Quimbo also assured all-out support to the senior citizens in his municipality and committed to keep his vow until he steps down from office as chief executive.

This year’s Elderly Week Celebration carries the theme,”Ang Nakakatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa pag-unlad ng Bayan, Pangalagaan Kanilang Kapakanan.”

In another development, the local government of Labason also held a motorcade around the municipality in honor of Archie “Bomba” Toquero, a 21-year old native of Barangay Osukan, this municipality who recently emerged as the Youth Boxing Champion and Asian Boxing Champion of the World Boxing Council after his victory against a Japanese boxer.

Only 5% of Pantawid beneficiaries have to be shaped up, says DSWD-9 staff

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

KALAWIT, Zamboanga del Norte, OCT. 23, (PIA) – While many are saying that the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the so-called Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is only making the poor indolent and dependent, a DSWD-9 staff has refuted this by saying only five percent of the beneficiaries need to be reformed.

Social Welfare Officer III Glenda Tobias told the members of the press in an exit conference that wrapped up the two-day media tour last Oct. 20-22 in selected barangays of Godod town and this municipality that majority of the 4Ps beneficiaries have improved from survival to subsistence levels following the implementation of the said program.

Responding to reports that some beneficiaries are only using the cash assistance for their vices, Tobias said, “vices were already there before the implementation of 4Ps and these are now being addressed through family development sessions.”

Media men from the cities of Dipolog, Pagadian and Zamboanga and Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay were brought to the villages where the Convergence Initiative and Partnership for Poverty Reduction (CIPPR) program was implemented. They have interviewed the beneficiaries from barangays Banuangan and Miampic in Godod town and barangays Palalian and Daniel Maing in Kalawit municipality.

The family-beneficiaries in these barangays were each paid P200 a day for a maximum of 22 days under the National Greening Program’s (NGP) cash-for-work for planting rubber seedlings in their respective farms. Said program started a year ago.

While waiting for these rubber trees to become productive five to six years from now, the farmers are also intercropping their farms with corn, peanuts, vegetables, cacao and root crops.

DSWD-9 attributed the success of CIPPR implementation in these barangays to the support extended by the participating agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), local government units (LGUs) and the stakeholders.

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.

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