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Province of Zamboanga del Norte - Archived News

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BFAR issues 3 months fishing ban

(Tribune Wires)

A three -month fishing ban on sardines and herring off the coastal waters of Zamboanga peninsula will be implemented by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the fourth consecutive year.

The said ban will be strongly implemented as BFAR goes hard in its conservation efforts of small pelagic fish species.

In Administrative Circular No. 255, BFAR Director Asis Perez said that the closed season would be implemented off the coastal waters of East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait, and Sibuguey Bay — covering approximately 22,260 square kilometers.

“The fishing ban will encompass the western municipal/national waters of Zamboanga del Norte, as well as the waters bordering south and eastern Zamboanga City and southern portion of Zamboanga Sibugay,” Perez said.

The closed season — which will begin on Dec. 1, 2014 and will end March 1, 2015 — falls under the established spawning season for major species of sardines and herring, which includes fimbriated sardines (tunsoy), Indian sardines (tamban) and round herring (tulis).

The three-year seasonal fishing ban was supposed to end last year, but BFAR decided to extend its implementation with the recommendation of sardine canning industry in the Zamboanga peninsula, which benefitted massively from the increase of catch.

Western Mindanao accounts for 85 percent of all sardine products in the country, with 11 canneries operating in Zamboanga City alone. Perez said that the extended implementation of the closed season shall be subject to continuous research and review by experts from BFAR, the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, and the academe to determine the best management strategy that would ensure the sustainability and conservation of sardines and herring.

Perez said they consider the second closed season as a “big success” as shown by the strong cooperation given by the fishing sector, the association of sardine canning plants as well as government law enforcement units in the area.

Dipolog mayor receives Jesse Robredo Most Outstanding Mayor award


DIPOLOG CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) – Mayor Evelyn T. Uy here has received the Jesse Robredo Most Outstanding Mayor award during the recent general assembly of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women, Inc. (PFLCW) in Tagaytay City, Cavite.

The lady mayor’s effort in conceptualizing the project dubbed “The Dipolog City Boulevard: Towards Effective Urban Renewal” gained her award as “Mahusay at Matino na Alkalde” (competent and honest mayor).

The project aims to solve socio-economic and environmental problems brought about by informal settlers along the city’s coastal areas particularly barangays Central and Miputak by transforming the place into a venue for recreation and economic activities among residents especially the women.

The PFLCW has launched such an award in honor and memory of former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jesse Robredo who exemplified good governance, transparency and faithful stewardship. It sought to recognize the efforts of municipal and city mayors in institutionalizing good governance and implementing economic empowerment programs.

The local chief executives were being rated on the following criteria: quality of outstanding contribution, impact of performance or contribution, reliability and effectiveness, and consistency of performance.

The creation of the city boulevard has been recognized by the PFLCW as an effective imprint of the kind of urbanization that offers an economic expansion enjoyed not only by a few but the majority vis-à-vis environmental preservation.

This project has also been chosen as one of the ten outstanding local governance programs during the Galing Pook Awards 2014 held at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Manila last Oct. 21.

Sen. Guingona visits Dipolog, tackles Bangsamoro framework

By Francis T. Wakefield

DIPOLOG CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) – The move to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law has awakened the call for federalism in Mindanao, Senator Teofisto Guingona III told the press during his recent visit here.

Guingona said once the said law is passed, 75 percent of the revenues would go to the Bangsamoro entity and only 25 percent would go to the national government.

He, however, said: “If such sharing of wealth could be made possible for the Bangsamoro entity, why can’t it become possible also for the other parts of Mindanao.”

The senator also stressed that the plan for federalism in Mindanao could be a good idea, but admitted that “this is a long process.”

“What we want is fair treatment. The wealth of Mindanao is for Mindanao,” said Guingona who serves as chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

Meanwhile, the Senator has vowed to help the city in its health programs and projects.

Guingona and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III are the only two senators who come from Mindanao.

FEATURE: CIPPR: Bridging Pantawid beneficiaries to self-reliance

By Francis T. Wakefield

Many have been asking what gains does the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) have on the poorest of the poor in this country? Has it improved their lives, or just made them more dependent on government dole-outs?

Media practitioners joining the recent media tour organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9 to the municipalities of Godod and Kalawit in Zamboanga del Norte have observed that the 4Ps beneficiaries in these towns are now on their way to self-reliance.

On the first day of the media tour, the journalists from the cities of Dipolog, Pagadian and Zamboanga, and Ipil town of Zamboanga Sibugay negotiated a very slippery road aboard three military jeeps to reach barangays Banuangan and Miampic of Godod municipality to talk to the recipients of the Convergence Initiative and Partnership for Poverty Reduction (CIPPR) program who were all 4Ps beneficiaries.

CIPPR is a convergence initiative which seeks to pool the resources of both the local government units (LGUS) and national government agencies (NGAs) together to achieve a sustainable livelihood activity for 4Ps beneficiaries through a priority program that is geared toward resource conservation and protection, productivity enhancement, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in support of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).


To bring back lush and green environment, the NGP aims to plant the public lands with forest trees, fruit trees or commercial crops like rubber and cacao by taking on the Pantawid beneficiaries occupying and tilling these lands through a cash-for-work scheme. The participating families would be planting rubber trees in their own farms with free seedlings and a P200 pay for each family per day for a maximum of 22 days.

Planting rubber in their own farms gives a sustainable livelihood to Pantawid beneficiaries, as they are the ones who can enjoy the produce.

According to Banuangan Barangay Captain Mucsin Jamil, 63 families of the 132 4Ps beneficiaries in his barangay have availed themselves of the cash-for-work program, covering 31.5 hectares.


While waiting for the rubber to grow and produce latex, the farmer-beneficiaries were also planting other crops like corn, abaca, coffee and peanuts in between the rubber trees.

Farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Miampic also did intercropping covering 19 hectares with 38 beneficiaries, said Municipal Social Welfare Officer Eden Glarian of Godod town.

Kalawit visit

The media men were brought to Kalawit town the following day. They met with cash-for-work beneficiaries in barangays Palalian and Daniel Maing, who were also planting rubber trees in their own farms.

Cecilia Pillado, 58, mother eight children was in her garden when the members of the press arrived in barangay Palalian. She obliged the media men with a short interview about her being a beneficiary of the CIPPR’s cash-for-work program. “I am so thankful for the program, as it helped me earn additional income,” Pillado said.

Pillado also disclosed that she was able to send her two children to college because of the financial assistance extended to her children by the Pantawid program.


Kalawit Mayor Eugenio Baliling noted some improvement on the lives of Pantawid beneficiaries. “In my more than 20 years in public service, I’ve observed that less people would come to my office to seek help after the implementation of 4Ps in this municipality,” he said.

Baliling has been an elective official in various positions of said town as undefeated councilor, vice mayor and mayor.

The mayor also beamed with pride to report that Kalawit’s poverty incidence went down to 47 percent in 2013 from 57 percent in 2010. “We are targeting to bring it down to 24 percent by 2015,” Mayor Baliling declared.

Productive citizens

DSWD-9 Regional Development Officer Jerry Abiera emphasized during the exit conference with media practitioners that the very purpose why the press has been invited to the places of 4Ps beneficiaries was to showcase the gains of the program in uplifting the lives of the poor toward self-reliance. “The program is not making the poor indolent, but it is giving them the opportunities to become productive citizens,” he concluded.

PDEA scores big in Zamboanga ops

By Francis T. Wakefield

Another member of the notorious Alih Drug Group was recently arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Zamboanga City for allegedly selling methamphetamine hydrochloride or more notoriously known as shabu to a PDEA undercover agent.

Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, Jr., PDEA Director General identified the suspect as Emma Ahmad Abubakar, alias “Sarahima”, 56, a vendor and resident of Brgy. Santo Tomas, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte.

Cacdac said Abubakar is the grandmother of Nadzhul Alih, the leader of Alih Drug Group.

Her son, Nardizabal Abubakar Salih, alias “Totoh Salih” or “Ping-ping”, was previously arrested for violation of Republic Act 9165 on August 18, 2009. He was also charged for frustrated murder. The drug case, however, was dismissed in court.

Cacdac said anti-narcotics operatives of PDEA Regional Office 9 (PDEA RO9) under Director Joseph C. Ladip conducted at 9 p.m. Wednesday a buy-bust operation in the vicinity of Zamboanga City Public Market, Zamboanga City that led to the arrest of Abubakar.

A PDEA agent who acted as poseur-buyer was able to buy one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu weighing approximately 50 grams with an estimated value of P80, 000.

Confiscated from Abubakar were one brown paper used as wrapper, one black sling bag, one plastic pack containing four bundles of transparent plastic cellophanes, one green Nokia mobile phone and P500 used as buy-bust money.

Abubakar is now facing charges for selling and possessing illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, in Zamboanga del Norte, a local government employee was arrested PDEA operatives in a buy-bust operation in Dapitan City.

Arturo G. Cacdac identified the suspect as Gilbert Borbon Quines, alias “Tata”, 46, a data entry machine operator of the local government of Dapitan City, Zamboang del Norte, married and a resident of 196 Governor Carcinero St., Potol, Dapitan City.

Cacdac said that based on reports he received, the suspect was arrested at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday by the PDEA Regional Office 9 (PDEA RO 9) under the supervision of Director Joseph C. Ladip during a buy-bust operation at the junction of Crisosotomo Ibarra St., Brgy. Dawo, Dapitan City, Zamboang del Norte.

Confiscated during the operation were one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, one leather wallet containing several Identification cards, cash amounting P70.00 and the P500 used as marked money.

Quines is now facing charges for violation Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

NNC bares green banner awardees in Region 9

(Daily Zamboanga Times)

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) has afforded the green banner award to three local government units (LGUs) in the region as the Regional Outstanding Nutrition Program Implementers in an awarding ceremony Thursday in this city.

The Regional Outstanding Nutrition Program Implementers are the following: Zamboanga City, city category; Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte, municipality category; and, Zamboanga Sibugay, provincial category.

Each of the three LGUs, as recipients of the green banner award, has received a trophy and a laptop from the NNC.

NNC Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Maria del Pilar Pamela Tarroza said the green banner award is given to LGU that showed outstanding in the implementation of nutrition program in respective localities.

The assessment is being done every quarter of the year by an evaluation team to evaluate the nutrition program implementation.

A certification of recognition was also given to the outstanding nutrition action officers comprising of the following: Marelene Garcia, Zamboanga Sibugay; Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, Zamboanga City; Dr. Domiciano Talaboc, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; Dr. Ricardo Awit, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte; and Nena Pedroza, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Certificates of recognition and cash were also given to outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

“We appreciate their efforts and leadership in improving the nutrition situation in their area,” Tarroza said.

101st Brigade holds Testimonial Parade in honor of Labason Mayor Quimbo


The 101st Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, of the Philippine Army led by its Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Apolinario Alobba held a testimonial parade and review in honor of Mayor Eddie T. Quimbo last November 4, 2014, at the 101st Infantry Brigade Headquarter, Barangay Del Pilar, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte, for his strong support and contribution to the various programs of the Philippine Army in the achievement of peace and order in the Municipality of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.

The testimonial parade was attended by the Officers and enlisted-men of the 101st Infantry Brigade along with First Lady Dahlia T. Quimbo and the Labason LGU employees.

Gen. Alobba appreciated Mayor Quimbo’s exemplary work performance as Municipal Mayor of Labason, wherein he delivers various infrastructure projects and extend medical outreach program in the locality that greatly contribute to the general welfare of its populace.

Gen. Alobba stressed that the people of Labason are very lucky for electing Mayor Quimbo as their local chief executive, considering that he is a project oriented person whose primary concern is the development and progress of his beloved town.

Alobba pointed out that since Mayor Quimbo assumed office on July 1, 2013, there have been many reforms and development introduced by him as compared to the previous administration. In fact, the people residing in this place were now politically, socially and economically uplifted of their living condition.

Gen. Alobba further stressed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines also expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciations to Labason LGU under the auspices of Mayor Quimbo and the Labason Municipal Police Office for their collaborative efforts in the maintenance of peace and order in the Municipality of Labason.

The testimonial parade and review is the AFP’s way of recognizing a person for his achievement as good public servant and for his all-out support to the Armed Forces of the Philipines program.

In his message, Mayor Quimbo, in turn, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Philippine Army particularly the 101st Infantry Brigade led by its Brigade Commander Brigadier General Apolinario Alobba and the 10th Infantry Battalion led by its Batallion Commander Lt. Col. Leonil Nicolas, which was stationed at Barangay Osukan, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte , for their presence in their effort in the preservation of peace and order in the municipality as well as in the entire Province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Mayor Quimbo stressed that he was so glad and happy in receiving such prestige honor because in his entire career as businessman in Labason, he has never been accorded with a military honor.

Labason is 175 kilometers away from the Municipality of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte, which is under the area of command responsibility of 101st Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army based at Barangay del Pilar, Piñan, this province.

Drug Pusher in Siocon Busted

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul, (RPIO9)

A 31-year old drug pusher was arrested during buy-bust operation conducted by Siocon Police Station and 3rd Mobile Company of Provincial Public Safety Company in Barangay Lituban, Siocon at about 6:00 PM of November 9, 2014. Aljebar Rusiana Basiri alias “Poloy”, was arrested for possession of sachet of suspected shabu, marked money and other related drug paraphernalia in his possession. Suspect is detained at Siocon MPS for proper disposition while confiscated items were forwarded at Crime Laboratory Office for qualitative and quantitative examinations.

DENR: Human activities contribute to climate change

(MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – Human activities are a major factor of climate change, Ms. Maribel Acama of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) told the high school students and teachers of Sicayab National High School here in a recent climate change forum.

Acama said “climate change is attributable directly to human activities that alter the composition of the global atmosphere due to greenhouse gases resulting from burning of fossil fuel, garbage decomposition, agricultural wastes combustion process of vehicles and others.”

According to Acama, the natural sources of greenhouse gases are volcanic eruption, forest fires and decay of plants.

Videos featuring climate change as well as the past and present state of the earth’s bodies of water were also shown to the participants, giving them a vivid picture and explanation about global warming and its adverse effects on the environment.

More than 230 participants comprising classroom officers, Supreme Student Government (SSG) officials and teachers attended the said forum organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in collaboration with the DENR and Pilipinas Natin (PN).

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