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Police arrest Sibuco’s number 10 most wanted person

[(PNA), CTB/TPGJR]

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 24 (PNA) – One of the most wanted persons in a Zamboanga del Norte town fell into the hands of police authorities while admitted at a hospital in this city.

Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested suspect as Fredolyn Delos Reyes, who is facing four counts murder with no recommended bail.

Samuddin said Delos Reyes was arrested by policemen from Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte around 12:30 p.m. Thursday while the latter was admitted at a local hospital.

Samuddin said Delos Reyes, who is allegedly a member of a Sibuco-based crime group, is listed as the number 10 most wanted persons in the town of Sibuco.

He said Delos Reyes remained admitted at the hospital and was placed under police watch.

Jalosjos bares plan to build 7-star resort in Zambo del Norte

By Gualberto Laput (Rappler.com)

The former Zamboanga Del Norte representative, owner of Dakak Beach Resort, wants to transform Aliguay Island off Dapitan into a posh resort

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines – Businessman and former Zamboanga del Norte representative Romeo Jalosjos has presented to Mindanao development officials his plan to develop a tiny island off Dapitan into a P1.7 billion ($38.42 million) 7-star island resort.

Jalosjos, owner of Dakak Beach Resort and a known political kingpin in Zamboanga Del Norte, said the plan includes the construction of an airstrip in Aliguay Island that can accommodate 24-seat planes.

“Planes can transport tourists directly from Dumaguete (City), which is 5 minutes away, or from Cebu (City), which is 15 minutes away, or from Bohol, or even from Singapore,” Jalosjos said in his presentation to Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairperson Luwalhati Antonino.

Antonino lauded the project. "The only way that we can develop Mindanao as a tourism destination is to show that our sites are developed and world-class,” she said.

Unbelievable or doable?

Jalosjos plans to build 200 casitas or units on one side of Aliguay, which has fine white sand beaches. The plan also includes the construction of a clubhouse with an infinity pool, a 100-room hotel, a mini-mall, and function halls.

To make the island self-sustaining, Jalosjos said a 5-megawatt (MW) solar power source will be built and the residents of the island, numbering less than a thousand composed mostly of fisherfolk, will supply the resort with fish and handicraft for souvenirs.

A part of the island will also be reserved to the general public. A harbor will be constructed for tourists with yachts.

A lot of Dapitanons are apprehensive about the project which they deem "unbelievable," including Vice Mayor Ruben Cad, but Jalosjos insists that it is “doable.”

Jalosjos said he has foreign business partners who are now working with 4 banks to finance the Aliguay initiative.

“So far our biggest problem is not money, but the advisories of other countries relative to the peace and order situation in Mindanao. That’s why we need the help of Secretary Antonino,” Jalosjos said.

Antonino assured him that the government wants to turn Mindanao into a tourism destination, beginning with Dapitan.

Development plans for Dapitan include the expansion of the Pulauan Port to accommodate bigger ships, the construction of grain silos, and expansion of roads leading to the port.

Antonino said the MinDA development plan involves the integration of all ports, airports, and commercial and municipal ports in Mindanao.

“It’s physically possible [because] we have the money. That is what’s good with daang matuwid (straight path) because we’ll have lots of money.”

Daang matuwid or straight path is the Aquino administration’s campaign against corruption.

Jalosjos was convicted in 1997 for raping an 11-year-old girl but was freed in 2009. In 2002, the Supreme Court upheld his conviction with finality. He is barred from running for elective office.

Illegal Fishermen Arrested in Sindangan

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

Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte - Personnel of Jose Dalman Police Station together with Bantay Dagat members conducted a seaborne patrol within its municipal seawater at 9:30 in evening of April 15, 2015.

The team intercepted a commercial fishing vessel commonly known as “pakpakan” owned by Jake Dalman Niñofranco, 45, operated by Edwin R. Ybanes, 49, both residents of Barangay Motibot, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, along with nine crew members for Violation of Municipal Fishery Ordinance Section 34 using of “fine mesh net”. Said fishing vessel, together with the operator and crew members are temporarily suspended to operate pending the payment of corresponding penalties.

CIDG captures 2 rebel group leaders in Zamboanga del Norte and Surigao City

(PNA), LGI/CLTC

MANILA, April 21 (PNA) -- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has arrested two suspected ranking leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) in two separate operations in Zamboanga del Norte and Surigao City.

CIDG director Benjamin Magalong identified one of the suspect as Rodrigo Tayasan, Local Communist Movement (LCM) leader, who was collared by the combined forces of CIDG Zamboanga Del Norte, personnel of RIU9-IG, RID-PRO9, Piñan MPS and Military Intelligence Group (MIG) in Barangay Sta. Fe in Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Magalong said Tayasan, who is facing a string of criminal charges ranging from damage to property and multiple murder and has a reward of Php300,000 for his arrest.

A background check revealed that Tayasan is a former executive committee member of the Sub-Section Committee of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.

“He became inactive in 2006 but began to be active again and served as the deputy secretary of the regional committee,” said Magalong.

Magalong said the the other suspect identified as Bonifacio Platil was collared in a firing range in Barangay Luna in Surigao City.

Platil is reportedly carrying the alias Thadeus Anob Uray and facing charges of murder and multiple attempted murder.

“Based on our intelligence report, Platil is the 2nd deputy secretary of the Sub-Regional Committee of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee,” said Magalong.

In arresting the two suspected NPA leaders, Magalong said they were backed up by the military.

“CIDG detectives together with our counterparts in AFP are dedicated to continue our service as protectors of the people, continuously hunting these criminals under the directives of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP-OIC, PDDG Leonardo A. Espina to prevent them from committing other hideous crimes to ensure the security of the public. This is also a pronouncement that we are moving forward and continuing our work after the Mamasapano incident,” he said.

The two arrested NPA leaders were turned over to the local police and will be presented to the courts which issued the arrest warrants against them.

Dipolog gets above ideal functionality level on children’s protection and welfare

By Mary May A. Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 20 (PIA) – The city government here got an above ideal level of functionality in the protection and welfare of children, according to the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force on the functionality of the Local Council on the Protection of Children (LCPC).

The task force led by LGOO Jaber Jamani of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-9 on Wednesday was here to conduct an assessment to the provincial government on its programs and projects for the protection of children.

The LCPC, which is composed of the DILG, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), is a council organized at the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels, serving as the umbrella organization for all children’s concerns that advocates child’s rights and the implementation children’s programs at the local levels.

Dipolog City reportedly got 102.5% rating, which is above ideal on the level of functionality based on the assessment conducted this year on its 2014 accomplishments on programs and projects for the protection and welfare of children.

Moreover, LCPC is responsible for planning and spearheading programs for children in the city to make it child-friendly.

It can be recalled that Mayor Evelyn T. Uy presented during her latest state of the city address a hall of fame award for Dipolog City as child-friendly city, the only city to receive such an award in the whole of Mindanao.

DILG-9 also emphasized that the 1% of the total Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) received by a certain LGU is a mandatory allocation for the protection and welfare of children.

Labason No. 1 Most Wanted, 3 Others Cuffed

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

Labason, Zamboanga del Norte - A 69-year old man listed as the no. 1 Most Wanted Person (Municipal Level) was arrested during a police operation carried out by elements of Labason MPS in Barangay Malintuboan at about 9:30 PM of April 15, 2015. Police Senior Inspector Mohammad Hashim T. Sahidaini, Labason Police Chief, said that suspect Wilson Canete, a local resident, was arrested by virtue of warrant for Rape docketed under Criminal Case Nos. L-0224 and L-00208, non-bailable, issued by Presiding Judge Oscar D. Tomarong, of Regional Trial Court, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 28, Liloy, ZDN. The accused is temporarily detained at Labason MPS for proper disposition.

Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte - Operatives of Manukan MPS led by Police Inspector Jimmy T. Abrasaldo, thru the help of Barangay Information Network (BIN), conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay San Antonio at about 5:00 PM on April 15, 2015. This led to the arrest of Antonio Aliawan Ensepido a.k.a. “Dodoy”, 44, resident of abovementioned place. This is by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of Sec. 5 of RA 8048 as amended by RA 10593 docketed under Criminal Case No. 3219 with recommended bail bond amounting to ₱12,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Veronica C. DG - Laput of MTC 9th judicial Region, this municipality. Suspect is detained at Manukan MPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga del Norte - A man wanted for murder fell into hands of Jose Dalman MPS in Barangay Imelda, Sindangan at about 3:00 PM of April 15 2015. Police Inspector Dominador M. Dalion, Jose Dalman MPS Police Chief, identified the arrested suspect as Putin Anong, 33, resident of Barangay Marupay, Jose Dalman. The suspect was arrested by virtue of warrant for Murder docketed under Criminal Case Number S-5036, with no bail bond recommended, issued by Presiding Judge Reymar L. Lacaya of RTC 9th Judicial Region Branch 11, Sindangan. Anong is temporarily detained at Jose Dalman MPS detention cell for proper disposition.

Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur - A jobless man was arrested for the crime of physical injury in Barangay Culabay at about 12:15 PM of April 14, 2015. Suspect Albert Denoyo, 29, a resident of said place, was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest for the crime of less serious physical injury docketed under Criminal Case No. 14-2196-t issued by Presiding Judge Maria Teresa R. Pangilinan dated February 18, 2015. The accused is temporarily detained at Tabina MPS while awaiting court disposition.

Polanco PNP Cuffs RA 9262 Violator

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

Polanco, Zamboanga Del Norte - Personnel of Polanco MPS led by SPO4 Sergio D. Sumagang arrested a man at his residence in Barangay San Antonio at about 1:15 PM of April 11, 2015.

The arrested man was identified as Stanislao Tagapan y Casalan, 29, who was nabbed by virtue of arrest warrant for Violation of Sec. 5 of RA 9262 docketed under Criminal Case Number 19457 with bail bond fixed at ₱12,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Rogelio Laquihon of RTC9, Branch 7, Dipolog City dated March 6, 2015. Suspect is temporarily detained at said police station for proper disposition.

Dipolog’s success is a result of our people’s journey to good governance - Mayor Uy

By Mary May A. Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 17 (PIA) – “The success of Dipolog is a result of our people’s journey to good governance,” Mayor Evelyn T. Uy declared on Tuesday during her state of the city address at the Top Plaza Hotel here.

Mayor Uy also averred that the “city is no longer sleepy, backward town of 20 years ago, but a growing and developing urban center” with 14 of its 21 barangays are now classified as urban from only seven a few years back.

“Businesses and banks are opening left and right and the volume of new business investments is on steady increase,” she added.

Recently, the first commercial passenger marine vessel, MV Lady of Good Voyage of Medallion Transport started its operation in Dipolog Sea Port plying the direct Cebu-Dipolog route.

The lady mayor also expressed her gratitude to President Benigno S. Aquino for the latter’s support to the city’s infrastructure projects like the construction of the 150-bed capacity Corazon C. Aquino Hospital, improvement of Cogon Eco-Tourism Park with funds from Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), rehabilitation of Dipolog Communal Irrigation System with funds from DAR-ARCPII, extension of Dipolog Boulevard with funds from Department of Tourism (DOT), rehabilitation and extension of breakwater at Dipolog Sea Port with funds from Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), and the road widening project, completion of river control and the concreting of Cogon-Diwan Road with budget from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The Corazon C. Aquino Hospital is said to operate on 4As, which stand for Affordability, Accessibility, Availability and Acceptability.

Under Mayor Uy’s leadership, the city bagged the Gawad Galing Pook award for its Urban Renewal Program, one of the 10 most outstanding and model local governance programs in the country integrating envrionmental protection, socio-economic and cultural development endeavors.

In 2014, the city was also selected as one of the ten pilot cities in the country for the Islands of Good Governance (IGG) program that will showcase the competitiveness of the Philippines during the country’s hosting of the 2016 APEC Summit.

Meanwhile, Mayor Uy introduced the outdoor sports as a hook to raise public awareness on healthy lifestyle vis-à-vis investments to bring about economic benefits to every Dipolognon.

With the vision of making Dipolog as the Sports Events Center of the South by 2020, visitors and tourists as well families and small groups are expected to flock to the city.

“After today, I will only have a little over 400 days in office as city mayor. I will devote that one year in ensuring that I leave a continuing legacy of good governance and inclusive growth,” Mayor Uy concluded.

101st brigade chief cites media’s role in peace and development

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA-9)

DIPOLOG CITY, April 16 (PIA) – “I have recognized the importance of media in security and in realizing our common aspiration for freedom.”

This was the opening statement of Col. Jesus A. Manaquil Jr., commanding officer of the Philippine Army’s 101st Brigade, as he addressed the officers and members of the Zamboanga del Norte Press Club (ZNPC) during the club’s 50th induction and oath-taking ceremonies held at the Top Pensionne here recently.

Col. Mananquil, who talked on the theme, “The role of the press in the roadmap for peace,” said: “The press exists to serve the people’s right to know.” He then emphasized that the army and the media are valuable partners in the “Bayanihan” campaign to bring about a peaceful environment conducive for economic progress and development.

Because of the media’s crucial role in peace and security, Mananquil immediately reorganized the 101st Brigade Defense Press Corps when he assumed as brigade’s commanding officer a few months ago.

The 101st Defense Press Corps is composed of media practitioners from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

On the other hand, Mr. Lorenzo Aseniero II, new ZNPC president, has vowed to make the club more relevant by living up to the expectations of his fellow officers and members.

It can be recalled that club has been known for its project, the annual campus journalism seminar, which is given to the high schools students in Zamboanga del Norte including the two cities of Dipolog and Dapitan for free. This project seeks to hone the writing and broadcasting skills of budding campus writers. As a result, a number of campus journalists from the province have won awards in both regional and national schools press conferences.

DTI sets re-launching of e-library

By Bong Garcia

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to re-launch the agency's electronic library (e-library) with initial information resources coming from Zamboanga Peninsula region, officials announced Wednesday.

Grace Aduca, DTI regional industry development division chief, said the re-launching scheduled to be held on April 27 will feature 12 investment briefs all coming from the region.

"We take pride in the fact that we are the first region to be part of DTI's e-library and we will be featured during its re-launching at our head office in Manila, with 12 investment briefs from our office as the first uploaded resources in the E-Library," Aduca said.

The DTI e-library aims to provide business information needs of the private and government sectors and the academe in a convenient, affordable, and efficient way of delivery.

Resources from the union catalogue of DTI e-library include trade, industry, and investments information; Philippine National Standards (PNS); full-text reports, photo albums, directories from local and foreign trade fairs or exhibits; design and technical information related to product development; and intellectual property (IP).

Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI regional director, said the e-library will be a big help for potential investors in the country, as data needed by them can be easily searched in the net.

"The information needed by our potential investors will literally be at their finger-tips. Investors need only check at our website and they will be presented with various DTI programs and necessary information of every region that they can use for future investments," Jain said.

Aduca said more information and materials from other regions will be made available as other DTI regional offices are expected to follow suit.

"As of the moment, the uploaded materials are from Region 9, but other DTI regional offices are mandated to upload their resources as soon as it is available," Aduca said.

The e-library is a collaboration of the various information units of DTI funded through the Information Systems Strategic Plan Fund of the government.

Aduca said the public may browse the DTI e-library at www.elibrary.gov.ph.

2 Sappii Criminal Group Members Neutralized

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

Labason, Zamboanga del Norte - Operatives of RIU9, Labason Police Station, RPSB9 1st Maneuver Company, and ZNPPSC conducted a joint manhunt operation in Barangay New Salvacion at 5:30 in the morning of April 9, 2015.

Said operation was aiming for the arrest of Omar Arassi, the leader of Sappii criminal group. When they arrived in the area, member of Sapii group fired upon the government troops, which resulted in a firefight that lasted for about two minutes. However, Omar Arassi and members was able to elude from the arrest. Clearing operation led to the capture of Sammy Camja Arassi and one unidentified wounded suspect. The said wounded suspect was immediately brought to Labason District Hospital for medical attention but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. Meanwhile, the Sappii group reportedly fled towards Sitio Libuto, Barangay Salvacion heading towards Barangay Imelda in Gutalac town.

DTI holds search for SMR Stars in Region 9

(PNA), CTB/TPGJR

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 13 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), aims to strengthen the economic backbone of the country--the micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs)--launched the search for the SME Stars here in Region 9 to recognize outstanding enterprises that have shown tremendous growth in their businesses.

Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI regional director, said in a statement Monday that the SME Star Award has two competency framework, the capability building, and award components.

Jain said it is also divided into three stages of business operations namely: start-up and SME capability building stage; domestic market penetration and export awareness stage; and, export and expansion stage.

Jain said under the capability building component, various services and or interventions that will enable an enterprise to grow its business from one particular stage to the next are incorporated within the SME competency frame work.

Assistances for MSMEs enrolled in the program include marketing, production, financial management, and the development of managerial and technical skills of MSMEs employees among others.

Jain said the awards component seeks to recognize deserving MSMEs. These awards are the SME Rising Star Award, SME Star Elite Award, and the SME Star Presidential Award.

The Rising Star Award is for outstanding MSMEs in the provincial level wherein there shall be three awardees--one for micro enterprises, one for small businesses, and one for medium enterprises. Nominees can only receive the award once.

The SME Star Elite Award is for outstanding MSMEs in the regional level.

Three winners will also be awarded just like in the Rising Star award. An MSME can receive this award no more than three times.

Jain said that a sole national winner will be awarded the SME Star Presidential Award and the nominees can only win the award once.

Regional level winners (SME Elite Awardees) automatically qualify for the Presidential Star Award. The awarding will be a yearly activity.

Jain said the target nominees are those MSMEs engaged in manufacturing, agri-business, services and creative industries.

She said they can be nominated by government agencies and private organizations like local chamber of commerce and industry, and other business or industry organizations where they are beneficiaries of current programs and services.

Self-nominations by MSMEs are also welcome.

Jain said the nominations should be submitted to the Provincial Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Council through the DTI Provincial Office, and will be screened by the MSMED Council Executive Committee for the SME Star Presidential Award, and the Regional MSMED Council, and the Provincial SMED Council for the SME Star Elite Award and the SME Rising Star Award.

The MSMED Council is also the award-giving body.

5 medical reps hurt, 26 rescued as boat capsizes in Dapitan

By Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

FIVE medical representatives of Unilabwere injured while 26 others were rescued after the boat they were riding capsized in the sea off Dapitan City.

Those who were taken to the Ospital ng Kabataan were Unilab-Ozamiz City medical representatives Misha dela Cruz,Mark dela Cruz, Princess Labay, Kenshi Labay and Naneshka Labay.

The 23 medical reps rescued were Ryan Villanueva, Bong Bernabe, Reymart Enriquez, Randel Enriquez, Rod Lor, Joshua Inaldo, Raul Buenaventura, Michael Chavez, Francis Lim, Prince Perma, Rohan dela Cruz, Consol dela Cruz, April Tupac, Raymond dela Cruz, Peng Dacumos, Benjie Respicio, Teresa Respicio, Junior Paniza, Myles Montesclaros, Ramil Gomez, Doris Labay, Cherry Madjos Bernave, and Aris Respicio. Also rescued were the boat’s three crew identified as Rosito Maglangit, Henry Lubiano, and Ronald Armodia, all residents of Dipolog City.

Police said the victims were returning to Dipolog City from Aliguay Island on a motorized boat owned by a certain Atty. Allan Ranillo when they were hit by big waves around 9:30 a.m.

The victims were rescued by members of the Coastguard and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Mild quake hits Zamboanga town

By Roel Pareño (philstar.com)

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — A mild quake shook a northern town of Zamboanga peninsula pre-dawn Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology monitoring station here said.

The Phivolcs reported that magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred 3:02 a.m. Saturday about 13 kilometers north of Josefina town, Zamboanga del Norte with a depth of 15 kilometers.

The Phivolcs said the tremor was caused by tectonic movement.

The tremor was felt with Intensity 2 in the areas of Dipolog City and Polanco town, Zamboanga del Norte.

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