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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.

Fact-finding team to investigate deworming incident

By Noning Antonio (ABS-CBN News Zamboanga)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) Region 9 formed a fact-finding team to investigate the incident involving students from the Zamboanga Peninsula who were hospitalized after taking deworming tablets on Wednesday.

Director Rio Magpantay of the Epidemiology Bureau will spearhead the team, which is composed of doctors from the national and regional offices of the DOH.

Magpantay said that they will immediately start with the investigation after a meeting with the fact-finding team on Saturday.

They will start by interviewing victims from the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

The information will help them determine the cause of why the children were hospitalized.

According to Magpantay, the investigation will also help them develop accurate information that they will then disseminate to the public.

They will also investigate whether the supply chain of medicine was followed. This, after another brand of unauthorized and expired deworming tablets surfaced and were allegedly given to the children in Zamboanga del Norte.

Magpantay said the deworming medicine should come from the DOH central office and should have been distributed directly to the schools and to the students.

OCD-9 holds essay writing, poster-making tilts

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

PAGADIAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) – High school students participating in the essay writing and poster-making competitions held by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-9 here yesterday have shown that they have adequate knowledge about disaster preparedness.

Twenty-one students from the schools divisions of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Pagadian City came to join the said competitions with 12 for the poster making and 9 for the essay writing.

The participants were asked to portray and/or expound on the theme of this year’s observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month: “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”

Judging from their outputs, the student-contestants have been able to express their ideas on how the families and communities should prepare for any disaster to cushion its adverse effects on the people’s lives and properties, one of the judges said.

The winners of the essay-writing contest were Jacob Benjamin A. Parulan of Pagadian City Science High School – first place, Vinz Sweety M. Lagahit of Molave Technical Vocational School, Molave, Zamboanga del Sur – second, and Al Team Soon of Co Tek Chun National Trade School, Pagadian City – third.

Sistine S. Gallo of Zamboanga del Sur National High School, Pagadan City also emerged as champion in the poster-making competition, followed by Mario M. Pasague Jr of Ipil National High School, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay and Jamaeya M. Sabijon of Zamboanga Sibugay National High School, also in Ipil town.

Ms. Emilia Vasquez-Julhajan, OCD-9 chief, has expressed her gratitude to the students and their coaches for their participation in the said competitions as well as to the panel of judges composed of representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and OCD.

OCD-9 holds contingency planning workshop for NGAs, LGUs

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-ZN)

DAPITAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) - In its effort to enhance the disaster response operation of the different national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-9 recently conducted a regional contingency planning formulation workshop at Dakak Park and Beach Resort this city.

Resource persons in the said workshop came from OCD-9, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau(DENR-MGB), Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration(PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(Philvolcs), the 101st Infantry “Three Red Arrows” Brigade-Philippine Army, and former OCD-12 chief LitoEnok.

OCD-9 Regional Director Emilia Julhajan said the workshop was designed to capacitate the NGAs and LGUs as well as to generate commitment and coordination among them and come up with a more organized action during disaster.

In her lecture, Ms. Enok stressed the importance of a contingency plan for a more appropriate response to an emerging disaster either a human-induced disasterot natural disasters like typhoon, earthquake, tsunami, and others.

“Contingency plans are scenario-based plans aimed at preventing the occurrence emerging threats by addressing the root causes and implementing target hardening measures. It anticipates the occurrence of a disaster, define the individual role concerned agencies during emergency and determine relief and immediate response requirements,” Enok said.

“It further aims to develop a coordinative course of action during disaster to mitigate the effect of any disaster and minimize if not prevent loss of lives and damage to properties.”

The participants were able to identify the disaster-prone communities in their respective areas based on previous disasters that happened and the probability of its re-occurrence and that a common early warning system that is understood by everybody in the community must be established.

Under Republic Act 10121, an LGU is mandated to utilize 70 percent of its disaster management and reduction management fund for disaster preparation and 30 percent for actual relief operation.

As of 2014, Philippines ranked second in the world among the country at risk wherein 60 percent of the 300 volcanoes in the country are here in Mindanao, and that 20 percent of them are active.

Zamboanga del Norte builds PhP42-M evacuation centers

By Dennis C. Baguio [(PNA), CTB/TPGJR/DCB]

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, July 29 (PNA) – Gov. Roberto Uy has ordered provincial engineers to fast track the completion of the 20 evacuation centers worth PhP42.030 million.

Uy wanted that the evacuation centers, which are under construction in 13 municipalities and two cities, will be completed before the end of this year.

Eng’r. Christopher Soza, provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC) action officer, told the Philippines News Agency that the evacuation centers are 69.57 percent completed as of May 31 this year.

Soza said the construction of the evacuation centers is being undertaken by the Provincial Engineer’s Office. The construction started last year.

Soza said that some of the evacuation centers have already finished except for the additional latrines and lavatories.

“We add comfort rooms and lavatories so that the people who might be affected by disasters and house in evacuation center are comfortable,” he said.

He said the evacuation centers are similar to a multi-purpose covered court with latrines and lavatories.

He said the evacuation centers are being constructed in the following cities and towns: Dapitan City; Dipolog City; Sergio Osmeña; Sibutad; Piñan; Rizal; Polanco; Roxas; Tampilisan; Labason; Gutalac; Salug; Sirawai; Liloy; and, Siocon.

He disclosed that two cities and 13 towns have been identified as landslide, earthquake and tsunami prone areas.

Windshield damage forces Dipolog-bound PAL flight to return to Manila

By Andrei Medina/NB (GMA News)

A Philippine Airlines Express flight en route to Dipolog City on Monday was forced to make an emergency landing due to damage to its windshield.

A report from GMA's “Balitanghali” on Tuesday said the flight that carried over a hundred passengers immediately returned to land in Manila after taking off.

The passengers were then transferred to a different flight following the incident. It was the plane's pilot who noticed some cracks in the windshield prompting the emergency landing.

The management of PAL is investigating the probable cause of damage on the plane's windshield.

Gov’t. agencies bring services to remote town

By Alma L. Tingcang (FPG/ALT/PIA9-Zamboanga Sibugay)

LA LIBERTAD, Zamboanga del Norte, July 27 (PIA) – About 15 government agencies participated in the Information Caravan for poverty reduction spearheaded by the Mindanao Communicators’ Network, Inc. (MindaComNet) and the Regional Communication Advocacy Program Committee held in this town on July 23, 2015.

A convergence of national government agencies to bring the government closer to the people, local residents flocked to the town’s gymnasium to avail of various services to include medical-dental, tuli (circumcision), and haircut, among others.

Before the start of the Infocar, each agency was given a few minutes to discuss their respective programs and services.

Mayor Romeo Mejias expressed his deep gratitude to the organizers for choosing his town to benefit from these services, La Libertad being a fifth class municipality located in a remote area.

ARD Franklin P. Gumapon of the Philippine Information Agency discussed the rationale of the inclusive growth as envisioned by President Benigno S. Aquino III. “The Aquino administration pushes for inclusive growth that is felt by every Filipino, especially the marginalized sector, not just by a few,” Gumapon stressed.

The Philippine Coconut Authority distributed 736 bags of fertilizer to coco farmers which would increase the yield of coconut trees by as much as 25 percent during the first year of application, and by 50 to 100 percent in the second and third year.

“Utilizing the agricultural-grade salt to fertilize coconut trees not only increases coco yield and boost the plants’ tolerance to drought but it also boosts resistance to pests and diseases,” according to Antonio Soria of PCA.

The National Food Authority, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted supplementary feeding to 500 kindergarten and Grade 1-6 pupils of La Libertad Central Elementary School.

Meanwhile, Ms. Melba B. Wee of the Department of Agriculture gave 150 packs of vegetable seeds and distributed 500 Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials mostly availed by mothers.

DENR team headed by Roservirico Tan distributed posters and flyers on Climate Change, Bird Flu, Birds, Marine Turtles, Brick and Mineral Identification and Free Patent Act.

The medical/dental team of the 101st Infantry Brigade and the Municipal Health Office provided manpower services for consultation, tooth extraction Tuli and haircut.

A total of 64 consultations, 9 tuli, 40 tooth extraction and 15 haircut were accomplished during the activity.

Other agencies who participated were: the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, National Nutrition Council, Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau, Department of Tourism, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Rich cultural heritage, with dash of modernism

By Ben O. Tesiorna

KNOWN as the Shrine City of the Philippines, Dapitan has a lot of heritage houses and old churches and buildings that are rich in history.

Among them is the Saint James Church located at the heart of the city. The St. James Church is considered as a lasting heritage and symbol of Christianization of the region.

It was built in 1871, in honor of St. James the Greater – Dapitan’s patron saint.

It houses the priceless 1827 heritage piped organ which is German made with European pipes and a manual pump. It was brought to Dapitan in 1864 by the Augustinian Recollect Father.

St. James Church is also where Rizal stood while hearing mass on Sundays during his 4-year exile in Dapitan from July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896. In 1944, Japanese soldiers used the church as a resting/sleeping area for about five days.

Across St. James Church a huge map of Mindanao, resting on a total land area of roughly 900 square meters, was constructed by Rizal. He intended it as a motivating device for teaching history and geography to the townsfolk.

A shrine was also erected at the site where Rizal disembarked from the steamer "Cebu" in 1565. The shrine is called Punto del Desembarco de Rizal and is located along the Dapitan beachfront. It is also here where A 20-foot cross was erected to symbolize the propagation of Christianity in Dapitan.

Another shrine is the Rizal Shrine which is a major historical landmark of Dapitan City. The 10-hectare piece of land was bought by Rizal from his winnings in lotto on August 1892.

It is here where Rizal's mother, Doña Teodora Alonso, his sisters, and some relatives from Calamba, Laguna came and lived with him until 1896.

Kinabayo Festival

Aside from shrines, Dapitan City is now also known for its Kinabayo Festival, which is celebrated every 25th of July, in honor of the city's patron saint, St. James the Greater.

It was believed that in the year 722, an apparition of St. James, atop a horse carrying a sword, guided the Spanish into victory over the Moors in the Battle of Covadonga.

Thus, Kinabayo Festival's highlight is a re-enactment of the Battle of Covadonga. The performers enact the Christian and Moorish players, while riding horses made of bamboo and rattan. Hence, the term "kinabayo".

On July 24, a "Halok sa Reliquias" is conducted from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. For four hours, thousands of devotees lineup for a chance to pay homage to the relic statue of St. James before it is paraded at the town plaza just outside the cathedral.

As the clock strikes 12 noon, the statue of St. James the Greater is then paraded around the plaza as thousands of devotees shout "Viva Sr. Santiago" while waving bunch of San Francisco leaves.

Ancestral Houses

One of the few remaining original ancestral houses in Dapitan is the Antera Adaza Bajamunde residence more popularly known as the Pablo Page Ancestral House. It was built in 1919 and is a combined Spanish-American domestic architecture.

Like any old houses, it has decorative and ornate woodworks with numerous huge windows. Its walls and wide floor slabs is of hardwood like narra and kamagong.

Often the venue of various functions among the local social and political elite in the 1950's to 1970's, national dignitaries like the late President Ferdinand Marcos and world-famous violinist Gilopez Kabayao have been to this old house.

Another very prominent old house in downtown Dapitan is the Aniano Adasa ancestral house which now houses the Dapitan Tourism Office. This house was built in 1900 and symbolizes American architecture with a touch of Spanish influence.

All in all, there are forty heritage houses in Dapitan City which forms part the Dapitan Heritage Zone as declared by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2011 in time for the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal in June 2011.

Gloria de Dapitan/Fantasy Land

Amidst the old buildings and churches, Dapitan City is also home to Mindanao's one and only theme park called the Fantasy Land. It is located inside the 3-hectare Gloria de Dapitan owned and operated by the Jalosjos family.

Fantasy Land is a smaller version of Disneyland in Hong Kong and the Universal Studio in Singapore. It has about 35 rides and attractions including a horror house. Every weekend, a light and show parade is held capped with a fireworks display.

Dakak Park Beach Resort

Another modern facility Dapitan has to offer is the world-renowned 5-star Dakak Park Beach Resort. Aside from the white sand beach cove, it also has two huge swimming pools, three tennis courts, billiards and bowling alley, and a golf course.

Their latest rooms called the Garden Rooms are way, way better than their "old rooms". Garden Rooms have much modern amenities.

For those who love food, Dakak also has a Chinese restaurant that can cater to 1,500 people in one sitting, an Italian restaurant, a seafood restaurant that also serves as the view deck for the famous Dapitan sunset, a bar, and a cafe.

For the adventurous, they also offer horse backriding, all-terrain vehicle, zipline, rock climbing, wakeboarding, airsoft war game, rappelling, cove hopping, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat ride, hobie cat, and jetski.

And for the romantics, they have the river cruise and sunset cruise.

Over 4,000 seedlings to boost residents' livelihood

By Bong Garcia

MORE than 4,000 seedlings and sacks of fertilizers are seen to boost the livelihood of the residents in Siayan town, Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy said the seedlings, that were already distributed to the residents by village chief Dalmacio Lubac, include cacao, coconuts, jackfruit, mango, lanzones, mangosteen, durian, marang, rambutan, and santol.

Ten sacks of organic fertilizer were also given to the residents, mostly Subanens, who rely in farming as their means of livelihood.

Uy said his office has prioritized the village of Pange since it is the poorest among the 22 villages in Siayan town.

The residents were also given giant bamboo, rubber, assorted vegetable seeds, and 150 heads of chicken.

PCA9 distributes 730 fertilizers to coco farmers in La Libertad town

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/Pagadian/Zamboanga del Sur)

LA LIBERTAD, Zamboanga del Norte, July 24 (PIA) – A total of 736 bags of fertilizers were distributed by the personnel of Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to coconut farmers yesterday, July 23, during the information caravan (Infocar) for poverty reduction conducted by the Mindanao Communicator’s Network, Inc. and the Regional Development Council (RDC)-9 at barangay Poblacion here.

In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, Coconut Development Officer Antonio Soria said the PCA provided free agricultural grade-salt to coconut farmers under its Salt Fertilization Program (SFP), a component of PCA’s drive to increase domestic coconut production.

Soria said utilizing agricultural-grade salt to fertilize coconut trees could increase the yield of coconut trees by as much as 25 percent during the first year of application, and by 50 to 100 percent in the second and third year of application.

The fertilizer, Soria said, would help increase the coconut yield and boost the plant’s tolerance to drought. “It also boosts resistance to pests and diseases,” he added.

The PCA has also assisted the coco farmers in filing their Cocolife Insurance benefits, he dislosed, adding “in this infocar, we offered our services to them (coco farmers) in processing their documents to facilitate the release of their Cocolife Insurance claims.” Each insured coco farmer will receive a financial assistance of P10 thousand.

“There were 500 coco farmers insured under the Cocolife Insurance where some of them have received already their insurance claims,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dan Butalid, federation president of Small Coconut Farmers Organization thanked the government through the PCA for providing them free fertilizers.

“Nalipay kami nga nakadawat ug hinabang nga abuno gikan sa kagamhanan tungod kay kini ang makatabang pagpauswag sa abot sa among lubi (We are happy to receive free fertilizer for our coconut plants from the government, as this will help increase our production),” Butalid said.

With the fertilizers, Butalid observed that the coconut yields in his two-hectare farm had increased.

Edilberto Micabalo of barangay New Argao, on the other hand, said he thanked the government for attending to coco farmers by providing them free fertilizers.

Soria said coco farmers received four bags each of agricultural-grade salt.

DAR to distribute PHP3M worth of common service facilities to ARBOs


MANILA, July 23 (PNA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is set to turn over PHP3-million worth of common service facilities (CSF) to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries organization (ARBO) in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.

Regional Director Felix b. Aguhob said the CSFs include 15 hand tractors, four corn shellers, and one floating tiller.

“The CSFs will be distributed to A.L Micubo Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (ALMARBAS), S. Cabral Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (SCARBAS) and the Guinles Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GUIFAMUCO,” Aguhob said.

The farm equipments are being provided to ARBOs under Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) being implemented by DAR.

Aguhob said through ARCCESS, the DAR would introduce new farming technology to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to develop their farmer organizations and ultimately increase their farm yield.

“The new farming machines are expected to boost the economic conditions of ARBs because it will greatly improve their farm productions. The CSFs will also make farming easier for them,” Aguhob said.

Also present during the delivery and initial turn-over of CSFs from the supplier to DAR were Assistant Regional Director Ramon E. Madronal Jr., Regional Inspectorate Team Raul M. Flores and Isabel Lopez and Provincial Inspectorate Team Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Rizzel B. Villanueva, Samuel Andrew A. Baliton and Iluminada D. Aradji.

Zambo Norte governor encourages backyard gardening


DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, July 22 (PNA) -– The provincial government has distributed 4,516 assorted fruit-bearing tree seedlings and farm inputs aimed to boost the livelihood of the farmers and residents in one of the barangays in nearby Siayan town.

Gov. Roberto Uy personally handed over the seedlings to Dalmacio Lubac, Pange barangay captain, who distributed them to the farmers and residents in his barangay.

The fruit-bearing tree seedlings included cacao; coconuts; jackfruit; mango; lanzones; mangosteen; durian, marang, rambutan; and santol as well as 10 sacks of organic fertilizer.

Uy also gave giant bamboo, rubber and assorted vegetable seeds as well as 150 heads of chicken to be grown by the residents of Barangay Pange.

Uy told the Philippines News Agency he envisioned to give 100 seedlings and five chickens to every household in Barangay Pange to encourage them to engage in backyard farming to boost the income of the family.

Uy said his office has prioritized the Barangay Pange since it is the poorest among the 22 barangays in Siayan, a second class town with 34,989 population.

Seventy percent of the population in Barangay Pange are Subanens, who rely in farming as their means of livelihood.

Sergio Osmeña town gets P8.3-M projects

By Bong Garcia

THE Department Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Agriculture (DA) are nearing completion in the implementation of P8.3-million infrastructure projects in Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte.

Engineer Florencio Jaoculan, Sergio Osmeña municipal planning officer, said the projects included P3.8-million worth of concreting farm-to-market-road, P3.5-million municipal road concreting, and P1-million drainage system.

Jaoculan said the farm-to-market-road will link the villages of Sinai and Buenavista.

The farm-to-market-road project is jointly funded by the DILG and DA with 10 percent counterpart from the Sergio Osmeña Municipal Government.

Jaoculan said the drainage and municipal road concreting projects are for the village of Poblacion. They are funded through the Performance Challenge Funds coming from the DILG and the municipal economic development fund.

DSWD to provide assistance to IPs affected by demolition in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda (ALT/ATR/PIA9-ZN, with report from DSWD-9)

DIPOLOG CITY, JULY 20 (PIA)---The Department of Social Welfare and Development -Field Office IX committed to augment assistance for the Subanen families affected by the demolition in Dipolog City.

Ma. Eva Avila, Social Welfare and Development Team (SWADT) leader of Zamboanga del Norte together with Rosalie Casinillio, Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) coordinator went to the demolition site to check the status of the four IP families in barangay Sta. Isabela, Dipolog City.

“We have already laid down our commitment to augment help for these families. In fact as agreed with the CSWDO, we will be providing 1 sack of rice to each family and food packs,” Avila disclosed.

DSWD regional office has also accommodated the request for educational assistance for family members who are in high school and college.

They will also extend transportation allowance for those families who will be relocating outside the city,Cash-for-work assistance for 10 days at Php210.00 a day and emergency shelter assistancefor the families who intend to build their own houses.

Avila added that, weeks before the demolition,she personally visited the IP households who were occupying the lot that was assigned to them by the LGU. She said that together with Engr. Riza Elias, DSWD IX engineer, they were able to talk to some of the families in the area to inform them about the demolition and the assistance that they will be providing to the affected families.

“We were there weeks before the actual demolition. We have even shown them the lot map and informed them about the possible assistance that DSWD can offer come resettlement time. They were calm and told us that they will not take it against us because they know that it was the LGU who gave them the authority to occupy the lot,” Avila said.

Moreover, Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said that the regionaloffice will be continuously coordinating with CSWDO Nenita Domingo for other necessary assistance as soon as the families are ready to avail of the needed help.

Four Subanen families have been affected by the demolition at Sta. Isabel,Dipolog City to give way to the construction of the DSWD Provincial Office. The LGU stands firm that the lot assigned to DSWD has long been identified as government complex where three other government offices now stands: Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Abandoned Bagtican Lumber Recovered in Baliguian

By PINSP DAHLAN TIDAL SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Jonas D. Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte - Intel PNCO of Baliguian MPS received a phone call from one of their BIN/eye in the barangay that a volume of lumber was abandoned at hinterlands of barangay Tan-awan, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte at about 12:30 in the afternoon of July 8, 2015.

Immediately, elements of Baliguian MPS led by PSInsp ABUBAKAR ABDULKALAM IBNO proceeded to the reported place and found the abandoned lumbers locally known as “bagtican” with an estimated volume of 226.67 board ft with an estimated market value of Four Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Seven Pesos (₱4,667.00). The recovered abandoned lumbers were brought to Baliguian MPS for proper disposition.

Conference highlights importance of MSMEs in Zamboanga Peninsula

By Bong Garcia

THE Micro, Small, and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) will be highlighted in a conference set to be held in Zamboanga Peninsula on July 30 and 31.

Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry, said the SME Conference aims to further strengthen MSMEs in the region through government initiatives, and recognize their importance to the regional and national economy.

Jain said the conference also aims to bolster efforts to develop entrepreneurial mindset in the region by inspiring and enforcing entrepreneurship values among participating MSMEs through testimonials coming from successful home-grown entrepreneurs, and to give due cognizance to the deserving MSMEs in the region through the SME Star Awards.

Jain said the Regional SME Conference will serve as a venue for the discussion of the latest policy direction and updates in the county’s MSME development agenda.

She said the activity will also recognize the most active member-agencies of the Zamboanga Peninsula SME Core Group.

She said the Conference will be participated by the Provincial SME Development Councils, the Zampen SME Core Group, the academe, industry players, and the media.

The conference with the theme “Local Market Now; Global Market Next” will also feature lectures and panel discussions on four thematic components of SME Development, namely, Access to Market, Access to Finance, Productivity and Efficiency, and Business Investment and Enabling Environment.

'Kinabayo festival’ reels off in Dapitan City


DAPITAN CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, July 17 (PNA) -– The city government in partnership with the concerned stakeholders has line up several activities in line with the feast of this city’s patron, Saint James the Greater on July 25.

City Tourism Officer Apple Marie Agolong said the celebration, dubbed as “Kinabayo Festival 2015” kicked-off Thursday with a parade participated by the local and national government offices, non-government organizations, civil society organizations and religious groups.

The week-long Kinabayo festival is a three-in-one affair, combing religious, cultural and sports events.

The activities for the Kinabayo festival are the following: nightly activity fiesta sa nayon; 10th National Tenpin bowling open championship competition; re-enactment of Dr. Jose Rizal’s arrival; Department of Education cultural night; beach volleyball tournament; on the spot Kinabayo arts award; Mindanao-wide hip-hop dance competition; Ballet night; Dr. Jose Rizal night; world costume festival; bike race and the motocross national invitational tournament; search for Miss Dapitan City 2015; horse racing; drum and lyre and bugle competition; and, other sports events.

The religious activity will highlight by the procession and veneration of Saint James the Greater at 12 noon on July 25.

The Kinabayo festival attracts thousands of visitors, including foreign tourists, yearly.

Magnitude 4.5 quake jolts Zamboanga


ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 16 (PNA) -- A magnitude 4.5 earthquake of tectonic origin shook several areas around 9:44 a.m. Thursday here in Region 9.

Allan Rommel Labayog, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs)-Zamboanga, told the Philippines News Agency the epicenter of the earthquake is 34 kilometers south and 21 degrees west of Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay with a depth of 29 kilometers.

Labayog said that Intensity 4 was felt in Olutanga and Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay; Intensity 3 in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay; Intensity 2 in Ipil and Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay, Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur and this city while in Dipolog City, Intensity 1.

So far, there was no report of damage brought about by the earthquake.

Phivolcs in its earthquake information no. 3 said no aftershock is expected.

PR0-9 gets high score in performance inspection

Allen Abastillas

“Lalong gumaganda at marami nang development ang Police Regional Office-9 sa pamumuno ni Chief Supt. Edgar O. Basbas. Napakaganda rin ang support ng mga local government units sa PRO-9 at support ng mga mamamayan sa kapulisan.”

These were the words of Chief Supt. Noel A. Baraceros, Philippine National Police Director for Central Police Strategic Management during an inspection here Tuesday.

Baraceros visited Zamboanga Peninsula in connection with the Philippine National Police Performance Governance System ( PGS ) for the Patrol Plan 2030 transformation program of the PNP.

According to Baraceros, policemen in the region are serving good to the people and are able to deliver because of good roads constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

“The people and all stakeholders for peace and progress are helping the police combat and fight lawless and criminalities. Our policemen are working hand in hand with the people and are supported by local government units and stakeholders”, Baraceros observed.

He initially scored Basbas’ performance system with almost 100 percent

“I will give my whole score if I finish my job going around the region and see on the ground every command and interview people and officials,” Baraceros said.

Father and Son Nabbed in Mutia for Theft Case

BY PINSP DAHLAN TIDAL SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Mutia, Zamboanga Del Norte - Elements of Mutia Municipal Police Station arrested two wanted person in Barangay Tinglan,Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte at about 10:00 AM of July 7, 2015. Arrested was Donio Gandi Conican, 60 yrs. old, widower and a resident of the said place.

He was arrested at his residence by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Presiding Judge Ric S. Bastasa of RTC, 9th Judicial Region Branch 8, Dipolog City dated July 3, 2015 for the crime of Qualified Theft with Criminal Case no. 19535, with bail bond recommended amounting to ₱30,000.00 for his temporary liberty. Arrested also is the son of the suspect identified as Dario Maoraw Conican, 31, single and a resident of same place. He was charged of same offense and currently working as a baker at QS Bakery located in Gloria de Dapitan, Dapitan City. Both suspects are now temporarily detained at Mutia MPS detention cell for proper disposition.

DILG chief: MinBizCon pushes Mindanao’s economic agenda


DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, July 13 (PNA) –- Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II has ordered all chief executives of the six regions in Mindanao to attend the 24th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) in this city.

Roxas’ order, through a memorandum circular, came after the request of Atty. Paul Gudmalin, Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) president and conference co-director, urging all governors and mayors from Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to attend the 24th MinBizCon.

The 24th MinBizCon is set to be held from September 2 to 4, this year, in this city with the DCCI as the host chamber.

“Upon the request of Atty. Paul G. Gudmalin, DCCI president and conference co-director, concerned Local chief executives of Region 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and ARMM are encouraged to attend the said conference,” Roxas stated in his Department Memorandum Circular No. 2015-62 dated July 11.

“The payment of transportation expenses and per diem may be charged against their respective local funds subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations,” he added.

Roxas also ordered all Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional directors and ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman to conduct widest dissemination of his memorandum circular to the local government units within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

The 24th MinBizCon is organized through the initiative of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), as an official area business conference in Mindanao.

Roxas said the MinBizCon as the largest annual gathering of business and industry leaders, government policy makers, and stakeholders in the region in order to push forward the Mindanao’s economic agenda.

Gudmalin said he expects more than 1,000 delegates coming from the different chambers of commerce in Mindanao, policymakers, investors, local executives, foreign trade partners, foreign chamber of commerce and the major industry players in the region to attend the 24th MinBizCon. Gov. Roberto Uy and his wife, Mayor Evelyn Uy, expressed support to the holding of the 24th MinBizCon, saying it would boost the economic growth` of this province.

The 24th MinBizCon is anchored on the theme “winning the ASEAN, gaining the global market.” It will be held at Zamboanga del Norte convention and sports center in this city.

US Citizen Arrested in Piñan for Theft Charges

By PINSP DAHLAN TIDAL SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte - The elements of Piñan MPS in coordination with Bureau of Immigration IX conducted manhunt operation in Poblacion North, Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte at about 7:30 PM of July 7, 2015. This led to the successful arrest of Christopher Batts y Alan, American citizen, 52 years old and temporarily residing at the said place.

This is by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Acting Presiding Judge Deborah P. Garcia-Nazario, 2nd MCTC of Pinan-La Libertad, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 001, Pinan, ZN for the crime of Theft, docketed under Criminal Case No. P-3140 with bail fixed at ₱12,000.00 and Direct Assault, docketed under CC No. P-3141 with bail bond fixed at ₱10,000.00 dated July 1, 2015. Accused now temporarily detained at Pinan MPS detention cell for proper disposition.

Barangay Councilor Arrested for Violation of Domicile

By PINSP DAHLAN TIDAL SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte - A Barangay Councilor was arrested for violation of domicile in Barangay Singaran, La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte at about 1:15 PM of July 7, 2015. The La Libertad MPS identified the arrested man as John Michael Sulit y Haictin, 32 years old, married, a barangay councilor and a resident of barangay Singaran, La Libertad.

He was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Presiding Judge Deborah P. Garcia Nazario of MCTC, 2nd Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Piñan-La Libertad, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 001, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte for Violation of Domicile docketed under Criminal Case No. L-3137 with bail bond recommended amounting to ₱6,000.00 for his temporary liberty. Arrested wanted person now temporarily detained at La Libertad MPS detention cell for proper disposition.

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