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Contents

Dipolog to host 24th MinBizCon

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

DIPOLOG CITY, March 3 (PIA) – The Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in cooperation with the city government of Dipolog and the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte will host the 24th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) to be held here on Sept. 2-4, 2015.

The 24th MinBizCon was officially launched on Tuesday at Dipolog City Airport with City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Mindanao Chapter, Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the business community, the different national offices and members of the media in attendance.

Mindanao PCCI Vice President Annie O. Ty explained that Bukidnon is the co-bidder of this 24th MinBizCon, but they had chosen Dipolog City for the following factors: peace and order, facilities and amenities, hotel accommodations and especially the support from the city and provincial governments.

“On September all roads will head to Dipolog City. We will put Dipolog in the business journal of businessmen and investors,” Ty said.

Meanwhile, when asked about their stand on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Ty expressed her views that BBL is not the solution for peace in Mindanao.

“We want peace in Mindanao, who would not want? But most of us will say that BBL is not the solution for peace. There are different groups involved like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF),” she stressed.

“We are not sleeping on the issue of BBL. Let’s work together as one in Mindanao in order for us to achieve the peace we dream of,” she added.

On the other hand, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy said that with the hosting of this 24th MinBizCon, Dipolog City would receive infrastructure projects and surely all hotels will be fully booked and the business economy in the city will boom.

Atty. Paul G. Gudmalin, president of DCCI, asked the members of the media to spread the information that Dipolog City will host the said big event.

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


Zambo Norte police arrest No. 2 most wanted person

(PNA), RMA/TPGJR/EDS

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 2 (PNA) -- The police have arrested one of the most wanted persons in one of the towns in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, an official said Monday.

Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested most wanted person as Sarben Buyong, a resident of Barangay Tan-awan, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte.

Samuddin said Buyong was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Monday during a law enforcement operation in Barangay Tan-awan, Baliguian town.

Samuddin said Buyong is listed as the second most wanted persons in the municipality of Baliguian.

He added that Buyong is facing murder charge before the court of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

3 fall in drug den raid

By Bong Garcia

THREE people were arrested in a suspected drug den in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Sunday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the arrested suspects as Aljasiri Sali, 18; Jumdani Gandawali, 42; and Sar-aina Sali, 18.

Samuddin said the suspects were nabbed in an anti-drug operation around 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the village of Bucana, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

The alleged caretaker of the suspected drug den, Alvie Sali and his wife, Sabrah, managed to elude arrest, he added.

Samuddin said Sali, who is in the anti-drug watch list, went on absence without official leave (Awol) from the Philippine Army.

The arresting team recovered from the den seven transparent heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu, P300 "marked money," P1,200 cash, identification cards of Sali, and other drug paraphernalia.

Appropriate charges are set to be filed against the suspects, he added.

Slot Machine Seized; 6 Tong-its Gambler Held

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

Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay - Elements of Siay Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Rustom Romina, conducted an anti-illegal gambling operation in Barangay Batu at about 11:30 AM of February 26, 2015. This resulted in the confiscation of one fruit game slot machine beside the “sari-sari” store owned by Mr. Loreto Caay. Said unit was left to the store owner by a certain “Andy”, a resident of Kabasalan town. Confiscated unit was brought to Siay MPS for proper disposition.

Dipolog City – Six men were arrested by elements of Dipolog City Police Station after they were caught playing illegal card game locally known as “tong-its” at the residence of Henry Cimafranca during an anti-illegal gambling operation at Kagatan Road, Brgy. Miputak at about 2:00 PM on February 26, 2015. Police Senior Inspector Mendel Casao, Deputy Police Chief, identified the arrested persons as Henry Cimafranca, 48, Joel Gandamon, 33, Jimboy Lamason, 34, Felicisimo Tan, 48, Remegio Dajuela, 37, and Junil Saguindang y Bustillo, 33. Confiscated from them were bet money and two sets of playing cards. Arrested suspects are temporarily detained at Dipolog Police station pending the filing of appropriate charges in court.

Mindanao’s TreeVolution breaks India’s record

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

DIPOLOG CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) – It is confirmed that India’s record as having planted the most number of trees in one hour is now history. Mindanao’s TreeVolution beat India.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office(DENR-PENRO) announced that the Mindanao-wide tree planting activity last year dubbed “TreeVolution: Greening Mindanao had surpassed the record earlier established by India.

Maribel Acama of PENRO-Zamboanga del Norte said the 2.294 million trees planted in one hour in the different regions of Mindanao had broken India’s record and it was officially entered as the new record in the Guinness Book of World Record.

It maybe recalled that DENR in partnership with Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) spearheaded the tree planting activity on Sept. 26, 2014 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Among the trees planted during the one-hour activity include cacao, coffee, rubber, mangrove and fruit trees.

Prior to Mindanaoans’ recording-break accomplishment, India had 1,945,535 trees planted in one hour in 408 locations, making it in the Guinness Book of World Record.

The regions that participated in the record-breaking tree planting activity are regions 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and Autonomous in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

For its feat, DENR-PENRO thanked all those who participated in the said undertaking.

The Mindanaoans’ accomplishment did not only break India’s record but it also helped in achieving DENR’s 2014 National Greening Program (NGP) target for Mindanao, and contributed to the realization of its target to plant trees in 690,815 hectares by 2016.

Guinness Book of World Records is the official reference and ultimate authority for world records and has been recording the world’s achievement since 1955 wherein copies are distributed in more than 100 countries and translated into 20 languages.

1 Wanted for Acts of Lasciviousness in Rizal, 3 Other Wanted Persons Arrested

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

Rizal, Zamboanga Del Norte – A man listed as the no. 12 Most Wanted in Rizal Municipality was arrested by joint elements of Rizal Police Station led by Senior Inspector Robert E. Agda, Mutia Police Station led by Senior Inspector Nestor M. Gania and CIDG, during the conduct of an operation in Barangay Newland, Mutia at about 3:30 PM on February 21, 2015. Suspect Orlando Gumatao Jr. y Andus, 37, a resident of Barangay Nangcaan was arrested by virtue of warrant for acts of lasciviousness docketed under Criminal Case # 2791-R with recommended bail bond Php 12,000.00 issued on January 30, 2012 by Presiding Judge Vittorio Dante D. Dalman of 9th Judicial Region, MCTC Rizal-Sibutad Zamboanga Del Norte.

Zamboanga Del Sur – Operatives of Lakewood and Midsalip Police Stations conducted a joint manhunt police operation in Barangay Sapang Pinoles, Lakewood at about 4:30 PM of February 21, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Gardo Masulog y Antigue, 19, resident of Barangay Cumarom, Midsalip. His arrest was made by virtue of warrant for murder docketed under Criminal Case # 14-10-1109-A issued by Presiding Judge Jaime B. Caberte of Branch 30, RTC, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur. Accused was brought to Midsalip Police Station for booking and proper documentation while waiting for the commitment order from issuing court.

Zamboanga Del Sur – A man wanted for violation of RA 9262 was arrested by operatives of Tigbao Police Station and PNP elements undergoing Police Intelligence Seminar (PIS) at RSTU 9, during a police operation in Barangay Maragang, Tigbao at about 4:45 PM on February 20, 2015. Police Senior Inspector Norbert Velonza, Tigbao Police Chief, identified the arrested person as Mario Baring y Sumilhig, 40, a barangay kagawad and resident of Purok 5, Barangay Maragang, Tigbao. He was arrested by virtue of warrant for violation of R.A. 9262 docketed under Criminal Case No. 11899-2k15 dated February 5, 2015 with recommended bail bond of Php 2,000.00, issued by Benjamin R. Lanzaderas, Presiding Judge, RTC 9, Branch 22, Pagadian City. Arrested suspect is in the custody of Tigbao Police Station.

Zamboanga Del Sur – A man who has a standing warrant of arrest for attempted homicide docketed under Criminal Case No. 1653-D voluntarily surrendered to Dinas Municipal Police Station at about 5:00 PM on February 21, 2015. He was identified as Alejandro Lesondra Dionaldo, resident of Barangay Upper Sibul, Dinas. Said warrant was issued by Presiding Judge Maria Teresa Pangilinan of 6th Municipal Circuit Trial Court-San Miguel-Dinas-Lapuyan. Accused is temporarily detained at Dinas MPS for subsequent turn-over to the said court. The bail bond recommended is set at Php 12,000.00.

3 arrested for illegal mining

By Bong Garcia

THREE people were arrested for illegal mining in Zamboanga del Norte, police reported Wednesday.

Ranel Sumagang, Alvin Kim Requina and Alfe Tero were arrested early Tuesday morning at an illegally built mine in the watershed in Barangay Rizalina, Rizal town.

A fourth man, a certain Boy Pagente, escaped, police said.

Explosive ingredients, two shotguns with ammunitions, and mining equipment were seized from the suspects.

The alleged mining operator, Christiflor Dulang, was not around when police arrived at the mine site.

Suspect on Physical Injury, 3 Others Arrested

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

Zamboanga City - Operatives of Curuan Police Station arrested Roberto Guzman in Bahandi, Brgy. Calabasa at about 6:00 AM of February 20, 2015. He was arrested based on the warrant of arrest for physical injury docketed under Criminal Case Number 51272 issued by Judge Carlo Martin R. Alcala of MTCC Branch 3. Suspect was brought to the court for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - A man wanted person violation of BP 22 was arrested by Divisoria Police Station during their manhunt operation in Daisy Rd., Guiwan at about 8:00 AM of February 18, 2015. Suspect identified as Lucena Layague y Morales was accosted based on the warrant of arrest filed under Criminal Case Number 128965 with a recommended bail bond of Php 2,000.00 issued by Judge Marilou D. Runes of MTCC Branch 72. The accused was released after payment of the corresponding amount for his bail bond.

Zamboanga City - A grade school teacher of this city was placed under the custody of Tetuan Police Station during their manhunt operation in Masuhod Drive, Tumaga at about 9:05 AM of February 20, 2015. This is based on a warrant for estafa through falsification of public documents docketed under Criminal Case Numbers 29894, 29895, 29896 and 29897 with a recommended bail bond of Php 24, 000.00 issued by Judge Catherine C. Fabian of RTC Branch 16 for his temporary liberty. Suspect Teresita Lim y Francisco was released after she posted the bail bond.

Labason, Zamboanga del Norte - A man was arrested by elements of Labason Police Station during the manhunt operation in Barangay Gabu at about 4:10 PM of February 20, 2015. Suspect identified as Eduardo Acaso was arrested for violation of sec. 3, par C and D of R.A. 9262 under the warrant of arrest with Criminal Case Number l-002415 with recommended bail bond of Php 80,000.00 issued by Judge Oscar D. Tomarong of RTC Branch 28. Suspect is detained at Labason MPS for proper disposition.

Dipolog CDRRMC conducts earthquake drill in Barra

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

DIPOLOG CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) - The Dipolog City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) in collaboration with various concerned agencies has conducted an earthquake recently at Barra Elementary School, Barangay Barra this city.

City DRRMC head Felipe Mangila said the activity aimed to promote awareness among schoolchildren to be able to respond appropriately during disasters.

Mangila pointed out the need to prepare the kids against earthquake and tsunami, as the school is situated in a coastal barangay.

Supporting the CDRRMC’s disaster preparedness initiative are the Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD), Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs), Dipolog City Information Office (DCIO) and the Philippine Information Agency(PIA).

Zamboanga del Norte Philvolcs provincial head, Engr. Florenette Garcia, reminded the faculty of the said school to put emphasis on the drill more particularly on the preparation and reaction during any eventuality to augment their disaster response capabilities.

Earlier, similar undertakings had been conducted at Miputak East and Miputak West Elementary Schools.

Similar training will be conducted whole-year round in all schools in the city to ensure minimum casualty during emergencies.

Arrest of Man Wanted for 9 Counts of Rape, 13 Other Wanted Persons

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

Zamboanga Del Norte – A man wanted for rape who is listed as the number 11 Most Wanted Person in Sindangan MPS was arrested by a combined team of Sindangan and Sergio Osmeña MPS in Barangay Princesa Lamaya, Sergio Osmeña, on February 17, 2015.

Accused Francisco Hamoc y Aguilar, 48, resident of Barangay Pangalan, Sindangan, was arrested by virtue of warrant for nine counts of rape docketed under Criminal Case Nos. S-4043 to S-4051 without recommended bail bond, issued by RTC Branch 11 Judge Arturo Paculanang dated October 15, 2007. Suspect is temporarily detained at Sindangan MPS while waiting for his commitment order from court.

Zamboanga Del Norte – A man listed as the number 6 Most Wanted Person in Jose Dalman was arrested during manhunt operation conducted by operatives of Jose Dalman Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Vergil Bruce Dario, Sindangan Police Station led by PO2 Melcar Garcia, and ZNCIDG led by Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno in Barangay Nipaan, Sindangan town at about 7:30 P.M. of February 17, 2015. The operation led to the arrest of Jimmy Manabay, 52, resident of Barangay Ilihan, Jose Dalman. He was arrested by virtue of warrant for rape in relation to RA 7610 docketed under Criminal Case Number S-4900 issued by Judge Reymar Lacaya of RTC9, Branch 11. Said arrested wanted person is temporarily detained at Jose Dalman MPS for proper disposition.

Dapitan City – Two persons wanted for committing adultery were arrested by operatives of Dapitan City Police Station in Barangay Sta. Cruz at around 8:30 AM of February 17, 2015. The two arrested persons were identified as Josedina Cainta Hamdan, 49, and Amado Tinae Tumapon, 68, both residents of Barangay Bagting. Both accused were arrested by virtue of warrant docketed under Criminal Case No. 17758 with bail bond amounting to Php 6,000.00, dated February 16, 2015, issued by Presiding Judge Jose Rene G. Dondoyano of MTC, 9th Judicial Region, Dapitan City. The two are temporarily detained at above police station pending issuance of commitment order.

Zamboanga Del Norte – A man wanted for violation of RA 9165 and listed as the number 5 Most Wanted Person in Baliguian Municipality was arrested during manhunt operation launched by operatives of Baliguian Police Station in Sitio Paniran, Barangay Lintangan, Sibuco at around 1:15 PM of February 17, 2015. Police Chief Inspector Khisna Asaali, Baliguian Police Chief, identified the arrested man as Nestor Surem, resident of Brgy. Kauswagan, Baliguian. He was apprehended by virtue of warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case Nos. 2014-09-04(1135) & 2014-09-05(1136) issued by Presiding Judge Laarni N. Dajao of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 27, Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte for Violation of Sec 5 & 11 of Art 2 of R.A. 9165. Arrested suspect is in the custody of Baliguian MPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City – The number 10 Most Wanted Person in Zamboanga City Police Station 11 was arrested by operatives of Detective Management Unit in the vicinity of La Purisima Street at about 9:39 in the morning of February 17, 2015. Suspect Arnold Sajili, of Barangay Baliwasan Grande, was arrested by virtue of arrest warrant filed under Criminal Case Number R-QZN-14-07713-CR for the crime of Estafa duly issued by Alfonzo C. Ruiz II, Presiding Judge of RTC, NCR, Branch 216, Quezon City, dated August 15, 2014. Suspect posted a bail bond worth P40,000.00 his temporary liberty.

Zamboanga Del Norte - Elements of Jose Dalman MPS led by Police Senior Inspector Vergil Bruce Dario, together with ZNCIDG led by Police Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno, conducted a manhunt operation with the aid of an informant in Barangay Tamil, Jose Dalman at about 8:00 PM on February 17, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Jennilyn Anawe Que, 30, resident of said place, by virtue of warrant for estafa docketed in Criminal Case Number S-4830 with recommended bail bond fixed at ₱40,000.00 issued by Presiding Judge Reymar L Lacaya of 9th Judicial Region, Branch 11, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte dated July 31, 2013. Accused is temporarily detained at said police station for proper disposition.

Zamboanga Del Norte - Elements of Piñan MPS led by Police Inspector Richeen Lagnayo and Provincial Intelligence Branch-Zamboanga Del Norte Police Provincial Office led by Police Senior Inspector Romar Victoriano Lim, served the warrant of arrest at about 9:00 AM on February 17, 2015, at Piñan MPS Detention Cell against one of the detainees identified as Franklin Liguro y Balambao, 69, resident of Barangay Poblacion South, Piñan. The arrest warrant for homicide docketed under Criminal Case Number 19372 dated January 29, 2015, was issued by Acting Presiding Judge Reymar I. Lacaya of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 6, Dipolog City. The accused is temporarily detained at Piñan MPS pending issuance of commitment order.

Zamboanga Del Norte – A man wanted for theft and listed as the No. 12 Most Wanted Person in Leon Postigo was arrested by operatives of Leon B. Postigo MPS and Naga MPS during a manhunt operation in Sitio Catulin, Barangay Sulo, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay at around 8:30 PM on February 17, 2015. Arrested during the operation was Rolly Randaon y Sale a.k.a. Dodok, 35, resident of Barangay Manil, Leon B. Postigo. He was captured by virtue of warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case No. 12147 dated June 7, 2012 issued by Judge Veronica Laput of MCTC, Branch 11. Arrested is under the custody at said MPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - Intelligence operatives of Zamboanga City Police Station 7 conducted an operation against wanted person in Motorpool, Pasonanca at about 10:15 in the morning of February 15, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Ma. Teresa Salazar y Zamora, 43, by virtue of warrant of arrest under Criminal Case Number 29991 with recommended bail bond of Php 30,000.00 issued by Judge Gregorio V. Dela Peña III of 9th Judicial Region Branch 12, RTC. The suspect posted the required bail bond for her temporary liberty.

Pagadian City – A farmer facing RA 7610 charges was arrested by elements of Pagadian City Police Station in Barangay Tubupait, San Pablo town at about 12:00 PM of February 16, 2015. Suspect identified as Alberto Tampaling y Medellada, 43, resident of Barangay Pungapong, San Pablo, was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest for violation of Sec 10 of R.A 7610 filed under Criminal Case No. 11824-2k14, with recommended bail bond fixed at Php 80,000.00. He is temporarily detained in Pagadian City Police Station while waiting for adjudication from court.

Zamboanga Del Sur – Two individuals wanted for theft were arrested by operatives of Dumingag Police Station in Barangay Tamurayan, Dumingag town at about 8:00 PM on February 15, 2015. Police Senior Inspector Heterence D. Abraham, Dumingag Police Chief, identified the two suspects as Ailyn Tomaras and Maricel Tumangcap, residents of aforesaid place. Their arrest was made by virtue of warrant for qualified theft with Criminal Case No. 2008-10-2031 with recommended bail bond of Php 30,000.00 each, issued by Acting Presiding Judge Ernesto MVE Laurel, RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 23, Molave ZDS, dated January 23, 2009. Both suspects are temporarily detained at Dumingag Police Station while waiting for the commitment order from issuing court.

Pagadian City – A suspect wanted for attempted kidnapping and serious illegal detention was arrested by elements of Pagadian City Police Station in Balangasan Bridge, Barangay Balangasan, at about 6:00 PM of February 16, 2015. Police Superintendent Glenn Macario Dulawan, Pagadian City Police Chief, identified the arrested man as Pantaleon Cadungog Jr., 50, resident of said place. The suspect has a pending warrant of arrest under Criminal Case No. 11948-2k15 with bail bond fixed at Php 100,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Benjamin Lanzaderas, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 22, Pagadian City dated February 12, 2015. Cadungog is presently detained at Pagadian City Police Station while waiting for court adjudication.

Zamboanga Del Sur - A man wanted for attempted homicide was arrested by elements of Kumalarang Police Station in Barangay Suminalum, Kumalarang at about 8:30 AM of February 17, 2015. Police Inspector Leonel Roncesvalles - Kumalarang Police Chief, identified the suspect as Nonie Sigba y Ambongan. He was arrested based on a warrant filed under CC No. 1752-k and with recommended bail bond of Php 12,000.00, issued by Presiding Judge Norlinda R. Amante-Descallar of 13th MCTC Kumalarang-Lakewood-Bayog 9th Judicial Region. Suspect is temporarily detained at said police station while awaiting commitment order from court.

Robbery Suspect, 1 Other Arrested in Dapitan, Baliguian

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul and PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte - A man charged for violation of Presidential Decree 705 of Section 69 as amended by PD 1559 was arrested by elements of Baliguian Police Station during an operation against wanted person in Sitio Tapan, Brgy Kilalaban at about 4:40 PM of February 15, 2015. Joel Sumaga y Andilan was arrested by virtue of arrest warrant docketed under Criminal Case Number 57 issued by Judge Reubin Maraon of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 27. Suspect is detained at Baliguian MPS for proper disposition.

Dapitan City – Zamboanga del Norte - A joint operation made by Dapitan City Police Station, personnel of CIDT and intelligence operatives of PRO9 Regional Intelligence Division conducted a manhunt operation in Barangay Aseñero at about 12:15 PM on February 15, 2015. Rico Baes y Bihod was arrested based on the warrant of arrest for robbery docketed under Criminal Case Number 16778 with recommended bail bond of Php 100,000.00 issued by Judge Rogelio D. Laquihon of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 6. Suspect is temporarily detained at Dapitan CPS for proper disposition.

Piñan PNP Arrests Robbery Suspect, 2 Guns Seized

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul and PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte – The on-duty investigator of Piñan Police Station responded to a call made by the chairman of Brgy. Silano regarding a man involved in a robbery incident armed with a gun who was spotted in their village.

Piñan MPS and Silano village officials proceeded to the area and arrested Renante Naranjo y Obligado for possession of a homemade caliber .22 rifle and caliber .22 pistol with live ammunitions, as well as the stolen items. Barangay officials identified the items as the ones stolen from Silano Elementary School which was reportedly ransacked on November 30, 2014. Suspects and recovered items including the firearms were placed under the custody of Piñan MPS for the filing of appropriate cases against the suspect.

43 join workshop on biogas tech

By Cherry Cadiz (DA-9)

Forty-three participants joined in the recent two-day workshop on Biogas Technology using Plastic Drum conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Agri-Pinoy Livestock program, agricultural technicians, farmers, veterinarians and other interested individuals from Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Isabela City and Zamboanga City.

During the workshop, Edgardo B. Tabal, DA-Operations chief, stressed on the importance of learning of alternative sources for fuel nowadays. He said, “thisbiogas technology can save us from buying and spending for fuel, and eventually this can also be our source of livelihood.”

The second-day of the workshop gathered the participants to DA-Small Ruminants Center in Pamucutan, Zamboanga City to see the actual demonstration on the preparation and installation of biogas using plastic drum. Mr. Butch Rodavia, a biogas user and installer demonstrated the proper way and safer way to install the biogas drum. He was trained and certified by the Bureau of Animal Industry in Manila and has been conducting actual demonstrations for Biogas technology. After the demonstration, the participants were taken to a short field tour to three sites to also see the different types of biogas digester in Barangays. Manicahan, Putik and Pasonanca, Zamboanga City.

One of the owners, Msgr. Chito Araneta said that since they have been into swine raising for many years, he thought of putting up a biogas digester in his piggery as suggested by the DA two years ago. Araneta became one of the first recipients of the Tubular Poly-Ethylene Digester (TPED) of the DA-Livestock program. Araneta said, “it has since given good results; we have saved so much on fuel. We don’t buy liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). And it is also good that this area will become a showcase or model for other farmers or those interested to visit and see that biogas can work and is good.”

Noel Latoza of Manicahan, Zamboanga City has a more highly made biogas digester. His biogas has been in place for more than five years and has upgraded his technology using concrete casing and a combination of tubular poly-ethylene and plastic drums. Latoza said that initially he was only interested in using the animal wastes as liquid fertilizer but eventually he decided to put up a biogas since he maintained a piggery in this area.

A biogas is a mixture of gases produced from agricultural wastes, animal manure and other green wastes. The TPED or Tubular Poly-ethylene Digester is a low cost biogas technology which converts animal wastes by anaerobic fermentation inside the tubular plastic to produce methane for fuel.

In the closing program of the workshop, the participants expressed their gratitude to the Department for the opportunity in learning about biogas technology and the many saving tips from using the kind of technology. Mr. Joseph Alba, one of the participants also shared his impression on the training saying “thank you and perhaps when we all go back to our respective places, we can share to our neighbors what we learned from here.”

Julgacion Rubio, DA’s focal person on biogas technology said that from the short training workshop, she hopes that there will eventually be biogas technology that will be seen in the different municipalities and provinces since the DA has given them the face-to-face experience in the training to let them see and believe that biogas is possible. “DA will provide assistance to those who are interested in putting up a biogas technology,” she said.

Among those who also joined the workshop were City Veterinarian Dr. Mario D. Arriola, Dr. ArcadioCavan and DA-AEPD Asst Chief Dr. Francisco Geromo, DA-Pamucutan Small Ruminants Center Head Joel Larrachoea and Fr. Rey Francisco.

DAR-ZN turns-over SRI equipment, mallard ducks to DPIA

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

DIPOLOG CITY, Feb. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Zamboanga del Norte has recently turned-over System of Rice Intensification (SRI) equipment and 980 mallard ducks to the Dipolog-Polanco Irrigators Association (DPIA) at Upper Turno this city.

DAR allocated P993,715 for the SRI subproject through its ARCP2, which is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), inclusive of training for farmer-beneficiaries from Dec. 9, 2014 to March 24, 2015.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Moh. Dassan J. Adju disclosed that Zamboanga del Norte had received the biggest allocation among provinces because “they have seen our efforts and cooperation from the local government units (LGUs), farmers and the community.”

Meanwhile, City Agriculturist Jose Kerr Porlas said that the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte and the city government of Dipolog would give the DPIA additional 600 and 2,000 mallard ducks, respectively.

These mallard duck, locally known as “itik” are intended to control pests in the rice fields and for “balot-making” to give the farmers addidtional income.

The beneficiaries were given also five pieces of mechanical weeder and three pieces of 10-kilogram weighing scales.

For her part, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy told the farmer-beneficiaries “Dipolog will have more irrigated rice fields with the help of the national government and our counterpart funds.”

DTI holds fish, fish products industry forum in Dipolog

(FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY – Bottled sardines manufacturers and processors as well as dried fish suppliers were gathered at the Top Plaza Hotel here Wednesday for a forum organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the fish and fish products cluster.

Assistant Regional Director Joseph Florig of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-9 presented to the participants the benefits from selling fresh fish rather than dried fish.

Florig also asked the fish industry stakeholders not to catch small white sardinella locally known as “tamban” fish explaining that the fish vendors could have more supply if they would wait for the right time.

In the same gathering, industry cluster regional coordinator Engr. Rolando G. Acuna presented the 2015 Industry Cluster Development Plan 2015.

He also said: “DTI plans to conduct personal financial literacy and management seminar workshop for the stakeholders in fish industry and that part of the development plan is the creation and administration of a facebook page in order to advertise and market their fish products.”

Moreover, the action plan also provides the stakeholders with strategies and policies as well as access to finance and market to improve productivity and efficiency, and to strengthen the business management.

“The government is here to finance your trainings and seminars, all you have to do is to sit down, absorb, internalize, adopt and put into practice what you have learned,” Acuna stressed.

Representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also attended the said forum.

Another top fugitive nabbed in Zamboanga Norte

By Bong Garcia

ONE of the top three most wanted criminals in the province of Zamboanga del Norte has been arrested, police reported Monday.

Senior Inspector Manolo Echem, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte police chief, identified the arrested wanted person as Rogelio Teves, 54.

Echem said Teves, who is wanted for murder, is the number three most wanted person in the town of Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur.

Teves was arrested Saturday in Barangay Datagan, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

J. Dalman PNP Raids Tari-tari

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

Jose Dalman, Zamboanga Del Norte – Operatives of Jose Dalman Police Station acted upon a tip-off from a barangay informant about an illegal cockfighting locally known as “tari-tari” at Sitio Diongan, Siparok at about 4:30 PM of February 10, 2015.

The violators involved scampered away and evaded apprehension, leaving two dead fighting cocks with gaffs and eight more live fighting cocks in the area. All recovered fowls and gaffs were brought to Jose Dalman MPS for proper disposition.

3 Nabbed in ZC and Dipolog Drug Buy Busts

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul and PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

Dipolog City - CAIDSOTF operatives of Dipolog City Police Station, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, conducted a drug buy-bust operation in Purok Santan, Lower Turno at about 9:30 PM on February 6, 2015. This resulted in the arrest of Pedro Vergara y Fuentes for possession of two big plastic sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu, marked money and drug-related materials. Markings and inventory were witnessed by representatives from the Department of Justice, officials of Barangay Turno and media. Suspect and confiscated items were placed under the custody of Dipolog CPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - Three sachets of suspected shabu and marked money were recovered from Romero Saavedra y Hernandez during a buy-bust operation of Tetuan Police Station in Narra Drive, Barangay Tugbungan at about 1:10 PM of February 6, 2015. Suspect and confiscated items are under the custody of Tetuan PS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - Personnel of Vitali Police Station conducted a drug buy-bust operation in Vitali Central School, Barangay Vitali at about 8:30 PM on February 7, 2015, that resulted in the arrest of Mark Ryan Mediana y Arcillas wherein a sachet of suspected shabu, drug-related materials and marked money were recovered from him. Suspect is detained at Vitali PS for proper disposition.

1 Nabbed for Illegal Possession of Ammo in J. Dalman, 7 Wanted Men Cuffed in ZC

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul and PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte - A manhunt operation was conducted by Jose Dalman Police Station in Barangay Poblacion, at about 12:30 PM of February 6, 2015 with the help of the Eye in the Barangay. This resulted in the arrest of a wanted person identified as Joy Boy G. Gumenta for illegal possession of ammunition docketed under Criminal Case Number S-4915 with Php 80,000.00 recommended bail bond issued by Judge Reymar L. Lacaya of RTC Branch 11. Suspect is detained at Jose Dalman PS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - A joint manhunt operation was conducted by Tampilisan and Curuan Police Station in Sitio Presa, Barangay Curuan at about 1:00 PM of February 6, 2015. This resulted in the arrest for Rolando Dadan Mandate for an estafa case docketed under Criminal Case Number 2569 with Php 6,000.00 recommended bail bond, issued by Judge Alejandro T. Canda of MCTC. Suspect was arrested through the information given by a concerned citizen. Suspect is detained at Tampilisan MPS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - Elements of Tetuan Police Station led by SPO1 Rogel G. Estandian arrested Maria Ena Rojas y Craft at about 3:00 PM on February 6, 2015. This is based on the warrant of arrest for estafa with Criminal Case Number 29897 with a recommended bail bond of Php 24,000.00, issued by Judge Catherine C. Fabian of RTC Branch 16.

Zamboanga City - Two separate operations by Sta. Maria Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Mohamar R. Mariwa resulted in the arrest of two suspects with different cases charged against them. Suspects were identified as Mergrace Gonzaga y Anciano, charged with estafa (Art. 3(1-b) of RPC) and Miguel Mas y Enriquez, a wanted for libel case. Suspects are detained at Sta. Maria PS for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - A warrant of arrest was served to Aharaya Jaidi a.k.a. “Ahang” and Iyong Aliul by the Sinunuc Police Station in Barangay Caragasan at about 10:00 PM on February 6, 2015. Both suspects were arrested based on the warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case Number 6337-3316 issued by Judge Leojay Principe. Another operation was conducted by this police station that resulted in the arrest of Abdulmadz Jaidi Ammad for a murder case. Suspect was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case Number 6337-3316 issued by Judge Principe. Said suspect was turned-over to Maluso MPS in Basilan province for proper disposition.

Zamboanga City - Tetuan Police Station arrested Ritchie Araneta y Salvador during a manhunt operation against wanted person in Barangay Manicahan at about 12:15 PM on February 6, 2015. Suspect is charged with homicide docketed under Criminal Case No. 29986 with Php 40,000.00 recommended bail bond issued by Judge Catherine C. Fabian of RTC.

Zampen joins 25th Civil Registration Month celebration

By PINSP DAHLAN T SAMUDDIN with report from PO2 Radzben S Jul and PO3 Jessica DT Sarsalejo (RPIO9)

This February 2015, the whole nation will once celebrate the Civil Registration Month (CRM) with the theme, “ Sama Ka sa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Groupie”.

The celebration was conducted pursuant to Proclamation No. 682 entitled “Declaring the month of February of every year as Civil Registration Month “ (CRM) issued last January 28, 1991 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. Since then, the annual observance of the said event is spearheaded by the former National Statistics Office (NSO), which is now part of the newly organized Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) by virtue of Republic Act No. 10625 signed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino as a law last September 12, 2013. The law merges four (4) statistical agencies in the government namely: the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) into one statistical agency now called the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The annual observance of CRM aims to remind the citizenry of their duty to register all acts and events concerning status of persons and at the same time to increase nationwide awareness and appreciation of the legal, administrative and statistical values of civil registry documents such as births, marriage and deaths certificates and all other registrable events such as legal instruments and court decisions. This year’s Civil Registration Month Celebration focuses on the launching of the Decade of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) from 2015-2025 adopting the theme “Sama ka sa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Groupie ”.

In line with the celebration, the newly appointed PSA National Statistician and Civil Registrar-General, Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, issued a memorandum enjoining all PSA Field Offices and local civil registry offices nationwide to organize activities to commemorate and to highlight the month-long celebration. In the Zamboanga Peninsula Region, the observance will be spearheaded by the PSA Region IX, under the leadership of its Interim Regional Director, Ronaldo C. Taghap in collaboration with its PSA Provincial Offices and all City/Municipal Civil Registrars in the region.

The 25th CRM observance in Zamboanga Peninsula Region will formally start on February 5, 2015 through a Motorcade and Opening Ceremony to be held at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province. Hon. Wilter Yap Palma, Governor of the Province of Zambonga Sibugay will be the guest speaker while IRD Taghap will also speak and discuss some updates on civil registration to all the civil registration stakeholders who are invited to witness the event. After the opening ceremony, the PSA along with the Region Nine Association of Civil Registrars (RNACRI) will hold their quarterly conference.

Moreover, among the other activities that will be undertaken in the whole month of February in connection of the celebration include the hanging of streamer/tarpaulin in the conspicuous place, civil registration quiz/trivia to customers and clients, Information campaign activity and symposium in selected schools/colleges/universities in the region, training on new civil registration laws for civil registration stakeholders, and mass wedding or “kasalang bayan”. To strengthen the advocacies on civil registration related concerns, the “PSA El Ustedes Servidor”, a radio program of PSA Region IX will continue to be aired every Friday from 9:00-10:00 A.M. over radio station DXMR, Radyo ng Bayan with some special guest from different agencies to tackle civil registration issues.

The system of Civil Registration in the Philippines was established on February 27, 1931 through the enactment of Act 3753 of which the law requires the continuous and compulsory recording of all vital events like births, deaths, marriages, court decrees and all other acts and events concerning the civil status of persons.

For more information and other details on the conduct of the regional CRM activities, you may contact the Civil Registration and Support Division (CRASD) under its Interim Chief, Ms. Adelaida S. Cuarte at telephone number (063) 990-1379 or at email address: psareg9@gmail.com.

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