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Feature: Four queens to help boost Pagadian's economy

PAGADIAN CITY- To provide guests a calm, modest, charm and cozy ambiance, a well-refurbished 1,700 sq. meter hotel was opened in barangay Bulatok here.

The hotel, named ‘four queens’ after the owner and her three daughters: Princess, Vanessa, and Paulline, has two (2) elegant and fully-air conditioned function halls, swimming pool, green house (a garden wedding and reception venue), and a videoke bar.

It has superior, comfortable, elegant, clean and fully-air conditioned rooms with flat screen cable television and hot-and cold water shower rooms where some rooms have private balcony, with spectacular view of the pool area. All rooms are at affordable rates.

To provide an ideal venue for conferences, training, seminars, and assessment meetings, the Empress hall equipped with an LCD projector, a state-of-the art audio visual equipment and Wi-fi internet access which can accommodate 100-200 persons, is ready to serve. It has also Duchess hall, an open air hall beside the pool fully equipped with audio-visual facilities and wireless internet connection which can house comfortably 50-100 persons.

The owner, civil engineer Jocelyn P. Hinoguin, said she did not expect that a resort will be constructed in the area saying that her original planned was to put up a building for the regional offices to rent but she opted to launched a profitable and long-term business -- a resort.

Hinoguin said the existing building was converted into a hotel on July 2008 and completed on October this year.

The facade and traditions of the building were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travellers the kind of comfort they'd expect

Hinoguin said renovation project costed about P20-M.

“I did not spend so much more money because it was me who personally supervised the construction of engineering aspects of the building,” Hinoguin said who has been engaged in construction of buildings with his late husband and contractor Paul Hinoguin for more than a decade.

Hinoguin said what is unique in the hotel is that they will offer and serve to all its hotel guests an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, one of the world’s great cuisines. “The food will be prepared by chef hired from Cebu City, who is an expert in preparing the cuisine,” Hinoguin added.

“We offer an unforgettable experience to all our guests with the staff’s great hospitality,” Hinoguin said saying that it’s not only the delicious food that would attract the visitors but the Filipino’s warm hospitality that is deeply embedded by them.

Another special feature from the resort are the beauty of the lush garden and the beautiful and natural swimming pool for an outdoor wedding celebration which have never been conducted in any of the hotels in the city, Hinoguin proudly said.

A wedding package of free hotel accommodation and bridal car will be offered to those who would plan to hold the wedding reception party at their resort.

A free, safe, secure and convenient parking space will be offered also to their guests for the duration of their stay.

Hinoguin said the existence of their establishment now has offered employment opportunities to the residents of the city, since it did not give competitive salaries and benefits yet to their employees because it operates for less than a month.

At present, the resort has a total number of 26 employees some of whom are hotel and restaurant management graduates and graduates of 4-year courses.

“The good quality of foods and excellent services are our trademarks that we can be proud of in attracting travelers and visitors who will visit the new tourism-related establishment in the city,” Hinoguin concluded.

Meanwhile, city tourism officer-in-charge Judith Jugaraap said the existence of good quality hotel such as the four queens will help boost the city’s economy, create jobs and will add to the attraction of Pagadian as well as a place to do business.

Jugaraap said four queens hotel is the 14th hotel constructed in the city.

The tourism officer encouraged the management to apply an online accreditation with the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office so that the hotel will be part of the established network of trusted and recognized tourism-oriented establishments of the department.

“After they have applied for their accreditation, they will be classified as to what type of hotel and be issued a sticker. We can recommend also the hotel to our visitors,” Jugaraap added.

1st Mindanao Scouts Jamboree kicks-off in Pagadian City

PAGADIAN CITY- The First Mindanao Scouts Jamboree was formally opened on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 with a parade of participating contingents at the city’s main streets.

The Jamboree bears the theme: SCOUTS: “Building Tomorrow Today.”

During the opening program at the Grand Arena, Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government Center, Dao, this city, Jose Rizal C. Pangilinan, Secretary General of Boy Scouts of the Philippines, exhorted the boy scout participants to be good example of advocates of peace as they are the hope of the nation’s future.

He disclosed that just recently, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the World Organization of the scout movement launched its project called “Messenger of Peace.” The project aimed at inviting scouts from all over the world to spread the meaning of Peace by putting it into practice so that every individual or every scout members will find happiness in themselves and in their respective communities.

This Jamboree, being the first ever of its kind – that advocates peace shall be linked to that project to achieve its objectives. Let us be “ambassadors of peace” and spread the good meaning of peace is all about, Pangilinan stressed.

“Scouting is not just for fun, scouting is education for life,” Pangilinan concluded his message.

Some 10,000 boy and senior scouts from 29 Boy Scout Councils in Mindanao participated in the first ever Mindanao-wide jamboree.

Capacity building training for parent leaders in Labangan and RM concluded

PAGADIAN CITY– The 3-day capacity building training for parent leaders (PLs) of Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Labangan and Ramon Magsaysay was already completed over the weekend.

Provincial link Envangeline Poquita said the training for the PLs of said munciplaities conducted on November 15-18 at pringland Resort, here.

Poquita said the training was the last batch under set 4b municipalities.

The training aimed at capacitating the PLs as partners of municipal links (MLs) in the implementation of the program in the municipal level, Poquita explained.

The participants were equipped with the knowledge on the 3 systems, namely: the grievance, compliance and monitoring ,and update system,”

Poquita admitted that with the large numbers of 4Ps beneficiaries in the province, MLs had the difficulty of supervising and monitoring the compliance of the beneficiaries on the conditionalities of the program. “The role of the PLs, is indeed very vital in the successful implementation of the program,” Poquita added.

However, the provincial link said there will be another set of training scheduled this year for those PLs who were absent saying that they immediately replaced PLs who failed to attend said training.

It has been the policy of the agency to train the untrained PLs for them to effectively assist MLs in the implementation of the program, Poquita added.

To date, the total number of trained PLs reached to 3,419 where 1,081 of whom from 1st district and 2,338 from the 2nd district.

LGU-Bayog holds expanded MDC meeting

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur– The local government unit (LGU) of Bayog, this province under the leadership of Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa, Jr. held an Expanded Municipal Development Council meeting on Monday, November 21 at the municipal gymnasium.

The meeting was aimed at prioritizing the sub-projects to be implemented under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS). The barangay people were also trained to artistically display their sub-project title, barangay road map and problem tree.

Mayor Babasa in his message delivered by Celso Matias said “barangays shall not be dismayed if in case they could not avail of the KC sub-project.” He assured them that their projects will be accommodated in the 20% Local Development Fund in the next calendar year.

In attendance were the members of the Municipal Development Council together with the Barangay Volunteers for the Makamasang Tugon project of the 28 barangays of this municipality. MT personnel and community facilitators, and Engr. Henry Lanipa, Roving Coordinator, DSWD Field Office IX based in Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, the local Makamasang Tugon is composed of Engr. Cerilo B. Carcueva, Executive Assistant I; Arsenio B. Cabilin, Municipal Registrar, and Mario A. Baterna, Municipal Local Government Officer and concurrent chairman and is tasked to qualify the results of prioritization based on the following criteria: sustainability of the sub-project – 25%, supply – 50%, and 4Ps – 25%.

DPWH hires Pantawid beneficiaries

PAGADIAN CITY– Nine (9) beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Zamboanga City were recently hired by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX Regional Director Teodulo R. Romo, Jr. disclosed.

Romo said the hiring was an offshoot of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by both national agencies in recognition of the need to converge efforts to alleviate the plight of the poorest of the poor.

Accordingly, the hired beneficiaries will be assigned in the maintenance department which is task to conduct maintenance works along the national roads in the city and shall received their wages according to the provisions in the MOA.

Meanwhile, Director Romo also revealed that collaborations are still going on with other national and local agencies to include the private organizations to explore possible employment for these beneficiaries with the end goal of augmenting their daily income and increasing their capability to carry out their roles as responsible parents and contributor to nation-building.

1 person missing, 60 hectares of farmland damaged in Kumalarang floods

PAGADIAN CITY– A day after heavy floods deluged six barangays of Kumalarang, this province on Thursday evening, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) made an immediate site visit and assessment on the affected areas.

Municipal planning and development coordinator Allel Tabiado said MDRRMC chairman Mayor Allan Damas led the assessment team and visited barangays Boyugan East, Diplo, Gawil, Poblacion, Salagmanok, and Sicade.

Tabiado said the MDRRMC has noticed severe damage to agricutureal areas and few houses in barangays Gawil and Poblacion, respectively.

In Poblacion, Tabiado said an estimated 50 hectares of rice farmland and one hanging bridge were severely damaged while in Gawil, 5 houses were swamped by the floods, 10 hectares were damaged, and an undetermined number of animals drowned and died.

In Salagmanok, a Kahayag, Lakewood resident whose surname is identified as ‘Sempay”, went missing while crossing the bridge and is believed to be carried-out by the strong current of flood waters, Tabiado reported.

Tabiado said municipal social welfare and development officer Phoebe Mamhot has recommended to the chief executive to give financial assistance of P10,000 each from the calamity fund to the owners of the houses in Gawil.

Meanwhile, the chief executive asked the public to be vigilant in case of emergency to save lives and prevent damage to properties.

Coco coir consultative meeting help promote coconut industry

PAGADIAN CITY– Today’s consultative meeting is an opportunity for us to find out the different problems and help promote coconut industry in the region.

Thus, declared Philippine Coconut Industry (PCA9) regional manager Bal F. Faustino on Wednesday during the coco coir consultative meeting held at Bay Plaza Hotel here.

Speaking before the stakeholders, Faustino said the activity that the regional offices of PCA and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have conducted is an avenue where said agencies with the stakeholders will sit down and work out for the implementation of program that would help promote the coconut industry in the region.

“This is just a start of our activity which would need a collaboration and support from all concerned agencies and its stakeholders,” Faustino said.

DTI regional director Nazrullah Manzur said President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has pushed for the development of coconut industry in the country when the coconut water drink, now the leading brand in America was patronized and endorsed by entertainment personalities like Madonna, Demi Moore, and others during his 5-day official visit to US.

Manzur said the secretaries of Department of Agriculture (DA) Proceso Alcala and DTI Gregory Domingo received their official marching orders from the president to develop and promote the coconut industry saying that it is the mainstay of the Philippine economy.

“This is a kick-off activity where PCA, DTI, DOST and other agencies will look into the coconut industry seriously as potential industry for region 9,” Manzur said.

Manzur said the consultation was very timely adding that the agencies and stakeholders will sit together and come up with a work plan for the industry.

The DTI chief said their agency will now focus on the development of the coco coir and coco pit saying that it was the specific directive that he received from the secretary.

Manzur said the DTI who normally takes care of the marketing will immediately look into this for us to market our coconut products especially the coco coir and coco pit.

After a work plan will be crafted a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be forged between the DTI, PCA, DOST, FIDA and stakeholders to show support of the government’s program on the development of the coconut industry, Manzur concluded.

Among those who were present during the event were Philippine coco coir export producers association manager Raul Duque and DTI asst. regional director Sitti Amina Jain.

DSWD releases P625M for social pension program for indigent seniors

PAGADIAN CITY- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P625,320,000 as of October 31 for the social pension program for indigent senior citizens in all regions, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

As of November 4, 2011, a total of 107,431 senior citizens or 77% of the 138,960 beneficiaries for 2011 are now receiving their P500 monthly stipend from DSWD.

The social pension program is provided under Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (ESCA) of 2010.

The law prioritizes indigent senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without any regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private institutions.

Priority beneficiaries of the social pension this year are senior citizens aged 77 years old and above. The list of beneficiaries came from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD, which is the database identifying who and where the poor are.

The qualified senior citizens who are not included in the NHST-PR date were also considered as replacement to those non-qualified and delisted senior citizens due to death or transfer of residence.

“We hope that next year (2012) more indigent senior citizens can be provided with the P500 monthly pension by the government with the approval of the 2012 DSWD proposed budget,” Secretary Dinky Soliman said.

The DSWD has a proposed budget of P1.2 Billion for 2012 to benefit some 185,914 indigent senior citizens, or 46,954 more than this year’s 138,960 beneficiaries.

PCNHS students support tree planting program of RMN

PAGADIAN CITY– Carrying seedlings of falcatta and mahogany and armed with bolos, the 180 junior students of the Pagadian City National High School (PCNHS), Danlugan walked past in the exceedingly wet and slippery road going to the tree planting site in Purok Gabi Uno to participate the synchronized tree planting activity of Radio Mo Nationwide (RMN) dubbed “Reverde Ako: Tutulong Ako” on Friday.

PNCHS principal Dindo Barce said their school as one of the two (2) identified schools by the RMN dxPR to participate the tree planting activity has been actively participating the activity to save the world and help sustain the environment.

The identified schools are the PCNHS and Lala National High School of barangay Lala.

Barce said there were 1,200 seedlings planted in the site, 1,000 of whom are falcatta and 200 are mahogany.

Barce said each student was required to plant 6 seedlings. “We did not only teach them to plant trees but to take special care for their survival, Barce said adding that the students will place also tree guard to protect the trees from animals.

“We encouraged them to monitor the growth of the trees as the tree planting activity will be included their Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) subject to make sure that all the trees planted be taken cared of,” Barce added.

Barce said this is the second time that PNCHS supported tree planting activity, the first was during the Science Club month on September this year where all senior students joined the activity. Meanwhile, Barangay Councilor Daniel Carumba was very happy that his farm lot was chosen to be the site of the activity.

“Dako nako nga kalipay nga napili ang akong uma nga dapit kapahigayonan sa maong kalalihokan tungod kay ako nagsuporta usab sa programa sa nasudnong kagamhanan nga mao ang pagpananom sa kahoy ( I am very happy that my farm lot was chosen to be the site for the activity because I am supporting also the tree planting program of the national government),” Carumba said.

DOH-CHD9 conducts trainer’s training on CHT

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  • By: Gideon C. Corgue
  • November 09, 2011

PAGADIAN CITY– In order to determine whether the ‘Kalusugan Pangkalahatan’ (KP) was implemented effectively in barangays, the Department of Health-Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD)IX conducted 2-day Trainers’ training on Community Health Team (CHT) at Hotel Guillermo here.

Trainor’s resource speaker Dr. Agnes Mabolo said the department ensures that President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s health agenda: “achieving universal health care for all Filipinos” will be implemented in order that the health care needs of the poor Filipinos will be properly addressed.

The training, Mabolo said which was attended by the municipal health officers, public health nurses (to include the nurses working at RN Heals program) , and municipal links from the inter-local health zones in Dumanquillas and Yllana bays hopes to update the data on health saying that they data we usually relied was on 2002 which is 8 years delayed and at the same time provide health services especially to the poorest of the poor.

Mabolo said the participants were given information on the ‘KP’ adding that after they were trained they will be the one to educate the barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars in their respective localities for the people most especially with less income to enroll of the Universal Health Program like that of PhilHealth.

“The CHT will conduct the same training in their respective localities on December and by January next year, the trained volunteers will go to the National Household Targetting System (NHTS) families and help promote KP program,” Mabolo added.

The CHT, Mabolo said will help encourage poor families to access public health by visiting the health center saying that there are families who are ashamed of visiting the health center because they have no formal clothes and slippers to wear.

“We want to remove that negative mentality. We will show to them that we are giving them our sincere service. We will bring ourselves closer to the people,” Mabolo concluded.

The training was conducted simultaneously in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur on the following schedules: November 8-9, 10-11 and 15-16 where speakers from DOH-CHD9 assigned to deliver lecture in the said provinces.

Public Services

MOLAVE, Zamboanga del Sur— The new welcome arch and streetlights in this town are more than civic infrastructure projects. It’s the fruit of two years of collaboration between the municipal government and the townspeople in meeting the challenge of increasing local revenue streams.

"It used to be so dark, and there would be petty theft and motor accidents, but no longer,” said Reylen Balus, a village health worker.

Molave, with a population of some 45,000 is one of a dozen Mindanao municipalities that are using local revenue streams as permitted under the Local Government Code of 1991, to generate more public funds with which to provide better services to their constituents.

ZamboSur police investigators undergo criminal investigation course

PAGADIAN CITY– To enhance the skills of police investigators, a 45-day Criminal Investigation Course (CIC) was conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on October 25-December 10, 2011 at the Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office’s conference room, Camp Abelon here.

Provincial director P/Sr. Supt. Jose Bayani L. Gucela said 61 police investigators from Zamboanga del Sur are expected to have competencies before they are assigned in an investigative assignments. “ They should possess full theoretical background in the conduct of investigation so that cases will be filed in the court will prosper,” Gucela explained.

PNP regional office 9’s course director Mark Azur said the conduct of the CIC was in compliance with the letter of instruction (LOI) from the national headquarters ordering all investigators to undergo formal training in criminal investigation noting that there are many incompetent investigators in the institution.

The course, Azur said seeks to develop competent field investigators and to further hone their investigative capability especially those who possesses the skills to handle proper crime incident investigation resulting to its immediate resolution.

The course is divided in four (4) modules wherein the participants will be exposed in General Subjects, Laws and Jurisprudence, Investigative Procedures and Court Practices. Students must have to undergo 360 training hours to complete the course and be considered graduates,” Azur said.

“The participants will also undergo a mock trial to evaluate their learning during the 45-day course,” Azur added.

Investigator SPO4 Juvic Aballe of ZSPPO’s investigation division said in his first 10 days in the training he learned a lot of things specially in preparing investigation plan.

“I appreciate Provincial Director Gucela and the regional investigation training staff for jointly conducting this course ,” Aballe said. “The course has provided us the complete and detailed knowledge in doing investigation in our respective area of responsibilities,” Aballe added.

“This course greatly helped us (investigators) and the aspiring investigators who have not undergone formal training on criminal investigation,” Aballe said.

Aballe said he started doing the work of an investigator since 1997 and admitted that he has no formal training saying that the skills that he acquired is only thru experience. “I underwent few seminars on investigation but not like this where the course is intensive and the lessons are comprehensive,” Aballe added.

An aspiring investigator POI Kristyl Camansi of the ZSPPO said she is very grateful that she was given the opportunity to attend the training. In more than a week, were trained on how to prepare investigation plan for us to make the investigation easy, Camansi said who has been with the service for one and a half year.

“ In this course you will be given an idea and direction and how to conduct a speedy impartial investigation using appropriate steps so that the cases will be filed immediately in the court”, Camansi said.

The CIC’s speakers/lecturers were from the PNP9’s investigation division, Crime Laboratory, Department of Justice, and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

DTI’s search for cleanest establishments inspire owners to maintain cleanliness

PAGADIAN CITY- The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) annual search for cleanest establishments has encouraged establishment owners and managers to maintain cleanliness.

Mardale Hotel’s manager Rose Bolotaolo on Friday’s culmination program of consumer welfare month celebration at ZAMSURECO-I function hall said the search has encouraged them to promote cleanliness saying that the role of tourism-related establishments is not only to give better service to their customers but cleanliness as well.

Mardale Hotel who operated for less than a year with 64 rooms, 3 function halls, and 45 employees was adjudged first prize winner in the hotel and restaurant category (local) and received plaque of recognition.

Bolataolo said the award they received is the beginning of better service.

“Dako kaayong garbo namo pagkadawat ning maong pasidungog. Mao ni ang sinugdanan sa among maayo nga serbisyo ug ang among dungog nga naangkon amo kini nga ipalahutay. Paningkamutan namo nga sa tanang panahon limpyo ang among hotel (We are extremely proud to receive this honour. This is the beginning of our better service and we treasure the award that we received. We will do our best to maintain cleanliness in our hotel),” Bolotaolo proudly said.

Bolotaolo said the search pushed them to practice cleanliness. “This is not only for our hotel’s benefit but also for the for the benefit of all tourism-related establishments in Pagadian,” Bolataolo added.

Julie’s bakeshop owner/franchisee Dolores Francisco said she was elated that her establishment was adjudged first prize winner in bakeshop (franchise category) saying that her bakeshop joined the annual search for awhile but garnered 2nd and 3rd place only.

“Sa among kadaugan karon maningkamot gyud mi nga makahatag ug maayo nga serbisyo sa among customers. Ang among tumong karon mao ang pagmentenar sa standard sa kalmpyo sa among establisimiento (With this award, we will do our best to provide excellent service to our customers. Our goal now is to maintain the standard of cleanliness in our establishment),” Francisco explained.

Francisco believes that when cleanliness is maintained, the sales will also increase. “We are providing satisfaction to our customers and that satisfaction is through our cleanest and tastiest bread,” Francsico added.

Best emporium fast food supervisor Eva Ansag said the award that they received as first prize winner in the fast food category was achieved thru the active involvement and cooperation of the staff.

“Nalipay gyud mi tungod kay nakita namo ang bunga sa among pagpanglimpyo sa establisimiento ug mao ang pasidungog nga naangkon namo ( We are very happy that the cleanliness that we do has certainly bear fruits – and that is the award that we received),” Ansag said.

Ansag said that they do cleaning not only everyday but almost every hour just to make sure that the foods being prepared in the kitchen are clean.

The search for cleanest establishments is an annual search conducted by the DTI provincial office in coordination with the Pagadian City Consumers Association Inc. and ConumerNet during the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month every month of October. The search started in 1988 up to present.

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