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Federalism in the Philippines is simply a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State. Bangsamoro is POISON. Religion must never rule supreme over any region, province, city, municipality or barangay. All religions must be treated equally.
The Philippine government must STOP FINANCING Islam.

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To have an Islamic State in a Non-Islamic federal form of government invites CHAOS and or possibly later secession from the country. India, USA, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina are some of the countries with the federal form of government. Issues with Islam exist but so far not one of them has a Muslim state. Because they know that it will only lead to chaos. Yet the Philippines tempts this Bangsamoro State idea. Learn from the mistake of Russia. They did this, and is now miserably paying the price. Religion and Government must be kept separate. Doesn't the Philippine legislature understand this? Or possibly the legislature of the Philippines was "bought and paid for" by the Muslim advocates and the Political Dynasty advocates?

Soldiers of the Philippines, you are at war with the Islamic Terrorists in Mindanao. These terrorists are MOROS or MUSLIMS.
The government of the Philippines is financing these Moros/Muslims, and here you are being shot at and killed by these Moros who are financed by the Philippine government.

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Zamboanga City donates P40-M worth of armchairs

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

THE Zamboanga City Government has donated 44,000 monobloc armchairs worth more or less P40 million to the Department of Education (DepEd) through the City Schools Division Office.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led the turnover of the donated chairs held on Tuesday, August 15, at the gymnasium of the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School.

Schools Division Superintendent Felix Roy Triambulo and Assistant Superintendent Julieto Fernandez accepted the donation on behalf of DepEd.

Salazar said the armchairs will be distributed to all public elementary and secondary schools in this city, particularly the highly populated schools with huge shortage of armchairs.

This, she stressed, is in line with her administration’s priority thrust on education, being a component of the She Program for Security, Health and Education.

Salazar said the city government puts premium on education as it is the key to providing the children with better future.

“Let us continue to help make our children’s future a reality today,” she said.

Salazar said her administration does not just construct school buildings and classrooms, but “we will fill them up with armchairs to address the gab.”

Through the Local School Board, the city government had appropriated initially P15.7 million for 19,625 units of armchairs for elementary schools, and P8.9 million for 11,200 armchairs for secondary schools.

Beginning this year, the City Government brings about a new design for school buildings which will allow natural light, greater ventilation and environment-friendly concept.}

PCSO-Zambo opens STL

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (TPGJR/PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The public has been urged to support the programs of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in this city.

Gloria Ibañez, PCSO department manager for Mindanao, made the call as she led Friday the launch of the Small Town Lottery (STL) operations here.

Ibañez said the public should support the STL operations in order for the PCSO to generate more funds for the government.

Ibañez said they launched the STL in response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte “to increase the funds of the government through the PCSO.”

She said the city government will receive monthly three percent revenue share from the gross sales of the local approved Authorized Agent Corporation (AAC).

The local AAC of the PCSO is the DJL1 Gaming Corp. that has established an office in Barangay Sta. Maria.

PCSO-Zamboanga branch manager Raul Regondola said that the DJL1 Gaming will be the sole AAC in this city.

Ibañez said the operation of the STL is to help the government eliminate illegal gambling and to provide decent job to the people.

Regondola said the DJL1 Gaming Corporation have employed coordinators and sale agents in the different barangays of this city.

Regondola said the establishment of the STL is to help the PCSO source out more funds for charity program of the agency.

Regondola said the opening of the STL in this city is the third here in the region.

The first was in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, which opened on June 23 and second was in Isabela City, Basilan that was launched on Thursday, August 17.

The STL draws is thrice daily; 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 9 p.m.

The DJL1 will officially start operations on Monday, August 21.}

Zambo is most improved LGU

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (TPGJR/PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The National Competitive Council (NCC) adjudged this city as “Most Improved Local Government Unit (LGU)” among 33 highly-urbanized cities in the country.

The city ranked first in this category.

The City Hall Information office said in a statement Friday that Zamboanga City also ranked fourth in “Resiliency for Highly Urbanized Cities.”

Among 145 cities nationwide, Zamboanga ranked 16th in “Overall Competitiveness” category, and 19th in terms of infrastructure projects.

The award was conferred during the 5th Regional Competitive Summit held on Wednesday at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

These awards were anchored on the “Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index,” an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities based on competitiveness framework developed by Michael Porter, which is being used in a number of global surveys on competitiveness.

The most competitive and improved local government unit (LGU) is awarded based on such indicators or measurements as economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

The NCC is a public-private sector organization in the Philippines with a mandate to promote and develop national competitiveness strategies and push for the implementation of the Action Agenda of Competitiveness and link it to the Philippine Development Plan.

The NCC is specifically directed to measure performance and provide recommendations on the following: Agri-trade logistics, anti-corruption, budget transparency, business permits and licensing system, education and human resource development, information and communication technology (ICT) governance, infrastructure, judicial system, national quality infrastructure, national single window, performance government system, and power and energy services

It is chaired by Department Trade and Industry (DTI) Sec. Ramon Lopez, with Guillermo Luz, a private sector representative, as vice-chair.

The NCC has 10 members, five of them are department secretaries--Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Education (DepEd), and the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)--and five private sector representatives.}

Child-friendly seal for Zamboanga City

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (TPGJR/PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The city government received the 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD has chosen this city as among the 33 local governmeunits (LGUs) in Region 9 to receive the child-friendly seal.

Ma. Socorro Rojas, city social welfare and development office (CSWDO) chief, received the child-friendly certificate during the policy forum headed by DSWD regionaldirector Araceli Solamillo on Wednesday.

Rojas on Friday said the award was given to LGUs that passed the annual mandatory Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA).

The DSWD first conducted the CFLGA with its 12 indicators.

The indicators included the following: increased number of children attending day-care services; reduced number of children who are victims of violence and abuse; and, absence or reduced number of child labor cases.

The other LGU-recipients of the child-friendly seal are: Buug, Imelda, Ipil and Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay province; Dapitan and Dipolog Cities, Leon Postigo, Mutia, Polanco, Rizal, and, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte; Pagadian City, Aurora, Bayog, Dumingag, Guipos, Vicenzo Sagun, Lapuyan, Lakewood, Molave, San Pablo, San Miguel, Sominot, Ramon Magsaysay, Midsalip, Pitogo, Margosatubig, Tambulig, Mahayag, Tambulig, Tabina, and Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.}

23k kids immunized in school-based program

By R. G. Antonet Go (RGAAG/PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office has already vaccinated a total of 22,914 school children in the ongoing school-based immunization program of the government.

Corazon Pagotaisidro, city health office immunization program coordinator, on Wednesday said that covered by the program are children enrolled in Grades 1, 4 and 7.

But Pagotaisidro said the immunization for Grade 4 only covered female students aged nine to 13.

Pagotaisidro said Grade 1 pupils were immunized with measles and tetanus diphtheria vaccines; for Grade 4, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines for the prevention of cervical cancer; and, Grade 7, tetanus diphtheria and measles vaccines.

She said that 5,065 of the total immunized children are enrolled in Grade 1; 2,294 in Grade 4; and, 15,555 in Grade 7.

She said the target goal of the month-long school-based immunization program, which is from August 1 to 31, is to immunize 44,544 students.

To be immunized are as follows: 16,092 in Grade 1; 10,072, Grade 4; and, 18,380 in Grade 7.

Pagotaisidro is optimistic they could meet the target number of children to be immunized since more than half are already vaccinated.

Pagotaisidro said the objective of the program is to protect the younger population from tetanus and diphtheria, measles, rubella, and cervical cancer.

She said these diseases are fatal but can be prevented with complete immunization.

Zambo joins IHL Walk for Humanity

By Dexter Yap

Thousands of participants young and old alike flocked to Paseo del Mar last Saturday to participate in the annual conduct of Walk for Humanity which is on its 14th year already.

The event coincided with the celebration of the International Humanitarian Law in the entire world in which the Philippine Red Cross was the lead agency in the said event.

People from all walks of life and from the various sectors of the city gathered together early dawn along Nuñez extension which is the starting point of the activity, then walked towards Gov.Alvarez Avenue, to Mayor Climaco Avenue, to NS Valderoza Street then ended in Paseo del Mar where a short program was held.

The office of the President in 1999 issued an Executive Order 134 declaring August 12 as International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day to commemorate the signing of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The Philippine Red Cross took step further by designating the whole month of August as IHL month. The National Ad Hoc Committee on IHL has approved the theme for this year’s celebration “IHL: Pagsulong ng International Humanitarian Law, Pananagutan ng Lahat”.

Philippine Red Cross Governor and Congressman Celso Lobregat who graced the occasion was overwhelmed over the response and support of all sectors of society here in the city for IHL.

“I am very inspired seeing thousands of people who flocked together here in Paseo, to give your support to IHL, humanitarian law should be respected in times of peace and war, because even wars have limits if we invoke the provisions of IHL,” Lobregat said.

Congressman Lobregat also elaborated the importance of respecting human rights in times of war, especially here in Mindanao where martial law is still declared due to present conflicts in nearby provinces.

The solon also lauded Red Cross Zamboanga City chapter board of directors headed by Chairperson Dr. Milagros Fernandez for initiating the said activity.

Lobregat said that the IHL walk is a humanitarian endeavor for a cause with good intentions for the benefit of humanity as the prime mission of the Philippine Red Cross

DOST offers high school, college scholarship in Region 9

By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced the opening of its scholarship programs for poor but deserving secondary and college students here in Region 9.

Josephine Nohay, DOST center manager for scholarship, on Thursday said there are three available scholarship programs to choose from and these are: the Philippine Science High School; 2018 Science and Technology Undergraduate Scholarship; and, the 2017 Junior Level Science Scholarship for Third Year College Students.

The qualification for the Philippine Science High School are the following: must be a Grade 6 pupil; must have a final grade of 85 percent; Filipino citizen with no pending or approved application as immigrant to any foreign country; born on or after August 1, 2003; satisfactory character rating; have not taken the examination previously; and, in good health.

The applicant should also submit recent 2x2 picture and pay PhP100 testing fee for those in private schools. The deadline to submit application is on September 1 while the examination is on October 21.

The requirements for the 2018 Science and Technology Undergraduate Scholarship are as follows: must be a graduate of Senior High School Grade 12; and, a testing fee of PhP200 for merit scholar applicants. The deadline for filling of application is on August 25 and the examination is on October 15.

The 2017 Junior Level Science Scholarships qualifications are: the applicant must be a third year college student; and, a testing fee of PhP200 for merit scholar applicants. The deadline for filling of application is on September 22 and the examination is on November 19.

Nohay urged those who possess the necessary qualifications to avail of the DOST scholarship programs.

She said for more information of the program, they may visit the DOST Regional Office located at Pettit Barracks in this city.

Zambo readies for Hermosa Festival 2017

By R. G. Antonet Go (RGAAG/PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The city government is making the necessary preparation for the upcoming Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2017 to showcase this city’ cultural heritage.

The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is the grandest celebration held every October of the year the highlight of which is the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, the most revered patron saint of this city.

Christian Olasiman, city government’s special events head, on Wednesday said they have lined up different activities for the month-long festival.

The opening salvo is on October 1 with a grand parade and sports competition as well as the Cosechas de Zamboanga (Harvest of Zamboanga), which is until October 15.

The Cosechas de Zamboanga features the different farm produce of the local farmers.

The other activities will include: Novena masses at Fort Pilar shrine, October 3 to 11; Conferencia de Cultura y Artes de Zamboanga; Zamboanga dance sport competition; Noche de bailes y Canciones; Launching of Mi Ciudad Limpiyo y Floriao, October 7; Hermosa Cheer Leading Competition, October 7; Original Chavacano video-music festival, October 7; Regatta de Zamboanga, October 8; Wow sardinas grand boodle fight, October 7; Mascota de Zamboanga, POctober 7; Parade of lights competition, October 8; Fiesta main program, October 11; and, Balik Zamboanga night, October 11.

Olasiman said they will conduct caravan in schools starting this week to encourage participation and to promote the different activities of the Zamgoanga Hermosa Festival

He said they have also lined-up pre-Zamboanga Hermosa Festival activities that will be held a week before October. These will include the following: dog walk; grand launching of the original Chavacano video-music category; smoke out Zamboanga; and, grand midnight sale.

He said they will also invite the different stakeholders from nearby provinces here in the Zamoanga Peninsula visit this city during the festival.

Zamboanga City joins Asean celebration

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

THE 110-year-old City Hall will be the center of attraction on Tuesday, August 8, as it lights up for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

This, as Zamboanga City is one of the 53 cities in the country chosen to be the site for the simultaneous landmark lighting ceremony in celebration of Asean’s golden anniversary.

The event, which will start at 6 p.m. at the City Hall premises, will be simultaneous in selected cities nationwide.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will lead Zamboanga City officials in the celebration which will be opened by performances from the Sinagtala Dance Troupe, the Cantamos Chorale, the Jambangan Dance Troupe, and the Ignite Volunteers.

The lighting of the Asean landmark will cap the event.

Asean is a regional intergovernmental organization that promotes cooperation and facilitates economic, political, military, educational and cultural integration among its members.

P34.7-M allocated for ZSCMST Fisheries program

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A total of P34.7-million had already been allocated by the national government for the extension campus of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology in barangay Victoria (ZSCMST.)

ZSCMST President Dr Milavel Nazario said that the area will serve students of Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture where the students specialize in fish pond operation and management.

The students are expected to use the campus for the school year 2018-2019 once the facilities are completed. The students come from areas in region 9 where most are scholars of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST.)

New and related courses are also expected to be launched with the completion of the campus.

The national government started to allocate funds in 2015 when it provided P10-million for land development of the Victoria campus. Developments include the construction of dikes, fishpond and fencing for the property.

The following year, the college again received P10-million. The amount was spent for the construction of a building that housed a classroom, the administration office and a laboratory.

The construction of a wooden pier was also started.

That same year, Senator Pia Cayetano also gave the amount of P4.7-million for the construction of floating fish cages.

For this year, the national government provided the amount of P10-million for the institution’s Ocean Farming Training Center Building. Bidding is expected this month.

The ZSCMST extension campus in Victoria is housed in a 9.5-hectare property of the school donated by the late Ricardo Marmoleño, a former member of the Board of Trustees.

ZSCMST is the only school specializing in Fisheries courses in region 9.

Zamboanga IT council signs deal with Chinese online school

By Albert F. Arcilla

THE ZAMBOANGA City Information Technology Council (ZCITC) has forged a partnership with a China-based online school for the hiring of part-time Filipino teachers who will teach Chinese students basic English.

Michael Tiu-Lim, ZCITC president, told BusinessWorld that there are 30 slots available for the position.

“The applicants will have an initial test with the Chinese school,” Mr. Tiu-Lim said.

Those who pass the test will then have to get accreditation from the Department of Information and Communications Technology regional office. The qualified applicants, who will be working from home, will also undergo training by the ZCITC.

Zamboanga City honors 23 retirees

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has urged the latest batch of retirees to continue being productive despite have already left the government service.

Salazar made the call as she feted on Monday, July 31, the 23 retirees who have left public service this year.

Former City Treasurer Soledad Li and former City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo were among the honorees of the simple ceremony organized by the City Human Resource Management Office.

“There is life after retirement. Take the time to get to know your family more,” Salazar told the retirees.

She likewise reminded the group to be mindful of their health and recommended they find and do something they are passionate about.

The mayor personally handed each of them a token of the City Government’s gratitude for their service and sacrifices.

City Hall, DOT-9 to promote Zambo as City of Flowers

By Vic Larato

Zamboanga has long been known for its moniker as the country’s “City of Flowers,” owing to the ornamental flowers mostly bougainvillea of different colors and varieties that adorned most of the traditional homes then. Years later, however, the bougainvillea followers have gradually frittered away.

Thus, the city government stands supportive of an initiative by the Department of Tourism regional office 9 to re-bloom Zamboanga City in line with Mayor Beng Climaco’s promotional campaign dubbed “I Love Zamboanga”.

In a letter to the city mayor, Tourism Regional Director Antonio Fernando M. Blanco announced his office’s component activity to promote the involvement of Zamboangueños for the project “Mi Ciudad: Limpio Y Floriao.”

He said the project calls for residents of Zamboanga to plant, grow and generate pots of bougainvillea for use in reblooming Zamboanga.

Blanco said his office will be coming out with a video to encourage compoblanos de Zamboanga to donate at least one pot of flower bougainvillea as an expression of their love for the city.

To add premium on the campaign, the video will feature Mayor Climaco herself being the staunched advocate of “I Love Zamboanga.” It will be uploaded to DOT9 Facebook Page and will also be used as in office and TV stations to solicit for donations of bougainvillea.

Blanco further said the desired response is for everyone to make his/her own personalized heart tags bearing the same inscription, take a selfie with the tag and bougainvillea for donation and upload selfie photo on DOT9 FB Page.

“With the video, we hope to touch the heart of everyone and make “Me Ciudad: Limpio Y Floria’ a personal commitment,” the DOT9 regional director said in a letter dated Aug. 1 to the mayor.

For a start, he said all DOT9 personnel have committed to donate one pot of bougainvillea for the project, hoping other employees will do the same.

Zamboanga City backs tourism department project

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

THE Zamboanga City Government announced on Wednesday, August 2, that it fully supports the initiative of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to re-bloom the city.

The support is in line with Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar’s promotional campaign dubbed as “I Love Zamboanga.”

DOT Regional Director Antonio Fernando Blanco announced his office’s component activity to promote the involvement of Zamboangueños for the project “Mi Ciudad: Limpio Y Floriao (My City: Clean and Blooming).”

Blanco said the project calls for residents to plant, grow, and generate pots of bougainvillea for use in re-blooming Zamboanga.

Blanco said his office will be coming out with a video to encourage compoblanos de Zamboanga to donate at least one pot of flower ougainvillea as an expression of their love for the city.

Culianan village gets P2.5-M fire sub-station

By Bong Garcia

THE City Government of Zamboanga turned over on Friday, July 28, the newly-constructed fire sub-station in the village of Culianan in line with its unyielding support to the security sector.

The fire sub-station, which cost P2.5 million, is located at the Culianan Rural Service Center and was constructed by a private construction company under the supervision of the City Engineer’s Office.

City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde spearheaded the turnover of the facility to City Fire Marshal Clint Cha.

Iturralde said the project forms part of Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar’s priority agenda under the Security, Health and Education (SHE) program and is intended to help ensure safety and security of the residents in Culianan and the nearby villages.

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