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4 wounded in a brawl, 2 detained

By Bong Garcia

FOUR people were injured in a hacking incident preceded by mauling in Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte province, the police reported Saturday.

The Zamboanga del Norte Police Office said the incident took place around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday at Purok Sampaguita in the village of Olingan, Dipolog City.

The police identified the victims as the following: Mark Dave Tracarol, 21; Rodrigo Mejos, 41; Jovencio Dayondon Jr., 52; and, Annabella Abitona, 37.

Investigation showed that Taracol and Mejos were having a drinking spree at the residence of Dayondon when Ramil Dimasuhid, who was drunk, arrived and attacked Taracol with an empty of beverage but missed his target.

The attack on his visitors prompted Dayondon to chased Dimasuhid who ran towards the house of his brother-in-law Cirilo Abitona.

The group of Dayondon mauled (Cirilo) Abitona when he surface and tried to pacify them as they challenged Dimasuhid to come out for a fight.

Dimasuhid grabbed a bolo and hacked Dayondon and his two companions who barged into the house of Abitona and mauled him.

Abitona’s wife, Annabella, was wounded after a sharp instrument hit her face when she tried to pacify the group, the police said.

Dayondon and his two visitors as well as Annabella were brought to the Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center while Abitona and Dimasuhid were detained at detention cell of Dipolog City Police Station, the police said.

Dipolog City Private school teacher arrested for violation of RA 8282

With report from PO2 Jonas D. Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

Operatives of Dipolog City Police Station led by SPO3 Talaid arrested a private school teacher on Tuesday afternoon during the conduct of operation against wanted person. Arrested suspect was identified as Marites Martinez y Baranggot, 49 years old, teacher of Lady of Gowrie School and a resident of Barangay Turno, Dipolog City. Subject was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Cherry Joy Concha-Ageas of Regional Trial Court, Branch 10, Dipolog City for the crime of violation of Republic Act 8282 otherwise known as Social Security Law, docketed under criminal case number 18898 dated May 16, 2014. The amount of Php 24,000.00 was the recommended bail bond for her temporary liberty. Accused was detained at the detention cell of Dipolog City Police Station and will be turned-over to the court concerned.

TESDA supports Zambo. Norte’s “Saulog” celebration

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

DIPOLOG CITY, May 29 (PIA) - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has lined up certain activities from June 2-5 in support of the “Saulog” celebration commemorating the 62nd founding anniversary of Zamboanga del Norte.

TESDA-Zamboanga del Norte Administrative Officer Ariel Matabalan told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that a skills competition will be held on June 2, skills demonstration on June 3 and technical services on June 4 and 5, all at the Dipolog City Boulevard.

The skills competition, which is open to bonafide students of all private and public technical-vocational training institutions duly registered with TESDA, includes bartending and restaurant services with emphasis on table skirting, table setting and flower arrangement.

Each school has been allowed to send five participants - one for bartending and a team of four for restaurant service. These student-participants must not be more than 25 years old.

The participating school shall also provide its own equipment, tools and materials to be used during the competition.

The criteria established by the Philippine National Skills Competition will be used to judge the participants during the competition.

The winners in the bartending competition will receive the following prizes: P1,000 cash and a gold medal for first prize; P750 cash and a silver medal for second prize, and P500 and a bronze medal for third prize.

For the restaurant service competition, the champion will receive P4,000 cash and a gold medal; first runner-up P3,000 and a silver medal, and second runner-up, P2,000 and a bronze medal.

Each participating institution will also receive certificates of recognition.

Skills demonstration will feature massage therapy, cooking, haircutting, and manicure and pedicure.

Prizes for the winners will be provided by the provincial government.

ZNFEPA, ZPFEYA celebrate Youth Day 2014 in Dipolog

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, May 28 (PIA) – The Zamboanga del Norte Federation of Parents’ Association (ZNFEPA) and the Zamboanga Peninsula Federation of Empowered Youth Association (ZNFEYA) convened on Sunday (May 25) for the Youth Day celebration at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center (ZNCSC) in this city.

The event was attended by the members of the Bantay Dagat Youth Movement, Kasilinganan Youth Association and Sto Niño Bayanihan Youth Association.

“Youth participation is a positive sign that the spirit of volunteerism is still afire and alive in the hearts of young people,” Governor Roberto Y. Uy said in his message as read by his executive secretary Ryan Victor P. Miranda.

“This only shows that they are all determined to help out people especially in times of needs with the least prodding and pressure from the government and their parents.”

Jessie Elacan, former president of Sto. Ni?o Bayanihan Youth Association and region 9’s youth sector representative in the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and now an instructor at Saint Vincent’s College, talked about the importance of the youth organization and the way it has molded them to become stronger persons, dependable leaders and better members of the community.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO), on the other hand, discussed reproductive health and gender sensitivity with the participants. It emphasized the importance of communication between parents and their children to avoid vices and early unprotected sexual activity resulting to unwanted pregnancy.

A covenant signing supporting the efforts and endeavors of the youth toward their development and protection was also made during said activity.

Thousands join ‘Sporty Dipolog’ launching

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, May 27 (PIA) – Over a thousand of individuals from the academe, national and local government offices, sports organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sectors and the media were attended the launching of Sporty Dipolog last May 22 at the city boulevard, which was preceded by a parade from Plaza Magsaysay.

Among the participating national government agencies were the Philippine National Police (PNP), 101st Infantry Brigade of Philippine Army, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penelogy (BJMP), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Food Authority (NFA), National Statistics Office (NSO) and Department of Education (DepEd).

A number of sports organizations also showed up to support the event. These groups include skydiving, longboard and skating, running and swimming teams, Taebo club, the Dipolog Running Team (DiRT) Inc., Bike Run Triathlon Enthusiasts (BRITE) Dipolog Inc., Dipolog Airsoft Group, Megabulls Basketball Association, Taekwondo Club, Rollians Football Club and many more.

On behalf of Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, Vice Mayor Horacio Velasco formally opened the said activity, encouraging Dipolognons to support the city’s vision of becoming the Sports Events Center of the South by year 2020.

The vice mayor also said that “exercising gives numerous benefits like improving one’s emotional uplifment, and increasing our stamina, energy and endurance.”

Vice Mayor Velasco cited a study that in every 20 youths, only one is engaged in sports or exercising regularly.

“Sporty Dipolog plays a major role in every life, benefiting us, our families and our city,” he stressed.

Rianne Marie P. Miranda, “Sporty Dipolog” focal person, said that no other city in Mindanao is currently aiming to becoming a sports city. Thus, Dipolog is taking the lead in enhancing sports facilities, holding several local and national sports events, and in encouraging its residents to embark on sports and fitness activities.

“We take pride that we have sports facilities and covered courts in schools and barangays. We also have a sports complex owned by our city government and a convention and sports center owned by our provincial government,” said Mayor Evelyn T. Uy’s message as read by Vice Mayor Velasco.

The event was capped by “Hataw Sayaw” led by the Dipolog Taebo Club.

DOLE-Zamboanga del Norte employs 115 fresh graduates through internship program


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, May 26 (PNA) -- Eight local government units (LGUs) and the different national government agencies (NGAs) in nearby Zamboanga del Norte province have employed 115 fresh graduates through the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE-Zamboanga del Norte Labor and Employment Officer Henry Tianero said those employed will work for a period of six months and each will receive a daily salary of P210, which is 75 percent of the region’s minimum wage.

Tianero said that 82 of the 115 GIP beneficiaries will work in eight LGUs and this are as follows: Dapitan City, 20; La Libertad, 12; Sergio Osmeña, 12; Sibutad, 11; Mutia, nine; Piñan, seven; Rizal, six; and Polanco, five.

The remaining 33 beneficiaries were assigned in the following government agencies: First District Congressional Office, 13; Department of Social Welfare and Development, four; Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital, four; Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Main Campus, three; Department of Trade and Industry, two; Department of Environment and Natural Resources, two; Department of Education, two; Philippine Information Agency, two; and, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, one.

Tianero said they are employed to assist in the implementation and monitoring of DOLE programs and projects in the area.

As the implementer of the program, Tianero said the DOLE through its regional office provides and assigns intern-beneficiaries to GIP partners/employers to perform the tasks and duties as prescribed under Administrative Order No. 39-A, series of 2014.

Tianero said GIP partners/employers shall ensure that the intern will not be exposed to any hazardous undertaking as provided for under the Anti-Child Labor Law and other pertinent laws.

He said they are required to submit to the DOLE regional office the time records at least two days before the 15th and 30th of the month for the processing of payment of the interns’ allowance.

He said the employers shall also submit a special report to the DOLE regional office in case of termination of the intern prior to the completion of the six-month internship agreement, specifically stating the reasons for such termination duly signed by the intern’s immediate supervisor.

He said the GIP likewise provides the beneficiaries opportunities to show their talents and skills while undergoing internship to fully prepare them for their future employment.

He said the implementation of GIP is in line with the provisions of Executive Order No. 139, series of 1993, providing opportunities to young workers to serve the general public in government agencies, projects and programs at the national level and local level.

Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Zamboanga del Norte

By Joel Locsin (JDS, GMA News)

Government troops captured a member of the Abu Sayyaf after a chase in Siocon town in Zamboanga del Norte Thursday, a Mindanao news site reported Sunday.

Police and military operatives arrested Najer Ajilol, who faces kidnapping for ransom charges, according to a report on MindaNews.

MindaNews quoted Region 9 police spokesman Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega as saying Ajilol was arrested at Purok Mambong in Barangay Candiz, Siocon.

Ajijol tried to get past a checkpoint and engaged police and soldiers in a chase and shootout in Sitio Mambong in Barangay Candiz.

He was wounded and taken to a hospital. Authorities recovered a cal-.45 pistol and a hand grenade from him, the report said.

Ortega said residents in Barangay Matiag reported seeing Ajilol, prompting authorities to set up checkpoints in the area.

DSWD to implement KALAHI-CIDSS project in Rizal town

By Alfonso T. Ruda (FPG/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte with report from Edith P. Tomong)

RIZAL, Zamboanga del Norte, May 24 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will soon implement its Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services(KALAHI-CIDSS) project in this municipality.

This developed after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zamboanga del Norte has given authority to Governor Roberto Uy to sign an agreement with the DSWD and the municipality of Rizal for the implementation of such project.

In a resolution sponsored by board member and majority floor leader Crisologo Dicierdo, the provincial board has given Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Governor Roberto Y. Uy an authority to sign a tripartite memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DSWD-9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo and Rizal Mayor Roseller Manigsaca for the implementation of said project.

Under the MOA, the DSWD will provide the community a grant in the amount of P450 thousand and P15 thousand technical assistance fund to all barangays that will be covered by the project based on the sub-projects to be implemented in a particular barangay.

Meanwhile, the provincial government will develop the KALAHI-CIDSS projects and passed the necessary resolutions to protect and ensure that the projects to be implemented are beneficial to the people in the community, and to provide the needed counterpart or technical assistance such as project design.

On the other hand, the municipal government of Rizal is also expected to pass appropriate legislative measures in support of the KALAHI-CIDSS projects and to provide its counterpart of not less than 30 percent of the total cost of the project.

The KALAHI-CIDSS is a concrete intervention, purposely designed and implemented by the national government in the municipalities identified as one of the poorest municipalities in the country based on the poverty mapping done by the National Statistical Coordination Board (BSCB) called “Small Area Estimates.”

Rizal is the first municipality of Zamboanga del Norte to benefit from the project since Governor Uy assumed leadership of the province on June 30, 2013.

DOLE’s GIP employs 122 fresh graduates in Zambo. Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY, MAY 23 (PIA) - One hundred twenty two fresh graduates from Zamboanga del Norte have been hired to work in the different local government units (LGUs) in the province’s first district and national government (NGAs) for six months under the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The implementation of GIP is in line with the provisions of Executive Order No. 139, series of 1993, providing opportunities to young workers to serve the general public in government agencies/entities, projects and programs at the national level and local level.

DOLE-Zamboanga del Norte Sales Registry System Coordinator said the GIP beneficiaries have been distributed to the following municipalities and NGAs, namely: Sibutad – 11, Rizal - 6, La Libertad – 12, Mutia – 9, Sergio Osme?a – 12, Pi?an – 7, Polanco – 5, Dapitan City – 20, Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU)-Main Campus-3, Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital – 4, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-4, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-1, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-2, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Dapitan-2, Department of Education (DepEd)-2, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-2 and First District Congressional Office-13.

Under this program, the DOLE through its regional office, as the implementer provides and assigns intern-beneficiaries to GIP partners/employers to perform the tasks and duties prescribed under Administrative Order No. 39-A, series of 2014.

The GIP partner/employer, on the other hand, shall ensure that the intern will not be exposed to any hazardous undertaking as provided for under the Anti-Child Labor Law and other pertinent laws, submit to DOLE regional office the time record at least two days before the 15th and 30th of the month for the processing of payment of the intern’s allowance.

The GIP employer shall also submit a special report to the DOLE regional office in case of termination of the intern prior to the completion of the six-month internship agreement, specifically stating the reasons for such termination duly signed by the intern’s immediate supervisor.

The GIP beneficiaries are employed by DOLE and assigned to the different LGUs and NGAs to assist in the implementation and monitoring of DOLE programs and projects.

The program likewise gives the beneficiaries opportunities to demonstrate their talents and skills while undergoing internship to fully prepare them for their future employment.

The GIP beneficiaries will be paid by DOLE-9 at P210 per day or 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in the region.

DENR completes construction of building for CENRO in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, May 22 (PNA) -– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has completed the construction of a Php 1 million two-storey building for the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

DENR Regional Public Affairs Officer Rosevirico Tan said Thursday that the newly-constructed building was inaugurated Monday after the contractor formally turned over the edifice to the DENR.

Tan said the edifice will house the CENRO-A4 headed by Salahuddin Kaing, whose office has jurisdiction over five of the 25 towns in Zamboanga del Norte namely Siocon, Sibuco, Sirawai, Baliguian and Gutalac.

The edifice would also house the Land Management Service, Forest Management Service, and other DENR office.

DENR Regional Executive Director Arleigh Adorable hopes that the new building will inspire the CENRO personnel led by Kaing to better serve the public.

Adorable lauded Kaing and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nelson Velasco for initiating the construction of the two-storey edifice.

The inauguration of the newly-completed building was also graced by other DENR and local government officials.

Zambo. Norte PDRRMC conducts community-based disaster risk reduction management training

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – Seventeen municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte have already undergone a two-day training on community-based risk reduction management conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC).

PDRRMC Safety Officer Allen Sison said that the same training is slated to be conducted in eight remaining municipalities of the province.

Sison also disclosed that “all barangays from each municipality shall be assessed whether they are flood or landslide risk areas and/or whether there are risks of epidemics, drought or fire in the area.”

“The number of houses and the population of a particular barangay would also be determined, including the possible evacuation center where the residents can be safe and sheltered,” he added.

During the training, the participants are made to give their recommendations/suggestions to help prevent and mitigate the impact of natural disasters on their communities.

Based on the recommendations made by the participants in the trainings conducted, they suggested to hold tree planting activities especially in watershed areas, construct flood control barrier along the riverbanks, set uo “botika ng barangay,” and construct other infrastructures such as drainage canals, spillway, bridge, roads, covered court, and irrigation system.

They also suggested that barangays be given a seminar disaster risk reduction management including rescue equipment/facilities.

The 17 towns which have already undergone disaster management training were La Libertad, Sergio Osmeña and Polanco of the first district; Jose Dalman, Siayan, Roxas and Katipunan of the second district; and Liloy, Leon B. Postigo, Gutalac, Kalawit, Siocon, Sibuco, Sirawai, Godod and Labason and Tampilisan of the third district.

PDRRMC team is in Piñan today and tomorrow and in Manukan on May 22-23 to conduct the said training.

Participants gave recommendations on the mitigation and prevention of natural disasters like tree planting, flood prevention, reforestation of the water protected area, construction of “botika ng barangay”, river control, drainage, spillway, bridge, roads, covered court, and irrigation system.

They also suggested that barangays should be given with seminar on Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management (BDRRM) and be given with rescue facilities.

ZNPPO organizes Provincial Advisory Council

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO) has recently organized The Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) to ensure adherence of the local police force to the newly created comprehensive plan called the PNP PATROL Plan 2030, aptly known as Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law.

In an organizational meeting called by ZNPPO Provincial Director James B. Mejia at the provincial headquarters in Camp Hamac, Sicayab of this city, businessmen Roland Soliva and Michael Malaca were elected as chairman and vice chairman of the said council, respectively.

Other council members are coming from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), business sector, academe, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, and the media.

The creation of PNP PATROL Plan 2030 aims to ensure the implementation of the needed reforms of the PNP organization and to make the police force more capable, credible and effective by the year 2030.

In the same gathering, it was also reported that the crime volume in the province increased to 5,787 in 2013 from 2,344 cases in 2012.

It was also learned that the ZNPPO and its municipal police stations lack personnel and mobility, having a total 1,246 personnel only. These personnel are composed of 76 Commissioned Officers, 1,156 Non-Commissioned Officers and 14 non-uniformed personnel, serving more or less 1 million people with only 742 long and 1,173 short firearms.

Moreover, only 36 units of its 72 vehicles and 38 of its 72 motorcycles were serviceable or in running condition.

Amidst this situation the provincial commander hoped that the newly-created PAC will help in monitoring the performance of the police force in the province and came up with appropriate recommendation for an efficient police operation.

Each member expressed their full support to the council in consonance with the very objective of the PNP PATROL PLAN 2030.

Mejia, in his personal commitment, vowed to improve the crime clearance efficiency by 12 percent and crime solution efficiency by 8 percent in 2015 and reduce the street crime rate by 30 percent in 2015.

The newly-elected officers and members of PAC took their oath of office before Director Mejia.

PDIC to continue processing claims of Rural Bank of Pres. M.A. Roxas (Zamboanga del Norte) depositors


MANILA, May 19 (PNA) -- The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced it will continue to receive and process deposit insurance claims from depositors of the closed Rural Bank of Pres. M.A. Roxas (Zamboanga del Norte), Inc. at the PDIC Claims Counter, 4th Floor, SSS Bldg., 6782 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City. Claims may also be filed through mail.

PDIC conducted the onsite claims settlement operations (CSO) for the closed Rural Bank of Pres. M.A. Roxas at the bank’s premises and completed the CSO from April 2 to 4, 2014.

PDIC sent notices of payment to depositors amounting to P7.5 million involving 3,086 accounts with balances of P50,000 and below where the filing of claim is waived by PDIC.

Meanwhile, PDIC paid 1,362 claims during the onsite CSO involving 1,350 accounts for a total amount of P17.7 million deposits.

As of April 4, 2014, PDIC has yet to receive deposit insurance claims for 3,045 accounts that require the filing of claims. The total amount of deposits covered by these outstanding accounts is P10 million.

When filing deposit insurance claims, depositors are advised to personally present their duly accomplished Claim Form, original evidence of deposit, and two valid photo-bearing IDs with signature of the depositor.

Depositors may also file their claims through mail and enclose the same set of document requirements.

Depositors who are below 18 years old should submit either a photocopy of their Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or a duly certified copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar as an additional requirement, with the Claim Form signed by the parent.

Claimants who are not the signatories in the bank records are required to submit an original copy of a notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA). In the case of a minor depositor, the SPA must be executed by the parent.

The procedures and requirements for filing deposit insurance claims are posted in the PDIC website,

The Claim Form and format of the Special Power of Attorney may also be downloaded from the PDIC website.

In accordance with the provisions of the PDIC Charter, the last day for filing deposit insurance claims in the closed Rural Bank of Pres. M.A. Roxas is on March 20, 2016. After said date, PDIC, as Deposit Insurer, shall no longer accept any deposit insurance claim.

For more information, depositors may contact the Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail at Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342).

33 year old man, arrested for possessing homemade shotgun

With report from PO2 Jonas D. Macasa Jr. (RPIO9)

A thirty three year old man arrested by the elements of Gutalac Municipal Police Station, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office on Wednesday afternoon. Confiscated from his possession was a 12 Gauge Shotgun without serial number and loaded with ammunition. Arrested suspect was identified as Arnold Samod y Bulacon and single. He is a resident of Barangay Mamawan, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte. He was arrested inside a Videoke House located at the Gutalac Public Market, Barangay Poblacion, Gutalac. Report reaching Police Regional Office 9 disclosed that prior to his arrest, suspect who was under the influenced of liquor entered the said establishment and armed with the said firearm. Immediately, the owner of the said establishment contacted Gutalac Municipal Police Station, thus, its personnel responded immediately. When frisked, he yielded the said firearm which resulted to his arrest. Subject was brought to the said municipal police station and detained at its detention cell. Investigators are preparing a case to be filed in court against him.

PNP - Region 9 conducts inventory of pensioners


Dipolog City – The Philippine National Police (PNP) through its Regional Retirement and Benefits Administration Unit (PRBU) is presently conducting the annual physical accounting and inventory of all PNP retirees throughout the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Zamboanga del Norte PNP provincial director, Sr. Supt. James B. Mejia, said the move aims to cleanse and update the record of the retirees and digitize their personal record and biometrics, using the computerized capturing devices.

With this, the PNP pensioners-retirees, survivors or transferees are advised to go to PNP-9 Regional Special Training Unit (RSTU) at Camp Abendan, Mercedes, Zamboanga City during their natal day for the purpose.

However, for those who were born from January to April, the PRBU has scheduled the conduct of physical accounting on the following dates.

For those born during the month of January, it has already conducted the physical inventory of the retirees last April 29 and 30 and May 13 for survivors and transferees; last May 1 and 2 for retirees and May 14 for the survivors and transferees for those born during the month of February. For those born on March, it was done last May 6 and 7 for retirees and May 15 for survivors and transferees and for those born during the month of April, the physical accounting was done on May 8 and 9 and on May 16 for survivors and transferees.

For those who have ailment, or with disability are not obliged to personally go to Zamboanga City and may only submit their names to the PNP Provincial Office together with the medical certificate, subject to the validation of the PNP Medical Officer of the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office.

Zamboanga del Norte sets Agri-Tourism Investments Forum


ZAMBOANGA CITY — The province of Zamboanga del Norte is set to promote its vast mineral deposits, sprawling agricultural lands, and numerous tourism sites as among the potential areas for investments during the two-day Agri-Tourism Investments Forum.

The forum, dubbed as Nego-Tour ’14, is set to be held from May 29 to 30 in Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

DTI-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Director Noel Bazan said in a statement Wednesday that his office is one of the agencies tapped by the provincial government to facilitate the forum which will be held in time for the 62nd founding anniversary celebration of Zamboanga del Norte.

“The province virtually sits atop deposits of precious and semi-precious minerals, barely tapped – among them chromite, silver, and gold. Vast logged over areas beg for plantation or agricultural development. The province too is blessed with many historical sites and scenic spots, many still in pristine, unspoiled condition suitable for eco-tourism development. Add to these the mild weather, rich culture and warm hospitality of the people, and you have the perfect place for those who may want to invest and unwind, or to stay for good while doing business on the side,” Bazan said.

He said that the provincial government has invited DTI Regional Officer-in-Charge Sitti Amina Jain to talk on investment opportunities in modern rubber production during the forum.

He said that the province of Zamboanga del Norte, like the rest of the region, is highly suitable for rubber production “and we still have plenty of idle lands for plantation development in the province.”

“We want our investors though to adopt modern methods of farming because productivity and the resulting return on investments (ROI) is way, way below using the traditional way as compared with our ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) neighbors--Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Much more compared with India, which reportedly gets the highest yield per hectare among the major rubber producing countries in the world,” Bazan said.

“In behalf of the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte, we invite everyone, most especially those who have the money but don’t know where to invest, to come and participate in the Nego-Tour ‘14. You will surely enjoy the sights and sounds of Zambo Norte even as you will get to be acquainted with the many opportunities for business in the province,” Bazan added.

Dipolog hosts national triathlon

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, May 14 (PIA) – The city government here hosted last May 10-11 the national triathlon competition, which was participated in by swimmers, runners and cyclists from the different parts of the country, as part of the P’gsalubuk Festival celebration.

Spectators flocked to the city boulevard where all triathletes converged for the competition.

The winners for the TriKids category were Juan Alessandro Suarez for the male 8 years old and under; Nicholai Xenos Ravago and Syrah Ruth Uy for male and female 9-10 years old category; Jose Manuel Arao and Pia Francesca Suarez for male and female 11-12 years old category. While Ralph Eduard So and Shaia Ruth Uy won the super sprint male and female category.

The winners of the standard distance open category were Mark Anthony Hosana and Ani Karina De Leon-Brown (over-all category male and female); Sebastian Teves for male 18-19 years old; Brian Borling and Olive Salve for male and female 20-29 years old; James Rey Dimco and Jamillah Watamama for male and female 30-39 years old; Leonardo Angeles Jr. and Senator Pilar Cayetano for male and female 40-49 years old category.

In open relay, Team Roro with Keith Ashley Ocamo, Roberto T. Uy Jr. and Mary Joy Tabal emerged as champion.

Winners for sprint distance category were Louie Lalanto and Aya Shlachter (over-all male and female); and Team BADI with Ricky Enoy, Clees Paul Tabiliran and Hannah Meziel Kainak for local relay.

This was the second time the city had hosted such a competition.

The presence of Senator Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano as one of the triathletes added color to event. This was the second she was in the city for the same competition.

Triathlon is a multiple-stage competition, which involves the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines of swimming, running and cycling.

The activity was held in partnership with the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) and the Sugbu Triathlon.

Philhealth launches “ALAGA KA” program in Zambo Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY, May 13 (PIA) - Consistent with its commitment to provide quality services to the Filipinos particularly the poor, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) has launched on Friday (May9) the “Alamin at Gamitin para sa Kalusugan” (Alaga Ka) program in Zamboanga del Norte.

The program launching, which was held at Zamboanga del Norte Cultural and Sports Center (ZNCSC) here, was attended by its members from Barangays Barra and Estaka, Dipolog City with Mayor Evelyn as guest speaker.

Mayor Uy, in her message, stressed the value of Philhealth to one’s healthcare needs as she recalled her experience with a cancer patient who had saved so much on her medication because of her being a member of Philhealth.

Zamboanga del Norte Philhealth head, Florencio R. Luyao Jr., said the program caters to the healthcare needs of the Filipinos particularly the poor and the marginalized sectors identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction(NHTS-PR), now known as the “Listahan ng mga Tahanan” (LISTAHANAN)of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Alaga Ka” program is an integrated marketing scheme introduced by the Department of Health (DOH) and Philhealth to keep the members informed of their coverage, benefits and other public health programs of DOH.

The program also seeks to draw the support of everyone to become advocates of the National Health Insurance Programs (NHIP) as informed and empowered members.

Component activities of the program include basic information and education campaign, Member Data Record (MDR)distribution, member amendment and updating, and the provision of other member services particularly the enlistment and profiling under Primary Care Benefit or TseKap to all indigent members.

Zambo. Sur vice guv lauds Bayog townsfolk’s active involvement in municipal affairs

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Norte, May 12 (PIA) – “Your presence in today’s activity shows your active involvement in municipal affairs,” said Zamboanga del Norte Vice Governor Juan C. Regala during the 47th founding anniversary of this town on Thursday.

Speaking in lieu of Zamboanga del Sur first district representative Aurora E. Cerilles, Vice Governor Regala also urged the residents to remember their leaders who contributed to the growth and progress of the municipality. “Let us connect the past to the present,” he stressed, as he emphasized to the townsfolk the significant roles played by the past leaders to bring the municipality to what it is today.

“Let us also ask ourselves: what have we contributed for the municipality?” he told the audience.

Regala also challenged the municipal leaders and employees to review their scoreboard to assess their accomplishments and identify the things that need to be done.

He also urged the youth to study hard, “as education is the only solution to poverty.”

The vice governor also shared the vision of Governor Antonio H. Cerilles in setting up extension campuses of the JH Cerilles State College in every municipality of the province.

He also expressed his appreciation to all the residents of the municipality for contributing to its growth and development. “The diverse tribes in this municipality consisting of Subanens, Cebuanos, Ilonggos, Ilocanos, Bicolanos and many others don’t hamper the town’s growth and development,” Regala pointed out.

Bayog was created into a municipality in November 1964 by virtue of Executive Order No, 112 by then President Diosdado Macapagal. However, it was reverted shortly by virtue of a Supreme Court decision in a petition of then Congressman Emmanuel Pelaez that the creation of municipalities is the sole authority of the Congress.

The town was finally born into a separate and distinct municipality on May 8, 1967 by virtue of Republic Act (R.A.) 4872 authored by former Congressman Vinzenso Sagun of the lone district of Zamboanga del Sur at the time.

Dipolog City launches “no plastic” ordinance

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG City – The city government here has launched City Ordinance 13-245 regulating the sale, distribution or use of non-compostable plastic bags including styrofoam products.

The activity started with a motorcade from the city hall going to the city boulevard and a program was followed discussing the main points of the said ordinance.

This ordinance shall be implemented within the facilities of the city government and other establishments like the central public market, fish port complex, the integrated bus terminal and “talipapa” or small market in barangays.

It is said to be implemented on a phase by phase basis starting May 1 and every Friday shall be “No Plastic Day” at the central public market, bus terminal and small market in barangays.

Moreover, during “tabo” or market day at Fishport Comlex every Friday and Saturday, the “no plastic day” shall also be imposed.

“I urge our fellow Dipolognons to bring their own recyclable bags or containers to place their purchased goods inside. What we frown upon is the use of thin film plastic bags which constitutes a bulk of our waste here in Dipolog City,” said Councilor Kenny Val U. Ong, chairman on Committee of Environment and Natural Resources (CENR).

“Let’s go green for the environment. Let’s be environmentally aware. Less waste equals a healthier and cleaner environment,” he added.

So far, Dipolognons responded favorably to the said ordinance. Both the sellers and the buyers are observed to have been complying with the law.

Some vendors are using paper bags while the fish vendors are using banana leaves in wrapping the fish.

Meanwhile, customers are bringing their own baskets, disposable bags and containers when buying.

“This shows that both the establishments and the people are giving their full support and cooperation to make better Dipolog.”

For every violation, a fine P 1,000 shall be imposed on an erring establishment and P100 on the buyer.

Dueñas eyes second straight Dipolog triathlon crown


CEBUANO triathlete John Philip Dueñas will try to nail back-to-back titles in the men’s standard category in the second year of Dipolog Triathlon 101 tomorrow in Dipolog City.

Dueñas, who is aiming to improve on his bike, won the first year of the Dipolog Triathlon via a strong run.

“I banked on my run to win the event last year. I had a good bike ride but I want to improve more to add versatility to my game,” Dueñas said.

Dueñas said the Dipolog Triathlon had a great race route last year.

“The swim and the run was at the boulevard, the run had four loops which you can measure the distance between you and the opponents. The bike had four loops as well,” Dueñas said.

Meanwhile, Mary Joy Tabal and Keith Ocampo will team up with Polanco Mayor Pinpin Uy to defend their team relay standard distance championship.

Tabal, the current fastest female marathoner in the country, will provide the running prowess for the team, while 18-year old Ocampo, a member of swimming varsity team in University of San Carlos (USC), will kick off with the swim leg.

Uy, who has joined international cycling events, will pedal for the Cebuanos.

“I think we have a big possibility of defending our title this year since the team have strong members, Keith is Cebu’s top swimmer and Uy is a great cyclist,” Tabal said.

The standard individual and relay categories will have a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

More than 134,000 voters in Zambo Norte have no biometrics data, says Comelec

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - More than 134 thousand registered voters in Zamboanga del Norte have no biometrics data, according to the provincial Comelec office.

This was disclosed by Atty. Ephraim Bag-id, Comelec-9 assistant regional director and concurrent provincial election supervisor of Zamboanga del Norte during the recent “Kapihan sa Dipolog” radio progrtam held at Sunburst Restaurant, Hotel Camila I this city.

Bag-id said, as of August 12, 2013, 134,471 registered voters of the total 627,001 registered voters in the province have no biometrics data.

Based on Comelec’s report, 9.6 million registered voters throughout the country have no biometrics data and may not be able to vote in the next election.

Under Republic Act 10367, otherwise known as the Mandatory Biometrics Act of 2013, any registered voter who fails to get biometrics data will be de-activated from the list of voters and losses his right to vote this coming May 9, 2016 national and local election.

Bag-id likewise appealed to the new registrants to register early and not to wait for the last minute to avoid inconvenience.

However, during the first day of the voters’ registration, low turnout of voters was noted in the whole province of Zamboanga del Norte.

According to the provincial Comelec office, this was due to power interruption in the whole service area of Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative which lasted for five hours. It started as early as 9 a.m. in some municipalities, and 11:20 a.m. in Dipolog City.

To facilitate the registration process, Bag-id suggested to the new registrants to download the application froms through its official website, accomplish it and bring it to the local Comelec office for processing.

The registration of voters started May 6, 2014 and will last until October 31, 2015.

OCD-9 conducts DRRM summit in Zambo Norte

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

DIPOLOG CITY, May 8 (PIA) - The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-9 in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has recently concluded its provincial summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) for local chief executives (LCEs) here in this city.

The two-day summit, which was held at the Boulevard function hall, was participated in by the mayors, DRRM officers and planning and development coordinators of the 25 municipalities and the two cities of Zamboanga del Norte with Ms. Teresita Catalbas of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-9 and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-9 Assistant Regional Director Atty. Nilda Cemine as resource speakers.

Catalbas underscored the vital role of the LCEs in times of calamity while Cemine explained on the budget allocation and proper fund disbursement.

Zamboanga del Norte Vice Governor Senen O. Angeles, who declared the summit open a day earlier on behalf of Governor Roberto Uy, cited the need of prioritizing the establishment of the DRRMO in every local government unit (LGU).

He also cited the relevance of the summit as it made the disaster responders in the local level more aware of their role.

Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, on the other hand, cited the unpredictability of any disaster (natural or man-made) – the very reason why each LGU has to prepare for its occurrence. “Because of this predicament, man has all the reasons to prepare for any eventuality that may affect his well-being, his family resources or even his life,” she said.

Newly appointed OCD-9 Regional Director Emilia V. Julhajan said “the two-day activity aims to enhance the capability of the LGUs in the province to respond to people’s needs in times of disaster.”

According to Julhajan, the DRRM summit complemented the recently-conducted “Iba na ang Panahon” summit held earlier in Zamboanga City. “While the “Iba na ang Panahon” summit initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) deals on science and technology and focuses on disaster mitigation and prevention, the provincial summit on disaster risk reduction management focuses on disaster preparedness, response and rehabilitation.”

During the two-day activity, the participants were able to share their experiences and impart their best practices in their respective LGUs. They also came up with plans of action to be more responsive to the needs of the people in times of disaster and to lessen impact of any disaster on the lives of the people and community.

Media tour showcases impact of gov’t agencies’ convergence in Sibuco town

By Dominic Ilagan Sanchez (FPG/DIS/PIA9-ZBST)

SIBUCO, Zamboanga del Norte, May 7 (PIA) - A team of journalists and government information officers covering the different areas in the region were in Sibuco municipality in Zamboanga del Norte on April 28-29 to observe how a convergent, inter-agency partnership initiative had been implemented there, and how this initiative can possibly propel a developing municipality into an agriculturally-competitive town very soon.

The group visited two communities there that are recipients of the Convergence Initiative and Partnership for Poverty Reduction (CIPPR), which is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The CIPPR is an inter-agency approach to addressing poverty in Sibuco and twelve other poor municipalities in the region. Basically, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) National Greening Program (NGP), several hectares of land were identified to be cultivated as rubber and abaca plantations by beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya.

Seedlings and trainings were provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), as well as the local government. Upon reaching maturity, the abaca and rubber trees will be “money baskets,” ensuring the beneficiaries of sustainable income for years to come.

According to Elizabeth Dy, a senior social welfare official from DSWD Field Office IX, the CIPPR was borne out of the savings from the 2011 Cash for Work Program for Farmers and Fisherfolks.

“The program had a savings amounting to P16 million. This was divided among the 13 municipalities with one to two million shares each. The amount was used as ‘cash-for-work’ where beneficiaries planted their own seedlings in identified lots, and got paid for their labor,” Dy explained. “It was an initiative of former regional director and now Assistant Secretary Ted Romo that this convergence initiative was put into motion.”

According to Dy, DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman is closely monitoring the CIPPR, and plans for it to be replicated in the other regions.

Going back to early 2011, Sibuco town mayor Norbideirri Edding met with Asec. Romo in Zamboanga City to discuss possible programs to help his Pantawid Pamilya constituents earn a livelihood that is feasibly sustainable. “We conceptualized this idea through a simple meeting over coffee and biscuits. Little did we realize that this was to be a pet project that would have great potential to alleviate poverty and promote local agriculture,” he told journalists at the tour.

In 2012, the initiative was put into motion. Beneficiaries started planting the trees. After one year, realizing the project’s potential, other actors such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came into the picture. DTI has already provided the town with six spindle machines to process abaca, making them ready for shipment.

The demand now for abaca, as well as the constant demand for rubber is high after typhoon Yolanda devastated much of Southern Visayas, the country’s top supplier. Mayor Edding sees this as an opportunity to raise the bar for abaca and rubber production, aiming to be one of the top suppliers nationwide.

“We still have a lot of things to do, and we need a lot of things to do to be able to market Sibuco’s agricultural potential – and we are very much aggressive in this matter,” shared Mayor Edding to the media tour delegation. The town still needs farm to market roads, shared service facilities, post-harvest facilities, a variety of trainings on organic farming methods, among others. This would involve a lot of money, which the municipality does not have at its disposal.

“We are hoping that through this tour, the public’s eyes will be opened. Sibuco has great potential; but in order to realize this potential, we need all the help we can get – from national government agencies to investors, and especially from the media,” said Mayor Edding.

AFP vice chief of staff to keynote Tabak’s 78th founding anniversary

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Norte, May 6 (PIA) - All is ready for the 78th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division tomorrow with Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Alan Rio Luga, vice chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as guest of honor and speaker.

LTGEN Luga will talk on the theme, “Kahusayan sa Tungkulin at Disiplina Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” (Excellence in Performance toward Peace and Progress).

A son of a military man, Luga graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1981. His father Gen. Emilio S. Luga Jr. was a former commanding officer of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.

Tabak commanding officer Major General (MGEN) Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad Jr. disclosed that the anniversary program will start at exactly 9:30 a.m. at Kuta Major Cesar L. Sang-an, Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Pinning of medals to deserving soldiers, presentation of plaques of appreciation, distribution of Tabak Venture Educational Certificates and oath-taking of the members of the Multi-stakeholders Advisory Board (MSAB) are among the major activities during the program.

It could be recalled that the Tabak became the first regular division under the Philippine Commonwealth Army on May 5, 1936 stationed at Camp Murphy (now Camp Aguinaldo) in Quezon City. It transferred to its present location at Camp Major Cesar L. Sang-an in Barangay Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on Dec. 4, 1989.

Under this division are four infantry brigades namely, the 101st (Three Red Arrows) based in Del Pilar, Pi?an, Zamboanga del Norted, Brigade, 102nd (Igsoon) Brigade in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay , 103rd (Haribon) Brigade in Basilan and 104th (Sultan) Brigade in Sulu.

Its area of jurisdiction straddles the provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental including the cities of Isabela and Lamitan in Basilan Province, Zamboanga, Pagadian of Zamboanga del Sur, Dipolog and Dapitan of Zamboanga del Norte, and Ozamis, Oroquieta and Tangub of Misamis Occidental.

Dipolog City opens 16th P’gsalabuk Festival

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The city government here on Friday opened the 16th P’gsalabuk Festival at the city boulevard.

In her message during the opening program, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy said “P’gsalabuk, which is a Subanen term for ‘gathering’ or ‘togetherness’, is one way to show that Dipolog is a place where peace quietly intermingles despite bad publicity that rocks Mindanao.”

This year’s P’gsalabuk centers on celebrating the value of coconut as the “tree of life.” According to Mayor Uy, coconut was chosen as the theme because of its abundance in the city and the benefit it offers to the people.

“This year is quite special because we are recognizing the importance of coconut. In fact, there’s already a company that will establish a biomass plant as a source of energy using ‘palwa’ (coconut frond) for fuel,” Mayor Uy said.

Several activities were lined up to make the celebration more lively and exciting to all especially the tourists. These include visual art exhibit, triathlon competition, road bike and mountain bike challenge, football festival, coco challenge, concerts, Santa Cruzan, live band and many more.

A day before the city fiesta on May 17, there will also be street dance presentation and showdown, highlighting the 2014 P’gsalabuk Festival.


With report from PO2 Radzben S. Jul (RPIO9)

Operatives of Regional Intelligence Division, Police Regional Office 9 led by Police Chief Inspector Bonifacio Arañas and elements of Liloy Municipal Police Station, Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office while conducting operation against illegal number games locally known as Swertres, apprehended Oscar Guia y Rabanes, 25 years old and married on Friday evening. Subject is a resident of Barangay Causwagan, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte. He was caught in the act of collecting bets from the bettors, wherein, a total cash money amounting to Php 544.00, as bet money; one (1) unit W8I Cherry Mobile Cellular phone; one (1) unit black Honda Wave 100 MC bearing plate nr JS 2471 used in the illegal gambling activities were confiscated from him. Subject was brought to Liloy Municipal Police Station and detained at its detention cell. Appropriate charges will be filed in court against him.

DA transfers cold storage facility from Roxas to Dipolog City

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

DIPOLOG CITY, May 3 (PIA)--- The 20-feet cold storage facility donated by the Department of Agriculture to the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte for the municipality of Roxas will soon be transferred to Dipolog City.

Ms. Celsa Gayapa, Officer-In- Charge of the Provincial Agriculture Office said DA-9 Regional Executive Director Constancio Alama has approved the recommendation of the Technical Working Group to transfer the said facility to Dipolog City.

As per TWG’s recommendation, the 20-footer cold storage room has not been used by the local government of Roxas since it was acquired in 2011.

The P950,000.00 cold storage facility was donated by DA to the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte in October 4, 2011, through then DA-9 Regional Director Carlos Mendoza for the municipality of Roxas.

Gayapa said, the office is only awaiting for the approved resolution from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to finalize the MOA signing.

“As a matter of fact, the local government unit of Dipolog has already identified the area where the facility will be placed,” she said.

In its regular session Monday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, approved the resolution authored by Majority Floor Leader Crisologo Dicierdo granting authority to Governor Roberto Y. Uy to sign the said agreement.

According to Gayapa, Roxas Mayor Han Hendrick I Vallecer didn’t oppose the proposition because of the minimal volume of fish in his municipality that need storage. “It’s impractical to have it here since we have only minimum volume of fish in our area, that sometimes it is not even enough for the local residents,” Vallecer said.

The cold storage facility is one of the agri-based food and trading system under the DA Food Terminal Project that offers clean, safe, and quality agri-fishery products at an affordable price.

Dapitan City mayor celebrates Labor Day, Birthday with outreach mission


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, May 2 (PNA) -- At least 2,000 people have benefitted from the Medical and Dental Mission, as well as Operation Tuli sponsored Thursday by Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos in celebration of her 67th Birthday and 112th Labor Day.

Dapitan City Tourism Officer Apple Marie Agolong said Friday that the outreach mission was held in Barangay Ilaya with the support of the City Health medical team and a group of doctors who volunteered their services.

Agolong said the mayor also ate her lunch together with the barangay folk and expressed gratitude to the residents for their continued support to the city’s tourism industry.

She said the mayor noted that such support has made Dapitan City as one of the tourists destination in the country.

Dapitan is a 3rd class city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. It is historically significant as being the place where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was exiled by the Spaniards and is known as the “Shrine City of the Philippines.”

Jalosjos said that cleanliness and stable peace and order have contributed a lot to the tourism program of the city.

Youth groups have also entertained the barangay folk during the conduct of the outreach mission.

The outreach mission culminated with the distribution of souvenir gift items by Jalosjos to the beneficiaries of the activity.

Voters’ biometric registration for 2016 polls to start May 6, says COMELEC

By Mary Mae Abellon (FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

DIPOLOG CITY, May 1 (PIA) – The provincial office of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) in Zamboanga del Norte has urged new voters for 2016 elections to register with the COMELEC offices in their respective localities starting May 6 in preparation for the 2016 synchronized national and local elections.

Provincial Election Officer Atty. Ephraim Q. Bag-id bared that the voters’ registration starts on May 6, 2014 and lasts until October 31, 2015.

COMELEC will also accommodate the correction of entries and reactivation of voters’ accounts as well as transfer of voters to another polling places.

Those who have not yet undergone the mandatory biometric registration were also urged to visit the city/municipal election offices for the purpose.

“Failure to submit for validation on or before the last day of filing of application for registration for purposes of the May 2016 elections shall be deactivated as provided by R.A 10367, An Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration.”

Pursuant to section 9 of the COMELEC Resolution No. 9853, any Filipino citizen who is not yet a registered voter may apply for registration provided he is at least 18 years old on or before May 9, 2016 Synchronized National, Local and ARMM Regional Elections and a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the said election.

The applicant shall personally appear before the election officer and shall present identification documents bearing his photograph and signature such as identification cards from the employer and school, postal ID, Person with Disabilities (PWD) Discount ID, senior citizen’s ID, driver’s license, NBI clearance, passport, SSS/GSIS ID, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID, Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) license, Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs, and any other valid ID.

The public is reminded that the Community Tax Certificate or known as “cedula” and PNP clearance shall not be honored by the COMELEC as valid identification documents for purposes of registration.