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Tabak commander: TDPC contributes to divisions’ peace efforts

By Gideon C. Corgue

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur – Tabak commander BGen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr. on Saturday lauded the Tabak Defense Press Corps (TDPC) for its valuable contributions to the Philippine Army’s premiere division.

Barrientos, the guest of honor and speaker of the 2nd Tabak Defense Press Corps (TDPC) sports fest held at the Tabak Gym in Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Barangay Pulacan here said the TDPC made significant contributions to the 1st Infantry Division by promoting the division’s peace and security efforts.

“You help showcase the peace and security efforts undertaken by the 1st Infantry division, thus we reward you by sponsoring this 1-day TDPC sports fest,” Barrientos announced.

The TDPC, an active partner of the 1st Infantry division had its 1st TDPC sports fest in September last year during the time of former Tabak commander MGen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr. where the sporting event received the same support from the general.

“You are special as far as the 1st Infantry division is concerned. We treat you as our vital partner in nation-building,” Barrientos added.

“Today manifests your efforts to be united as one by showing your team-working skills,” Barrientos stressed adding the event also provides you with opportunities to develop your skills in sports and unwind from your stressful work.”

The Tabak commander was also happy that TDPC members shared their time with the rest of the troopers in the games played at the Tabak gym, tennis court, and service battalion headquarters. Barrientos was impressed by the active participation of all TDPC members.

“We will continue doing this activity to strengthen existing good relationship between the soldiers and the media. Hopefully, we will come up with several activities designed to further improve our relationship and improve our output as far as our job is concerned,” Barrientos assured.

Declared as this year’s winners are Red Dragon, the over all champion, followed by Black Cobra, and Golden Tiger.

Customs to auction 5.5M kilos of seized rice

By Joel R. San Juan

CUSTOMS officials announced over the weekend it would auction off almost 5.5 million kilograms of rice on October 7. The new schedule was set after Commissioner John Sevilla canceled the original auction date of September 16.

Sevilla said he did so after Port of Manila officials failed to comply with the 10-day period within which to conduct the auction of contraband from the date of publication.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said the rice shipment arrived inside 245 20-foot container vans on the Port of Manila late last year.

The minimum floor price is set at P38.93 million, or P48.67 per kilogram, for glutinous rice; and P120.93 million, or P25.87 per kilogram, for white rice.

The BOC expects to generate P159.86 million from the auction.

Port of Manila District Collector Mario Mendoza said the auction of the “hot” rice will help in their effort to decongest South Harbor.

Mendoza said the shipments will be sold on an “as is, where is” basis, while the proceeds of the auction will be held in trust by the BOC as these shipments are the subject of ongoing court cases.

The shipments were seized by customs operatives due to lack of the required import permits from the National Food Authority.

A total of 160 of the container vans seized were consigned to Silent Royalty Marketing Inc., while the balance of 85 was imported by Bold Bidder Marketing. Both invoked the lifting of the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice importations by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to justify their lack of import permits.

The BOC, however, said the WTO Committee on Trade and Goods recently allowed the Philippines to extend its special treatment for rice through the imposition of QR until 2017.

“We are well within the bounds of the law to dispose of these rice shipments to preserve its value and prevent deterioration while under our custody even while the cases are litigated,” Mendoza said.

In a related development, the BOC said authorities on Friday intercepted in Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur, a shipment of rice suspected to be smuggled from Sandakan, Malaysia.

Customs officials said authorities arrived at the dock and stopped the shipment being loaded into four 10-wheeler trucks from MV Amnesia.

The shipment contained about 4,000 50-kilogram sacks of rice and is now on hold in the area.

The BOC said the vessel’s captain, identified as Jade Jackaria, failed to show any import permit for the shipment.

BOC: 4k sacks suspected smuggled rice seized in Zambo Sur

By Joel Locsin /LBG, (GMA News)

Government forces seized some 4,000 sacks of suspected smuggled rice in Zamboanga del Sur on Friday night, the Bureau of Customs said Saturday.

In a post on its Twitter account, the BOC said the 200,000 kilos of smuggled rice was believed to have originated from Malaysia.

Citing initial details, the BOC said the seizure at Zamboanga del Sur was with help from the Philippine Army and Philippine Navy.

Farmer hurt, wife unscathed in gun attack

By Bong Garcia

A FARMER survived although wounded while his wife escaped unscathed in a gun attack in a remote village of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Friday.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 9 a.m. Thursday at Purok Dumalian in the village of Dipolo, Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur.

Samuddin identified the victim as Eugenio Parolan, 52. The identity of his wife was not immediately available.

Investigation showed the couple was at the kitchen when the unidentified gunman arrived and opened fire, hitting Parolan.

Investigation continues to determine the motive of the incident and identify the gunman.

PSA to spearhead 25th National Statistics Month celebration

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through the Statistical Community of the Philippines will spearhead the observance of the 25th National Statistics Month come October this year.

This year’s theme is “NSM at 25 Years and Beyond: Solid and Responsive Philippine Statistical System in support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration.”

Ms. Adelaida Cuarte, provincial statistics officer for the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, said this year’s statistics month observance has two-fold objectives: to promote, enhance, and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of the society, and to elicit the support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country.

In line with the month-long celebration, the different government line agencies, local government units (LGUs) and other sectors were encouraged to hang streamers in their respective offices or vicinities, Cuarte said.

The PSA will also hold the 23rd Philippine Statistical Quiz (PSQ) that will be held in this city for Zamboanga del Sur and in Ipil town for Zamboanga Sibugay on Oct. 8 and 9, respectively.

This will be participated in by all freshmen or first year students currently enrolled in public or private colleges and universities.

“The top three winners will compete in the regional quiz in Zamboanga City in November, and the regional winners will also compete in the grand finals in Manila by first week of December this year,” Cuarte disclosed.

Other activities lined-up for the month-long celebration include the Quarterly Labor Force survey (QLF), the Consumers Expectation Survey (CES), Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) and Occupational on Waste Survey (OSW). These activities were formerly a project of the then Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES).

Doctor Cuarte urged the public especially the respondents or clients of their projects to provide them the correct data and the most accurate information, “because these facts will be utilized by our policy makers, planners both national and local and for the Philippine government in general in making policies, decisions and laws.”

She also appealed to the municipal and barangay officials to support and cooperate in all the projects and programs undertaken by her office for the success of the statistical operations and, most of all, “for the good of our Philippine government.”

Shabu intercepted, 3 suspects fall

By Bong Garcia

CRIMINAL charges have been filed before the City Prosecutor's Office against three people who were allegedly behind the shipment of more than P100,000 worth of shabu in Pagadian City, a top police official said Wednesday.

Charged on Tuesday for violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were Jomar Pantenas, Acob Anidal, and Norma Lam.

Zamboanga del Sur police director Senior Superintendent Sofronio Ecaldre said the suspects were arrested Monday afternoon after his personnel and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives have intercepted a shipment of the more than P100,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu’.

Eclaldre said the shabu was shipped through a private courier firm from Manila and was consigned to Pantenas.

The shabu was concealed in a box of an infant formula, according to Ecaldre.

He said the suspects were arrested after they claimed the package at the outlet of the courier firm Aquino Street, Pagadian City.

He said the suspects were arrested after the police received information about the shipment of the shabu.

Tabak chief, Zambo Sur guv to join “TreeVolution”

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

PAGADIAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) – Brigadier General (BGen) Gerardo Barrientos Jr. of the 1st Tabak division will lead his troopers in joining the Mindanao-wide tree planting activity dubbed “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW” on Sept. 26 in Barangay Binayan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Captain Frank Salvador Suelto, division’s public affairs chief, said in a text message taht BGen. Barrientos, an ardent environmental advocate, had expressed his strong support to the activity by leading the officers and men in his division in planting trees in areas identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as National Greening Program (NGP) site.

“The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division will give its maximum participation in the TreeVolution,” Suelto quoted Barrientos as saying.

Barangay Binayan is one of the five areas identified by the DENR as NGP site in the first district of Zamvboanga del Sur. Other sites are the following: barangay Dulop of Dumingag town, Cogonan of Labangan municipality, Upper Dimorok of Molave town and Sto. Nino of Sominot.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles will also participate in the event by planting trees in barangay Maragang, Tigbao.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Serena Cabrera has confirmed the governor’s participation in the said activity during a coordination meeting with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) yesterday.

Cabrera said when the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) officials informed the governor of the synchronized tree planting activity on Sept. 26 in six regions of Mindanao, Cerilles immediately signified his intention to join the activity.

Cabrera said Cerilles then suggested that the planting site for provincial government employees would be at Maragang in Tigbao town.

“The provincial government employees will have their tree planting activities in a five-hectare land in Maragang,” Cabrera announced.

Earlier, the DENR has identified barangays Diana Countryside and Limas as planting sites for the municipality of Tigbao.

In a related development, CENRO Vitaliano Valdez of the province’s second district said other planting areas identified for the second district are barangays Conacon and Kahayagan of Bayog town, Limas of Tigbao municipality, Cuatro-cuarto of Dumalinao town, Balong-Balong of Pitogo municipalaity, and Boyugan East of Kumalarang town.

DENR wooing support to Sept. 26 'TreeVolution'

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

PAGADIAN CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) -- Local government units (LGUs), academe, civic groups and people’s organizations have expressed support to the Sept. 26, 2014 “TreeVolution,” a Mindanao-wide tree planting activity spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA).

Dubbed “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow,” aims to plant 4.6 million trees throughout Mindanao at 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sept. 26

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Vitaliano Valdez of the second district of Zamboanga del Sur said in a media forum held by Philippine Information Agency (PIA9) over the weekend that he was very happy that various civic groups have already signified their support to the said activity.

With his recent visit to the municipalities of Bayog, Dumalinao, Kumalarang, Pitogo and Tigbao to solicit support from the local officials, people’s organization and academe, Valdez said all the stakeholders had expressed their 100 percent support to the undertaking.

“For the municipality of Bayog, I was expecting that only 250 planters would join the activity but when I talked with Mayor Leonardo Babasa Jr., he promised to send 2,000 participants,” he announced.

Valdez said the same response he got from Mayor Danilo Dalid of Tigbao town when he personally visited him at his office.

“For Tigbao, the Mayor Danilo Dalid promised to send not only 250 but 1,000 participants who are mostly of students and government employees to join the activity,” Valdez reported.

Meanwhile, CENRO Serena Cabrera of 1st district of the Zamboanga del Sur said her office has enough seedlings for the activity.

“We have sufficient seedlings to be planted during the activity,” Cabrera assured.

“For the first district, the DENR has designated the following planting sites, namely: Barangay Dulop in Dumingag town, Binayan and Cogonan in Labangan municipality, Upper Dimorok in Molave town and Sto. Nino in Sominot municipality.

Mr. Carlito Tuballa, regional technical director for Forest Management Services (FMS) said “the DENR is very excited to launch the activity owing to the positive response of the stakeholders during consultations/meetings with local chief executives and school administrators and people’s organizations.”

“The entire workforce of the agency has made enough preparation to break India’s record as having planted the most number of trees in multiple locations for an hour,” Tuballa concluded.

2 Marines nabbed in shabu buy-bust

By Dan Toribio Jr. (with report from MindaNews)

Two enlisted personnel of the Philippine Marines were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Jose District, Pagadian City last Wednesday.

Nabbed were Cpl. Ryan Monterel Depuno and PFC Silvano Caindoy. They were arrested by men of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (PAIDSOTF) led by Sr. Insp. Rommel Gabriel Etbew, chief PAIDSOTF and personnel of the Pagadian City Police Station. Confiscated from their possession were 14 small heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to shabu, .a 45 caliber pistol with two magazines loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition and P500 marked money.

The arrested soldiers were detained at Camp Abelon while appropriate charges for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of Article 2 of R.A. 9165 and R.A. 10591 have been filed against them in court.

Meanwhile, men of the Siay Police Station led by Sr. Insp. Paul Andrew Sible Cortes under the supervision of Sr. Supt. Robert Roy Bahian, Sibugay police chief, conducted a buy-bust operation at Purok 2, Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay resulting in the arrest of Nolito Tanzo Y Altijar, 46, married.

Recovered from his possession were three heat sealed transparent plastic containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, P500 marked money and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was detained at the police station for filing of charges in court.

In Zamboanga City, a 30-year-old man in possession of suspected shabu was nabbed at a police checkpoint in Labuan last Thursday.

Arrested was Mark Sioco of Limpapa.

Sioco’s arrest came after Labuan police received an information the Barangay Intelligence Network regarding Sioco’s transporting of shabu from Recodo to Limpapa aboard a motorcycle.

Immediately an alert police team led by Janver Cabataña put up a checkpoint along the Labuan highway where Sioco stopped and inspected. He yielded three plastic sachets containing white crystaliine substance believed to shabu.

Sioco was arrested and the three sachets were seized.

In Surigao City, police seized at least P7 million worth of shabu in a raid Tuesday night involving suspected drug pushers from Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, whom police believe are using minors as drug couriers.

The arrest came shortly after a search warrant was issued by Judge Eduardo S. Casals of Butuan City.

A total of 190 big sachets of suspected shabu weighing almost a kilo were taken from four persons identified as Alex Saliling, 23, from Iligan City; Norayna Saliling, 22; Nyrma Teves, 22, and Aida Pascan, 21, both from Lanao del Norte.

Insp. Joel D. Cabanes, head of the intelligence unit of the Surigao City police force who spearheaded the arrest, said at least seven minors are also involved in the illegal trade in the city.

The arrest took place at Purok 4, Barangay Lipata here just a few meters away from the Caraga Regional Police Training Center.

Aside from the sachets of shabu, 10 units of cellphones, P44,912 in cash, one laptop, one electronic weighing scale, deposit slips, and log books were seized.

Cabanes told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the suspects were very elusive, renting from one place to another.

He said this group was in their target list. “We finally got them,” he added.

Cabanes said that based on the bank deposit slips they confiscated, the suspects were able to send P2.1 million to Cebu City and Lanao del Norte just this month.

He did not divulge the name of the recipients, saying he might violate the Bank Secrecy Law.

But Cabanes said he will submit the names to their counterparts in Cebu and Lanao.

He pointed out that during their surveillance period, they found out that the suspects were using minors as couriers of illegal drugs to their clients.

The seven minors aged 7 to 15, he said, are now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). But he said that aside from the minors serving as couriers, two infants and two children aged 4 and 5 were also brought to the DSWD because they were at the suspects’ place during the raid.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas thanked the police for doing their best, adding that curbing the illegal drug trade is among his administration’s priorities.

He said that since assuming office in 2010, the police has already conducted 55 arrests. He said he does not hesitate giving additional financial support to the police force so they could run after pushers better.

Zambo Sur hosts 1st Batang Pinoy Mindanao qualifying leg 2014

By Claro A. Lanipa (FPG/CAL/PIA9)

PAGADIAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – The first Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg 2014 has been held here last Sept. 10-14 with the provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur as host.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in partnership with Philippine Olympic Commission (POC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Education (DepEd) has chosen this city to be the venue of the four-day sports competitions attended by players and athletes from all over Mindanao.

In his welcome message during the opening ceremonies, Governor Antonio Cerilles emphasized that “education and athletics should go hand in hand so that these young people who will represent the country will not regret what they have done when they were still young.”

He also cited a lesson learned from a former Tokyo Olympics silver medalist, Anthony Villanueva, a security guard in Australia who died very poor.

“Today, in my mind is a step towards a right direction, let us do it the best we can do,” Cerilles stressed.

The sports competition was participated in by 93 delegations from the municipalities, cities, and provinces in Mindanao with more than 7,000 young athletes competing in the different sports events.

Batang Pinoy 2014 has been conducted in pursuance of Executive Order No. 44 also known as the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy.

The Qualifying Leg for the Visayas will be held in Kalibo, Aklan on October 21-25, 2014 while for Luzon it will be in Naga City on November 11-15, 2014 and the National Finals will be in Bacolod City on December 9-13, 2014.

Meanwhile, PSC Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez officially declared the 4-day sportsfest opened which was followed by a fireworks display.

Troops recover bomb-making components in Zambo Sur

By Teofilo P. Garcia Jr. [(PNA), CTB/TPGJR/UTB]

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 18 (PNA) –- Combined police and military forces have confiscated bomb-making components, ammunition and medical supplies in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Thursday.

Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said that the troops have also arrested one person, who was among the two men seen carrying the bomb-making components.

Samuddin identified the arrested suspect as Joel Sumagop, 36, a resident of Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.

Samuddin said the combined troops were conducting security patrol around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Barangay Saad when they chanced upon two people carrying sacks.

He said Sumagop and his companion abandoned the sacks they were carrying and ran away.

However, he said the troops from the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion and Dumingag policemen cornered Sumagop following a brief chase.

He said the troops recovered the following: 30 pieces blasting caps; seven arming devices; 50 meters electrical wire; 18 dry cell batteries; one improvised explosive device (IED) component; 765 rounds of live ammunition for AK-47 rifle; medical supplies; foodstuff; toiletries; and, other personal belongings.

He said Sumagop was detained while appropriate charges are being readied against the suspect.

FEATURE: “Dormitoryo sa Barangay” sheltering poor students

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

GUIPOS, Zamboanga del Sur - School children will no longer experience the danger of crossing rivers after a transient house was built in a remote barangay of this town.

Dubbed “Dormitoryo sa Barangay,” this project is a convergence initiative of 53rd Infantry (MATAPAT) battalion, Philippine Army and the municipalities of Guipos and San Miguel. It was built in Barangay Calapan and inaugurated last Aug. 30 with Representative Aurora Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur’s second district, barangay officials, teachers, parents and students in attendance.

Born out of necessity

53rd IB commander Lt. Col. Alvin Luzon said the project was born out of necessity. With the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) called “Bayanihan campaign” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the troopers were able to assess, identify and meet the pressing need of people and that is the transient house for schoolchildren.

Ugnayan sa Paaralan

The project, Luzon said, is anchored on the “Ugnayan sa Paaralan,” one of the 12 components of IPSP. “This is how government works,” Luzon declared adding that the activity also aims to help and enlighten the students and teachers about the role of the Philippine Army in pursuit of peace and development of the nation. IPSP-Bayanihan seeks to win peace as well as establish and maintain good community relations to gain full public support.

“With the troop’s social immersion of people in the communities they’ve found out that many schoolchildren particularly those living in remote areas have difficulty in attending classes in Calapan Elementary School especially during rainy season.

Schoolchildren cross rivers

Many school children living in Purok 5 of Barangay Calapan, Guipos and nearby Barangay Ocapan of San Miguel town, used to walk more than an hour in going to and from the school. “They crossed the rivers and creeks, risking their lives just to attend classes. That’s why our troops thought of putting up a project that would benefit the children,” Luzon said.

“We seek the help of local government units of Guipos and San Miguel because the beneficiaries are coming from these areas. We provided the manpower while the LGUs furnished the materials.”

With the project, the government soldiers believe that a lasting peace can be attained in the area.

Philippine Army, LGUs lauded

Meanwhile, Representative Aurora Cerilles, the event’s guest of honor and speaker lauded the Philippine Army and LGUs for launching the “Dormitoryo sa Barangay” saying that “the project is a noble endeavor designed to help the poor students.”

“I am very happy that this noble project was implemented by the Philippine Army and LGUs in this remote barangay where plenty of poor students are studying,” Cerilles said.

First-of-its kind project

“This is the first-ever and one-of-a-kind project undertaken by the government in the entire province,” Cerilles said adding that the project would help students to finish their studies.

The Dormitoryo sa Barangay has eight double-decked rooms, which would cater to 32 schoolchildren.

Education unhampered

With the project, Cerilles said children’s education will no longer be hampered because they have already a temporary house to dwell while attending classes during schooldays.

Punong barangay Mario Sumatra expressed his profound gratitude to the 53rd IB for conceptualizing the project.

“Nagpasalamat ko sa kasundaluhan sa 53rd IB ug sa LGUs sa Guipos ug San Miguel nga gihatagan nila ug solusyon ning problema nga nasinati sa mga nanagtunghang kabataan sulod sa pipila ka dekada na ang nakalabay,” Sumatra said.

(I thanked the 53rd IB troopers and LGUs of Guipos and San Miguel that they gave solution to this problem as experienced by the schoolchildren for a couple of decades already.)

Increase in enrolment

School head Alfredo Beton Jr. expressed optimism that with the establishment of “Dormitoryo sa Barangay,” the enrolment in the next school year will increase. In the past some students quit as they found it difficult to cross the rivers especially during rainy season.

“I am very glad about the great concern shown by the stakeholders for the students. The problem on illiteracy will now be properly addressed and the children can pursue their high school studies up to college,” Beton said.

Provides children’s safety

Erlinda Dela Pena said the project will benefit her 11-year old son Israelito, a grade 5 student since it provides safety to her son and to the rest of the students.

“Nanghinaut ako nga kini nga proyekto ipadayon sa Philippine Army ug sa LGUs sa Guipos ug San Miguel aron nga mabatonan sa mga kabataan ang basic nga edukasyon (I hope that this project will be sustained by the Philippine Army and LGUs of Guipos and San Miguel so that the students can acquire quality basic education),” Dela Pena stressed.

Samuel Relampago, grade 6 pupil of Dalapan Elementary School was very happy that the project was realized.

“Nalipay ko kaayo nga ang gobyerno mihimo ani nga proyekto. Dili na ko mouli sa among balay kada adlaw ug dinhi na gyud ko makatulog. Malaumon ako nga makapadayon na ko sa akong pag-eswkela sa umaabot (I am very happy that the government made this project. I won’t be going home daily to our house during schooldays as I will be sleeping here. I am hoping that I can finish my studies soon),’ said Relampago who is living in a far-flung hilly area at Purok 3, Barangay Ocapan in San Miguel town.

PIA, DENR to Tukuran studes: Be active partners in climate change advocacy

By Gideon C. Corgue

TUKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Students of Tukuran Technical-Vocational High School (TTVHS) have been encouraged by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9 and Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 to help solve climate change problems.

In a forum on climate change adaptation jointly conducted here on Tuesday by the DENR and PIA, Regional Public Affairs Officer Roservirico A. Tan challenged the students to do their share in helping solve climate change issues saying that “its adverse impacts are already felt in our country.”

“We reach out to you students because it is you who would inherit this earth that is still livable with clean and healthy environment and life-giving natural resources,” Tan pointed out.

Tan said the climate change advocacy campaign pursued by the DENR and PIA is a project of the national government aimed at raising the level of awareness of the public on climate change mitigation and adaptation to lessen its adverse impact on the humans.

Tan said “the campaign is truly a gargantuan task to perform by the agencies. That is why we need help from other sectors of society.”

“We are trying to reach out to the communities - especially the academe - to be our partners in helping us protect the environment,” Tan said, as he recognized the youth’s vital role in our society.

Tan explained the major effects of climate change particularly the extinction of living and non-living things. “The climate change has severely affected our environment,” Tan said.

Tan encouraged the students to support and the National Greening Program (NGP) by planting trees.

He also called on the students to support the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act otherwise known as Republic Act 9003.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur Information Center Manager Claro A. Lanipa emphasized that the said forum was conducted to address public apathy to climate change in order to engender active cooperation and support from all sectors.

Lanipa said this forum here was the second advocacy activity conducted by the DENR and PIA to public secondary schools in Zamboanga Peninsula. The first was held in Bayog National High School, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur on Aug. 22, 2014.

DAR turns over 25 Pamana projects to Zamboanga farmers

By Jonathan L. Mayuga

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over 25 projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) project to agrarian-reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Zamboanga del Sur.

The projects are aimed at spurring rural development and promoting peace and order in conflict areas.

For Zamboanga del Sur, the projects include water systems, postharvest facilities, solar and stilt dryers, farm implements and cattle fattening, among others.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Arturo Soria said the finished project was turned over to the barangay chairmen of the 25 villages in Dinas town, where the 25 ARBOs are operating.

These include multipurpose buildings for barangays Bacawan, Benuatan, Nian, Guinicolalay, Don Jose, Songayan, Pisaan and Lower Dipaya; water systems for barangays Kinakap, Ignacio Garrata, Legarda Uno, Dos and Tres, and Dimaya Proper.

Soria added that cattle for fattening were distributed for farmers in Dongos; six mud boats and a hand tractor for East Migpulao; tire path for Poblacion; solar dryer for Sumpotan and Sambulawan, stilt dryer for Locuban; and water systems for Sagacad, Legarda Uno, Old Mirapao and Nangka.

DAR-Western Mindanao Regional Director Julita Ragandang said 1,896 farmer-beneficiaries, comprising 6,088 households with an estimated 34,000 population, would directly benefit from the projects.

Randang added that the projects represent the initial offering out of the 166 projects that are being implemented by the DAR under the supervision of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

“They serve as DAR’s legacy to the public under the Pamana Phase 1 project in agrarian-reform areas,” Ragandang said.

DENR-9 readies for Sept. 26 “TreeVolution”

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

PAGADIAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – To beat India’s record as having planted 1,945,535 trees for an hour in 408 locations with 340,200 participants, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9 is joining other regions in Mindanao to plant 4.6 million trees in 9,200 hectares across the island on Sept. 26, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Dubbed “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow,” the activity aims to achieve the 2014 target of the National Greening Program (NGP) for Mindanao by breaking India’s record of having planted the most number of trees in different locations simultaneously.

NGP is targeting 690,815 hectares to be planted with trees in Mindanao by 2016.

“For Zamboanga Peninsula, DENR-9 aims to cover 1,000 hectares to be planted with 700,000 seedlings in various NGP sites,” Regional Director Arleigh Adorable said.

Adorable also disclosed that some 35,000 participants/volunteers would be mobilized during the said activity involving 700 validators and independent witnesses from the academe and religious sector.

More, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the local government units (LGUs) have also signified to join the activity by planting 167,500 seedlings in 335 hectares, bringing a total of 867,500 seedlings to be planted within the region during the “TreeVolution” activity.

Presently, India holds the title in the Guinness World Records as having the most number of trees planted in various locations simultaneously.

Week-long 62nd Araw ng ZamboSur celebration kicks-off Wednesday

By Hirohito D. Cadion (PNA)

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The week-long celebration of the 62nd founding anniversary of this province kicked-off Wednesday simultaneously with the opening of the Batang Pinoy-Mindanao Leg in this city.

The celebration started with a parade through this city’s main thoroughfares that was participated in by local and national government officials as well as athletes from all over Mindanao.

Provincial Information Officer Marivic Jongco said several artists are coming to add extra excitement to the celebration of the 62nd Araw ng Zamboanga del Sur.

Jongco said the artists who are coming here are singers-composers Jaime Rivera and Marco Sison, pop singer Haji Alejandro and his daughter pop star Rachel Alejandro, singer-comedienne Norman Mitchell, artist Pinky Marquez, and guest performer Bimbo Cerrudo.

Jongco said Senator Cynthia Villar will be the guest of honor speaker during the Women Empowerment Movement-Rural Improvement Club (WEM-RIC) Night on September 15.

She said that Senator Jose Victor Ejercito will be the guest during the Josefina Herrera Cerilles State College (JHCSC) Night as well as in the culmination program of the anniversary on September 17.

The 62nd Araw ng Zamboanga del Sur is anchored on the theme: “Malahutayong Programa, Gipaluyuhan sa Katawhan, Kalambuan sa Lalawigan (Sustainable Program, People’s support, Development of the province).

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 athletes will see action in the four-day Batang Pinoy-Mindanao Leg that also kicked-off Wednesday in this city.

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