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Environmental tour set

By Bong Garcia

A CONSORTIUM of environmentalists, peace advocates and church-based organizations are holding a six-day environment tour in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

The activity, dubbed as Philippine Learning Tour, will be spearheaded by the People's Defense of Patrimony Against Destructive Large-Scale Mining, Environmental Plunder and Development Aggression (Protect)+ADs- Advocates for Peace (AdPeace)+ADs- and, church-based organizations.

Dipolog City Bishop Jose Manguiran, Protect chairperson, said the tour's objective is in pursuit of the gift of life and as expression of solidarity to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Manguiran said the environment tour is in response to the appeal of the IPs and non-IPs whose ancestral domain was encroached and destroyed by mining firms.

The tour is also aimed to verify the reported violation of human rights and the extent of damages within the IPs ancestral domain, said Manguiran.

He said among the places they will visit are the mine site in Sitio Balabag in the village of Depore, Bayog town+ADs- Midsalip municipality, among others.

Philippine Independent Church Bishop Antonio Ablon said God ordained the human beings to be the stewards of His creation.

Ablon added that today God's creation +ACI-is groaning because many times humans have failed to become responsible keepers of what God has entrusted to them.+ACI-

He noted that the country is rich in mineral resources and that foreign mining firms are taking advantage +ACI-of our government's subservient to foreign control and domination.+ACI-

He said investment in mining by foreign firms greatly contributes to the destruction of the environment and displaced the IPs who are the common dwellers of the gradually disappearing green habitat.

He said the continuous destruction of the natural habitat has caused countless death due to calamities and hunger.

Sominot mayor hails MindaComNet for successful infocar

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

SOMINOT, Zamboanga del Suyr, July 30 (PIA) – Mayor Stephen Acosta of this town has expressed his gratitude to the Mindanao Communicators’ Newtwork (MindaComNet) for spearheading the conduct of information caravan here last Thursday which was attended by 22 national government agencies (NGAs).

The infocar brought the different line agencies to the municipality to give and apprise the townsfolk of their programs and services that aim to reduce proverty in the area.

“Dako kaayo ang akong pagpasalamat sa presensya sa mga national government agencies nga naghatud sa ilang libre nga mga programa ug serbisyo sa mga mulupyo sa akong lungsod. (I am very grateful for the presence of the national government agencies which are offering their programs and services for free to my constituents in this town),” Acosta announced.

“Pinaagi ning maong kalihokan, masayon sa mga tawo nga modoul sa mga ahensya sa kagamhanan nga gipahiluna sa usa ka dapit aron mopadangat sa ilang mga isyu ug problema,” the mayor added.

(With this activity, it would be easier for the people to approach the national government agencies which are now gathered here.)

Acosta said some of his constituents seldom see these agencies in his town.

The NGAs were gathered at the gym and were provided with individual tables to attend to their clients.

In the same activity, the medical team of 1st Infanry (Tabak) division of the Philippine Army through the 32nd battalion performed free circumcision to 66 boys and haircut to 36 children.

The Department of Health (DOH) and Rural Health Unit (RHU) provided free general health checkup and distributed vitamins to 216 poor families.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DSENR), on the pther hand, distributed 300 mahogany and narra seedlings.

The NFA also provided supplemental feeding to 160 children while the rest of NGAs informed the residents of their respective programs and services.

Sominot was chosen by the MindaComNet as the pilot area for the information caravan, as it has the second highest poverty incidence in the region based on the results of the National Housing Targetting (NHTS) survey after Midsalip town.

Troops overrun NPA camp

By Bong Garcia

THE government troops have overrun a camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur, a military official said Tuesday.

Army’s 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said the troops overran the camp following a 30-minute clash that broke out around 3 p.m. Monday in Sitio Kamanse in the village of New Tuburan, Tigbao town.

Suelto said the fire fight ensued as the troops pursuing a group of NPA rebels behind Sunday’s ambush of a military vehicle chanced upon the fleeing rebels.

Four soldiers and another one escaped unscathed when the NPA rebels ambushed a military vehicle Sunday morning at the Deorok Bridge in the boundary of Maragang and Lacupayan village in Tigbao town.

The troops were travelling to Zamboanga City coming from a military camp in the town of Labangan, Zamboanga when the NPA rebels ambushed them.

Suelto said several personal belongings including medicines and rice abandoned by the NPA rebels who abandoned their camp.

He said no one among the troops were either killed or injured during the gun battle while it is undetermined on the side of the NPA rebels.

The rebels reportedly belong to the NPA’s Section Committee Kara operating in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur, he added.

4 troopers hurt in Zamboanga Del Sur ambush


MANILA, July 28 (PNA) --- Troopers from the 1st Infantry Division are now conducting pursuit operations against the New People's Army (NPA) band who ambushed and wounded four soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Squadron in Barangay Maragang, Tigbao town, Zamboanga Del Sur Sunday morning.

Capt. Franco Suelto, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said the incident took place around 9:00 a.m.

He said the soldiers were aboard their service vehicle, an Elf truck, and heading towards Zamboanga City when fired upon by the rebels.

Four troopers were hit initially and return fire from other accompanying vehicles repulsed the NPAs.

The wounded soldiers were quickly rushed to the Tigbao Municipal Health Center for treatment.

Suelto said that all four are now in stable condition.

Troopers from the 53rd and 5th Infantry Battalions were immediately deployed in the area to pursue the perpetrators.

“It is unfortunate and sad that the NPA continue to sow terror and violence just to pursue an irrelevant ideology. The soldiers were on administrative movement on the way to a training exercise when they were treacherously attacked by the NPA. It is a random and unplanned move on the NPA side due to their predicament and hardship in the presence of soldiers in their traditional mass base," Suelto said.

In the Zambo Peninsula, DOLE enhances employability of 12 fresh college grads through GIP; 717 new GIP interns hired this year

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Regional Director Sisinio Cano of the DOLE Regional Office No. 9 has reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that its implementation of the Government Internship Program, or GIP, in the last two years has contributed a lot to the success of the region in its various labor and employment programs, projects, and services.

Moreover, it has improved immensely the employability of the interns and prepared them to compete in the labor market.

"The DOLE-GIP is a lesson on how we at the regional office can enhance employability by giving fresh graduates the opportunity to learn and to earn income plus valuable experience which they can use to transit from school to work," said Director Cano.

He reported to Secretary Baldoz that following the completion of the internships of 12 fresh college graduates the regional office was able to engage because of additional funding, DOLE Regional Office No. 9 was able to hire more interns this year under the DOLE-GIP.

Cano said the regional office had received P73,351.58 through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) concept for the GIP in 2012. The amount is part of the additional P11,393,340 that the DBM gave the DOLE on 6 August 2012 for the DOLE-GIP.

"The sum may be small, but for the 12 GIPs from all over Zamboanga Peninsula who received their salaries equivalent to 75 percent of the existing minimum wage in the region, the amount is something of great personal value to the recipients," Cano said.

At the regional office, the 12 GIP interns were tasked to assist DOLE program implementers in the preparation of documents, such as recording, encoding, and other clerical and administrative functions.

Cano said he deployed to the different parts of the region the 12 interns who, for a daily, eight-hour work for five days a week for three months, were exposed on how the DOLE serve its clients.

Just how important and valuable the GIP was demonstrated by Nico C. Lauron, one of the 12 interns. Lauron was immediately employed at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation as a job order employee after his stint as a DOLE-GIP intern.

As to the others, Cano said he knew that many of them are already working, thanks mainly to the valuable skills and knowledge they picked up at the DOLE, making them equipped and ready to compete in the world of work.

This year, the DOLE regional office is providing employment to 717 GIPs who are serving other national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs).

Baldoz has lauded the regional office for the successful implementation of the DAP-funded GIP in 2012.

"The DAP funds for the DOLE, particularly for the GIP, have been beneficial. It enabled the DOLE to accept interns--young college graduates--who we initiated in government service. Through their internships, they earned experience which is a very important consideration when they transit from school to the real workplace. It should be noted that the lack of work-related exposure is one of the barriers young jobseekers face when applying for jobs after graduation," Baldoz said.

"The internship exposed them to labor and employment issues; helped them build their skills on functions relevant to public service delivery; and, more importantly, it contributed to our efforts to recruit the 'best and brightest' and the committed to serve the government," she concluded.

Police arrest ex-soldier tagged in 3 killings in Zamboanga Sur

(Mindanao Examiner)

PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 26, 2014) – A former army soldier accused as behind several killings in Zamboanga del Sur province had been arrested by police forces during an operation in the town of Roseller Lim, officials said Saturday.

Officials said Edison Acosta was a former member of the 55th Infantry Battalion and also included in the region’s list of illegal drug watch. Acosta, who was implicated in at least three murders, had been arrested in the village of Perfecto by joint police forces from Roseller Lim and Bayog town.

“There is no bail for Acosta who is facing several murder charges,” said Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, a regional police spokesman.

He said Acosta was tagged as behind the alleged killings of Depore village chieftain Francisco Arado, 59, and his secretary Edita Navarro, 51, in an attack in April 2012 in the mining town of Bayog. The attack also wounded Ernesto Mancao, 62, a former small scale miner.

Samuddin said Acosta was also the prime suspect in the murder of a politician Damerl Ulao in the town of Roseller Lim in June 2013. Ulao was travelling in a motorcycle when ambushed by a gunman.

It was not immediately known if police were able to establish the motives and the brains behind the three killings, but Acosta is still being investigated.

Electric service restored in Zamboanga del Sur after 3-hour power outage

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

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 25 (PNA) -- Several areas served by the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative-1 (Zamsureco-1) were hit by more than three-hour power outage Thursday after the power transmission line tripped off.

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Regional Corporate Communications Officer Elizabeth Ladaga said Friday the line tripped off around 1:59 p.m. Thursday after an uprooted Bakan tree accidentally fell towards the line between two structures in Nikulong, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Ladaga said the tree was uprooted due to inclement weather citing “heavy rains with strong winds prevailed in the area.”

Specifically, Ladaga said those who were affected were the electric consumers that are being served by the Aurora-Pagadian-San Miguel 69-kilovolt line of Zamsureco-1.

Zamsureco-1 serves 69,857 connections in Pagadian City and 24 of the 26 municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur, with 25,200 kilometers of lines energized.

However, Ladaga said that the NGCP transmission line crew managed to immediately locate the line fault and undertaken restoration works.

She said power transmission service was partially restored after bringing back power to Aurora-Pagadian 69-KV line at 3:10 p.m.

She said that power service was normalized after three hours as the Aurora-Pagadian-San Miguel 69-KV line was re-energized 5:14 p.m.

Zamboanga del Sur readies for 62nd founding anniversary celebration


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The provincial government here is making the necessary preparations for the celebration of its 62nd founding anniversary in September this year.

Provincial Information Officer Marivic Jongco said Wednesday the different activities that will be lined up for the anniversary will kick-off on September 10. The province’s founding anniversary is September 17.

Jongco said this year’s founding anniversary is themed: “2014: Malahutayong Programa, Gipaluyuhan sa Katawhan, Kalambuan sa Lalawigan (Sustainable program, Supported by the people, Development of the province).”

Provincial Secretary and Founding Anniversary Steering Committee chairperson Analyn Absin said among the activities lined up for this year’s celebration are the following: agri-trade fair; organic cooking contest; “Batang Pinoy” Mindanao qualifying leg; governor’s night; peace and order night; presentation of the 25 Miss JH Cerilles State College candidates; teachers’ and law enforcers’ night; Liga ng Barangay convention; women’s night; and, the festival dance.

Absin said the founding anniversary’s guest of honor is Senator Jose Victor Ejercito.

She said that there also will be Barangay Emergency Response Team (BERT) general assembly with Vice-President Jejomar Binay as the guest of honor.

“The current administration wants to focus on the integration and coordination of various initiatives under one development framework of the provincial government, which can be summarized as a total human development coupled with enhancement of infrastructure for socio-economic progress,” Absin said.

Army’s CMOs undergo training on news writing, broadcasting, social media utilization

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

PAGADIAN CITY, July 23 (PIA) – Civil Military Operations (CMO) officers from the 1st and 6th infantry battalions of the Philippine Army (PA) have attended the Public Affairs Seminar-Workshop held on July 16-18 at Farmer’s Haven in Dao, this city.

The training sought to develop the skills of CMO officers in handling public affairs programs in their respective areas of responsibility.

In his message, Colonel Thomas Sedano Jr., executive officer of the Ofice of the Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO-Manila, said the higher command sees the need for the CMOs to be trained in public affairs, as they play a very important role in the community.

Sedano added the CMOs were taught how to write press releases , utilize social media, conduct media interview/press conferences with invited lecturers from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 and the private media.

“This kind of training has been conducted for the first time in the different brigades and battalions in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. For Luzon-based units, the training was held in June at Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, followed by the EastMincom in Davao City and WesternMindanao in Pagadian City, this July. While for the Visayas-based units, it will be held on last week of this month,” he added.

Lt. Leo Baloja, CMO of 55th Infantry Battalion, said he learned from the training the techniques in newswriting and proper procedures in conducting media interview. “With the knowledge that I’ve learned during the seminar, I will impart it to my fellow CMOs in the lower units for them also to effectively perform their duties,” stressed Baloja.

“I hope that this activity will be held annually to ehance our skills in public affairs,” Baloja suggested.

Lt. Mayven Prima, CMO of 53rd Infantry battalion, thanked the higher headquarters for implementing the program saying, “we have learned the proper techniques in writing news.”

“The training helped us develop our our skills in performing our tasks and duties. We need to keep our stakeholders informed of the programs and activities of Philippine Army through our good press releases,” Prima concluded.

Tambulig launches Climate Change Advocacy Campaign

By Claro A. Lanipa (FPG/CAL/PIA9 with reports from Nilo Munoz/PIO-designate of Tambulig)

TAMBULIG, Zamboanga del Sur, July 22 (PIA) – To get his constituents ready for the new weather phenomenon, Mayor Caridad B. Balaod of this town and other municipal officials have launched on Friday, July 18, a Climate Change Advocacy Campaign (CCAC).

All the municipal officials and employees were wearing the CCAC brand T-shirt in the said activity, which joined by the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) led by Chief Inspector Benjamin Napigkit and the personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) headed by the Municipal Warden, SJO4 Aladin Salinding.

The activity started by putting up and establishing CCAC brand billboards in strategic areas within the poblacion, the barangays along the national highway and at the municipal integrated bus/jeepney terminal, aimed at generating public awareness on climate change adaptation and resiliency.

In the afternoon of the same day, the municipal officials and employees together with some 220 ROTC cadets from JH Cerilles State College brought along CCAC brand streamers (PUNUAN), as they joined the tree planting activity at barangay Upper Lodiong. Some 1,000 mahogany trees were planted along the road of said barangay.

The event ended with a radio program “Ikaw ug ang Palibot Karon” (You and the environment today) hosted by Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer designate Nilo A. Munoz over DXDC-FM Radio, a local radio station operated by the LGU.

CCAC radio plug, “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago… Nagbago na Ako” is also being aired daily over the same station.

MCN to conduct infocars in Sominot, Talusan towns

By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Various agencies of government are going to troop down to the remote municipalities of Sominot in Zamboanga del Sur and Talusan in Zamboanga Sibugay in an information caravan on July 24 and 25, respectively.

Participating agencies will bring along their respective programs, projects and services direct to the townsfolk during the said activity.

Immediate assistance such as free medical consultation, minor surgery and dental services will also be provided including distribution of medicines for common illnesses.

Prior to this activity, a meeting with the Municipal Action Teams (MATs) of these municipalities was held to gather firsthand the specific needs and problems of the people in the area.

These needs and problems are to be addressed during the information caravan by the government agencies concerned.

In the need analysis, people from these towns have indicated that they need certain infrastructures, livelihood assistance and skills development training, medical and dental services, supplemental feeding and many more.

The information caravan is being spearheaded by the Mindanao Communicators’ Network (MindaComNet) Inc. in partnership with the Regional Development Council (RDC) IX through the Regional Communication and Advocacy Plan – Technical Working Group (RCAP-TWG).

Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 Regional Director and MindaComNet President Noemi Edaga said close to 30 government agencies will be bringing in their services to these two municipalities.

“Given that these municipalities are seldom visited by government agencies, we take this opportunity to deliver medical services as well as other available government interventions and programs,” she said.

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