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Zambo state college buys 2 robots for tech students

By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY --The Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) has purchased two robots to boost technological knowledge of engineering and technology students.

Rommel Guillermo, ZCSPC dean of College of Engineering and Technology, said Thursday one of the acquired robots is Humanoid Robot Nao Next Gen worth PHP1.9 million and the other is VEX EDR 10, priced at PHP1 million.

Guillermo said the humanoid robot is being used in international schools and has the capability to talk, dance, and is fully programmable.

Guillermo said the VEX EDR robot is mostly being used in the industries.

He said the two robots will be used by the students taking up courses in Information Technology, Computer Technology, Electronic Technology, and Engineering, as well as Grades 11 and 12 students enrolled in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“These robots that we have acquired will develop the skills of our students from programming to simulation,” he said.

He said teachers have been trained on handling the robots, including their maintenance.

Zambo schools ready for June 3 class opening

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- All local public elementary and secondary schools are ready for the opening of classes on Monday amid a shortage of some 900 teachers.

Dr. Romy Felix Triambulo, City Schools Division superintendent, said Thursday this city is in need of some 934 teachers -- 280 teachers for kindergarten to Grade 6; 542 for Junior High Schools; and 112 for Senior High Schools.

Triambulo said 223,922 students are expected to troop to public schools on June 3 based on the recorded early enrolment conducted from January until February this year.

Of the total figure, Triambulo said that 22,610 enrolled in kindergarten; 121,718, elementary (Grade 1 to 6); 67,916, Junior High School; and, 11,678, Senior High School.

He said the number of public school teachers totaled 7,732 only, and that the city would be needing 934 new teachers this year based on planning analysis.

He said a request for additional teachers last year was not granted by the central office of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Triambulo said he hopes his request for additional teachers would be granted this year.

PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula has new director

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has assigned a graduate of the PNP Academy (PNPA) to head the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula.

Installed on Wednesday, May 29, as the new PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula director is Police Brigadier General Froilan Flores Quidilla, a graduate of PNPA Tagapagtangol Class of 1987.

Quidilla replaced Police Brigadier General Emmanuel Luis Licup, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Hinirang Class of 1987.

Police Major General Daniel Macatlang, Jr., Directorate for Integrated Police Operation-Western Mindanao director, presided the turnover of command ceremony held at the multi-purpose hall of Camp Colonel Romeo Abendan, Zamboanga City.

Quidilla expressed his gratitude and great appreciation to Licup for laying the ground works in advancing the mission and vision of the PNP in making Zamboanga Peninsula a better place to live, work and do business.

“As I accept the flag and colors of PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula, the symbol of authority – I will be one with all of you in the continuance of the good service my predecessor has laid and we will continue the good legacy for the benefit of the people of Region 9,” Quidilla said.

Licup has thanked the men and women of PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula for the support they have extended during his stint as regional director.

“Our accomplishments would not have been possible if not for everyone doing their part and performing to the best of their abilities and responsibilities. The most notable and most recent of these achievements is that we were successful in carrying out our security operations during the recently concluded national and local elections. I am also proud to say that during my stint, we have no cases of kidnapping in the region and we held our own in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Licup said.

Licup, who has served as PRO-Zamboanga Peninsula director for eight months, was reassigned to the PNP national headquarters as the Acting Deputy Director of Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.

Quidilla, prior to his assignment here, has served as the deputy regional director for administration of PRO-Mimaropa.

The new assignments of two senior officers have been approved by Police General Oscar Albayalde, PNP director, upon the recommendations of the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board.

Two more years for Zamboanga City full recovery from 2013 siege — local officials

By Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Dante Amento)

Local officials in Zamboanga City said it will take two years for the full recovery of Zamboanga City after the 2013 siege.

There are still over 1,000 unfinished housing for the victims. Local officials said there was difficulty in getting land which delayed construction.

According to Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, Officer-in-charge, Housing and Land Management Division, full recovery in Zamboanga city would take two more years.

“In the next two years it has to be completed not only the housing construction but also the power, water, the sewer, and the footbridges,” he said.

Among the unfinished projects under the Zamboanga City Road Map include the reconstruction and recovery of the bridge in Barangay Rio Hondo.

“All wooden footbridges needing immediate repair has been recommended for repair or rehabilitation by converting to more permanent and concrete footbridges,” Pagotaisidro adds.

Based on the data of the city government there are 6,341 fully constructed housing, 5,112 were already turned over to the beneficiaries while 1,229 are still under construction.

Zambo City joins National Flag Day celebration

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY --The City of Zamboanga will join the nation in the observance of the 121st National Flag Day on Tuesday, May 28.

A flag-raising ceremony will be held at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Plaza Rizal, spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus in coordination with the city government, to officially kick off and celebrate the Flag Day.

City Administrator Marie Angelique Go said Monday that the observance will serve as an encouragement for residents to exercise patriotism and love for country.

“The National Flag Day will be celebrated all throughout the country on May 28 through various activities that raise awareness about patriotism,” Go said.

The National Flag Day commemorates the day when the Philippine flag was first raised after the victory in the Battle of Alapan in 1898, wherein Filipino revolutionaries led by General Emilio Aguinaldo defeated Spanish troops to recapture the province of Cavite.

The commemoration of the Flag Day was further extended with Executive Order 173, signed by former President Fidel Ramos, which set the observance from May 28 to June 12.

TESDA, Zambo City partner to implement free education

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is partnering with the local government in the implementation of Republic Act 10931 for the best interest of the youth sector.

RA10931, or the Unified Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, institutionalizes free tuition and exemption from other fees in state universities and colleges, local universities and colleges in the country.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Dr. Vincent Aljon Cifra, TESDA regional director, met Thursday and discussed measures, such as how the local government and TESDA can work together to implement the program in this city.

Salazar said Saturday Cifra informed her that the national government has allocated PHP445 million for the Zamboanga Peninsula with 10,700 slots to cover.

She said that a total of 3,750 slots have been approved so far, based on the record of the TESDA regional office through the implementation of RA 10931.

The law requires the involvement of state-run technical vocational institutions, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs).

Zambo City earns high rating on child protection

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) has attained the highest level of functionality for 2018.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently informed her, through a letter, that the city's LCPC has attained the ideal level of functionality which is the highest, with an equivalent rating of 103 percent.

Salazar chairs the LCPC.

The rating earned in 2018 is 1 percent higher than the city’s LCPC 102-percent rating in 2017.

Salazar said Friday that the rating was a result of the evaluation and assessment conducted by the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force (RIMTF) team last April 2.

She said local government units (LGUs) are encouraged to organize their respective LCPCs as mandated under the law, based on DILG Memorandum 2002-121.

The LCPC is responsible for planning and spearheading programs for children in the locality with the end in view of making it child-friendly.

She said the need to make the LCPC functional is crucial to sustain national efforts in the localization of the National Strategic Framework for Plan Development for Children.

Construction of Zambo command control center to start in June

By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The construction of the Command Control Center that would house under one roof the first responders, including security, is set to start next month.

Dr. Elmeir Jade Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief, said Wednesday that the center will be built at the city government-owned lot in Barangay Cabatangan.

Apolinario said the city government has allocated PHP100 million to construct the center that will house the police, military and intelligence network; monitoring center of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras; and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices including its equipment.

Apolinario said the Command and Control Center will strengthen coordination among security and disaster response stakeholders.

“With the office in place, there will be an avenue for better coordination between police, military, and other responders for a good Disaster Risk Reduction Management communication and response,” he said.

He said the center will be constructed by a locally-based private construction firm and set to be completed in one year.

DA sets 3-day reg’l agri-fishery fair in Zambo City

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is holding a three-day Regional Agri-Aqua Fair to promote the products of farmers, fisher folks and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) here in the region.

The three-day activity will kick off Friday and ends Sunday and will be held at the third-floor conference hall of KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

Yvette Avellaneda, DA regional information officer, said Thursday AgriVenta aims to promote the region’s agri-fishery top commodities to the general public.

Avellaneda said it also aims to develop local farmers, fishers and MSME’s capacity to optimize market links and agribusiness investment opportunities. It also seeks to build strong partnership and convergence with other government agencies and increase market development support services to private sector industry groups, she added.

The three-day activity is spearheaded by the DA in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other private sector industry groups.

Zambo cops join Brigada Eskwela

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Police Regional Office 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) has tasked at least 700 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel to join the “Brigada Eskwela” program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

This, as the week-long Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week, kicked off across the country on Monday. The activity ends Saturday.

The Brigada Eskwela brings together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the new academic year in June.

Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup, PRO-9 director, said Tuesday the participation of policemen in Brigada Eskwela activities across the region is part of the organization's contribution to community service in areas where they serve, aside from rendering security duties.

Licup said some of the policemen were tasked to repair and repaint classrooms; fix dilapidated desks, chairs, and tables; cut overgrown grasses; and clean the school premises, among others.

This year’s Brigada Eskwela, he said, is a challenge, mainly because of the mess left during last week’s mid-term elections in public schools that were used as polling precincts.

In this city, personnel of the Zamboanga City Police Office, headed by Col. Thomas Joseph Martir, joined the kick-off parade and program at about 7:30 a.m. Monday.

They then joined the cleanup during the Brigada Eskwela activity held at the Maria Clara Lobregat National High School in Barangay Divisoria.

This year’s Brigada Eskwela is anchored on the theme, “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan”.

Meanwhile, Licup said they have already designed plans and program for the deployment of policemen in all public schools to ensure a secure and orderly opening of classes in the region on June 3.

2nd batch of SPES starts work

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

THE second batch of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) officially commenced Monday, May 20, with 1,400 beneficiaries.

Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led the orientation program at the Mayor Agan Coliseum with words of encouragement for the SPES beneficiaries which is composed of college students.

Socorro Rojas, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) chief, said the second SPES batch will also have a 20-day work period, performing work and responsibilities in different villages and local government offices.

Meanwhile, Rojas said the first SPES batch will be wrapping up on May 27.

Composed of high school students, Rojas said the first batch has a total of 1,366 beneficiaries who began the SPES program on April 23.

The SPES program is jointly undertaken by the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment.

Rojas said the city government will shoulder the full costs of the salaries of the second SPES batch beneficiaries, which is set at P503.09 per day for a total income of P10,061.80 for 20 days.

Zambo water firm eyes negotiated contract for cloud seeding

By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is planning to enter into a negotiated contract for the cloud seeding operations here, which were aimed at inducing rainfall and cushion the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Engineer Marli de Fiesta, ZCWD department manager for engineering and construction, said Monday they came up with the plan after two bidding processes failed for lack of participants.

De Fiesta said the contractors may have failed to participate in the biddings here since they are preoccupied with the conduct of cloud seeding operations in Luzon and the Visayas.

A total of PHP2.5 million has been allocated for the cloud seeding operations.

Of the amount, the ZCWD has allocated PHP1 million; Prime Water, PHP1 million; and the city government, PHP500,000.

De Fiesta said the water level at the diversion dam remains below the 74.20-meter normal level, prompting the ZCWD to impose water rationing.

The ZCWD started implementing water rationing since January, this year. The first schedule was 12 hours with available water supply, which was later shortened to six hours, and then to nine hours.

De Fiesta said the water rationing will continue since the dry spell will last up to August, according to the weather bureau.

2nd batch of SPES start work May 20

By Bong Garcia (SunStar Philippines)

THE second batch of students hired under the Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) will start working with the Zamboanga City Government on Monday, May 20.

Socorro Rojas, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) chief, said the second batch of SPES beneficiaries, composed of 1,400 college students, will work for a period of 20 days with a rate of P503.09 per day for a total income of P10,061.80.

Rojas, also the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) manager, said the orientation for the second batch will be on Monday, May 20 starting at 8 a.m. at the Mayor Vitaliano Agan Coliseum in Tetuan village.

Rojas said the first batch, composed of 1,366 high school students, started working on April 23 and will end on Monday, May 20.

She added that the same rate will be paid to the first batch beneficiaries.

The SPES program is jointly undertaken by the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) with a 60-40 percent sharing in the payment of salaries.

The city has initially allocated P16 million for the program.

Rojas said that the salaries for the second batch will be shouldered entirely by the city government, as the Dole has decreased its SPES budget this year.

May 13 mid-term poll winners in Zambo City proclaimed

By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Reelectionist Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, her running mate, and majority of the council aspirants in the “Team Climaco” have been proclaimed as “winners” in the May 13 mid-term polls.

Five of the “Team Climaco’s” council aspirants won in the first district while four in the second district. The rest of the winners belongs to the “Red Team” or “Team Lobregat”.

Salazar and her party mates were proclaimed late Thursday by the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) headed by Lawyer Jan Christian Babiera, second district election officer.

Salazar has been re-elected mayor on her third term of office as she garnered 140,362 votes against her closest rival, First District Rep. Celso Lobregat, with 107,621 votes. There were five candidates for mayor.

Salazar’s running mate, Lawyer and Councilor Rommel Agan, won in the vice mayoralty race with 104,976 votes while his closest rival, lawyer and former City councilor Melchor Rey Sadain, acquired 97,545 votes. Three candidates have ran for vice mayor.

The winners for city councilors in the first district and the votes they garnered were as follows: Councilor Josephine Pareja, 75,546; Councilor Elbert Atilano 61,638; Ayala Barangay Councilor Khymer Olaso 54,644; Councilor Joselito Macrohon, 54,050; former Councilor Rogelio Valesco, 52,516; Councilor Cesar Jimenez, 50,673; former priest Crisanto Dela Cruz, 50,558; and, Calarian Barangay Chairperson El King Omaga, 47,240. Olaso, Macrohon, and Valesco belong to the “Team Lobregat.”

The winners in the second district and the votes they acquired were the following: Tetuan Barangay Chairperson John Dalipe, 85,745; Councilor Benjamin Guingona IV, 66,819; Councilor Juan Climaco Elago II, 64,548; Councilor Lilibeth Nuño, 60,819; Councilor Miguel Alavar III, 60,430; Councilor Al-Jihan Edding, 59,798; Councilor Jimmy Villaflores, 58,341; and, former Councilor Vincent Paul Elago, 50,603.

Guingona, Nuño, Alavar, and Vincent Paul Elago ran under the “Team Lobregat.”

Salazar vowed to strengthen her program on security, health, and education.

The winning candidates have expressed their gratitude to the local electorates for their support in the mid-term polls.

City gov’t undertakes P27-M projects

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

THE local government will soon unveil the newly constructed covered sheds and pathways amounting to P27 million in Zamboanga City.

Engineer Christopher Navarro, head of the City Engineer’s Office, said the construction of the covered sheds in the city proper is being undertaken by Everlast Construction in the total amount of P26,948,070.

Navarro said that the covered walk project covers 2,465 linear meters.

Navarro said it includes supply and installation of plants, garden soil, concrete flower pots, and installation of 433 sets of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) fluorescent fixtures.

He said that another ongoing project is the development of center islands on R.T. Lim Boulevard amounting to P16,540,110.15, which is being undertaken by Altos Construction.

He said that improvement of Paseo del Mar is likewise being undertaken by Everlast Construction in the amount of P45,574,889.00.

The improvement project includes a mini skate park, roadway and sidewalk, trench drain, circular seats, site development, children’s playground, softscape, electrical works and construction of power house.

Navarro said the Y.N. Builders and Supply is currently undertaking the development of parks and gardens project worth P5,233,949.64, which includes the construction of a stage at Paseo del Mar.

Water system project for Zamboanga siege victims starts

By BONG GARCIA (SunStar Philippines)

LAYING of pipes for the water system project in areas affected by the 2013 siege in Zamboanga City has commenced first week of May.

Undertaken by a private contractor under the supervision of the Zamboanga City Water District and the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), the project is worth P95 million and will cover the villages of Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Rio Hondo and Mariki.

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief, said the contractor started the water pipe laying May 4 and as of May 15, there are already 13 pipes installed in Ayer Village in Sta. Barbara.

Apolinario said the pipe laying forms part of the P291.032 million water and sewer system with pipe support and the P189.991 million sewerage treatment plant that broke ground last March 8.

Apolinario said the water and sewer system project is awarded to Verzontal Builders Inc. and involves water supply and sewer pipe laying, construction of booster station and installation of service connections.

He said it will cover the villages of Mariki, Rio Hondo and Kasanyangan. The project is expected to be completed in April 2020.

He said the sewerage treatment plant project, on the other hand, is awarded to Mactan Rock Industries Company and involves the procurement for the design, build and testing of 1,500 and 2,000 cubic meter per day sewage treatment plants.

He said the construction is expected to be completed in May 2020.

Apolinario said the project fund in the amount of P527 million was downloaded from the national government to LWUA in 2015 but implementation of the project was delayed due to several failed biddings.

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