Zamboanga del Sur News October 2013

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Lapuyan Falls: The favorite haunt of the fair Subanen maidens of Sitio Baga and all its neighboring areas, usual meeting place with many a young country swain in some secluded cavern beneath the rocky forest lane.
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Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?

WHY??

There are only two kinds of people who teach tolerance:
  1. The Bullies. They want you to tolerate them so they can continue to maliciously deprive you. Do not believe these bullies teaching tolerance, saying that it’s the path to prevent hatred and prejudice.
  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.
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Pagadian detainees participate in Monday’s balloting

By Gideon C. Corgue (GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) – At least 185 detainees have cast their votes inside Pagadian City Jail in last Monday’s barangay elections.

City warden Senior Inspector Mashur S. Sala said of the 193 registered detainee voters, 185 were able to cast their votes comprising 162 males and 23 females.

Mashur said it was the second time that onsite voting was held at Pagadian City Jail; the first was held on May 10, 2013 national and local elections.

Mashur said the detainees’ right to vote was upheld by Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Resolution No. 8811 sustaining the “right to vote of persons deprived of their liberty (detainees/prisoners) in national prisons, provincial, city and municipal jails and other government detention facilities in the national and local elections.”

“Our inmates are still innocent. Like ordinary citizens, they have the right to vote,” Mashur stressed.

“Voting is the fundamental right and a cornerstone of our democracy, thus our government gives inmates the right to vote while they are inside the detention facilities,” Mashur added.

The jail chief said that when the number of registered detainee voters reached 100 or more, the voting shall be held inside the detention facilities to be managed by a Special Board of Election Tellers (SBET).

“In the case of Pagadian City Jail, we have almost 200 registered detainee voters, thus the onsite voting was held in our detention facilities,” Mashur added.

“The government has not deprived the inmates of their rights, instead they’re allowed to exercise their right to vote, as their participation in every election does not only determine their future but the future of their children as well,” Mashur concluded.

Feature: Unity of scouts, leaders: key to BSP-Zambo Sur-Pagadian Council’s success

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY – Because of its sincere dedication and commitment to helping Boys Scout of the Philippines (BSP) fulfill its mission and vision, the BSP Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Council has recently been conferred the “Achiever’s Award” presented by BSP Western Mindanao regional chairman Ansary Maongco during the recently held 8th Western Mindanao Regional Scout Jamboree in Oroquieta City.

No less than the council chairman, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, received the award.

In handing the award, Maongco said: “This award is presented to the BSP-Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Council in recognition of its exemplary contribution to the performance of the entire Western Mindanao Region…and for conducting BSP leadership training and monthly scouting activity.”

According to Maongco, the award is given only once in every three years to any of the councils that contributed significantly to the organization.


Biggest registration

In the whole region, BSP-Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Council has been able to register 50,700 scouts, showing a 103 percent rise over its goal. It also produced 18 eagle scouts and 7,235 advance scouts for higher rank.

From January to October this year, the council has also conducted training for 49 managers and 806 unit leaders with 713 more scouts to undergo Boy Scout Leadership Training.


Biggest delegation

The BSP regional chairman has also expressed his elation over the all-out support and attendance by the scouts and scouts leaders to the activity.

Maongco commended the council for registering more than 1,000 scouts in the jamboree.

“I am very impressed with the number of participants which Governor Antonio Cerilles sent to us during the jamboree. I am very happy and thankful to the Zambaonga del Sur-Pagadian City Council,” Maongco announced.

In his response, Cerilles said “we sent more than 1,000 delegates to this 8th WMR jamboree to show our strong support to the scouting movement and to the host council.”


Unity of leaders

Governor Cerilles beamed with pride in receiving the award along with almost all Sangguniang Panlalawigan members as well as municipal and vice mayors of Zamboanga del Sur, all clad in complete Philippine Scout uniforms.

Cerilles said he asked the provincial board members and municipal and vice mayors to join him in receiving the award saying that “the award is the result of the collective efforts of the officials in supporting scouting activities.”

“If you see the political leaders as one, then you will see strength that would bring the future of the young people in Mindanao,” Cerilles announced as he underscored the importance of unity and oneness among leaders.

“Nakadayeg ako sa hingpit nga suporta ug kooperasyon gihatag sa local government units sa Zamboanga del Sur ug Pagadian City ngadto sa ilang council hinungdan nga dasig kaayo ang mga scouts mohimo sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga gimbuhaton(I am delighted with the full support and cooperation extended by the local government units of Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City to the council. That is why the scouts are motivated to do their respective tasks),” said Zamboanga del Norte scout leader Noriente Ferrer.


Instilling discipline

Meanwhile, Misamis Occidental Governor Herminia Ramiro expressed elation for choosing Misamis Occidental as the venue of the event.

“I thank the organizers for choosing Misamis Occidental to be the venue of this momentous, historical event – the 8th Western Mindanao Regional Scout Jamboree,” Ramiro said.

“I acknowledged scouting as very commendable event that instills discipline, alertness, volunteerism, among many other values that are vital in the development of our youths to equip them before they take over the process of nation building,” Ramiro declared.


First biggest event

Meanwhile, Oroquieta Mayor Jason Almonte thanked the participation of the different contingents saying it made scouting in the city alive again.

The chief executive said with this historic event, “Oroquieta will be placed in the country’s map.”

“In this Jamboree, the first biggest historic event being held in our city, I am very much confident that Oroquieta will be placed in the country’s map,” Almonte stressed.


Overall champion

The BSP-Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian Council was adjudged the overall champion during the four-day scouting event besting 11 other contingents from all over the region.

The participating BSP councils were Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog-Dapitan (ZANDIDAP), Zamboanga del Sur – Pagadian City, Basilan, Sulu, Tawitawi, Maguindanao, Iligan City , Cotabato City, Zamboanga City, and Misamis Occidental.

“We are very proud to announce that the Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Council was adjudged the overall champion in the 8th WMR jamboree,” Council Scout Executive Julwin Lahaylahay said in a phone interview.

“The council garnered a dozen of plaques and 3 trophies. These awards are a proof of the fruit of their labor,” Lahayhay added.

Specifically, the council got champion in fancy drill (elementary, high school and adult categories); 1st runner up, island hopping competition (adult leaders section category); 1st runner up, knot typing competition (senior scouts section category); 2nd runner-up, final showdown in street dancing competition, 2nd runner-up, island hopping competition (senior scouts section category), 2nd runner-up, knot typing competition (adult leaders section category).

Its special awards were overall champion, biggest delegation, and best camp.

The 8th WMR Jamboree was held at the Misamis Occidental Provincial Action Center in Oroquieta City with the theme, “Scouting education for life.”

Explosion fails to stop ballots canvassing in Pagadian City

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR/UTB

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 29 (PNA) -– A dynamite explosion has disrupted but failed to stop the canvassing of votes in one of the 26 barangays in Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur province.

Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca said the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Monday in Barangay White Beach, Pagadian City.

However, Huesca said no one was either killed or injured in the dynamite explosion at a swampy area some 60 meters away from the White Beach Elementary School.

Huesca said the explosion occurred while the canvassing of the ballots was ongoing.

He said the canvassing of ballots was stopped but continued around 9 p.m. after assessment made by the Pagadian City police officer-in-charge Supt. Glenn Macario Dulawan.

He said the Pagadian City police theorized that the incident could be the handiwork of a losing candidate with the purpose to disrupt the conduct of the canvassing.

He said investigation is underway to unmask the culprit of the incident.

Gunmen try, but fail to disrupt election in Dimataling, Zambo Sur

(PNA), FFC/TPGJR/UTB

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) -– The election for barangay officials went on as scheduled despite attempt by gunmen to disrupt the political exercise in one of the barangays in Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported.

Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca said that gunmen indiscriminately fired their guns towards the old public market in Barangay Poblacion, Dimataling town in a bid to scare away the electorates.

Huesca said that no one was however killed or injured since the old public market has been dilapidated already and “there’s no occupant anymore.”

Huesca said the old public market is located some 500 meters away from the polling place for Barangay Poblacion.

He said the incident did not hamper the conduct of the election that went on peacefully and orderly.

Huesca said the gunmen were already gone when the responding policemen arrived.

He said the Dimataling police command is conducting follow-up investigation to determine the identities of the gunmen and their group affiliation.

Zambo Sur town bets sign peace covenant

(Daily Zamboanga Times)

The candidates in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur have pledged to abide by the law for a peaceful and orderly barangay elections Monday, a police official announced Friday.

Tigbao police chief Sr. Insp. Norbert Velonza said the candidates for barangay chairmen and councilmen have signed a peace covenant Thursday in ceremonies at the municipal gymnasium.

Tigbao, which comprises 18 barangays, is a fifth class municipality in Zamboanga del Sur.

The town has a population of 16,914 people in 3,089 households as of the 2000 Census on Population conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

“The signing of the covenant is aimed to enjoin the candidates on their vital role in the preservation of peace and order in the province of Zamboanga del Sur in relation to the upcoming barangay election 2013,” Velonza said.

The covenant signing was witnessed by municipal officials as well as top officials of the police, military, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission on Elections (Comelec).

DTI-Zambo Sur names winners of Search for cleanest food establishments

By Charnyl S. Albarracin [(PNA), CTB/TPGJR/CSA/RSM]

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 26 (PNA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has bared names of winners in the search for the cleanest food establishments in the city.

The awarding ceremony was held Friday afternoon and each of the winners received plaques of recognition since the search do not involve monetary prizes.

DTI Provincial director Ma. Socorro Atay said Saturday the search is aimed at maintaining high standards of cleanliness in all food establishments in the city.

The search is now on its 14th year since it started in 1999 and is conducted every month of October in consonance with the observance of the National Consumer Welfare Month.

The winners in the Restaurant Franchise Category are the following: first place, Mc Donald’s; second place, Chowking; and, third place, Greenwich.

For Hotel and Restaurant Category, the winners are: Four Queens Resort, first place; Mardale Hotel, second place; and, Hotel Alindahaw, third place.

In the Local Restaurant Category, the winners are: Rodolfo’s Cuisine, first place; Rosettes Food Mart, second place; and Al Netivs Restaurant, third place.

The winners for Bakeshop Franchise/Chain Category are the following: ALC Butterbun, first place; Dunkin Donuts, second place; and, Golda’s Cakes & Pastries–Gaisano & Carmela Dulce Home Favorite Cakes and Pastries, third place.

The winners for Bakeshop Local Category are: Rosettes Bakeshop, first place; Merjulyn Bakeshop, second place; and, Fortune Bakery, third place.

For fastfood Category, the winner is Best Emporium Fastfood.

Meanwhile, the Nanay Violata Kan-anan grabbed the first place in the Carenderia Category and Princess Native Resto & Catering Services was adjudged as the second placer.

Atay said the search is aimed at attracting more customers and “at the end of the day, their income will increase.”

DTI spearheaded the search in collaboration with the Pagadian City Consumers Association, Inc. (PCCAI), the ConsumerNet such as the Department of Health (DOH), City Health Office (CHO), Department of Agriculture (DA), City Agriculture’s Office (CAO), Department of Education (DepEd), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

DA provides corn postharvest processing center in Zamboanga del Sur

(PNA), LAM/TPGJR/UTB

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 25 (PNA) -– The Department of Agriculture (DA) has turned-over a corn postharvest processing facility providing a boost to a farmer cooperative engaged in corn farming in Zamboanga del Sur.

The beneficiary of the processing facility, known as the Village Type Corn Postharvest Processing Center (VTCPPC), is the Dinas Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DCMPC) of Dinas municipality in Zamboanga del Sur province.

DA Assistant Regional Director Peter Andalahao led the recent turnover of the facility as well as the ceremonial switch-on of the processing center.

“Food Staple Sufficiency Program is a big project to address poverty. We are very happy to note that DCMPC helps us make our nation food sufficient by increasing corn production,” Andalahao said in a statement.

The facility was installed in Barangay Mulom, Lapuyan town although the beneficiary-cooperative is from the nearby Dinas municipality.

DCMPC Manager Santiago Arig, Jr. said they chose to put up the project in Barangay Mulom, Lapuyan as they do not have enough space in Dinas.

“Since we have one hectare land in Molum, we decided to put the project there. In that case we can also offer services to the rest of the farmers not just in Dinas but to the neighboring town,” Arig said in a statement.

The VTCPPC is equipped with one unit corn cob dryer (10 metric tons capacity), one unit Sheller, one unit Recirculating Batch Type Grain Dryer (six metric tons capacity), one unit Biomass Furnace with indirect-fire and automatic temperature control for corn on cob dryer and corn grain dryer and one unit Bagging Bin (5.6 metric tons capacity).

Over all, The VTCPPC can process 10 metric tons corn on cob with 14 percent moisture content corn kernels.

DCMPC Board Chairman Pedro Bernante said they have assigned members who will manage the center.

Bernante said those who want to avail of the facility’s service should pay P1.50 per kilo for members and P1.60 for non members.

“It is a big honor to be given such project. We are also happy that we are not the only municipality that can benefit of this project but also the neighboring municipalities. All farmers are welcome to use the facility,” Dinas Vice Mayor Felicito Chavez said.

“At least now all the produce of my farmers will not go to waste. We will treasure and help protect the project,” Lapuyan Mayor Daylinda Sulong said.

CDA: No Zamboanga del Sur coop involve in pork barrel scam

(PNA), LAM/TPGJR/CSALBARRACIN/UTB

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 24 (PNA) -– The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) announced that no one among the 172 registered cooperatives in this province is involved in the pork barrel scam.

This was disclosed here by CDA Regional Director Watanabe Roales in a media forum Wednesday to drumbeat the observance of this year’s Cooperative Month.

Roales said although there are some cooperatives in this province or even in the region which have received funds from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers, none was summoned or investigated by the Commission on Audit (COA).

CDA Assistant Regional Director Ruben Cunanan disclosed that some of the cooperatives received P50,000 to P100,000 financial assistance from lawmakers but most of them have already submitted liquidation reports.

Roales said that majority of the 172 cooperatives in this province are of good standing and 130 of these cooperatives have already submitted annual reports as of this month.

Roales has reminded all cooperatives that failure to submit the required annual reports in two consecutive years will be delisted from the CDA master list.

Roales said the top three cooperatives in this province are the Aurora Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AIMCOOP), Danlugan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative based on CDA annual information listing.

Meanwhile, Cunanan said the observance of Cooperative Month every October showcases the cooperative sector's achievements anchored with the theme: “Cooperative paves the way for inclusive growth.”

Cleanest food establishments in Zambo Sur to receive award Friday

(PNA),LAP/TPGJR/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 23 (PNA) -- The winners in the search for the cleanest food establishments in this city will be proclaimed on Friday, October 25, at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office.

Last week, at least 63 food establishments were subjected to rigorous health inspections in line with the search for the cleanest restaurants, eateries, and bakeshops here.

DTI Provincial Director Ma. Socorro Atay said Wednesday the search is aimed at maintaining high standard of cleanliness in all food establishments in Pagadian City.

She said the participants to the search include 25 restaurants, 15 eateries, and bakeshops.

According to Atay, the search is very unique because it does not involve monetary rewards. The winners are awarded with plaques of recognition.

Atay said the search is to encourage the owners of food establishments to maintain and sustain cleanliness for the benefit and welfare of their customers.

She added the search is also aimed at attracting more customers and “at the end of the day, their income will increase.”

The search is now on its 14th year since it started in 1999. It is conducted every month of October in consonance with the National Consumer Welfare Month celebration.

The search was spearheaded by DTI in collaboration with the Pagadian City Consumers Association, Inc. (PCCAI), the Consumer Net such as the Bureau of Foods and Drugs (BFAD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO), and City Health Office (CHO).

DTI-Zambo Sur cautions public against buying old Christmas lights

(PNA), PDS/TPGJR/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 22 (PNA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has cautioned the public against buying old stocks imported Christmas lights to avoid potential hazard to lives and properties.

DTI Provincial Director Ma. Socorro Atay issued the warning as the public is expected to buy electrical decorations since the Christmas season is fast approaching.

Atay said old Christmas lights pose danger to the users as the wires and bulbs would have deteriorated over the years.

Atay added that Christmas lights with Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers issued more than three years ago and earlier are no longer safe to use and are already banned.

Atay advised the buying public to buy electrical Christmas decorations with ICC stickers issued in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 “for these are safe to use.”

“As consumers, we should be critical about the products we use daily. Among the things to be considered in buying and using consumer products are its quality and standard,” she said.

She added the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) has issued list of authorized importers and traders and approved brands of Christmas lights for the guidance of the buyers.

She said they will conduct inspections to ensure that Christmas lights with old ICC stickers are no longer sold to the public.

She enjoined the public to be vigilant in protecting themselves against hazards from the use of sub-standard products particularly electrical Christmas decorations.

DTI-ZamboSur holds search for cleanest restaurant, eatery, bakeshops

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) – In an effort to maintain high standard of cleanliness in all food establishments, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in collaboration with the Pagadian City Consumers Association, Inc. (PCCAI) and Consumers Net recently conducted a search for cleanest restaurants, eateries, and bakeshops in the city.

DTI Provincial Director Ma. Socorro M. Atay told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in an interview that the search for cleanest food establishments, which started in 1999, is being conducted every October in consonance with the National Consumer Welfare Month celebration.

Atay said “the search is very unique because it has no monetary awards and the winners will only be given plaques of recognition.”

The search, which is now on its 14th year, looks into the preparation as well as the production area and surroundings to ensure clean and safe foods.

“All these years, the search was refined, upgraded, and developed by the member-agencies of consumer net such as the Bureau of Foods and Drugs (BFAD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO), City Health Office (CHO), etc. to effectively serve the consumers,” Atay said.

“Whoever will be judged as cleanest restaurants, eateries and bakeshops, most likely customers will flock to these establishments to buy foods and at the end of the day, their income will increase. This is the only award that we can give them – the fame,” Atay explained.

Atay also encouraged owners of these establishments to maintain and sustain cleanliness in their facilities and surroundings for the benefit and welfare of their customers,” Atay concluded.

The proclamation of winners will be held on Oct. 31 during the culmination of the Consumer Welfare Month celebration at DTI provincial office.

WANTED PERSON ARRESTED

By PO2 Radzben S. Jul (PNP-RPIO9)

On or about 3:45 in the afternoon of October 18, 2013, PNP elements of Guipos Police Station proceeded to the public market of purok 4, Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga Del Sur to affect the arrest of one Leony Manliquez who has a standing warrant of arrest.

The accused was successfully arrested by the elements of said police station by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Benjamin R. Lanzaderas, presiding judge branch 22 Regional Trial Court based in Pagadian city docketed in criminal case number 11124-2k13 for the crime of robbery.

He is now in the custody of Guipos Police Station for proper disposition.

Guipos Police Station Hotline is 09056125992.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS

By PO2 Radzben S. Jul (PNP-RPIO9)

On or about 1:30 in the afternoon of October 17, 2013, elements of Margosatubig Police Station conducted anti-drug buy bust operation at the Purok Orchids, Poblacion, Margosatubig Zamboanga Del Sur which resulted to the arrest of three suspects identified as: Joel Vina Gallego, 33 years old, of Barangay Baluno, Dimataling, Zamboanga Del Sur, Mariabeth Guiaya Malinao, 22 years old, single, jobless, of Barangay Poblacion, San Miguel, Zamboanga Del Sur and Jornalyn Malundo Tiamson , 21 years old, single, jobless, of Serin, Poblacion, Margosatubig Zamboanga Del Sur.

Confiscated from the possession and control of Joel Vina Gallego were six heat sealed transparent sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, drugs paraphernalia and one homemade caliber 45 pistol colt bearing serial number 857416 with one mag loaded with six live ammos while confiscated from the possession and control of Mariabeth Guiaya Malinao were two rolled foils and two disposable lighters.

Jornalyn Malundo was caught on the act using and sniffing illegal drugs.

Meanwhile an inquest case for violation of RA 10591 in relation to Commission of election gun ban and RA 9165 are now being prepared against Joel Vina Gallego while violation of RA 9165 is prepared for filing against Mariabeth Guiaya Malinao and Jornalyn Malundo Tiamson.

Margosatubig Police Station Hotline is 09994350750.

Pagadian police ready for barangay polls

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) here is ready to assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure the conduct of a free, orderly, honest barangay elections come Oct. 28.

City police director Superintendent Glenn Macario Dulawan in an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-IX on Wednesday disclosed that the Comelec, PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have already made the necessary preparations for the upcoming barangay balloting.

Dulawan said the deployment of troops to the polling centers, establishment of Comelec-PNP-AFP checkpoints, and the strict enforcement of Comelec gun ban are among the security plans laid down for the barangay elections.

When asked how ready the PNP to assist the Comelec during the barangay elections, Dulawan said “we are 90% ready as of now.”

“I have already submitted to the provincial headquarters the final list of PNP personnel to be deployed to the different polling centers,” Dulawan added.

Dulawan said the PNP strictly implemented Comelec’s 45-day ban on carrying firearms at the start of election period. “In fact, we have arrested two persons for the gun ban violation and we have filed formal charges against them for the violation of the Omnibus Election Code in the court,” Dulawan reported.

To raise public awareness, the police official stressed that police community relations (PCR) staff also distributed brochures on the prohibited acts in connection with the barangay elections during the “Ugnayan sa Barangay,” a regular program of the PNP regularly held in the 54 barangays in the city.

Pagadian City mayor overhauls solid waste management board

(PNA), PDS/TPGJR/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 17 (PNA) -–Mayor Romeo Pulmones has reconstituted the City Ecological Solid Waste Management Board in a bid to regain its glory as the “cleanest and greenest component city in the region.”

Pulmones reconstituted the Board through the issuance of Executive Order No. 40 as he vowed to pursue the implementation of Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 to bring back the glory days of this city as the cleanest and greenest city in the region.

Pulmones also issued E.O. No. 42 mandating the conduct of the search of the cleanest and greenest barangay (village) and purok (zone) in this city.

Pulmones said the city government would acquire additional trucks to boost the collection of garbage in this city.

He said workers would be assigned to maintain the cleanliness in city streets, trimming and vegetation control in all of parks and walkways here.

He said they were conducting an intensified information and education campaign for waste segregation on the households level in preparation for the implementation of “no segregation, no collection” policy in this city.

He said the campaign aimed to teach the households to segregate the wastes in line with the implementation of the “no segregation, no collection policy” starting next month.

He said they are now on processing site preparation for the proposed composting site of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste materials.

CDRRMC: No destruction in Pagadian City earthquake

(PNA), FPV/TPGJR/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 16 (PNA) -– The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) reported there was no destruction during the earthquake here Tuesday that occurred the same time a 7.2 magnitude quake hit Bohol.

CDRRMC head Haron Damada said an intensity three earthquake shook this city around 8:12 a.m. Tuesday when the devastating quake struck Bohol province and several parts of Visayas.

Damada, who described it as “slight earthquake lasting from 10 to 15 seconds,” said no property damaged as well as loss of lives were reported to his office.

Damada said the CDRRMC has been conducting earthquake and tsunami drills in this city aimed to educate the people on what to do in times of natural disasters.

He urged the public to be calm but vigilant.

NMIS sets 20-day basic meat inspection course in Pagadian City

(PNA), LAP/TPGJR/CSA/MEC

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 15 (PNA) -– The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is conducting a 20-day Basic Meat Inspection Training Course in a bid to capacitate meat inspectors in the region.

The training is scheduled to be held from November 5 to 25 at the Farmers’ Haven in Barangay Dao, this city, according to NMIS Regional Technical Director Dr. Arturo De Jesus, Jr.

De Jesus said the first 10 days of the training will cover intensive theoretical lectures and the participants will go on a practicum for the remaining 10 days of the seminar.

De Jesus said that a registration fee of P24,871 will be collected from each of the participants to defray expenses like board and lodging, training paraphernalia, honorarium for resource persons and other incidental fees.

De Jesus urged the local government officials to send their untrained meat inspectors to attend the 20-day seminar in order for them to learn the highly technical topics to be discussed during the training.

He added meat inspectors should be trained as they are considered public health workers since they are responsible for the promotion and protection of public health through effective meat inspection service.

He said conduct of the training is mandated under chapter IV of Sec. 14 of Republic Act 9296 otherwise known as the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.

Those who are interested to join the 20-day training may contact Ms. Susan Yecpot at the NMIS office through telephone number (062)214-47-31 or mobile phone number +63920-892-13-49.

DENR-IX to extend technical assistance to Zamboanga City

By Claro A. Lanipa (FPG/CAL/DENR-9/PIA-9 with reports from R. Tan)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) – To help in the rehabilitation efforts of Zamboanga City following the standoff between the government forces and the members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-IX will be extending some technical assistance to the city.

Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable instructed his field personnel in Zamboanga City to provide technical assistance in the relocation of the informal settlers and donate confiscated lumbers to be used in building homes for affected families.

Director Adorable elaborated that, once the area is cleared by the military from all threats, his office is willing to assist the city government in the conduct of a joint assessment together with the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB), National Housing Authority (NHA) and other stakeholders to look for government sites or lots for possible housing/resettlement sites for the affected families.

“MGB will conduct a geo-hazard assessment on the proposed area to ensure its suitability for human settlement,” Adorable added.

He also said his office is now in the process of conducting a final inventory of confiscated forest products to be donated through the city government of Zamboanga for the construction of houses, government infrastructures and school buildings.

Records would show that 10,160 houses were burned and/or destroyed during the three-week standoff leaving 118,819 people homeless.

Adorable assured that DENR-IX would always support the rehabilitation and reconstructions efforts of Zamboanga City.

Village official yields gun, drugs

By Bong Garcia

A VILLAGE official is in hot water after he was caught in possession of unlicensed gun and prohibited drugs in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported.

Arrested was Wilmer Deles, 34, a village councilman of Lintugop, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, said Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Ariel Huesca.

Huesca said that Deles was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Friday along the highway in Barangay Anonang, Aurora by policemen manning a Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoint.

He said the policemen, while manning the checkpoint, intercepted a motorcycle with a temporary license plate driven by Rosmar Barredo, 31, with Deles as the back-rider.

Deles was found possessing a caliber .45 pistol without documents and with tampered serial numbers, as well as two small heat-sealed transparent sachets that contained white crystalline granules suspected to be shabu and 24 rolls of rolled aluminum foil.

The village official was detained at Aurora Police Station, while Barredo was placed under investigation, Huesca said.

Appropriate charges will be filed in court against the village official, Huesca added.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS

By PO2 Radzben S. Jul (PNCO, RPIO9)

On or about 9:45 in the evening of October 19, 2013, at Purok Maharlika, Barangay Poblacion, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur, elements of Midsalip Municipal Police Station arrested Bernardo Calunsag y Imperial @ Orak, 44 years old, separated, motorcycle mechanic and a resident of Purok Kapalaran, Barangay Balangasan, Pagadian City and Michael Campaner y Balayong @ Gong-Gong, 38 years old, married and a resident of Purok Kabulakan, Barangay Poblacion, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur.

Confiscated, from their possessions were two (2) sachets which contained white crystalline granules believed to be Shabu, thirty-four (34) pieces of rolled aluminum foil, a disposable lighter and two (2) units cellular phones used in the transactions of illegal drugs.

Confiscated white crystalline granules will be forwarded to Zamboanga del Sur Crime Laboratory Office for examination. 09291384187 is the contact number of the investigator.

DOLE-Zambo. Sur vows more livelihood support for parolees/probationers

By Franklin P. Gumapon (FPG/PIA9)

TUKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 11 (PIA) – After the first set of livelihood starter kits was given recently to 18 parolees and probationers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Zamboanga del Sur has pledged to give additional starter kits to other parolees in the province.

DOLE-Zamboanga del Sur chief Lourdes B. Amores bared in an interview with the local press that her office is considering the request of the provincial office of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) for additional livelihood starter kits for its clients.

In support of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract to help alleviate the plight of the marginalized sector, the PPA is tapping the support of the different national line agencies and local government units to assist the parolees and probationers in their livelihood activities.

The starter kits given to 18 parolees include mango sprayer, plow, welding machine, fishnet and others all costing P120 thousand.

Amores told the recipients to “make use of their starter kits for their living” adding that the DOLE would take these back if they are not using them.

She also warned them not to sell the starter kits because these are given as government’s livelihood assistance to them.

Before they received their starter kits, the parolees/probationers underwent entrepreneurship development training to equip them with the needed skills and knowledge in pursuing their livelihood activities.

The first batch of parolees to receive DOLE’s livelihood starter kits came from the municipalities of Tukuran, Pitogo, Tabina, Dumalinao, Tigbao and Guipos.

Aside from Ms. Amores, PPA Regional Director Tarcisia A. Tampos, PPA-Zamboanga del Sur chief Nicasio Dujali and Tukuran Mayor Francisvic Villamero were also present in the distribution of the starter kits to the beneficiaries at the LGU Beach Resort in this town.


Police recover kidnapped rice trader of Pagadian City

(PNA), HBC/TPG/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 10 (PNA) – The police have safely recovered a rice trader who was freed Wednesday, four days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in this province, police reported Thursday.

The victim, Lee Tan, 37, was recovered around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in a secluded place in Barangay Esperanza, Ramon Magsaysyay town, this province.

Tan, a resident of Barangay Sto. Niño, this city, was on his way last Saturday to Aurora town, also in this province, purposely to pay debt to a certain Ruby when kidnapped by gunmen.

Tan in a press briefing disclosed that he was waylaid by four gunmen wearing bonnet masks and riding tandem on two motorcycles who tailed him while he was driving his vehicle en route to Aurora town.

Tan faced the media in a press briefing together with Councilor Ernesto Mondarte and Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Dexter Dalina.

He said the suspects boarded his vehicle and at gunpoint ordered him to proceed to the municipality of Ramon Magsaysay.

He said the gunmen, upon reaching Barangay Eastern Bobongan, Ramon Magsasay, transferred him to a motorcycle with his head covered with bonnet mask and sped off to unknown direction.

He said the kidnappers drove the motorcycle for several minutes before dumping him in a residential house the location of which is unknown to him.

Tan said the kidnappers took the P90,000 cash he was bringing when he was kidnapped.

Tan said the kidnappers blindfolded and brought him early Wednesday to an unknown place that later turn out to be in Barangay Esperanza, Ramon Magsaysay town, where he was safely recovered by the police forces.

He revealed they shelled out cash in exchange for his liberty but refused to specify the amount.

He was placed under the custody of the Anti-Kidnapping Group for medical examination and debriefing.

Lady lawyers conduct drug symposia to schools

By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

PAGADIAN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) – Conducting drug symposium to public and private high schools is part of the advocacy campaign by a group of lady lawyers here.

Atty. Analyn Costanilla, president of Greater Innovation of Responsible Lady Lawyers in Zamboanga del Sur (GIRLLZ) said in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) her group is now active in conducting a series of drug symposia in schools to inform the students about the ill effects of illegal drugs.

“In September, we have conducted series of symposia to high school students at Holy Child Academy, St. Columban College (High School Department), and Zamboanga del Sur National High School (main campus) to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug use,” Costanilla explained.

She pointed out that the students are a vulnerable group to drug abuse. “So, it is necessary to inform them this early of the dangers of drug abuse,” stressed the lady lawyer.

Meanwhile, Costanilla said the GIRLZZ members have agreed to expand its services to other private and public schools in the province.

Costanilla expressed her thanks to the students for their active participation in the drug fora saying “they play a vital role in making their school in particular and the country in general drug-free.”

She also thanked the following lecturers who volunteered their services by giving lectures to the students on the legal and medical aspects of drug abuse, namely, Assistant City Prosecutor Geraldine Edralin, lawyers Analyn Costanilla and Jenifer Din Mariano, and doctors Reynaldo Ortiz, Angela Española, Babie Normita Lucero, and Irmachelle Gallardo.

GIRLLZ was established in 2009 and has 30 members.

2 arrested in Zambo del Sur for violating gun ban

By Jong Cadion

Two persons have been arrested so far in Zamboanga del Sur for violating the gun ban that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) started enforcing on September 28 for the upcoming Barangay Elections.

Senior Supt Sofronio Ecaldre, Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) Director, identified the two individuals as Servando Signar from Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur and Michael Laure from Brgy. Balangasan, Pagadian City.

Signar was reportedly under the influence of liquor when he was found to be in possession of a caliber .38 revolver.

He was arrested by police operatives of Lakewood Municipal Police Station at a checkpoint after he failed to present documents authorizing him to posses the firearm.

Laure, on the other hand, was found carrying a homemade revolver by police officers from Pagadian City Police Station.

Signar and Laure were detained temporarily while charges for violating Republic Act 8294 or the Comelec Gun Ban were readied against them.

Ecaldre says the police will be strictly enforcing the Comelec gun ban, and "even members of the police and military without proper authorization will not be exempt from it."

The Comelec gun ban will remain in place until November 12, 2013.

Probationers, parolees undergo skills training

By Alma L. Tingcang (FPG/ALT/PIA9-Zamboanga Sibugay)

TUKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 7 (PIA) - In line with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract to help alleviate the plight of the poor, the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA), in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted a livelihood skills training to its clients on Oct. 2-3 at LGU Beach Resort in this town.

Eighteen probationers and parolees received starter kits from DOLE chief Lourdes B. Amores and OIC Nicasio D. Dujali, Supervising Probation and Parole Officer to provide them with livelihood opportunities, consisting of tools and equipment for them to become self-reliant and productive.

Ms. Amores said, “You are starting a new chapter of your life. Build up your self confidence as you start your own livelihood.” The DOLE chief however made a stern warning - in the event that they do not use these starter kits wisely and let them go to waste - DOLE will take it back and give it to deserving beneficiaries.

“Please take good care of these equipments that the government is giving you, and avail of more training to hone your skills,” said Anecito Ochotorena, project in-charge of DOLE’s Kabuhayan starter kits.

According to Dujali, there are about 70 probationers and parolees in the whole province and this is the first batch of client-beneficiaries who have availed of the starter kits worth P120,000. He lauded the partnership and assistance of DOLE in this undertaking.

On the other hand, Tukuran Mayor Francisvic Villamero exhorted, “this is a sustainable approach and a challenge for you to have a bright future.”

Leonide Basillote of Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur who will be out on parole by December this year received a plow and sprayer.

“Lisod ang kinabuhi sa presohan.Nagbasol ko sa akong gibuhat. Salamat nga adunay kahigayonan nga gihatag ang gobyerno aron matabangan ang sama kanamo (Life inside the prison is so hard. I ask forgiveness for what I have done. I am grateful for this opportunity given by the government to help people like us),” Basillote remorsefully said.

Bryan Teves of Tukuran, and Nessan Bibanco of Dimataling received sprayer for mangoes. Joel Agan got a welding machine and Berto Balmadres of Tabina received fishnet. Some of them received meat grinder, cooking utensils and gas stove according to the skills they possess. Beneficiaries were from the municipalities of Pitogo, Dumalinao, Tabina, Tigbao, Labangan, Tukuran, Guipos and Dimataling.

“Take advantage of what the government has given you. This is a challenge for you to have a bright future. Be good stewards of these starter kits,” PPA Regional Director Tarcisia B. Tampus encouraged the probationers and parolees.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS

By PO2 Radzben S. Jul (PNP-PRO9)

On or about 11:00 in the morning of October 5, 2013, elements of Aurora Police Station led by Police Inspector Renante B Benitez while conducting commission of election checkpoint at the vicinity of National Highway in Barangay Romarate, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur successfully arrested one Rodel Lumapas Y Balolot, 28 years old, married and a certain Jason Ruiles Y Quiño, 20 years old, single, both residents of Purok Rubia, Barangay Bayabas, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur, for violation of RA 9165.

Both suspects were riding their single motorcycle from Barangay Kapatagan going to municipality of Aurora and upon reaching at the place of checkpoint, the arrested persons hurdled and tried to elude the checkpoint but the PNP personnel manning the checkpoint were able to chase them and flogged them down at the barangay road of Bayabas, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur.

When frisked by the police officers, two pieces transparent straw like heat sealed cellophane containing a white crystalline substance believed to be “shabu” were found in their possession and control.

The confiscated items were later forwarded to Provincial Crime Lab for laboratory examination while the arrested suspects were temporarily detained at the Aurora Police Station detention cell to include their driven single motorcycle.

An inquest case for violation of RA 9165 is now being prepared by the investigator on case for filing in court.

Aurora Police Station Hotline is 09216353136.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL FISHING

By PO2 Radzben S. Jul (PNP-PRO9)

On or about 4:00 in the morning of October 3, 2013, joint PNP personnel from Lapuyan, Vicenzo Sagun and Margosatubig Municipal Police Stations together with members of Bravo Company, 5th Infantry Battalion, PA while conducting sea born patrol at the sea waters of Vicenzo Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur, arrested the following fishermen: Alejandro Agpasa, 40 years old, married, a resident of Barangay Ambulon, Vicenzo Sagun, Rubin Pulpul, 24 years old, single and a resident of Barangay Salaogan, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur, Ramon Legaspi, 40 years old, married and a resident of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur, Loloy Caong, 31 years old, married, Ariel Batiansila, 43 years old, married, Ibrahim Uddin, 30 years old, married, Danny Anecito, 33 years old, married, Pablito Sacil, 24 years old, married, Joselito Luania, 26 years old, married and Mariano Batiansila, 42 years old, married, all are fishermen and residents Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur.

They were arrested for violating the Vicenzo Sagun Municipal Ordinance Number 12-05, after they were caught fishing at the declared fish sanctuary at the sea water between the island and Barangay Maculay and Barangay Lunib, both of Vicenzo Sagun.

Arrested fishermen were brought to Vicenzo Sagun Municipal Police Station for investigation.

Bayog town observes Elderly Filipino Week

By Charnyl S. Albarracin [(PNA), LAM/TPGJR/CSALBARRACIN/EBP]

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 4 (PNA) -- This municipality, located in the northern part of the province, joins the nation in celebrating the Elderly Filipino Week.

The event themed, “Nakatatanda: Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Maginhawa at Masayang Pamayanan,” is being celebrated from October 1 to 7.

Municipal Information Officer Bernadine Gabawan said that about 700 senior citizens from this town’s 28 barangays joined the “Walk for Life” that kicked off the Elderly Filipino Week.

The week-long activities include vocal solo contests, modern dance, Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango, Boogie, Balak and Kimona ni Lola Fashion Show.

Mayor Leonardo Babasa, in his message read by Vice-Mayor Celso Matias, lauded the senior citizens as he promised the local government's full support to all the activities of senior citizens.

Babasa urged the Municipal Social Welfare Development Officer (MSWDO) Conchita Sucaldito to submit to his office the list of elders aged 75-77 for possible inclusion to the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Babasa said he will work for the inclusion of the same amount of stipend for the elderly in next year’s local government budget while waiting the approval on the part of the DSWD.

He added the renovation of the senior citizens' building will start as soon as the municipal hall extension is completed.

Peace is everybody’s business, says Tabak commander

By Gideon C. Corgue (GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur Oct. 3 (PIA) – Peace is everybody’s business and not of the government only, according to BGen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) division.

In a nationwide simultaneous candle lighting ceremony on Saturday marking the observance of national peace consciousness month, Trinidad emphasized before some 300 troopers and stakeholders gathered at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Barangay Pulacan in this town that “the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as an organization advocating peace, sincerely performs its duties and responsibilities in safeguarding the nation.”

Trinidad said the AFP also engages itself in certain events like the candle lighting for peace to get the real essence and understanding of tranquility, adding “the activity is a symbol of renewed commitment to share and advocate peace.”

“It also helps strengthen and support our aspiration to end the turmoil in our society,” Trinidad stressed.

He also acknowledged the people as AFP’s indispensable partner in attaining peace, as “the stakeholders’ efforts are indispensable in sustaining a ‘Bayanihan’ spirit.”

“We need the continuing support and cooperation of our people in bringing peace in our life. I am very much sure that with their active involvement, it will help strengthen the military-civilian community partnerships for peace and progress,” he pointed out.

On the other hand, Interfaith Forum for Solidarity and Peace (IFSP) convener, Fr. Felix Tigoy, said “peace plays a significant role in our lives.”

“There would be no development if there will be no peace. Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of God. If there is God, there is love and peace,” Tigoy explained.

IFSP Muslim convener Sultan Abdulmaguid Maruhom lauded the 1st Infantry (Tabak) division in conducting the activity saying “it reminds everyone of our renewed commitment to peace.”

Maruhom also thanked the officers and men of Tabak division for being an active partner in the peace advocacy programs.

Zambo Sur police files charges against 4 MNLF officials

By Charnyl S. Albarracin [(PNA), LAP/TPGJR/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB]

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 2 (PNA) – The Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZDSPO) has filed charges against four officials of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) based in this province, a top police official disclosed Wednesday.

Charged for violation of Articles 134 (rebellion) and 135 (inciting sedition) of the Revised Penal Code were Fernando Pagasian, Raul Manuales, Efren Vinas all of Lakewood town and Reynaldo Quezon of Bayog municipality, according to ZDSPO director Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre.

Ecaldre said that Pagasian is the Brigade Commander of 2nd Division Mobile Army of MNLF Bangsamoro Armed Forces; Manuales is Deputy Brigade Commander; Vinas and Quezon, both Intelligence Officers.

Ecaldre said the cases were filed against the four respondents last September 25. All of them however are still at large.

Ecaldre said the filing of the case materialized after two MNLF recruits voluntary surrendered in the town of Tigbao for fear of their safety after seeing on national television some of their comrades were captured at the height of the standoff in Zamboanga City.

Ecaldre identified them as Feliciano Canoy and Jimmy Morales, both Barangay Limas, Tigbao municipality.

“The two surrenderees will become our state witnesses against the four respondents of rebellion case,” Ecaldre added.

He said the four respondents have recruited some males in nine towns in this province to join the MNLF forces with the promise they will be paid from P10,000 to 30,000 monthly plus fee education for their children and livelihood for the family based on the testimonies of Canoy and Morales.

He said those recruited are from the towns of Tigbao, Kumalarang, Lakewood, Bayog, Lapuyan, San Miguel, Vincenzo Sagun, Margosatubig and Dinas in this province.

Both witnesses were bringing with them documents to prove that were active members of MNLF when they surrendered, according to Ecaldre.

Ecaldre said the two witnesses said that they and some 30 other MNLF members were told to report to Zamboanga City before September 8 to join a peaceful rally in time for the proclamation of MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari as the president of Mindanao Republic.

Ecaldre said that the four MNLF officials last September 10 have called Canoy and Morales through the mobile phone of Quezon and ordered them to report to Zamboanga City purposely to reinforce their comrades involved in the standoff.

The standoff started last September 9 when hundreds of MNLF rebels infiltrated this city.

Ecaldre said the case they filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office was docketed under IX-09-INV-131-00-462.

30 Bayog farmers undergo rubber tapping management training

(PNA), DSP/TPGJR/CHARNYL S. ALBARRACIN/UTB

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur, Oct. 1 (PNA) -– A total of 30 rubber farmers of this town have undergone a four-day rubber tapping management training in this municipality.

The activity dubbed as Rubber Productivity and Quality Improvement Training was held last week from September 24-27 at the Timbermines Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TIMMULCO) in this town.

Reynaldo Beduya of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), said the participants were taught on the proper rubber tapping techniques with hands-on rubber tapping and latex collection.

Noli Camocamo also to DA-ATI has conducted an assessment on the skills acquired by the participants during the four-day training.

The training is a convergence project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), DA-ATI, and TIMMULCO in coordination with the local government.

Mayor Leonardo Babasa, Jr. has expressed his profound gratitude to the sponsoring agencies saying, “Bayoganons will now be able to augment their income with this newly acquired technology.”

Babasa added that the local government will soon operate its own rubber processing plant to get the “price level” stable to the benefit of both rubber traders and farmers.

Babasa said the technology transfer will absolutely help the farmers to earn more.

DOLE has provided the farmers starter kits comprising of three tapping knives, boots, two gloves, safety helmet, masks, and trouser and pants.

Trade and Industry Development Specialist Reynaldo Pintacasi Sr. said they have recently conducted similar training in the municipalities of Josefina and Dumingag in this province.