June19, 2008

 

SP honors Gen. Yano, others

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zamboanga del Norte recently passed twin resolutions honoring Gen. Alexander Yano.

Gen. Yano was cited as the Most Outstanding Citizen of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte and Distinguished Plaque of Recognition for his promotion as the New Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Gen. Yano receives the Most Outstanding Citizen of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte citation and Distinguished Plaque of Recognition for his promotion as the New Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and Gen. Yano’s family and friends from Sindangan witnessed the awarding rites on June 6 this year in commemoration of the Province’s 56th Founding Anniversary.

Secretary Ermita disclosed that the Commission on Appointments recently approved the appointment of General Yano.

Others honored during the occasion included Fe Zamora, a Dipolognon journalist who writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Marie Razel Eguia, Miss Philippines Air 2008, Perri Cebedo and Dr. Salvador Aves, Regional Director, National Statistics Office, R-X.

Cited also were former officials of the province such as former board member Uldarico Mejorada, Arasam Ismael, Ferlormino Cabale and Jimmy Patrick Israel Chan. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

 Katipunera wins Ms. ZaNorte ’08 crown

Mechelle Stephanie Eguia who represented the Municipality of Katipunan was crowned Ms. ZaNorte 2008 after besting 15 other candidates during the 56th founding celebration of Zamboanga del Norte on June 6 this year.

Ms. Mechelle Stephanie Eguia who represented the Municipality of Katipunan was crowned Ms. ZaNorte 2008 after besting 15 other candidates during the 56th founding celebration of Zamboanga del Norte on June 6 this year.
 

Ms. ZaNorte 2008 together with her court.
 

Ms. ZaNorte major winners pose with Gov. Lando Yebes.

She was also Ms. Terra-medic, Ms. Angel Unlimited Sportswear, Ms. Metro Shoppers, Ms. Rheko’s Choice, Ms. Natasha, Ms. Nature’s Spring, Ms. Photogenic and Ms. Telegenic.

Ms. Eguia resides at Daanglungsod, Katipunan and will be a freshman college student this schoolyear. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

Yebes: Hudyaka critics are ‘shortsighted’

Although Hudyaka festival is still in its fourth year, Gov. Rolando Yebes pictured the occasion as gaining popularity considering the purpose it has served the people.

He cited that it did not only give livelihood to many people but it had also united all the people and their leaders towards one purpose.

Despite the good results the festival drew from the people, the governor cited that his critics were harsh enough not to see the better side of the occasion,.

“They have continued harping on the food crisis despite the action that my administration was giving it already,” Yebes said.

He pointed out that travels by air and sea have increased as more flights are seen for Dipolog-Cebu and five shipping lines have crossed our seas since the birth of Hudyaka.

“My critics are just jealous of the great leap that the province made when Hudyaka was born,” the governor stressed.

He also prided the interest of businessman Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco when the latter planned to put up a fruit processing plant at Irasan, Roxas, Z.N. An ethanol plant of Zambo Norte Bio-Energy Corporation was also on its way to a southern town in the province.

“Those who criticize Hudyaka are those who don’t see what will happen to the province in the long run,” Gov. Yebes declared.

On the other hand, Provincial Tourism Officer Atty. Ivan Patrick Ang pointed out that Hudyaka could very well blot out from the minds of visitors that Zamboanga del Norte is one troubled area in Mindanao.

“It could be a great pride to the province when the national government recognized its relevance to the direction that the province wanted to go,” Atty. Ang said.

The festival started on May 30 with a grand parade participated in by all the 25 municipalities and Dipolog and Dapitan Cities.

It ended with a show of street dancing yesterday, June 7, 2008. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

   

 Gen. Yano adopted son of Dipolog

Newly installed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gen. Alexander Yano was conferred “Adopted Son of the City of Dipolog” during an appropriate ceremony held at the Session Hall of the City Council Friday afternoon, June 6.

Gen. Yano, being a native son of Zamboanga del Norte, particularly of Sindangan town, spent his formative years in Dipolog during his early years of study, at St. Vincent College, thus bringing honor and prestige to this city.

Gen. Yano (top rightmost) is conferred ‘Adopted Son of the City of Dipolog’ during Friday’s special session of the City Council with the presence of Mayor Belen Uy (top right of the honoree) while Vice-Mayor & Presiding Officer Angeles (below left) reads the resolution of the adoption.

He, too, as among the influential military leaders of the AFP today has contributed to the development of the city especially in terms of maintaining peace and order hereabout.

Gen. Yano is made adopted son of city by virtue of SP Resolution No. 08-411 of the current series in recognition of his contribution to the city, which was read by Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Senen O. Angeles during the council’s Friday special session.

This was also attended by City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy who gave a message in support of the Council’s move to confer the honor upon the illustrious son of Zamboanga del Norte, now also a son of Dipolog.

Mayor Belen Uy on the same occasion was also conferred the honorary rank of “Major” in the reserved unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines by no less than the chief of staff of the AFP. (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.50)

  

Palace, LGU’S move to increase fertilizer subsidy to farmers

Meanwhile, Malacanang and local government units (LGUs) are joining hands in ensuring that farmers all over the country will receive government assistance in the form of farm inputs to increase their production.

In his weekly press conference in Malacanang late last week, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita noted that the non-stop increase in oil prices in the world market has taken a heavy toll on the rice farmers as prices of farm imputs, particularly fertilizer and pesticides have skyrocketed.

“With the help of the local government units, we will be able to increase the fertilizer subsidy for the rice farmers,” Ermita said.

He explained that from the “FIELDS” (fertilizers, irrigation, education, loans, dryers and other post-harvest facilities and seeds) program launched by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last April 2 during the Food Summit in Clark Freeport Zone, some P43.5-billion has been allotted for food security.

Under the program, farmers throughout the country will receive P500 each as fertilizer subsidy.

The LGUs, on the other hand, will chip in P1,000 in fertilizer allocation for every farmer in their respective jurisdictions.

“The Department of Agriculture is making available P500 for each rice farmer’s fertilizer requirement, plus the LGU’s commitment of P1,000. That adds up to P1,500 fertilizer subsidy, or six sacks of fertilizer for a hectare,” Ermita said.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said the LGU contribution to the fertilizer subsidy would be drawn from the P12.5-billion internal revenue allotment differentials from 2001 to 2004 which the President has ordered released.

“Majority of the LGUs have committed” to contribute their share to the subsidy plan, Andaya said.

He added that his office already released the 2008 budget of the agriculture department, and that the national government is inclined to release additional funds to the DA to bolster the government’s food security program.

“We need roughly P45-billion for now up to 2010,” Andaya said. (PIA-ZN)

  

Zambo. Norte DepED chief bags scouting awards
By Franklin P. Gumapon

 

Having shown his invariable commitment and support to the scouting movement, Dr. Habib Adzhar H. Sarahadil, provincial schools division superintendent of Zamboanga del Norte and council scout commissioner of the Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog-Dapitan (ZanDiDap) Council, has received citations from the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) during the 52nd Annual Council Meeting held recently in Tagaytay City.

Doctor Sarahadil brought home two plaques, one citing him as the 2008 Outstanding Local Council Scout Commissioner and the other recognizing his “invaluable support and remarkable efforts that contributed to the success of the 2007 BSP fund drive.”

Sarahadil’s unparalleled dedication to the development of scout leaders and scouts through scouting has earned him the awards.

It could be recalled that Sarahadil was one of the Philippine delegates who participated in the 21st world scout jamboree in Hylands Parks, Chelmsford in London on July 27 – August 8, 2007.

BSP espouses the development of leadership skills among the young through scouting with em-phasis on values formation, skills development and peace advocacy.

For his part, Sarahadil has been grateful for the awards as these are a living proof of the trust and confidence the well-meaning people have in him. (PIA-ZN)

 

Dist. Engineer Miñao transferred to Surigao

The Department of Public Works and Highways First District Engineer Arturo Miñao was recently reassigned as office in charge of District Engineering Office of Surigao del Norte.

The order for his transfer was signed by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. effective May 28, 2008.

Source disclosed that Cong. Rosendo ‘Dodoy’ Labdlabad was reportedly not pleased with some of his projects which were obviously questionable.

One project cited was the Sinaman-Cogon road concreting project which cost so much but spanned a short distance only.

It was learned that Cong. Labadlabad had authorized another engineer from his staff to look into the program of works of the said road project to find out why such enormous budget for such a small project.

However, Engr. Miñao alleged that the amount of the road project could not be determined by just looking at it but it all depended on the situation of the land that the road had to cross.

Engr. Miñao was replaced by DE Noel Oclarit of Surigao del Norte but it was learned he has not yet reported to the First Engineering District Office here.

Engr. Manolito Abapo is presently the OIC of the DPWH First Engineering District of the province while waiting for Engr. Oclarit’s assumption to office. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

DAR eyes illegal land conversion

The Department of Agrarian Reform recently investigated  the filling up of ricelands converting them to some purposes.

DAR disclosed that from 2000 to 2007, the office has just received eight applications for land conversion which were approved by the regional director and the secretary.

It was disclosed that applicants included religious groups, local government units and low-cost housing developers.

Reports reaching the office identified some ricelands in Barangay Sicayab, Turno and Galas which were illegally converted.

At present, only four conversions were filed in court.

DAR directed all Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers to be wary about these illegal conversions and to bring to court anyone who violated Republic Act 8435.

Under the cited law, any activities which would change the physical characteristics of all agricultural lands should be approved by law first before they could be converted.

DAR also warned all beneficiaries of Operation Land Transfer or CARP to be stripped of their privileges once they were discovered to have used the land to other purposes apart from those prescribed in the contract. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

  

RAZON ASSURES PALACE THAT ONLY THE BEST M14 RIFLES WILL BE PURCHASED FOR PNP TROOPS

Philippine National Police authorities assured President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that the PNP “will never allow the procurement of any of sub-standard equipment that will endanger the lives of police personnel in the field.”

“We will always get the best equipment for our men fighting in the field,” Police Director General Avelino I Razon Jr. said in reaction to what he calls a “systematic and well-organized” disinformation effort spread thru text messages circulated among media personnel and PNP officials.

Among others, the text message claimed that there is an anomaly behind the PNP’s scheduled procurement of 1,000 units of 5.56mm M4 rifles worth P95-million, an allegation which the PNP Chief squarely confronted.

Razon appealed to media to help the PNP verify who is behind these unfounded allegations. “The allegation is unfair, malicious, and irresponsible as it casts a bad image of the PNP, as well as its leadership,” he remarked.

He also challenged the authors of this disinformation campaign to be ready to substantiate their accusations.

“The procurement process is transparent and above-board. In fact, it is still ongoing and we have not yet placed our orders to the manufacturer,” the Chief PNP explained, adding that all procurements of the PNP are closely monitored by an Oversight Committee of NAPOLCOM to ensure transparency and compliance with Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

He also stressed that the approval of procurement contracts in the PNP is not an individual decision exercised by any PNP official. “It is reached through a consensus among members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chaired by the Deputy Chief for Operations (TDCO) with members representing the Legal Service, Directo-rate for Comptrollership, Directorate for Logistics, Directorate for Research and Development, and Logistics Support Service,” Razon explained.

Meantime, Police Deputy Director Emmanuel R Carta, Deputy Chief for Operations and BAC Chairman, stated that the Committee will continue to process the procurement of 1,000 units of M4 rifles for the Special Action Force, the Regional and Provincial Mobile Groups, and selected SWAT units.

Dispelling charges of anomaly, Carta clarified that it was NAPOLCOM that issued the specifications for the 5.56mm M4 rifle sought to be procured. According to him, said specifications were based on SAF requirements to meet its demand for more effective firepower and sustained accurate firing capability for its weapons.

“Among the Napolcom-approved specifications is the independent sear-disconnector system (ISDS) in the rifle that will rapidly reduce the cyclic rate of the weapon for greater accuracy in sustained firing conditions, the BAC Chairman further explained. He pointed out that, among the proponents for the supply of the preferred M4 rifles, only Ferfrans met the NAPOLCOM specification on the reduced cyclic rate. Said proponent has an independent sear-disconnector system patented to its name.

“Under Section 50 of RA 9184 and in accordance with existing rules, the BAC will proceed with an alternative method of procurement, which is direct contracting, since only one proponent met the standard specification,” Carta said.

Since year 2000, similar M4 rifles from Ferfrans had been in the arsenal of SAF, which its troops prefer. Its satisfactory performance has been tested in field conditions. To date, SAF has not encountered any major problem with the weapon.(PIA-ZN)

  

Yebes tenders dinner for Balikbayans

As always part of the Hudyaka  festivities, the dinner for balikbayans and foreigners who have already resided in the province was hosted by the provincial government.

“It is but just fitting to thank them for their great contribution to the economy of the province,” Gov. Rolando Yebes said, adding that the balikbayans hae remitted millions to the province every month.

Engr. Max. Tolin, a balikbayan guest believed that the Hudyaka Festival has been an effective machinery to lure the citizens and even the foreigners to the province.

“It could also be a good source of livelihood among the people,” the balikbayan declared as food courts and booths were seen sprawling in the Hudyaka area.

However, it was observed that people were flocking even outside the Hudyaka area since the opening of the festival on May 30 this year. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

  

Asprer confident of port growth

Pulauan Port Manager Atty. Roger Asprer recently disclosed his confidence that Pulauan Port at Dapitan City will be experiencing a rapid growth after it had been converted into a Port Management Office.

He explained that its conversion gave it jurisdiction over all other ports in the province which include the ports in Dipolog, Katipunan, Roxas, Sindangan, Liloy and Siocon.

With its conversion, Pulauan Port can freely spend what they earn in its operation without asking permission from Cagayan de Oro.

The port manager disclosed further that the Pulauan Port had recently increased its traffic volume by 200%.

He cited that the port had only 474 rolling cargoes when the Strong Republic Nautical Highway had just started.

“But now we register 14,700 cargoes more,” Atty. Asprer prided.

With regard to the proposed roll-on-roll-off port at Katipunan,he was confident that it could serve as a complementary port to Pulauan, adding that it could make the province closer to Neg. Oriental via Katipunan.

On the other hand, Kati-punan Mayor Cris Eguia Jr. had sought a loan from LBP for the construction of the roro port at Tambo, Katipunan.

However, the mayor disclosed further, the PPA Central Office had recently informed him that the fund appropriated for Katipunan will soon be released as its Batangas port problem had already been resolved. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

  

My Best Foot 
By: Engr. Ric Tenorio
“Take a Bath JDV”

PNP’s Traffic Management Group (TMG) has a new name. It’s called PN Highway patrol Group (HPG)

The same old dog with a new collar.

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Malacañang says that government is not meddling in Meralco’s affairs.

Is that so? Then perhaps we will change GSIS to SIS minus G which stands for Government… He.he.he

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HOLDUPPERS strike anew. (P.F. May 31).

I thought that there is a Media block out declared by Dipolog City Police? Is there a security leak at the Police Station?

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JDV claims that he knew so much of the ZTE Broadband Deal, but will not testify now.

Why don’t you take a bath JDV? Anyway you are already soaking wet.

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As part of the Government’s policy on “Holiday Economics”, Independence Day on June 12 which is a legal holiday will be celbrated on June 9 instead.

My oh my… A law acted by Congress being amended by a mere executive order? Naks! Ano ba yan.

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Many claimed that the “Hudyaka ZaNorte ‘08” was too expensive. That the money should have been given to the poor to help them in this time of economic crises.

It’s chicken shit. In the past they tried to celebrate Araw ng Z.N. with fanfare but failed miserably in enticing the municipalities to join.

 

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Now that the celebration is a great success, with almost all municipalities and two cities participated, they claimed that it’s anti-poor.

Ano ba yan…Weather-weather lang? Or inggit lang sila.

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they also claimed that the Mayors were just enticed to join the Hudyaka because Gov. Yebes promised to share his Intra Development Funds with them.

Me think that it’s better this way so that development can reach all municipalities. “Spreading the Sunshine” so to speak. Rather than depositing huge amounts in banks but earning interest to the pockets of some faceless manipulators.

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it’s only in the Philippines.

Oakwood Mutineers – From lawbreakers to law enforcers.

Gen Esperon – From warrior to peacemaker.

Senators/Presidentiables – From lawmakers to product endorsers. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

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VILLAR PINASIDUNGGANG BISITA ATUL SA HUDYAKA ‘08

TUMANG pagdayeg ang gipaabot ni Senate President Manny Villar sa Hudyaka Festival karong tuiga. Kini ang iyang gipalanog atul sa gipahigayon nga programa pagbukas sa siyam ka adlaw nga Hudyaka Festival isip maoy pinasidunggang dinapit.

 

Wala magdahom si Senator Villar sa kadaghan sa mga tawo nga miduyog sa Hudyaka zAnORTE Festival 2008.

Wala magdahom si Senator Villar sa kadaghan sa mga tawo nga miduyog sa maong kalihukan kagabii. Iyang nakita ang kanindot sa lalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte nga aduna nay dakong kausaban. Iyang gidugang nga pinaagi sa pagpaningkamot ni Governor Rolando Yebes, uban nila ni 3rd District Congressman Cesar Jalosjos, 1st Distric

ZaNorte, POMS to sign contract

Gov. Rolando Yebes and officials of Private oil Mills Venture Corporation (POMS Venture) were slated to sign contract as regards the establishment of tropical fruit processing plant at the Provincial Agri-Industrial Center at Irasan, Roxas, Z.N.

Provincial Attorney Jes Gal Sarmiento, Jr. disclosed that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan had already given the Provincial Governor authority to enter into agreement with POMS Venture as regards the project.

Gov. Yebes disclosed that under the ZaNorte Investment Incentives Code, the company will be operating for two years without paying taxes to the provincial treasury.

But during its third year, it shall start paying P42,000 every month.  This agreement will last for five years.

Outlined in the contract is the mode of hiring workers who will be recommended by the governor except the highly confidential and highly technical positions.

The tropical processing plant has the capacity of processing 10 tons of green mango daily or 210 tons every  month.

During mango off-season, it was learned that the plant will process calamansi concentrates, dried morado papaya and pineapple. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

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   DIPOLOGNON TODAY

PRESS FREEDOM:


Another fertilizer scam

Gasoline price will go up to P65 per liter.

Thanks God, I will be healthier this time.  No. cholesterol, low blood pressure because I will be forced to walk.

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GMA is giving P500 subsidy to poor families and P1,500 to qualified farmers.

Fast becoming a welfare state.

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Bishop will not give communion to traders who hoard rice.  They’re not attending mass anyway.

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Marinduque suffers from pork shortage.  They should join the Adventist flock to solve their problem.

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Gov’t agencies ordered to save on energy and fuel.  I saw them park on beaches, night spots and public market.

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In Japan, they’re celebrating the victory of Obama after he was sure of Democrats’ nomination.  They thought Obama is a Japanese.

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GMA recently announced that farmers will be given a fertilizer subsidy amounting to P1,500.00 each to help them buy fertilizer.  The amount will reach P12B and will be taken from LGU’s IRA.

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I told my friend Nonon, a farmer from Sinuyak about the good news and he retorted: “Sigue naman na Sir, sa una duna to’y ‘buy one take one’ basta hipuson lang ang resibo sa fertilizer ug uli-an ka sa Department of Agriculture sa katunga sa imong napalit.  Wala gyod ko mauli-i.

Nahilis na lang ang akong tsinilas ug balikbalik.  Supplier ra sab ang nakasapi.”

Nonon’s answer is typical to farmer’s skepticism about the program.

The government has yet to account for the P780M fertilizer scam before they launch another program. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

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NEWSPIX   

DMC School Officials visit Singapore for OJT Linkages

DMC officials recently flew to Singapore to study the Singapore Recruiting Program for OJT or Practicum and meet with hotel and restaurant operators to discuss linkages and partnership. “We wanted to see for ourselves and study the working and living conditions of Filipino students who were there for their On-the-Job Training or Practicum because we want to be sure our students will be in good hands. We also want to adequately prepare them.”  says Atty. Diana Concha, the Dean of newly opened School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management of DMC.

DMC’s HRM students enrolled in practicum subjects have the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge, skills, and desirable attitudes on actual hotel and restaurant operations in foreign hotels. This will develop the Filipino work values as they relate to a different culture and a foreign work environment. “I was quite surprised because as soon as we arrived in the hotel I met Filipino students who were working there. I interviewed them and the Hotel Manager and he told me that their guests appreciate Filipino workers because they speak very good English and they are so warm and welcoming.” adds Atty. Concha. 

In Singapore with DMC officials: Dr. Elena Gonzales, Engr. Anne Marie Montano, Atty. Diane Concha & Corporate Treasurer Mrs. Filomena Concha.

Last year, Singapore’s visitor’s industry hit a record high of 10.3 million visitors. This number is roughly three times the city’s own population. The goal for 2008 is to bring in close to $11 billion in tourism receipts.  Within seven years’ time, Singapore hopes to attract 17 million visitors annually.  A joint publication by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower and the Workforce Development Agency, the Labour Market Highlights states that: “Demand for waiters, cooks, room stewards/chambermaids, bartenders, customer service executives and restaurant managers will be needed as the popularity of Singapore as a tourism destination increase tremendously”.

DMC officials were toured by DMC’s partners in Singapore to Sentosa Island, a tropical island which is being transformed into the biggest theme park in Asia, and one of the largest in the world, covering some 1,300 acres. Construction is in full swing at Sentosa, there will be at last six major hotels, as well as a casino and the largest Universal Studios outside the US. Steven Spielberg will also open the first Dreamword digital animation studios outside the US. There will also be a spa, a golf course, a cable car and the largest oceanarium in Asia. There will be full docking facilities for regional cruise liners to tie up to, as more and more cruise companies are now making Singapore their regional home port.

Atty. Concha quickly adds that the good news is that the Singapore tourism boom means not only more jobs for those who want to work in hotels and restaurants but for other sectors as well. DMC Commerce and IT students are also eligible to apply for the international OJT program. “The tourism boom translates to growing affluence in Singapore. The retail industry is also intensifying its demand for sales and marketing executives, managers and sales assistants. The I.T. industry is also in need of skilled professionals. DMC’s International Practicum  program is not just limited to those in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management. The International Practicum or OJT program will also be available for our Commerce and I.T. students”

DMC recently added to its list of programs BS Hotel, Restaurant Management. While DMC already has kitchen laboratories, a mock-up hotel lobby and hotel rooms, DMC is gearing up for big things. Construction is under way for a 4-storey building which will house luxurious hotel rooms, state of the art kitchen laboratories and function rooms. (DMC Press Release)

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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
Faith without repentance!

In Matthew 3:2, says, Repent for the kingdom of God, in heaven is at hand. Jesus, spoke these same words, as did all the new testament leaders. Why the emphasis? Because they knew that unless a person’s faith came by way of repentance it would only be the wasted faith.

For a person to be saved (the word means rescued) would it not be necessary for Him to realize that there is something from which he must be delivered? Christ, did not come to bless good people, but rahter to save sinners. He did not come to give people the added benefit of heaven attached to their already fulfilled lives. He came to snatch sinners out of the hellishness of their souls and deliver them from the hell of their destiny! Any other understanding makes too little of Christ’s sacrifice.

Has your faith come out of repentance? I would never say that a person must be able to define repentance or even use the word at his conversion. Yet no one is saved without being repentant. Paul, said, that God commands all men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30). The startling significance of this passage is that the words believed on the part of the many, and commit on the part of Christ are actually the same word in the original language. They believed or trusted in Christ, but he did not entrust Himself to them! Why? Why this wasted faith? Because these were unrepented believers. They wanted to have Christ added to their lives, a wonderful and needed benefit.

Who would not appreciate such miracles and excitement? And everyone was coming to Him. So they believed, but Christ knew their hearts. They were full of themselves, their religious pride, lust, anger, etc. Christians can commit sins such as the above even after believing in Christ. there is a significant difference in how a true believer comes to Christ. the repentant person comes because he is a sinner, desperate for deliverance from hell and from sin that is dragging him there. The false believer also cames to avoid hell, but with essentially no desire for a thorough change from his life of sin. He may hate the consequences of sin, both earthly and eternal but he has no true hatred of the sin itself.

Bible Bites!

The bible comprises God’s documented thoughts concerning His children, His expressed will, desire, and intent for the human race. He created in His own image. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

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While Palace, LGU’S to increase farmers’ fertilizer subsidy
Gov’t agencies told to conserve energy

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is well aware that energy conservation is an important element of energy policy specially when the price of oil in the world market hits historic heights almost every week, issued last week an order to all government agencies to efficiently use energy so as to reduce energy cost.

In Administrative Order (AO) 228 titled “Addressing the Rising Cost of Energy,” which the President signed last Monday, June 2, all government agencies were ordered to reduce their transport fuel consumption in liters by 10 percent starting this month.

The AO further stated that all government buildings must turn off their air conditioning units at 4:30 p.m. Exempted from this order are offices on a 24-hour work.

By next month, the President wants all government offices to implement plans to replace all incandescent lamps and by September, all agencies shall convert 20 percent of their vehicles in major cities to liquid petroleum.

“Agencies shall install and/or adopt other energy saving technology with the help of the Department of Energy and/or the Department of Science and Technology,” the AO stated. (PIA-ZN)

 

Zambonorte DepEd head receives scouting awards

Having shown his invariable commitment and support to the scouting movement, Dr. Habib Adzhar H. Sarahadil, provincial schools division superintendent of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog-Dapitan (ZanDiDap) Council commissioner, received citations from the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) during the 52nd Annual Council Meeting held recently in Tagaytay City.

Doctor Sarahadil brought home two plaques, one citing him as the 2008 Outstanding Local Council Scout Commissioner and the other recognizing his “invaluable support and remarkable efforts that contributed to the success of the 2007 BSP fund drive.”

Sarahadil’s unparalleled dedication to the development of scout leaders and scouts earned him the awards.

It could be recalled that Sarahadil was one of the Philippine delegates who participated in the 21st world scout jamboree in Hylands Parks, Chelmsford in London on July 27–August 8, 2007.

BSP espouses the development of leadership skills among the young through scouting with emphasis on values formation, skills development and peace advocacy.

For his part, Sarahadil is grateful for the awards as these are a living proof of the trust and confidence the well-meaning people have in him. (Franklin P. Gumapon, PIA-ZN)

 

PPA to build more RO-RO ports

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will start building the new batch of roll-on, roll-off (RO-RO) facilities under the government’s Greater Maritime Access (GMA) program.

The GMA project involves the construction of 85 ports nationwide over the next four years with a budget of P11.7-billion financed by a loan from Spain.

Proposed locations for the new ports include Isabela, Aurora and Pangasinan in North Luzon, as well as Quezon, Romblon, Mindoro and Cavite in Metro Luzon. Areas in Palawan, Masbate, Albay and Eastern Samar are being considered in Central Philippines, while Surigao del Norte, Davao and Cotabato are among the possible RO-RO venues.

The PPA will use prefabricated steel ports and the RO-RO projects will include passenger terminals with solar-powered facilities.

RO-ROs helped save as much as 30% in cargo handling. It facilitates regional trade. It has an impact on agriculture and tourism because it provides people mobility. (PIA-ZN)

 

ERRATUM

The estimated 17,000 books which were inadvertently published as donated by Rotary Club of Dipolog on the front page of the June 1, 2008 issue of this paper, are actually donated by THE CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL-PHILIPPINES HOUSING FOUNDATION, INC., represented by Ms. REBECCA FUELLOS.

The Rotary Club served only as facilitators for the release and distribution of said books, while the City Government through Mayor Evelyn T. Uy shouldered the expenses in bringing the books here.

Our apologies. - CIO 

 

Call sounded for the rich not to take advantage of NFA rice

Stressing that the National Food Authority (NFA) subsidized rice is primarily intended for the poor to help them cope with the rising food prices, Malacanang appealed to those who are better off in life not to take advantage of buying NFA rice.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita made the appeal during his weekly press conference in Malacanang in a move to ensure that the NFA rice would be available to those who need it most.

“We appeal to our citizens, not necessarily in Mindanao but in other areas where the NFA rice is supposed to be sold out to the poor, not to take advantage of this cheap commodity but instead buy what they can afford to buy,” Ermita said.

“They can help indirectly the poor community by having cheaper rice such as NFA rice available to our poor community,” he said.

He also extended his appeal to the members of the media to help disseminate the government’s call to the public on this particular issue. “It is very important that the media will try to help us on this,” he said, adding that it is also imperative to inform the public that we have enough supply of rice.

He stressed that “this is in line with the earlier instruction of the President that the NFA rice pegged at P18.25 per kilo and P20.00 per kilo will only be sold to the poor. (PIA-ZN) 

 

Razon assures only ‘best’ M14 for PNP

Philippine National Police authorities assured President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that the PNP “will never allow the procurement of any of sub-standard equipment that will endanger the lives of police personnel in the field.”

“We will always get the best equipment for our men fighting in the field,” Police Director General Avelino I Razon Jr. said in reaction to what he calls a “systematic and well-organized” disinformation effort spread thru text messages circulated among media personnel and PNP officials.

Among others, the text message claimed that there is an anomaly behind the PNP’s scheduled procurement of 1,000 units of 5.56mm M4 rifles worth P95-million, an allegation which the PNP Chief squarely confronted.

Razon appealed to media to help the PNP verify who is behind these unfounded allegations. “The allegation is unfair, malicious, and irresponsible as it casts a bad image on the PNP as well as its leadership,” he remarked.

He also challenged the authors of this disinformation campaign to be ready to substantiate their accusations. “The procurement process is transparent and above-board. In fact, it is still ongoing and we have not yet placed our orders to the manufacturer,” the Chief PNP explained.

He added that all procurements of the PNP are closely monitored by an Oversight Committee of NAPOLCOM to ensure transparency and compliance with Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

He also stressed that the approval of procurement contracts in the PNP is not an individual decision exercised by any PNP official. “It is reached through a consensus among members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chaired by the Deputy Chief for Operations (TDCO) with members representing the Legal Service, Directorate for Comptrollership, Directorate for Logistics, Directorate for Research and Development, and Logistics Support Service,” Razon explained.

Meantime, Police Deputy Director Emmanuel R Carta, Deputy Chief for Operations and BAC Chairman, said that the Committee will continue to process the procurement of 1,000 units of M4 rifles for the Special Action Force, the Regional and Provincial Mobile Groups and selected SWAT units.

Dispelling charges of anomaly, Carta clarified that it was NAPOLCOM that issued the specifications for the 5.56mm M4 rifle sought to be procured. According to him, said specifications were based on SAF requirements to meet its demand for more effective firepower and sustained accurate firing capability for its weapons.

“Among the Napolcom-approved specifications is the independent sear-disconnector system (ISDS) in the rifle that will rapidly reduce the cyclic rate of the weapon for greater accuracy in sustained firing conditions, the BAC Chairman further explained. He pointed out that among the proponents for the supply of the preferred M4 rifles, only Ferfrans met the NAPOLCOM specification on the reduced cyclic rate. Said proponent has an independent sear-disconnector system patented to its name.

“Under Section 50 of RA 9184 and in accordance with existing rules, the BAC will proceed with an alternative method of procurement, which is direct contracting, since only one proponent met the standard specification,” Carta said.

Since year 2000, similar M4 rifles from Ferfrans had been in the arsenal of SAF which its troops prefer. Its satisfactory performance has been tested in field conditions. To date, SAF has not encountered any major problem with the weapon. (PIA-ZN)

 

DOE to investigate companies regarding oil, LPG price hike

The Department of Energy will investigate local oil companies and distributors of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for allegedly imposing price increases that do not reflect actual fluctuations in the world market.  The recent P1.50 increase in LPG prices imposed by small dealers are not reflective of international contract prices.

The DOE will likewise investigate an oil company’s forecast that local gasoline prices will increase to P65 per liter. The company should make sure that the price increases are justified by increases in the price of crude. The announcements they make should truly reflect the situation in the international market. (PIA-ZN)

 

PGMA orders early completion of infrastructure projects

With barely two years left of her term, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is making sure that her legacy infrastructure projects, topped by big-ticket road, bridge, airport and tourism facilities are completed before she bows out of office in 2010.

At the 32nd meeting of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in Malacanang last week, the President underscored the need to fast-track the construction of the high-priority projects.

She cited the critical importance of these infrastructure projects to the economic development of the Super Regions. The President said she would take a hands-on monitoring of the progress in the implementation of these projects.

“One of the most important things that transpired during the meeting was the President’s directive that the concerned agencies, specifically the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) fast- track the completion of these projects because we have only two more years to go,” Deputy Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said.

The deputy presidential spokesperson added that in said meeting the Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC) submitted to the President a list of “must” infrastructure projects that should be started during the second quarter of 2008.

While many of these projects are scheduled to be completed by 2010, some multi-year facilities will be finished only after 2010.

These infrastructure projects are integral parts of the President’s long-term goal of achieving a seamless, efficient and cheaper means of transporting people and goods through the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) and the soon-to-be completed “Aeronautical Highway.”

 “It was discussed during the meeting how to fast track the completion of these projects, what else is needed so we could attract more tourists to the country,” Fajardo said.

The Arroyo administration is banking on the tourism sector, one of the top dollar earners to realize its goal of creating six to one million new jobs by 2010. The government is targeting some five million tourist arrivals by that year.

In her message during the signing into law of the 2008 P1.227-trillion national budget, the President said that P200-billion has been allotted for government infrastructure. (PIA-ZN)

 

Gov’t gains on anti-money laundering campaign

Since the enactment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act in 2001, the government registered significant gains in its anti-money laundering campaign.  It has frozen P1.371-billion, based on 12,038 suspicious transaction reports (STRs) received from 2001 to present.

The bulk of the amount at P956-million was related to pyramiding scams or violation of Securities Regulation Code and the amount has been returned to the investors/victims.

Other unlawful activities involved in the STRs involved drug-related cases, swindling, kidnapping for ransom, terrorist-related, robbery, jueteng and graft and corruption.

The increasing numbers indicate the high level of cooperation by banks in reporting STRs to the AMLC.  It is also indicative of banks’ growing participation in halting criminal proceeds into the financial system.

From a mere two STRs reported in 2001, the number it received and investigated by AMLA has steadily increased: 132 in 2002; 215 in 2003; 555 in 204; 1,048 in 2006 and 3,949 in 2007. As of May this year, the STRs received 1,839.

Since 2001, a total of 102 cases have been filed by the AMLC, 72 cases of which are still ongoing in various courts. Of the pending cases, 38 are money laundering cases, 21 are civil forfeiture cases, 10 are petitions for extension of freeze order, two are applications for freeze order and one application for bank inquiry.

One case pending with the Ombudsman involved a total amount of P303.272-million while 15 others pending in the RTCs involved a total amount of P203-million.

Seven cases are still in the level of the AMLC, involving a total of P1.4-billion and covering 143 STRs.  (PIA-ZN)

 

Estafa vs. ‘awit’ group dismissed

The estafa case filed against eight suspects who claimed belonging to the ‘Awit sa Kabataan’ group was dismissed on May 16.

The suspects were Danilo Mingo, Gemarie Parinisan, Joel Pepito, Amelita Quinson, Leone Rondina, Abner Taballer, Fermin Teofilo and Jun Velasco.

Earlier, Vic Pepito who claimed he was the director of the radio program declared that the suspects were legitimate solicitors from radio DYKC of Cebu.

It was learned that the group succeeded in soliciting amount from sponsors here in the city but failed to hold the program which should have been hooked up in RPN9 DXKD, Dipolog City.

Pepito confirmed that the suspects were back to Cebu last May 22 yet. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

RD Parawan pledges more projects

Citing the food production program of the province as admirable, Regional Director Oscar Parawan of the Department of Agriculture assured the province of more projects.

Gracing the graduation of farmers under the Unibersidad ni Lando sa Kahanginan, RD Parawan expressed his pleasure over the completion of two farm to market raods in Katipunan and Salug.

He disclosed that another corn post harvest processing and trading center shall rise in Liloy after the establishment of one at Sergio Osmeña, Z.N.

“I admire how the provincial government eyes food production in the area,” the regional director declared. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

TVI faces closure?

The Toronto Ventures Incorporated is possibly facing a threat of closure when Canadian-based investors declared to withdraw their investments on mining operations at Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Source disclosed that this was the reason why TVI  had recently scouted for local investors to put in more capital into its Canatuan Gold Project at Siocon.

It was learned that the Canadian investors withdrew its capital because the company failed to follow the operation procedures as agreed upon.

Earlier, Atlas Mining Development Corporation was reportedly convinced by TVI to invest and had put in an initial investment of P42M for ist copper project.

However, when it surveyed the project at Siocon, Atlas reportedly withdrew its intention of partnership with TVI.

Some mayors were also invited to join the company due to the financial grip it had been experiencing but no one had yet committed himself to invest. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

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HUDYAKA ZANORTE: THE GOVERNOR’S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT

Hudyaka Zanorte, an annual festivities to commemorate the founding anniversary of the province of Zamboanga del Norte, is a brainchild of our great visionary leader named Governor Rolando E. Yebes. Certainly, Gov. Lando has seen certain opportunities of conducting Hudyaka. Firstly, it attracts both local and foreign tourists. We see them all this Hudyaka Zanorte 2008 as we also saw them during the conduct of our first Hudyaka in year 2004. Their participation in our Hudyaka cannot be measured by money alone. They give enormous contributions not only economically but socially as well.

From the economic point of view, the visiting tourists attending our Hudyaka spur the local economy of our province. They spend their money to buy gifts and souvenirs from our people who, in return, get some economic gains therefrom. Hotels and restaurants, especially in Dipolog —the capital city of the province— also get their shares of the economic pie instantly because of Hudyaka. Traffic of passenger and cargo vessels in our seaports, as well as in our airports, increases because of Hudyaka.

From the social viewpoint, the attendance of these visiting tourists proves true the fact that Zamboanga del Norte is a peaceful place to live in. It is also a place that offers a better climate for investments.

The move of Gov. Lando to change the name of the province to ZaNorte is timely and appropriate. One reason is that the province is bearing the name of “Zamboanga” which is perceived by many as a troubled place. If only we have to give our province its unique identity as a peaceful and orderly province, ZaNorte is just a fine name for it. At least, the name “ZaNorte” is a good compromise. It doesn’t tend to mislay its mother name “Zamboanga del Norte” because “Zamboanga” was hacked short to “Za” without losing its “Norte”.

But renaming our province to ZaNorte undergoes certain legal processes. Our Constitution says that the renaming of a province should be initiated by the Lower Chamber of our Congress. We have three House representatives here. Will they be kind enough to support this particular proposal of Gov. Lando?

Secondly, Hudyaka Zanorte successfully proves true the phrase “Unity in Diversity”. The diverse people of the province — the Christians, the Subanen, and the Muslims — have always shown their unity in supporting the good intentions and purposes of their leaders, like the holding of Hudyaka Zanorte.

Really, there’s no other substitute to the name “Hudyaka ZaNorte” except “Hudyaka Zanorte”. And there’s no other alternate to the name of a good, understanding, considerate and loving leader called Governor Rolando E. Yebes. But little did the good governor know: “He himself is a HUDYAKA of his people. To them, he is a gift our Heaven sent”.

Congratulations, Gov! You made it again!!! (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.48)

  

Credits: The New Nandau is a member of the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI). Editorial office is located at 076 Quezon Avenue, Dipolog City with Tel. No. (065) 212-3794; Cell No. +639205201041. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com

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Press Freedom Editorial
Woe to the corrupt

One reason that sends our government reeling is corrupt officials who have been continually bloating the amount of their projects all these years.

A short road costs several millions as if it were long and winding and reaching all our doors (with apology to the Beatles).

A school building costs millions as well as if it were a castle.

A bridge, hospitals, gymnasiums, government vehicles, even office supplies cost twice, thrice their price depending on the dictate of the officials’s shameful needs.

It seems that our government officials have already become calloused and shameless and insensitive to the accusing fingers of the taxpayers.

It seems reassigning erring officials to another workplace every time they have anomalous actions never give them the shivers at all...

Nor the stab of conscience.

They don’t even bat an eyelash for spending money drawn from illegal source.

The corrupt deserve more.

If the justice system of this country is still working, the people, the taxpayers deserve to be given their fair share of justice by exacting the best punishment that any corrupt officials could possibly get.

We could never allow them to have another place in the government.

We can never allow them to hold public office anymore.

Not anymore. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 34)

 

Credits: Press Freedom is published every Saturday and entered as 3rd class mail matter in Dipolog City. Printed by Young Printing Press with Editorial Office located at Upper Turno, Dipolog City. Tel. No. (065) 212-4343 or 212-6665. Email: freedom_nandau @yahoo.com

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