June 26, 2008


Yebes calls for sacrifice, unity

Gov. Rolando Yebes appealed to the people of Zamboanga del Norte to make sacrfices for the country.

Speaking before the provincial employees, the provincial governor marked the 110th Independence celebration of the country with a call urging the people to render sacrifices just like what the country’s heroes were doing.

“Like the fight the heroes were waging in order to obtain independence, I call upon the people to have the same sacrifice as well, in order to push this nation ahead,” the governor urged.

Citing the personal interest of some employees, he invited them to desert them and work their way instead towards group interest, the country’s interest and towards unity with all the people in the province. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


 At Dipolog Independence Day rite
Admiral Marayag urges traits of leadership in all

“To be leaders, we should have a vision, be responsible and become an instrument of change,” was the gist of the Independence Day message of Rear Admiral Emilio C. Marayag, Jr. of the Philippine Navy.

Admiral Marayag was the guest speaker of the 110th Anniversary Celebration of Philippine Independence  in Dipolog City June 12 at Plaza Magsaysay.

The guest speaker is the commander of the Naval Forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao.

The full text of his message runs:

“Just like anyone of us here today, I feel deeply elated to be part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the First Republic in Asia in this historic and beautiful City of Dipolog.

“And I profusely thank the Honorable Mayor Evelyn Uy for her gracious invitation to join you this morning to visit the city and share my thoughts and views on this year’s theme of ‘Republic Service: Tungo sa Ganap Na Kalayaan at Kaunlaran.’

“Full independence and progress are among the highest aspirations of the Filipino amidst the formidable challenges of globalization and information revolution.

“When nation-states emerged through the treaty of Westphalia inked during the 18th  century, full independence, that is non-interference of a nation’s internal affairs by a foreign country, became the object of every single nation in the four corners of the globe, the Philippines included.

“And while our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, who spent nearly four years just across the river in the neighboring city of Dapitan few years before the declaration of independence, did spouse complete independence. He had clear thoughts about national progress…about a nation that is developed ‘under the protection of freedom and wise and equitable laws’ as in prosperous European countries during his time.

“This year’s theme literally suggests some sort of contradiction for how could one serving a hundred and ten-year old republic aims for full independence. Our Constitution categorically expresses that we are a sovereign nation. Under the United Nations charter, the Philippines is an independent state and, therefore, free to govern its people and territory, and is considered sovereign.

“But the theme reflects reality. Few years ago I listened to a lecture of a senior Philippine foreign affairs official who explained convincingly the continuing dependence of Philippine foreign policy on a foreign country. Whether or not this dependence on another sovereign state is just a perception or indeed a reality is a question every Filipino patriot must examine and provide an answer.

“Could we venture that since our national hero did not advance full independence, our present crop of national leaders are just following his thoughts? With the advent of globalization and information revolution, can the Filipino public servant really do something to attain full independence?

“When your navy was crafting its Strategic Sail Plan 2020, our road map two years ago, one of the convenors articulated that our nation is a work in progress. As such, we as a nation can hardly act in unison because of diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and communal backgrounds. As a society, we are unstructured and we could hardly find a common agenda that could galvanize national pride and unity.

“We use the word “kabayan” denoting townmate instead of “kabansa.” In other words, many of us do not have the proper notion of a national community that collectively speaks, thinks and acts as one.

That convenor also asserted that introducing a meaningful change would require a group of individuals who possesses at least an high school education. Fortunately we are blessed with an overwhelming majority of the Philippine public service members falling under that category. I am, therefore, inclined to equate republic service to an opportunity to become an instrument of change not only to attain full independence in words and deeds but progress and development as well.

“To become a “change” agent, though, the public servant must be responsible. Dr. Jose Rizal postulated that ‘in order to be responsible, it is necessary that he/she is master of his/her actions.’ Once he/she internalizes responsibility, he/she embraces the true meaning of professionalism.

“The former chairperson of the Civil Service Commission, Ms. Karina David, enumerates three aspects of professionalism, namely: competence, commitment and character.

“Competence refers to aptitude and efficiency in one’s job. Commitment is utmost dedication to work, that is, giving one’s best shot. Character means physical and moral courage to face the consequences of one’s actions whether beneficial or detrimental to his/her professional career.

“Responsibility, competence, commitment, character, these are the tenets of republic service. These are the ingredients to introduce change. The spark, the triggering device that would make these components ignite to generate the desired endstate that is leadership.

“Leadership is the ability to influence others to do what the leaders wants them to. Leaders not only influence but also inspire people. Leaders formulate and articulate the vision of organizations designed for common good. Leaders understand and use the power of leading by example.

“Leaders are a lot more than just managers. Recent studies of a think-tank organization treat as one of the security challenges in this century the existence and emergence of leaders without vision.

“Last night, I had the rare privilege to meet and interact with some of this city’s leaders. I was impressed by their clarity of vision, unity of purpose and sincerity of aspirations for the benefit of their constituents. I am confident that with their superb leadership, Dipolog will become one of the best cities in the near future.

“I even suspected last night that Dipolog is probably an excellent training ground for leaders if one were to consider the appointment of AFP Chief of Staff General Alexander Yano who spent some years in this city before joining the military service in 1972.

“And so as we commemorate the 110th Independence Day of the Republic, may I reecho the meaning of rendering republic service, and that is an opportunity to become an instrument of change, and the overarching goal of serving the motherland, that is to preserve freedom and our way of life.

“Those in government providing services to the Filipino people are in the best position to understand and work for full independence and progress and prosperity. Those in government must accept the continuing demands of responsibility, professionalism and leadership. Those in government must realize that their chance to become a ‘change’ agent in the Philippine society is right in their workplaces and respective communities and that they have chosen to be one.

“The officers, men and women of the Naval Forces, Western Mindanao share the good people of Dipolog in celebrating the anniversary of the Philippine Independence. We are looking forward to becoming your partners in enhancing peace and security, promoting progress and maintaining stability in this part of the country.

“Mabuhay tayong lahat at patnubayan tayo nawa ng Poong Maykapal.

“Maraming salamat po.”  (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.51)


Freedom Day crime
Bakery held up

No, the suspects did not run away with bread.

As early as six o’clock in the evening on June 12 this year, three unidentified suspects reportedly went into the store and casually declared holdup and took away P15T cash from the cashier.

Ms. Ethel Baron, owner of Champion Bread Haus located at Lacaya St., Barangay Barra reported to the police that at 6:20 PM that day, three young men went into her bakery, poked a gun into her and demanded money.

Claiming she was in a state of shock when they approached her, Ms. Baron disclosed that she immediately gave the bakery’s sale during the day which approximately amounted to P15T.

“I was trembling because I was afraid they would kill me if I hesitated to give the money,” the bakery owner said.

The culprits then boarded a blue XRM motorcycle and escaped but the victim did not know where they were going.

The bakery is located near the motorcab terminal for Sicayab but the victim said she was still trembling when the crime took place so she was not able to ask for help immediately.

On the other hand, a motorcycle carnapped in the city was recovered by Dipolog PNP in Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental.

The C100 Honda vehicle owned by Felix Enero of Barangay Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City was seen abandoned in Barangay Casol, Sapang Dalaga, Mis. Occ.

It was learned that the vehicle was just parked at Sorronda Road, Barangay Estaka this city on June 8 but was no longer found by its owner when he came back to it. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)



Dipolog City (13 June) – As the country is faced with the challenges haunting national unity, Admiral Emilio C. Marayag Jr., commander of the naval forces in Western Mindanao called on every individual to help work for a national community that “collectively speaks, thinks and acts as one.” 

Speaking here during a short program at the public plaza commemorating the 110th anniversary of the Philippine Independence, Marayag said “our nation can hardly act in unison because of diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and communal backgrounds” that impede the development of “common agenda.”  

He added that Filipinos are often heard using the word “kabayan” - denoting a town mate - instead of “kabansa.” This, he said, hampers unity among us. 

Marayag also underscored the importance for everyone to be an instrument of change in serving the Motherland. He also appealed to all government officials and employees to serve the Filipino people and to “work for full independence and prosperity.” 

Admiral Marayag was invited by Mayor Evelyn T. Uy to be the guest of honor and speaker in the 110th Philippine Independence Day anniversary celebration which was attended by the provincial officials and employees headed by Gov. Rolando E. Yebes, city government officials and employees, officials and employees of the national government agencies based in this city, non-government organizations, schools and private establishments. (Franklin P. Gumapon PIA-ZN)


Nag T-shirt ra!
Yebes frowns at BM’s attire during awarding ceremony

With a wrinkled forehead and a grim face, Gov. Rolando Yebes was apparently not pleased looking at some Board Members who were just wearing T-shirt during the Achievers Award Night on June 6, 2008.

The lawmakers sat with AFP Chief of Staff General Alexander Yano that night who received a plaque of citation as the first Mindanawan who hails from Zamboanga del Norte who was appointed to the highest position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Gov. Rolando Yebes was apparently not pleased looking at some Board Members who were just wearing T-shirt during the Achievers Award Night on June 6, 2008.

Moreover, Sec. Eduardo Ermita was the guest of honor that night and the provincial governor felt it was not just fitting to come in T-shirt with two important persons in attendance.

“Even the NBN Channel II cameraman came in Barong Tagalog because the occasion was a special one,” Governor Yebes sadly commented.

It was learned that other visitors had also commented over the way the board members were dressed.

Although he came in short sleeved Barong with BM Baguio, BM Cedric Adriatico confirmed they had not really discussed what to wear during the ceremony, especially that the original plan was to hold it at the Hudyaka site, a more informal place.

He blamed the committee on invitation who did not inform them of the change of venue, from Hudyaka grounds to the Convention Center.

However, the Secretariat of the Achievers Award also claimed they had sent the communication informing them of the change of the venue and even the attire to be worn.

Board Members Anecito Darunday, Luzviminda Torrino and Maria Olga Candelaria were identified to be seated with the guests but were informally dressed.

BM Norbideiri Edding was not formally dressed but opted to stay downstage together with other female heads of offices that were not formally dressed as well. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


Service to poor projects instead of grand parade marked Freedom Day fete


Instead of the usual grand parade, the government chose to commemorate the country’s 110th year of independence from colonial rule by investing in “service to the poor” projects.

In her speech keynoting the event held at the Rizal Park Thursday morning, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said this move is in line with this year’s Independence Day theme, “Republic Service, Tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at Kaunlaran.”

“This year we have decided that in keeping with how we are trying to conserve our resources so that we can give direct service to the people during this period of high world prices of oil and food, we have decided to dispense with the parade and use the budget instead to give direct service to the poor,” the President said.

“Kaya binibigyang diin ang tema na ‘to, ang nangingibabaw na tungkulin ng ating pamahalaan na paglingkuran ang mamamayan upang mabigyan ng katubusan ang mahaba nating pakikibaka para sa kalayaan at upang magkaroon ng kaganapan ang pambansang kaunlaran,” she added.

Indeed, this year’s commemoration of the Philippines’ Independence Day was marked with an array of projects, programs and lots and lots of kiosks offering livelihood projects which the people could avail of.

And in the middle of it all is the Sentro K3 (Kaisahan, Kagalingan at Kalayaan ng Bayan), a showcase of job fairs, sports and cultural activities, medical assistance, technology transfer seminars and demonstrations, which the President formally opened today.

Aside from the above-mentioned programs, the Sentro K3 also showcases agri-aqua fairs and exhibits and other special services and assistance extended directly to the people by various government agencies participating in the event.

Specifically, the programs under the Sentro K3 are:

• MSME (micro, small and medium enterprise) booths: Offer MSME services, award microfinance checks to beneficiaries and training scholarships to the people.

• Ang Galing-galing Natin: A showcase where all participating government agencies provide interesting exhibits cum lectures and audio-visual shows about government programs.

• Bayan Ko, Lapit sa Puso Ko: A pro-poor program where all participating government agencies provide services to the public, including jobs, housing, health and investments.

• Wow, Pinoy Ngayon: A showcase of Filipino talents in sports, entertainment, sciences and culture.

• Food Trips: The best of Filipino food at affordable prices, will food stalls strategically located in and around the venue.

• Lakad-Aral sa Liwasan: Free park tours for visitors.

• One Town One Product (OTOP): A program of the Department of Trade and Industry promoting the best of Philippine products form the different regions of the country.

The President personally visited these stalls after her speech to get a first-hand look at the kind of services being offered to the people. (PIA-ZN)


Post Freedom Day notes:
How really free are we?

The whole nation, just as Dipolog City, celebrated the 110th Independence Day anniversary last Thursday, June 12. This is the day the Philippines was first proclaimed independent from foreign domain in 1898 if we reckon it from the pronouncement of a Filipino revolutionary leader at Kawit, Cavite.

The other date to reckon is July 4, 1946 when the succeeding foreign domain, that was America, officially granted independence to the country. That is beside the point if we are to dig deeper into the real meaning of independence. Rather, the question would be: How prepared were we for independence then? Now?

Is the average Juan de la Cruz to the low-income and less-privileged bracket really free? Do we now enjoy freedom from subjugation of foreign powers who now control our policies like the World Bank? Are we really free from the control of some influential people or sectors of our very own country? Are we free from the control of the big politicians? From the manipulation of big private companies?

Are the ordinary workers free from the bondage of unscrupulous employers who flourish because of equally unscrupulous government agencies? We are free in principle to chart our own destinies. But with the present capacities, conditions and situations of majority of the Filipino people, how free are we really?

We usually find better opportunities abroad, greener pastures outside, so they say. Is that freedom? Be that as it may, let us work that one day real independence comes to us. (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.51)


NFA ZN ordered ‘to flood’ market

To stabilize the price of commercial rice, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita recently directed the National Food Authority of Zamboanga del Norte to increase the volume of rice it has allocated for the province.

During the Pulong-pulong on Food Security with Secretary Ermita, one unanimous call was sounded by government officials who attended the conference: increase the NFA volume in outlets.

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy disclosed that rice dealers already warned her that rice could go as high as P70/kilo if no intervention is done by government authorities.

She appealed before NFA to release as much rice it could possibly release even during lean months only.

“The people are facing a crisis, so I appeal to NFA to give us more,” the lady mayor said, adding that NFA could go back to the volume they were used to during harvest time.

Touring the NFA warehouse after the conference, the Executive Secretary discovered that the warehouses were swelling with supply thus directed NFA manager Julakmad Lawama to increase the volume of rice allocation.

“The president does not want rice price to reach P60/kilo,” Secretary Ermita told the government officials who joined the tour.

NFA manager Lawama disclosed that he had already received a directive from main office to double the allocation for every municipality.

However, commercial grade NFA is to be sold at P25/kilo as P18.25 grade shall be phased out from the market. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)



Yebes to rice retailers: Hinayhinay lang

After making rounds at the Dipolog Central Market with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita recently, Gov. Rolando Yebes cautioned the rice retailers not to raise the price of commercial rice as supply of NFA rice was seen insufficient for the entire province.

It was observed that commercial rice was already pegged at (48/kilo while the cheapest kind at P38/kilo.

The governor disclosed that NFA had allocated 1,500 bags only for Zamboanga del Norte but cannot possibly satisfy the needs of the poor people.

He showed that there has been surplus of production of rice in the province based on the data released by the office of Agriculture.

“If this is so, then I believe there is no reason for rice retailers to be increasing the price of commercial rice,” the governor said.

“I appeal then to the businessmen to give the right price to make commercial rice affordable to everybody,” he said, urging them to release hoarded stocks to the market to stabilize the price of rice.

He believed some unscrupulous rice trades held back some supplies waiting for the price to soar to the maximum in order to gain bigger profit. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


Announcer nabbed for selling swertres numbers

As price of rice and other food products shoot up, the more the people rely on their luck by betting in swertres number game.

And the more they are willing to spend on buying those numbers by listening to radio coding the radio announcer will be giving to his listeners as early as 3 A.M.

Not for free but with corresponding amount.

But recently, radio anchorman identified as Jojo Emperial of Y96 FM, Ozamiz City was reportedly apprehended by PNP operatives of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur for allegedly selling swertres numbers at P1T for every three sets of numbers

Taken from the announcer was P99T believed to be his sale of the numbers.

Emperial claimed however that P30T of the money will be used to buy numbers from PCSO Manila but this was subsequently denied by PCSO.

It was learned that more and more people including those coming from Dipolog City were complaining that they had already paid, waited too long but they never won.

The suspect is now facing three counts of swindling and estafa.

Meanwhile four suspected shabu drug dealers were also apprehended by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (ASIDSTOF) on June 4, 2008.

Police operatives identified the suspects as Dodong Cabangisan aka Taa Villaverde, Rey Villaverde, Alex Cabangisan and Grace Arcanio.

Taken from them were sachets of powder residue believed to be shabu, tooters, lighters, marked money, cut aluminum foils, cellphones and other shabu paraphernalias.

The suspects are now detailed at the Dipolog PNP detention cell. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


In Worldwide search for ‘7 Wonders of Nature’
Three or four of RP’s wonders now in Top 5

Not only in the Top Ten but in the Top Five – what with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself leading the charge to have the country’s natural wonders get into the world’s list of modern-day “Wonders of Nature.”

Yes – not one, not two, but three of the four Philippine entries are now in the Top Five in the world-wide search for the modern-day Seven Wonders of Nature. As of June 11, Tubbataha Reef east of Palawan is now No. 2 in the list, followed by the Chocolate Hills at No. 3; while the Underground River in Palawan is at No. 5.

Tubbataha Reef, an atoll coral reef in the Sulu Sea east of Palawan is a marine sanctuary protected by the Philippine government as the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. It is composed of two atolls – the North and South Reefs which each have a single small islet that protrudes from the water.

The atolls are separated by a deep channel eight kilometers wide. Over 1,000 species, including many that are endangered, can be found at the reef including manta rays, lionfish, tortoises, clownfish and sharks, according to the website literate on the well-known scuba-diving site.

The Chocolate Hills in the Visayan island of Bohol, on the other hand, is an “unusual geological formation… composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size.”

“Spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers, the hills are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, giving them the name ‘Chocolate Hills,’” proclaims the New7 Wonders site.

Meanwhile, Palawan’s Underground River – also dubbed the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park — features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 kilometer-long navigable underground river. Located about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, the river winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea.

The underground river features amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites and several large chambers, with the lower portion of the river subject to tidal influences.

The website enthuses that “the underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.”

In No. 9 or just two places short landing in the Magic 7 is another Philippine wonder – the perfectly-shaped Mayon Volcano.

Mayon Volcano is an active volcano on the Filipino island of Luzon, 15 kilometers northwest of Legazpi City. It is classified by volcanologists as a stratovolcano (composite volcano). Its symmetric cone was formed through alternate pyroclastic and lava flows.

Mayon is the most active volcano in the country, having erupted over 47 times in the past 400 years, and is part of what is called the Pacific Ring of Fire. (PIA-ZN)


Feature:  The Priest who dares to ‘fly’
By: Ryan Victor P. Miranda

“Rev. Father Ronnie Arong of Dumaguete City is the only skydiving-priest all over the Philippines… until June 6, 2008,” so said a past record.

Until a Dipolognon priest set another record in the history of the country when he jumped 6,000 feet above the earth during the Hudyaka Festival of Zamboanga del Norte on June 6, making the record as the first skydiving priest in Mindanao, second to Father Arong in the entire Philippines.

Forty two year-old Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Father Mario Beltran M. Patangan of Dipolog has been a servant of the Divine Creator for 16 years and is presently the Chaplain of Hospitals in Dipolog City. 

He stunned the people of city and the entire province when he made that historic jump.  He expe-rienced a rush of adrenaline and then a peaceful sense of well-being as the jump master ordered him to take the plunge. This feeling of calmness after the initial hesitation lasted long after he landed on the Zamboanga del Norte National High School grounds, with one shoe off.

Rev. Father Beltran Patangan

He felt serenity and calmness while flying in the air 6,000 feet above the earth.  He also learned the value of confidence and unconditional trust on the Almighty God.

When interviewed, he said that most people  spend  all their lives with the  feet on the ground.  People are curious  what it feels to fly with the birds high up in the clouds.

That explains why people climb trees  and  sit near the window when riding an airplane .

Father Patangan chose to take another level of his existence. Skydiving is not as easy as many think. It takes time. Father Patangan took two years of rigid preparation before the big day. He even went out of town just to  attend trainings. A  week of briefing before the take-off completed his preparation.

Skydiving is a matter between life and death. One must possess quickness of decision, concentration, presence of mind and trust in the Lord. After the jump- off, one cannot just simply back off. There is no turning back. There is no other way but to go down.

There is no room for error.

Skydiving does not only build Father Patangan’s confidence but it also enhances his vocation. Skydiving is not just an  exciting yet dangerous  sports. It is more than that.

Father Patangan is not  only a skydiver. He is also into swimming. In fact, he joined the 4.5 km. swimming marathon from the Galas waters to the Barra Fishport waters last May 31, one week before his jump.

He is also a painter, football player and a mountain biker. This Man of the Cloth does not intend to be confined within the walls and pews of the church. He fully knows that God’s words can  also be spread by personally experiencing  the beauty of nature as seen from another dimension.

For him, everything has a purpose.

After that jump, Father Beltran realized that  God, indeed, works in many strange ways. And he intends to keep it that way. What he will do next  is something that we have to wait from this good-looking priest who dares to be different.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The writer is a 15-year old, Fourth Year High School student Associate Editor of the Zamboanguenian, the schoolpaper of  the Zamboanga del Norte National High School. He is also the president of the Supreme Student Government. Like Father Beltran, he is into swimming and painting. He is the son of Engr. and Mrs. Victoriano B. Miranda, Jr.) (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.51)


Pundok sa ‘Ta Glibon Ini’ apil sa IP World Summit sa Taiwan

Gipasalamatan ang hut-ong sa Ta Glibon Ini-Lady Art Collective, nga nagabase sa dakbayan sa Dipolog, sa organizers sa World Summit for Indigenous Cultures nga gipahigayon sa nasud sa Taiwan gumikan sa ilang suporta ug pagsalmot sa maong panagtagbo tibuok kalibutan sa maong kalihokan.

Ang mga miyembro sa Ta Glibon Ini-Lady Art Collective, usa ka pundok sa mga artist nga nagbasi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog ug mahilig magdebuho bahin sa mga kulturanhong larawan ilabina bahin sa mga katutubong buhilaman sa kaigsuonang Suban-on ug gipangulohan ni Elena T. Gamalinda (ikaduha gikan sa wala), mitambong sa World Summit of Indigenous Cultures (WSIC) nga gipahigayon didto sa nasud sa Taiwan. Makita sila sa itaas nga nagsul-ob sa Subanen costume uban sa mga Indigenous People gikan sa laing mga nasud.(CIO)

Sa usa ka pormal nga komunikasyon gikan nila ni Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu Mdme. Alice Takewatan, ang nangulo sa WSIC, kauban ni Miss Cheryl Robins, ang facilitator  sa world summit, mipaabot sila sa ilang dakung pahalipay ug pasalamat ngadto sa TGI-Lady Art Collective nga gipanguluhan ni Mdme Elena T. Gamalinda, tungod sa  pagsalmot sa maong

ZN’s rice loaded lands Farmers’ great Hudyaka

Will in time nigh ZaNorte becomes also a rice rich self-sufficient province?

This open-ended question arises amid a growing public appre-hensions that the broad mass of rice consumers hereabouts have to crawl the more in abject pangs of want whenever the already unaffordable commercial rice now hitting P34/kilo reportedly would escalate to P50-P60 in the next two or three months from now much to the poor man’s outrageous despairs.

Somehow, despite these darkening clouds hovering over our country’s apparent inability to bring down the commercial rice back to P25/kilo level due to global food crisis, the poor farmers hereabouts are still hopeful the local officialdom can come up with concrete and definite agenda forthrightly addressing our province’s grains productivity shortfalls with an even more astute head punch.

The following data gathered from one OPA source in regard to our province’s current low rice harvest level is instructive enough:

This province – including its two component cities – has more or less 35,000 hectares of rice lands. Only some 40% of these areas are irrigated, but not on year-round operational basis in the truest sense of the words. Their average rice yields are only 100 cavans/hectare. A typical case is the more or less 1,500 hectares of Polanco-Dipolog (supposedly) irrigated ricelands. In reality only practically one half of these paddies are fully irrigated. Sheer lack of sufficient irrigation water supply is always the infighting bickerings among frustrated farmers during summer time.

The other virtually rain-dependent 60% or 21,000 hectares of rice lands have the average yield of only 45 cavans. Our source says, even if only 70% of our province’s overall 35,000 has. of ricelands are fully irrigated, thus able to produce the average yield of even 200 cavans/hectare, our province’s total annual rice yields will hit at least 4.9 million cavans yearly as against its current average yield of only more or less 1.5M cavans?

This province has numerous rivers to tap for a year-round irrigation service. Coupled with right farming technology, along with highly affordable inputs, our province’s tens of thousands of crunching rice farmers be no poor anymore from their ardous toils of soils, paying them with high profit returns. Of course, we need billions of funds to upgrade the province’s rather still ‘stone age’ rice farming practices, adds our source with woeful dismay.

His insightful words simply put: A rice rich Zanorte speaks well for the farmer’s big hudyaka reflecting abundance of grains under the inspiring leadership of Gov. Lando E. Yebes. It must be so at best of governing our province’s agricultural pontentialities to the fullest gratifications of the governed.


This somewhat sarcastic joke has also some significant message right in Katipunan: Many- if not all – Barangays in Katipunan are reportedly running their own ‘Las Vegas’ piat-piat, tong-its, hantak, tari-tari, etc., gambling dens under the open-secret licensure protection of big Mafia Pangwarta bosses in sharp contrast to Barangay Biniray’s Martha’s Vineyard’s money-making business under Epok’s Cosa Nustra Obra Maestra operation.

Epok’s Martha’s Vineyard devotes on the planting of rootcrops, corns, a variety of vegetables, livestock raising serving as show case models for poor farmers’ good way of generating food money following Governor Lando Yebes’ high green farming programs. Envious they are perhaps that Epok’s brother Popoy last April had generated at least P40,000.00 sales from a ten hectare camote farm.

Camote rootcrop covers the widest hug of Biniray’s over 60-hectare mountain lands which, in Barangay Captain Epok Tunguia’s words, could be his possible ‘hand outs’ to poor farmers whenever they could not anymore afford to buy a kilo of rice and at the same time serves as their ‘see and get’ free supply of seedling stocks to plant in their respective upland lots.

Some 30,000 of cassava stocks are also being planted in same area. Why that plentiful run? Cassava rootcrops are either for Ozamiz processing flour-buyers, also for poor folks’ food or for poultry and livestock feeds.

All these are Epok’s Martha’s Vineyard investments versus the ‘Las Vegasan’ business in Katipunan Barangay inlands, sayeth he with some whimsical sarcasm.


Early this month the Katipunan’s Barangay Captains’ session had their ‘shock and awe’ when Epok offered them free supply of Barong Tagalog uniforms costing all to P90,000 at P3,000 per uniform. Practically all them were dump founded. Only after the morning session when Epok had already gone home that some Barangay Captains ruefully regretted for their sheer inability to snap up lightning fast Epok’s unbelievable offerance. They thought Epok was just joking at them . . . ngik ngik . . . (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.49)


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



 As food and fuel prices continue to soar, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the government is stepping up investments in the three E’s — acronym for economy, education and environment — to lessen the impact of the global economic crunch on the Filipino masses.

She said the government is doing everything possible to put food on the table, and create job and livelihood opportunities by investing heavily on the three E’s.

Increased investments in the three primary sectors have been made possible because of the country’s strong, fiscal reform-driven economy, she said.

In her speech during the celebration of the Philippine’s 110th Independence Day at the Rizal Park this morning, the President cited 2007 as a banner year for the country’s economy.

She pointed out that last year the country’s economy registered a 7.3 percent growth, the highest in 30 years.

“Ang pananagutang maglingkod ay lalong matingkad na ihandog sa hanay ng pinakamahihirap sa ating kababayan, na kasalukuyang hinahagupit ng mga kasalukuyang suliraning hatid ng pandaigdigang ekonomiya,” the President said.

“Kung hindi man natin kayang iwasan ang mga problemang ito na angkat mula sa ibayong dako, saklaw pa rin ng ating tungkulin ang mamahagi ng tulong sa mga pinahihirapan nito,” she added.

“Bunga ng pagsigla ng ekonomiya, nakapamumuhunan tayo sa mga pangunahing sektor para sanggahan ang dagok sa maralita ng tumatalong halaga ng bigas at krudo. Naitutuloy din nating mamuhunan sa kailangang imprastraktura gaya ng mga kalsada, mga tulay, edukasyon, para banggitin ang ilan. Habang, binabalanse natin itong mga napaka-kailangang pamumuhunan sa pangakong matupad ang ating mga obligasyong piskal at mabalanse ang budget sa 2010,” the President said.

But she said that despite the flourishing economy, the government will not rest in its quest for a better future for the Filipinos and to provide ways and means for them to rise above their present situations.

“Nagsisikap ang pamahalaan upang tiyakin na ang kasapatan ng pagkain ng bansa ay matatag at maglagay tayo ng pagkain sa hapag ng bawat Pilipino,” the President said.

“Walang pagod tayong nagpupursige upang tugunan ang mga hamong bunga ng paghina ng ekonomiya ng mundo at pagsipa ng mga presyo ng langis at pagkain. Malubha ang tama sa mahihirap nitong mga puwersang pandaigdig.”

She stressed that the country has adequate supply of rice, adding that the government will pursue three measures, namely ensure steady supply, proper distribution of the staple food, and a relentless crackdown on illegal traders.

“Marami na ang mga nagsasamantala na ating natunton, napigil at nakakasuhan. Bagaman matagal ang proseso ng batas, at tama naman sa demokrasya, huwag magkamali: mabilis tayong kumikilos nang buong bagsik laban sa mga lumalabag sa batas,” the President said.

“Nakatutok din sa pinakamahihirap ang ating mga pagsisikap, upang siguruhin na sila ang mangungunang makakuha ng bigas na kailangan nila.”

Before delivering her Independence Day message, President Arroyo led guests in the unveiling of the marker, wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremonies at the Rizal Park.

Simultaneously flag-raising ceremonies were held in 11 areas, led by Cabinet officials. (PIA-ZN)



PAL to resume Dipolog-Cebu flight

The Philippine Air Line disclosed recently it will reopen its Dipolog-Cebu route starting July 1 this year.

PAL Dipolog Manager Wilmer Regencia said that he had received a new advisory  from main office outlining the schedule.

He disclosed that their plane will be flying on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week.

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65-seater Canadian-made Bombardier

The place takes off at 5:30 early morning in Cebu arriving Dipolog at 6:20 A.M.  It will take off Dipolog at 6:55 AM for Cebu and possibly arriving Cebu at 7:45A.M.

However, the airline manager said the company will have daily flight schedule of the Dipolog-Cebu route if passenger traffic is seen to be increasing.

PAL will be flying a 65-seater Canadian-made Bombardier. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)



 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
The Call of God

The call of God can never be stated explicitly, it is implicit.  The call of God is like the call of the sea, or of the mountains.   No one hears these calls but the one who has the nature of the sea, or of the mountains; and no one hears the call of God who has not the nature of God in him.  It cannot be definitely stated what the call of God is to, because it is a call into comradeship with God Himself for his own purposes, and the test of faith is to believe that God knows what he is after.

The call of God only becomes clear as we obey, never as we weigh the pros and cons and try to reason it out.  The call is God’s idea, and on looking back over the path of obedience do we realize what is the idea of God; God sanctifies memory.

When we hear the call of God, it is not for us to dispute with God and arrange to obey Him if he will expound the meaning of His call to us.  As long as we insist on having the call expounded to us, we will never obey, it is expounded, and in looking back there comes a chuckle of confidence..  he does all things well.

Before us there is nothing, but overhead there is God, and we have to trust Him.  If we insist on explanations before we obey, we lie like clogs on God’s plan and put ourselves clean side by side Hi purpose.

To do our best in one part, but to wash our hands smilingly of the consequences is the next part of any sensible virtue.

In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus said, as they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, I will follow you no matter where you go.  But Jesus, replied, foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but I, the son of man, have no home of my own, not even a place to lay my hear. V-59, He said to another person, come be my disciple.  The man agreed, but he said Lord first let me return home and bury my father.  V-60, Jesus replied, let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead.  Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the kingdom of God.  V-61, another said, yes, Lord, I will follow you but first let me say good-bye to my family.  V-62, but Jesus, told him, anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.

This means, we have nothing to do with what God’s call in unconditional surrender and smilingly wash our hands of the consequences.  Until we get through all the shivering wisdom that will not venture out on God, we will never know all that is involved in the life of faith.

Fate means uncomplaining resignation to an unknown force.  Faith is not resignation to a power we do not know; faith is committal to one whose character we do not know, because it has been revealed to us in Jesus Christ.  as we live in contact with God, His order comes to us in the haphazard, and we recognize that every detail of our lives is engineered for us by our heavenly father.  If we are going to live a life of faith, we must rest nowhere until we see God and know Him in spite of all apparent contradictions. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


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




I have written once in this column the topic on global warming,  a matter that finds national and interna-tional interests because it affects our very existence as humans. I write here now its sequel topic: the greenhouse effect for the interest of Ms. Shiella  Acaylar of JRMSC and of the avid readers of this column.

Now, what do you understand about greenhouse effect?

Greenhouse effect is the capacity of certain gases in the atmosphere to trap heat emitted from the Earth’s surface, thereby insulating and warming the Earth. Without the thermal blanketing of the natural greenhouse effect, the Earth’s climate would be about 33 Celsius degrees (about 59 Fahrenheit degrees) cooler—too cold for most living organisms to survive. The greenhouse effect results from the interaction between sunlight and the layer of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere that extends up to 100 km (60 mi) above Earth’s surface. Sunlight is composed of a range of radiant energies known as the solar spectrum, which includes visible light, infrared light, gamma rays, X rays, and ultraviolet light. When the Sun’s radiation reaches the Earth’s atmosphere, some 25 percent of the energy is reflected back into space by clouds and other atmospheric particles. About 20 percent is absorbed in the atmosphere. For instance, gas molecules in the uppermost layers of the atmosphere absorb the Sun’s gamma rays and X rays. The Sun’s ultraviolet radiation is absorbed by the ozone layer, located 19 to 48 km (12 to 30 mi) above the Earth’s surface.

About 50 percent of the Sun’s energy, largely in the form of visible light, passes through the atmosphere to reach the Earth’s surface. Soils, plants, and oceans on the Earth’s surface absorb about 85 percent of this heat energy, while the rest is reflected back into the atmosphere—most effectively by reflective surfaces such as snow, ice, and sandy deserts. In addition, some of the Sun’s radiation that is absorbed by the Earth’s surface becomes heat energy in the form of long-wave infrared radia-tion, and this energy is released back into the atmosphere.

Certain gases  in the atmosphere, including water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, absorb this infrared radiant heat, temporarily preventing it from dispersing into space. As these atmospheric gases warm, they in turn emit infrared radiation in all directions. Some of this heat returns back to Earth to further warm the surface in what is known as the greenhouse effect, and some of this heat is eventually released to space. This heat transfer creates equilibrium between the total amount of heat that reaches the Earth from the Sun and the amount of heat that the Earth radiates out into space. This equilibrium or energy balance—the exchange of energy between the Earth’s surface, atmosphere, and space—is important to maintain a climate that can support a wide variety of life.

The heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere behave like the glass of a greenhouse. They let much of the Sun’s rays in, but keep most of that heat from directly escaping. Because of this, they are called greenhouse gases. Without these gases, heat energy absorbed and reflected from the Earth’s surface would easily radiate back out to space, leaving the planet with an inhospitable temperature close to –19°C (2°F), instead of the present average surface temperature of 15°C (59°F).

To appreciate the importance of the greenhouse gases in creating a climate that helps sustain most forms of life, compare Earth to Mars and Venus. Mars has a thin atmosphere that contains low concentrations of heat-trapping gases. As a result, Mars has a weak greenhouse effect resulting in a largely frozen surface that shows no evidence of life. In contrast, Venus has an atmosphere containing high concentrations of carbon dioxide. This heat-trapping gas prevents heat radiated from the planet’s surface from escaping into space, resulting in surface temperatures that average 462°C (864°F)—too hot to support life. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.49)


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



Man in Uniform

A news story says GMA gives June 12 a different face, to a Filipino face.  Now a hungry face.

GMA  has a new face, hungry too.  Hungry of power.


Freedom means citizens enjoying human rights according to SC Chief Justice Puno.

 A timely reminder to the PNP and the military.


Due to lack of classrooms, parents help turn chicken coops into a classrooms.  Let’s hold classes at cockpit too.


Poor queue for power subsidy.  I saw the rich queue also to sell their votes in several elections in Dipolog.


Nat’l anthem in 2/4 beat, not 4/4 beat, DepEd says.  It took us a century of  repeating the same mistake before we correct it.

May we hear from music teacher Ma’am Elba?


Businessmen complained of drop in sales.  People’s money are now with NFA and tuition fee.


Chinese President lauds Arroyo an Independence Day.  A few days after the Bureau of Immigration had given the 4 Chinese drug lords immigrant visa instead of deporting them.

During the RCBC robbery-slay, one of the suspects is a military man.  When the 3 ABS-CBA crew were kidnapped in Sulu, a military agent is involved. In every crime, there is a man in uniform involved.  Only in the Philippines. ‘Mahiya naman kayo’


It took 600 people to unfurl a giant Philippine Flag, world’s biggest, during the celebration of the 110th Independence Day.

Yet people are slave in their own country, authoritarianism is practiced and public servants do not serve but rule.  I prefer to wave a flaglet as long as the spirit of independence is felt.


Sec. Ermita keeps on shuffling between Dipolog and Manila.

Did I hear someone says “Vote Ermita for Governor?” The father or the son?


Mayora and Lando were very civil to each other during the June 12 Independence Day program.

But when they shook hands Lando had his left hand holding a bolo placed behind his back while the Mayora had her knife hidden under her skirt.


Last June 12, while the whole nation was celebrating its Independence, 3 robbers  rushed  into  Champion Bakery and carted away P15,000.00.

This is the way robbers celebrate it.  Independent from captivity.

This is our way of welcoming our new City P/Supt. Gervacio Balmaceda.  Dipolog style. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


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



Press Freedom Editorial
A warm welcome

Police Superintendent Gervacio Balmaceda comes to take the reins of Dipolog PNP leadership after Police Inspector Reynaldo Maclang packed his bags nine months ago.

Mayor Evelyn Uy has several reasons for her choice.

She pointed out that he does not come from the city nor from the province.  It could always pose great problem when a police gentleman has to deal with the native grounds.

The backyard seems a too friendly place and the worst ground to put one’s iron hand to work.

Another reason for choice is that the Police Superintendent has had experience with the United Nations and could be the best pick to do action in the city which has been constantly turned around by criminals.

With a young gentleman  at the PNP and a newcomer to the province, PS Balmaceda could be the best lady’s choice.

It’s hoped that he could put an end to swertres which inevitably doped the poor as their last hope of making it in life.

It’s hoped that he could successfully crush the culprits that give Dipolog  a scare.

It’s hoped that he’ll be impartial but acts accordingly, like a real police officer who does not mind who are affected in the discharge of his duties.

The hopes of the Dipolognons may be too heavy for the new PNP Chief to bear.  But we are hoping for the best performance.

A warm welcome, Sir. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 35)


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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