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June 3,  2008

 

 

NEGOSYANTE GITULIS GIPATAY ARMAS GIGAMIT IYA SA PNP

Usa ka batan-ong negosyante ang gitulis ug gipatay didto sa lungsod sa Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte niadtung Miyerkules samtang duha ka mga suspetsado ang nasikop sa kapolisan ug anaa karon gidetiner sa Provincial Police Office, Camp Hamac, Sicayab ning dakbayan sa Dipolog human masayre nga ang posil nga gigamit iya sa PNP. Ang biktima nailhan nga si Bernardino Dumajel y Bacolod, 21 anyos, negosyante ug lumolopyo sa Barangay Palomoc, Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay ang giposil patay sa lima ka mga suspetsado nga mitulis kaniya didto sa usa ka hilit nga dapit sa lungsod sa Kalawit.

Sa imbestigasyon nga gihimo sa Kalawit PNP nga gipangulohan ni SPO2 Ronald Lozada, samtang ang biktima nagmaneho sa iyang canter six-wheeler truck arun mangumpra ug guma sa Barangay Daniel Maing uban sa iyang bayaw nga si Regie Sebilo ug sa iyang mga babayeng katabang, pag-abot sa maong dapit sila gibabagan ug gipakanaug sa lima ka armadong suspetsado. Wala maglangan ang biktima deretsong giposil sa usa ka suspetsado gamit ang 9MM Cal. Pistol ug miigo sa iyang apapangig nga maoy hinungdan sa iyang hinanaling kamatayon.

Usa ka joint hot pursuit operation ang gihimo sa Kalawit polis inabagan sa mga membro sa RMG ug tropa sa 18th IB Philipine Army nga gipangulohan ni Cpl. Alvin Cruz didto sa Barangay Daniel Maing detachment, malamposon nga misikop sa duha ka mga suspetsado nga nailhan sa ilang pangalan Henry Arani, 28 anyos ug Komino Musa, hingkod ang pangidaron. Sila nasikop didto sa Barangay Batayan sakop sa lungsod sa Kalawit samtang na-trap sa hiniusang puwersa sa mga otoredad. Matud pa nga ang duruha ka mga suspetsado dayon na unta ug sibat paingon sa Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay sakay sa Habal-Habal apan nabaling sa nag-operate nga mga sundalo.

Nakuha sa ilang opisisyon ang Cal. 9MM pistol nga maoy gigamit sa pagpatay apan sa pagsubay ang maong armas iyang propiedad sa PNP. Ang maong pistola dunay PNP logo ug dunay marka Philipine National Police nga dunay serial number M13473Z. Ang duruha ka mga suspetsado anaa karon gi-detained sa PNP Provincial Command samtang gihimo pa ang makuting imbestigasyon kon ang maong grupo duna bay kalambigitan sa nagpanghitabong tulis ug patay didto sa mga lungsod sa Godod, Salug, Liloy, Leon B. Postigo ug Labason, Zamboanga del Norte diin ubay-ubay na ang nahimong biktima samtang hangtud ning pagbalita wala pa masulbad sa kapolisan.

Sigun sa record, duna nay unom ka tulis, upat ka motor gibawe ug daghan na ang kinabuhi nga nangakalas samtang gipatay sa mga armadong suspetsado didto sa maong mga lungsod. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Andam sa taliabot Hunyo 12
Tanan giawhag pagpakayab sa nasudnong bandila karon

Giawhag ang tanang kataw- hang Dipolognon sa pagsugod na pagpakayab sa nasudnong bandila sa mga pangpubliko ug pribadong mga buhatan ug establisemento ug kon mahimo sa tanang mga kabalayan isip pag-andam ug pagpahibalo sa umaabot nga pagsaulog sa Pilipinhong Kagawasan o Independence Day karong Hunyo 12.

Karong tuiga, ang kasaulogan karong umaabot Hunyo 12 maoy ika 110th nga kasumaran sa Adlaw sa Kaugalingnan sa Nasud. Sumala pa sa Memorandum Circular no.2008-81 gikan sa nasudnong buhatan sa DILG nga subay sa ika 110th nga kasaulogan sa Independence Day sa nasud, ang DepEd duyog sa National Historical Institute ang mihan-ay ug mga kalihokan nga motukma sa nasangpit nga makasay- sayanong kalihokan.

Matud pa nga sugod niadtong nakalabay nga Mayo 15 hangtud sa Hunyo 30 mao ang Watawat at Pambansang Awit Kick-off launching sa Flag Advocacy Day. Alayon ning maong kalam- boan, nanawagan ang kagam- hanang lokal ning dakbayan pinaagi ni City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy ngadto sa mga katawhan sa pagpakita sa atong hiniusang gugma sa atong nasud, lakip na  sa atong bandila nga maoy simbolo sa atong pagka-Filipino. (CIO-alb)

 

 

MAYOR NAG-AWHAG PAGPAKAYAB SA BANDILA SA SAKYANAN

Nanawagan si Mayor Evelyn T. Uy ning dakbayan sa Dipolog sa tanang mga residente, mga magpapatigayon, mga tag-iya sa pribado ug pampublikong mga sakyanan, sa pagtaod sa atong nasudnong bandila sugod karong adlawa.

Kining maong panawagan ni Mayor Uy nagsumikad sa Memorandum Circular 2008-81 sa Department of the Interior and Local Government sa kauluhan alang sa tanang mga opisyales sa mga rehiyonal nga buhatan ug  mga opisyales sa mga lokal nga kagamhanan, sa pagpakayab sa atong nasudnong bandila sa kabalayan, mga buhatan, mga patigayon lakip ang mga sakyanan,  alang sa pag-obserbar sa National Flag Day ugmang adlawa, Mayo 28 ug sa pagsaulog sa Flag Days Advocacy nga nasugdan niadtong Mayo 15, 2008 hangtud na sa Hunyo 30, ning tuiga.

Dugang gipahibalo ni Mayor Uy nga alayon usab niini nga kalihokan, giandam na usab sa kagamhanang lokal sa Dipolog ang pagpahigayon sa pagsaulog sa atong ika-110 nga anibersaryo sa Independence Day karong Hunyo 12.

Ang tema nga gisagop sa pagsa-ulog sa atong Independence Day karong tuiga mao ang: “PUBLIC SERVICE: TUNGO SA GANAP NA KALAYAAN AT KAUNLARAN”.

Ang nasangpit nga pag-awhag ni Mayor Uy maoy panawagan alang sa pagpukaw sa “patriotism” sa mga Dipolognon ug sa paghatag ug importansiya ug pahinumdum may kalabot sa atong natagamtaman ug gipahimuslang “freedom” karon gumikan sa pagpakigbatok sa atong mga ancestors sa foreign rule aron mahatagan kita ug kagawasan. (cio-prr)

 

MGA KALIHOKAN SA INDEPENDENCE DAY GIHAN-AY

Andam na ang Kagamhanang Lokal sa Dipolog nga gipangunahan ni Mayor Evelyn T. Uy alang sa pagpahigayon sa commemoration sa 110th Anniversary sa Independence Day karong umaabot Hunyo 12. Atol sa hini-usang nasabutan sa mga miyembro sa komitiba alang ning maong katuyu-an nga usa ka hamobo nga programa ang pagasugdan sa may alas-7:00 ang takna sa kabuntagon nga ipahigayon sa Plaza Magsaysay diin ang dinapit nga mamumulong mao si Admiral Emilio C. Marayag, Jr., ang kasamtangang AFP Commander sa Naval Forces sa Western Mindanao.

Human sa programa, ipahigayon gilayon ang usa ka foot parade sa pagsalmot sa tanang mga ahensiya sa lokal nga kagamhanang lakip ang probinsiya, mga nasudnong ahensiya, pribadong sector, mga non-government ug civic organizations, people’s organization ug ubang associations ug mga indibidual nga buot mosalmot sa kalihokan.

Sa pagkakaron, gi-amdam na ang pag-release sa mga invitation letters, kopya sa programa ug assembly map aron maplastar ang tanang mosalmot ning maong kalihokan. (cio-prr)

 

Gatecrasher

By: Jun S. Cariño

Hapay Pista

Hapay Pista. Mao kini ang malagmit nga isulti sa mga taga Dipolog sa pag-abot sa pista tungod kay hilabihang kalisud ang natagamtam karon nga nagpasulabi ug taas ug pagsulbong sa tanang presyo sa nag-unang palaliton gikan sa bugas, gasolina, mantika, asukar, isda, karne ug mga grocery items. Apan kining pagmahal sa mga palaliton dili igong hinungdan kun nganong ang ubang mga katawhan makahunahuna na lamang ug buhat sa mga illegal nga mga butang aron lamang masalbar ang ilang panginahanglan.

Subo palandungon nga anaay mga tawo nga huyang ang ilang moralidad sa pagsumpo o sa dili pagpadala sa mga salawayung buhat sama sa pagpangawat, pagpangilkil, pagpangilad ug uban pang mga buhat nga dili unta angay nga pagabuhaton sa mga tawong tarong. Misamut ug panggara ang mga kawatan tungod kay daghan ang mga tawo nga nagsugod na ug anhi sa dakbayan  agi kay nagpadulong na ang kapistahan. Pastilan kining mga tawhana. Maayo lang magpahimulos sa hinaguan sa uban. Dawat-limpyo ang ilang gusto, dili gusto nga magsakripisyo.

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Dakong hagit sa mga kapolisan ang pagsumpo sa mga dautang mga elemento dinhi sa dakbayan. Angay nga dili sila magpasangil nga kulang ang gasolina kay sa atong nakutlo ug nakaylap nga mga balita, walay undang ang kagamhanang lokal sa Dipolog pagpanghatag sa gasolina kanila.

Basin pa man tingali ug adunay krisis sa liderato o pagpangulo sa maong buhatan tungod kay wala man kiniy tinuoray nga hepe kay wala man tagai ug bili ang rekomendasyon sa mayor sa dihang aduna siyay gusto nga maoy ibutang nga hepe.

Ang makalibug kay nganong hugtanong dili mosanong si  PNP Provincial Director Yanga sa paghatag ug igong pagtagad sa rekomendasyon sa mayor nga sayod man sila sa balaod o bagad nga ang mayor adunay bug-at nga kalambigitan sa pagpili sa usa ka hepe sa polis kun ibase kini sa Local Government Code.

Nganong ingon man niini kini si Director Yanga? Unsa man ang mga misteryo nga naglimin niini? Segurado ang mga katawhan nga  aduna siyay dako nga kalambigitan sa dili paghatag sa mayor sa iyang rekomendasyon.

Pastilan lagi. Lisud na kaayo kun ang usa ka suluguon sa katilingban dili na ang serbisyo ang gihunahuna kun dili ang pagpabusdik sa bulsa.

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Bisan pa man sa kapit-os sa panahon ug sa kamahal sa mga palaliton, ang dakbayan atong nasayran nga nagpadayon sa paglingaw sa mga katawhan diha sa Boulevard sa walay bayad. Nagkalain-lain nga pasundayag ug kalihukan ang makita diha.

Busa bisan pa man ug ang uban moingon ug Hapay Pista, daghan gihapon ang malingaw ug makalulinghayaw. Na hala, Maayong Pista kanatong tanan. Sa pinulongang Iningles nga dalang bugal-bugal, ‘You are all invited to eat my house.’ Insakto ba kini, Mr. Editor ug Manlalaban Legorio? (Sakto kaayo, kay wala na may makaon ang uban, di balay na lay ipakaon. Ang uban biktima usab sa kawat, so wala nay ikaresiber sa bisita. Unsay say mo, Atty. Legorio? - Ed) (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

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Strike while the ISSUE is hot:
Mga Sugarol Nga Masakpan Dili Prisohon, Kondili Pa-gardenon!

Ambut kon nakamatikod ba mo sa nahitabo nga mga krimen dinhi sa Dipolog ning pipila na ka tulis nga nakalabay. Apan ang akong namatikdan lahi usab kaayo. Wala ko moingon nga ang akong kabalaka ug ang pagduda mao na gyud kondili basaha lang usab ninyo kon mao ba usab ang inyong gihunahuna. Namatikdan ba ninyo nga ang kanunay karon nga nagsugilon nga sila biktima sa tulis mao ang mga suporters sa usa ka opisyal nga nasuko sa administrasyon sa Dipolog? Kahibulongan no? Apan sige na lang kay gipa-blotter man pod. Apan ang akong pamasin unya kon ang maong taho basta lang god nga misugilon sila sa kapolisan nga biktima sila apan sa luyo nga bahin ang katuyoan niini mao diay ang pagtigbak sa dungog sa Dipolog aron maigo si Mayor Belen Uy? Kay nanguha ug polis nga dili kasaligan, di ba?

Ay, nangutana lang god ko! Ato man gong nahibaw-an nga kining maong opisyal maoy naghulbot sa mga polis dinhi sa Dipolog kay gipadala ug laing lugar kay naay hulga sa MILF. Nganong polis man poy paadtoon didto, hain man diay ang mga army? Unya, pastilan gyud nilang pugong nga dili makatunob ug balik si Maclang dinhi sa Dipolog kay nahadlok man sila sa kapabilidad ni Maclang paggukod sa mga balhiboog kamot, busa mapugngan ni Maclang ang nahitabo nga mga krimen sa Dipolog, di ba? Ug nagduda ko nga mahadlok sila nga kon mogukod na ug tinuod si Maclang sa mga kriminal, adto sila masangko sa usa ka balay nga morag Embahada sa laing nasud. Kana bang dili na ka makagukod kay naa na sa ilang poder, kana ra!

Mas maayo man tingali nila ang polis nga pasiga-sigaan lang sa ilang mata mobahag dayon ang ikog aron dili maatikan ang ilang modus, di ba? Abi ninyo, natingala baya ko nga ang establisemento diha sa General Luna nasaka pa gyud sa mga kiriwan ug kamot nga unta dihang dapita nagbulalat ang suga ug dili mawad-ag tawo diha nga mag-agi-agi. Busa kon nganong nakasaka didto, mas maayo tingali nga imbestigahon pod ang naa sa sulod kay akong nahibaw-an nga pure kaayong suporter sa dakung politiko kining naa sa sulod, di ba?

Unya, siyaro man pod ug dili magtagoltol kanang gipangbunalan nga door knob tungod kay kon tunga-tunga na ang gabii, bisag gamayng tagoltol sa puthaw madungog baya. Misteryoso pod, no? Unya, nasayud ba mog unsa? Usa diha sa naa sa silong nga tig-ayo ug motor naay docket diha sa polis nga maayong modagan ug mang-snatch ug cellphone. Mao nay nakapalibog nako. Hinuon kining akoa dili man tingali dautan kon imbestigahon lang aron masulbad gyud kining krimen dinhi sa Dipolog. Dipolognon god ta. Apan kon human sa imbestigasyon kon dili ra gyud mao kining atong pagduda, di mas maayo kay makatulog ra ta, di ba?

Ang pangutana lang god nga angay tubagon: Dili ba kaha kining krimen nga nahitabo sa Dipolog, mugna-mugna lang aron makuha ang kondisyon sa katawhan nga ang atong kapolisan TANGA ug usab madaut ang pagkalider ni Mayor Belen Uy, di ba? Ibutang lang nato nga wild imagination kining atoang gihisgotan, apan mas maayo pod tingali nga hatagan kinig pagtagad tungod ug alang sa kalinaw sa atong dakbayan. Maayo kaha ni?

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Inig guwa ning maong mantalaan, fiesta gyud sa dakbayan sa Dipolog. Happy Fiesta na lang ninyong tanan. Usa kini ka pagsaulog nga ambut kon puno ba kini sa kalipay, tungod kay akong nahibaw-an nga ang mga katawhan halos dili na kaayo mopahiyom tungod sa kamahal na sa tanang palaliton. Ambot kon ang atong mga taga-barangay kon makakaon ba karong pistaha dinhi sa sentro tungod kay nakita man nato nga miping-it ug tinuod ang mga katawhan pagka-igo niining krisis karon nga atong giatubang.

Bugas puwerting mahala. Karne mitaas na. Hasta gani panakot moambas na ug presyo sa karne ug isda!

Aw, bahala na ug wala tay makaon unya sa pista, busga lang ang inyong mga mata sa kalingawan aron makalimot ug andar ang tungol ninyo.

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Kon ang atong mga tinugyanan sa Agrikultura aduna pay plano nga ang mga katawhan masibot gyud nga mananum diha sa atong lagwerta sa bisan unsang mabaligya, mas maayo unta. Kay kanang mga walay trabaho nga ginikanan, ilabina kanang mga inahan nga sige lang nagpungkalo diha sa mga sugalan, kon nagbunlay pa kana sila ug mananom, ubos sa pagsuperbisar sa Departamento sa Agrikultura, maayo unta, dili ba?

Mas maayo tingali niini nga ang kapolisan manakop nianang mga katawhan nga nagyampungad halos tibuok adlaw sa sugalan, dayon ang silot sa masakpan patamnon ug bisag unsang mapuslan ubos sa pagsupervise sa buhatan sa Agriculture. Ang impact niini mao nga dili pa mapilde sa sugal ang mga sugarol, naa pa unya tay daghang produkto sa atong garden ikabaligya. Silabon pang nagmahal na karon ang mga panakot, di ba? (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

Pagpangbakuna sa iro batok rabies nagapadayon sa City Vet

Padayon gihapon karong nagalugway sa libreng pagpamakuna sa mga binuhing iro sa dakbayan sa Dipolog pinaagi sa lokal nga buhatan sa City Veterinarian, ilawom sa pagpanguna ni Dr. Russell T. Ganub.

Kining libreng anti-rabies vaccination maoy tipik sa kampanya karon sa kagamhanang lokal ning dakbayan pinaagi ni City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy aron sa pagkab-ot sa tinguha nga mahimong “Rabies Free” kining atong dakbayan.

Padayon usab karong nagapahigayon sa pagpamakuna sa mga iro sa nagakalain-laing barangay ning dakbayan, diin matud pa sa tinubdan, nga magapadayon kini samtang ang ilang buhatan ang aduna pay igong supply sa tambal alang ning maong katuyoan.

Nag-awhag si Dr. Ganub sa mga nagbuhi ug iro nga kon buot sila mopahimulos ning nasangpit nga libreng anti-rabies vaccination, mobisita lang sila sa iyang buhatan didto sa Dipolog slaughterhouse, sa Barangay Dicayas, ning dakbayan sa oras tingtrabaho gikan adlawng Lunes ngadto sa Biyernes. (CIO-alb)

 

Gagmay nga mananagat gihatagan libreng pukot

Daghang mga gagmay nga mananagat gikan sa nagkalain-laing pundok sa dakbayan sa Dipolog nakadawat sa libreng mga pukot nga gihatag sa rehiyonal nga buhatan sa Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) isip tabang pagpadaghan sa ilang inadlaw-adlaw nga kapangi-nabuhian. Ang pagpanghatag sa hinabang sa BFAR gihimo atol sa gipahi- gayon nga usa ka bansay-bansay o training on bottom gill nets didto sa Fish Port, Barangay Barra ning siyudad sa Dipolog.kaniadtong Mayo 22.

Sila si BFAR Director Alforque (taas, ikatulo gikan sa wala) ug Mayor Belen Uy (ikaupat gikan sa wala) samtang miapil sa pagpasabot sa kamahinung- danon sa hustong paagi sa pagpangisda atol sa gipahigayon nga bansay-bansay alang sa mga gagmay nga mangingisda (ubos).

Ang nagpahigayon sa maong programa mao ang BFAR Region 9, dakbayan sa Zamboanga. Kini gibuksan pinaagi sa usa ka registration sa mga partisipanteng fisherfolks ug fishermem sa nagkalain-laing association sa barangay sa Dipolog ug gisundan dayon sa usa ka overview sa mga training ug lecture on proper ways sa paghimo ug design sa gill nets kun pukot. Ang highlights sa maong programa mao ang pagturn-over o pagpanghatag sa mga pukot nga gikan sa BFAR Region 9 sa pagpangulo ni Dir.Vergilio Alforque,Regional Director nga gidawat ni Mayor Evelyn T. Uy sangalan sa mga mangingisda dinhi.

Mapasalamaton ug dako si Mayor Belen Uy kang Director Alforque nga gihatan sila ug pagtagad ilabina ang mga gagmay nga mangingisda ning dakbayan. Ang maong training kun seminar gitambongan nila ni Mayor Uy, mga fisherfolks ug fishermen sa nagkalin-lain Barangay sa Dipolog, mga opisyales sa BFAR Region 9, mga opisyales sa City Agriculture Office nga gipangulohan ni OIC-City Agriculturist Dionisio C.Mandawe ug Fish  Warden Designate Teresa Sanado, Chief of Fishery Technology Division Jonathan Dickson BFAR Central Office, RFTC staff ug mga CFAMRC representatives.

Mapasalamatun usab ug dako ang mga pundok sa mga mangingisda dinhi sa siyudad ngadto kang Mayor Uy nga gitagaan sila ug suporta ug tabang. Sumala pa ni Cesar Daymiel, CFARMC chairman, nga ang maong pukot dako gayud ang ikatabang kanila sa ilang panginabuhian apil sa ilang pamilya. (ZORAYDA EVA S.MUSTARIL) (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

Gatecrasher

By: Jun S. Cariño

Lahi Sa Uban Kay Mobuhat Lang Siya Sa Angay Buhaton

Puwerteng daghanang mga tawo ang nalipay sa gipahigayon nga Pgsalabuk Festival sa miaging semana. Naglaray ang mga katawhan sa kalsada ug nagpasad kini sila didto sa Boulevard. Kini nagpasabot lamang nga ang mga katawhan sa dakbayan miduyog sa pagsaulog sa usa ka yano apan mabulukong pasundayag sa mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay. Wala nila igsapayan nga sila nahago sa maong pagpangandam ug ila man gani kining gibilaran aron lamang mahimong malampuson ang maong pasundayag.

Alang sa tanang mga mananaug ug sa wala nakadaug, dawata ninyo ang atong masigarbuhong palakpak. Hinaut pa unta nga magpadayon ang kaasgot sa inyong pagtambayayong aron matagamtaman ang gipadayong pagpalambo sa dakbayan.

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Daghang mga komentaryo ang nadungog nga ang administrasyon ni Mayor Evelyn Uy nagsubay sa dalan sa kahimayaan tungod kay wala pa gani siyay usa ka tuig sa pagpang-alagad, daghan nang mga kalambuan ug mga garbo nga nadawat niya.

Kini nagmatuod lamang nga bisan pa man sa mga gihimong pagpangdaut kaniya, kini wala niya tagda ug hinoon iyang gipatigbabaw ang iyang pagka-professional ug siya wala migamit sa mga dili maayong paagi aron iyang matagaan ug tagam ang mga tawo nga tigdaut kaniya.

Daghan ang nakakomentaryo nga kun lain pa ang naa sa iyang sapatos, dugay ra tingali nga iyang gipangitaan ug paagi aron makatilaw sa tagam. Apan kay ang iya usa man ka diplomatiko nga pamunuan, wala niya kini gitagaan ug bili ug siya nagpadayon lang sa iyang mga gimbuluhaton. Mao kini ang timaan sa usa ka maayong lider.

Dili mapikon kay dili man pud mabaw ug l-t. Dili susama sa uban nga gamay lamang nga kasikas, magpalaban dayon sa mga binayrang tigpamaba. Maayo pa diay ang babaye kay dili dali masura; dili sama sa uban diha nga lalaki man unta kuno apan sobra pa sa baye kun makapustura, makaputak ug makapanimalos. Binabaye diay?

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Naunsa na man pud diay ni si  Director Yanga? Iya na mam pud kunong gipapulihan ang kanhi OIC Chief of Police sa lain usab nga OIC lang gihapon. Siyaro ug wala siyay mahimo sa pagpakgang  sa maong lakang? Di ba  ang Provincial Director aduna may dakong kalambigitan aron iyang marekomendar,  mapapahawa o mapabalhin ang usa ka pulis?

Nan, nganong di man kini niya buhaton aron makabaton na intawon ug saktong Chief of Police ang dakbayan. Unsa kahay iyang gitagad nga iya mang gipaantus ang taga Dipolog?

Makaduda na man hinoon  kining kalakiha, da. Basin tingali ug naipit na kini siya pag-ayo ug dili na makabalibad kun unsay imando kaniya. Ay singan! (Matud pa sa taga amo.)

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Tigmo-Tigmo Agukoy:  Nagkutoy ang tiyan  apan sa hudyaka dili matupngan. Unsa man? Tubag: Mga katawhan sa lalawigan nga maoy kinapobrehan. (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

Hara taga Turno, kampiyon ang Sicayab
Mga dagkung tawo-hurado sa P’gsalabuk gipasalamatan

Pormal nga gipasalamatan ni Mayor Evelyn T. Uy ang mga naglangkob sa Board of Judges atol sa bag-ohay lang nga nahuman nga P’gsalabuk Streetdancing ug Showdown Competition kaniadtong Mayo 23 tungod sa nakitang dakung kalampusan ug kamabulukon niini.

Ang mga hurado sa dakung kalihokan naglangkob kanila ni Ateng Arconcel sa Davao Philippine Educational Theater Association ug Cultural Center of the Philippines nga maoy chairman, ug mga miyembro niini nga sila si Dennis John Sumaylo sa U.P. Mindanao, Joey A. Albasin sa Chancellors Committee for Culture & Arts sa U.P. Mindanao, Dr. Armin delos Reyes sa Philippine Educational Theater Association, Dr. Jose “Pepe” Mante nga mao ang kasamtangang Municipal Tourism Officer sa Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte ug brainchild sa Maniway Prutas Festival sa maong munisipalidad, Bernard Gregorio kinsa mao ang Officer-In-Charge sa satellite office sa Departmento sa Torismo dinhi sa probinsiya, Venus Celicious-Yap nga usa ka Dipolognon nga businesswoman nga nagabase sa kaulohang Manila ug usa usab ka pilantropo, ug Dr. Deborah Ames-Bobila nga usa usab ka Dipolognon nga nagabase sa New Jersey, U.S.A. ug usa ka vascular ug general surgeon.

Gawas sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga abilidad ug katungdanan, bug-os usab silang milugway sa ilang kinasingkasing nga suporta sa tanang mga kalingawan aron mahimong mabulokon ug masadya ang kasaulogan sa Pagsalabuk Festival sa dakbayan nga karon nahimo nang tradisyonal ug tinuig na nga gisaulog. (CIO-prr)

 

Mga misalmot gipasalamatan Bangga sa pagpamingwit malampuson

Nakita nga dakung kalam- pusan nga naangkon sa pagpa- higayon sa P’gsalabuk Invitational Fishing Tournament o pagpa- mingwit kaniadtong Mayo 25 tungod sa kadaghan sa mga misalmot niini.

Busa mipabati sa ilang dakung pasalamat si Mayor Evelyn T. Uy sa ngalan sa kagamhanang lokal sa Dipolog, ug si Ramon “Ike” Gamalinda, ang kasamtangang presidente sa Dipolog Anglers Association, sa mga misalmot sa nasangpit nga kompetisyon, mga miyembro sa anglers association ug mga supporters sa maong kalihokan.

Ang pagpahigayon sa nasangpit nga kompetisyon anaa na sa iyang ika-upat ka tuig ug nagkadaghan ang mga misalmot niini samtang midaghan usab ang mga miyembro sa assosasyon.

Ang midaug sa kompetisyon karong tuiga sa kategoriyang “heaviest in weight-catch” mao si Barangay Chairman Meynard “Baby” Baes sa Turno isip champion. Siya nakadawat  sa premyong cash nga P3,000 ug usa ka set nga rod ug reel tungod kay ang kinatibuk-ang nabingwit nga mga isda mikabat sa 4.5 ka kilos.

Samtang ang ikaduhang dapit nakuha ni Celestino Dasok, ang ikatulong dapit nakuha ni Carlito Ebo, ika-upat nga dapit ni Jovani Corpuz ug ikalimang dapit ni Dodong Santillan. Ang biggest catch (in size) nakuha ni retired Police Inspector William Dagpin. (cio-prr)

 

Cong. Labadlabad nagpahigayon ‘Kabanwagan Summit’ sa kabataan

Malampusong napahigayon ang usa  ka ‘Kabanwagan Summit’ 2008 niadtong Domingo, Mayo 25 didto sa Guisokan, lungsod sa Sindangan, ning lalawigan sa Zamboanga Del Norte sa pagpangulo ni Cong. Rosendo “Dodoy” Labadlabad diin natukod ang usa ka organisasyon nga gitawag ug Kabantan-onan Kauban sa Kauswagan.

Ang tumomg sa maong panaghiusa mao ang “panagtagbo ipadayon, nasugdang mithi sa panaghiusa alang sa kalamboan.” Kini gitambongan sa 350 ka mga kabataan nga mga prtisipante nga nagrepresentar sa nagkalain-lain barangay ug munisipyo sulod sa ikaduhang distrito sa lalawigan, sama sa mga lungsod sa Siayan, Manukan, Jose Dalman, Roxas, Katipunan, Sindangan ug dakbayan sa Dipolog.

Ang maong panagtigum gitambungan usab sa mga opisyales sa TESDA nga sila si Provincial Director Nilda C.Espiritu ug Supervising Director  sa TESDA nga si Engr.Nan Bacatan. Ang highlights sa maong programa mao ang pagpa- hibalo ni 2ndCongressional District Representative Dodoy Labadlabad nga iyang bubuan ug daghang proyekto ang segundo distrito pinaagi sa paghatag ug scholarship program alang sa mga kabatan-onan nga miyembro sa KABANWAGAN nga interesado moeskuwela apan walay ikagasto ang ilang ginikanan.

Ang mga technical skills nga gitanyag mao ang welding, electrician, refrigeration and air conditioning, automotive mechanic ug HRM ladderize. Masigarbohon, malipayon ug mapasalamaton ang mga kabatan-onan kang si Cong.Labadlabad nga mihatag ug gahin nga P15-milyones alang sa libreng pagpa-eskuwela sa mga kabataan sa  segudo distrito. Kun kinsa kadtong interesado nga makapa- himulos sa maong scholarship program ni Cong. Labadlabad giawhag pagbisita sa Congressional Office didto sa buhatan sa DPWH sa Sta. Isabael ug pangitaon si Luni Duhay- lungsod, ang Scholarship Coordinator.  (ZORAYDA EVA S. MUSTARIL)

 

Pagserbisyo sa mga pasahero sa barko ayohon –CEBU PORT Authority

Atubangan sa namatik-dang kamaot nga serbisyo sa Cebu Port Authority sa mga pasahero sa barko nga gibulgar ni Board Member Adriatico, gipasalig ni CBA Manager Angelo Verdan nga ilang hatagan ug pagta-gad ang rekomendasyon sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte.

Kini maoy unod sa komunikasyon nga gipadala ni Mr. Verdan ngadto sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan silbing reaksiyon sa resolusyon nga gipasar sa hunta probinsyal human gibutyag ni BM Adriatico ang kalaksot nga serbisyo sa Cebu Port Authority nga nakahatag ug inconveniente sa mga pasahero sa barko nga manakayan gikan sa pantalan sa sugbo.

Matud ni Adriatico sa interview ni Bobby Nalzaro sa radio station DYBB-Cebu, si Verdan mipasalig nga iyang hatagan ug bug-at nga pagtagad ang resolusyon sa SPanlalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte ug kini nga lakang daku na ug ikatabang sa pagpalambo ug dugang sa serbisyo sa panta-lan sa Cebu diin daghanan nga mga pasahero dinhi sa Dipolog ug ZaNorte.

Si Adriatico nagkanayon nga kon duna may makita nga paglambo sa serbisyo sa Cebu Port Authority kini angayan lamang hatagan ug komendasyon sa hunta probinsyal sa ZaNorte. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Bigasang Bayan mohurot 100 ka sako NFA rice

70 ngadto sa 100 ka sakong bugas matag adlaw ang mahurot ug baligya sa National Food Authority (NFA) pinaagi sa ilang Bigasang Bayan nga anaa sa barangay Gulayon ning dakbayan sa Dipolog ngadto sa mga katawhan. Kini maoy nasayran gikan mismo kang NFA Manager Jul Akmad Lawa-ma nga nahinabi sa mga miyembro sa ZNUC uban sa mga miyembro sa national media.

Iyang gipahayag nga sa nanglabay nga semana,  gikan sa tag tulo ka kilo nga bugas nga  ilang ibaligya ngadto sa mga nanaglumbay  nga katawhan, kini ang ilang gihimo nga tag 12 ka kilo matag tawo apan kini ang ilang gihunong tungod kay nakita nga nanghinubra ang ilang distribution sa bugas. Sa karon gihimong tag lima ka kilo na lang matag tawo. Nakita sa NFA nga alkanse ang usa ka tawo kung tag tulo ka kilo ra ang ilang mapalit matag adlaw diha sa Bigasang Bayan.

Gibana-bana nga dili mominos sa 150 ka mga tawo matag adlaw ang magpunsisok sa NFA sa tuyo nga makapalit sa baratong bugas. Kadaghanan kanila ang nagagikan pa sa mga lungsod ug sa mga lagyong barangay dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog. Gibutyag ni Manager Lawama nga sulod ning semana laing 30 mil ka sakong bugas na usab ang mahidangat alang dinhi sa Zamboanga del Norte. Anaa sa singko mil ka sakong bugas ang makonsumo matag adlaw sa tibook probinsiya.

Sa kabahin sa hangyo sa mga mayor nga ilang gipalanog atul sa Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting alang sa dugang allocation sa mga sinakong bugas diha sa mga kalungsuran ug ang pagtabang nila ug distribute sa NFA rice, gipasabot ni Manager Lawama nga gikinahanglan pa ang pagtugot gikan sa ilang rehiyonal nga buhatan alang sa dugang allocation sa bugas. Apan kini ang magdepende usab sa gidaghanon sa stock sa NFA rice. Hinoon, sa karon aduna nay mga lungsod ang mita-bang na sa pag-distribute sa maong baratong bugas sama sa lungsod sa Katipunan ug Manukan. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Gihold-up na gikasab-an pa

KUNG ang usa ka biktima sa hold-up, tulis ug budol-budol dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog nga dili mosanong sa bag-ong palisiya karon sa atong kapolisan nga kinahanglan pang mananghid ayha  magpa-interview sa media siguradong makaligo kini ug kasaba.

Karong bag-o usa ka biktima sa hold-up ang nahimong biktima usab sa kasaba sa kapolisan ning dakbayan tungod kay sa dihang midangop kini sa Dipolog PNP station aron sa pagpahibalo kabahin sa iyang nahitabo naatlan usab kini sa mga miyembro sa media hinungdan nga na-interview ang biktima. Katarungan pa sa kapolisan ngadto sa biktima nga si Ryan Kim Ramos nga kung ma-abot sa media ang maong hitabo itagawtaw na usab nga rampant na ang mga panghitabong hold-up dinhi sa atong dapit nga diin alang sa kapolisan isolated ang maong panghitabo tungod kay tali-abot ang fiesta sa Dipolog.

Ang nakamaot pa nga ang maong biktima nga gikasab-an ug polis kini ang gikonsiderar nga usa ka local tourist nga gikan sa Makati City ug mituyo sa pag-anhi sa Dipolog aron sa paglulinghayaw ug pagbisita unta sa Rizal Park sa dakbayan sa Dapitan. Ang biktimang si Ramos nga gikan sa Makati City ang mi-adto kini ug dakbayan sa Zamboanga. Niadtong Dominggo sa gabii naabot ang biktima dinhi sa Dipolog nga mikanaog diha na sa Terminal. Iyang gilakaw gikan sa terminal paingon unta sa Top Penssione dala ang iyang mga importanting butang sama sa cellphone ug camera. Pag-abot sa haduol sa tulunghaan sa Miputak duha ka tawo ang mition kaniya ug mahait nga hinagiban dayon labni sa bag nga gidala sa biktima uban sa camera ug cellphone niini.

Tungod sa nahi-aguman sa maong biktima nga wala nay makuot sa iyang bulsa ug gusto na kining mobalik sa Makati City, usa ka negosyante dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog ang mi-alayon sa maong biktima aron lang maka-uli ngadto sa dakbayan sa Makati.

Tungod kay ang biktima usa ka local tourist nga gustong mobisita sa Rizal Park sa Dapitan nga maoy iyang nag-unang tuyo pag-anhi sa Dipolog, ang buhatan sa Provincial Tourism pinaagi ni Tourism Officer Ivan Patrick Ang mitanyag kini sa biktima nga libre nga ihatud ngadto sa maong parki aron lang dili usab masayong ang iyang pagbisita dinhi sa atong dapit bisan  sa iyang gidangatan apan kini ang mibalibad. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Illegal swertres sulod sa NSO?

Human mabulgar ang iregularedad sa garapalan nga pagpangilkil ug suborno sa pipila ka mga kawani nga nahimong fixer sa National Statistics Office kon NSO, gibutyag na usab karon nga gahitak ang sugal nga suwertres sulod mismo sa maong buhatan.

Mao kini ang gibutyag sa kasaligan nga tinubdan nga bisan ug oras ting-opesina, pipila ka mga kawani bisi usab ug compute ug angle-angle sa ilang numero samtang wala mabadlong ni OIC Ma. Lila Daan ang usher nga sulod ug gawas lamang sa NSO nga nagpataya ug suwertres. Bisan na ang bagang kliente nga mokuha ug authenticated documents madani usab ug taya kay adlaw-adlaw naman nga mag-atang sa NSO ang usa ka usher nga gihinganlan ug Jesus Lim, nagpuyo kilid ra sa maong buhatan.

Matud sa report si Lim taudtaud nang panahon nga nagpataya ug suwertres sulod mismo sa NSO nga gipasag-dahan lamang sa officer-in-charge sa maong buhatan kay wala kini makabadlong sa maong illegal nga sugal. Hinoon sigun sa report nga nahipos, dili lamang buhatan sa NSO ang namatikdan nga gahitak ang pasugal nga suwertres sa mga kawani sa gobiyerno sa oras ting-opesina, lakip na niini ang City Hall ug Capitol. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Pulis nga ming-responde sa away sa Barangay Turno nahutdan ug krudo

Nakasaway ang mga katawhan sa Barangay Turno sa dihang ang sakyanan sa mga pulis nga mingresponde sa nahita-bong hapit magtinikbasay wala makaabot sa crime scene kay nahutdan ug krudo.

Kini ang gibutyag sa mga katawhan sa Turno diin sa nangayo ug assistance sa kapolisan ang mga silingan tungod sa nahitabong kagubot sa Sitio Bolicon diin nagamit na ug kutsilyo, sundang ug atsa ang mga nanag-away. Tungod sa kabalaka sa mga silingan nga mobanaw ang dugo kini nangayo ug tabang sa mga pulis aron mapakgang ang maong hitabo.

Tuod man, mingresponde ang mga pulis sakay sa patrol car, apan ang nakaparat kay wala pa sila maabot sa nahitaboan ang ilang sakyanan wala na maka-abot sa crime scene kay nahutdan ug krudo. Sumala pa nga galakaw nalang ang mga pulis paingon sa nag-away ug maayo gani kay ilang naabtan ug nadakpan ang mga suspetsado.

Sa ilang pagbalik, ang mga pulis uban sa ilang dinakpan nagsakay nalang ug motorcab paingon sa police station samtang giguyod ang patrol car sa mingresponding jeep. Matud pa sa mga pulis, mao na kini ang resulta sa pagmagahi sa siyudad sa paghatag ug insaktong ayuda sa kapolisan diin maoy ilang kanunay’ng yangongo ang kakulang sa supply sa krudo ug gasolina. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Bag-ong palisiya sa Dipolog PNP
Biktima sa tulis, bodol-bodol did-an magpa interview ug media

KUNG ang usa ka biktima sa hold-up, tulis ug budol-budol dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog nga dili mosanong sa bag-ong palisiya karon sa atong kapolisan nga kinahanglan pang mananghid ayha magpa-interview sa media siguradong makaligo kini ug kasaba.

Karong bag-o usa ka biktima sa hold-up ang nahimong biktima usab sa kasaba sa kapolisan ning dakbayan tungod kay sa dihang midangop kini sa Dipolog PNP station aron sa pagpahibalo kabahin sa iyang nahitabo naatlan usab kini sa mga miyembro sa media hinungdan nga na-interview ang biktima. Katarungan pa sa kapolisan ngadto sa biktima nga si Ryan Kim Ramos nga kung ma-abot sa media ang maong hitabo itagawtaw na usab nga rampant na ang mga panghitabong hold-up dinhi sa atong dapit nga diin alang sa kapolisan isolated ang maong panghitabo tungod kay tali-abot ang fiesta sa Dipolog.

Ang nakamaot pa nga ang maong biktima nga gikasab-an ug polis kini ang gikonsiderar nga usa ka local tourist nga gikan sa Makati City ug mituyo sa pag-anhi sa Dipolog aron sa paglulinghayaw ug pagbisita unta sa Rizal Park sa dakbayan sa Dapitan. Ang biktimang si Ramos nga gikan sa Makati City ang mi-adto kini ug dakbayan sa Zamboanga. Niadtong Dominggo sa gabii naabot ang biktima dinhi sa Dipolog nga mikanaog diha na sa Terminal. Iyang gilakaw gikan sa terminal paingon unta sa Top Penssione dala ang iyang mga importanting butang sama sa cellphone ug camera. Pag-abot sa haduol sa tulunghaan sa Miputak duha ka tawo ang mition kaniya ug mahait nga hinagiban dayon labni sa bag nga gidala sa biktima uban sa camera ug cellphone niini.

Tungod sa nahi-aguman sa maong biktima nga wala nay makuot sa iyang bulsa ug gusto na kining mobalik sa Makati City, usa ka negosyante dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog ang mi-alayon sa maong biktima aron lang maka-uli ngadto sa dakbayan sa Makati. Tungod kay ang biktima usa ka local tourist nga gustong mobisita sa Rizal Park sa Dapitan nga maoy iyang nag-unang tuyo pag-anhi sa Dipolog, ang buhatan sa Provincial Tourism pinaagi ni Tourism Officer Ivan Patrick Ang mitanyag kini sa biktima nga libre nga ihatud ngadto sa maong parki aron lang dili usab masayong ang iyang pagbisita dinhi sa atong dapit bisan sa iyang gidangatan apan kini ang mibalibad. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Motorcab drivers mopa-usbaw sa ilang pletihan
Mayor Uy: “OK”

PABOR si Mayor Evelyn Uy dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog sa tinguha karon sa mga motorcab drivers nga mopa-usbaw sa ilang pletehan.

Kagabii, sa ambushed interview sa mga miyembro sa ZNUC, gipahayag ni Mayor Uy nga dili siya supak nga mangayo ug increase ang mga motorcab drivers sa ilang pletehan sa pagkakaron. Alang kaniya angayan nga hatagan ug pabor ang maong tinguha sa mga drivers tungod kay sa nakita nagsaka kanunay ang presyo sa gasolina ilabina niining kasamtangang presyo nga 52 pesos matag litro.

Apilar ni Mayor Uy nga kinahanglan dili usab pasubraan sa mga motorcab drivers ug operators ang ilang pangyuon nga increase tungod kay magsagubang usab niini ang mga riding public. Hinoon, kung mahaon na sa mga motorcab drivers ug operators ang ilang petition alang sa dugang usbaw sa pletehan mo-agi pa kini sa Sangguniang Panlungsod ug aduna pay himoon nga public hearing.

Angayang masayran nga gihingusgan karon sa mga yanong motorcab drivers nga mopa-usbaw sa ilang pletehan tungod kay ning kasamtangan nga kahimtang wala na silay mahimong income tungod kay diha pa lang sa presyo sa gasolina dako na kaayo kini ug epekto kanila dugangan pa operasyon sa habal-habal nga maoy ilang kakompitinsiya ug ang kamahal sa mga palaliton sama sa bugas. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Mga kalihukan sa Hudyaka Festival preparado na!
BOOTH UG FACILITIES SA HUDYAKA AREA
SA SPORTS COMPLEX HALOS TANAN HUMANA

Preperado na ang tanang mga kalihukan sa nag-singabot nga ZaNorte Hudyaka Festival nga pagabuksan karong Mayo 30 hangtud sa Hunyo 7 nga anha diha ipahigayon sa Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex ning dakbayan sa Dipolog.

Kini ang gipamahayag nila ni Atty. Michael Alan Ranillo, Chairman, Provincial Tourism Council, Inc., Atty. Flint Concha, Chairman, Sports Committee ug Atty. Ivan Patrick Ang, Provincial Tourism Officer sa interview sa mga membro sa Zamboanga del Norte United Correspondents. Matud ni Atty. Ranillo, sa layo pa ang kasaulogan sa Hudyaka Festival, matag semana sila nagpatawag ug meeting sa tanang organizations nga maoy modumala sa nagkalainlaing mga kalihukan ug pag-imbeta sa mga bisita gikan sa nagkalainlaing dapit sa pilipinas aron moapil sa mga sports activities. Sumala pa ni Ranillo, karon nga nagkaduol na ang ilang gipangandaman nga dakung kalihukan sa Hudyaka, sa ila kanunay’ng pagpatawag ug meeting sa tanang chairmen, halos tanan preperado na ug iyang gibutyag nga anaa na sa nubenta porsyento.

Si Atty. Flint Concha, Vice Chairman sa Provincial Tourism Council ug maoy chairman sa sports committee mipahayag nga sa mga kalihukan sa paugnat sa kusog adunay giandam nga byenti singko ka dula nga gisalmotan sa nagkadaiyang organizations ug kini ipahigayon sulod sa usa ka semana nga pagsaulog sa Hudyaka Festival. Usa na niini sa daghanang kalihukan ang ZaNorte Tour Mountain Bike Competations gikan sa lungsod sa Tampilisan paingon dinhi sa Dipolog, lahos sa Piñan ngadto sa Rizal, libot sa Dapitan ug balik dinhi sa Dipolog nga pagasalmotan sa lokal ug national bikers, airsoft war games, chees, drug race, boxing, dart, poker, derby, scuba diving, tirador competation, langoy gikan sa Galas paingon sa Breakwater, Street Dancing, pagpili ug Miss ZaNorte ug daghanan pang uban.

Preperado na ang tanang mga kalihukan sa nag-singabot nga ZaNorte Hudyaka Festival nga pagabuksan karong Mayo 30 hangtud sa Hunyo 7 nga anha diha ipahigayon sa Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex ning dakbayan sa Dipolog.

Matud ni Concha gikan sa pagbukas sa Hudyaka nga adunay fireworks display hangtud motak-op ang kalihukan nga dunay fireworks display nga masaksihan sa mga katawhan. Ang tanang kalihukan masaksihan sa mga katawhan adlaw ug gabii sa nagkalainlaing venue nga ipahigayon dinhi sa dakbayan sa Dipolog. Ang 25 ka mga lungsod ug duha ka siyudad sa Dipolog ug Dapitan mikonpermar na nga mosalmot sa Hudyaka ug sila gihatagan ug panahon nga mopasundayeg sa ilang mga talents nga gitawag ug LGU nigths.

Matud ni Atty. Ivan Patrick Ang, Provincial Tourism Officer nga diha sa Hudyaka Site matag gabii nga tanan masaksihan sa mga katawhan ang nagkadaiyang kalihukan sulod sa usa ka semana nga pagsaulog sa festival. Sumala pa sa tulo ka mga batan-ong abugado nga maoy dunay dakong papel nga gitahasan sa mga kalihukan sa Hudyaka Festival, karong tuiga maoy bongga ug masaksihan gayud sa mga katawhan ang ubang mga kalihukan nga wala nila makita sa miaging kasaulogan sa Hudyaka. Matud nila, gawas sa mga hamtong ug ginikanan nga malipay sa Hudyaka, malipay usab ang ilang mga anak gagmay kay anaa gipahimutang ang DisneyLando nga maoy ilang kasuroyan sa Hudyaka area.

Gipahibalo ni Atty. Ivan Ang nga si Senate President Manuel Villar maoy mamahimong pinasidunggang bisita nga moanhe dinhi sa Dipolog aron pagsaksi sa mga kalihukan sa Hudyaka.

Matud ni Atty. Ang, konpermado na nga si Senador Many Villar maoy mahimong bisita gikan sa nasudnong pangagamhanan nga moanhe sa pagbukas sa ZaNorte Hudyaka Festival. Sa iyang kabahin gipahayag ni Provincial Engr. Ramon Ochotorena nga mahuman na sa iyang mga personahe ang mga facilities sulod sa Hudyaka site. Gawas sa mga booth, gipaspasan sa mga kawani sa Provincial Engineering ang patubig ug drainage system nga bisan pa ug mag-ulan dili gayud malapok ang Hudyaka site.

Matud ni Engr. Ochotorena, sila sa PEO, ang ilang tahas ug responsibilidad sa paghimo ug mga facilities sa Hudyaka site halos tanan kompleto na ug dili na kabalak-an kay sa pagbukas sa maong kalihukan makaseguro siya nga kini preparado na ang tanan. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

DDPKRM mihimakak gibabagan ni Mayor Feras ang hiring sa POMS

Gihimakak ni Ma. Teresa De Jesus, manager sa Dipolog, Dapitan, Polanco, Katipunan, Roxas, Manu-kan kon DDPKRM ang taho nga gibabagan ni Mayor Carlito Feras ang hiring alang sa pagpanarbaho nga gitanyag sa POMS Venture sa ilang gipahimutang fruit processing plant sa PAIC, Irazan, lungsod sa Roxas.

Si Mrs. De Jesus nga maoy gisaligan ni Governor Lando Yebes nga motabang sa usa ka hiring agency sa Manila namahayag nga wala sila sukad makahinagbo ug problema mahitungod sa pagdawat ug mga aplikante. Ang POMS nagkina-hanglan ug kuwatro syentos ka mga trabahante. Usa ka hiring agency gikan sa Manila maoy gipakontrata sa labor diin ang kagam-hanang probinsya igo lamang mitabang sa pag-facilitate.

Matud ni Teresa De Jesus, normal ra ang pro-cesso sa ilang pagdawat ug mga aplikante ug wala sila makahinagbo ug problema. Hinoon kabahin sa building nga gitukod sa POMS diha sa PAIC, Irazan medio dunay problema gamay kay gikuwestion sa municipal engineering office sa lungsod sa Roxas tungod kay nagkulang man kini sa gikinahanglang rekesitos. Giangkon ni De Jesus nga sayop ang POMS kay nagtukod sila ug edipisyo nga wala daan mokuha ug ECC kon Environmental Compliance Certificate sa DENR.

Hinoon matud niya kini nasulbad na human magka-estorya ang taga POMS ug si Municipal Engr. Esther Andalahao. Sumala pa ni De Jesus dako kaayo ug ikatabang ang POMS sa ilang gibobo nga negosyo dinhi sa Zamboanga del Norte kay nakahatag ug employment sa mga katawhan ug makadugang ug paglagsik sa ekonomiya. Ang gihatagan ug prioredad sa pagpasulod ug trabaho kadtung taga lungsod sa Roxas, apan gikinahanglan nga moagi una sa hustong proseso. Ang mga aplikante nga dawaton nag-edad gikan sa 18 anyos hangtud sa 32 anyos, babaye ug lalaki, moagi ug drug test, phsycological exam ug labaw sa tanan kinahanglan walay tatoo sa bisan asang party sa lawas.

Gipaklaro ni De Jesus nga sukad nga dunay daghang nagreklamo sa ilang permerong pamaagi sa pagdawat sa mga aplikante agi sa kadaghang requirements, kini ila nang giusab. Ulahi na nilang palukaton ug mga certification ang usa ka aplikante sa panahon nga kini klaro nang madawat. Kini tungod kay ang mga aplikante mireklamo kay wala pa gani sila klaro nga madawat makagasto na sila diha sa paglukat ug certification sa barangay, police clearance, ID, drug test ug uban pa.

Pagkakaron gipahayag sa manager sa DDPKRM nga nakahuman na siya ug 18 batches sa mga aplikante sa pagpahigayon ug phsycological exam ug isunod niini ang interview. Hangtud karon, padayon pa sila nga modawat sa gustong mo-apply. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Noise ordinance sa Dipolog gihimakak gibabagan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Dili tinuod nga gibabagan sa Sanguniang Panlalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte ang noise ordinance nga gipasar sa Sanguniang Panlungsod ning dakbayan sa Dipolog.

Kini maoy gipaklaro ni Board Member Uldarico Mejorada, Chairman sa Committee on Laws and Ordinances sa hunta probinsyal samtang gireklamo sa pipila ka konsehal sa Dipolog ang gihimong aktuwasyon sa mga bokal nga wala mohatag ug positibong pagdason sa ilang gipasar nga ordinansa tapos kini gibalik uban sa paghatag ug komento.

Matud ni Board Member Ricky Mejorada, ang ilang pagpabalik sa ordinansa sa Dipolog mao lamang ang pagpaklaro kon unsa kining “noise” nga gipasabot sa Sanguniang Panlungsod ilabi na nga daghan ang interpretasyon sa kasaba. “Kasaba sa tawo o kasaba sa laing butang”.

Sumala pa ni Mejorada nalipay sila nga adunay ordinansa nga ingon niini gipasar sa Sanguniang Panlungsod ug andam nilang suportahan apan tungod kay usa man kini ka balaodnon, gikinahanglan ipaklaro gayud ug unsay interpretasyon sa probisyon sa balaod. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Cebu Port Authority mipasalig ayohon ang serbisyo sa mga pasahero sa barko

Atubangan sa namatik-dang kamaot nga serbisyo sa Cebu Port Authority sa mga pasahero sa barko nga gibulgar ni Board Member Cedric Adriatico, gipasalig ni CBA Manager Angelo Verdan nga ilang hatagan ug pagtagad ang rekomen-dasyon sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Zambo-anga del Norte.

Kini maoy unod sa komunikasyon nga gipadala ni Mr. Verdan ngadto sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan silbing reaksiyon sa resolusyon nga gipasar sa hunta probinsyal human gibutyag ni Board Member Cedric Adriatico ang kalaksot nga serbisyo sa Cebu Port Authority nga nakahatag ug inconveniente sa mga pasahero sa barko nga manakayan gikan sa pantalan sa sugbo.

Matud ni Board Member Adriatico sa interview ni Bobby Nalzaro sa lokal radio station DYBB-Cebu, si Verdan mipasalig nga iyang hatagan ug bug-at nga pagtagad ang resolusyon sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte ug kini nga lakang daku na ug ikatabang sa pagpalambo ug dugang sa serbisyo sa panta-lan sa Cebu diin daghanan nga mga pasahero dinhi sa Dipolog ug Zamboanga del Norte.

Si Adriatico nagkanayon nga kon duna may makita nga paglambo sa serbisyo sa Cebu Port Authority kini angayan lamang hatagan ug komendasyon sa hunta probinsyal sa Zamboanga del Norte. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVII No.47)

 

Dipolognon mireklamo sa di patas nga paghatag ug bugas sa NFA; reklamo gihimakak!

“Dili patas ang paghatag og bugas sa NFA kanamong mga konsumante nga nag-antos og linya gikan pa sayo sa buntag.” Mao kini ang sagad nga pamahayag sa mga Dipolognon human nakamatikod nga adunay nakapalit sa National Food Authority (NFA) nga tag-tunga og sako o usa ka sakong bugas nga wa nag-antos og linya.

Matud pa sa usa ka Chona Inderez nga wa pa’y alas-otso sa buntag mopila na siya sa buhatan sa NFA aron makapalit og bugas bisan tulo lamang ka kilo apan unfair kaayo ang uban nga wa na mipila ug sobra pa sa tulo ka kilo ang madala niini. Suma pa nga ang nakalusot og palit sa maong tag-tunga ug usa ka sakong bugas mao kadtong adunay koneksiyon o kaha mga higala sa NFA. Dako kaayo ang kahiubos sa uban sa maong sitwasyon tungod sa dili makiangayong pagdumala sa taga-NFA.

Dugang pa sa mga konsumante sa NFA nga sila unta nga mga tinuoray nga anaa sa kapobrehon ang makapahimulos sa bugas nga tag-P18.25 ang kilo nga kulang kaayo ang tulo ka kilong gi-alokar matag pamilya ug mabiya pa sila sa ilang ginagmay nga panginabuhian sama sa  pagpamasak o pagpanguma nga sagad maoy ilang panginabuhian. Subay niini, gipaabot na lamang sa kadaghanan ang plano sa Provincial Peace and Order Council sa ZaNorte pinanguluhan mismo ni Gov. Rolando E. Yebes nga gikan sa tulo ka kilong bugas himoon kining tag-20 ka kilo matag pamilya. Nanghinaot na lamang ang kadaghanan nga mo-suporta pud ang buhatan sa NFA sa plano karon ning lalawigan alang na sa kaayohan sa kadaghanan.

Sa kabahin usab sa NFA pinaagi na ni Ms. Vicky Sumalpong, Information Officer sa maong buhatan kini minghimakak sa maong alegasyon. Giklaro ni Sumalpong nga tag-tulo ra gayod ka kilo ang ilang ihatag sa mo-linya. Ang nakita nga tag-tunga sa sako o usa ka sako gawas sa buhatan sa NFA kadto lamang mga membro sa pamilya nga halos mipila maoy hinungdan nga makita nga adunay tag-tunga sa sakong bugas. Gipahayag usab ni Sumalpong karong bulan sa Mayo, tulo ka semanang mihatag ang NFA og tag-dose kilos matag mipila tungod kay matud pa naluoy na pag-ayo ang taga-NFA sa mga tawong mipunsisok sa pagpila aron makabugas sa pinakamubo nga presyo ug halos ang Tindahan Natin wa na misunod sa ilang kamandoan.

Ngani makita man sa maong buhatan nga dili lang taga-Dipolognon ang mipila aron sa pagpalit og bugas kondili hasta usab ang mga silinganang kalungsoran ning dakbayan. Dugang pa ni Sumalpong nga karong semanaha ilang gihunong ang paghatag og tag-dose kilos matag mipila tungod kay aduna sila’y bisita nga taga-region nga mi-imbestigar og naniid kon tag-tulo ba gayod ka kilo ang gihatag sa NFA. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22)

  

BISE-GOV. OLVIS MIDAYEG SA MGA MANGINGISDA SA SICAYAB-BUCANA

“Dako kaayo ang dungog sa lalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte nga usa sa mga barangay adunay gipahigayong Tuloy Festival.” Mao kini ang unang gibutyag ni Zamboanga del Norte Vice-Governor Francis H. Olvis isip maoy pinasidunggang mamumulong sa gipahigayong 1st Tuloy Festival 2008” sa Barangay Sicayab-Bucana dakbayan sa Dapitan kaniadtong Mayo 22 sa buntag.

Matud pa ni Bise-Gobernador Olvis nga angayang ikapasigarbo ning lalawigan sa ZaNorte ug sa tibuok Pilipinas ang gipahigayong Tuloy Festival. Suma pa nga ang isdang tuloy naila na sa tibuok kalibutan tungod sa bottled sardines nga maoy main ingredients niini. Gihangyo ni Vice-Governor Olvis ang mga mangingisda nga hatagan og higayon ang mga lupoy nga modagko ug nga dili unta kuhaon ang lupoy nga kon mo-dako kini mamahimong tuloy nga daghan ang mamahimo sa isdang tuloy.

Gikahibaloan nga kaniadtong nakalabay’ng mga katuigan adunay tuloy tinabal kon ginamos apan karon medyo mi-minos na ang isdang tuloy sa atong kadagatan tungod lagi kay bisan og lupoy pa, kuhaon na kini sa mga mangingisda. Apan nakita sa maong kasaulogan nga gipangandaman kini pag-ayo tungod kay abunda ang tanan sa klase-klaseng putahi sa isdang tuloy. Gipahayag usab ni Olvis nga ang kagamhanang probinsyal pinaagi na ni Governor Rolando E. Yebes, naghangyo na ni Sec. Arthur Yap sa Department of Agriculture nga ang probinsya sa ZaNorte nagkinahanglan og contact freezer aron ma-preserbar ang isdang tuloy nga sagad seasonal na kining makuha karon ug sa ingon niana mapalit sa taga-BFAR kon Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources ngadto na sa mga mangingisda sa hataas nga presyo nga ikalipay usab sa mga mangingisda.

Nagahangyo usab ang kagamhanang probinsyal sa pagpangulo ni Gov. Yebes nga sa kanunay magtinabangay ang tanang Barangay Sicayab-Bucana aron mamahimo pa hangtod sa hangtod ang Tuloy Festival tungod kay ang buhatan sa Agrikultura, BFAR, Provincial Tourism ug ang kagamhanang probinsyal ang andam kining mo-ayuda sa maong Tuloy Festival. Gidayeg usab ni Regional Director Virgelio A. Alforque, BFAR Region IX ang Bucana Small Fishermen Livelihood & Services Inc. nga nakamugna sa maong unang Tuloy Festival nga nahitabo sa tibuok nasud.

Sa kabahin usab ni Atty. Patrick Ivan Ang, Provincial Tourism Officer sa ZaNorte kini mipasalig nga i-indorsar ug ipasigarbo ang Tuloy Festival sa atong lalawigan ug aron kini maila sa tibuok Pilipinas. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22)

 

Dipolog
Suertres runners sikop atbang balay financier

Daw murag langgam nga gipanglit-ag sa kapolisan, ang mga runner sa suertes sa usa ka financier nga taga Upper Turno ning dakbayan.

Sigon sa nahipos nga report ang team sa kapolisan pinanguluhan ni Police Inspector Bacor kauban sa Intelligence Operatives ug mga membro sa Team David ang mipahigayon sa ilang operasyon diin ang target mao ang mga runner sa suertres sa na-ila na kaayong financier sa Brgy. Upper Turno ning dakbayan.

Ang kapolisan nga nag-atang mismo didto sa atbang sa panimalay sa usa ka financier didto sa Turno, murag namitik ug langgam nga wala gyud maka-ipsot ang mga runner gipang-ila nga sila si Rogelio Bation y Doyungan taga Purok de Oro, Olingan, nakuhaan sa 26 ka tally sheets pinetsahan Mayo 21, cash P400.00 ug usa ka unit sa Honda wave motosiklo, Edilyn Ramos y Samuyag, 25 anyos taga Baybay Galas nakuhaan sa tulo ka mga tally sheet cash nga P350.00.

Daniel Rocaberte y San-son, 21 anyos taga Upper Dicayas nakuhaan usab ug tally sheet ug bet money. Ug Regin Mejares, 17 anyos taga Brgy. Sicayab, ang upat dakpan sa akto sa kapolisan sa dihang mohatod na unta sa remittance sa illegal suertres didto sa financier sa upper Turno alas otso pasado sa gabii, Mayo 21. Apan sanglit sa naghapa-hapa nga otoridad kay didto gi-atngan sa kapolisan sa atbang sa panimalay sa financier. Sa nasayran nga ang usa nga dinakpan nga si Dennis Magbanua nadakpan na unta apan pagdala sa pulis sa Dipolog Police Station, ang nakamaneho pageskapo. Sa nasayran nga pipila sa mga dinakpan nga minor de edad ang gipangbuhian pending sa file sa tukmang aksyon.

Kon kahinumduman, ang maong financier nag-imbodo sa Turno nauna nang gironda sa kapolisan ug nadakpan pipila na ka bulan ang nilabay ug nibalik gihapon sa naandan nga kalihokan ang gitohoang maoy target sa pulisa sa wala pa masayring nagpahipi nga interes. Apan gitohoan sa miolbo nga issue nga kadtong mga financier nga hunit mohatag sa padanlog, maoy target sa dakop. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22)

Dipolog
Illegal fishing gipaabot ni Cong. Jalosjos atul PCGA Meeting

ANG pagpakgang sa mga dagkong panagatan nga mihimo sa ilang illegal nga pagpanagat sulod sa kadagatan sa probinsiya ug ang pagpangandam batok sa mahitabo unyang kidnapping maoy butang nga gipaabot ni kanhi Congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos atul sa gipahigayon nga Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary National Convention.

Sa iyang mensahe nga gipaabot pinaagi sa phone patch, prangka niyang gipadayag ang iyang kalabaka sama sa nahitabo sa ubang mga beach resort sa Malaysia ug dinhi sa Pilipinas nga biktima sa kidnapping nga binuhatan sa Abu Sayaff nga basin adunay panahon nga mobutho ang maong mga bandido sa Dakak alang sa ilang dautang plano.

Bugtong naghatag ug seguridad mao lamang ang isla sa Aliguay ug Selinog nga maoy unang makabantay kung adunay kalit nga pagsulod sa area sa Dakak nga kadudahan nga mo-agi sa kadagatan. Apan pangutana ni Jalosjos nga kung magmalampuson ang Abu Sayaff aduna bay igong kahimanan paglakag sa maong grupo. Sa maong butang, hugtanon niyang gihangyo ang Philippine Coast Guard ug Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary nga mopahimutang ug duha ka helicopter alang dinhi sa probinsiya sa Zamboanga del Norte ug duha ka mga high speed vessel.  Kini sa tuyo nga kung mahitabo ang gikabalak-an nga kidnapping sa mga lugar dinhi sa probinsiya sama sa Dakak nga maoy tourism center sayon ug dali ra ang pagrespondi.

Gidugang ni kanhi Congressman Nonong Jalosjos nga sa dihang kongresista pa siya kaniadto nahimong kontrobersiyal ang Philippine Marines sa dihang adunay tulo ka mga dakong fishing boat ang illegal nga nanagat sa kadagatan sa Dapitan, ilang nasuta nga guwardiyado kini sa mga miyembro sa Philippine Marines. Iyang gusto nga mawagtang kini sama sa pagsulod sa purse seiner dinhi nga maoy gireklamo sa mga gagmay nga mananagat.

Samtang gihagit usab ni Governor Rolando Yebes ang PCG ug PCGA nga motabang kini sa pagbantay sa mga kadagatan sa probinsiya. Iyang gi-presentar ang nahitabo sa mga fish sanctuary gikan sa 18 anaa na lang kini sa pulo ka mga sanctuary tungod kay na-apektohan o naguba kini tungod sa pag-abuso sama sa illegal nga pagpanagat gamit ang dinamita ug uban pa. Matod pa ni Governor Yebes nga kinahanglan nga hingusgan sa PCG ug PCGA ang pagpatuman sa fishery law tungod kay sa iyang nakita nga sa kadaghan sa mga ahensiya nga mi-alayon sa pag-protehir sa kadagatan walay igong kahimanan ug tawo nga mopatuman sa balaod. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22)

 

Dapitan
Pulauan warf PMO na; Pagpaningkamot ni Gov,
mga kongresista nagbunga na

NAPIRMAHAN na ni Presidente Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ang papel nga nagmando sa Department of Budget and Management sa pagpagawas sa pundo ngadto sa PPA alang sa mga posisyon nga  Port Manager ug usa ka utility. Kini subay na sa pag-konberter sa pantalan sa Dapitan nga gihimo nang Port Management Office. Ang pagpirma gihimo atul sa cabinet meeting sa dihang gihimo ang RoRo Caravan niadtong Abril 29, niinig tuiga.

Kini maoy gikompermar ni Undersecretary Len Bautista nga nahinabi sa mga miyembro sa ZNUC gikan kini nahimong bisita sa PCGA National Convention. Iyang gipahayag nga sa pag-pirma ni Presidente Arroyo sa papel alang sa pundo sa mga personahe nagpasabot na kini nga nakonberter na ang pantalan sa Dapitan gikan sa terminal ngadto sa pagka PMO. Hinoon wala pa siyay igong impormasyon kung pila gayud ang inisyal nga pundo nga ihatag alang sa maong pantalan. Gipasabot ni Bautista nga dili na kinahanglan mo-agi pa sa kongreso ug senado alang sa pundo sa pantalan sa Dapitan tungod kay ang PPA ang makahipos kini sa iyang kaugalingong pundo. Ang DBM ang mo-aprobar sa pundo alang sa Plantilla posisyon

Ang nakabintaha na karon sa pantalan sa Dapitan nga dili na mag-agad pa sa dakbayan sa Cagayan sa iyang operasyon tungod kay aduna nay kaugalingong pundo ang pantalan sa Dapitan ug kaugalingong pagdumala niini. Angayang masayran nga sa gihimong pagtuon ang Dipolog-Dapitan area sa Strong Republic Nautical Highway nasuta nga ang torismo misaka ngadto sa 200 porsiento. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22) 

June 6 Hudyaka holiday

Deklarado nga usa ka special kon non-working holiday karong umalabot Hunyo 6, 2008 sa tibuok lalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte tungod sa ika-56th Founding Anniversary Celebration ug Hudyaka ZaNorte Festival.

Matud pa ni Governor Rolando E. Yebes nga una pa kining nahitabo ning atong lalawigan nga deklaradong special day aron maka-pabor ang mga katawhan sa pag-selebrar niini.

Si Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo mismo ang mi-declare niini pinaagi na ni Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita ug Deputy Executive Secretary Edwin R. Enrile. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22)

  

1ST Dive Safari ipahigayon

Aron maila dili lamang dinhi sa atong nasud ang Zamboanga del Norte kondili lukop sa tibuok kalibutan, namugna ang unang Dive Safari subay sa pagsaulog sa Hudyaka ZaNorte Festival 2008. Ang Dive Safari ipahigayon sa Aliguay ug Silinog Island karong umalabot Hunyo 5. Matud pa ni Mr. Alex Batilong, usa sa mga mimugna sa maong Dive Safari nga aduna sila’y mga gipang-imbitar nga turista ug mga bisita gikan na sa nagkalain-laing dapit sama pananglit sa dakbayan sa Ozamis inubanan ni Governor Leo Ocampo, gikan sa dakbayan sa Sugbo, sa kaulohan ug daghanan pang uban diin, suma pa mismo si Congressman Cesar Jalosjos ang mi-imbitar kanila.

Ang DIPSEA kon Dipolog Sea Divers inabagan sa mga divers sa Dapitan, mimugna sa maong Dive Safari aron usab maila ang virgin island sa Aliguay ug Silinog nga haduol ra sa Apo Island nga nailang usa sa maayong diving area sa tibuok kalibutan. Suma pa ni Balilong nga duol ra kaayo ang Apo Island sa Aliguay ug Silinog nga kon mailhan kini sa tibuok kalibutan posibleng mo-dagsa ang mga turista sa atong dapit gikan na sa Apo Island.

Gipasalig ni Batilong nga more visitors, more money ang matagamtaman sa atong lalawigan. Busa subay niini, gihangyo nalang ni Batilong ang tanan sa pagprotiher sa atong mga tourist spots aron molambo ang atong lalawigan ug ma-wala na sa listahan nga usa sa mga pinakapobreng probinsya sa tibuok nasud. (Southpoint, Vol.1No.22)

 

PGMA prods employers to provide rice requirements of their employees

“Making food affordable to employees brings about an empowered workplace,” thus stressed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo late last week as she sounded anew her call on large corporations to provide the rice requirements of their employees by importing or producing the staple cereal.

“Because the world is flat, we encourage,” the President said alluding to Thomas Friedman’s ‘The World is Flat’ international bestseller which views the world as flat or level in terms of competition, or where all competitors have an equal opportunity in the process of globalization.

On May 2, the President signed Executive Order 721 encouraging large corporations to provide the rice requirements of their workers. “I ordered the National Food Authority to encourage large corporations to provide for the rice requirements of their employees either by engaging in the production of rice, or by importing rice to meet their employees’ requirements,” she said.

“We encourage those large corporations with existing landholdings determined to be suitable for rice production. Those without landholdings who decide to engage in rice production may lease public agricultural lands or, subject to mutual agreement with the land owner, idle agricultural lands,” she added. The President also said that corporations that opt to import rice have to register with the NFA.

Corporations may also enter into agreements or other forms of combinations among themselves for the purpose of engaging in rice production and/or importation. (pia-zn)

 

‘Let me not pray to be sheltered but fearless in facing the dangers’
By Gen. Alexander Yano
(Last of two series)

(The following is the message of newly-installed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Yano as he assumed his post during the Change of Command ceremony held on May 12 at Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila.) (Continued from last issue)

“To the Secretary of National Defense, the Honorable Gilberto Teodoro: Sir, the Filipino soldier re-cognizes and is very grateful for the many reforms you are tirelessly pursuing in our country’s defense organization.  Sir, we see in those efforts your passion for the welfare and well-being of our troops and their families; and for the vision for a modern AFP where every soldier is well-equipped, well-trained and well-supported to pursue his mission. “Sir, the Filipino soldier can only reciprocate in the way he knows best: by focusing on his true core mandate and mission.

Therefore, sir, our soldiers renew their commitment:

“First, to continue our abhorrence and renunciation of military adventurism of any sort;

“Second, to continue shielding the AFP organization from any and all overtures of, and involvement in partisan politics;

“Third, to pursue with even more vigor our nation’s determined campaign against terrorism and insurgency; and

“Fourth, to uphold the Rule of Law and respect for human rights even in the face of the fiercest of battles in our determined bid to defeat the enemies of peace and democracy.

“And fifth, to further the meaningful partnership between the Defense Department and the AFP, which will help push forward our quest for the Philippine Defense Reform.

“The accomplishment of the AFP’s mission will be grounded on collective visioning. This will be given flesh through a collection vision as we think in terms of teamwork. With team spirit, we shall dismantle the barriers that divide our force. By doing so, we unify and strengthen our revered military institution.

“This is the direction toward which I intend to steer the Armed Forces, in response to your call for genuine unity in the force. Through the emergence of Team-AFP, we will fully achieve diversity and equity among members of this institution.

“Through this, we will also strengthen the meaningful partnership between the Defense Department and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This will help the quest for Philippine Defense Reform. Our two institutions can therefore look together into inputs for a stronger, more rational and strategy-based national defense policy.

“A stronger Team-AFP will also spark more effective inter-agency partnerships with local and national governments in achieving genuine peace and development.

“Secretary Teodoro, sir: we are in solidarity with your reform initiatives and programs for the AFP. Our soldiers have counted on your support and have not been disappointed. You can definitely count on theirs.

To our commander-in-chief, Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: Madame President, the AFP command changes hand at a crucial time in our country’s history. Today, the country under your leadership wages one of its fiercest battles against the age-old enemy called ‘poverty.’

“Madame President, our soldiers stand brave and determined side by side with you, our commander-in-chief, in this battle. And we pledge our full support, confident that your leadership is in an excellent position to win this war.

“The AFP is aware that winning the war against poverty is rightfully the domain of the government’s economic arms. But the AFP is also aware that they can help create, enhance and preserve the atmosphere and environment needed to make it easier for the forces of economic development to penetrate the areas in our country were progress is most needed.

“Madame President, your leadership has laid down a clear blueprint for countryside growth. The AFP is not the agent of such growth. But we shall clear the way and pave the road. The road is littered with obstacles, some of them bearing the names terrorism and insurgency. Our soldiers commit to rid the road of such obstacles so that the proper agencies of development can do their job. And our soldiers will do it soonest.

“In the meantime, our soldiers shall continue to fulfill their role as precursors of development in the areas yet to be reached by other government agencies. Over the years, they have doubled up as engineers, teachers, doctors, even social workers in the far-flung areas.

“They have done their job with fiery missionary zeal, Madame President. Our soldiers are aware that every road built, every school building erected, every baby immunized, every child taught to read and write – that all these is a victory and a step closer to your vision for countryside development.

“And in your presence, Madame President, I raise a call to my fellow soldiers in the Armed Forces. And this is the call:

“Let us together reaffirm our commitment to a focused, simple and frugal lifestyle.

“Let us, in spirit, return to our roots as soldiers raised and toughened up in the battlefield – where we survived with the barest minimum; where our luxuries consisted only of our camaraderie, our dreams and the shared love for the country we serve.

“To our roots as soldiers raised and toughened up in the battlefield – where the loftiest of our ambitions were not to grab political power, but to see to it that our land and people remained free and where democracy guides our nation’s way of life.

“To our roots as soldiers raised and toughened up in the battlefield – where the reward we sought were not wealth nor recognition, but only the warm smile and embrace of our loved ones, and perhaps the occasional “thank you” of our fellow Filipinos.

“Madame President, in selecting a successor to one of our country’s  finest  AFP chiefs of staff, you opted for this soldier from Sindangan town in Zamboanga del Norte. Mine is not to ask for the reason behind the decision.  Your Excellency, I can only respond with a heartfelt thank you for entrusting the AFP mission to a Mindanaoan.

“I am aware of the immensity of the leadership task reposed on your shoulders as the leader of our nation.  The AFP is honoured to stand beside you as you lead this nation along its rightful course.

“Madame President, before you is a strong TEAM AFP: defender of our nation, protector of our democracy and servant to our people.  Hand in hand with our inter-agency partners, the local government units and the different NGOs, genuine peace and development will be attained.

“Before you is a strong TEAM AFP: where every soldier is patriot – a patriot in the Adlai Stevenson definition of patriotism, which is “not short frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime”.

“Before you is a strong TEAM AFP: WHERE EVERY SOLDIER COUNTS, where professionalism and meritocracy shall prevail, and where cohesion and team spirit is ingrained in each and every soldier.

“And before you, Madame President is its 38th Chief of Staff: humbled by your trust and by the mandate of our countrymen; and proud only of our Flag, of the tradition of Armed Forces, and of the courage and faith of my fellow Filipino soldiers.

“Finally, to the Filipino people whom the AFP is morally mandated to serve: Let us be clear about the AFP’s role in the nation’s life.  We are here to serve, so please, allow us to serve and help build the nation. 

“We want to be focused in our mandate, so please, provide us the opportunity to be focused.  Our soldiers are not savage hunters.  They are thinking, feeling and well-trained soldiers fighting for the cause of the entire nation and not of any one individual.

“In fulfilling its constitutional role, the AFP will always advocate unity in the force, loyalty to the chain of command, and internal consolidation. This is what it takes to carry out the unique mandate given to us by the citizenry. We were created by the people of the Philippines pursuant to the 1987 constitution. We cannot be less than equal to the task.

“We shall continue to go back to basics if only to remind ourselves to our roles, duties, responsibilities, mandate and mission; our oath to the Republic and our commitment to the people.

“We will go back to basics to allow ourselves to rebuild and transform. We shall continue to go back to basics to give rise to a new institutional order that will highlight and promote the relevance of the AFP.

“Our officers and enlisted personnel will be our most important sources of ideas in the process of reinvention and thus, our re-emergence.

“We need a collective advocacy of our thrust and vision. We must walk the task as we highlight the role of the Filipino soldier in institutional reform and social transformation.  It has never been a case of “us versus them,” rather, “we’re all in this together.”

“The AFP mandate is our guide;  and the laws of the land and national sovereignty, our charge – toward a Strong Republic.

“I am awed by the tasks ahead of me, for which reason I can only mutter the words of Rabindranath Tagore:     ‘Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.’

“I end with a proud salute to our Commander-in-Chief and to every Filipino who inspire every soldier to stand up for God and Country.” (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

Tapping services of two foreign firms vs. technical smuggling gains support

Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) President Jesus Arranza this week backed the government’s move to tap the services of two foreign firms to handle the fight against technical smuggling as it pointed out that this has been one of the few recommendations the FPI and the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) submitted to President Arroyo since last year. Arranza said these recommendations were likewise forwarded to Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Napoleon Morales as a deterrent against rampant technical smuggling occurring at the BOC particularly after PASG uncovered the multi-billion oil and luxury car smugglings in Subic, Cebu and Metro Manila.

“We recommended the use of foreign firms to handle the fight against technical smuggling. Sadly, it is only now that its effectiveness has been recognized when a lot of technical smugglings have gone unchecked and thus caused the government to lose hundreds of millions worth of taxes,” Arranza said. PASG head Usec. Antonio A. Villar Jr. also saw the importance of hiring foreign firms to check technical smuggling, noting that the BOC appeared to be incapable of using its vast resources to arrest this menacing form of crime at the ports. The move to hire foreign firms came amid rumors that Morales is on the way out and whoever will be his replacement will surely benefit from this setup and avoid the stinging controversies that hounded Morales as a result of the busting of the oil and luxury car syndicates that were blamed on some BOC officials for their failure to detect such types of big-time smuggling right in their own turfs.

“Who needs these foreign firms anyway? Technical smuggling will not flourish if only the concerned BOC officials would do their homework. But to make sure no stone will be left unturned, a second or a third party outside of the BOC should be tapped to do the job. This is our and PASG’s position right from the start,” Arranza said. The BOC early this week announced that it will tap the services of Switzerland-based Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) and US survey firm Dun and Bradstreet, a move that is seen as an admission it is incapable of checking the rampant technical smuggling in the country’s ports.

SGS had been used before by the BOC. But SGS backed out when the BOC failed to settle a certain amount for a previous contract. The court recently ordered the BOC to pay its obligation to SGS for the 1998-2000 contract worth P6.2-billion. “With the presence of these two firms, the corrupt officials of the BOC will now have a very slim chance of engaging in technical smuggling,” Arranza said. (PIA-ZN)

 

BFAR regional director, provincial official assure small fishermen support

The small fishermen-members of the Sicayab Bucana Small Fishermen Livelihood and Services were assured of the government’s support and protection.

This the regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of Region 9, Director Virgilio Alforque assured the group during their holding of the “Tuloy Festival” at Sicayab Bucana the whole day of Thursday, May 22.

Director Alforque led national and regional officials of the bureau, among them Chief of Fishery Technology Division Jonathan Dickson of the BFAR Central Office and BFAR Resident Auditor Rene Mangona. The occasion was also attended by some provincial officials led by Vice Gov. Francis Olvis who also assured the small fishermen of help from the provincial government.

Free fishing gears were also distributed to the small fishermen by Director Alforque. The organization of the association was spearheaded by organizing chairman Engr. Reuben Cordero, assisted by Brgy. Councilman Edgardo Lacquio. On his part, Vice Gov. Olvis encouraged fishermen, especially the small ones not to think twice to come to them in times of need and asked their assistance. The Sicayab Bucana Small Fishermen Livelihood and Services was organized through the initial efforts of Engr. Cordero, assisted by Brgy. Councilman Edgardo Lacquio, to help them market their daily catch and inculcate in people the importance of protecting the small fries especially of the “tuloy” which is abundant in our seas during its season. (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

RP’s rice management practices ensures supply

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the Philippines is more in a position to address the “global problem” of rice supply due to its sound rice management practices.

In her speech keynoting the 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Farmer’s Week celebration at the Convention Hall of the Grand Caprice Hotel here, the President said the Philippines had “seen” the rice supply problem coming and have been “heading it off for some time now.”

“On the issue of rice management, this is not only a national problem, this not only an ASEAN problem, it is a global problem that we have seen coming,” the President told participants from ASEAN member-countries, local stakeholders and members.

“In the Philippines, we have worked to head it off for some time now,” she added. The President pointed out the Philippines’ rice management practices are based on three fundamental needs: supply, distribution and going against unscrupulous rice traders.

“To ensure supply, we have reached out to our ASEAN neighbours who happen to be among the big rice exporting countries long before the shortage hit and have invested heavily in rice production efficiencies and also in new strains especially our hybrid rice,” the President said. “Our second fundamental need is to make sure the distribution of rice gets to the people who need it most efficiently and cost-effectively. To this end, we have moved to utilize the distribution through churches, faith-based organizations and schools, in addition to our own government distribution network,” the President added.

“Lastly, we must be vigilant that unscrupulous traders do not price gouge and exploit the situation. We are making sure that anyone caught robbing the people of rice is punished,” the President said rounding off the three key fundamental needs. Because of the country’s stringent rice management practices, the President proudly said, “we have the supply issue well in hand.” (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

ASEAN FARMER’S SUMMIT TIMELY AS WORLD FOOD SHORTAGE SPREADS

In a related development, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that the holding of the 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Farmer’s Summit here is “timely” as the entire world is grappling with a food crisis.

In her speech keynoting the summit, President Arroyo stressed that the huge turnout of attendees “affirms the common commitment of our ASEAN countries to realize shared goals for the agricultural advancement of our region, particularly in agricultural training and extension.”

“Our meeting this week is timely because of the global clouds on the horizon driving up the price of oil and food, particularly rice which is a staple food in ASEAN,” the President said. The President said the increasing prices of goods bode heavily on her mind because of their direct and lasting effect on a large segment of the population who are “price sensitive. “We feel deeply for our poorest who, one minute are doing well and moving up the ladder but then, almost overnight are subjected to pain and setbacks as a result of high fuel and rice prices,” the President said.

The President expressed hope that with this summit, the stakeholders and participants would come up with agricultural information and updates on new technologies and opportunities for agri-business ventures within and beyond the ASEAN region which would, in turn, help bring down the price of rice and other commodities. The ASEAN Farmers Summit is an annual celebration aimed at hastening the farmers’ adoption of modern and sustainable agricultural technologies to increase their productivity and income.

The week-long celebration will be highlighted by the exchange visit of ASEAN agricultural officials, trainers and farmers to share experiences and exchange agricultural information and updates on new technologies and opportunities for agri-business ventures within and beyond the ASEAN region. ASEAN is composed of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. (PIA-ZN)

 

Sec. Ermita named new Presidential spokesman

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo named Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to be her new spokesman in a concurrent capacity when Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye officially leaves Malacañang on July 3.

The President revealed this to the Malacañang-based media last Tuesday night at the Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa in Bohol where the Cabinet meeting was also held earlier in the day. The President arrived Tuesday morning here to lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.

Bunye, concurrent Presidential Spokesman, has already been appointed to the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) effective July 3. Ermita has long been conducting his weekly media briefing in Malacañang. (PIA-ZN) 

 

RP undisturbed over China’s underground nuclear submarine base in South China Sea

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita expressed hope that “something positive” could come out of the discovery of an underground nuclear submarine base built by China in the South China Sea. At his weekly press conference in Malacañang, Ermita said “this was the first time I’ve heard of this report” but explained the “development” should not arouse too much concern.

“I don’t think there should be so much concern on this. After all, all countries in this part of the world are after regional peace and stability,” he said. He added that he was confident the Chinese underground nuclear submarine facility is “not intended for something that could destabilize the security situation in the region.”

He pointed out that the United States government was aware of China’s actions and “and I’m sure they know how to address it.” Ermita said the Philippines will always maintain its good relations with its Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) partners and the rest of the world.

“As far as the Philippine government is concerned, all we are saying is that we will continue to maintain the best of relations with our neighbouring countries, especially such a power as China,” he said. “And we hope that there will be something positive that will come out of this development,” he added.

Jane’s Intelligence Review, a widely publicized defence periodical in the US, said high resolution satellite images have shown the construction of an underground nuclear submarine base at the southern tip of Hainan Island, considered a vital sea lane area in the South China Sea. (PIA-ZN)

 

State Colleges tapped in campaign to increase agricultural production

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo mobilized last week the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the 110 state universities and colleges (SUCs) to come up with programs to intensify the training and increase the number of agricultural technicians and workers as well as encourage students to enroll in agriculture-based courses.

The President held a conference in Malacañang with the presidents of SUCs and officials of concerned government agencies to discuss ways and means for them to play a vital role in the government’s food production drive under the FIELDS program. Among those present were CHED Chairman Romulo Neri, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Estrella Alabastro and 104 SUC presidents led by Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President Dr. Lauro Tacbas.

“One of the reasons why we have a problem in food supply is the lack of agricultural technicians and workers. Enrolment in agricultural courses in state colleges and universities (SUCs) has been substantially decreasing,” she said The President said that to encourage enrolment in agri-based courses, the government will offer scholarships to students taking up agriculture-related courses. “One of the things we want to do is provide scholarships to agricultural studies,” she said.

There are 110 SUCs in the country with 3,144 faculty members teaching agriculture-based courses and studies. Neri reported to the President that at present 65,734 students are enrolled in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, veterinary medicine and agribusiness courses in the 110 SUCs nationwide. These SUCs have a unutilized landholdings of 50,133 hectares which can be utilized for farming, research, hybrid and certified seed production, and technology as demonstration farms. During the National Food Summit last month, the President launched the P43.7-billion FIELDS program. (pia-zn)

 

Dipolog Chronicle Editorial

Give independenc its meaning regardless of when or where

As to whether it was on July 4, 1946 or on June 12, 1898 we were first officially given our independence is not important. What is significantly important is we are an independent nation now and that can only be truly it if we give it the true meaning in words and in deed.

The last foreign power we were under was the United States of America because of having been sold to by the Spanish government. We were under the former domain for almost four hundred years.

Our independence from America was at the end of a ten-year transitory period within the commonwealth era. The Americans timed it with their own.

On the other hand, the first Filipino pronouncement or declaration by a Filipino of independence from foreign domain, that was from Spain by Gen Aguinaldo who was then considered head of the Filipino revolution, was on June 12, 1898 at Kawit, Cavite.

Thus, from July 4 which date we formerly observed as Philippine Independence Day, it was officially transferred to June 12 by virtue of a Proclamation of the late President Diosdado Macapagal in honor of a truly Filipino-led fight for independence.

This latter date we now observe as Philippine Independence Day while July 4 is ordinarily observed as Phil-Am Friendship Day. The Americans gave us independence without arm struggle while that from Spain was with struggle. (Dipolog Chronicle, Vol.VII No.49)

 

One liter reduction in fuel use per vehicle a day to generate P141.1-B saving per year

Think of what a huge savings it would make if the country’s gasoline and diesel-fed vehicles were to consume one teeny-weeny less liter of fuel a day!

Consider this: According to Malacañang, there are 4,211,932 units of gasoline-fed vehicles throughout the country. If they were to consume one liter less fuel a day at the current price of gasoline of P52 a liter, the savings would amount to more than P219-million a day, or P6.6-billion a month.

In one year, the total savings would hit an eye-popping P78.9-billion. In his regular weekly press briefing this week in Malacañang, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that at P45 per liter, the same save-a-liter-day formula will translate to a daily savings of P70.2-billion for the country’s 1,561,935 diesel-fed vehicles. On a monthly basis, this means a savings of more than P2-billion, or P63.3-billion a year.

Ermita said that for the government’s 80,000 vehicles, a one-liter reduction in fuel consumption would translate to a daily savings of P4-million, P120-million a month, or P1.44-billion a year. He said the figures were taken from a study undertaken by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The LTO computed the planned fuel savings based on the total of 4,211,932 registered gasoline-fed vehicles multiplied by P52 per liter; and based on the total of 1,561,935 diesel-fed vehicles multiplied by P45 per liter. “I wish you could highlight this,” Ermita urged the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC), referring to the huge savings that could be realized through the “save-one-liter-of-gasoline-or-diesel-fuel” a day program. (PIA-ZN)

 

GOV’T OFFICES SAVED ALMOST P1-B IN POWER, FUEL CHARGES SINCE SEPT. 2005

Government offices have saved almost P1-billion in electricity and fuel cost since Sept. 2005. This was the findings of a government energy audit task force which looked into how government agencies have been implementing the Arroyo administration’s mandatory conservation program.

The study, which placed government’s energy savings over the 33-month period at P945-million, was disclosed this week by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita who also heads the energy-saving task force. In his regular press briefing in Malacañang, Ermita said “savings in 33 months since September 2005” was broken down as follows:

a) Savings in electricity: National Capital Region (NCR) reached P759-million; while other regions totalled P72.2-million, or a total of P831.2-million.

b) The savings in gasoline and fuel in NCR reached P102.7-million; and other regions, P11-million, or a total of P113.7-million.

Last April alone, the government saved P1. 6-million worth of electricity and 176,000 liters in fuel cost, Ermita said. The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Arroyo administration’s Energy Management Program includes the mandatory implementation of an energy conservation program; designation of an energy conservation officer; creation of an energy audit team; and a provision giving incentives to agencies that perform well based on the standards of the energy audit team.

The task force, which is composed of nine Cabinet members, will “come up with specific plans on how to mitigate the rising prices of oil,” he said. Ermita explained that “among the things to be discussed in the meeting are the setting aside of half-billion pesos for the development of biofuels as substitute for gasoline and diesel; continue subsidizing the transport sector via a P2 subsidy for PUVs using diesel; and President Arroyo’s order hastening (the development) of jatropha and alternative fuels to help us in our days of need.” (PIA-ZN) 

 

Mariculture project launched in Tawi-Tawi

SIBUTU, Tawi-Tawi – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched here last Thursday, May 29 a mariculture development project, a government livelihood intervention program designed to bail this province out of poverty.

Tawi-Tawi is now the country’s poorest province. The President led the capsule-laying ceremony of the Tawi-Tawi modified mariculture development project at the municipal grounds here, an anti-poverty project that would directly benefit more than 52,000 coastal dwellers and fisherfolks in the neighbouring island towns of Sibutu and Sitangkai.

She also awarded a P2-million check for the scholarship program of the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Resources, as well as distributed various fishing gears for the 10 fishermen association in the province. The ceremonial fish-stocking activity at the mariculture also featured colorful cultural presentations by local residents on board the 100 Badjao lepahs (vintas).

Lone District Rep. Nur Jaafar said the project, with an initial funding of P15-million, is expected to place Tawi-Tawi on the map as the mariculture capital of the country. As the “epicentre of the world’s largest coral triangle,” Tawi-Tawi boasts of an immense biodiversity and a renowned home-grown talent in fish farming.

With the project, Jaafar said high-value fishing production is expected to generate about P200-million in additional revenues for the province in a year’s time. This tax take is expected to increase by more than double within four years. Jaafar said the mariculture project will mean more jobs and livelihood opportunities for the more than 52,000 coastal dwellers and marginal fisher folks who will be trained in scientific and environment-friendly fish farming techniques by experts from the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and the Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanology (MSU-TCTO).

In her State-of-the Nation Address (SONA) last year, the President announced unprecedented investments in the Super Regions, the country’s blueprint towards achieving First World status in 20 years, including the establishment of a mariculture park in Tawi-Tawi. (PIA-ZN)

 

P4-B of EVAT on oil to fund cash transfer loans, scholarships

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo early last week that P4-billion of the expected P18-billion proceeds from the value added tax (EVAT) on imported oil would be returned to the people in the form of cash transfer loans and scholarships.

Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said the President made this decision in lieu of scrapping the VAT on imported oil. Of the P4-billion, P2-billion will go to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the ‘’Ahon Pilipino’’ program, P1-billion would be allocated for the conversion of diesel-fed public utility vehicles to LPG or CNG.

The remaining P1-million will be used for scholarship grants and high school vouchers worth P10,000 each. (PIA-ZN)

 

Palace reiterates ‘hands-off’ policy on Meralco-GSIS issue

Malacañang reiterated that it is keeping a hands-off policy on the Meralco-GSIS issue even as it stressed that it is only after the immediate reduction of electric power rates.

In his weekly media briefing with Palace-based reporters this week, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita stressed that Malacañang is “hindi nakikialam” in the ongoing tussle between the two parties as Winston Garcia, head of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), “can very well take care of himself as the representative of the GSIS in the Meralco board.”

“We are not abandoning him (Garcia) either,” Ermita quickly clarified even as he denied insinuations that Garcia is Malacanang’s “attack dog” against the Meralco. “People are just using that (the phrase ‘attack dog’) but that is their own impression… He (Garcia) heads GSIS but there should be no conclusion that he is an attack dog (of the palace). He is very open about what he is doing,” stressed Ermita.

The Executive Secretary also stressed that Garcia – who has cried mismanagement by Meralco – should not be treated as a mere fund manager as the GSIS chair “has the right to represent GSIS.” Malacañang, he added, is not questioning Garcia’s actions and will just let the GSIS head do what he has to do within the bounds of the Corporate Law. “He can handle himself and the interest of shareholders,” added Ermita.

As to the Meralco’s defiance of the cease-and-desist order of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the former to postpone its elections, Ermita said the SEC could ask Meralco to “show cause for defying the order of the SEC.” The Executive Secretary said the palace is awaiting the results of the economic study team organized by the President to look into what is causing the high power rates of Meralco. The study team, headed by Teves, was the “solomonic” solution that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo resorted to when Meralco and GSIS representatives were invited to thresh out the issue during the Cabinet meeting in Bohol last week.

Ermita said the Teves committee will be meeting separately with Meralco and GSIS representatives before coming up with the awaited recommendations. “I don’t think the economic team need to be given guidance. Alam nila ang political implication nito dahil high electric bills cut across the lifestyle of people. I am confident that the members of the economic body will have reasonable recommendations.” “Tingnan natin what the recommendations will be. Tingnan natin ang action of the President. Ang mahalaga is how to guard the interest of the majority who suffer due to their high electric bills.” (PIA-ZN)

 

PGMA’s meeting with ZTE is A usual one with investors

Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Undersecretary Lorelei Fajardo said last week that the November 2006 meeting of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with the ZTE officials in China was part of the many “usual” meetings the President holds to invite potential investors to pour their money into the country.

“There was nothing irregular about it and beside it was not a secret meeting but like the usual ones the President holds with officials and executives of big companies when she goes on trips abroad,” Fajardo said. Fajardo said the ZTE was a potential investor for which the meeting took place and that there was “nothing wrong with the meeting.” The President had scrapped the National Broadband Deal last year amid allegations of bribery. The President has been touted as the country’s number one salesperson and promoter as in almost all of her trips abroad, she makes it a point to squeeze in her tight schedule meetings with potential investors.

At the start of this year, in Davos, Switzerland where she attended the World Economic Forum, the President offered the Philippines as one of the best values for investments. In her recent visit to Hong Kong, the President promoted the country’s competitive advantage as a result of the various reforms that she instituted and the present economic turnaround. It has been the Chief Executive’s thrust to attract more foreign investments that would create more new jobs.  (PIA-ZN)

 

Sibutad to get mining permit

The Sangguniang Bayan of the municipality of Sibutad, Z.N. recently supported the move of the provincial government to regulate their mining activities inside the municipality.

SB Member Melvin Ondong recently disclosed that they had acted upon the cease and desist order of Gov. Rolando Yebes as regards all mining activities now seen at Lalab, Sibutad. It was learned that Atty. Jes Gal Sarmiento Jr. Chief of the Zamboanga del Norte Environmental Management Office even attended the session and reiterated that the governor’s order shall be implemented with or without the SB’s support.

However, the SB had asked the provincial government in helping them legalize their mining activities. Atty. Sarmiento pointed before the SB that as long as they could not secure permit from the governor, all mining activities in the area are illegal.

But miners recently decried the many requirements asked by the provincial office. One particular problem the miners pointed out was to secure the consent of the Philex Mining to allow them to mine within their mining claim. The SB however pledged that they would bridge the gap between the small scale miners and Philex Gold Philippines. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

SANG. Panlalawigan gives Liloy ultimatum

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently gave the municipality of Liloy an ultimatum, as it did not appear during the hearing to treat its boundary conflict with the municipality of Tampilisan.

The SP which was tasked to resolve the boundary conflict between the two municipalities claimed, it had not even sent a single representative during the hearing. It was learned that Tampilisan showed up with all officials present headed by Mayor Romeo Jalosjos, Jr. himself.

Mayor Jalosjos claimed he had earlier met with Liloy Mayor Jaime Lim with regard to the boundary problem but refused to give the details of their agreement when the latter failed to show up during the hearing. The SP secretariat disclosed they had notified Mayor Lim as regards the hearing.

It was learned Liloy was officially protesting over the three barangays in Tampilisan which it believed to be under its territorial jurisdiction. Board Member Anecito Darunday moved to postpone the hearing considering the absence of the complainant. However, Mayor Jalosjos, Jr. insisted that the SP should give its final decision on the said schedule whether Liloy officials will show up or not.

In an interview, the Tampilisan mayor disclosed he wanted the case to be resolved as early as possible. “I pity the residents of the three barangays who are left wondering to which municipality they belong,” Mayor Jalosjos said. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Fun swim, not a competition

Father Beltran Patangan, organizer of the open sea swimming marathon recently clarified that the competition is just a “fun swim,” but never a competition.

The advertised open sea swimming will start at the Galas Feeder Port and end at the Breakwater at the Boulevard. “No, it’s not a swimming competition, but a mere entertainment,” Father Beltran stressed, adding that if many show interest this year, possibly it could be made a competition next year as one of Hudyaka’s highlights.

He urged all participants to bring their own “sweeper” which is a boat which will assist them every time they feel they could not make it to the finish. The swim starts at 6 a.m. on June 31 but the schedule will be changed depending on the weather condition, the organizer warned. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Tampilisan town tightens security, imposes curfew

As declared by the 102nd Infantry Brigade at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay as one of the hottest preys of the NPA, Tampilisan recently imposed curfew hour to ensure security in the municipality.

Mayor Romeo “Janjan” Jalosjos Jr. confirmed reports of rebel movement in the barangay near the boundary of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zambo. Sur. Although there were reports of extortion in the municipality, the municipal mayor claimed it had not prospered when he ordered the strict implementation of security measures they have adopted.

Mayor Jalosjos claimed that curfew hours from 9:00 p.m. to 5 a.m. were strictly observed and all barangay tanods were mobilized. Moreover, all new residents were asked to register in the barangay and auxiliary police forces were placed in the barangays to strengthen the intelligence network of the municipality.

As to claims that some teachers in the barangays received threats from the armed groups, the mayor disclosed they were just interested in the rice distribution to school children and not the teachers personally. “To prevent their coming to the schools, I have ordered the fast distribution of the grains to the children so that the armed groups have nothing when they come again,” Mayor Jalosjos said. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

City employees: Salary increase, not gun ownership

The Dipolog City employees recently expressed their disgust over the memorandum sent by City Legal Officer Cyril Ruiz to them inviting them to join the gun club the city will organize.

The city officials who were cited in the memorandum as the one calling for its organization denied such claim. “What we need is salary increase and other benefits, not guns,” some employees demanded, adding that until now the casual employees did not enjoy the 10% salary increase as mandated by law since July 2007.

It was learned that City Hall has not also given the increase in the Additional Compensation Allowance for casuals who are already in the plantilla. This year, another 10% increase has also been ordered by Malacañang but the city employees feared that they could never enjoy it as they have not enjoyed the first.

Source disclosed that the causal employees who tried to push themselves to ask for the increase were threatened of being dispelled from work. “We call on Legal Officer Ruiz and Mayor Belen Uy to look into our sad plight as city employees, not as ‘shooters’,” some employees declared.

Others saw this as mere cover-up so that members of Team DAVID of which Atty. Ruiz was recently appointed as head can easily come and go inside City Hall with their guns. In the recent Provincial Peace and Order meeting, Atty. Ruiz was reportedly insisting on the bringing of guns by Team DAVID members.  He cited that they were even recognized by Mayor Uy as “persons in authority.”

However, Police Senior Superintendent Mario Yanga cut him off during the meeting by telling him that special auxiliary police force of local governments are forbidden to carry guns unless they have special permits from Chief PNP himself and unless they are subjected to proper training supervised by the PNP. Some employees who are against the organization of the gun club disclosed that they believed that such action could be serving only the interest of the city mayor’s family and not the entire City Hall family. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

4 municipalities face NPA threat

Four municipalities in the province were recently cited to have been facing threats from the Front Committee Feleciano of the New People’s Army.

Col. Alexander Dicang, commanding officer of the 102nd Infantry Brigade based at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay disclosed that Godod, Salug, Liloy and Tampilisan fell prey to the NPA activities which threatened their peace and order situation. It was learned the Committee Feliciano under Francisco Bilan with 14 armed members and another group headed by Madjis Gakit with 15 active members were reported to own 21 high powered arms.

Another group headed by Villamort Galleon who operated with two “amazonas” recently launched ambush against the CAFGU of Godod but was shortly suppressed. Col. Dicang disclosed further that members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front active in Sibuco, Sirawai, Siocon and Baliguian were part of the Expeditionary Brigade 113th Base command and under Kumander Utug Makacadam who led a 365 member group with 232 different high-powered guns.

In Zamboanga del Norte, a political arm of the MILF known as Kalibugan Provincial Committee under Ustadz Armir Jawa Mocadam is composed of nearly a hundred members operating in 20 barangays. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

 

Hospital showing X-rated film?

The employees of Sindangan District Hospital could not have waited their off hours when they were allegedly showing an x-rated film during official time.

Some who were tending their patients at the hospital confirmed that the employees were watching a “bold” film at the Accounting Office at 2:30 p.m. on May 22 this year. In fact one female employee was reportedly inviting others by saying “wala moy lingaw? Adto mo sa akong opisina, naay hugaw nga talan-awon.”

Witnesses claimed that the employees who had seen the film were openly commenting on the dirty film they had seen even within their hearing distance. They denounced the action of the employees whom they believed had done an indecent act inside the government office during official hours.

“Sige silag istorya sa ilang nakita sa salida, sige pod silag agik-ik. . . salawayon!,” one commented. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

P32M Post Harvest Facility to rise in Liloy

True to his words, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap recently authorized the National Agribusiness Corporation to appropriate P20M for Liloy Post Harvest Facility.

In a letter to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Gov. Rolando Yebes asked for the release of the Provincial counterpart to the said project in the amount of P2M.

It was learned that Liloy will put up P2M to the project while Cong. Cesar Jalosjos of the 3rd Congressional District pledged P8M. It could be remembered that Sec. Yap visited the province recently to inaugurate the P33M post harvest facility at Sergio Osmeña, Z.N.

During the visit, he promised to set up five harvest facilities in the province and Liloy has been the second one. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Gun traced to PNP Bizman shot dead

A young businessman was recently held up by two suspects in Kalawit, Z.N., and then shot to death.

The victim was identified by Kalawit PNP as Bernardino Dumajel, 21, and a businessman from Barangay Palomoc, Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay. Police investigators led by SPO2 Ronald Lozada disclosed that the victim was driving his six-wheeler Canter truck to buy rubber from Barangay Daniel Maing.  He was accompanied by his in-law Regie Sebilo and two women helpers.

It was learned that when the group arrived at the barangay, five armed suspects blocked their way and asked them to come down from the vehicle. Without warning, a suspect pulled a 9MM pistol and shot Dumajel right into his face which killed him instantly.

A joint hot pursuit operation conducted by the Kalawit police, the members of the RMG and the 18th IB Philippine Army led by Cpl. Alvin Cruz apprehended two suspects of the slay. The suspects were identified as Henry Arani and Komino Musa. They were trapped by the pursuing authorities at Barangay Batayan at Kalawit.

Investigators believed both were on their way to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on board a habal-habal but were caught by the dragnet operations launched by the authorities. Taken from their possession was a 9MM caliber pistol used in the murder which authorities traced to be owned by PNP.

The gun had a PNP logo bearing the Serial Number M13473Z. The duo was detained at the Police Provincial office, Camp Sicayab, Dipolog City. Police authorities wanted to find from the suspects if they were part of the group in the third district municipalities who were conducting various hold-ups and robbery and extortion. Police disclosed that there were already six robberies reported to the office, four motor vehicles retrieved and more lives wasted due to the presence of criminals in the cited areas. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

SP approves P2M assistance for Dapitan

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently clothed Gov. Rolando Yebes the authority to enter into agreement with Dapitan City Mayor Dominador Jalosjos Jr. for the release of P2M financial assistance.

Majority Floor leader Felixberto Bolando disclosed that said assistance was due to the city in its participation to the Hudyaka Festival in 2006 and 2007. Board Member Bolando explained that it has been a Standard Operating Procedure for the last two years to award P1M to any local government, which actively participated the cited festival.

Under the memorandum of agreement, Dapitan shall decide for itself what projects it shall implement as regards the assistance received. It was stipulated further in the agreement the guidelines how the financial assistance shall have been used to the greatest good of the constituents. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Pulauan Port coverted to PMO

Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently signed the conversion of Pulauan Port at Dapitan into Port Management Office.

DOTC Undersecretary Len Bautista who graced the national convention of Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Group at Dakak Beach & Resort disclosed the conversion.

The USec stressed that PGMA had already thought about it during the launching of the Central Philippines Nautical Highway. “…and Pulauan Port just deserves the honor because I’m also a witness to the increasing traffic at the port,” Ms. Bautista said.

Gov. Rolando Yebes recalled that a resolution was passed earlier in the Provincial Development Council and on to the Regional Development Council for the purpose. Although he knew PGMA was acting in his favor, the governor did not yet announce its conversion because he did not yet receive official communication from Malacañang.

The conversion of the port allows it to have its own budget and its own autonomy. This means it is no longer under the administrative jurisdiction of PPA Cagayan de Oro. The governor disclosed that PGMA had already ordered the Department of Budget and Management to allocate the port’s own budget for its own operation.

As conversion was granted, the governor also asked Malacañang expansion of the Polo road going to San Vicente and the completion of Sicayab-Bucana road.  (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Mayors frustrated over NIA’s projects

The different irrigation projects of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) costing millions were considered a waste of money by several municipal mayors.

Kalawit Mayor Eugenio Baleleng sadly disclosed that the irrigation project in the municipality remained a white elephant as farmers in the area have not really made use of it until now. He cited NIA’s arrogance when it went ahead with its own plan despite the plan proposed by the local officials through a resolution.

“What happened is the execution of the second plan which is made by NIA, and our first plan which is proposed by all the officials was junked,” the mayor disclosed. With the present plan, the mayor described, the water piped in went down, about six feet below.

It was learned that the project cost P69M but spent another P10M for its repair even before its turnover. Mayor Baleleng expressed his frustrations over the projects because of its enormous cost but could only cover 30 hectares thus benefiting a few farmers only.

However, NIA blamed the Department of Agriculture for the flaws in the project citing that it had consultants because at the time of the construction, it was still under the RIDP. It admitted though that Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay has benefited much from the project and not Kalawit which is the source of water.

As regards the project plan, Sardo Roa explained that if the plan of the officials were followed, it would get its water from Barangay Daniel Maing at Kalawit; it could only serve a few hectares. So NIA moved down where NIA could get water from three sources so that it could also feed vast farmlands at Titay.

As regards the destruction which cost them another P10M, he reasoned it was due to the strong storm which caused the overflow of the river that rammed into the irrigation canals. On the other hand, Mayor Wilfredo Siasico appealed to NIA to repair the irrigation system at Dinoyan which remained useless at the moment.

“It’s also disastrous because when it flooded, the water went to our coco land,” Mayor Siasico disclosed. However NIA explained it could not possibly repair the dam since the source of water is just not enough while it could also cost much. Meanwhile it assured Sirawai it could finish the communal irrigation system as soon as possible as Mayor Romeo Cariño was constantly pounding for its completion.

“I have found it up in 2002 yet but until now…it’s back to step one (1),” the mayor said. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Yebes to mayors: prepare against hunger

Gov. Rolando Yebes recently called upon all the mayors in the province to brace themselves against the projected coming of hunger months.

In a recent meeting with them, he asked them to adopt measures which could help especially those in the farthest barangays who could possibly be affected.

It was learned that due to the rising cost of commercial fertilizers and the change in climate, most farmers were not able to grow crops. Most of them resorted to eating “kobong” a common wild root crop which could poison if not properly prepared.

Reports reaching the governor disclosed that many had died already due to eating the wild crop. Earlier, the governor announced that one half of the underestimated Internal Revenue Allotment shall be spent in buying fertilizers which will be given accordingly: 2 sacks for free and the other 2 sacks to be paid during harvest.

He also asked the mayors to spend P500T of the P1M financial assistance he had given them in their Hunger Mitigation Program to alleviate hunger which could possibly start by June. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Market Supervisor: garbage truck spews out smell

Dipolog Central Market supervisor Pabet Gonzales recently defended that the smell at the market did not really come from the canals and the surroundings of the Central market.

The source of the foul smell, he pointed out, is the garbage truck of the City General Services Office which is stationed near the power generator for the night. He explained that he made sure that the drainage canal around the market, especially near the eating areas are always cleaned to make sure the water is always flowing.

The Supervisor explained further that the said garbage truck had to stay there for longer hours waiting for more garbage to fill it. He said the drips coming from the garbage spewed out the smell in the market. Although he had already ordered for its disinfection and cleaning, the smell had stayed. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

Sibuco appeals for NFA outlet

The local government of Sibuco recently denounced the selling of NFA rice at P1,400/sack within the municipality.

Mayor Norbi Edding’s Spokesman called for the establishment of Bigasang Bayan or Tindahan Natin which will sell NFA rice at the authorized price of P18.25/kilo. The municipal officials are worried that if no NFA authorized stores are established within the municipality, private retailers will continue to sell government rice like commercial grains.

Meanwhile, NFA assured Sibuco that it would allocate the municipality supply of NFA rice which it will procure from the Zamboanga branch. NFA Information Officer Vicky Sumalpong informed the local officials that NFA will provide them the list of NFA Stores it would establish in Sibuco.

She pointed out this would give the local officials whereabouts of the retail outlets so that they could possibly monitor the release of rice. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

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June 6 is non-working holiday

June 6, 2008 has been declared special non-working holiday. Provincial Planning Officer Rosevic Lacaya-Ocampo disclosed before the Provincial Development Council meeting recently that such declaration is the first time that the province observes its founding anniversary as special non-working holiday.

It was learned that Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita himself signed the Executive Order on behalf of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

During the said day some activities have been lined up to mark the province’s 56th founding anniversary such as sky diving, regatta competition, Miss Zanorte, etc. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

NFA to distribute rice to 15% of population only

The National Food Authority recently disclosed that the law has authorized them to sell rice only to the 10-15% of the entire population of the province.

NFA Information Officer Vicky Sumalpong gave the assurance however that they could serve up to 20% of the population depending upon the stocks they would receive. She stressed that it was never the policy of the agency to compete with commercial rice retailers but only to stabilize the price of rice in the market.

It was just sad, Ms. Sumalpong pointed out that although the NFA rice were pegged at P18.25/kilo, some Tindahan Natin created by DSWD were found by their regional auditor to be selling NFA rice at P25/kilo. Some were even sold in private homes only but not in authorized outlets, the officer disclosed.

Finding some irregularities in the selling of the government rice, Ms. Sumalpong urged all municipal mayors to personally supervise the sale of the grains even to the farthest barangays at a price authorized by law and in a place which is really a store and not a private house. It was learned that Katipunan and Manukan had it already while Polanco and Sibutad were still processing their permits to such purpose. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

DMC College of Computer Studies Vice Dean elected as the New President of PSITE IX

Standing 2nd from left. Mr. Anthony Harvey B. Dalmacio, DMC College of Computer Studies Vice Dean was elected as the new PRESIDENT of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) Region IX Chapter.

Standing 2nd from left, Mr. Anthony Harvey B. Dalmacio, DMC College of Computer Studies Vice Dean was elected as the new PRESIDENT of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) Region IX Chapter. The Election was conducted during the PSITE IX and Council of Deans for ICT Regional Assembly last May 19 – 20, 2008 at Sibugay Technical Institute Inc., Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. He was also elected as the Vice President for Region IX Council of Deans. Mr. Jovanie O. Talaroc, faculty member of CCS was also elected as the new treasurer of PSITE IX.

The Election was conducted during the PSITE IX and Council of Deans for ICT Regional Assembly last May 19-20, 2008 at Sibugay Technical Institute Inc., Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. He was also elected as the Vice President for Region IX Council of Deans. Mr. Jovanie O. Talaroc, faculty members of CCS was also elected as the new treasurer of PSITE IX.

“This is another momentous achievement of the DMC College of Computer Studies since it was awarded as one of the Centers of Development in Information Technology Education in the Philippines. It opens more opportunity for the DMC Community most specially to the students and faculty and staff of the College of Computer Studies” according to Mr. Dalmacio during the interview. (Press Freedom, Vol. XX No. 33)

 

PGMA ACCUSES REBELS OF IMPENDING DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN RURAL AREAS

Stressing that peace and security brings about economic development and growth, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed determination today to defeat the insurgency problem by 2010.

“We have to put a stop to their ideological nonsense and their criminal acts once and for all” to attain First World status in 20 years, the President said. Speaking at the Western Visayas Local Peace and Security Assembly here, the President said the target of achieving a First World status in the next 20 years include a peaceful and secured environment conducive to more investments thus the need to end the insurgency problem in the country before she steps out of office.

“We want to be a First World in 20 years because in a First World country poverty is marginalized; and the marginalized are raised to a robust middle class; In a modern country, institutions are strong,” the President said. “By 2010, the Philippines should be well on the way to achieving that vision. By 2010 the insurgency must be defeated,” the President added.

The President noted that the communist rebels have been impeding development and economic growth in rural areas as well as responsible for a wide range of human rights abuses. She said it is time to put an end to their disruption and violation of human rights so the nation can move ahead. Thus, the President called on the local government units and stakeholders to get involved in solving the insurgency problems in their respective locality.

The President said solution on the insurgency problem is not purely military but a combination of military might and the delivery of enhanced social services. “The LGU’s these days are the ones who truly understand the ongoing conflicts in their respective areas. If there is anybody who knows what’s going on in a particular town, province, city, it will be the local government officials,” the President told the governors, mayors, and other local officials as well as the business and civil society who participated in the two-day assembly.

The President also expressed the hope the Senate would concur with the House of Representatives’ approved bill on granting amnesty to returning rebels. For rebels who go back to the folds of the law, the President said the Social Integration Program is being implemented with some P100 million funds. (PIA-ZN)

 

PGMA ACTS TO FACILITATE CREDIT ASSISTANCE TO FARMING SECTOR

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created the Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool (AGFP) to mitigate the risks involved in agriculture lending, and at the same time facilitate the provision of credit to the agricultural sector.

In Administrative Order (AO) No. 225-A, the President directed government-owned and controlled corporations to set aside 5 percent of their 2007 budget surplus for rice and food production as their contribution to the AGFP.

Signed by the President on May 26, AO 225-A amends AO No. 225 issued on April 1, 2008.

Under AO 225-A, the AGFP “shall be used to mitigate the risks involved in agriculture lending, thereby facilitating the provision of credit in the agriculture sector.”

The amended administrative order also provides that the 5 percent allocation “shall be placed in trust with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) for the purpose of providing guarantee cover to participating financial institutions and other parties in extending financing to rice farmers under a common Rice Program and various food production programs.”

The government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) covered by the AO are the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Government Insurance Service System (GSIS), Social Security Service (SSS), National Power Corporation (NPC), and the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC).

The amended AO also tasked the Department of Agriculture (DA), in coordination with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), to “draw up the mechanics and administrative arrangements, and issue the implementing guidelines for the Fund Pool.”

The new issuance is meant to “harness idle resources to uplift the poor and boost rice supply to cushion the country from price spikes.”

In amending AO 225, President Arroyo said “there is a need to incorporate a provision in the said Order for the effective and synchronized implementation of projects for rice by concerned corporations, financial institutions and agencies.” (PIA-ZN)

 

PGMA TAPS PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER LULI ‘S HELP IN TAWI-TAWI DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

SIBUTU, Tawi-Tawi - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tapped Thursday the assistance of presidential daughter Luli in the government’s efforts to lift Tawi-Tawi from the list of the country’s poorest provinces.

She said Luli, the policy officer of the Coral Triangle of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will help the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in drawing up and implementing the economic, environmental and educational programs for Tawi-Tawi, the country’s poorest province.

In her speech after unveiling the marker of the Tawi-Tawi Modified Mariculture Development Project Thursday morning at the municipal grounds here, the President said the three Es (economy, environment and education) form the core of her administration’s strategy to uplift the lives of the people of Tawi-Tawi.

“I like to call our key areas of focus the three “E’s” of Economy, Environment and Education. These are central to lifting our Tawi Tawi up. Ngayon ang simula ng pagbangon ng Tawi-tawi,” the President said.

She pointed out that her administration continues to invest heavily in people and infrastructure here to bring down the current 7.89 percent poverty incidence rate of Tawi-Tawi.

Aside from these ongoing investments and the development assistance coming from donor countries, the President said Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the Philippines Mohammed Ameen Wali told her just this morning that Saudi Arabia is willing to provide another $80 million loan for government priority projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This amount is in addition to the $20-million loan that the Saudi government extended earlier to the ARMM. The President directed Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Education Commissioner Nina Ricafort, and Luli to prepare and submit proposals for the projects to be funded by the Saudi loan.

“I have instructed Secretary Arthur Yap to put the projects in the pipeline and submit it for Saudi funding, including the four phases of the mariculture project of Tawi-Tawi,” she said.

The President said she wants a two-fold increase in the number of ARMM students enrolled in agriculture and fishery courses. “I asked Commissioner Ricafort to prepare a feasibility study and proposal to the Saudi, for funding for doubling the enrolment of scholars in agriculture and fisheries,” she added.

The President said she will also seek the help of Luli in protecting the Coral Triangle. Tawi-Tawi is situated right in the middle of the Coral Triangle.

“I will ask her (Luli) to help you to also prepare the proposal for the sustainable fisheries in the ARMM that we can submit for funding under the Saudi fund,” the President said.

She recalled that in 1948, her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, who was then Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, was instrumental in getting back the Turtle Islands from the jurisdiction of Malaysia. The Turtle Islands also belong to the Coral Triangle.(PIA-ZN)

 

PGMA SUSPENDS RICE LANDS CONVERSION FOR TWO YEARS TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT RICE SUPPLY

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has suspended the processing and approval of all conversion applications for rice lands to ensure rice sufficiency.

The suspension was contained in Administrative Order No. 226 which was signed by the President last May 16, Friday.

Covered by the two-year suspension are “all land conversion applications affecting rice lands, and lands mentioned under Republic Act 8435 considered as Network of Protected Areas for Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Development (NPAAD) which includes and covers all irrigates areas, all irrigable lands already covered by irrigation projects.”

The AO also covers:

• all alluvial plain land highly suitable for agriculture whether irrigated or not;

• agro-industrial crop lands or lands presently planted to industrial crops that support the viability or existing agricultural infrastructure and agro-based enterprises;

• highland areas located at an elevation of 500 meters or above and have the potential for growing semi-temperate and high-value crops;

• all agricultural lands that are ecologically fragile;

• mangrove areas; and

• fish sanctuaries.

In issuing AO 226, the President cited the “policy of the state as declared under Republic Act No. 8435 to assure the availability, adequacy, accessibility of food supplies to every Filipino at all times.”

The same RA states that “the State shall ensure that the poorer sectors of society have equitable access to resources, income opportunities, basic and support services especially in areas where productivity is low”; and that “the State shall promote food security, including sufficiency in our staple food, particularly the rice supply.”

President Arroyo also stressed that “to meet the needs of the increasing number of Filipinos, there is a need for the production of rice to be optimized to meet our local needs and consumption.”

The President added that “there is a need for all lands utilized and intended for rice production to be protected from any other land use or conversion… to ensure sufficient rice supply.”

The AO 227 tasked the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to implement the order which shall take effect “immediately after publication in a newspaper of general circulation.”  (PIA-ZN)

 

HIGH OIL PRICES, REDUCED DEMAND FOR EXPORTS BEHIND SCALING DOWN GDP TARGET —BUNYE

Despite the solid momentum recorded by the economy during the first quarter of 2008, the government’s economic managers had to reduce the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth target due to high oil prices and reduced demand for Philippine exports.

Thus explained Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye in a statement today on the country’s growth figures.

“While the Q1 GDP growth of 5.2 percent shows that our economy continues to have solid momentum, high oil prices and reduced global demand… for some of our nation’s exports have forced our economic team to reduce the target for GDP growth for this year to between 5.7-6.5 percent,” he said.

The reduced target is 0.9 percent less than the government’s original minimum 6.6-7 percent target set earlier this year.

The decline in the demand for the country’s exports was noted “particularly in the United States,” Bunye said

He assured, however, that the Arroyo “Administration is making adjustments to the Government’s fiscal program in order to support achievement of the GDP growth targets.”

He pointed out that President Arroyo “is carefully monitoring economic developments to ensure that there is continued investment in key infrastructure.”

Investment in key infrastructure projects will “enhance the competitiveness of the Philippine economy; and in the education, health and other social programs that will improve the quality of life of millions of our countrymen and women who are impacted by the challenges brought about by the new global economic environment,” Bunye said.

He added that there are “clearly challenges in the horizon that will have an impact on the Philippines, as with most other nations, but we are confident that our reforms are working to provide a firewall against major global economic disruptions.”

But because of the reforms set in place by the Arroyo administration, “our economy has matured and diversified so much in the last few years that that our economic turnaround is permanent,” Bunye said. (PIA-ZN)

 

 

 

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