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  • High-value drug personality nabbed
    POLICEMEN have arrested a high-value target (HVT) suspect in an anti-drug operation in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, an official said Saturday, June 25, 2022.Police Colonel Albert Larubis, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the arrested suspect as Jayboy Elorde, 31, the top 8 priority target in the town of Ipil, the province'’ capital.Larubis said that Elorde was arrested in an anti-drug operation around 11:20 p.m. Friday, June 24, in Purok Dayang in Tiayon village, Ipil.Seized from the suspect were some P7,990 worth of suspected shabu and P500 marked money, Larubis said.He said the suspect was detained pending the filing of… Read more »
  • Penro-Zamboanga del Norte holds tree planting
    PERSONNEL of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) have planted 275 seedlings of Narra and Red Nato in Dipolog City, the province’s capital.Cidur Julsadjiri, Zamboanga del Norte Penro chief, said the tree-planting activity was in line with the celebration of the Philippine Arbor Day and 159th Anniversary of Philippine Forestry Service.Julsadjiri said the tree seedling were planted Friday, June 24, in Sinaman village, Dipolog City.“This initiative aims to help repair ecosystem and widen the network of forestry champions through promotions of proactive reforestation and responsible tourism,” Julsadjiri said. He said the tree planting activity was… Read more »
  • Soldier, 6 Abu Sayyaf wounded in clash
    SEVEN, including six Abu Sayyaf bandits, were wounded in a clash in the hinterlands of Basilan province, the military reported Saturday, June 25, 2022.Brigadier General Domingo Gobway, Joint Task Force (JTF)-Basilan commander, said the clash broke out around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 25, in Sitio Mapute, Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo.Gobway said the troops were conducting combat operations when they clash with a group of Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Pasil Bayali, one of the Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf Group bandit leader.“The encounter resulted after the troops responded from the tips of the civilians in the area,” Gobway said.Gobway did not identify the… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City Government resumes distribution of LSAP
    THE local government of Zamboanga City, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), resumed Friday, June 24, the distribution of the Local Social Amelioration Program (LSAP) to senior citizens.Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Friday led the distribution of cash assistance to senior citizens under the LSAP at the Santa Maria Covered Court.The LSAP forms part of the Covid-19 response initiated by the Salazar administration and is intended to help alleviate the plight of those greatly affected by the pandemic.“As I end my term, hopefully all the assistance programs that we started will be continued,” Salazar told… Read more »
  • Zambo village gets P6.8-M project
    THE Zamboanga City Government has completed the construction of the P6.8-million infrastructure project for the village of Labuan, Zamboanga City.The project, a multi-purpose hall, was turned over Wednesday, June 22, by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar to the village council of Labuan.On behalf of the council, Labuan Village Chairperson Ronald Maravilla received the project from Salazar in a simple turnover ceremony.Salazar said the project is intended for outdoor activities such as assemblies or gatherings and even for sports and recreational purposes.The project was implemented upon consultation with the barangay officials, Salazar said.The fund of the project forms part of the 2019… Read more »
  • Red Cross opens vax center to the public
    THE Zamboanga chapter of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has opened its vaccination center to accommodate individuals from all priority groups for inoculation against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).The move of the PRC-Zamboanga Chapter came after they received donations of 300 vials of Moderna vaccine from the Ayala Group of companies for the residents of Zamboanga City.The donated Moderna vaccines have an equivalent of 3,000 doses.The PRC-Zamboanga Chapter vaccination center, which was open to the public since Wednesday, June 22, is located at its headquarters along Rizal Street in Zone 4 village, just across the City Health Office.The local PRC chapter said… Read more »
  • 3 nabbed, P5.6-M undocumented cigarettes seized
    GOVERNMENT operatives have arrested three people as they intercepted a boat loaded with P5.6 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in the province of Sulu, the police reported Thursday, June 23, 2022.Police Colonel Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao (APC-WM), said arrested were Alman Hassan, boat skipper, and two crewmen, namely, Rajim Alih and Mudzmar Habibul Ajijul.Verceles said the trio were arrested when policemen intercepted a motorboat loaded with smuggled cigarettes around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday off Indanan, Sulu.The police team led by personnel of the Sulu Maritime Police Station seized from the motorboat 189 master cases of… Read more »
  • Cash reward up for Lamitan bombing suspects
    THE local government of Lamitan City is offering monetary reward to anybody who can give information that will lead to the identification and eventual arrest of the of people behind the bombing late Monday, June 20, at the gate of the city hall compound.Lamitan City Vice Mayor and Mayor-elect Roderick Furigay made the announcement Tuesday, June 21, during the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) with all members in attendance.Furigay did not mention the specific amount of the monetary reward except in saying the reward money will come from the contributions of concerned residents of Lamitan City.An improvised explosive device… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City Government opens road project to decongest traffic
    THE Zamboanga City Government paves the way for an alternative road for the convenience of motorists coming from the east coast.This, as the City fast-tracks the concreting of the Tugbungan-Putik-Boalan Road, which is expected to help decongest traffic since motorists will soon have an alternative option with the new route.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Tuesday, June 21, inspected the ongoing road project to monitor its progress.Salazar committed to ensure the completion of projects initiated during her administration.The road concreting project costs P49.8 million, the funding of which is taken from the 2022 Annual Budget.The implementation of the project is being… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City Hall catches fire
    ZAMBOANGA City Hall operations were interrupted by a fire Wednesday, June 22, at the back door exit of the mayor’s office.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the fire broke out around 9 a.m., the origin of which was from a box containing junk wires and some electronics placed on the side of the back door exit that connects to the pantry.“Alert members of the City Security Unit (CSU) and some employees used fire extinguishers to contain the fire, preventing greater damage,” Salazar said in a statement.Probers of the Zamboanga City Fire District recovered from a box a cigarette butt suspected to… Read more »
  • 1 hurt in gun attack; 1 suspect nabbed
    ONE person was injured while another escaped unscathed in a gun attack Wednesday, June 22, in Zamboanga City, the police reported.One of the four suspects was arrested by personnel of the Aviation Security Group-Zamboanga Peninsula, who were near the place of the incident.Police Major Francis Briones, Zamboanga City Police Office’s (ZCPO) Station 11 commander, said that the incident happened around 10:35 a.m. at the junction of Canelar Moret and Governor Camins in Canelar village, Zamboanga City.Briones identified the victim as Bermar Martus, 35, who was hit on the left arm and taken to the hospital for treatment. Unscathed was Enier… Read more »
  • 3 nabbed in anti-drug stings
    THREE people were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Zamboanga City and in nearby province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Tuesday, June 21.The police identified the arrested suspects as Abdel Jupuri, 25; Ahmadmunid Danial, 31; and Julio Dullesco, 44.Police Colonel Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office director, said that Jupuri and Danial were arrested in a buy-bust operation around 5:01 p.m. Monday, June 20, at a motel in Tumgaga village.Recovered from the suspects were five grams of shabu packed in eight heat-sealed plastic sachets with P34,000 and P200 marked money.Police Colonel Albert Larubis, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, said Dullesco… Read more »
  • Transport group seeks scrap of oil deregulation law
    THE Federation of Land Transportation of Zamboanga (Feltranz) is calling on the incoming administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to abolish the oil price deregulation law.Edwin Mingala, Feltranz president, said Tuesday, June 21, that the prices of fuel soared since the passage of Republic Act (RA) 8479, otherwise known as the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998.Mingala noted that the prices of gasoline and diesel were pegged at P20 and P15, respectively, but these have tripled over the years when RA 8479 was enacted into law. RA 8479 removed government control on the pricing, exportation, and importation of petroleum… Read more »
  • Barmm builds ice plant in Lanao del Sur
    THE Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Mafar-Barmm) is constructing a P30-million ice plant with cooler storage to improve the livelihood of farmers and fisher folks in Lanao del Sur.The project with complete facilities will be built at the GMA Integrated Terminal in Poblacion village, Marawi City. Abdulgafar Sansarona, Mafar-Lanao del Sur chief agriculturist, said: "Once the project is completed, our farmers can store their fresh products, and our fishers can avail of ice blocks for a very minimal cost."Meanwhile, Marawi City Agriculture Officer Anisa Busara said they are grateful for… Read more »
  • Troops destroy marijuana plantation in Lanao del Sur
    GOVERNMENT troops have destroyed some P4 million worth of marijuana plants in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur, the police reported Monday, June 20.Police Colonel Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao, said the marijuana plantation was destroyed in a raid by joint police and military forces around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, in the mountainous area of Bato-bato village, Maguing, Lanao del Sur.But Verceles said that Kumander Lomala Pangampong, the leader of marijuana cultivators in Bato-Bato village, and his cohorts eluded arrest.He said the raiding team burned some 20,000 marijuana plants planted in a two-hectare area.He… Read more »
  • Couple nabbed, P2.1-M cigarettes seized in Zambo Sur town
    JOINT police and Bureau of Customs personnel arrested a couple and seized some P2.1 million worth of assorted smuggled cigarettes in anti-smuggling operation in Zamboanga del Sur, the police official reported Monday, June 20.Police Major Shellamie Chang, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the arrested couple as Alvin Pranza, 25, and his wife, Adelyn, 21, residents of Purok Mangga 1 in Lantian village, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.Chang said the Pranza couple was arrested in an anti-smuggling operation launched around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, after authorities received information that cigarettes were seen unloading in Sang-an village, Labangan.Seized from the… Read more »
  • High-value suspect nabbed, P680,000 shabu seized
    POLICEMEN have arrested a high-value individual (HVI) and seized some P680,000 worth of illegal drugs in an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga City, an official said Saturday, June 18, 2022.Colonel Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao, identified the arrested suspect as Nasser Alih, listed as an HVI suspect.Verceles said Alih was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 1:50 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Sitio Aticlan, Arena Blanco village, Zamboanga City.Seized from Alih were some 100 grams of suspected shabu packed in two medium-sized heat-sealed plastic sachet worth P680,000, a smart phone, and a bundle of boodle money… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City joins 161st Rizal birthday rites
    THE local government of Zamboanga City in collaboration with the Order of the Knights of Rizal-Zamboanga Chapter will spearhead activities to commemorate the 161st Birth Anniversary of National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal Sunday, June 19.The commemorative activity, through a simple program, will be held at 8 a.m. at the Rizal monument in front of City Hall, according to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.Anchored on the theme “Rizalism: The Emergence of Peace, Solidarity and Good Governance,” the program will start at 8 a.m. with doxology and singing of the National Anthem.The floral offering at Rizal’s monument will come after the singing… Read more »
  • Zamboanga Kite Festival postponed
    THE Zamboanga City Government announced that the scheduled Zamboanga Kite Festival 2022, Sunday, June 19, is postponed to June 26.It was announced earlier that the local government is holding a kite festival for the first time in two to help promote tourism industry of this city.Part of the festival is kite-flying competition at the scenic Paseo del Mar.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar advised all participants to submit their individual entry form at the Public Information Office in City Hall from June 20 to 25.The Kite Festival is a yearly activity of the City Government, through the City Tourism Office, but was… Read more »
  • 1 nabbed, P340,000 shabu seized in anti-drug sting
    AUTHORITIES arrested a suspected big-time drug suspect and seized some P340,000 worth of illegal drugs in an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga City, the police reported Friday, June 17.Police Major Shellamie Chang, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the arrested suspect as Almudzrin Atalad alias Toto, 40, a resident of Ayala village, Zamboanga City.Chang said Atalad was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 11:04 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at seafront in Baliwasan village, Zamboanga CityShe said seized from the suspect was some 50 grams of suspected shabu packed in 11 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets with an estimated worth of P340,000,… Read more »
  • P2.2-M smuggled cigarettes seized, 4 nabbed
    LAWMEN intercepted two motorboats loaded with P2.2 million worth of smuggled cigarettes and arrested four people in an anti-smuggling operation in Zamboanga City, the police reported Friday, June 17.Police Colonel Richard Verceles, Area Police Command-Western Mindanao’s chief of operations, said the shipment of smuggled cigarettes was intercepted around 4:20 a.m. Friday, June 17, in Ayala village, Zamboanga City.Arrested were Ali Julkanain, 26 and Mujibar Sharipa, 45, crew of the motorboat marked “Piranha” and Julpikar Dasid, 42, and JOmar Acbal, 32, both crew of the other motorboat named “Wrangler.”Verceles said the two motorboats were loaded with some P2.2 million worth of… Read more »
  • Crime group member nabbed in Zamboanga Sibugay
    JOINT police and military operatives arrested a member of a criminal gang in a law enforcement operation in Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Friday, June 17, 2022.Police Colonel Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao (APC-WM), identified the arrested suspect as Momin Ahil alias Mohmen Beca Ahil, 45, a resident of Mucas village, Salug, Zamboanga del Norte.Verceles said Ahil was arrested in a campaign against wanted person around 6 a.m. Thursday, June 16, in Sitio Darusalam in Azusano village, Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.Verceles said Ahil, a member of the Muloc crime group, has standing warrants of arrest for… Read more »
  • 2 nabbed, P343,000 ‘shabu’ seized in anti-drug stings
    THREE people were arrested while some P343,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized in an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga City, the police reported Thursday, June 16, 2022.The police identified the arrested suspects as the following: Erwin Manuel, 44; Juli Harris Camlian, 29; and John Harold Dacuba, 23.Police Major Shellamie Chang, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said Manuel and Camlian were arrested in a buy-bust operation around 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Mango Drive in Tumaga village, Zamboanga City.Chang said seized from the two suspects were 50 grams of suspected shabu packed in four heat-sealed plastic sachets worth P340,000,… Read more »
  • Salazar bags most outstanding award on social services
    THE Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines, Incorporated (ALSWDOPI) has conferred to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar the award as the Most Outstanding Local Chief Executive in the country for highly urbanized cities.The association cited Salazar for her effective and efficient service delivery of social welfare and development programs and services giving emphasis on local initiatives, specifically in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.The award was conferred to Salazar on Wednesday, June 15, during the awarding ceremonies for Gawad Parangal highlighting the association’s 25th National Social Welfare and Development Forum and General Assembly at the… Read more »
  • Schools receive garden tools for ‘Gulayan’ Program
    THE Department of Agriculture (DA), through its High Value Crops Development Program, distributed sets of garden tools to teachers from different schools in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.The DA said in a statement Thursday, June 16, that the recipients of the garden tools are the teachers comprising of two batches that have undergone training on vegetable production through the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP).The training started Tuesday, June 14, and is set to end Friday, June 17. The training was held in Dipolog City, Zambonga del Norte.The garden tools they received after the training consisted of 120–liter round tab,… Read more »
  • DENR holds 3-day sports festival
    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is holding a three-day Physical Fitness and Sports Activities to build rapport, foster teamwork, and healthy and unified DENR team.The three-day event kicked off Tuesday, June 14, in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte with Ronald Gadot, in-charge of the Office of the Regional Executive Director, leading the opening ceremonies.The participants of the event are personnel of the DENR regional office and its bureaus like the Environment Management Bureau and Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau, as well as from provincial environment and natural resources offices and community environment and resources offices.An opening parade was… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City builds vet clinic
    A CITY Veterinary Clinic and Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory will soon rise in Zamboanga City.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the City Government has earmarked P20 million for the project at the City Abattoir compound in San Roque village, Zamboanga City.Salazar said the project is in line with the city’s thrust to upgrading animal health services.Salazar together with Dr. Mario Arriola, Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet) chief, led the groundbreaking rites Tuesday, June 14, for the Vet Clinic and Animal Laboratory jumpstarting the project.The project will upgrade existing veterinary services offered by the OCVet and will cater to walk-in patients.It… Read more »
  • Agri techno-caravan visit Zambo Peninsula AMIA villages
    AT LEAST 247 farmers have received assorted eight-in-one pack vegetable seeds and Biological control agents from the Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) and Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) programs.The recipients of the farm inputs are farmers in the AMIA villages in Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, and Titay and Imelda municipalities in Zamboanga Sibugay.The farm inputs were distributed last week during the conduct of the technology service caravan in the AMIA villages in support to the development of farming enterprises."We have a total of 247 local farmers participated in this series of activities.… Read more »
  • Zamboanga del Sur town gets P2-M MMK prize
    THE Municipal Government of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur bagged the P2 million prize after winning first place in the regional level 2021 search for the most outstanding coastal municipality of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).The search is known as the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program of BFAR.Isidro Velayo Jr., BFAR regional director, handed over the MMK prize in a ceremony last week to engineer James Yecyec, Pitogo municipal mayor.Velayo said the municipality of Pitogo won the first place as it met the criteria of the program.Velayo also commended the farmers and fisherfolk for their remarkable contribution… Read more »
  • More BIFF members surrender in Central Mindanao
    SEVEN more members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to authorities in Maguindanao, the military reported Tuesday, June 14.The surrenderers, who belong to the BIFF-Karialan and Bungos factions, were only identified through their aliases: Rambo, 30; Abdul, 19; Domeng, 32; Ben, 32; Nash, 32; Tumban, 28; and Bas, 25.They surrendered Monday, June 13, to the Army's 92nd Infantry Battalion (IB) and yielded three caliber 30 M1 Garand rifles, one caliber 7.62 Garand rifle that was converted to M-14 rifle, two caliber 30 Mauser rifles, and one rocket-propelled grenade.Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Balintong, 92IB commander, presented them to Colonel… Read more »
  • 12 Abu Sayyaf members surrender
    TWELVE Abu Sayyaf bandits, including a minor, have voluntarily surrendered to government authorities in the province of Sulu, the military reported.Brigadier General Antonio Bautista JrJoint Task Force (JTF)-Sulu deputy commander, said they surrendered to the task force Friday, June 10, in Sitio Samal, Bud Bayung village, Talipao.Bautista said the oldest among the 12 Abu Sayyaf surrenderers was 50 years old identified as Abu Tex, while the youngest, the minor, is 17 years old.They yielded five M-16 Armalite rifles, two M1 Garand rifles, two M-203 grenade launchers, one caliber .45 pistol, and one 9-millimeter pistol, according to Bautista.Abu Tex said that… Read more »
  • 98 Zamboanga City villages receive new vehicles
    THE Zamboanga City Government on Sunday, June 12, turned over an Isuzu Traviz with utility van to each of the 98 villages, highlighting this city's celebration of the 124th Philippine Independence.Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who led the turnover, said the acquisition of the vehicles is a promise that she made to the villages in line with the Barangay Emergency Network Group (Beng) and forms part of the Security Health and Education (SHE) program.Each unit is equipped with strobe lights with built-in siren and public address system, one unit spine board and sticker design.Each unit is inclusive of three… Read more »
  • Zamboanga anti-drug stings net 2
    TWO people were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Zamboanga City, the police reported Saturday, July 11, 2022.Police Colonel Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, identified the arrested suspects as Raymond Geronimo and Nestor Don Rebollos.Lorenzo said Geronimo was arrested in a buy-bust operation Friday, June 10, at Martha Drive in Santa Catalina village, Zamboanga City.Seized from the suspect’s possession were some P20,400 worth of suspected shabu and P200 marked money.Lorenzo said that Rebollos was arrested Friday, June 10, in Tugbungan, this city.Recovered from the suspect’s possession were some P3,400 worth of suspected shabu and P500 marked money.Lorenzo… Read more »
  • 4 53IB troops receive merit medals
    FOUR personnel of the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion (IB) were awarded medal for their meritorious and invaluable achievement rendered in support to the mission of the mission of the Western Mindanao Command.The recipient of the Military Merit Medal are the following: Sergeant Dan Israel Dumajel; Corporal Jay-r Sulatre; Private First Class Ermel Pacolba; and Private First Class Edmund Landero.Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera, 53IB commander, led the awarding of medal held at Camp Major David Sabido that houses the command’s headquarters in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.Herrera encouraged the awardees and the 53IB troops to maintain high levels of excellence and passion,… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City Government builds crematorium, columbarium
    THE local government on Zamboanga City is undertaking some P39.8 million projects at the city-owned and operated cemetery in Mampang village, Zamboanga City.These include the construction of the P29.9-million crematorium and P9.9-million columbarium.The crematorium is the venue for the cremation of the dead while the columbarium is intended to provide an ideal sanctuary or a peaceful resting place for the departed.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the City Columbarium will house 1,320 cubicles or niches with a capacity of three urns per cubicle.Salazar inspected the two projects on Thursday, June 9, to see the work progress.She earlier ordered the concerned agencies… Read more »
  • Election official killed, another unscathed in gun attack
    AN ELECTION officer was killed while her assistant escaped unscathed in a drive-by shooting incident in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Friday, June 10, 2022.Police Major Shellamie Chang, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said Engineer Marcicel Peralta, 45, died instantaneously when shot by a motorcycle-riding gunman around 8:42 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in Lapu-Lapu village, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.Peralta is the election officer of Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte. Her assistant election officer, Marites Inding, 52, was unscathed.Chang said Peralta was driving a car with Inding as her passenger when shot by the motorcycle-riding suspect that… Read more »
  • DENR leads simultaneous tree planting in Zamboanga Peninsula
    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Zamboanga Peninsula led various stakeholders and individuals in the region in the nationwide simultaneous tree-planting activity Wednesday, June 8, in celebration of Philippine Environment Month and the DENR 35th founding anniversary.Rosevirico Tan, DENR-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said Friday, June 10, that a total of 26,286 seedlings and propagules of various varieties of indigenous tree and mangrove species were planted by 3,662 individuals in 12 different locations across Zamboanga Peninsula.The DENR-led activity was joined by 66 various government agencies and private entities.Tan said a total of 16 varieties were utilized for planting, such as… Read more »
  • DA holds vermicomposting training in Sibugay town
    THE Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Organic Agriculture Program, has conducted a one-day vermicomposting training and botanical concoction production in Zamboanga Sibugay province.Janice Legaspi, organic agriculture program focal person, said the training, which was held on Wednesday, June 8, was attended by 15 organic practitioners in the town of Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay.Legaspi said the training was aimed to equip organic practitioners in Talusan to make their own organic fertilizers to be utilized in their crops and farms.The conduct of the training is in line with the agency’s advocacy on Republic Act 10068 otherwise known as the Philippine Organic Agriculture… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City Government installs solar street lights
    THE local government of Zamboanga City has unveiled the newly installed solar-powered street lights in seven villages in the east coast of this city.Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led the unveiling of the project Monday, June 6, as she embarked on a series of activities and public engagements to wrap up her nine years of service as city mayor until the end of this month.Salazar said the project that saw the installation of more than 300 solar street lights is funded by the national government.The solar street lights of two types—the yellow and white lights—were installed along Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat… Read more »
  • Banana farmers undergo technology training
    THIRTY farmers from seven villages in Zamboanga City have undergone a two-day Package of Technology (POT) Training on Banana to increase production.Arnulfo Estrada, local agricultural program coordinator, said the training was conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Zamboanga Peninsula under its high-value crops development program (HVCD) from June 7 until June 8 in Zamboanga City.Estrada said the farmers who attended the two-day training were from the villages of Ayala, Tumaga, Culianan, Manicahan, Victoria, Curuan and Vitali.He said the participants, in the course of the two-day training, were lectured on different topics concerning banana production.These are introduction to banana production; cultural management… Read more »
  • High-value suspect falls in anti-drug sting
    POLICEMEN have arrested a high-value individual (HVI) drug suspect in an anti-drug operation in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Thursday, June 9, 2022.Police Colonel Albert Larubis, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the arrested HVI suspect as Abdulganih Mijan Inting, 48, a farmer.Larubis said Inting was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, in Purok Gaway-Gaway, Buluan village, Ipil, the capital of Zamboanga Sibugay.Larubis said seized from the suspect were some 75 grams of suspected shabu packed in five heat-sealed plastic sachets with an estimated worth of P510,000, a plastic bag, 180 pieces P1,000… Read more »
  • JTF-Sulu gets new vehicles
    THE Philippine Army has provided new vehicles to the Joint Task Force (JTF)-Sulu to enhance its mobility in pursuing the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu.The new vehicles composed of nine Medium Carriers Ton Dong Feng Truck; two field ambulance, Sinotruk AS-91; one dental bus; four light carriers Ton Dong Feng SS-89 Truck; two van ambulance; Hi-Ace commuter deluxe; nine Mitsubishi Strada 4x4 pick-up; two Mitsubishi Montero; and five Kawasaki motorcycles.Major General Ignatius Patrimonio, JTF-Sulu commander, said the vehicles will be issued to the task force’s subordinate units and offices to enhance the unit's capability against the Abu Sayyaf bandits.“The fleet… Read more »
  • Newly organized battalion undergoes test, evaluation
    THE newly organized 101st Infantry Battalion (IB) of the 11th Infantry Division (ID) has undergone test and evaluation conducted by the Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (Tradoc).The test and evaluation was conducted Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the 101IB headquarters on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Air Transportation Office (ATO) Complex in Liang village, Patikul, Sulu. Colonel Paul Anthony Guerrero, Tradoc chief evaluator, said the 101IB was tested and evaluated in the fields of weapons familiarization, marksmanship, signal operations, Immediate Action Drills (IAD), Military Decision Making Process (MDMP), fires and maneuvers.Colonel Leomar Jose Doctolero, 11th Division Training School commandant,… Read more »
  • Barmm builds P1.9-M halal feed mill
    THE Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Mafar-Barmm) is constructing a P1.99-million small-scale halal feed mill to strengthen Halal Promotion Compliance in the region.The halal feed mill is being constructed in Muti village, Guindulungan, Maguindanao. It has an area of 150 square meters, capable of storing 500 to 600 sacks of feeds.Engineer Saidona Lawan, focal person for Mafar Halal Development Program, said the project sought to provide halal feeds to promote halal compliant poultry and fish production.“We proposed this project to ensure that we can provide and maintain halal compliant products… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City Police Station 11 has new chief
    THE Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) on Monday, June 6, 2022, installed an officer who saw action during the 2017 Marawi siege as the new chief of ZCPO Station 11.Police Major Francis Briones was installed as the new ZCPO Station 11 chief in a simple ceremony by Police Colonel Alexander Lorenzo, ZCPO director.Briones replaced Police Major Chester Natividad, who was assigned as the new chief of the City Traffic Enforcement Unit (CTEU).Briones, as ZCPO Station 11 chief, has jurisdiction over 15 villages in the city proper including the central business district.“I will exert my best efforts to meet what is… Read more »
  • Police nabbed in anti-drug sting
    A POLICEMAN was arrested in an anti-drug operation late Monday, June 6, 2022, in Zamboanga City, a top police official said Tuesday, June 7, 2022.Police Colonel Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, identified the arrested suspect as Police Patrolman Carl Anthony Burgas Tabo-Tabo, a member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with temporary status.Lorenzo said that Tabo-Tabo was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 11:33 p.m. in San Jose Gusu village.He said that Tabo-Tabo, a resident of Sitio Ilang-Ilang in Lower Taway village, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, is currently assigned as augmentation personnel at ZCPO’s Station 11.The suspect was… Read more »
  • Zamboanga City pushes 'no single use of plastic' campaign
    THE City Government of Zamboanga, through the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), joins the celebration of the World Environment Month this June, focusing on the no single use of plastic campaign.The celebration of the World Environment Month kicked off here with a motorcade Sunday, June 5, 2022, spearheaded by the OCENR.Engineer Reynaldo Gonzales, OCENR chief, said that simultaneously all barangays held clean-up activities in their respective area of responsibility as June 5 is also the World Environment Day.Gonzales, through Public Service Officer Raymond Padayhag, met with representatives of various malls and supermarkets to reiterate the implementation… Read more »
  • DENR holds paralegal training on forestry
    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has conducted last week a two-day paralegal training on forestry and other environment and natural resources related law to strengthen its forest protection.Rosevirico Tan, DENR information officer, said that the training was participated by around 45 selected personnel of the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices and enforcement section of the DENR regional office.“The two-day activity aims to strengthen forest protection and to increase efficiency on law enforcement through capacitating knowledge in different forestry laws and other ENR (environment and natural resources) related laws and rules,” Tan said.Among the ENR… Read more »
  • 4 hurt in shooting, shootout incidents
    FOUR people, including two militiamen, were wounded in a shooting incident followed by a shootout in Maluso, Basilan province, the police reported.Police Major Basiri Hassan, Maluso police chief, said that Sherhan Ansay, 34, and Alvin Amat, 42, were wounded when shot by motorcycle-riding suspects around 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, in Townsite village.Amat is a member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), whose function is to help address concerns about peace, order and safety at the grassroots level.The injured militiamen were identified as Mengyan Glendon, 33, and Villarin Ricky, 34.Hassan said that Ansay and Amat were seated at the… Read more »
  • Roadside bombing foiled
    TROOPS have foiled a roadside bomb attack as they safely recovered three improvised bombs in Basilan province, the military reported.Brigadier General Domingo Gobway, Joint Task Force (JTF)-Basilan commander, said the improvised bombs were recovered around 5 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in Sitio Limbu Urot in Tipo-Tipo proper village, Tipo-Tipo municipality.Gobway said the troops were on an intelligence-driven operation when they recovered the improvised bombs based on information they received from concerned residents.Personnel of the 39th Explosive Ordnance Demolition team conducted render safe procedure and detonated the improvised bombs in place, according to Gobway.He said the main charge of the improvised… Read more »
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