Relocation efforts continue

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

EFFORTS by the local government of Zamboanga City to relocate the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) that are still housed at the sports complex to better and safer areas continued Thursday.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said they are planning to construct additional 150 to 200 housing units at the Buggoc Transitory Site in the village of Kasanyangan.

Cop chief, 7 men injured in vehicular accident

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

A TOWN police chief and seven of his personnel were wounded in a vehicular accident along the circumferential road of Basilan province, the police reported Thursday.

The Basilan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) reported that the accident took place around 3 p.m. Thursday at Sitio Bakud along the Basilan Circumferential Road in Maluso town.

Troops recover bomb-making components

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

JOINT police and military forces have confiscated bomb-making components, ammunition and medical supplies in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur, a police official said Thursday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, information officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9), said the troops have also arrested one person, who was among the two men seen carrying the bomb-making components.

Anti-drug operation nets 2 soldiers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

AN ANTI-ILLEGAL drugs task force backed by policemen arrested two soldiers in a buy-bust operation in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested soldiers as Corporal Ryan Depuno and Private First Class Silvano Jenisan, both members of the Philippine Marines.

City sets Hermosa festival activities

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

PREPARATIONS are underway for the holding of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, the biggest annual event in honor of the Our Lady of the Pillar, the most revered saint of Zamboanga City, on October 12.

The Office of the City Mayor, through the City Tourism Division, has already finalized the calendar of events for the 2014 Zamboanga Hermosa festival.

Police rescue school staff, arrest abductors

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 07:19 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Police have rescued a school staff and arrested five suspects several minutes after they abducted the victim in the town of Buug, Zamboanga del Sur province.

Recued around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday was Alnaifa Salipada, 26, an Administrative Aide III at the Mindanao State University (MSU) extension in Buug town.

Village officials caught peddling drugs

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

THE police have arrested a village official while allegedly peddling prohibited drugs in a remote village of Zamboanga del Norte, the police said Tuesday.

Police Regional Office Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested official as Michael Maing, 31, a councilman in the village of Map, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

Gunman shoots ex-cop

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

A LONE gunman has shot and wounded a former policeman in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Tuesday.

Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Sofronio Ecaldre said the incident took place around 5:10 p.m. Monday at Purok agal-Agal in Barangay Lucoban, Dinas.

Gunmen kill cop

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

A POLICEMAN was killed by riding in tandem gunmen in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Monday.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 3:35 p.m. Sunday in the village of Polo, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Comelec sets SK voters’ registration

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

PREPARATTIONS are underway for the conduct of voters' registration in preparation for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election next year.

Zamboanga City first district election officer Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete said the Commission on Elections (Comelec), through en banc Resolution 9899, has scheduled the registration of voters for the SK polls from September 20-29 this year.

DENR favors Sta. Cruz Island lot ownership transfer

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:47 p.m.

THE Protected Area Management Board's (PAMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has expressed support to the move to transfer, turn over or donate at least five lots on the Greater Sta. Cruz Island from the National Government to the local government.

The expression of support was made through a resolution the PAMB approved in a meeting last Friday after Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar requested for the City Government to own, manage, protect and preserve the lots instead of privatizing them.

DavNorte clash kills 3, hurts 2

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 04:32 p.m.

DAVAO (Updated) -- Three suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) were killed while two government soldiers were wounded in an encounter Sunday in Davao del Norte.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public information officer Captain Alberto Caber said the Philippine Army's 72nd Infantry Battalion has yet to identify the three rebels killed in the encounter.

DepEd allots P104.4-M for schools buildings

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:08 p.m.

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has allocated P104.4 million for the construction of six school buildings consisting 70 classrooms in Zamboanga City's first congressional district.

First district Representative Celso Lobregat said the funding allocation falls under DepEd's Current Year (CY) 2014 Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) Batch 3.

Lawmaker eyes conversion of hospital

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

SECOND district Representative Lilia Nuño is eyeing to convert the Mindanao Central Sanitarium (MCS) into a Mental Health Hospital to enable the medical facility to improve its services and "to get a much bigger fund."

Nuño's announcement came as the Department of Health (DOH) is set to complete the construction of the P20-million Chronic Psychiatric Ward at the MCS before the end of this year.

DENR joins 'TreeVolution'

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office IX is joining the five other Mindanao regions to plant 4.6 million trees in a span of one hour.

DENR Regional Director Arleigh Adorable said the activity dubbed as "TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow," is set to be held on September 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Anti-drug operation nets town official's brother

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

COMBINED police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives have arrested the brother of a town official in an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Sunday.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested suspect as Julito Matias alias Dungol.

Amoebiasis hits Limpapa

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

A TOP health official said that amoebiasis was the cause of the waterborne disease that hit the village of Limpapa, Zamboanga City.

Last Sunday, Amoebiasis hit Limpapa which resulted to the death of a six-month-old baby and hospitalized 79 others.

ICT Council, DOST set roadshow

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

THE Zamboanga Information and Communication Technology Council (ZICTC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are scheduled to hold the first Information Technology (IT) Startup Roadshow in Zamboanga City.

ZICTC president Louel Saavedra said the roadshow on September 19 will help students and professionals to realize their potentials for startup projects and ideas that will bring them to the enviable level of Angry Birds and Candy Crush creators.

City Government allocates P11-M to open new roads

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

THE Zamboanga City Government has allotted P11 million to be used to open four new roads in this city.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the opening of the new roads is aimed to decongest the traffic in this city.

PhilHealth pays P897.8-M insurance

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) paid P897.8-million health insurance for the first six months of this year in Zamboanga Peninsula, an official said.

PhilHealth Regional Information Officer Bryan Jabay said the insurance payments have benefitted a total of 69,842 PhilHealth members from the different parts of the region.

6 NPA rebels surrender

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

SIX New People's Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered to the military authorities in the province of Bukidnon, officials announced Friday.

The surrenderees were identified as Ramil Tun-an, Yonifin Ped-Ak, Rene Tun-an, Angelo Ped-Ak, Reynaldo Ped-ak, and Toto Guilay.

Cops arrest 2 drug pushers

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

THE police arrested two suspected drug pushers in a buy-bust operation in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, an official said Friday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested suspects as Marjury Montefalcon, 32, and Loenardo Palomares, 29.

Troops arrest bandit, kidnapper

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

JOINT military and police forces have arrested an Abu Sayyaf bandit and a member of the kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) in separate operations in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Arrested were Ismael Cawa alias Abu Ismael, a member of the Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf Group, and Masdal Sabtal, a KFRG member.

Cops arrest extortionist

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

THE police have arrested an alleged member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in an entrapment for extortion in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Thursday.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) Information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin identified the arrested suspect as Aberin Pulalon, 39, an alleged MILF member base in the village of Datu Tumanggong, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

NEA allocates P25.3-M for sitios electrification

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

THE National Government through the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has allotted P25.3 million for the electrification of 15 sitios in Zamboanga City.

First District Rep. Celso Lobregat said of the P25.3 million, P8.9 million had been allocated for the electrification of six sitios in his district while the remaining P16.4 million for the nine sitios in the second district.

DILG implements P6.1-M water project

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through its Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat (Salintubig) is rushing the construction of the P6.1-million Level II water system project in one of the towns in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

DILG Regional Project Development and Management Unit chief Engineer Moh Ali Hasan said the water system project, once completed, will benefit 439 households in the waterless villages of Sawa, Lumangoy, Sto. Niño, Libertad, and Rizal in Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur.

Philippine Red Cross honors staffs, volunteers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has marked the first anniversary of the 20-day September 2013 standoff by affording honors to its volunteers who were wounded while rendering humanitarian duty during the Zamboanga City crisis.

This as PRC Chairman Richard Gordon revealed that 13 PRC staffs and volunteers were injured while transporting patients to medical facilities during the standoff. READ: Zamboanga clash kills 6, shuts down city

City’s disaster management office inaugurated

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

THE Zamboanga City Government has inaugurated the newly-completed P27.2 million two-storey building that will house the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) (ad interim) this city.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has led the inauguration of the CDRRMO located along Pettit Barracks. The inauguration was held Monday.

Abu Sayyafs release midwife in Sulu

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 01:44 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Abu Sayyaf bandits have released a government health worker they have seized more than 10 days ago in the province of Sulu, a military official said Wednesday.

City, NHA ground break, turnover houses to IDPs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 08:34 p.m.

THE local government and the National Housing Authority (NHA) marked Tuesday the first anniversary of the 20-day September 2013 standoff with groundbreaking and turnover of permanent shelters to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga City.

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