THE National Government through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) described September 29 as a “bitter-sweet” day for the Zamboangueños.
DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas II made this description during his speech Monday in a program dubbed as the “Celebracion de Victoria y Paz” (celebration of victory and peace), marking the first year since the end of the September 2013 standoff.
ALL concerned internally-displaced persons (IDPs) were urged to comply with the requirements for the Home Materials Assistance (Homa) program of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the city, a top official said.
Zamboanga City Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro said the registration for Homa is set to end Tuesday, September 30.
THE police have rescued four would-be victims of human trafficking in one of the hotels in Zamboanga City, an official said.
Police Regional Office (PRO) Information Officer-in-Charge Dahlan Samuddin said the would-be victims were rescued around 7:55 p.m. Saturday at a hotel along Mayor Jaldon Street.
THE San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) has announced that the construction of its 100-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Zamboanga City is set to start soon.
SRPI project officer-in-charge Archie Donato made this announcement citing the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has already given them a provisional authority.
A SCAVENGER found a human skull wrapped in a garbage bag while searching for scraps in Zamboanga City's dumping site, the police reported Sunday.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the skull was found around 10 a.m. Saturday at the dumpsite in the village of Lumbangan.
COUNCILOR Jerry Perez has advised all village officials to assist the police and military authorities in the implementation of strict security measures in their respective villages.
Perez, the Liga ng mga Barangay president, issued the advice following the reported bombing threats and amid talks about recruitment by the Islamic State (IS) in the different parts of Mindanao.
THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has so far released P21.8-million worth of livelihood assistance as part of the agency's contribution to help the local government in the rehabilitation of Zamboanga City.
BFAR Regional Director Ahadulla Sajili said the livelihood assistance included the distribution of seaweed farm implements, fishing gears, and fingerling.
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) announced the launching of the 2014 Model Overseas Filipino Workers Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) aimed to recognize OFWs and their members of the families with good standing.
Owwa-Zamboanga Peninsula Director Hassan Gabra Jumdain said they are now accepting nomination for the search of the 2014 MOFYA, which is on its 10th year now.
THE Zamboanga City police have urged the public to be vigilant and to immediately report to authorities once they happen to notice unattended baggage while in downtown areas, especially in public places.
Local police’ Explosive Ordnance Demolition (EOD) chief Senior Inspector Ryean Lhoyd Bato made the call Saturday during the “Issues in the News” and advised the public not to touch any unattended baggage.
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has lined up activities for the holding of the National Pantawid Pamilya Day 2014 in Zamboanga City.
DSWD Regional Information Officer Ivan Salvador said the National Pantawid Pamilya Day is scheduled to be held Sunday, September 28, at the Mayor Vitaliano Agan Memorial Coliseum in this city.
WESTERN Mindanao Command (Westmincom) Chief Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero led the opening of the two-day “Football for Peace” tournament in Zamboanga City on Saturday.
Guerrero led the ceremonial kick-off of the football tournament, which is being held at the football field of the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in this city.
A TOP official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has urged taxpayers with delinquent accounts to settle the taxes payment due to the government.
Revenue District officer Cresencio Agad issued the call citing that there are at least 200 taxpayers with delinquent accounts in his office.
THE National Government, through the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), is implementing livelihood programs for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other sectors in Zamboanga City.
Dole Regional Director Sisinio Cano said they have allocated P19.2 million as part of Dole's contribution to the recovery and reconstruction efforts of the local government.
CRIMINAL charges were filed before the City Prosecutor's Office against two people who were arrested when authorities intercepted a shipment of bomb-making materials in Zamboanga City.
Zamboanga City Police Office Director Angelito Casimiro identified the respondents as Almuksin Amilussin and Saud Arnado, who were charged with illegal possession of explosive materials.
THE local government, through the City Health Office, has managed to reduce the number of dengue cases the past two months in Zamboanga City.
City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said this came about through the continued joint efforts of all concerned stakeholders in the campaign against dengue.
A FARMER survived although wounded while his wife escaped unscathed in a gun attack in a remote village of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Friday.
Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 9 a.m. Thursday at Purok Dumalian in the village of Dipolo, Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur.
THE local stakeholders are eyeing to plant 12,500 mangrove propagules, as Zamboanga City joins the Mindanao-wide massive tree planting activity.
The activity, dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW,” is a massive Mindanao-wide tree planting activity on Friday.
THREE policemen, including an officer, were wounded when the vehicle they were riding fell off the highway and slumped on a mountain slope in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO) Information Officer-in-Charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the incident took place around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday along the national highway at Sitio Muntay in the village of San Pedro, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte.
A MOTORCYCLE-riding gunman shot and killed a government employee in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police said Thursday.
Shot and killed was Philip Yonting, 39, a job-order employee and designated as driver of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ maintenance division.
THE City Government of Zamboanga has made minor changes in the activities lined up for the forthcoming Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2014, an official said.
City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said the changes were made during final conference held last Monday, which was centered on security and the different festival activities.
CRIMINAL charges have been filed before the City Prosecutor's Office against three people who were allegedly behind the shipment of more than P100,000 worth of shabu in Pagadian City, a top police official said Wednesday.
Charged on Tuesday for violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were Jomar Pantenas, Acob Anidal, and Norma Lam.
A VILLAGE official was gunned down in front of a school in the nearby Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, the police reported Wednesday.
Isabela City police chief Superintendent Albert Larubis disclosed the incident took place around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in the village of Doña Ramona in that city.
THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) through the Zamboanga Coast Guard Station (ZCGS) is set to conduct emergency readiness evaluation on all vessels that are home-ported in this city.
ZCGS commander Lieutenant Senior Grade (Lt.SG) Jomark Angue said the emergency readiness evaluation is aimed to evaluate the readiness of the officers and crew in responding to aboard ship emergencies Angue said the holding next month of the emergency readiness evaluation will be first time in this city.
THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said that an estimated P2.5-million worth of properties went up in smoke in an almost three-hour fire in Dipolog City, an official said Tuesday.
Dipolog City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Richard Timosa said the fire broke out around 8:20 p.m. Monday in the village of Estaka, Dipolog City.
A TOP official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced that the agency is conducting a one-day general orientation workshop on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
DILG Regional Director Paisal Abutazil said the workshop will be held Wednesday by the agency's Local Government Academy in Zamboanga City.
THE police have intercepted a shipment of at least 30 metric tons of coal in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Tuesday.
Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the coal shipment was intercepted around 7:30 p.m. Sunday along the national highway in the village of Poblacion, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.
THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has lined up activities for the week-long National Maritime Week Celebration (NMWC) in Zamboanga City.
The celebration, which Marina spearheads in partnership with other concerned stakeholders, kicks off Wednesday and ends September 28.
MEMBERS of the Bantay Dagat have unearthed the skeletal remains of a fisherman who has gone missing six years ago in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Monday.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin the skeletal remains were unearthed around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Diosan Islet in the village of Magsaysay, R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay.
TWO people were killed while another one survived although wounded in two separate gun attacks in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Monday.
The Zamboanga Sibugay Police Office identified the fatalities as Robin Inclan and Gilbert Mayagma, 33, of Payao and Kabasalan towns, respectively.
A TOP official of the National Housing Authority (NHA) clarified that the permanent shelters being constructed for the internally displaced persons are in accordance to plans and specifications.
NHA District Manager Engr. Al-Kwarizimi Indanan said reports that some of the permanent shelters are "sub-standards" are not true, citing they immediately investigated the allegations.