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3 disaster councils receive ‘Kalasag Award’

by webmaster on December 29, 2013

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By Bong Garcia

THE Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) has awarded the “Kalasag Award” to three Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMC) that were adjudged as the best disaster councils for 2012 in Zamboanga Peninsula.

OCD Regional Director Adriano Fuego said the three disaster councils have received plaques and cash prizes of P30,000 from his office.

The awardees are the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Dipolog City Risk Reduction and Management Council and the municipality of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur as the best Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The Kalasag Award is given to the local government based on their disaster preparedness capability to respond to the needs of their constituents during emergency situation or in times of calamity, according to Fuego.

Meanwhile, he said the Organized Radio Assistance and Communication Information Services (Oracis) and the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) were adjudged as the Best Volunteer Organization and Best Hospital (Regional and Training), respectively.

Plaques of appreciation were given to Karon Esmali, Ricky Buyser, Constantino Soriano Jr. and Edwin Casalan — all of Siocon municipality in Zamboanga del Norte, he said.

They were awarded (individual category) for their heroic acts during emergency response and rescue operations, he said.

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Rizal Day rites all set

December 29, 2013

Original Article By Bong Garcia THE City Government in partnership with the Order of the Knights of Rizal-Western Mindanao chapter will spearhead the observance of the 116th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal tomorrow, December 30. The commemoration of the national hero, themed “Rizalism: the Emergence of Spanish-Filipino Relations that led to Nationalism,” will kick-off [...]

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Zambo records 9 firecracker related cases

December 29, 2013

Original Article By Bong Garcia THE government-owned Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) has recorded nine victims of firecracker explosion-related incidents in Zamboanga City, according to a health official. ZCMC Infection Control Nurse Dina Amazona said the number of victims was monitored from December 21 to December 27. She said the ZCMC will continue to monitor [...]

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Zero fire campaign launched

December 28, 2013

Original Article By Bong Garcia THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), through the Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD), has launched an intensified information drive to achieve zero fire incidents in Zamboanga City in welcoming the year 2013. ZCFD fire marshal Superintendent Dominador Zabala, Jr. said the information drive is in line with the BFP general [...]

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Zambo crisis claims life of 3rd military officer

September 24, 2013

Original Article (Updated 9:48 p.m.) A third military officer has died from gunshot wounds sustained during a clash with Moro National Liberation Front gunmen in Zamboanga City, as the crisis in the area entered its 16th day. Since fighting broke out on Sept. 9, a total of 16 soldiers and policemen and 105 MNLF fighters [...]

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Eight die as Filipino rebels strike again

September 24, 2013

Original Article ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: In a fresh outbreak of violence, rebels stormed a southern Philippine town Monday and seized several hostages while engaging troops in clashes that killed eight combatants, military officials said. The fighting in the center of Mindanao island came as a standoff with another armed group elsewhere in Mindanao entered its third [...]

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PNP exec: Govt hoping to end Zambo clearing ops by weekend

September 24, 2013

Original Article The government hopes to finally end by this weekend the three-week-old crisis involving followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City. In a radio interview, Philippine National Police deputy for operations Deputy Director General Felipe Rojas Jr. said they are “winding down” their operations at this time. “We’re [...]

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