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^^ mixture of pink n white sand UNCOMMERCIALISED beach, and that is twin Sta. Cruz Islands, 15-min pumboat off mainland Zamboanga. :)
 

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DPWH oks P190M budget for R.T. Lim, Baliwasan expansion
Monday, 23 May 2011 02:04


Mayor Celso Lobregat leads in the unveiling of the R.T. Lim Boulevard site development project phase I, April 26 coinciding with the Dia de Ma'am Caling commemorating the 90th birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat. JOEY BAUTISTA


Traffic congestion in roads leading to the west coast will be greatly reduced with the proposed expansion of the Baliwasan seaside road project which is expected to commence soon.


This, as Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has assured Mayor Celso Lobregat the inclusion of the P150 million funding for the said project in the 2011 budget of the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH).

Mayor Lobregat together with DPWH-9 officials and District Engineer Merham Acas met with Sec. Singson in Manila last week to discuss numerous nationally-funded projects to be implemented in Zamboanga City such as the Baliwasan seaside road expansion, the R.T. Lim Boulevard expansion including the Limaong bridge.

Since last year, the mayor has been pressing the national government to allocate funds for the implementation of national projects in the city such as the Baliwasan seaside road extension, the expansion of the R.T. Lim Boulevard site development project and the Limaong bridge project.

Engr. Acas was expected to submitted to DPWH-Manila the plans and estimates of the Baliwasan road expansion project last week.

On the other hand, the DPWH has allocated a funding of P40 million in its 2011 budget for the expansion of the R.T. Lim Boulevard site development project which will cover the remaining 400 linear meters baywalk leading to the area fronting the City Council building.

Sec. Singson has informed the mayor about the allocation during the same meeting in Manila last week.

Last April 26, the city government unveiled the first phase of the site development project as part of the activities commemorating Dia de Ma’am Caling which marked the 90th birthday of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat. The first phase was a partnership of the national government and the local government.

The national government through the initiative of House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco funded the initial cost of P20 million for the pile driving, partial filling and shoreline protection while the city government came in for the site development including expansion and beautification of the road and sidewalk amounting to P8.6 million.

In the second and third phases of the project, the national government will also fund the initial work similar to what it did in the first phase while the local government will shoulder the expenses for the site development and beautification.

The city government is expected to spend some P20 million for the site development in the two phases, Mayor Lobregat added. (Sheila Covarrubias)
 

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P40M-city initiated projects to be unveiled soon
Monday, 23 May 2011 01:58

Mayor Celso Lobregat is expected to unveil any time soon over P40 million worth of various infrastructure projects in the east coast as most of the projects are now either completed or almost completed.

This, after Mayor Lobregat recently swooped down on the deep valleys of barangays Cabaluay, Culianan and Manicahan in the east coast and inspected the status of these projects undertaken by the different construction firms.



Mayor Celso Lobregat inspects ongoing city-funded projects such as this P15M Lumbayao-Zambowood bridge, as preparations for the formal turn over and inauguration of the same are underway. Accompanying the mayor in his inspection sortie are City Hall executive assistant Amilpasa Bandaying and project engineers. JOEY BAUTISTA


The projects include concreting of 873-linear meter road at Calle Cariaga in Mercedes amounting to P3,013,470.5, slope protection at Cabaluay river costing P1,481.304.99, another slope protection at Sitio Islamia, Cabaluay worth P497,198.40, and slope protection at Cabaluay river amounting to P1,498,375.61.

The chief executive also inspected the concreting of Cabaluay-Gapuh road amounting to P1,683,000.00, farm-to-market road (Palayan Circumferential) worth P1,416,785.46, another farm-to-market road also at Palayan costing P981,048.35.

Also completed is the concreting of Asinan-Corote road in Manicahan amounting to P999,658.55, and the slope protection at Manicahan river costing the city government P993,440.11. It is 91.60 linear meters long.

Mayor Lobregat also inspected three bridge projects totaling P17.98 million, the biggest of which is in Mercedes where a P15.6 million bridge connecting Sitio Lumbaya and Barangay Zambowood was already completed, except the approaches amounting to P311,738.60 which are still underway.

The mayor has also instructed the city project engineer to immediately prepare and submit to him the plans and estimates for the construction of slope protection in the said project site.

The two other bridges made of steel and up for inauguration anytime soon were constructed in Sitio Corote amounting to P1,095.905.53 and in Sitio Poso worth P999,925.26, both in Manicahan.

Four more steel bridges are currently under construction in different locations in Barangay Tugbungan, which Lobregat and some councilors also inspected the past days.

Joining the mayor in his project inspection sorties were Executive Assistant Amilpasa “Caloy” Bandaying and some city engineers assigned to supervise the projects. - (Vic Larato)
 

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I THINK THIS IS THE BEST MOVE PARA HINDI NAMAN MASYADONG CONCENTRATED ANG MGA REGIONAL OFFICES SA ZAMBOANGA CITY LANG, BESIDES, REGIONAL OFFICES ARE PARA SA LAHAT NG MGA TAGA ZABOANGA PENINSULA REGION AND NOT JUST FOR FEW PEOPLE WHO REALLY SHOW THEIR INSECURITIES, WHY NOT SHARE WITH OTHER CITIES PARA LAHAT MASAYA.:banana::bash:

BALIK NA NAMAN TAYO WITH THIS ONE.

MAY COMMENT NA KO ABOUT THIS BEFORE THAT GOES: I'LL GIVE YOU A SCENARIO, IF FOR EXAMPLE, CDA REGIONAL OFFICE IX IS IN DAPITAN/DIPOLOG BIR REGION IX IS IN PAGADIAN, BFAR IX IS IN IPIL, ETC. NOW IF I AM FROM ISABELA OR ANYWHERE ELSE, AND I HAVE TRANSACTIONS TO ALL THE THREE OFFICES, SHALL I THEN TRAVEL TO ALL THOSE PLACES TO HAVE MY TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED?

DISTRIBUTE THE REGIONAL OFFICES? A TOTAL FOOLISHNESS. I AM NOT SAYING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF ZAMBOANGA CITY BECAUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE I AM NOT ACTUALLY FROM ZC BUT ZAM SIBUGAY. I AM SAYING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO WILL BE HAVING RECURRING TRANSACTIONS WITH REGIONAL OFFICES. :bash::bash::bash:
 

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BALIK NA NAMAN TAYO WITH THIS ONE.

MAY COMMENT NA KO ABOUT THIS BEFORE THAT GOES: I'LL GIVE YOU A SCENARIO, IF FOR EXAMPLE, CDA REGIONAL OFFICE IX IS IN DAPITAN/DIPOLOG BIR REGION IX IS IN PAGADIAN, BFAR IX IS IN IPIL, ETC. NOW IF I AM FROM ISABELA OR ANYWHERE ELSE, AND I HAVE TRANSACTIONS TO ALL THE THREE OFFICES, SHALL I THEN TRAVEL TO ALL THOSE PLACES TO HAVE MY TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED?

DISTRIBUTE THE REGIONAL OFFICES? A TOTAL FOOLISHNESS. I AM NOT SAYING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF ZAMBOANGA CITY BECAUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE I AM NOT ACTUALLY FROM ZC BUT ZAM SIBUGAY. I AM SAYING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO WILL BE HAVING RECURRING TRANSACTIONS WITH REGIONAL OFFICES. :bash::bash::bash:

Unfortunately, the western bloc does not see this as a disadvantage.
 

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BALIK NA NAMAN TAYO WITH THIS ONE.

MAY COMMENT NA KO ABOUT THIS BEFORE THAT GOES: I'LL GIVE YOU A SCENARIO, IF FOR EXAMPLE, CDA REGIONAL OFFICE IX IS IN DAPITAN/DIPOLOG BIR REGION IX IS IN PAGADIAN, BFAR IX IS IN IPIL, ETC. NOW IF I AM FROM ISABELA OR ANYWHERE ELSE, AND I HAVE TRANSACTIONS TO ALL THE THREE OFFICES, SHALL I THEN TRAVEL TO ALL THOSE PLACES TO HAVE MY TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED?

DISTRIBUTE THE REGIONAL OFFICES? A TOTAL FOOLISHNESS. I AM NOT SAYING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF ZAMBOANGA CITY BECAUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE I AM NOT ACTUALLY FROM ZC BUT ZAM SIBUGAY. I AM SAYING THIS FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO WILL BE HAVING RECURRING TRANSACTIONS WITH REGIONAL OFFICES. :bash::bash::bash:
sabi ni ryan bang... i really really like you.. your opinion ba... all government offices should be concentrated in one area... one stop lang... not 4 stop lol
 

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We are even contemplating on having a literally one-stop-shop regional center as in one complex for complete accessibility, and now this people are thinking the other way around.
 

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Thursday, June 2. 2011

Negros farmers, coops on educ'l tour in Zambo
by Richard Aliangan


Officials and members of the Bayawan City (Negros Oriental) Agriculture and Fishery Council are in Zamboanga for an educational tour intended to learn about the city's good practices in the agri-fishery industry.

Specifically, local fishery facilities and the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority are the focus of the 3-day study tour of the 13-man delegation headed by Rafael Lazaro Jr.

Accompanied by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, the group yesterday afternoon paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall where the members expressed elation over the potentials of Zamboanga and the things they can learn and implement in their area.

"Zamboanga City is very nice. The people are so hospitable and friendly", Ms. Jennilyn Norico, Bayawan City Planning and Development Coordinator's office staff and Council member, said. She related to Mayor Lobregat the group's experience with a kind-hearted Zamboangueno who, according to her, assisted them to reach a certain fast food chain in the City. :applause::eek:kay::applause:

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat welcomed the visitors to Zamboanga, as he thanked them for choosing the city as the venue for their educational tour. "Zamboanga City is not a dangerous place as what other people wrongfully perceive."

The mayor took the opportunity, as he always does whenever visitors come to his office, to clarify misperceptions about the city's peace and order as he presented the city's tourism and investment potentials through a brief power point presentation.

He stressed that one way to correct the misperceptions is for people to come to Zamboanga to personally experience and see the place for themselves.

The delegation from Bayawan City is composed of farmers, NGO representatives, chairpersons of People's organizations and cooperatives and some city officials and staff.

The group arrived May 31 and will leave Friday, June 3. (City Hall PIO)
For the latest Zamboanga City and Philippine news stories and videos, visit ZamboTimes.com
 

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BLACK CORAL-THE HAUNTING TREE OF THE SEA
by jake miranda

Not too long ago somebody bought several wetsuits from my diveshop in Surigao City. I had a sense they were not recreational divers since. tThey only paid for the wetsuits first then only and then asked after did they ask what the regulators and tanks on display were for. It was an unconventional question since divers who come into the shop would usually be knowledgeable about standard diving equipment unless they were beginners who would come in for lessons.



I met them again a few months later in a hospital emergency room when they brought in a fisherman who was suffering from a mortal case of the “bends” bends. The "bends" or decompression sickness is a consequence of breathing air underwater; it builds up all excess nitrogen in your bodily tissues that cannot escape due to the pressure and act like mini-explosive bubbles if you surface too quickly from large depths. The fisherman was diving the day before using a “hookah” (air fed from an onboard compressor) or what is locally known as “boso.” The patient died after a week of futile recovery. He was too fragile to transport to the nearest recompression chamber. The His family could only accepted his fate.



Full Story: http://surigaoislands.com/surigao/i...701-black-coral-the-haunting-tree-of-the-sea-
 

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Shortest man alive is Pinoy







SINDANGAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines - Guinness World Records declared an 18-year-old resident of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte as the world's shortest man alive during his birthday on Sunday.


Junrey Balawing, who stands at 23.5 inches, had his final measurement in front of townsfolk and media men before Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday bestowed the title upon him.


"I can't imagine anyone else being quite so small," Glenday said.

Balawing is the eldest of 4 siblings.

There is no monetary prize for Balawing and all other Guinness world record holders, officials said.



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Unemployment rate eases to 7.2%

By EDU LOPEZ
June 16, 2011, 1:20am

MANILA, Philippines — The employment rate in April 2011 has improved to 92.8 percent, slightly higher by 0.8 percentage point compared to the same period last year at 92 percent.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent in April 2011 from 8 percent recorded in the same period last year.

More males were unemployed than females. By age group, five out of 10 unemployed persons were in the age group 15 to 24 years old, while three in 10 unemployed persons were in age group 25 to 34 years old.

Across educational groups, most of the unemployed were high school graduates (32.6%). College undergraduates comprised about 23.1 percent of the total unemployed, while the college graduates, 20.4 percent.

The National Capital Region (NCR) registered the lowest employment rate of 88.4 percent. The regions that posted high employment rates in April 2011 were Zamboanga Peninsula at 96.8 percent, Cagayan Valley, 96.7 percent, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), 96.3 percent, MIMAROPA, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and SOCCSKSARGEN, each registering a rate of 96.0 percent.

Out of the estimated 61.8 million population 15 years old and over in April 2011, approximately 39.7 million were in the labor force, placing the labor force participation rate (LFPR) at 64.2 percent.

Among the regions, Northern Mindanao recorded the highest LFPR at 70.6 percent while the lowest was posted in ARMM at 55.7 percent.

The bulk of employed persons were in the services sector comprising more than half (51.7%) of the total employed population, specifically in the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods registering at 19.7 percent of the total employed persons.

Workers in the agriculture sector accounted for the second largest industry group at 33.0 percent, with those engaged in agriculture, hunting and forestry sub-sector making up the largest sub-sector (29.0% of total employed). The

industry sector registered the least share at 15.3 percent to total employed.

Among the various occupation groups, more than one-third or 32.7 percent of the total employed population were laborers and unskilled workers. Farmers, forestry workers and fishermen came next, accounting for 15.3 percent of the total employed.

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