Thursday, July 31, 2014


JULY is also Blood Donors' Month!

And so we would like to share a link by Dante Corteza on the Opening Program of the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
As our country observes National Blood Donor’s Month this July, the local Zamboanga Chapter joined with an opening program at the Zamboanga City State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZCSCMST) last July 4 Friday. The event encourages the public to donate blood regularly to save the lives of those who need it during critical times.

July has been designated National Blood Donor’s Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1021 in 1997. This year’s theme, “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers. Give Blood to those who gave Life.” The campaign aims to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood product is essential in preventing maternal deaths.

By Dante Corteza
Again, Ciudad Medical Zamboanga (CMZ) shares their pictures on the Opening Program last July 4, 2014.

Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter headed by Victor Liozo.

And, we would also like to share our Blood Letting activity in CMZ last July 25, 2014, where there were 68 staff who had the intent to donate, 45 who passed the screening and 42 successful donors.


And of course, we are proud that CMZ is the Bloodiest Hospital for 2013.

We look forward to our future Blood Letting activities throughout the year!

IDPs in Zamboanga City July 2014

This is R.T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City, also known as Cawa-Cawa Boulevard. Here is a glimpse of the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) ten months after the Zamboanga Siege.

The place is less dense  with IDPs than before.

There are many issues related to the delayed transfer (and I don't not know even know a quarter of the reasons) but some thoughts enter my mind like unwillingness of these Internally Displaced People (IDP) from moving away from the seaside... and there is a "No to Our Backyard" phenomenon in some barangays!

And of course, there are others who are not real IDPs....

We do still pray that soon the beautiful R.T. Lim Boulevard may regain its beauty and cleanliness and the IDPs may be settled in a place that would be more suitable for them. 

P.S. 1
You might want to reminisce how R.T. Lim (Cawa-Cawa) Boulevard looked before and here is the link:

R.T. LIM (CAWA-CAWA) BOULEVARD @ 1999 AND 2011 (written 2011)

P.S. 2. Update as of August 10, 2014
The R.T. Lim Boulevard is on its way back to its former glory following massive clean-up and facelift activities by City Government personnel together with concerned agencies and IDPs over the weekend.

The Boulevard's center isles including the sidewalk fronting the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex and the Zamboanga City High School-West were totally cleared of structures.

The IDPs were relocated and are placed in one area of the baywalk near the Magbasa Kita Center. They are set for transfer to sitio Buggoc in barangay Kasanyangan where the local government together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a build challenge partnering with private groups for the construction of some 200 single detached houses on stilts for the Sama de Laut.



And this year's theme is “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!”

This is the National Nutrition Council  news related to the 2014 Celebration in Zamboanga City:
Friday, 11 July 2014 14:51

40th Nutrition Month Celebration successfully Launched inZamboanga City

The National Nutrition Council Regional Office 9 together with the members of the Regional Nutrition Committee joined the city of Zamboanga on the Launching of the 40th Nutrition Month Celebration. The activity started with a motorcade around the city proper and ended up to the west coast Barangay Tulungatung, one of the transitory sites where evacuees of the Zamboanga siege were transferred.

Key personalities were present during the launching of the nutrition month. Congress Woman Lilia M. Nuño and Mayor Isabelle “Beng” Climaco gave their message. Present also during the activity were Dr. Rodelin M. Agbulos, City Health Officer and City Nutrition Action Officer, Hon. Ester F. Del Rosario Barangay Chairperson, Dr. Ruth Yanga of Department of Education, other organization like Nutritionist-Dietitian’s Association of the Philippines (NDAP) and the Academe. 

Several activities were conducted like the launching of the 6 months dairy milk feeding for 300 school children IDP’s in Barangay Tulungatung and awarding of the graduates of Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) and Moderately Acute Malnourished (MAM) Children.

Ms. Nimfa D. Ekong of NNC 9 presented the 2014 Nutrition Month talking points with the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!” She emphasized the importance of preparedness during emergencies, how to respond and what recovery measures can be taken to prevent death and worsening of malnutrition of affected population groups. Likewise she also stated and called on the nutrition partners to join hands and be organized. Because being organized during times of disasters and calamities can prevent hunger and malnutrition. Together working for nutrition can truly “Build Back Better Zamboanga.”
Last modified on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:02
Gabriel C. Tubigon
The CMZ Dietary Department joins the City of Zamboanga during the launching of the Nutrition Month festivities.

Indeed, Nutrition is one of the keys needed for Zamboanga City's progress!


After the Zamboanga Siege, most of the runners have turned to Jardin De Maria Clara in Pasonanca Park for their regular runs. Then, the runners have been challenged to go further to Abong-Abong, then Crus Mayor for their exercise routine. Further challenged, Zamboanga City runners now choose Muruk as their target destination.

So here is an invitation from the Zamboanga Runners Club with pictures taken from their FB site:

Please do join the Muruk Challenge 3.0!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

PULONG BATO TRAIL Adventure Challenge @ June 29, 2014

Here is another interesting activity in Zamboanga City participated in by the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga runners.

Quite an interesting twist to the usual runs is the Pulong Bato Trail Adventure Challenge 2014, where the athletes got to run in part within the Pasonanca Watershed, since the aim of the event was to focus public attention to the protection and conservation of the watershed.

Thisis the link for the story I got from the Zamboanga City news:***

ZCWD backs DENR’S Pulong Bato Trail Adventure Challenge 2014
§  Thursday, July 3, 2014 14:49
By Montee E. Domingo (ZCWD, OIC-PRO)
The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) assisted in the first “Pulong Bato Trail Adventure Challenge 2014, 8k Trail Run and 4k MTB/8k trail run Duathlon” spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Interim PENR Office in partnership with Zamboanga Bikers 101 Unlimited, Inc. on June 29, 2014 at the Abong-Abong Freedom Park this city.
The event was organized as DENR-PENRO RIX celebrates June as Environment Month consistent with Presidential Proclamation No. 237. The activity aims to focus public attention to the protection and conservation of the watershed.
The trail adventure challenge, which took off at the bridge of Sitio Abong-Abong, was participated by almost 200 men, women and kids from different walks of life as well as some foreigners. The duathlon dare was the first to be carried out in the City.
The participants were advised not to take anything from the Watershed, not to take another trail, not to throw garbage and not to trim or cut trees/ plants, but simply to commune with nature and enjoy the fresh air.

In support the above activity, ZCWD provided 500 “Agua Es Vida” bottled watert hat were distributed to the participants to help quench their thirst. These were stationed at Muruk (2kms from the starting point), at the Intake (inside the watershed) and at the finish line.
Ciudad Medical Zamboanga workforce together with CMZ Chairman Edwin G. To with Dr. Mary Ann To and HR Manager Juvee Calica joined the City in this very exciting challenge. Drs. Jaime and Gina Lu, Jamasali Usman and Dr. Josephine Gemarino also participated in this run!

Here are photos from the CMZ Facebook Page c/o HRM Juvee Calica. 

There were also bikers in this Challenge including our very own Dr. Edgar Bisquera. An interesting set of bikers had their face painted.
The Trails:
And, Congratulations to the Finishers!

This is indeed a very special Pulong Bato Trail Adventure Challenge! It was more of stamina rather than speed, most of our runners said!! And it was a first time for many of our runners to appreciate the beauty of the Pulong Bato with the very humid and dense lush watershed foliage and the steep uphill runs adding to the challenge!!!

ARBOR DAY in Zamboanga City @ June 25, 2014

I would like to share some photos during the Arbor Day Celebration in Zamboanga City last June 25, 2014.

June 25 of every year is designated as Arbor Day in the Philippines!

Here is a story I grabbed from the Zamboanga City files on Arbor Day this year 2014:***
City marks Arbor Day with tree planting, tagging mark
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:22
The City Government of Zamboanga spearheaded the massive tree planting effort in consonance with the observance of the Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga early morning yesterday, June 25 at Sitio Abong Abong in Upper Pasonanca.
Around 7,000 participants from different sectors and organizations flocked to the Climaco Freedom Park to plant an estimated 6,000 mahogany and narra seedlings in the identified planting site in Abong-abong as part of the City’s collective effort to conserve and protect the environment.
An annual celebration which underscores the importance of trees to society, the Arbor Day kicked off with an early opening program, which was followed by the tree planting activity, and the tagging of century and heritage trees.
Mayor Beng Climaco spearheads the tree planting activity in sitio Abong-abong, Upper Pasonanca in observance of Arbor Day Wednesday. JOEY BAUTISTA
A highlight of this year’s celebration was the unveiling of the Tree of Hope which was completed with participants pinning on symbolic leaves containing their declaration of support, commitments, and promises to plant more trees, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment.
In her message, City Mayor Beng Climaco emphasized the continued commitment of the local government to the environment, and extolled participants to do the same.
“We commit to take care of our environment, and the City Government encourages each and everyone to plant a tree,” said Climaco.
Climaco further added that the Arbor Day is an activity which seeks to remind the public, especially the youth, of their responsibility to protect and care for natural resources, and serves as an avenue where individuals can physically contribute and do something for the environment.

An acacia tree in Pasonanca is one of the 12 trees declared and tagged as century tree by Mayor Beng Climaco and representatives from various agencies during Arbor Day Wednesday. JOEY BAUTISTA
Following the massive tree planting efforts, Climaco led the simple tagging rites for 12 trees identified as century and heritage trees. Located in the areas of Pasonanca and Sta. Maria, 9 century and 3 heritage trees were tagged and recognized, as per the provisions of Ordinance 341 which declares the preservation of century and heritage trees in the City.
Joining the massive crowd for the Arbor Day activities were Councilors Roel Natividad, Juan Climaco Elago, Noning Biel, and VP Elago, and the different City department heads. Also present were the representatives of local and national agencies, officials from the military and police commands, and participants from the academe, and different local organizations, and groups.
The celebration of Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga is pursuant to Ordinance 281 and is in observance of Philippine Arbor Day on June 25 every year.
The ordinance mandates active public participation in tree planting activities. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)

Ciudad Medical Zamboanga shares photos taken as they join the city-wide celebration of Arbor Day 2014.