Black Nazarene’s miraculous powers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 January 2016 14:02

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Construction of the 23-kilometer pipeline laying project in the city’s West Coast Close is set to commence soon.

The pipe laying project, undertaken by Ecosystems’ is a key component of the ongoing Prime water 50 million liters daily (MLD) filtration plant constructions in Patalon, aimed at boosting the water distribution capacity of Zamboanga City Water District.

ZCWD Chairman Efren Arañez disclosed that the pipe laying project will extend from Pamucutan, where the plant ujs rising, to its terminal point in front of City Hall.

The ZCWD project will cost over P500 million pesos. By the middle of this year, the pipeline will be ready to flow in down to the city proper, water processed at the Prime Water Plant .

Chairman Arañez disclosed the 50 MLD plant will initially deliver 30 MLD (million-liter per day) of water for the first two (2) years, and will increase its production to a capacity of 50 MLD in the next three (3) years of operation.

Aranez also added Ecosystems will need to speed up its pipe-laying so it can recompense Prime water’s filtration plant construction to ensure water supply into the system soonest possible.

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Congratulations to the new officers of the Zamboanga City Police Press Corps (ZCPPC) on their election on Friday, Jan. 8, for the for the year 2016-2018, held at the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO).

Ramon “Monch” Follosco of Zamboanga Today and RPN-DXXX is the new president elect. He takes over from Arsenio “Rawhide” Nuevo, cartoonist also from Zamboanga Today who has led the group since the 90s.

Other elected officers were Christine “Kikay” Carsada of DXAS-FEBC as vice president; Haydee Delos Reyes of DXKZ-FM as secretary, Brigada News radio reporter/announcer Jerry Amaga as treasurer, and RMN radio reporter/anchorman Hermie Ventura as auditor.

Dan Toribio of Daily Zamboanga Times was elected public information officer, while Nelson Lacastesantos of Brigada News is chairman of the board.

The new members of the board are Noning Antonio of ABS-CBN, Emil Tuban of GBPI-TV-11, Parson Reyes of RPN-DXXX, Tess Espartero of DXKZ-Wild-FM, Joseph Zosobrado of E-Media, Jung-Jung Cabato of DXVP), Sarah Mae Vicente of DXAS), Ely Dumaboc of Net 25. (With DZT reports)

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City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat bared that there are contingency measures in place ami the possible occurrence of a severe drought here due to the El Nino phenomenon.

Added to that, cloud seeding operations would be a standby plan, said Palacat.

It will be recalled, the cloud seeding operations were proposed by DA together with the City Government and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) due to the dry spell that caused huge damages to the agriculture sector in April of last year.

But after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement providing for the allocation of P3M funds by the DA, P700, 000 by the ZCWD and P300,000 by the city government, the operation was set aside as the weather condition in the city improved.

Palacat said, he has made inquiries if the funding, which is part of the 2015 Budget is still available. If already scrapped, he said, the proposal, if and when required again, will have to undergo the same budgeting processes.

Palacat bared, the City Government’s contingency plans for El Nino, include, the purchase of drilling rigs, water pumps and seeds, and that hbis office will advocate for the change in cropping pattern for rice or corn to vegetables.

Also in reserve is the authority from the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the mayor to enter into a contract with the DA and other agencies to augment the assistance to farmers in case of a prolonged dry spell.

As of the moment, he added, the situation is still tolerable, based on feedbacks from the 6 Agricultural Field Offices. Field monitoring is continuous and his office is expected to come up with the water level report of irrigation dams and damage to crops next week. (With ZT reports).

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Meanwhile, Former Zamboanga City Mayor Jose Vicente F. Atilano II was conferred the lifetime achievement Award, by Rotary Club of Zamboanga City- East ( RCZC-EAST ) during its 41st year Anniversary and Awards of Excellence Ceremony last December 28,2015, at Lantaka Hotel by the Sea , this city.

Atilano, is lone surviving charter member, Past President of RCZC-EAST in 1991-1992 and Paul Harris Fellow; is recognized for his exemplary efforts, dedication and service to Rotary.

Recipients of other awards during the same ceremony were Businessman Lope Iringan (Multiple Paul Harris fellow ) and Former Vice Mayor and Mayor Engr Efren Aranez for the Distinguished Service Awards

Also honored in the same ceremonies, was Past District Governor Charlie Reith, who initiated the creation of RCZC –East in 1974.

President Arthur Nogas presided over the rites, assisted by Past District Governors Boloy Mendoza and James Macasiar. Other known Rotary personalities present during the affair were Rotary AG Sixto Kwan Jr., Rotary District Secretary Atty Emilio Aquino, RCZC- West President Fernando Camba and Lulu Gerolaga, RCZC – Central President and Lady Tess Macasiar, the better half of PDG James Macasiar. (With ZT reports)

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Filipino Black Nazarene devotees Catholics, armed with religious fervor and handkerchiefs, once again turned out in the hundreds of thousands in a grand show of faith, praying for miracles as they transferred the image of the black Nazarene from the Rizal Park to its home - the Minor Basilica or the Quiapo Church.

Two devotees, however, reportedly died during the hours-long procession on Saturday while more than 1,000 were injured, 10 of them seriously.

Shoeless devotees started the grand procession at 5:43 a.m., 17 minutes ahead of schedule.

The Traslación, as the procession is dubbed, was supposed to start at 6 a.m.

Shouting “Viva! Viva Nazareno!” more than a million devotees followed the venerated image as it left the Quirino Grandstand where a vigil was held overnight Friday.

The procession reached Sta. Cruz district three hours later.

Police said about 1.5 million people took part in the seven-kilometer convoy, which was expected to continue until midnight.

In terms of time, the procession was the shortest, but most orderly thus far recorded.