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Will Zamboanga revert to ECQ? ‘Spike in Covid-19 cases alarms officials’ W

ITH THE increasing number of active Covid-19 cases, Zamboanga City may be placed under the stricter Enhanced Community Quarantine or the lesser Moderate Community Quarantine. The national govern- Force on the Management (IATF-MEID) has placed Continue on page 2 ment’s Inter-Agency Task of Infectious Diseases

Digital vaccination certificate, isinusulong na! HINIHIKAYAT NG Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na madaliin

Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco grimaces in pain during a RT-PCR test in this undated City Government photo.

ang pag-upload ng kumpleto at tamang detalye sa Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS) ng Department of

Information and Communications Technology (DICT) upang makakuha ng digital vaccination Continue on page 3

Zambo’s poor, workers given aid

Wayroon RT-PCR, S-PaSS di makasud pa Zamboanga City IN MGA hihinang hinang negative RT-PCR test result, way pagpasud masi amun sarah agarun pa katan magtutulak tulak

misan uno pa in sababan iban maksud sin pagtulak biyah na sin kiya lukis ha Executive Order 674-2021. In way pag bayad ran-

dom rapid test amun pag hinangun ha daplinan sin Zamboanga timagna sin August 11 mamarahi sadja Continue on page 3

Divisoria checkpoint, inireklamo! HUMIHINGI NG tulong kay Mayor Beng Climaco Continue on page 3

Ipinakita ng nag-reklamong empleyado ng hotel ang kanyang mga papeles. Inireklamo nito ang mga pulis sa Divisoria checkpoint dahil sa umano’y citation ticket sa kadahilanang wala itong quarantine pass na hindi naman required sa ilalim ng GCQ classification sa Zamboanga. (Radyo Mindanao)

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Mayor Beng Climaco distributes financial aid to beneficiaries of the local government’s pro-poor program. (Bong Serondo) HUNDREDS OF residents and Covid-19 frontline workers continue to receive financial aid from the local government in an effort to help them

cope up with the effects of the health crisis. Mayor Beng Climaco said the local government will continue to assist those hardest hit by


the Covid-19 pandemic from the poor sector to the unemployed or those who lost their jobs as her administration Continue on page 2



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Will Zamboanga revert to ECQ?

‘Spike in Covid-19 cases alarms officials’ Continued from page 1 Zamboanga under the General Community Quarantine until the end of the month. But with dozens of cases daily, the IATFMEID may change Zam-

boanga’s quarantine classification to allow the local government to impose stricter measures or granular lockdown in areas where there are high numbers of Covid-19 cases, and prevent the spread

of the deadly respiratory disease. The spike in infections in the community are largely blamed to the Delta variant of the Covid-19 and the complacency of residents who

Beng praises Duterte, DSWD pro-poor program

Mayor Beng Climaco speaks to the graduates of the DSWD’s pro-poor program. She also thanked President Duterte and DSWD for extending program to the poor. (Bong Serondo) MAYOR BENG Climaco thanked President Duterte and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) for the recent rollout of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which benefited mostly poor families here. Climaco, who graced the “CS 26 graduation” ceremony of the house-

hold-beneficiaries held at the Cabatangan covered court, praised the government’s pro-poor program for the assistance given to local residents though the 4Ps. She also assured the continuing support of her administration to sustain the program as this is also one of her top priorities. The DSWD has been im-

plementing the 4Ps, the country’s flagship poverty alleviation program, since its inception in 2008. Pursuant to Republic Act 11310 or the 4Ps Law, the beneficiaries will subsequently be adopted by the local government. The law institutionalizes 4Ps as the national anti-poverty reduction strategy and human capital investment program that provides conditional cash transfer to poor households for a maximum of 7 years. The law also includes provisions that ensure that the 4Ps beneficiaries can transition out of poverty within the 7-year period. The graduation ceremony was attended by DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Fatima Caminan; City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas and other officials. (Zamboanga Post)

continue to violate public health protocols despite repeated warnings from the local government and the City Health Office. Zamboanga City now has over 700 active Covid-19 cases and the number continues to increase. City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite also noted that Covid-19 has already affected even the younger population with deadly consequences. “Ta mira tamen kita at this time, tiene kita maga younger population also getting infected. We have compared our data from last year (when the original virus was detected) with the present situation, ahora tiene kita maga less than 15 years-old who died from Covid, so that we have to strictly follow the minimum health standards.” “Let us protect ourselves, keep our family and our loved ones especially children and our senior citizens protected. Please take care,” Miravite said. Mayor Beng Climaco, who chairs the local Covid-19 task force, has repeatedly called on residents to strictly follow the health protocols as the local government continues its massive vaccination program to be able to achieve herd immunity or inoculate at least 70% of Zamboanga’s almost or more than one million population. She also issued an executive order making

it mandatory for all travellers - whether they are fully vaccinated or not entering Zamboanga to present their negative RTPCR test result, especially now that Delta variant is the dominant variant not only in the country, but around the world. The Delta variant was first detected in India, but quickly spread in more than 130 countries. Climaco ordered a strict border control and implementation of the health protocols in Zamboanga. She said travellers must have negative Covid-19 test results, whether by Saliva RT-PCR test or nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test, before they enter Zamboanga. She previously issued Executive Order 651-2021 that mandates all inbound passengers, whether APOR (Authorized Persons Outside Residence) or private individuals, regardless of reason or purpose of entry, including transit travellers to present negative RT-PCR test result within 5 days from date of specimen collection and their valid identification cards before they can enter Zamboanga City which is near the provinces of Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte where Covid-19 cases are high. The mayor said these are temporary measures designed to curb the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in order to promote the health and safety of the

general welfare of the citizens. The Department of Health said that the National Capital Region (NCR) is now under Alert Level 4 due to the huge number of active Covid-19 cases there. The NCR is currently at high-risk case classification while intensive care utilization is also under high risk classification. Areas under Alert Level 4, the second highest alert level, show high and increasing case counts with total Covid-19 bed and intensive care beds at increasing utilization rates. “During this time, we must ramp-up active case finding, conduct riskbased testing using RTPCR, and fast track vaccination among high-risk groups. There will also be intensified granular lockdowns from barangay down to the household level to contain transmission,” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. “We also call on everyone to continuously observe the minimum public health standards and consciously avoid these three C’s that pose higher risk of Covid-19 transmission when all are present in your activities such as crowded places and closed-contact settings where physical distancing may not be observed, and people have face-to-face interaction, and closed spaces with poor ventilation,” she added. (Zamboanga Post)

Zambo’s poor, workers given aid Continued from page 1 promised to do everything to uplift the welfare of the Zamboangueños. The mayor, assisted by social workers and personnel from the City Treasurer’s Office, distributed cash assistance to the beneficiaries of the local government’s pro-poor

programs in different barangays. “El ayuda na tiempo de pandemia ta continua como parte del Covid-19 rehabilitation program del gobierno local,” she said. Councilors Pinpin Pareja, Al Jihan Edding, El King Omaga and Rep. Jawo Jimenes also accom-

panied the mayor in the distribution of financial aid to the poor and also to the barangay workers. Zamboangueños have praised Climaco’s assistance and thanked her for always putting their welfare on top of her priorities. (Zamboanga Post)


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Digital vaccination certificate, isinusulong na! Continued from page 1 certificates (VaxCertPH) ang mga mamamayang fully vaccinated na. “Ang VaxCertPH ay kailangan para ma-isyuhan ng digital vaccination certificates ang mga kumpleto na sa Covid-19 doses sa bansa. Kaya dapat siguruhin ng mga LGUs na maipasok ang tamang datos sa VMIS sa loob ng 24 oras mula ng mabakunahan,” ani DILG Secretary Eduardo Año. Sinabi Año na ang digital certificates na ilalabas sa ilalim ng VaxCertPH ay magiging patunay sa mga Pilipino at dayuhan na nagpabakuna sa Pilipinas na may balak maglakbay palabas ng bansa o umuwi galing sa ibang bansa, bilang pagtugon sa requirement ng ibang bansa na magpresenta ng vaccine certification mula sa Department of Health (DOH) ang mga nais pumasok sa kanilang teritoryo. May 20.9 milyong Pili-

pino na ang fully vaccinated laban sa Covid-19 kung saan 27.1% ang kabilang sa eligible population. Binuo ng DICT para sa DOH ang VaxCertPH bilang “self-service web portal” na ginagamit ang vaccination data na isinusumite ng LGUs sa pamamagitan ng VIMS. Mayroon itong request at creation feature ng Covid-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate; gumagawa ng Quick Response code kung saan authenticated ang certificate; mayroon din itong request feature kung saan ang kliyente ay puwedeng mag-request ng updating ng records kung may maling vaccination details o missing information. Ayon kay Año, ang VaxCertPH ay sumusunod sa mga guidelines na inisyu ng World Health Organization (WHO) para sa Digital Documentation ng Covid-19 Certificate. Sinabi pa nito na dapat kilalalinin ng mga LGUs at ipatupad ang VaxCertPH

bilang official proof of vaccination para sa mga lokal na biyahero at magtalaga ng LGU coordinator para sagutin ang mga katanungan at ayusin ang mga record-related issues ng vaccinations. Sa DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2021-095, inaatasan ang mga local chief executives , DILG regional directors, at Minister for the Local Government ng Bangsamoro Autonomous Region ng Muslim Mindanao na aktibong lumahok at suportahan ang pagsasanay na isinagagawa ng DICT tungkol sa VaxCertPH. Sa ilalim ng Republic Act 11525 o Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, inatasan ang DOH na magisyu ng vaccination cards sa lahat ng bakunado. Ang DICT, sa pakikipagkoordinasyon sa DILG at DOH, ay inatasan ding bumuo ng digital process na magsesertipika na ang isang tao ay binakunahan sa bansa. (Mindanao Examiner)

Divisoria checkpoint, inireklamo!

Organic Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee isn’t really pricey KIDAPAWAN CITY Coffee lovers in the Philippines may now enjoy the best and the most expensive coffee in the world - Kopi Luwak - but not as pricey as every connoisseurs think. Kopi Luwak is a coffee that consists of partially digested coffee cherries, which have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. The cherries are fermented as they pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected. In Manila, a kilogram of Civet coffee sells for as high as P15,000 and over $500 dollars abroad. But Kopi Luwak can now be enjoyed by every coffee lovers for as low as P150 for a 16 oz. cup that comes with a drip bag, ground organic Civet coffee beans, two packets of brown sugar and a stirrer in a beautiful Kraft paper bag – thanks to the Mindanao Civet Coffee seller in Zamboanga City. The new market player in the coffee business, although small, is now offering affordable organic Kopi Luwak – sourced and picked by farmers from the highlands of Mindanao, cleaned and dried and roasted to perfection to

give coffee lovers that distinct aroma of Civet coffee berries – chocolaty and nutty and smooth bodied brewed drink. Mindanao Civet Coffee, which started as a backyard reseller of coffee beans, now offers organic Kopi Luwak in 250 grams ground Civet coffee and 250 grams Civet coffee beans – all medium roasted to perfection. Kopi Luwak is also available now in 3rd Cup Café at LM Metro Hotel in Zamboanga City, and

resellers in Luzon, Cebu and other parts of Mindanao. The Mindanao Civet Coffee is a favorite among travellers and tourists and coffee connoisseurs. And for those who wanted the perfect gift for all occasions, Kopi Luwak is the best choice. And those who are interested to resell or perhaps enjoy a daily hot cup or cold brew of Kopi Luwak may call the Mindanao Civet Coffee at this mobile number 09153976197. (AJC)

Continued from page 1 ang isang janitress ng hotel dito matapos na umano’y tiketan ito ng mga pulis sa checkpoint ng Barangay Divisoria dahil sa umano’y hindi pagdadala ng quarantine pass. Ang Zamboanga City ay nasa ilalim ng mas maluwag na General Community Quarantine (GCQ) at hindi kailangan ang quarantine pass upang makapasok sa trabaho o makalabas ng bahay ang isang residente. Ginagamit lamang ang quarantine pass kung ang Zamboanga City ay nasa ilalim ng Enhanced Community Quarantine o Moderate Enhanced Quarantine dahil sa mataas na bilang ng Covid-19 cases. Ayon sa sumbong ng janitress ng LM Metro Hotel ay nagpahatid ito sa motorsiklo sa kanyang asawa dakong alas 5.30 ng umaga ng Setyembre 15 mula Barangay Mercedes, ngunit hinarang umano sila sa checkpoint

na binabantayan ng 3 pulis dahil wala umano itong dalang quarantine pass, subalit may bitbit na Quarantine Pass B ang asawa kahit pa kumpleto ang dalawa sa mga ibat-ibang papeles at IDs, pati kopya nga marriage contract at vaccination card. “Nagmaka-awa na ako sa kanilang lahat dahil ipinaliwanag ko na hindi naman kailangan ang quarantine pass dahil nasa GCQ naman tayo, pero nag-isyu pa rin sila ng citation ticket at kailangan ko raw magbayad ng P500,” ani ng janitress na si Rhodora sa reklamo nito sa Radyo Mindanao podcast. “Sinabi ko rin sa mga pulis na P300 lang ang sweldo ko at hindi rin regular ang pasok ko sa trabaho at walang trabaho yun asawa ko. Paano na lang kami niyan dahil P300 ang sweldo at P500 ang citation ticket?” sambit pa nito. Humihingi ng hustisya si Rhodora at nanawagan na rin ng tulong kay

Climaco upang bigyan pansin ang kanyang problema dahil sa umano’y maling pagpapatupad ng protocol sa Divisoria checkpoint. Sinabi pa ng mga pulis kay Rhodora na hindi lamang siya ang natiketan at marami pang iba. “Sabi ng mga pulis eh sa City Hall na lang daw ako mag-reklamo at dapat eh nag-tricycle na lamang ako, ngunit mas malaki ang gastos kung tricycle ang sasakyan ko dahil P200 ang singil mula Mercedes hanggang sa LM Metro hotel, at kung jeep naman ay magastos rin dahil ilang sakay ang kailangan ko para makapasok sa trabaho. Kawawa naman kaming mga maliliit,” sabi pa ni Rhodora. “Sana matulungan kami ni Mayor Beng at wala na nga kaming makain sa araw-arawa eh natiketan pa kami ng wala sa lugar. Sana makarating rin ito sa mga kinauukulan.” (Zamboanga Post)

Wayroon RT-PCR, S-PaSS di makasud pa Zamboanga City Continued from page 1 pa mga magdara kaguhunahan sin tao amun mah sud guwa ha daplinan sin Zamboanga. Hambuok ini ha mga kikita hinang maka pahgang sin pag lanat sin hangka ginis sin Covid-19 Delta variant. Damikyan

piyangdaakan ha mga sila magtutulak tulak maksud pa Zamboanga amun kagunahan nila mag register ha S-PaSS (Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage) Digital Travel Management System hasupaya kadihilan sila panugot sumud pa Zamboanga.

In Zamboanga City masi masi ituy in pag puhpuh ha Covid-19 pasalan sin bahgo kaginis sin covid in ini makatabang iban makataming ha mga hula biyah na sin Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi iban na sin katibuukan sin Zamboanga. (Jojo Abdusalam)


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Simpleng Sintomas, Pero Senyales ng Sakit! (Part 1)



dudulot ng sakit ng ulo. May mga tumor sa harapan (frontal lobe) ng utak na ang unang sintomas ay ang pagbabago ng ugali. Ang Temporal Lobe Epilepsy ay isang kakaibang sakit na kombulsyon kung saan hindi nawawalan ng malay ang pasyente. Puwedeng makaranas lang siya ng matinding emosyon o may nakikita o naaamoy na wala naman talaga (hallucinations). Ang iba naman ay may paulit-ulit na ginagawa sa kanilang mukha, bibig o isang parte ng katawan. Parang abnormal kung tingnan. Hindi alam ng ibang nakakakita, kombulsyon na pala iyon. • Laging naiinitan, laging pinapawisan at kumakabog ang dibdib – Ito ang mga sintomas ng goiter o hyperthyroidism. Kailangan ipa-check ang thyroid para magamot ito ng maaga. Delikado ito kapag pinabayaan. • Namamaos – Posibleng kanser sa lalamunan. Ang pangkaraniwang dahilan ng pamamaos ay ang sobrang pagkanta, pagtalumpati, o pag-sermon sa asawa. Kapag hin-


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La Bella Zamboanga commemorates ‘MNLF Siege’ di ito umigi ng 2 linggo, kailangan magpa-check sa isang ENT specialist para masuri ang vocal cords. • Bukol sa katawan – Karamihan ng bukol sa katawan ay dahil sa lipoma o iyung taba lamang. Hindi po ito delikado. Pero posible din na may masasamang bukol. Halimbawa, ang bukol sa suso ay puwedeng kanser. Ganoon din ang mga bukol sa thyroid at sa gilid ng leeg. Maaaring kulani ito dulot ng impeksiyon o tuberculosis sa baga. Ipasuri ito sa doktor para malaman kung okay lang ito. • Namamayat – Baka kanser na pala. Kahit anong pamamayat ng walang dahilan ay dapat imbestigahan. Kapag pumayat ng 10 pounds at hindi naman nag-di-diyeta, magpa-check up. Ang iba pang sintomas ng kanser ay ang pamumutla at panghihina ng katawan. Kung may duda kayo sa inyong katawan, kumonsulta sa doktor.

SINCE THE September 9, 2013 attack right in the heart of our La Bella Zamboanga by some 500 heavily-armed Moro National Liberation Front members under Nur Misuari, this peace-loving and highly-urbanized City in Mindanao has been placed under continuous heightened alert. Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar deeply explained in a television interview during the solemn observance of its 8th year anniversary of the so-called Zamboanga Siege, that “the alert level of Zamboanga City will always be heightened because we need to make sure that our security forces are able to be preventive or proactive. Otherwise, if we lower our guards, or the alert level, the security forces might be lax or complacent, as well.” Ergo, our Chief Executive has never watered-down her continuous tight security policy for our City since that bloody and treacherous attack staged by the Moro rebels traumatized the whole Zamboanga populace and caught all its people with their pants down. She heaped praises for her brave stance and also lauded the extraordinary efforts shared by the different Greek-lettered fraternities in our La Bella, as they see to it that their own different barangays, or villages where they live are more in safe hands now than ever before since terror struck the City back in those menacing days eight years ago. The Mayor stressed that her incumbent administration has never stopped engaging with the police, the military and the force multipliers, to include the barangay tanods, so that all of them will exert their utmost efforts at securing the safety and protection of their own communities. She was all cognizant of the huge help extended up to now by all the local fraternities, in so far as security rampup in our City, is concerned. “I cannot mention all of these fraternities, but I know they are helping in so many ways the people and the communities. They have dialogued with the police, and have even volunteered to ease the burden of the people by helping us in securing, and even in coping with the

pandemic,” she extolled. “We have to engage the community, the fraternities, because they are very important to us in many ways,” the Mayor underlined further and she profoundly noted that the people in the barangays would even volunteer themselves in keeping law and order in their respective communities. Now, let’s see its cons, as critics cried out: “Whatever happens to our City Government’s much-ballyhooed legal battle vs. these rogue MNLF fighters under their Chieftain Nur Misuari for grave charges of alleged rebellion and insurrection?” asked a dismayed folk who claimed as amongst the victims of Zamboanga Siege. The appalling turn of events in its case vs. the offenders of such heinous crimes came when Davao strongman President Rodrigo Duterte took up the cudgels for and on behalf of Misuari whom he considered as his personal friend. He even invited Misuari to speak in Malacanang and allowed him to pour out his heart to express his grievances against the government. My gosh! How lucky he could be, and even got tenfold luckier when President Duterte appointed the former rebel chieftain as his special envoy to the Middle East countries. The President likewise provided him free shelter in Davao City as his home in Zamboanga City has been kept under close guarding by the military since becoming the “Most Wanted Person” in our La Bella Zamboanga, thus declared a persona non-grata, for his supposed grievous crimes against humanity in the infamous “Zamboanga Siege. The attack resulted in the loss of over 200 lives and widespread destruction of at least 6 urban barangays which were flattened to the ground due to intense fighting between the attackers and security forces during the 21-day street battle. Question: What’s the stern warning of God to man about never to pass any judgment on his fellowmen? Answer: “Do not judge others and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” (Matthew 7: 1-2)


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School projects praised!


DUCATION AND barangay officials lauded the local government and praised Mayor Beng Climaco for the three climate-resilient school buildings inaugurated in Tetuan, Canelar and Pasobolong the past weeks.

Mayor Beng Climaco during the inauguration of the new four-storey building at the Zamboanga City High School in Barangay Tetuan. (Bong Serondo)

Climaco led local government officials in the handover of the newly-constructed school buildings and she vowed to continue providing more infrastructure projects to different barangays as part of her administration’s priorities in Security, Health and Education. In Tetuan, the mayor was joined and assisted by Rep. Jawo Jimenez and Councilor Pinpin Pareja, among other officials, including Walmart Atilano, the barangay chairman, in the inauguration of the four-storey, 20-classroom building at the Zamboanga City High School. Climaco also led the handover of the new school buildings at Canelar Elementary School and Pasobolong Elementary

School. All the ceremonies were also attended by faculty members who thanked the mayor for continuously prioritizing education and other literacy programs that benefit the students. Jimenez and Pareja, including Councilor Al Jihan Edding were also at the turned over ceremony of the newly-constructed twostorey, eight-classroom building at the Pasobolong Elementary School. Notably, it was only during Climaco’s administration that the new schools have no initials of the mayor unlike in the previous administration of Mayor Celso Lobregat where virtually all window grills had CL welded on it and roofs painted with “Adelante Zamboanga.” But in Climaco’s administration, only

SC picks Zambo as Bar Exam venue THE LOCAL government thanked the Supreme Court for choosing Zamboanga City as one of the venues for the Bar Examinations set in November this year. The Bar Examination is the professional licensure examination for lawyers and is exclusively administered by the Supreme Court through the Supreme Court Bar Examination Committee. The rule limits to five the number of times a candidate may take the Bar exams. The rule disqualifies a candidate after failing in three examinations. However, he is permitted to take fourth and fifth examinations if he successfully completes a oneyear refresher course for each examination. Mayor Beng Climaco has met with the personnel from the Supreme Court headed by Atty. Jul Ahmed Gaspar accompanied by Executive Judge Peter Eisma and other local court officials to discuss the needed preparations for the conduct of the Bar Examinations this November to be held at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The other venues of the Bar Examinations are the Ateneo de Manila University; Manila Adventist College; SLU

Baguio; Saint Louis College – La Union; Saint Mary’s University; Cagayan State University; De La Salle Lipa; University of Nueva Caceres; University of St. La Salle – Bacolod; Central Philippine University; University of Cebu – Banilad; Mindanao State University – Iligan; Mindanao State University – General Santos City; Ateneo de Davao University; and Xavier University – Cagayan de Oro. Bar chairman and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the en banc approved the modality of the examinations which is digitalized, localized

Mayor Beng Climaco with Supreme Court personnel. (Bong Serondo) and proctored. He said the Supreme Court might have a total

of 25 testing sites throughout the country to accommodate

more examinees. (Zamboanga Post)

Sunday Reflection by Mayor Beng Climaco

“THE LORD GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let that man confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong?” I dedicate this First Reading to all who suffer like me from the hands of ruthless enemies, whose victory is to see us crushed. Kapit sa Panginoon! We entrust unto God all our burdens who carried the weight of our sins to victory! Life is never easy and there will be obstacles along the way. In the Gospel, Fr. Coco Parilla, S.J., spoke about “Redemptive Suffering.” We offer our sufferings for love of Jesus as we share in the sufferings of others. Jesus, who was innocent, “suffered, crucified, died, and was buried,” as mentioned in Fr. Jet Villarin’s S.J., Homily. To be a follower of Jesus entails embracing our cross. It also means

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following Jesus who suffered for us. Cuncilor Pinpin Pareja invited me to Talisayan where the Eagles chapter and DOH had operation “Tuli.” As I eagerly thanked Dr. Josh Brillantes, our DOH 9 regional director, who had time to do surgery amidst our Pandemic battle. I focused on a boy being circumcised. He was about 10. He started trembling in pain and fear and his eyes teary. Trying to follow Covid Protocols, I did what any mother would do, I held his hands as Pinpin, like a big sister, assured him the procedure was over. In our lives, we can be myopic and focus only on our problems. But Jesus teaches us to share in the sufferings of others as we unite these with Jesus who suffered for us. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” (MBC)


the “love for Zamboanga City” - I love ZC - are emblazoned in many infrastructure projects. Education previously praised Climaco and thanked her for donating 32 printing and digital hubs intended for different schools in Zamboanga City to help teachers cope with the demands of mass production of printed materials and modules needed for “blended learning” which combines both traditional classroom and online classes or courses. Education officials led by Dr. Victoria Mangaser praised the mayor for the continuing and overwhelming support the local government has provided them since becoming mayor. Climaco is now on her third and last term. The mayor led the turnover of the fully air-conditioned printing and digital hubs to Mangaser. The mayor was assisted by Jimenez and City Council members El King Omaga and Kim Elago. The printing and digital hubs are complete with Acer Veriton S desktops which provide high reliability and a long lifespan due to its 100% solid capacitor and Acer V7 Series computer monitors that provide professional performance with a 4K resolution screen. All the hubs also come with Risograph, a brand of digital duplicators manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation that are designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing. Just recently, the mayor also turned over the newly-constructed two-storey barangay hall to the officials of Tolosa and Barangay Ayala. The buildings have a brick façade and stainless hand rails and ramp for people with disabilities. The two buildings also have their own covered terrace in the front. The mayor said the new barangay hall is the commitment of her administration to the barangays and its residents. (Zamboanga Post)


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