Archive for October, 2016

Youth Advocacy Forum in the Barangays

Together with certain Barangay Local Government Units, ZABIDA co-hosted a Youth Forum for the whole month of September for youth in the communities.  The activity focused on the role of the youth in the nation-building.  Of particular concerns were the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reforms Law and Upcoming Elections, Climate Change Adaptation, and Illegal Drugs Awareness.

Other partners who supported the Youth Forum were the National Youth Commission, Zamboanga City Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police – Regional Public Safety Battalion and Zamboanga Public Safety Company.  A series of forums within this month have been conducted for the youth in the following barangays: Patalon, Salaan, Cawit, Talon-Talon, Guisao, Manicahan, Mercedes, Limpapa, Labuan, Sinubong, Victoria, Lamisahan, Sangali, and Dulian.

With the SK and the Barangay Elections being anticipated in 2016,   ZABIDA has expressed support for  the youth sectoral plan to hold the advocacy campaign on the above cited topics.  It is likewise anticipated that, whether the elections are carried out on schedule or not, more awareness of the new SK Reform Laws would be most advantageous for young leaders, especially those who are interested to run for SK posts. 

This Forum served as a re-echo opportunity  for the youth leaders who participated on the Youth Peace Forum  earlier held  on August 13 in celebration of the International Youth Day.   It was organized by Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and held at Claret School of Zamboanga .

It will also be recalled that in a Regional Youth Forum conducted last year for  youth leaders  from Zamboanga City and Basilan,  issues and concerns related to their sector were identified and prioritized.   Those considered of foremost importance included the right of young people to political participation and the Illegal drugs campaign.  

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Tugbungan E.S. Tapped PAZ, YSP for TEAM BUILDING Activity

Some 100 elementary teachers from Tugbungan Elementary School had a fun-filled morning after they had undergone team building activity courtesy of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and its youth arm Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) on Wednesday, October 26. The school tapped PAZ and YSP to conduct the Team Building Activity as they are holding their yearly activity entitled In-Service Training for Teachers (INSET). The said activity was held at the Naval Forces Western Mindanao station, this city. The activity has the objective to enlighten the mind of the ‘molders’ and let them realized that in “togetherness everyone achieves more”. Dr. Myrna B. Cabanes, the principal of Tugbungan Elementary School expressed her gratitude to the team of PAZ and YSP for responding positively to their request and had underscored the support extended by the organization to the different educational institutions in the city in terms of peace and development. 
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Bancas for Sama-Badjaos Initial Turn-Over

Despite of a rainy Friday on October 28- this day still marked the blessing of 50 household-communities of Sama-Badjao tribes from Rio-hondo. This is because; it is an initial turn-over of 30 bancas out of 50 that are being supported by ZABIDA in the historical place of Simariki Island, Barangay Talon-Talon. Through the assistance of Simariki Island Sama-Banguingui Association (SISBA), sea-faring, Sama-Badjaos represented by Simariki Island Sipail Sama-Badjao Association are to receive 50 bancas both for their transportation and livelihood purposes wherein their main source of living is by fishing in the coastal area. Like the SISBA community, as their counterpart to the said opportunity, they also committed to preserve and protect their coastal habitat by planting Mangrove in their respective areas and will also serve as environmental guards by protecting and keeping their areas clean. 
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ZABIDA, Gawad Alab ng Puso Award “Partners in Mission” rendered

In proportion to the celebration of Claret School of Zamboanga City’s (CSZC) 50 years as an institution, Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA) has been recognized as one of their “Partners in Mission” during the recently concluded Gawad Alab ng Puso Awards Night at Garden Orchid Convention Center.

The said Awards Night also recognized the teachers and non-teaching personnel of CSZC who have rendered invaluable service to the institution both the retired and those who are still continuing service with the zeal of Christ. Five (5) other alumni of the institution who have shown exemplary performances and service in their respective fields received awards.

The representatives of ZABIDA gracefully attended and received the award, to include the Board of Directors Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, Mr. Alejandro Cabading and PAZ Program Coordinator Ms. Rosie France Montojo. Mr. Cabading received the same recognition in behalf of Claret School Alumni Association.


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