Connecting the state of humanity is a necessary endeavor to bring back the peaceful co-existence in the land. Continuing reached out have to be made to defeat the forces of the detractors of peace, unity and solidarity has to be forged so that the good side of humanity prevails.  In this regard, a multi-sectoral peace champions is assembled to utilize the essence of peace and brings the meaning to the Barangay Tubigan, Maluso, Basilan. 

Barangay Tubigan, Maluso, Basilan is still in mourned because of the incidence occurred last August 21, 2017 where in skirmished between the so-called unpeaceful human being resulted to the forceful depart of nine souls to include a pregnant mother. These untoward incidences solidify the initiative to reach out. 

Headed by the Local Government Unit of Maluso through the leadership of Mayor Hanie A. Bud together with concern groups from Zamboanga City; the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula, the Inter-religious Solidarity for Peace of Peace Advocates Zamboanga/ZABIDA, the Assunnah Foundation and the Council of Advisors for Muslim Advancement, in unity, this Solidarity Mission is conducted.

Highlighting the event is the all out support of the Regional Governor of ARMM Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman and his beloved life partner Anak Mindanao Representative Sitti Djalia T. Hataman where in they grace the event by offering “QURBAN” and personally visited the communities and the families of the survivors.  

Personal touch in a manner by which it is needed elements to bring solidarity, in the name of faith, by tradition celebration of Eidl Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is a perfect venue that can serve as a symbolic expression of extending the solidarity visit   (“Jiyarah” through the ritual offering “Qurban”; for non-Muslim, this will be the expression of reaching out “part of Pag-Jiyarah”. This activity is part of the ‘listening mission’ to generate stories of human resiliency and highlight the ‘humanitarian face’ as the group rebuild inner strength of the survivors and to give space, voice for survivors of the tragic incidence in Tubigan. This initiative is being coordinated with the office of the Mayor of Maluso.

It is with all hopes that the initiative will bring the peaceful coexistence once again as we all hope to achieved.


With all the prayers.



Majlis-ush-Shura 9-2-2017

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DRRM and GAD Logistical Support Turn-Over

For the month of August, Reach-Out to Others Foundation, Inc. with their 17 more target Barangays as of the month of July 2017, has conducted series of Logistical Support Turn-Over. 

ROOF conducted a Logistical Support turn-over last August 5. LAMSECO, a multi-sector group that composed of 5 sectors namely the farmers, women, youth, elderly and PWD were organized and registered to BRW-DOLE as one Association under Barangay Lamisahan showed their active participation.

The logistical support was through an Animal Dispersal Project (Swine and Goat). This is mainly for the Gender and Development and Sectoral /Poverty Alleviation. Present during the turn over and at the same time Oath taking of the LAMSECO officials were Dr. Grace J. Rebollos ROOF President, Hon. Rodel Alvarez, Brgy. Capt of Brgy. Lamisahan and Ms. Concepcion Tigas, Lamseco President, Officials and members of Lamseco.

Then, on August 8, they went to Brgy. Victoria. The Logistical Support were both for the Gender and Development and Sectoral Poverty Alleviation and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management given to the Women Fisher Folks and Youth (WFFY). The WFFY is an organized sector group which is BRW-DOLE registered. As identified by LGU of Barangay Victoria, 55 sacks of Rice for the Rice Retailing Business by the sectoral groups and set of Alarm devices for DRRM were given to WFFY. For the Barangay’s counterpart, they opted for the hauling of the logistical tools and equipment and the 55 sacks of rice as well as providing the snacks during the turn-over.

Present during the turn over were Hon. Emelito Ziga, Brgy. Chairman of Brgy. Victoria, Mrs. Mildret Falcasantos, and President of WFFY.

Three days later, the team from ROOF went to Brgy. Sangali wherein they turned-over sets of Alarm System and Equipment for the DRRM plus sacks of Rice for the Rice Retailing Business for the Gender and Development as well as Sectoral/Poverty Alleviation. This logistical support is worth 85,000.00Php was given to WIFY, the multi-sectoral association by the BLGU which is headed by Mr. Edwin Araneta, Association President. Representing the BGLU of Sangali, Kagawad Ruth Ranin showed its support.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)  signing and turn-over of  3 uniits of Petromax, 6 units of Spade, 6 units of catbed, 5 units of shovel for Rescue tools and equipment as logistical supprt for Disaster Risk Reduction to BLGU’s of Barangay Dulian-Upper Bunguiao was conducted last August 19. Present during the turn over was  Hon. Leon Tabuena and the rest of the Barangay Council of Barangay Dulian-Upper Bunguiao as well as some sectoral representatives. According to ROOF Program Coordinator, Mr. Khamar Amsain, “the basis for the Implementation of the logistical support was the plans and programs formulated both by the BLGUs and the sectoral groups last 2016.”


On the otherhand, Las Mujeres Recodo, an association of people belonging to the Women, IP, Fisherfolk, Tribal Leaders and Youth Sectors of Barangay Recodo were given three (3) units of sewing machine and other accessories. This is under the Gender and Development Logistical Support. Hon. Wahab Ibba, Brgy. Chairman of Recodo and Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Kagawad Lyna Abdurasid were present to show their support.

As the month of August is about to end, last August 25, a turn-over of logisitcal support on tools and materials to be used for Papaya Pickle production (GAD and Sector/Poverty Alleviation Logistical Support) and Alarm, speaker and kitchen utensils for the Evacuation Center (DRRM) was conducted in Brgy. Culianan. Barangay Kagawad Reynaldo Reyes and Kagawad Pilar Alvares were both present to in behalf of the Barangay Chairman.

“Before we give the logistical support, each Barangay submits a comprehensive proposal. This encourages strong Local Government Unit and Sectoral Group team work.” Throughout this series of DRRM and GAD Logistical Support turn-over, ROOF’s President, Dr. Grace Rebollos, Program Coordinator Mr. Khamar Amsain, LGU Coordinators Ms. Rahsa Alberto, Mr. Dennis Alberto and Aston Marc Suico were present.  (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)

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KKI conducts Anti-Bullying Campaign from West to East

KKI strengthens its fight for Children’s Rights particularly in creating a community full of love and harmony.

On August 24, 2017, a learning session on Anti-Bullying was given to 60 grade 6 pupils of Labuan Elementary School. This is a long month activity of the Barangay Council of Labuan the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and the School Ms. Loida Sapalo of Katilingban gave the Input on Anti-Bullying.

Then on August 25, Ms.Marilyn Pagdanganan -School Guidance Counselor of Bunguiao National High School and trained Positive Discipline Trainor, gave Learning Session on Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting to 20 participants composed of Barangay Tanods and Parent Leaders of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Barangay Bunguiao. (Katilingban sa Kalambuan Org Official Facebook Page)

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Participation in the Public Consultation for the Biodiversity Management Plan

ZABIDA-Verde Zamboanga, Inc. participates in the Public Consultation for the Zamboanga City Biodiversity Management Plan held at LM Hotel, today, August 16. The Public Consultation organized by the City Government of Zamboanga, USAID and the U.S Department of Interior gathered representatives of the City Government and Barangay Local Government, National Government Agencies, and members of the Civic Society and the Academe who are working on environmental advocacy.

Representing VZI is its President, Dr. Grace J. Rebollos wherein she actively raised points of query and suggestions for the improvement of the ZC Biodiversity Management Plan. For ZABIDA, being the Verde Zamboanga Inc. Secretariat, sent its Climate Change Advocacy Project Staff, Ms. Karel Mellanes she participated as one of the facilitators/documenter of the workshop along with another VZI Secretariat from the AdZU-SACSI Office.

Last March 6-9 of this year, ZABIDA, through its Executive Director, Ms. Esperancita E. Hupida, involved in the formulation of the Zamboanga City Biodiversity Management Plan via a Cross Training in Palawan as part of the Technical Working Group. The Public Consultation is a step further in finalizing the Biodiversity Management Plan. (Deorenzie Frances  Carreon/ZABIDA)

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