Norovirus kills 5 in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – The mortality cases due to acute gastroenteritis (AGE) that is caused by norovirus rose to five, as the Oficina de Salud or City… »

Political rivals

While Presidential bets are busy engaging in a bitter word war, reelectionist ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (L) and Sulu Vice Governor Sakur Tan ( R ) who is running against… »

DeMISTYfied IN JOGJA: The memory still rankles

JOGJAKARTA (MindaNews/16 January) — Alhamdulillah… it is heart-rending to see how our elders are once again putting themselves bodily on the line. This could only be for a worthy cause.… »

Changing Landscape

The new KCC Mall  in Zamboanga City, the largest among KCC malls in Mindanao, attracts thousands of consumers daily. The mall had its soft launch in December 2015 and will have… »

COMMENTARY: Burying Zamboanga City’s true cultural identity

by Yosif Ali Roque Morales Zamboanga City is home to five indigenous cultural communities, the Subanen, the Sama Bangingi, the Kolibugan, the Bajau and the Iyyakan (yakan). These Indigenous Peoples… »

Displaced Sama Bangingi families receive new houses on stilt in Zambo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 November) — Fifty families from the Sama Bangigi fisherfolk whose houses were burned down during the September 2013 standoff in Zamboanga City between government forces and the… »

15 killed, 13 injured in Zambo dawn fire

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/31 October) – Fifteen persons, six of them children aged 1 to 10, were killed while 13 others were injured in a dawn fire Saturday that destroyed P8… »


Zamboanga City celebrates “Zamboanga Hermosa Festival” in honor of La Virgen del Pilar, considered as the city’s Holy Mother. The colorful Sama vinta takes center stage and can be seen from the Paseo… »

Probe use of discriminatory language in describing suspects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Sept) — The Department of Justice has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the use of discriminatory language on an artist’s sketch of a… »

UPDATE: 1 killed, 30 hurt in Zambo bus blast

At least one person was killed while 30 others were injured following an explosion inside a bus in Zamboanga City, the city government said Friday. In its Twitter account, the… »

Ate Kimmy: Painting a rainbow for Zamboanga IDPs

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 June) — To the majority, helping people who are in dire conditions means extending financial assistance and donating relief goods. But Krizza Mari Sergas, a humanitarian worker,… »

Tricycle diaries: passengers, drivers as story tellers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 June) – Tricycles, a major means of transportation in downtown Zamboanga City, are a rich source of stories, as drivers and passengers go about their daily routine.… »

Zambo’s Summer Peace Camp begins

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Zabida/24 May) — For those who heeded its siren call, this is the summer when peace will perhaps begin to bloom for ever in their lives. “And we… »

From Zambo to Tagum

Gigi Cortez (center) from Zamboanga City attends to her shop on Wednesday (May 6) at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City during the Palarong Pambansa… »

Abu holding Zambo Sibugay town mayor; 7 would-be victims of human trafficking rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu are now holding Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official said Friday. Rear Admiral Reynaldo Yoma,… »

Water rationing in Zambo continues despite frequent rains

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 30 Apr) – The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will continue to enforce the rationing scheme as the water elevation at its source remains unstable despite… »

Zambo defers cloud seeding, thanks to rains

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – Thanks to the frequent rains the past days, the city government, through the Office of the City Agriculture, is temporarily deferring the conduct… »

3 blood donors in Zambo positive of HIV

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 April) – Three blood donors were found positive of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Zamboanga City said. The three persons were among those who… »

Zambo crop damage due to dry spell soars to P140M

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – The City Agriculturist disclosed that the damage to agricultural and fishery products due to the prolonged dry spell had further soared to P140.8… »

32,000 vacancies up for grabs in Labor Day Zambo jobs fair

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that more than 32,000 job vacancies are up for grabs in the Labor Day Jobs… »

Zamboanga police: kidnappers using social media to look for victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Posts on social media sites like Facebook can make users targets of kidnappers if they were not careful with what they share online, a police… »

Dengue cases in Zambo City dip in Q1

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – The number of dengue cases in the city went down by over 50% during the first quarter this year compared to the same period last… »

Rotational blackouts in Zambo reach 6-7 hours daily

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Power outages in the city have stretched to 6-7 hours daily prompting the local electric cooperative to negotiate with an independent power producer for the… »

Foreign cargo ship makes emergency stopover in Zambo as amok kills 2

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – A Liberian cargo ship owned by the Foremost Group of China made an emergency stopover here Sunday after one of its crew members ran amok… »

2 teenage human trafficking victims rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of the local police rescued on Saturday two teenage human trafficking victims at a pension house in Barangay… »

NHA turns over P12.6-M new houses to Zambo ‘bakwits’  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/11 April) – The government on Friday turned over 50 loftable duplex housing units worth P12.6 million to families displaced during the 21-day standoff between government and the… »

4 illegal recruitment victims rescued; 2 illegal recruiters nabbed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – The inter-agency Sea-based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued on Sunday four victims of illegal recruitment and arrested two suspected illegal recruiters in this city. Senior… »

Task group formed to probe Good Friday blast in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – The local police has formed a special investigation unit to handle the Good Friday bombing at a police station in this city. Senior Supt. Angelito… »

ZCWD plans to build impounding dam to end water rationing during summer

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is eyeing the possibility of putting up an impounding dam to store water for use during the dry season.… »

4 injured as bomb explodes in front of Zambo police station  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – Four persons were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded evening of Good Friday in front of a police station here. Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga… »

Zambo placed under state of calamity as dry spell worsens

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 2 April) – The City Council, in an emergency session Wednesday, passed a resolution declaring this city under a state of calamity, citing the adverse effects… »

Zambo rice smugglers now using high-speed boats to evade authorities

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 1 April) – Rice smugglers here have adopted a new strategy of employing high-speed small boats to easily evade authorities in bringing in their goods as… »

Drought’s damage to Zambo crops continue to swell as dams start to dry

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The Office of the City Agriculture disclosed that the damage to crops caused by the continued dry spell continue to swell as irrigation… »

DA recommends cloud seeding in Zambo City as dry spell worsens

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 March) – The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soil and Water Manager (BSWM) has formally recommended for cloud seeding operations in this city. The recommendation came after… »

Zambo agriculturist: cloud seeding only option to mitigate damage to crops

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The Office of the City Agriculture has strongly recommended for the conduct of cloud seeding operation to prevent further damage to crops. City… »

Zambo water firm revises rationing scheme

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has adopted a new rationing scheme as water inflow at the source has considerably slowed down the… »

Dry spell destroys P91.9-M agri products in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 March) – The dry spell has taken its toll on the agriculture sector in the city, destroying some P91.9M worth of farm products as of Wednesday, March… »

Coral transplantation project in Sta. Cruz Island approved

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – The multi-agency Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PAEMB) has approved the proposed coral reef rehabilitation project at the Greater Sta. Cruz Island,… »

Zambo City on ‘high threat’ level, adopts ‘PuMA’ security plan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 March) – The police and the military here have conceptualized and adopted a security plan dubbed as “PuMA,” which involves the deployment of “Pulis-Marines-Army” in… »

Water rationing up in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 March) – In addition to 4-hour daily rotational blackouts, residents will have to deal with water rationing due to decreasing supply from the source. Engr. Teotimo Reyes… »

Blackouts in Zambo City stretch to 4 hours daily

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 February) – Rotational blackouts in the city have increased from two to four hours daily. Engr. George Ledesma, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) general manager, attributed the… »

All set for Zambo’s 1st bird festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – All is set for the holding of the first local bird festival to be hosted by the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences… »

NFA assures enough rice supply for Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured this city has sufficient rice supply although the NFA has yet to import rice. Gaudencio Nuega, NFA provincial… »

PPA undertakes P95M dredging project at Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announced that the P95-million dredging project at the port of Zamboanga will start by the second quarter of… »

4 Saudi Flight 860 passengers placed on home quarantine

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – Four residents who were with the flight that carried the Filipina nurse who tested positive of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) have been… »

First local bird festival slated in Zamboanga City on Feb. 27

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) is organizing the first local bird festival in this city. Dr. Milabel Nazario, ZSCMST president,… »

Zambo City registers less dengue cases

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – The number of dengue cases in the city decreased by 1,221 in 2014 compared to that in 2013, the City Health Office said. Dr. Rodelin… »

Task Force rescues 5 from trafficking

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The multi-agency Sea-based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued Monday five would-be trafficking victims and arrested the alleged Malaysian recruiter in this city. Senior… »

3 Zambo blast suspects charged

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – Police on Monday filed criminal charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three people implicated in the recent bomb explosion in this city. Two people… »

President Aquino visits Zambo blast victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – President Benigno S. Aquino III visited Sunday different hospitals in the city where some victims of Friday’s bomb explosion were confined. Two persons were killed… »

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