Farm to Market Roads improve the mobility of people, goods, and services. They provide access to employment opportunities and basic social services such as schools and health centers.
This is why the Zamboanga del Sur local government headed by Gov. Antonio Cerilles recently held a Groundbreaking Ceremony of two farm to market roads. To make sure that the people have access to basic necessities and opportunities.
Gov. Tony Cerilles re-engineered the health sector, and established the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center as part of his 7 point Agenda
– The only LGU-run tertiary hospital in the country ran by a Provincial Government – 350-bed capacity – Complete modern medical, surgical and laboratory facilities and equipment. – State of the art Medical Arts Building – Expanded the Philhealth Ward and Private room accommodation. – Earning more than 300 million a year.
The Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur, through the leadership of Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), and OneHope Philippines gave books to different schools in Zamboanga del Sur.
In the modern world where everything can be learned through technology, there are still those who have difficulty reading. If a child learns how to read, then he can read to learn more things. But what will happen to a child full of potential but doesn’t know how to read?
That is why the Province of Zamboanga del Sur is lucky to have a leader like Governor Antonio H. Cerilles who recognizes the importance of education and is concerned about the well-being of the children in his province. He implemented the Seven (7) Point Agenda, which aims to provide for the needs of the constituents of Zamboanga del Sur.
The governor started the Reading Comprehension Program, and partnered with the Department of Education (DepED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and JCI Senate Philippines, Inc.-Zamboanga del Sur chapter. This is to address the reading capacity problem of the pupils in elementary level.
Early last year, the Province partnered with OneHope Philippines, a non government organization, in giving books and other reading materials which complements to the Reading Comprehension Program of the province.
Thus, the provincial government, through the initiative of Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, DepEd and the office 2nd Dist. Rep. Hon. Aurora Enerio-Cerilles, simultaneously conducted Book Giving Ceremony as part of the Reading Comprehension Program and in line with the 7 point agenda of the governor.
“We are giving books to your sons and daughters to help them be proficient in reading, and for them to become professionals,” according to Governor Antonio H. Cerilles.
“I could say that our province is one of the provinces in the Philippines that has a lot of professionals because for us Education is always number 1,” said Congw. Aurora Enerio-Cerilles.
“Strengthen the law so that this institution will be that strong. Democracy will be strong” – Gov. Cerilles
House Members shall soon file a measure that would amend Republic Act No. 6975 or the “Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990” and Republic Act No. 8551 or the “Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998,” particularly the provisions on deputization.
This cropped up on Tuesday during the hearing conducted by the Committee on Public Order and Safety, chaired by Rep. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), which terminated its inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the injustice committed by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) against Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles. The hearing was presided by Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City).
Prior to the termination, Rep. Aurora Enerio Cerilles (2nd District, Zamboanga del Sur) motioned “[For the] findings of the honorable committee to be the bases for further clarifying the PNP Law, by amending the provisions concerning the withdrawal and restoration of the powers of deputization of the Governor over the PNP in his province.”
“The way forward would be to file a bill, proposing the amendments on the provisions [on deputization],” said Biazon.
Rep. Cerilles reiterated that the crucial findings ascertained in the previous meetings that (a) Governor Cerilles was deprived of his right to due process, (b) the memorandum circular being used by the NAPOLCOM is beyond what is provided by the Philippine Constitution, and (c) the NAPOLCOM neglected its own protocols on cases/reports, among others.
With these, the concerned agencies were directed to communicate with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the issue of Governor Cerilles.
In his remarks before the Committee, Governor Cerilles expressed surprise why a publicly acknowledged well-performing and faithful public servant like him was being maligned. He said the Civil Service Commission (CSC) even awarded him last year (2018) as “Most Outstanding Government Worker” for Presidential Lingkod Bayan Category, the only elected official given that award.
“Kaya nagtataka po ako bakit po ako binabastos,” said Governor Cerilles.
Governor Cerilles said he has served so many governments as early as 1979 and even during the time of former President Marcos. Even before that, he said he was the only legal counsel who represented LAMP or the Legal Assistance for Military Personnel – Region 9. “Nobody would volunteer. I volunteered my time and money to represent men in uniform who were not represented by counsel,” he said.
“After serving the government from (the time of ) President Marcos, Mrs. Aquino, President Ramos, President Estrada, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Noynoy Aquino, now President Duterte, I thought all the while, (that) the Philippine National Police has been professionalized,” he said.
It was rather sad, he said, that this is his last term as governor, and all of a sudden, he got this resolution from the NAPOLCOM about a confidential report which stated that his deputization was suspended.
“I look at the law. Although the word deputization was used, but that is the law, not an action of Napolcom. And if you read further, there should be grounds, as a matter of fact, I was surprised because up to now you seem to be very evasive on what kind of abuse I’ve done,” said Governor Cerilles.
Governor Cerilles said he cannot accuse the Napolcom Commissioners of ignorance of the law because some or most of them are lawyers. He expressed hope that as public servants, we can work together to strengthen the law instead of using the law to abuse others.
“Because after our stint in government, it would be the (turn of the) next generation. Then who will protect them when we ourselves don’t want to start on how to amend, review, strengthen the law so that this institution will be that strong. Democracy will be strong,” he said.
Governor Cerilles also exhorted the committee, “My fellow public servants, I am not here to look for vengeance. I’m here to help our institution strengthen the laws that we have…We should always think about what is best for this country and what will be better for the next generation. I hope all of us, government employees, should give justice to the money that we receive everytime we received our salary.”
He also stressed that during the first committee hearing, no less than the Provincial Directors of the PNP, PDEA and Philippine Army Battalion Commanders (53rd IB) stated that during their stint in Zamboanga del Sur, they have never received any complaints against Governor Cerilles and even NICA Provincial Director Jesus Auxillio stated the same and that he merely received the complaints against the Governor and without validation, and just forwarded it to the NICA head office.
Governor Cerilles also expressed surprise why Pagadian City was made a hot spot when the AFP through the Philippine Army and the DILG through the PNP declared Zamboanga del Sur as peaceful.
Meanwhile, in terms of the performance of his province, Governor Cerilles said Zamboanga del Sur got awards and recognition for doing well in health and agriculture which are the two important functions devolved to the local government units (LGUs).
“In health, Zambonga del Sur has been awarded by the DOH as the ‘Most Improved in Health Services.’ We are the only province that has a tertiary hospital with 400-bed capacity and LGU-run. We are earning more than P300 million a year,” he said.
In agriculture, he said there are five rice achiever provinces in the country, of which four are from Luzon namely, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and Tarlac. The only rice achiever province from Mindanao is Zamboanga del Sur, he said. And for the third consecutive year, the province has been proclaimed as corn achiever. “Hall of Famer na po kami. The Association of Southeast Asia scientific agriculturist recognized my effort in agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam,” said Governor Cerilles.
Meanwhile, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Chief Directorial Staff Atty. Roberton Lapuz reported that the agency had already forwarded a letter to the Office of the President (OP) in December 2018, requesting for the release of this confidential report, which was utilized by NAPOLCOM as basis of the withdrawal of Governor Cerilles’ deputization.
“The letter basically requested permission to release the classified document, pertaining to the Honorable Governor Cerilles, so that the said document can be used to expedite the restoration of the deputization of police supervision of Governor Cerilles,” explained Lapuz.
NAPOLCOM Commissioner Felizardo Serapio Jr. noted that they have also sent a letter to the OP, recounting the House proceedings on the issue and appealing to the President for the restoration of the Governor’s deputization.
Rep. Makmod Mending Jr. (Party-list, AMIN) also asked if the NAPOLCOM has started discussing the improvements to be made in their protocols.
NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao stated that they have already convened to review the memorandum circular of the Commission on the suspension and restoration of deputization.
Acop then called on the NAPOLCOM to provide a copy of the record of the proceedings conducted by the Commission on the case of Governor Cerilles, excluding the actual document used against the Governor, in consideration of its confidentiality.
After Casurao confirmed that these records are public documents, Acop said “Therefore, the public can scrutinize and look at the records of the case on Governor Antonio Cerilles…You have claimed from the very start of this committee meeting that you cannot provide the confidential report, then you can omit so.” | NDS/PPAB
Follow the Boy Scout Motto “Laging Handa” in order to ensure the safety of everybody during and after a calamity– Governor Cerilles
Last November 5, 2018, the 4th Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill and World Tsunami Awareness Day was successfully held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur as the National Ceremonial Venue.
The said drill was participated by government and private agencies, AFP, PNP, EOD, Philippine Coast Guard, different Hospitals in the city, ZAMSURECO-1, PCWD, coastal barangays and schools of Pagadian, NGOs, Telecommunication Groups and Companies, WEMRIC, Philippine Red Cross, DILG, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, Office of the Civil Defense, Department of Social Welfare and Development Office, PHIVOLCS, NDRRMC, Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur, CDRRMO and LGU-Pagadian headed by Mayor Romeo “Tata” Pulmones as the host.
The NSED was started by an introduction of Pagadian City and its history of earthquake and tsunami. They also recall the deadliest tsunami struck in the city way back August 17, 1976. The expectators witnessed the students, teachers and residents of the coastal barangays in their execution of the BEEP or Building Emergency Evacuation Plan, Tsunami Drill to the evacuation center and other preparations that we need to do in times of calamities.
The activity was attended by DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Jr. of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption-DOST and the Officer In-Charge of PHIVOLCS, Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, Jr. the USEC for Peace and Order in the Department of Interior and Local Government, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Administrator of OCD and Executive Director of NDRRMC, DSWD-IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo, OCD-IX Regional Director Manuel Luis Ochotorena and Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Governor Antonio Cerilles.
In his message, Governor Cerilles emphasized that those drills are helpful to everybody especially to the building administrators and their disaster action groups to design a specific response plan for earthquakes, to the building occupants to learn proper action and response during earthquakes and it will also teach the residents near the coastal areas on what to do when there is a threat of Tsunami. He also encouraged all the Pagadianons and Zambosurians to follow the Boy Scout motto “Laging Handa” in order to ensure the safety of everybody during and after a calamity.
‘Love of God, Country and Fellowmen’ depicts the fundamental Laws of Scouting as we do the Scout Sign says Gov. Cerilles
A total of 2,500 scouts from elementary and secondary public schools in all municipalities all over the province joined the 8th Simultaneous Municipal Camporal of Zamboanga del Sur – Pagadian City Boy Scout Council held last October 26-28, 2018.
About 5,000 Scout Leaders, Adult and Committee Scouts gathered in every municipalities which facilitated the camp activities had helped a lot to make the said scouting event a success.
Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Boy Scout Council Executive Eriberto Sumalinog disclosed that DepEd Division which spearheaded the event in coordination and partnership with the local scout councils, local officials and parents had work hand in hand in making the event fruitful and productive especially to the young scouters.
He said it’s been 8 years since the Simultaneous Municipal Camporal initiated in this council under his leadership which is the first in the country and now adopted by several provinces’ because of the good impact of the program which promotes values formation in students. The activities in this program are set and scheduled only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to avoid conflict of classes on weekdays.
The program which is the brainchild of the forefather of our local scout council past Council Chair Governor Antonio H. Cerilles which made Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Boy Scout Council as an outstanding and best performing council in the entire country.
As of now, the newly elected Council Chairman of Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Boy Scout Council is no other than Pagadian City Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones who replaces Gov. Cerilles.
Governor Cerilles is the concurrent honorary council chair and council advisor of the local council.
In his untiring support to the scouting movement, he joined the conduct of the 8th Simultaneous Municipal Camporal of the local council and visited all the respective Camporal sites in all municipalities all over Zamboanga del Sur to which he continually emphasized the significance of Scouting in nation building.
“Love of God, Country and Fellowmen” depicts the fundamental Laws of Scouting as we do the Scout Sign says Gov. Cerilles in his short chat with the scout leaders and eagle scouts in the respective camp sites who joined the Simultaneous Municipal Camporal.
Meanwhile, the re-engineered scouting program of the province under the leadership of Governor Cerilles has greatly increased its registered members from 3,000 to 86,000 Boy Scouts, which made BSP Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Council as Hall of Famer for being the number one in Membership in the entire country. And garnered 3 out of national awards namely 1st Place Scout Advancement, 1st Place Scout Training and 1st Place Scout Advancement making the council now as one of the model council in the entire Philippines.