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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP)    Welcome rainy October! By experience, rains will only be up to the 12th of this month with few exceptions in the past. Locally, rains in the early part of October signal the coming City fiesta. Some myths continue to proliferate even up to now that something spiritual in meaning is behind the weeklong downpours. Ask former Badjao and Samal residents in Rio Hondo because they too believe such oral traditions. What may be is your philosophy of the recent rains let us just count them together as blessings to our farmers. Rain is a scientific or a meteorological phenomenon that in this part of the Philippine South, low pressures or tropical storms and squalls do happen early in the last quarter of the year.

Yesterday in the eMedia’s primetime from 6-8 AM, “Emedia Mo” program, hosted by partners GIL Climaco and Rey Bayona Bayoging, had Mr. Arthur Griño, ZC BSP Scout Executive, and DepEd Zamboanga City School Division Superintendent (SDS) Dr. Pedro Melchor “Pete” Natividad as guests. Both Griño and Natividad shared what Zamboanga holds for now and the months to come before the end of 2014.

Griño proudly announced that on November 9-13 Boys Scout of the Philippines will hold its centennial jamboree in the City! Well, we have the facilities after all, but better than that, something is more significant in the said expected jamboree. Would you care why?

Do you know that Zamboanga City has a proud history of the start of the Boy’s Scouts in the Philippines? Wikipedia said that, “The history of Scouting in the Philippines can be traced back to the American Occupation. The earliest documented formation of a Scout troop in the islands was that of the Lorillard Spencer Troop of Zamboanga formed in 1914 by a United States Navy Lieutenant named Sherman Kiser.”

The City is now inviting once more national events. This tells that Zamboanga is a safe place again. Many said that it is so because partly of the leadership of our City Police Director, Col. Angelito Casimiro.

Dr. Natividad as well pounded the great importance of the teachers in the molding process of our nation’s and city’s history. He, too, is exemplary because he, himself, did come from a prominent family of politicians in Tetuan but he chose a different path. The path to which he loves more—A TEACHER! Teachers affect the lives of our young today who by tomorrow shall take the lead of our land.

On October 6, the whole world will celebrate the “Teachers’ Day”. Kudos to all of our mentors here and in the peninsula, we are very proud of you. Your unwavering dedication made this part of the world civil and nice to live. We also personally congratulate our very own eMedia fine host/reporter Sir Jack Edward Enriquez who is a faculty member at the City High Main in Tetuan and our good Mother of the City, Mayor Beng Climaco, who herself was also a high school teacher in the Ateneo de Zamboaga way before she entered the media and later in politics.

Meanwhile, in the program “Comversa! Quosa Ba?” host partners JV Faustino and Liza Jocson had an interview by phone with City Councilor Atty. Kim Elago. He spoke his view on the alleged gas scam in the City Council. He said the use of the gas slips other than the prescribed vehicles of the councilors is illegal. Though the intentions may be are good but it is still not justified.

Lately, it has been known publicly that gas slips issued to City Councilors as their regular gas allowance, in the line of their duties, are used by some to gas-up green plate vehicles. No less than Vice-Mayor Ituralde said in an eMedia interview that somebody even used said issued slips to gas a company bus.

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eMedia is located in RBB Bldg., Villa Sta. Theresa Village, MCLL Highway, Divisoria, Zamboanga City. We are serving local, broadcasting global. Hende lang este radio, TV este! Follow us back again tomorrow in this column.




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